Armed bandits storm Uitvlugt pharmacy

first_img…escape with over $1M Two armed bandits stormed the pharmacy operated by 55-year-old Tularam Tiwari at his Uitvlugt Front, West Coast Demerara residence on Friday at about 19:45h, and carted off more than $1 million.Guyana Times understands that Tiwari was alone in the pharmacy when the bandits entered. One of the “identifiable” men had a firearm, which he pointed at the pharmacist, demanding that he open the grill door that leads to the back of the counter.Tiwari complied with this request, and upon gaining access behind the counter, the second suspect also drew a gun from his waist and pointed it at Tiwari.The suspects then demanded that Tiwari hand over all the cash and valuables in his possession, and he again complied. This newspaper was told that a total of $1,065,000 cash was given to the bandits.After collecting the money, the armed men pushed Tiwari into a room located east of the pharmacy, and closed the door.The pharmacist remained in the room for about five minutes before coming out. By that time, however, the bandits had already fled.The matter has since been reported, and an investigation has been launched. As of press time on Saturday, no arrests were made.last_img read more

Support guides USC to key win

first_imgWith the victory, USC (20-8, 10-5) moved out of a third-place tie with the Cardinal and avenged its worst Pac-10 loss of the season. The Trojans hadn’t lost consecutive games this season and were following a defeat to Arizona State – previously winless in 14 conference games – making it intriguing how USC would fare against a Stanford team that beat it by 15 points in Palo Alto. “That game just made us wake up,” Lodrick Stewart said of the Sun Devils loss. “If we don’t come and play every night, that can happen.” USC made it to 20 victories for the 16th time in the program’s 100-year history and first since the 2001-02 season – the last time the Trojans made the NCAA Tournament. At Stanford last month, the Cardinal raced out to a 12-2 lead and beat USC by 15 points. Football coach Pete Carroll pumped up the team with a pep talk before the game and Denzel Washington celebrated with them in the locker room after a 69-65 victory over Stanford in front of 9,560 fans at Galen Center. “Pete Carroll came in, got us pumped up and we fed off that energy,” said Nick Young, who led USC with 22 points. We went out there and tried to play like the football team.” LOS ANGELES – If you build it, they will come. Coming off its most embarrassing loss of the season and going against the one Pacific 10 Conference team it had been dominated by, USC had plenty of support Thursday. center_img This time, the Trojans came out ready to play thanks to the speech from Carroll, who told the players not to get pushed around by Stanford again and reminded them that the football team hasn’t lost at home in five years. Young got the Trojans off to a hot start by scoring nine of the team’s first 11 points – including an incredible reverse layup. USC led 15-8 early. RouSean Cromwell made his second start of the season at forward to help match up with Stanford’s 7-foot twin towers of Brook and Robin Lopez. Brook, who along with his brother grew up in Granada Hills until moving away at age 6, dominated USC inside in Palo Alto with a school-record 12 blocks. Cromwell set the tone early that the Trojans wouldn’t be pushed around again, making two blocks of his own. Pruitt started the team off well in the second half, dishing to Cromwell for a two-handed dunk then hitting a 3-pointer to put USC ahead 41-30 two minutes in. Stanford made a run, getting within 43-40 on a basket by Robin Lopez inside. 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

HIGHLIGHTS! Watch as Divock Origi and Philippe Coutinho earn Liverpool a 2-0 victory over HJK Helsinki

first_img1 Philippe Coutinho As the new Premier League season creeps ever closer, Liverpool continued their preparation with a 2-0 victory over HJK Helsinki on Saturday.Divock Origi and Philippe Coutinho grabbed a goal apiece as the Reds scored two goals in five minutes to beat their Finnish opponents.Missed the action? Catch both goals below!Origi gave Liverpool the lead with a close range finish:Coutinho doubled the Reds advantage with a fine goal:last_img

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR DONEGAL CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER

first_imgThe organisers of a massive Easter Eggstravaganza in aid of the Childhood Cancer Foundation, have made an appeal for more volunteers to help them with the running of their fantastic family fun day at Oakfield Park, Raphoe, on Easter Monday.Gerry Robinson is delighted to be hosting the fundraiser at Oakfield Park.The family day includes Easter themed activities such as an egg trail, face painting and a balloon artist as well as train rides around the park and a visit from Emerald Garrison, Ireland’s premier Star Wars costuming club.There will also be a vintage themed tea tent for grown-ups and home baked goods, perfect for an Easter picnic. However organisers of the event still need some help and they are urging anyone who would like to volunteer to get in touch with them.“We are hugely excited about Monday’s fun day and we know that everyone who comes along will really have a fantastic day, but we are also aware that will take a team of real heroes who will volunteer their time to help us ensure that everything runs smoothly,” one of the organisers, Maura Toner, said this week.Those volunteers can be adults or teenagers over 16 and Maura suggested it might be a fantastic option for Transition Year students or others seeking to record community and voluntary activity for awards such as Gaisce.“We have a range of voluntary roles to fill on the day and of course we already have people lined up to help, but we do need some more. If we have more volunteers than we need we will be only too glad to ask people to only give small amounts of their time,” Maura added. As well as volunteers on the day, the event organisers are hoping for donations of home-baking to keep their tea tent well stocked.“One way that people can definitely help is by donating items of home-baking for our tea tent and I am sure there are lots of people out there who would be more than keen to help out like that. In fact we already have had a few people offering to bake for us and that’s fantastic, but we will need lots to keep the tent well-stocked and all donations will be gratefully accepted.”The organisers have put together an amazing action-packed day and Sir Gerry Robinson of Oakfield Park says they are delighted to host the event.“This is a children’s cancer charity, set up by the parents of children who have been or are being treated for cancer in order to raise awareness of childhood cancer. A cancer diagnosis at any age is awful but when a child is diagnosed with cancer it has a ripple effect on their whole community.“Unfortunately in Donegal we have very high per capita rates of many cancers, including childhood cancers and I am delighted to be able to help Childhood Cancer Foundation to raise funds in Donegal for Ireland’s national childhood cancer organisation. They want to take some of the fear that comes with a cancer diagnosis away from families and that is a worthy goal.” He added: “I am proud that this will be the first event in Oakfield Park in 2014. The team from Childhood Cancer Foundation have been working with us for the past few months to organise a fun packed family day regardless of the weather, and between activities, families can enjoy the lovely surroundings of Oakfield Park.”Childhood Cancer Foundation was launched on 15 February 2014, International Childhood Cancer Day and aims to highlight the issues affecting families and children diagnosed with cancer. It aims to raise awareness of childhood cancer and also to assist funding of essential supports and advocating for improved services.The goal of the foundation is to improve the experience of those affected by childhood cancer during and after treatment, to assist funding research and to ultimately help find a cure.“We know that many people are looking forward to next Monday’s event, but we know too that there are many people out there who would be more than willing to help. We’re making this appeal now to let people know they can get involved and they can help. If they’d like to do so they can contact Maura Toner on 087 6967857, Virginia Murray on 086 8275700 or send a message through the facebook page – www.facebook.com/lightitupgold,” Maura concluded. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR DONEGAL CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER was last modified: April 15th, 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:cancerdonegalOakfield Parkvolunteerslast_img read more

How Cells Proofread DNA Is Still Mysterious

first_imgAn amazing fact about DNA transcription is that the machinery not only copies DNA onto RNA, but checks it for errors.  A story in Science Daily says that researchers would expect 100 times more errors statistically than the actual results of transcription in the cell.    One of the mechanisms revealed in more detail by researchers at University of Bristol and University of Leeds is a linear stalling process akin to an old-style typesetting machine.  DNA “letters” are transcribed single-file by a machine called RNA polymerase.  When a wrong letter is inserted in the RNA transcript, the machine stalls and backs up.  It then has a tiny “molecular scissors” that snips out the incorrect nucleotide and inserts the correct one.    This is only part of the proofreading process, however.  The article ended, “there is more than one identified mechanism for ensuring that genetic code is copied correctly.  The challenge now is to find out – through a combination of experimental biology and modelling – which mechanism is dominant.”  One can expect that their analogy to a typesetting machine will develop over time into something more sophisticated: perhaps an office full of specialists using computerized error correction technologies.Stephen Meyer’s new book Signature in the Cell (see Resource of the Week) explains why these discoveries are undermining evolution at its base.  In chapter two, he recounts the history of discoveries about DNA.  It reads like a detective story.  Since the mid-19th century, biologists and chemists tried to understand what was going on in the cell, then in the nucleus, then in the chromosomes, then in the bands within the chromosomes, then in the nucleic acids and their bases, then in the structure of the double helix.  It took a century to uncover the answer.  The reality turned out to be far more astonishing than anything they could have imagined.  In Darwin’s day, who would have thought that the cell has computer codes that are transcribed and translated, and proofread with multiple levels of error correction?    Evolutionists have few options for responding to these discoveries.  One method they use is to say, “Well, if these mechanisms weren’t there, we wouldn’t be here.”  How satisfying is that?  If the universe weren’t finely tuned for life, we wouldn’t be here.  If life had not emerged, we wouldn’t be here.  If complex life had not emerged, we wouldn’t be here.  If DNA proofreading didn’t exist, we wouldn’t be here.  That’s not an answer; it’s a dodge.  If sensible people weren’t so tolerant of the Darwinists and their nonsense, they wouldn’t be here.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sanral unveils green head office

first_imgThe South African National Roads Agency’s new head office in Pretoria. (Image: Green Business Guide) MEDIA CONTACTS • Green Buildings Council of South Africa  +27 21 659 5990/1 RELATED ARTICLES • IDC fund helps companies go green • First CT homes to feed power to grid • Nedbank achieves carbon neutrality • Green valley lives up to its nameRay MaotaThe South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral) may be in the news for reasons many residents of Gauteng province would rather forget, but staff at the parastal’s head office in the capital city of Pretoria have reason to celebrate.The head office – on Schoeman Street – has been given a Green Star rating by the Green Buildings Council of South Africa (GBCSA), making it the first state entity in South Africa to achieve this.The four-star rating received is defined as “Best Practice” in the rating system. The GBCSA is an independent, non-profit organisation that was formed to lead the transformation of the South African property industry to environmental sustainability. According to the organisation, buildings are responsible for a third of all carbon emissions worldwide.But this building by a government entity demonstrates the country’s commitment to achieving its set results of reducing carbon emissions by 34% by 2020 and 42% by 2025.The agency of the Department of Transport has come under fire over the last few months for its installation of a system of e-tolls on some of the country’s highways.The end of April was scheduled for the start of the operations of the tolls, but a court interdict stopped the implementation, at least temporarily.The complaints from the public and civil society groups have focused on the two main issues of pricing, and Sanral’s non-consultative approach.How the ratings workTo achieve certification, building owners submit documentation to the GBCSA, who then employ independent assessors to look into the submission and score the building.The building is then given one of three ratings: four-, five- or six-star.Brian Wilkinson, CEO of the GBCSA, said: “We would like to offer our congratulations to Sanral, the Department of Transport and the South African government for this ground-breaking achievement as the first parastatal building in South Africa to achieve a Green Star rating.”Green Star SA rates buildings on nine categories – eight of them environment-orientated, including indoor environmental quality, energy, water, materials and emissions, with the ninth category being innovation.“The Green Star SA rating tool sets out specific targets (credits) in each environmental category, and buildings are awarded points for each credit that they comply with. The total points will determine the building’s Green Star SA rating,” said Wilkinson.How Sanral’s building worksThe building includes a green roof planted with water-wise succulents, solar-generated hot water for a fresh air heating system, and a two-layered facade that increases natural light and views whilst decreasing heat build up.“Energy is a major focus, and as such, points earned in this category carry significant weight in the Green Star SA rating tool. Projects are rewarded for reducing their energy consumption. But there is a wide number of other initiatives that go into a rating,” said Wilkinson.Also in the building’s features is a specialised outer shading layer, which provides essential sun screening.The air-conditioning system consists of two air-cooled reverse cycle chillers with a combined capacity of approximately 75% of the peak building design cooling load.In summer these chillers produce ice in the evening that helps with cooling during the day and in the winter; they run as heat pumps to meet the heating requirements.The building team for Sanral included Activate Architecture; Koor Dindar Mothei Quantity Surveyors; Plantech Electrical and Mechanical Consulting Engineers; Civil Concepts and the project manager and principal agent, Rouillard Consulting.“Green building offers one of the simplest, most immediate and cost effective ways to reduce human generated carbon emissions – it is essentially the ‘low hanging fruit’ – and it is through the efforts made with buildings such as the Sanral office that South Africa will begin to move towards our commitment of reduced carbon emissions,” said Wilkinson.Encouraging companies to go greenLate in 2011, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and German development bank Kfw launched the R500-million (US$64-million) Green Energy Efficiency Fund.The IDC is a national development finance institution set up to promote economic growth and industrial development.The fund provides loans with favourable terms for small to medium-sized enterprises that use energy-efficient equipment and technologies, reduce emissions and use renewable resources.To qualify, companies have to have a turnover of R51-million ($6.6-million) or less, hold R55-million ($7-million) in assets and employ no more than 200 people.Green universities tooHigher education and training minister Blade Nzimande launched the African Green Campus Initiative at the University of Cape Town in the Western Cape on 21 April 2012.The initiative aims to promote environmental sustainability and climate change-mitigating projects at college and university campuses around the country.“This initiative comes at the right time as issues of environmental sustainability and climate change have come to occupy centre-stage in our country and globally,” said Nzimande at the launch.“It will provide awareness and capacity development training for students and staff who will then be required to initiate green campus programmes and champion projects that will promote environmental sustainability.”last_img read more

Pork exports up, beef exports struggling

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. pork exports showed modest improvement in September while beef exports endured the most difficult month in some time, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).September pork export volume was up 6% from a year ago to 172,012 metric tons (mt). Export value was $456.1 million, down 11% year-over-year but the highest since May. Pork exports through the first nine months of the year declined 4% in volume (1.58 million mt) and 17% in value ($4.21 billion) compared to January-September 2014.Beef export volume fell 21% from a year ago in September to 79,474 metric tons (mt) and value was down 28% to $456.6 million — the lowest since January. For the first nine months of 2015, exports were down 12% in volume (782,705 mt) and 8% in value ($4.8 billion).Pork export value per head slaughtered was $46.90 in September, down $11.21 from last year. For January through September, per head value was down $15 to $49.45. January through September exports accounted for just over 24% of total pork production and nearly 21% for muscle cuts only — down from 27% and 23%, respectively, during the first nine months of 2014.Exports to Mexico, the leading volume destination for U.S. pork, fell slightly in volume in September but climbed 5% through the first nine months of the year to 529,798 mt, while export value fell 20% to $932.6 million.Beef export value in September equated to $233.80 per head of fed slaughter — down nearly $80 from a year ago. For January through September, per-head value was $280.46 — down $6.36 from the same period last year. Exports equated to 13% of total beef production and 10% for muscle cuts only — both down 1% from the first nine months of last year.September exports to leading market Japan fell 34% in volume (15,386 mt) and 36% in value ($99.7 million) from a year ago. For the first nine months of the year, exports to Japan were down 12% in volume (161,961 mt) and 14% in value (just over $1 billion).last_img read more

Gmail Wiretapping Case Will Continue, Judge Rules

first_imgTags:#gmail#Google#privacy How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Related Posts Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …center_img brian proffitt Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Susan Wojcicki, senior vice president of Ads and Commerce for GoogleEven as Google celebrates its 15th birthday today, a new court ruling finds that Google’s practice of searching email accounts to come up with keyword-based targeted advertising may be violating Federal and California wiretapping laws.The ruling from US District Judge Lucy Koh is part of a pending class-action suit that accuses Google of wiretapping every time it scans users’ Gmail accounts to look for keywords that it can use for ads within Google services. Koh’s ruling was in response to Google’s motion to dismiss the whole case before it even got started.Google’s motion was based on two arguments: that there was no actual interception of user’s messages because there was no interception “device” used, because the “reading of anyemails would fall within the ‘ordinary course of business’ exception to the definition of device. The second argument was that Gmail users knew what they were getting into when they signed the Gmail terms of service.Koh wasn’t buying what Google was trying to sell.In the exception argument, Koh used precedence to establish that a process used in the “ordinary course of business” does not mean every process can be used—only the functions that are only necessary to the transmission of email.“Google’s alleged interceptions are neither instrumental to the provision of email services, nor are they an incidental effect of providing these services. The Court therefore finds that Plaintiffs have plausibly alleged that the interceptions fall outside Google’s ordinary course of business,” Koh wrote.As for user consent, Koh did not believe that Google had done an adequate job spelling out the email scanning practice in its Terms of Service and Privacy Policies. And non-Gmail users were getting their emails scanned without any say in the matter whatsoever.Koh’s ruling is not a declaration of guilt. It merely states that the plaintiffs in the case against Google do indeed have an effective enough argument so the case won’t be dismissed before it even goes to trial.Google is expected to appeal this ruling on its motion to dismiss. If that appeal fails, it will seriously hurt Google’s defense that scanning emails for keywords is a normal part of how it handles email delivery.If, ultimately, the plaintiffs win their case against Google altogether, the impact could be huge: while it is not clear how much specific revenue Google gets from email-based advertising, eMarketer estimates that Google holds a total of $34.5 billion of the $104 billion digital ad market in 2013.If any significant share of that revenue comes from Gmail ads—and given Gmail’s 425 million-plus users, that seems likely—losing this case could be a big blow to Google’s revenue stream.Image courtesy Reuters/Stephen Lam.last_img read more

No wish to contest LS polls, says Hooda

first_imgAmid speculation that he could contest from Sonipat, senior Congress leader and former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday said he does not wish to contest the 2019 parliamentary polls, but was ready to fight from anywhere in the State if his party wants. The two-time Chief Minister said he will not hesitate to take on Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in case the BJP leader, who is a legislator from Karnal, decides to fight the Lok Sabha polls. “I do not wish to contest the polls, but I am a disciplined soldier of my party. I will abide by whatever it says,” Mr. Hooda said. When asked if he could contest from the Sonipat parliamentary seat, the former CM replied, “I have said that I will go by whatever my party says”.last_img read more