California man sentenced to 30 days in jail for fatally shooting protected mountain lion

first_imgiStock(LOS ANGELES) — A California man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and other penalties for the killing of a protected mountain lion over the summer.Alfredo Gonzalez, 60, of Simi Valley, was sentenced Thursday immediately after he pleaded guilty to fatally shooting the cougar, known as P-38, and vandalizing its GPS collar back in July, according to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.In addition to the 30 days in Ventura County Jail, a judge sentenced Gonzalez to serve 30 days in a work release program, 240 hours of community service at an animal shelter, three years of probation and to pay a fine $150. The judge also declared the rifle Gonzalez used to shoot the mountain lion a nuisance and ordered it to be destroyed, according to the district attorney’s office.Gonzalez could not be reached for comment Friday.P-38 was part of a cougar population being studied by National Park Service biologists, according to the district attorney’s office. First collared in 2015, the 7-year-old male mountain lion predominately roamed parts of the Santa Susana Mountains, which surround Simi Valley in Southern California.The biologists detected a mortality signal from the animal’s collar on July 2. The body of P-38 was later found in the Simi Valley area with a gunshot wound to the head, according to the district attorney’s office. Its GPS collar, valued at $950, had been vandalized, too, according to the office.It’s unlawful to kill a mountain lion in the state without a permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The significance of the moult cycle to cold tolerance in the Antarctic collembolan Cryptopygus antarcticus

first_imgResearch into the ecophysiology of arthropod cold tolerance has largely focussed on those parts of the year and/or the life cycle in which cold stress is most likely to be experienced, resulting in an emphasis on studies of the preparation for and survival in the over-wintering state. However, the non-feeding stage of the moult cycle also gives rise to a period of increased cold hardiness in some microarthropods and, as a consequence, a proportion of the field population is cold tolerant even during the summer active period. In the case of the common Antarctic springtail Cryptopygus antarcticus, the proportion of time spent in this non-feeding stage is extended disproportionately relative to the feeding stage as temperature is reduced. As a result, the proportion of the population in a cold tolerant state, with low supercooling points (SCPs), increases at lower temperatures. We found that, at 5 degrees C, about 37% of the population are involved in ecdysis and exhibit low SCPs. At 2 degrees C this figure increased to 50% and, at 0 degrees C, we estimate that 80% of the population will have increased cold hardiness as a result of a prolonged non-feeding, premoult period. Thus, as part of the suite of life history and ecophysiological features that enable this Antarctic springtail to survive in its hostile environment, it appears that it can take advantage of and extend the use of a pre-existing characteristic inherent within the moulting cycle.last_img read more

Purplebricks hits back at analyst’s report that it only sells half of listed properties.

first_imgPurplebricks has rebuffed a report issued yesterday by City investment analyst Jefferies which claimed that the company only sold approximately half of all the properties it lists for sale, and advised investors to sell their shares in the company.The Jefferies report, while praising the rapid rise of Purplebricks, criticised the company for not revealing how many houses it really sells and that, sellers who were not successful using their service had already paid up-front for the service.Analysts at Jefferies also wondered what would happen if the “model stumbled” when consumers realised the service they pay for isn’t a guaranteed sale.The revelation prompted a steep decline in the company’s shares yesterday, which dropped in price by 7.5% on the AIM stock exchange during brisk trading.Single monthPurplebricks says the data used by Jefferies to make the claims was based on just a single month’s trading and “does not include properties that have completed but have yet to be uploaded to the Land Registry,” the company says in a statement this morning.It also says its full-year trading remains in line with expectations.The hybrid agent also says the data used did not include properties that had exchanged, were sold subject to contract or on ‘marketing breaks’, and says it sticks to its previously held claim of a 78% sales rate.This is based on its own January figures, which reveal that it received 6,160 instructions and took 4,618 of them to ‘agreed sale’ status.“Purplebricks firmly refutes the criticism in the research note of its revenue recognition policy and stands behind both the fully audited results and the accounting policy itself,” the company says.The company also claims to have sold £10bn worth of homes in the UK since start-up, and that its share of the online market has increased to 77%.Read more about Purplebricks.Jefferies Purplebricks house sales February 2, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks hits back at analyst’s report that it only sells half of listed properties. previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks hits back at analyst’s report that it only sells half of listed properties.Rebuff follows yesterday’s panicky day on the AIM stock market, during which its share price dropped by 7.5%.Nigel Lewis2nd February 20180810 Viewslast_img read more

Oxford gets thinking

first_imgOxford Think Week, a joint venture by Atheist, Secularist and Humanist societies, entered its third year running this week.Its aim is to promote reasoned, scientific, rational discourse about the ‘big issues’ that face the modern world. All the events are free to attend and it has become established on the Oxford annual calendar, attracting some big names such as Anthony Grayling and the sponsorship of the Richard Dawkins Foundation For Reason and Science.The week featured a broad agenda, with 20 distinguished thinkers from diverse backgrounds taking part in talks and debates. Dawkins discussed contemporary topics, physicists questioned the basis for their understanding of the universe, while economists and philosophers are considering the morality of wealth and the value of institutionalised religion. On Tuesday a debate was held by panel of experts on ‘Life, the Universe and Everything’ in order to encourage progressive critical thinking through interdisciplinary dialogue. To finish the week off there was a more personal ‘ask an atheist’ drop in forum.Ben Krishna, one of the organisers of the week, said that they were partly inspired to start think week in response to the annual Christian mission week, but that they ‘wanted to get people talking and asking questions about interesting questions instead of trying to convert people.’Annie Webster, an organiser from Oxford Brookes, said, ‘Oxford is full of people who think a lot, and Think Week extends this invitation to people outside of academic circles. It’s a great way bring people together for a discussion on important issues and to broaden their perspectives.’Krishna said they would like Oxford Think week to become a nationally recognised event, and added that ‘It would be really great to have new young enthusiastic people getting involved.’Last year more than 1200 people attended events, and this year is set to be more popular, with local schools taking part. ‘We’d really like to see it become as popular as some of the major Literary festivals,’ said Humanist organiser Joseph Trakalo.Anna Comboni, a second year Christian PPEist said, ‘I’m glad this week is happening. Insistent and perspicacious questioning of anti-Christian friends of mine has greatly helped me sharpen up areas of sloppy thinking.‘I also really hope these talks help convince people of the seriousness and importance of questions of eternity, God and meaning – virulent opposition to Christianity is more understandable and plausible to me than apathy.’Robbie Strachan, president of the OICCU said, ‘The Christian union likes thinking, and it also likes weeks.’A religious first year engineer said, ‘Well you can promote reason and rational discourse all you want, but at the end of the day all you atheists are all going to burn in hell,’ to which Alex Hawkins-Hooker replied, ‘Maybe this is hell, and we are all burning.’last_img read more

Ocean City Suspends Artificial Turf Project, Citing Health Risks

first_imgOcean City had planned to spend as much as $1.75 million to repair the track and install artificial turf at Carey Stadium, adjacent to Ocean City High School, near Sixth Street and Boardwalk. But, citing questions about health risks, Mayor Jay Gillian discontinued the artificial turf portion of project on Tuesday.Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian on Tuesday put the brakes on a plan to install artificial turf at Carey Stadium in Ocean City.In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Gillian said:In light of recent news media accounts regarding possible health risks associated with certain types of artificial turf on athletic fields, I have directed my staff to discontinue the planned project to install this material at Carey Stadium.  While I am aware that there are no studies demonstrating a health risk associated with such turf, I have come to believe that further study is necessary.  I am not ruling out installation of artificial turf in the future, pending the outcome of such studies. In the meantime, the city will undertake the necessary repairs to the track and take any actions necessary to maintain the natural turf at Carey Field in a safe condition.A recent NBC news report (http://www.nbcnews.com/news/investigations/how-safe-artificial-turf-your-child-plays-n220166) has been cited by many concerned residents as a cause for serious concern and has led to much public comment on the issue. The report raises questions about a connection between artificial turf fields and an increased rate of cancer among players who come in close contact with the field surfaces.In a 6-1 vote in September (with Councilman Pete Guinosso dissenting), City Council gave final approval to an ordinance that authorizes funding $1.25 million to install an artificial turf field and to resurface the track at Carey Stadium, the home field for Ocean City High School and the location of many non-school events. Another $500,000 is already in place for the project.The track repair and resurfacing will continue, according to Jim Mallon, assistant to Gillian. He said the city is still studying whether the project needs to be re-advertised. Bids on the combined track and artificial turf field project had been expected this week.The cost of the project and the health concerns led to public opposition.“You say the artificial turf will provide a safer playing surface,” Suzanne Hornick said in public comment at a recent City Council meeting. “The only studies I have found that corroborate that were funded by the manufacturers … The statistics, according to impartial studies, tell a different story.Hornick cited studies indicating an increased rate of injuries on artificial turf, concerns about heat hazards, risks of MRSA infections and long-term health concerns related to the chemical composition of the “crumb rubber” used to soften the artificial turf playing surfaces.Ocean City resident Michael Hinchman, who implored City Council to study the finances of the project (see “Letter to Editor: Artificial Presentation on Artificial Turf Is Wrong“), also asked council to consider the potential health risks.“I think you should go slow, hold off for a year, and study it,” he said.Carey Stadium, located between Ocean City High School and the Ocean City Boardwalk between Fifth and Sixth streets, is owned and maintained by the City of Ocean City.The funding for the artificial turf was part of a larger bond ordinance that called for $1.44 million in appropriations and $1.36 million in borrowing. The approved ordinance included a $150,000 appropriation for purchase of two new Ocean City Fire Department trucks (another $675,000 is already in place) and a $35,000 appropriation for installation of a generator at the fire department’s 46th Street station.The borrowing will continue, according to Mallon, but City Council faces another potential vote to redesignate the portion of the appropriation for the field.Councilman Keith Hartzell, at the most recent public meeting, said he had researched the safety of artificial turf through several universities and public agencies and “pretty much found that all the cons were not cons.”He said he was prepared to elaborate on his findings at a future meeting.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Mouthing off

first_img“He said he was taking into consideration my honesty and the length of time I had been working there and I thought he was going to give me a warning. I could not believe it when he said he was sacking me”Susan Longworth, 54, is sacked following 17 years’ employment, after eating a hazelnut at Park Cakes, which defended its “very strict rules about eating or chewing on the production line”, said Bolton News”We actually held a cake bazaar. We needed more money than we had, to do this as we wanted it, so we went to the biggest shopping mall, and everyone baked all the mums, grans and fathers. And we sold cakes for a lot of money and sang”Icelandic Eurovision Song Contest hopeful Hera Björk found the bankrupt government somewhat unwilling to bankroll their entry, but cake saves the day”This person may have been throwing out bread with the best of intentions but there’s now no excuse”a group member of Group St Peter’s Neighbourhood Monitoring in Leicester justifies an £80 spot fine imposed on someone spotted feeding the birdslast_img read more

Man injured in Saturday night shooting in South Bend

first_imgIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Google+ (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) A man was injured in a shooting in South Bend Saturday night in South Bend.It happened in the 2300 block of Lincolnway West at around 9:30 p.m. and no update has been given on the extent of the victim’s injuries.No suspect information has been released and the investigation is ongoing. WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Twitter By Tommie Lee – April 5, 2021 1 266 Man injured in Saturday night shooting in South Bend Previous articleMan killed in single-vehicle crash in Elkhart CountyNext articleCrews battle fire at a South Bend bake shop Tommie Lee Google+last_img read more

Press release: James Brokenshire announces overhaul of broken housing complaints system

first_img how the current complaints and redress landscape works whether streamlining redress in housing could help improve delivery of services how the ‘in-house’ complaints process and other practices and processes in redress could be improved how any gaps in housing redress could be filled, with a particular focus on purchasers of new build homes and private rented sector tenants Currently, the housing complaints system is confusing – there are multiple complaint bodies covering the housing market, and membership of redress schemes is compulsory for some tenures but not others.For example, in the private rented sector, there is currently no obligation for landlords to register with a complaints system – leaving thousands of renters without any course for redress.To combat this, the Communities Secretary has today announced that private landlords will be legally required to become members of a redress scheme – with a fine of up to £5,000 if they fail to do so.And to protect the interests of home-owners who buy new build homes, government has also reiterated its commitment to establishing a New Homes Ombudsman which will champion home buyers, protect their interests and hold developers to account.Legislation will be brought forward at the earliest possible opportunity to require all new developers to belong to the Ombudsman – giving homebuyers the confidence that when they get the keys to a new home they are getting the quality of build they expect.Developers will also have to belong to the new body by 2021 if they wish to participate in the government’s landmark Help to Buy scheme.The Housing Complaints Resolution Service will be developed with a new Redress Reform Working Group made up of representatives from across the sector, working with industry and consumers.This is part of on-going work by the government to make the property market fairer and more transparent for everyone.Further informationThese measures form part of the government response to the consultation Strengthening consumer redress in the housing market, which ran from 18 February to 16 April 2018, and received over 1,200 responses.The consultation looked at a range of issues including: Creating a housing market that works for everyone isn’t just about building homes – it’s about ensuring people can get the help they need when something goes wrong. But all too often the process can be confusing and overly bureaucratic, leaving many homeowners and tenants feeling like there is nowhere to go in the event of problems with their home. The proposals I have announced today will help ensure all residents are able to access help when they need it, so disputes can be resolved faster, and people can get compensation where it’s owed. Dissatisfied homeowners and tenants will have simple and quick access to help when things go wrong, thanks to new plans announced today (24 January 2019) by Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP.From broken boilers to cracks in the wall, the new Housing Complaints Resolution Service will potentially help millions by providing a straight-forward way of getting help when faced with unresolved disputes about problems with their home – such as repairs and maintenance.Unlike other sectors, such as financial services, the housing market has several different complaints bodies, with homeowners and tenants having to navigate their way through a complicated and bureaucratic system just to work out where to register a grievance.Establishing a single housing complaints service for all residents – no matter whether they rent or own their home – will prevent people from battling with their landlord or builder to resolve issues on their own and make it easier to claim compensation where it’s owed.Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, said: General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 The policy proposals in this document primarily relate to England. Where proposed legislation has scope outside England with regard to devolved matters, we will continue to engage and consult the devolved administrations to seek agreement.Redress for social housing residents is being considered separately. The response to the social housing green paper and the call for evidence for the review of social housing regulation are due to be published in spring 2019.The government announced the proposal to create a New Homes Ombudsman service in October 2018. This response indicates how that service will sit in the wider redress landscape and the next steps of its implementation.The Housing Complaints Resolution Service will provide a single point of access to resolve complaints for housing consumers, when ‘in-house’ complaint processes have been exhausted, through the current schemes providing alternative dispute resolution, while preserving the expertise of existing providers. Media enquiriescenter_img Email [email protected] Social media – MHCLG Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg Communities Secretary announces plans for new housing complaints service for entire housing market – ensuring both homeowners and tenants know where to go when things go wrong For first time ever, private landlords will be legally required to join a housing redress scheme – boosting protection for millions of renters across the country Move builds on government reforms to create a housing market that works for everyone – no matter what type of home they live in Office address and general enquiries Contact form https://forms.communit… If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). 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Hundreds log on to Bakery Market Report webinar

first_imgHundreds of baking industry professionals have already accessed British Baker’s new online discussion between leading bakers and analysts on the UK Bakery Market.The free ‘webinar’ on the British Baker website features presentations, discussions and analysis of the new Bakery Market Report 2014 – a new and comprehensive piece of research analysing the UK’s top 75 bakery retailers.Key speakers on the webinar included David Smart, MD of Greenhalgh’s, Mike Holling, executive director of the Craft Bakers’ Association, Chris Brockman of research company Mintel; and Martyn Leek, editor of British Baker.>> Access the online webinar on demand here>> Buy the reportlast_img read more

Magic Touch: Jamiroquai Returns With Blazing “Automaton” [Stream/Review]

first_imgAn ominous introduction hovers and hesitates,  uncorking four-on-the-four French tech-house, and before you know it, Boom! Mama. There. Goes. That. Man. Jason Kay, riding a clandestine clavinet, is back in the saddle again, slangin’ the soulful salutations that we’ve missed so. Not coincidentally, the lyric “Blow my mind” announces the bass drop, and “Shake it On” is on and poppin’. Disco queens scorch the scene, the bass and clavinet dance a heavenly housequake, afloat cinematic strings, Quiet Storm guitars and bold synths. All the elements that make Jamiroquai sui generis are clear and present, this is code red, Danger! The first record in seven long years is Jay’s Ferrari out on the open highway, buffalo-man headdress blowin’ in the wind; and they are tossing the kitchen sink at you on the very first song.After two mediocre offerings in a row (following a five album run that rivals any artist of my lifetime), the count was full for Jay Kay and his band of acid-jazz funksters. Would this be the nail in their proverbial coffin? Had the cutting edge and cultural zeitgeist passed them by? Was JK packing stadiums the globe over on nostalgia alone? 2005’s Dynamite and 2010’s Rock Dust Light Star were met with stateside yawns, and though they were well-received around the world, the art simply didn’t resonate as it did during their decadent and demonstrative first decade.Fact is, the jury was out on whether or not this funk odyssey had run its course. Kay and keyboardist/songwriter Matt Johnson decamped to the singer’s posh Chillington Studios on and off for several years, tweaking ideas and fleshing out concepts. The duo emerged from seclusion having crafted the new record Automaton, centered around a theme of post-millennial disconnect; a lack of authentic human communication and interaction has created a computerized cage for human beings.Swinging second is title track “Automaton,” a curious number, obtuse Justice-like trappings unearth a dystopian future of the digitized and automated. Oh the horror!  As a preview single, the music felt troubling- if adventurous; but in the context of the entire record, it clicks. This is an Orwellian-bent British Mantronix remixed for a new millenium, though no doubt an acquired, intelligent taste. The band follows with second single “Cloud 9”, a warm, boozy bass-lead jam that paints Jamiroquai by the numbers, floozy and flirtatious. A chunky hook and Rob Harris’ choice guitar save the tune from the generic heap; the song’s resolution outro almost feels like victory.“Superfresh” pulls a vocoder-page from the Daft Punk playbook, a nu-disco thumper, if a bit gimmicky. Given Kay’s propensity for high-brow commentary over the years, the sophomoric “Superfresh” lyrics feel beneath him, yet nobody rocks disco for it’s poetic justice. “Hot Property” also suffers from lowest common denominator linguistics, as well as providing yet another disco-fied beat. Jason Kay continues unapologetic, waxing nostalgic funky-town fever, Shaft-worthy string arrangements embellishing Ocean Yacht egocentricity.At this juncture, after the first spins through a few tunes, this writer must admit- there was cause for concern, my internal alarms were ringing.  Was another sound dying? Is this all going to be French proto-house, phoned-in dream pop, and four-on-the-floor disco workouts? Is this just an aging great taking the path of least resistance? Will we forever long for Stuart Zender to come home? Just at the very moment I started having those thoughts thought up, at the precipice of a permeating skepticism, a roller-skating jam bassline and massive Moog tones hijack “Hot Property”, and drummer of two-plus decades Derrick McKenzie pushes the team into a funkdafied crescendo. Don’t write their obituary just yet; indeed, there will be blood.Jay Kay comes for the jugular with “Something About You,” his shiny, syrupy vocals atop quintessential Jamiroquai, an electro-funkin’ pop-groove recipe from the Funk Odyssey cookbook.  Firmly planted in the Reagan 80’s with triggered toms and synth’d strings,  inimitable JK croons tip-toe between perfectly-placed hand-claps and chicken scratch guitars. Jamiroquai may be gluten-free in 2017, but best believe they’re still rich with instrumentation and luscious, sing-along choruses, triumphant resolutions riding torrid outro jams. Break out the backspins, cardboard and capoeira, as a positively filthy Fender bassline, and old-school hip-hop breakbeats announce “Nights Out in the Jungle,” the intergalactic Bronx park-jam gone Studio 54. Kay’s prophetic falsetto bemoans the media’s manipulation of his late friend, singer Amy Winehouse, and warns of his own “checkered past with the paparazzi.” Meanwhile, McKenzie’s crunkalogic drums propel Paul Turner’s ferocious low-end theory. Wait, what’s that, a turntablist scratching in a freaking chimpanzee?!  Screeching surf-guitars serve up the Sriracha, long time assassin Sola Akingbola deploying hard-driving bongo-breaks; the bass and percussion shift unexpectedly into a fantastic flute-down, a tribalized section of rainforest B-boy. “Nights Out in the Jungle” is break-dancing naked on a runaway freight train; this is Jamiroquai 2.0 at their absolute zenith.In a virtual instant, eerie sounds give way to ginormous, unabashed Yacht Rock; vivacious female vocals saunter above shimmering urges, delivering us to the office of one “Dr. Buzz.” Another cautionary tale, this of urban blight and a morally-bankrupt Western culture, all the while doubling as the latest in JK’s canon of cannabis celebrations. A de-facto homage to Steely Dan, its AOR sensibility and biting, satirical edge betray an ostentatious energy; this is feelgood music to the core. Halfway through the gouda gluttony, while the “West is gettin’ so wild…” JK, McKenzie, and Turner stop on a dime, pivoting into future funk. The rhythm section brings the savagery, and Jay’s raw, weathered falsetto steers the squadron toward liberation. Swimming in sulty synth, a percussion break hints at full detonation; instead, like a silver surfer emerging the barrel, the band arrives back at the original “Dr. Buzz” motif. With that, a soaring sax solo dances within Moogs and Mary Janes, Harris’ wealthy axe-tone wails tubuler, and Automaton MVP Matt Johnson’s ARP swirls around McKenzie’s merciless metronome. “Dr. Buzz” is a classic twist in the Becker/Fagan tradition; and within it Jamiroquai has kicked down yet another door of perception, we can see their colors sprayed up on the wall.“We Can Do It” visits familiar territories in vibe and geography, drifting along to Jamaican shores with panache, Motown-disco-ska straight out of the United Kingdom. A decidedly throwback jam, this song feels neither staid nor played. Super cruising down the home stretch, the reggae-vibes finally shine through as the “We Can Do It” fades into the ether.Another spectral introduction belies an ambitious, mouth-watering half-time riddim; and rolling synth-bass thrusts the groove into steezy netherworlds.”Vitamin” is everything we always dreamt this Jamiroquai could be, and so much more.  Twenty years ago, on “Do You Know Where You’re Coming From?” this krewe invented organic breakbeat in the band setting, only to solidify the blueprint on 1999’s “Planet Home.” “Vitamin” officially ups the ante all these years later, and takes the handoff to the house. Nevermind that it’s a defiant kiss off to Jay Kay’s rumored demon albatross, and a firm F-You to a career filled with numerous naysayers and many a short shrift. Incorporating sizzling, ravenous rhythms, libidinous bottom end, and all things Space Cowboy, this is the iconic, trendsetting Jamiroquai we have loved for so long. Clearly, they’ve still got that magic touch; “Vitamin” is nothing short of an instant classic.Jamiroquai. Automaton. Just when you thought you were out, they pull you back in.Key Tracks: Vitamin, Nights Out in the Jungle, Dr. Buzz, Something About YouWords: B.Getzlast_img read more