Florida man allegedly kidnapped teen to drive him through coronavirus checkpoint

first_imgMonroe County Sheriff’s OfficeBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A man was arrested last week after allegedly kidnapping a teenager and forcing her to drive him through a coronavirus checkpoint in the Florida Keys.According to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office officials, Alexander Michael Sardinas, 37, of Tavernier, and a 43-year-old woman from Islamorada tried to enter the Florida Keys in a taxi on Thursday morning, but were turned away at the highway checkpoint for not having proper identification. The Florida Keys are closed to non-residents, due to COVID-19 concerns, through the end of May, and proof of residency is required to get through the checkpoint.After being denied entry, the two adults approached a 17-year-old girl in the parking lot of a Publix in Homestead, about 30 miles north of the Upper Keys. According to police, Sardinas allegedly threatened to harm the victim, a Florida Keys resident, if she didn’t drive them to Tavernier.The victim drove the man and woman to the highway checkpoint and provided her driver’s license with proof of residence, police said. She did not say anything to checkpoint deputies because she was scared, they added.The teen later dropped off Sardinas at a gas station and the woman at a pharmacy in Tavernier, according to police. She called a family member who then alerted law enforcement, police said.Detectives found Sardinas near where the victim dropped him off and the woman in Islamorada, officials said. Both allegedly did not deny being in the car with the victim and gave conflicting accounts of how they met her, cops said.The victim identified Sardinas in a photo lineup and he was charged with kidnapping/false imprisonment. The woman was not arrested, though police said more arrests and charges may be pending in the case. There were no reported injuries.“I am relieved this suspect is currently sitting in jail and the young victim in this case was not seriously hurt,” Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay said in a statement. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Energy innovations

first_imgFarmers want to do things efficiently. It makes sound business sense. Ground was ceremonially broken in Tifton, Ga., May 3 for a center to help show them how to produce and use energy more efficiently on the farm.“The Agriculture Energy Innovation Center is about innovation, development and demonstration of new systems for agriculture to develop and integrate techniques and technologies that will improve agricultural energy efficiencies,” said Craig Kvien, a UGA crop and soil sciences professor and the center’s leader. “The initiative builds on past and on-going programs.”Center partners include private farms looking to use bio-energy crops or solar technology instead of propane to produce heat and electricity for farm use, and UGA and U.S. Department of Agriculture plant breeders who develop crops that require less energy and time to grow. Wireless technology to control and monitor farm equipment will also be developed and tested at the center.Energy: Mission CriticalThe main mission of the center, Kvien said, is to find ways to create energy-saving strategies or technologies that can be applied in a real-world way on a farm.The center will be funded through a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture.The research and education activities in the initiative will take place in Georgia, said Congressman Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), who attended the groundbreaking and garnered the funding for it, but the results can be applied to other parts of the nation. “This will be the only one of its kind in the nation, but we hope the nation will benefit from its experiments,” Kingston said.Model homeThe first building on the site will be a net-zero energy farm house and lab. It will be constructed using environmentally friendly or refurbished materials. It will be positioned for the solar panels in the roof to capture the most sunlight, which will provide electrical power. Water will be heated from heat captured under the roof. The house will need only one-third of the power of a normal home of similar size. It was designed by Cadmus Design-Build. The house’s landscape will include edible plants and fruit trees.Students enrolled in the Green Technologies program at Moultrie Technical College will build the farm house, using it to learn construction techniques. Graduate students and scientists visiting the UGA Tifton campus will live in the house. It will also be open for educational tours to showcase ways to conserve and produce energy in the home.Construction for the farm house will begin early next year.last_img read more

Credit unions healthy or not? Find out from Tom Glatt’s CU HealthScore Report

first_imgYes, credit unions have been growing at a health rate the past couple years and lending has followed suit. All good news for the industry, for sure. But if you peel the proverbial onion back a few layers, what do we really see in regards to the health of credit unions?To find out, we invited Glatt Consulting’s Tom Glatt on the program to share his latest Credit Union HealthScore report for Q4 2014. Dovetailing on the good news, Tom tells us some unprecedented news from his more recent report, along with a few concerns of which we should be aware to keep credit unions on the path to enhanced success. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Asmir Osmanagić: A Sarajevan who is a Referee in the Germany

first_imgHe was born in Sarajevo in 1991 and the destiny brought him and his parents to Stuttgart, where he lives now. As he says, he never stopped feeling like a Bosnian. The hero’s name is Asmir Osmanagić, he is a bachelor in mechanical engineering, and currently a student of master studies in the same faculty. At the same time, he is a referee in football matches, and he has been dealing with that activity since the age of 14.Asmir’s story begins in a somehow classical way, he is a boy who got to love the football ball when he first met with it and started training the most popular sport.“Stuttgart has around 100, even 150 football clubs, and the most famous ones are VFB Stuttgart and Stuttgart Kickers. I started my career at the age of six in MTV Stuttgart. Since I has issues with asthma, my parents decided I should reduce football activity and start swimming or playing tennis. That did help me with asthma, but football was in my heart,” says this 24-year-old.Asmir continued training swimming and tennis and playing football recreationally with his friends. One anecdote from a simple football match with friends brought him to the black shirt and a whistle.“When I was about 12 years old, I was playing football with my father and friends. One man, who was then in a club from Stuttgart, noticed that I have a lot of sense for football and asked me whether I wanted to be a referee. Although it is unusual that someone starts dealing with that at such an early age, I accepted the challenge and already at 14 I judged my first match. It was raining and I judged a U12 match, those were boys who were only two years younger than me,” Asmir remembers.Already at the age of 15 Asmir started judging matches of seniors and it was evident that he has a great potential. Thus, the fast progress and transition to stronger leagues and competitions was not surprising.As of the next season, he will be a referee in the third German league that was won by Dynamo Dresden in the past season and in which teams such as Hansa Rostock, Energie Cotbuss, Fortuna, Osnabruck and others compete. He was also a referee in matches where numerous BiH international players played.Asmir no longer has asthma issues thanks to regular trainings and healthy lifestyle. When asked about his career of a referee in the future, Asmir said:“For now, I do not see myself in the second leaguer or in Bundesliga. I am focused on the third league where I will try to justify trust and opportunity. I just want to be as good as possible in this and if in the next several years I get a chance to go to a stronger league, I will be happy to take it. Currently it is very difficult to make prognoses. I also have hard times, I am dedicated to university and judging, while my friends party. I travel a lot, now I will even cross greater distances, but I know that will pay off one day,” said Asmir Osmanagić, one of the youngest referees in the history of the German third league.(Source: korner.ba/photo: korner.ba)last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook16Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonMy name is Gus, and I am a 9 month old male Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix. Surviving on my own for a while wasn’t very much fun and I am happy the wonderful staff at Adopt-A-Pet brought me into the shelter where I can have a soft/warm bed, lots of good food and loving.We really don’t know how I do with children, other dogs or cats but I think it will be fun learning. Right now we are working on how to walk nicely on a leash and my basic commands. I am a very happy and healthy pup. Please come in for a visit I would love to snuggle up to you and show you how wonderful I am.We always need volunteers to help with the dogs, in the office or with outreach.  To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org , our Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton.  We are open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Our contact information is www.adoptapet-wa.org or contact us at [email protected]last_img read more

Top Opposition Leaders Sign Collaborative Pact

first_imgThe four political leaders after signing the pact (from left): Benoni Urey (ALP), Alexander Cummings (ANC), Joseph N. Boakai (UP) and Charles W. Brumskine (LP)-Unifying for a common purposeBy Gloria T. Tamba and William Q. HarmonWhat could be considered as a historic political collaboration in the life of Liberian politics was consummated in Monrovia yesterday as four of the top five political parties, which emerged out of the 2017 presidential and representative elections, came together and forged a common front.The former ruling Unity Party (UP), which emerged runners-up in the last presidential elections, Liberty Party (LP), Alternative National Congress (ANC) and all Liberian Party (ALP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to begin a nascent political collaborative for future elections, especially the ensuing 2020 senatorial elections across the country and the 2023 presidential and general elections. All these efforts, according to officials of the unifying parties, are geared towards unseating the ruling CDC, which they think has no solution for the numerous problems that the country faces.These opposition leaders and many other Liberians are unhappy with the manner in which the CDC-led government is running the country as they believe that there is no sign of relief from the current economic hardship in the country, precipitated by the ever-rising prices of basic commodities and high inflation; unemployment, especially among the youth, is at its highest; there is no sign of a major foreign direct investment to boost the economy.These unfortunate situations, with a year having already elapsed under the new government, are causes for concern and have prompted major political actors in the opposition community to begin their collaboration, which is aimed at being not just an alternative for future governance but a critical voice that would checkmate the ruling establishment.The MOU, dubbed by the collaborators as “Statement of Commitment,” was signed at the headquarters of the Unity Party and is the first step to ensure that the country moves forward as a functional democratic state.The opposition political leaders and standard bearers of their respective parties included Alexander B. Cummings (ANC), former Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai (UP), Benoni Urey (ALP) and Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine (LP); each signed on behalf of their respective political institutions. They pledged to uphold the MOU, putting aside personal political ambitions, and ensure that the will of the Liberian people, especially partisans of the parties, are adhered to.ALP’s political leader and standard bearer Urey was declared the first rotating chairman. According to the agreement, the four leaders are convinced that a fair, transparent and competitive democratic process is vital to Liberia’s long-term prosperity and security, recognizing the role of political parties as indispensable partners in national development as well as strengthening Liberia’s young democracy.Urey, in a statement, termed the signing of the MOU as a historic moment for Liberia. The venue of the signing ceremony, Unity Party’s headquarters, the chairman noted, signified the first sign of unity by the four political leaders, noting that they have decided to put the country first and their respective political ambitions aside in the interest of the Liberian masses.“Today, we are signing a document that begins the process of the unity we have been craving for years. We have decided to put Liberia first and to attune our political agenda in the interest of Liberia and the Liberian people, and above our individual and partisan ambitions. We are taking the bold and concrete step which we hope will never be reversed or undone,” Urey said.With the signing of the document, he said, history was being made and Liberians would reap the impending fruits.“Today Liberia is once again making history. Over the years we have heard the clarion call from Liberians both at home and abroad and also the call from our international partners of the need for the opposition to unite.”The historic signing ceremony, he added, indicates that the parties are moving from strength to strength, which is increasing, and must not be allowed to wither.The tough-talking ALP leader urged his colleagues to commit to the process to liberate the Liberian people from bad governance and under-representation. “We are soliciting the help of our people by their insistence of our continuation of this collaboration. We as a people must ensure that our political leaders put the interest of the country and people paramount to theirs,” he said.He said the new arrangement must be prepared to sacrifice whatever it takes to implant and sustain this democracy and beyond, “to save our common patrimony, Liberia. We all have made mistakes and missteps in the past. This has led us to where we are today. Fortunately, for us as a people, we have been given a new lease on life to correct our dark past,” he said.As part of the MOU, the four leaders expressed awareness of the weight and strength of the political leaders’ collaborative and collective opinions on matters of national leadership, the rule of law, and accountability, which are pillars of good governance.“This collaboration is a further affirmation of our commitment to democracy, and it must be seen in a positive light by all Liberians and those looking from the outside,” he indicated.However, the four leaders could not tolerate the recent accusations by President George Manneh Weah, CDC Chairman Mulbah Morlu, and other ruling party zealots that opposition leaders want to assassinate the president. Each of them took turns to dismiss what they described as “imbecile assertions.”“As we set out on this incline along our sojourn to democracy, we want to attract the parody and rants of apprehensive and hypocritical hordes hurling their aspersions of, to name a few, ‘enemies of the state’, ‘assassins,’” Urey said.He added that even though worst things have been said about the opposition community, “we will be inured to those antics and enjoin them to come with us to broaden and deepen our democracy, and not to destroy or bury it. We would rather be engaged in the constructive exercise of nation-building and alleviating the burdens from our people.”The ceremony was graced by scores of partisans from the four parties, several lawmakers from the collaborating parties and some independent representatives, and members of the Diplomatic Corps. Some of the lawmakers at the event were senators Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence of Grand Bassa County; Steve Zargo of Lofa, Oscar Cooper of Margibi and Sando Dazo Johnson of Bomi County. Representatives were Yekeh Kolubah (Montserrado #10), Hanson Kiazolu (Montserrado #17), David Barshell (Montserrado #3), Lawrence Morris (Montserrado #1), Francis Nyumalin (Lofa #3) and several others.Also in attendance was renowned human rights activist Samuel K. Woods, Rufus Neufville and the spokesman for the Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia (EFFL) Emmanuel Gonquoi.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Panthers through to NCS semis, first time since 2011

first_imgPitcher Cameron Saso carried a shutout for six innings and Lance Lally finished it off as the top-seeded Panthers prevailed in the the quarterfinal round of the North Coast Section Division-IV playoffs, silencing the No. 8 Redwood Christian — San Lorenzo Eagles 3-0 Wednesday night at McKinleyville High.Saso struck out nine while allowing a third as many hits and walks in the win. Lally, the go-to closer for the Panthers throughout the season, ended the night with a quick no-hit seventh inning. …last_img read more

Mars Is Losing Its Atmosphere Fast

first_img(Visited 566 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Measurements of Martian atmospheric loss rates imply incredible changes over the assumed billions of years of Mars’ history.Either Mars is younger than thought, or its atmosphere was unbelievable billions of years ago. The MAVEN spacecraft (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution), launched in 2013, has taken atmospheric escape measurements for an entire Martian year. A Mars year is 687 Earth-days. How fast is gas being lost from the atmosphere? Quick answer is 1 to 2 kilograms per second. A report in Icarus does the math for moyboy assumptions that Mars formed 4.5 billion years ago.The loss rate extrapolated back in time gives an estimate of the total loss of gas to space and its impact on Martian climate history; an estimated 0.8 bars or more of CO2 likely has been lost.Mars is a dry, cold world today.A bar is the pressure of one Earth atmosphere at sea level. For a planet as small as Mars, that’s a lot of gas to lose. The lost hydrogen and oxygen alone could have covered the planet 75 feet deep in water!The H loss rate is not measured directly, but can be calculated from the H abundance assuming or deriving a coronal temperature. For the range in observed column abundance and temperature, the loss rate varies between ~ 1-11 x 1026 H atoms s-1. This is equivalent to a loss rate of ~ 160-1800 grams of H per second (g H s-1); assuming all of the H is coming from H2O, this is the equivalent of removal of about 1,400 – 16,000 g H2O s-1. At this rate, H from the entire column of atmospheric water at present (nominally, about 10 precipitable micrometers, or 10-3 g/cm2) would be removed in about 3,000 – 30,000 years. Over 4.2 b.y., loss at this rate would remove a global layer of water between ~ 3.6-25 m thick (see Table 2). Although we’ve expressed this as loss of water, these measurements refer to the loss of H only; we expect O from water to be lost as well, but the O loss is complicated by the fact that it also can come from CO2.At minimum the global water layer would be 12 feet deep (3.6 m). At maximum, it would be 82 feet deep (25 m). The estimated carbon dioxide lost (0.8 bar) is also highly significant. CO2 is the remaining primary constituent of the Martian atmosphere, freezing out at the poles in seasonal cycles.Lower LimitsOne significant aspect of these measurements is that they are probably lower limits. Several times in the paper, the authors remark that the loss rates could have been higher in the past: e.g., “These loss rates could be a lower limit if there are mechanisms for loss that have not been identified or observed.”The uncertainties in the extrapolation of today’s loss rates back in time get very large prior to 3.5 b.y.a., due both to uncertainties in the solar properties and to increasing uncertainties due to expected non-linearities in extrapolating atmospheric composition and properties back farther in time. We take the approach of using the extrapolated loss rates at 3.5 b.y.a. and assuming that they also apply as a constant loss rate at earlier times. This likely underestimates the loss rates at the earliest times (perhaps by as much as an order of magnitude) and the integrated loss (by a factor of several). This conservative approach therefore gives us a lower limit on the extrapolated loss.If the conservative estimate is in fact off by several orders of magnitude, would that require a global ocean kilometers deep billions of years ago? A similar error exists for the carbon dioxide esimate: “the 0.8-bar loss described earlier again is likely to be a conservative lower limit on total loss, conceivably by orders of magnitude.” Nowhere do they say their figures might represent an upper limit.Mars portrait (May 2002, NASA)Dust Storms Aggravate LossOn January 18, NASA’s Mars Exploration website headlined, “Dust Storms Linked to Gas Escape from Mars Atmosphere.” Measurements in that prior study indicated that gas loss is not in a steady state, as earlier believed, but becomes amplified during dust storms. The storms heave water vapor up high into the atmosphere, where it is more prone to escape:The Mars Climate Sounder on MRO can scan the atmosphere to directly detect dust and ice particles and can indirectly sense water vapor concentrations from effects on temperature. [Nicholas] Heavens and co-authors of the new paper report the sounder’s data show slight increases in middle-atmosphere water vapor during regional dust storms and reveal a sharp jump in the altitude reached by water vapor during the 2007 global dust storm. Using recently refined analysis methods for the 2007 data, the researchers found an increase in water vapor by more than a hundred-fold in the middle atmosphere during that global storm.The MAVEN measurements, taken over an entire Martian year, “smooth out” short-term fluctuations to give a more averaged escape rate that can be extrapolated. But there were no global dust storms during the measurement year. Since global dust storms occur regularly, and would have been frequent over billions of years, it seems safe to presume that the extrapolated values are, indeed, orders of magnitude too low.Astrobiology Magazine admits that “The planet has lost the majority of its once much denser and wetter atmosphere, causing it to evolve into the dry, arid world we see today,” but does not mention the rapid rate of loss. It does, however, point out that the carbon dioxide that sublimates from the polar caps each season reaches much higher into the atmosphere than previously thought. “This sublimation process was thought to mostly only affect the lower atmosphere – we didn’t expect to see its effects clearly propagating upwards to higher levels,” said a scientist for ESA’s Mars Express mission. This fact could be in agreement with MAVEN’s conclusion that the atmosphere might have been lost more rapidly than the lower limit suggests. And how much “denser and wetter” would moyboys be willing to accept for a primordial Mars?ImplicationsArt of dust devils on MarsIf these extrapolations billions of years into the past are reasonable, they imply a very, very different Mars than what we observe today. “Loss to space has been the major process driving climate change on Mars,” they note. The Mars we see today is dominated by sand dunes, a crackling-dry atmosphere charged with static electricty, a surface too cold for liquid water, dust devils, large shield volcanoes, a deep dry canyon thousands of miles long, and global dust storms like the one enveloping Mars right now (Phys.org). Are planetary scientists prepared to deal with a Mars possessing a thicker atmosphere than the Earth, covered possibly in a deep ocean of water? How did that form outside the habitable zone of a dimmer sun?Watch the hydrobioscopy speculators jump on the possibility of life with all that water. They won’t, however, be able to point to the other geological features as underwater sand dunes and underwater volcanoes. They think those features formed eons ago. How much did Mars have to dry out before those volcanoes and dunes could even begin to form? The measured loss rate appears to put them in a hopeless bind: their view of Martian history contradicts the loss rate of the atmosphere. Creationists, get out your calculators; a clear alternative solution is that Mars is not billions of years old.last_img read more

World Cup guide to transport

first_imgFans attending World Cup matches needto make their transport plans well ahead.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Logan MaistrySpokesperson, Department of Transport+27 083 644 4050RELATED ARTICLES• Transport on track for World Cup• Travelling by minibus taxi in SA• No stopping SA’s Rea Vaya• Gautrain rolling along smoothly• All aboard the Tshwane expressFans attending World Cup matches need to have a clear idea of how they are going to get to the stadium, and back. Find out all you need to know here.It’s important to note that no private cars will be allowed into the stadium precincts, and only people with valid 2010 World Cup tickets for that match day will be admitted into the immediate surrounding areas of the stadiums. The following modes of transport will aid 2010 World Cup ticket holders in getting to the World Cup stadiums:Train – including extended rail services over the World CupBus – focusing on serving the stadium and city stadiumAirport transfer – providing a link to city centres, with onward travel by public transportGautrain (Johannesburg only) – airport to Sandton link will be operational from 8 JunePark and walk – select parking zones will be available for fans to park and walk to the stadiumPark and ride – to the stadium, enabling fans to park and catch a special bus or train to the World Cup stadiumBRT (Johannesburg) – the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit will be operating special World Cup stadium routes for the gamesMeter taxi and vehicle rentals – fans have the option of chartering their own modes of transport to get to the World Cup gamesApproaching the stadium by public transport shuttles and by pedestrian access will be actively promoted, whilst heavy restrictions will be placed on arriving in private vehicles. Each stadium has a vehicle-free, pedestrian-only zone with the closest private vehicle parking areas normally located at least 2-3km from the stadium.During the 2010 Fifa World Cup you can only access the stadium by private vehicle through the Park and Ride facility, or the designated Park and Walk sites, or if you have a parking pass issued with your hospitality match ticket. Unless you are planning to go to the stadium with a ticket for the match, try to avoid the stadium roads.Each World Cup host city is responsible for the transport plans and communications around these plans for fans wanting to get to the city stadium.Detailed 2010 World Cup transport plans for each host city can be found via the links below:Johannesburg – Soccer City and Ellis Park stadiumCape Town – Cape Town StadiumDurban – Moses Mabhida StadiumMangaung / Bloemfontein – Free State StadiumPort Elizabeth – Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumNelspruit – Mbombela StadiumPolokwane – Peter Mokaba StadiumRustenburg – Royal Bofakeng StadiumTshwane / Pretoria – Loftus VersfeldSource: Shine2010last_img read more

Ohio’s Buehler vying for National FFA office

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio’s candidate to become National FFA Officer for 2017-2018 is Mary Buehler, former president of the Ohio FFA Association. She continues to be in contention for national office.“It’s really neat to transition from state president to national officer candidate,” Buehler said. “A lot of those people that I met throughout my year last year — those members — they are what have inspired me to run as a national officer and I’ve been getting a lot of texts and messages from them as encouragement and I just hope I can represent Ohio to the best of my ability.”Buehler must go through a number of interviews that whittle down the amount of blue corduroy-clad young people hoping to lead the organization over the next year.“It started back in June. I was chosen for a candidate for Ohio so it’s been all sorts of prep and studying since then. I drove to Indy on Friday evening and we started the process bright and early at 7 a.m. on Saturday. I’ve had three rounds of interviews so far and one more to go before we find out who’s going to be advancing on.”Buehler offers advice to FFA members experience the 90th National FFA Convention.“I would say just to soak up the awesomeness that is convention. It’s so empowering to be in such a big sea of blue and to meet people from all across the nation. There’s a lot of really neat people. Lock in that encouragement and inspiration and bring it back home with you.”last_img read more