EL MONTE – The El Monte Police Department will soon be able to use an online crime-fighting tool that gives reports and maps detailing El Monte’s crime statistics. City officials, who approved the online service last week, said the CADmine system can provide immediate crime trend data and improve the agency’s effectiveness. “When a call is made to our dispatch system, that call gets entered into the computer-aided dispatch system and the information will then be dumped or pushed into the CADmine system, where officers or investigators will be able to view it,” El Monte police Lt. Dan Buehler said. “They’ll be able to look at crime patterns, calls for service in their reporting districts or beats and crime trends.” A senior sales executive for Corona Solutions, which owns the system, said 10 California police agencies use CADmine and that it is a cost effective way to access the data. “It gives police departments easier and quicker access to the information,” said Cindi Bierwerth. “And information is critical to the day-to-day functions of a law enforcement agency.” Buehler said the CADmine’s subscription will cost the department $12,345 per year and is based on service calls. “In 2006 El Monte answered over 81,000 calls for service,” Buehler said. “The department will be charged 15 cents per call to push the data from the computer aided dispatch system to the new CADmine system.” The Corona Police Department has used the CADmine system to identify high burglary areas and attributes their reduction of burglaries to the reporting system, said El Monte police Chief Ken Weldon. Police officials said the department has had trouble accessing information in a timely manner because of restricted resources. “We have an issue with residential burglary in a certain area of El Monte and the only way to be able to determine these problems we had to go through our crime analyst,” Buehler said. “That is one person and sometimes it can take a week or a few days to get the information if she is not in. With this system getting that information only takes a matter of minutes.” Buehler said being able to see where the crimes are happening and at what time of day will allow the department to flood those areas with additional officers and hopefully prevent crime. Buehler said the department hopes to have officers trained and using the CADmine system by March 1. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Winners can be found online under their home state and town at www.walmartfoundation.org under “Community Scholarships.” Rotary Club names scholarship winner WHITTIER – The Rotary Club of Whittier awarded a $1,000 scholarship check to Rio Hondo College student David Livi. Livi’s goal is to become a firefighter, scholarship officials said. Groups donate books for library PICO RIVERA – The Whittier Sunrise Rotary club and the Rotary Club of Pico Rivera recently donated 1,000 new books to the Sgt. Arthur A. Mora Jr. Library at Obregon Elementary School. Officials said they were spurred to action after an article in this newspaper on the school library mentioned the shelves were “a bit bare.” Both groups raised a total of $2,150 for new books, and matching amounts were obtained through the Reading by 9 Foundation and Scholastic Books. The books were donated recently during the school’s annual open house, officials said. Local teens earn McDonald’s funds HOLLYWOOD – Two Whittier-area students were among 85 Southern California high school seniors recently awarded $2,000 scholarships by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California. Jessica Carrillo of Whittier and Jasmine Reynoso of Norwalk received the scholarships for their commitment to academics, leadership and community involvement. This year’s recipients were chosen from a field of more than 1,800 applicants in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura. Since 1990, more than $2.1 million in scholarships have been awarded by RMHCSC to seniors through four programs. Host families needed locally LOS ANGELES – The Pacific Intercultural Exchange is seeking local families to host foreign exchange students between the ages of 15 and 18. Students are matched to host families through common interests and lifestyles during an informal in-home meeting. Host families can also review student applications and select a match. Host families can claim a $50 per month charitable deduction on their tax returns. For more information, call (800) 631-1818. If you have an event or notice deserving attention, write us! Send your notice to Tracy Garcia, education reporter, at 7612 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602. You may call the office at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Six Whittier-area students were among 66 throughout the county who were awarded $1,000 Sam Walton Community Scholarships by Wal-Mart. Local recipients were La Habra resident Jayson De Guzman of La Mirada High; La Habra resident Alyse Pivovarnik of La Habra High; Norwalk residents Desiree Bautista and Jacqueline Galvez, both of Glenn High; and Santa Fe Springs residents Franz Schweis of La Serna High and Ching Wong of Whittier High. An independent panel of judges from Scholarship Program Administrators selected the recipients based on financial need, academic record, ACT/SAT test scores, and school and community involvement. Wal-Mart is awarding more than $342,000 in scholarships to California students this year.
1 Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique could become the new Spain head coach Luis Enrique has been appointed the new Spain head coach.The former Barcelona boss takes the job after Fernando Hierro’s resignation from the temporary role he took at World Cup 2018 in Russia. Getty Images Spain were looking for a new manager after sacking Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament when he agreed a deal to become Real Madrid boss.A number of names had been linked with the post, including Belgium boss Roberto Martinez and former Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores.But it is ex-Barcelona coach Enrique who has now been appointed.The 48-year-old is coming to the end of his year-long sabbatical from football and he is ready to get back into management.Listen to live commentary of Croatia vs England in the World Cup semi-finals on talkSPORT, Wednesday, July 11.
REVEALED 2 gameday How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Lloris is not planning on leaving Spurs any time soon “As for my reconversion, we’ll wait a bit more.“I still have beautiful years with Tottenham and les Bleus ahead of me.” targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card possible standings ALTERED Lloris visited his hometown of Nice as the France squad tour the country in the wake of their World Cup win, and he spoke at the city’s town hall about the appointment of Patrick Vieira as Nice manager, and whether he may one day ‘invest’ in the club at which he started his career.As quoted by Sport Witness, Lloris said: “I’m extremely happy to see Patrick in charge of OGC Nice. I appreciate him as a person so much.“I had this chance to be around him when I first started with the national team. He’s a huge player, and huge personality.“I think it’s a great opportunity for Nice and for him to prove himself. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT punished Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won no dice Hugo Lloris has committed his future to Tottenham by insisting he has many ‘beautiful years’ to come in north London.Lloris, the Tottenham captain, recently skippered France to their second World Cup success, playing a near-perfect tournament until a mistake in the final that, thankfully, meant nothing. Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Lloris lifted the trophy as France won their second World Cup Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 2 REVEALED smart causal gameday cracker Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener The 31-year-old is about to enter his seventh season at Spurs, having joined from Lyon in 2012, and he remains one of the best glovesman in the Premier League.He has made 254 appearances in total for the Lilywhites, but, Spurs fans will be glad to hear, Lloris has no plans to end his journey in north London any time soon. Latest Tottenham news
huge blow LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 2 RANKED MONEY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Sarri expects big things from Alonso ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won getty 2 REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Alonso told as.com: “What I can say is that I am very calm and very happy at Chelsea, and that the club must also be with me because, although I still have two years left on my contract, the club have offered me an extension.“We are talking about it and the talks to renew are already advanced.“If everything goes well, I think I will renew before the end of this month, in the coming days.” BEST OF silverware Marcos Alonso is set to extend his Chelsea stay by signing a new contract with the club.Speaking on Spain duty, Alonso was asked about persistent links with a return to LaLiga and revealed his intention to remain at Stamford Bridge. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Alonso is on the verge of signing a new deal Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Alonso signed a five-year deal on joining the Blues from Fiorentina in August 2016, but now the 27-year-old left-back is poised to be rewarded for his performances.Blues boss Maurizio Sarri recently stated his belief that Alonso has the potential to be the world’s best left-back.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is cute when he gets all sanctimonious. And he’s never been cuter than after the league owners winter meetings this week.Faced with two recent high-profile incidents in which NFL players were accused of mistreating women, Goodell did what he does best — stick his head in an alternate reality.Reuben Foster was a 49ers linebacker until he was arrested on domestic violence charges Nov. 24 at the team hotel in Tampa. It was the second time in less than a year that …
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1John Vandermeer, “The Importance of a Constructivist View,” Science Volume 303, Number 5657, Issue of 23 Jan 2004, pp. 472-474. Comrade – dialectic – materialism – homage to the Leader – the parallels are too striking to be coincidental. Is that why Marx found Darwin’s views so supportive of his economic philosophy? (Incidentally, though the story about Marx dedicating Das Kapital to Darwin may be apocryphal, Marx did send him a signed copy in 1873, writing “Mr. Charles Darwin on the part of his sincere admirer Karl Marx.” Darwin, in reply, wrote, “ I believe that we both earnestly desire the extension of knowledge & that this in the long run is sure to add to the happiness of mankind.” 100 years and 100 million dead bodies later… And then you have the prophetic, exalted master, and a mystical force with two sides in eternal competition, permeating the universe. Darwin himself looked for humans with pointy ears. He thought they might be ativisms, i.e., evolutionary throwbacks. Interesting. The word Vandermeer chooses to speak of Darwin sounds best when uttered in a deep, breathy voice, like Mossstuh. Lewontin seems to be saying, “I was once the Learnuh, but now I am the Mosstuh.” If you thought dialectical materialism went out of style when the Berlin wall fell, you can find it alive and well in modern evolutionary biology. The constructivists assume that evolution proceeds by the interplay of adaptation and feedback from the environment in a Hegelian way, but Vandermeer has unwittingly hit on a troubling fact. What if the vectors of thesis and antithesis, or adaptation and environmental constraint, are collinear and opposite? Nothing happens. There is no evolution. Vandermeer has pointed out an “internally generated stop on the general evolutionary process.” His example is telling. Natural selection adapts an animal toward utilizing a food source. The animal gets so good at it that the food source runs out. Now what? (For a similar discussion of this often unnoticed “slippage on the evolutionary treadmill,” see the important 03/17/2003 entry.) For another headline related to Vandermeer’s criticism of the propriety of investigating the evolution of rape, see 07/18/2003.(Visited 56 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Homage for the master is palpable in John Vandermeer’s review (Science, Jan. 23)1 of a thick new book entitled Niche Construction: The Neglected Process in Evolution by Odling-Smee, Laland and Feldman (Princeton, 2004). Vandermeer seems almost worshipful in his opening lines: The nascent germ of many novel ideas in biology can be traced directly or indirectly to Darwin. Thus it would probably be unusual if a book with laudatory cover blurbs by such notables as Lord May and Comrade Lewontin did not somehow reach deep into the master’s seed bank. The force of Master Darwin’s insight was only recently brought to full power by subsequent disciples, like Lewontin and Levins. What is the “neglected process in evolution” indicated by the subtitle? It is called niche construction or constructivism, the idea that not only does the environment impact the organism, the organism impacts the environment. This “dialectic” approach produces a sort of Hegelian synthesis-antithesis-synthesis in the operations of evolution: Organisms in one generation can modify their environment, which is then inherited by the next generation. Just as a sequence of generations of organisms changes through the pattern of intergenerational inheritance, the environment to which they respond likewise changes through ecological inheritance. The authors’ approach incorporates two constructs of inheritance, genetic and ecological, which are coupled through niche construction and natural selection. Vandermeer honors the work of his comrades, with only a few reservations (not enough to get dismissed from The Party). One criticism, however, might be exploited by enemies of the revolution. He suggests that realistic experiments might reveal that the dialectic interplay between natural selection and niche construction does not drive evolution, but instead, steps on the brakes: Consider, for example, an organism evolving increased resource use efficiency. If the dynamics of the organism and its resource generate a stable equilibrium over ecological time, then evolutionary dynamics will tend to reduce the equilibrium biomass of the resource. This arrangement is consistent with the niche construction framework. (The resource biomass is the consumer’s niche; thus, niche construction occurs through resource use while evolutionary change drives increased efficiency in resource use.) However, the gradual evolution of utilization efficiency requires, implicitly, a relatively predictable regime of resource density. It is not difficult to construct a dynamic model that generates well-behaved equilibria at low levels of utilization efficiency but chaos at high levels. Above some critical value of utilization efficiency, the resource is no longer available at predictable densities, which effectively negates the force of selection. This arrangement would imply an internally generated stop on the general evolutionary process (with niche construction) that derives from the nonlinear dynamics of the ecological model, a conclusion that would be missed with simpler models. In other words, the thesis and antithesis might not lead to a synthesis, but to stasis – or extinction. He has another criticism of the book: the authors’ “curious position” on the “fundamental problem of gene-culture transition,” i.e., the influence of biology on sociology. The authors claim, for instance, that “human cultural processes are only possible because of human genetic aptitudes…. For example, …the capacity for language is the result of biological adaptations.” Vandermeer gently illustrates the problems that leave him “somewhat perplexed” with their thesis, and expands it to a general word of caution: My son loves nature as much as I do. Yet I doubt that even the most enthusiastic genetic determinist would claim that I transferred that love to him with my genes rather than my parental nurturing. But I would be first to admit that if he could not understand what I said, I could never have “culturally transmitted” that attitude to him. If this is all the authors mean, they make a rather trivial point. The culture-genetic dichotomy in general is rife with confused thinking. The fact that lactose tolerance is correlated with animal husbandry, arguably a product of gene-culture coevolution, is a far cry from speculations about “rape” genes or genetically determined biophilia. Critics, past and present, have no problem with lactose and cattle herding, but find certain speculations about more sensitive issues scientifically flawed and politically motivated. Not to end on a note of contradiction, Vandermeer praises the comrades’ fine work, which might just lead to a new five year plan: Attempting to reorganize the field of evolutionary biology certainly requires a work as long as Niche Construction, and any volume so rich with ideas is bound to incur criticism on particular points. I have offered some here in the spirit of constructive criticism of constructivism. And although I have more, my complaints do not signify a disagreement with the ringing endorsements by May and Lewontin on the book’s back cover. With this volume, we may indeed be looking at a major breakthrough. Vandermeer stands in rank with Comrade Lewontin in honoring the venerable gray-bearded Master: “In their now-classic The Dialectical Biologist, Levins and Lewontin noted that Darwin’s major treatise ‘was the culmination and not the origin of nineteenth-century evolutionism.’” But we must acknowledge the Master’s prophetic powers. Vandermeer reminds us, “Indeed, the ideas expressed in Niche Construction can be seen in outline form in The Origin….”
Bricks are no longer the only material that can be used to build houses. Now a new project shows that polystyrene can be used to build environment-friendly houses. The first series of EPS-cement pilot houses have already been built on the premises of discount retailer Makro in Pretoria, Gauteng. (Images: Aim Marketing & Communications) MEDIA CONTACTS • Adri Spangenberg Polystyrene Packaging Council +27 12 259 0554 RELATED ARTICLES • Waste drive reaps rewards • New solutions for water conservation • Waste gives Such artistic inspiration • Pretoria pupils prove they can Wilma den HartighWhen you think of building a house, recycled polystyrene may not seem like the most suitable material for the job, but now a new project is using this unlikely product to build low cost houses and in the process divert recyclable materials away from landfill sites.Recycled expanded polystyrene (EPS) is the latest solution to two of South Africa’s biggest challenges – the backlog to build sustainable, low cost houses and the need to find ways to prevent the country’s landfill sites from reaching their fill capacity.The new project is proving that used polystyrene doesn’t have to end up in the landfill at all – every piece can be used to build environment-friendly houses.Adri Spangenberg, director of the Polystyrene Packaging Council (PSPC) says that the beauty of the concept is that there is there is no shortage of EPS in South Africa, and it is free.The trays used to package meat in supermarkets, beverage cups, packaging material for appliances and fast food containers are just some of the polystyrene products that can be used as building material once it has been discarded.“This is a new way of looking at building materials,” Spangenberg says.South Africa’s own solutionShe says that this is the first time the idea to use recycled EPS in construction is being commercialised.“Before, only entrepreneurs played around with the idea in their backyards,” she says.The project was jointly established by the PSPC and Tower Technologies, a local company that specialises in developing innovative materials for the South African building industry.Finding creative ways to recycle more of this particular type of polystyrene is important for South Africa.She says research shows that although polystyrene isn’t the main culprit for full landfills (it makes up less than 1% of landfill sites), the product consists of 96% air and takes up a lot of unnecessary space.Building without bricksOnce the polystyrene is collected, it is passed through a hammer mill to crush the material into small granules before being mixed with cement. This blend is what is used as a building material.The EPS-cement mixture can be used to make panels or bricks, but for this project panels were made by pouring the mixture into steel frame moulds. The panels are then attached to each other to form the shell of the house.“The beauty of what we are doing is that it is a national solution to recycling waste,” she says.And it isn’t just something that big construction companies can do – all South Africans can use the new technology.“People in every town, even in the remotest part of South Africa, can buy a hammer mill and manufacture their own building material using polystyrene, whether they want to build a house, spaza shop, or a small flat,” she says.The council and Tower Technologies are still finalising the formula of quantities of cement and EPS regrind, but once testing is complete, they will make the recipe available to the building industry.Building a pilot houseThe first series of EPS-cement demonstration homes have already been built on the premises of discount retailer Makro in Pretoria, Gauteng.The size of the standard two-bedroom house being built is 26 m2, and it weighs 1.6 tons. It contains 5% EPS regrind (which equates to 75 kilograms), which is thoroughly mixed with concrete to form walls that are almost indestructible.The polystyrene-based material offers energy saving benefits, good insulation properties and it is lightweight.“Being lightweight means that anyone can build their own house and it will be durable,” says Spangenberg.It is a much cheaper alternative to normal brick buildings as less cement is used during construction.If this material becomes more widely used, more people in South Africa can have access to decent housing.A new market for polystyreneThanks to the project, used polystyrene is becoming more valuable in South Africa.Spangenberg says that one of the biggest challenges has been to keep South Africa’s recyclable material in the country. Until recently the council has been struggling to develop markets for used polystyrene.“One of the biggest headaches we faced when talking to recycling companies and converters was the need to wash and dry the contaminated polystyrene typically used for take-away hamburger clamshells, disposable coffee cups or food trays,” she explains.The challenge in South Africa is that there is a market for white EPS for use in products such as seedling trays; cornices; picture frames; skirtings; coat hangers; and outdoor furniture.However, coloured polystyrene trays used to package meat or fruit and vegetables have to be scraped clean first to remove leftover food before they can pass through converting machines.To add to the problem, the high cost of electricity and water in South Africa did not make it financially viable for smaller recycling plants to invest in infrastructure that would mechanise this process.“This meant that much of the used polystyrene was either sent to landfills or exported to countries such as China and India for recycling,” Spangenberg explains.Members of the building industry have already indicated their intention to use the novel product.“I recently spoke to a builder working in the mining industry and he said that he wants to use the product,” she says.“There is a readily available stream of used EPS in our country and we are able to provide more than enough material for the pilot phase of this initiative.”
Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … If you’re like most enterprise IT professionals, you have serious concerns about cloud computing. According to a new Lieberman Software 2012 Cloud Security Survey, sponsored by the Cloud Security Alliance, 88% of the 300 IT professionals surveyed believe that some of their data hosted in the cloud could be lost, corrupted or accessed by unauthorized individuals. That’s likely why 86% keep their most sensitive data behind-the-firewall.Despite those concernse, though, an equally whopping 86% believe their cloud deployment has been a success. It’s therefore not unreasonable to suspect that 100% will be back at the cloud computing trough, again and again and again.That is really good news for Amazon, which is looking to double down on selling its cloud services to the enterprise.Amazon Hires an ArmyIn a bid to drive enterprise adoption, the cloud leader looks set to nearly double its AWS salesforce, as Business Insider discovered. No doubt these salespeople will focus on moving enterprises to use Amazon Web Services beyond the test and development workloads currently in the cloud, currently the dominant type of workload enterprises cede to AWS. The goal, clearly, is to get them to move mission-critical applications to AWS.This could prove harder than it first appears, given enterprise insistence on tight Service-Level Agreements (SLAs) and the big differences between enterprise and consumer cloud requirements, as Wikibon’s Kristen Feledy posits:IT organizations are under tremendous pressure to cut costs and the “Amazon Effect” increases that pressure. The reality is many of the successful public cloud examples are characterized by a single application accessed by millions of people; whereas the traditional enterprise is made up of hundreds or even thousands of apps accessed by thousands or maybe tens of thousands of users. These are different worlds where the former is all about scale and simplicity and the latter emphasizes service levels, reliability and security.Amazon, after all, has mostly taken a somewhat blasé approach to SLAs, which Wikibon describes as “we’ll do our best – if we don’t please send us an email.”Not exactly a confidence booster for the cloud-wary CIO.Shadow IT: First Open Source, Now CloudThis is changing. Amazon recently rolled out premium support plans for the enterprise, including “white glove case routing.” To sell a premium AWS experience, Amazon’s job profiles scout for sales professionals who “possess both a sales and technical background that enables them to drive an engagement at the CXO level as well as with software developers and IT architects.” In other words, Amazon recognizes that it is the developers and architects that pull cloud computing into the enterprise, but it is the CIO who will bless this “shadow IT.”After all, it is shadow IT that has been selling the enterprise on Amazon for years. By now, just every enterprise is using the cloud, be it from Amazon, Microsoft, Rackspace or others, as progressive IT professionals have looked to the cloud to get things done despite friction from internal bureaucracy. For those paying attention, this is precisely how open source succeeded: currying favor with developers until its spread was so pervasive within the enterprise that CIOs were forced to accept it, and signed sales contracts with Red Hat and others to mitigate legal risk and improve service.Hence, Cloudscaling’s Michael Grant is arguably correct to suggest that rather than fight shadow IT and its inexorable march to the cloud, CIOs should recognize shadow IT as “a forward thinking testbed for IT innovation.” If Grant is right, that testbed suggests a future in the cloud, both for dev/test and mission-critical workloads, driven by the promise of higher convenience and lower costs, but really about increased innovation.But it also suggests that Amazon has been right to first focus on the enterprise’s new kingmakers: developers. This is how open source won. It’s how the cloud is winning, too. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Amazon#AWS#developers#enterprise#Open Source#Redmonk#shadow IT#Wikibon Matt Asay Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…