12 Jan

“Sharky” slapped with murder, robbery charges

first_imgA 22-year-old miner of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD), who evaded Police for more than a year in connection with the 2017 murder of a French Guiana national on Wednesday appeared in court where he was arraigned for murder.Wayne Chester, also called “Sharky”, stood before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he was charged for killing 42-year-old Purcell Moore on December 20, 2017 at Old Road, Craig, EBD, duringAccused: Wayne Chester being escorted by Police10the course of a robbery.The accused was not required to plead, and was remanded to prison. The case will continue on January 25, 2019. Meanwhile, Chester faced other charges, which were read to him by Magistrate Faith McGusty.The first of these charges stated that on January 6, 2019 at Lot 1 Conciliation Drive, Tucville, Georgetown, while being in the company of others and armed with a gun, he robbed Quett Cromwell of a quantity of jewellery and cash, valued in total $512,600.Another charge read that Chester unlawfully and maliciously damaged one front windscreen and a front bumper both valued at $85,000, property of Cromwell.The defendant also faced another charge of discharging a loaded firearm at Cromwell with intent to maim, disfigure, disable or cause grievous bodily harm. Additionally, he was charged for having an unlicensed .32 pistol along with one .32 spent shell without being the licensed firearm holder at the time.Chester denied the charges after they were read to him by Magistrate McGusty. He was remanded to prison.last_img read more

12 Jan

Skatepark developers returning to share design ideas

first_imgThis meeting will focus on development ideas provided by the extreme sport community of Fort St. John in the first meeting back on September 10.In that meeting, the general public in attendance provided ideas to Newline Skateparks’ Vice President Trevor Morgan on what features they would like to see built in the Energetic City’s new state-of-the-art skatepark.Tuesday’s meeting will revolve around various sketches and designs the company has come up with and will gauge how Fort St. John responds to its ideas.- Advertisement -The meeting will be taking place at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, running from 7 – 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

11 Jan

Fernando Award winner Arabian earns praise

first_imgAlthough he called his decision to not give jurors in the Rincon-Pi eda case the legally required instruction an “act of judicial heresy,” that moment of rebellion led to the California Supreme Court voting unanimously to revoke the antiquated guideline. Following that decision, Arabian became one of the pre-eminent rape-law reformers in the country, introducing legislation to protect victims’ rights. For that and other efforts, including a six-year stint as a California Supreme Court justice, Arabian was named the 2006 Fernando Award winner, given out annually to the San Fernando Valley’s outstanding volunteer. About 250 people attended the 48th annual dinner Friday night at the Sheraton Universal in Arabian’s honor, including attorneys Gloria Allred and master of ceremonies Robert Shapiro, who helped win an acquittal for O.J. Simpson. “He’s unique among the judges because not only did he enforce the law as a Superior Court judge, interpret the law as a Supreme Court justice, but in a landmark decision, changed the law for rape victims,” Shapiro said. UNIVERSAL CITY – In 1973, then-Superior Court Judge Armand Arabian stared down a sexist mandate that required he inform a jury to consider a woman’s rape claim with caution and decided enough was enough. The requirement had been in effect in California since 1856 and was inspired by the 16th-century commentary of an English judge. “How can I in good conscience say (to a jury), `Rape is an allegation easily made’?” Arabian said. So he didn’t. Arabian said his efforts to improve women’s rights in rape and sexual assault cases were inspired by hearing family stories as a child about the horrors of the Armenian Genocide in 1915, particularly the sexual abuses suffered by women at the hands of Turks and Kurds. “Some women were made slaves, others were raped and some women had their babies bayoneted while still in the womb,” he said. “And that wound is still in my heart today. … I had it in my head that I would be sensitive to the `unrightable wrong’ (of rape), and Rincon-Pi eda was that opportunity.” Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel called Arabian “more than a judge.” “He’s been a community activist,” she said. ” … He’s a role model for the people in the San Fernando Valley.” Brad Rosenheim, president of the Fernando Award Foundation, said Arabian is more than deserving of the award. “He has a long, long history of involvement in the San Fernando Valley in a number of different causes as a volunteer going beyond his judgeship,” Rosenheim said. Each year, selecting the winner can prove difficult for the more than 100 potential voters because the finalists are always so deserving, he said. “One of the truly unique things about the San Fernando Valley is it’s a large community, but it has a very local nature,” Rosenheim said. “And I think one of the reasons that’s the case is there are so many people who put in time and effort to make it such a special place, and that’s what we try to promote.” rick.coca@dailynews.com (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
29 Dec


first_imgJohn Doherty and a young fan. Photo: Eamonn O’DohertyA remarkable film showing the legendary Donegal fiddler John Doherty playing with the US singer Pete Seeger will be a highlight of the celebration of World Fiddle Day in Glencolumbkille on Saturday next.The short film, recorded in 1964 in Carrick, has been recently rediscovered and will be shown in Oideas Gael at 2.30pm.Other events during the day include open fiddle classes in the morning, and a concert at night in the Folk Village featuring some of Donegal’s finest fiddle players. The celebration is being organised by Donegal fiddle organisation Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí.Rab Cherry of Cairdeas said they were delighted to get the opportunity to show the film.“Pete Seeger, who died in January when he was in his nineties, is one of the big names in the US music scene in the 20th century, and this is remarkable footage of his meeting with John Doherty half a century ago. Some people will be familiar with a small section of this film, but that’s of poor quality in terms of both the sound and the picture. It’s wonderful that the original recording has been unearthed and we’re getting a chance to see it in Glen for World Fiddle Day.”Two fiddlers will be on hand to talk about the film – Danny Diamond of the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin, and Conor Caldwell, Belfast, who has completed a doctorate on the music of John Doherty. Saturday’s events begin with fiddle classes, which will run from 10.00 am until 1.00 pm in Oideas Gael. Intending students should contact Cairdeas by e-mail at info@donegalfiddlemusic.ie or phone Rab on 0863409019. It will be a help to the organisers to have an idea of numbers and playing experience.The concert at the Folk Village begins at 8pm. Those on the bill include Vincent and Jimmy Campbell from Glenties, the award-winning Danny Meehan from Mountcharles, and Raphoe native Martin McGinley.There’s a charge of just €20 for all three events. For the concert only it’s €10.The first World Fiddle Day was last year. It’s being held annually on the Saturday closest to 19th May, the date of the death of the renowned Cremonese violin maker Antonio Stradivari.See www.worldfiddleday.com or www.facebook.com/pages/World-Fiddle-Day To get a preview of Pete Seeger trying to follow the remarkable playing of John Doherty in the caravan in Carrick in 1964 (during a downpour), check out the clip on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlT3CmtKTqoMUSIC LEGENDS DOHERTY AND SEEGER FOR WORLD FIDDLE DAY IN DONEGAL was last modified: May 13th, 2014 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:donegalfiddleJohn DohertyPete Seegerlast_img read more

27 Dec

Speier on point

first_imgAll three Democrats vying for the party’s nomination for lieutenant governor insist they won’t emulate the man who now holds the office, fellow Democrat Cruz Bustamante. The position may be historically impotent, they acknowledge, but they promise actually to do something meaningful with the office, unlike Bustamante, who all but disappeared from the scene. And while all are sincere in this idealistic belief, state Sen. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, seems the most likely to live up to it. Recognizing that the lieutenant governor is a regent of the University of California and a trustee of the California State University system, she promises to be both a champion and watchdog for California higher education. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Speier’s rivals seem less well-focused. State Sen. Liz Figueroa, D-Fremont, talks about seeking the office to be a role model for the state’s children. And term-limited Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi speaks eloquently about using the post to fight global warming and other important issues – noble goals, to be sure, but hardly within the purview of the lieutenant governor’s responsibilities. With financial scandal in the UC and a chronic lack of funding for community colleges, the state could use a higher-ed ombudsman. And it’s a realistic, important role a Lieutenant Gov. Speier could fill. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

27 Dec


first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: ULTIMATE SURVIVOR EVENT A HUGE SUCCESS was last modified: July 8th, 2014 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:BusinessFeaturesnewsSportlast_img read more

21 Dec

Red Bluff girls fall in playoff opener to Foothill

first_imgPalo Cedro >> The Red Bluff girls lost 1-0 to Foothill Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the Division 1 playoffs.The winning goal came on a free kick with just inside of 13 minutes to play in the game off the foot of Foothill’s Ashley Lanzi that snuck in on the right side.The No. 5 Spartans controlled the opening half thanks in part to a strong wind in their favor, keeping the ball on the Cougars’ side of the pitch nearly the entire half.“We definitely could have played more …last_img read more

20 Dec

Kittle buoys 49ers offense with another 100-yard performance despite groin injury

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Jimmy Garoppolo wrapped up another 49ers win with a nod to his favorite target, George Kittle.“George is an animal,” Garoppolo began. “He’s an interesting individual. I don’t know what he does on a daily basis. But you’ve just got to tip your hat to him.”Garoppolo just had to get the ball to Kittle on Sunday to get the offense going, a predictable scenario but one that fell in doubt when Kittle … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

19 Dec

Humans May Have Lost Beneficial Traits

first_imgImagine if you could regrow teeth all your life. Have we lost some capabilities during human history?Aside from the occasional aches and pains, our bodies are pretty amazing. Cuts can heal, hearts can beat for decades non-stop, and brains can conceive profound abstractions. The versatility of human motion is astonishing, as any Olympic Games broadcast shows. Still, we can see other animals with traits that would be nice to have. On second thought, maybe our ancestors did have them.Jaws envy. Sharks can regenerate teeth throughout their lives. Why can’t we? Science Daily describes the genetics behind tooth regeneration in sharks, then says,Humans also possess this set of cells, which facilitate the production of replacement teeth, but only two sets are formed — baby and adult teeth — before this set of specialised cells is lost.The Sheffield-led team show that these tooth-making genes found in sharks are conserved through 450 million years of evolution, and probably made the first vertebrate teeth. These ‘tooth’ genes, therefore make all vertebrate teeth from sharks to mammals, however in mammals like humans, the tooth regeneration ability, that utilises these genes, has been highly reduced over time.Why would evolution keep a trait for so long, only to reduce it in the most advanced organisms?Partial regeneration hints at better times past. Liver tissue can regenerate. Skin and bone can heal. Stem cell research shows that our bodies carry around raw materials for rebuilding tissues and organs. Why can’t we regrow arms like amphibians? Why do some people go bald? Is the partial regenerative ability of the human body merely a leftover of a full repair kit that would enable much longer life? Here are some headlines that suggest innate regenerative potential in the body.Aging diminishes spinal cord regeneration after injury (Medical Xpress). Why does this ability decline over time?Researchers link absence of protein to liver tissue regeneration (Science Daily). A healthy liver can regrow 70% of its tissue after injury. Why don’t other organs do that?Specific gene network found that promotes nervous system repair (Science Daily). UCLA scientists found “an existing drug that mimics that gene network has been repurposed to promote nerve regeneration in the CNS [central nervous system].” Has that ability been lost?Mechanism to regenerate heart tissue identified (Science Daily). If drugs can “help the body grow muscles and remove scar tissue,” what if the body could have done this without external help?New research shows young muscle stem cells can improve adult muscle regeneration (Medical Xpress). If the muscles are there and work in the unborn child, why do they lose capacity later in life?Complex learning dismantles barriers in the brain (Medical Xpress). The brain has astonishing ability to rewire itself and re-learn things after injury. Why, then, do some brain disorders fail this repair process?Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) shown to form multiple types of functional lymphocytes in vivo (Medical Xpress). What if this capability did not have to be induced but happened naturally as the need arose?Stem cells used to successfully regenerate damage in corticospinal injury (Medical Xpress). A team finds that neural stem cells support regeneration.3-D ‘mini-retinas’ grown from mouse and human stem cells (Science Daily). Cambridge biologists are trying to “harness the flexibility” of stem cells to regenerate parts.Bioengineering a 3D integumentary organ system from iPS cells using an in vivo transplantation model (Science Magazine). Their experiments can regrow skin, complete with hair. A cure for baldness coming? See the picture and description in the BBC News; the sample even sprouted hair and glands.‘Game changing’ stem cell repair system (Science Daily). This headline screams for attention in the stem cell world. Scientists publishing in PNAS announced a promising new method for tissue regeneration. Using a new way to reprogram body cells into “induced multipotent stem cells” (iMS), scientists can extract fat cells and dope them with AZA, a compound known to induce cell plasticity. “When the stem cells are inserted into the damaged tissue site,” Science Daily says, “they multiply, promoting growth and healing.” The new cells take on the characteristics of the tissue into which they are inserted. This new method overcomes ethical problems with embryonic stem cells, and doesn’t require viral vectors to reprogram the cells. Look what they compare it to:Stem cell therapies capable of regenerating any human tissue damaged by injury, disease or ageing could be available within a few years, following landmark research led by UNSW Australia researchers.The repair system, similar to the method used by salamanders to regenerate limbs, could be used to repair everything from spinal discs to bone fractures, and has the potential to transform current treatment approaches to regenerative medicine.Morally challenged descendents. Why are there psychopaths with no empathy for others? Why so much hate and anger in the human race? Maybe charity is the default, and lack of it represents a degradation. Some UCLA neuroscientists claim to have found “potentially groundbreaking” evidence that humans are “hard-wired for altruism,” Science Daily says:It’s an age-old quandary: Are we born “noble savages” whose best intentions are corrupted by civilization, as the 18th century Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau contended? Or are we fundamentally selfish brutes who need civilization to rein in our base impulses, as the 17th century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes argued?After exploring the areas of the brain that fuel our empathetic impulses — and temporarily disabling other regions that oppose those impulses — two UCLA neuroscientists are coming down on the optimistic side of human nature.“Our altruism may be more hard-wired than previously thought,” said Leonardo Christov-Moore, a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA’s Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior.Evolutionary theory would have us believe that beneficial capabilities arose by chance, then were lost by chance. What if, instead, there has been a gradual decline in original capabilities due to the accumulation of mutations and genetic entropy?Update 4/6/16: Another article in Science Daily appeared suggesting that humans lost regenerative abilities:If you trace our evolutionary tree way back to its roots — long before the shedding of gills or the development of opposable thumbs — you will likely find a common ancestor with the amazing ability to regenerate lost body parts.Lucky descendants of this creature, including today’s salamanders or zebrafish, can still perform the feat, but humans lost much of their regenerative power over millions of years of evolution.But why would evolution lose an “amazing ability” that would surely seem to augment fitness? The system was already there. It’s just a matter of genes and proteins and stem cells. This is devolution, not evolution. Millions of years not required.Christians believe the original creation was perfect, but that perfect state fell due to sin. Even so, the Bible says humans lived for hundreds of years before the Flood before succumbing to the judgment of death God had warned our parents of. If God’s “plan A” was eternal life, it makes sense He would have created with built-in capacities for repair and regeneration, along with an environment conducive to health (a stronger magnetic field and better atmosphere, perhaps, and unknown benefits from the Tree of Life). The fact that some of these regenerative mechanisms still exist suggests that they were stronger in the past, but have declined over the millennia due to mutational load and genetic entropy.Even with today’s genetic burdens, there’s no reason humans couldn’t live much longer and healthier lives than most do. Medical science and healthful advice about diet and exercise can often improve longevity. It won’t cure death this side of the New Creation, of course, but there’s something charitable about reversing some of the effects of the curse. The Bible’s description of a future state (some consider this the Millennium) hints at much longer, healthier lives before a final judgment, then life everlasting for those who repent of their sin and trust Christ. There will be no bodily regeneration without spiritual regeneration first (Titus 2:11-14). But with bodies this amazing even in a fallen world, just imagine what resurrection bodies will be capable of in the absence of sin! (I Corinthians 15:42-49). Here’s a quote from C.S. Lewis:To shrink back from all that can be called Nature into negative spirituality is as if we ran away from horses instead of learning to ride. There is in our present pilgrim condition plenty of room (more room than most of us like) for abstinence and renunciation and mortifying our natural desires. But behind all asceticism the thought should be, ‘Who will trust us with the true wealth if we cannot be trusted even with the wealth that perishes?’ Who will trust me with a spiritual body if I cannot control even an earthly body? These small and perishable bodies we now have were given to us as ponies are given to schoolboys. We must learn to manage: not that we may some day be free of horses altogether but that some day we may ride bare-back, confident and rejoicing, those greater mounts, those winged, shining and world- shaking horses which perhaps even now expect us with impatience, pawing and snorting in the King’s stables. Not that the gallop would be of any value unless it were a gallop with the King; but how else— since He has retained His own charger—should we accompany Him? — C.S. Lewis, MiraclesIt makes sense that an all-wise Creator, who intends abundant life for His creatures, knows how to bring it about. 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3 Dec

Beer makes a comeback in Bengal before summer

first_imgThe production and distribution of beer in Bengal is back on track after a gap of three months owing to a hike in excise duty. The State government issued a communiqué to this effect saying that beer will be back on the shelves of liquor stores with all the key breweries in the state upping production. “In order to cater to the demand of beer in the summer season, all the three breweries are now functioning in three shifts, optimizing their production capacity,” the release noted. The problem of non-availability of beer started following a sharp hike in excise duty. Following the hike, beer producers stopped production and the much desired summer drink disappeared from the market. According to the communiqué, United Breweries and Carlsberg India “now produce 30,000 cases per day”, while Celebrity Brewery is producing about 12,000 cases, thus going full capacity, the communiqué noted.“We have fixed the price in such a way that it is less than what it is in other States – like Maharastra – where the prices are around Rs.155. Here it will be around Rs.140. The producers are satisfied with the settlement and have gone to production,” a senior State Government official said. In the main retail outlet in the city’s central area in Esplanade, the price of a 650ml bottle of Tuborg has gone up from Rs.110 to Rs.145. Beer contributes around 10% of the total excise revenue collected in the State, and 95% of the beer consumed in the State is of “strong” variety with 8% alcohol content, official estimates noted.But in many of the retail outlets, and the pubs or bars in the city, beer is yet to arrive. The reason, according to Smarajit Mitra, Chairman, Banking and Finance, of the Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is that the prices are up in bars or clubs by a whopping 50%.“The [liquor] license fee has gone up from Rs.50,000 to Rs.5 lakh per year. In addition to the 30% to 35% direct increase, the cost has to be apportioned through sales pushing the charges up above 50% amount,” said Mr Mitra. The State Government official said that if the clubs file an official complaint to reduce the license “it could be considered.” Mr Mitra, however, said that the hike may “encourage illegal entry of beer” from other States to West Bengal.The other problem is logistical. The supply chain of liquor in the State has also been altered causing distribution to take a hit. Previously, liquor was sent to a “super distributor” by the suppliers who own breweries and distilleries in the State. Following a recent order by the State government, alcoholic beverages are now moved from the site of production to warehouses of the State Beverages Corporation, thereby creating logistical clogs. Government officials, however, denied the allegations. “Retailers book the consignment on the net and the warehouse delivers within a reasonable time frame even with a lag-time margin. There is no logistical issue,” the official said. Both sides, however, agreed that there won’t be any shortage of the drink as the season kicks off.last_img read more