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Woman shot and killed by Webster County Deputy

first_imgFORT DODGE — Webster County authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting south of Fort Dodge.The Fort Dodge Police and Webster County Sheriff’s Department were called to a residence shortly after 7 Tuesday evening for a report of a suicidal female with two knives. Reportedly the woman ran at the sheriff’s deputy armed with a knife in each hand.The deputy fired his gun at the woman and she was hit and killed. The names of the woman who died and the deputy who fired the shot have not been released.The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has been called in to assist in the investigation.last_img read more

The Washington Center Interviews “Blonde Poison” Playwright

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe infamous actions of Stella Goldschlag – a “catcher” of Jews during the Second World War (despite being Jewish herself) in order to guarantee her safety and that of her parents – were undoubtedly heinous and evil. Yet Gail Louw’s new play “Blonde Poison” – the nickname given to Goldschlag thanks to her typically Aryan looks – poses the question, what would you do in that situation?From “Blond Poison.” Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts.“It really talks to people about the human condition and human nature. There is so much torture, misery, trouble and strife in the world, and it really questions what an individual’s role is in all this,” she says. “What actually happens to people in extraordinary circumstances and situations? How do they respond?”The play draws heavily on the book Stella, written by Goldschlag’s childhood friend Peter Wyden, who nurtured a schoolyard crush for her before escaping Nazi Germany in 1937. The book explores what drove the young woman to become an informant, and Louw took Wyden and Goldschlag’s reunion interview as the basis for her work.Louw is no stranger to the time period, or writing about her faith – her play Two Sisters, part of Devonshire Park’s Studio Season last year, was based on her mother and aunt meeting up and talking about how the events of the war shaped their family. “Many of my plays are about Jews. I am Jewish, but I’m not a terribly good one. Clearly, though, all these things are buried within – my mother’s parents were killed in a concentration camp,” says Louw.“The thing about Stella was that she was such a cruel, awful, dreadful, evil person – but you can’t help but understand where she is coming from. If you were given the opportunity to save yourself and your beloved parents, people would take it. Then again, you have to remember a lot of people didn’t take it, they didn’t become betrayers and took the more honourable way out.”It is extraordinary that Goldschlag’s journey to becoming a monster – estimates place that somewhere in the region of between 600 and 3,000 Jewish men and women were captured and sent to camps following her entrapment – came from being betrayed herself. At the start of the war she was handed over to the Gestapo by an acquaintance, a fellow Jew, and was arrested and beaten for carrying forged ID.“For her to then turn with such vengeance… wow, it’s difficult to believe,” exclaims Louw. “If you’re a German soldier or a Gestapo agent, you’re doing it for the Fatherland, but what was Stella doing it for? She was Jewish. At one point she says, ‘This way I have food and I have a bed… isn’t this what everybody wants?’ Yes, it is, but not at everybody else’s cost.”Several sources, including the Holocaust Chronicle, have come to suggest that Goldschlag hated her Jewishness. It’s a statement Louw agrees with. “The German Jews were very disdainful of the Eastern ones, and thought they were disgusting, poor and dirty – these people who looked so Jewish and spoke this foreign language didn’t fit in and didn’t appreciate Brahms and Beethoven,” she explains.“Some families were extremely secular and hated the whole thing of being Jewish – it wasn’t important to them. It was Hitler who made them become Jewish. Suddenly it was forced on them and they had to wear yellow stars and have it define them.”Victim or monster? It seems nothing in Stella’s story, Louw argues, is black and white.“In Holocaust literature there is a lot of stuff that makes you feel uplifted and stuff that makes you feel traumatised and depressed. Stella encompasses all of these things. The horrors of torture and betrayal, and also what one does to oneself,” she says.Blonde Poison will be at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts for two nights, January 25 and 26, 2018. To purchase tickets, call 360-753-8586 or visit The Washington Center for the Performing Arts website.  Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. From “Blond Poison.” Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts.last_img read more

As Expected, Marine Park Back To the Drawing Board

first_imgBy Marion Lynch RED BANK – It’s back to the drawing board for the Borough Council’s efforts to restore the area of Marine Park where the clay tennis courts are located. Supporters of the courts won a battle this week in their years-long fight to preserve them when Councilwoman Linda Schwabenbauer announced at Monday’s Borough Council meeting that they would reject all three proposals for projects in the area of Marine Park where the storm-damaged courts are located.The three members of the council’s parks and recreation committee – Schwabenbauer, Kathy Horgan and Edward Zipprich – reviewed three proposals, and the plan that scored the highest was the one least favored by residents.“The Jetsun proposal came out on top numerically,” Schwabenbauer said, “but the preponderance of public opinion was not in favor.”The committee’s only option, she said is to reject all three proposals. A formal resolution will be on the agenda for the Nov. 23 meeting.The proposal submitted by Jetsun Enterprises, a group of private investors, was the most ambitious of the three submitted to the council’s request for proposals (RFP) back in April.That plan called for the construction of an 18-hole miniature golf course, synthetic, year-round ice rink, a food concession stand, a boathouse offering canoe and kayak rentals; there would also be driven golf carts to take patrons to and from offsite parking.The other plans call for rebuilding the tennis courts and operating them independently from the borough, providing the borough with a portion of the proceeds; and a boathouse and catering hall that would offer boat rentals and recreational and educational program sponsored by the Navesink River Rowing Club and Navesink Maritime Heritage Association.When evaluating the three plans the parks and rec committee relied on quantifiable criteria in making its determination. Using that matrix, the Jetsun proposal was the clear winner, “by a head and shoulders,” Schwabenbauer told the Two River Times last week.
 Mayor Pasquale Menna said Monday that it would be “back to the drawing board” in the borough’s efforts to restore the area of the park surrounding the courts. The red clay tennis courts, constructed in the 1930s, were severely damaged in Super Storm Sandy in 2012 and have been unusable for the past three years.In response to a question from Councilwoman Cindy Burnham, Schwabenbauer the council’s “hands were tied” and could not select the second best proposal.“We’re just following the law and public opinion. Now we’re going to start over from scratch,” said Horgan.Burnham stressed that “RFPs cost money,” and said that state law allows municipalities to lease municipal property to a nonprofit if they meet certain criteria. “Which, I do believe the tennis courts meet. So you could accept a nonprofit without going out to an RFP.”To Burnham’s charges that the RFP process was “not transparent” and that residents “did not know what was going on,” Schwabenbauer responded, “I think 83 people knew the process well enough to send some letters. The committee received 83 letters, 12 emails and “lots of phone calls” from residents, she reported.Supporters of the courts formed a non-profit organization, Red Bank Clay Tennis Courts Association, represented by attorney Donald Pepe.“We don’t need another RFP,” Pepe told the council. The group recommends a public-private partnership to repair and maintain the courts. “The money is there to fix these courts.”More than a dozen people in attendance held up “Save the Courts” signs at one point in the discussion.“If the borough doesn’t have the funding, there is private money available,” Pepe later told The Two River Times.John Burton contributed to this story.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — WK Glacier Challenge Top Team – Rear Guard

first_imgThe 2016 West Kootenay Glacier Challenge added to its incredible success over the weekend by raising more than $125,000 to help find a cure for MS (Multiple sclerosis). One team did more than their fair share of the fundraising as the Team Rear Guard raised almost $20,000 toward the overall total.Team Rear Guard has not only been selected Mallard’s Team of the Week for their amazing contribution, hard work and dedication, but the contingent walked away with The Nelson Daily prize as the top fundraising team during Saturday’s award ceremony at Lakeside Rotary Park.Hats off to this amazing group of individuals, Jim and Nancy Noiles, Doug Noiles, P’Nina Shames and Lorne Westnedge.In five years the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge has raised almost $470,000.last_img read more

Education is offered as a solution

first_imgSakha Ingomso Lethu’s flagship programme aims to give access to quality education to those in rural South Africa. (Image: Wikipedia)Access to education is one of the defining differences between urban and rural youth – with opportunity far more easily available in cities than in the countryside.Sakha Ingomso Lethu, which means “building our future” in isiXhosa, aims to address this inequality. The NGO has a flagship programme, Sakha Ulutsha Lwethu, which means “we are building our youth”, to provide information and tools for rural and township youth to be able to access institutions of higher learning.It is the work of Simamkele Dlakavu, a social activist who has represented young people in various youth summits around the African continent and the world. In 2013, she was recognised by the Moremi Initiative, a Ghanaian NGO, as one of 28 of Africa’s Most Outstanding Emerging Women Leaders for 2013.Dlakavu holds a BA degree in international relations and political studies as well as an honours degree in political studies from the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2014, the Mail and Guardian newspaper named her one of South Africa’s Top 200 Young South Africans.“There are many reports that show the challenges facing rural and township youth attending school in these areas which include lack of infrastructure, lack of trained teachers, no facilities such as libraries or computer labs, amongst many well documented challenges,” Dlakavu wrote on SA Goodnews about the project.“What is often missing in such reports is the resilience and hunger that many of these youth have to get an education, which still remains one of the gateways to class mobility in South Africa.”Sakha embraces South Africa’s National Development Plan or Vision 2030, which seeks to improve the outcomes of the country’s rural development and education. In terms of the plan, South Africa is working to ensure people are not disadvantaged because they come from disadvantaged or rural areas.PARTNERSHIPSThe NGO held workshops in June 2015, during the school holidays, in Venda, in Limpopo. The province suffered serious educational challenges in the recent past when textbooks did not reach learners in time.“This year, in June/July, Sakha Ulutsha Lwethu partnered with Duke University and the Organisation for Tropical Studies, South Africa office (OTS) to run workshops for rural youth in HaMakuya, in Venda in Limpopo,” Dlakavu explained.“The workshops were focused on exposing the learners in HaMakuya to various study options for post-high school career options. The University of Cape Town, Wits University and the University of the Free State provided application forms, prospectuses and various other informational packages to help the students make the best choice proper fit career option.”Her group spoke to the learners about various funding options as many of them came from low income families. The area also had a very high unemployment rate, she explained, and many households were dependent on government grants and “piecemeal”, or temporary jobs.“OTS has been working in the HaMakuya area for a number of years now on various programmes such as the Global Health course run with Duke University, and as part of the programme a number of American (mostly) undergraduate students visit the area for about 10 days, three of which are spent on ‘homestay’ with the families in the area,” she said.“Yet the organisation realises the importance of not just taking from the community, but being able to give something back to the area and hence the partnership with Sakha was important.”Sakha held the workshops during the June school holidays but the turn out impressed Dlakavu. “Although it was still school holidays at the time of the workshops,” she said, “the students came out in numbers to listen and interact as some were in ‘winter school’, revising and already preparing for the final matric exams.“We heard the students want to pursue careers in engineering, medicine, the arts, law and many other careers. Yet, there were many other challenges such as uncertainty about where they would source funding for higher education, as well as uncertainty about the National Benchmark Tests some universities run.”last_img read more

Climate change may not improve agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Although many people have argued that rising carbon dioxide levels would benefit crop production, a recent model of the effects of increased CO2 shows that it’s not that simple and that elevated levels could have a much less positive effect on plant photosynthesis than previously predicted.Purdue University researchers tested the effects of increased CO2 and warmer temperatures on plant water use. Although increased carbon dioxide and warmer temperatures generally improve photosynthesis, in these experiments the researchers found that pores on plant leaves, known as the stomata, were predicted to narrow in these conditions, reducing the amount of moisture plants release into the air.Although this change may mean some plants are more efficient in their water use in some arid regions, overall this change in plant physiology will have its own climate effects, resulting in less rainfall in some regions, damaging plants and crop yields, said Qianlai Zhuang, professor of earth and atmospheric science.“This study reveals that while increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide can directly strengthen plant uptake of CO2, it can also reduce plant transpiration, influence global precipitation patterns, and increase warming locally,” he said.The research was published in a recent issue of Geophysical Research Letters. Zhuang’s graduate student Zhu is the lead author on the paper.Lisa Welp, assistant professor of biogeochemistry in Purdue’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, and a co-author on the paper, says that in many terrestrial ecosystems, precipitation is from water recycled to the atmosphere by plants upwind, affecting both precipitation and temperatures.“The role that terrestrial vegetation plays in rainfall recycling on land is often simplified or overlooked, but it’s a key player in determining regional precipitation patterns and, therefore, productivity in water-limited ecosystems,” Welp said. “If some plants reduce their transfer of water to the atmosphere by reducing transpiration rates, this results in regional declines in precipitation. It also results in local heating because evaporating water from plant leaves acts like an air conditioner, keeping surface temperatures cooler.”Overall, the effect is strong enough that there is no net increase in global agricultural production, Zhuang said. In fact, as carbon dioxide increases globally, the modeling showed that plant life in most regions of the world suffers considerably due to rising temperatures and decreased precipitation.“You cannot look at just one effect in isolation, such as photosynthesis, and make a determination of how it will affect global crop production,” Zhuang said. “There are both direct and indirect effects, and both should be considered.”Atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased from 280 parts per million before the Industrial Age, which began in the late 1700s, to the current level above 400 parts per million.Zhuang and graduate student Peng Zhu devised six model experiments using historic climate data from 1850 to 2011. They found that although a few areas would see improved plant growth — including parts of Canada, most of Madagascar, and the southern tip of India — other regions on the planet would suffer.“This study indicates that the net CO2 fertilization effect will be overestimated unless vegetation-climate feedback effects are taken into account,” Zhu said.This research was funded by the National Science Foundation (award number 1028291) and NASA (award NNX14AD91G).last_img read more

New iPhone Software Arrives Today – Can You Run it?

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Ahead of Thursday’s release of the new and improved iPhone 4, Apple is today launching a series of software improvements collectively known as iOS 4 to owners of older generation iPhones and iPod Touch devices. iOS 4, the updated form of the iPhone operating system, brings over 100 new features, some big – like folders for apps and unified inboxes – some small – like home screen wallpapers and threaded email – and some – like multi-tasking – which your old iPhone may not be able to run at all. Multi-tasking, iPhone’s Newest Trick, Doesn’t Run on Older Devices Announced in April during a presentation on Apple’s Cupertino campus, iOS 4 delivers several long-awaited features for many iPhone users, the most important of which may be “multi-tasking,” the ability for apps to run in the background while you launch and use additional applications in the foreground. Developers must first update their iPhone apps to take advantage of this new feature, but after doing so, those applications become accessible via a “task menu” that appears at the bottom of the iPhone’s screen, launched by double-tapping the iPhone’s “Home” button. Although multi-tasking is arguably the standout feature of the iOS 4 software, users of older iPhones won’t be able to take advantage of the new functionality. Multi-tasking won’t work on the iPhone 3G or second generation iPod Touch devices. And those who still have the original iPhone can’t run the new software at all. Other Top FeaturesAlong with multi-tasking, iPhone OS 4 apps can also be configured to run in the background, a helpful feature for music applications like Pandora, which up to this point would stop music playback when you exited the app. Now you can continue streaming tunes while checking email, browsing the Web, texting, playing games or doing anything else you want. Even better, location services such as those used by turn-by-turn applications like Tom Tom, will also be able to run in the background, meaning you won’t get lost just because someone calls you while you’re navigating via GPS. A plus for those obsessed with (or addicted to) downloading some of Apple’s over 200,000 applications is the addition of folders. Now more like a mini-computer than ever before, the iPhone 4 software lets you place apps into folders instead of having them spread out across screen after screen. With this improvement, you can store up to 2,160 applications on your iPhone, if desired. Other notable improvements arriving today include iBooks for iPhone, a unified inbox with threaded messaging; 5x digital zoom, tap-to-focus video; playlist creation on the iPhone; a spell checker; support for Bluetooth keyboards; home screen wallpaper; the ability to “gift” applications; Apple’s new mobile advertising platform called iAd; a software orientation lock to prevent the device from switching between portrait and landscape modes; SMS search support; and enterprise enhancements like SSL VPN, wireless distribution of applications, and support for multiple Exchange accounts. How to Upgrade Before upgrading your iPhone to the new iOS 4 software, you’ll want to first update iTunes to version 9.2. (Available here). Once you’re running the new version of iTunes, you’ll then connect your iPhone or iPod to your computer and click the “Check for Update” button on the “Summary” tab (the page that’s shown when you select your iPhone in the “Devices” section in the left column). When the new software becomes available, which is suspected to be around 1 p.m. EST (1800 UTC) today, you’ll be given the opportunity to upgrade your device. Remember to have a current backup in place – just in case – prior to upgrading. To back up your phone, just perform a full sync. Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img sarah perez Tags:#Apple#mobile#NYT#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

NAB 2018: Fujifilm’s X-H1 Camera Gets Put to the Test

first_imgAt NAB this year, the industry is finally getting its hands on Fujifilm’s new 4K mirrorless x-H1 camera. Here’s what we’ve learned so far.Top image via Fujifilm.So, the X-H1 isn’t news — this camera was announced earlier this year. However, people are finally starting to get their hands on it at NAB. Much like 2016’s X-T2, Fujifilm’s new mirrorless camera offers a little more than its predecessor — but not much. The sensor is still the same, and most of the still photography settings are the same. The body is a bit “more sturdy.” The camera is also the first in the X-series lineup with 5-axis in-body stabilization, as well as a new flicker reduction mode, making indoor photography (specifically sports photography) easier for new shooters.This new bulky body is necessary to accommodate bigger lenses. This is Fuji listening to their users and trying to build a smoother, more comfortable camera. NoFilmSchool got their hands on the camera at NAB, so let’s take a look at how the test played out.(Note: The X-T2 is featured in the thumbnail, but it’s not about the X-T2. Just click it.)The real kicker with this camera is the ETERNA mode that essentially emulates film stock, bringing out the colors in a way that reduces the need for extensive color grading in post-production.The FUJIFILM X-H1 features the “ETERNA” mode, a new Film Simulation mode suitable for video recording, simulating the output of cinematographic films. Characterized by subdued color presentations and rich shadow tones, this mode can be used at 400% Dynamic Range (equivalent to approximately 12 stops) to attain video recording with a high degree of perfection while substantially reducing color-grading workload in post processing.Fujifilm has released a short film captured using the X-H1 and the ETERNA feature. You be the judge.They’ve also included a series on photographers and filmmakers who have gotten their hands on the camera to shoot various styles of art and culture. Each artist has a video or profile on their thoughts here.So, my personal thoughts . . . what’s the point? The differences between the X-H1 and the X-T2 are so minimal, I don’t think it justifies an entirely new camera. But that’s just me.Here are the specs:Sensor: 23.6mm x 15.6mm(APS-C)X-Trans CMOS IIIX-mountF-log120 fps at 1080pWeight: 507g5-axis in-body stabilizationTouchscreenFilm Simulator ETERNA15 minutes recording timeDCI 4K Looking for more NAB coverage? Check out these announcements.NAB 2018: Aputure Reveals A Brand-New RGB Panel LightNAB 2018 Announcement: Atomos Unveils the Ninja VNAB 2018 Announcement: Canon’s C700 Goes Full FrameNAB 2018: Blackmagic Announces DaVinci Resolve 15NAB 2018: SmallHD Unveils 5 New Focus Monitorslast_img read more

Sadabhau Khot floats new party

first_imgFollowing his ouster from the Raju Shetti-led Swabhimani Paksha, Maharashtra Minister Sadabhau Khot on Thursday formally launched his own party, Rayat Kranti Sanghatana, in Kolhapur district. “The objective is not to trample on the rights of the toilers of the earth but to fight for their uplift,” Mr. Khot said. He claimed the word rayat was chosen to resonate with the humble tiller of agricultural land.After months of acrimony, Mr. Khot was formally expelled from the Swabhimani Paksha in August this year for allegedly tarnishing the party’s image. While he was expected to formally join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Mr. Khot decided instead to float his own outfit. The same month, Mr. Shetti, an ally of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, withdrew his support.Speaking at Kolhapur’s Shahu Sanskrutik Bhavan, Mr. Khot, who is the Minister for Agriculture and Marketing in the Devendra Fadnavis-led Cabinet, took potshots at his friend-turned-foe, Mr. Shetti.Mr. Khot said, “I am a worker in my party, not a leader who imposes his views… I will till the land, sow the seed, but the cultivated land will belong to the rayat [people].”He said, “Some people could not bear to see me as a Cabinet Minister. Hence, I was forced to exit the party [Swabhimani Paksha], but I do not want to mention names. Henceforth, my work will speak for myself.”In June, their relations hit rock bottom after Mr. Khot returned a sum of money that Mr. Shetti had once lent to help his family. Mr. Khot’s supporters alleged that Mr. Shetti had failed to give to give their leader ‘moral support’. “In my party, the well-being of the farmer is paramount. In six months, we hope to swell our ranks with 5,000 supporters from all the State’s 353 talukas,” Mr. Khot said. Mr. Khot’s decision to float his party marks yet another splinter in the farmers’ movement in recent times. The first major break occurred when Mr. Shetti broke off from the Shetkari Sanghatna, which was founded by the late agrarian activist, Sharad Joshi, who had mentored him. Mr. Shetti then founded the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna whose political wing, the Swabhimani Paksha, was formed in 2004.last_img read more

Media’s Preseason All-SEC Teams Released, Alabama Leads The Way On The First Team

first_imgA day after the media’s SEC preseason poll was released, the preseason All-SEC teams have been released. Unsurprisingly, Alabama has the most selections on the conference’s first-team with six players. Ole Miss, Georgia, LSU and Auburn are also well represented. Here are all three offensive and defensive teams.   SEC Preseason TeamsSEC Preseason Teams SEC Preseason Teams 2SEC Preseason Teams 2 SEC Preseason Teams 3SEC Preseason Teams 3 SEC Preseason Teams 4SEC Preseason Teams 4 SEC Preseason Teams 5SEC Preseason Teams 5 SEC Preseason Teams 6SEC Preseason Teams 6 SEC Preseason Teams 7SEC Preseason Teams 7 SEC Preseason Teams 8SEC Preseason Teams 8 SEC Preseason Teams 9SEC Preseason Teams 9Nothing too surprising. These teams will surely look a lot different at the end of the season, though.last_img read more

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