Survivor of Georgia sniper attack says metal hip implant saved his life

first_imgWSB(ATLANTA) — A Georgia man said he has discovered a new appreciation for life on Sunday after surviving a sniper-style attack that could have killed him.Harvey Kerby was driving on a highway in northern Georgia last Friday when a shooter, perched in a wooded area beside the road, began firing at random vehicles, shooting Kerby in the hip and hitting another man in leg, according to police.Kerby, who was headed north on Highway 365 in Hall County, Georgia, about an hour northeast of Atlanta, when he was hit, said his metal hip implant may have saved his life. The bullet, one of more than a dozen fired, pierced his car door and his seat before striking him in the hip.“I was worried I was gonna bleed to death,” Kerby told ABC affiliate WSB on Sunday. “If he would have shot a foot higher, it may have killed me.”The suspected shooter, 26-year-old Rex Harbour, fatally shot himself after leading police on a brief chase, authorities said. Police said they found at least five handguns and more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition in his possession.Handwritten notes recovered from Harbour’s home in Snellville, Georgia, indicated that he may have been inspired by Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in this year’s deadly mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida.Kerby said he helped state troopers to track the suspect down.“He kept saying, ‘Did you see the car?’ and I said, ‘Oh no, he’s shooting from the woods,’” he said. “I told the cop, ‘There he goes, there he goes,’ and he turned and saw it, and he saw it, and he hollered up the road to the SUV, screaming, ‘Here he goes! Here goes!’ And they took off in the SUV after him.“When he came out of the road, he didn’t do it at a high rate of speed. He tried to sneak out but they caught him,” he added.Kerby, still sore with pain in his hip, says he’s afraid that he may end up walking with a limp for the rest of his life, but he’s happy to simply be alive.“The good thing is they got him and that’ll be one bad guy in this world we won’t have to worry about,” Kerby told WSB.Investigators haven’t released specific details about a possible motive, but they said the targets appeared to be random.“This shooting didn’t specifically deal with one race or ethnicity,” Sheriff Gerald Couch told reporters after the shooting. “Just hate-filled in targeting pretty much everybody.”The suspect referred to Cruz as a “hero” and that Cruz gave him “courage and confidence,” according to Couch. Cruz, 19, is accused of fatally shooting 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Indiana Supreme Court refuses to hear Alyssa Shepherd appeal

first_img Google+ Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Google+ IndianaLocalNews (Photo supplied/Indiana State Police) Alyssa Shepherd stays in prison for now. The Indiana Supreme Court will not hear her appeal.Shepherd, 26, is serving four years in prison for hitting four children and killing three of them when she sped past a school bus with its stop arm extended on Oct. 30, 2018, in Fulton County.Shepherd’s lawyers argued that the state did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she was driving recklessly when she hit and killed Aliva Stahl, 9, and twin brothers Xavier and Mason Ingle. Her truck also hit a fourth child who survived, but with severe injuries.The court left the felony convictions of reckless homicide and criminal recklessness intact, but threw out the misdemeanor conviction of reckless driving.Shepherd’s lawyers attempted to get her felony convictions thrown out on technicalities related to instructions to the jury. That argument was rejected. Indiana Supreme Court refuses to hear Alyssa Shepherd appeal By Network Indiana – December 22, 2020 3 444 WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleMan found dead inside home on Falcon Street in South Bend was murderedNext articleMan, 41, shot and killed in Elkhart Network Indianalast_img read more

Backbone of success

first_imgThe team found that the segmentation clock ticks every five hours in the human cells and every 2.5 hours in the mouse cells. The difference in frequency parallels the difference in gestation time between mice and humans, the authors said.Among the next projects for Pourquié’s lab are investigating what controls the clock’s variable speed and, more ambitiously, what regulates the length of embryonic development in different species.“There are many very interesting problems to pursue,” he said.Another group publishing in the Jan. 8 issue of Nature uncovered new insights into how cells synchronize in the segmentation clock using mouse embryos engineered to incorporate fluorescent proteins.Pourquié is senior author of the HMS-led paper. Postdoctoral researcher Daniel Wagner of HMS is co-first author. Additional authors are affiliated with Kyoto University, RIKEN Center for Brain Science, and Brandeis University.Pourquié has started a company called Anagenesis Biotechnologies based on protocols developed for this study. It uses high-throughput screening to search for cell therapies for musculoskeletal diseases and injuries.This work was funded by National Institutes of Health grant 5R01HD085121. More than 20 years ago, the lab of developmental biologist Olivier Pourquié discovered a sort of cellular clock in chicken embryos where each “tick” stimulates the formation of a structure called a somite that ultimately becomes a vertebra.In the ensuing years, Pourquié and others further illuminated the mechanics of this so-called segmentation clock across many organisms, including creation of the first models of the clock in a lab dish using mouse cells.While the work has improved knowledge of normal and abnormal spine development, no one has been able to confirm whether the clock exists in humans — until now.Pourquié led one of two teams that have now created the first lab-dish models of the segmentation clock that use stem cells derived from adult human tissue.The achievements not only provide the first evidence that the segmentation clock ticks in humans but also give the scientific community the first in vitro system enabling the study of very early spine development in humans.“We know virtually nothing about human development of somites, which form between the third and fourth week after fertilization, before most people know they’re pregnant,” said Pourquié, professor of genetics in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School and a principal faculty member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. “Our system should be a powerful one to study the underlying regulation of the segmentation clock.”“Our innovative experimental system now allows us to compare mouse and human development side by side,” said Margarete Diaz-Cuadros, a graduate student in the Pourquié lab and co-first author of the HMS-led paper, published Jan. 8 in Nature. “I am excited to unravel what makes human development unique.”,Both models open new doors for understanding developmental conditions of the spine, such as congenital scoliosis, as well as diseases involving tissues that arise from the same region of the embryo, known as the paraxial mesoderm. These include skeletal muscle and brown fat in the entire body, as well as bones, skin, and lining of blood vessels in the trunk and back.Pourquié hopes that researchers will be able to use the new stem cell models to generate differentiated tissue for research and clinical applications, such as skeletal muscle cells to study muscular dystrophy and brown fat cells to study Type 2 diabetes. Such work would provide a foundation for devising new treatments.“If you want to generate systems that are useful for clinical applications, you need to understand the biology first,” said Pourquié, who is also the Harvard Medical School Frank Burr Mallory Professor of Pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “Then you can make muscle tissue and it will work.”Although scientists have derived many kinds of tissue by reprogramming adult cells into pluripotent stem cells and then coaxing them along specific developmental paths, musculoskeletal tissue proved stubborn. In the end, however, Pourquié and colleagues discovered that they could facilitate the transformation by adding just two chemical compounds to the stem cells while they were bathed in a standard growth culture medium.“We can produce paraxial mesoderm tissue with about 90 percent efficiency,” said Pourquié. “It’s a remarkably good start.”His team created a similar model derived from embryonic mouse cells.The HMS researchers were surprised to find that the segmentation clock began ticking in both the mouse and human cell dishes and that the cells didn’t first need to be arranged on a 3D scaffold more closely resembling the body.“It’s pretty spectacular that it worked in a two-dimensional model,” said Pourquié. “It’s a dream system.” Potential treatment for muscular dystrophy Breaking down backbones Related Lab-grown muscle fibers offer new technique for studying muscle diseases Study examines how mammal backbones changed during evolution last_img read more

German golfer wins SA Women’s Open

first_img16 July 2012Germany’s Caroline Masson was remarkably composed on a brutal final day of the South African Women’s Open golf tournament at Selborne in KwaZulu-Natal, claiming her maiden victory on the Ladies European Tour on Sunday.Masson closed with a bogey-free 70 to win on one-under-par 215, one stroke clear of South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace and England’s Danielle Montgomery.“I’m so happy. It was such a tough day with the wind,” Masson said of a round which was in doubt because of the gale force winds that battered the Selborne Park Golf Club from the early morning.WindAt its strongest, the wind raged at 81 km/h, and forced a one-hour delay of the tee-off time. It was into these conditions that Masson threw her disappointments of several near misses in the past and her hope of a maiden title at last.She birdied the par-five third for her only birdie of the day. But far more impressive was the fact that she didn’t drop a single shot.“That was pretty good. I hung in there and made my pars. I got lucky a few times, and I had a few birdie chances but didn’t make those putts. But, all in all, I’m really happy with the way I played,” she commented on her performance.Missed birdie puttPace was determined to make a move in the tough conditions and came close to forcing a playoff before missing her birdie putt on the 18th on her way to a 70 and a level-par finish.“I played really solid golf from the second round, and when the wind came up I knew I had a chance. I just stayed patient out there and made my pars,” she said.Montgomery closed with a solid 72 to share second on 216.South Africa’s Melissa Eaton-Jackson also impressed with a tournament low of 68 to climb to three-over and a share of ninth place.Deserved victoryHowever, it was Masson who showed the greatest composure, leading from the first round on her way to a deserved victory.“You have to keep patient in these conditions, which is not my strength to be honest. I had a few good chances to win before this, so I just kept focusing on playing my own game and not worrying too much about the leaderboards,” she said.“I’m feeling very confident,” she added about the effect of securing victory. “I’ve been waiting for this for such a long time, and the middle of the year is great timing for a victory.‘A beautiful country’“It’s also nice to do it in South Africa. This is a beautiful country and we’re all really glad to have the tournament back here.”As South Africa’s top-ranked player in the field and a key ambassador for the event, Pace echoed Masson’s sentiments.“I think it’s fantastic for South African woman’s golf to have this tournament back here. It’s very exciting times, and all the Europeans are talking about coming back. It’s really good stuff for South Africa,” she enthused.The Jackie Mercer Trophy, named after the four-time SA Women’s Open champion, for the leading amateur went to South Africa’s Bertine Strauss, who finished on 12-over-par with rounds of 78, 72 and 78.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Importing Premiere Pro Projects Into After Effects

first_imgCreate your video edit in Adobe Premiere Pro.  Then import your project into After Effects for finishing – add effects, color correction, and motion tracking.There are several ways to manage your Premiere Pro to After Effects workflow.  One way is to take advantage of Adobe’s Dynamic Link, with the ability to jump btween the two applications for video editing and compositing/motion design (for more info on Dynamic Link check out my previous post here).Another useful post production workflow is to complete your video edit in Premiere Pro and then move your entire project into After Effects.  Unlike using Dynamic Link (jumping between applications), importing your entire Premiere Pro project into After Effects tends to be a one way operation.Quick note: For Editors working with FCP or Media Composer who want to finish in After Effects, you can do so by using Adobe’s Pro Import (which was added in CS6).  Pro Import was previously Automatic Ducks’s Pro Import but Wes Plate & Harry Plate have now partnered with Adobe.When to Use Import instead of Dynamic LinkThere are several instances when you may want to import a Premiere Pro project into After Effects (as opposed to using Dynamic Link).  Some editors may prefer to finish in After Effects because they have third party plugins (transitions/effects) that work in After Effects and not Premiere Pro.  In other instances an editor may be handing the project/media to a motion designer.  Lastly, it may be preferential to use import because there can be issues reconnecting with Dynamic Link depending on your workflow.For those using Dynamic Link, check out this post from Digital Rebellion troubleshooting a Dynamic Link workflow.The Import ProcessWhen you import your project from Premiere Pro to After Effects, you have all the original layers live.In After Effects go to File > Import > Premiere Pro Project.A dialog box opens, where you have the choice to bring in all the sequences, select a sequence and whether or not you want to import audio.Click OK, and a folder with the referenced media and composition appear in the project.  Note, Premiere sequences become compositions in After Effects.Double click on the composition to see the timeline with all your layers from Premiere Pro.Aside from all of your media, markers also come over from Premiere Pro – which is huge.  Markers are useful for spotting audio, noting where to add transitions/effects and for notes from a client session.  You could also use markers if you wanted to make notes for a motion designer that you were handing the project off to.You can also use speech analysis in Premiere Pro to mark specific words and then that data flows through to After Effects, which is illustrated in the image below.Click for larger view:The Output ProcessOnce you’ve completed working with your Premiere Pro project in After Effects, you can either output using the Render Queue or Adobe Media Encoder. For high quality renders I would suggest you use the Render Queue. For video going to the web or DVD it’s better to use Adobe Media Encoder (H.264 and MPEG-2 codecs are superior in AME).  As well, Adobe Media Encoder has Vimeo & YouTube Presets to choose from.To add to the Render Queue – With the Composition selected in the Project, go to Composition > Add to Render Queue. You will need to set your “Render Settings”, your “Output Module” and your “Output To” in the Render Que and then click “Render”.  For more specifics on how to do this check out this Adobe Help document.Click for larger view:For more information on Adobe Media Encoder check out my tutorial here or the Adobe Help link.Are you utilizing a full Adobe post production workflow?Share your thoughts or advice in the comments below!last_img read more

‘Odisha would get floods due to Polavaram dam’

first_imgRecent waterlogging and slow drainage of floodwaters in Motu tehsil of Odisha’s Malkangiri district hints at the vagaries this region would face after completion of the Polavaram project in adjoining Andhra Pradesh, alleged anti-Polavaram organisations and leaders of Odisha.According to Malkangiri district residents, this year the Saveri river overflowed and flooded large areas of Motu and Kalimela tehsils. The region was similarly flooded in 1986 and 2006. However, then the floodwaters had receded in a day or two after the rain stopped. But this year the water has not receded even after a week. The CPI(M)’s Odisha unit, peasants’ organisation All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha and the People’s Forum Against Polavaram have blamed the flood on the Polavaram project. CPI(M) Odisha secretary Ali Kishor Patnaik demanded that the State government take note of the recent flood situation and on the basis of a detailed survey approach the Supreme Court on the issue.AIKMS national secretary Bhalachandra Shadangi said, “What was feared in Malkangiri district has happened, but the State government has not come up with any detailed report on the possible losses in Odisha.” Chhattisgarh too hitAccording to AIKMS, the State Water Resources Department had in July 2018 conducted a survey in the areas to be affected, but the report has not been made public yet. PFAP added that Konta tehsil in Chhattisgarh has also suffered floods this year due to the Polavaram project.last_img read more

Restaurant manager alleges assault by policeman

first_imgA restaurant manager at Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station was allegedly thrashed by a Delhi policeman over delay in delivery of ordered food items on Thursday night.The accused policeman, Assistant Sub-Inspector Mukesh Kumar, has been suspended with immediate effect, said DCP (Railways) Harinder Singh.In a video released by the victim, Shivam Thukral, who works as a senior manager with a restaurant at the railway station, alleged that at 8.25 p.m. he received a call from the SHO of Government Railway Police, Parveen Yadav, ordering food for free. He said he recorded the conversation.“At 8.45 p.m., I handed over all the ordered food items to a constable sent by the SHO. However, ASI Mukesh Kumar [posted at the GRP station] kept calling me repeatedly and I failed to answer his calls as I was busy attending to other customers,” said Mr. Thukral.A little later, another policeman arrived at the restaurant and asked Mr. Thukral to go to the police station immediately. “When I went to the GRP station, Mukesh Kumar slapped me and beat me with a stick. He handcuffed me and threatened that if I refuse to take his calls next time, he will again thrash me. He kept me at the station for an hour before letting me go with a warning,” said the victim.Mr. Thukral claimed he had to run from pillar to post to get his complaint registered. “After a day-long struggle, I managed to meet an Assistant Commissioner of Police and filed a complaint, but the police have not given me a copy of it,” he said.“I will again try to meet the DCP as he was busy in a meeting today [Friday]. I am determined to register an FIR in the case because I have never felt so humiliated in my whole life,” said Mr. Thukral.A senior police officer said a departmental inquiry has been ordered into the complaint. The allegations will be verified by examining call recordings, CCTV footage of the restaurant and the police station.last_img read more

Drewry Liner Alliances Make Illogical Port Choices

first_imgzoom By examining the correlation between carrier terminal ownership and the choice of port calls by the 2M and upcoming Ocean and THE liner alliances, Drewry said that the choice of port call is often not in line with carrier terminal ownership interests.The shipping consultancy conducted a research analysing the relationship between the extent of interests in terminals that carriers have in ports in a selection of gateway and transhipment port markets, and the ports of call in these markets, as selected by the three major alliances that will be in place from second-quarter 2017.Gateway markets included Benelux ports, the Pacific South West and South China/Hong Kong, while transhipment markets covered hubs in Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, Middle East and Central America/Caribbean.The research showed that in the Benelux gateway port market, the port choices made by the Ocean and THE alliances correlate very closely to the member lines’ terminal interests, but for the 2M the opposite is true.“What this analysis shows is that individual lines are not entirely in control of their own destinies when it comes to port choices, as partner lines in their alliances may have conflicting port choice preferences and particular idiosyncrasies,” Neil Davidson, Drewry’s senior analyst for ports and terminals, said.The horse-trading between alliance members extends beyond port choices and into the choice of specific terminals within any given port, according to Drewry.“Even if a terminal operator brings in a shipping line as a joint venture partner, this is no absolute guarantee of securing an alliance’s volume,” Davidson concluded.last_img read more