Pasadena Police Department Celebrates its Explorers Heading to College

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Pasadena Police Department Celebrates its Explorers Heading to College Reproduced with permission of Behind the Badge | Photography by James Carbone Published on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 | 7:03 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Subscribe STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRub This All Over Your Body And He’s Guaranteed To Swoon Over YouHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Community News Top of the News center_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena Police Chief John Perez and with Pasadena Officers and with seven high school students from Pasadena, who recently received computers from the Pasadena Police Department, pose for a picture at the Pasadena Police Department on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Photo by James Carbone)For eight Pasadena PD Explorers, their senior year may not have ended as they envisioned.Graduations were held virtually, proms cancelled and end-of-the-year parties were nixed once COVID-19 shook through the nation.But for the Pasadena PD Explorers, the pandemic didn’t take away their well-earned high school diplomas and it wasn’t going to stop them on their next journey.College.On Tuesday, June 16th, Pasadena Police Chief John Perez congratulated the Department’s explorers with a fist bump, flowers and a brand new laptop, courtesy of a $6,000 donation by the Pasadena Police Foundation.“This is a tool. You’ve worked hard for it. You are our future and your community’s future,” Perez said to the group. “The world is trying to find its balance. Good change will come from all of this, so just hang in there. We are lucky you guys are here and a part of us.”The Pasadena Explorers Program is for young men and women ages 14 to 21, and gives them a chance to work with officers and employees of the Pasadena Police Department while also learning about a career in law enforcement.“I was really excited to get the laptop,” said Mireya Arrieta, who graduated from Marshall Fundamental and has been with the Pasadena Explorers the last few years. “It’s really going to help me in college, especially now with everything online. Now I don’t have to pay to get a lap top and I can use my money toward something else.”The Pasadena Explorers were accepted at colleges throughout California, including: California State University, Long Beach, University of California, Los Angeles, Pasadena City College, California State University, Northridge, California State University, Los Angeles and University of California, Santa Barbara.Each of the students were thrilled to celebrate their accomplishment with their Pasadena PD Explorer advisors, Michelle White, Charles Tucker, Corporal Cristian Allen, retired Sgt. Glenn Thompson and Pasadena Police Youth Advisor Michael Bentley.“This is what it’s all about for us,” said Thompson, who retired in 2019, but continues to be a mentor or the Explorers program. “Help young people and to mentor them. What they can do with support is amazing.”For Nicholas Gonazales, his time as an Explorer is a huge inspiration for him and toward his future. He will use everything he learned at the Pasadena PD at Cal State LA in the fall where he will begin his education toward becoming a police officer.“My advice to anybody considering being an Explorer is that it will help you in your personal life, as an individual and as a whole. Being an Explorer helps you become a well-rounded person and prepares you for society. It makes you proud to be part of an awesome program.”Meet the college bound Pasadena Explorers:Nicholas Gonzales from Pasadena High School smiles as he receives a computer from the Pasadena Police Chief John Perez at the Pasadena Police Department on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Photo by James Carbone)Nicolas S. Gonzales.Pasadena High SchoolCollege Attending: California State University, Los AngelesMajor: Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice“Being an Explorer has made me a better individual a better person, more sociable, more conscientious and respectful of the people around me, my family and my community. Being an Explorer has taught me how to be part of the community by giving, caring and helping all in our community.”Candrha Lopez from Pasadena High School is all smiles as she receives a computer from the Pasadena Police Chief John Perez at the Pasadena Police Department on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Photo by James Carbone)Name: Candrha LopezPasadena High SchoolCollege Attending: University of California, Los AngelesMajor: Pre-cognitive science majorHillarie Padilla from Pasadena High School is all smiles as she receives a computer from the Pasadena Police Chief John Perez at the Pasadena Police Department on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Chief John Perez later said: “you are our future, the computer is a tool to get you further to where you need to go.” (Photo by James Carbone)Name: Hillarie PadillaPasadena High SchoolCollege attending: Cal State University. Los AngelesMajor: Biochemistry“Explorers helped me become more organized and taught me how to prioritize important things first. For those who want be become explorers it is a great program for learning discipline and they push you to your limits to be the best you can be.” Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  86 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more

Arrest at Kukui after phone thefts

first_imgA 27 year old man was arrested in Kukui nightclub in the early hours of Wednesday morning after clubbers raised concerns about the disappearance of several items on Tuesday night, the police have confirmed.The police were contacted by the club shortly after midnight. A spokesperson for the Thames Valley Police commented, “A man was detained by doorstaff at Kukui after allegedly being seen to pick pockets. On arrival at the club officers carried out a search and found a number of items allegedly stolen, including mobile phones, purses and a passport.”The man was charged with three counts of theft and released on Wednesday night. He has been bailed to appear at the Oxford Magistrates’ Court on the 5th March.The Kukui management and Varsity Events, who organise ‘Juice at Kukui’, were aware of the incident but both declined to comment.last_img read more

Michael P. Burke appointed FAS registrar

first_imgMichael P. Burke has been appointed the new registrar for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), effective Jan. 31.Burke is currently director of admissions and registrar at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Among his many accomplishments at HKS are implementing a new student information system and leading the transition from a paper-based application and registration system to a self-service, online system, thus enhancing student services, lowering costs, and increasing efficiency.He was named a “Harvard Hero” in 2007 and was selected for the HKS Dean’s Award in 2003, 2007, and 2010.Burke received a master’s of education in higher education administration from Harvard and a B.A. in political science from Syracuse University. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nkayi, Zimbabwe, where he worked with rural subsistence farmers, and has continued his volunteer efforts by establishing a monthly HKS volunteer program at Rosie’s Place, a women’s shelter in Boston.In his new role, he will lead and oversee the Office of the Registrar for FAS, which serves both Harvard College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He will work closely with faculty, staff, and students across and beyond FAS.last_img read more

Evolutionary Fish Story

first_img(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Similar-looking blind fish couldn’t have swum across the world, so did they evolve separately?Where would a fish want to go be?  A goby fish wants to go be in dark caves.  The BBC News announced that “Goby fish 6,000km apart share eyeless common ancestor.”  Herein lies a puzzle: blind gobies in Madagascar and Australia are very similar.  How will evolutionary theory explain this?  Reporter Jonathan Ball said, “A study in PLoS One showed Madagascan and Australian cave fish inherited their blindness from a common ancestor”  (Source: Chakrabarty P, Davis MP, Sparks JS (2012) The First Record of a Trans-Oceanic Sister-Group Relationship between Obligate Vertebrate Troglobites. PLoS ONE 7(8): e44083. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0044083).Though living in different parts of the world the cave fish shared important features: they were small – under 10cm in length – eyeless, colourless and lived in freshwater, limestone caves.  How such similar fishes came to be living on different sides of the world was the question the researchers wanted to answer.They considered convergent evolution: “When separate species are exposed to the same selective pressures they often come up with the same solutions – a process known as convergent evolution.”   An alternate possibility is that these species inherited their particular characteristics from a common ancestor: “In the case of the cave fish, an alternative possibility was that their odd features – or traits – were adaptations inherited from an ancestor common to both.”A genetic comparison suggested the latter:Though separated by thousands of kilometres of ocean, the cave-dwelling fish of Madagascar and north-western Australia were genetically more similar to each other than to any other goby: they inherited their unusual suite of characteristics from a common ancestor.“That they’re 6,000 km apart in Madagascar and Australia is pretty remarkable,” observed Dr Chakrabarty.The researchers believe that the ancestor lived on Gondwanaland, which joined Madagascar and Australia in the past.  Their hypothesis is that those two lands split 60 million years ago, leaving the two species of cave-dwellers 4,000 miles apart, no longer able to share a common gene pool.Nice hypothesis, Ball suggested, “But the study threw up some anomalies.”  Why didn’t the blind gobies go be in India, which was also part of Gondwanaland?  Maybe they went extinct there.  Or, perhaps evolutionary ideas of Gondwanaland “might need updating.”A researcher found it “intriguing” that some of the blind gobies in Madagascar had pigment; “they show that caves are not evolutionary dead-ends,” he said.The observation of similar blind cave fish separated by 4,000 miles is a worthy puzzle for scientific investigation by both creationists and evolutionists.  How did they get there?  Evolutionists typically take the microphone and start waving their hands.  They reach into their story toolkit and pull out “convergent evolution”.  They grab the magic wand of “millions of years.”  They play their puzzle of slowly wandering continents, as they look into their genetic crystal balls for visions of long-lost common ancestors.Unfortunately for them, these tactics flop. First of all, blindness is degeneration, not evolution.  Even creationists allow for that kind of change from an initial created kind of goby that diversified without adding new genetic information.  Second, “convergent evolution” is a distraction.  It is not a “process”; it is merely a story used whenever needed to show similar things that should not have been related.  And, the evolutionists admitted that their popular story of Gondwanaland’s separation “might need updating.”The authors admitted in their paper that evolutionary theory is not sitting confidently in the seat of scientific explanation here: “A major issue plaguing our understanding regarding the evolution of cave animals has been a lack of basic information regarding the assembly of these biotas, including mechanisms of speciation and phylogenetic origin.”  Ahem; why, then, are you holding the microphone?The most useless part of their hypothesis is time.  It doesn’t take 60 million years for eyes to degenerate; that can happen in one or two generations.  Sixty million years is far more time than all the alleged major transitions in mammals are said to have occurred.  Why would these fish just sit there in caves on opposite sides of the ocean, not changing at all, looking closer to one another genetically than to other gobies?  Does that make sense?It is far more reasonable to believe they have not been separated anywhere near that long.  Biblical creationists believe the continents broke up and spread apart rapidly during the Flood.  Only pockets of fish populations would have survived, explaining why they are found where they are but not in India.  The genes for pigment were present but recessive, switchable back on by genetic or epigenetic mechanisms.    No tens of millions of years are needed to explain these observations; in fact, the explanation is better without them.last_img read more

Murray downs Del Potro; French women in grudge match

first_imgWeary Del Potro, who had already summoned the doctor early in the second set, knew his challenge was over and he managed just 11 points in the third set.Former US Open champion Marin Cilic continued his smooth progress seeing off Feliciano Lopez, who was limited by a neck injury, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.Croatian seventh seed Cilic will next meet South Africa’s Kevin Anderson who matched his best run at Roland Garros with a five-set win over Britain’s Kyle Edmund.Anderson twice recovered from a set down to advance 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 in just under four hours in a duel between two players born in Johannesburg.In the women’s event, France have three women in the last 16 for the first time in 23 years.However, that success is overshadowed by a bitter feud between compatriots Alize Cornet and Caroline Garcia who will clash for a place in the quarter-finals.Cornet reached the last 16 for just the second time with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Polish ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska who lost all her seven service games.Garcia, seeded 28, made the fourth round of a Slam for the first time with a 6-4, 4-6, 9-7 win over Taiwan’s world number 109 Hsieh Su-Wei.Those wins guaranteed the home nation will have at least one quarter-finalist in Paris for the first time since Marion Bartoli in 2011.However, Cornet admitted that her relationship with Garcia has virtually broken down. Murray, the runner-up to Novak Djokovic in 2016, will next face either John Isner of the United States or Russia’s Karen Khachanov.“I expected a very tough match. Whoever won that first set would have the momemtum as it would have been very difficult to come back in these heavy, slow conditions,” said Murray.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He was playing much better than me in the first set. He had chances in the first set, he double faulted on set point.”In a titanic first set, Del Potro wasted four set points then saved two before Murray pounced for the opener when the Argentine star narrowly miscued. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates after winning a point against Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on June 3, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARITAndy Murray downed longtime rival Juan Martin del Potro to reach the Roland Garros last 16 Saturday while French hopes were overshadowed by a bitter feud between two of their top stars.World number one Murray triumphed 7-6 (10/8), 7-5, 6-0 for his seventh win in 10 meetings with Del Potro whose challenge fizzled out after squandering four set points in the 87-minute opener.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Pamilar rues errors, praises team’s fighting spirit in loss to Pocaricenter_img Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The 28-year-old slumped over the net and stayed bent over during most of the changeover to catch his breath.Del Potro, playing in Paris for the first time in five years after a series of wrist injuries, was quickly a break down in the second set.He retrieved it when Murray served for the set in the 10th game before handing the advantage straight back.Murray seized his lifeline, a fourth ace giving him a two-set lead.Weary Del PotroADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV “I think that the relationship is not very good,” said 27-year-old Cornet.“I think she may have a grudge against us, so she’s not ready to talk with me, so I don’t think that it will be good to talk to her, because we are playing against each other.”Garcia fell out with her teammates earlier this year after she pulled out of a Fed Cup tie.Romanian third seed and 2014 runner-up Simona Halep sealed her place in the fourth round with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Russia’s Daria Kasatkina.Halep, 25, raced through the opening set against 26th seed Kasatkina but needed to save four set points in the second before clinching victory.Halep will face Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro for a place in the quarter-finals.Suarez Navarro, the 21st seed and a two-time quarter-finalist, made the fourth round for the fifth time.She eased past Russian 14th seed Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-4 in a match which featured a 17-minute service game, punctuated by 11 deuces, for the Russian in the second set.last_img read more

CMA CGM Otello Becomes Largest Boxship to Call Indonesia

first_imgImage Courtesy: Pelabuhan Indonesia IIIn today’s spotted, we bring you images of CMA CGM Otello which arrived at the Jakarta International Container Terminal in Indonesia earlier this week as the largest container vessel to call this country. During the ship’s visit, its upcoming maiden voyage for “the industry’s first direct service” from Indonesia to the United States was celebrated on April 24, according to CMA CGM which operates the container vessel.The 8,238 TEU boxship is deployed in the Java Sea Express (JAX) and Pendulum Loop 1 (PE1) services by CMA CGM and APL, respectively.The 2005-built CMA CGM Otello is one of 17 vessels that will ply the sea route of the two weekly services which offer a transit time of 23 days from Jakarta to Los Angeles.“Indonesia is strategic to the developments of the CMA CGM Group in Southeast Asia. We are fully behind Indonesia’s aspiration for a mega maritime network across the island nation and seek to exploit opportunities to make a meaningful contribution,” Jean-Yves Duval, Senior Vice President, CMA CGM Asia, said.“Moving forward, the group looks to write new chapters with IPC and other key stakeholders for the Indonesian maritime industry,” Duval added.Image Courtesy: Pelabuhan Indonesia IIlast_img read more

All about Browser Fingerprinting the privacy nightmare that keeps web developers awake

first_imgLast week, researchers published a paper titled Browser Fingerprinting: A survey, that gives a detailed insight into what browser fingerprinting is and how it is being used in the research field and the industry. The paper further discusses the current state of browser fingerprinting and the challenges surrounding it. What is browser fingerprinting? Browser fingerprinting refers to the technique of collecting various device-specific information through a web browser to build a device fingerprint for better identification. The device-specific information may include details like your operating system, active plugins, timezone, language, screen resolution, and various other active settings. This information can be collected through a simple script running inside a browser. A server can also collect a wide variety of information from public interfaces and HTTP headers. This is a completely stateless technique as it does not require storing any collected information inside the browser. The following table shows an example of a browser fingerprint: Source: The history of browser fingerprinting Back in 2009, Jonathan Mayer, who works as an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Princeton University, investigated if the differences in browsing environments can be exploited to deanonymize users. In his experiment, he collected the content of the navigator, screen, navigator.plugins, and navigator.mimeTypes objects of browsers. The results drawn from his experiment showed that from a total of 1328 clients, 1278 (96.23%) could be uniquely identified. Following this experiment, in 2010, Peter Eckersley from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) performed the Panopticlick experiment in which he investigated the real-world effectiveness of browser fingerprinting. For this experiment, he collected 470,161 fingerprints in the span of two weeks. This huge amount of data was collected from HTTP headers, JavaScript, and plugins like Flash or Java. He concluded that browser fingerprinting can be used to uniquely identify 83.6% of the device fingerprints he collected. This percentage shot up to 94.2% if users had enabled Flash or Java as these plugins provided additional device information. This is the study that proved that individuals can really be identified through these details and the term “browser fingerprinting was coined”. Applications of Browser fingerprinting As is the case with any technology, browser fingerprinting can be used for both negative and positive applications. By collecting the browser fingerprints, one can track users without their consent or attack their device by identifying a vulnerability. Since these tracking scripts are silent and executed in the background users will have no clue that they are being tracked. Talking about the positive applications, with browser fingerprinting, users can be warned beforehand if their device is out of date by recommending specific updates. This technique can be used to fight against online fraud by verifying the actual content of a fingerprint. “As there are many dependencies between collected attributes, it is possible to check if a fingerprint has been tampered with or if it matches the device it is supposedly belonging to,” reads the paper. It can also be used for web authentication by verifying if the device is genuine or not. Preventing unwanted tracking by Browser fingerprinting By modifying the content of fingerprints: To prevent third-parties from identifying individuals through fingerprints, we can send random or pre-defined values instead of the real ones. As third-parties rely on fingerprint stability to link fingerprints to a single device, these unstable fingerprints will make it difficult for them to identify devices on the web. Switching browsers: A device fingerprint is mainly composed of browser-specific information. So, users can use two different browsers, which will result in two different device fingerprints. This will make it difficult for a third-party to track the browsing pattern of a user. Presenting the same fingerprint for all users: If all the devices on the web present the same fingerprint, there will no advantage of tracking the devices. This is the approach that the Tor Browser uses, which is known as the Tor Browser Bundle (TBB). Reducing the surface of browser APIs: Another defense mechanism is decreasing the surface of browser APIs and reducing the quantity of information a tracking script can collect. This can be done by disabling plugins so that there are no additional fingerprinting vectors like Flash or Silverlight to leak extra device information. Read the full paper, to know more in detail. Read Next DuckDuckGo proposes “Do-Not-Track Act of 2019” to require sites to respect DNT browser setting Mozilla Firefox will soon support ‘letterboxing’, an anti-fingerprinting technique of the Tor Browser Mozilla engineer shares the implications of rewriting browser internals in Rustlast_img read more