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T. Rex cousin was a cannibal

first_imgThe group of ferocious meat-eating dinosaurs known as tyrannosaurs—of which the most famous member is Tyrannosaurus rex—may have sometimes turned their sharp teeth on each other. A distinctive pattern of tooth marks on the skull and jaw of a tyrannosaur discovered at Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada, offers the best evidence of that yet, scientists say. The dinosaur, known as Daspletosaurus (pictured above in a fight with a fellow dino), was not fully adult when it died, but still weighed about 500 kilograms and was almost 6 meters long—just a tad smaller than T. rex. Daspletosaurus lived about 75 million years ago, nearly 10 million years before T. rex. In a study published online this week in PeerJ, the researchers conclude from both the spacing and shape of the puncture marks on its skull that it was bitten by another tyrannosaur—quite possibly another Daspletosaurus—while it was still alive, probably as the result of a dino-on-dino fight. Those wounds healed, but tooth marks on its jaw suggest that the meat eater was chomped on by yet another tyrannosaur after it died.last_img read more

India, UK Ties: Failure to Ink Pact on Illegal Migrants’ Return Raises Eyebrows

first_imgThe failure of Britain and India to sign a key memorandum of understanding on the return of illegal migrants during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on Wednesday, has been greeted with surprise, as the agreement was seen as a key element of the visit.Read it at The Hindu Related Itemslast_img

Steph Curry returns, Warriors beat Pistons

first_imgThe win moved the Warriors (50-23) back into the first seed in the Western Conference by a half-game over the Nuggets (49-23). The Pistons slipped to seventh in the Eastern Conference with the loss.Blake Griffin had 24 points and eight assists to lead Detroit. Luke Kennard hit three 3-pointers and had 20 points off the bench.“We are all right, we are playing good basketball,” Pistons guard Ish Smith said. “We are just playing (some of the best teams in the West).”DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Iguodala sat out for the Warriors. Cousins is not playing in any back-to-back contests this season while recovering from a left Achilles tendon injury.Green hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Warriors a 63-49 halftime lead, and Golden State led 97-77 entering the fourth. The Pistons got within nine points with five minutes left in the final quarter, but a long 3 by Curry gave the Warriors back their double-digit lead until the final seconds.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. North Carolina returns to Sweet 16, beats Washington Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles past Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry was back after a night off, and all was well again for the Golden State Warriors.Curry had 26 points, Klay Thompson added 24 and the Warriors rebounded a night after a blowout loss with a 121-114 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event The Warriors fell 126-91 to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, but that was with Curry resting on the bench. He came back strong against the Pistons, and Golden State also got 14 points and 11 assists from Kevin Durant. Draymond Green added 14 points and eight assists.Warriors guard Shaun Livingston, who had eight points off the bench, said having Curry on the court was of the “utmost importance for sure. He’s kind of the engine of the team. His pace and his gravity on the court, it opens up the game for all of us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCurry said there was a sense of intensity from the start after the big loss.“Nobody felt good about that, even the guys that didn’t play,” said Curry, who had played 49 straight games before Saturday’s night off. “You could see that sense of urgency, especially in the first quarter to set the tone and try to make the game as easy as possible on ourselves for 48 minutes.” MOST READ Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TIP INSPistons: Have lost 13 of their last 16 against the Warriors. … Andre Drummond had 12 points and 11 rebounds.Warriors: Curry scored the Warriors’ first eight points. … With their 50th win of the season, set a franchise record with six 50-win seasons in a row. … Durant hit his only 3-pointer of the night in the second quarter, tying him with Glen Rice for 25th place on NBA career list with 1,559 made shots from beyond the arc.REST VS. WINSThough Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he is still aiming his team for the top seed in the Western Conference, he said before the game that players’ “health always comes first” and that he will continue to give his players nights off as needed during the last three weeks of the regular season.ZAZA’s RINGPistons center Zaza Pachulia, making his only visit of the season to Oracle Arena, received his 2018 NBA championship ring before the game. Pachulia, a member of last year’s Golden State championship squad, received his ring from Thompson.UP NEXTPistons: Face the Nuggets on Tuesday night in Denver, where they have lost eight of their last nine games.Warriors: Travel to Memphis to face the Grizzlies on Wednesday night. Golden State has won 14 of its last 18 games against the Grizzlies and returns to Memphis on April 10 for its last game of the regular season. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View commentslast_img read more

Normal knee anatomy

first_imgThe ligaments which attach the upper leg bone (femur) to the large lower leg bone (tibia) create a hinge joint called the knee. The anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments are 2 short, strong ligaments which criss-cross each other in the middle of the joint.Review Date:8/14/2011Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img read more

Arsenal throwing away golden chance to win Premier League

first_imgIf he’s celebrating with the Premier League trophy in May, Arsene Wenger’s attempts to head off another bout of abuse will seem reasonable.”Let’s not go overboard,” the Arsenal manager cautioned after failing again to win at Manchester United.Despite Sunday’s 3-2 loss, Arsenal remain third in the Premier League, Leicester is only five points in front and there are still 33 points to play for.”I cannot fault our commitment and spirit and desire,” Wenger said of his players.In reality, they lack the fighting spirit and doggedness to grind out the wins required to end a 12-year-old title drought.In the 20th anniversary year of his appointment, Wenger is fast running out of excuses, particularly when the teams above Arsenal are Leicester and Tottenham.Leader Leicester has never won the league. Tottenham, whose last title came in 1961, hosts Arsenal in the north London derby on Saturday.Not even Alex Ferguson’s retirement and the ensuing disarray under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal has enabled Arsenal to end its Old Trafford hoodoo.Arsenal last won at United in the league in September 2006. Since then lesser teams – from Norwich to Swansea – have all emerged victorious at a ground that was renowned as a fortress under Ferguson.Arsenal has rarely been presented with a better chance to win at the record 20-time champions than on Sunday. It was a patched-up United defense and injuries up front forced Van Gaal into handing Marcus Rashford his first Premier League appearance in place of the sidelined Wayne Rooney.advertisementIt’s too early to declare Rashford a teen sensation. But the 18-year-old academy graduate followed up his debut double in the Europa League on Thursday with another brace on Sunday. Rashford’s emergence highlighted Arsenal’s deficiencies developing talent within in its own youth system.But Arsenal did boast a front four of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck which cost more than 100 million pounds ($140 million) to assemble.They still came out second best in a team lacking leadership.For a striker bought in 2014 for 35 million pounds (then $60 million), Sanchez has failed to live up to his price tag this season. The Chile forward scored six times in three games across September and October in the league. He hasn’t scored since then in the competition, with just three cup goals to his name.Once Wenger blamed the financial advantage of rivals while Arsenal was funding the move to the Emirates Stadium over the last decade. Even an end to austerity has only produced a couple of successes in the FA Cup, a prize with an increasingly diminished status in England.In the build-up to the United game, Wenger resorted to moaning about players who are “tapped up to go somewhere else” – reinforcing the manager’s failure to hold onto talent such as Cesc Fabregas.What irritates Arsenal fans who have seen only one outfield player added to the squad in the last two transfer windows is the club’s cash balance: 159.4 million pounds ($221.6 million) in the latest accounts published on Friday.But Arsenal’s revenue rose to 160 million pounds ($222.4 million) in the six months to November 30. And the club’s main commercial backer, kit maker Puma, is relaxed about Arsenal’s failure to win the Premier League since 2004 or challenge for a first Champions League title since reaching the 2006 final. Arsenal heads to Barcelona next month trailing 2-0 in the round of 16.”Anytime you have a partner who can be focused on doing cool things, yes it makes some of those other things less important,” Puma global marketing director Adam Petrick told The Associated Press when asked the importance of winning the Premier League and Champions League.”We want everybody to be successful absolutely in every aspect of what they are doing. But it’s not only about winning. It’s also about having a good time.”Recently, the anguish has eclipsed rare moments of euphoria for fans of a club which has become adept at tossing away chances of winning the title. Arsenal has collected nine points from a possible 21 in the last seven games.”They have been very successful in the past,” Petrick said earlier this month in London. “They have a tremendous winning tradition.”Wenger has relied on past glory to remain the Premier League’s longest-serving current manager, with the last of three title triumphs in 2004.With Chelsea’s woeful title defense leaving it stranded in the bottom half of the standings and United erratic under Van Gaal, Wenger has never had a better chance to lift the trophy again.advertisementAt Arsenal, they constantly talk about potential in the team. The players have 11 games to fulfil it. Don’t count on it.last_img read more

Kelly Nabong fined P30k for hit on Chris Newsome

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics League commissioner Willie Marcial also issued a warning to Nabong that he will be facing a heftier fine plus suspension if the temperamental big man gets himself into trouble again.The 30-year-old Nabong got tossed after he called for a flagrant foul penalty 1 for the dangerous play then was whistled for a technical for engaging in a verbal altercation with Bolts center Raymond Almazan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceNewsome and Meralco got the last laugh with the Bolts sending the Beermen to their second straight loss following a 125-99 rout. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? LATEST STORIES La Salle one-and-one Jamie Malonzo sets his sights on the PBA Scuffle between Meralco and San Miguel. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—The PBA on Wednesday slapped a P30,000 fine on San Miguel Beer’s Kelly Nabong for his hard hit on Meralco’s Chris Newsome during their game last Sunday in the 2019 Governors’ Cup.The incident happened at the 7:46 mark of the fourth quarter where Nabong appeared to try to undercut Newsome, who crashed on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Rice industry paralysis View commentslast_img read more

Nepotism in Dronacharya recommendations

first_imgSportspersons often accuse authorities and federations of promoting their personal favourites during selections for tournaments. But it appears that they themselves are no different and choose nepotism over talent.It is pretty evident when wrestlers have to recommend the names of coaches for the coveted Dronacharya award every year. Wrestlers sweat with the national coach for eight to ten months a year, but send the names of their relatives or personal coaches for the award.There are six contenders – Sujeet Mann, Virendra, Mandeep, Satyawan, Ranvir Singh Kundu and 95-year-old Khalifa Jasram – in wrestling for this year’s Dronacharya award. A highly placed source in the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) told Mail Today that Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik has recommended her father-in-law Satyawan for the prestigious award.”Satyawan is not even a NIS qualified wrestling instructor and has never participated in national training camps. Satyawan has spoken of training Lalita Sehrawat, but it never happened. Lalita is Sakshi’s friend, so you can guess what actually happened,” sources said.Sources further said that Sujeet, who was the coach of Indian wrestling team in Jakarta Asian Games, is being considered the strongest contender this year. He joined the senior team in 2011 as a coach and has been running as a senior coach since then. He was the coach with the men’s team at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in which the two-time Olympic medal winner Sushil Kumar won gold. The WFI has recommended his name for the award.Controversy has never been far from Dronacharya awards. Last year’s applications for the award saw two coaches – Kuldeep Malik and Mandeep – claimed to have coached Sakshi for the bronze medal glory at the Rio Olympics. While Malik has been the chief coach of the women’s wrestling, Mandeep, according to his affidavit to the Ministry, claimed to be Sakshi’s coach since her childhood. Both the applications had Sakshi’s signature.advertisementThe others in fray for Dronacharya Award include Vijay Sharma (weightlifting), Jaspal Rana (shooting), Tarak Sinha and Sanjay Bharadwaj (both cricket). One of the award committee members happens to be Viren Rasquinha, former India hockey player who is now heading an NGO which promotes sports. Sources told Mail Today there was potential ‘conflict of interest’ in Rasquinha’s presence.Last year, P Gopichand was in the committee and he had nominated Gangula Prasad for the Dronacharya award. One hopes there is no instance like this on Sunday when the committee meets and there is a conflict of interest.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib fumes with questions on restaurant row

first_imgAfghanistan have had a torrid campaign at the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England. On Tuesday, they lost their 5th match by a whopping 150 runs but the night before, a few members of their squad were enmired in a controversy at a Manchester restaurant.According to reports, police had to be called after a few members of the Afghanistan cricket squad became involved in an altercation when they objected to being filmed by an individual.After the defeat to England, Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib was asked to respond to the incident but he said he had no knowledge. After being questioned further by journalists at the press conference, Naib threatened to leave the press conference.”No, I haven’t, so you can ask my security officer. I didn’t know anything about him, about them,” Naib said. “It’s not a big issue for the team, for me.”Afghanistan were impressive in the Asia Cup last year and even managed to tie a game with 2-time favourites India. However, in the ongoing World Cup, Afghanistan have been woeful. On Tuesday, Rashid Khan, their star bowler, bowled the most expensive spell in a World Cup match.On June 18, a statement issued by Greater Manchester Police confirmed that officers attended Akbar’s restaurant shortly after 11.15 pm local time (2215 GMT) on Monday.”Shortly after 11.15 pm on Monday 17 June 2019, police were called to reports of an altercation at premises on Liverpool Road in Manchester,” the statement said.”Officers attended the scene. No one was injured and no arrests have been made. Enquiries are ongoing.”advertisementEarlier in the tournament, senior player Mohammad Shahzad had claimed Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) had forcefully ruled him out of the tournament. Shahzad said he had no fitness issues and had regained fitness after a knee injury.Also Read | Shikhar Dhawan out of World Cup 2019, Rishabh Pant named replacementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons makes startling revelation after England defeatAlso Watch:last_img read more

Have a Healthier Memorial Day Cookout

first_imgIf you’re like most of us, you’re going to indulge in the plethora of Memorial Day barbecues this weekend. But, for those of you who are watching your waistline, here are a few healthy Memorial Day recipes, courtesy of Medifast’s  Simply Well™: An Everyday, Healthy Cookbook:Taco Stuffed PortabellasPREP TIME: 10 MINUTES COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES YIELD: 4 SERVINGSIngredients:1 Lean 3 Green 2 Condiments4 large portabella mushroom caps  1 lb 90 – 94% lean ground beef2 Tbsp chopped onion¼ cup diced poblano pepper1 clove garlic, minced1, 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes½ tsp cumin1 tsp chili powder½ tsp dried parsley¼ tsp salt¼ tsp ground pepper1 cup shredded, reduced-fat cheddar cheese, dividedInstructions: Preheat broiler on low. Remove stems, and gently scrape out the gills from the underside of the mushroom cap and discard. Rub olive oil onto mushrooms and place on a baking sheet. Broil until tender, about 4 to 5 minutes. Meanwhile, cook beef with onion, pepper, and garlic in a large skillet until brown over medium-high heat. Reduce heat, add tomatoes and spices, and simmer for 10 minutes. Divide the mixture into four portions, and then scoop one portion into each mushroom cap (serve any excess filling alongside the mushroom). Sprinkle one ounce of cheese on top of each mushroom.Chicken Club Cauliflower Crust PizzaPREP TIME: 30 MINUTES   COOK TIME: 30 – 40 MINUTES   YIELD: 4 SERVINGSIngredients:1 Leaner 3 Green 1 Healthy Fat 3 CondimentsFor the Crust:1 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets1 egg, beaten½ cup shredded, low-fat mozzarella cheese1 tsp dried oreganoFor the Toppings:2 Tbsp dry ranch dressing mix½ cup plain, low-fat Greek yogurt¼ cup regular cream cheese, softened¼ cup chopped scallions6 slices turkey bacon1 cup shredded, low-fat cheddar cheese, divided8 oz cooked chicken breast, diced1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce½ cup diced tomatoesInstructions: Preheat your oven to 425˚ F. Place cauliflower florets in a food processor and pulse until they become very fine rice-like pieces. Place cauliflower “rice” in a microwave-safe bowl, and cook for 7 to 8 minutes, stopping midway to stir. Once cooled, transfer the “rice” to a cheesecloth or clean, thin dishtowel, and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.In a large bowl, combine “rice,” egg, mozzarella, and oregano, until thoroughly mixed. Press the mixture out into the shape of a pizza crust, about 1∕3-inch to ½-inch thick (make sure crust isn’t too thin), onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until crust is firm, and light brown. Meanwhile, combine ranch dressing mix, Greek yogurt, cream cheese, and scallions. Cook turkey bacon according to package directions, and chop into small pieces. Once crust is cooled, spread ranch mixture evenly onto crust. Top with half of the cheese, chicken, remaining cheese, and bacon. Cook an additional 5 to 7 minutes, until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown. Top with lettuce and tomatoes.Veggie Chips & Buffalo Chicken DipPREP TIME: 15 MINUTES   COOK TIME: 40 – 50 MINUTES   YIELD: 4 SERVINGSIngredients:1 Leaner 3 Green 1 Healthy Fat 3 CondimentsFor the Veggie Chips:1 Tbsp olive oil2 tsp lemon juice½ tsp salt½ tsp pepper½ tsp rosemary3 cups thinly sliced yellow squash3 cups thinly sliced zucchiniFor the Buffalo Chicken Dip:4 light spreadable cheese wedges, softened1½ cups plain, low-fat Greek yogurt¼ cup light ranch dressing¼ cup hot pepper sauce1, 12.5-oz can chicken breast, packed in water, drained1 cup shredded, reduced-fat Colby and Monterey Jack cheeseCooking sprayInstructions: Preheat oven to 400° F. Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and rosemary together in a large mixing bowl. Add yellow squash and zucchini, and gently mix to coat. On a large, lightly-greased baking sheet, arrange yellow squash and zucchini slices in a single layer. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until crisp. Meanwhile, mix all dip ingredients until smooth, and transfer dip mixture to a small, lightly-greased baking dish. Once chips are removed from the oven, add dip mixture and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned, hot and bubbling.Mini Pepper NachosPREP TIME: 15 MINUTES COOK TIME: 5 MINUTES   YIELD: 4 SERVINGSIngredients:1 Leaner 3 Green 1 Healthy Fat 1 Condiment12 PEPPER HALVES PER SERVING¼ cup chopped jalapeño pepperCooking spray1, 12.5-oz can low-sodium chicken breast (in water), drained6 oz avocado, mashed½ cup plain, low-fat Greek yogurt2 cups shredded, low-fat cheddar cheese, divided1 tsp chili powder24 mini bell peppers, halved with stem, seeds, and membranes removed  ¼ cup chopped scallionsInstructions Sauté the diced jalapeño in a lightly greased skillet until tender. Mix the jalapeño, chicken, avocado, yogurt, one cup of cheese, and chili powder in a medium bowl. Arrange the mini bell peppers in a single layer in a large casserole dish. Fill with chicken mixture, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and broil until cheese has melted, about 2 to 4 minutes. Garnish with scallions and serve with salsa, if desired.Blackened Shrimp Lettuce WrapsPREP TIME: 20 MINUTES COOK TIME: 8 – 12 MINUTES YIELD: 4 SERVINGSIngredients:1 Leanest 3 Green 2 Healthy Fats 3 Condiments2 lbs raw shrimp, peeled and deveined1 Tbsp blackened seasoning mix4 tsp olive oil, divided1 cup plain, low-fat Greek yogurt6 oz avocado2 Tbsp lime juice, divided1½ cups diced tomato¼ cup diced green bell pepper¼ cup chopped red onion¼ cup chopped cilantro1 jalapeño pepper, chopped and deseeded12 large romaine lettuce leavesInstructions: Place shrimp and blackened seasoning mix in a re-sealable plastic bag (you may need to divide shrimp into two batches). Shake contents of bag to distribute seasoning evenly. Heat two teaspoons of olive oil in large-skillet, and add half of the shrimp in a single layer. Cook about 2 to 3 minutes per side, until shrimp are pink and cooked through. Repeat with remaining olive oil and shrimp. For the avocado crema: Combine Greek yogurt, avocado, and one tablespoon of lime juice in blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. For the tomato salsa: Stir the tomatoes, green bell pepper, onion, cilantro, jalapeño pepper, and remaining tablespoon of lime juice in a medium bowl. Prepare lettuce wraps by dividing the shrimp, avocado crema, and tomato salsa evenly among the lettuce leaves. Serve immediately. The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes 6 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Producelast_img read more

Lotto Scam Legislation to be Passed by End of March

first_imgMinister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, says legislation to prosecute persons involved in the illegal lottery scam will be passed by the end of March.He noted that the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act, 2012, was tabled in the House of Representatives on February 26 by Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting. “This Bill targets advanced fee fraud, and makes the possession of paraphernalia involved in scamming an offence. It targets identity theft and the dishonest use of access devices, a defined term taken from the US Criminal Code, which covers present and future technologies for accessing financial accounts,” the Minister said.He was delivering the keynote address at a breakfast forum staged by the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ), at Sandals, in Montego Bay, on February 28.Senator Golding added that the legislation would also prohibit the use of threats and intimidation over the telephone, or intent to coerce victims to part with funds; and make it an offence to own or control premises from which scamming is conducted.He said the Government is determined to eliminate lottery scamming in the country, but there are gaps in the current laws, which make it almost impossible to convict lotto scammers.“The new law represents a focused and concerted legislative effort, along with amendments to come with the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), to finally and swiftly get convictions and seizure of properties owned by scammers,” the Minister said.“The Minister of National Security will make an order amending POCA, so that persons convicted under the new lotto scam legislation will face the full brunt of the asset forfeiture provisions. The order is already drafted and will be signed and gazetted as soon as the lotto scam Bill is passed by Parliament,” he told the audience.Meanwhile, Senator Golding said that legislation passed to allow testimony in a Jamaican court via video link, is also an important initiative. He said this will allow victims who are often unwilling or unable to travel to Jamaica to give evidence in the criminal trial of scammers, can give their testimony from their home jurisdiction.last_img read more

Crews still battling Verdant Creek blaze

first_imgAn update is expected Tuesday from Parks Canada on the Verdant Creek fire that’s been a headache for both firefighters and travellers over the past couple weeks.Embers are now landing near Highway 93, causing small grass fires which so far have been quickly put out by ground crews.However, as a result of heavy smoke, and the possible spread of the fire, Highway 93 could be closed at any time.Sunshine Village also remains closed until further notice as fire crews use it as a staging area.last_img read more

Task of eradicating poverty must be met with a sense of urgency

“Addressing poverty, inequality, climate change, food insecurity and a sluggish and unpredictable global economy requires integrated responses and engagement by all actors,” Ms. Mohammed said at the opening of the 2017 Integration Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). “It is [also] an indispensable requirement for sustainable development,” she stressed. In her remarks, the Deputy Secretary-General highlighted the importance of broad partnerships and building synergies across all dimensions of poverty eradication and sustainable development, including with the different sectors of economy at national levels to address the complex interlinkages. Further, recalling that the first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG1) is to end poverty in all its forms, everywhere, she added that such efforts also provided an opportunity to gauge how national approaches and the recently adopted SDG Indicator Framework can support each other in advancing integrated implementation and reviewing progress.“We need options that will enable policy-makers at the global, regional and national level to foster coherent and integrated approaches to poverty eradication,” said Ms. Mohammed, noting: “Expectations are very high and now is the time. We have a collective responsibility to deliver results at the country level.” Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed addresses the 2017 Integration Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). UN Photo/Evan Schneider Also speaking at the opening, Nabeel Munir, the Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council, underscored the importance of integrated policy frameworks given the interconnected nature of sustainable development (the economic, social and environmental dimensions). “The interlinkages between the different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) we have defined to achieve our common vision are explicit, unveiling potential synergies and trade-offs. This underlines the importance of integrated policy frameworks for the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” he said, adding: “It also underlines the significance of this Integration Segment and the discussions that will take place in the context of the 2017 session of the Economic and Social Council’s work.” The 2017 Integration Segment of the Economic and Social Council brings together key stakeholders to discuss and identify opportunities and challenges in developing integrated approaches to tackle poverty in a sustained, inclusive and sustainable manner.Among other matters it will discuss, the Integration Segment will include a particular focus on Least Developed Countries.This year’s meeting will also consider best practices, lessons learned and recommendations at the national, regional and international levels, with a view to extract policy recommendations to guide integrated policymaking for poverty eradication as an integral part of the 2030 Agenda. Discussions and outcomes from the Integration Segment will feed into the High-level Segment of the Economic and Social Council as well as into the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). read more

Mexico UN report points to torture coverups in probe into disappearance of

The report states that the internal oversight unit of the Office of the Attorney-General of the Republic (OAG) appeared to have made a genuine effort in 2016 to address some of alleged torture or other human rights violations, but this internal investigation was subsequently thwarted by the replacement of the officials in the unit. To date, there has been no prosecution and sanction for the acts of torture or other human rights violations, the report says. “Ayotzinapa is a test case of the Mexican authorities’ willingness and ability to tackle serious human rights violations,” Mr. Zeid said, urging the Mexican authorities to ensure that the search for truth and justice continues, and those responsible for torture and other human rights violations during the investigation are held accountable.Click here for the report’s executive summary. By reviewing the cases of 63 individuals prosecuted in connection with the students’ disappearance from Ayotzinapa Teachers’ College in Guerrero, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) shed light on some of the flaws of the early stages of the investigation, rather than addressing who were responsible for the crime.In the report, titled Double Injustice – Human rights violations in the investigation of the Ayotzinapa case, OHCHR said it has solid grounds to conclude that at least 34 of these individuals were tortured, based on the judicial files, including medical records of multiple physical injuries, and on interviews with authorities, detainees and witnesses.Ayotzinapa is a test case of the Mexican authorities’ willingness and ability to tackle serious human rights violations.“The findings of the report point to a pattern of committing, tolerating and covering up torture in the investigation of the Ayotzinapa case,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.“This not only violates the rights of the detainees, but also the right to justice and to truth for the victims of the events of September 2014, their families, and for society as a whole,” he added.The report highlights how people were arbitrarily detained and tortured to extract information or confessions, and the significant delays in bringing them before a public prosecutor, often placing them outside the protection of the law. read more

Browsing the internet on cups and catastrophic mistakes The week in quotes

first_imgIT WAS A week when we were warned that another financial meltdown can’t be ruled out.A report on Jimmy Saville revealed hundreds of cases of abuse, and Leo Varadkar reminded us not to text while driving us a cup.All that, and more – it’s the week in quotes: Source: PETER JORDAN/PA Archive/Press Association Images Taoiseach Enda Kenny spoke about the first time he laid eyes on his wife Fionnula. Source: outis113/YouTubeThe processes that led ordinary people… to make catastrophic mistakes… need to be burnt into people’s psyches so that they won’t take risks like that again.Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan couldn’t rule out another financial crisis occurring. Source: ITN/YouTubeMa’am You’re going to have to quit crying so I can get the information from you.A 911 operator came under fire for her handling of a call from a woman who had just been raped. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandIt is unlikely that someone would be making or receiving a call, texting or browsing the internet through their cup.Minister Leo Varadkar ruled out a ban on drivers holding cups while driving. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandIt has not been easy. Cauterising the wound, and pinning the flesh back together is painful.Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore had a fairly graphic take on what it was like to end austerity. Source: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesWe suffered a greater miscarriage of justice than those who died in the Guildford, Woolwich and Birmingham bombings.The words of Paul Hill speaking after the death of Gerry Conlon (pictured) . The two men were part of the wrongly-convicted Guildford Four, imprisoned for an IRA bombing. Emma’s death was so avoidable.Caroline Sloan told an Oireachtas committee of the need to have epipens more readily available, after her daughter Emma (pictured) died of an allergic reaction in Dublin city centre after they were unable to access one. Source: RTÉ – Ireland’s National Television and Radio Broadcaster/YouTubeI first saw her in the corridors of Leinster House, and obviously I was very attracted to her… I have never met anybody like her in the sense of an attraction there that I just couldn’t resist.center_img The Head Porter said, I’ll leave you to it, shut the door, and then he changed. His demeanour changed… he wasn’t the Jimmy Savile that you saw on the telly, that you know, you saw at charity events. He was, he just wasn’t that sort of man anymore… He changed within, I would have said, seconds. His eyes were cold and dead…The account of a teenage girl who was subjected to a serious sexual assault by Jimmy Saville. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandWe can no longer afford to accept our harmful relationship with alcohol as the norm.A warning from Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland, after the publication of a report that found Ireland spent €50 million a week on alcohol last year.last_img read more

Sonys MiniDisc is going gentle into that good night has somehow survived

first_imgSome of you may remember Sony’s MiniDisc player — the company’s early ’90s attempt at a non-CD media storage medium around the time that CDs were becoming quite popular. The rest of you might look at the above image and wonder why that UMD is shaped like a square and sticking out of something that isn’t a PSP. Sony has a history of creating new storage mediums, from Betamax, to UMDs, to Blu-rays, but along the way, the MiniDisc — a small optical 1GB disc kept safe within a square casing — was released into the world and promptly forgotten. Those of you who do remember the MiniDisc might be surprised to learn that Sony is still shipping a MiniDisc player — until next month, that is, as the MiniDis will officially be put to bed.Sony stopped production of the units back in September of 2011, but now, as of March 2013, Sony will ship its last player. Somehow, even though most of us have probably never even held a MiniDisc player — much less listened to music on or owned one — the little guy managed to survive 21 years since its launch in 1992. This is a difficult feat for any propriety piece of technology, especially one in the music industry, where much more convenient and trendy devices — such as iPods and phones — and cheaper alternatives — such as CDs, paid digital downloads, or piracy — have had significant impact on the scene.If you tend to desire weird, obscure tech after its lifecycle has run its course, you can head on over to Amazon or eBay to try to snag a MiniDisc player, most of which are a little too expensive even for what might now be considered a “collector item.”last_img read more

Two men injured in Dublin car crash after failing to stop for

first_img 33,860 Views Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter Feb 5th 2017, 2:55 PM A garda spokesperson said the car was seized as part of their investigation.Read: Recalling the Regency shooting: ‘You could feel the power of the gun’> Two men injured in Dublin car crash after failing to stop for gardaí The car turned on its side in the collision just outside the front door of a house. 22 Comments By Michelle Hennessy center_img Share Tweet Email1 Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 2:55 PM Dolphins Barn & HQ att’d this RTC last night on Ruben Walk. The occupants got out themselves but required treatment incl spinal precautions— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) February 5, 2017 Short URL TWO MEN WERE taken to hospital last night after overturning their car on a Dublin street.The car had earlier failed to stop for gardaí and crashed on Reuben Walk in Rialto just outside the front door of a house at 10.45pm.The vehicle turned on its side in the collision and the two men managed to get themselves out. However Dublin Fire Brigade said they required treatment and both men were taken to hospital. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

24000 art prize up for grabs

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An art competition, held by the Hellenic Museum in Melbourne and the Bank of Cyprus, is set to reward winners from a $24,000 prize pool. The competition’s theme: tales of the Greek migrant a modern odyssey, is calling on artists to explore what migration means to them. Museum director, Vicky Yianoulatos, told Neos Kosmos this is something totally different for the museum. “We’ve never done it before and I think it’s a really nice way to do it. There’s no age limit, so it’ll be interesting to see entries, I imagine they’ll be quite diverse,” Ms Yianoulatos said. “The theme is broadly around migration. We’re asking artists to explore what migration means to theme with a Hellenic focus.” Ms Yianoulatos said she has approached arts programs within Victorian universities in order to also encourage non-Greek applicants to enter. “People assume we just cater for the Greek community but it’s about educating the broader community as well,” she said. The Hellenic museum, in its first two years, has received a terrific response from both Greece and local Greek businesses, Ms Yianoulatos said. The not-for-profit museum relies heavily on donations and corporate sponsorship, but the current financial crisis in Greece hasn’t affected them significantly, Ms Yianoloulatos said. She said the museum is conscious of cutting costs where they can, like in shipping art across from Greece for exhibitions. “We’re being mindful of the fact that Greece is under financial difficulty,” she said. “We’ve got 13 branches of the Hellenic museum around the world, we’re just mindful of the fact we don’t want to strain the resources,” she said. “The impact of the financial crisis is minimal.” Entries for the painting competition close on September 30. The winner will be announced on December 8, and all final entries will be displayed at the Hellenic museum from December 8 until January 28. For more information visit the Hellenic Museum’s website: read more

English bulldog theft suspect pleads not guilty

first_imgA transient accused of stealing an English bulldog puppy at gunpoint pleaded not guilty Friday to several charges.Jajuane D. Etheridge, 23, was arraigned on charges of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and second-degree possession of stolen property.Trial was set for Dec. 17.Etheridge allegedly stole the puppy, which is valued at $2,000, after arranging over Craigslist to purchase two dogs on Oct. 19 from an Oregon couple, Jim and Pat Steele. He said he’d pay $4,000. Instead, Etheridge met the couple in the parking lot of Clackamas Town Center and allegedly displayed a gun and made off with one dog, Harpo, a 9-pound pup who is about 10 weeks old, according to court documents.Etheridge was charged here because police found Harpo the dog in a suitcase in Vancouver, following a three-hour SWAT standoff Oct. 21 on Plomondon Street. Investigators said Etheridge allegedly stole the dog to give to his ex-girlfriend’s daughter. Harpo, found by police who had noticed a suitcase moving a bit, was unharmed.Police were tipped off to the dog’s location after Etheridge’s ex-girlfriend saw a news story on the bulldog robbery, Vancouver police Officer James Watson wrote in a probable cause affidavit filed with the court.last_img read more