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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GARDAI FORCED TO JUMP OUT OF WAY OF MOTORIST AT LIFFORD CHECKPOINT

first_imgA Garda had to jump out of the way of a speeding car after it drove through a checkpoint in Lifford.Gardai were manning the checkpoint at Coneyburrow, Lifford on October 1st, 2011 and were wearing reflective jackets and using torches.A car came speeding from the Castlefin direction, went around a traffic island on the wrong side of the road and then drove through the checkpoint. Gardai were forced to jump out of the way of the car, a ‘96 Vauxhall Vectra, but took a note of the registration number.Following enquiries, Gardai called to the home of Daryl Kelly at 32 Beechwood Grove in Lifford where they found the car in the driveway.When questioned by Gardai, Kelly, 22, said his brother occasionally borrowed the car but said he had only owned it for six weeks.He also said he was at a house party and couldn’t remember coming across a checkpoint.Kelly did not appear in court.Judge Denis McLoughlin said that in the absence of Mr Kelly, he was forced to convict and fined the accused €150 for failing to give information.GARDAI FORCED TO JUMP OUT OF WAY OF MOTORIST AT LIFFORD CHECKPOINT was last modified: November 13th, 2012 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) Tags:checkpointDaryl KellyGardaiLiffordlast_img read more

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Coral Islands Rise With Sea Level

first_imgWorries about sea-level rise inundating coral atolls and islands are unfounded, thanks to coral’s rapid response to change.A team of 5 geologists from Australia and New Zealand has good news: islands and coral atolls in the South Pacific are not at risk from sea level rise as much as earlier thought. Their paper in Geology, “Coral islands defy sea-level rise over the past century: Records from a central Pacific atoll,” shows from observations over a century that corals are able to respond rapidly to sea level fluctuations—on the order of decades or centuries, not millions of years.The geological stability and existence of low-lying atoll nations is threatened by sea-level rise and climate change. Funafuti Atoll, in the tropical Pacific Ocean, has experienced some of the highest rates of sea-level rise (∼5.1 ± 0.7 mm/yr), totaling ∼0.30 ± 0.04 m over the past 60 yr. We analyzed six time slices of shoreline position over the past 118 yr at 29 islands of Funafuti Atoll to determine their physical response to recent sea-level rise. Despite the magnitude of this rise, no islands have been lost, the majority have enlarged, and there has been a 7.3% increase in net island area over the past century (A.D. 1897–2013). There is no evidence of heightened erosion over the past half-century as sea-level rise accelerated. Reef islands in Funafuti continually adjust their size, shape, and position in response to variations in boundary conditions, including storms, sediment supply, as well as sea level.While this is good news for the islanders, it is bad news for alarmists:Results suggest a more optimistic prognosis for the habitability of atoll nations and demonstrate the importance of resolving recent rates and styles of island change to inform adaptation strategies.In other words, alarmists were misinformed.Phosphorus for UsAll life, including coral, requires phosphorus, but the “Phosphorus Cycle” has been poorly understood. How does this essential element cycle through land and sea? The ocean’s “hidden fertilizer” was investigated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Science Daily reports,Phosphorus is one of the most common substances on Earth. An essential nutrient for every living organism — humans require approximately 700 milligrams per day — we are rarely concerned about consuming enough of it because it is present in most of the foods we eat. Despite its ubiquity and living organisms’ utter dependence on it, we know surprisingly little about how it moves, or cycles, through the ocean environment.Taking samples of plankton from a boat in the Bermuda area, they found three new things. First, the phosphorus cycle is “much more complex than previously thought.” Second, they uncovered a “previously hidden role that some microbial communities play in using and breaking down forms of this essential element.” And third, “these results show for the first time that microbes are producing phosphonates in the ocean, and that it is happening very quickly.” The element must be made available in a form life can utilize. Microbes metabolize phosphorus into phosphonate, forming the basis of the marine food web.“Such work will help us further resolve the complexities of how this critical element is cycled in the ocean,” Dyhrman adds.“A reason to be excited about the findings of this elegant study is in the paper’s last sentence: ‘the environmental, ecological, and evolutionary controls . . . remain completely unknown.’ There’s still a lot we don’t know about the sea,” says Don Rice, program director in the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences, which funded the research.The phosphorus cycle joins the carbon cycle, water cycle, nitrogen cycle, ozone layer, and other global systems that keep our planet habitable. Environmental and ecological systems seem apparent, but whatever an “evolutionary control” might be is unclear.In Science Magazine, Claudia Benitez-Nelson describes the chemistry of the phosphorus cycle in more detail, noting that phosphonate, a reduced form of phosphorus, is energetically expensive. “Why organisms produce energetically expensive, reduced phosphorus compounds remains a mystery, particularly given that these compounds are subsequently released to surrounding waters,” she says. “…. the environmental factors that contribute to the production and release of reduced phosphorus compounds in surface waters remain unknown. Perhaps this redox cycling is related to the evolution of cyanobacteria and archaea more than 3 billion years ago.” That would be because “At that time, phosphorus concentrations in the oceans were very low because high concentrations of ferrous oxides scavenged and removed phosphorus preferentially from the surface ocean.” She says the new study might provide a “missing link in ocean phosphorus cycling” indicating that everything is in balance today. In short, the researchers found “a large, rapidly recycled pool of reduced phosphorus compounds that play a key role in ocean phosphorus biogeochemistry.” The original paper by Van Mooy et al. is in the same issue of Science Magazine, which states, “Overall, our study suggests that the production of phosphonates and/or phosphite contributes to a globally vast phosphorus redox cycle that exceeds the magnitude of phosphate inputs to the ocean.”There’s another piece of the puzzle: one of dozens of factors required for our privileged planet. It’s amazing that the phosphorus cycle involves chemistry, geology and biology working in concert to keep an essential nutrient in balance.As for sea level rise, we’re not saying that the “optimistic prognosis” for atoll nations applies to all shorelines, nor using this information as justification to ignore the impacts of a changing climate. That’s not the point of quoting this paper. There are two lessons here. (1) Modelers who simplistically thought that atolls would be inundated by rising sea levels underestimated the response of coral to “variations in boundary conditions” of all kinds. The islands actually grew and prospered in spite of predicted catastrophes. (2) Without access to the full paper, we’re not sure if they referred to Darwin’s theory about coral atolls. However, the rapid response of the islands to changes in just one century calls into question the assumption that long ages are required for coral island formation. Creation geologists may wish to investigate this paper in detail.Let’s also use this occasion on Memorial Day to honor the brave Americans who gave their lives in the South Pacific fighting nations that did not believe that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. We can never thank them enough for their service. (Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Grab The Popcorn, It’s Time for LG’s 100-Inch Laser TV

first_imgThis post is sponsored by LG. As a promotional post, it reflects the views of the writer, not ReadWrite’s editors. Enter the LG HECTO, a 100-inch Laser TV with Smart TV enhancements. This front-projection television uses laser-diode lighting to produce full HD 1080p resolution that’s advanced over other flat-screen televisions with LED or incandescent light sources.And no more yelling out “down in front!” when the big game or movie is on. The LG HECTO’s console is optimally located six inches from the base of the screen. That’s an extremely short distance, unlike projection televisions of the past that spread the image from clear across the room. The console’s innovative 13-element lens and concave mirror system also allows for a brilliant image that no one can walk through.The laser diode also increases the light’s lifespan to nearly 25,000 hours, more than a fivefold improvement over other available short-throw projectors. A better projector means not having to constantly replace the projector’s bulb.Another downside of LCD, LED and even plasma screens is the power they consume. A simple projector’s energy output is a fraction of even the best large-panel display. This makes the LG HECTO a viable alternative to a traditional rear-projection television, giving flat-panel HDTVs a run for their money.  To help with picture quality, the LG HECTO comes with a custom 0.8-inch screen designed to deflect ambient light. The screen also includes a black layer to help with all-important black level performance, making it good for even a room with moderate ambient light.To complete the package, the projector houses an ATSC tuner that allows reception of digital television, a 20-watt stereo speaker system, and a variety of connectivity options, including three HDMI ports, two USB hubs, an optical audio output, and an RS-232 interface for connecting to other peripherals.An Interactive ExperienceIn addition to the projector and screen, the LG HECTO includes LG’s Magic Remote, which is a bit of a technology innovation of itself. Of course you can point and click your choices as any remote can do. But the Magic Remote also allows for motion gestures that connects you with on-screen content, information and your favorite social networking sites. With a quick click and a scroll of the navigation wheel, you can also bring up a full QWERTY keyboard. And what’s to watch? Like other LG TVs, the Laser TV includes LG’s Smart TV offering for streaming content from sources such as Netflix, Vudu, YouTube and others. It also has proprietary LG apps, including a Web browser and Smart Share, the company’s system for sharing multimedia content from devices to the big screen.So cancel those dinner plans and get comfortable in front of a 100-inch laser projector experience. You’ll be the envy of all the other home theater systems in town. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App This post is sponsored by LG. As a promotional post, it reflects the views of the writer, not ReadWrite’s editors.More and more people seem to be spending time in their man-caves enjoying the fruits of video on-demand and high-definition content. So what better way to catch all the action and relax indoors than with a big-screen television experience that goes wall to wall? While the sweet spot for screen size a few years ago hovered around the 42-inch range, times have changed and bigger is now better. Large display TV technology has improved enough that home-theater audiences have been rewarded with larger viewing areas, better quality pictures, and additional features such as interactive content.Projecting What’s Next Related Posts ReadWrite Sponsorscenter_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#front-projection TV#laser diode#LG#lg electronics#LG Smart TV#smart TV#sponsored posts#television 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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NAB 2017: ARRI Skypanel’s Stellar Firmware Update

first_imgThe ARRI SkyPanel’s Firmware 3.0 update will streamline the setup and workflow of your next shoot.Top image via ARRI.It’s no secret that ARRI’s SkyPanel is one of the most versatile LED lights to hit the market in a while. That being said, with NAB in full blast, ARRI introduces the world to its stellar firmware update appropriately titled “Lighting Effects” — and 9 other great updates. Anybody using the SkyPanel can install this free firmware update. Let’s take a look at the updates.12 Lighting EffectsMy personal favorite of the updates is the 12 Lighting Effects that are now available for the SkyPanel. Some of these include candles, clouds passing, club lights, color chase, cop car, fire, fireworks, light strobe, lightning, paparazzi, pulsing, and television glow.With SkyPanel Lighting Effects users can now choose and manipulate 12 effects without the need for a lighting console or hours of programming. Each effect has several parameters that allow for customization of the effect to fit your needs.High Speed ModeA solution to flicker and roll bar due to changes in shutter speed, the new “High Speed Mode” has been tested up to 25,000 fps and as low as a two-degree shutter angle. This long-awaited update should help anybody shooting in super slo-motion.Source MatchingImage via ARRI.This calibrated light engine essentially reproduces any color, simulating the desired setting or look. This allows users to match exact lighting from previous locations during a reshoot — or save time if you’re in a hurry at a particular location. This update is perfect for anybody looking to shoot any type of real-time effect or scene.SkyPanel Firmware 3.0 takes further advantage of this by including 46 pre-programmed color matches to commonly found light sources such as tungsten, high-pressure sodium vapor, cool white fluorescent and candle. Now it is even easier and faster to match a location light source, by simply selecting it from a list.SkyPanel Web ServerBy simply connecting the SkyPanel to a network via etherCON connecter, you can use any browser to access the SkyPanel web server generated by each setup. Now, you can even adjust settings through your phone or iPad, saving you from touching the panel or moving around on set.sACN ImplementationStreaming ACN (sACN) is fully implemented in SkyPanel Firmware 3.0. This communication standard allows for many modern lighting consoles to communicate directly with the SkyPanel using ethernet-based equipment. The SkyPanel is also smart enough to detect whether it is receiving an Art-Net or sACN signal and will adjust accordingly, with no setting changes.Onboard RGBW ModeSkyPanel users will now be able to switch to RGBW mode and adjust the LED color channels directly from the panel. If that wasn’t good enough, you can now store and save these presets for a later shoot — or if you’re in the habit of making videos in the same location.Frequency SelectionYou can now fine-tune the frequency of the light output to correct slight roll bars or unwanted flickering from shooting at crazy frame rates or shutter speeds. You’ll be able to pick from ten different frequencies that could help with (or eliminate completely) these unwanted lighting “glitches.”More Presets and Preset DMX ChannelSkyPanel Firmware 3.0 sees the addition of eight factory presets and preset selection via a DMX channel. With a new total of 10 factory presets that include popular color temperatures, HSI values and gel colors, it is now faster and easier to select frequently used colors, even after a factory reset.RGBW Calibrated Color SpaceThe RGBW mode allows you to adjust the values of each of the four LED channels. The update features a calibrated RGBW mode that still allows users to tinker with the red, blue, green, or white levels to keep the levels consistent across the panel.Enabled MenuGiven all these features, one of the best inclusions is the Enabled Menu, helping you keep track of all the settings you have currently set up for the SkyPanel. Everything that you just read is now even more accessible with the “Enabled Menu.” You can now review and change any of the settings, all from one easy-to-use menu.Stay tuned for more PremiumBeat coverage on NAB announcements and reveals.last_img read more

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Tral march foiled amid tensions

first_imgWhile the government successfully foiled a separatists’ march to Tral, home town of the slain Hizbul Mujahideen “commander” Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, in south Kashmir on Tuesday, students are keeping the security agencies on the edge.As a three-day protest programme — marred by shutdown, restrictions and curfew — came to an end on Tuesday, sources in the State’s security establishment fear “students may still pose a threat to law and order tomorrow”. Based on district-wise evaluation, the government has decided not to restart classes in higher secondary schools and degree colleges in Budgam, Anantnag, Shopian, Kupwara and Ganderbal districts.Deputy Magistrate, Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Lone said all higher secondary schools and colleges would remain closed on Wednesday “as a precautionary measure”. Tension has been prevailing on several campuses in the Valley since April 15, when a police raid on the Government Degree College, Pulwama, left over 50 students injured.A predicamentSecurity agencies fear that separatists “may tap on the raw anger on the campus to turn students’ rage against the State and in favour of the slain Bhat”. The police said the situation in Kashmir remained “peaceful and under control” on Tuesday against the backdrop of the separatists’ call for a march to Tral.Traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was suspended and train services were stopped. Classes in all schools, colleges and varsities were called off. Curfew-like restrictions were placed in all volatile areas of south and north Kashmir, besides Srinagar. The roads leading to Tral were sealed.However, despite the restrictions, people tried to assemble in the Ratnusa area of Tral. “There were minor incidents of stone-throwing at Keller Chowk, Shopian and Court Road-Pinglish, where miscreants resorted to heavy stone-throwing on police and security forces, injuring many,” said a police spokesman. One protester was injured. Kashmir slipped into a fresh cycle of protests on Saturday, after militant Bhat was killed.last_img read more

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Yet another round of platitudes

first_imgFor those cynical about the dialogue process with Pakistan, the lack of substance in the joint statement issued after the latest round of Foreign Secretary level talks (July 4-5) confirms our neighbour’s unwillingness to fundamentally revise its thinking on core bilateral differences.For those who remain hopeful about normalising relations with Pakistan despite decades of bitter experience, the platitudinous joint statement offers no peg on which to hang their optimism.The talks were held in the same “frank and constructive atmosphere” prevailing in all past encounters, without, however, yielding much result. While we are committed to a “dialogue process”, the Pakistanis insist it should be “purposeful and resultoriented”- which, decoded, means India should make concessions. We accommodate Pakistan’s preferred but, in effect, harmless phraseology.TalksThe issue of Peace and Security, including CBMs, has been discussed in the same “comprehensive manner” as before, but without comprehensive outcomes. Both sides have “emphasised the need to promote greater trust and mutual understanding through constructive dialogue”, repeating piously the hope expressed many times earlier. This trust and understanding refuses to materialise despite repeated “constructive” dialogues.The issue of Nuclear and Conventional CBMs is complicated because India attaches importance to nuclear CBMs while Pakistan favours conventional CBMs. Pakistan continues to expand its nuclear arsenal and delivery capability with single-minded determination, even in a situation of mounting internal instability and financial stringency. It seeks to introduce tactical nuclear weapons as a counter to India’s “Cold Start” doctrine which it has studiously hyped.Whether it talks of a conventional balance of forces or a strategic balance after both countries became nuclear, Pakistan omits from the equation India’s need to factor in the superior Chinese nuclear and conventional capability it must contend with. Pakistan, as China’s closest strategic partner, naturally refuses to take cognisance of this compulsion in India’s defence preparedness. India’s interest in Nuclear CBMs is to make Pakistan accept a nofirst-use agreement in order to raise Pakistan’s low threshold of nuclear weapon use. Pakistan, which has employed state terrorism against India under cover of its nuclear capability, is hardly likely to agree to a no-first use agreement until it decides to genuinely bury the hatchet with India. In that case India’s larger conventional strength, commensurate with its geographical size, large coast line and China’s menace, would pose no threat to it.advertisementThe source of conflict between India and Pakistan, it needs remembering, is its territorial claims on India and the use of jihadi terrorism to back them, and not any terror-backed Indian claims, territorial, water-related or religious on Pakistan.On the issue of terrorism we have eschewed, to our credit, the absurd formulation conceded earlier that both countries are victims of terrorism, elevating Pakistan thus from a perpetrator of terrorism against us to a partner in arms against it.Some equivalence has been conceded though in the formulation that both countries “affirmed the strong commitment…to fight and eliminate terrorism in an effective and comprehensive manner so as to eliminate the scourge in all its forms and manifestations”, but having lost ground massively earlier it is not possible now to retrieve it diplomatically. Pakistan’s prevarications on the Mumbai terror attack, its give-me-more-and-more-evidence-which-I-will-ignore approach, its unwillingness to act against Hafiz Saeed and suppress the jihadi groups, and dismissal of Abu Jundal’s testimony as an “insinuation” hardly supports the above affirmation.The formulation on Jammu and Kashmir is neutrally worded, with both sides prepared to “continue discussions in a purposeful and forward looking manner with the view to finding a peaceful solution by narrowing divergences and building convergences”.SnubGiven Pakistan’s claims about the centrality of the Kashmir issue and its reversion to its traditional position of resolving it on the basis of relevant UN resolutions, as confirmed in its parliamentary resolution earlier this year, this exercise of “narrowing differences and building convergences” is more an effort at verbal crafting than any serious political commitment.Unsurprisingly, the Pakistani Prime Minister has, after the talks, promptly reaffirmed Pakistan’s full support for the Kashmiri cause till the UN resolutions are implemented.The emphasis on cross LOC CBMs reflects our desire to win over public sentiment in the valley and Pakistan’s hope that these will eventually erode India’s sovereignty and give it a say in J&K affairs.Pakistan, had in any case, made up for the tempered J&K formulation in the joint statement by its Foreign Secretary repeating the affront his Foreign Minister administered to us when he, like her, met the separatist Kashmiri leaders even before he held official discussions. Our displeasure conveyed to her then, which she dismissed with hauteur, has gone unheeded.advertisementNeedIt is unacceptable that even Pakistani bureaucrats should be meeting Indian separatists in India’s capital, but we cannot now easily extricate ourselves from the web of our past mistakes. A right riposte would be to openly meet dissidents from J&K’s Northern Areas either in India or in third countries as Pakistan will not allow us to meet them in Islamabad. The intention to promote more people to people, media and sports contacts, parliamentary exchanges etc is to be welcomed, even if the delay in signing the finalised revised bilateral Visa Agreement which would facilitate this remains unexplained.The joint statement reflects the stalemate in ties- neither conspicuously improving nor notably deteriorating. Its ritual phraseology gives the text length but not any depth. Just as well, as we clutch at straws of peace with Pakistan as if we are drowning and end in making one-sided concessions to make the dialogue look meaningful. We should wait for drowning Pakistan to clutch at opportunities of peace with India.last_img read more

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