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Nation is with ISRO scientists Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said the ISRO scientists worked hard for Chandrayaan-2 mission and the nation is with them.The lunar mission’s lander ‘Vikram’ lost contact with the ground station minutes before its planned soft landing on moon surface.”We are proud of our scientists. The @isro team worked hard for #Chandrayaan2. A befitting tribute to our founding fathers who envisioned India’s place in the league of scientifically advanced nations far ahead of their times,” she tweeted.She congratulated the ISRO scientists and said the nation is with them.”A testimony to the scientific temper they ingrained in us, and their unmatched caliber and dedication. My sincere gratitude and congratulations to @isro. We are all with you.May you continue to make us proud,” she added.last_img read more

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Chronic pain patients need services beyond just opioids BC advocate

first_imgVANCOUVER – People who live with chronic pain need options beyond prescription opioids, and it’s up to the British Columbia government to provide more services such as physiotherapy, says the head of a group that supports patients and their families.“There has really been a lack of any appropriate response to chronic pain in our province and in our country,” said Maria Hudspith, executive director of Pain BC, the only non-profit society in Canada to bring together clinical experts and policy-makers to work on chronic pain management initiatives.Beside painkillers, patients must have access to physical therapy and psychological support but wait lists stretch from one to three years at the few specialized pain clinics in the province, she said.“We’ve seen this overreliance on the prescription pad as the only tool in the toolbox,” Hudspith said. “Some people may become dependent on the medication in order to function and some of those people may become addicted.”One in five people in B.C. lives with pain that can be relentless and crippling but she said some communities have no specialized health-care providers for patients who need intervention after an injury or surgery, for example.A lack of dedicated pain services means patients make more doctors’ visits and may require more surgeries, resulting in high health-care costs and poor quality of life, Hudspith said.“There’s a growing recognition that this is a huge problem that is really, in many way, at the root of a lot of issues that we’re seeing.”Hudspith said Pain BC has been in discussions with the provincial government to expand services.Neither the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions or the Health Ministry could provide any information when the provincial government was contacted for comment.In June 2016, B.C. doctors became the first in Canada to face mandatory standards for prescribing opioids and other addictive medications. At the time, the College of Physicians and Surgeons replaced guidelines offering only recommendations with legal standards that allowed for consequences, such as complaint hearings and disciplinary action.Following the introduction of the standards, some doctors began weaning or cutting patients off pain medication. Hudspith said that has left people suffering, especially if they don’t have access to other options for pain relief.“We have documented cases of people who are no longer able to work, they’ve maxed out their sick time, they’re contemplating going on disability,” she said.While the college’s policy came into effect with the intention of minimizing the effects of opioids in the midst of an overdose crisis, overdoses have “continued like a runaway train,” Hudspith said.“There are people who have said to us or have said to their physicians or MLAs (members of the legislature) that they are going to the street and buying opioids through the illicit market despite the risk,” she said.The society has been working with the province’s medical association to create educational material for doctors, but Hudspith said “robust mentoring” is crucial so doctors and other clinicians can build their skills to provide evidence-based care for people who suffer from chronic pain.“Chronic pain is a very misunderstood condition. The approach needs to be very different from other chronic conditions that are very well understood.”She cited Project Echo, a mentoring program in Ontario, as a way to care for patients with chronic pain as doctors get guidance on specific challenges from a team of experts.Serena Patterson, a psychologist in Comox, B.C., said she has suffered with fibromyalgia for 30 years and also developed migraines before starting to see clients with chronic pain, many of whom suffer from depression, shame and stigma.Some people go from doctor to doctor for years trying to get help for conditions that remain undiagnosed for years while they’re denied long-term disability and unable to work or afford private therapists, she said.Publicly funded clinics with a variety of experts who work together, including nurses and other health-care providers offering physical, occupational, massage and psychological therapy, would serve patients most effectively, Patterson said.“We have a medical system that is geared toward fixing acute problems but does a terrible job with chronic pain.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

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Police cleared in death of carjacking suspect at BC ferry terminal watchdog

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – Police officers acted appropriately in dealing with a carjacking suspect as they attempted to arrest him at a ferry terminal in Nanaimo before he was fatally shot, British Columbia’s police watchdog said in a report released Monday.The report from the Independent Investigations Office determined that the male, whose name and age have not released, shot himself as police also opened fire during the confrontation on May 8 at the Departure Bay ferry terminal .It says police opened fire on the male as he raised a long-barrelled handgun.The report says while his intention was to shoot himself, it was impossible for police to know that he did not intend to shoot the officers who had tried to arrest him.“That was his only intention,” the report says. “However, as he did this, the gun would have been pointed at several police officers.”It says at that point, police had reasonable grounds to use lethal force.While the report says the evidence shows the man only intended to take his own life, there was no way of knowing that he wasn’t going to shoot at the officers who had tried to arrest him.The officers had to act quickly to protect themselves, their fellow officers and the public, it says.“Indeed, that was their duty at law.”RCMP officers had been called to the Departure Bay terminal to arrest a male in connection with allegations of a violent carjacking in Penticton, B.C.An autopsy determined the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds.The report also includes toxicology results, which show the suspect had a high dose of fentanyl in his body but it adds that toxicity is dependent on individual tolerance and how the drug was administered.It concludes that the male “appeared to be in a desperate state,” and his actions presented a life-threatening situation to the police.“Their actions were both justified and consistent with their duties as police officers,” the report says.last_img read more

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Official: Canada to announce ban on single-use plastics

TORONTO — The Canadian government plans to announce it is moving to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021.A senior government official said late Sunday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make the announcement Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly ahead of Monday’s news conference.The official says specific items to be banned will be determined based on a science-based review, but they are considering items such as water bottles, plastic bags and straws.The official says the Canada’s government is looking at what the European Union did and drawing inspiration from their model.Rob Gillies, The Associated Press read more

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Gotabaya warns national security at risk

“The fact that the LTTE’s international network and its sympathisers remain active even after the war, has been noted by me on many previous occasions. They remain committed to the LTTE’s cause and constantly seek ways to resume the struggle for a separate state,” Gotabaya Rajapakse said in a statement. Former Defence Seretary Gotabaya Rajapakse today warned that national security is at risk since the LTTE international network is still active.A recent US report claimed last week that despite the military defeat of the LTTE at the hands of the Sri Lankan government in 2009, the LTTE’s international network of sympathizers and financial support still persists. “It is disappointing to note that many parties have actively tried to downplay the continued threat posed by the LTTE for various reasons, including political ones. Further, because no major attacks by the LTTE have taken place after 2009, there is a widespread public perception that the LTTE no longer poses a threat to this country. The truth, however, is very different,” Rajapakse noted.Despite the claims, the Sri Lankan government said on Monday that India, the United States and the EU share intelligence with Sri Lanka on the LTTE and other matters and added that government agencies were on alert for any attempt to harm national security. “After all this there is no room for the LTTE to raise its head once again in Sri Lanka,” Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith Perera had asserted. (Colombo Gazette) He also urged President Maithripala Sirisena and the new Sri Lankan government to give utmost consideration to national security and act with more awareness over the prevailing threat. read more

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Markham city just north of Toronto starts selling itself as the next

MARKHAM, Ont. — A city just north of Toronto is making a play to try to position itself as the home for Amazon’s second North American headquarters.Markham, Ont. — one of 10 Canadian cities that joined with Toronto to bid for the hub — installed 23 bright orange signs on Monday throughout the city, dubbing it the “possible home of Amazon HQ2.” It simultaneously launched a social media campaign and website called #ChooseMarkham.The Greater Toronto Area is the lone Canadian candidate to make the shortlist of 20 cities — whittled down from 238 proposals — still vying for the multi-billion-dollar headquarters. Markham’s campaign signals a shift away from the GTA’s passive approach to marketing itself against the American metropolises still in contention, such as Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and Atlanta.“I wanted to inform our business community and our residents that when you hear the Toronto bid, that Markham is very much a part of that,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, in a call to the Canadian Press that he made while standing by one of the newly-erected signs that he said were generating honks, but also shock from locals who had no idea Markham was in the running for the headquarters.“It is no surprise we think we have the best site for Amazon in terms of the criteria we are looking for. It is a bid to capture their attention.”Markham is a part of the Toronto-wide bid for @amazon’s HQ2. We are proud to be a part of the bid which demonstrates our strength as a region to compete globally. Need more reasons to #ChooseMarkham? Visit https://t.co/FyqcrVQinZ. pic.twitter.com/z7znMXH1AO— Mayor Frank Scarpitti (@frankscarpitti) May 7, 2018Scarpitti scoffed at the idea that Markham’s campaign would make the other cities included within the Toronto-bid feel slighted because he said he expected all of the municipalities to be pushing for the headquarters and using it as an opportunity to boast about what they have to offer.In Markham’s case, that’s 37,000 jobs in technology and related sectors and 1,500 high-tech companies, including General Motors’ new Canadian Technical Centre and massive offices from IBM Canada and Huawei that Scarpitti has been highlighting as part of the city’s “Innovation Week.” Executives from the company appear in testimonials on the city’s Choose Markham website.If Markham is successful in nabbing Amazon, those numbers would grow because the company has vowed to deliver up to 50,000 high paying jobs and a US$5-billion investment.“Our initiative here is really reflective of the bold initiatives that Amazon continues to make,” Scarpitti said. “They have been bold and we want to be bold and will continue to tell our story because it is a great story to tell.”He said he felt Markham’s tactics were not part of “the race to the bottom” that other cities bidding on locations for Amazon or other big companies have engaged in.Before falling out of contention, Calgary emblazoned the sidewalks across from Amazon’s current Seattle headquarters with messages including, “Hey Amazon. We’d change our name for you. Calmazon? Amagary? Love, Calgary ;)” and hung a 30-metre banner outside saying, “we’re not saying we’d fight a bear for you, but we totally would.” The same message ran in a full-page ad the city took out in the Seattle Times.Halifax rolled out a flashy website mirroring Amazon’s fonts and buttons to claim that locating a second headquarters in that city would bring Amazon a savings of more than $10 billion over 10 years. Winnipeg enlisted Blue Bomber football star Obby Khan and Mayor Brian Bowman in a cheeky video with Alexa, while Sault Ste Marie suggested that employees could canoe to work in a bid to attract the tech giant.Hamilton even put $467,000 of cash behind its pitch, which it said was a 50/50 split between public and private funds.Markham said its marketing plan has “little to no cost” and most of the work associated with it has been done internally.While Scarpitti said he hasn’t been directly involved in Amazon’s follow-up efforts to suss out the city, he said, “even before they put out their bid they were up here in Markham checking out the sites, finding out about our municipality, so I think they are well aware about what the city of Markham is all about.” read more

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JPMorgan government finalize 13B settlement of mortgage bonds probe

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email JPMorgan, government finalize $13B settlement of mortgage bonds probe by Pete Yost And Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Nov 18, 2013 5:36 pm MDT WASHINGTON – JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay $13 billion in a landmark settlement and acknowledged that it misled investors about the quality of risky mortgage-backed securities ahead of the 2008 financial crisis.The settlement announced Tuesday with the Department of Justice is the largest ever between the U.S. government and a corporation. It also included settlements with New York, California and other states.JPMorgan was among the major banks that sold securities that plunged in value when the housing market collapsed in 2006 and 2007. Those losses triggered a financial crisis that pushed the economy into the worst recession since the 1930s.The deal was reached after months of negotiations and could serve as a template for similar settlements with other big banks. As part of the deal, JPMorgan agreed to provide $4 billion in relief to homeowners affected by the bad loans. The bank also acknowledged that it misrepresented the quality of its securities to investors.“Without a doubt, the conduct uncovered in this investigation helped sow the seeds of the mortgage meltdown,” Attorney General Eric Holder said. “JPMorgan was not the only financial institution during this period to knowingly bundle toxic loans and sell them to unsuspecting investors, but that is no excuse for the firm’s behaviour.”JPMorgan will pay $2 billion in civil penalties to the federal government and about $1 billion to New York state. Another $6 billion will go toward compensating investors.In a statement, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said that the settlement covers a “very significant portion” of the bank’s troubled mortgage-backed securities, as well as those it inherited when it purchased Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual in 2008.“We are pleased to have concluded this extensive agreement with the (government) and to have resolved the civil claims of the Department of Justice and others,” Dimon said in the statement.The deal eclipses the record $4 billion levied on oil giant BP in January over the 2010 offshore oil spill, which was the worst in U.S. history.While the $13 billion that JPMorgan is paying is a staggering sum, it represents only about 60 per cent of the bank’s $21.3 billion net income reported for 2012. And JPMorgan has already set aside $23 billion this year to cover the settlement and other costs related to its legal troubles.JPMorgan could still face criminal charges. An investigation is under way by the office of U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner in Sacramento, Calif., focused primarily on JPMorgan employees.Wagner told a news conference Tuesday that the activity described in the settlement was “symptomatic of the recklessness on Wall Street.”Asked about a timeframe for resolving the criminal probe, Wagner said, “You’ll just have to stay tuned. We’re going to keep plugging away.”According to the Justice Department’s statement of facts agreed to by JPMorgan, many of the mortgage loans were referred to inside JPMorgan as “rejects.” Those loans were missing appraisals or proof of borrower’s income, employment or assets.In one review, consultants hired by the bank found that more than a quarter of loans in a pool of tens of thousands were “rejects.” Yet JPMorgan ultimately accepted half of those rejects and re-graded them as acceptable.The settlement should clear away nearly all of JPMorgan’s legacy legal troubles that the bank inherited when it purchased Washington Mutual and Bear Stearns, said Erik Oja, an equity analyst with Standard & Poor’s who covers the banking industry.“These things are never ‘one and done’ and there’ll be more civil charges, but as we have seen in the past, these sort of settlements really do help clear away most of the issues a bank might have had in the past,” said Oja, who has a “strong buy” on JPMorgan’s shares.Of the $4 billion set aside for consumer relief, about a third will be used to write down mortgage principal. Dennis Kelleher, the president of Better Markets, a group that advocates strict financial regulation, said JPMorgan may receive credit for loans that it previously wrote down.“Banks agree to do things that they are doing already, and then they get credit for it,” Kelleher said. “It’s not $4 billion in actual dollars. Its $4 billion in value that JPMorgan claims it is paying.”The bank will also use some of the money to reduce mortgage rates, issue new loans and help revive blighted properties in cities hit hard by the housing crisis.An independent monitor will be appointed to oversee the assistance to homeowners.As part of the $6 billion to investors, $4 billion will resolve government claims that JPMorgan misled mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac about risky mortgage securities the bank sold them before the housing market crashed. That part of the deal was announced Oct. 25. Fannie and Freddie were bailed out by the government during the crisis and are under federal control.Mounting legal costs from government proceedings pushed JPMorgan to a rare loss in this year’s third quarter, the first under Dimon’s leadership.On Friday, the company announced it had reached a $4.5 billion settlement with 21 major institutional investors over mortgage-backed securities issued by JPMorgan and Bear Stearns between 2005 and 2008. The investors, which include Goldman Sachs, said the bank deceived them about the quality of high-risk mortgage securities.__AP Business Writer Ken Sweet in New York and Associated Press writer Don Thompson in Sacramento, Calif., contributed to this report. read more

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Governor proposes 687 million for California drought relief includes drinking water supplies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Jerry Brown and the top Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday announced a $687 million plan to provide immediate help to drought-stricken communities throughout California, including $15 million for those with dangerously low drinking water supplies.The proposal comes amid one of the driest periods in the history of the nation’s most populous state, forcing farmers to fallow fields and some communities to warn of low water supplies.“There’s many ways we can better use the water we have,” Brown said during a news conference at a state office near Sacramento. “You can’t manufacture water.”The Democratic plan, which now goes to the Legislature, does not address long-term improvements to California’s water supply and distribution system. Rather, it provides money for immediate aid.Most of the money — $549 million — will come in the form of accelerated spending from two bonds approved previously by voters. It will go toward local water conservation and recycling efforts, such as systems to capture stormwater and recharge groundwater supplies.The general fund, the state’s main checkbook, also will be tapped. In addition to the money for emergency water supplies, $25.3 million from the general fund will provide food assistance in communities affected by the drought.That would include areas of the Central Valley, among the nation’s most productive farming regions, that are suffering from high unemployment as agriculture-related jobs disappear.The proposal also directs the State Water Resources Control Board and the Department of Public Health to boost water supplies by allowing for the use of recycled water and stormwater. Increased penalties for illegally diverting water also are part of the proposal.Peter Gleick, a water scientist and director of the nonpartisan Pacific Institute, said the proposals in the relief plan appear to be good ideas.“But it depends what they spend the money on, and how carefully and quickly it’s spent,” Gleick said. “Whether it results in long term help remains to be seen.”Republican lawmakers, who were not included in the plan, said more must be done to address the state’s long-term water needs. They and many farmers have been advocating for more reservoirs to store water.“We need a real plan that increases storage for a growing state,” Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar.Assembly Republicans plan to propose legislation on Thursday addressing long-term water needs.Asked about whether he believes California needs more water storage, Brown told reporters that for now he wants to focus on immediate needs.“That’s important, but of course storage takes a long time.”The state legislative proposal comes as Republicans and Democrats offer different solutions in Congress to deal with California’s drought. The House approved a Republican-backed bill that would temporarily halt the restoration of a dried-up stretch of the San Joaquin River so more water could be diverted to farms.California’s two U.S. senators, Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, have introduced legislation similar to the proposal announced Wednesday by the governor. That bill would put $300 million toward emergency aid, drought-relief projects and water conservation.“While Congress is locking their ideological horns over the best way to help, so far nothing to show for it in the process,” said Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, who joined the governor at the news conference along with Assembly Speaker John Perez.Both expected the plan to pass the Legislature and be sent to the governor in a matter of weeks.Most parts of California are under extreme drought conditions after three winters with below-normal rain and snowfall. As many as 17 communities are at risk of running out of drinking water in the months ahead, and farmers throughout the state have been fallowing fields and tearing up orchards.The State Water Project, which supplies water to 25 million Californians and about 750,000 acres of farmland, will deliver no additional water later this year to its customers, the first time in its 54-year history that it has given a so-called zero allocation. That could change if precipitation picks up in the weeks ahead.Beyond Wednesday’s announcement, lawmakers still need to negotiate changes to an $11.1 billion water bond that is on the November ballot, a measure that is supposed to provide the longer-term fixes sought by farmers and cities.___Associated Press writer Jason Dearen contributed to this report. by Fenit Nirappil, The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2014 4:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Governor proposes $687 million for California drought relief; includes drinking water supplies California Gov. Jerry Brown, center, responds to a question concerning aid to drought-stricken communities after touring the California Emergency Services State Operations Center in Mather, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Brown, accompanied by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, left, and Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, right, toured the facility before announcing a $687 million plan to provide immediate help to those affected by the drought throughout California.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) read more

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Iraq UN condemns car bomb attack in Baghdad

“We condemn the terrorist attack in the south of Baghdad […] This week has seen a series of such atrocious crimes in the Iraqi capital,” said the statement issued by the spokesperson for UN Secretary-General António Guterres. “The United Nations will continue to stand by the Government and people of Iraq in their efforts to fight terrorism and violent extremism, notably by building trust and mutual understanding through peaceful and inclusive,” the statement added.Meanwhile, the UN envoy in Iraq also strongly condemned yesterday’s car bomb attack in the Bayaa district of Baghdad, which, according to news reports, left more than 50 people dead. “Yet again, the terrorists are continuing with their carnage against innocent civilians. This is totally unacceptable,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Ján Kubiš. “The Iraqi people have shown their courage and determination in the fight against terrorism, and these desperate tactics by the terrorists will only increase the resolve of Iraqis, who want to live in peace and tranquility to terminate the so-called ISIL throughout the country,” Mr. Kubiš added. read more

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Jack the Ripper warning card sells for £22000 at auction

The card was given to a Metropolitan Police officer when he retiredCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Undated poster appealing for capture of Jack the Ripper The missive, which had a pre-sale estimate of £600 to £900, states: “Beware there is two women I want here they are bastards, and I mean to have them my knife is still in good order it is a students knife and I hope you liked the kidney. I am Jack the Ripper.”It once belonged to a Metropolitan Police constable who was given it as a memento when he retired from the force in 1966. It is being sold by his widow. Undated poster appealing for capture of Jack the RipperCredit:PA A letter believed to have been sent by Jack the Ripper warning of two murders has sold at auction for £22,000.The ink-written card arrived at Ealing Police Station on October 29, 1888 – just 11 days before the serial killer’s last suspected victim Mary Kelly was disembowelled.A British private collector won a bidding war with an American for the rare letter, “the likes of which have never come up for sale before”, Jonathan Riley, of Grand Auctions Ltd, in Folkestone, Kent, said.The final price will be closer to £30,000 once an auction premium is paid, Mr Riley said, adding the sale shows “how much interest in the Ripper there still is”.On the 2.75-inch by 4.75-inch card, the author warns “I mean to have them my knife is still in good order”. The card was given to a Metropolitan Police officer when he retired The auctioneers state: “The most unusual aspect of our card is its rarity. No such card with police provenance has been offered for sale at auction. Mr Riley said: “He happened to be in the right place at the right time, he was retiring, and took it and stuck it in a drawer for 30-odd years … I’m incredibly happy (for the price) and so is the vendor.” “The great beauty of the card is that with its police provenance it is a unique Ripper item for sale, and no one can prove it is the Ripper himself, but equally no one can prove it is not.” read more

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Alberttown shooting Jury finds businessman not guilty in suspected bandit killing

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan charged for allegedly shooting suspected banditOctober 17, 2015In “Crime”Man who allegedly killed suspected bandit charged with murderMay 19, 2015In “Crime”Suspected bandit succumbs to gunshot wound; Family disputes robbery allegationsAugust 24, 2014In “Crime” Businessman Lawrence Wayne, a licenced firearm holder who had shot and killed a suspected bandit Dexter Lindo at Light and Fifth streets, Alberttown, Georgetown in August 2014, has been found not guilty of murder and not guilty of manslaughter by a 12-member jury after deliberating for almost three hours in the Demerara High Court.Freed: Businessman Lawrence WayneThe businessman, who had been cleared of the murder charge in October 2015 when Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan had upheld a no-case submission that the defence had put forward, had been rearrested in February 2016 after the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) had opted to re-institute charges against him.The State’s case was that Wayne had pursued and shot Dexter Lindo after an alleged robbery had been perpetrated on his business place – Wayne’s Beverage Paradise on the Merriman Mall. Lindo was reportedly confronted in the vicinity of a shop and shot three times. He died just days later, while a patient at the Dr Balwant Singh Hospital.Justice Jo-Ann Barlow, on Thursday declaring Wayne a free man, advised him to avoid trouble. Released, Wayne ran to freedom, accompanied by overjoyed relatives who were too overcome with emotion to say much. However, relatives of Lindo were visibly annoyed at the verdict, with some angrily remarking that the businessman had “murdered” their relative.Wayne had, earlier this week, informed the court that he was relying on the statement he had given the police. According to that statement, on the day in question, he shot Lindo during a confrontation which had occurred after a robbery had been carried out on his business place.According to Wayne’s version of events, he had received a telephone call from someone, informing him that armed men had entered and robbed his stall at the Merriman Mall. He later told police that when he arrived on scene, the men were in the process of fleeing in a waiting vehicle; so he pursued the men in his own vehicle, and confronted them at Light and Fifth streets, Alberttown, where he ordered the men to “freeze!” One of the suspected bandits allegedly pulled a gun from his waist, but Wayne opened fire on him. That, Wayne said, was how Lindo ended up being shot.Lindo, then 26, had resided at Shell Road, Kitty, Georgetown. Police had reportedly recovered an unlicensed .32 Beretta pistol with four matching rounds in his possession at the time of the confrontation with Wayne.About 20 witnesses testified during the trial. One of the witnesses was Wayne’s then teenage son, who was the cashier at his father’s establishment. The young man told the court that he had refused to hand over a bag of money which he had in his possession.Wayne was represented by Attorneys Stanley Moore and Maxwell McKay, both of whom were absent on Thursday when the verdict was handed down. The State’s case was presented by Prosecutors Shawnette Austin, Tamica Clarke and Mandell Moore. read more

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Emotional Allegri on why Juve lost to United

Emotional Allegri on why Juve lost to United

first_imgMax Allegri has revealed why Juventus lost to Manchester United after dominating a large section of the game ahead of Sunday’s showdown in Milan.Allegri’s men head into this tie after their first defeat of the season, falling 2-1 to Manchester United through two late goals.“In order to finish off games, you need to score goals. At the moment, the statistics show we weren’t often leading by more than one goal, which inevitably leaves the risk of something happening even at the 90th minute,” said the Coach in his Press conference via Football Italia.“The only thing we did wrong on Wednesday was to misunderstand the mood and moment of the game when Manchester United equalised.“We got a bit swept up by their emotion. Their equaliser felt like an injustice considering how much we dominated, but we still should’ve remained clear-headed. The Champions League is decided in June, certainly not on Wednesday, so we should’ve been more practical and focused on securing qualification.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“Emotional responses can happen, it’s in the past now. I don’t think we need to show a reaction a such, but rather continue as we’ve been doing.“We were upset after that defeat, perhaps because we are no longer accustomed to it, as Juve hadn’t lost a match since April. We lost the game that is least important in the Champions League group standings, so that’s some consolation.“The fact remains, we have to increase our ratio of goals scored to chances created. Last season, we had 31 goals by this stage in Serie A, this year it’s 24, but we have more shots and score fewer goals, so that has to be improved.“It’s only November 10, so we are on the right track. Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t play as a centre-forward, yet is the best striker in the world and we have to make the most of his characteristics.”last_img read more

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Environmental Health says clean up can begin

Environmental Health says clean up can begin

first_img Related Items:#JubileeGardenscleanup, #JubileeGardensfire, #magneticmedianews We March takes a third trek Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 14, 2017 – Nassau – Tests are turning up promising results so far said Environmental Health teams which on Saturday went into the Jubilee Gardens area.   No soot from the smoke and residents are encouraged to come home and air out their houses and begin to clean up.   The Department said there is only smoke damage and some roofs in the eastern side of the Community will need to be reviewed.   Jubilee Gardens residents were encouraged to wear the proper gear as they get into cleaning.#MagneticMediaNews #JubileeGardensfire #JubileeGardenscleanup Jubilee fire burning two weeks, Residents asked to stay away NEMA says 600 homes impacted by dump infernolast_img read more

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Surveillance video captures thieves breaking into Miami perfume store

Surveillance video captures thieves breaking into Miami perfume store

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for thieves caught on camera breaking into a perfume store in Miami.The burglary occurred at a store in the area of Northwest 20th Street at around 5:30 a.m., Sunday.Surveillance video from the Dollar Store next door captured one thief hitting the door with a hammer before two other accomplices ran inside the business.An unknown amount of perfume was taken from the store.If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Government using CBI ED as tools Congress

Government using CBI ED as tools Congress

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Thursday came down heavily on the BJP government over the arrest of P Chidambaram, accusing it of using the CBI and the ED as “personal revenge-seeking departments”. “Over the last two days India witnessed the broad daylight murder of democracy as also the rule of law,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala. He further said that while many accused in the INX Media case have not been arrested, a senior politician has been arrested without any legal basis.last_img read more

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PM deceives quota reformists by false promise BNP

PM deceives quota reformists by false promise BNP

first_imgThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Friday alleged that prime minister Sheikh Hasina breached her promise to abolish the quota system in public jobs as she said on Thursday it is not possible to reform the freedom fighters’ quota due to a High Court verdict, reports UNB.”The prime minister or the government is trying to back off from its promise (to revoke quota). It’s not acceptable at all. If there’s any barrier to cancelling the quota, you (PM) can surely remove it through the High Court,” said BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed.Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “The prime minister has actually breached her commitment, and the people of Bangladesh and our generation will remember it.”Swadhinata Forum, a pro-BNP platform, organised the programme at the National Press Club.On Thursday, Sheikh Hasina told parliament, “There is a High Court verdict for maintaining the freedom fighters’ quota. How can we violate the High Court verdict? … We can’t do this.””I (PM) had earlier spoken of cancelling the entire quota system. But there’s a verdict of the High Court in this regard. If I defy the verdict, I’ll face contempt of court,” she added.Reacting to the PM’s comment, Moudud, a former law minister, said he has no knowledge about any verdict of the High Court on freedom fighters’ quota. “Even then, if there’s any verdict, it’s not about keeping quota for the grandsons and granddaughters of the freedom fighters.”He said the government can move the High Court to reassess its verdict if it is sincere to keep the prime minister’s promise.The BNP leader criticised the government for what he said arresting and repressing those involved in quota-reform movement. “I was shocked to hear the prime minister’s speech in parliament as she talked about punishing them.”He warned that the government must face trial someday for repressing those demonstrated seeking reform in the quota system.Moudud said their party will come up with alternative action programmes in due time to ensure the fall of the current ‘autocratic regime’.Earlier at a press conference, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that the prime minister deceived students through her ‘false’ commitment to revoke the entire quota system in the face of their movement.”Why did she talk about cancellation of quota in the face of a serious movement by students despite having the court’s verdict? Didn’t she think about freedom fighters before making such a commitment?” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.He also said the prime minister’s any announcement for the nation is tantamount to a law.”The demonstrating students sought the reform in the quota system, not its cancellation. It’s now clear from the PM’s yesterday’s (Thursday’s) statement that she resorted to deception to confuse the students by giving them a false hope,” Rizvi added.last_img read more

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Safeway and Events DC Celebrate 15th Annual Feast of Sharing

Safeway and Events DC Celebrate 15th Annual Feast of Sharing

first_imgSafeway’s 15th Annual Feast of Sharing.Thousands of District residents enjoyed a free traditional turkey meal with all of the trimmings served by hundreds of volunteers as part of Safeway’s 15th Annual Feast of Sharing.  Undertaken in conjunction with Events D.C., the community event held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, included a job fair, a free clothing hall, health screenings for diabetes and vaccinations.Along with a host of volunteers and community partners including the Salvation Army, Unity Health Care, Metropolitan Baptist Church, SunTrust Bank, Centerplate/NBSE and the Veterans Administration, many like Octavia Stannis, who had previously received services, came out to serve others.“I lost my home several years ago after a battle with cancer and had some good people offer me clothing and a hot meal when I needed it the most.  Now that I am cancer-free and in a new home, I wanted to do the same for others.” Stannis said.  “Everyone needs a little help sometimes, and as a Christian, it is my duty to share my testimony and pass out a few hugs.”Volunteer Phillip Golden, a Southeast resident, helped attendees find and try on donated clothing in the clothing hall and said that each year the demand seems to grow.“I believe we have exceeded the 5,000 we were expecting,” he said.  “There had been such a need across age groups and for such basic things as undergarments and socks that it makes many of us who are serving take pause and feel thankful for the things we take for granted.”Safeway Manager of Public Affairs Craig M. Muckle described Safeway’s commitment to helping D.C.’s neediest residents as ongoing.“While our employees and community partners look forward to the chance to give back each year, we hope there will come a time when all our neighbors can prosper and know where their next meal will come from,” said Muckle. “Until that time, Safeway and our partners remain committed to providing this opportunity for those in need to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday as many of us do—in the company of others. We are thankful for the generosity of all who have made a contribution to create what has become a meaningful Thanksgiving tradition in Washington.”last_img read more

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Researchers discover nanocrystals able to squeeze through nanotubes without changing

Researchers discover nanocrystals able to squeeze through nanotubes without changing

first_img(Phys.org) —Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have discovered that a nanocrystal moving through a nanotube due to an electric charge is able to pass through a portion of the nanotube that is smaller in diameter than the crystal, without melting or undergoing compression. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team describes how they observed an iron nanocrystal move through a narrow channel in a nanotube without its properties being changed in the process. Journal information: Physical Review Letters Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Scientists have known for some time that if metal crystals are inserted into a nanotube, then the crystals will move through the tube if an electric current is applied. The speed and direction of the crystals can be controlled by modifying the amount and direction of the current. However, that was always done with uniform width nanotubes. In this new effort, the researchers created a nanotube that had a diameter of 20 nm for most of its length—in its middle section however, they caused the nanotube to constrict to a diameter of just 5 nm. The assumption was that when an electric charge was applied to an iron nanocrystal introduced into the nanotube, it would be stopped-up by the constriction until either the crystal melted due to the heat of the current applied, or was squished as it was forced through the smaller space. Instead, the researchers found, by watching through an electron microscope, that the crystal was able to move through the constriction before either occurred, without undergoing any changes at all. Instead, it simply rearranged itself. They noted also that the crystal moved through the constriction at the same speed, regardless of its length, so long as the current remained stable.The researchers aren’t sure exactly how the crystal was able to move through the constriction, but theorize that atoms on the back side of the crystal structure somehow migrated, or diffused to the front—over and over again until the crystal had, in essence, re-formed itself on the other side of the blockage. The discovery of this phenomenon could lead to new ways to synthesize metal crystals or to increase their purity. A transmission electron micrograph image of an iron nanocrystal inside a carbon nanotube and the same section after a current has been applied, causing the iron nanoparticle to squeeze into the adjacent constriction. Credit: S. Coh et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. (2013)center_img Citation: Researchers discover nanocrystals able to squeeze through nanotubes without changing (2013, May 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-nanocrystals-nanotubes.html © 2013 Phys.org Simulation shows it’s possible to move H2O@C60 using electrical charge More information: Surface Atom Motion to Move Iron Nanocrystals through Constrictions in Carbon Nanotubes under the Action of an Electric Current, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 185901 (2013) prl.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v110/i18/e185901AbstractUnder the application of electrical currents, metal nanocrystals inside carbon nanotubes can be bodily transported. We examine experimentally and theoretically how an iron nanocrystal can pass through a constriction in the carbon nanotube with a smaller cross-sectional area than the nanocrystal itself. Remarkably, through in situ transmission electron imaging and diffraction, we find that, while passing through a constriction, the nanocrystal remains largely solid and crystalline and the carbon nanotube is unaffected. We account for this behavior by a pattern of iron atom motion and rearrangement on the surface of the nanocrystal. The nanocrystal motion can be described with a model whose parameters are nearly independent of the nanocrystal length, area, temperature, and electromigration force magnitude. We predict that metal nanocrystals can move through complex geometries and constrictions, with implications for both nanomechanics and tunable synthesis of metal nanoparticles.last_img read more

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Study of foot posture shows association between foot type and body size

Study of foot posture shows association between foot type and body size

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A quartet of researchers from the University of Tokyo in Japan and the University of Reading in the U.K. has found an association between the evolution of foot posture and body size in mammals. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Tai Kubo, Manabu Sakamoto, Andrew Meade and Chris Venditti describe their study of foot posture in a large variety of extant mammal species and their subsequent development of a phylogenetic tree. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further The researchers note that all modern mammals can be classified by one of three types of foot posture: flat-footed, tiptoed and hooved. Flat-footed creatures include species like humans and mice. Tiptoed species include animals such as dogs and cats and hooved species include creatures such as horses and deer. In this new effort, the researchers began by classifying 880 species of extant mammals by their respective foot-posture type. They note that most species were easy to classify, while some, such as elephants (flat-footed) and rhinos (tiptoed) were not.Once the team completed the classifications, they plotted the species under study on a family tree that included all mammalian species—they also added some extinct species with known foot types. They were able to see associations in the tree between species based on foot type. In so doing, they found that foot type could be generally associated with body size. Animals with hooves, for example, tended to be large. They also found that tiptoed animals were, on average, twice as big as flat-footed animals, though there were some notable exceptions. People are generally bigger than dogs and housecats, for example. They also found that hooved animals were actually a lot bigger on average than tiptoed animals—57 times as big. The researchers noted that the association between foot type and size posed the question of which came first—did the development of hooves allow certain species to grow bigger, or did hooves come about because larger animals needed them?The researchers also used their tree to analyze historical specimens and found evidence that suggested the first mammals to evolve likely belonged to the flat-footed category. More information: Tai Kubo et al. Transitions between foot postures are associated with elevated rates of body size evolution in mammals, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1814329116center_img Citation: Study of foot posture shows association between foot type and body size evolution in mammals (2019, January 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-foot-posture-association-body-size.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain Skull scans tell tale of how world’s first dogs caught their prey © 2019 Science X Networklast_img read more

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