Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Public Safety Be a Saint. Drive Sober. St. Patrickâ€™s Day is One of the Deadliest Days of the Year Because of Drunk Driving Published on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | 11:56 am First Heatwave Expected Next Week 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News 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latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * St. Patrick’s Day brings to mind shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold, and good luck. But no amount of luck can save you from a drunk-driving crash. So whether youâ€™re buzzed or drunk on St. Patrickâ€™s Day, it doesnâ€™t matter. NHTSA wants to remind everyone that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Drivingâ€”drive sober.The Pasadena Police Department will be conducting a roving DUI patrol this St. Patrickâ€™s Day looking to stop and arrest drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs. This DUI patrol is, in addition to regularly scheduled patrol officers, all looking for the tell-tale signs of an impaired driver behind the wheel.In 2013, there were 31 people killed in drunk-driving crashes on St. Patrickâ€™s Day. All in all, during the St. Pattyâ€™s Day period from 2009 to 2013, there have been 276 drunk-driving fatalities. Every one of those lives was lost because of bad decisions. Unfortunately, March 17 has become a deadly day in the United States, with a dramatic spike in drunk-driving fatalities. And weâ€™re not just talking about a little bit too much to drink here; from 2009 to 2013, almost three-fourths of the drunk-driving fatalities on St. Patrickâ€™s Day involved drivers who were twice the legal limit.The Pasadena Police Department offered this advice to partygoers: â€œGet ahead of the decision this year. If you know youâ€™re going to celebrate St. Patrickâ€™s Day with alcohol, then figure out a plan ahead of time for how youâ€™ll get home. Donâ€™t wait until youâ€™re too buzzed to decide, and donâ€™t let your friends drive drunk.â€ Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving, so if you have anything to drink, count on a sober friend, taxi, or public transportation to drive you home safely. Not drinking? Maybe this St. Patrickâ€™s Day, youâ€™ll be the saint who drives your friends sober.Letâ€™s make 2015 different. Use this party-planning checklist to stay safe this St. Patrickâ€™s Day.â€¢ DDVIP: The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to â€œMap a Spotâ€ with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a â€œList of Spotsâ€ to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb â€“ all from one screen.â€¢ NOW: Even if you donâ€™t have plans yet, plan to drive sober or designate someone else to. Save the number of a taxi company in your phone so you always have a backup plan.â€¢ WHEN YOU MAKE PLANS: A sober driver is an essential part of any party plan. Once you know where youâ€™ll celebrate, decide whether youâ€™re drinking or driving. You can only choose one.â€¢ ON ST. PATRICKâ€™S DAY: Before you take your first sip of green beer, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. If youâ€™re the designated driver, donâ€™t drink. Enjoy non-alcoholic beverages and brag about your VIP (very important partygoer) status online using the hashtag #designateddriver. Only drive sober or ride with a sober driver.â€¢ EVERY DAY: If youâ€™re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely. If you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.â€¢ DRUGS, MEDICATION & ALCOHOL= CRASHES: Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.Funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that reminds everyone to â€˜Report Drunk Drivers! 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Harvard University neurobiologists have created mice that can “smell” light, providing a new tool that could help researchers better understand the neural basis of olfaction.The work, described this week in the journal Nature Neuroscience, has implications for the study of complex perception systems that do not lend themselves to traditional methods of research.“It makes intuitive sense to use odors to study smell,” says Venkatesh N. Murthy, professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard. “However, odors are so chemically complex that it is extremely difficult to isolate the neural circuits underlying smell that way.”Murthy and his colleagues at Harvard and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory instead used light, applying the infant field of optogenetics to the question of how cells in the brain differentiate between odors.Optogenetic techniques integrate light-reactive proteins into systems that usually sense inputs other than light. Murthy and his colleagues integrated these proteins, called channelrhodopsins, into the olfactory systems of mice, creating animals in which smell pathways were activated not by odors but by light.“In order to tease apart how the brain perceives differences in odors, it seemed most reasonable to look at the patterns of activation in the brain,” Murthy says. “But it is hard to trace these patterns using olfactory stimuli, since odors are very diverse and often quite subtle. So we asked: What if we make the nose act like a retina?”With the optogenetically engineered animal, the scientists were able to characterize the patterns of activation in the olfactory bulb, the brain region that receives information directly from the nose. Because light input can easily be controlled, they were able to design a series of experiments stimulating specific sensory neurons in the nose and looking at the patterns of activation in the olfactory bulb.“The first question was how the processing is organized, and how similar inputs are processed by adjacent cells in the brain,” Murthy says.But it turns out that the spatial organization of olfactory information in the brain does not fully explain our ability to sense odors. The temporal organization of olfactory information sheds additional light on how we perceive odors. In addition to characterizing the spatial organization of the olfactory bulb, the new study shows the large part timing plays in how odors are perceived. The paper has implications not only for study of the olfactory system, but more generally for teasing out the underlying neural circuits of other systems.Murthy’s co-authors on the Nature Neuroscience paper are Ashesh K. Dhawale of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India; Akari Hagiwara of Harvard; Upinder S. Bhalla of the National Centre for Biological Sciences; and Dinu F. Albeanu of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The work was sponsored by Harvard and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
There was an overall 15% decrease in global maritime security incidents in the first half of 2017, compared with the same period of 2016, according to Control Risks’ latest maritime analysis. As explained, the drop was in part driven by a significant decline in maritime piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, which in 2016 experienced the highest levels of piracy and armed robbery ever recorded in the region.Cargo and tanker vessels were involved in 38% of piracy incidents.There was also a notable decline in kidnap incidents from vessels in Southeast Asia compared to the latter half of 2016, partly due to the successful efforts of the Philippines military against the militant Abu Sayyaf Group on land, reducing their capability to kidnap victims at sea, according to Control Risks.The global decrease in maritime security incidents has occurred despite the spike in Somali pirate groups targeting ships operating in the Horn of Africa region, and the ongoing conflict in Yemen contributing to a growing trend of incidents in the Southern Red Sea and Bab-el Mandeb strait, where vessels have been targeted in violent terrorist attacks.Cormac Mc Garry, Maritime Risk Analyst at Control Risks, commented that “the Gulf of Guinea has seen a substantial decrease in piracy this year as Nigerian pirates groups, which typically dominate regional statistics, have not shown the same intent to venture far offshore or beyond Nigerian waters like they did in 2016.”“However, there is no sustained trend yet pointing to a substantial reduction in piracy in the Gulf of Guinea compared to the years before 2016, and we expect increased activity from mid-July as the seas become calmer,” he added.“It is promising to see a continued decline in global maritime security incidents, which have been decreasing over the past three years. However, this trend should not allow for complacency. We are recording global levels similar to 2013 which also followed a three year downward trend, largely due to the decline of Somali piracy. But that global trend did not last. Often, as one region sees less activity it picks up in another,” Mc Garry concluded.
India settle for silver in Champions Trophy File Photo of Indian hockey team. – PTI SHARE Published on null June 17, 2016 × SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT File Photo of Indian hockey team. – PTI RELATED India’s only podium finish until now was a bronze medal won way back in 1982 at Amsterdam. hockey The Indian men’s hockey team clinched a historic maiden final appearance in the 36th Hero Champions Trophy against formidable Australia after hosts Great Britain held Belgium to a 3-3 draw in the final round robin match here.This will be India’s first appearance in the summit clash since the inception of the blue-riband six-nation tournament back in 1978.India’s only podium finish until now was a bronze medal won way back in 1982 at Amsterdam. In what would be the team’s best ever performance in the event, India are assured of at least a silver after making the final.India would thank Great Britain, who rallied from a two goal deficit to hold Belgium 3-3 in a cliffhanger at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre late last evening. This was after India lost 2-4 to title favourites Australia in their last round robin encounter.The draw between Great Britain and Belgium meant both sides finished behind India in the round-robin league, paving the way for India to play World champions Australia in the tonight’s title encounter.Australia topped the league standings with 13 points from five games, while India ended on seven points. Great Britain ended on six points and Belgium were left on four points.Britain will feature in the bronze medal match with dethroned title holders Germany, who outplayed South Korea 7-0. This was Germany’s biggest win over the Koreans in international matches. Belgium will take on South Korea in the play-off for the fifth position.Starting the day’s proceedings with a 2-4 loss to top-ranked Australia, the Indian players went through a pensive wait for the result of the last league fixture as both Great Britain and Belgium could have scraped ahead of India.Britain simply required a victory to go past India on points, while Belgium needed to win by three goals or score at least four in a two-goal victory to finish ahead of India on goal difference.All three possibilities were within close distance until the last stages, leaving the Indian fans in the stadium on tenterhooks. Even the last British shot at the goal with five seconds left could have taken the hosts into the final, but the ball went a few centimetres wide of the post.The Indian team had left the ground after their match and followed the developments at the hotel, while the pendulum swung from one side to the other in a dramatic sequence. COMMENTS
Paul Pogba’s World Cup celebrations knew no bounds after France defeated Croatia 4-2 to lift their second title at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on Sunday.Pogba scored in the 59th minute of the game, but once the final whistle blew Pogba brought his party side. From dancing energetically, donning an Mexican ‘sombrero’ (hat), to even making the President of his country dab along with him.Whilst the celebrations he did something that might irk some of his English fans, and make his return to his club Manchester United a tad difficult. Incidentally Pogba also became the first Manchester United player to score in a World Cup final.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEPaul Pogba dey dab with the French President #FRA #mufc pic.twitter.com/zAkq8iWEuKMan United in Pidgin (@ManUtdInPidgin) July 15, 2018Paul Pogba wears a sombrero and Antoine Griezmann shouts “VIVA MEXICO” and sends Mexican style greetings to Carlos Vela pic.twitter.com/LBdJkhK63QFlFA World Cup (@FutbolWorId) July 15, 2018With the trophy in hand, dancing in high spirits, he blurted out “It’s coming home!”, and then immediately apologised for it.FRANCE VS CROATIA FIFA WORLD CUP FINAL: HIGHLIGHTS | REPORT’It’s coming home’ refers to the FIFA-endorsed idea that the sport in its current avatar started in England, and if the three Lions managed to win the title — the trophy and symbolically football itself would have returned home. The song though became synonymous with the English football team, dooming them with hope at every edition since 1990 when ‘The Lightning Seeds’ (a British Pop band) first composed it.advertisementPaul Pogba dey troll England: “Its coming home.” #mufc pic.twitter.com/2tVpHatMsGMan United in Pidgin (@ManUtdInPidgin) July 16, 2018Pogba, who starred in an epic final on Sunday, repeatedly kept saying ‘It’s coming home’ in an obvious dig at England football. At least thrice, he could be heard saying in the viral video, “It’s coming home, oh sorry, sorry.”READ- French players crash press conference to celebrate World Cup triumphPogba’s celebration in the podium also went viral. The French superstar did a little milly rocking in front of the FIFA World Cup 2018 trophy.Paul Pogba dabbing with the World Cup, lets see whos talking about his dancing now! pic.twitter.com/52gwXTsFR3The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) July 15, 2018Paul Pogba has a photo of his father on his shin pads and has this message attached to them: Oh Lord, dont chastise me for what they say, forgive me for what they dont know and make me better then what they think of me. #mufc pic.twitter.com/CsPqqOiGpfUnited Xtra (@utdxtra) July 15, 2018Paul Pogba with his mother, Yeo. Thats one proud mother! #mufc pic.twitter.com/FdcFmpm3kIUnited Xtra (@utdxtra) July 15, 2018And as France walked up to the podium to lift the trophy, Pogba won hearts with his little dance in front of the Cup. It had started raining by the time France and Croatia players lined up to receive their medals. Pogba was even seen cleaning the trophy with his shirt.READ – FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winners”We made France shudder. We hope they are proud of us. Thank you! It’s extraordinary. It’s a kid’s dream. I’ve lost my voice! Today, I said we were 90 minutes from going in history for life and we’ve done it. That’s wonderful,” Pogba said after the match as he posed for pictures with his family.READ – Putin gets his own umbrella as world leaders get drenched in rainPogba also paused after the biggest win of his international career to dedicate it to the Thai soccer team whose last members were freed from a flooded cave hours earlier.The France midfielder took to Twitter shortly after France beat Belgium late Tuesday to advance to the World Cup final. He posted the boys’ photos and said the victory “goes to the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong.”