4 Guyanese jailed for 3769kg cocaine found on vessel

first_imgUnited States Attorney Gretchen CF Shappert announced on Wednesday that Guyanese Neville Jeffrey, 70; Mohamed Hoseain, 66; Richard La Cruz, 51, and Mark Anthony Williams, 32, were jailed for 48, 36, 30 and 27 months respectively, for possession of cocaine on board a vessel, by District Court Judge Wilma A Lewis.The sentencing was handed down on Tuesday by Justice Lewis. The Judge also sentenced each defendant to two years of supervised release, but ordered that they be deported upon release from incarceration. She further ordered them to pay a special assessment of US$100 each and did not impose a fine, the US Department of Justice said in a release.Jeffrey, Hoseain, La Cruz and Williams pleaded guilty to cocaine possession charges in November and December of 2018. According to plea agreements filed with the court and statements at the sentencing hearing, the US Coast Guard Cutter Napier, on February 16, 2017, intercepted a suspicious vessel in a joint operation with the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard approximately 70 nautical miles north of Paramaribo, Suriname, in international waters. The vessel, later identified as the Lady Michelle, was located along a known drug trafficking route and registered with St Vincent and the Grenadines. The US Coast Guard boarded the vessel pursuant to a bilateral agreement between the United States and St Vincent and the Grenadines. According to the US Justice Department, they discovered 185 bales containing numerous rectangular shaped packages of cocaine in the vessel’s fish hold weighing 3769 kilograms. The drug had a street value in the US Virgin Islands of US$71 million. Jeffrey and Hoseain functioned as captains. La Cruz was identified as the engineer and Williams as the cook.According to the US Justice Department, the case was investigated by the US Coast Guard, the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard and the US Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Alphonso Andrews Jr.last_img read more

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Colours Boutique outfits table tennis champion

first_imgOften described as the epitome of determination and strength, one of Guyana’s most promising young table tennis players, Kaysan Ninvalle, is gearing up to represent Guyana on the regional stage once again.Kaysan Ninvalle and Colours representative Creanna DamonThis 13-year-old, who has shown his dominance with the paddle in hand over the past 8 years, will set out once again to represent Guyana at the Caribbean Mini-Cadet and Pre-Cadet Table Tennis Championships.In light of this, Colours Boutique has seen it fit to gear up the young man once again, as he prepares to compete in the Dominican Republic next weekend.Speaking on behalf of the benevolent company, store representative Creanna Damon stressed on the boutique’s commitment to sports and aspiring athletes. The representative also highlighted that the company is aware of, and is very proud of, Kaysan’s achievements prior to and during the course of their sponsorship.“On behalf of the management and team of Colours boutique, I would to take this opportunity to congratulate Kaysan for the excellent playing he has been doing so far. I just want to wish him the best in his future endeavours,” she stated.In reply, Kaysan had an outpouring of gratitude towards the company for the timely contributions.“Thank you to my sponsors for all the equipment; it has made me a better tennis player. It will also push me further to play harder and focus more,” the 13-year-old said.Despite having to compete in a higher category this time around, Kaysan is ready to battle from August 26-31. He noted that he would have to put in much more work this time around. “I expect that I would have to fight, and put my mind to it,” he said.Speaking on plans for the future, the young man sees himself progressing through the table tennis ranks over the next few years. He is hopeful of getting opportunity to participate in the largest international sporting event, come 2020.“In future, I hope to attend the World Championships for my country, and also to reach the Olympics in 2020,” he confidently stated.When he competed in 2016, the youngster copped gold in the “11 and under” category of the same competition. Additionally, he is Guyana’s “15 champion”, one category higher than his actual range.last_img read more

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Park named in honor of fallen deputy

first_img“By naming this park in his honor we are keeping his memory alive in our community,” Vice Mayor Ed Sileo said. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 “It’s a hurt that never truly heals,” said Capt. Carl Deeley, commander of the Lancaster sheriff’s station. “To each of us, it’s helping with the healing process knowing his service is being honored in this way.” After graduating from Los Angeles Baptist High School, Bain worked in his father’s machine shop and thought about becoming a forest ranger before opting for the Sheriff’s Department. A motorcycle deputy in Lancaster since 2003, Bain was known for his Fu Manchu mustache and for a good-natured, outgoing personality that let him win over even motorists he stopped to ticket, his friends said. “Pierre had a rare gift, one we wish we all had; he never lost that childlike quality that lets you celebrate life,” Deeley said. The Lancaster motorcycle deputies called Bain “Pepe,” both for his fondness for hot sauce and because of the French cartoon skunk Pepe Le Pew. They also called him “Mr. 723,” the Sheriff’s Department code for giving a warning. LANCASTER – In a bittersweet ceremony Friday, the city of Lancaster rededicated Eastside Park in the name of Pierre W. Bain, a sheriff’s motorcycle deputy killed on duty in a traffic collision. On the first anniversary of his death, city officials, deputies and Bain’s family and friends gathered at the park at Avenue I and Fifth Street East for the unveiling of a sign with the new name. Among those in attendance were Bain’s parents, Orville and Germaine, his wife, Diana, and one of his three daughters from a previous marriage, Alicia. “I’ve been thrilled about this since I heard about it,” Diana Bain said. “I want everybody who drives by here to remember his life.” Bain, a 15-year Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department veteran who died two days before his 46th birthday, was riding after a speeder when another vehicle pulled in front of his motorcycle at an east Lancaster intersection. last_img read more

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Sunderland captain John O’Shea eyes fifth successive derby victory

first_imgSunderland captain John O’Shea has challenged the Black Cats to secure a fifth successive derby victory over Newcastle and maintain their Premier League fate in their own hands.The Tyne-Wear rivals meet on Sunday with Sunderland victorious in the last four meetings, including a last minute winner by Adam Johnson at St James’ Park just before Christmas.Despite the recent bragging rights, the Black Cats are toiling and sit just a point above the relegation zone having gone two months without a win, and O’Shea has issued a rallying cry to keep the team spirit.“We know we’re not in the position that we’d like to be in, but we know we can get out of it. It’s in our hands,” said the Irishman.“Whoever we were facing this weekend, be it Newcastle, be it Crystal Palace, be it Southampton, whoever the case may be, it’s a case of getting the three points as soon as we can and getting everyone energised again and looking forward to the remaining games.”Sunderland could drop into the relegation zone by kick off time on Sunday, depending on Burnley’s result against Tottenham, but O’Shea believes they can take solace and confidence from their recent stranglehold over their fiercest rivals.The 33-year-old said: “Everyone has got to be mentally prepared to start the game, and obviously anything can happen then in the 90 minutes. We have a chance of creating a fantastic record against a big rival, the main rival for us, so it’s a fantastic opportunity.“But ultimately, it comes down to wanting it more on the day and hopefully, that will be the case.” 1 John O’Shea last_img read more

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Credit goes to few who saved historic hangar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonAt 80 years old, the hangar isn’t the oldest structure in the Valley, but it’s colorful history makes it a keeper. And thankfully this important piece of Van Nuys history has been saved from the wrecking ball. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The city of Los Angeles got an unexpected Christmas gift last week when a piece of San Fernando Valley history was saved from demolition. It was the iconic hangar at the Van Nuys Airport – the first building at the Valley facility, as well as a background in one of the most famous movies of all time, “Casablanca.” Yet this hangar was going to be destroyed – and indeed demolition was already under way – until aviation enthusiasts raised a hue and cry. That’s when Jim Dunn, the owner of the Airtel Plaza Hotel at the airport, stepped in to buy it and have it moved to the hotel for permanent display. last_img read more

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Cllr Patrick McGowan elected Chair of Stranorlar Municipal District

first_imgCllr Patrick McGowan has been elected as Chair of the Stranorlar Municipal District today in Lifford and was unanimously agreed by all fellow members of the Stranorlar MD.In is opening address Cllr. McGowan thanked his fellow councillors for electing him as Chair and also thanked the outgoing Chair Cllr. Martin Harley.Cllr McGowan noted that both the elected members and the staff of the Stranorlar MD work together as a team and that a number of positive initiatives have been progressed including the recently launched East Donegal Tourism Initiative. He also highlighted priorities going forward including delivering on the East Donegal Tourism Initiative that would see the potential of the River Finn being realised as well as face to face meetings with relevant Government Ministers on addressing the flooding issues of the Municipal District.He also highlighted other priorities facing the Municipal District including the Ballybofey/Stranorlar Bypass, the Main Street in Ballybofey, Lifford streets and proposals for Greenways.He thanked the media for their ongoing support and reporting on progress made in the Stranorlar Municipal District.The elected members and staff joined the new Chair in supporting the Green Ribbon initiative which aims to promote positive mental health and remove the stigma associated with mental illness. Cllr. Liam Doherty was elected vice-Chair of the Stranorlar Municipal District.Cllr Patrick McGowan elected Chair of Stranorlar Municipal District was last modified: May 29th, 2018 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:cllr patrick McGowanStranorlarlast_img read more

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Pitcher Plant Inspires R&D Award

first_imgThe R&D 100 award, previously given for inventions like the fax machine and automated teller machine, has been given this year for a biologically-inspired design that could revolutionize society in many ways.Pitcher plant:  How would you like a non-stick frying pan that really is non-stick?  Self-cleaning windows?  Clothes that don’t stain?  These may be coming due to SLIPS, a non-stick surface developed at Harvard School of Engineering by a team led by Joanna Aizenberg, a core professor at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering (see entry from 10/10/2011).  The Harvard Press release announcing its win said, “‘SLIPS’ technology … has transformative potential for everyday life.”  Surgeons and hospitals will benefit from tools and surfaces that resist bacteria.  Oil will someday flow through pipes that resist sticking.  Refrigerator coils will no longer have ice buildup.  The possibilities are endless, and this prestigious award, on its 50th anniversary, went to a technology inspired by a pitcher plant.  In a video on PhysOrg‘s article, Aizenberg describes SLIPS and demonstrates its effectiveness.Biomimetics is solving the world’s problems in numerous other ways:Anti-bacterial coating:  PhysOrg reported that the BIOCOAT project in Belgium is “looking to develop a new concept of coating stainless steel surfaces through bio-inspired processes which respect the environment and are not costly.”  Researchers have developed a “bio-inspired multi-functional polymer” that can be applied to stainless steel by soaking or spraying.  It will resist bacteria and thus improve the safety of numerous objects humans touch every day that otherwise could be vectors of disease.  Someone should invent a way to apply this to TV remotes, among the germiest objects found in hotels.Micro-adhesion:  How do cells stick together?  Scientists publishing in PNAS wanted to know.  The paper by Pontani et al., “Biomimetic emulsions reveal the effect of mechanical forces on cell–cell adhesion” (PNAS, June 1, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1201499109 ) produced measurements that may “reveal adhesion strengthening with increasing external pressure even in the absence of active cellular processes.”Deepwater horizons:  Research into how ocean microbes responded to the Gulf oil spill two years ago is providing insight into how they degraded the oil quickly and effectively at certain depths, according to Science Daily.  This knowledge may allow future responders to catastrophic oil spills to deploy “cleanup microbes” to forestall damage naturally.  Maybe the robotic fish reported on Live Science could be the first responders to find pollutants.Moth eye:  Would you like less reflection on your TV display?   PhysOrg reported, “Drawing their inspiration from nature,” (in this case the eyes of moths), “researchers develop a brand new type of anti-reflective plastic.”  The article began with a sermonette for biomimicry (but no mention of evolution):Nature has long been a source of inspiration for both scientists and artists alike. Some of the most ingeniously designed products and gadgets familiar to millions of people worldwide owe their origin to seemingly simple forms and patterns found in plants and wildlife. The ability to adapt these natural forms to develop ever more innovative products and processes has given rise to the field of biomimetics — literally meaning ‘imitation of life’.Natural robots:  A recent symposium at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, reported by PhysOrg, described how biomimetics is inspiring a new generation of robots.  Participants “heard about how advances in the field are improving artificial limbs, about how other devices are teaching injured people to walk, about manufacturing and control of small flying robots, and about advances in ‘swarm intelligence’ controlling bunches of machines.”Copying clumsiness:  Ever wonder why insects bump against walls and windows?  That apparently clumsiness is a way for them to learn about their environment.  The light bulb went on in the heads of Swiss researchers who, according to Live Science, are creating flying robots that do just that: use bumps for exploring their air space.  This allows them to operate in unstructured, cluttered environments without the high overhead of remote sensing software.  “The ability to actively bump around unfamiliar environments means that AirBurr could navigate even with the loss of GPS indoors or underground,” the article ended.  “Having cheap swarms of such robots may prove the path forward for making robots ready for the real world.”If a robot can be natural, can nature be considered robotic?  Maybe plants and animals use a kind of robotics technology that was bioengineered by an Intelligent Designer.  No wonder we can learn from them. (Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Knysna away from the crowds

first_imgA ride on the back of an elephant at the Knysna Elephant Park is just one of more peaceful and crowd-free activities the coastal town offers. (Image: Knysna Elephant Park)Fiona McIntoshEvery year the month of July sees crowds flocking to the Western Cape seaside town of Knysna for its big annual party – the Knysna Oyster Festival. Now in its 26th year, the event has a host of activities that draw visitors from across South Africa and beyond.Other than the oyster eating and champagne drinking, there’s the Knysna Cycle Tour, held over the first weekend, and the Pick n Pay Cape Times Forest Marathon, the grand finale. The week in between is full of other sporting events, a whisky and jazz festival, gastronomic delights and adventures for the kids – including the chance to go tobogganing and snow boarding on a real snow slope.But whether you’re a first-timer or a festival veteran, there are a number of other options that let you see the best of Knysna – without the crowds.Knysna is famous for its oysters, and there’s no better way to enjoy them than with a little DIY. Take a picnic and an oyster knife down to the beach at Buffalo Bay on a spring low tide and try your hand at harvesting wild oysters off the rocks. It’s a rare treat, not only because the wild oyster tastes so different from the cultivated variety, but also because slurping down molluscs you’ve extracted yourself is much more rewarding than sitting down to a plate of prepared oysters, even at the town’s famous 34 South restaurant.That’s not the only reason they taste so good: the cultivated oyster (Crassotrea gicas) is grown all over the world but the wild oyster (Crassotea margaritacea) is a subspecies unique to this stretch of coastline, so it has its own distinctive taste.If you’re worried that encouraging people to go and collect their own oysters might lead to the supply being depleted, rest assured that controls are in place. Individuals can buy permits to harvest 25 oysters per person per day. And once you try collecting that number you’ll realise it’s no easy task. But it is an excuse to enjoy a fun afternoon in the sun.Another unusual new attraction is Eagle Encounters, which opened in December 2008 and is linked to the Eagle Encounters at Spier in Cape Town. Dennis Robson, who runs the project, is a falconer who takes injured or maltreated birds and tries to rehabilitate them through training and exercise programmes. Some birds have been raised by humans and have never hunted, and so can never be released.Robson demonstrates with a barn owl, which “talks” non-stop.“It’s a human imprint,” he explains. “It’s used to the chattering of humans so mimics them.”Many of the birds in the sanctuary are victims of road accidents, while others have been illegally kept as pets in tiny cages so have lost the ability to fly properly. Amazingly roughly 60% of the birds are rehabilitated.The birds show of their aerial manoeuvres at twice-daily shows, but visitors are welcome to come in and see the birds during the centre opening hours and Dennis will always do his best to put a few through their flying paces.Another must-do is a visit to the Knysna Elephant Park. Started as an elephant orphanage in 1994, it has since grown into a tourist attraction – although the emphasis is still on letting the elephants be themselves without too much human interference.There are various options for interaction. You can go for an early morning walk with the herd or sign up for one of the half-hourly tours. The tour includes an introduction to the rehabilitation work being carried out and some tips on elephant etiquette. Then you’re driven out to the matriarchal group, where you can enjoy the gentle touch of the tuskers’ trunks as you feed them grapes, stroke the gentle giants and watch the young calves being fed.Or you can sign up for a ride on a jumbo – the young bull elephants need exercise, so elephant rides were introduced as a logical response to popular demand. But the best way to appreciate this herd is to book in for an overnight visit. At night the behemoths are stabled in a big barn overlooked by the guesthouse, so you can enjoy the odours and sounds of the elephants from your room or the open lounge area. You might not get much sleep with all the crashing around but looking out from the sofa at elephants right below you is quite something.One of the great attractions of the stay is that you can join the rangers and walk back to the guesthouse with the herd once the day-trippers have gone and enjoy their first steps into the light of day in the morning.Of course first prize would be to come across one of the pachyderms on one of the many hiking or mountain biking trails through the indigenous forest, but your chances of spotting them in the wild are remote. They are occasionally seen – the Knysna forest is the largest unfenced elephant habitat in South Africa – but no one is sure how many wild elephant remain. South African National Parks scientists have photographed one female several times, while DNA studies on elephant spoor suggest that as many as five animals roam free.If you fancy exploring the Knysna forest, Tony Cook of Mountain Biking Africa will show you the top rides and hikes in the area – one of the best areas for mountain biking in the whole of South Africa. There’s plenty of dirt and single track around Knysna as well as a new ride at Buffalo Hills just outside Plettenberg Bay, where you can ride past herds of zebra, eland, wildebeest, giraffe and other plains game.The perfect way to work up an appetite for some oysters and champagne!Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesSouth Africa’s tourist highlights South Africa’s national parks Life’s a beach in South Africa South African food Brewing up boutique beers Big fests for big beasts Walking for Eden, and elephants Useful linksVisit KnysnaKnysna Tourism Knysna Oyster Festival 34 South Eagle Encounters Knysna Elephant Park Mountain Biking Africalast_img read more

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Jammu and Kashmir shifts 20 more ‘potential troublemakers’ from Kashmir to Agra

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir authorities airlifted a fresh batch of 20 “potential troublemakers” from Srinagar to Agra, officials said here on Friday.The people, who have a history of being involved in separatist activities, were taken out of the Kashmir Valley in a special Indian Air Force plane, they said.They are alleged to be active members of separatist groups in Kashmir Valley.They were taken in a special IAF plane to Uttar Pradesh and lodged in Agra Central Jail.The authorities had airlifted 25 people, including president of Kashmir High Court Bar Association Mian Qayoom, on Thursday, as a precautionary measure in the wake of constitutional changes made by the government.Besides Mr. Qayoom, Mubin Shah, an office-bearer of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce, was also part of the group.Mr. Qayoom is a noted lawyer and has been representing many cases in which separatist leaders have been booked by the police. The government has imposed strict restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir after the constitutional provisions that accorded the State special status were abrogated and it was divided into two Union Territories.last_img read more

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Second straight MVP for Mbala

first_imgRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Azkals Eye 1st Asian Cup stint Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPicking up where he left off last season, Ben Mbala was hailed as the Most Valuable Player of UAAP men’s basketball for the second straight year as the La Salle slotman established himself as the supreme force in the collegiate scene.The Cameroonian continued his dominance for the Green Archers, posting per game averages of 26.0 points, 13.08 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 steals to finish with 96.58 total statistical points (SPs) in the ongoing Season 80.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Adamson bruiser Papi Sarr ranked fifth with 63.15 SPs, followed by NU big man Issa Gaye at sixth (57.57 SPs), UST center Steve Akomo at seventh (56.77 SPs), UP captain Paul Desiderio at ninth (54.50 SPs), and Ateneo slotman Chibueze Ikeh at 10th (49.36 SPs).Meanwhile, UP playmaker Juan Gomez de Liaño was hailed as the season’s best rookie after netting 46.69 SPs, powered by his averages of 11.61 points, 6.15 rebounds, 2.54 assists, and 1.0 steal.center_img But winning the MVP again is the least of Mbala’s concerns as he looks forward to keeping the UAAP title.“We just want to win,” Mbala said, as twice-to-beat La Salle prepares for its Final Four date against Adamson this Saturday.“We will not quit and that’s what we plan to do for the next few games: Play hard and leave the rest to God.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA distant second in the MVP race is Ateneo forward Thirdy Ravena, who mustered 66.50 SPs, followed by NU senior Jjay Alejandro at third with 63.86 SPs, and UE scorer Alvin Pasaol at fourth with 63.43 SPs.La Salle high-flyer Ricci Rivero complete this season’s Mythical Team after finishing eighth with his 56.29 SPs.He will get the nod, thanks to the UAAP ruling allowing only one foreign student-athlete to be named in the season’s best five. MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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