Jamaican Yona Knight-Wisdom has booked his spot in the Men’s 3M diving final at the FINA Canada Cup, in Gatineau, Canada this afternoon. Knight-Wisdom placed third in the Group A semi final with a dive scoring 398.10, finishing behind Canadian Francois Imbeau-Dulac , who had a score of 419.05, and New Zealander Liam Stone, who scored 400.05. The British based Olympian, who was disappointed with his previous dive which landed him a score of 382.85 in the first round, said although not quite there yet, he’s getting closer to his target of 400. “My new dive improved from preliminary to semi final so that’s positive,” Knight-Wisdom said. “Hopefully that will continue into the final. The rest of my dives were solid.” The final takes place on Sunday at 11:10am Jamaica time.
The General Manager of the Liberia Marketing Association, Mr. Emmanuel T. Tumbey, has said his members are severely affected by the crisis, especially those selling bush-meat, which has been banned due to the risk of contagion. Commodity exports, such as iron ore, palm oil and rubber form the backbone of Liberia’s economic growth. It is striking, though perhaps not surprising, that workers in these particular sectors of the economy are also among those hardest hit by poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition.He said, the Ebola crisis in West Africa differs from other emergency situations in almost every way. This is not a crisis where needs can quickly be identified, supplied and distributed; and measures implemented to put people, communities and the economy back on track.“The situation is getting more serious every day. While the numbers of Ebola cases are doubling every three weeks, the virus also keeps taking an increasing economic toll, affecting the poorest half of the Liberian population who live in conditions of extreme poverty.”According to a recent report produced by Liberia’s Ministry of Agriculture, about 75 per cent of mine-workers, more than 70 per cent of those working in the palm oil industry and about 63 per cent of those working on rubber plantations suffer severe to moderate food insecurity. The economic slow-down currently caused by the Ebola-epidemic has exacerbated the situation further.“People survive by eating what they grow in their own gardens, and by selling vegetables from their back yards,” said Deroe Weeks, Director of Food Security and Nutrition at the Ministry of Agriculture. “For the bush-meat hunters, there are not many alternative livelihoods. Food insecurity will increase,” she said.Liberian businessman Amin Modad, who is leading an economic recovery strategy initiative, said two of the main obstacles for Liberian businesses are the lack of skilled entrepreneurs and lack of access to credit. But the situation now is acute. “I have loans to pay. If it continues like this, I will not make it.”UNDP is now reprogramming its resources in Liberia to meet a range of Ebola-related challenges. So far, UNDP’s support helped strengthen coordination of assistance at the country level, promoted social mobilization, and organized Ebola sensitization and preventive awareness campaigns in all 15 counties in Liberia.“Massive social mobilization, awareness creation and active engagement of the society are necessary if we are to stand a chance to contain Ebola,” said UNDP Country Director for Liberia, Kamil Kamaluddeen. “The risk of social unrest and violence are likely to escalate as the situation continues to deteriorate.”UNDP has also provided expertise to enhance information management capacities and supplied vehicles to improve the national response capacity of the Command Centre for coordination, surveillance and case management.A team of UNDP experts is helping to improve crisis response capacity at the national and local levels, and design measures to revitalize the economy, including a wide-ranging social protection plan, including cash transfers to the poorest part of the population.Another specific area where UNDP will provide support is reducing the spread of infection in prisons by training selected corrections officers to prevent outbreaks, and uphold the human rights of inmates, strengthening prison health facilities, and improving the diet of inmates.UNDP has been designing response and recovery efforts. Its staff is ensuring that the health response is integrated and coordinated. It is also working to ensure that the response is inclusive by helping meet some of the pressing needs of the most-affected communities.This focus is essential so that the services that support livelihoods and hold communities together can be quickly restored. By helping communities, Liberia can more effectively begin to move beyond the epidemic by accelerating the recovery effort and returning the economy and society to a path of longe-term development.With the dramatic toll the Ebola crisis is taking on individuals, communities and the economy, the income structure in Liberia could be severely affected. As families lose their breadwinners, livelihoods disappear and prices of commodities, health services and other emergency expenses increase, the social fabric of the country could change.“In this scenario, social protection mechanisms will contribute to improving stability and security, and make the Liberian society as a whole more robust and resilient,” said Kamaluddeen.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
One of the prosecution’s witnesses in the mercenary case involving 18 Liberians, Prince Barclay has alleged that corrections officers of the Bureau of Rehabilitation and Corrections at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), received money to release Bob Marley, another co-defendant, from the Monrovia Central Prison.He was expected to have testified on Friday, April 25, but that did not happen after state lawyers claimed he was suffering from severe diarrhea. This caused Judge Emery Paye to postpone the trial to, Monday, April 28.When he appeared Monday, April, 28, to testify in favor of the state, witness Barclay made the claim that Bob Marley was released after bribing Ministry of Justice’s employees assigned at the Monrovia Central Prison.He did not mention the number of corrections officers that received the money to free Marley, neither did he say how much was offered to them (Ministry of Justice employee) to release him (Bob).The co-defendant turned government witness told the court “somebody entered our cell and gave the money to the officers, purposely to release everyone of us, so that we could go to La Côte d’Ivoire to fight.”“Bob Marley was the only person that was released among us,” he claimed.He was among the 18 persons accused of launching cross border attacks into neighboring La Côte d’Ivoire, where seven United Nations peacekeepers were killed.Explaining his relationship with Marley, Barclay claimed he was the former deputy chief of staff to Bob, whom, according to him, was then chief staff of the Liberian mercenaries fighting alongside pro- Laurent Gbagbo forces.“After our recruitment, we were given 30 Million CFA as partial payment. After we successfully reinstated Gbagbo, the balance would have been given to us,” witness Barclay alleged.“Unfortunately”, he said, “Marley fled with the money when we were attacked by the United Nations forces.”In his testimony, Barclay alleged he was in prison when the UN peacekeepers were killed.“I was not there when the seven UN peacekeepers were killed, but I was told by some of the defendants that they killed them (UN peacekeepers),” the state witness concluded.The trial continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A father of four will spend four years without his children after he was on Monday jailed for the said period by city Magistrate Judy Latchman.Kevin Clark, 34, was also fined $30,000 when he admitted to having 184 grams of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.The defendant reportedly turned up at the Brickdam Police Station after ranks from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) swooped down at his Lot 135 King Edwards Street, Albouystown home and found the narcotics hidden in a barrel in the premises.The ranks were told by Clark’s step-daughter that the drug belonged to him. The man was not at home at the time of the search.After reporting to the Police Station, Clark told the ranks that he was selling the drug as he lost his job as a security guard and needed to provide for his family.
…a dangerous Burnham tactic that will burdenfuture generations – economistGuyana last year defaulted on payments of in excess of $20 billion that was supposed to be utilised to pay off in part, sections of the nation’s Public Debt—a dangerous situation that has since grabbed the attention of economists.The fact that $20 billion was not used by the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government is documented in the nation’s audited accounts for 2015 undertaken by the Auditor General’s Office−the first such for the coalition government since taking Office.In that 2015 Report, it is highlighted that Central Government’s current (recurring) expenditure was under the 2015 budget allocation by $25.8 billion.This shortfall, according to the Auditor General, was mainly due to $20.3 billion under Public Debt, for servicing of loans, which was not utilised.The remaining amounts that were not utilised was $2 billion for the Guyana Elections Commissions (GECOM) hosting of Local Government Elections which was not held that year; $1.2 billion which was unspent by the Finance Ministry; $280 million not used by the Ministry of the Presidency; and another $658 million allocated to the Health Ministry for activities not fully executed.On the matter of the Finance Ministry failing to honour or pay its public debt by in excess of $20 billion, the once AFC aligned economist Sasenarine Singh has since questioned whether President David Granger is even aware of this development.“Does President Granger know that his Minister of Finance (Winston Jordan) under-paid the debt by G$20 billion… If not, who really is the Finance Minister accountable to?” Singh queries.Dangerous Burnham tacticAccording to the economist, “not paying the debt down as budgeted is a debased financial strategy especially when there is money to fund this promise.”Calling the development dangerous and reminiscent of the practices of the Forbes Burnham Administration, Singh is adamant that “not paying one’s debt, as promised, is a bad thing since it translates to the future generation being saddled with these debts as a brought forward from the past.”He posits, “This means more taxes for the primary and secondary school children of Guyana when they grow up… Is this the legacy of the Granger administration?”According to economist Singh, “It is the children of Guyana who will have to bear this future burden because of this misstep under the Granger administration.”According to the economist, “This is a dangerous development and it harks one back to what happened under the Burnham administration when that government refused to pay the debt leading to the debt burden climbing to 98 cents of every dollar earned by 1990.”Singh has since laid the proverbial gauntlet at the feet of the Fourth Estate saying, “The local media should demand an explanation from the Minister of Finance as to why he did not liquidate the promised amount of the national debt, when there was enough cash to take care of business.”Meanwhile, as was the case with the significant shortfall in expenditure with regards to government’s recurrent expenditure, Singh has observed too that 2015 Auditor General’s Report highlights that Central Government failed to achieve their anticipated levels of capital expenditure activities during 2015, resulting in a shortfall of G$8.5 billion.This shortfall was attributed primarily to delays in the implementation of key infrastructure projects.According to Singh, the appalling performance by Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson, comes as no surprise, “as I observed his performance as he struggled to compile a basic list of candidates in 2011.”Singh also used the opportunity to take a swipe at the President’s address to Parliament on Thursday last calling it, “most uninspiring” and “illustrates he is definitely out to sea.”Singh was also critical of the administration’s failure to garner its projected revenues for 2015 and points to the fact that even though revenue collection fell short, the administration was still on a spending spree.Current revenue fell short in 2015 by $741 million and according to Singh, “when a nation cannot collect on its revenue but continues to spend on parades and marching parks like there is no tomorrow, then it means there will be less money for real Police services, real healthcare services, real services to the poor and the vulnerable and most importantly real educational services… Can you understand why President Granger cannot face the Teachers Union (GTU)?”According to Singh, a government is as good as its first 100 days and “if this was President Granger’s 100 days, then God help Guyana.”
PARIS – OK, so it won’t fit on the mantelpiece, but imagine how it will impress your friends. A 1.2-ton-landing gear from the Concorde and a Mach-monitoring speedometer are perhaps the standout pieces on sale at a four-day auction in France of hundreds of spare parts from the now-defunct supersonic jet. The auction got off to a bumpy start Friday, as organizers quickly pulled five smoke detectors out of the sale amid concerns about radiation risk. Aerospace buffs were unfazed. The first item to go among the 835 lots was a Concorde filling valve, which sold for $638, more than double the pre-auction estimate. Americium-241 is a byproduct of decayed plutonium, and is commonly thought to be lethal when ingested. It is a main component of many home smoke detectors, acting as a sort of conductor that sets off an alarm when disrupted by smoke. Also conspicuously absent from the auction will be the Concorde’s trademark needle nose. Three of them were auctioned in London and Paris in 2003 and 2004 – the first of which went for more than a half-million dollars. The auction in the southwestern city of Toulouse, home to plane maker Airbus and its predecessor company behind the Concorde, has been organized by a group of former engineers and executives. Proceeds will go toward a planned airplane museum and park in Toulouse. Airbus sold the parts – half of which are new – in 2003 to the nonprofit Aerotheque association for the symbolic sum of one Euro, about $1.40 at today’s rates. The auction is expected to reap about $337,000. Most items have been valued at between $70 and $425. Orders will also be taken by phone. The nose landing gear, 12.5 feet in height and sold with its wooden box, and the main landing gear are both valued between $2,800 and $4,200. The “machmeter,” which displayed the plane’s speed for passengers, is pegged at $2,100 to $3,545. They go up today. None of the items has a reserve price, meaning that they will be sold to the highest bidder no matter what the catalog price, according to the auction Web site. The Concorde made its maiden voyage in 1969, but was retired in 2003 amid ballooning costs and sagging ticket sales after a crash in 2000 that killed 113 people. The plane was commercialized by Air France and British Airways. Associated Press Writer Audrey Sommazi in Toulouse, France, contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cockpit gauges, including air speed indicators and horizontal situation indicators, are being sold along with lower-tech items such as a cabin oven, plate-and-silverware sets, and even a Concorde toilet seat. “This sale is aimed at two types of buyers: collectors who are crazy about the Concorde, but also nostalgic people looking for a last souvenir of the supersonic jet,” said auctioneer Marc Labarbe. The pieces “aren’t just mechanical parts, they also have an aesthetic dimension – all while bearing one of the best trademarks: Concorde,” he added. Labarbe said the five smoke detectors were withdrawn from the auction because they were “contentious” – suggesting there could be liability issues involved – though he did not elaborate. Earlier, environmental group Robin des Bois (French for Robin Hood), called it “scandalous” that the smoke detectors were included in the catalog, saying in a statement that “without a doubt” the detectors contained Americium-241 or other toxic radioactive elements.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Cambria told reporters surgery is reserved for those with more than 70 percent blockage, and Kennedy had “a very high-grade blockage.” He refused to be more specific. BOSTON (AP) – Sen. Edward M. Kennedy underwent surgery Friday to repair a partially blocked artery in his neck, which was discovered during an examination of a decades-old back injury. Kennedy, 75, underwent the hourlong procedure on his left carotid artery – a major supplier of blood to the neck and head – at Massachusetts General Hospital, his office announced. The operation, performed by Dr. Richard Cambria, the hospital’s chief of vascular surgery, was completed without complications, and the Massachusetts Democrat was expected to be released in several days, his Washington office said in a statement. A carotid endarterectomy, the formal name for the operation, is performed on more than 180,000 people a year to prevent a stroke. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A MOTORIST who rolled a car at high speed and then fled the scene leaving SEVEN passengers behind has been given a suspended prison sentence.O’DonnellEmlyn O’Donnell pleaded guilty to a litany of offences relating to the horrific incident which happened at 5am on St Stephen’s Day 2011. O’Donnell had originally been charged with stealing the Renault car which crashed into the Dry Arch Roundabout in Letterkenny.However the theft charge was withdrawn after his girlfriend Heather McClean withdrew the complaint.Inspector Michael Harrison told Letterkenny District Court that passengers at the scene initially denied being in the car.One woman had to be cut from the car by fire crews.“Witnesses later said that Mr O’Donnell was driving so fast that the car shook,” said Inspector Harrison.“They were shouting at O’Donnell to slow down but he ignored their pleas.”The car then “rolled over several times” before landing on its side.When the emergency services arrived at the scene O’Donnell had fled on foot.He later presented himself to Gardai in Letterkenny and admitted he was the driver of the car.“It was an absolute miracle that no-one was killed and no-one was seriously injured,” said Inspector Harrison.Judge Paul Kelly described O’Donnell as “appalling”.He jailed O’Donnell for six months for dangerous driving, suspending the sentence for two years.He added a second consecutive three month sentence for leaving the scene of the crash, also suspending that sentence for two years.O’Donnell was fined €350 for no insurance, was banned from driving for two years and ordered to take part in a driver behaviour course.Judge Kelly warned O’Donnell that he wouldn’t walk free from court again if he appeared before him.Earlier O’Donnell had contested two other charges against him.He had been accused of assault and robbery of a youth in Letterkenny.John Paul Morrison identified O’Donnell in court as being the man who attacked him in Letterkenny in September 2012.“He came out of nowhere and started choking me with a dog chain and then he started whipping me,” said Mr Morrison.“He threatened to stab me and my friend with a Stanley knife.”However other witnesses in the case didn’t appear in court and Judge Kelly said he wasn’t satisfied on the evidence that O’Donnell, who had denied the charges, had carried out the attack.SUSPENDED JAIL SENTENCE FOR DRIVER WHO FLED CAR AFTER SMASH was last modified: September 11th, 2013 by John2Share 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:car crashEmlyn O’Donnellletterkenny
Here are some opportunities to help the less fortunate during the holidays: Hunger Defense Fund food and toy drive: Drop off food, toys and monetary donations, 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday or 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Hunger Defense Fund, 26450 Ruether Ave., Suite 208, Canyon Country. Call Wendi Lancy at (661) 299-9273. Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer: Donate gift cards for families whose children have cancer to the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer, 28405 Sand Canyon Road, Suite A, Canyon Country, CA 91387. Call (661) 250-4100 or visit www.mhf.org. SCV Senior Center “10 Bucks to a Better Future” campaign: Contribute a minimum of $10 yearly to assure that the center will be available to meet every resident’s needs. Checks made payable to “SCVSC Annual Campaign” can be dropped off at or mailed to the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall, 91321, through February. For information, call (661) 259-9444. Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry: The Food Pantry is collecting grocery store gift cards so that needy families can purchase the food necessary for a traditional holiday meal. Mail gift cards to, or drop them off at, 24133 Railroad Ave., Newhall, CA 91321. For information, call Executive Director Belinda Crawford at (661) 255-9078. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake S.C.V.-Newhall Optimist Club Toy and Food Drive: Donate nonperishable foods, unwrapped toys, turkeys and gift certificates. For information on dropoff locations, call Dee Gadbury at (661) 252-7313. Domino’s Pizza Thanks and Giving Campaign: Add a dollar to each order to benefit children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Visit www.stjude.org. Automobile Club of Southern California is accepting donations to benefit Orthopaedic Hospital in Los Angeles and its affiliated Southern California clinics. Those who donate $5 or more will receive a stuffed bird, and those who donate $1 or more will receive a red wristband inscribed with the words “Helping Others.” Mail donations to the Auto Club, 23770 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Kelly Clark at (661) 288-5500. Prayer Angels for the Military: The Prayer Angels are collecting items to include in care packages that are sent throughout the year to troops overseas. For information about items that are needed or a list of drop-off sites, call Sharon Ventrice at (661) 755-8629. Barnes & Noble book drive: Visit the store at 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia, to contribute. Call (661) 254-6604. If your organization has a project designed to help the needy during the holiday season, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The old picture: after the big bang, matter is diffuse. Out of the darkness, stars slowly begin to form, as the first galaxies take shape. Galaxies start out large and slowly grow more dense and structured over billions of years. The new picture: the first galaxies are very compact and dense, spinning rapidly, with stars forming at a prodigious rate. The compact galaxies spin twice as fast as “mature” galaxies closer to us. This change in thinking was expressed by reports found on Science Daily and Space.com. A look at the original paper in Astrophysical Journal Letters puts the surprises in context.1 Pieter van Dokkum et al made observations with the Hubble Space Telescope and the Keck Observatory at redshift z=2.3 in near-infrared light. They found nine galaxies that seemed more compact than usual and did not find any of the large galaxies common at lower redshifts. They deduced that the distant galaxies are 0.9 kiloparsecs in diameter (compared to 5 kpc for nearby galaxies), and that the compact galaxies rotate twice as fast. They did, however, list 5 possible sources of error. Their field of view was limited, for instance, and “the stellar ages and masses of the galaxies have large uncertainties.” Most important, they said, studies at redshifts greater than 2 are “typically based on photometric redshifts, which are poorly calibrated for faint, red galaxies.” Nevertheless, they felt confident that their survey rules out “monolithic” models of galaxy evolution (i.e., “in which early-type galaxies are assembled at the same time as their stars”). They viewed their results as “the most direct evidence to date for an essentially hierarchical assembly history for massive galaxies.” One of the unsolved problems in the paper was how to get large mature galaxies out of early compact ones. How would a dense, compact object grow outward by a factor of six? Galaxy mergers seem insufficient to do the trick. Another problem is how they formed in the first place. For that, the astronomers invoked one of their favorite fudge factors – dark matter:Van Dokkum speculated on how these small, crowded galaxies formed. He said, one way could have involved an interaction in the emerging universe between hydrogen gas and dark matter — an invisible form of matter that accounts for most of the universe’s mass. Shortly after the Big Bang, the universe contained an uneven landscape of dark matter. He said that hydrogen gas could have been trapped in puddles of the invisible material which began spinning rapidly in dark matter’s gravitational whirlpool, forming stars at a furious rate.1. van Dokkum et al, “Confirmation of the Remarkable Compactness of Massive Quiescent Galaxies at z~2.3: Early-Type Galaxies Did not Form in a Simple Monolithic Collapse,” Astrophysical Journal Letters,677:L5�L8, 2008 April 10, DOI: 10.1086/587874.You gotta love the imagination of some scientists. Nobody has a clue what dark matter is, or whether it even exists. This guy has the imaginary stuff forming puddles and whirlpools. Let him connect his “mysterious unknown stuff” (02/28/2008) with empirical observations before telling us it will make stars form at a furious rate. Claims like the ones in this paper should always be taken with a grain of salt. Many laymen read such things on Science Daily or other popular news sources and have no idea what the astronomers are talking about, let alone what it means. Something to watch for is the element of surprise. Why were the astronomers surprised by what they found? What did they actually find? Measurements such as this are extremely difficult to make. Astronomers are trying to interpret very faint objects near the limit of observability. It becomes hard to establish where the noise stops and the signal begins. The team was honest enough in the original paper to list five major sources of error that could invalidate the claims that these galaxies are unusually compact. To us, each source of error seemed significant. Another caution is that observations at cosmological distances are very much tied into the theories employed to make the observations. What does an infrared blob with a redshift of 2.3 (inferred to represent something at a given distance and age) actually represent? Why were they focusing on these things instead of other things? In the 1920s, recall, Edwin Hubble thought that galaxies began as ellipticals and evolved into spirals. In later years some astronomers reversed the sequence. Lately astronomers have been finding more structure, more density, and more “maturity” the farther back they look. It appears that this team was somewhat eager to substantiate the hierarchical model of galaxy evolution over the monolithic model. But how do they know there are not other possibilities? And how do they know other sources of error, unknown to us today, might confuse what they think they saw? Consider that about 20 years ago, many astronomers were caught off guard by the discovery of gravitational lensing. The bending of light by intervening galaxies, they realized, can seriously compromise the interpretation of distant objects. It was something few had ever considered. No one knows whether another phenomenon might be introducing systematic errors into the observations today. That being said, let’s assume they are correct, and that these distant galaxies are in fact more compact than expected. It is noteworthy that the astronomers were surprised to see tight and dense structures so close to the assumed big bang. Simplistic models would have predicted otherwise. Creation astronomers might want to consider how this survey might fit a “top-down” model for galaxy formation. Humphreys’ “white hole cosmology” predicted, for example, that distant galaxies would appear from earth to be changing rapidly due to gravitational time dilation. We’ll leave such considerations to those interested. The lesson for our purposes is that different assumptions allow for different interpretations consistent with the very same empirical observations. Things are not always what they seem. Some cosmologists have their scientific method backward. They work according to the inverted principle, “No observation should be considered legitimate until confirmed by theory.” Observation should trump theory in science. It may not be possible to observe something completely free of bias, but a good first step would be to state one’s biases up front as far as one is aware of them.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0