Vessel with 95kg cocaine nabbed in Pomeroon River

first_imgTwo men were taken into custody by ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) following the discovery of more than 95 kilograms of cocaine in a vessel that was intercepted along the Pomeroon River on Monday.Based on reports received, the vessel was stopped and searched by members ofThe cocaine that was intercepted in the vessel along the Pomeroon Riverthe Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guard and it was during that operation that several well wrapped packages were unearthed and upon checking, the illegal substance detected.The men and the suspected cocaine were transported to CANU’s headquarters as investigations continue. According to a release issued by the drug enforcement unit, the men are being interrogated and charges are likely to be instituted shortly.However, it is not clear if the vessel is owned by Guyanese or originated from neighbouring Venezuela, since the information provided by CANU was limited.Earlier in the year, a vessel was discovered in Guyana suspected to have been carrying cocaine but was allegedly released.However, one month after its release, President David Granger ordered that a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) be launched to determine the role played by the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) and the GDF Coast Guard in the detention and release of the vessel.The findings of the CoI were later handed over to Minister of State Joseph Harmon by Chairman, Brigadier (Retired) Bruce Lovell.Brigadier Lovell, in an invited comment, stated that inquiries are important particularly in matters of national interest.The report that was presented, he noted, will assist Guyana in making some important decisions in the security architecture of this country and that it will assist in making decisions, particularly as it relates to the fight against narcotics trafficking.“Inquiries do what any good journalist would do and that is to answer the Five W’s and the one H; the Who, the What, the Where, the Why and the When and it also goes a bit further and seeks to recommend what should be done to prevent any further occurrence,” he noted.He further noted that in the recommendations, the Committee looked at a number of systematic issues, doctrine, organisation, training, leadership, personnel, facilities and, of course, policies.The other members of the Commission were former Assistant Commissioner of Police, Winston Cosbert and Christine Bailey.Meanwhile, at the commencement of the CoI, Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit, James Singh was asked to proceed on annual leave and Major General Retired, Michael Artherly assumed the post at the helm of the Unit.Singh however, was subsequently relieved of his duties as the head drug enforcement body. It is believed that based on the findings during the COI, recommendations were made for him to be relived from his post.last_img read more

Green stem syndrome

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One issue that impacts soybean harvest in the eastern Corn Belt at some level each year is green stem syndrome. Green stem syndrome could be larger issue for the 2017 harvest because of latter planting dates in many areas. When green stem syndrome occurs, stems and leaves can remain green after pods have matured. As a result, while pods and seeds are mature and dry enough to be harvested, harvest operations can be slowed as combines have more difficulty dealing with stems and leaves that are still green. In addition to creating harvest delays, green stem syndrome can increase fuel consumption and result in shattering losses if growers delay harvest until stems have fully matured.The occurrence of green stems varies from year-to-year and can be affected by several factors, such as:• Viral infections• Insect feeding• Late planting• Drought stress• Application of fungicidesSuccessful management of green stem syndrome requires management practices that include timely planting, establishing adequate plant stands, irrigation, and controlling insects/pests. By making these management practices a priority, growers can minimize the likelihood that green stem syndrome will develop in their soybean fields. Although green stem syndrome slows down harvest, soybeans should be harvested as soon as pods are fully mature in order to minimize harvest losses due to shattering.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 122 | Mental Health and Farming Naked

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dale, Matt and Kolt are with you this week. Matt needs to clear the air on his farming naked shirt and Dale recaps the latest USDA stock report.During the Farm Science Review, Matt sat down with OCJ Marketing Specialist Risë Labig to chat with Jolene Brown about farm stress and mental health. Dusty joins us with an interview with Barry McGraw of the Ohio Soybean Council, and we meet Luke Crumley, the new Director of Public Policy and Nutrient Management for the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association.last_img

Is The World Ready For Consumer Mobile Technology In Emergency Services?

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Government#mobile christina ortiz Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces If you spot your local boys in blue chatting on a smart phone don’t worry – they’re probably not just chatting with their spouses. It turns out that giving emergency services access to consumer-style mobile devices like tablets and smart phones is a shift many government agencies are making to boost cost-effectiveness and improve responsiveness. The future of emergency services is headed in a very mobile and digital direction, even the fed is starting to notice. The Department of Homeland Security asked a team of futurists from the agency’s Science and Technology Directorate to brainstorm future technological needs of emergency workers and first responders. The prognosticators came up with a ton of scenarios where existing technologies could help police, firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians do their jobs. Most of them were super-technical, like cops using Google Glasses to scope out suspects from a distance, but the overall message was clear: Accessibility and interconnectivity is key in making emergency services work faster and more efficiently. The Mobile Future Is NowMaking these changes seems daunting and expensive, but it’s already happening in significant ways. For example, the Chatham-Kent police force in Ontario, Canada, is participating in a pilot project using a Blackberry Playbook (remember, it’s Canada)  to control squad cars. The tablet is used to record evidence and look up information at crime scenes and can connected with smartphones, PCs and on-board printers through Bluetooth. It even controls the siren and lights of the vehicle. Microsoft has displayed a similar application through its Modularis prototype that runs on Windows 8. Paramedics at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minnesota use the SafetyPad tablet to file reports previously done on paper. The tablet serves as a one stop spot for information on current emergencies by displaying location information from 911 operators. It also keeps track of patient vitals and provides key questions for the EMTs to get the best treatment options for the situation. The hospital receives messages from the tablet to better prepare for the patient’s arrival in the Emergency Room.  All of this data is stored in a database that can be accessed at any hospital and is also used for charting medical trends and billing purposes. Mobile Helps Them Help You So how does all of this benefit the average citizen? Mostly by saving precious time. Instead of a cop having to go back to the station to look up information, she can access it on site and spend more time in communities and on the streets. (It might also make it easier and faster for the Highway Patrol to write you a ticket, sorry.)For EMTs and hospitals, saving time could mean more lives saved. Time travelled from the scene of an accident to the hospital is vital for collecting information, and there are big advantages in disseminating it that information on the fly. Wait times at the ER could potentially be shorter because the information staff needs is already available, not hanging out on a sheet of paper in a clipboard. Money Is Always An IssueCost-effectiveness is also an issue, of course, though it’s conveniently left pretty vague in reports. The DHS told the Science and Technology Directorate  think tank that it should forget about the fiscal constraints of our current economy and imagine a “a ‘blue sky’ scenario, where anything might be possible.” The study released by Blackberry about the Chatham project mentions only that the Playbook system is a “cost-effective method of putting information in the officer’s hands.”Still, relying on relatively inexpensive consumer technology should sae money, and industry after industry have already learned that going mobile means less paper, fewer expensive man-hours and overall greater efficiency.Still, with all that’s on the line, expect emergency services organizations to be cautious about embracing consumer mobile technology before it has fully proven its value and reliability. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. last_img read more

Making Do With Google’s Leftovers

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… It’s perhaps one of the industry’s great ironies that today’s hottest enterprise technology is yesterday’s leftovers at Google. Hadoop, an open-source implementation of Google’s MapReduce technology, is all the rage in the enterprise as a primary tool for tackling Big Data, and probably will remain such for years to come.But at Google, MapReduce may already be too slow and not nearly scalable enough.This isn’t news. Mike Miller, CEO of Cloudant, made this point in 2012, and Bill McColl, CEO of Cloudscale, made it two years before that. As McColl argued in 2010, “the people who really do have cutting edge performance and scalability requirements today have already moved on from the Hadoop model.”Which is another way of saying Google lives in the future.I’ve told the story before about a wealthy friend telling me his money lets him “see into the future a few years” by affording expensive things today that will be cheap for everyone in the future. In a similar fashion, Google, not to mention other web giants like Facebook and Twitter, is building things today, to solve problems of scale and data processing, that will likely be commonplace for mainstream enterprises tomorrow. Today Google’s data and scale problems are almost magical. Tomorrow they will likely be average.Which may mean that peering into the future, whether you’re an entrepreneur or a venture capitalist, may be as simple as watching Google. While Facebook releases much of its code as open source, the place to gaze into Google’s soul is its treasure trove of published research. There you’ll find “Efficient spatial sampling of large geographical tables” and more information on “Spanner: Google’s Globally-Distributed Database.”You will see, in other words, the future of enterprise computing, otherwise known as Google’s leftovers. Image courtesy of AHMAD FAIZAL YAHYA / Shutterstock. Matt Asay IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts center_img Tags:#enterprise IT#Facebook#future of IT#Google#Hadoop#MapReduce Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Anganwadi worker moves Bombay High Court

first_imgAn anganwadi worker in Maharashtra has approached the Bombay High Court challenging the State government’s decision to dismiss her from her job for having more than two children and thus not adhering to its ‘Small Family’ rules. The petitioner, Tanvi Sodaye, began working for the State’s Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme in 2002 and was promoted to the post of an Anganwadi Sevika in 2012.2014 resolutionIn March this year, however, she received a written communication from the State authorities informing her that she was being dismissed from work since she had three children. The letter informed her that a 2014 Government Resolution (GR) mandated that State employees in various departments, including the ICDS scheme, must not have more than two children. In her plea, filed through advocate Ajinkya M. Udane, Ms. Sodaye, however, argued that her dismissal from service on grounds that she had more than two kids was illegal since she was already eight months pregnant with her third child when the August 2014 GR came into effect.While Ms. Sodaye approached the High Court in April this year, just a month after her dismissal, her plea was taken up by the court for hearing for the first time only last week. In the hearing, Advocate Udane told a Bench of Justices R. M. Savant and M. S. Karnik that his client’s appointment letter, or the letter confirming her promotion to an Anganwadi Sevika, did not have any clause restricting the number of children she could have.8 months pregnant Besides, he argued, since she was already eight months pregnant when the GR in question came into effect, in her case, applying its provisions would mean applying a law retrospectively.The same, he said, was unfair and urged the court to quash the State’s order of her dismissal.last_img read more

10 months agoBayern Munich striker Lewandowski: We can beat Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski: We can beat Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has welcomed their Champions League draw with Liverpool.It will mean Lewandowski facing Jurgen Klopp, his former Borussia Dortmund coach.”It’s going to be a fantastic battle. Let’s go Bavaria, we can do it!” declared the Pole on social media.Also Klopp is – like everyone connected to football in Germany – full of anticipation: “It will be difficult, they have a top team, but for me it is nice to return to Germany. “I look forward to it.” last_img

Habitat For Humanity Send Their Thoughts And Prayers To Jimmy Carter

first_imgDuring a press conference this week, President Jimmy Carter announced that he will begin treatment for melanoma. Habitat For Humanity have released a statement to say their thoughts and prayers are with longtime supporters President and Mrs. Carter at this time.“Since first hearing of his diagnosis last week, the hearts and prayers of our entire organization have been with President Carter and his family. The Carters began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity more than 30 years ago and have helped bring worldwide attention to and support for our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. “Through their leadership and passion, they have made us a stronger organization and have directly helped improve the lives of thousands of families. We are grateful for their longstanding commitment to our mission and wish President Carter well in the days ahead.”President and Mrs. Carter’s first volunteer experience with Habitat for Humanity was in March 1984 in Americus, Georgia, where Habitat for Humanity was founded.Later that same year, they joined Habitat volunteers in New York City’s Lower East Side to renovate an abandoned building in partnership with low-income families. That marked Habitat for Humanity’s first Jimmy Carter Work Project, which was later renamed the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Each year since that time, the Carters have given one week to build houses alongside volunteers and families in communities across the United States and around the world.Habitat’s annual Carter Work Project has helped build, renovate or repair nearly 4,000 homes in 14 countries alongside 92,000 volunteers.This year, the 32nd Carter Work Project will take place in Nepal in November.“The example set by President and Mrs. Carter these past three decades inspire us all to make this year’s project the very best ever,” said Reckford. “During the week, 1,500 volunteers will partner with local Nepali families to build 100 homes in just five days. I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to the Carters than to ensure this year’s project is an unprecedented success.”last_img read more

Politics eclipses green issues

first_imgAs Articles 370 and 35A generate considerable heat as Jammu & Kashmir wades through the summer of General Elections, crucial issues of ecology and environment remain conspicuously absent from the hustings. The state votes in five phases of the total of seven. In Kashmir, elections in Baramullah were held on April 11, 2019; Srinagar voted on April 18; and Anantnag which voted on April 23 and 29, will vote again on May 6. Not that the region doesn’t face environmental challenges. In fact, some of them can have geopolitical fallouts. Shrinking glaciers tops this list. Through summer, these glaciers charge the Valley’s water bodies, like streams and canals used in irrigation and rivers that flow into Pakistan. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe state also witnesses two of its major lakes — Dal and Wular — become smaller. Dal, the mascot of Kashmir’s famed natural beauty and a major tourist puller, has shrunk around 36 per cent in almost four decades. According to a study by Srinagar’s Directorate of Environment, Ecology and Remote Sensing, it has shrunk to 1,620 hectares in 2008 from 2,547 hectares in 1971. Wular, which is the largest freshwater lake in Asia and was designated a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention in 1990, is worse than Dal. Since 1911, the overall water spread and marsh areas have shrunk by more than 50 per cent. The water-holding capacity of the lake that helps prevent floods and drought is fast diminishing. Also Read – Insider threat managementA government study has also revealed that more than 50 per cent of water bodies in and around Srinagar have disappeared during the past century. Over the past three decades, Kashmir has also witnessed a steady conversion of farmland into ones used for non-agricultural purposes. As a result, food grain deficit, which in 1950-51 was 32 per cent, has now shot up to 81.5 per cent. But water still is the most contentious issue. Recently, India threatened to stop J&K rivers from entering Pakistan after the Pulwama attack. According to the Indus Water Treaty (IWT), Pakistan gets water from three J&K rivers — Jhelum, Sindh, and Chenab — and India gets the right to completely divert water from Punjab rivers — Satluj, Ravi, and Beas. Shrinking glaciers threaten to reduce the discharge in J&K rivers, which will reduce the distribution of waters between neighbours. If there is less water available to meet J&K needs, even lesser will flow to Pakistan. This may impact the country’s agriculture and its economy. Another related issue is hydro-power generation, again a politically touchy issue. Under IWT, the Valley can only generate electricity from run-of-the-river power projects. So, the depleting discharge in rivers will mean a progressive decline in generation capacity. But, as of now, J&K faces a severe shortage of electricity, an irony for a state that exports power to the rest of the country. According to an estimate, around 84 per cent of the 3593 megawatts of energy generated in J&K goes to the northern grid and the state buys a chunk of it back for its consumption at a hefty cost of Rs 7,000 crore annually. But that is still not enough to meet its needs. Can the state do much? The state doesn’t even have an agency to address its water problems as IWT already takes care of the larger issue — the rivers. J&K had long ago sought the return of power projects the NHPC Limited had constructed on its rivers but the Centre declined. This is when Salal project, the 1975 ownership order for which clearly says that it had to be reverted to J&K following payment of the depreciated cost. About receding of glaciers, the state can hardly do anything. One of the factors that may be accentuating the shrinkage, apart from Climate Change, is Amarnath Yatra. It is a two-month pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine high up in the Himalayas. Every year, more than half a million people travel on foot along a mountainous trail alongside glaciers to reach the shrine. But regulating pilgrimage to protect the fragile environment is politically too sensitive an issue to be addressed. “There are different yardsticks for the way the pilgrimages like Amarnath and Kedarnath are organised,” says Shakeel Ramshoo, head of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Kashmir. “While the latter is regulated well, the former is not.” Why no focus on the green state? J&K also faces mass unemployment, an underperforming economy (as the state imports 96 per cent of goods) and dwindling tourism. But these issues barely reflect in the routine political discourse of the state, let alone during an election campaign. And there are reasons for this. In popular perception, the accent in public discourse on development and environment issues is perceived as a motivated digression from the ongoing Azadi campaign. “Not that these issues don’t perturb people but the violence and turmoil in J&K over the past three decades has relegated development and environment-related issues to the background,” says Naseer Ahmad, a local columnist. “People see these secondary to the political issues of existential nature confronting the state.” Besides, Ahmad added that issues like water, power and development are seen as a consequence of the political conflict in and over the state and are hence not considered addressable unless the conflict itself is resolved. Ramshoo warned that neglecting green issues in public discourse and the consequent lack of effective administrative redressal can cost not only J&K but the entire region heavily. “J&K is important for environmental stability of the subcontinent,” says Ramshoo. “So the issues of the state’s disappearing water bodies, receding glaciers needs to be openly discussed on their merit unencumbered by the political and religious sensitivities and the interests. This is in everybody’s favour.” (The author is a freelance journalist based in Kashmir. Views expressed are personal)last_img read more

Number of coaches and wrestlers defend Jim Jordan

Richard Strauss, a former wrestling team physician and an assistant professor of medicine, is being investigated by Ohio State on allegations of sexual misconduct. Credit: Lantern file photoAfter accusations last week that Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan was aware of and kept quiet about alleged abuse by former Ohio State team doctor Richard Strauss, many players and coaches have come forward to defend the former assistant wrestling coach.The statements defending Jordan began Monday with a joint statement by six former coaches, including former Ohio State wrestling head coach Russ Hellickson. The defense of Jordan continued with a joint statement by 15 wrestlers on Tuesday and two more on Wednesday.“I am frankly pissed off at what they are doing to Jim Jordan. This is hysteria and politics running the narrative,” Hellickson told The Hill earlier this week. “If they are attacking him, why aren’t they attacking the 30 or 40 other coaches at OSU?”Statements being sent out defending Jordan have been put out through the public relations firm Shirley and Bannister, a conservative firm based out of Alexandria, Virginia. The wrestlers that defended Jordan on Tuesday said the alleged abuse was not as widespread as it is being made to seem, with one telling the Associated Press he knew nothing of any alleged abuse until claims arose this year.Following the joint statement on Tuesday, two more wrestlers spoke to CNN in defense of Jordan.One of the wrestlers, George Pardos, told CNN he had many interactions with Strauss and never experienced any attempted abuse.“If you’re sitting there saying everybody had the same experience with Dr. Strauss, that’s just not true,” Pardos said. “People are trying to assume this was a widespread problem.” read more