A Spppooookkkkyyyy Halloween party in West Hollywood

first_imgWEST HOLLYWOOD – Ghosts and goblins will be roaming Southland streets tonight in search of Halloween trick-or-treats, but West Hollywood will again be the center of Halloween revelry with its annual bawdy street party. The 2007 Halloween Costume Carnaval will begin at 6 p.m. along Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard. The event annually attracts hundreds of thousands of revelers enjoying music entertainment blasting from four stages. Among the performers scheduled are Hanson, Boogie Nights and Thelma Houston. There will also be dancing and costume contests. At 9 p.m., Hanson and Toms Shoes will be honored on the City Stage at La Peer Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard for their work fighting poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa. From 6 p.m. through 6 a.m., La Cienega Boulevard will be closed between Holloway Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard. Additionally, various streets will have turning lanes blocked to prevent traffic from entering the Carnaval area. Permit parking restrictions in West Hollywood will be suspended from 5 p.m. through 6 a.m. Public parking will be available for $15 at the Kings Road parking structure, 8383 Santa Monica Blvd.; the West Hollywood Park parking lot, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd.; Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave.; and the El Tovar Lot, 8750 El Tovar Place. Elsewhere, thousands of revelers are expected to make the annual trek to Universal CityWalk and to Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, although no formal events are planned there. Police will be enforcing a ban on the sale and distribution of Silly String on Hollywood Boulevard. Violators could be hit with a fine of up to $1,000 or a month in jail. Police will also crack down on illegal vendors, issuing citations to those selling food without health permits. Officials said that in the past, cans of Silly String have become major public safety issues, often with people hurling the empty cans at others, and the discarded cans cost thousands of dollars to remove from the streets. For the younger Halloween revelers, officials from various agencies offered safety tips for children — and their parents — while trick-or- treating. These include: — plan a trick-or-treating route and share it with family, or have an adult go along; — wear light-colored or reflective clothing; — only visit homes that have a porch light on; — use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes; — only cross streets at corners, and be sure to look both ways for traffic; — don’t hide or cross the street between parked cars; — walk on sidewalks, not streets; — carry a flashlight; — keep away from open fires and candles; — never go into a stranger’s house; — be cautious of strangers and animals; and — have an adult inspect treats before eating.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.To make way for the celebration, streets will be closed throughout the area, meaning troubles for motorists. From 1 p.m. today through 6 a.m. tomorrow, the following streets will be closed: — Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega Boulevard and Doheny Drive; — Robertson Boulevard between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, and; — San Vicente Boulevard between Cynthia Street and Melrose Avenue. last_img read more

Trump relishes feud with the NFL, reviving issue with tweets

first_imgWASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump is indulging in his favorite kind of drama — personal, aggressive, culturally volatile and entirely of his own making.And his feud with the NFL shows no signs of abating, with the president tweeting early Monday morning: “The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!”Trump’s spat with athletes comes as the president prepares to sell a tax overhaul plan and revive …last_img read more

Four South Africans nominated for Innovation Prize

first_img14 April 2015What do an environmentally friendly minicab, a water distillation system and a fire alert detector have in common? They all represent outstanding innovation talent across Africa, and have been nominated for the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) award this year.The IPA was launched in 2011. It rewards innovators for their home-grown, market- led innovations that contribute to Africa’s growth, development and prosperity.South African nomineesFour out of the 10 nominees this year are South African innovations.David Gluckman has been nominated for his Lumkani fire detection service, an off- the-shelf device that uses radio frequency transmission technology suitable for informal dwellings.In the event of a fire, the device triggers an alarm to alert the residents. Within 20 seconds, the device transmits a signal that sets off heat detectors in a 60m radius to elicit a community-wide response to the fire.This device prevents fires from ravaging high population density communities and boosts community mobilisation efforts.Johann Pierre Kok, has been nominated for his scientific engineering educational box, Seebox. It allows children to enjoy a practical and experimental way of learning the sciences and electronics. It addresses the shortage of electronic and scientific professionals, and gives children the opportunity to learn first-hand the principles of science and electronics by building, measuring and experimenting.Lesley Erica Scott has been nominated for Smartspot TBcheck. It examines the accuracy of machines used to detect TB diagnosis. They are designed to assess whether these machines are functioning optimally and will make diagnosing TB far easier.The device is expected to help curb the TB epidemic in Africa, where the disease is second only to HIV and Aids as a leading cause of death.Neil du Preez has been nominated for Mellowcabs, an environmentally friendly taxi service. It uses a suite of technologies that includes recovering the kinetic energy that is typically lost in the braking process, converting it into electricity and storing it.Associated innovations include hydrogen fuelled Mellowcabs, adaptable, renewable body shells and an app to book taxi rides that can be paid for with cash or credit.Range of innovationsThis year, AIF received a record 925 applications from 41 countries. The finalists showcase a diverse range of innovations from agriculture, to education and e- health. The other six nominees are:Adnane Remmal, Morocco: for a patented alternative to livestock antibiotics;Alex Mwaura Muriu, Kenya: for Farm Capital Africa, a risk sharing agri-business funding model that draws in investors for a share of farming profits;Jean Bosco Kazirukanyo, Burundi: for a new type of cement, OSP, that protects waters against carcinogenic lubrication oil spills;Kyai Mullei, Kenya: for M-changa, also known as E-harambee, an app that empowers people to initiate and manage fundraisers via sms or web devices;Marc Arthur Zang, Cameroon: for the cardio-pad, an affordable tablet that records and processes a patient’s ECG (heart signal) before transferring it to a remote station using mobile phone networks; and,Samuel Otukol, Uganda: for a water distillation system and process that turns salty water into fresh water at lower costs than using reverse osmosis.Ingenuity celebrated“Shortlisting the top 10 was no easy task as each of the top 25 innovations is a response to a need or challenge within our communities,” said the chairman of the IPA 2015 selection panel, McLean Sibanda. “The IPA is indeed an important platform – not only for showcasing Africa’s ability to innovate to address its own challenges, but also for celebrating Africa’s ingenuity.”Three winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Skhirat, Morocco on 13 May. The $150 000 (R2-million) cash prize is shared between the winners.Jean Claude Bastos de Morais, AIF and IPA founder, said: “Year after year, the innovations that are presented for the IPA comprise high-value African solutions with positive socio-economic impact, and this year is no exception.”An innovation marketplace and an innovative Ideas Machine workshop targeting young visionaries will be held alongside the awards ceremony.Source: APOlast_img read more

Interpreting a soil test report

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Soil test reports vary from laboratory to laboratory, but they all report key results of pH, lime test index (LTI) or buffer pH, phosphorous, and potassium. These results are used to develop fertilizer recommendations. Other useful measures on the report, such as cation exchange capacity (CEC), organic matter, and base saturation, can further define soil factors related to nutrient availability and holding capacity that should be considered as nutrient plans are developed. Desirable ranges to maximize crop production for each of the tests performed in a standard soil test are listed in Table 1. This table should serve as a general guideline to help determine if your soil is within the desirable range for each of the parameters tested. Thorough guidelines are given in “Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations for Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, and Alfalfa.” Soil pH and buffer pHThe level of active soil acidity is measured using soil pH. A pH value above 7 is alkaline; a value below 7 is acidic. A pH value of 7 is neutral. LTI or buffer pH is an indicator of the reserve (potential) acidity in the soil and is used to determine the quantity of lime needed to correct the pH of an acidic soil. In Ohio, subsoil pH varies based on soil parent material. Limestone parent materials found in western and northwestern Ohio may have a subsoil pH that is greater than 7 and contain as much as 50% calcium carbonate or its equivalent. Eastern and southeastern Ohio soils, developed mainly from sandstones and shale subsoil, may have pH values as low as 5. The Ohio State University Extension fact sheet “Soil Acidity and Liming for Agronomic Production, AGF-505-07” provides a detailed explanation of pH, buffer pH, and liming considerations in Ohio. Phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and magnesiumSoil test values may be reported in parts per million (ppm) or pounds per acre (lb/ac). To convert from ppm to lb/ac, multiply ppm by two. Phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and magnesium soil test values are indicators of the relative available nutrient levels in the soil and not equal to the total amounts of these nutrients available in the soil for plant uptake. Phosphorus and potassium soil test values are correlated with crop yield response and fertilizer needs (i.e., as the soil test value increases, the need for supplemental fertilizer decreases).Soil organic matter, CEC, and base saturation are other variables that are shown on the soil test report to quantify soil characteristics and help understand other qualitative factors associated with the area represented by the sample. Organic matterTillage, parent material, crop productivity, and other management factors influence soil organic matter. Organic matter is important in nutrient holding capacity. Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC)CEC measures the capacity of the soil to hold exchangeable cations (positively charged ions) and is reported as meq/100 grams of soil (meq = milliequivalents). Exchangeable cations include aluminum, hydrogen, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. The CEC depends largely on the amount and type of clay and the organic matter content. The higher the CEC value, the more cations the soil is able to hold, reducing the likelihood of leaching. It is not practical to attempt to increase the CEC of a soil by adding clay or organic matter. Liming an acid soil will slightly increase the effective CEC. Base Saturation: % calcium, % magnesium, and % potassiumBase saturation is the extent to which the adsorption complex of a soil is saturated with exchangeable cations other than hydrogen or aluminum. It is expressed as a percentage of the total CEC. The calcium to magnesium ratio is calculated on the basis of percentage saturation of the soil CEC by both elements. This ratio should be considered when lime is added to the soil. If the Ca:Mg ratio is 1:1 or less (less Ca than Mg), a lower percentage magnesium limestone should be used. Agronomic crops grow over a wide range of ratios with the ideal ratio being about 6:1 to 10:1.The magnesium to potassium ratio should be greater than 2:1. In other words, the percent base saturation of Mg should be at least two times the percent base saturation of K. High K frequently results in reduced uptake of Mg by plants. Therefore, to help prevent plant nutrient imbalance, additional Mg may be required to maintain an Mg:K ratio of at least 2:1. The greatest concern with this ratio is for grass hay production where forage produced on a field with less than 2:1 Mg:K ratio can result in grass tetany conditions.To read the entire FactSheet on Interpreting Soil Test Reports and to understand more about soil nutrient management, see our Agronomic Crops webpage on Fertility: http://agcrops.osu.edu/FertilityResources.last_img read more

Live from HP’s WebOS Event

first_imgmike melanson 11:32 AM: Steven McArthur – Senior VP of Applications and ServicesFacebook is fully integrated, is the long and short of it. Contacts, photos, notifications, etc.“But, WebOS doesn’t just enhance big players like Facebook.”SelfAware Games – used WebOS to create in-app payment structure (card games)Kandutech – created Voogle – a Google Voice app“We give developers a choice of powerful tools that are fun and easy to use.”Will be showing off SDK to over 500 developers tonight. Wants to help developers move away from stand-alone apps to deeper integration with full OS.11:55 AM:Bringing WebOS to the PC“Do the math on two PCs a second. Do the math on 2 printers per second. You easily excede 100 million devices annually. I think that’s the start of something pretty big.”11:57 AM:Apparently MC Hammer and Serena Williams are here. In case you were wondering.“We’re committed to helping build this ecosystem, from small to big, from local to global.” Alrighty, folks. That’s about it for the HP event (and my laptop battery.) 10:40 AM: “Nobody comes close to our WebOS experience.”“If you buy a TouchPad, all you need to do is enter your username and password and all your information shows up.” – talking about Synergy.-Keyboard contains number row.-Works with QuickOffice, Google Docs, Dropbox & Box.net-VPN, Video Calling-Full Web/Adobe Flash-Sync’d music collections10:44 AM: Sachin Kansal – Director, Product Management takes the stage.Kansal is going to “dive a bit deeper” into the features.Showing off charging on Touchstone – switches the device to “exhibition mode,” which shows coming appointments and similar information.Now here’s something: A text message that comes in on the phone can be accessed from the TouchPad. Same for phone calls. “These are a couple examples of how WebOS helps me integrate my devices.”10:51 AM:Email app:-Email supports multiple accounts, lets you navigate according to an account or can view all accounts in one inbox.-Multi message select for deleting, etc.“On WebOS, multitasking was not an afterthought. It was key from day one.”10:56 AM:Multitasking & Notifications:-Notifications don’t interrupt workflow, wait in the upper right corner. Can be dismissed with a swipe or opened with a tap.-Organizes messages from different aps all in one placeKeyboard can be resized – has multiple options for keyboard size, from small to medium to large for different size fingers. 11:00 AM:Social Networking Integration:-Integrates photos from across social platforms, show Facebook comments on a photo from within the WebOS photo app. “This is seamless integration with social networking.”-Also showing ability to quickly print from TouchPad – click through two quick windows and the photo is printed.11:04 AM:TouchPad as an eReader-Partnering with Amazon – will have access to books from Kindle collection.-Renders text as well as color images, standard page flip animationVideo Calling:-Shows off video calling via Skype, from TouchPad to Pre3“We’re working to build video calling into all our applications.”11:10 AM: Bringing Pre3 together with TouchPad, one device can sync with the other to show the same Web page or content. Uses “TouchStone” technology.11:12 AM:Availability: Wi-Fi version of TouchPad available this summer, followed later by 3G and 4G enabled devices.-Snapdragon processors from Qualcomm power the devices unveiled today.11:16 AM: Dr. Paul Jacobs – Qualcomm Chairman & CEO:“The future is wide open when it comes to growth and opportunities in the mobile space.”Last year, shipped 399 million chipsets on a wide variety of devices – smartphones, netbooks, feature phones, eReaders, etc.11:24 AM: TouchPad – first to support Beats audio systemJimmy Lovine, CEO takes the stage.“We’re here to fix the degradation of music. We’re working on everything from the file to the PC to the headphones to the speakers and right to the consumer.”The record industry downgrades music quality before shipping to iTunes.“We’re changing our pipes to 24 bit.”11:28 AM:“Paul McCartney can engineer the music all he wants, when you play it on a Dell PC it sounds like it’s coming from a portable TV.”“We have a million laptops with Beats audio. HP is stepping forward and it wants to own music. Computers are the de facto home stereo. Music is still the best app for the Internet.”-Developed a hardware/software solution with HP. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Today HP is holidng a press conference to introduce its new webOS-based tablet and smartphones to the world, while also providing a roadmap for its mobile strategy going forward. WebOS is a mobile operating system that HP acquired when it bought Palm last summer for $1.2 billion and it’s expected to serve as the basis for a number of HP products going forward – and not just tablets and phones, but possibly even Internet TVs and personal computers.The theme for the conference, whose tagline is “Think Big. Think Small. Think Beyond,” is connected experiences. Some devices are better at content consumption, while others are for content creation – this according to HP exec Todd Bradley, VP in the company’s Personal Systems group. He made these comments during a CNBC interview last month, where he teased the news of the forthcoming HP iPad competitor. Today, the teasing ends and HP gives up the goods on what it has planned next to take on the iPhone, the iPad and the Android army. Stay tuned for our live coverage of the event.9:59 AM: We have entered the main area and the announcement is forthcoming. Stay tuned.center_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 10:23 AM: “We’ve seen an explosion in the number of digital services. We have more and more people accessing more and more content from cloud-based devices. No one before today has come forward and developed a solution that works ubiquitously across these devices.”-Showing a slide with Pandora, Google, Facebook, Pandora, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.“Think, feel & connect” looks to be the tagline phrase of today’s announcement.10:25 AM: John Rubinstein, Senior VP and GM takes the stage.Talking about “Synergy” – merges information from the cloud across devices. “Today marks an important new beginning.”10:28 AM: Delivered hundreds of new features (video capture, 3D games, enterprise) over the past year. WebOS 2.1 is “most important so far” with “true multitasking,” universal search and more.Delivered WebOS on five devices in Pre and Pixi families.“It’s time to take things to a whole new level.”10:30 AM: “What works well for a lot of people is the power of a large phone in a smaller size. Soemthing that’s powerful, but elegantly small.”Rubinstein holds up the HP Veer – this thing is tiny, we’re talking smaller than a credit card. -Has slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 2.6″ 320×400 touch display, gesture area, browser, full Adobe Flash, GPS, 5 megapixel camera.10:34 AM: Introducing the Pre3 – another slideout QWERTY phone that looks similar to an iPhone otherwise. Rubinstein says that when you put your Veer or Pre3 on your Touchstone device to charge it, it automatically goes into a preview mode to scroll through your pics or showcase other content. (Do you want your photo library to be shown every time you charge? I’m not sure I do.)10:38 AM:And now, the HP TouchPad.-16 or 32 GB, twice the memory of Pre2, Gyro, accelerometer, compass. Dual Core. 10:16 AM: HP Executive VP Todd Bradley has taken the stage and the event has begun.“Think back to that time when you first experienced something” he asks the crowd. His memories? A first drive of an electric car. “We should all witness these firsts, as often as we can in our lives. Creating these experiences for a living is what the technology industry is all about.”10:19 AM: We serve over a billion customers in 174 countries with 145,000 partners, 88,000 retail locations. “Our global reach is unprecedented.” Ship 120 PCs every minute.“We’re in the early stages of a market that’s going to continue to grow in size, importance and relevance for many, many years to come.” Tags:#news#NYT#web last_img read more

Akshay Kumar loves to play villainous role

first_imgSuperstar Akshay Kumar says apart from catching up with different styles of comedy, he loves to play negative roles more often.The Entertainment star said it gives him immense joy.”I think the villain always enjoys so much in major part of the film’s duration. He fixes up the heroine, runs around her. The hero is always busy protecting and working for his sister and mother.”Only in the last five minutes of the film he gets beaten. I want to play villain’s role more often,” he told reporters here while promoting Entertainment.I want to play villain’s role more often, says Akshay Kumar The film will hit theatres on August 8.Asked what other genres he wants to catch up with after being successful actor in funny and action roles, Akshay said there is so much to learn about comedy itself.”There are many untouched genres. Even in comedy there are so many things in which you actually want to catch up with. The way Prakash Raj approaches to comedy, I want to do that,” he said.However Akshay said he started to enjoy his work after spending 27 years in the industry.”Today when I get up in the morning, and if I have to go for a shoot, I am very eager to do that. I am so happy with myself that this greed has not gone from me,” he added.Akshay said he enjoys portraying different characters as no other profession in the world provides the scope to play various roles in one’s lifetime.advertisement”I enjoy doing different characters. Where in the world will you get a profession like this where you can play so many characters – you can romance so many beautiful girls, you can play so many sports… But still get paid,” he said.last_img read more