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Housekeeper accused of stealing from Minister Broomes not guilty

first_imgA 33-year-old housekeeper who was accused of stealing $195,000 from Minister Simona Broomes was on Thursday freed of the charge when she appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Donetta RajkumarDonetta Rajkumar of La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD), had initially denied the charge which stated that between March 6 and March 7, 2019 at Lodge, Georgetown, she stole $195,000 from Minister Broomes.When the matter was called before Principal Magistrate Annette Singh, she informed the court that insufficient evidence was found. Hence, she handed down a not-guilty verdict.The defendant was represented by Attorney-at-Law Everton Lammy-Singh, who contended throughout the trial that his client did not remove the cash.According to the Prosecutor’s case, the defendant was alone in the house carrying out her duties when the money went missing. She was said to be the only one apart from the Minister with access to the drawer, in which the money was kept, at that time.last_img read more

Get ready for the annual CDC Talent Show

first_imgThe Child Development Centre is getting ready for it’s annual CDC Talent Show March 6th.Once again this year your support is needed to raise over $200,000 towards an expansion of the CDC Building.  February 16th and Feb 20th you can visit Great Canadian Oil Change and they will donate $3 from every oil change and $5 from transmission flush to the CDC.Also get ready for the Arctech Welding & Machining A Day for the Kids fundraiser for the CDC.  That will take place Thursday March 5th on Moose FM. – Advertisement -Thank you to the following companies that have donated already:Artech Welding & MachiningWestlund – a division of Emco CorporationAdvertisement Why not think about how you and or your company can be apart of the fundraising for the CDC.  Help collect money from people in your workplace and donate it to the CDC.  To make a donation call 787-7100 or donate online at http://www.energeticcity.ca/donate-fort-st-john-child-development-centrelast_img read more

Paris celebrates France’s march to the World Cup final

first_img0Shares0000Paris celebrates France making it into the World Cup final with a 1-0 semi-final win over Belgium © AFP / Eric FEFERBERGPARIS, France, Jul 10 – The French national anthem La Marseillaise, chants of “We’re in the final” and a cacophony of car horns and fire crackers rang out over Paris on Tuesday as residents in the capital celebrated France’s march to the World Cup final.A crowd of 20,000 gathered to watch Dider Deschamps’ team beat Belgium 1-0 in their semi-final in Saint Petersburg on a giant screen at Paris’ historic Hotel de Ville, or town hall. With viewing space at a premium every vantage spot was occupied — with fans perched on trees, on top of vans, on dustbins and bus shelters.Samuel Umtiti’s decisive goal in the 52nd minute triggered the waving of a sea of tricolors, ecstatic fans many in the national team’s colours kissed and hugged and danced.The Rue de Rivoli, normally choc-a-bloc with traffic, became a temporary pedestrian zone as crowds made their way along it past the Louvre to the Champs-Elysees, where 20 years earlier Paris had gathered to celebrate France’s World Cup win on home soil.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Championship round-up: Derby stay top with hard-fought win against Watford

first_img Derby celebrate against Watford Derby remain the team to beat at the top of the Championship table with a 2-1 win against fellow promotion hopefuls Watford at Vicarage Road.The Rams went ahead after a stunning goal from Jordan Ibe. The on-loan Liverpool winger collected the ball on the left before driving the ball into the top corner with a crisp strike.Gianni Munari’s wonderful finish seemed to earn a point for the Hornets until Craig Bryson’s sensational drive sealed a hugely important win for Steve McClaren’s league leaders.Bournemouth stay inside the automatic places despite having to settle for a 2-2 draw against Ipswich at Dean Court.The Cherries got off to a flying start when Yann Kermorgant latched onto Simon Francis’ delivery in the second minute to net his fourth league goal of the campaign.Ipswich substitute Teddy Bishop produced a measured finish to draw Mick McCarthy’s men level after the restart, but Matt Ritchie’s neat finsih reclaimed the host’s advantage.And an enthralling encounter was to end in a draw when Daryl Murphy planted his header into the top corner past Artur Boruc following Paul Anderson’s swinging free-kick.Norwich and Brighton shared the spoils in a gripping 3-3 encounter at Carrow Road. Brighton defender Bruno headed the visitors ahead before Jonny Howson quickly responded for the hosts.Russell Martin then marked his 200th appearance for the Canaries with a thunderous strike from 30 yards to put them ahead, but Kazenga Lua-Lua’s neat finish pegged the visitors level before Adrián Colunga’s cool penalty put the Seagulls in front.But Gary Hooper earned a vital point for under-fire boss Neil Adams in dramatic fashion, when the former Celtic striker clinically drilled the ball past David Stockdale.Wigan ended a turbulent week with a battling 1-1 draw against high-flying Middlesbrough in Malky Mackay’s first game in charge.Shaun Maloney gave Wigan a first-half lead, brilliantly curling his free-kick into the top corner from 25 yards.But the Latics were unable to hold onto their advantage as Middlesbrough equalised midway through the second half when substitute Patrick Bamford’s first touch of the match was to send the ball past Scott Carson.Nottingham Forest recorded back-to-back league wins with a 3-0 victory against Wolves. Second half goals from Britt Assombalonga, Matty Fryatt and Henri Lansbury were enough to send Stuart Pearce’s side up to eighth in the table.Blackburn moved into the play-off positions after a 2-1 victory against Leeds United at Ewood Park. Souleymane Doukara’s instinctive strike inside the six yard box looked to be enough for the visitors until Jordan Rhodes’ second half double clinched the win for Gary Bowyer’s men.Lee Chung-yong’s late effort rescued a point for Bolton at Bloomfield Road after Jacob Murphy had given Blackpool the lead. The Tangerines remain ten points adrift of safety.Finally, draw specialists Charlton shared the spoils in a 0-0 draw with local rivals Millwall, while the early kick-off between Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday also ended goalless. 1last_img read more

Lukaku’s dip in form triggers betting cash back

first_img0Shares0000Romelu Lukaku and Juan mata react after a missed chance during the Manchester Derby on December 10, 2017. PHOTO/Daily MailNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 15 – Romelu Lukaku’s dip in form has been a subject of online banter and now gaming firm Dafabet has weighed in by giving Kenya’s Manchester United fans a pick me up by refunding lost stakes after the Red Devil’s 2-1 loss to rivals Manchester City.In what Dafabet calls Money Back Monday, the gaming firm insists they play fair and would always give fans a lifted up in selected matches. “We couldn’t help but feel for Manchester United fans after two howlers from Lukaku gifted Man City scoring opportunities,” Chris Harley, Dafabet Head of Business Development, said.Harley added: “Dafabet is a fair and opportune company and we like to see our customers treated appropriately. We like to see our customers win and get value for their money. Customers should be encouraged to look out for our Price Boosts, Money Back Monday and other exciting promos over the festive period.”Dafabet has returned thousands of losing stakes this year including the controversial Watford versus Liverpool game where the Kop were held to a draw thanks to an offside goal.Real Madrid beating of a below par Barcelona saw Dafabet also return all losing bets just as was in recent Manchester City versus Arsenal match.Dafabet has paid out already to customers who bet on runaway English Premier League leaders, Manchester City to win the league.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Watford leading race for Italy midfielder as they prepare for Premier League

first_imgWatford are in prime position to sign Cagliari midfielder Daniele Dessena this summer.Following the Rossoblu’s relegation to Serie B this season, the 28-year-old is said to be pushing for a move to England and is keen to link up with the Hornets’ Italian owner, Gino Pozzo.However, according to reports in Italy, Watford face competition from Serie A clubs Palermo and Atalanta but the midfielder is apparently keen to secure a move to the Premier League.Dessena looks set to leave Cagliari for the second time, having previously left for Sampdoria in 2010. He rejoined the club in summer 2012, making 103 appearances. Cagliari midfielder Daniele Dessena 1last_img read more

Sharks notes: Hertl update, Labanc’s confidence and easing the burden on Suomela’s shoulders

first_imgSAN JOSE — Pete DeBoer is back at the white board, drawing up new line combinations to absorb the potential loss of a top-Sharks forward.Tomas Hertl, who left Saturday’s win over the Philadelphia Flyers with a head injury, missed practice Monday, forcing the Sharks coach to go back into the laboratory and rejigger his lines after he’d just found a working formula in the wake of Joe Thornton’s reintegration into the lineup.DeBoer labeled Hertl’s status as “day to day.” He doesn’t think the …last_img read more

Just-So Stories for the Birds

first_img(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Any evidence can be forced into an evolutionary story if your imagination is strong enough.Not WAIR again: Old Montana chukar hunter Ken Dial hasn’t reformed since we exposed his silly partridge family story 12 years ago (12/22/03). How could he? There’s no better alternative story if you’re a Darwinist. Most of his evolutionary comrades have problems with the tree-down (arboreal) or ground-up (cursorial) theories on the origin of flight, so his story (not theory) of wing-assisted incline running (WAIR; must have a scientific-sounding acronym) fills up a falsifying gap. His trainee Ashley Heers keeps the tradition going. Science Daily describes her latest science-y experiments with X-rays that observe, legitimately, that “young birds acquire a mature flight stroke early in their development, initially relying heavily on their legs and wings to work in tandem to power the strenuous movement.” How that supports evolution is quizzical, but she finds a way. Here’s Heers’s rationalization for looking busy:“The transition from ground-living dinosaurs to flight-capable birds is one of the major evolutionary transitions in vertebrate history, because flight is the most physically demanding form of locomotion,” said lead author Ashley Heers, a postdoctoral researcher in the American Museum of Natural History’s Division of Paleontology [so far so good]. “The kind of flight that we normally think of in living birds–for example, what you might see in a pigeon or a robin–involved a huge evolutionary overhaul of the animal’s basic body plan over time. And although scientists have been studying flight for more a century, there’s actually a surprising amount that we don’t know about how birds fly.“That deficiency could be solved quickly with a single viewing of Flight: The Genius of Birds. But since that knowledge doesn’t need Darwin, she plugs on, running her little baby chukars up the ramp against their will, hoping to channel the ghost of Haeckel’s dead recapitulation theory:“Baby birds anatomically look a lot like some of the dinosaur fossils that we see,” Heers said. “And so, by studying baby birds and looking at how they actually use these dinosaur-like anatomies, we can get a better sense of how these long-extinct animals might have been using their wings.”Dial keeps running this meme in the PLoS ONE paper as co-author. Note to science historians: Dial & Heers actually reference Haeckel favorably in an earlier paper on Current Biology. Taxpayers can thank the National Science Foundation for keeping these two storytellers employed and Haeckel undead.From lizard to gizzard: The Chinese found another bird skeleton in their exceptional fossil deposits. The report in Current Biology, however, is not particularly helpful to Darwin. This enantiornithine bird ate fish and produced gastric pellets like modern birds, who digest food with grinding rocks (gastroliths) in their gizzards, a process that involves storage of gastroliths, strong muscles to grind the food and push it on to the intestine, and the software to run all the equipment. It’s the earliest known evidence for gastric pellets in birds, and looks just like modern ones. For evolutionists, this means that 120 million years ago, “Two-chambered stomach and antiperistalsis were present in Early Cretaceous birds.”Darwin finch re-interpretation: Remember the 157 years of claims that Darwin’s finches represent a classic example of natural selection? New evidence published in PNAS is calling for a revision of the story that food availability caused beak sizes to change. The new paper says, “The shapes of bird beaks are highly controlled by nondietary factors.” Whoops; this implies that beak shape and skull size are not driven by food availability, but by other factors like genetic and developmental histories. How will this affect the iconic Darwin finch story?We show that beak and skull shapes in birds of prey (“raptors”) are strongly coupled and largely controlled by size. This relationship means that, rather than being able to respond independently to natural selection, beak shapes are highly constrained to evolve in a particular way. The main aspects of shape variation seem to correspond with specific genes active during development. Because raptors are not each other’s closest relatives, similar shape constraints may therefore have been present in the ancestors of all modern songbirds, including Darwin’s finches, the classic example of explosive evolution in birds. If this hypothesis is true, then such classic examples may be unusual, needing first to break a genetic lock before their beaks could evolve new shapes.The paper was edited by Neil “your inner fish” Shubin, famous for his discovery of Tiktaalik.The storytelling never ends, but the observations tell a different story. Have you watched Flight yet? You owe it to yourself to hear the non-evolutionary alternative for bird origins.last_img read more

Arsonists Set Indian Man’s House on Fire in UK, Police Probe Hate Crime Angle

first_imgUnidentified arsonists set the house and car of an Indian digital consultant on fire shortly after midnight at Orpington, Kent, in the United Kingdom on Sept. 15 in what police say may be a hate crime. No one was hurt in the attack, but the house and car were damaged, police said.Mayur Karlekar, 43, who has lived in the United Kingdom for 19 years, was awoken by his neighbors after they noticed the fire.The local police said a group of four young arsonists was involved in setting the house and car on fire. No arrests have been made so far, the Times of India reported.Karlekar moved to the United Kingdom from Mumbai in 1999 after receiving a work permit for Tech Mahindra and continued to live in the country, where he has worked at various Indian companies, including TCS and HCL. Shortly after midnight on Sept. 15, he heard a knock on the door and the doorbell, and when he opened the door, he saw his property in flames.“My neighbor came round half dressed. He was asleep but his dog had smelt the fire and started barking, waking him up. I thought it was just some random people knocking but when I got out of bed I could see huge flames outside the window next to my son’s bedroom. The flames were 15 feet high,” the publication quoted him as saying.“I don’t feel safe at all and we are worried, if these people are not caught, they will damage other houses and families with kids who may not be as lucky as us to escape,” he said, adding that he now wished to move out of the neighborhood if such occurrences happen again.Karlekar, a father of two, said that the fire department responded 25 minutes after being called and that the police took the report 32 hours and seven calls later, according to the report. As no person was injured, the incident got “deprioritized,” he added. Arsonists used flammable liquid like petrol to start the fire. “The fire has been caused by petrol or something to create those flames as a matchstick alone would not cause that,” he said.Speaking to the publication, the local police confirmed that the case is being investigated as a hate crime. A CCTV footage shows four young people lighting up the shrubbery of Karlekar’s property along with the red Toyota car to set them all on fire together. The footage showed they succeeded in their fourth try.Karlekar said this was “targeted attack.’’ The total loss would be between £15,000 and £20,000, including complete destruction of his two cars, roof, gate, a window, and all the shrubs in his property, he added.The next morning, a bunch of young people were spotted laughing and taking pictures and videos of the damages which were later believed to be posted on the social media by them.“We have not caused any trouble to anyone and have only helped others. My wife is a physiotherapist and I was special constable doing voluntary unpaid work. We support multiple UK charities. This act happening to us was a complete shock,” Karlekar was quoted as saying in the report.Last month, the Edinburgh Police arrested a man after a gurdwara was targeted in a suspected arson attack in Leith city. Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sahib was targeted with a petrol bomb at 5.05 am on Aug. 28. Detectives said the Sikh temple was deliberately targeted, BBC had reported at the time. No one was injured but the building suffered damages. In a similar incident that took place on June 6 this year, a gurdwara and a mosque were set ablaze in Leeds, United Kingdom, in the wee hours. The police arrested a 42-year-old man during the investigation, treating them as hate crime incidents.  Related Itemshate crimekentUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

PH’s Dumaan treks rough road to gold in pencak silat

first_imgDumaan, 21, needed to run off his excess weight for the tanding Class A 45-50 kilogram division but still had enough strength to defeat Indonesia’s Firman, 4-1, in the Southeast Asian Games final held at Bukit Kiara here.READ: Lesser-known sport gives life to struggling PH SEA Games bidFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingA newcomer in the SEA Games, the Roxas City-native was overweight by 4.4 pounds prior to the start of competition Sunday, according to pencak silat chief Princess Jacel Kiram.“He’s a very hardworking athlete with a lot of promise,” said Kiram of Dumaan, who won a bronze during the Asian Beach Games last year. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports science boosts pencak silat team Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Dumaan was discovered from the national games, according to Kiram.“But he worked his way up the national team after impressive sparring with national team members,” she added.Mastafa Fitri Masjuri of Malaysia and Muhammad Ridhwan Selamat of Singapore took the bronze medals in the division.It was the first pencak silat gold medal scored by the Philippines in the SEA Games since 2005.Before Dumaan hit paydirt, Princesslyn Enopia, Rickrod Ortega and Jefferson Rhey Loon copped the bronzes in the women’s tanking Class A, men’s tanding Class C and Class D, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Dines Dumaan of the Philippines after winning the gold medal in the men’s tanding putra class A 45-50 kg division of the 29th Southeast Asian Games pencak silat competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR —Dines Dumaan went through the wringer to give the Philippines a coveted gold in pencak silat Tuesday.And while it wasn’t enough to avert yet another failed bid by the country in the biennial meet, the gold was worth a celebration.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Almohaidib Abad and Cherry May Regalado were still in contention for golds in the men’s and women’s artistic divisions late Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View commentslast_img read more