Child rapist admits to crime

first_imgDelon Clemenson, about 15 years old at the time he committed a prohibited act on a girl who was only seven years old, admitted to his crime when the matter came up for hearing at the Sexual Offences Court on Monday.He pleaded guilty to the indictment of raping a child under 16 years old, allegedly committed between August 1 and 31, 2013 in the county of Demerara.Now 20, Clemenson entered the guilty plea when he appeared before High Court Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry. His sentence was, however, deferred to August 13, 2018 after his attorney, Adrian Thompson, requested a probation report be prepared and presented to the court.Clemson has therefore been remanded to prison until his next court appearance. Attorney Orinthia Schmidt appeared for the prosecution in this case.last_img

New criteria to import mercury by August 1

first_imgAs measures continue to be put in place by Government to reduce the use of mercury in the mining industry, steps are being taken to ensure more stringent standards are in place regarding the importation of mercury.Technical Officer at the Ministry of Natural Resources, Marisica CharlesThe necessary changes are set to come on stream as of August 1, this year.Mercury is also known as quicksilver and most of its compounds are extremely toxic. Inhalation of its vapour will result in harmful effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems, lungs and kidneys and may be fatal, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).Speaking with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Technical Officer at the Natural Resources Ministry, Marisica Charles explained that the approach to be adopted locally is for the issuance of an importation license to be sanctioned by several agencies.“There is an MoU currently in a draft stage between the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Pesticide Toxic Chemical Control Board and the Ministry of Natural Resources for a collaborative approach instead of just one or two organisations.”According to Charles, the MoU will build on an already existing partnership.“It will help us to work closer together, more specifically as it deals with the importation of mercury.”On Monday, the National Working Group met to discuss where they were, regarding the Minamata Convention.The Minamata Convention on Mercury is an international treaty designed to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds.In February, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had revealed that even as Government tries to mitigate the harmful effects of mercury on the environment, some villages are, in fact, complicit in the use of mercury and the destruction it causes.Trotman made this revelation during the Minamata Convention – a stakeholder session set up to develop strategies for eradicating mercury use. According to the Minister, villagers and Toshaos in some mercury-scarred villages are facilitating the miners responsible.Trotman also spoke of a model mercury-free operation; a project that could be taken on through the provision of mining blocks. He noted that a number of blocks could be distributed to the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) for this purpose.last_img read more

“Offends public, taxpayers” – Ramkarran

first_imgGovt’s .5M ware “house” deal… says President not fully briefedThe deal, conceived and entered into by the Government with Linden Holding Inc, smells. It is offensive to commonsense and to the Guyanese public and taxpayer and violates the Government’s promises of transparency and an end to sole sourcing.Former Speaker Ralph RamkarranSeasoned politician and former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran, delivered this scathing observation as he weighed in on the brouhaha that has erupted over the past week when it was discovered that Government not only fronted $25 million to one of its financial supporters but also opted to pay $12.5 million monthly for a 10,000 square foot sub-standard facility to store the nation’s drugs and medical supplies.Ramkarran, writing in his conversationtree.org outlet has since called on the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government, to explain why the Guyanese people must lose in excess of $9 million a month on “this sordid deal.”Opposition members questioning Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton Monday last, on an item seeking approval for $31 million, it was revealed that the sum was intended as expenses for renting a bond for the storage of pharmaceuticals.The Minister, according to Ramkarran, explained that rent of $19.2 million per month was being paid to New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation (NEW GPC INC) and that the Government wanted a cheaper facility in a hurry to avoid paying that ‘exorbitant’ sum. Consequently, there was ‘sole sourcing’ and the contract was given to Linden Holding Inc.The size of the premises in Albouystown is 10,000 square feet and the rent was $12 million per month.Ramkarran has since reported that it also turns out that, contrary to what the Minister said, NEW GPC had been storing Government owned pharmaceuticals free of charge and had been doing so since it was the Government’s main supplier of drugs under sole sourcing arrangements.He accurately noted that since sole sourcing of pharmaceuticals came to an end, NEW GPC put forward a proposal for monthly rental from March for its 70,000 square foot facility but Government decided to sole source another facility – Linden Holding Inc, being the beneficiary.That company, owned by Larry Singh – a financial supporter of the Administration in its campaign – bought the property in which to store the pharmaceuticals in March and is receiving rent, even though the facility is not yet in operation because it is still under preparation.According to Ramkarran, “This deal, conceived and entered into by the Government, smells… It is offensive to commonsense and to the Guyanese public and taxpayer and violates the Government’s promises of transparency and an end to sole sourcing.”Ramkarran posits that the ‘arrangement’ fits squarely in the governance methods against which the population revolted in elections in 2011 and 2015 and about which the then Opposition complained bitterly and vowed to end.“How can rent of $12 million for 10,000 square feet be a saving on rent of $16 million for 70,000 square feet,” asks Ramkarran.He pointed out that based on his calculations, “$16 million divided by 70,000 square feet gives $228 a square foot and $12 million divided by 10,000 square feet gives $1200 a square foot.”As such, he points out that “this ‘deal’ therefore requires the taxpayer to fork out $1200 a square foot when other premises are available at $228 a square foot… How can this be right?”The former Speaker noted too that sensing all of these factors the Cabinet, which had previously approved the contract, acted swiftly and appointed itself, through a sub-committee, to examine the contract and report, equally swiftly.According to Ramkarran, no sooner had the sub-committee been appointed, it began to make excuses and set up defences.Granger clearly not fully briefedRamkarran observed too in his writings that President David Granger also weighed in on the issue in a defensive mode, “but the President demonstrated that he was clearly not fully briefed on the matter.”Granger in defence of the deal entered into by his Administration said the contract was awarded out of necessity, citing the “punitive nature in which NEW GPC increased its fees as a result of the termination of single sourcing.” The President explained “What happened is that the new Administration decided to bring an end to single sourcing.”last_img read more

PRO: Parents want to be told about abortions

first_img “I have four daughters, and I believe that if anything is going to medically take place within any of my daughters’ bodies, I should be informed of that,” Jacobson said. “The initiative is not about whether or not I consent to it being done, it’s just a matter of me being informed and knowing what’s happening with my daughters.” Jacobson added that she had an abortion at age 18 and discussed it with her mother. “I know I was able to get through it, but only because I was able to talk to my mother about it, and she was able to stand by me and support it,” Jacobson said. Harrison Sheppard, (916)446-6723 harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Life on the Ballot, the main committee promoting the measure, has raised about $1.2 million, a relatively small amount compared with the tens of millions of dollars raised for several other measures on the November ballot, but competitive with the $1.6 million raised by opponents of the measure. The strongest support for the measure – authored by Paul and Barbara Laubacher, Catholic parents and registered nurses in the Sacramento area – comes from Catholic and anti-abortion groups such as the California Catholic Conference of Bishops, the California Prolife Council, the Traditional Values Coalition and the Campaign for Children and Families. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also supports the measure. Supporters argue that when parents must consent to their minor children receiving an aspirin at school or going on a field trip, they should at least be informed when their children are undergoing an abortion. Tina Jacobson, a parent in Elk Grove, said she would want to know if one of her daughters was undergoing the procedure. SACRAMENTO – Supporters of Proposition 73, which would require parents to be notified 48 hours before a minor undergoes an abortion, say parents are entitled to information about their children’s activities, particularly involving a medical procedure. “This is about notification – it’s not about overturning Roe v. Wade,” said Stan Devereux, spokesman for the Life on the Ballot Committee, the main group behind the measure. “It’s not about abortion. It’s about parental rights.” The measure would require a physician to give a parent or guardian written notice in person or by mail 48 hours before performing an abortion on an unemancipated minor under age 18. It does not require parental consent. The measure also would allow exceptions in cases including medical emergencies, court orders and waivers signed in advance by a parent. last_img read more

Talking parrot Smokey makes astonishing return after a week on the wing!

first_imgA popular pet parrot which went missing from Lurgybrack Open Farm in Letterkenny has made an astonishing return.Smokey, a chatty bird, flew off almost a week ago.Sightings of the African Grey parrot were made as far away as Mountaintop but his owners lost hope that he would ever return. But Margaret and Gerard O’Loan were left speechless when they found the bird back on the farm this morning.Smokey was found in a wooded area at the bottom of the farm.Margaret said she honestly thought she probably wouldn’t see the beloved pet again.“My husband Gerard was out looking for him everywhere but I honestly thought we would never see him again. “We couldn’t believe it when he actually made his own way back this morning. We’re so relieved and delighted,” she said.Margaret revealed how Smokey was so delighted that he was home that he blew them all kisses and kept chatting!Among the phrases he has learned are “Good morning” and “Smokey wants crisps.”Talking parrot Smokey makes astonishing return after a week on the wing! was last modified: October 21st, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Markets offering reasons to use futures for sales

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn has rallied, largely due to fund speculation. Some funds reduced their bean longs to buy corn in anticipation of acre switches in the east. Demand for export, ethanol and feed has been steady because there’s been little pull back in basis, which has also supported corn prices.Interestingly, farmers seem reluctant to sell on this corn rally, thinking corn could go higher like beans did last month. This may happen. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. If funds buy 1 billion bushels of bean futures, it is equivalent to 25% of total U.S. yearly production. One billion bushels of corn represents only 7%. Also, farmers tend to store corn and move beans at harvest, so there is a lot of corn sitting in storage. A lot of farmers are waiting on a corn rally. So, generally speaking it’s easier for funds to manipulate the bean market compared to corn.I know I repeat this each week, but weather is still the wild card. La Niña does not guarantee drought conditions. Current weather predictions favor trend line yields (especially for corn). The markets have substantial risk on both the high and low side. Have a plan in place, because most farmers don’t right now. Market actionWith the recent corn rally, I sold 5% of my 2016 production at $4.10 September futures. Usually I place sales in Dec, not Sep, but both months were trading at similar values. With an estimated 1.7 billion carryout in corn futures, I think the market will need to put a carry back in the futures spread. If I’m right, I could make an additional 10 cents on this sale.While there is some risk in this trade, I consider it “calculated risk.” If the futures market stays inverted for some reason, I may have to take a loss on this trade eventually. However, I think the likelihood of this is extremely small. Even a drought would not reduce this year’s carryout substantially and the market will likely still need to pay for the corn to be carried into new crop.Reasons to use futures for salesThe trade above illustrates why farmers should have their own hedge accounts to manage their sales using futures instead of selling HTA (hedge to arrive) contracts or cash contracts with an end user. Many end users prefer to not trade in the Sep futures because it can be viewed as both an old crop contract or a new crop contract depending on where you live. Most buyers do not let their clients trade in the Sep and roll forward.Another benefit for carrying your own hedge is if a farmer needs to switch their planting intentions due to weather. This week I had a farmer in Ohio switch corn acres to beans, which changed their position from 50% to 70% corn production sold while their beans went from 80% to 55% sold. With current bean prices, this farmer was happy to make more sales at higher levels. They could also buy back some of their corn sales at these levels, which are close to what they had sold previously on forward sales. Occasionally end-users will be flexible in situations like this, but not always. For instance, an ethanol plant would have a hard time converting a corn sale to a bean sale, because they have no use for beans. Most likely there would be fees associated with getting out of that type of contract.The difficulty of getting out of contracts with end-users is why so many farmers shy away from making sales before they know what they are going to produce. Farmers should instead be embracing their own hedge accounts, which offer more flexibility to take advantage of opportunities and allow for more options to minimize farm operation risk.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

Google Is Also Entering The Arm Race With Its Own Smartwatch [Pictures]

first_imgWe might look back on 2013 as the year when wearable computing came in vogue. Apple is reportedly working on a smartwatch. Samsung too. The rumor mill now tells us that Google is working on the concept of a smartwatch and has been for some time.According to a report from the Financial Times, Google filed for a patent in 2011 for a concept known as a “smart-watch.” The patent was approved last October, and Google has its Android team working on integration, according to the report. (See also: Arm Race: Samsung To Build A Smartwatch, Too)Google apparently gave the future of mobile technology a thorough look several years ago, and seems to have decided that wearable computing might well be the next hot area. The search giant has made waves with its Google Glasses and revealed a talking smart shoe during South By Southwest Interactive earlier this month. A smartwatch would fit perfectly into Google’s coalescing vision of wearable computing.(See also: Apple’s iWatch Ambition Is Real — And Here’s How It Might Work)From the abstract to Google’s patent, here is its concept for what a smartwatch might entail.A smart-watch can include a wristband, a base, and a flip up portion. The base can be coupled to the wristband and include a housing, a processor, a wireless transceiver, and a tactile user interface. The wireless transceiver can be configured to connect to a wireless network. The tactile user interface can be configured to provide interaction between a user and the smart-watch. The flip up portion can be displaceable between an open position exposing the base and a closed position concealing the base. Further, the flip up portion can include: a top display exposed when the flip up portion is in the closed position, and an inside display opposite the top display. The inside display can be concealed when the flip up portion is in the closed position and be exposed when the flip up portion is in the open position.The patent description gives us a better idea on what a smartwatch might entail. It would have its own wireless connectivity (not using a smartphone’s connection, like the Pebble smartwatch does). It would have a touchscreen. It would have its own processor, likely to run the Android operating system. The language and the “flip up portion” is a little confusing. From the pictures in the patent filing, it looks like the watch could have a flip top that could be used as an augmented reality layer, not unlike how Google employs augmented reality in Google Glass. The race for the smartwatch is truly on. We have three great companies in Apple, Google and Samsung looking to push the bounds of mobile innovation and cross it with wearable computing. In the end, it looks like we as consumers become the winners. Here are several of Google’s smartwatch diagrams from its patent:Perspective view of the smart watch, with a flip-up portion in the closed positionPerspective view of the smart watch with a flip-up portion in the open positionPerspective view of the smart watch in a “first application” (apparently real-time price and health-benefit comparison of coffee drinks)Perspective view of the smart watch in a “second application” (apparently real-time urban navigation) dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Android#Google#smart watch last_img read more

Cricket: The price hike in tickets makes Indian fans stay away from the first…

first_imgAdvertisementAccording to Gulfraz Riaz, chairman at the National Asian Cricket Council, communities of Indian fans refrained from coming to the first Test because the organizers tried to “cash in” on their enormous interest of the game by raising ticket prices.“From what I understand the prices are almost double what they were for Pakistan Test matches in some cases. Out of the two communities, the Indian cricket community is a bit more affluent and maybe they were targeted.”Starting the Test Series on a Wednesday instead of the traditional Thursday might be another important reason for the poor attendance, according to Riaz. “I think it would have been better to do it Thursday, Friday and Saturday, definitely to build some momentum. I think the marketing could have perhaps been better and there’s also the genuine question of whether Test cricket is relevant to the South Asian cricket community.”On Wednesday, the attendance was just 18,159 and on Thursday it reduced to 16,754. Tickets for the later session on Wednesday were reduced to £20 in a bid to attract spectators but Riaz believes the scarcity of fans could be due to a failure in pricing strategy, among other elements including a Wednesday start.Also Read:England vs. India: Cheteshwar Pujara’s exclusion from the starting XI whips up selection debate for Team IndiaCricket: Virat Kohli rates his knock of 149 vs England as second to Adelaide Advertisementlast_img read more

No-ball king Morne Morkel refuses to alter run-up

first_imgSouth Africa paceman Morne Morkel has ruled out tweaking his run-up despite becoming the embarrassed owner of a dubious distinction for overstepping the crease in Test cricket.When Morkel bowled Ben Stokes for 44 off a no-ball in the Lord’s Test against England, it was the 13th time that the lanky 32-year-old pacer was denied a wicket by his tendency to plant his front foot beyond the popping crease, the most for any bowler in Test history.”World record, thank you. Somebody needs to hold it. It’s 13 wickets I’d like to have in the bank but it’s not to be,” Morkel told reporters ahead of the second Test beginning on Friday in Nottingham.”It’s not acceptable. It’s a controllable thing.”The respite for Stokes did prove costly, though not in terms of runs. The all-rounder added 12 more to his first innings total before falling to Kagiso Rabada, whose over-exuberant send-off invited a one-match suspension.”It’s a rush of blood to the head, wanting to create something with the older, softer ball. Maybe I ran in too quickly and just over-strode,” Morkel said.The tall paceman’s long limbs are perceived by many to be behind his frequent overstepping but Morkel felt it was more down to rhythm and altering the run-up was not the solution.”I need a lot of rhythm and timing is crucial for me,” he said. “The more I’ve bowled in a Test match, the better my timing and my feel at the crease was.”I can’t make my run up longer, I can’t make it shorter. I’m just going to stick with it.advertisement”The only thing I can do is keep on working on that; work on getting the foot behind the line,” Morkel added.England lead the four-Test series 1-0 with matches at The Oval and Old Trafford set to follow the Trent Bridge contest.last_img read more

Upgrading of Fire Service on Track

first_img Work is underway to bring “all our fire stations up to an acceptable standard” Establishment of international training certification and headquarters in Twickenham Park HQ on track Story Highlights Upgrading of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, including international training certification, and establishing its headquarters in Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, are on track, says Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott.Mr. Arscott, who spoke at the dedication ceremony for the Freeport Fire Station, in Montego Bay, St. James, on August 28, said the international accreditation will ensure “that we can create job opportunities for our young men and women graduating into career paths. Our fire officers are trained to international standards; where the problem is, is accreditation, if they are to get jobs overseas.”“So, we are working and having discussions with the Maritime Institute, and the University of the West Indies, to see how we can have our fire officers accredited…once they are trained they will have international accreditation. That will open tremendous opportunities for youngsters going into the Fire Brigade,” the Minister said.“He explained that with the Logistics Hub initiative taking shape, and expansion of the tourism sector in progress, there will be more opening and job prospects for fire fighters, and the new headquarters, when operational, will serve as a Regional training institution,” he added.The Minister said when fire officers need to do advance training, they have to go overseas, and that is very expensive.“The setting up of the headquarters is aimed at creating the kind of facility that will be almost a regional training institution, so that all the training can be done here, and we could train others from the rest of the Caribbean. That is the direction that we are focusing on,” the Minister said.Mr. Arscott said there is a commitment to upgrade the fire service. “We have already ordered some units, and we expect them to be here this year,” he noted.The Freeport Fire Station has replaced the old one on Barnett Street, which has been demolished.Meanwhile, State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Colin Fagan, reported that work is underway to bring “all our fire stations up to an acceptable standard.”“Work is currently being done on the Port Royal Fire station; the removal of its asbestos contaminated roof is being removed and will be replaced with steel sheeting. The Savanna La Mar fire station will also have work done on it, and work was recently done on the Trench Town fire station,” he said. International accreditation will ensure “that we can create job opportunities”last_img read more