Investigator embraces retirement by solving ‘cold cases’

first_imgHe dreads putting a case back in the vault for lack of leads – handing it to a deputy in charge of the archives who is nicknamed the “librarian.” But the part-time job beats gardening, he said, and he can go to work any day he wants. “The pressure of time is off our shoulders, and that’s the best improvement over what it was when I was an active homicide investigator,” Wachsmuth said. “That’s the most stressful thing because time keeps ticking off and you can’t stop it, obviously, and you must adhere to it.” For the Sheriff’s Department, having retired investigators such as Wachsmuth delve into cold cases is a way to marshal resources by attending to the kind of work peace officers can’t get to. When Robert Wachsmuth arrives at his job at the Sheriff’s Department, he turns on the lights – because he’s usually the first one there. The fact that Wachsmuth, 62, is even at work is unusual, since he retired in 1998. Wachsmuth is still retired – at least that’s what his badge says – but now he’s back at work as a civilian investigator on cold cases, and he makes it his business to show up at 6a.m. The Santa Clarita Valley residents spends hours perusing old case files, combing through the department’s massive evidence warehouse and trying to get a break in each case he’s been assigned. Wachsmuth is part of a 12-investigator team, and technology is a big part of his job. Old cases usually were investigated correctly, but DNA analysis and advanced fingerprinting tools were not available at the time. So Wachsmuth sends a lot of material to the lab for analysis. Since returning to work in 2000, he has had victories. In a 1982 gas station murder case, Wachsmuth ran fingerprint evidence against a database and got a hit. The man was already in prison, but Wachsmuth got a 20-year-old photo of him and presented it in a photo “six pack” to two witnesses. The witnesses identified the man as having shot a motorist at a South Los Angeles gas station. The man, who had been due for release in 2027, was convicted and now is serving life in prison, Wachsmuth said. In the case of a woman who was taken from a Torrance drive-in theater, raped and slain, Wachsmuth used DNA evidence to identify three men who were already in prison. The three men have been charged in the Torrance case, he said. The oldest case Wachsmuth has handled was from 1946 and involves a 6-year-old girl who was kidnapped from Inglewood and later killed. He hasn’t solved that case yet. The girl’s parents are dead; however, after their 6-year-old was killed, they did have other children. Still, Wachsmuth hasn’t contacted those individuals because he’s not even sure whether their parents told them about the slain child. It happens in cold cases that survivors often build completely new lives afterward, said Ilse Knecht, deputy public policy director for the National Center for Victims of Crime. Sometimes a rape victim’s new spouse might not know what happened to her, and it can be hard to revisit memories of the attack. But despite the “mixed bag” of emotions, victims appreciate justice in old cases. “I think for many victims, not only do they feel a sense of closure to a certain extent for the case, but they also are happy if that person is off the streets,” Knecht said. “For the victims, a lot of their fear is sort of a generalized fear for society.” Wachsmuth finds that time has a different effect on some witnesses. Sometimes, teenagers might not want to talk right after crimes, but years later as adults they change their mind. Wachsmuth no longer arrests suspects or meets with potentially hostile witnesses – he’s not allowed to. But Wachsmuth, whose forehead is wrinkled and whose hands are mottled, will put on a sport jacket, slacks and a tie to interview a pharmacist in an apparent overdose case or someone who might offer a lead in another case. He shows his badge, which says retired on it, but he makes it clear he’s no longer a peace officer – just a civilian investigator. And he keeps working. “Sometimes (the case) doesn’t go as fast as we all would want it to go, but that’s because of financial and human constraints,” he said. “But it does always go forward.” (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Brazilian claims Quiksilver Pro Durban

first_img28 April 2009Brazilian Jadson Andre seized the 2009 Quiksilver Pro Durban title at Ansteys Beach on Sunday, putting on an amazing display of backhand power surfing to beat Australian ripper Owen Wright in the final.Andre walked away with $20 000 in prize money and 3 500 World Qualifying Series (WQS) ratings points for the win. With a heat score of 18.00 out of a possible 20, the highest score of the entire event, he put his stamp on the event as a deserved winner.In clean four-foot conditions and a pushing tide, the Brazilian goofy-footer was in incredible form, blasting some inverted backhand vertical moves on his way to victory.After two early waves, Andre showed his intentions when he logged a 7.00 to take an early lead. Wright quickly answered back with a 5.00, but as Andre arrived back in the lineup he found himself sitting directly in the path of a heaving right.Near perfectFlying off the bottom, the Brazilian squared up and went vertically up the face to smash a huge re-entry, sending spray flying into the air. Racing down the line, he then backed up his initial cracker with two additional turns to secure a near perfect 9.33 out of a possible 10 and leave Wright needing a combination of scores to take the lead.Not one to lie down, the plucky Australian paddled into a solid left-hander that walled up perfectly for him as he boosted a beautiful aerial move to pick up an 8.33 and close his required score down to 8.10.With just nine minutes to go Wright found a similar looking left and again boosted a huge 360 aerial, but unfortunately he came unstuck on his second move, a vicious forehand layback, and scored only a 6.83.In the 32nd minute of the 35-minute final, Andre put the nail in Wright’s coffin as he paddled into a big left and smashed two powerful forehand turns as the crowd on the beach showed their appreciation. The judges awarded him an 8.67 to effectively end Wright’s hopes of taking home the title.‘Really happy’“I’m really happy to have won this event,” said the elated victor, after spraying the crowd with champagne, “and I’d just like to thank all my friends and everyone who was on the beach today supporting me.“When I was out in the water I just concentrated on surfing as well as I could, and I am really happy to have won such a prestigious event.”Andre’s form throughout the event was excellent and he eliminated a host of big name surfers on his way to the final, among them World Tour stalwart Victor Ribas (Brazil), superbly talented Kirk Flintoff (Australia) and Bluff local Rudy Palmboom.“I’ve had a great time here in Durban,” said runner-up Wright at the prize-giving, “and I’m super stoked to have made the final. This is the second final I’ve surfed against Jadson, so I guess now it’s one-all buddy!”Semi-finalsBoth semi-finals were closely contested affairs, with each of the winners only sneaking through on the siren.In the first semi-final new school standout Julian Wilson took on compatriot Wright. Starting off slowly, Wilson was behind for most of the heat until a huge forehand 360 aerial saw the judges award him an 8.00 to push him into the lead.Needing a low six to take back the lead, Wright found a meaty looking left right on the siren, milking it all the way to the beach where he finished with his own 360 air to post a 6.33 and knock his 21-year-old compatriot out of contention.In the second semi-final, Australian Matt Wilkinson found himself having to contend with an in-form Andre who had put on a phenomenal display of aerial surfing in the quarter finals to eliminate Ireland’s Glenn Hall.Changed tacticsAs the tide pushed in, Andre changed tactics and began using his rail as he carved some beautiful turns. However, he had a terrible start to the heat, breaking his board on his opening wave and losing time as he had to swim in and get a back-up of the beach. Meanwhile, Wilkinson went to work and began to build a lead over the unfortunate Brazilian.Andre fought back hard, but in the dying seconds he found himself in second place and facing elimination.Needing a low score, he paddled into a medium size left-hander and carved it up all the way to the beach, ending in the shore-break before stepping off his board and running on to the sand.When the commentator announced his wave score, a 5.23, enough for him to advance to the final, an elated Andre punched the air with his board.Durban favouriteDurban’ favourite Travis Logie bowed out of contention in the quarter finals of the event as Australian surfers came to the fore and dominated the round. Fresh off a win in the Mark Richards Pro in Newcastle, Australia, Logie went down to Owen Wright and was clearly disappointed at the defeat after showing great form throughout the event.Nevertheless, a fifth-place finish saw the 29-year-old pocket $2 950 in prize money and 2 275 points for his efforts, a substantial boost to his 2009 WQS campaign.In the quarter-finals, despite starting with a classic tube ride, Logie came unstuck on several of his follow-up waves and was unable to answer Wright’s heat score of 15.57.Quiksilver Pro JuniorThe final of the Quiksilver Pro Junior preceded the main event and featured Umhlanga Rocks’ surfer Kyle Lane against Hawaii’s Kiron Jabour.Lane was quickly out of the starting blocks, finding himself in his element in the running four footers to take an early lead.His backhand attack proved too much for the Jabour and when the siren sounded the Hawaiian found himself short of the South African’s 14.83. Lane’s win saw him walk away with $2 500 in prize money.“It’s been a nerve-wracking week waiting to surf the final,” he said after leaving the water, “so I just surfed and trained as much as I could, and I guess it paid off in the end, and I’m really stoked.”The Quiksilver Pro Durban was contested by some of the world’s best surfers and carried the highest possible WQS rating and $145 000 in prize money.RESULTSQuarter-finalsHeat 1:1. Owen Wright (15.57) 2. Travis Logie (12.83) Heat 2:1. Julian Wilson (11.17) 2. Daniel Ross (7.77) Heat 3:1. Jadson Andre (12.84) 2. Glenn Hall (4.56) Heat 4:1. Matt Wilkinson (8.44) 2. Marco Polo (8.40) Semi-finalsHeat 1:1. Owen Wright (12.16) 2. Julian Wilson (11.84) Heat 2:1. Jadson Andre (10.03) 2. Matt Wilkinson (9.16) Final 1. Jadson Andre (18.00) 2. Owen Wright (15.16) SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Examining factors behind long term corn and soybean prices

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The recent decline in farm prices have underscored a question that has existed throughout the recent period of higher prices, has a new era of farm prices emerged? As is usual among economists, disagreement exists concerning a new era. This article joins the discussion by using market history to identify key factors that have helped shape current corn and soybean prices.A key question confronting the outlook for U.S. corn and soybean prices is what is their long term equilibrium? In considering this question, it is important to acknowledge that U.S. corn and soybeans exist in the broader world grain and oilseed markets. These broader markets must be understood.A review of world grain and oilseed supply and demand over the last 40 plus years suggests a key factor determining future corn and soybean prices will be which increases faster: world grain yield or world grain consumption? The answer will determine if more land is needed for grain production or if land in grains can be shifted to meet the growing demand for oilseeds.Here are some thoughts to consider.• While future growth of grains as a source of biofuels will be a key factor influencing world consumption of grains, a more important factor likely will be whether the increased growth in world consumption of grains for feed since 2010 can be sustained or whether it is a temporary increase that returned world feed consumption back to its pre-ethanol growth path.A decline in crop yields is a widely discussed concern. This review finds no clear evidence that the growth of aggregate world yields of grains and oilseeds is slowing. Evidence is found that suggests the annual variability of these yields, in particular grain yield, may be declining.Another key question is: what is the normal level of stocks? Ending stock-consumption ratios have increased for world oilseeds, likely stabilizing the annual growth in world oilseed consumption. Has this ratio now reached a normal level and no longer needs to build? For world grains, have changes in world transportation infrastructure, an apparent decline in world yield variability, and the recent growth of corn production in the Southern Hemisphere lowered the normal level of world grain stocks? Or is the market understating the risks of production and other supply chain factors? In short, is the normal world grain ending stock-consumption ratio closer to the 1981-2001 average or the 2002-2010 average? Your answer to this question and the question posed for oilseed stocks profoundly changes your interpretation of the current level of world grain and oilseed stocks.A factor that compounds understanding long term corn and soybean prices is the recent decline in input prices. Lower input prices, everything else the same, increases profitability and thus either increases supply or dampens the downward pressure on it. While exceptions are common, input prices in general follow crop prices during large crop price moves. Thus, it is important to ask how much can current input prices decline and how will crop prices react to their decline?Rent has increased during the current crop price pullback. Will rent eventually decline? It declined by double digits during the two other large crop price pullbacks since 1973?The lack of decline in rents raises the question of how widespread is the current stress in U.S. agriculture? Raising this question does not mean stress has not increased, particularly for individual farmers. But, for the sector as a whole is the current stress about adjustment to a more normal supply-demand situation from a very prosperous situation or is it a deeper stress? An early indicator will be how many acres of corn and soybeans, more broadly crops, do U.S. farmers plant this year? The higher the number of acres planted the lower the indication of aggregate stress.The strong evidence that input prices in general decline when farm output prices decline raises an important question with farm policy and management implications: How risky is farming?While a historical trend does not always continue into the future, it is important to consider it and to have a rationale for why it no longer applies. Otherwise, a reasonable guess is that the historical trend will reassert itself. It is thus useful to keep in mind that the 2001-2005 real price of corn and soybeans adjusted for inflation since 2005 implies a crop year price for corn and soybeans of $2.70 and $7.20, respectively. To be more specific, unless world grain consumption continues to grow faster than world grain yield or unless world consumption of oilseeds grows faster than its historical rate (such as via biofuels) it is reasonable to expect that over time real corn and soybeans prices will work their way toward these real price levels. Note, this is not a price forecast for the coming crop year. It is what history suggests the underlying price pressure over the longer run could be.In summary, the sharp decline in corn and soybean prices since 2012 may be coming to an end and higher prices may be ahead as the string of good world weather is replaced by more normal or stressful weather, or demand growth accelerates. However, history suggests it is also possible that further declines are ahead. This article has not attempted to answer which scenario is more likely. Instead, it has pointed out key relationships and questions that a historical review of world grain and oilseed markets suggests you should monitor as these dynamic markets answer which scenario emerges. However, because further declines are potentially possible, this review clearly implies that effective management requires attention to the possibility of this outcome and thus aggressive management of costs and input productivity is in order.last_img read more

[Video] Why You Shouldn’t Buy The New Kindle Fire – Yet

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Production Sound Checklist + Top Three Digital Recorders

first_imgIn film and video, the production sound mixer is responsible for obtaining the cleanest possible dialogue recording. In this post we’ll take a look at a few ways this is accomplished.The sound mixer for picture is head of the sound department and is responsible for all recording, monitoring, and leveling of the audio during production. Because the production sound mixer supervises the boom operator as well as any other audio assistants, he/she will typically make the decisions including microphone placement and the type of microphones used on-set. The sound mixer can also make critical mixing decisions by mixing down multiple audio signals in real time, based on what he/she thinks the sound designer, sound effects editors, or foley artist will need in post-production.Many production sound mixers believe that capturing the original performances for the director, with the highest possible quality, will yield the best results for the most natural performance. ADR can save a film, but consequently it can also hurt it. Since ADR often doesn’t begin until months after filming has ceased (minus the additional talent that was originally present in the scene) comic timing, subtle cues and mood changes are much more difficult to duplicate. If you plan to utilize ADR, check out our previous post: ADR: Automatic Dialogue Replacement Tips and Tricks.Most production sound mixers will stress the importance of using the same style of recording throughout the film. It is much easier to engage your audience – and  keep the audience engaged – with consistent dialogue tracks.The overall goal of the sound department is making the audience forget about the reality of the movie for just an hour or two; keeping the suspended belief alive. If the mixing style suddenly becomes inconsistent, your audience may be jolted back into reality. Maintaining a consistent style is a critical objective and the duty of the sound mixer is to maintain consistency regardless of the location.Production Sound Mixer ChecklistBefore production begins, there are a number of things the sound mixer needs to confirm with the director and other personnel in the production. Let’s look at a complete checklist for the production sound mixer…Pre-production:Review and get familiar with the script. Note any critical dialogue areas.Meet with the director; discuss any conceptual visions/technical requirements.Location Scouting – Visit all locations around the same time of day you will be filming for a more accurate assessment of NAT sound. Determine all technical requirements for recording dialogue.Asses and order any necessary equipment. Run full equipment tests to insure everything is operational.Assemble your department. Hire enough personnel including boom operator and utility.Ensure all equipment is properly loaded into transportation for safe arrival. Three Pro Level Audio Recorders1. Nagra VI Eight-Channel Portable Digital Audio RecorderA tried and true standard of cinema sound, Nagra’s VI eight-channel digital audio recorder exceeds every professional standard to deliver pristine audio. Featuring 4 mic inputs, 2 line and 2 mix inputs as well as 2 AES inputs, the Nagra VI records up to 192 kHz at 24-bit depth. In conjunction with a flash card option, a 120 GB internal hard drive is available for media storage options. With the SMPTE/EBU time code system, the Nagra VI is can be synced to any camera with timecode including 23.976 for HD formats. The Nagra VI retails at $9,900.2. Sound Devices 788T 8 Channel Portable HD RecorderSound Devices is a well respected company producing top-notch location audio products to audio professionals. The Sound Devices 788T 8 channel HD recorder provides 8 line level and microphone inputs as 4 XLR and 4 TA3-male connections. With 6 channels of balanced AES3 output for integration of AES3 mixers and digital cameras. The 788T retails at $6,395.3. Sound Devices 744T 4 Channel Audio Recorder with Time CodeThe Sound Devices 744T is much like it’s older sibling the 788T, with less channels. A more affordable option, the 788T retails at $4,195.Got tips and tricks for production sound mixer techniques?Share in the comments below. Production:Supervise and assist with equipment load-out and set-up.Decide the appropriate microphone to be used for talent. Wireless? Boom? Planted? Or a combination of all three?Eliminate any noisy appliances/objects.Direct the boom operator and utility sound operator. Instruct and supervise.Record, monitor, level, and mix multiple audio channels coming from the production.Provide monitor mixes for the producers, director, and script supervisor.Log all audio takes and notate quality of takes for the dialogue editor.Insure the director is aware of any quality concerns with dialogue takes.Insure all audio is backed-up on external mediaDeliver raw audio files on appropriate mediaEnsure all equipment is properly loaded into transportation for safe departure.Production sound mixer Nick Allen has some great suggestions on sound mixing for pictures. Check out the video below by Soundworks Collection:last_img read more

Hyderabad youth dies after rave party in Goa

first_imgA 24-year-old youth from Hyderabad, who had arrived with a friend last week, died due to suspected overdose after partying at a rave club in Anjuna, in North Goa on Sunday, the police said on Monday.Police identified the deceased as Shashank Sharma and said he was partying till Sunday afternoon. “The deceased is from Hyderabad. He felt uneasy after he left the club, following which he was referred to the Goa Medical College Hospital in Bambolim in North Goa, where he expired late on Sunday,” a police spokesperson said. Police sources said that before he died, Sharma told his friend that he had taken a tablet at the club after which he felt uneasy.last_img

ONE: Jeremy Miado confident he can conquer Dejdamrong anew

first_imgSteph Curry joins Barack Obama at ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ event US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Jeremy Miado sets the tone for Filipinos in ONE: Conquest of Champions card Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino strawweight Jeremy Miado expects the same result when he fights Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke in a rematch on Friday in ONE: Call to Greatness in Singapore.Miado sees himself beating Amnuaysirichoke again after knocking the Thai warrior just 84 seconds into their first fight last year.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It’s going to be an explosive contest and I expect to emerge the victor once again,” Miado said.“I have the greatest respect for Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, but I am coming for the win and I am confident I can do it again in this rematch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAmnuaysirichoke, meanwhile, vows to be a better fighter the second time around.“Jeremy Miado is a tough warrior and I can’t underestimate him. I will give a better performance in this rematch and make my fans in Singapore and Thailand proud,” the former strawweight champion said. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more