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WAUKESHA, Wisconsin (AP) — The suspect in a crash during a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee who killed five people was free on a $1,000 bail posted just two days before the deadly event, a fact leading to a review of what happened and renewed calls to give judges more power to set higher bails to set.

An ongoing case against Darrell Brooks Jr. included a claim that he deliberately hit a woman with his car after a fight in early November. Prosecutors in Milwaukee County on Monday called their bail recommendation “inappropriately low” given the facts of that case and Sunday’s crash, and said they would review it.

Julius Kim, a lawyer and former assistant prosecutor, said the bail could easily have been more than twice that amount.

“He was charged with running over his child’s mother, and to estimate it at $1,000 seems low to me,” Kim said. “It could be an inexperienced lawyer who happened to be reviewing cases that day.”

Police said Brooks, 39, was behind the wheel of the SUV that sped down the parade route in Waukesha on Sunday, killing five and injuring 48 others. Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said Brooks left the scene of a domestic dispute that had taken place minutes earlier.

Brooks has been charged 16 times for crimes since 1999 and had two outstanding cases against him at the time of the parade disaster. That included resisting or interfering with an officer, recklessly endangering, disorderly conduct, bailing and battery for the November 2 incident.

Thompson said police would recommend that he be charged five times with intentional first degree manslaughter, which carries a life sentence. He was due to appear in court on Tuesday afternoon.

Legal experts warned that one extreme case should not be a reason to demand higher bails, leaving poorer defendants behind bars longer pending trial.

“We don’t want to get a rushed response here and say, ‘Let’s lock up a lot of people from trial,’ said John Gross, a law professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School and director of the Public Defender Project.

“I’m sure the district attorney’s office will look back on this and ask itself, ‘Did we misunderstand this?’ said Gross, the law professor. “This is such an extreme incident…could they reasonably expect him to get behind a vehicle and hit people on a parade route? What would have indicated to you the capacity he would have had for this kind of violence? ?”

Some Republicans were quick to jump on the case as an example of a broken justice system.

Republican Rebecca Kleefisch, a former Wisconsin lieutenant governor who is running for governor in 2022, called the killings “another avoidable tragedy that happened because a violent career criminal went free and terrorized our community.”

And Republican State Representative Cindi Duchow said she was reintroducing a constitutional amendment that would change the bail process in Wisconsin so that judges can consider a defendant’s danger to the community when setting bail. Judges are currently only allowed to consider the possibility of defendants failing to appear in court when setting bail.

“He tried to hit his girlfriend with his car — that’s attempted murder,” Duchow said. “If you’re a danger to society, you should work hard to get out.”

Thompson, the police chief, said there was no evidence that Sunday’s bloodshed was a terrorist attack or that Brooks knew anyone in the parade. Brooks acted alone, the chief said.

Brooks had left the scene of the domestic unrest before officers arrived, and was not being chased by police at the time of the crash, according to the chief, who gave no further details about the dispute.

NBC News released CCTV footage of the doorbell that appeared to capture Brooks’s arrest. It showed Brooks, shivering in just a T-shirt, knocking on a homeowner’s door and asking for help getting a ride. Moments later, the police surrounded the house and shouted, “Hands up!” Brooks, standing on the porch, raised his hands and said, “Who, whoa, whoa!”

Brooks is an ambitious rapper. On a YouTube page, a video that has since been removed showed him rapping in front of a red Ford SUV similar to the one from the parade. The rapper uses the name MathBoi Fly on his Twitter and other social media accounts.

On Sunday, a merry scene of brass bands and children dancing in Santa hats and waving pom poms gave way to screams and the sight of crumpled bodies as the SUV sped through barricades, hitting dancers, musicians and others in the community of 72,000.

Police identified the dead as Virginia Sorenson, 79; LeAnna Owen, 71; Tamara Durand, 52; Jane Kulich, 52; and Wilhelm Hospel, 81. Sorenson, Owen and Durand were mem bers the Dancing Grannies club, and Hospel helped with the group.

“It felt like dummies were being thrown in the air,” says Nicole Schneiter, who was there with her children and grandchildren. “It took a second to register, like, ‘Is that what we really just saw?’ And then you looked in the road and there were just people on the road.”

At least nine patients, most of them children, were in critical condition at two hospitals Monday, and seven others were reported in serious condition.

Hundreds gathered Monday night in a downtown park in Waukesha, Wisconsin, for a candlelight vigil honoring those who died and were injured in a fatal crash in the Christmas parade the day before. A few clergymen solemnly read the names of those who died. Volunteers handed out sandwiches, hot chocolate and candles during the vigil, which was attended by interfaith leaders and elected officials.

“We are parents. We are neighbours. We are in pain. We are angry. We are sad. We are confused. We are grateful. We’re all in the same boat. We are Waukesha Strong,” said a tearful Amanda Medina Roddy of the Waukesha School District.

The chief said police did not pursue Brooks before he entered the parade route, but an officer fired a shot to try to stop him. The officer stopped firing because of the danger to others. Brooks was not injured.

Mayor Shawn Reilly described the parade as a “Norman Rockwell-esque” event that “became a nightmare”.

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RRB NTPC’s first CBT result will be released on January 15; view the official announcement here

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RRB NTPC Update: Railway Recruitment Board has announced that the results of the first computer-based test will be out by January 15, 2022. The announcement was made on December 5, 2021. Candidates who qualify for this exam must appear for the second CGT. It will be conducted between February 14 and February 18, 2022. The RRB NTPC result will be published on the official websites of the sixteen RRBs. Here is the direct link to view the official notification.

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“The 1st Stage Computer Based Test (CBT-1) was held in 7 stages from December 28, 2020 to July 31, 2021. The result of the 1st Stage Computer Based Test (CBT-1) is currently being processed and the results are tentatively scheduled to to be published on RRB’s official websites by January 15, 2022,” the RRB informed candidates.

“The 2nd Stage Computer Based Test (CBT-2) exam for the candidates shortlisted in CBT-1 is tentatively scheduled from February 14-18, 2022, subject to prevailing conditions and government guidance issued from time to time with a view to tackling the Covid-19 pandemic,” the RRBs also said in the official notification. Official notice further reads: “Candidates are advised to refer only to RRB’s official websites for the latest updates on the recruitment process. Do not be misled by unauthorized sources.”

On December 1, #JusticeForRailwayStudents was ranked #1 on Twitter in India with over 3.5 million tweets. Railroad candidates expressed concern about RRB Recruitment. Hansraj Meena, who calls himself a writer, blogger and socio-political activist, is among the users who tweeted about the demands of railway aspirants. He tweeted: “Railway aspirants basic requirements. 1. Railway NTPC and group d training n merged data 2. Exam date of group D railway 3. new vacancy in railway 4. Conduct IRMS exam. #JusticeForRailwayStudents”

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Amazon Alexa is accessible to people outside the US; here’s how

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Alexa fans outside the United States long to access the technology in their own country. Alexa was initially launched as an exclusive service in the United States in 2014.

As for 2021, the voice assistant will be accessible in over 40 countries, but you’ll have to take a different route.

Can you use Alexa in unsupported countries?

You can access Alexa outside of the United States, but Amazon has added so many barriers that it will take so much effort for it to work, according to android authority.

For starters, you’ll need an international version of the Amazon Echo Dot, a first-generation Amazon Echo Plus, or a second-generation Amazon Echo.

It should be possible for you to buy one or more of these devices on Amazon, but chances are you will have to order the device from Amazon UK, Amazon US or Amazon Germany, and it will cost quite a bit, especially at shipment.

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You also need to download the Alex app for iPhone, iPad or Android. You can set up the device through Alexa’s official website alexa.amazon.com. However, the app is needed for full control over routines and settings.

If the app isn’t available in your area, you’ll need to temporarily change the location and billing settings for the Google Play Store on Android or Apple App Store for iPads and iPhones.

Please note that this step is not practical as there is a possibility that it will harm the other app subscriptions you have signed up in front of.

Some Alexa features are blocked on Amazon Echo international models. These Alexa features include shopping, news, business, and traffic.

Also, some skills will not work, such as iHeartRadio, Pandora, and Audible, which are exclusive to the United States.

In different regions, you can use TuneIn Radio, Spotify and Amazon Music Unlimited. Smart home features do work, such as timers, alarms, calendar, weather, and to-do list. You can also access newsletters, as long as they are region specific.

Before purchasing an Alexa-enabled device, please check the product pages to find out what restrictions apply in your country.

Keep in mind that Alexa can speak Spanish, German or English on international Echo models, so you can only choose between the three.

Which countries support Alexa?

The countries that support Alexa are United States, United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Japan, Canada, India, Belgium, Chile, Bulgaria, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Colombia, Cyprus, Estonia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Greece, Finland, Iceland and Hungary.

The Alexa service is also accessible in Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Malta, Peru, Panama, Poland, Slovakia, Portugal, Uruguay and Sweden.

Alexa has several abilities that are beneficial to the user, including the Alexa Guard which protects your home as it uses the microphone in the Echo devices to listen for signs of intrusion.

You can also use the Audible skill so that you can hear an audiobook read aloud. There is also a free book that you can read monthly, according to Business Insider.

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Dual polarization weather radar protects us every day

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On a lazy Sunday morning, I asked my Twitter followers what they would like me to write about in this space. Andrew Hatter suggested I do something on dual-polarization radar. Going through my previous articles from the past 5 years, I really hadn’t written much about it. That’s my fault, everyone. Dual polarization is a critical tool of the National Weather Service and is used daily to protect us.

First I need to give a little “weather radar 101”. Many of us teaching weather radar often cite Radio Detection and Ranging (RADAR) as a byproduct of World War II. During that time, it became very apparent that annoying “precipitation-related” noise on radar was hampering the radar’s intended military needs. However, the National Weather Service website points out that “the fundamental principle underlying all radars was first observed in 1886 by the physicist Heinrich Hertz when he discovered that electromagnetic waves could be reflected off various objects and even into beams could be focused by appropriate reflectors.” For a deep dive into the history of weather radar, visit this clutch.

At this point, I want to fast-forward to the 1950s. The WSR-57 radar system was adopted by the United States Weather Bureau and the US Navy. This was an S-band (~10 cm wavelength) system that has been the backbone of US radar weather monitoring for over 30 years. It evolved from an experimental X-band system. In the 1970s, the WSR-74 system came into use. At this point, some readers might say, “What the hell are you talking about Dr. Shepherd with all this talk about alphabet soup?

Weather radars send a pulse of microwave energy into the clouds. Some of that energy is scattered back to the radar from the volume of scattering (raindrops, hailstones, insects, and so on). The different frequencies commonly used in radar meteorology are shown in the image above. For example, the S band frequencies are less prone to attenuation than bands with lower wavelengths and have a longer range. If you have satellite TV, you know what attenuation is when it rains hard and your signal is lost.

About the time I entered college in the late 1980s, the National Weather Service, the Department of Defense, and other partners upgraded the U.S. weather radar network to the WSR-88D “S” band system. This was part of the Modernizing the National Weather Service effort in the early 1990s. These radars introduced the life-saving ability of Doppler-shifted phases. Since we know the phase (shape, position, shape, frequency) in which the radar beam was emitted, as scatterers (raindrops, etc.) move will shift the phase of the returning radar echo. From that information we can deduce the speed towards or away from the radar (radial speed is not a real wind speed by the way). This Doppler effect also explains why the pitch of the train’s horn sounds different as it approaches and moves away from you. With such information, meteorologists can now detect rotation in storms that could indicate a tornado. In fact, most tornado warnings today are based on Doppler radar identification. My master’s degree involved using early WSR-88D radar data to track and locate landfall hurricanes.

Okay, we’ve finally reached dual polarization. According to NOAA website“Dual-polarimetric radar transmits and receives pulses in both horizontal and vertical directions.” This means that the returned echoes contain information in both directions about the raindrops, snowflakes, sleet and hailstones. Better information about the shape, size and composition of the targets allows for better discrimination of the type of precipitation (e.g. is it heavy rain or hail? or is it snow or icy rain?) There are even products that can be derived from dual-polarization radar that can help identify tornado-related debris in real time and improve rainfall estimation.

The National Weather Service began the transition to dual-polarization radar in early 2010. According to the National Weather Service, the first upgraded “dual-pol” system (NWS WSR-88DP) at Vance Air Force Base near Enid, Oklahoma. Since this installation in 2011, the National Weather Service has upgraded more than 150 operational radars in the US and its territories.

The image above is a good example of how dual polarization products (correlation coefficient (CC) and differential reflectivity (ZDR) supplemented standard reflectivity products and Doppler rotational patterns (SRM) to confirm that the radar sampled tornado debris thrown into the air. below illustrates how dual polarization radar helped forecasters better determine the location of rainfall versus snowfall in New York.

For more information on how dual polarization is used in weather forecasting, visit this: NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory website.

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