GLENDALE – How did the best-financed incumbent lose his City Council seat, a mayor widely believed to be vulnerable retain his and a community advocate who once fell short of a win emerge as top vote-getter? For Glendale City Hall pundits, Tuesday night’s surprising election results could be rooted in an odd political convergence: a strong grass-roots campaign by the newly elected John Drayman, who rode an anti-incumbent tide into office, coupled with a miscalculation from those counting on Armenian politics to win the day. Councilman Ara Najarian said he believes Drayman, president of the Montrose Shopping Park Association, connected with homeowners in north Glendale who are anxious about development and felt the current council ignored their concerns. “He just hit a home run with those voters,” said Najarian, who supported incumbents Dave Weaver and Rafi Manoukian. “There were clearly some anti-incumbent sentiments. … I think there was a perception by the people that the incumbents were not responsive to their issues.” Manoukian was unavailable for comment Wednesday. Win for Weaver As for Mayor Weaver, many believe it wasn’t so much that he won as that Manoukian, a two-term councilman, failed to capture enough votes from his Armenian base. Weaver also might have benefited from voters seeking to reduce the council’s Armenian-American majority. “(Weaver) got lucky and he got the right last name,” said Eric Hacopian, a veteran political consultant who worked on the Manoukian campaign. “I do not think Rafi was in any way unpopular. It was something that was really beyond him. … Glendale is a very ethnically polarized city. There were more Armenian candidates than non-Armenian candidates. There were far more places for Rafi’s votes to go.” With all precincts and absentee ballots counted, Drayman, 48, was elected to the five-member council early Wednesday with 23.3 percent of the vote, while Weaver bested Manoukian to win a fourth term with 17.9 percent. Manoukian, the race’s top fundraiser with a war chest of more than $200,000, finished third with 16 percent in the eight-way race for two seats on the council governing this city of 207,000. The election, which included a school board and a college board race, drew a 23 percent turnout from the city’s 95,000 registered voters. For Drayman, it was a hard-earned victory after coming just 503 votes shy of a council seat in 2005. He attributed his win to a strong door-to-door campaign by his volunteers, who descended throughout the city, including primarily Armenian and working-class south Glendale. “We had a message that resonated with the voters,” he said. “I hope to be a fire under the pot to try to move things along (within the council).” A bridge-builder Drayman also was aligned with Manoukian – even contributing to his campaign – and is widely seen as a bridge-builder in this city where at least one-third of residents are now of Armenian descent. More than two decades ago, the city was primarily Anglo-Saxon and Protestant. “We’re very divided as a city,” Drayman said. “In Montrose, we’re a microcosm of the city as a whole. About one-third of the businesses are owned by those of Armenian descent. We’ve gotten beyond these issues. I want to bring that concept to the rest of the city.” And in politics, nothing is more valued than the ability to cross over and build coalitions, Hacopian said. “Whenever there is a change in demographics in which people who used to have all the political power see it slipping away, they don’t like it,” he said. “What you need are individuals who can cross this bridge.” Meanwhile, Manoukian’s defeat played-out as a classic case of divide and conquer. The most well-financed and qualified Armenian-American candidate on paper, he was pitted against three other Armenian-Americans who split the ethnic vote. Among them, Glendale Unified School District board member Greg Krikorian was fourth with 15.6 percent; immigration consultant Chahe Keuroghelian had 11.8 percent and TV host Vrej Agajanian took in 6.3 percent. “We still have a strong voter identification to candidates that reflects their own cultural and linguistic background,” said Jaime Regalado, director of the Pat Brown Institute at California State University, Los Angeles. “Playing that card too much and in a very close race could in fact lose some votes.” The council’s current composition, with three council members of Armenian descent, also appeared to work against Manoukian. “Some of the voters were concerned that we maintain a balance on the council – an ethnic balance as well as a geographical balance,” Najarian said. “With the prospect of four Armenians ending up on council, people wanted to step back. No scapegoat In fact, some Armenian-Americans were glad to lose their council majority. “I think it’s a good thing,” said Arthur Minassian, an attorney and local resident. “If anything goes wrong, people will think twice before scapegoating the Armenians.” But if you ask Weaver, he would attribute his win to low-key but strategic campaigning – he only sent out three mailers and ran primarily on his record at candidate forums – despite being outfunded by Manoukian. “Money doesn’t necessarily win elections,” he said. “I don’t think endorsements win elections either. People are intelligent enough to make their own decisions.” Weaver also said he benefited from broad-based support from different ethnic groups. “That’s what Glendale is,” he said. “It’s a blend of cultures, and I had support from all those stripes.” The incoming council hews closer to the city’s actual demographics – besides council members Najarian and Bob Yousefian, both of Armenian descent, and Weaver, who is white and married to an Asian-American; there’s also Frank Quintero, who is Latino. They will be joined by Drayman, a self-proclaimed Jewish atheist. [email protected] (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Wayne Rooney almost opened the scoring early on at Stamford Bridge, where a win for Chelsea would put them 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League.Luke Shaw broke clear on the left for Manchester United and pulled the ball back for Rooney, who curled a shot just wide of the target.The England forward’s left-footed effort struck the stanchion behind the goal, leaving the visiting fans at the opposite of the end of the ground – and United keeper David De Gea – briefly believing their side had gone ahead.United, still mathematically in with a chance of winning the title, did most of the early pressing and Paddy McNair’s shot went wide after taking a deflection off Blues skipper John Terry.With Diego Costa and Loic Remy still out injured, Didier Drogba is again leading the line for Chelsea, who have Kurt Zouma in midfield. Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Matic, Oscar, Fabregas, Hazard, Drogba. Subs: Cech, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Ramires, Cuadrado, Willian, Solanke. Man Utd: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, McNair, Shaw, Mata, Rooney, Herrera, Young, Fellaini, Falcao. Subs: Valdes, Blackett, Rafael, Di Maria, Januzaj, Pereira, Van Persie.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
When you don’t know where damage will occur, it makes sense to spread the assets around. Scientists from City of Hope Medical Center (a cancer care and research institute) have a new idea about introns, those regions of DNA “junk“ between the more interesting exons (parts of genes). Perhaps the introns are mutation sponges. Writing in PNAS,1 nine scientists provided evidence that mutations occasionally come in showers. When a bad translation machine comes along, for instance, it could inflict a lot of damage in a small region. By spreading the genetic material apart with introns, most of the damage will be absorbed by the non-coding DNA. Here’s how they expressed it:The observed mutation showers often will affect one or a few genes in mammalian genomes, because they tend to diminish within 30 kb. Therefore, most mammalian genes range from 20 kb to 1 Mb with 90+% of the sequence within introns. Approximately 90% of the mutations within a mutation shower generally would not have functional consequences. Thus, the introns serve as a “sponge” to absorb many of the mutation showers without damage to protein function.They also suggested that a mutation shower in the wrong place might produce “cancer in an instant.” They asked,Might there be scattered mutation showers throughout the genome that occur, perhaps by nucleotide pool imbalances during replication or another cellular metabolic process? This is a critical unanswered question. If scattered mutation showers occur, multiple genes could be inactivated, leading to cancer in an instant.They said this might explain why many tumors have high averages of mutations.1Wang, Gonzalez, Scaringe, Tsai, Liu, Gu, Li, Hill and Sommer, “Evidence for mutation showers,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0610902104, published online before print May 7, 2007.No one knows if this is “the reason” for introns, but it shows that there are creative ways to discover a function for something that otherwise looks meaningless. What a novel concept: sponges in the genome to absorb mutations. If introns are more likely to take the hits, then the sponges can be cut out after the translation by the spliceosome, and 90% of the errors can be thrown away. This way, it is more likely the exons will link up without loss of function. Post-translational proofreading can then provide additional protection against the remaining 10%. It sounds like an intelligently planned strategy the military or an IT company would use. Perhaps other functions for introns will come to light if scientists approach them from a design perspective. The paper, however, was categorized under the topic of evolution. The authors said the existence of mutation showers has “implications… for evolution.” But they did not provide any evidence that mutation showers could advance evolution in any way, shape or form. Mutation showers cannot be sources of evolutionary innovation. On the contrary, they are threats to be mitigated. Risk management requires a strategy appropriate to the threat. Like Kansas towns in tornado alley, it’s best if they are kept small and separated by large tracts of vacant land. Such a strategy does not eliminate the threat; it just limits the exposure. Yes, this has implications for evolution, but evolutionary progress has nothing to do with it. This is disaster preparedness, not innovation. It wouldn’t make any sense to expect to find new functioning towns in the debris of a passing F5 twister – or Boeing 747s, either. Just ask the folks in Greensburg, Kansas.(Visited 79 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Pulp-Based Computing: While there’s little information on these projects just yet, one thing is clear. The folks in MIT’s Media Lab Fluid Interfaces Group are exploring electrically active inks and fibers during the paper making process to create a new form of paper-based computing. Apparently the paper would react in the same way as regular paper; however, it would also carry digital information. While the project is only in its early stages and appears to be hooked up to a basic Arduino prototyping platform, theoretically this could be used to create a new type of Wacom tablet. Remember when Steven Levy wrote about losing his Macbook Air? A paper interface would take some serious getting used to. Siftables: Created by David Merrill and Jeevan Kalanithi, Siftables is a series of blocks that contain built-in motion sensors, graphical displays and wireless communication. The blocks can be programmed to interact with digital information and media to form a collective interface. Siftables have been used to create art displays, painting tools, calculators, games and even a music sequencer. Bug Labs also offers a similar open source block system for modular device interfaces. For more on alternative interfaces featured during 2009, check out our articles on the BiDi screen and the wearable Internet. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Perceptive Pixel Multi-Touch Wall (Jeff Han’s new project) and Microsoft Surface: In the world of alternative interfaces, these two workstations are extremely well known. Certainly not the inexpensive, mainstream touch interfaces we’d hoped for, their size and price makes them unobtainable to the average user. However, for commercial uses, they’ve certainly got that wow factor. The products are used for story boarding, geo-spatial command, broadcast media, museum exhibits, hotels and Surface is even in Disneyland’s tomorrow land. Related Posts Scratch Input: Recently featured in Technology Review for his presentation at the SIGGRAPH Conference, Carnegie Mellon Ph.D student Chris Harrison created a gestural input interface using existing surfaces and an acoustic input technique. In other words, Harrison’s interface uses scratches to communicate with his machine. By taping a modified stethoscope to a wall, Harrison got users to perform six scratch input gestures at about 90% accuracy with less than 5 minutes of training. If Scratch Input were utilized by a mobile manufacturer, a phone owner could simply rest their device on a table top and use it to scribble out messages. Tags:#Apple#web dana oshiro Editor’s note: This story is part of a series we call Redux, where we’ll re-publish some of our best posts of 2009. As we look back at the year – and ahead to what next year holds – we think these are the stories that deserve a second glance. It’s not just a best-of list, it’s also a collection of posts that examine the fundamental issues that continue to shape the Web. We hope you enjoy reading them again and we look forward to bringing you more Web products and trends analysis in 2010. Happy holidays from Team ReadWriteWeb! Ever since Jeff Han demoed his Multi-Touch Workstation at the 2006 TED Conference, the world has been waiting for a high resolution sensory work experience. As a generation of hunched night creatures with intimate knowledge of our chiropractors, we’ve suffered and conformed to our traditional interfaces for too long. Touch was the future of workstations. But as articulated by ReadWriteWeb, the upcoming Apple tablet is not the workstation of the near future. It simply isn’t practical. For those of us who still want to gawk at the cool regardless of its practicality, here is an assortment of 2009’s most interesting interfaces. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Sixth Sense: Sixth Sense is an extremely inexpensive interface ($350 to build the prototype) and it consists of some colored finger markers, a projector, and a camera on a necklace. Demoed at the TED conference, this interface has amazing potential. We reviewed this product as part of our post The Wearable Internet Will Blow Mobile Phones Away.Given Nikon’s release of yesterday’s first camera with a built-in pico projector and Mobileburn’s demo of the Samsung Anycall Show phone, these little projectors are about to start popping up everywhere. For Minority Report fans, we may actually see these projector based interfaces used up for everyday tasks; however, it’s more produce amazing entertainment for gamers.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Blackwater owner thinks Ellis on his way out of PBA after continued no show Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Photo from GoNepal.comThe Philippines’ AFC Asian Cup qualification bid remained hanging in the balance after the Azkals were held to a goalless draw by Nepal last Tuesday at ANFA Stadium in Kathmandu. Carlie de Murga was denied by the crossbar in second half stoppage time and Daisuke Sato’s header was also cleared off the line as the Azkals failed to break down a resolute Nepalese side, which was already out of contention in Group F. ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It was the third straight draw for the Filipinos, who were held to back-to-back stalemates by Yemen.But as it stands, the Azkals still have the inside track in the race for the two Asian Cup berths after improving their tally to nine points. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTajikistan and Yemen are just three points behind with a match at hand, which means the grim prospect of not qualifying is still possible for the Azkals, who have to beat the Tajiks on March 27 at home.Playing in high altitude, the Azkals took awhile to settle into the match. The first chance came in the 21st minute when Iain Ramsay found De Murga inside the box only for the defender to send his shot over the bar. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The spell of good play from the Azkals was highlighted by a couple of big opportunities in the 35th minute. Curt Dizon cut inside from the right and stung the palm of the Nepalese keeper Kiran Limbu, who could only save the ball into the path of Mike Ott. The diminutive atttacker, however, couldn’t get solid contact with the Kiran to beat. Just after the hour mark, Kiran was called into action by Simone Rota, who rifled a long range effort. The rebound fell to skipper Phil Younghusband, who sprayed his effort wide. The game opened up late in the second half as the Azkals threw men forward and Junior Munoz and De Murga had to make a couple of timely blocks to deny the hosts from going ahead. Azkals coach Thomas Dooley sent Pika Minegishi and James Younghusband into the fray in the hopes of boosting the attack. Off an Iain Ramsay’s inswinging corner, the ball found its way Sato, whose free header was cleared off the line in the 83rd minute. Well drilled and disciplined defensively for most of the contest, the Nepalese rode their luck in stoppage time. Neil Etheridge’s free kick picked out De Murga whose header rattled the crossbar as the Azkals came within inches of qualifying with a game to spare.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say New absence for Real Madrid attacker Baleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGareth Bale is set to be missing for another two weeks at Real Madrid.The Welsh international suffered a calf problem in the 2-2 draw against Villarreal.First tests have revealed he will be sidelined for around two weeks, although he will undergo further tests. Therefore, Bale will miss the games against Real Sociedad, Leganes (Copa del Rey) and Real Betis, but he could re-appear for the second leg of the Copa del Rey clash with Leganes if all goes well. If he doesn’t make that on time, his objective will be to be fit again for the vital league game against Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu on Jan. 19.
Nacho hands Real Madrid heavy injury blowby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNacho has handed Real Madrid a heavy injury blow.The defender has suffered a ligament injury to his right knee during their 2-2 draw with Club Brugge last night.AS says the setback could see Nacho sidelined for three months.The defender has been played at left-back this season by coach Zinedine Zidane. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool boss Klopp: All the way from Norway to ask me that?by Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t need his advice.Klopp was asked by a reporter from Dagbladet if he had words for Solskjaer as United continue to struggle.The German replied: “Hahahaha! Do you really think you can fly over from Norway and ask about it? Wow.”He doesn’t need it. Come on. He has been in the club for a total of 10-15 years. He knows everything about it. He has experience as a manager in football. He knows what he needs to do. It just has to work. That’s it for all of us. “That’s why so many managers get fired at some point, because some internally loses patience. Then you have to go.”From my point of view it looks like he sits there safely. They all knew it was going to be a difficult job.”I don’t think you have to worry about Ole. He is in a good position.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Federal Aboriginal Affairs officials travelled to Attawapiskat at least 10 times this year, including three times in October, but it appears none of these visits triggered any concerns with the department about the state of housing on the reserve.The Conservative government announced Wednesday it would be immediately turning over the management of the community to an outside consultant following a visit by department officials who concluded the health and safety of residents there demanded immediate action. The department also has an engineer on site tasked with finding a way to get residents into warm and safe housing.Several families are living in tents and in shacks with no running water as deep winter-like temperatures have begun to settle over this community of 2,000 on the shores of James Bay.The living conditions in the community have been described as “inhumane” and “life threatening” by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario.About 90 people are also living in a large trailer that was donated two years ago by the mining company operating a diamond mine about 90 kilometres away.The Canadian Red Cross has also intervened with supplies and managing donations and the situation has turned, according federal opposition parties, into a national scandal. The issue dominated question period Wednesday as both the NDP and Liberal interim leaders unleashed a barrage of questions against the government over the issue.Yet the repeated visits by department officials to the community did not raise any concerns until this week.Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan told the Commons Aboriginal affairs committee that department officials visited the community on Oct. 21, 25 and 31. He also said department officials visited the community on Sept. 2, July 12, July 7, July 2, April 12, May 19, and March 15.“We’ve had people in the community for months and months dealing with the school construction and other things,” said Duncan, in response to questions from Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett.The school is not scheduled to be completed until 2013, but it only came as the result of a persistent campaign by students there who were tired of attending classes in portable trailers. Their previous school was built on toxic land.Duncan said the department only received the band’s state of emergency document last Thursday.“When a First Nation wants to declare a state of emergency they do so in a format that reaches us, that did not happen,” said Duncan. “There was no state of emergency delivered. When we did receive it, it had no specifics attached to it.”Duncan announced Wednesday during a heated question period over Attawapiskat that the community would be put under third-party management, meaning the chief and council would no longer be in control of the band’s finances which would be handled by a consultant.Third-party management is the most extreme and intrusive step the department can take to deal with a band.The Conservative caucus clapped in approval when Duncan made the announcement.“On the ground assessment has determined that health and safety issues demand immediate action,” said Duncan. “We are placing the First Nation in third party management. We are also requesting a comprehensive audit.”Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence had been pleading for help from Ottawa and Ontario.Spence now has no authority over the band’s financial management.Fresh off a trip from the community, NDP interim leader Nycole Turmel led off question period with a call for the prime minister to visit the community and see for himself the dire situation facing the residents there.“You should sleep in a shack with a sleeping bag,” said Turmel, during question period. “You will see that the sleeping bags provided by the Red Cross are not the solution. Where is the action? Where is the leadership?”Harper brushed off Turmel’s call and said his government would be acting to fix the “management problem” in the community of Attawapiskat.“This government has invested more than $90 million into this community since coming into office,” said Harper. “We will be announcing additional steps to deal with management problems in this community.”NDP MP Charlie Angus, who has championed Attawapiskat’s cause, accused the government of blaming the community for its woes.“Their solution is to blame the community,” said Angus, whose riding includes the community. “Why is it when a First Nation community is in distress does this government’s response is contempt?”Liberal interim leader Bob Rae also attacked the government for blaming Attawapiskat for its dire condition.“The government that should be placed under this party management is the government across the aisle,” said Rae. “This government is all hat, no cattle.”A recent audit of the community found irregularities in the band’s handling of its finances.The July 31 audit found faulty record keeping on expenditures and accounts payable.It also found, among other things, that money was being paid out from funds the community receives from the First Nations run Casino Rama without proper documentation or approval from chief and council.The audit also found that the band was not putting together budgets on how it would spend its money throughout the fiscal year. It also found problems with how the community recorded its welfare payouts.Spence has said that the $90 million the government has touted is spent on the community includes all the band’s services since 2006, a large portion of which goes to education.Spence told APTN National News that it costs about $1 million to build four houses on the reserve.De Beers, the mining company that operates the diamond mine near the community, paid $3 million for the trailer that is now flashing cross television screens as a symbol of the dire conditions in the [email protected]
OSU redshirt-senior defensive lineman Kosta KarageorgeCredit: OSU AthleticsOhio State football coach Urban Meyer released a statement Friday afternoon praising the hard work of senior defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge — who was reported missing Thursday morning — and asking for anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to come forward.“Our thoughts continue to be with the family of Kosta Karageorge and we pray that he is safe and that he is found soon,” Meyer said in his statement. “He is a young man who joined the football team in August and was a hard worker on the field and pleasant off the field. He has been an important player in practice for us, right up until the time he was reported missing. If anyone knows anything about his whereabouts, please help his family and contact the authorities.”According to a Facebook post from Karageorge’s mother, the player — who also wrestled at OSU — was last seen at about 2 a.m. on Wednesday. The post explained that Karageorge’s family had traced his phone to the Grandview area of Columbus.The OSU release containing Meyer’s statement also had a statement from team physician Dr. Jim Borchers.According to a report by The Columbus Dispatch, Karageorge’s sister, Sophia Karageorge, said the family was concerned he might have been suffering from symptoms related to concussions.In his statement, Borchers said he was unable to comment on Kosta Karageorge’s health, but reinforced his confidence in OSU’s medical practices.“First and foremost, our primary concern is for health, safety and welfare of Kosta,” Borchers said in his statement. “While we are not able to discuss or comment about the medical care regarding our student-athletes, we are confident in our medical procedures and policies to return athletes to participation following injury or illness.”A tweet sent from Karageorge’s personal Twitter account (@kostadinos81) provided a number to contact with any information about where he might be.“Kosta was last seen around 2 am November 26. His family is asking for prayers & any info regarding his whereabouts.Please call: 614-747-1729,” the tweet said.Karageorge was listed by OSU among 24 seniors set to be honored during the Buckeyes’ matchup with Michigan on Saturday, marking the last game of their regular season and their last game of the season at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.