Todd Gloria on Governor Browns State of the State address

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter January 27, 2018 Posted: January 27, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown delivered his 2018 State of the State address.Following the address, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) issued this statement:“Governor Brown has stayed true to his word: ‘California is not going back not now, not ever.’ We are moving forward, protecting Californians, and leading while Washington is stagnant.“A number of challenges still lie ahead for us – most notably our housing crisis which remains the most pressing issue facing California. While we took significant steps last year, I look forward to introducing more innovative solutions this year as a member of the Assembly’s Housing and Community Development Committee.“Additionally, we must be vigilant and ready to protect California’s Dreamers should Washington choose to neglect its promise.“California is stronger more than ever before. That’s due in no small part to Governor Brown and his leadership. The quality-of-life and strength of the Golden State has vastly improved under his administration. We have work to do, but Governor Brown will undoubtedly leave California better than he found it.” center_img Todd Gloria on Governor Brown’s State of the State address , last_img read more

State Officials Provide Advice For Preventing Mulch Fires

first_imgSTOW, MA — “Every year around this time, we experience many fires started by cigarettes tossed into piles of bark mulch, which is combustible and can easily catch fire,” says State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “We are asking smokers to dispose of their smoking materials responsibly in order to prevent fires. Don’t toss cigarette butts into mulch or a pile of dried leaves.”“Businesses and homeowners that are sprucing up their landscaping should also provide and maintain safe receptacles for disposing of smoking materials so that people won’t start fires by tossing cigarettes into the mulch,” said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey, “Metal containers with sand are best.”“If you see a smoldering mulch pile, please call 9-1-1 so the fire department can make sure it is truly extinguished. Mulch can smolder for a long time before erupting into flames,” said Ostroskey.In the past five years (2013 – 2017), there have been 231 fires that started in mulch and spread to buildings. These 231 fires caused one civilian death, one civilian injury, 16 fire service injuries and property damages of $10.2 million. Fires that start on the exterior of buildings are usually not detected early, and by the time they enter the building to trigger a fire alarm, smoke detector or sprinkler system, the fire is already large. Fortunately, many mulch fires are caught and extinguished before spreading to a building or motor vehicle.Mulch FireFactorOn the Department of Fire Service’s website, there is a Mulch FireFactor, an educational hand-out in both English and Spanish on mulch fire safety and the Fire Code. It can be used by fire departments to educate the community on the regulation and for building managers, landscapers and companies that store and sell mulch, to educate their staff.Nurseries, Landscapers and Property Managers Need to Know the RulesFire officials want to remind building owners, property managers, nurseries and landscaping companies about the proper placement and storage of mulch in order to prevent these types of fires. Ostroskey said, “It’s important for mulch storage piles to be 30’ apart to keep fires from spreading.”Keep Mulch 18” Away From BuildingsHere are some tips for property managers and building owners on how to prevent mulch fires:Keep wood mulch 18” away from combustible exteriors of buildings such as wood or vinyl siding and decks. Don’t put it right up against the building.Use materials such as pea stone or crushed rock for the first 18” as a barrier around the foundation of the building and around gas and electrical meters.Provide proper receptacles for smoking materials.State Fire Code on Mulch ApplicationThe Comprehensive Fire Safety Code (527 CMR 1.00, section 10.14.10.4) prohibits the new application of mulch within 18” around combustible exteriors of buildings, such as wood or vinyl but not brick or concrete. Residential buildings with six units or less are exempted from this regulation, but all homeowners may also wish to adopt these safety practices. The regulation applies to all other buildings including commercial properties.Storage and Manufacturing of MulchThe regulation (527 CMR 1.00, section 31.3.6.4.3) also has safety requirements for those who store or manufacture mulch. It limits the size of mulch piles and requires a distance of 30-feet between piles and 25-feet from the lot line. Large piles of mulch can easily spontaneously combust with all the heat they generate, so it’s important to be vigilant and employ good housekeeping. The distance between piles prevents a fire from easily spreading to another pile or to a building.Permits Required to Store 300+ Cubic Yards of MulchPermits are required from the fire department wherever more than 300 cubic yards of mulch is produced or stored.Arlington Fatal Fire Destroyed 36-unit Apartment and 6 CarsOne of the most destructive mulch fires in Massachusetts occurred on May 5, 2015 in a large Arlington apartment complex. One man died in the fire started by smoking materials discarded in a mulch bed, which spread to a car, then to a building. Thirty-six apartments and six cars were destroyed. The building had no sprinklers and the estimated dollar loss was $6.7 million.(NOTE: The above press release is from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Fire Marshal Offers Tips To Prevent Mulch FiresIn “Government”State Fire Marshal Cautions Smokers, Announces Improper Disposal Of Smoking Materials Caused Recent Woburn FireIn “Police Log”Massachusetts State Fire Marshal: September Is Campus Fire Safety MonthIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Look who wants to work with Rajinikanth in Darbar

first_imgBill Duke and Rajinikanth.PR HandoutActors in Tamil and across South Indian desire to work with Rajinikanth. Many artistes plead filmmakers to give an opportunity to share screens space with him at least for one scene. What comes as a surprise is even an international actor too has wished to work with our Thalaivar.American actor and filmmaker Bill Duke has made an open request to AR Murugadoss to cast him in Darbar on Twitter. “@ARMurugadoss I do not speak #Tamil…but I could be @rajinikanth “long lost American Cousin” or #Nayanthara “Uncle” you know they say I can act!!! @sreekar_prasad & @santoshsivan can edit me in!!! @anirudhofficial can compose a #HitSong with stars from all over, what you think?[sic]” he wrote.The message apparently stunned AR Murugadoss, who responded, “Sirrrrrr..? It’s really you? [sic]” However, it has to be seen whether the director will cast him in the flick. Nonetheless, it is not clear whether it is the official account of the said actor or his imposter.Bill Duke is a multifaceted talent who has worked in the movies like Commando, Predator, American Gigolo, No Man’s Land, Bird on a Wire, Menace II Society, Exit Wounds, Payback, X-Men: The Last Stand and Mandy among many others.Coming to Darbar, the shooting of the multilingual is progressing in Mumbai and the team has plans to wrap up the filming by the end of August. The Rajinikanth starrer will be ready for release for next Pongal festival.Darbar is an action thriller which tells the story of a cop played by Rajinikanth. Nayanthara enacts the role of his wife. Yogi Babu, Nivetha Thomas, Suniel Shetty, Prateik Babbar and many others are part of the cast.last_img read more

Wall collapse kills toddler

first_imgAshuliaA toddler was killed and four others were injured in a wall collapse at Kathgara in Ashulia on Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Tasim Hossain, the one and a half year old son of Nazmul Hossain of the area.A fire broke out from the gas stove of a house on the ground floor of the building in the morning due to gas leakage, said, Jahangir Alam, senior station officer of Ashulia DEPZ Fire Service Control room.An explosion followed and a part of the wall collapsed, killing the boy on the spot and injuring four others, he added.The injured were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.last_img

Software developer shows faceswapping in realtime w video

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Software developer Arturo Castro and media artist Kyle MacDonald have put out a video demo of their software that replaces their faces with other faces in realtime. Their face-swapping, face-morphing technology shows how their software can transform new or celebrity faces with your own. The two of them pout, pucker up, grimace, and perform other facial antics to breathe even more life into their changing faces of the likes of Paris Hilton, Marilyn Monroe, Chairman Mao, Lenin and Andy Warhol. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. FaceTracker is open source for non-commercial use, and is available from Saragih. Castro pays tribute to FaceTracker for having contributed “much of the magic that happens in the video. The library returns a mesh that matches contours of the facial features, such as eyes, nose and mouth.”That way the mesh obtained from a photo is matched to my own face in the video. Applying some color interpolation algorithms from Kevin Atkinson’s image clone code gives it the blending effect that can be seen in the final footage,” he said.The other technology component used is Kyle McDonald’s ofxFacetracker. “I’m also using Kyle McDonald’s ofxFaceTracker addon for openFrameworks which wraps Jason’s library for easier use,” he said.Castro said before producing the video he had thought about identity theft and what would happen if a face could be grabbed and put on someone else.His next step is to use the technology for his art-making projects. He is planning an installation soon. His inspirations have been the art center in Valencia, Spain, lalalab, and an electronic musician, Aphex Twin, both with videos that use face-swapping technology. Explore further Castro calls the technology Realtime Face Substitution, and its underpinning is the open source platform openFrameworks, which Castro helps to drive along with Zachary Lieberman and Theodore Watson. OpenFrameworks is a coding toolkit that has been simplified for designers and artists, with C++ as the programming language.The popular openFrameworks toolkit was born out of the conviction that better tools make better projects, and that artists are generally turned on, not turned off, by using C++ for artistic expression.The code is written to be cross platform (PC, Mac, Linux, iPhone, Android) and cross compiler. The API is designed to be minimal and easy to grasp. Castro also makes use of Jason Saragih’s FaceTracker library, a C/C++ API for real time face alignment and tracking. center_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com I like your face — but why? A new computer model pinpoints the reasons Citation: Software developer shows face-swapping in realtime (w/ video) (2011, September 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-software-face-swapping-realtime-video.htmllast_img read more

One morning in the life of some Indians

first_imgKalu Miyan heard the good news from Rameshwar when he was sitting under a tree near the canal. For early morning rituals the villagers use this part of the grazing ground. Men come little after sunrise. By then the women return. Neither Kalu Miyan nor Ramu Chacha is aware that their village is among those in the country that has stopped open defecation. They had heard that the few broken bricks stacked in the corner of the village will eventually become the village toilet. They heard that some Babus (government functionaries) from the town had come to their village one day before these bricks were laid. That was before the rains came, and Ramu helped Kalu Miyan to till his land. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceBoth Kalu Miyan and Ramu Chacha sat on a light bedstead with Pavan, their village elder and heard on the radio the Pradhan Mantri from Delhi mentioning something about Swachh Bharat. Pavan, who knows some Babus in the town, told them that their village will have toilets. Villagers know that any construction takes time. The bridge on the canal has been under construction for some time. Ramu remembers that it had started when his youngest son Chhotu was born. Now Chhotu is living in Begusarai, some 50 km away from the village. He goes to school, where there are no classes. The boy, now ten years old, works at a shop and earns a livelihood. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeRamu Chacha has a radio on his phone. He bought it recently from the money he received in his bank account after the Babus came and opened bank accounts about a year back. In the past, only well off persons, such as Kalu Miyan and Pavan had ever visited a bank. Ramu and his family were elated when for the first time they entered a bank. One year before the bank Babus came for account-opening, they had gone to the local Panchayat in a village just a few kilometers north, to get themselves photographed and get their fingerprints registered. Their eyes were also tested. The Babus told them that all these details would be printed on a card that would come from the post office. Pavan told all of them to keep that card (called Aadhar) safely. But that was used only once when the bank Babus came. Ramu Chacha heard on the radio that the Bara Adalat (Supreme Court) in Delhi has now addressed their concern. It is unknown to Ramu and his fellow villagers that the Aadhar card is wrong. It is wrong because all their information is stored on that card. But Ramu could not follow what was wrong in it. The details of the money that helped him buy the radio was also stored on that card.Gagan, son of his elder brother, knows many things. He even goes to towns to walk with political Babus. Gagan explained to Ramu Chacha what privacy is and how the Aadhar system was breaching his privacy. Not only Ramu, but all villagers must thank the Bara Adalat for securing their right to privacy. This is what Rameshwar explained to Kalu Miyan while relieving himself in the fields. Maybe Kalu Miyan was suffering from constipation and did not seem thankful to the Bara Adalat.When Kalu Miyan and Ramu Chacha were busy in a remote village in the morning, it was time for the senior Sarkari Sahib (government official) to get ready for work. He had just returned from his morning walk and barely had any time left to glance through the newspaper. He must reach office now before nine – a trouble that started when Narendra Modi came to New Delhi from Gandhinagar. Not only must he reach office on time, but there are also new slogans nowadays – “Make in India” and Ease of Doing Business. What hurts the senior Babu more is that his boss, Mr. Burden Remove Boast travels the world, gets photographed with Modi, tweets his achievements, and sends all papers to him, the Hump Ahmed. When well-paid officers from foreign companies visit him, the poor man has little option and maintains a smiling face. Like the man who laughs poor Hump can never express his problems to anybody.On his table is a proposal for a big MNC, which is keen to venture out in the Indian market. As such there is no issue now that the confusing language kept in the notification has been done away with few months back. The Sahib knows of the brand and uses the same given to him by the Indian franchise of the company. The issue is one of level playing field. If the MNC opens its store, the poor Indian franchise will lose his revenue. Shouldn’t the Government act as a guardian for the Indian business person? Instead, the Prime Minister is busy going abroad and talking to these MNCs.But Hump Sahib knows how not to bend easily. He has to ensure fairness for all. Leaders come and go, but Sahibs are constant. What can the leaders do without the Sahibs? And what is the incentive Hump Sahib may receive from the MNC? A mere thank you, one supposes. Now Hump Sahib is not interested in easing it anymore; let the Prime Minister keep shouting his Mann Ki Baat.By the time Kalu Miyan and Ramu Chacha were ready to tend to their respective fields, and Hump Sahib had finished his second cup of coffee brought by his servant, it was time for anchor Rubbish Desai to call his stringer in Bihar. Rubbish wanted a big breaking story on how Modi’s Swatch Bharat data on toilets were rigged and how Kalu Miyan, Ramu Chacha, et al. were still using the village green. He has also lined up the well-known guest who will explain how this Government manipulates all information with active support from the highest office. Meanwhile, Rubbish receives a call from his reporter from the capital. The young lady has access to a senior Sahib, who tells her how the Government is slowly killing the Indian entrepreneurs to promote MNCs. With two news night top stories frozen, Rubbish went for his lunch at Machan where there is a Tunisian food festival to celebrate this year’s Nobel Prize. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more