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DPP to determine blame in Kingston Seawall shooting

first_img– as probe launchedAs there continues to be uncertainty over what transpired during the shooting incident at the Kingston Seawall earlier this month, President David Granger has ordered that an investigation be launched into the deaths of Dextroy Cordis, Kwame Assanah, and Errol Adams, who were shot dead by Police.The Head of State said that the decision was made at the level of the National Security Committee. It was also decided that the findings of the probe would be sent for legal advice to determine whether there was any culpability for the shooting incident.“We have ordered an investigation into the circumstances under which the menDirector of Public Prosecutions Shalimar Ali Hackcame to be killed, and I believe some actions will be taken to have the files sent to the DDP (Director of Public Prosecutions) to determine whether there was any blameworthiness in the death of the persons,” Granger told reporters Wednesday morning, describing the response as “decisive and effective”.According to the President, while he is yet to receive a report on the shooting incident, it might already be with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.Nevertheless, President Granger went on to reiterate the need for such a probe when citizens die under abnormal or irregular circumstances.“…On any occasion where there is a death of a person by unnatural means, then that death should be investigated, particularly in the defence of the Police Force… The law – the Coroner’s Act – requires that the district magistrate conduct an inquest, I don’t have to order an inquest. I expect it, it’s under the law,” he asserted.The Head of State has long been an advocate for inquiries into extrajudicial killings, particularly during what he described as the 2002- 2008 “troubled era”. InDextroy Cordis Kwame Assanahfact, he has since established a Commission of Inquiry into the 2008 Lindo Creek Massacre which is said to be the first of a series of inquiries to be held in order to determine the intellectual authors of those extrajudicial killings.On March 15, the Police shot and killed the three men, who they claimed had trailed a bank customer and were about to rob him on the Kingston Seawall.At the time, the undercover cops were monitoring several banks in the city as part of a sting operation aimed at arresting the increase in cases of persons being trailed and robbed after visiting commercial banks.The Police claimed that they came under fire when they confronted the suspects and it was in self-defence that they returned fire, killing Cordis, Assanah, and Adams.But on Monday, an eyewitness who was reportedly working nearby refuted the Police’s version of what transpired and accused the lawmen of executing the trio.Devon Lyte, a construction worker of Mc Doom, Greater Georgetown, who was working on the roof of the Guyana Softball Association on Carifesta Avenue on the day of the shooting, said he noticed a black car being pursued by a silver motor car.Soon after, the black car came to a halt and a man exited. Similarly, the silver vehicle stopped and a man exited; he then walked towards the parked black car. “In fact, the driver of the black car was on the ground being physically assaulted for more than 10 minutes before the gunfire erupted and three occupants, as you all know, were all dead…there were no motorcycle which disappeared with any pillion rider or any mysterious rider,” Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes, who was retained by Lyte, told media operatives. He was reading from a statement obtained from his client.According to Lyte in his statement, all the roads leading to the Seawall were all blocked off to vehicular traffic prior to the shooting, as he suggested there was some coordination beforehand. In addition, the eyewitness said there was no exchange of gunfire.Following Monday’s press conference, Lyte visited the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters, in the company of Attorney Hughes, and submitted a statement to Crime Chief Paul Williams. He was asked to return on Tuesday to be interviewed by senior detectives. But the Police said that the eyewitness never showed up and his Attorney had indicated that his client needed another 24 hours to sort out some issues.Hours after the shooting deaths of the three men, the Police, in a statement, related that the men were followed by an unmarked Police vehicle after they were seen trailing a customer who had left Scotiabank on Robb Street, Georgetown.While the families of the men have been calling for justice, saying that they were murdered by the Police, acting Top Cop David Ramnarine has since thrown his support behind his ranks, claiming that the killings were justified.last_img read more

Should 49ers make a deal for Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey?

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SANTA CLARA — Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon’s foot sprain could keep him out a month, and it could launch the undefeated 49ers into the trade market.“We always look at the trade market and will continue to but it’s got to make sense for us,” coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday.What may make sense for the 49ers lineup — such as swinging a deal for disgruntled Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey — will have to be …last_img read more

Did Nature Dictate Biological Codes?

first_imgPangloss was a character in Voltaire’s Candide made to caricature philosophers who give simplistic, optimistic answers to difficult questions.  Dr. Pangloss was fond of saying, a la Leibniz, that we live in the best of all possible worlds.  One evolutionist described a theory by two other evolutionists as possibly a “Panglossian argument” about the origin of life.  It was reported in Wired Science.    Ralph Pudritz and Paul Higgs of McMaster University in Ontario, Canada recently published a theory of biological determinism: namely, that certain amino acids, being more thermodynamically likely than others, might lead to a universal code of life.  If amino acid formation leads to a preponderance of certain types over others, whether formed in meteorites, deep-sea vents or spark-discharge experiments like the famous one by Stanley Miller, then perhaps all life in space is constructed on the same building blocks.  The idea is “necessarily speculative,” Pudritz admitted, but “This may implicate a universal structure of the first genetic codes anywhere.”    Wired Science reporter Brandon Keim, wielding robust faith in the power of Darwinian selection, and a swift parry of the purpose-driven life, elaborated:Pudritz and Higgs speculate that these 10 common amino acids met the needs of the earliest replicating molecules, with other, rarer acids used by the nascent genetic code as they formed or arrived – a process called “stepwise evolution,” culminating in the genes that gathered 3.6 billion years ago in a common ancestor of all complex life.This is what Harvard biologist Irene Chen found a bit Candidian.  She thought the idea is “interesting,” but then said, “in the absence of some experimental backup, it’s generally difficult to know if this kind of analysis is a Panglossian argument.” Inspired by Drs. Pudritz and Higgs, we have a speculative theory for the origin of English.  Certain letters are easier to write than others.  The letters l, c, i, n, o, u, v, x and z are more likely to be found in nature.  These organized themselves into the common ancestor of all English novels and scientific papers.  In a process of stepwise evolution, the rarer letters used by the nascent language were incorporated as they formed or arrived, culminating in the memes that gathered 500,000 years ago in the evolving brain of Homo erectus (04/08/2009).  Since these met the needs of the earliest replicating memes of the time, natural selection led to a scientific paper that explained its emergence without the need for designers like Pudritz and Higgs.  This is the best of all possible worldly explanations to shield evolutionary theory from falsification, says Dr. Pangloss.(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, March 29, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rain is back today as we work through day 2 of our 3 day wet pattern. Yesterday’s moisture was more spotty. Today, we see better coverage and higher intensity rain. Moisture totals will be from a few hundredths to half an inch, with coverage at 60%. The best rains come tonight through tomorrow, where we can pick up an additional .25”-1” or better. We still look for total 3 day rains of up to 1.5” with some localized 2 inch potential possible. The map at right shows rain totals through Sunday midday. . We still are looking for cold air to blast in quickly behind this system tomorrow night into early Sunday, and it may come fast enough that we see a few sloppy wet snowflakes as the precipitation ends. Our biggest concern for this is in north central and northeast Ohio, where we have high confidence in a change over. While we don’t want to talk up accumulations, it is not out of the question that we see the wet snowflakes try and stick on grassy surfaces momentarily Sunday morning. Later Sunday should feature some clearing, but it will be chilly with strong north flow.We continue to see a dry and sunny pattern for most of next week. Sun dominates from Monday through Thursday, although clouds will be on the increase Thursday afternoon. We see temps building through the period, getting back closer to normal and eventually above normal. Our next chance of rain develops overnight Thursday night through Friday, where we can see a few hundredths to a quarter of an inch of rain and 60% coverage. We go right back to sun to finish out the rest of the 10 day window next Saturday and Sunday.The extended period features a little more activity. We start it off dry on Monday the 8, but sun will be followed by clouds. Then we see rain developing after midnight Monday and continuing through Tuesday the 9th and Wednesday the 10th. That system brings .25”-.75” rain totals with 80% coverage. We take a break for the 11th, with rains back on Friday the 12th. That event looks relatively strong, and we are penciling in another .25”-.75” of rain and 90% coverage. We finish eh 11-16 day window with sun for Saturday the 13th.Overall, there is probably more moisture in this forecast than we would like to see as we move into April and start thinking more and more about planting…but the moisture comes in a fashion that we should be able to deal with a little easier…we do not get dumped on excessively. In fact, the heaviest rains come in the next 48 hours.last_img read more

Anthrax Case Confirmed

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Russ QuinnDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Anthrax, a disease which can affect both livestock and humans, continues to be an issue in different places across the country this growing season. At least two states have reported livestock cases in recent weeks.Anthrax was reported in a herd of cattle in western North Dakota, according to a North Dakota Department of Agriculture press release from Aug. 12. This is the first case of anthrax this year in the state.“Anthrax has been confirmed in a group of cows in a pasture in east Billings County,” said North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.The case was confirmed by the North Dakota State University Diagnostic Laboratory based on blood and tissue samples submitted by a local veterinarian in the area.PROTECT LIVESTOCKThe case is a reminder to livestock producers in the state to take action to protect their animals from the disease, especially those in areas with a past history of the disease, according to North Dakota State Veterinarian Dr. Susan Keller.“Producers in past known affected areas and counties should consult with their veterinarians to make sure the vaccination schedule for their animals is current,” Keller said.A few cases are reported in the state almost every year. In 2005, more than 500 confirmed animal deaths were reported, with total losses estimated at more than 1,000 head. The animals included cattle, bison, horses, sheep, llamas and farmed deer and elk.North Dakota reported no cases of anthrax in 2016 and 2018 and just one case in 2017, according to the press release.TEXAS CASEA new case of anthrax was reported in the Aug. 13 Texas Anthrax Situational Update report (https://www.tahc.texas.gov/…) from the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC). The weekly report from TAHC will be discontinued unless anthrax is confirmed in a new county or the agency sees a sizable increase in cases, according to the report.Anthrax was detected on one new premise in south-central Crockett County and in one new premise in northwest Sutton County since the previous report on Aug. 6. The disease has previously been confirmed in both counties this year.According to the report, 20 premises in five Texas counties have had animals confirmed with anthrax. Animals affected include antelope, goats, horses, deer and cattle.“It is common to see an increase in anthrax cases after periods of wet, cool, weather, followed by hot, dry conditions,” the report stated. “During these conditions, animals ingest the anthrax bacteria when they consume contaminated grass and hay, or inhale the spores. Outbreaks usually end when the cooler weather arrives.”Livestock owners are encouraged to consult with a local veterinarian and should also consider vaccinating livestock in areas were anthrax is historically found, according to the report. This includes Crockett, Uvalde, Val Verde, Sutton, Edwards, Kinney and Maverick counties, all located near the U.S.-Mexican border.CAUSED BY A BACTERIAAnthrax is a disease cause by a bacteria known as Bacillus anthracis, according to a North Dakota State University Extension press release (https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/…. This bacteria has a special survival mechanism called spore formation, which allows the bacteria to produce very hardy spores with a high survival rate.These spores can survive for years under the right conditions. When these spores come into contact with susceptible cattle, they can “hatch” and infect the animals, resulting in disease and death.Often the only initial signs of anthrax infection is finding dead cattle, according to Gerald Stokka, NDSU Extension veterinarian.“If the diagnosis of anthrax is suspected and confirmed by your veterinarian, then vaccination needs to be implemented as quickly as possible,” Stokka stated.The commercial vaccine available is a live attenuated (non-disease causing) spore vaccine. The dose is 1 cubic centimeter (cc) administered subcutaneously in the neck region.All adult cattle and calves should be administered the vaccine, and treatment with antibiotics should be withheld because it may interfere with the immune response, said the news release. However, when faced with an outbreak situation, administering an antibiotic and a vaccine concurrently has been effective.Stokka said producers should consult with a local veterinarian for a recommendation.“Consider removing all cattle from the pasture where anthrax deaths are suspected because spores can infect the remaining animals,” he said.Anthrax also carries a risk to humans so those handling carcasses should do so with care and avoid disturbing the carcass. The recommended method of disposal is to place the animal in a trench dug in the immediate area of the death, then burn the carcass and soil where the carcass was found.MORE ON ANTHRAX AND LIVESTOCKNDSU has more information about anthrax at: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/… Information about anthrax and livestock can also be found from New Mexico State University at: https://aces.nmsu.edu/… Russ Quinn can be reached at [email protected](ES/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

New Lighting for Historic Covered Bridge

first_imgOne of Vermont’s longest and most treasured covered bridges now has the newest, most environmentally responsible lighting. This past weekend, the 267-foot West Dummerston Covered Bridge (the longest operating covered bridge fully within Vermont), built in 1872 by Caleb Lamsom and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, was fitted with state-of-the-art LED lighting.Ten new fixtures replace very old high-pressure sodium (HPS) fixtures. Those of the older units that were still working at all (see photo of fixtures that were removed) had greatly reduced output and resulted in poor visibility in the bridge. While some people might have liked the dim, warm-yellow light that the aged HPS lights provided, the efficacy (lumens per watt) of that lighting was horrible. Despite the very low light output, each of the HPS fixtures was still using 100 watts of electricity as much as 17 hours per day. (Both old and new lights are controlled by a photosensor that turns them off when outside light levels are high enough.)The new LED fixtures installed this past Saturday are 121 LINE Sconce fixtures made by Philips Gardco, a world leader in advanced outdoor lighting. LED stands for “light-emitting diode.” As described in a previous blog, LEDs have been around for a long time as indicator lights on electronic equipment, but they have only emerged as viable area lighting in the past ten years. It is a type of “solid-state” lighting that, unlike high-pressure sodium, metal halide, and fluorescent technologies, does not rely on mercury vapor to produce illumination–so there is no risk of mercury contamination with disposal or breakage.LED lighting has advanced quickly, and these Philips Gardco fixtures, each with 30 individual LEDs, are the best yet for this type of application. Philips generously donated the fixtures to the Town of Dummerston, recognizing the opportunity to demonstrate the use of a state-of-the-art lighting product in a very photogenic, historic structure (my photos don’t do justice to the new lights).Each of the Philips Gardco fixtures uses 50 watts of electricity and produces about 3,660 lumens of light, for an “efficacy” of about 73 lumens per watt. Beyond this simple measure of efficacy, the individual LEDs focus the light more precisely than HPS lights, so more light gets where it is needed.In addition, these fixtures have motion sensors and advanced controls that reduce the light output (and energy use) by 90 percent after five minutes of inactivity. While the old HPS lights were on all night, the new LED lighting will default to very low energy use and light output during low-traffic times. (It may take some adjustment to prevent cars on nearby Route 30 from activating the higher light level.) And while the older bridge lighting did not illuminate the outside of the bridge at all, the new lighting design includes one downward-focused fixture at each gable-end (see photos).A key feature of LEDs is the projected life. These LEDs are projected to retain 70% of light output for 50,000 to 75,000 hours.The lighting retrofit of the West Dummerston bridge was led by Stan Howe, a local resident and master electrician who drives through the bridge many times per week, often at night, and had long observed the failing lights. He took it upon himself to not only propose new lighting, but also to figure out how to get it done. His employer, Entergy Vermont Yankee donated the funds for wiring and incidental expenses, and several of his coworkers volunteered their time for the project.Stan had identified LED lighting as a good option for the bridge last fall and proposed the idea to the Dummerston Selectboard. The Selectboard got the town’s Energy Committee involved, and I contacted Nancy Clanton, P.E., of the lighting design firm Clanton & Associates in Boulder, Colorado for her input. David Roederer of her firm proposed the Philips Gardco product, which offered higher efficacy and a warmer color temperature than the LED fixture Stan had initially identified.It’s too early to report on how much energy the new lights are saving, but other differences are very apparent. For starters, the light levels are significantly greater and the light quality shows off the beautiful bridge interior much better. Measured light levels in the bridge now average 2.2 footcandles—up from an average of 0.59 footcandles, based on detailed measurements Stan has taken. The new light levels may actually be somewhat lower than what they would have been when the high-pressure-sodium lights were first installed several decades ago (the output from HPS lights drops significantly over time), but light quality today is far better than what that new HPS would have provided.I live in a 225-year-old home in West Dummerston (a little over a mile from the bridge) and historic structures are very important to me. But I also appreciate state-of-the-art, energy-saving technologies. It is exciting to see these two interests intersect in such an elegant way with the new lighting for Dummerston’s much-celebrated covered bridge.BTW, for followers of this blog who aren’t already aware of it, for the past six months I’ve been writing another weekly blog on BuildingGreen.com: Alex’s Cool Product of the Week. This week’s product is an innovative water heater from A.O. Smith that combines features of both tankless and storage water heating. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail—on any BuildingGreen.com blog page enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner.Alex Wilson is chair of the Dummerston Energy Committee, executive editor of Environmental Building News and founder of BuildingGreen, LLC. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feeds.last_img read more

Google will watch the watchers with Eyefluence acquisition

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Eyefluence#Google#IoT#Oculus Rift#virtual reality#VR Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puckcenter_img Donal Power Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Global tech behemoth Google has quietly acquired the startup Eyefluence which tracks user eye movements in virtual reality environments.According to ZDnet, Google bought the Milpitas, CA-based firm for an undisclosed amount.Established in 2013, Eyefluence develops software that tracks eye movements for use in augmented and virtual reality applications.Google’s motives for the acquisition weren’t mentioned, but there is speculation that Eyefluence’s portfolio of virtual reality (VR) technology patents was a key draw.The buyout comes as Google nears the November launch date for its Daydream View VR headset. In particular Eyefluence’s technology could mesh well with the new headset’s capabilities that cover eye-tracking, monitoring and gesture controls.“Over the last three and a half years we have built an incredible team, advanced our eye-interaction technology, and created strong partnerships that have lead to the development of a completely new language for eye-interaction,” Eyefluence said on its blog. “With our forces combined, we will continue to advance eye-interaction technology to expand human potential and empathy on an even larger scale.”The new headset is expected to retail for an affordable $79, which is cheaper than most other alternatives on the market.Eyefluence joins a crowded marketThis will join other VR products that are currently on the market or about to be released.In the spring Oculus announced the finalized version of its Rift headset, complete with an Xbox One controller and two games for $599.As well HTC developed its Vive VR powered by Valve’s Steam VR which initially was priced at around $800. WAs well PlayStation’s VR is selling for around $399, putting it at the more affordable end of the market. However, there have been criticisms of the headset for lacking the quality of Oculus Rift.On top of the virtual reality market heating up, we also have mixed reality companies like Microsoft  and Magic Leap that might explode onto the market with a new innovative headset.last_img read more

Gattuso says Milan is aiming higher

first_imgThe Italian Lega Serie A club is currently in fourth place in the standings and might be able to get to third in the next weeksItalian Lega Serie A team AC Milan is currently in fourth place in the table.And for manager Gennaro Gattuso, the aim is high, but they got to focus game by game.“Are we pushing for third place? I’m not sure, it seems that more than a year has passed since we’ve been here,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“If there have been improvements it’s because we need to stay on this path forward, with the desire to grow and improve. I’ve noticed this in many players, I want to see that desire, this venom.”“The pitch will tell us if we can play with everything the same, tomorrow we’ll have a difficult challenge,” he explained.“We must pay attention, I think that we’re on the right road mentally and as a group. It’s normal to have to grow a lot, but we have leadership who wants to do the important things.”“If we put everything together and stay on the same path forward, great things could happen,” he added.last_img read more