Fraser-Pryce to host Christmas treat

first_imgWorld and double Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will host her ninth annual children’s Christmas treat in her hometown of Waterhouse tomorrow, starting at 12 noon. The treat will actually be held at 23 Ashoka Road, where she grew up. One additional feature this year will be a special outreach to also treat some 70 kids from the Majestic Gardens community. “Christmas is a time for giving to the less fortunate, and my hard work has helped me to achieve, so I will always want to share anything I have or gained with them. I did experience this situation they now face, and I want to make them feel that someone cares, as it fills my heart with joy when I see the smiles and reactions of these kids,” said Fraser-Pryce. “There are so many less fortunate people in our society who needs a helping hand, and I will always reach out to them through my foundation,” added Fraser-Pryce. She will receive support from Digicel and GraceKennedy, for whom she is their brand Ambassador, and international sportswear manufacturer Nike.last_img

Flyers punish Whitehorse Huskies

first_imgThe Flyers wrapped up the weekend in style, posting a dominating 13-2 victory in the second leg of their exhibition series in Whitehorse on Saturday night.- Advertisement -After jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the first period, the Flyers made it a blowout in the second, spurred on by the line of Ian Munro, Kimbi Daniels, and Ryan Manitowich. Munro had begun the game as the Flyers’ 10th forward, but joined Daniels and Manitowich after Matt Shuya had fought Kristian Jefkins in defence of Daniels in the first period. Munro posted a natural hat-trick in a span of 3:16, and added his fourth goal of the game in the third period. Kimbi Daniels also impressed, chipping in two goals and five assists. Other Flyers goals came from Andrew Derton (2), Ryan Manitowich, Luke Middleton, Todd Alexander, Jeff Fast, and David Alexander.After keeping his team in the game on Friday night, Huskies goaltender Cory McEachran couldn’t repeat the feat on Saturday. The two-time Allan Cup winner was pulled after Fort St. John’s seventh goal, but had to come back into the net halfway through the third, after backup Brian Power couldn’t stop the bleeding.Troy Hunt returned to the Flyers goal, and posted 29 minutes of shutout hockey, before being replaced by Clayton Pool, who played the second half of the game.Derek Johnstone and Lucas Franzen scored for Whitehorse.Advertisement By Jon Zacks The Huskies struggled with discipline all night, and the Flyers made them pay. Twice, Whitehorse players dropped their gloves and tried to fight Flyers forward Evan Boire, but Boire refused to drop the gloves, earning his team valuable powerplay time. The Flyers certainly made the Huskies pay, scoring six powerplay goals, as well as a short-handed marker.The Flyers will now spend the night in Whitehorse, before getting up early on Sunday morning for the long bus-ride back to Fort St. John.Their next exhibition games are scheduled for April 9-10 in Prince George.last_img

$4 million award in death

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But Galipo said that Mitchell was at least two feet away when the first shots were fired. Mitchell’s white T-shirt showed no soot or stippling that would have come from a shot fired at close range, Galipo said. “The way I won was to show the version given by the deputy was inconsistent with the physical evidence and forensic evidence,” Galipo said. “I think Manes completely panicked and mishandled the whole situation. For whatever reason, from the beginning, he just panicked. After he shot, he was in shock, and shot some more. I don’t know.” The county’s attorney did not return phone calls for comment. The Sheriff’s Department will appeal the verdict, said a spokesman for Sheriff Lee Baca, who is in Russia. “We just believe the jurors didn’t understand the facts,” Baca spokesman Steve Whitmore said. “We are convinced we will prevail in the appellate system.” A federal jury Tuesday awarded $4 million to the family of a ex-convict shot to death by sheriff’s deputies in November 2002 outside his sister’s Littlerock home. The Los Angeles jury deliberated for about two hours before awarding damages to Robert Mitchell’s family, who had filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against Los Angeles County, claiming the shooting was unjustified. “I’m very pleased with the verdict,” said Dale Galipo, the attorney who represented Mitchell’s parents and six children. “I think that this jury was very courageous. It takes a certain amount of courage on the part of jurors even when they see misconduct to return a verdict like this.” Attorneys for the county argued that Deputy Rick Manes was justified in shooting Mitchell, who was unarmed, because Mitchell tried to grab Manes’ gun and then went after his partner’s gun, Galipo said. The shooting occurred about 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20, 2002, as Mitchell was leaving his sister’s house in the 9200 block of East Avenue T-4 to go to his parents’ house, where he lived about eight blocks away, Galipo said. Mitchell had been released from prison the previous May after serving time for assault on a peace officer. Deputies pulled up in front of the house in response to a 911 call about a burglary at a home next door. Before arriving, the deputies were told that the intruder was a neighbor who was threatening to kill the home’s residents, officials said. When Manes and Deputy Clark Lien arrived, they spotted Mitchell, Galipo said. “They saw Mitchell standing in the middle of the street and they assume he was the guy who was the subject of the call,” Galipo said. Manes said he fired two shots initially when Mitchell allegedly tried to grab his gun, Galipo said. Galipo said the 911 caller never hung up the phone, and the tape of that call revealed what sounded like four shots in the initial round. “I think the jury had some credibility concerns with the story the deputies gave and the physical evidence,” Galipo said. Galipo said the seven jurors unanimously found that Manes violated the civil rights of Mitchell under federal law by using excessive and unreasonable deadly force, and that he was also negligent under state law in the shooting of Mitchell. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Year wait for Audiology Appointments ‘deeply concerning’ – Doherty

first_imgFigures from the HSE show that there are currently over 800 children on the audiology waiting list in Co Donegal, 110 of whom have been waiting over twelve months for an appointment.Deputy Pearse Doherty has today criticised the lengthy waiting times for Under 18s audiology services in Donegal.Branding the figures as ‘deeply concerning’ Deputy Doherty said “The HSE Community Audiology Service was established to provide a comprehensive audiology service for infants, children as well as eligible adults and medical card holders and offers hearing assessment, diagnostic and habilitative services, hearing aid fitting and follow-up care to patients. “However, following concerns from Constituents surrounding the delays facing patients awaiting an appointment from the Service, I decided to raise the issue of waiting times with the Minister in the Dáil last month for service users here in Donegal.“The HSE has now provided me with a full breakdown of those waiting list figures and it’s evident from the data that children and all those under the age 18 years of age face some of the longest waiting times here in the county for audiology services.“While there are presently 819 children in Donegal on the community audiology waiting list, 110 of these have been waiting for over a year now for an appointment which, for them and their families, is deeply concerning.“Early intervention is key in cases involving young people as problems relating to hearing loss or hearing impairment in children can have a detrimental impact on their development and educational attainment if not properly treated. “And the budget announed yesterday by the Government gives very little hope that additional measures will be taken to improve access to or delivery of these services.“There are also currently 870 adults awaiting an appointment for audiology in Donegal however, no patient in this category has been on the waiting list for more than a year.“While this is of course a positive and clearly reflects the huge efforts being made by the personnel working within the service to treat and assess patients in a timely and professional manner, more resources need to be made available to the service in order to alleviate the demands which are being placed on it, particularly within children’s audiology services here in the county.”Year wait for Audiology Appointments ‘deeply concerning’ – Doherty was last modified: October 12th, 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

Boastful Origin-of-Life Claims Conceal Contradictions

first_imgThe latest speculations about life’s origins always overlook the most essential component: the origin of biological information.Suggestive catch-phrases are no substitute for demonstration. Evolutionary scientists employ stock phrases like “missing link” and “RNA world” and “prebiotic soup” that conceal, rather than illuminate, the actual chemical problems getting from molecules to life. The so-called “building blocks of life,” like a pile of bricks, can do nothing on their own without guidance from information in blueprints and the mechanisms to convert information into structure.Here’s the latest news about origin-of-life studies (OOL for short). Watch how researchers and reporters use language with the power of suggestion and a high perhapsimaybecouldness index to conceal serious difficulties.“It reminds me of the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, who waves a wand and ‘poof’….”Potential ‘missing link’ in chemistry that led to life on Earth discovered (Science Daily). Anything could be a “potential” missing link if the path is sufficiently convoluted. OOL-er Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) is proposing diamidophosphate (DAP) as a missing link. In his fairy tale, he brazenly commits the poof spoof:Krishnamurthy and his colleagues have shown previously that DAP can efficiently phosphorylate a variety of simple sugars and thus help construct phosphorus-containing carbohydrates that would have been involved in early life forms. Their new work suggests that DAP could have had a much more central role in the origins of life.“It reminds me of the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, who waves a wand and ‘poof,’ ‘poof,’ ‘poof,’ everything simple is transformed into something more complex and interesting,” Krishnamurthy said.In this “scenario” Krishnamurthy started with the ingredients, but just used DAP to facilitate phosphorylation. Although this over-confident piece mentions the need for nucleic acids to “store genetic information,” it never tells where the information comes from.Experimental evidence overturns accepted theory (Science Daily). Down with the RNA World! That’s basically what two teams are saying in this article, “overturning accepted theory” for a different and equally speculative scenario.Life on Earth originated in an intimate partnership between the nucleic acids (genetic instructions for all organisms) and small proteins called peptides, according to two new papers from biochemists and biologists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Auckland. Their “peptide-RNA” hypothesis contradicts the widely-held “RNA-world” hypothesis, which states that life originated from nucleic acids and only later evolved to include proteins.What do these two “worlds” have in common? They both lack a theory for the origin of biological information. The papers focus on how nucleic acids and peptides need to work together, but overlook the weightier problem of installing coded information into the molecules. Here is a classic quote employing several of the OOL catch-phrases. Notice how the boastful assertions in the first paragraph are followed up by complete ignorance in the second paragraph concerning the key issue of programming:Before there was life on Earth, there were simple chemicals. Somehow, they produced both amino acids and nucleotides that eventually became the proteins and nucleic acids necessary to create single cells. And the single cells became plants and animals. Research this century has revealed how the primordial chemical soup created the building blocks of life. There is also widespread scientific consensus on the historical path by which cells evolved into plants and animals.But it’s still a mystery how the amino acid building blocks were first assembled according to coded nucleic acid templates into the proteins that formed the machinery of all cells.They propose a tight “relationship” between RNA and peptides mediated through the amino-acyl tRNA synthetases (aaRS) or their assumed “ancestors”. How these ancestors emerged is not clear, but the OOL-ers speculate that a code emerged through a “strange loop” of self-reinforcing interactions. Maybe it’s something like the letters q and u becoming matched in words like quick and quiet, such that all subsequent information led to the works of Shakespeare. If you don’t believe that, then you sure can’t believe the RNA-World story, because even these researchers know that one doesn’t make sense:“Such a rise from RNA to cell-based life would have required an out-of-the-blue appearance of an aaRS-like protein that worked even better than its adapted RNA counterpart,” Carter said. “That extremely unlikely event would have needed to happen not just once but multiple times — once for every amino acid in the existing gene-protein code. It just doesn’t make sense.“While we’re read more

Bok skipper out of action for eight weeks

first_img26 May 2014A new Springbok captain will need to be appointed after Jean de Villiers was ruled out of next month’s Castle Lager Incoming Series. The 96-test veteran will be out of action for eight weeks with a knee injury.After experiencing some discomfort in his left knee on Saturday morning, De Villiers was pulled out of the DHL Stormers’ Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Toyota Cheetahs.He underwent a scope in Cape Town on Sunday morning and the prognosis is that he will be out of action for almost two months. He will hopefully be back by the start of Castle Lager Rugby Championship in August.‘A massive setback’“Losing our captain is a massive setback,” Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said in a statement on Sunday.“Jean has been superb as our leader on and off the field and he was in excellent form as well. He is a wonderful ambassador for South Africa and is respected across the world as a leader. We will certainly miss him next month.“His injury is the latest in a string of setbacks we’ve experienced, and with Jaque Fourie also ruled out it means we’ll play with a new captain and a new midfield combination next month.“Luckily we have good depth in the squad at centre, but replacing your captain is always difficult. We have a number of good leaders in the squad, but I don’t want to rush a decision on the captaincy as we still have to finalise the squad for June.”Squad replacementDe Villiers’ place in the training squad that got together in Durban earlier on Sunday, was taken by promising Cell C Sharks lock Stephan Lewies.Meyer said the excitement in the camp was palpable, with less than two weeks to go before the Springboks’ season opener, against the Samsung-sponsored World XV at DHL Newlands in Cape Town.‘Excitement’“It’s great to see the excitement on the faces of the players, not only the uncapped guys, but also experienced Springboks,” said Meyer.“Everyone knows this is a very important season and with 18 matches left until we depart for the Rugby World Cup, the players are keen to impress and fight for positions in the squad. Our focus for now, however, is on the World XV match and ensuring we start the season on a positive note.”CASTLE LAGER INCOMING SERIES FIXTURES 7 June: SA vs Wales, Cape Town14 June: SA vs Wales, Durban21 June: SA vs wales, Nelspruit28 June: SA vs Scotland, Port Elizabeth SAinfo reporterlast_img

Road rage case lands up in Rajasthan High Court

first_imgA road rage case here has taken a twist with threats being made to the victim’s life allegedly by the accused persons, who are reported to be close to some influential police officers. Peeved at the investigation, the victim has approached the Rajasthan High Court, which has issued notices to the Home Secretary and seven police officers.Sanjay Gupta, 40, working with the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation in Jaipur, was thrashed by some occupants of a speeding SUV on Jawaharlal Nehru Marg here on December 21, 2017, when he confronted them following the car’s sudden turn that unbalanced his two-wheeler. His spectacles broke and he bled from the nose after the accident.Mild provisionsWhen Mr. Gupta went to Jawahar Circle police station, he was made to wait for three hours and his demand for getting him medically examined was rejected. The first information report was registered under the mild provisions of Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 341 (wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code.The victim later came to know that the occupants of the car were well-connected with the police. “Satya Dutt, who is named in the FIR, is related to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Jaipur North) Satyendra Singh, who influenced other police officers,” Mr. Gupta alleged in his writ petition filed in the Jaipur Bench of Rajasthan High Court.Probe incompleteWith the “extraneous considerations” hampering a free and fair investigation, the police filed chargesheet against only one accused, Satish Kumar, without getting him identified by Mr. Gupta. The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate found the probe incomplete and returned the chargesheet on February 7 with the direction for re-investigation, which is still pending.The Station House Officer and Investigating Officer allegedly exerted pressure on Mr. Gupta to enter into a compromise. Mr. Gupta submitted in the High Court that the offenders were giving constant threats to him in connivance with influential police officers and his life was in danger.Justice Deepak Maheshwari of the High Court issued notices on the writ petition to the Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Director-General of Police, Jaipur Police Commissioner, DCP Satyendra Singh, the then SHO, Jawahar Circle, Rajesh Soni, and three other police officers over the weekend. While pointing out that the police did not record his statement under Section 161 of Criminal Procedure Code, Mr. Gupta said it was a common experience at police stations that the FIRs were not registered promptly. “Even if an FIR is registered, the matter is not booked for the offences stated in the complaint. There is no mechanism through which a complainant may keep track of the complaint’s status.”last_img

First Venezuelan dino provides clues to dinosaur evolution

first_imgVenezuela has its first dinosaur! The 200-million-year-old creature, pictured here in an artist’s reconstruction, has been named Laquintasaura venezuelae, after the La Quinta Formation of the Venezuelan Andes mountains in which it was found. It was the size of a small dog and most likely a plant eater, but the curved tips of some of its teeth suggest it might also have chomped on insects. The research team, which reports the discovery online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, says that the new dino is important for several reasons. First, it is an early ornithischian dinosaur, a group that includes later horned critters such as Triceratops and Stegosaurus, and which split from the saurischian dinosaurs (which include behemoths as diverse as the long-necked Diplodocus and the meat-eating Tyrannosaurus rex) soon after dinosaurs arose about 230 million years ago. Very few early ornithischians are known, so the new Venezuelan species may provide important clues about early dino evolution. Second, the sighting of an early, well-dated ornithischian so near the equator (which at that time ran right through what is today Venezuela) expands the range of this dino group and contradicts earlier hypotheses that ornithischians could not have lived in such warm, tropical climates. And third, at least four Laquintasaura individuals were found together, which the team interprets as evidence that ornithischian dinos lived in “herds,” a kind of social behavior not previously seen so early in the fossil record.last_img

Renault Duster 4×4 to be launched in September 2014

first_imgThe rotary dial for drive mode selection in the new Duster 4WD. Photo: Twitter/@bulletcompanyRenault India is all set to spice up the Duster by offering it in a 4×4 avatar. The compact Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), which was first launched in July 2012, will finally be able to handle rough terrain equally well, with 4×4 capability. With this feature, the new Duster will officially be christened as Duster ‘4WD’. The much awaited Duster 4WD will be launched in September,  prior to Diwali. It will get the same K9K motor, except that instead of two engine variants, the car will now be available with just one. This will be the powerful 109 bhp diesel engine, producing 248 Nm of peak torque. Such torque would make the vehicle highly suitable for off-road excursions and cross country travel. The new variant will make the Duster highly suitable for off-road excursions and cross-country travel. Photo: Twitter/@bulletcompanySpy images show a rotary dial for drive mode selection, similar to that on the erstwhile Nissan X-Trail. The driver of this vehicle can conveniently select from three drive modes 2WD, Auto and Lock. 2WD powers only the front wheels, giving the vehicle high road grip. Similarly, Auto mode supplies the necessary torque to the wheels for additional road grip. Lock is most suitable for slushy or rocky terrain, as it supplies equal torque to all four wheels.The safety features in the Duster 4WD include Antilock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and dual airbags. Expect it to be priced between Rs 12.9- 15 lakh. advertisementlast_img