Teen busted with cocaine at CJIA

first_img…CANU swoops down on trafficking ring Ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) arrested a 19-year-old female at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) and took her to a city hospital where she excreted 44 cocaine-filled pellets.Reports are the teen was a passenger on outgoing flight BW 526 destined for JFK International Airport in New York on Friday. CANU ranks approached the teen after they suspected she was a drug mule.After her arrest, the teen was escorted to a city hospital, where she was admitted. Having excreted the pellets, the young woman still remains a patient under observation as of Saturday evening.Meanwhile, based on information obtained, CANU ranks swooped down on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) on Friday evening. During the exercise, they stumbled upon 279 suspected cocaine-filled pellets.CANU ranks have arrested an additional three persons while they are hunting another two suspects who remain at large. It was reported that one of the suspects still at large was at the ECD residence and when the ranks arrived, but managed to escape.This bust comes less than a week after CANU ranks intercepted a 37-year-old cosmetologist, Natasha Blair, who was about to travel with her 11-month-old baby. The woman had ingested and inserted cocaine pellets.last_img read more

Autism found more common than thought

first_imgHowever, the study population is not demographically representative of the nation as a whole, so officials cautioned against using the results as a national average. The study doesn’t include some of the most populous states such as California, Texas and Florida. Also, the study does not answer whether autism has recently been on the rise – a controversial topic, driven in part by the contention of some parents and advocates that it is linked to a vaccine preservative, thimerosal. The best scientific studies have not borne out that claim. “We can’t make conclusions about trends yet” because the study’s database is too new, Rice said. Autism is a complex disorder usually not diagnosed in children until after age 3. It is characterized by a range of behaviors, including difficulty in expressing needs and inability to socialize. The cause is not known. Scientists have been revising how common they think the disorder is. Past lower estimates were based on smaller studies. The study released Thursday is one of the first scientific papers to come out of a more authoritative way of measuring it. “This is a more accurate rate because of the methods they used,” said Dr. Eric Hollander, an autism expert at New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The study involved data from parts or all of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Researchers looked specifically at children who were 8 years old because most autistic kids are diagnosed by that age. The researchers checked health records in each area and school records when available, looking for children who met diagnostic criteria for autism. They used those numbers to calculate a prevalence rate for each study area. Asperger’s included Included were autism-linked conditions such as Asperger disorder, which some experts say might partly account for the higher rate. Dr. Fred Volkmar, director of the Child Study Center at Yale University, said the educational records researchers relied on in some states might be misleading. Sometimes, if a child has problems that seem like autism, parents will push for an autism label to get additional educational services, he said. Rates varied dramatically among states, in some cases. The rate was 3.3 per 1,000 in the northeastern Alabama study area and 10.6 per 1,000 in the Newark, N.J., metro area. Researchers say they don’t know why the rate was so high in New Jersey. They think the Alabama rate was low partly because of limited access to special-education records.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This data today shows we’re going to need more early intervention services and more therapists, and we’re going to need federal and state legislators to stand up for these families,” said Alison Singer, spokeswoman for Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest organization advocating services for autistic children. Not national average The study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was based on 2002 data from 14 states. It calculated an average autism rate of 6.6 per 1,000, compared with an estimate last year of 5.5 in 1,000. “Autism is more common than we believed,” said Catherine Rice, a CDC behavioral scientist who was the study’s lead author. The research was based on 2002 data from all or part of the 14 states. It involved an intense review of medical and school records for children and gives the clearest picture yet of how common autism is in some parts of the country, CDC officials said. The results suggest that 560,000 children and young adults have the condition. ATLANTA – About one in 150 American children has autism, U.S. health officials said Thursday, calling the troubling disorder an urgent public health concern that is more common than they had thought. The new numbers are based on the largest, most convincing, study done so far in the United States, and trump previous estimates that placed the prevalence at one in 166. The difference means roughly 50,000 more children and young adults may have autism and related disorders than was previously thought – a total nationwide of more than half a million people. Advocates said the study provides a sad new understanding of autism’s burden on society, and should fuel efforts to get the government to spend hundreds of millions of additional dollars for autism research and services. last_img read more

DONEGAL MINOR STARS SHOW OFF THEIR ULSTER TITLE TO FORMER PREMIER LEAGUE MANAGER

first_imgDonegal Minor starlets Adam Neely and John McDyer show off the Ulster Minor Title and the Anglo Celt cup to former Premier League manager Owen Coyle in Dungloe earlier this week.Donegal Minor stars Adam Neely and John McDyer proudly show off their Ulster title crown to former Irish International and Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle.The photograph was taken at the annual Super Valu Family fun day, which is held at Rosses Park, home of Dungloe GAA club.Coyle has family in nearby Gaoth Dobhair, and has been a regular visitor to Dungloe for a number of years. Coyle visited the Family fun day event and caught up with the minor stars as they relax before Saturday’s crunch All-Ireland Minor quarter final clash with Roscommon.Coyle established himself as an excellent manager in Scotland after successful spells with Falkirk and St.Johnstone in Scotland.His greatest feat in management was when he took lowly Burnley into the Premier League in 2009 for the first time in the club’s history.His last managerial appointment was with Wigan Athletic but that spell proved unsuccessful for Coyle and he was sacked in December 2013. He was strongly linked for the vacant position at Celtic FC following Neil Lennon’s departure from Parkhead but the Celtic board opted to go for the inexperienced Ronnie Delia.After last night’s Champions League disaster it may well prove to have been a poor decision by Celtic executives.Coyle admitted to being a Celtic fan all his life, and said the opportunity to manage the Glasgow giants would be a dream come true.DONEGAL MINOR STARS SHOW OFF THEIR ULSTER TITLE TO FORMER PREMIER LEAGUE MANAGER was last modified: July 31st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegaldungloeFeaturesMinorsnewsOwen CoyleSportlast_img read more

Letterkenny group calls for better bus to revive town centre

first_imgManagement at Cara House has echoed calls for an improved town bus service in Letterkenny.The Family Resource group says that they do not feel the current town bus is adequately serving the needs of the public.The issue of the Letterkenny Town Bus was raised by county councillor Gerry McMonagle at the local municipal district meeting on Tuesday. He called for an upgraded and improved service and clarity on the bus timetable. Cara House have spoken out in support of Cllr McMonagle’s statements and suggested a suitable route change to make Letterkenny more accessible to all.They said: “A low emissions, accessible bus that ran regularly around the town could serve many more and reduce congestion and parking difficulties in the town.“Many people are bussed into the town and then to access areas other than the Letterkenny Shopping Centre they are into walking or getting taxis which is very costly.”They also recommended that a central Letterkenny bus could take bus passes serving the needs of older people and people with disabilities. Susan McCauley from Cara House said: ”We meet people on a daily basis who would like to access our courses and activities but are restricted by transport issues.“At a recent meeting with planners regarding the Letterkenny Town Plan issues regarding the bus were raised by not only members of the Older People’s but also the Youth Council.“We feel that a bus such as the one we are suggesting would benefit all, not least Letterkenny Main Street retailers, and bring life back to the town centre.”Cara House has registered this need with Donegal County Council and The National Transport Authority.Their suggested route is as follows:  Cara House are suggesting a new route from the Railway Roundabout (Tescos) up to the Hospital and Park, down the High Road to Government Buildings and the new Court House, on to Justice Walsh Road for the Hospital Outpatients then turn left onto Pearse Road for the Community Centre.Turn left at the roundabout to go up the Port Road for the Theatre and Regional Cultural Centre and on to Main Street for the Post Office, and Courtyard Shopping Centre and Library continuing down Lower Main Street where it could serve as a catalyst for redevelopment.On Pease Road then turn right to the Retail Park and Cinema then round again for the Dunnes retail area and onto Neil T Blaney Road for the Council Public Services Centre using the new road (under construction) to go back to LYIT and base.Letterkenny group calls for better bus to revive town centre was last modified: March 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CARA HOUSEletterkenny town busTransportlast_img read more

O’Meara ready to seize title chance

first_imgSteve O’Meara is determined to take his chance to become Commonwealth champion this weekend.He faces Liam Smith for the vacant title on the same bill as George Groves’ showdown with Glen Johnson at ExCel London.O’Meara, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, has won his last three fights with early knockouts to put himself in the frame for a title shot.And he believes unbeaten Liverpudlian Smith will feel his power in their light-middleweight clash on Saturday night, which is being screened on Box Nation.“The training’s gone really well, everything’s spot-on, and I just can’t wait for it now,” O’Meara told West London Sport.“Liam Smith’s a good fighter and I do respect him, but I believe I’m going to have too much for him on the night.“People used to say I was a good boxer, if only I could punch. But I’ve added the power now as people have seen in my last few fights.“That means the opponent doesn’t know whether they’ll face someone who’ll box them or who’s going to try to knock them out, as I can do either.“Smith comes forward and I think if he does that against me he’s going to have a problem.”O’Meara, previously the southern area champion, has been in contention for a shot at the British or Commonwealth titles for some time.“I’m just glad it’s on now and I’m looking to get in there and do the job,” he added.“I’ll have good support there and this is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for.”West London Sport will have live updates from ExCel London during Groves and O’Meara’s title fights.See also:O’Meara stuns Toms in west London clashTrainer eyes title shot for O’MearaO’Meara aiming for title gloryO’Meara tipped for title glory in 2012Victory moves O’Meara closer to title shotSteve O’Meara v Tony Randell in picturesO’Meara to fight for Commonwealth titleGroves believes he can stop JohnsonGroves and DeGale in new war of wordsSteve O’Meara ‘excited’ as he prepares for his title clashWatch O’Meara and Smith weigh in ahead of their title fightDuo weigh in ahead of title showdownsDeGale backs O’Meara to win 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Neil defiant after Norwich defeat

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesNorwich manager Alex Neil said he understood the frustration of Canaries fans following a fourth consecutive defeat, but insisted he is doing everything possible to improve results.Neil’s side were beaten 2-1 by QPR at Loftus Road, where they had Martin Olsson sent off after only a minute.“The fans will be frustrated and annoyed, and I understand that,” said Neil.“My job is to win games. All I can say is that I am working extremely hard to turn things around and so are the players.“I thought they worked extremely hard and kept going until the last minute. We did better in the second half.”Conor Washington put QPR ahead at Loftus RoadBut Neil was unhappy with his team’s defending in the build up to both Rangers goals, particularly Conor Washington’s opener.He said: “When you lose a man after 30 seconds all the work you’ve done and everything you’ve spoken about during the week goes out of the window.“But we should do better for the corner. Even if you’re down to 10 men, it’s about individual battles. We lose the first header and then don’t pick up the second ball.“You’re looking to stick to the task and not concede sloppy goals, and then as the game goes on maybe quieten the crowd.“But once we conceded that goal it’s difficult. The two goals we conceded in the first half made it too easy for QPR.”   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Few Typos Get Past Your Spell Checker

first_imgInside your cells are thousands of spell checkers that put any human typist to shame.  In a process critical to all living things, RNA Polymerase II transcribes DNA into RNA rapidly with high fidelity.  Even very similar chemical letters are accurately discriminated by this wonder of a molecular machine that is described in Science Daily.    The article describes its performance as “exquisite precision” and “unerring accuracy.”  RNA Polymerase II (Pol II) has been studied for years (01/10/2003, 01/05/2006), but new secrets continue to pour forth.  Two teams found out more details about how the proofreading works.  Mutations, they found, caused severe losses in fidelity.  “The researchers said their findings not only offer unprecedented details about the fidelity mechanism of Pol II, but likely about fidelity in all cellular genetic copying machines.”    What?  You mean there’s more?  Absolutely (03/21/2002).  From transcription to translation, each stage of protein manufacture from the DNA template is checked for errors by molecular machines (03/22/2002, 05/17/2002, 06/13/2002, 01/19/2005, 03/31/2005).  When those machines break down due to mutations, bad things happen.  The last word: “As DNA polymerase is responsible for gene replication, the result of its malfunction could be a burst of gene mutation causing an ‘error catastrophe’ that could lead to genome instability and cancer formation.”This is the science of intelligent design (ID) at work (05/18/2005).  No mention of the E-word evolution was heard in these labs (cf. 06/17/2002).  The researchers were hot on the heels of major discoveries about how biological machines achieve phenomenal accuracy.  And at what do they achieve phenomenal accuracy?  the translation of coded information (12/17/2007).  Information is a very ID-friendly word.  Evolutionists speak very little about information.  What can they say?  that material particles subject to various non-intelligent forces built the most accurate code-storage and translation mechanisms known in nature?  How long would it take Lenski to evolve that? (see next story).  Let’s take off the Darwin leg irons and propel science full speed into the Information Age.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa Budget 2014 – all you need to know

first_img• Jabulani Sikhakhane Department of Finance spokesperson +27 (0)12 315 5944 • National Development Plan to grow jobs • South Africa is ‘Country of the Future’ • Team SA to call for investmentLucille DavieOver the past five years, the government has spent more than R100-billion on employment programmes, creating more than six million job opportunities, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in his 2014 Budget speech, delivered on Wednesday 26 February in parliament in Cape Town.“Allocations will continue to grow strongly, and 6 million job opportunities will be created over the next five years,” he said.Watch the Budget speech:Job creation was a central priority of the National Development Plan (NDP), Gordhan said, the government’s 30-year plan to boost economic growth. Since the low point of the 2009 recession, 1.3-million jobs had been created. But unemployment remained at an uncomfortable 24%, or almost 5-million people unemployed, a figure that was “still far too high”.“We know that job creation is a central priority of the National Development Plan. Bantu bakuthi masibambisane sakhe amathuba emisebenzi. (Fellow South Africans, let us work together to create opportunities for employment.)”Since 1996, more than 5.9-million jobs had been created, and since 1994 the average income of South Africans had increased by over 30%. This “will continue to rise in the years ahead”.Budget 2014 key documentsNational Budget Speech (442 KB)Budget speech errata (53 KB)National Treasury Budget Highlights (1 291 KB)People’s guidesPeople’s Guide to the Budget: Afrikaans (8 215 KB)People’s Guide to the Budget: English (8 559 KB)People’s Guide to the Budget: Setswana (8 181 KB)People’s Guide to the Budget: isiXhosa (8 484 KB)People’s Guide to the Budget: isiZulu (7560 KB)Billions of rands allocated“It is time for a bold vision for our future as set out in the National Development Plan,” said Gordhan. “It is time for action and implementation. It is time to move South Africa forward to the next stage of our historic journey to more rapid growth, jobs and development – time to leave behind poverty, joblessness and inequality.”Several measures were in place to reach these goals, to which “billions of rand have been allocated”:Stepping up the implementation of the Expanded Public Works ProgrammeImplementation of the Community Work Programme in every municipality by 2017Introduction of the Youth Employment Tax Incentive, which in one month produced 56 000 beneficiariesEstablishment of special economic zones, industrial incentives, and support for agriculture and labour-intensive sectorsRamping up of skills development and further education and training programmesInvestment in housingSupport for small and medium enterprisesJobs Fund partnerships with private and public sector development agenciesAnd to ease the burden on those who lost their jobs, the government would increase unemployment benefits from 238 to 365 days, on condition that claimants were actively seeking work.Gordhan said that the growth projection for this year was 2.7%, with an expected budget deficit of 4%. The global economic outlook remained unsteady, and South Africa was experiencing a weak exchange rate. Ideally, the economy should grow at 5% a year to create jobs, he acknowledged.Support for businessThe state would support businesses in an effort to encourage job creation. This would take the form of:Increased support and tax relief for entrepreneurs and small businessesStrengthened incentives for industry, including funding for special economic zonesGiving training and financial support to about 500 000 subsistence and small-holder farmersGordhan said that over the past five years, more than R100-billion had been spent on employment programmes, creating more than four million job opportunities. Also over the past five years, spending on infrastructure, where jobs were created, amounted to R1-trillion. In the next three years, R847-billion would be spent. In addition, R22-billion was spent on industrial incentives over the past five years. Almost the same amount was budgeted for the following three years.Infrastructure investmentThe public infrastructure investment of R847-billion over the next three years would be spent in the following ways:The first phase of the Medupi power station, which was expected to be completed towards the end of this yearTransnet would further expand its coal, iron ore and manganese linesThe Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa would implement its rolling procurement programme this year – last year it refurbished 500 Metrorail coachesSpending on social infrastructure – health, education and community facilities – would increase from R30-billion in 2012/13 to R43-billion in 2016/17, with priority given to programmes that would eradicate school infrastructure backlogs and refurbish clinics and hospitalsSome R40-billion in infrastructure grants would be transferred to local governments for their water, sanitation, energy and environmental needs, in the 2014/15 year“The private sector is also making an increasing contribution to infrastructure investment,” said Gordhan. Contracts for 47 renewable energy projects were concluded in the 2012/13 year. “These will add 2 460MW of power capacity, and investment of R70-billion. A further R45-billion in investment will be contracted this year.”He added: “We have achieved much over the past five years, in a very difficult post-recession climate. But there is more to do ahead, more to build, more to put right, more to learn, more to implement. We can only do this together.”last_img read more

Dent Designs 10 x Handmade Ivory – You can pay a fortune for bridal hair accessories but these are excellent value for money

first_imgLove these hair grips – ive brought them fo rmy wedding and the quality is fantastic. There is no risk of the pearls falling off like with glued ones. My hair dresser is very impressed with them. Lovely product, beautifully presented, dispatched quickly. These small pretty pins arrived 3 days early. Quick arrival and good quality, these were beautifully packaged and looked lovely on my wedding day. I bought these to wear in my hair for my daughters wedding beautifully made and presented. These are really lovely hair pins. You can pay a fortune for bridal hair accessories but these are excellent value for money. They are beautifully made and presented as if they were a gift for someone, in a lovely box which was inside the cutest little floral jewellery bag. They also arrived very promptly. Great purchase and would highly recommend for a wedding. Heavenly and such Fantastic Value fab just what my daughter was looking for to wear SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-08-30 01:43:03Reviewed Item Dent Designs 10 x Handmade Ivory (creamrose Light) Pearl Wedding Hair PinsRating 4.3 / 5  stars, based on  17  reviews Handmade by Nicola Armstrong, these hair pins embellished with pearls from Swarovski I ordered these to wear in my hair to my daughters wedding. I had already looked at several pearl hair pins from ‘bridal stores’ and on ‘not on the high street’. There were lots on offer but they were very expensive and some even four times the price. So i was relieved when i came across these. They appeared to be of equal quality and design for a lot less money. I admit i was concerned as to whether they would be as good but i decided to take a risk because i didn’t want to pay a stupid prices especially as i wasn’t even sure at that stage how i was wearing my hair. I wanted to make sure i was covered for every eventuality so i also wanted to buy a pearl hair a comb and slide. I am so glad i took the plunge and ordered these. When i opened the parcel, they were so well presented in a pretty white box and when i opened the box i was thrilled because inside the hair pins were just beauty to behold. They were tied in two little clusters with ribbon bows just like in the picture. Arrived very quickly and presented in a beautiful box. These looked very pretty but i did have to push them back in my hair a view times, i wouldn’t use them as the pins to secure, just as decoration. Beautiful and excellent quality. Pearls are nice but the pins are so thin they bend easily while adjusting them in the hair. I even can’t imagine how to fix them just for decoration so tiny and thin pins are. Can’t use them, they are falling down from my head. Features of Dent Designs 10 x Handmade Ivory (creamrose Light) Pearl Wedding Hair PinsHandwired with 8mm PearlsPin are fine 5cm long standard hair pinsRecommended for decoration only and should only be used on hair that has been styled into a secure updo or similar. If your hair style is ‘loose’ or hair is very fine then these will not be suitableHandmade by Nicola Armstrong, these hair pins embellished with pearls from SwarovskiHandwired with 8mm Pearls Fab just what my daughter was looking for to wear in her hair for the prom they needed bending slightly to stop them falling out but overall great. These are absolutely beautiful and extremely well made. Cannot wait to see them in my bridesmaids hair. Five Stars Posted on August 30, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories PinsTags Dent Designs Recommended for decoration only and should only be used on hair that has been styled into a secure updo or similar. Pin are fine 5cm long standard hair pinslast_img read more

COOL dispute continues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In response to a World Trade Organization (WTO) decision announcing that Canada and Mexico are authorized to apply a total of over $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs to U.S. exports, dairy producers and exporters renewed their call for Congress to take swift action to eliminate the threat to dairy exports.“The WTO decision makes it crystal clear that Congress must act immediately to prevent retaliation against the U.S. dairy industry and others whose products could be targeted by Canada and Mexico,” said NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern. “At a time of overall softening in the U.S. farm economy due to a drop-off in export demand, we cannot afford further erosion in income resulting from the unnecessary loss of markets that would result from the WTO sanctions.”The WTO decision establishes the level of retaliation tariffs that Canada and Mexico will shortly be given final authorization to levy against a wide range of U.S. exports due to a WTO finding that parts of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling law violate international trade rules. U.S. dairy products are expected to be among the mix of items targeted for retaliation.In anticipation of the announcement, the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council urged House and Senate leaders to head off the prospect of damaging new tariffs hitting dairy exports to Canada and Mexico. The groups’ letter asked Congress to include a legislative resolution for the COOL dispute in the massive year-end spending bill that has been under negotiation on Capitol Hill.At this stage, after one more perfunctory approval step, the two countries could activate their tariff penalties as early as this month.“Retaliatory tariffs would back up exports further onto the U.S. market during a time of overly abundant milk supplies,” said Tom Suber, USDEC president. “U.S. dairy producers and processors cannot lose this chance to avoid considerable damage to the export markets they have invested so heavily in developing in recent years.”Canada and Mexico are two of the largest U.S. export markets. Together, they import more than $2 billion in U.S. dairy products annually.“Retaliation against American dairy products would come at a particularly harmful time for our industry given the depressed global dairy market,” Mulhern said. “Multiple cooperatives have already faced an oversupply of milk this year.”last_img read more

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