Watch: Deputy Saves Sleeping Couple From Rattlesnake

Watch: Deputy Saves Sleeping Couple From Rattlesnake

first_imgStay on target Watch: 13-Foot ‘Queen of the Pythons’ Lays Massive Clutch of…200-Pound Python Named ‘Ginormica’ Could Reach World-Record Size A couple sleeping on the ground escaped what could have been a very dangerous situation when a quick-thinking Tennessee deputy got them out of the path of a rattlesnake.Maury County Sheriff Rowland said the deputy was responding to a suspicious persons call when he found a couple sleeping next to a rattlesnake. The deputy noticed the snake immediately.center_img The deputy “started to approach, he sees that it is a rather large rattlesnake. And of course, he stays very calm and as he approaches the folks, the snake is kind of slithering away,” Rowland said.Before the situation escalated, the deputy was able to direct the couple to safety.In a video shared Friday on the Maury County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page, the deputy can be heard waking the couple and then giving careful instructions. “Don’t move… Roll toward me,” the deputy instructed the couple.The man stood up didn’t exactly “roll,” though. He stood up and bolted.Fortunately, the rattlesnake didn’t strike.“So many life lessons to be learned in this video,” the Maury County Sheriff’s Department said on the Facebook post.“They didn’t follow it just exactly right, but fortunately it worked out,” said Rowland.Rattlesnakes are common in Tennessee. Of Tennessee’s 32 snakes, only four are venomous. The Timber Rattlesnake is is the largest, and the most dangerous, of the four venomous snakes in Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Timber rattlesnakes, which occur across the state, kill prey by a venomous bite, in which the venom is injected by fangs located in the snake mouth.More on Geek.com:Rare, Venomous Snake Hitches a Ride on Kayak Paddle in MichiganSnake Pops Out of Toilet, Bites Florida Man (On the Arm)Anaconda Gets Pregnant Without a Male, Has ‘Virgin Birth’ at Aquariumlast_img read more

Divas Title match added to WWE Night of Champions on 9/21

first_img Now Playing Up Next Brie Bella Google+ Pinterest John Cena Seen On Date Videos Articles WhatsApp CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie Videos Articles Nikki Bella ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Facebook Videos Articles Rock ’N’ Roll Express challenging for ROH World Tag Team Titles at Honor For All Now Playing Up Next WWE has released a video from Stephanie McMahon announcing that Paige will defend the WWE Divas Championship against AJ Lee and Nikki Bella at the Night of Champions PPV on 9/21 from Nashville. You can view the video announcement below.The updated card is as follows.WWE World Heavyweight Championship MatchBrock Lesnar (c) vs. John CenaWWE Intercontinental Championship MatchDolph Ziggler (c) vs. The MizWWE United States Championship MatchSheamus (c) vs. CesaroWWE Divas Championship MatchPaige (c) vs. AJ Lee vs. Nikki Bella Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Nikki Bella Opens Up About Life After John Cena Split AEW announces location and venue for week seven of their televison series on TNT Twitter WWE Smackville Results – 7/27/19 (Kofi Kingston faces Dolph Ziggler and Samoa Joe) Recommended videosPowered by AnyClip’Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John CenaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rousey John Cena Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Washington Redskins player pays tribute to Shawn Michaels

first_img Odell Beckham Can’t Wear His 250 Grand Watch On The Field Anymore WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Antonio Brown Breaks Speaks Out About Rape Allegations Facebook “Mean” Gene Okerlund passes away at the age of 76, WWE issues lengthy statement AEW News: Early look at rally event today, Former WWE star spotted in Jacksonville Now Playing Up Next Fire Erupts On Tennessee Titans Field: Pyrotechnics Device Malfunction Antonio Brown Possibly Said Something Offensivecenter_img Twitter Pinterest Google+ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next NFL’s George Kittle on trying to make it to TLC, Watch Baron Corbin get beat up last night Deadspin.com is featuring an article about NFL linebacker Ryan Kerrigan of the Washington Redskins paying tribute to WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels after a sack on Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. You can see a clip of his sack below.Source: Deadspin.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipFire Erupts On Tennessee Titans Field: Pyrotechnics Device MalfunctionVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:08Loaded: 100.00%0:08Remaining Time -0:22 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Julian Edelman Launches Youtube Channellast_img read more

Driver motorcyclist killed in east Vancouver crash identified

first_imgThe Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the two people killed in a crash Friday night in east Vancouver.Renee L. Unell, 50, of Camas died of multiple blunt-force injuries while driving a 2005 BMW X5 that was struck by two motorcycles. One of the motorcyclists, Matthew L. Stevens, 23, of Vancouver died from similar injuries, according to a medical examiner’s office news release. Their deaths were ruled accidental.The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating the crash. Speed, along with alcohol consumed by the motorcyclists, appeared to be factors in the collision, according to police.The motorcycles were traveling west on Northeast 18th Street around 11:45 p.m. when they struck the SUV, which was headed south on Northeast 187th Avenue as it made a left turn, according to a police news release.Unell was pronounced dead at the scene. An 8-year-old child, who was also in the SUV, suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for evaluation. A gofundme has been set up to help the 8-year-old. Stevens was also pronounced dead at the scene, while the second motorcyclist, who has not yet been identified, went to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.last_img read more

CTran helps train puppy for career assisting blind

first_imgHere’s what you need to know if you spot a 10-week-old puppy named Jamboree on a C-Tran bus.The black Labrador retriever should have his green Guide Dogs for the Blind vest on, which means Jamboree is working or, more accurately, training for an important career.For that reason, bus riders should resist that overwhelming temptation to pet, play with or otherwise dote on an irresistibly cute guide dog in training who has adorable puppy eyes, large paws, a soft black coat and floppy, velvetlike ears.No word on whether taking selfies with Jamboree will be allowed. This puppy already has his own Twitter account, @Jamboree_CTRAN, and is well on his way to becoming a local celebrity.Jamboree may know how to sit on command, but he apparently hasn’t learned what it means to “follow back” on Twitter. Nor has he mastered the time-honored practice of sucking up to the boss, because he doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to return C-Tran CEO Shawn Donaghy’s follow.Jamboree is training to become a service dog for Guide Dogs for the Blind, the nation’s largest guide dog school that in 1942 started training and placing dogs with people who are blind or visually impaired.last_img read more

Care 2 Share the best deal in town

first_imgNot much is free these days. Or if something is there are often strings attached, like having to sign up for an email newsletter to get a birthday freebie.But on Friday and Saturday, Fourth Plain Church of the Nazarene offered a twist on the traditional summertime church rummage sale: Everything was completely free. People didn’t have to sign up for anything, but they could fill out a prayer request card if they desired.When Adrian Jimenez first approached the sale, called Care 2 Share, he almost felt like he was doing something wrong.“It’s almost, I want to say, a Goodwill but outside and better. It certainly is the best deal in town,” quipped Jimenez, who found some nice dress shirts. The sale took place in the park behind the northeast Vancouver church.Aireann Duke said her family found out about Care 2 Share on Facebook.“We’re just struggling a little bit with our finances,” she said. “We were hoping to find some things and we did.”They filled grocery bags with clothes, shoes and puzzles.Throughout the day, the dozens of volunteers who helped put on the event heard stories from people in need. A homeless man got a new backpack. Young men cobbled together the pots and pans they needed for their college apartment. A woman who recently had knee surgery found a bicycle to help with her recovery. Four silverware sets were given away to people who had moved into new homes.Sure, some people take advantage of the generosity, but organizer Rhonda Soft said the good outweighs the bad.“Our desire is just to share love as well as things with people,” said Soft, who is on the church’s missions committee.She said she’s inspired by biblical passages that encourage sharing what you have and valuing others above yourself. Care 2 Share is a way to give back what was given to her.last_img read more

Woodland food bank to cut one distribution day

first_imgWOODLAND — Woodland Action is temporarily suspending Tuesday distribution at the food bank due to a staffing shortage, according to a post on the nonprofit group’s Facebook page. The food bank is typically open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays. With the closure on Tuesdays, the food bank will extend hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Tuesday distributions could return in the fall. For more information, visit www.woodlandaction.org, or call 360-225-9998.last_img

Dump truck crashes into Seattle sandwich shop 5 hurt

first_imgSEATTLE — A dump truck crashed into a pedestrian, vehicles and a Subway restaurant in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square district, injuring five people.Four of the people had serious injuries and were taken to Harborview Medical Center after the incident happened around 9:50 a.m. Monday, according to the Seattle Fire Department.As of 11:30 a.m., a 25-year-old woman was in serious condition, and three men, ages 33, 44, and 51, were in satisfactory condition, hospital spokeswoman Barbara Clements said.The four taken to the hospital included three people who were in vehicles and the pedestrian, officials said. An employee and a customer at Subway got out safely, according to Seattle Fire Department spokesman David Cuerpo.Seattle Police said the truck “allegedly suffered a catastrophic mechanical failure.” It came to rest completely inside Subway, shattering the entire front window of the store.The building was evacuated, including the residential and commercial sections, and will remain evacuated until a structural assessment is completed.Police are investigating. Fire officials say the driver of the Barrett Services Inc. dump truck suffered minor injuries and was being interviewed by police.last_img read more

Battle Ground Fire District 3 work toward annexation vote

first_imgAs Battle Ground and Fire District 3 officials continue to work toward a potential annexation vote, city officials reviewed a list of improvements or cuts to services if the vote takes place in 2020, as is expected.At the city council’s Aug. 19 meeting, the council voted unanimously to reduce the city’s utility tax rate by 10 percent if the annexation vote is approved.City Manager Erin Erdman said earlier this year the city is aiming to put annexation on the ballot in February, with public hearings happening in October. The vote would have to be approved by Battle Ground residents, as well as those who live in Fire District 3’s coverage area, which includes Battle Ground, Hockinson, Brush Prairie and Venersborg.Fire District 3 took over as Battle Ground’s fire and emergency service contractor in 2016 after the city opted to switch from using Clark County Fire & Rescue. It’s the only city in the county to contract out for fire service.According to information from the fire district, the current contract for fire services accounts for $1.35 of the city’s property tax levy, which is $1.37 per $1,000 of assessed property value. At the current rate, the district estimates that fire services contract would exceed the city’s general property tax levy in 2021 due to increased call volume to the city.last_img read more

Murkowski strikes sweet note on immigration

first_imgU.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Sen. Lisa Murkowski is helping President Trump achieve his tax overhaul, but she’s sounding a different message on immigration.Listen Now“America is a land of immigrants. It’s who we are,” she said on a video to support a campaign pressing Congress to pass the DREAM Act before the end of the year. “And from our farms to our hospitals to our laboratories, immigrants are helping to move our country forward.”Murkowski is one of a handful of Republican sponsors of the DREAM bill in the Senate. It would help non-citizens who came to the U.S. as children stay in the country. Trump has said he wants to help the DREAMers, too, but he speaks more often about strong borders and putting America first. Murkowski’s video, on the other hand, plugs cultural diversity, refugees and immigrants in general.“They’re lifting up our communities,” she said on the video, referring to immigrants. “They’re creating American jobs. They’re paying billions in taxes. They are Americans building America.”As expected, Murkowski was appointed Wednesday to the conference committee that will reconcile the House and Senate versions of the tax bill. Alaska Congressman Don Young also has a seat on the committee. A top goal for both of them is to ensure the bill opens the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling.Also on Wednesday, Murkowski joined the chorus calling for Sen. Al Franken to step down following allegations he groped several women.last_img read more

The puffiest superNeptune has a cloudfree atmosphere new study finds

The puffiest superNeptune has a cloudfree atmosphere new study finds

first_img Three new gas giant exoplanets discovered by SuperWASP-South (Phys.org)—Astronomers have recently conducted spectroscopic observations of the exoplanet WASP-127b – the puffiest “super-Neptune” known to date. The new study, presented in a paper published May 25 on arXiv.org, reveals that this alien world has an atmosphere, which is either completely or partially cloud-free. Example stellar spectra of WASP-127 (red) and the reference star (blue) obtained with the Grism #4 of NOT/ALFOSC on the night of February 23, 2017. The color-shaded areas indicate the divided passbands that are used to create the spectroscopic light curves. Note how the oxygen-A band region is excluded. Credit: Pallé et al., 2017. WASP-127b was classified as a so-called “super-Neptune” as with a mass of about 0.18 Jupiter masses, it is several times more massive than the solar system’s outermost planet. Due to its relatively large radius of 1.37 Jupiter radii, this exoworld is the puffiest, lowest density “super-Neptune” planet discovered to date.It takes about 4.2 days for WASP-127b to complete one full orbit around a bright G5 star located approximately 332 light years away from the Earth. The star’s brightness and its relative proximity, combined with the planet’s short orbital period, make WASP-127b an excellent target for atmospheric follow-up studies.That is why a team of astronomers led by Enric Pallé of the University of La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, has conducted spectroscopic observations of WASP-127b utilizing the Andalucia Faint Object Spectrograph and Camera (ALFOSC). This spectrograph, mounted at the 2.5 m Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) at Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, was used by Pallé’s team in February 2017 to observe a low-resolution, long-slit spectroscopic time series during a planetary transit and to obtain the first transmission spectrum for WASP-127b.Such observations are crucial in order to reveal insights about the atmosphere of this planet that could explain why WASP-127b is so inflated. Studying the planet’s atmospheric composition could offer clues on the nature of its intriguing inflation and its evolutionary history.ALFOSC observations allowed the researchers to find that the transmission spectrum of WASP-127b has strong spectral features. In particular, the spectrum shows the presence of a strong Rayleigh-like slope at blue wavelengths and a hint of sodium (Na) absorption.”At the bluer wavelengths, the spectrum shows a decreasing slope with λ, which seems to indicate the presence of Rayleigh scattering. A hint of Na absorption is seen (although statistically insignificant), with the band centered on the Na doublet presenting a larger planet to star radius ratio value than the surrounding bands,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.According to the researchers, these results suggest that WASP-127b seems to have a cloud-free atmosphere. However, more detailed observations are needed to definitively confirm this finding. The team proposes follow-up studies of this planet with ground-based telescopes and space observatories, including the powerful James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which is planned for launch in October 2018. Further observations could confirm the team’s findings and extend them into the infrared regime, providing crucial information about the evolution of such inflated, low-density alien worlds.”Finding the physical mechanism(s) responsible for this inflation will help us understand how this type of planets evolve and how their fate is tied to that of their host star,” the authors concluded. © 2017 Phys.org Citation: The puffiest ‘super-Neptune’ has a cloud-free atmosphere, new study finds (2017, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-puffiest-super-neptune-cloud-free-atmosphere.html More information: A feature-rich transmission spectrum for WASP-127b, arXiv:1705.09230 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1705.09230AbstractWASP-127b is one of the lowest density planets discovered to date. With a sub-Saturn mass (Mp=0.18±0.02MJ) and super-Jupiter radius (Rp=1.37±0.04RJ), it orbits a bright G5 star, which is about to leave the main-sequence. We aim to explore WASP-127b’s atmosphere in order to retrieve its main atmospheric components, and to find hints for its intriguing inflation and evolutionary history. We used the ALFOSC spectrograph at the NOT telescope to observe a low resolution (R∼330, seeing limited) long-slit spectroscopic time series during a planetary transit, and present here the first transmission spectrum for WASP-127b. We find the presence of a strong Rayleigh slope at blue wavelengths and a hint of Na absorption, although the quality of the data does not allow us to claim a detection. At redder wavelengths the absorption features of TiO and VO are the best explanation to fit the data. Although higher signal-to-noise ratio observations are needed to conclusively confirm the absorption features, WASP-127b seems to posses a cloud-free atmosphere and is one of the best targets to perform further characterization studies in the near future. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Delays expected on A34 due to five hours of roadworks

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists using the A34 are set to face five hours of delays tomorrow – as two manhole covers are repaired. The Northbound carriageway will be reduced to one lane between the Monkey Forest and Trentham Gardens between 9.30am and 2.30pm on Tuesday (February 6). The work is set to involve replacing two inspection chamber covers and frames on the road, which serves as a key route between Stafford and Stone and the Potteries. A Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said: “We are repairing two manholes on the A34 from 9.30am until 2.30pm. “The first is before Trentham Gardens entrance and the second after the Monkey Forest. “Our Traffic Management will be reducing this section down to one lane from the Monkey Forest to Trentham Estate.” Read MoreShoppers look on in horror as vehicle ends up on roof and shuts busy Stoke-on-Trent street Drivers can expect further travel misery due to bad weather, with a Met Office warning for snow and ice in force from 8pm on Monday night until 3pm on Tuesday afternoon. For the latest traffic and travel news from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit the Sentinel’s dedicated traffic channel here. For live updates on the roads and railways of the region, as well as more breaking news and weather coverage, you can visit our daily live news service here.last_img read more

Why was Rust chosen for Libra US Congressman questions Facebook on Libra

first_imgLast month, Facebook announced that it’s going to launch its own cryptocurrency, Libra and Calibra, a payment platform that sits on top of the cryptocurrency, unveiling its plans to develop an entirely new ecosystem for digital transactions. It also developed a new programming language, “Move” for implementing custom transaction logic and “smart contracts” on the Libra Blockchain. The Move language is written entirely in Rust. Although Facebook’s media garnered a massive media attention and had investors and partners from the likes of PayPal, loan platform Kiva, Uber, and Lyft, it had its own share of concerns. The US administration is worried about a non-governmental currency in the hands of big tech companies. Early July, the US congress asked Facebook to suspend the implementation of Libra until the ramifications were investigated. Last week, at the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services hearing, investigating Libra’s security related challenges, Congressman Denver Riggleman posed an important question to David Marcus, head of Calibra, asking why the Rust language was chosen for Libra. Riggleman: I was really surprised about the Rust language. So my first question is, why was the Rust language chosen as the implementation language for Libra? Do you believe it’s mature enough to handle the security challenges that will affect these large cryptocurrency transactions? Marcus: The Libra association will own the repository for the code. While there are many flavors and branches being developed by third parties, only safe and verified code will actually be committed to the actual Libra code base which is going to be under the governance of the Libra association. Riggleman: It looks like Libra was built on the nightly build of the Rust programming language. It’s interesting because that’s not how we did releases at the DoD. What features of Rust are only available in the nightly build that aren’t in the official releases of Rust? Does Facebook see it as a concern that they are dependent on unofficially released features of the Rust programming language? Why the nightly releases? Do you see this as a function of the prototyping phase of this? Marcus: Congressman, I don’t have the answers to your very technical questions but I commit that we will get back to you with more details on your questions. Marcus appeared before two US congressional hearing sessions last week where he was constantly grilled by legislators. The grilling led to a dramatic alteration in the strategy of Libra. Marcus has clarified that Facebook won’t move forward with Libra until all concerns are addressed. The original vision of Facebook with Libra was to be an open and largely decentralized network which would be beyond the reach of regulators. Instead, regulatory compliance would be the responsibility of exchanges, wallets, and other services called the Libra association. Post the hearing Marcus has stated that the Libra Association would have a deliberately limited role in regulatory matters. Per ArsTechnica, Calibra, would follow US regulations on consumer protection, money laundering, sanctions, and so forth. But Facebook didn’t seem to have plans for the Libra Association, Facebook, or any associated entity to police illegal activity on the Libra network as a whole. This video clipping sparked quite the discussion on Hacker News and Reddit with people applauding the QnA session. Some appreciated that legislators are now asking tough questions like these. “It’s cool to see a congressman who has this level of software dev knowledge and is asking valid questions.” “Denver Riggleman was an Air Force intelligence officer for 11 years, then he became an NSA contractor. I’m not surprised he’s asking reasonable questions.” “I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a Congressman going to GitHub, poking around in some open source code, and then asking very cogent and relevant questions about it. This video is incredible if only because of that.” Others commented on why Congress may have trust issues with using a young programming language like Rust for something like Libra, which requires layers of privacy and security measures. “Traditionally, government people have trust issues with programming languages as the compiler is, itself, an attack vector. If you are using a nightly release of the compiler, it may be assumed by some that the compiler is not vetted for security and could inject unstable or malicious code into another critical codebase. Also, Rust is considered very young for security type work, people rightly assume there are unfound weaknesses due to the newness of the language and related libraries”, reads one comment from Hacker News. Another adds, “Governments have issues with non-stable code because it changes rapidly, is untested and a security risk. Facebook moves fast and break things.” Rust was declared as the most loved programming language by developers in the Stack Overflow survey 2019. This year more or less most major platforms have  jumped on the bandwagon of writing or rewriting its components in the Rust programming language. Last month, post the release of Libra, Calibra tech lead Ben Maurer took to Reddit to explain why Facebook chose the programming language Rust. Per Maurer, “As a project where security is a primary focus, the type-safety and memory-safety of Rust were extremely appealing. Over the past year, we’ve found that even though Rust has a high learning curve, it’s an investment that has paid off. Rust has helped us build a clean, principled blockchain implementation. Part of our decision to choose Rust was based on the incredible momentum this community has achieved. We’ll need to work together on challenges like tooling, build times, and strengthening the ecosystem of 3rd-party crates needed by security-sensitive projects like ours.” Not just Facebook, last week, Microsoft announced plans to replace their C and C++ code with Rust calling it a “modern safer system programming language” with great memory safety features. In June, Brave ad-blocker also released a new engine written in Rust which gives 69x better performance. Airbnb has introduced PyOxidizer, a Python application packaging and distribution tool written in Rust. Read Next “I’m concerned about Libra’s model for decentralization”, says co-founder of Chainspace, Facebook’s blockchain acquisition Facebook launches Libra and Calibra in a move to seriously disrupt the financial sector Facebook releases Pythia, a deep learning framework for vision and language multimodal researchlast_img read more

N3 open for traffic

N3 open for traffic

first_imgThe northbound and southbound lanes are now open on the N3 at Van Reenen.Both lanes were closed due to this morning’s horror crashes that took place. Officials worked hard to clear the scene and also get oil off the road so that traffic could flow safely again.Due to extensive backlogs, traffic is moving slowly. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

Jaws of life used to save trapped occupants

Jaws of life used to save trapped occupants

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A driver of a truck lost contol and swerved off the road on Monday morning on the Pieters/ Colenso Road.Sharaj Ambulance Services and EMRS used the jaws of life to save the trapped and injured passengers.Two people sustained slight injuries and were transported to hospitallast_img

A Pullback in Mortgage Demand

A Pullback in Mortgage Demand

first_img Share Mike Fratantoni Mortgage Applications Survey Mortgage Bankers Association 2019-03-06 Donna Joseph A Pullback in Mortgage Demand in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Origination, Servicingcenter_img Mortgage applications decreased 2.5 percent compared to the previous week, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 1, 2019. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 10 percent compared with the previous week, while the Refinance Index decreased 2 percent from the previous week.The volume of refinance loan applications decreased 3 percent from the week prior while the unadjusted Purchase Index increased 11 percent compared with the previous week and was 1 percent higher than the same week one year ago. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity increased to 7.4 percent of total applications. The USDA share of total applications remained unchanged from 0.6 percent the week prior.”Slightly higher mortgages rates last week led to a decrease in application volume. Furthermore, the average loan size for purchase applications increased to a record high, led by a rise in the average size of conventional loans. This suggests that move-up and higher-end buyers have so far become a greater share of the spring market,” said Mike Fratantoni, SVP and Chief Economist at MBA. Fratantoni also pointed out that overall, conventional purchase loans are up 2.1 percent relative to last year, indicating that “homebuyers continue to be inspired by the stable rate environment and the modest increase in housing supply.”Here’s how the average contract interest rates performed for various loans:The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 40.0 percent of total applications from 40.4 percent the previous week.For 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances increased to 4.67 percent from 4.65 percent.The rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances decreased to 4.41 percent from 4.40 percent the week prior.The average FHA-backed 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 4.66 percent from 4.64 percent the week prior. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 4.08 percent from 4.00 percent.The rate for 5/1 ARMs increased to 4.08 percent from 3.95 percent. March 6, 2019 813 Views last_img read more

Could you use lasers to get your players to align correctly

Could you use lasers to get your players to align correctly

first_imgOne MLB exec asked, “What’s the difference between a coach waving his hands to move a guy right or left, or taking laser pointers to show him where to move? What’s the difference? … It’s just taking the shift one step further.”While I’m not exactly sure if the Dodgers were simply using a range finder and those paint markings / a laser pointer to get their guys shifted in the right positions, or if there were actual lasers involved, it got me to thinking how close we may actually be to being able to use lasers to adjust the alignment of players, in practice at the very least. Proper alignment plays such a key role on defense that being able to show, in real time, where a player lines up after an offense shifts or versus a certain formation, can be incredibly important.There’s actually nothing stopping you from using a small hand held laser at practice right now, and for some positions that may be an interesting strategy to utilize. Imagine being a safeties coach on the practice field during a team session. The tight ends goes in motion from right to left, switching the strength of the formation, and after your player doesn’t respond immediately, you take a laser pointer and draw a path from 12 yards deep (where he currently is), to a rolled up run-support position of 6-7  yards from the ball, and he immediately reacts. For a lot of guys, that approach may help them retain the information a lot better than yelling at them after the play, or talking about it during a film session. It’s both visual and immediate.As that idea continues to evolve, maybe a laser could be mounted to a drone and then used remotely to line up an entire defense to formations or motions. The possibilities are actually quite exciting.Speaking of using technology on the field, as the NFL and NCAA continue discussions about allowing video on the sidelines – something that high schools have been doing for years – I found it interesting that Major League Baseball has a much different view of how the NFL utilizes technology than the coaching profession does.“The NFL has totally embraced technology. We’re so far behind on so many fronts, it’s incredible,” one GM notes in the piece.Head here to read the full article. Imagine having the ability to use interactive lasers as a teaching tool to get your players lined up correctly, or to make an adjustment to a certain formation or personnel grouping. That may not be as far fetched as you’d think.The idea came to me as I was reading a baseball article from ESPN talking about the Dodgers asking the grounds crew of New York Mets if they’d mind painting a few marks on the outfield of Citi Field before the game to help the positioning of their outfielders. The Dodgers planned to use an “electronic positioning device,” to align their outfielders during the game, and since the Mets were unaware initially they told their opponent “no problem,” but then someone in the front office in New York started to do some digging and had the commissioner’s office investigate.A few days later, the Dodgers were notified that their plans were ruled illegal, but for the past month they had been getting away with using a range finder and the device without anyone batting an eye. The Dodgers had been using the marks and the device, and combining it with player data and analytics to put their outfielders in places where players had been known to hit. Instead of having a coach yell at the center fielder from the dugout “TAKE 10 GIANT STEPS BACK and EIGHT STEPS TO THE RIGHT” they were using technology and lasers to relay that same information. Well the MLB decided that was not okay. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixlast_img read more

Video Dabo as Dracula Jimbo as Jigsaw Cut as Pennywise and

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Urgent appeal for blood donations

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