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WCD teen stabbed to death

first_imgA fisherman was on Sunday evening stabbed to death at Meten-Meer-Zorg, West Coast Demerara during a heated argument over an old grievance.The dead man has been identified as 19-year-old Noel Singh of Lot 33 Meten-Meer-Zorg, WCD.Based on reports received, Singh and the suspect, a 20-year-old from the same village had a misunderstanding about six days ago which lead to an altercation. However, on the day in question, Singh and the suspect were engaged in an argument and it was at that time, the suspect whipped out a knife and stabbed the young man several times about his body.He was rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival. The suspect, however, remains on the run.last_img

Microsoft offering a free HealthVault

first_imgSEATTLE – Microsoft Corp. launched a Web site Thursday for managing personal health and medical information, jumping into an industry whose digital future is clouded by privacy worries. From the consumer’s point of view, Microsoft’s HealthVault site is part library, part filing cabinet and part fax machine for an individual or family’s medical records and notes. The free site is tied to a health-information search engine the software company launched at the end of last month. It gives users a repository for health-related data such as medical histories, immunizations and records from the doctor’s office and hospitals, as well as measurements from devices like heart-rate monitors. As the need arises, users can dole out access – in the form of e-mailed invitations – to different slices of their private health data to doctors, family members and other people they trust. The HealthVault site itself doesn’t do much more than provide a window into stored information and a mechanism for sharing it. Microsoft hopes hospitals, doctors’ offices, advocacy groups and insurance companies will build Web applications that patients will want to use. So far, Microsoft said applications from the American Heart Association, American Lung Association and other organizations are in the works, and devices including blood-glucose monitoring systems made by Johnson & Johnson will be able to upload data into the system. Microsoft said CapMed, which already markets personal-health record tools, will create an application for HealthVault, and so will Kryptiq Corp., whose program will help doctors send and receive information from HealthVault without having to switch from technology they already use. Microsoft said it plans to support HealthVault with advertising revenue from the search portion of the site. In an interview, Sean Nolan, chief architect of the company’s two-year-old Health Solutions group, characterized this “beta” launch of HealthVault as an early step into a difficult industry. For one thing, 80 percent to 85 percent of doctors in private practice don’t keep electronic records, and hospitals aren’t much better, according to Lynne Dunbrack, program director of market research group Health Industry Insights. And even where e-records exist, there’s no guarantee that any two health care providers will call the same treatment or lab work by the same name.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

Too many felons in county’s jails

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Built to house a population with 70 percent misdemeanor offenders, the jail is now crammed with about 80 percent felony suspects – many of whom authorities consider high-security risks, said Mark Klugman, head of the county Sheriff’s Department’s correctional services. In Cook County, Ill., the number of low-level inmates rarely exceeds 500 in a jail population of roughly 10,000, said Charles A. Fasano of the nonprofit John Howard Association. The group monitors the county’s jail system, which is the nation’s third-largest. In Los Angeles County, at least 3,000 beds can be occupied by state parole violators and newly convicted felons. To help break the cycle of violence, authorities added hundreds of prisoners to weekly transfers to state prisons. The series of jailhouse clashes – largely between black and Hispanic inmates – began Feb. 4 with a riot involving nearly 2,000 inmates at a detention center dorm in Castaic, about 40 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. The melee left a black inmate dead and almost 100 inmates injured. Last Sunday, a black prisoner arrested on suspicion of drug possession died after fighting with three Hispanic inmates, Klugman said. Authorities said it’s unclear whether the violence, which occurred in a six-person cell at the downtown Men’s Central Jail, was racially motivated. Recent violence at Los Angeles County jails that has killed two inmates and injured scores of others highlights a national trend: More hardened criminals are staying in county lockups, in large part because of tougher sentencing guidelines. Laws such as California’s “three strikes, you’re out” rule have led to increasing numbers of high-risk prisoners spending more time in local facilities that once held mostly minor offenders. “As a deputy, we once knew every murder (defendant) in custody,” said San Diego County sheriff’s Cmdr. Brian Roberts, who oversees four jail facilities. “You can’t do that today. There are so many in custody for murder.” Los Angeles County has the largest local jail system in the nation with more than 18,000 inmates spread across eight facilities. More fighting erupted Thursday when about 40 black, white and Hispanic inmates traded punches for 30 minutes. Four suffered minor injuries, authorities said. Exacerbating the problem at some jails are group dorms that allow gang members and other troublemakers to move more freely among nonviolent offenders. The department wants to lock up more of the higher-risk inmates in secure cells, but shifting prisoners is not easy. There are too few cells throughout the system. And many of those at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, the county’s most modern high-security lockup, are occupied by women and mentally ill prisoners. Some county jails have as few as one guard for every 50 inmates, Klugman said. Even the best ratio in Los Angeles County is 1 to 10 and trails the nationwide average of roughly 1 to 4.5, said Michael Gennaco, head of the Sheriff’s Department’s Office of Independent Review. New York City has about one officer for every four inmates, Klugman said. After the first outbreak of violence, Sheriff Lee Baca said he wanted to hire 1,100 more deputies to add to the department’s force of 8,300 sworn officers. He has $70 million to pay for the extra help, but like law enforcement agencies nationwide, the department has difficulty recruiting candidates fast enough. The department is also enlisting the help of an upgraded computer program to better house inmates according to their security threat, gang affiliation and other variables. Some observers are skeptical that the latest measures will bring lasting peace, citing previous outbreaks of violence. Five inmates were killed over a seven-month period ending in early 2004. A report to the county Board of Supervisors later warned that it was “not permissible” to mix certain inmates, but the practice continued. “I’m hopeful that this maelstrom has burned itself out,” Gennaco said. “But would this happen in two years? There’s no reason to be confident that it wouldn’t.” 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

Neymar could face up to six years in jail for fraud and corruption

first_img RANKED Fraud and corruption charges brought against Neymar could lead to a prison sentence of up to six years when the Brazilian stands trial, according to reports.The Paris Saint-Germain star is under investigation over irregularities related to his £58million transfer to Barcelona in 2013. REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Neymar now plies his trade at PSG Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE MONEY 2 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Getty Neymar completed his £58million move to Barca in May 2013 Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu and former president Sandro Rosell also faces charges, as do Neymar’s parents. Barcelona and Santos, the Brazil international’s club before moving to Spain, have also been implicated.Neymar back to Barcelona?A date for the trial has not been set. All parties deny any wrongdoing. BEST OF Latest Football News And Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia claims while prosecutors were seeking a two-year sentence for him, a court said on Wednesday a sentence of four to six years could be handed out if Neymar is found guilty.This is a setback for Neymar because in Spain, sentences of two years or less for first offences are usually suspended, meaning he would have avoided any jail time.The charges were brought after a Brazilian investment group said it received a smaller compensation because part of Neymar’s transfer fee was concealed by those involved. huge blow no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade last_img read more

Who Jose Mourinho blames for David de Gea Spain criticism

first_img Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion revealed Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions gameday cracker David de Gea’s starting place for Spain is under threat 2 PAYBACK 2 Porto star Casillas, who has not featured for Spain in over two years, has recently spoken about his desire to return to the national set-up – and that has increased even more pressure on De Gea – something Mourinho is not happy with.The Red Devils boss said: “I know. Because there is somebody very powerful that is thinking about jumping again.“But I think it’s very difficult to jump when you have the best goalkeeper in the world in front of you.” tense BEST OF ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane SORRY The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 RANKED center_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City latest LATEST Jose Mourinho has suggested Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas is a driving force behind a campaign to axe David de Gea from the Spain national team.The Manchester United goalkeeper has become a scapegoat for his country after their World Cup exit in the summer. He was at fault for Cristiano Ronaldo’s second goal in Spain’s 3-3 draw with Portugal. Iker Casillas and Jose Mourinho during their time at Real Madrid scrap Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade When asked whether he was referring to Casillas, Mourinho replied: “I was champion with him.”The Portuguese coach, who managed Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013, controversially dropped Casillas which led to a high-profile fall-out.The veteran stopper enjoyed a glamorous 16-year career with the Spanish giants, winning three Champions League trophies.last_img read more

Precambrian Cell Division Imaged

first_imgEmbryos frozen in stone in the act of cell division were reported in Science.1  According to a press release from Virginia Tech, there are millions of fossilized embryos in the Doushantuo formation in south China, estimated to be 551 million years old, but “later stages of these animals are rare.”  The EurekAlert version of this press release contains images of the embryos.  A press release from Indiana University says some of the embryos have 1000 cells or more.    With X-ray computed tomography, the researchers were able to get past taphonomic artifacts and image the actual cells.  The embryos show asynchronous cell division, which means that the embryos were differentiating into more complex organisms than bacteria in strata said to be 10 million years prior to the Cambrian explosion.  The original paper in Science puts the find into an evolutionary context: “Asynchronous cell division is common in modern embryos, implying that sophisticated mechanisms for differential cell division timing and embryonic cell lineage differentiation evolved before 551 million years ago.”  None of the larger embryos in the 162-sample set showed differentiation into epithelial tissues, however, an observation they call “striking.”  “Many of these features are compatible with metazoans, but the absence of epithelialization is consistent only with a stem-metazoan affinity for Doushantuo embryos…. Epithelialization, by whatever mechanism of gastrulation, should be underway in modern embryos with >100 cells.”  Thus, they imply these represent pre-animal experiments in cell division.  “The absence of this 3D hallmark of sponge- and higher-grade metazoans may indicate that they did not yet exist… the combined observations suggest that the Doushantuo embryos are probably stem-group metazoans”; i.e., organisms on the way to evolving into full-fledged multicellular animals.    It’s hard to be sure, though, because specimens in later stages of development are lacking.  Even so, these embryos have characteristics of the embryos of advanced Cambrian animals:Despite hypotheses that Doushantuo embryos are unusual in comparison to most known metazoans, the patterns of cleavage and cell topology are compatible with a range of animal groups.  For instance, in embryos composed of eight or more cells, the offset arrangement of successive tiers of cells, strong cell cohesion, and a stereoblastic cell topology are comparable to early cleavage embryos of many arthropod groups.  Stereoblastulae are also particularly common among sponges and scyphozoan cnidarians.  Doushantuo embryos composed of many hundreds of cells resemble the purported gastrulae of demosponges, before the development of parenchymella larvae, although at this stage demosponges exhibit evidence of gastrulation, with a differentiated superficial layer of micromeres surrounding a core of macromeres.If juvenile and adult forms of these organisms appeared in the strata, would they resemble the Cambrian animals?  Or do these embryos represent experiments in cell division that would later explode into the diversity of Cambrian forms?  Take your pick: the Indiana U press release says, “Either these embryos are primitive and don’t have a clear blastocoel, or a blastocoel existed but didn’t survive the preservation process.”  See also a story posted on the UK Telegraph.1Hagadorn et al, “Cellular and Subcellular Structure of Neoproterozoic Animal Embryos,” Science, 13 October 2006: Vol. 314. no. 5797, pp. 291-294, DOI: 10.1126/science.1133129.If all the Darwinian assumptions (biological, paleontological and geological) were purged out of this story, you would only have some advanced-looking embryos in a certain layer of Chinese rocks.  They are incapable of interpreting themselves.  The simplest explanation is that complexity exists from the very beginning of the fossil record, whenever that was.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

‘Enough accommodation for 2010 fans’

first_img14 December 2009An extensive audit has revealed that South Africa has enough accommodation for fans expected to visit the country during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk told the media in Cape Town last week.“The results of the audit show that South Africa has more than 202 000 rooms available across the country and I am very satisfied that this will be enough to provide for the approximately 450 000 visitors we are expecting for the World Cup.“This audit has given us the first comprehensive overview of its kind of accommodation establishments in South Africa, and the resulting National Accommodation Database will be a powerful tourism tool long beyond the Word Cup,” he said.According to a statement by the Department of Tourism, the audit was undertaken in cooperation with stakeholders from all nine provinces, the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, South African Tourism, the private sector and MATCH, the professional services company appointed by Fifa to manage the official accommodation solution for the World Cup.“The wide-ranging nature of the process has ensured that we have a very good picture of the number of accommodation establishments in South Africa, the number of rooms and where these rooms are situated.“The accommodation database is a product we can be very proud of and the strategy we have developed for its future use will be to the advantage of the entire tourism industry in South Africa,” he said.Audit resultsVan Schalkwyk noted that the results of the audit showed the following:There are at least 18 882 accommodation establishments in South Africa, of which 7 492 are graded and 11 390 are ungraded.There are at least 202 712 rooms in the country, of which 107 119 are graded and 95 593 are ungraded.There are at least 7 520 accommodation establishments in host cities (within a 50 kilometre radius of stadiums).There are at least 100 853 rooms in host cities (within a 50 kilometre radius of stadiums).He pointed out that the 202 000 total rooms available included the 55 000 rooms MATCH has to contract to provide for the Fifa family – including the Fifa delegation, commercial affiliates, media and hospitality – and the participating tour operators and members of the general public who buy accommodation through MATCH.“I am very pleased that MATCH has already contracted more than 48 000 rooms and that it is nearing its target of 55 000. Our audit shows that in addition to the rooms contracted by MATCH, there are at least 152 000 additional rooms available in the country for the rest of the visitors coming to the World Cup.“I am satisfied that the supply will be enough to meet the demand during the tournament.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa needs change-makers for better communities

first_imgRadio and TV personality Shado Twala addresses gathered community members while humanitarian Gerri Elsdon looks on during the Play Your Part Soweto Dialogue in the township of Langa on Thursday 9 OctoberIf you are not a change maker, what are you? This was one of the points participants were asked to ponder during the Cape Town leg of the Play Your Part Sowetan Dialogues, held in the township of Langa on Thursday 9 October.The dialogues are hosted by the Sowetan newspaper in partnership with Brand South Africa, through its Play Your Part initiative. The dialogues focus on how to build excellence in communities. The purpose is to encourage an active citizenry to drive change.The five panellists included humanitarian Gerry Elsdon and local entrepreneur Luvuyo Rani. Radio and television personality Shado Twala hosted the event, and residents shared their experiences and concerns.Elsdon said making good choices was fundamental to achieving community excellence. She stressed the importance of family and moral values in guiding any quest for excellence. She also highlighted personal responsibility. “In order to play your part positively and in order to build a community of excellence, you must want to be better. You cannot expect the best the world has to offer and then be the same one who is stealing the television from the house next door.”Excellence, she said, “begins with each and every one of us … If I do not live a good life or improve my circumstances, how can I expect the best?” She also asked: “If you are not a change maker, what are you?”Education was also crucial. Panellist Laurine Platzky, head of strategic programmes for the Western Cape premier’s office, said one of the most important lessons she had learned was “to educate yourself, so that you can serve others”.“For me, when I look at young people, I see some of them sitting at home, expecting a job to come to them,” she said. “I know it is not easy but you have to put yourself out there, you have to present yourself as somebody confident, somebody who can do something.” It was important, she added, to become a role model through hard work and education.FOCUS ON YOUR PASSIONThat is exactly what 76-year-old Langa resident Nozukile Mkunqwana is doing: she passed her matric last year, after returning to school in 1994. “Instead of sitting at home doing nothing I did my matric,” she said. Now, she said, to audience applause, all she wanted to do was “teach old ladies how to read and write”, she said to applause. Twala saluted her, and Rani said he would try to help Mkunqwana with a bursary to study at Unisa.Playing your part was about focusing on your passion, Rani added. During question time a community member asked for tips for success in business. “There are no straight answers; just do the basics,” Rani said. These basics were to “Love what you do – do not just look for money” and “Dream big, but start with small steps.”Another panellist, author Vangile Makwakwa, said she saw every person playing their part in just “deciding to be the greatest you can be”. Using her six-step strategy for excellence, she asked the audience to create a vision for themselves, to take action based on lived values, to have faith and believe in themselves.Audience member Mzwaki Mpoma raised the community’s financial problems, such as debt and loan sharks, and suggested a workshop on better money management. Twala and Makwakwa, to the delight of the audience, agreed to help set up the workshop if the community mobilised for it.last_img read more

Wikipedia Goes 3D

first_imgmike melanson Tags:#news#NYT#web Only Wikipedia, the massively collaborative online encyclopedia, would want its users to know what’s on the other side of its logo…in three dimensions. For those of you who still doubt the ability of Wikipedia to get the facts straight, the latest update should be a case in point for exactly how things work when everyone gets a say about what’s wrong, what’s right and what’s somewhere in-between.Wikipedia announced a number of new changes last March, including a major redesign with the intention of getting even more users to join in on the creation and editing of content. According to Moka Pantages, spokesperson for the WikiMedia Foundation, the new logo and redesign is part of a broader initiative to increase participation and in turn the quality of the encyclopedia. “By lowering the barriers of participation and making the site easier to use,” Pantages said, “we hope this will also increase the diversity of contributors to all of our projects.” According to a blog post today by the Wikimedia Foundation, the now-familiar globe logo was found in 2003 in a logo design contest and the editing immediately began. As errors in the Wikipedia logo were found by users, it was slowly touched up. A year ago, the effort began “to resolve some minor typographic errors found by our volunteers, and to develop a high-resolution version with gradient qualities (it is a sphere, after all) that could be used in a variety of new settings. It was a perfect opportunity to build a new model that would be completely 3D in its design.” This effort would involve determining what would be on those 52 other, yet unseen puzzle pieces.The new logo incorporates a number of languages, though no longer Klingon, and now uses an open-source Linux Libertine typeface, in order to make the Wikipedia wordmark recreateable in hundreds of localized editions.And for those of you who are curious about how this all happens, just take a a look at this one page of discussion to get a glimpse of what’s going on in the background of what looks to most like a neat and orderly product. This is how the new logo was born, with proposals and votes and more proposals and histories of prior votes and…it could make you dizzy if it weren’t all so organized and, well, encyclopedic. And as the new logo looks to replace the old, the discussion has already begun over what could be done for the next incarnation. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more