Bartica woman remanded for narco-trafficking

first_imgThe 58-year-old mother of one, who was apprehended by ranks at her Bartica Old Housing Scheme home last week with a large quantity of cocaine and cannabis, was on Tuesday remanded to prison.Roxanne CarringtonRoxanne Carrington of Lot 63 Old Housing Scheme, Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The woman denied that on June 23, 2018, she had in her possession 2555 grams of cannabis and 1451 grams of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.The prosecution is contending that ranks swooped down on Carrington’s home and found the drugs hidden in two separate rooms, one occupied by her and the other by a miner, who was renting a room at the woman’s house.Reports are the women reportedly told Police that the prohibited substances did not belong to her, but belonged to the man whose name was given as Royston Smith.Her Attorney, Latchmie Rahamat informed the Court that Carrington would rent rooms to persons coming out of the interior.At the time of the discovery of the drugs, Smith, along with a woman, Betty Mohan, was occupying rooms.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield revealed that at the time of the discovery, the woman had explained that she was keeping the drugs for an unknown person.Bail was denied, and the defendant was remanded to prison. The case will continue on July 12, 2018 at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

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Underground Oceans Can’t Last Forever

first_img(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 If Pluto and Enceladus have oceans under the crust, why are they still liquid after billions of years?You can’t see them, but they must be there. Oceans under the crusts of planets and icy moons, inferred from orbital mechanics and geology, serve as working hypotheses to explain anomalies found by space probes. They were not predicted before the spacecraft sent back photos of weird surfaces. Enceladus and Pluto are recent candidates for oceanic worlds.Scientists on the New Horizons team have started considering an underground ocean at Pluto. In “Present-day subsurface ocean on Pluto?” Science Daily infers hidden sloshing seas from surface features that would have been different without a global ocean under the crust. Conor Gearin writes on New Scientist, “Pluto must have liquid ocean or it’d look like an overripe peach.” Telltale wrinkles of a shrunken, dry crust are not apparent. According to Astrobiology Magazine, this was not exactly a ho-hum expectation of planetary science:“That’s amazing to me,” Hammond said. “The possibility that you could have vast liquid water ocean habitats so far from the sun on Pluto — and that the same could also be possible on other Kuiper belt objects as well — is absolutely incredible.”Science Daily doesn’t answer how such an ocean could survive for billions of years, but New Scientist takes a stab at that problem, saying that Francis Nimmo pondered the possibility back in 2011. He “argued that the dwarf planet’s icy shell could insulate an ocean,” and now feels vindicated by Pluto’s findings. Astrobiology Magazine suggests that “exotic ices” might be good insulators, provided the crust is 260 km thick or more.Planetary scientists have been toying with subsurface oceans at Enceladus for the last decade since Cassini found geysers erupting (see Space.com review of Saturn’s 2nd moon). “An ocean lies a few kilometers beneath Saturn’s moon Enceladus’s icy surface,” Science Daily announced from indirect indications and physical models. The new estimate is much thinner (5 km) than initially modeled (30-60 km). Ideas about whatever Enceladus has under its crust are evolving faster than the crust itself.Back at Pluto another astonishing discovery has been refined: a super-canyon on the moon Charon that is longer and deeper than the Grand Canyon. It’s five times as deep as Arizona’s, Astrobiology Magazine says, and 150 miles longer – remarkable for a world much smaller than Earth. Another record may be set: “There appear to be locations along the canyon’s length where sheer cliffs reaching several miles high occur, and which could potentially rival Verona Rupes on Uranus’ moon Miranda (which is at least 3 miles, or 5 kilometers, high) for the title of tallest known cliff face in the solar system.”Geologists and mineralogists should take a look at Space.com‘s article about graphite. Apparently several solar system worlds have generated this pencil-lead form of carbon, including Mercury, asteroid Ceres, and Pluto’s moon Charon. “Graphitized carbon forms when carbon is heated to high temperatures in the absence of oxygen,” the article explains. Therein lies a puzzle: carbon was found on Charon, but not on Pluto. Cassini scientist Amanda Hendrix can’t explain it; it blows away her theory about how graphite forms from the solar wind.Hendrix called these results surprising. Radiation from the solar wind should be significantly weaker at Charon than it is at Ceres, because Charon lies, on average, about 10 times farther from the sun than Ceres does. If the moon’s surface is covered with graphite, she said, “it likely formed a different way.“With all the talk of water, water everywhere, hydrobioscopy can’t be far behind. New Scientist remarks, “Pluto probably has a rocky seabed, which could provide the chemicals needed for life.” And Science Daily, less concerned about keeping water liquid for billions of years, comments, “This suggests that there is a strong heat source in the interior of Enceladus, an additional factor supporting the possible emergence of life in its ocean.” The focus should be on what kind of heat source could last for billions of years.These findings should represent severe problems for old-agers. Oceans on tiny icy worlds or dwarf planets should not last for billions of years, to say nothing of geysers. Nor should deep, sharp-sided canyons. So instead of looking clueless, planetary scientists change the subject to talk about how life might have ’emerged’ out there. This is like a fast-talking athlete distracting attention by committing a foul while he tells a funny joke to the referee.last_img read more

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IDC secures €30m French credit line

first_img“This loan will also boost our export credit finance, which has proved to be a key stimulus for the South African economy.” South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation has had further success in raising funds from foreign credit agencies, the latest being a €30-million (about R334.5-million) credit line from French-based Proparco. According to the IDC, the demand for lending had increased tremendously due to the global economic downturn, prompting the state-owned lender to source funding from the international market in recent months. Last month, it secured a US$50-million (about R422-million) loan from the China Construction Bank Johannesburg branch to recapitalise its export finance book, as well as €60-million (about R690.9-million) credit line from the European Investment Bank to finance viable projects by small and medium enterprises in the industrial, resources and services sectors. “The funds will benefit a wide range of South African businesses that need foreign currency to keep funding their activity,” she said. Proparco southern Africa regional representative Sophie le Roy explained that this fifth transaction with the IDC would meet a crucial need for hard currency in the country. 17 June 2009 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material According to the IDC, the line of credit will be used to increase the state-owned lender’s capacity to lend, in line with their target of investing over R60-billion in the South African economy over the next five years. Alternative funding Proparco is a partially owned subsidiary of French development finance institution Agence Française de Developpement, and acts as a catalyst for private investment targeting economic growth and development in developing countries. Lending capacity “We have a strong working relationship with Proparco, which is demonstrated by the fact that the IDC is receiving its fifth credit facility from the institution,” IDC chief financial officer Gert Gouws said in a statement late last month.last_img read more

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Manny Pacquiao relishes underdog tag vs undefeated Keith Thurman

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “Beautiful. That’s what I like,” Pacquiao said in a story on the Manila Bulletin.READ: Manny Pacquiao arrives in New York for Keith Thurman fight press tourFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe underdog tag also serves as additional motivation for the 40-year-old Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs), who is 10 years older than Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs).“It’s going to make me even more determined to win,” he said. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The last time Pacquiao was the underdog was against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2015 when he lost by unanimous decision.The other time in the last 12 years was when he obliterated Oscar De La Hoya, who was forced to quit on his stool at the end of the eighth round, in 2008. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ FILE – Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao poses for photos during a press conference shortly after arriving at the international airport in Manila on January 24, 2019, days after defeating US boxer Adrien Broner in Las Vegas. (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP)MANILA, Philippines—Oddsmakers have undefeated American Keith Thurman as the favorite over Manny Pacquiao ahead of their welterweight world title fight on July 21 (Manila time) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division champion, though, wouldn’t want it any differently.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Magic Johnson blasts Lakers GM Rob Pelinka after shock exitlast_img read more

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