Puppy rescued from sweltering locked car

first_imgPICO RIVERA – A Chihuahua puppy made history here Wednesday when animal control officers under authority of a new law rescued it from a locked, parked car as the vehicle’s interior allegedly temperature topped 100 degrees. The pup is resting safely at the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority in Downey, officials said. Animal Control Officer Erin Kelleher saved the Chihuahua in the 5100 block of Industry Avenue about 1:50 p.m. after passers-by reported the animal panting inside the car, officials said. “The puppy was huddling inside, and as the temperature rose, we saw \ begin to pant. We had to take action,” said Capt. Aaron Reyes, director of operations for SEAACA. Officers forced open a window of the white Mazda hatchback without breaking it, then pulled the pup out, said Reyes. A California law that went into effect Jan. 1 prohibits anyone from leaving an animal unattended inside a vehicle, in hot or cold weather, with lack of adequate ventilation, without food or water or other circumstances that could endanger the animal. The legislation was authored by state Sen. Liz Figueroa, D-Fremont. Wednesday’s incident was SEAACA’S first case under the new law, said Reyes. He said he knew it was the first in the 12-city jurisdiction of the Downey office but was unsure whether it was the first in the state. Officials said they believe the animal had been left inside the hatchback for at least four hours, raising concerns as the mid-day temperatures rose. Kelleher reportedly placed a thermometer through the driver’s side window and recorded the vehicle’s interior temperature at 102 degrees. “What seemingly is a nice cool day outside turns out to be a microwave inside the vehicle, and people don’t realize that,” Reyes said. SEAACA has launched an investigation into the owner of the vehicle in which the puppy was found. Reyes said animal control officers left a notice on the vehicle, but the Chihuahua’s owner had yet to come forward. Misdemeanor charges may be filed following officials’ investigation. If convicted, the vehicle’s owner may face a $1,000 fine or six months in county jail, Reyes said. “If they don’t contact us, we will definitely be contacting them,” he said. “You expect these types of calls in the summer time. We’re not used to seeing them in late winter or early spring,” Reyes said. araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 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

Scientific Elitism Trumps Democracy

first_imgThey don’t want it, but they’re going to get it.  Britons have expressed outrage and anger over genetically-modified foods, such as pesticide-resistant maize, reports Jim Giles in Nature.1  But the government has listened to scientists who have assured government ministers it is safe.  On March 9, they approved commercial planting of GM maize “in the face of widespread public opposition.”  Giles says, “In Britain, opposition to agricultural biotechnology has been early and strident.”    This decision may set a precedent: “Both supporters and enemies believe this week’s decision will influence debates outside Britain about transgenic crops.”  How did such a decision get past the voters?The case for the crops was boosted by a scientific review, released last July, which found no reason to rule out carefully managed cultivation of the plants.  The review was discussed at a cabinet meeting last month.  Leaked minutes of the meeting state that ministers acknowledged public opposition, but thought that it “might eventually be worn down by solid , authoritative scientific argument”.Do the GM crops pose any danger of spreading outside the farm?  “Farmers will also be wary of planting genetically modified varieties before the government has clarified rules governing how they should be kept separate from nearby conventional crops,” the article states.    Regarding another ethical-political issue – the use of embryonic stem cells – Science editor Donald Kennedy2 announced that South Korea’s recent success in cloning a human embryo makes this a “good time for review” of the ethics of the procedure, which is currently banned from receiving federal funding in the United States and Germany.  Kennedy thinks the global scientific community should be the arbiter of what makes a practice ethical.  He writes,Plainly, these findings may affect the U.S. ethical debate.  Leon Kass, the chairman of the President’s Council of Bioethics, sees them as a downward step on a slippery moral slope: “tomorrow,” he predicts, “cloned blastocysts for baby-making.”  After the recent purge of two pro-stem cell members, Kass has his commission under control.  But science is, after all, an international activity.  The Korean success reminds us that stem cell research, along with its therapeutic promise, is under way in countries with various cultural and religious traditions.  Our domestic moral terrain is not readily exportable: U.S. politicians can’t make the rules for everyone, and they don’t have a special claim to the ethical high ground.This seems to mean: others can do it, others are doing it, and who are we (including the voters and democratically-elected representatives) to stand in the way of science?  Kennedy ends by quoting Harvard stem-cell biologist Doug Melton: “Look, life is short.  I don’t want spend the rest of mine reading about exciting advances in my field that can only be achieved in another country.”1Jim Giles, “Transgenic planting approved despite scepticism of UK public,” Nature 428, 107 (11 March 2004); doi:10.1038/428107a.2Donald Kennedy, “Stem Cells, Redux,” Science Volume 303, Number 5664, Issue of 12 Mar 2004, p. 1581.They could do it; should they?  Could is technology; should is ethics.  Not everything possible is advisable.  Scientists are involved in many activities that could have profound societal effects: tampering with supergerms or nanobots that, if released accidentally or by terrorists, might evade all our defenses; producing chimeras, even combining human and non-human characters; toying with human genes in ways that might redefine what it means to be an individual.  To whom are these scientists accountable?  Does wearing a white lab coat mean someone knows the difference between could and should?  Are scientists subject to the rule of law as defined by duly-elected representatives?  Does the international scientific community comprise an elite oligarchy, granted global powers that supersede the rights of voters?  What constitution gave them this authority?    The American founding fathers made government accountable to the people.  The purpose of government was to protect individual, unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  These rights were to be secured through the ballot box and due process of law.  Elected representatives were to be entrusted with decision-making power only with the consent of the governed.  Here, however, we see political and scientific elitists making sweeping, dramatic decisions on risky practices riddled with huge ethical concerns, just because they can, and they think they know what is good for us.    The point of this commentary is not to debate the specific ethical dilemmas posed by GM crops or therapeutic cloning of embryonic stem cells.  It is not to get embroiled in the emotional arguments about slippery slopes, countered by utopian promises of better health or productivity.  The point is that the decisions on these highly-charged ethical issues are being made by elitists who have utter disdain for the voice of the people.  Giles acknowledged the public outcry but seemed satisfied that if scientists said it’s OK, then it’s OK, even though serious questions remain unanswered about protecting the environment or human health.    The prior week in both Nature and Science, editorials expressed outrage that the Bush administration had dismissed Elizabeth Blackburn from the President’s Council on Ethics, presumably because she was so outspoken in her opposition to the administration’s position on stem cell research.  The concern seemed to be more about Big Science getting their consensus opinion represented on the council, not whether an elected representative had the right to select his advisors.  And no one was asking the obvious question, what do the voters feel about stem cell research?  How much voice and authority should an unelected council of scientists have to tell the voters the difference between could and should?    Kennedy’s editorial makes it clear he is much more interested in could than should.  The bulk of his argument rests on pragmatism, if not utter selfishness.  Ethics, shmethics: Melton wants a piece of the action.  The Americans don’t want the Koreans and other pinnacles of ethical civilization to get all the Nobel prizes, whether or not such research leads to designer baby-making down the road.  Voters are idiots.  Scientists know what is good for them.  (Now read the 03/04/2004 headline again.)(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Leadership Playbook: Remaining Unfaithful to the Status Quo

first_img Free Webinar Series! Create a culture of value creation. Signup for this free webinar! In three, short, power-packed webinars, you will learn what you need to do to create a culture of value creators who create and win new opportunities. Download Now A leader must remain unfaithful to the status quo.You can’t be faithful to the status quo. The status quo, or “the way we do things around here,” was built on the organization’s response to the past. The status quo grew out of many small decisions, and perhaps a few larger decisions, that were designed to deal with the reality of the time those decisions were made, a time that has passed.The “we do things this way” and the “we don’t do that” are a product of another time, even if many of those decisions are still relevant.You make decisions to deal with the existing reality. Dealing with the existing reality requires that you overcome the present obstacles standing between the organization you lead and the organization’s better future.Because you are responsible for the future, you can’t afford to allow people to protect their sacred cows. Because something was right at one time doesn’t mean that it is right for the organization or the people you lead now. The status quo has many defenders, and they will work very hard to prevent change and avoid anything disruptive. A leader is by definition an agent of change. You have to explore new ideas, some of which will mean change.You also can’t allow the organization to stagnate or become complacent. By being unfaithful to the status quo, you force the organization to adapt to their circumstances as they unfold. You don’t make change for change’s sake, but you do make a change when doing so helps the organization breakthrough and reach its potential. Reaching your potential allows you to unlock even greater potential. Leaders know that this is how growth works.You can be unfaithful to the status quo, constantly exploring new ideas and new opportunities and still building an unshakeable foundation, by providing values that are unchanging. Including the value of building an organization that knows its job is to adapt, overcome, and adapt again.The past decisions are what created today’s reality. Those decisions solved the problems that stood between the organization at that time and the organization now. The next set of decisions will create another set of problems for you and your organization to solve.By solving the existing set of problems, you create the next set of challenges. That’s what leaders do, and that is how growth works.last_img read more

‘No land donated to Myanmar’

first_imgIndia has not donated land to Myanmar to keep the pro-China neighbouring country in good humour, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said on Monday.The Congress had on Sunday criticised the BJP in New Delhi and the State for “sacrificing” swathes of land in Manipur’s border areas to “appease” Myanmar, which is “inching closer to China.”Mr. Singh said the India-Myanmar boundary is clearly demarcated in old maps and neither his State nor New Delhi would remain silent if Manipur loses a part of its territory during the erection of border pillars demarcating the boundary. At the centre of the controversy is a border pillar erected on June 22 by Myanmar authorities at Kwatha Khunou in the newly-created Tengnoupal district. After an inspection last week, the district’s Deputy Commissioner Tombikanta Singh said the pillar stood at least 3 km inside Indian territories.“Myanmar and Indian teams surveyed the area jointly. Some locals raised a dispute. Work on the border has not been finalised. Investigation is on,” he said.Mr. Singh admitted there was some dispute over a pillar at Kwatha Khunou.But the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), which had sent a team to the disputed area, is not convinced.“The BJP government in Delhi is ignoring the threat to India’s territorial integrity on the Myanmar border because the borders with Pakistan and China matter more. If they are so serious, why are Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who heads the Cabinet Committee on Security, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj silent on the aggression on the Northeastern front?” Ningombam Bupenda Meitei, MPCC spokesperson, told The Hindu from State capital Imphal.Mr. Meitei said “incursions” by Myanmar happened even during Mr. Modi’s visit to that country. “The Centre’s indifference is yet another instance of double standards on the external threat to the Northeast,” he said.India shares a 1,643 km border with Myanmar. The Manipur part of this border is 398 km long. The other States on this border are Arunachal Pradesh (520 km), Mizoram (510 km) and Nagaland (215 km).last_img read more

Seven Deceased after NYK Boxship US Warship Collide

first_imgThe remains of seven sailors previously reported missing following a collision between a US Navy warship and a containership on June 17, were located in flooded berthing compartments aboard the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62).The US Navy informed that the remains were found on June 18 after divers gained access to the spaces, which were damaged in the collision.The warship collided with the Philippine-flagged containership ACX Crystal, operated by Japan’s NYK Line, at around 2:30 a.m. local time, some 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan.USS Fitzgerald experienced flooding and extensive damage, including a significant impact under the ship’s pilothouse on the starboard side and a large puncture below the ship’s waterline, according to the US Navy.The extent of the damage aboard the 39,565 dwt containership is not known at the moment.ACX Crystal moved to a berth in Tokyo, where its crew was questioned as part of an investigation into the collision. According to AIS data provided by MarineTraffic, the boxship is currently moored at Japan’s Yokohama port.Three seafarers were medevaced following the incident, one of whom was Cmdr. Bryce Benson, Fitzgerald’s commanding officer.last_img read more

Honda finally says how much power the electric E hatchback will make

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Honda E Prototype is a too-cute EV for Europe Honda 1:54 Post a comment 0 Review • 2019 Honda Insight review: Third time’s a charm Preview • 2019 Honda Insight: The 55-mpg Civic Honda’s adorable E Prototype looks ready to hit the road More From Roadshowcenter_img 35 Photos Electric Cars Future Cars Hatchbacks Share your voice Enlarge ImageIt’s nice to see the E in something other than white paint, for a change. Honda The Honda E electric hatchback looks awfully promising, even though it’s not coming to the US. The automaker hasn’t exactly been forthright with specifications thus far, but on the eve of its Goodwood Festival of Speed debut, we finally have an idea of how much power the darn thing makes.Honda on Tuesday unveiled a few more tidbits of information about the E. Its single electric motor on the rear axle produces about 148 horsepower and torque “in excess of” 221 pound-feet of torque. Given its diminutive dimensions and 50/50 weight distribution, that means it should rock just about any autocross course it comes across. The automaker also said that, because the rear wheels deliver the power, it was able to add extra steering articulation on the front axle. Its turning diameter is pretty small as a result, requiring a little over 28 feet to complete a full circle. Its four-corner McPherson strut layout means it should be both comfortable yet solid.Honda also said that the E will sport a one-pedal driving mode. Single Pedal Control, as Honda calls it, will allow the vehicle to accelerate and decelerate with just a single pedal, using regenerative braking to slow the vehicle, presumably to a stop. It’s unclear if this will be a default mode, or if it will require a button press to activate. Other EVs have similar systems that can be bypassed if a driver prefers it.Preorders for the Honda E are already open in Europe. It will sport standard camera side mirrors, further distancing it from the US market, where such tech remains illegal. We’ll get a good look at it this week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where we hope it will take a run up the famed hill climb course. Honda More about 2019 Honda Insight 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuelast_img read more

Oil prices rise on renewed output freeze talks but fundamentals remain weak

first_imgOil prices rose in early trading on Monday, lifted by reports of renewed talks by some members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to restrain output.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures CLc1 were at $42.01 per barrel at 0022 GMT (08:22 p.m. EDT), up 21 cents, or 0.5 percent, from their last close.Brent crude futures LCOc1 were trading at $44.40 per barrel, up 13 cents, or 0.29 percent.Analysts said that the price rise came on the back of renewed calls by some OPEC members to freeze production in a bid to rein in output consistently outpacing demand.”OPEC members including Venezuela, Ecuador and Kuwait are said to be behind this latest reincarnation. But just like previous endeavours, it seems doomed to fail, given key OPEC members (think: Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran) persist in their battle for market share, ramping up exports apace,” said Matt Smith of U.S.-based ClipperData in a note.Yet in the absence of an agreement, a fight for market share via high output and price discounts is still weighing on oil markets.Iraq has dropped the September official selling price (OSP) for Basra Light crude to Asia by $1.00 to minus $2.30 a barrel against the average of Oman/Dubai quotes from the previous month, the State Oil Marketing Organisation (SOMO) said on Monday, making it the latest exporter to drop its prices.Meanwhile, oil drilling in the In the United States keeps increasing.”Another increase in the rig count in the U.S. also weighed on sentiment. The Baker Hughes data show rigs operating in the U.S. are the highest since March (at 381),” ANZ bank said on Monday.On the demand side, analysts at AB Bernstein said that oil demand growth had been strong in 2015 and the first half of this year, at 2.0 and 1.5 percent respectively, but that the outlook was weakening.”In July following the UK Brexit vote, the IMF downgraded global growth by 10 basis points (bp) in 2016 and 20 bp in 2017. This has negative implications for (oil) demand,” the analysts said.”We expect that demand growth could slow in the second half of 2016 to around 1.1 percent and slow further in 2017 to a below consensus 1.0 percent on the current global growth outlook,” AB Bernstein added.last_img read more

Changing How Flood Projects Get Prioritized In Houston Region Potential Polling Location

first_imgWednesday, August 28, 2019Top afternoon stories:Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaHarris County Commissioners Court.Changing How Flood Projects Get Prioritized In Houston RegionHarris County leaders passed a resolution that would accelerate flood infrastructure spending in areas of the county where people are in the greatest danger from flooding. The “Harris Thrives” resolution passed 3-to-2 along party lines. The resolution would prioritize spending from last year’s $2.5 billion flood bond package under a “worst first” formula. The formula was developed using eight separate criteria, including a measurement developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention known as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI).County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Russell Poppe, executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District, each said that no flood bond projects would be cancelled as a result of the Harris Thrives resolution.Some 146 projects approved in the flood bond are currently underway.Lucio Vasquez/Houston Public MediaHarris County jail inmates.Potential Polling Location For Harris County Jail InmatesInmates of the Harris County Jail may soon be able to vote. Harris County leaders have approved a study on setting up a polling location at the jail as early as this November.The County Clerk’s and Sheriff’s Offices will explore if they can set up a polling location at the jail in time for this Election Day. Commissioner Adrian Garcia proposed the measure.Commissioner Rodney Ellis seconded the proposal, which passed along party lines in a three-to-two vote.County Clerk Diane Trautman said there may not be enough time to set up a voting site at the jail for this year’s election, but there would be time to do so for the 2020 presidential contest.Getty Images/iStockphoto via The Texas TribuneAn AK-47 rifle.El Paso Shooting Suspect Says He Ordered Weapon From OverseasWhen the alleged gunman walked into an El Paso Walmart earlier this month to carry out the worst massacre of Hispanic people in recent American history, he went in with an assault weapon he said he bought from Romania, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety report obtained by The Texas Tribune.The white 21-year-old suspect in the shooting told El Paso police shortly after his arrest that the Romanian AK-47 was sent to a gun dealer near his home in Allen, a suburb outside of Dallas. He also said he bought a thousand rounds of ammunition from Russia.In a manifesto published just before the shooting, the alleged shooter said the rifle was a WASR-10, a semi-automatic version of a Romanian military AK-47 weapon.The DPS report obtained by the Tribune includes a summary of the suspect’s interview with police, providing more details on the weapon and the suspect’s actions in the racist slaying where he said he “wanted to shoot as many Mexicans as possible.” Sharelast_img read more

IMA Endorses Mosby for Mayor

first_imgNick MosbyBaltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby (D-7th), picked up what has historically been a significant endorsement in his quest to become the next mayor of Baltimore. The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA), which is composed of ministers who preside over many of the most influential churches in the Baltimore metropolitan area, chose Mosby after interviewing several candidates in the race.“We have faith that Nick Mosby will lead Baltimore to better days,” said Pastor Alvin Gwynn, Sr., of Friendship Baptist Church, and president of the IMA of Baltimore. “It’s going to take time, commitment, resolve, and most importantly, a plan that will both rebuild our city and take care of our most vulnerable residents. Nick Mosby brings all of that and more to this race,” Gwynn added.Mosby probably hopes the IMA endorsement will add a significant spark to a campaign that has been polling in the single digits.“The church has been a cornerstone of our community…so their endorsement means a lot,” Mosby said shortly after exiting a city council meeting. “I’m so thankful and excited to have their support,” he added.The IMA selected Mosby over more veteran politicians like former mayor Sheila Dixon, Sen. Catherine Pugh and Councilman Carl Stokes.“We’re driving in a new direction to build a world class city for all Baltimoreans,” Mosby said. “It’s about who’s going to push the city in the right direction,” he added.The IMA also rejected new entrants into Baltimore’s political arena like businessman David Warnock, former prosecutor Elizabeth Embry and former Obama White House aide, Calvin Young.“It’s (IMA endorsement), just indicative of what this race is all about and that’s change,” Mosby said. “I’m the right candidate to lead Baltimore in this era of change.”last_img read more