Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police officers responding to a domestic dispute call at a Deer Park apartment complex Wednesday shot a 40-year-old man who had allegedly threatened to cut off his father’s head, police said.Eric Bohlsen was first stunned with a Taser and then shot in the chest after he lunged at responding officers, police said. He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip where he underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition, police said. No officers were injured.Officers were called to Babylon Park Center, a complex off of Carlls Straight Path, at 10:30 a.m., police said, after the father, 79-year-old Edward Bohlsen, notified police that his son had threatened to cut off his head.Police immediately became involved in a foot pursuit through the complex with the man who was threatening officers with a knife, police said.The younger Bohlsen was shot inside the apartment that he shares with his father after lunging at officers, police said.His father, who was not injured, also told responding officers that his son suffers from psychological issues and was not taking his medication, police said.Eric Bohlsen was arrested on two outstanding warrants and additional charges are pending, police said.Police said the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information can call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
7 Fry Cl, Whitfield, is listed for offers in the $700,000s.BARRY and Julia Hilson thought this resort-style Whitfield home would give them the taste of the tropics they desired – and they certainly haven’t been let down. A few years ago they decided to settle in Cairns, with Mrs Hilson often flying to the Torres Strait and Cape York for work.“We were living at the Gold Coast, but thought it would make sense to move here,” Mr Hilson said.There was something about a five-bedroom home on Fry Cl that captured their eyes and eventually their hearts.They bought the property in August 2014 and have since enjoyed it for all its worth. Set on more than 1200sq m, the deceptively large home is like a “hidden sanctuary”, allowing ample space for Mr and Mrs Hilson and their two teenage daughters.“We made a media room out of what was previously a shed,” Mr Hilson said. “We wanted a place where the girls could come home and listen to their music, play guitar and sing.”Built in 1985, the property’s focal point is an attractive swimming pool.“We thought a pool was a ‘must have’ if we were going to live in Cairns,” he said. “It is very easy to come out from working in the study and straight into the poolside area. I love having a dip first thing in the morning. “It’s so refreshing and the space is great for a barbecue. We’ve had many meals out there on a summer’s evening.” More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoA swimming pool is a striking feature of the five-bedroom homeA brilliantly designed master bedroom is another of the home’s standout features, boasting a colossal walk-in wardrobe and ensuite.A large, air-conditioned granny flat could also be used an extra income stream for the home’s next owner.Mr Hilson said a desire to be closer to family in south-east Queensland was behind their heavy-hearted decision to sell.“This place is just so convenient to everything, it’s less than 10 minutes to the airport and town and we’ve got plenty of shopping options around us,” he said.“We love this home, and if we could pick it up and take it with us, we would.“We’ll be genuinely sad to leave because it’s offered us such a great lifestyle.”Within the catchment zones for Edge Hill State School and Trinity Bay State High School, the home is listed for offers in the mid-$700,000s.Selling agent Vanessa Robinson, of LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill, described the home as “very peaceful”.“There’s very much a resort feel about it … and there’s ‘wow factor’ from the moment you walk through the front door,” she said. “And the master suite has everything that people could possibly want.” The property at 7 Fry Cl, Whitfield, is open for inspection today from 3.15-4pm.
This weekend the USC men’s volleyball team will take its talents to the Bay Area for its most challenging road trip of the season. The Trojans (7-4, 5-4) will be in Stockton Friday night to play No. 11 Pacific, and will turn around and head about 80 miles south to Palo Alto on Saturday to take on one of their toughest challenges of the season against top-ranked Stanford.The Trojans have rebounded from their sweep against UCLA in dominating fashion, sweeping both Pepperdine and Hope International during a four-game home stand.Though Stanford is ranked as the top team in the nation, the Trojans have defeated the Cardinal two of the past three years and are not daunted by the task.“They’ve been a pretty similar team for the last two to three years. We’ve gone back and forth with them so this year is going to be really good. It’s going to be a close game” senior outside hitter and co-captain Tony Ciarelli said.That is not to say a victory in Palo Alto is assured. “We need to be solid on the service line and limit our errors. We’ve worked a lot on blocking this week in practice in order to take away the good angles and good shots for the Cardinal” senior middle blocker and co-captain Steven Shandrick said.Additionally, this weekend will feature two of the most intense home crowds the Trojans will face all season. So while the intensity of both matches will be at a high level, the team is excited to play in such an atmosphere, especially at Stanford.“You have to steal the energy from the crowd and embrace it,” Ciarelli said.Despite their No. 6 national ranking, the team has been unimpressive in away games this season, going only 2-3, with one of those victories coming against a Division II squad in California Baptist. Despite losing a close five-set match to No. 3 BYU in Provo, Utah, the results have simply not being favorable for the Trojans away from the Galen Center.Despite the attention being paid to Saturday evening’s matchup, the team is not looking past their Friday night foe in Pacific.Shandrick was resolute about not taking the Tigers likely.“We never take it easy,” Shandrick said. “Every team loves playing and beating USC and we don’t want that to happen.”
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP): Argentina and Brazil drew 1-1 in their much-awaited World Cup qualifier on Friday, with neither of the traditional South American powers able to secure the victory needed to kick-start their slow start to the 2018 qualifying campaign. Ezequiel Lavezzi scored in the 34th minute for Argentina, but Lucas Lima levelled in the 59th to disappoint a sellout crowd at River Plate’s Monumental Stadium in the Argentine capital. Argentina, the World Cup runners-up last year in Brazil, have only two points from three qualifying games. They played on Friday without three injured stars – Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez – and it showed. Brazil have four points from three games. they had Neymar back from a four-game ban, but continued to struggle with pressure mounting on coach Dunga and Argentina’s Gerardo Martino. Ecuador lead South American qualifying with a perfect nine points, followed by Chile with seven and Uruguay with six. Peru recorded their first points of the campaign after two losses by winning 1-0 at home against Paraguay. Jefferson Farfan scored the sole goal in the 20th minute and the hosts held on in a match they could not afford to lose if they were to challenge for the top four spots which yield World Cup berths. The classic showdown between South America’s traditional powers was delayed a day when torrential rain in Buenos Aires prompted officials to call off the match before it began on Thursday. Friday’s match began with a minute of silence for the scores killed in Friday’s shootings and explosions in Paris. Lavezzi broke through as Argentina dominated the first half, lashing in a short-range shot from a perfect cross from the right side by Gonzalo Higuain. It was Argentina’s first goal in three World Cup qualifiers. The goal came after Argentina dominated the first half with Ever Banega, Angel Di Maria and Facundo Roncaglia testing Brazil keeper Alisson with early chances. Neymar hardly touched the ball in the first half and was ineffective when he did. Brazil had few chances and seldom mounted an attack, though they pressed and were better in the second half. Banega should have put Argentina ahead 2-0, but hit the post in the 47th with an open goal facing him. Brazil capitalised on that reprieve and scored when Lima knocked in a ball that bounced to him after Douglas Costa had hit the crossbar. Argentina probably had the best chance to win late when Nicolas Otamendi’s headed a ball just wide of the near post in the 86th. In the next round of qualifiers on Tuesday, it’s: Colombia vs Argentina, Venezuela vs Ecuador, Paraguay vs Bolivia, Uruguay vs Chile, and Brazil vs Peru.
The Private Sector Commission (PSC), less than two weeks ago, commenced a toy drive aimed at bringing a touch of Christmas cheer to the worst off of the children of laid-off sugar workers in the Skeldon community.The distribution of toys and hampers took place at Line Path, Skeldon, Corriverton on Friday lastThis drive, at the insistence of members, expanded to become a major toy and hamper drive with members giving generously towards the effort. The Commission now plans to extend the hamper drive to the worst-off families of the other sugar estates, beginning with Wales this week.According to the Commission, “the Skeldon workers were first targeted due to the existence of a strong partner in the community – Sectoral Member, the Upper Corentyne Chamber of Commission and Industry (UCCCI) – which was equipped with information on the workers and willing and able to assist with distribution”. The UCCCI will also host a simple party at which the children will receive their gifts.
What injury? Klay Thompson looked as good as ever to start Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday night.Unfortunately for the Warriors, Thompson was about all that was good offensively against the Raptors, who stunned Golden State 105-92 to grab a 3-1 series lead.The Warriors’ star guard, who sat out Game 3 with a strained left hamstring suffered in Game 2, returned to Oracle Arena with a vengeance. Any fears his hamstring would hamper him evaporated quickly as he buried six of his first nine …
It was the largest volcanic eruption of its kind in history. It happened five years ago. Did you hear about it? Probably not. Here’s why.Under the sea, in 2012, a volcano erupted that set new records. Here’s what Science Advances (the open-access journal of the AAAS) says about it:The 2012 submarine eruption of Havre volcano in the Kermadec arc, New Zealand, is the largest deep-ocean eruption in history and one of very few recorded submarine eruptions involving rhyolite magma. It was recognized from a gigantic 400-km2 pumice raft seen in satellite imagery, but the complexity of this event was concealed beneath the sea surface. Mapping, observations, and sampling by submersibles have provided an exceptionally high fidelity record of the seafloor products, which included lava sourced from 14 vents at water depths of 900 to 1220 m, and fragmental deposits including giant pumice clasts up to 9 m in diameter. Most (>75%) of the total erupted volume was partitioned into the pumice raft and transported far from the volcano. The geological record on submarine volcanic edifices in volcanic arcs does not faithfully archive eruption size or magma production.Reconstructed images of the Havre volcano (Fig. 2 in the paper in Science Advances). See paper for caption.Undersea volcanoes are hard to detect, but that’s where 70% of earth’s magma output takes place. This eruption, from an undersea volcano named Havre in the ocean north of New Zealand, is opening geologists’ eyes to things that are little understood:Recent observations of explosive and effusive submarine eruptions in the Tonga and Marianas volcanic arcs have driven a surge in understanding deep, low-intensity, mafic end-member eruption styles. In contrast, the behavior of deep silicic eruptions in submarine settings is much less well known. Our understanding of deep silicic submarine eruptions is based largely on studying uplifted ancient successions, where details are limited by restricted exposures and missing context such as knowledge of timing and duration, source vents, and water depths. Direct insights are possible from modern seafloor deposits, but observational records of silicic submarine eruptions are rare, duration and timing information are not available, and there are no examples where the products of a large submarine silicic eruption have been mapped and characterized shortly after eruption.All that began to change on July 19, 2012, when Havre erupted big time, sending lava out multiple vents for most of a day. The plume from the 4.5 kilometer wide circular caldera was first noticed by satellite. Follow-up observations with ships and autonomous underwater vehicles have mapped out the seabed around the volcano. A pumice raft 400 square kilometers in area was discovered some 6 km away from the volcano—the largest product of the eruption. At the caldera, they found complex post-eruption effects, like mass wasting, rough and smooth areas, and stacked pumice boulders ranging from 1 to 6 meters in size. The coarse cliffs probably occurred as a result of post-eruption collapse of crater walls. The effusion rate, they estimate, is comparable to silicic volcanoes on land, such as Mt. St. Helens.Much about undersea volcanism is still poorly understood. They conclude,At Havre, the satellite-based record of the pumice raft and the detailed submarine survey permit us to calculate mass partitioning of pumice clasts into proximal versus rafted and hence distal environments. Our volume estimates reveal that most of the erupted volume (>75%) was transported away from the volcanic edifice. This percentage is comparable to that of similar magnitude subaerial [‘under air’] fall deposits. However, unlike subaerial fall deposits where exponential and power law relationships between deposit thickness and distance can be used to calculate mass partitioning and total mass erupted, there are no models for marine dispersal that incorporate water depth, duration of particle buoyancy, ocean stratification, current speed and direction, or sea-surface wind shear, all of which are necessary for prediction of marine dispersal. There is no direct evidence on Havre of the eruption that produced the raft, the most voluminous product of the 2012 eruption. Consequently, for similar events, submarine eruption size cannot be reconstructed accurately from seafloor or uplifted deposits; this lost information is a source of uncertainty when assessing magma productivity in submarine volcanic arcs.In short, even a well-observed recent undersea eruption cannot reveal much about the history of marine volcanic deposits.Whenever a big event like this happens, you have to wonder how often it happens. Were we just lucky to observe this major eruption? How common are they over the assumed billions of years of evolutionary earth history? Just one eruption like this every thousand years would result in 4.5 million similar eruptions during the earth’s assumed 4.5 billion year age, or 45 million if once per century. One would expect this would leave a tremendous record both on land and in the sea. Evolutionists can claim that most of this history is erased due to plate tectonics. That may be, but science is supposed to be about what you can observe, not what you have to assume happened to eliminate the evidence your theory requires. If a well-documented recent eruption like this leaves many unanswered questions and “lost information” and uncertainty, how much do geologists really know about earth history that is not open to observation?(Visited 739 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
My part-time employer, BuildingGreen, recently celebrated the overlap of National Poetry Month and National Architecture Week with a sustainable design haiku contest. I am not normally someone who writes poetry, but I quickly discovered that writing haiku was a great way to blow off years of accumulated steam from trying to build a Passive House. So I dropped everything and immediately started tweeting a string of cathartic haikus.Many of my little poems require some basic knowledge of green building, so I am turning this into a teaching opportunity by annotating my wee Å“uvre below. Let the learning begin! An age-old questionOf all the haikus I posted on Twitter, this one got the most retweets: No one ever asked When they built the Taj Mahal “What about payback?”Questions about payback are a common gripe among green builders. I ranted about it last year, but I’d like to add that conventional construction is often cheaper than green building because the costs have been externalized. For example, when we rely too much on carbon-heavy energy, we’re shoving the costs onto the people who will be hit hardest by climate change. Or when we use materials with a toxic manufacturing process, we are saddling those workers and communities with the long-term cost.Ted and I have not always made perfect decisions while building this house, but we sincerely tried to bear most of the cost burden ourselves. It made our house more expensive than I would have liked, but my only real regrets are the times when we cheaped out at someone else’s expense. Thermal bridgesThermal bridges are a major avenue for heat loss in a building envelope. They occur when material crosses through the building envelope, creating a direct link between the heated interior and the cold outdoors and allowing heat to escape the building envelope. A classic thermal bridge is the shared concrete slab underneath a house and its attached patio; heat from inside the house travels outside through the concrete slab, and the furnace has to work harder to replace all the lost heat. You’re basically paying to heat the outdoors. The reverse happens during the summer, when outdoor heat travels through the concrete into the air-conditioned house.There are numerous ways to “break” a thermal bridge without losing the structural benefits of a shared platform, but many builders don’t bother. Aqua Tower, a gorgeous new high-rise in Chicago, should have been built with special thermal breaks for cantilevered balconies, but the builders skipped that crucial step. The building is structurally sound, of course, but it’s not nearly as efficient as it should have been.I suppose I’ve already given away the punch line, but here’s the next haiku: Undulating waves Gently caressing the sky Massive thermal bridge. Energy modelingIf you want to build a Passive House, you first have to estimate the energy use in a ludicrously detailed spreadsheet called PHPP (Passive House Planning Package). PHPP is incredibly comprehensive and has to be filled out and tweaked by a highly-trained professional. But it lacks at least one key field: Where do you input “Milligrams of Valium” In PHPP? Eco bling Do you really need That geothermal [no-glossary]heat pump[/no-glossary], Or would caulk suffice?A lot of people think the best way to improve their home’s energy performance is to add fancy equipment like solar panels or a ground-source heat pump. But you can get a lot more bang for the buck simply by improving your thermal envelope. After that, go ahead and install some eco bling. You might not need that ground-source heat pump anymore, but if you install solar panels you’ll be able to generate a much higher percentage of the energy you use. Wood certification warsIt’s hard to believe, but there is still a lot of unsustainable logging going on these days. Siding and decking are particularly bad, since it often comes from old-growth cedar and hemlock forests in British Columbia. It is therefore important to look for sustainably-forested wood, and the two main certification groups are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative). FSC was created by environmental groups whereas SFI was originally backed by the wood products industry, and even though SFI has distanced itself from the logging industry, critics still say it is less rigorous than FSC.Things get ugly between FSC and SFI when LEED gets factored in. LEED is the U.S. Green Building Council’s rating system for buildings, and they currently give points only for FSC wood, not SFI. SFI representatives grumble that this is hurting the domestic lumber industry, but… well, if you’re really interested you can read all about the “Wood Wars” at BuildingGreen.You will now understand my next haiku: Can’t decide between FSC and SFI? Just build out of rocks. Heat-recovery ventilation A punch in the nose To the next one who tells me “A house has to breathe.”Whenever I tell people we’re building an extremely tight house, someone always pipes up, “Well, a house has to breathe.” Yes, and that’s why we’re installing a ducted heat recovery ventilator (HRV). An HRV is a a fresh-air system with pipes to the outside, and it has a heat exchanger that transfers most of the heat between the two streams.Our HRV is 84% efficient, which means that in cold weather it will transfer 84% of the heat from the outgoing stale airstream into the incoming fresh airstream. Compare this to a leaky house, which gets fresh air and expels stale air through holes in the building envelope, losing oodles of heat in the process.Lately when people tell me a house has to breathe, I tell them that a human also has to breathe but we do it with lungs and a respiratory system rather than by punching holes all over our body. For some reason, this metaphor really makes an impression. Passive solar orientationI already covered passive solar orientation in another blog post, so I’ll skip straight to the haiku: Squinting and roasting As the western light shines in. But look at the view!The point here is that west-facing windows become a problem during the summer as the sun begins to set, filling the room with unwanted heat and glare. Sadly, most builders ignore passive solar principles when siting a house, instead placing windows toward the best view. Andrea Lemon lives in Brattleboro, Vermont. She and her husband Ted Lemon write the Almost Passive House blog.
Combine multiple text animators in After Effects to create overshoot for a great-looking organic animation!Text animators in After Effects are awesome. They allow you to have great, complex text animations while being able to make easy modifications to the text’s content. Here’s how to make one of my favorite quick animations: 3D flip down text with some overshoot.First, type out your text in a new layer. This animation works best with multiple lines of text.Next, you’ll want to twirl down the text settings, click on the “Animate” arrow, and select “Enable Per-character 3d”. This lets After Effect’s text animators see each letter as a separate 3D object for animation purposes.Now we get down to the actual animation. Click the animate arrow again, and select “Rotation” to add a text animator with a rotation property. Now that our anchor point is set correctly, we’ll change the X Rotation so that the text rotates away from the camera by about 90º. So what’s missing with the above? It feels a little flat, and some overshoot would do it some good. Overshoot is when the animation goes past it’s end point, then settles back to where it should end. To do this with text animators, we’ll a second text animator for rotation. Go back to to the “Animate” arrow and select “rotation”. This will add a brand new text animator with rotation properties.What we want to do is set the rotation to indicate how much overshoot we want to see. I chose –30º.We need to change the Range Selector for this text animator to “Lines” like the first one, but we’re going to set the Shape to “Round”, which will make it go from the start value to the value indicated below, then back.We’ll add two keyframe to change the second text animator’s offset from –100% to 100%, just like the first animator, and there you go! Now that our properties are set, we’ll do a little work on the timing of the animation. Twirl down the “Range Selector”, and “Advanced” inside that. We’ll set the animation to be based on “Lines” instead of “Characters”, change the Shape to “Ramp Up”, and set both Ease High and Ease Low to 100%.Now that all of our options are set, all we need to do is keyframe the Offset from –100% to 100% and you’ll see something like the below. We also want the text to fade in so you don’t see it before it flips down, so we’ll click on the “Add” arrow under the text animator and select “Opacity”, then set that to 0%. We’re going to be adjusting the X Rotation, but if you try to change the rotation now, you’ll notice that the anchor point is mid-letter. That’s not particularly helpful for our animation, where we want the text to flip down from above. You could adjust the anchor point using another text animator, but there’s actually an easier way…Above the text animator, you’ll see “More Options”. Twirl that down and you’ll see the two values that will let us change where the rotation is anchored to: Anchor Point Grouping and Grouping Alignment. We’ll change Anchor Point grouping to “line” so that the anchor point is the same for each line, and we’ll move the Grouping alignment so that the mark (shown below – you may want to click the image to enlarge) is just above the line of text. This is where the text will flip down from. The second animator give it a nice little overshoot, which adds a bit of organic motion to the movement. It’s fun to experiment with multiple text animators, instead of trying to cram everything into one. Text animators are incredibly powerful, and one of my favorite After Effects features. Hopefully you’ll find new ways to use them in your work!
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot met the Congress MLAs-elect from Maharashtra on Tuesday night after the imposition of President’s Rule in the State. He reportedly spoke to the newly elected members, staying at a luxury resort near Jaipur since Friday, on the latest political developments.Mr. Gehlot headed to the resort after arriving here from Punjab. AICC general secretary Avinash Pande and other Congress leaders were in the resort.The Opposition BJP accused the Congress government of extending hospitality to the party’s newly elected MLAs at the cost of its work for the people of Rajasthan. “The primary responsibility of the State government is the welfare of people here. The Congress has forgotten them,” former BJP Minister Arun Chaturvedi said.Mr. Chaturvedi said the Maharashtra MLAs had been brought to the State and were being kept in a resort here with the “sole objective” of the formation of government by the Congress in that State. All the 44 MLAs were shifted to the Rajasthan resort in two phases on Friday and Saturday. The MLAs, who earlier visited the tourist destination in and around Jaipur, did not venture out of the resort on Tuesday. They went to Mr. Gehlot’s official residence for a dinner on Monday night.