Woman fined for attempting to smuggle ganja to convict

first_imgA woman was on Wednesday fined for attempting to smuggle cannabis to her brother who is in the lock ups at the Brickdam Police Station.Rachel McClair, 22, of Ruimveldt, Georgetown, pleaded guilty to the charge when she appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.It is alleged that on September 27, 2016, at the Brickdam Police Station, she attempted to traffic two grams of cannabis.The court heard that on the day in question, the defendant approached a Police Constable and gave him a box of food to deliver to her brother.However, when the box was checked, a transparent plastic was found with the cannabis hidden inside of the food. The defendant was told of the offence, arrested and charged.She told the Magistrate that she was sorry and only carried out the act because she was ‘confused’.She was fined $15,000 and given four weeks community service.last_img read more

Taylor, Powell setup Tallawahs win over Warriors

first_imgRoss Taylor and Rovman Powell struck unbeaten half-centuries as the Jamaica Tallawahs cruised to an 8-wicket win over the Guyana Amazon Warriors in Saturday night’s sold-out match, played under lights at the National Stadium at Providence, East Bank Demerara.In a match where the Warriors opted to drop skipper Rayad Emrit following some lean performances, Australian all-rounder Chris Green was given the captaincy, and did well to marshal his team, which fell just short of a few runs in the end.Inserted to bat after winning the toss, the home team made a strong impression upfront with their top-order; with half-centurion Jason Mohammed cracking three sixes and five fours in his 54 off 33; Shimron Hetmyer making an aggressive 48 with four fours and a six; and new opener Cameron Delport helping to set the tone with a brisk 34, taking the Warriors to 173-6 in their 20 overs.The Tallawahs were then indebted to Taylor, the veteran New Zealand batsman, who played a typical innings, striking the ball with venom to see his franchise comfortably over the rope, as they ended on 177-2 in 18.1 overs.The Kiwi ended on 60, with five fours and three sixes, sharing an unbroken stand of 114 with the all-rounder Powell, who struck 55 off 36, with six fours and two maximums to go along with his two wickets.Warriors’ ace spinner Imran Tahir again was the difference, but despite snaring 2-30, could not pull things back alone.Opener Glenn Phillips (27) got the chase on its way with a pace as he raced into the 20s in a matter of deliveries with a pair of fours and sixes, courtesy of some flashy shots around the ground. But a well-disguised ‘Googly,’ compliments of the master Tahir, who ran to the Party Stand to celebrate his wicket with the cheering Guyanese fans, saw the dismissal of the right-hander.Despite their early loss, the Tallawahs reached 50 in the 6th over, but it was to be salted, as Tahir served up another Googly to disturb the stumps of the other opener, Johnson Charles, for 25. At the halfway mark, the visitors were 82-2, twelve runs more than the Warriors had at that stage, as they entered the last 10 overs with 92 runs needed for a win.Taylor and the in-form Powell plundered the attack, finding the boundary and beyond with little effort. Taylor eventually reached his second fifty of the season, and Powell followed shortly after as they launched a pinch-hitting spectacle which saw the match ending with a boundary.Earlier, a new-look starting pair, Luke Ronchi (6) and Delport, sought to mix things up after Chadwick Walton, who made an ultra-aggressive 25 down the order, failed in his opening stint for most of the season. That move also backfired when Ronchi played a half-hearted drive and was caught by Powell off Thomas, who continued to provide the early breakthroughs for the Tallawahs.Delport struck three crisp fours early on to get his innings going in the most positive manner since his arrival in the team, and brought up his fourth off Guyanese off-spinner Steven Jacobs.The home team went past their 50 mark in the 8th over with the South African looking dangerous in his thirties, but another ambitious attempt to clear the ropes resulted in a brilliant diving catch inches from the rope, courtesy of Powell (2-21) to give Badree his first. With just 70 on the board after the first 10 overs, Mohammed and Hetmyer were then tasked with ensuring the Warriors added 100 more at least.Hetmyer turned up the heat on Ish Sodhi, who was clobbered for a big six before going for a boundary through extra-cover as the Warriors upped their ante against the spinners, whom Russell opted to have bowl for most of the innings. The left-right combo saw a number of boundaries being scored as the home side brought up their 100 inside 15 overs.The final overs saw Hetmyer succumbing to a catch in the deep off Grandhomme, after attempting to pull Sodhi just two shy of what would have been a near-perfect half-century. Mohammed turned up the heat on Sodhi with a few masterful sixes; one over extra-cover, following Walton who hit Thomas over the same area a few deliveries prior; and one over mid-wicket, as he soon got to his fifty before being caught-and-bowled by Thomas.The Warriors will now turn their attention to Sunday’s (tonight) must-win game versus the defending champions, Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR), which bowls off from 18:00h. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

Protesters face tickets for truancy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventStudent safety is the main reason that school officials and law enforcement are taking a stand against the daylong protests, which have taken place three times in the past week. “The thing is, if students are going to be out there, they can’t block the highways or streets,” Zuhlke said. “We’re concerned for their safety.” School officials said any student given a truancy ticket will be required to attend Saturday school to make up for missed class time. And any unexcused absence means students will not be allowed to make up any class assignments they missed. The truancy fine begins at $165 for the first offense, and increases with each additional offense, Zuhlke said. “We respect their right to protest – but because of their situation and obligation to be in school, we respect the right for them to protest when they’re not in school,” he added. WHITTIER – Local students who attempt to leave campus to participate in protests during school hours will not only face hefty consequences at school but from local police as well, authorities said Wednesday. Beginning today, Whittier police will hand out $165 truancy tickets to any student out of class who is protesting on the streets during school hours – even if they have parental permission to protest. Then, police spokesman Jason Zuhlke said, those students will be transported back to their school. “We’re partnering with the Whittier Union High School District on this,” Zuhlke said. “The education code doesn’t recognize protesting as an excused absence, so we’re not going to recognize any students with off-campus permits either.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want 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

Arsenal v Everton live stream and confirmed line ups

first_img1 CLICK HERE TO LIVE STREAM FULL ARSENAL V EVERTON COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT 2, KICK-OFF 15:00BSTArsenal host Everton on the final day of the Premier League season hoping to secure a top four finish against all the odds.The Gunners have to better Liverpool’s result to claim the final Champions League qualification spot at the Reds’ expense, or hope Manchester City are beaten by Watford whilst overturning a five-goal swing to overtake Pep Guardiola’s men in the table.As well as playing a key role in the top four race, the clash at the Emirates could also decide the Premier League Golden Boot winner.Whilst Harry Kane currently leads the charts on 26 goals – and is playing against Hull this afternoon – both Romelu Lukaku (on 24) and Alexis Sanchez (on 23) will be hoping to outgun the other in north London and attempt to overtake Kane.So, just who has been selected for the clash? The confirmed teams can be seen, in full, below…Confirmed line ups:Arsenal XI: Cech, Holding, Koscielny, Gabriel, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Monreal, Ozil, Sanchez, WelbeckSubstitutes: Mertesacker, Giroud, Ospina, Walcott, Iwobi, Coquelin, ElnenyEverton XI: Robles, Holgate, Ashley Williams, Jagielka, Baines, Gana, Schneiderlin, Davies, Valencia, Lukaku, Mirallas.Substitutes: Barkley, Kone, Barry, Besic, Pennington, Hewelt, Joe Williams Arsenal v Everton is LIVE on talkSPORT 2 last_img read more

16 great pictures of footballers away from the pitch and enjoying life

first_img Life through a lens with Jimmy Greaves and Peter Beardsley 15 15 15 Name those Serie A and La Liga legends Ferenc Puskas showing off to some kids 15 Tottenham manager Peter McWilliam (hat) making sure it doesn’t get nasty among his players 15 15 15 15 Charlie Dimmock with members of the Arsenal team 15 It’s just Berbatov being Berbatov Ron Harris doesn’t cut the grass, he chops it 15 Bobby Charlton relaxing just before the 1966 World Cup final Proof Lionel Messi carries everyone in that Barcelona team 15 It’s 5pm somewhere… George Best on holiday with a friend Darren Fletcher caught by Anderson trying to sell Anderson on Football Manager 15 15 15 Eusebio and Gerd Muller: goals galore Dimitar Berbatov was one of the most stylish players to grace the Premier League.The former Tottenham, Fulham and Man United was sometimes criticised for the way he carried himself during games, making it look as if he wasn’t trying.But he was a class act and if he was cool on the pitch, he was probably cooler off it. Take the photo above, for example. He’d rather inflict great discomfort on his eyes by reading really small print while wearing sunglasses inside than look like the rest of us.MORE GREAT PICTURES OF FOOTBALLERS AND MANAGERS AWAY FROM THE PITCH 15 Life’s a beach with Eric Cantona DJ Jimmy – MORE GREAT PICTURES OF FOOTBALLERS AND MANAGERS AWAY FROM THE PITCHlast_img read more


first_imgBattered and bruised but living to fight another day, Donegal mountaineer Jason Black has confirmed he is to abandon his attempt to climb K2.The Letterkenny man’s attempt to become the first Irishman to successfully summit ‘The Savage’,  ended earlier today.The 44 year was hampered in recent days by a series of setbacks. A series of avalanches led to much of his gear being covered and lost following a huge snow shift on Camp 4.Without that vital equipment it would have been dangerous and almost impossible to attempt to climb the mountain.In his latest blog, Jason declared he is ‘humbled and proud’ and coming home.Read his first latest blog here. Jason BlackMonday 27th July Over the last few days and nights ive been riding a crazy emotional roller coaster of highs and lows unimaginable on K2. Starting out with the highs of weeks of seriously hard work climbing super high carrying heavy loads preparing the route to the summit with ropes ,tents, food oxygen and everything in between required for a successful push to the top of the toughest mountain in the world K2 to enduring the uncertain weather patterns of a very angry mountain weeping incredibly. This morning i can confirm that after days of frantic digging we have recovered some of the teams technical climbing equipment but most is damaged due to the sheer force beyond use , helmets crushed, crampons twisted, ice axes bent etc …..to add fuel to the now blazing fire i can also confirm camp three 7.300mts is totally destroyed everything is gone in what looked like a violent rock filled Avalanche, taking with it the tents, high altitude food, sleeping bags and high altitude clothing and more devastating the oxygen needed to survive above camp three, hanging our heads in our hands all that weeks and weeks of work carrying the gear into route position to be wiped out in one fawl swoop. As I’ve mentioned in earlier blogs that we would have been climbing from cam two to camp three at exactly the him this violent killing machine Avalanche stuck….mind blowing. The Abruzzi route to the summit of K2 lays now in tatters ….it’s just heart breaking. K2 lives up to its reputation as the stage mountain as I’ve witnessed the good the bad and the very ugly on this heart breaking expedition. Last night Sunday we had a team meeting and it’s decided that it’s over K2 has proven impossible to climb this year, Mother Nature and the mountain of K2 has spoken and we must listen, listen not and we pay the ultimate price. As i type this is hitting home with a tear in my eye it’s reality…it’s over, the painstaking preparation ,years of training mentally & physically ,all the sacrifices…..I can truly say i have given it my all and with my team members, we stood shoulder to shoulder in the pursuit of summit success on this magnificent mountain ,not a single stone was left unturned….. Today i will look at this objectively, learn from it humbly, Smile in the face of adversity positively and move on wiser and smarter than before… The wild forces us to live in the present ,and it doesn’t care about our past or future. It makes us a little vulnerable – and it’s hard to hide who we really are. And therein lies the beauty, We can’t pretent for long….what is important in life becomes the stuff that really matters on lives mountain…I’ve so any people to thank for helping me prepare for supporting my decisions that I stand on the shoulders of great people in my hometown that allow me to see further…for that I’m forever great full. Tonight i reflect on this powerful expedition and tomorrow turn bitter lemons into lemonade… Thank you all for the wonderful support I’m coming home….proud & humbled. JasonBRAVE BLACK ABANDONS ATTEMPT TO CLIMB K2 was last modified: July 28th, 2015 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:abandonavalanchedonegalJason BlackK2last_img read more

2010 ‘about changing perceptions’

first_img6 February 2009The true legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup “will be in our ability to showcase South African and African hospitality and humanity – to change once and for all perceptions of our country and our continent among the peoples of the world,” President Kgalema Motlanthe said in Cape Town on Friday.Delivering his state of the nation address in Parliament, Motlanthe urged all South Africans to join in and help showcase the country as the “rainbow nation” that it is.The President said South Africa’s preparations for hosting both the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and 2010 Fifa World Cup were well on track.“Virtually all the projects and plans are completed or nearing completion – from stadiums, transport infrastructure, security measures and issues of accommodation to health and immigration plans – confirming the confidence of the global soccer fraternity that ours will be a truly successful tournament,” he said.South Africa’s hosting of the two football tournaments would provide, at minimum, a temporary boost to capital inflows and domestic economic growth, the President added.Transport, tourism, and the informal sector – or “second economy” – would benefit directly from the massive influx of tourists destined for South Africa’s shores.The Confederations Cup will be hosted in four South African cities from 14 to 28 June, followed by the World Cup, which will take place in nine host cities from 11 June to 11 July 2010.Motlanthe praised the national soccer team, Bafana Bafana, for their recent performances. Bafana Bafana have notched up five wins in a row against Malawi, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Cameroon and more recently Zambia.“We believe that, after five consecutive wins, the national soccer team is now more confidently gearing itself to perform above expectations!”At the same time, Motlanthe congratulated South Africa’s sportsmen and women for their performances over the past year.“Special accolades are due to our cricket team, which has climbed to the apex of global rankings. We are of course rugby world champions; Giniel de Villiers and his team have won the Dakar Rally; our Paralympians continue to do us proud; and our under-20 soccer team did quite well in [qualifying for the 2009 World Cup Youth Championship],” he said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

How Evil Is Your Smartphone?

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#business#mobile In a recent post, ReadWriteWeb’s Adam Popescu vowed to boycott Apple due to its association with Foxconn, the Taiwanese contract manufacturer infamous for sowing despair among its workers. Reading the article, I had to ask myself: Did the maker of my smartphone – a RIM BlackBerry – also help drive workers to suicide? Did it release toxic pollutants into the environment or fuel wars in places far away from its head offices? So I set about looking for the world’s most ethical smartphone. What I learned surprised me.Participants in the comment thread below Popescu’s article were quick to point out the many electronic products that can be traced to Foxconn. The company’s factories churn out devices for Amazon, Microsoft, and Samsung. In a related Skype chat, ReadWriteWeb editor Ted Greenwald commented that there are no ethical gadgets, period; their manufacture and use are not sustainable, he argued.Okay, maybe there are no ethical smartphones. But some must be better than others, right? Ethical Consumer, a UK organisation “researching and recording the social and environmental records of companies” since 1989, is a leader in evaluating products for their impact on human rights, animal rights, the environment, and other factors that might fall under the heading “ethics”. Its report on smartphones isn’t very positive, in general. It awards points from a possible score of 20, and nobody scores more than 10.5.That said, I was happy to find that my BlackBerry appeared near the top of the heap, just below Amplicom (a maker of cordless phones that doesn’t offer a smartphone as far as I can tell.) fruzsina eordogh What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology BlackBerry fell considerably short –  behind Apple, Nokia, Toshiba, LG and Samsung – in waste management and the level of toxins in the production process. RIM never filed an environmental report, so Ethical Consumer gave the company a 0 in those areas. BlackBerry’s failures in the green category, however, were enough to bouy its score compared to that of other mobile manufacturers.  The 38 page report by Ethical Consumer is extensive, and includes goodies like: Samsung has ties to human rights abuses in the Congo – as does Toshiba, Motorola and Sony – and Sony has raised flags among animals rights groups for abuses including killing a goat at a promotional party. Several female Nokia factory workers in Thailand had to be hospitalized for severe lead poisoning in 2006, after they were told lead wasn’t harmful. Workers had to buy their own protective gear, like gloves and face masks, and were told to drink a carton of milk a day to remove the birth-defect causing toxin from their bodies. (Milk does not, in fact, help you pee out lead.)CrackBerry Supports Human RightsIf we are judging how ethical a smartphone is based on its treatment of workers, BlackBerry is near the top. Incidentally, RIM’s report is surprisingly free of negative human rights indicators: no riots, no illnesses, nothing. The worst things about RIM, according to Ethical Consumer, was its failure to file an environmental report and that it had a factory in a repressive regime, namly China.  RIM has (or used to have) factories in Canada, United States, Hungary, Brazil, Asia, and Mexico, where my BlackBerry says it was made in. After a casual disassembly, the small electronic parts in my phone reveal they come from China or Korea, but further information on exactly where and what factory is hard to find, as RIM is notorious for its lack of transparency. According to a 2009 Bloomberg article, “RIM’s five biggest suppliers account for almost 90 percent of its production costs,” suppliers that operate mostly in China. BlackBerry still beats the Android and especially Apple on this factory issue, however,  because riots and suicides at RIM factories are unheard of (so far).Due to declining profits, RIM recently shut down one factory in Canada and one in Hungary, countries with strict labor laws and therefore high wages and good working conditions. There is nothing to indicate that RIM’s failure to dominate the market like it once did is due to its adherence to fair labor laws. Rather, RIM’s decline is a result of mismanagement and lack of innovation leading to low demand.If RIM Can Do It, Why Can’t Apple?Apple and its Android competitors don’t have RIM’s problems. So why are they still relying on Foxconn? Apple is incredibly profitable – reputedly the most profitable company of all time.Apple set the smartphone standard and turned us into a touchscreen society. Why can’t it set the standard in labor conditions? Sources in the know say Apple would love to have its factories closer to home anyway to keep an eye on quality control. According to Ethical Consumer, Apple has been providing unsafe conditions to its overseas factory workers since 2008 and using factories in 10 countries classified as “oppressive regimes” since 2006.  Until Apple moves its manufacturing operations closer to home and/or makes a commitment to setting high standards for its labor practices, I will keep using and loving my BlackBerry despite ridicule from the Apple snobs and Android fanatics. I eagerly await RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 phones. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Tight norms bring Bihar results down

first_imgAfter last year’s mass-copying, toppers scam and allegations of corruption, the Bihar State Education Board (BSEB) claims to have cleaned things up this year. The results for the Bihar Intermediate Board examination, declared on Tuesday, seem to bear this out with 64.75% students failing, almost a mirror image to last year, when just 37.81% failed.According to the BSEB, of 12,40,168 students who appeared for the examination, 7,94,622 students failed. Only 30.11% students passed in the Science stream and 37.13% in Humanities. Commerce results were better, with 73.76% passing. “We’ll analyse the results later,” a BSEB official said.Khusbu Kumari, with 86.02%, was declared the topper in Science; Ganesh Kumar, with 82.06%, was ranked the highest in Humanities, and Priyanshu Jaiswal, 81.06%, led the Commerce stream. They would be rewarded with ₹1 lakh in cash and a laptop by the government, BSEB officials said. Ms. Kumari, though, was not satisfied with her marks and has applied for a re-evaluation.Last year, while 11.55 lakh students appeared for these examinations and 7.18 lakh had passed, the State had hit headlines with mass copying, a fake toppers scam, and allegations of corruption in the BSEB. The fake toppers, their parents, teachers, school owners and several BSEB employees were arrested.“The lower success figures of students this year could be due to the strict measures adopted by the BSEB while conducting the exam and evaluating the answer sheets,” R.K. Mahajan, Principal Secretary of the Education Department, told journalists. BSEB chairperson Anand Kishor said: “Online submission of examination forms, strict conduct, bar coding of answersheets and, finally, computerised tabulation left no room for unfair practices and it could be the reason for the dismal performance of the students.”The BSEB had also formed a WhatsApp group to deal with complaints of cheating at any centre. Mr. Kishor said: “Those who have been declared toppers, we got their results reviewed by a special committee and after we got satisfied thoroughly we declared the results today.” Reacting to the poor results, the Opposition BJP has demanded the resignation of Education Minister Ashok Chaodhary for the poor academic structure. Senior BJP leader Vinod Narayan Jha said: “Only prohibition has been the main focus of the Nitish Kumar government these days, instead of education.”last_img read more

W.B.’s Lokayukta Bill to keep CM out of purview

first_imgThe West Bengal government has circulated an amendment to the Lokayukta Bill, keeping the CM out of the purview.The West Bengal Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2018, states: “Amending Sections 8A, so as to exclude from the purview of the said Act any investigation of any complaint relating to allegation of corruption against the Hon’ble Chief Minister relating to public order.” The Bill, which is likely to be passed in the ongoing Assembly session, also has a provision that excludes any investigation of the complaint against a public servant without the approval of the State government.last_img