Cornelia Ida family attacked by bandits

first_imgA woman, 45, and her two children are now traumatised after armed bandits stormed their West Coast Demerara home last night, in an attempt to rob them.In tears, Gail Atkinson of Cornelia Ida, WCD, told Guyana Times that at approximately 19:00h, she arrived home with her 12-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter and after she drove into the yard, her children went into the house, while she set about locking the gate.A bloodied Gail Atkinson after being gun-butted by armed banditsHowever, the distraught woman stated that two men approached the gate and forced their way inside before she could mentally process what was happening. “I see they coming in and I said, yo, yo, wa wrong with y’all?”The woman said that they then began to curse her, while demanding that she be quiet. Atkinson explained that she refused to obey them since by then her mind had shifted to her two children in the house.In an effort to prevent the men from entering the house (one of which was armed), a scuffle ensued with her and the unarmed bandit.The armed thug used this opportunity to quickly run into the house where he met the woman’s children.According to Atkinson’s young son, his sister ran into the bathroom and locked the door, as he tried to divert the gunman’s attention by hitting him with his school bag. Unfortunately, this resulted in the bandit using his gun to “gun-butt” the child to his head.Guyana Times understands that the man then dragged the young boy upstairs by his shirt, and began to shout and demand that he disclose where “the gold and money were.”When the boy stated that he was unaware of where the valuables were, the gunman ransacked the home, and then made his way back into the yard where Atkinson and his accomplice were still fighting.Atkinson recalled that he braced her to the fence and said “where is the *#$% gold and money? Tell me before I shoot yuh!”After Atkinson contended that she had no gold or money, the man “gun butted” her and then fired four shots into the sky, before fleeing with his accomplice on a bicycle.Atkinson is a mother of three, and her husband works in the interior. The woman expressed that she felt like the bandits knew her, or had been monitoring the home for some time, since they knew exactly what time she would be home and what to ask for.last_img read more

Bishop’s statement adds more confusion than clarity – Martin Ridge

first_imgAs a new generation of parents in the Diocese of Raphoe comes terms with the sexual trauma of minors highlighted in last week’s TG4 documentary, Martin Ridge, the Garda at the centre of uncovering the scandals has said Bishop McGuckian’s statement has caused more confusion than clarity.At the same time Martin Gallagher, a survivor of clerical abuse says he will accept any invitation to meet the bishop: however that meeting must include a senior Garda officer and all four participants in the TG4 ‘Finné’ documentary.Despite headlines on social media that a meeting had been arranged, Mr. Gallagher confirmed to the Tirconaill Tribune on Wednesday that he had no knowledge of this and no progress whatever been made on the issue. Gallagher said that while welcoming the Bishop’s statement he questions why it took a documentary for him to go to the gardaí and to say that any information that the Diocese of Raphoe holds in relation to the abuse of children is completely available to the gardaí.Martin Gallagher, victim of Eugene GreeneMr. Gallagher said: “We already learned from the audit of the Diocese in 2011 that not one shred of evidence was discovered, despite the human misery heaped on young boys by two leading figures in our parish.“We never had any doubt these cases were covered up and we had three bishops in forty years who did nothing to help the victims. The Church is in denial and has failed again to come to terms with the hurt of the abused and the legacy of suicide in our Diocese.”Martin Gallagher continued: “The last thing we want now is another statement from the Bishop. We need action because it is now more urgent than ever. Many of those involved are elderly and it is vital that we see the Bishop take appropriate to address the harm done. And it is his responsibility and not ours to offer a solution that will end our misery.” “I want to remind the Bishop that Fr. Greene raped me when I was a child of twelve and it continued for a whole year. But if the church had dealt with him, I would not have been abused and the same applies to many others. I can never forgive Fr. Greene for his behaviour. What he did could not have gone without notice by his superiors and it is my view that is why he was moved from parish to parish… to continue his evil deeds, it was like a virus,” he added.Tribune queryIn the aftermath of the Bishop’s response, the Tribune addressed correspondence seeking clarification on a number of issues raised on behalf of victims last Friday afternoon.The paper sought to clarify if any response is being proposed in relation to clergy referenced in the documentary and in relation to the former schoolteacher, Denis McGinely whom the programme identified as being forewarned ahead of a Garda search of his home.They raised a query in relation to the circumstances that obtained when Fr. Eugene Greene was restored to diocesan duties prior to the appointment of Bishop Philip Boyce. Martin Ridge. Photo: TG4 FinneMartin Ridge RespondsReacting to the Bishop’s statement, Martin Ridge told the Tribune: “Bishop McGuckian seems to suggest that in the ‘Finné’ documentary that there was coverup with regard to child sexual abuse in the diocese and allegations of sorts that was not already known before. “There is nothing new in the documentary that was not already highlighted in ‘Sins of Omission’ in 2002 in ‘Shame of the Catholic Church’ in 2012 and in the book, ‘Breaking the Silence’ by Martin Ridge.“What’s not clear is what the Catholic Hierarchy knew about Eugene Greene’s activity with regards to abusing children. ” Ridge said: “Clarity in writing of what the Bishops knew would be important as they can’t wash their hands off this. The real story of what happened in Raphoe to hundreds and hundreds of victims will, in my opinion, only come out when there is a full garda investigation or judicial inquiry.”Bishop’s statement adds more confusion than clarity – Martin Ridge was last modified: November 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Finnélast_img read more

Social media could undermine the cattle class crush

first_imgAircraft such as the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 are helping reduce airline greenhouse emissions. The ability to access social media on aircraft will give airline passengers a greater voice in influencing the way cabins are configured, a senior Airbus executive believes.Head of A350 XWB marketing customer affairs Marisa Lucas-Ugena said wi-fi connectivity would give passengers a greater ability to praise or criticise aircraft interiors as they were flying.She said the Internet was also increasingly shaping the way passengers chose how to fly and agreed that the ability to tweet from aircraft could reverse the current trend to squeeze more people into economy class to maximise revenue.“Any passenger having a great experience in flight can report it real time,’’ she said. “And while a few years ago that report would be when you arrive and have a nice dinner with your family, today you can spread it all over the world with social media.’’Airlines have adopted new seat designs to cut seat pitch – the distance between a point on a seat and the same point on the seat behind it – and many are reducing seat width by adding a seat to each row in planes such as the Boeing 777.Airbus has been heavily pushing the fact that its planes are designed to maintain a  minimum seat width of 18 inches, a campaign rival Boeing  discounts as marketing hype.The cabin of the new A350 is six inches wider than the rival Boeing 787 and Airbus says this means it can offer a comfortable, wider seat in nine-abreast economy configuration as well as eight abreast in premium economy and four abreast in business class. Vertical wall panels and sophisticated lighting give a sense of space  and the airline has boosted this in business class by increasing the size of overhead lockers and doing away with the central bins.Like the rival Boeing 787, The A350 has higher cabin pressure and humidity that helps people better handle long trips and is significantly quieter than older aircraft.While the Lucas-Ugena said the 350 was not as quiet as upper cabin of the company’s Airbus A380 superjumbo, she claimed it was six decibels quieter than the 787’s interior. She said Airbus had focused on passenger comfort when it designed the A350 because of its long range of about 8,000nm (14,800km). “And that is a lot of time,’’ she told reporters at a briefing at Airbus’s Toulouse headquarters on Thursday. “We don’t want to stay 17 hours in the office, we don’t want to stay 17 hours on our sofa at home and the office and the sofa are normally more comfortable than an airplane.“So that’s why at Airbus, and in particular on the A350, we are obsessed by comfort in the cabin.“This is one of the features we consider most important and it cannot be decoupled from efficiency and it cannot be decoupled from the range ability of the aircraft.’’The A350 is set to become a major player in the Asia-Pacific with big orders from airlines such as Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific.Singapore has ordered 67 of the fuel efficient aircraft – including seven ultra long range aircraft – and is taking delivery of the sixth A350-900 on Friday. The delivery will be key milestone for the manufacturer becasue it also mark Airbus’s 10,000th aircraft delivery.The Singaporean carrier was instrumental in developing the ultra long range version of the A350-900 which it intends to use to re-launch flights on the Singapore-New York and Singapore-Los Angeles routes. It previously operated the flights using four-engine A340-500s but was forced to abandon the routes for economic reasons.The A350-900ULR provides an estimated 25 per cent improvement in efficiency and uses a modified fuel system and aerodynamic improvements to increase the range to about 8700 nautical miles and a flight time of about 19 hours. Operators can also switch the plane back to the standard long-haul A350-900 specification if necessary.Singapore’s head of sales marketing, Campbell Wilson, said the airline had yet to decide on the number of seats on the ULR or the exact cabin configuration, including what classes would be involved.Airbus is preparing to flight test a bigger version of the A350, the A350-1000, and Lucas-Ugena would not rule out the development of a long-range version.Steve Creedy travelled to Toulouse courtesy of Singapore Airlines.last_img read more

Five SA firms on ‘global challengers’ list

first_img16 January 2013Five South African companies are named on the Boston Consulting Group’s list of “100 global challengers” – companies from emerging markets that are “growing so quickly overseas that they are reshaping industries and surpassing many traditional multinational companies”.South Africa increased its number of “challenger” companies from three in 2011 to five on the 2013 list released by the US management consultancy on Tuesday.The five, all members of the the JSE’s top 40, are pharmaceutical company Aspen Pharmacare, services, trading and distribution group Bidvest, mobile telecommunications firm MTN, media group Naspers, and petrochemicals company Sasol. Aspen, MTN and Naspers are newcomers to the list.Outpacing household names in US, EuropeAccording to the report, the 100 challenger companies – which come from 17 emerging market countries – are outpacing household names in the US and Europe and are having a profound impact on the global economy.“They are expanding their business portfolios, reaching the rapidly expanding consumer class in emerging markets, exploring new businesses based on the rising connectivity of the emerging world, and moving into underserved fast-growing markets.”In the past five years, the report finds, these companies have created 1.4-million jobs, at a time when employment at the non-financial S&P 500 stayed flat. Their average revenue was US$26.5-billion in 2011, compared with $21-billion for the S&P 500’s non-financial companies and $20-billion for the entire S&P 500.‘Wake-up call for business leaders in the West’“If ever there was a wake-up call for business leaders in the West, this is it,” report co-author David C. Michael said in a statement. “We have been monitoring the rise of global challenger companies for nearly a decade, and the ambition of these companies – what we call the accelerator mindset – has never been stronger.”According to newspaper Business Day, Aspen Pharmacare, one of South Africa’s best-performing stocks over the past three years, was chosen “because, among other reasons, it had acquired 25 brands in Australia from GlaxoSmith-Kline in well received deals”.MTN, for its part, “had grown strong businesses in Africa and parts of the Middle East”, Business Day reported, while Naspers was commended “for being the largest media company in the developing world”.The report calls on business leaders in the West to follow the example of other multinationals that are working with this new generation of companies.“Global challengers bring far more to the table than a low-cost structure,” Tenbite Ermias, a report co-author and head of Boston Consulting Group’s office in South Africa, said in the statement. “Multinationals that view global challengers only as low-cost competitors misunderstand their competitive threat and their potential for partnership.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Yield monitor considerations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By John Fulton (FABE Associate Professor), Elizabeth Hawkins (OSUE Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems) and Richard Colley III (Digital Ag Program Manager)Harvest has started here in Ohio but it is good to remember to make sure your yield monitor is setup and calibrated properly. Geo-referenced yield data (i.e. yield maps) are being used more frequently to provide precision agriculture insights and recommendations at the field level. Yield maps not only help growers understand end-of-year performance within fields, but also can be used to characterize in-field variation. Information about this variation is often used by service providers to deliver prescriptions, recommendations, or other information back to the farmer. Because yield maps continue to be an important data layer to learn from and help drive changes or decisions at a field level, proper management of the yield monitor is critical to generate accurate and reliable yield data. Grain moisture and test weight, along with grain flow through the combine, will vary within passes and across fields. Therefore, the flow and moisture sensors on combines must be calibrated to these expected conditions in order to log accurate data.Here are a few reasons for calibrating your yield monitor:Collect accurate yield estimates so yield variability across the field is accurately represented by the yield mapGenerate accurate prescriptions (Rx’s) and profit maps that require the use of yield maps. The generation of variable-rate fertility and seeding maps are often heavily based on yield maps. A few services are additionally providing profit maps to evaluate areas of profit and loss.Use yield maps as a data layer to assess management risks and the allocation of inputs. Precision agriculture practices have shown to provide feedback to improve profitability and helping confirm the best practices and input selections for a farm operation.The following outlines yield monitor best practices for one to use pre-harvest and during harvest:Be sure to update firmware and/or software for the yield monitoring systems. If necessary, contact your equipment or technology service provider about available firmware updates and where they can be downloaded.Most yield monitors use a mass flow sensor at the top of the clean grain elevator. Due to the grain impact, the plate will wear to the point of developing a hole if it isn’t replaced soon enough. The wear that occurs changes the reading from the mass flow sensor. Be sure to replace the plate if wear is evident. Don’t neglect to recalibrate after replacing yield monitor components. This recalibration is necessary to ensure accuracy of the yield monitor. A more simple explanation is that a worn impact plate can result in an incorrect yield reading on your display. It is important to not overlook the yield mapping system as a worn component will throw off yield readings.Update and/or configure DGPS. Software related to auto-steer, yield monitors and other GPS-based systems require separate attention. Licenses must be renewed. Calibrations and parameters must be updated or confirmed—especially if the display in the combine cab was used for planting or spraying earlier in the year. It’s necessary to meticulously switch every setting and value, from machine dimensions to type of crop and operation, so they are relevant to harvest operations.Check auto-steer operations and that previously used AB/guidance lines are available within the display. Remember, you may have to adjust sensitivity settings.It is also important to calibrate yield monitors for every crop, each season to ensure that all data being collected is as accurate as possible. The yield monitor needs to “be taught” how to convert the readings from the mass flow sensor into yield; therefore, it is necessary to show the yield monitor the range of yield conditions it will encounter throughout the season. It is wise to periodically check the calibration throughout the season to be sure the data being collected is still accurate. Grain moisture and density can vary between crop fields and, at times, vary significantly within a field. Accounting for changes in grain moisture and density improves the accuracy of yield estimates.Remember to recalibrate if harvest conditions change. Changes could include: yield monitor components are replaced or adjusted, grain moistures increase or decrease by over 6% to 8%, or after a rain shower but still dry enough to harvest. The use of grain carts to calibrate yield monitors can be acceptable as long as it weighs accurately compared to certified scales. One should make sure the weigh wagon is on level ground (<2% slope) and stationary for a few seconds before documenting the weight. Bring along your field notes so you can review them during harvest as crop conditions vary or issues are observed. While harvest is a busy time, taking notes and images during harvest (especially if conducting on-farm research) can be valuable data when finally sitting down for post-harvest analysis and summary. We all forget, so notes and images can help document important information!For more information on calibrating yield monitors, check out the Ohio State Precision Ag website at www.ohiostateprecisionag.com and the Extension Publication Tips for Calibrating Grain Yield Monitors—Maximizing Value of Your Yield Data: https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/anr-8.last_img read more

Keep on shooting: James Yap regains touch in Rain or Shine win

first_img8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities “I think everybody expects James to play well but he’s just human,” said ROS coach Caloy Garcia. “But what we want from James is to basically play his best. Whether he’s in a slump, we still want him taking shots.”Yap, who turns 36 next month, hopes his efficient outing is the start of a string of good shooting games.“I hope we can carry this performance over into our next game.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NCAA volleyball: Perpetual claims solo 3rd, keeps EAC winless Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJames Yap may have been in a shooting slump in his first three games of the season, but it never affected his confidence heading into Rain or Shine’s game against Phoenix on Wednesday.Yap kept shooting and finally regained his touch to help the Elasto Painters cruise to a 120-99 win over the Fuel Masters and avoid his team from slipping further into the standings.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed “I just kept working hard. I never got discouraged despite how bad my last three games were,” said Yap in Filipino.“Of course, we thought if we lose we’ll be closer to the bottom of the standings and coach reminded us that we need to win for us to at least be in the middle of the pack.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe star swingman shot a combined 4-of-26 from the field in his first three games, averaging just 3.3 points during the stretch.But his bad days are over after exploding for 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, including 4-of-5 from deep in 20 minutes. View commentslast_img read more

Baker Institute forum to examine legal battle behind stem cell research

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduBaker Institute forum to examine legal battle behind stem cell researchScientific research using human embryonic stem cells was thrown into turmoil in August when a federal judge ruled it violated a congressional amendment. An Oct. 4 presentation at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, “The Fate of Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Examining the Legal Battle Behind the Science,” will look at the impact of the ruling on scientists and stem cell research, future legal actions and how the Obama administration and Congress can address the issues created by the court’s decision. Speakers the will include Robert Riddle, a patent lawyer with the law firm of Baker Botts, and Richard Behringer, professor of genetics at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Neal Lane, senior fellow in science and technology policy at the Baker Institute and Rice’s Malcolm Gillis University Professor, will deliver the opening remarks.On Aug. 23, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ruled in the preliminary motions of Sherley v. Sebelius that funding human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research violated the Dickey-Wicker Amendment. The amendment prohibits the creation of hESC lines from destroyed embryos. The court issued an injunction blocking all National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for hESC research, which resulted in the NIH removing all hESC grants from review and blocking funding to newly awarded grants. Research at NIH’s Bethesda, Md., campus was halted as well. On Sept. 8, the Department of Justice appealed; in response, a federal appeals court temporarily suspended the injunction to hear arguments from both the plaintiffs in Sherley v. Sebelius and the Department of Justice. Though hESC research is permitted — pending the appeals court ruling — Lamberth’s decision could ultimately ban funding regardless of whether the appeals court permanently stays the injunction. These tumultuous court rulings have left scientists uncertain of the future of the $140 million in grants currently funded by the NIH. For more on the presentation, go to http://www.bakerinstitute.org/events/esc1010. Support for the Oct. 4 program has been provided by the State of Qatar Endowment for International Stem Cell Policy.The event begins at 4 p.m. in Baker Hall’s Kelly International Conference Center. For directions, go to http://bakerinstitute.org/contact_directions.cfm. Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Franz Brotzen at franz.brotzen@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.last_img read more