Hiker recounts seeing mysterious monolith removed from Utah desert site

first_imgCourtesy @TheMeowtainGiraffe via InstagramBY: IVAN PEREIRA AND DRAGANA JOVANOVIC, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — The truth behind the pair of mysterious monoliths is out there, and investigators on two continents are hard at work searching for clues.Now, an eyewitness has shed some light on how the 10- to 12-foot metal beam was removed from the Utah desert last week.Mike Newlands, 38, of Denver, told ABC News that he, his roommate and two other friends decided to drive to the Red Rock desert to see the object, which went viral after it was discovered Nov. 18. The group was among the scores of other hikers who traveled to the region to see the mysterious structure and take some pictures.Around 8:30 p.m. Friday, while Newlands and his friends were hanging out in front of the structure, he said a group of four men came to the monolith and took it down.“We were shell shocked. We were like, ‘Holy smokes,’” Newlands told ABC News. “It was like watching an Internet meme die in real life.”Newlands took photos of the unidentified group removing the structure. The people who removed it kept to themselves, Newlands said, and then left quickly.A spokeswoman for the Utah state office for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management told ABC News it is investigating the installation of the structure since it is illegal to install any object on public land without permission from the agency.Newlands said he heard the group call the monolith “litter,” and he said he believes it shouldn’t have been put in the desert in the first place.“If people are going to this, get permission, be respectful,” he said.The BLM said the attention generated by the monolith resulted in trash problems for the desert as visitors left human waste and other garbage in the area near the monolith’s location. The agency also warned that visiting the spot was not safe, because there is no cellphone service or bathrooms, and specialized vehicles are recommended to traverse the terrain.On Monday, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office said it wouldn’t investigate the structure’s installation or removal, because it was private property and no one claimed responsibility for putting it up or owning it. The office did not immediately return messages for updates on the case Tuesday.Officials nearly 6,000 miles away in northeastern Romania were also scratching their heads over a similar monolith that was discovered Nov. 26. Just like the object in Utah, the approximately 10-foot mysterious beam disappeared from its spot in the city of Piatra Neamt on Tuesday, according to city officials.Rocsana Josanu, the culture and heritage official for Piatra Neamt, told ABC News she was baffled by the object’s arrival. The land where it was discovered is a protected archeological site that dates back to the second century B.C., so any work on the land requires permission from the government, she said.“It was facing Mt. Ceahlau or the ‘Holy Mountain’ as we call it. So, maybe it was used in some ritual,” Josanu told ABC News. “We are looking into it.”The city’s mayor, Andrei Carabelea, offered some humorous hypotheses behind the structure in a Facebook post.“My guess is that some alien, cheeky and terrible teenagers left home with their parents UFO and started planting metal monoliths around the world. First in Utah and then at Piatra Neamt. I am honored that they chose our city,” he wrote.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Teaching a lesson in love

first_imgLANCASTER – A rising star on the local lecture circuit is Richard Grego, whose blueprint for a happy marriage is meant to teach couples how to find true and eternal love. Grego, who lived around the world as a boy with his family and now is a court interpreter in three languages, speaks at clubs and churches about how femininity and masculinity are key factors in “the building of God- guided choices for lifetime bliss.” “The path to this discovery has taken me a lifetime of contemplation, observation, experience, faith and the desire to finally understand the true nature of the love between a man and a woman,” said Grego, 55, of Lancaster. Grego believes a couple must find the “spatial-temporal” aspects of male and female. Space is the realm of the male while the female deals in time, he says. The father of three daughters and a son, he is single at the moment, but he harbors the certainty in his mind that his true mate will be directed to him at just the right time and place, if it is God’s will. “That may not be in my future,” he said, “but if she’s out there for me, if I’m patient and wait, I’ll find her.” Grego, who speaks English, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, has been a Superior Court interpreter for 30 years. He loves his work and, through some of it, has seen the devastation caused by the marital failures. “Because of my own mistakes, I understand what is going on with them and it saddens me. I desperately want to help everyone in those situations to turn their lives around and have happy relationships,” he said. He’s available for lectures and seminars. For more information call him at (661) 949-2559. This column disseminates news of interest to seniors of all ages. Bettie Rencoret may be contacted at (661) 943-2998, or messages may be left at the Antelope Valley Bureau Daily News offices, (661) 267-5742. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “For instance, a man may ask a woman to have dinner with him. He will then formulate in his mind where he will take her but he suggests that she set the time. He likes to choose the place because that’s where he’s coming from (spatial). Usually she is good with that because it leaves her in her own temporal element,” he said. “A woman must be truly feminine and a man must be truly masculine in order for them to achieve a love-nurturing goal,” he said. “Each has power in his or her own right and the necessary balance does not come from equality but from equivalence. The quality of a relationship is what one makes of it.” Grego was born Dec. 18, 1950, in Covina, but grew up in Costa Rica, Turkey and Nicaragua. His Italian father worked for the United States Department of Health and traveled with his family to those countries to help eradicate malaria. From the time of Richard’s birth, he spoke Italian to his son and exposed him to the wonders of opera. When he was in his twenties, Grego’s parents retired in Costa Rica and he repatriated. “I’ve been married and divorced and had several relationships but I didn’t understand what it was that I wanted to do with my life until I realized how shallow I had been, confessed my shortcomings and asked for God’s forgiveness and guidance,” he said. last_img read more

Canos enjoying Bees loan spell

first_imgSergi Canos has described his loan spell with Brentford as “unbelievable” and praised the club’s style of football.The Spanish midfielder, speaking to parent club Liverpool’s official website, said training with, and playing against, Championship players had developed his game.Canos has made only one start since signing for the Bees in August, but has come off the bench nine times and impressed with his technical abilities.The 18-year-old, who has been training with Liverpool during the international break, said: “To get the chance to play at Championship level is unbelievable.“I also get the opportunity to train with men, and it’s good for me because they like to play football which suits my game.“I’ve been there for three months now and I feel like a new player, which is really good for me.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

FCPX Video Tutorial: Moving Markers Between Clips

first_imgLearn how to easily move markers between clips in this Final Cut Pro X video tutorial.Markers are a great collaborative tool in FCPX. Markers allow video editors to add edit notes, to-do items, and chapters. But if you’ve ever tried to copy and paste multiple markers between video clips you’ve probably been disappointed.T. Payton has created a helpful video tutorial about copying markers across multiple video clips. The tutorial covers:Copying Multiple MarkersTrimming Clips to Sync MarkersRevealing Markers on Trimmed ClipsThe techniques used in this tutorial are useful for changing out proxies, adding in synced video files, and copying markers between new versions of a project.This video was first shared by T. Payton on his YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing!Want to take your FCPX skills to the next level? Check out the FCPX section of the PremiumBeat blog. We have hundreds of articles and tutorials dedicated to helping you become a Final Cut master.Know of any other ways to move markers between clips in FCPX? Share in the comments belowlast_img read more

VT League Finals

first_imgIn a big day of Touch Football action, the league will play its elimination finals, semi finals and grand finals on Saturday in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions. The Women’s elimination finals will start the day at 1.00pm, with the Casey Cougars taking on the Melbourne University Northern Blacks, while the Eastern Falcons will go straight through to the semi finals. The semi finals will be played at 3.00pm, with the winner of the Cougars versus Blacks game playing the team that finished the season on top of the ladder, the Melbourne City Lions. In the second semi final, the Eastern Falcons will meet the second placed team of the season, the Bayside Vipers. The winner of the two semi finals will progress through to the grand final to be played at 6.00pm.The Men’s elimination finals will be played at 2.00pm and will see the Melbourne City Lions play the Casey Cougars, while the Bayside Vipers will meet the Eastern Falcons. The winners of these two games will face the Melbourne University Northern Blacks and the Western Dodgers in the semi finals at 4.00pm, with the two sides finishing the season in first and second places respectively. The Men’s grand final will be played at 7.00pm and will be followed by the official presentations at 8.00pm. The day will also feature the ‘Dash for Cash’ and a high ball competition which is open to all and is sure to entertain. For more information, please visit the Touch Football Victoria and VT League websites:www.victouch.com.auwww.vtleague.com.aulast_img read more

13 days agoEverton STUNNER! UK government blocked sensational Ferenc Puskas deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton STUNNER! UK government blocked sensational Ferenc Puskas dealby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIt’s been revealed Everton made a sensational attempt to sign Hungarian and Real Madrid great Ferenc Puskas.The move is confirmed in Gavin Buckland’s book on Everton in the 1960s “Money Can’t Buy Us Love”.The Liverpool Echo reports the book reveals that John Moores, the benefactor of the Mersey Millionaires, tried to use his financial muscle to sign the Real Madrid magician in 1960, the year Puskas scored four goals in the famous European Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt at Hampden Park.Moores’ words delivered to Everton shareholders in December 1960 are published:”It is no use people telling us to go out and buy world-class players like Real Madrid can do. The League rules will not allow it.”If I had offered Puskas a £15,000 signing on fee when he left Hungary, and made him a director of Littlewoods at £10,000 a year, I still could not have signed him for Everton because the Home Office would not have admitted him into the country as an alien, the Players’ Union would have objected and the League would have vetoed it too.”The Everton chairman then bitterly fired off his frustrations to Mike Langley of the Daily Express in August 1962.”Real Madrid, with naturalised Hungarians and Argentinians, are almost helped by the Spanish government to build the world’s best team.”Our government has no interest in football apart from taking millions in pools money out of the game and putting none of it back.” last_img read more

Michigan State Is Going To Win The National Title, According To Jimmy Fallon’s Puppies

first_imgIt’s official – the Michigan State Spartans are going to win the NCAA title next Monday. Well, at least according to a bunch of ridiculously cute puppies. Tuesday night, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon renewed one of its more popular clips, airing a March Madness version of its “Puppies Predict” segment. Kentucky and Wisconsin each had one puppy eating from their bowl, while MSU eventually had three. Easy winner.After watching the clip, we’re not quite convinced that Fallon realizes that there’s a difference between Michigan and Michigan State, but that’s not really the point. The puppies have spoken. Head to the casino immediately.last_img read more

Video: Zeke Elliott Did The Joey Bosa Shrug Celebration After Scoring His 4th TD Of Game

first_imgEzekiel Elliott celebrating after an Ohio State touchdown.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes (left) celebrates his second quarter touchdown with running back Jalin Marshall #7 (right) during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Ohio State just took a 35-21 lead over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on running back Ezekiel Elliott’s fourth touchdown of the game, a 48-yard scamper.After the play, Elliott did Buckeye defense lineman Joey Bosa’s patented shrug celebration, a way of recognizing the star defensive end, who was ejected from the game in the first quarter for targeting.Bosa saw the shout-out, and acknowledged it on Twitter. See you Zeke— Joey Bosa (@jbbigbear) January 1, 2016Ohio State just intercepted a DeShone Kizer pass, and could put this game out of reach for good.last_img read more

CBC GEM STREAMING SERVICE TO LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE CONTENT PARTNERS WITH WATTPAD NFB

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement The CBC has launched a new streaming service featuring live and on-demand programming for free as well as an option to upgrade to a premium membership for a monthly fee.The public broadcaster says CBC Gem has more than 4,000 hours of content and will offer original programming, including the upcoming drama series Northern Rescue. William Baldwin and Kathleen Robertson star in the family drama, which will launch exclusively on CBC Gem in Canada starting March 1.The CBC has also announced a partnership with Wattpad for emerging Canadian writers to create exclusive content for the streaming service. Facebook Tait said Gem is not trying to compete with Netflix. ‘They kind of have that one nailed,’ she told Tom Power, CBC Radio’s q host. (Eli Glasner/CBC) Meanwhile, a partnership with Telefilm Canada allows CBC Gem to offer more than 100 Canadian feature films. All the Canadian films are available ad-free, with additional titles from the National Film Board of Canada to be added in the coming year.All children’s programming is also provided ad-free within CBC Gem.Announced in September and launched Tuesday, CBC Gem replaces the public broadcaster’s previous app and offers the full programming slate, from drama to documentaries and sports. It’s available for free as an app for iOS and Android devices and online at cbcgem.ca, and on television via Apple TV and Google Chromecast. Twitter Included are current and past seasons of favourite shows. Canadian titles on the service include Kim’s Convenience, Baroness von Sketch Show, Schitt’s Creek, Murdoch Mysteries, Anne with an E, The Kids in the Hall and Being Erica.International titles include Fortitude, The Great British Baking Show, Luther, Portlandia and Top of the Lake. Films include Barney’s Version, Cairo Time, Mommy and Midnight’s Children.The free version also has the ability to live stream CBC TV at any time, with access to 14 of the public broadcaster’s local channels and their newscasts. CBC Gem, which is exclusive to Canada, also offers French-language programming from ICI Radio-Canada.The premium membership, available for $4.99 per month (with the first month free of charge), will offer all on-demand content ad-free and access to a live stream of CBC News Network 24/7. All content on CBC Gem is available with closed captioning, and described video is available for most on-demand content.Plan to expand with new partnersThe CBC said it plans to collaborate with new partners in order to expand the streaming library and offer additional Canadian and international content.center_img Acclaimed series Luther is among the international programs on offer at the moment. Some CBC originals currently on Netflix, such as Schitt’s Creek, will remain there dependent on the prior deals.(CBC) Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Current and past seasons of favourite shows, like Kim’s Convenience, are among the TV offerings. (CBC) CBC original titles that are currently on Netflix, such as Schitt’s Creek, will remain there dependent on the deals that are negotiated with each production individually, said the public broadcaster.In addition, CBC/Netflix co-productions — including Anne with an E — have separate agreements in which they are available exclusively on CBC and CBC Gem in Canada for a specific window (and internationally on Netflix), before also becoming available on Netflix Canada.last_img read more

BC commits to indigenous control of child welfare after release of report

first_imgThe Canadian PressVANCOUVER _ British Columbia is committed to First Nations taking over child-welfare decisions in their communities, the province’s Children’s Minister said Monday after receiving a report about how the current system has failed Aboriginal children.The report by a special adviser to the ministry issued 85 recommendations to reduce the staggering number of Aboriginal kids in care of the B.C. government. A major focus is the need to return control to Indigenous communities.Premier Christy Clark accepted the report and said the province had already begun work on 40 recommendations and would implement all those that apply to B.C. Other recommendations are directed at the federal government.“Separating a child from his or her family must always be a last resort for government. We must ask ourselves why it is that First Nations children are so much more likely to be separated from their home than others,” Clark said.She did not offer a timeline or an estimated cost, other than to say it would be a “long journey” involving a “significant investment.”The 40 recommendations the province is already working on include regular meetings with Metis and First Nations leaders, recruiting Indigenous people to work in the ministry and working to better inform Indigenous people about the child-welfare system.Children’s Minister Stephanie Cadieux said her ministry has begun discussions with some Aboriginal communities on transferring jurisdiction for child welfare, either under current provincial legislation or legislation they write themselves.“We agree that Indigenous families and communities should be the ones deciding their futures,” she said.Grand Chief Ed John was appointed a special adviser on Indigenous child-welfare in September 2015. Since then, John has had discussions with First Nations leaders, delegated Aboriginal agencies and the provincial and federal governments.Called “Indigenous Resilience, Connectedness and Reunification – From Root Causes to Root Solutions,” the document is John’s final report.“The report is entitled ‘Indigenous Resilience.’ Well, hope is the source of that resilience,” John said.The report’s detailed recommendations are divided into 10 key categories, including ensuring direct support for Indigenous children and families and enabling greater access to legal services.It also urges a more equitable funding formula between the province and federal government, an increase in early intervention services, better reunification and permanency planning, and nurturing a sense of belonging and prioritizing culture.Finally, the report calls for a national strategy for Indigenous child welfare.The portion of Aboriginal kids in B.C. care has increased over the past decade, from 50 per cent in 2006 to 61 per cent this year, and Clark’s government has faced fierce criticism on the issue.Last year, B.C.’s representative of children and youth released a report that blamed the overdose death of a legally-blind aboriginal girl on “professional indifference.”After an Aboriginal teen jumped to his death from a hotel window, the ministry and children’s representative undertook a sweeping review that revealed 117 children in the province’s care were placed in hotels in 2015.Melanie Mark, child-welfare critic for the Opposition New Democrats, said John’s report exposed how easy it was for Aboriginal kids to fall through the cracks. But she called the premier’s announcement a lot of “fluff” and “high-level talk” without a lot of detail or commitment.“Today would have been great if the premier committed to truth and reconciliation and the calls to action,” Mark said. “That would have been true leadership.”Cheam First Nation Chief Ernie Crey said he met with John during consultations on the report and urged him to ensure that Aboriginal kids are not taken out of their communities and placed in non-Aboriginal homes when they are put in foster care.“They start to lose their identity and their identification with the community,” he said. “That’s where a lot of the difficulties facing Aboriginal kids in care start.”[email protected]last_img read more