Barama rape trial— number one accused jailed for 29 yearsNine years after a 17-year-old girl was found naked and crying on a bed in Barama Company Limited, East Bank Demerara (EBD), after being raped, a mixed jury on Thursday found two of the accused guilty, while the third accused was freed.After lengthy deliberations between State Counsel Siand Dhurjon and defence Attorneys in the Demerara Assizes, the mixed jury returned their verdict to presiding Judge, Justice Jo-Ann Barlow.Paul Abrams, Claude Craig and Holston Melville were all accused of raping and sodomising the 17-year-old in 2007, while she was employed at Barama Company Limited, Land of Canaan, EBD.Abrams, the number one accused, was sentenced to 29 years in prison, as the jury by way of a unanimous decision found him guilty of buggery and indecent assault.Abrams’ Attorney, Bernard De Santos (SC) told the court that his client was married and is the father of four children. However, Justice Barlow said that society expects better from its men, especially when placed in a supervisory role, based on the fact that Abrams was the teen’s Supervisor at Barama.Justice Barlow also highlighted that the jury did not find him guilty of rape because the facts showed that he and the VC had “an arrangement” but he negated from the arrangement and imprisoned her, then violated her in the worst possible way.The number two accused, Craig, was only found guilty of indecent assault by a jury which was split 11 to one.However, Craig was found not guilty on the account of buggery.Attorney Nigel Hughes in his representation of the number two accused told the court that his client was 39 years old, a father of four with the youngest being two years old. Craig is gainfully employed and the sole breadwinner of his family.Hughes said that while his client is deeply remorseful, he understands that he must be penalised for his actions and “when we are young we tend to have a lot of free time on our hands. It seems as if everyone that night had a lot of time on their hands,” the Attorney said.Justice Barlow sentenced Craig to four years imprisonment as she highlighted that he showed no mercy when he found his co-worker naked and crying.Meanwhile, the third accused, Melville, who was also represented by Attorney De Santos was freed after the jury found him not guilty of buggery and indecent assault.On the evening of December 5, 2007, the then 17-year-old female dryer operator was working the night shift when her Supervisor, Abrams, asked her for assistance and led her into a room, where he proceeded to rape and sodomise her.Abrams reportedly then locked the young woman in the room and later returned in the company of Melville who also reportedly proceeded to rape and sodomise her.After some time elapsed, the two men left the room, locking the woman in, once more; it was then Craig entered and reportedly sodomised the young woman.
Two Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara (EBD) residents who robbed a 50-year-old man on Saturday have been taken into Police custody.The suspects were caught on Saturday afternoon with the stolen items in theirThe stolen items recovered by Policepossession.According to reports, the 24-year-old and 22-year-old were intercepted around 13:40h in a motor car.Guyana Times understands that the men reportedly broke and entered the storage room of the 50-year-old resident of Timehri Base Road, EBD and removed several items, including an electrical saw, six block-making and spindle mouldings, and a water pump engine.However, Police, while carrying out investigations into reports made by the victim, stopped the suspects and the items were found hidden in the motor car in which they were travelling.They are said to be assisting with investigations.
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Friday said it has noted the desperate call by General Secretary of the People’s National Congress (PNC), Amna Ally, for a new house-to-house registration.According to the party, it was after the 2015 General and Regional Elections that the PPP called not only for a new house-to-house registration by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), but for electronic voting utilising enhancedPPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeobiometrics with a paper-ballot trail which could be audited.“Having ignored our calls, the PNC, having completed almost three years in Government, is now making calls for a new house-to-house registration. After the completion of two cycles of continuous registration and two periods of claims and objections, the PNC has discovered the harsh reality that its supporters are not heeding their calls to register,” the PPP said on Friday.This reluctance to engage in the process, the Party noted, is as a result of the despondency precipitated from the economic hardships that the PNC Government continue to stack on the backs of Guyanese.“The visionless PNC Government through its woefully inept management, not only decimated a once vibrant economy, but has made it virtually impossible for Guyanese, including their own supporters, to eke out a living after falsely promising a good life. Their failed economic policies have removed confidence from local and foreign investors, thereby compounding the woes of a now wary Guyanese populace,” the PPP said.It added that house-to-house registration is a meticulous process that necessitates a protracted time period for its completion and accuracy. Therefore, “having realised that its support is diminishing, this desperate call for a new house-to-house registration by the PNC three years hence, can only be seen as a deliberatePNC General Secretary Amna Allyattempt to postpone or even derail Local Government Elections (LGE) scheduled for later this year and General and Regional Elections constitutionally due in 2020.”The PPP added that it is urging all Guyanese not to be misled by a now worried and desperate PNC through its usual diversionary tactics.On Tuesday, the PPP had expressed some level of satisfaction over the fact that GECOM and various stakeholders are engaged in a process to update and sanitise the list of registered electors. However, the Party is also calling for due diligence to be exercised.One of the tasks undertaken by GECOM and stakeholders is to cleanse the list of deceased persons, based upon information generated by the General Registrar’s Office (GRO), which is responsible for the issuance of certificates of death. This is something the Party has repeatedly called for.“The PPP calls upon GECOM to exercise greater care and due diligence in their attempts to sanitise the list. We will continue to partner with GECOM and other stakeholders, in a concerted effort, to produce a list of registered electors that is accurate and whose integrity can withstand objective scrutiny,” it stated.The removal of names of persons who have died from the list of registered electors is a responsibility of GECOM and is guided by strict laws and rules, the Party reminded. Only on the basis of a certified list of persons who have died, issued by the GRO, can GECOM remove a person’s name.“It is, therefore, imperative that we emphasise that names cannot be removed from the list on the ground that persons are dead, unless confirmation is received from the GRO,” the PPP asserted.The Party therefore noted that GECOM issued five lists of persons who have died between December 2015 and March 2016. One of the lists, according to them, is of persons who have died but whose names are not on the list of registered electors (that is persons who never registered).The PPP said it has conducted a review of this particular list and has discovered a significant number of names which are in fact on the list of registered electors. “This list is, therefore, not accurate. As a result, the names of deceased persons will continue to be on the list of registered electors,” it pointed out.In March, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo called for an audit to be done on the digitisation of records at the General Registrar’s Office (GRO). His comments were followed by Citizenship Minister Winston Felix, who claimed that the process is transparent and one that does not include partisanship.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The law in question lifted for one year the statute of limitations for filing civil lawsuits alleging sexual abuse that may have taken place decades ago. It has resulted in hundreds of priest abuse lawsuits throughout California. But those lawsuits could be thrown out without any compensation to alleged victims if an appellate court were to strike down the statute that authorizes the cases. Beverly Hills attorney Raymond P. Boucher, who represents alleged abuse victims, said the Los Angeles Archdiocese is using that threat to try to get plaintiffs to settle their claims for lower amounts. Hennigan said Mahony is committed to settling the claims even though he and all other bishops in California support the San Diego diocese’s challenge to the law. “We sincerely hope that all of these cases are settled before we get the final answer to this important question,” he said. More than 560 abuse claims are pending against the Los Angeles Archdiocese and 153 are pending against the San Diego diocese. The Orange County diocese settled claims by 87 victims for $100 million.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN DIEGO – A federal judge has rejected the Roman Catholic Church’s effort to strike down a state law that allows lawsuits by people who claim they were abused by priests long ago. The San Diego diocese had argued that the 2002 law illegally interfered with its religious practices. “The failure to supervise or negligent hiring of a person that commits sexual assault does not implicate or affect any religious belief, opinion or practice,” U.S. District Court Judge William Q. Hayes wrote in a ruling made public Thursday. Attorney J. Michael Hennigan, who represents the San Diego diocese and Los Angeles Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, said the church is “strongly considering an appeal.”
Story Links Final Results The Bulldogs carded a final round of 306 for a three-round total of 921 (306-309-306). SIU won the championship as the Salukis moved past Illinois State for a 10-stroke victory. SIU finished at 859 (291-287-281) while the Redbirds finished at 869 (285-292-292). With their team win Tuesday, the Salukis earned the Valley’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. SUNRISE BEACH, Mo. – The Drake University men’s golf team finished the 2019 Missouri Valley Conference Championship in seventh place Tuesday, April 23 afternoon at The Club at Porto Clima. Illinois State’s David Rauer defeated Missouri State’s Kory Franks in a weather-delayed playoff for medalist honors. Team Standings1. Southern Illinois, 291-287-281 – 859 (-5) 2. Illinois State, 285-292-292 – 869 (+5) 3. Missouri State, 299-292-293 – 884 (+20) 4. Bradley, 302-301-291 – 894 (+30) 5. Valparaiso, 303-302-297 – 902 (+38) 6. Northern Iowa, 305-312-301 – 918 (+54) 7. Drake, 306-309-306 – 921 (+57) 8. Loyola, 306-301-315 – 922 (+58) 9. Evansville, 319-306-312 – 937 (+73) 7. Drake, 306-309-306 – 92125. Tommi Avant, 74-79-78 – 231T26. Lucas Scherf, 76-78-78 – 232T29. Tim Lim, 82-77-74 – 23336. Chase Wicklund, 77-83-76 – 23637. Shayne Patel, 79-75-83 – 237 Print Friendly Version Three Bulldogs placed in the top 30 of the individual leaderboard with senior Tommi Avant leading the way at 231 (74-79-78) in 25th place in his final tournament for the Bulldogs. Close behind was Lucas Scherf who tied for 26th just one stroke back at 232 (76-78-78) while Tim Lim moved up 10 spots and tied for 29th with his final round 74 for a total of 233 (82-77-74) on the 7,060-yard, par-72 course. Chase Wicklund and Shayne Patel finished 36th and 37th, respectively, at 236 (77-83-76) and 237 (79-75-83).
The Banks in Mullaghderg is to host a Road Safety information day to coincide with the National slow down day, tomorrow, Saturday the 22nd October.CLG Naomh Muire, The Road Safety Authority, An Garda Síochána , Donegal Motor Club supported by Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC) and Donegal County Council are hosting a great day of information and advice on Saturday October 22nd 2.30pm- 5.30pm at the Banks Mullaghderg, Kincasslagh.The Road Safety Authority Simulator will be in attendance and a host of Rally Cars and drivers such as Gary Jennings, Manus Kelly, Declan Boyle and officials from the Donegal Motor Club will be on hand to give great advice on driving for sport in a safe and controlled environment.Rally driving is a popular sport and alongside other sports where there are hazards those involved in its promotion wish to encourage those who wish to take part to do so in the confines of the Sport. CLG Naomh Muire and those involved have put in weeks of work in order to present this event. The aim is to highlight positive and safe driving as well as pointing the direction of where driving for sport can take place.The local Secondary Schools students, Rosses, Gaoth Dobhair agus Cloich an Fhaola are encouraged to attend and a big and interested crowd is expected.All welcome!Road Safety Day at the Banks Mullaghderg to promote safe driving was last modified: October 21st, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
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(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Sean B. Carroll is frustrated so many still deny evolution, but he shoots his own argument in the foot.Carroll, portrayed as wandering around the Smithsonian in ecstasy at all the exhibits showcasing evolution, was given ample space in a press release from Tufts University (echoed on PhysOrg) to rant about all the fools who disagree with him. He can’t believe that people enter the museum and continue to carry their God bias even after sights like these:The sign in front of the tall display case at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History lures visitors to “meet one of your oldest relatives.” Inside stands a morganucodon, a mouse-like animal from the Late Triassic period, 210 million years ago. “A close relative of this tiny creature was the first mammal on earth,” the sign says. “Its DNA was passed on to billions of descendants, including you.“…The facts of evolution may be written in stone and bone and DNA, but close to half the American public “accepts a biblical creationist account of the origins of life,” according to the Pew Research Center for People & the Press. Evolution is just one front in a broader conflict between science and individual belief.Much of the essay about “science denialism,” is buttressed with the views of fellow Tufts graduate Paul Offit. Offit and Sean B. Carroll (not to be confused with Sean C. Carroll of Caltech) positioned themselves as the promoters of reason and evidence. “All I have on my side is reason,” Offit said. “We are about evidence and weighing evidence,” Carroll said. They portrayed the “science deniers” as impermeable to evidence, being swayed instead by theistic bias or general distrust of experts. This is the either-or fallacy, overlooking the fact that science depends on belief and that many evolution skeptics are keen on scientific evidence, pointing to key evidences that evolutionists and advocates of consensus science ignore or re-interpret due to their “individual belief” (e.g., 10/12/2012, 10/08/2012, 9/26/2012).Freelance writer Phil Primack brought in two authorities who claim that science deniers follow instinct rather than evidence. “We like to think that we’re smart, rational beings, but most of our perceptions are subjective and powerfully influenced by instinct and emotion,” said David Ropeik, a former TV journalist who wrote a book about confirmation bias – a human tendency to believe statements that confirm their biases and disbelieve statements that do not. Carroll and Offit agree that confirmation bias can affect scientists, too: “There’s good reason to be skeptical about information we get. But you have to be discriminating in the authorities you’re going to doubt,” Carroll wisely suggested but without supplying criteria for discrimination.Much of Primack’s article, which first appeared in the summer 2012 issue of Tufts Magazine, concerned public fear of vaccines or fluoridation of water, and doubts about anthropogenic global warming. Carroll lumped in skepticism of Darwinism with these. Surprisingly, he gave a revisionist view of evolution’s recent history in biology:But the wages of science denialism are not always obvious. According to Carroll, Americans’ resistance to the theory of evolution, while less noxious than measles outbreaks or climate woes, has had a real impact.“Thirty years ago,” he says, “there was not much interest in evolution within the life sciences community. Life scientists were interested in biological mechanisms, but they were studying them without an evolutionary context. Now it’s a different ballgame. As we’ve leaped forward and conquered biological frontiers on so many fronts, all of life science now sees that evolution is the fundamental thread that holds together the whole picture of life on earth.” But public education has not yet caught up to that reality. Evolution is still “under taught and underemphasized.”Thirty years ago would be 1982, when evolution had had complete dominance in both schools and scientific labs for some 25 years since the space race and the 1959 centennial of Darwin’s Origin of Species – a dominance that has remained unmitigated to the present day, despite court cases and the rise of the modern intelligent design movement.In addition, Carroll committed card stacking with the “biological frontiers” that he claims support evolution, ignoring the falsifying evidences from the Cambrian explosion (10/11/2012), the genetic code, the epigenetic code, and the discoveries of molecular machines in the cell. This is also a besetting sin of the global warming consensus (7/22/2012,Third, he did not support his allegation that evolution is under-taught and under-emphasized, when in fact school boards across the country have had difficulty allowing even factual criticisms of Darwinism to enter science classes, let alone presentations of intelligent design or creationism, which have long been suppressed. For 60 years, textbooks, when it comes to questions of origins, have been 100% Darwin dogma – some with overt factual errors about Haeckel’s embryos, peppered moths and other icons of evolution.Primack says that Carroll was recently named vice president for science education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. “It’s his job to find ways of fostering public respect for, understanding of and enthusiasm about science.” Carroll is so discomfited by deniers of evolution that he wants to get into the storytelling business on film:Carroll aims to give vivid form to such lessons in the educational videos he is overseeing on evolution and other topics. The Hughes film production unit will spend $60 million over the next five years. (“I’m putting Howard’s money where my mouth is,” Carroll deadpans.) Under his creative stamp, he promises there will be no talking heads, no dull graphics, just great storytelling. “Teachers deserve all the help we can give them,” he says.They need help, he thinks, because Bible believers have a much better “story” than evolutionists:Something else tilts the playing field toward those untroubled by an allegiance to scientific rigor: “What if the message of one story is more appealing than another?” Carroll asks. “If you have been told that you have been specifically created by a higher being with some plan for your life, that can be a bit more reassuring than thinking that you’re just one of billions of genetic combinations that has come about at this moment in time after millions of years of hominid evolution, with no plan and no explicit purpose.”Like Bill Nye the Science Guy (see 8/26/2012), Carroll expressed the non-sequitur that denial of evolution will negatively impact America’s leadership. “If we don’t value science and education, there is not a lot of incentive for people to pursue those fields, which means we will see less implementation of knowledge in our public policy,” he said. “We’ll have forfeited an edge in science that the world has envied for sixty years.”Surprisingly, the article was decorated with a photo of a dinosaur in the pervasive “death pose” indicating suffocation in water (11/23/2011, 2/15/2012) . Then Carroll ended with a reference to the Scopes Trial, during which evolutionists were clamoring for academic freedom – the very thing that is being denied to critics of evolution. And while Primack stipulated that “doubters of evolution are often linked to the political or religious right,” he did not ask if the converse is true: i.e., whether supporters of evolution are often linked to atheists and the political left (8/22/2012, 7/26/2012, 12/02/2004). He did state, though, that skeptics of vaccines and fluorine tend to be politically left, unlike their anticommunist forebears in the 1960s.First off in our commentary, let’s list some points of agreement – all in a spirit of fairness and cooperation with dear Dr. Carroll, our fellow created human being. We agree that much public unreasoning folly is regrettable; look at the scads of sick souls at slot machines who, against all probability or logic, lose their shirts in the vain hope they will get rich quick. We also would disparage those who fear vaccines and fluorine based on flawed reporting and science, though our own reporting from mainstream journals suggests some justification for questioning the consensus about anthropogenic global warming (e.g., 9/26/2012, 8/02/2012, 7/22/2012, 5/30/2012).We also agree that “you have to be discriminating in the authorities you’re going to doubt.” That advice alone is good reason to doubt Drs. Carroll and Offit themselves. Would you follow the advice of someone who committed multiple logical fallacies? In this one article, Carroll and Offit and their prophet Primack committed the either-or fallacy (scientists vs individual belief), fear mongering (denialism forfeits an edge in science), non-sequitur (criticism of evolution decreases knowledge for public policy), association (Darwin skeptics associated with vaccine/fluorine deniers), card stacking (ignoring evidences that falsify evolution), glittering generalities (evolution equated with reason and progress), loaded words (“science denialism”), and many of the other fallacies and tricks listed in the Baloney Detector.But the fallacy that really undermines their whole case is the self-refuting fallacy. Their personal bias led them to shoot their own feet of reason and evidence. How? For one thing, Carroll said one must be discriminating in in the authorities to be doubted, but then he denies the right for intelligent, informed skeptics of evolution to do just that: to doubt him. For another, as an evolutionist, Carroll must stay within the circle he drew around himself: “just one of billions of genetic combinations that has come about at this moment in time after millions of years of hominid evolution, with no plan and no explicit purpose.” How, then, can he explain his own plan and purpose to make films to fight the creationists? Where did plan and purpose evolve from?To stand on a soapbox of self-righteousness with a plan and a purpose, Carroll had to reach outside of his own worldview and steal from the goods of Bible believers, who ground righteous plans and purposes in the nature of the Judeo-Christian God. He therefore exposed himself as a de facto believer in Biblical values in spite of himself – a disobedient one at that. We can therefore ignore his advice, not only for the fallacies, but for the fact that he left himself with no feet to stand on. With Tufts University sending out graduates like that, don’t send your kids there if you want them to keep their feet.
Related Posts Tags:#mobile#news#NYT#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Urban Airship, a Portland, Oregon based iPhone “push notifications as a service” company, announced this morning that it now offers push notifications for BlackBerry applications and will soon offer Android push as well. “We are going to see at least four, and potentially five, extremely relevant platforms for mobile applications in the near future,” the company said, “and we intend to provide the push messaging and content delivery infrastructure for all of them.”If you’ve seen push notifications from Gowalla (a great use case, by the way), Tap Tap Revenge, Yowza or Urban Rivals, then you’ve seen Urban Airship’s service on the front end. On the back end, the company is developing push and in-app purchase infrastructure for numerous apps and devices, including the forthcoming iPad.Airship developer Michael Richardson put the company’s cross-platform efforts into context for us this morning:We want to make it extremely simple for mobile publishers to communicate in a real-time fashion with their users. The mobile phone is the perfect channel for that and we want to provide the ability to reach any user, any time, immediately, without the high cost or difficult implementation of SMS.Bringing that paradigm to BlackBerry and Android will open up big new markets for the company and easy new functionality for developers. The company is offering BlackBerry push right now by integrating with BlackBerry’s own API. Android push will be handled end to end by Airship and isn’t ready yet. “We’ll handle the details of managing the persistent socket connections from the device and sending the notifications as needed along that connection,” the company says. That’s easier said than done. Richardson: “We’re taking it slow to make sure that we do it right.”The downside to using a service like this of course is that it’s a form of reliance on a small outside service provider. Quite a few companies have been willing to forgo building this kind of tech in-house to date, though. Urban Airship reports that it delivered 100 million push notifications in its first 6 months and 60 million more in just 4 weeks after that.Into mobile? Check out the ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit 2010. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces marshall kirkpatrick The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Here at GBA, we have consistently advised readers who plan to install a heat-recovery ventilator (HRV) or an energy-recovery ventilator (ERV) to install dedicated ventilation ductwork rather than trying to distribute ventilation air through their heating and cooling ducts. That advice won’t seem particularly burdensome if your house doesn’t have any heating and cooling ducts — as is typical in a home with ductless minisplits or a hydronic heating system and no central air conditioning.But if your house already has heating and cooling ducts, you may instinctively rebel at GBA’s advice, muttering, “Why can’t I use the ducts that I’ve already got?”Here are the reasons:In the past, I often endorsed the use of exhaust-only ventilation systems in small homes with simple floor plans. Increasingly, however, I’ve become convinced that we need to pay better attention to indoor air quality, especially in bedrooms. It turns out that bedrooms in homes with exhaust-only ventilation systems usually don’t get enough fresh air. So anyone who cares about bedroom air quality probably needs an HRV or ERV with dedicated ventilation ductwork.If your HRV has dedicated ventilation ductwork — a type of ventilation system that is sometimes called a “fully ducted” system — the HRV will usually deliver fresh air to the living room and bedrooms, while simultaneously exhausting stale air from bathrooms (and sometimes from the laundry room or kitchen). With fully ducted systems, fresh air delivery and stale air extraction happen in the rooms where the system designer intends these events to occur. These systems use less energy than systems connected to heating or cooling ductwork, and they are far easier to commission and balance.If you intend to pull stale air from your kitchen, remember that a range hood should never be connected to…