Man gets 2 years for narcotics trafficking; woman remanded

first_imgA woman was on Friday remanded after she pled not guilty to having in her possession more than 6kg of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.Nandy Barker, 38, of Lot 70 Caneville, Grove, East Bank Demerara, appeared before Magistrate Peter Hugh at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court. The police stated that March 25, 2019, at the Berbice River Bridge, she had 6.5 kilograms of cannabis in her possession for the purpose of trafficking.Alleged drug trafficker, Nandy BarkerPolice Prosecutor Inspector Bernard Brown told the court that officers at a roadblock intercepted motorcar PNN 9408 that was driven by Barker and conducted a search during which the illegal drug was unearthed.The Inspector said further investigations led officers to Lot 288 Errol’s Ville, Vryman’s Ervin, New Amsterdam, where a further 667 grams of the same drug was found. Timothy La Fleur was arrested and subsequently charged.In court today La Fleur pleaded guilty to narcotics possession and was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and fined $240,300.In addition, Barker and La Fleur were jointly charged for the 6.5 kilos to which they pleaded not guilty. La Fleur told the court that he is a father of two and is the sole breadwinner for the family.He said he has a heart complication and has documents at his home to authenticate his claims.Barker was represented by Attorney-at-Law Kim Kyte, who made an application for bail but this was denied. She along with La Fleur will make their next court appearance on April 9, 2019.last_img read more

Chicken, Silkworm Genomes Published

first_imgNow that the chicken genome has made the cover of Nature1 and the silkworm genome has been published in Science2 this week, evolutionists are busily mining the data for clues to evolutionary ancestry of very disparate groups of animals, says EurekAlert (also here and here).  For example, in the paper on the silkworm genome, the authors say, “Lepidoptera are unusual because they have holocentric chromosomes with diffuse kinetochores.  This characteristic is a potential driver of evolution because of the ability to retain chromosome fragments through many cell divisions.”  Yet in this case evolution is assumed; what was observed was an example of something that provides functional integrity. 1Jeremy Schmutz and Jane Grimwood, “Genomes: A fowl sequence,” Nature 432, 679 – 680 (09 December 2004); doi:10.1038/432679a.2Biology Analysis Group, “A Draft Sequence for the Genome of the Domesticated Silkworm (Bombyx mori), Science, Vol 306, Issue 5703, 1937-1940, 10 December 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1102210].Most of the evolutionary claims merely assume evolution, or make empty promises about how the new genomes will help shed light on evolution.  Example: “As life on Earth evolved over time, genes have been created, kept, discarded or deactivated, and reorganized.  At the particular point in evolutionary time over which a species first develops, these processes may have changed a gene in ways that allow scientists to use it to get a better fix on the human version of the gene.”    OK, design scientists, get busy.  Don’t just sit around telling jokes about why the chicken crossed the road.  The Darwin Party is already busily invoking their favorite word games like convergence and homoplasy, and tweaking the rate of evolution for this or that chrome to make things fit their preconceived beliefs.  There’s a wealth of complexity and order to mine in these new genetic data.  Don’t let evolutionary storytelling win by default. (Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Unforgettable SA hiking trails

first_imgThe endangered Cape mountain zebra isfound in the area of the Tierkloof trail.(Image: Cites) The rare Mimetes chrysanthus, or GoldenPagoda, a member of the protea family,on the slopes of the Gamkaberg reserve.(Image: Plants of Africa) A seldom-seen resident of the area – theAfrican black oystercatcher.(Image: African national parks) A lone hiker on the vast sand dunesof the Oystercatcher trail.(Image: Oystercatcher trail website)Janine ErasmusThe Oystercatcher trail near Mossel Bay on South Africa’s southern coast, and the Tierkloof trail in the Gamkaberg reserve are among the world’s thirty most spectacular walking trails. This is according to a new BBC publication titled Unforgettable Walks to Take Before You Die.The fifth book in the BBC’s Unforgettable series focuses on a breathtaking selection of global rambles ranging from leisurely to arduous in a wide variety of settings and on all the major continents. There are two other walks located on the African continent. These are the hiking trail through the sandstone-dotted territory of the Dogon tribe in Mali, West Africa, and the ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.Each walk takes no longer than two weeks to complete, although some are more taxing then others. A stroll through the intricate network of canals in Amsterdam or around the temples of Kyoto, Japan, contrasts sharply with a climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro or a trek through China’s 22-km long Tiger Leaping Gorge, which is believed to be the deepest gorge in the world.The selection of adventures caters to many interests, from ancient legends and history to religion and nature. Other walks featured in the book are the Yellowstone National Park in the US and Peru’s 45-km Inca Trail which winds through the mountains to the sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu. The Freedom Trail in Boston, a red path leading to sixteen significant historic sites, and a walk along the 32 km of paths on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater estate in Pennsylvania are of interest to history buffs.The Tour du Mont Blanc is an 11-day trek through the French, Italian and Swiss Alps on a circular route around Mont Blanc. The amazing monasteries of Meteora in central Greece, most of which are perched upon towering sandstone cliffs, are a sight to behold. There are many other fascinating walking trails mentioned in the book, which is illustrated with glorious images throughout its 256 pages.Homegrown adventureThe Oystercatcher trail wends its way along the southern-most coastline west of Mossel Bay to the mouth of the Gourits river. Not only has the trail featured in Getaway magazine’s top 10 South African hikes but as part of the Ker & Downey Splendours of the Cape safari it has snatched a place on National Geographic’s 2007 list of the world’s best tours.The trail can be negotiated over three or five days. Luggage is carried by porters. Along the way hikers are sure to spot Southern Right whales, dolphins and sea birds. The trail is named after the African black oystercatcher, an endangered bird. It is said that hikers are more likely to catch a glimpse of a whale than of one of these solitary birds, which find their food among rocks and on the beach. Estimates put the number of African black oystercatchers left in the world at no more than 5 000.The Tierkloof trail lies in the Gamkas, an isolated mountain range in the south-eastern part of the Little Karoo in the Western Cape province. It lies between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains near the town of Outdshoorn. The name originates in the word gami, meaning lion, which is taken from the language of the Khoekhoen people, the aboriginal herders of the Cape.The Gamkaberg (Afrikaans, meaning Gamka mountains) reserve, a natural habitat of the endangered Cape mountain zebra, was established in 1974 to help conserve the rare animal. A relatively flat mountain plateau covered with mountain fynbos towers over dry bush below. Deep gorges cut through these extremes of terrain. Lying between South Africa’s winter and summer rainfall regions, the reserve experiences gentle soaking rain in winter and thundershowers in summer.Gamkaberg is renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life. Here observers can see Cape mountain zebra, leopard, and honey badger, as well as eland, red hartebeest, grysbok, duiker, baboon, caracal and many others. The recently discovered and rare Mimetes chrysanthus, a member of the protea family, is found here.The six-hour Tierkloof trail, which is actually the first stage of the two-day Oukraal trail, is picturesque and moderately strenuous. Hikers trek up the deep forested Tierkloof ravine up to the fynbos-covered plateau, gaining almost 700 m in altitude. Here they can put their feet up at the Oukraal camp and admire the views of the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains on either side.Essential travel destinationsThe BBC’s Unforgettable series tracks down essential sights and experiences around the world. Seasoned travellers, photographers and writers Steve Watkins and Clare Jones tour the world in a quest to find the most inspiring and exciting travel destinations. The other books in the series are Unforgettable Journeys To Take Before You Die; Unforgettable Islands to Escape to Before You Die; Unforgettable Things To Do Before You Die; and Unforgettable Places To See Before You Die.For their latest book Watkins and Jones travelled for nine months to 24 countries and took over 60 000 images for the 30 walks featured in the book.Useful linksThe Oystercatcher trailGamkaberg nature reserveHiking trails in South AfricaNature reserves in the CapeBBC shopNational Geographic best toursGetaway magazineKer & DowneyPlants of AfricaCites (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species)last_img read more

Jamieson wins Nelson Mandela Champs

first_imgAfter his superb eight-under-par 57, Jaco van Zyl tied for eighth with five others, including fellow South African Colin Nel, on six-under-par 125. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘A fantastic achievement’“To get your name on any European trophy is a fantastic achievement,” Jamieson said after claiming the title, “but it’s a little more special when it’s for someone like Nelson [Mandela]. The 29-year-old Scot began the last round six shots off the lead, which belonged to South Africa’s Tim Clark and Denmark’s Morten Orum Madsen on five-under-par 60. Webster and De La Riva set the bar high with rounds of 60 and 61 respectively, but Jamieson went even better, firing an eight-under-par 57 to match them on seven-under 123. Jamieson left the course after his round, returning to his hotel but, when he realised that he might be in the running, he returned. It was a good thing he did as he tied Webster and De La Rive atop the leaderboard. A birdie and victoryThe second time around, a poor drive by Webster left him in the thick rough on the left and in trouble. He did superbly to save par after missing the green with his second shot, but Jamieson was bang on with his drive and approach and two-putted for a birdie and victory. 10 December 2012 MatchedJaco van Zyl managed to match Jamieson’s heroics, but a first round of three-over-par 68 left him out of the running for the title. He had to settle for a share of fourth, one shot off the lead, with Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer, England’s Matthew Nixon and the Dane Morten Orum Madsen. “At the start of the day I probably didn’t think I would be standing here holding the trophy, but I knew I needed a fast start and I was lucky enough to get that.” Rain played havoc with the new event, co-sanctioned by the Sunshine and European Tours, leading to the cancellation of the first two rounds and some holes being reduced in length for the last two rounds, which resulted in a par-65 course. LEADERBOARD 123 Scott Jamieson (Sco) (-7) 66, 57123 Steve Webster (Eng) (-7) 63, 60123 Eduardo De La Riva (Esp) (-7) 62, 61124 Maximilian Kieffer (Ger) (-6) 62, 62124 Matthew Nixon (Eng) (-6) 63, 61124 Morten Orum Madsen (Den) (-6) 60, 64124 Tim Clark (RSA) (-6) 60, 64125 Jaco van Zyl (-5) 68, 57125 Julien Quesne (Fra) (-5) 62, 63125 Sam Little (Eng) (-5) 62, 63 125 Colin Nel (RSA) (-5) 62, 63125 Bjorn Åkesson (Swe) (-5) 63, 62125 Matthew Southgate (Eng) (-5) 62 63 Jamieson, though, wouldn’t complain. The victory was his first on the European Tour in his third season as a professional, and it came after a stirring second round. Tim Clark, who was in a four-way tie for the lead after 10 holes, saw his chances slip away at the 17th. Needing a birdie on one of the last two holes to move into the outright lead, he found a bunker and then knocked his next shot over the green on his way to a double-bogey six. It took two extra visits to the 18th hole to decide the title. De La Riva was the first man to fall by the wayside after he failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker, leaving Jamieson and Webster to play the hole again after both posted pars on the first extra hole. Scott Jamieson needed 165 shots less than par in most tournaments to capture a rain-hit Nelson Mandela Championship at the Royal Durban Golf Club after a playoff against Steve Webster and Eduardo de la Riva.last_img read more

Here’s why the OU loss to TCU doesn’t matter at all

first_imgSemaje Perine, still a man (USATSI)Semaje Perine, still a man (USATSI)I thought this was actually fairly obvious but I was listening to the Dan Patrick Show on Monday and he had Paul Finebaum on and he said something really dumb.When Dan asked him who was in trouble after this weekend his first response was “Oklahoma, because the Big 12 doesn’t have a championship game.”Eh?(start it at the 2:00 mark) Oklahoma’s loss to TCU means absolutely nothing in terms of them winning the Big 12 Championship and getting into the playoff unless you believe TCU is going to lose zero games or one game the rest of the way.[1. I don’t, and neither should anybody else.]OU’s loss to TCU is equivalent to OSU’s loss to Florida State. Win the rest and you’re still in the playoff.That’s the great part about getting upset by a team that’s probably not going to win the conference (especially early on): As long as you beat the other heavyweights in your conference you can still win the league and (now) get in the four-team playoff.[1. Where was this in 2011?]I talked an unreasonable amount of smack on Twitter on Saturday because that’s what Twitter is for but the reality is that OU is still in the driver’s seat.Why? Because these two formulas for winning the Big 12 and getting into the playoff are equivalent:1. Beat Baylor at home and win your other 11 games2. Beat Baylor at home and win 10 of your other 11 gamesThe formula is true for Baylor, too. It gets one non-OU slip-up along the way. As long as you’ve got that head-to-head advantage against the other legitimate contender then you’re good.You don’t really think OSU, TCU, or Kansas State[1. I presume these are the only other three reasonable contenders] is going to only lose one game in the conference (especially when two of those teams have to go to Norman all three to Waco), do you?They aren’t.Baylor or OU is going to win the Big 12 and one loss to a team other than each other won’t change that. Whoever wins their November 8th meeting will take the crown and likely dance into the college football playoff.[1. Forget I said any of this when TCU beats Baylor this Saturday.]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Video: Bret Bielema May Have Also Bumped Into Kenyan Drake On Purpose

first_imgbret bielema kenyan drakebret bielema kenyan drakeEarlier Monday morning, we showed you a video of Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema pulling what can only be described as a questionable move on Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson. It turns out it may not have been the only time the Razorbacks coach got physical with a member of the Crimson Tide.In the below video, also taken from Saturday’s contest, Bielema appears to bump Alabama running back Kenyan Drake out of bounds near the end of a play – again. Judge for yourself.Was it intentional? Regardless, it’s about to be the second viral video involving Bielema’s conduct during Saturday’s game.last_img

Weak Olefin Trade Puts Pressure on LPG Shipowners

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Dorian LPG Strong fleet growth and weak olefin trade are expected to keep the freight market for Handysize vessels under pressure throughout 2018, shipping consultancy Drewry said.The market has been under pressure since 2017, but olefin trade growth has averaged 3.1% annually over 2012-17, down from 4% during 2007-12. Although Handysize vessels can also carry LPG, the market is oversupplied with bigger vessels and there is limited employment opportunity in this trade for Handysizes.There are several factors explaining the weak trend in olefin trade, ranging from sporadic production problems in the Middle East to tepid growth of the global economy. Moreover, there is also a preference to export olefin derivatives rather than olefins themselves on account of better margins in the former.“Considering these factors and port infrastructure development, we are of the view that the olefin trade is unlikely to grow strongly in the short term,” Shresth Sharma, Lead analyst for gas shipping at Drewry, said.Fleet growth in the Handysize segment is expected to remain strong, at 9% in 2018, which will keep the freight market for these vessels under pressure throughout the remainder of the year.“However, as the fleet growth slows down from 2019 and gas trade (olefin and LPG combined) continues to expand around its organic pace of 4% annually, the freight market should start recovering in 2019,” Sharma added.last_img read more

Bad review Owners should address online reviewers concerns

first_imgNEW YORK — Brad Schweig thought he had a satisfied customer when a woman who bought outdoor furniture in March 2017 posted a five-star review online. Less than a year later, it was down to one star after a squirrel chewed a hole in one of the cushions.Many business owners have faced the same uncomfortable situation since the advent of online review sites — a negative review, out there for potential customers to see. Schweig, co-owner of Sunnyland Furniture in Dallas, did what marketing experts recommend and tried to make amends in an online response.“We apologized, and said, ‘we’d be glad to work with you on a replacement at discount,’” Schweig says. “We explained, ‘this can happen with nature.’”Negative reviews are likely inevitable for many companies, especially those that cater to the public. Even a company whose customers are almost universally happy will be panned by someone who wound up with a defective product or had a bad experience or misunderstood a situation. Marketing consultants and owners themselves say the best way to handle these reviews is to acknowledge that the customer is unhappy and offer to discuss the problem offline, either on the phone or via email.The malcontents who are easily angered and impossible to placate tend to be rare, says Ryan Goff, chief marketing officer at MGH, a marketing firm in Owings Mills, Maryland. Most negative reviewers respond well if a company is sincere in trying to right a situation, he says.“I would say, ‘we understand completely you had a negative experience,’” Goff says. The next step: “We are going to do everything in our power to address this, and we want a full understanding of what happened.”If the customer is eventually satisfied, owners should ask for an amended review or to have the angry one deleted.Schweig never heard back from the customer, whose review said the outdoor furniture “should withstand a squirrel.” But he believes his was the right response, not only for that customer, but also for potential buyers.“It might not make the reviewer change their mind but we know others are reading it and can see that we either care about resolving the issues, or it can make them realize the skewed ones aren’t as they seem,” he says.Companies that post on social media need to be vigilant about checking for replies, and not just from unhappy customers, says Hank Yuloff, owner of Yuloff Creative Marketing Solutions in Sedona, Arizona.“You have to scroll down and look at the comments being made and answer all. Even if they’re positive, say ‘thank you’ and build relationships,” Yuloff says.Some owners may encounter reviews they believe are libelous or false.“If it’s outright slanderous and untrue then you can reach out to the platform where the review was published and see if they’ll investigate it and potentially take it down. It could also be the basis for legal action,” says Rex Kimball, owner of marketing firm Mirex Marketing, based in Gilbert, Arizona.Many of the negative reviews Todd Fetterly’s three mobile phone stores have received had nothing to do with the phones he sells. Instead, customers often are unhappy with phone service providers but vent at Fetterly and his staff. Still, Fetterly, whose Cell Phone Centre stores are in the Ottawa, Ontario, area, responds immediately.“Because we are in such a commoditized market, customers have choices of where to go to purchase their devices,” he says.Most reviewers don’t get back to Fetterly, so there’s no opportunity for their reviews to be amended or retracted. So, he works to counter the negative postings by encouraging happier customers to post reviews — staffers routinely ask them to give positive feedback online. The strategy also includes using a company that solicits reviews. If a review is negative, it’s not automatically posted; Fetterly can contact the customer and try to get it changed.A negative review posted 10 years ago is still reverberating at Mary Nisi’s company, Toast & Jam, which supplies disc jockeys for weddings and other events. While the company has hundreds of five-star reviews on several websites, Nisi still is asked about the customer who said Toast & Jam cancelled less than a month before the wedding; Nisi says the couple never signed a contract or responded to her emails.“The worst thing you can say about a wedding vendor is they cancelled two weeks before,” says Nisi, who’s located in Chicago.When couples ask about the review, she notes her ratings at or near five stars, and says, “if we cancelled all the time, that would be coming out all the time in our reviews.”Franchise companies must be proactive about bad reviews because a complaint about one location can have a negative impact on others. At Children’s Lighthouse, an early education company with 49 locations, the home office in Fort Worth, Texas, monitors and responds online to reviews for the entire chain.“We apologize and say, ‘please call the office. We’d like to talk to you directly,” Marketing Director Monica Brown says.If customers are satisfied after discussing the problem with staffers, the company asks if they’re willing to delete the review.“Most of the time they do take it off,” Brown says. “It’s mostly that they want to be heard.”_____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more

A Lazy OutOfShape Amateur Won Two More Super Bowls Than Tony Romo

The list of sub-par quarterbacks to win the Super Bowl despite being nothing more than “game managers” just grew by one. FiveThirtyEight’s own Walt Hickey has joined the ranks of Brad Johnson, Doug Williams and Trent Dilfer.Sure, Walt did it in a video game, while the other three did it while wearing cleats in real life, but the taste of victory was just as sweet. Walt’s triumph is courtesy of two Madden savants, Tim Curry and Luke Barr, who answered the call on our sports podcast Hot Takedown a few weeks ago. We laid down a challenge to see if anyone could win it all in Madden NFL 16 with Walt as their quarterback. Curry and Barr turned Walt’s depressing player ratings into a championship.Below are notes the two victors sent us about their journeys. As promised, we’ll be giving them a shoutout on this week’s podcast and sending them a signed poster of Walt in full pads.Curry, who won with the Philadelphia Eagles, provides a thrilling game report:I have done it. After smacking the Cowboys in the divisional game and beating the Seahawks in the NFC championship, Walt Hickey and the Eagles defeated the Buffalo Bills in an epic comeback, 21-17. After falling behind 14-0, Walt threw a pick with less than a minute left in the first half, leading to a Bills field goal. But the Eagles came out swinging in the second half, with Ryan Mathews taking a pitch from Walt 80 yards to the house. In the fourth quarter, Mathews hit another long option run, being caught at the 10. This time DeMarco Murray took it in for 6, bringing the game to 17-14 with just under two minutes to play.After the Bills recovered the onside kick attempt, the Eagles brought the house to stop the run three times, using up all three timeouts, but getting the ball back at their own 20 with 1:30 left. This time it was a mix of Murray and Mathews leading the way, with Murray taking a short pass 20 yards and Mathews finding another 30 on a pitch. With just under a minute, DeMarco found the end zone to give the Eagles the lead. The defense held, and Walt Hickey was a Super Bowl champion!And here’s Barr, who won with the Dallas Cowboys:Some observations:I ended with an 11-5 record, the 2nd seed and a first-round bye.He cannot throw downfield. Any throw more than ten yards downfield was almost always intercepted.The best routes to run were definitely screens and swing passes, he could hit those fairly reliably.Curl routes against bad cornerbacks in man coverage were also okay, but if he missed, it was usually an interception.I chose the Cowboys to play with because I thought the offensive line would help. Joseph Randle led the league in rushing with 1759 yards.Before the season I signed free agents Aldon Smith and Terence Newman and traded a draft pick for CB Josh Robinson. Terence Newman led the league in INTs with 12.Hickey’s quarterback rating of 42.6 was actually better than Matt Flynn’s who had a 40.2 rating on 76 attempts.Of Hickey’s 1872 yards, 1457 were gained after the catch.Here is Walt’s game log, individual stats and team stats. Walt is galled that, as a New York Giants fan, he won the Super Bowl with the Eagles and Cowboys. But that does make him better than Tony Romo and Sam Bradford. So he’s got that, at least.And there you have it. Once again, congrats to Tim and Luke. Now please go outside. Read more: How Madden Helped A Schlub Like Me Make It Into The NFL read more

Escondido Police seek help identifying woman burglar

first_imgVideo Playerhttp://www.kusi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Woman-Burglar-Video.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: http://www.kusi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Woman-Burglar-Video.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.On 03/19/2018, the Escondido Police Department responded to reports of commercial burglaries at two local jewelry stores.  In both incidents, as many as ten suspects entered into the jewelry stores at one time.  Upon entering the store, the large group of suspects work to distract the store employees.  Once the employees are distracted, a female suspect sneaks into the rear of the business, searching for loose gold and jewelry.These groups are organized, sophisticated and operate in a structured manner to further their criminal behavior.We believe that these same suspects have targeted other businesses throughout the region and have been successful in stealing thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry.  These suspects are believed to be travelling in a silver mini-van, possibly a Honda Odyssey.Escondido Police detectives are seeking assistance with the identification of these suspects.  Please contact the Escondido Police Detective Mike Martinez at (760) 839-4739 if you may have information on these suspects.  Anonymous tips can be left by calling our Tip Line at 760-743-TIPS (8477). Posted: March 21, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Escondido Police seek help identifying woman burglar Updated: 11:26 AMcenter_img March 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom last_img read more