Boulder falls at Grand Canyon and reveals prehistoric reptile footprints

first_imgBoulder falls at Grand Canyon and reveals prehistoric reptile footprints A nun on Chicago’s West Side ran a treadmill marathon on Sunday, August 23, to raise money for the Mission’s community outreach, Runner’s World reports. Sister Stephanie Baliga, 32, completed the 26.2 miles in 3:33 and raised nearly $105,000 in the process.  The event was broadcast on Zoom and Deena Kastor, American record holder in the marathon, made a special appearance during the final mile. “I meant to cheer her on during her last mile of her treadmill marathon,” Kastor told Runner’s World. “Instead I felt refreshed and inspired by her, her energy, her purpose, and her compassion.”  Nun runs marathon on treadmill, raises more than $100,000 Grand Canyon National Park shows park employees Klara Widrig, left, and Anne Miller examining a rock that revealed fossilized footprints at the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona. Some researchers have estimated the footprints are 313 million years old, among the earliest found at the Grand Canyon. (Grand Canyon National Park via AP) “These are by far the oldest vertebrate tracks in Grand Canyon, which is known for its abundant fossil tracks, Stephen Rowland, a University of Nevada, Las Vegas paleontologist told the magazine. “They are among the oldest tracks on Earth of shelled-egg laying animals, such as reptiles, and the earliest evidence of vertebrate animals walking in sand dunes.”  A recent study conducted by Cambridge Open Engage found that people who reported exercising less during the coronavirus also reported a decline in their mental health. The study collected self-reported data from more than 3,000 staff, faculty, students and alumni of Iowa State University located across the country. Results showed that those who previously exercised the recommended amount of physical activity each week, but no longer did so during isolation due to the pandemic, reported worse mental health. Are you exercising less during the pandemic? It’s probably impacting your mental health Video by Runner’s World A geologist hiking in the Grand Canyon in 2016 noticed a fallen boulder lying alongside the Bright Angel Trail embedded with markings that resembled footprints. The discovery turned out to be ancient fossilized footprints, the Smithsonian reports, and just recently those footprints were estimated to be about 313 million years old—the oldest vertebrate fossil tracks ever found in Grand Canyon National Park. Participants reported that their screen time and sitting time increased by 20 to 30 percent on average, too. “These preliminary findings suggest that increasing efforts to maintain physical activity and limit screen time should be put in place, while also recognizing the potential short- and long-term mental health effects of COVID at the population level,” the study’s author, Jacob Meyer, said.last_img read more

Wolf Administration Hosts Forum on Women in Public Service, Transportation

first_imgWhile overall percentages of women in engineering-related fields are relatively low, the number of women studying engineering is increasing. According to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, only 5.8 percent of women were engineers in the early 1980s. Now, about 18 to 20 percent of engineering students are female.“I’m honored to participate in this event with these accomplished women in the fields of transportation and public service,” said Chellie Cameron, CEO of the Philadelphia International Airport. “Sharing our unique stories to help young women pursue and advance in careers in transportation is important to our region and our country. We know when women have an opportunity to participate and lead teams, our communities, businesses, and governing organizations are stronger.”Members of the public who are interested in commonwealth employment can visit for more information. Information on student programs as well as professional opportunities at PennDOT is available at Wolf Administration Hosts Forum on Women in Public Service, Transportation April 07, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter First Lady Frances Wolf,  Press Release Philadelphia, PA – First Lady Frances Wolf, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards and Philadelphia International Airport CEO Rochelle “Chellie” Cameron today spoke to more than 100 high-school and college students as well as regional professionals on the importance of women in public service and transportation.The forum, moderated by Liz Smith, manager of long range planning at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, was held at Drexel University.“Our government should reflect the people we serve, and since women make up more than half of Pennsylvania’s population, recruiting more women to public service is crucial to ensure Pennsylvania’s women have a voice in Harrisburg and at all levels of government,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “The Wolf Administration is committed to diversity and inclusion because our diversity is our strength.”According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are more than 60 million women in the labor force today, yet women make up only 8 percent of engineers, 18 percent of engineering technicians, and 30 percent of natural scientists. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that roughly 15 percent of the more than 9.1 million people working in transportation and material-moving occupations are women.“Having diverse perspectives makes any team more effective, and the same goes for managing transportation assets,” Richards said. “Women need to know that their perspectives are invaluable and the transportation industry is no different.”last_img read more

Floor plans to Feng Shui considered by developers of West End project

first_imgRender showing the view from the master bedroom at Aston Residences, West EndEverything from wheelchair-accessible lifts and power-saving devices to personalised floor plans has been considered by the developers of Aston Residences at West End.Even the number four – believed unlucky in Chinese culture – has been removed. But Effinity director Adrian Yu said their target market was very much the local buyer – young families, empty nesters and professional couples.“What I think is unique is that our buyers can personalise their floor plates based on their needs,” Mr Yu said. “If they need all of the bedrooms on one floor, they can have it. If they want a massive master suite, it can be done.”External render of Aston ResidencesThe “rare” five-storey terrace homes have a floor plate of at least 270sq m, and will each have a private garage and access to an enclosed rooftop sky-deck. Designed by Brisbane architects, Bureau Proberts, the nine terrace homes have been described as a “contemporary reimagining of the iconic row house”. Each one will have a private lift, indoor fireplace, parquetry floors, designer appliances, security systems, ducted airconditioning, Tesla and solar technology and access to a heated, private, residents’ pool.HOME – Render showing the kitchen at Aston Residences, West EndMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoHOME – Render showing the living area at Aston Residences, West End A render showing the view from the master bedroom at Aston Residences, West EndA furniture package and interior design consultation, valued at $50,000, is included.Eric David of CBRE Residential Projects, who is marketing the development, said they already had three expressions of interest.“There has been quite a lot of interest, particularly from people within the 4001 postcode,” he said. “Generally they are buyers whose kids have moved on and they want something easy to maintain without having to sacrifice space. And it is in a quiet street, close to amenities, transport. It is quite unique.”Mr Yu said he was “very excited” about Aston Residences. It follows the completion of another Effinity project, Alba Terraces at Ascot.That development, built by Bronlie Developments, was recognised at the recent Master Builders Queensland awards.Mr Yu said many buyers at Alba Terraces had come from the construction sector, or had moved from a previous Effinity build.“That says something about quality,” he said. “I am personally on site regularly, because I believe that is the way to ensure everything is finished to the highest standard.”The terrace homes range in price from $1.7 million to $2.4 million, with the largest and most private residence carrying the biggest price tag.“It is number 10,” Mr David said.To be built on Banks St at West End, Aston Residences will be within walking distance of South Bank, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the State Library and the CBD.last_img read more

Major Milestone for Elbe Fairway Widening Project

first_imgFrom Tuesday, January 28, vessels with a combined width of up to 98 meters may pass each other in a widened section of the Elbe known as the ‘passing box’, reports the Port of Hamburg.The five-kilometer stretch under Federal jurisdiction now has a width of 385 meters.Similarly, the fairway along the 36-kilometer stretch between Wedel and the mouth of the Stör has been widened from 300 to 320 meters. In this segment ships with a combined width of 92 meters may pass or overtake each other.“With the initial fairway widenings of the Elbe, meanwhile completed, we are on a good course, immediately improving the conditions for calls by mega-ships,” said Axel Mattern, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing. “For shipping and our port customers, this is really gratifying news for the start of the year.”The holding area at Brunsbüttel has also been completed. This has been available as anchorage since the end of last year – when allocated by the traffic control center.This offers ships dependent on the tide, and unable to make the tide ‘window’ for currently unforeseeable reasons, the opportunity of waiting during the new low water phase. The holding area forms an essential element of the safety concept.Andreas Scheuer, German Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, stressed: “We started dredging operations on the Lower and Outer Elbe at the end of July. In our section, the work on widening has now been completed. As soon as the work in the up-river section of the passing stretch through Hamburg has been completed, the combined width of ships passing can be raised.”Prof. Dr.-lng. Hans-Heinrich Witte, President of the Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration – WSV – commented: “With these widenings, shipping on the Elbe will for the first time profit from the fairway adjustment. That is good for waterway capacity, traffic flow and safety.”Currently, work is in progress on deepening the entire stretch. Both ships dependent on the tide, and those that are not, will gain from one extra meter of loaded draft. The works will be completed next year.last_img read more

2 injured in motorcycle collision

first_imgILOILO City – The motorcycles they weredriving crashed against each other in Barangay Poblacion, Bingawan, Iloilo. The 18-year-old Ian Dave Palabrica of BarangayQuinar-upan, Binagawan and 24-year-old Lope Canaway of Barangay San Pedro,Tapaz, Capiz both sustained bruises after the crash. Police investigators said the crashhappened around 8:30 p.m. Dec. 28. They received treatment at the BinagwanRural Health Clinic. Canaway allegedly overtook a precedingvehicle and crashed against the incoming motorcycle driven by Palabrica./PNlast_img read more

Africa’s endangered wildlife at risk as tourism dries up

first_imgNANYUKI, Kenya  – The armed rangers set off at dusk in pursuit of poachers. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new alertness, and a new fear. Rhinos have long been under threat from poachers who kill them for their horns to supply illegal trade fueled by the mistaken belief that the horns have medicinal value. With tourists gone and their money, too, protecting endangered wildlife like black rhinos has become that much more challenging. And the poachers, like many desperate to make a living, might become more daring. Now there are concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic may increase such poaching, said John Tekeles, a patrol guide and head of the dog unit at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. (AP) In this photo taken Friday, May 1, 2020, a ranger observes the last remaining two northern white rhinos Fatu, left, and Najin, right, at the Ol Pejeta conservancy in Kenya. APlast_img read more

July 3, 2018 Police Blotter

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Second annual IMCA Summer Storm Dirt Series starts Saturday

first_imgNORFOLK, Neb. – Drivers in four IMCA divisions compete at as many Nebraska venues over the course of the eight-date Summer Storm Dirt Series.The second annual series for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts opens Saturday, May 7 at Off Road Speedway in Norfolk.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State and local track points, but no champions’ bonus points will be awarded.No registration fees will be charged. There are no point fund for the series, designed to encour­age drivers to travel to the different tracks, but trophies and contingencies will be given. All shows will be draw/redraw.Rain date for the opening night program is May 14.Other series dates are Fridays, May 27 and June 24 at Boone County Raceway in Albion (rain dates are June 3 and July 1); Sundays, May 29 and July 10 at Stuart Raceway (rain dates are June 5 and July 17); Thursdays, July 2 and July 21 at US 30 Speedway in Colmbus (rain dates are June 9 and July 28); and Saturday, Aug. 13 at Off Road (rain date is Aug. 20).Racing starts at 7 p.m. at Norfolk and Stuart, and at 8 p.m. at Albion and Columbus.last_img read more

Hargreaves backs Van Gaal for title

first_img Hargreaves, 33, whose four years at United from 2007-11 were ravaged by injury, told BT Sport: “If they can get the players necessary I don’t doubt that Van Gaal could even lead them to the title. But they need to have a great summer. “I doubt anything less than minimum Champions League (qualification) and even potentially competing for the title would be sufficient for him. I can’t imagine him coming there to finish fourth. “He has been so successful everywhere he’s been, so I don’t think they could have had a better option at this point. “His sides play good football, they try and dominate possession and wait for that opening and I think United fans will be excited.” One of Van Gaal’s first acts has been to appoint Ryan Giggs as his assistant manager, a move Hargreaves thinks could prove a shrewd one. Hargreaves said: “Nobody knows Manchester United better than Ryan Giggs. “He is arguably the greatest player ever to play for the club and still commands the respect of the current players and has that connection to the fans. “To have Giggsy, with his knowledge of playing at Manchester United, learning under one of the most well-prepared coaches in the modern game – it’s just a perfect combo.” Press Association Holland coach Van Gaal, who will take charge at United after this summer’s World Cup, has already spoken of his desire to reclaim the Barclays Premier League crown for the club. Hargreaves accepts a squad that finished seventh last season does need to be rebuilt but the ex-England international is convinced Van Gaal is up to the task. center_img Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes new manager Louis van Gaal is capable of winning the title in his first season at Old Trafford.last_img read more

Gun-toting St. Louis Lawyer Surprised: ‘They Took My AR’

first_imgHusband and wife attorneys in St. Louis who pointed firearms at Black Lives Matter protesters because they feared for their lives had a rifle seized from their home by the city prosecutor who executed a search and seizure warrant on Friday.  Their other gun was surrendered to police on Saturday.Personal injury attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey went viral in late June after being caught on video holding what appears to be an AR-15 style rifle and an extremely small pistol, respectively as protesters breached their gated community and shouted threats.Mark McCloskey said the “mob” was threatening and committing acts of “terrorism” and “social intimidation.” He said they smashed down the gate to the private gated community and were trespassing.  He added that he got a death threat that night.“One fellow standing right in front of me pulled out two pistol magazines, clicked them together and said you’re next. That was the first death threat we got that night,” McCloskey said.The rifle is now in the possession of city authorities.“We complied with the search warrant. They took my AR,” Mark McCloskey said on Friday. “I’m absolutely surprised by this.”City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner “sought weapons held by Mr. and Mrs. McCloskey during June 28, 2020 in defense of themselves and their home at time of the march,” according to the couple’s former attorney Albert Watkins who has been replaced.Watkins turned over the handgun brandished by the wife to St. Louis detectives on Saturday after conferring with his former clients and their new attorney Joel Schwartz.The couple and their attorneys have attempted to develop something of a defense in the media, seemingly in anticipation of criminal charges.According to Watkins, Mark McCloskey had the rifle’s safety engaged at all times and claimed that he never had his finger on the trigger.  Also, that Patricia McCloskey’s gun was never “operable” during the incident and was still not capable of firing.As Law&Crime previously reported, according to Missouri criminal law, a person “commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons” if they exhibit “in the presence of one or more persons, any weapon readily capable of lethal use in an angry or threatening manner.”The defense strategy appears to be an attempt to dispute that the McCloskey’s weapons were “readily capable of lethal use” at the time they were used to menace protesters by claiming that the guns could not have hurt anyone for the various reasons noted above.But the law doesn’t appear to make such distinctions.Under case law on point here, which was recently relied upon by the Missouri Supreme Court, the state does not have to actually prove that a weapon was even loaded during a criminal incident in order to satisfy the “readily capable of lethal use” language in the statute.During that case, State v. Lutjen, a defendant argued that the Show Me State’s criminal code “intends to impose upon the prosecution the proof of a loaded firearm in order to sustain conviction of the offense under § 571.030.” An appeals court ruled that was not so.The decision explains its rationale, in relevant part:That is because:“To hold that it is incumbent upon the state to prove affirmatively that a pistol…which is exhibited in a rude, angry, and threatening manner, is loaded, as a condition precedent to a conviction, would be practically to render the statute unenforceable. This is not only the view which this court has already taken [citations], but it is the view held in all other jurisdictions…”The [Missouri Jury Instructions and Charges] definition of readily capable of lethal use to mean readily capable of causing death does not impede our conclusion that a loaded gun need not be proven. Common equivalents of the word readily are easily or speedily. A gun is easily transformed into a lethal weapon by the insertion of bullets. The statute does not contemplate that the gun be already lethal [loaded], but only that the weapon can readily become lethal [by loading].In other words, since longstanding Missouri precedent has held that guns don’t even have to be loaded to count under the relevant statute, the public defense being telegraphed by the couple’s lawyers may not fare well.And criminal charges hardly seem academic here.The McCluskey’s attorneys said that any such charges would be “absolutely, positively unmerited.” but appeared to be prepared for them.“A search warrant being executed is clear indication of what the circuit attorney’s intentions are,” he told the Associated Press. “Beyond that, I can’t comment.”Any filings in the controversy are currently sealed, Gardner said, for safety purposes because of “serious threats” received by her office due to the gun confiscations.Watkins previously appeared on Fox News alongside Mark McCloskey. Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked if Watkins thought there was a risk that his clients would be charged. Watkins said that there was a chance because Gardner is a “political animal.”last_img read more