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Posted by: | Posted on: December 28, 2019

Attack on baby may lead to more pit bull controls

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The board vote would apply only to unincorporated areas such as Quartz Hill, Lake Los Angeles and Littlerock, but cities such as Palmdale and Lancaster that use county animal-control services usually adopt county animal-control laws. One factor in breed-specific legislation is what critics say is difficulty in defining what dogs it applies to. A pit bull is a type of dog and not a breed, critics say, and many breeds resemble pit bulls or share characteristics. Antonovich’s plan comes after an 11-month-old girl was attacked Monday by a pit bull at a neighbor’s house. Animal-control officials said the pit bull was a neutered male. The girl’s injuries were mostly around her face. Doctors at UCLA Medical Center were unable to reattach her ear that had been torn off when she was attacked, said Lt. Don Ford of the Palmdale sheriff’s station. The infant was with her aunt, who had gone to visit friends. The dog, which had had no problem with the girl on previous visits, attacked her for no apparent reason, Ford said. Spurred by a recent pit bull attack on an 11-month-old Palmdale girl, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich will ask county officials Tuesday to draft an ordinance regulating the breeding of pit bulls and rottweilers. The county supervisor plans to ask officials, including those in the Department of Animal Care and Control, to draft a proposed ordinance requiring some dogs to be spayed and neutered, said Antonovich aide Tony Bell. Antonovich expects the Board of Supervisors to vote on a proposal on Feb. 14, Bell said. “Responsible dog owners should be supportive of this measure,” Bell said. “It’s the irresponsible dog owners and breeders that need to be aware that Los Angeles County will hold them responsible for the actions of their animals.” The animal was destroyed at the Lancaster Animal Shelter. The Board of Supervisors will meet at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. If the supervisors pass the measure, Lancaster Mayor Frank Roberts said he expects both Palmdale and Lancaster to adopt it as well. “It seems like those are the two breeds that we constantly hear about and read about,” Roberts said about pit bulls and rottweilers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 24, 2019

Walczak Named MVC Singles Player of the Week

first_imgWalczak went undefeated over the past weekend with three straight-set matches at No. 3 singles. She also teamed with sophomore Carmen Palumbo (McLean, Va.) to win doubles matches in the Bulldogs’ wins over South Dakota and Augustana. Drake claimed the doubles point in both those matches to help earn the team’s first two wins of the season. Walczak opened the weekend with a 6-3, 6-0 win against Creighton followed by a hard-fought 7-6, 7-6 win over South Dakota and then closed Sunday with a convincing 6-2, 6-0 win over her foe from Augustana. In singles action in 2019, she is 3-1 and has also racked up a 3-2 record in doubles. ST. LOUIS – Freshman Daria Walczak (Lodz, Poland) of the Drake University women’s tennis team has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Singles Player of the Week, the MVC office announced Tuesday, Jan. 29. Walczak and her teammates host SIUE Saturday at 11 a.m. inside the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 19, 2019

How Powerful Is Natural Selection?  “BiologistsMay Be Deluding Themselves”

first_imgAndrew P. Hendry (McGill University, Montreal) is no creationist; Darwinian evolution is a given in his News and Views piece in Nature1 this week.  But he cautioned his fellow evolutionary biologists not to make overconfident claims about the power of Darwin’s most famous concept, natural selection:Adaptation by natural selection is the centrepiece of biology.  Yet evolutionary biologists may be deluding themselves if they think they have a good handle on the typical strength of selection in nature. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Presumably, nobody does have such a handle.  Darwin himself thought it was slow.  Later biologists, like Kettlewell with his peppered moths, thought it was fast and strong, able to make substantial changes quickly.  Hendry gives historical examples of the pendulum swinging back and forth on this issue, to the point he is not sure what to think.  In 1998, Kingsolver et al. returned to the belief that selection was weak, and “most estimates of selection were non-significant and centred around zero.” A particularly worrisome finding, Hendry says, was that “most studies did not have sufficient statistical power to detect typical strengths of selection” even if it were present.    But then Hereford et al. in 2004, using the same data, came to the opposite conclusion, finding “extremely strong selection overall.”  He based his ideas on a benchmark method: “selection estimates for individual traits are standardized to allow comparison with the expected strength of selection on fitness itself.”  Hendry is not convinced.  He repeats his warning:These results raise some perplexing questions.  Principal among them is the apparent paradox that typical studies of selection do not have the statistical power necessary to detect selection that appears unrealistically strong.  Unfortunately, this paradox will not be resolved simply by accumulating more data of the same ilk, as all reviews identify problems with our current methods.  How, then, are we to obtain a good handle on the true power of selection in nature?    Evolutionary biologists will have to resolve this uncertainty by determining how best to measure and judge the strength of selection, and by conducting more robust studies of selection.  Meanwhile, we are only deluding ourselves that we have a good handle on the typical power of selection in nature.  Once we do, we can begin to investigate how humans are changing selection pressures, and whether populations and species will be able to adapt accordingly.1Andrew P. Hendry, “Evolutionary biology: The power of natural selection,” Nature 433, 694 – 695 (17 February 2005); doi:10.1038/433694a.A more damaging admission by a Darwin Party spokesman could hardly be found.  The entire spectrum of life, from the earliest reproducing sack of chemicals to modern human astronauts, is supposed to be the product of natural selection acting on numerous, slight modifications.  Natural selection is an icon in our civilization, the stuff of myth and legend.  The phrase Darwin grew to prefer, survival of the fittest (whatever fitness means; see 10/29/2002 entry) represents the most powerful force in the universe, a materialistic creator omnipotent enough to evolve not only an Earth filled with millions of diverse organisms – from sponges to penguins to dragonflies to dinosaurs to horses to mushrooms to petunias to oaks – but potent enough to fill unknown worlds with alien biology and weird life beyond our wildest imaginations.  Natural selection is the staple of science fiction movies; it is the cardinal doctrine of the state secular religion.  And now they tell us they don’t even know how to measure natural selection, or to tell if it is weak or strong, fast or slow, or even detectable by statistical methods.    So if the centrepiece of evolutionary theory is this sickly, how do you like the rest of Charlie’s table?  Better not swallow anything he puts in front of you.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 18, 2019

Christine Forbes Smith

first_imgChristine (B.A. (Social Sciences) and B. App. Sci.) has co-authored seven books on aviation and travel with Geoffrey Thomas. Christine’s specialty is interpreting highly technical copy and putting it into a form that everyone can readily comprehend. Christine has also been published in WA Business News and The West Australian travel pages focusing on consumer issues as well as destinations.Contact:Airline Ratings PTY Ltd.Newspaper House, 50 Hasler Rd.Osborne Park, 6017Western AustraliaPhone: +61 41 7936610Email: [email protected]last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 16, 2019

Hacker Poll: Is OSX Still Developer Friendly?

first_img“Apple had about 2.06 percent of the US desktop market in 2003. By 2010, OS X had about 10.9% of the market,” writes Github developer Zach Holman. “There’s a slew of reasons for this growth, but I think a large part of it is the migration of software developers from Windows to OS X starting in the early 2000’s. Attracted by the reasonable UNIX toolchain and the straightforward usability approach, more and more geeks adopted OS X as their primary machines.”But there’s always been a blight in developing on OSX under languages other than Cocoa, and that’s compiler support. In order to get gcc, developers have had to download Xcode. According to to Holman, this wasn’t a big deal back when X-Code was less than 500MB. But now Xcode costs $5 from the Apple App Store, and it’s a 4.5GB download that takes up 15GB once installed.Holman writes:If I want to release a great new Ruby gem that uses a C extension or library, I need to ask prospective users of that gem to: Spend $4.99 in the App StoreDownload a large 4.5GB fileSpend a decent amount of time installing XCodeSacrifice 15GB of disk space to an app they likely won’t useInstall my gem Tags:#hack#Polls Why You Love Online Quizzes klint finley What do you think? Is it really a cumbersome process? After all, as pointed out by several commenters on Hacker News, it’s a process that only needs to be completed once for each machine you work on (unless you reload the OS). And $5 doesn’t seem like much compared to the overall cost of a machine (and Xcode 3 is still free). But Holman isn’t asking for much: just a stand-alone gcc package, either from Apple or a third-party. If you want gcc for Windows, you can download MinGW for free and it’s only 576.1MB. It seems to come down to the principle of the thing, more than the actual inconvenience.Is OSX becoming less developer friendly?center_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts last_img read more