CJIA cocaine bust…tells court “I did it for my kids”A 37-year-old beautician was sentenced to three years imprisonment and fined $1,117,200 when she appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for trafficking in narcotics.Natasha Blair of Lot 92 Grove Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD), admitted to the charge after it was read to her by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The charge stated that on July 2, 2018, while she was an outgoing passenger at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri, EBD, she attempted to smuggle 532 grams of cocaine.The prosecution’s case stated that on July 2, Blair was destined for JFK International Airport when a Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit officer, acting on information received, approached her. She was told of the suspicion but denied.The mother of two was then cautioned and taken to a medical facility where an X-ray revealed foreign objects in her stomach.She was admitted, and subsequently excreted 32 pellets containing suspected cocaine which weighed 322 grams and 210 grams was extracted from her vagina.According to the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Blair used her body to accomplish ‘two risky concealment methods’, that is, ingestion and insertion.Blair’s attorney, Keoma Griffith, in plea of mitigation asked that the court show compassion for his client since it was an unfortunate risk she took while citing that she has an 11-month-old baby.“I’m sorry for causing my family any hurt and pain but I did it for my kids,” a tearful Blair told the Magistrate as she apologised for her crime.Reports indicate that the woman swallowed cocaine pellets and concealed a package of the illicit drugs in her lower extremity.Her 11-month-old daughter, with whom she was travelling when she was intercepted, has since been handed over to her grandmother.Meanwhile, CANU said t they are now in search of the father of the suspect’s child for questioning into the discovery.He has been identified as Sherwin Stoby, called “Kong”. His last know addressed was given as Lot 87 Roxanne Burnham Gardens, Georgetown.
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The community of Glencolmcille is in mourning over the sad passing of marine-based artist Ken King. Mr King died peacefully yesterday (Sat) in the wonderful care of the staff of Donegal Hospice, Letterkenny.King, who was a marine artist and former RC Chaplain in Royal Navy, was a beloved husband of Anne and adored Dad of Caitríona and James. Born in Dublin, Kenneth King was commissioned into the Royal Navy as a Chaplain and served in the Arctic, Atlantic, Mediterranean and Far East waters.He began painting full-time in 1976, specialising in the naval and merchant shipping of Ireland, together with the country’s coastline and lighthouses.Removal of remains from Sandfield at 7pm to St. Columba’s Church, Cashel, Glencolmcille.Funeral mass at 12pm on Monday, 19th August in St Columba’s Church, Cashel, Glencolmcille, followed by a burial at St. Columba’s Church of Ireland cemetery, Straid, Glencolmcille. Glencolmcille mourn sad passing of marine artist Ken King was last modified: August 18th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
Saturn’s moon Enceladus is not only Yellowstone unto itself. Its shares the National Park experience with its neighbors. The geyser spray coats nearby moons white like snow. Space.com and National Geographic are calling this a case of “cosmic graffiti.” How did scientists catch the tagger? The original paper in Science describes how on 13 Jan. 2005, on a rare night when the Sun, Earth and Saturn were almost perfectly aligned, scientists used the Hubble Space Telescope to measure the “geometric albedo” of Saturn’s moons. This is the brightness of a body at the moment the sun’s phase angle approaches zero. The albedo of the 11 moons embedded in Saturn’s E-ring turned out to be much brighter than expected – by a factor of about 1.5. The only way they could explain this is by hypothesizing that the ice particles ejected by Enceladus (07/11/2006) are sandblasting the nearby moons and coating them with a whitewash of ice. The bodies affected include the large moons Rhea and Dione as well as smaller ones Tethys, Mimas and others. The original paper said nothing about life, but National Geographic couldn’t resist. “Enceladus’s geysers have made the moon a hot spot for astronomers looking for signs of life in space,” the article said. “If the geysers are drawing from pockets of water below the moon’s surface, as some theories suggest, those reservoirs could harbor an intriguing variety of primitive life-forms much like those found in Earth’s deep-ocean hydrothermal vents.” One of the scientists cautioned against speculation, though, saying that we don’t yet understand the nature of the geysers. Saturn is nicely placed in the sky right now, according to a JPL press release. At opposition (opposite the sun from Earth), it’s high in the sky all night till April, and the rings are nearly wide open. Many people have remembered their first view of Saturn through a telescope as a thrilling experience. Some astronomers made their career choice because of it.1Anne Verbiscer, Richard French, Mark Showalter, Paul Helfenstein, “Enceladus: Cosmic Graffiti Artist Caught in the Act,” Science, 9 February 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5813, p. 815, DOI: 10.1126/science.1134681.How long could this spray-painting be going on? Is it plausible that Enceladus has been doing this for 4.5 billion years? If not, why is it doing it now? This is the question nobody seems to be asking.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
This year has been a year of massive growth in open source. While almost any developer knows frameworks such as React and projects like Docker (moby), in 2017 the number of open source projects on GitHub grew from around 35 million to over 62 million.See also: Is IoT all about low-tech and simple APIsAs open source is expected to continue to grow and standardize more development fields, here is a short preview of some of the most promising candidates to rise in 2018. Most of them were built around the growing realization that the age of components has just begun and that applications in 2018 will be built using encapsulated, composable and styled components as building blocks – which should be easily shared and used in our different applications.1. VueAlthough already widely known and very buzzy, Vue is increasing in adoption in the community and organizations and might very well become an even competitor for frameworks such as React in 2018. It is a library for building interactive web interfaces and provides a simple, flexible API for its data-reactive components. It has a simple, minimal core with an incrementally adoptable stack that can handle apps of any scale. It’s lightweight, simplicity and community adoption position it as one of the most promising candidates for massive growth in 2018.2. BitBit is an extension for your Git repositories that enables you to share parts from their existing source-code and natively integrate them into other repos, without having to set up and maintain additional repositories/packages.Any subset of files from your Git repo can be easily tracked and shared as a reusable component, creating a playlist-like collection of components to be used by different team members and projects. You and your team can share and discover components, collaborate, get updates and stay in sync.3. Styled ComponentsWith over 10k stars in just a few months (and keeps gaining popularity), this project allows you to write actual CSS code to style your components. It also removes the mapping between components and styles, so using components as a low-level styling construct becomes very simple. This is nothing less than a milestone in the upcoming future of styling components.4. Apollo GraphQL (with React)Apollo is a A fully-featured, production-ready caching GraphQL client for every server or UI frameworkReact-Apollo is a convenient yet powerful way to bind GraphQL queries to your React components so that you can focus on developing your UI while data fetching and management get out of the way. At the same time, it has all of the hooks and extension points for you to be fully in control. Tags:#api#Bit#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#vue Jonathan Saring Related Posts How APIs and Machine Learning are Evolving The Fast Pace of Facial Recognition Innovation Websockets and IoT: Why don’t the two go together? Joni Sar is on the www.bitsrc.io team, working to build great open-source things with and for the community. Feel free to get in touch. Building a Predictive Analytics Model From Scratch
Mark Wilson / Getty Images President Donald Trump is chiming in on Apple’s sales warning from earlier this week, an announcement that prompted a quick drop in the iPhone maker’s stock price.”They’re gonna be fine,” Trump said Friday at a White House news conference. “Apple is a great company.”In a letter to investors Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said revenue in the company’s fiscal first quarter would be lower than expected, a rare occurrence from one of the most valuable and profitable companies in the world. Apple shares fell 7 percent to $147 in trading after the market close on Wednesday. Shares fell another 9.5 percent to $142.88 on Thursday morning, before rebounding 1.6 percent to $144.52 in early Friday trading.Trump said Apple’s stock price has gone up “hundreds of percent” since he’s been president, but added that he wants the company to make its iPhone and other products in the US. “Don’t forget this: Apple makes their product in China,” Trump said. “I told Tim Cook, who’s a friend of mine who I like a lot, ‘Make your product in the United States. Build those big, beautiful plants that go on for miles, it seems. Build those plants in the United States.’…China is the biggest beneficiary of Apple, more than us, because they build their product mostly in China.”Neither Apple nor the White House immediately responded to requests for comment. Comments reading • Trump says Apple will be ‘fine,’ should still move iPhone production to US See it $999 Best Buy $999 • See It See It Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Boost Mobile Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 9 Phones Politics Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See All Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Sprint Share your voice Apple Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $999 See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Tags Apple
When the Indian selectors named the World Cup squad, there were eyebrows raised when Dinesh Karthik was picked as India’s secondary wicket-keeper ahead of Rishabh Pant. Chief selector MSK Prasad said that they had opted for Karthik since he was a better wicket-keeper.However, even as the IPL drew to a close, while Pant took the stage by fire, Karthik’s season was not as prolific. Now, captain Virat Kohli has finally spoken on the issue and as per the skipper, Karthik’s experience and his ability to stay calm and in control of things in pressure scenarios bolstered his case.Experience matters in pressure situations Karthik and KohliReuters”In pressure situations, he’s shown composure, It was something that everybody on board was convinced about,” Kohli was as quoted by Times of India newspaper.The skipper also said that if there is an injury concern with MS Dhoni, Karthik can be an apt replacement, both as a finisher and as a solid option as a wicket-keeper.”He has the experience. If, god forbid, something happens to MS (Dhoni), Karthik can be immensely valuable behind the wickets. As a finisher, he’s done well,” he further added.The captain also said that the competition was so intense in this Indian squad, that players had to miss out and like coach Shastri said, his heart goes out to the players who could make the cut.”Picking 15 from an immensely talented pool is never easy. I’d say to these guys: Keep going the way you have. Be prepared, in case there’s an unforeseen requirement that pops up,” Shastri said about the squad.The bowling attack Virat Kohli, Jasprit BumrahGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty ImagesThere is this feeling that this Indian side has perhaps the most-balanced and rounded bowling attack and the form of the fast bowlers give them an added edge in the competition.”The one common factor binding these guys is confidence. There’s no set rule for anything – like Indian spinners have to be the best in the world, the best batsmen or whatever. The thing is, if you believe it, you can achieve it,” Kohli said.The opening combinationRavi Shastri also said that in the current context, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are not just the best combinations for India, they are perhaps the best pair at the top of the order in the entire world and this makes a huge difference to the side.
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Bangladeshi president Mohammad Abdul Hamid prior to a meeting in New Delhi on 31 May 2019. Photo: AFPIndia’s prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday emphasised the importance of taking the Bangladesh-India ties to a new level as ‘it remains the highest priority to India’.He said that this should be done as part of joint efforts to suitably commemorate the centenary of the birth of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 2020 and the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s Liberation in 2021, reports UNB.Modi noted that the bilateral relationship between the two countries, forged in Bangladesh’s liberation war, remained of the highest priority to India.In the past five years, he said, the two countries had demonstrated great maturity and patience in resolving a number of complex pending issues, such as the demarcation of the land boundary.The Indian prime minister met Bangladesh president Abdul Hamid at noon at Hyderabad House in New Delhi and discussed the issues of mutual interests.During the meeting, they expressed great satisfaction at the excellent state of bilateral relations, according to Indian external affairs ministry.The president conveyed felicitations of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, now in Saudi Arabia, who was unable to travel in person because of a prior commitment.He conveyed the invitation of the government of Bangladesh to the Indian prime minister to visit Bangladesh, which was accepted with pleasure.The leaders agreed that dates would be decided through diplomatic channels.The president of Bangladesh was in India to attend the swearing-in event of the new government of India on Thursday.Hamid earlier paid a state visit to India in December 2014, as well as an official visit in March 2018, for the first meeting of the International Solar Alliance.
Share A suspected drunk driver veered toward two officers, who were responding to a single vehicle accident on the Newcastle ramp off the southwest freeway.Police say one of the officers fell 16 feet off the ramp, to an access road below. The second officer is reported to have also gone over the ledge, holding on to the side of the ramp.Both officers were taken to the hospital, and are expected to be ok.#UPDATE from #HPD after crash involving their officers. #KPRC #Houston @KPRC2 @houstonpolice pic.twitter.com/mjRgZjJ73b— KPRC Cathy Hernandez (@KPRC2Cathy) July 28, 2017 #UPDATE: @houstonpolice say body cam video captured the whole thing and hope it can be released to us soon. @ArtAcevedo pic.twitter.com/q1QzqAu4W4— KPRC Cathy Hernandez (@KPRC2Cathy) July 28, 2017
U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, made news this summer for achieving a long-held goal in his campaign for U.S. Senate — visiting all of Texas’ 254 counties.That’s a lot of travel time, and the news made us — and our readers — wonder why Texas has so many counties. Texas is the second-largest state in both area and population, but it has 95 more counties than any other state.Georgia, with 159, has the second most. Delaware, with three, has the fewest. California, which has the largest population, has just 58 counties.So why does Texas have so many?Basically, Texas is big, and the state’s founders wanted to keep its local governments small. In the state’s early days — Texas became a state in 1845 — Texans needed to be close to those local governments, which were responsible for courts, jails, schools and roads, said lawyer David Brooks, who specializes in Texas county government.Brooks said counties needed to be small enough that residents could travel to and from their courthouse in a day on horseback to do business. Most farmers couldn’t afford to take more than one day off to travel to the county seat.As the state expanded throughout the years and the population increased, the number of counties did, too. The earliest counties in Texas history were called municipios and date back to Spanish rule, according to the Texas Association of Counties. There were 23 municipios in what’s now the southeastern part of the state.Texas became independent in 1836, and the municipios became counties. As settlers moved west, Texas added 14 new counties in under 10 years. When Texas joined the United States, the number of counties went from 37 to 67.When Texas sold land to the United States as part of the Compromise of 1850, another nine counties were added. By 1860, there were 152 counties in the state.Growth slowed during the Civil War and picked up again after Reconstruction, according to Kathryn Siefker, curator at the Bullock Texas State History Museum.The Constitution of 1876, which is what much of Texas state law today is based on, set requirements for Texas counties. New counties had to be at least 900 square miles and, whenever possible, laid out like a grid.Land known as the Young Territory in the Panhandle plains was split into 54 counties that year, which is why northwest Texas counties are squares and rectangles. The borders of older counties in the southern part of the state follow natural boundaries such as water basins, Brooks said.During the end of the 19th century, Texas’ larger counties in the western part of the state were split into smaller units as the population grew.“They found it would be better to go smaller or increase the amount of counties,” Siefker said.The state’s last county, Loving County, was added in 1931.The bottom line: Texas has 254 counties because it’s so big — with about 28 million people and over 268,00 square miles, it’s the second largest state in both population and area. Texans followed a guideline that no one should be more than a day’s travel from their courthouse, keeping the counties relatively small.Disclosure: The Texas Association of Counties and the Bullock Texas State History Museum have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. Share