CANU ranks testify in trial of baker and wife

first_imgGanja in gas bottles caseThe trial of Tucville, Georgetown baker Colin Denny, 37, and his 35-year-old common-law partner Malika Softleigh continued at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where two ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) testified to what they did in relation to discovering 57.9 grams of marijuana the couple allegedly trafficked.The baker and his spouse are currently out on $400,000 bail for possession of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking, which Police said was committed betweenBaker Colin Denny and his common-law wife, Malika SoftleighNovember 14 and November 15 at Lot 6 C Tucville Terrace. Denny and Softleigh are represented by Attorney-at-Law James Bond in a matter being heard by Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman.CANU Prosecutor Konyo Sandiford called the two witnesses to stand on Wednesday. The first witness testified to being part of a search party on November 15, 2017 which conducted the operation at Tucville. He noted that he was the photographer.The male rank, who has several years of service, informed the court that no one was home at the time of the operation and noted that CANU ranks later found three white gas bottles after searching the property. He noted that the bottles were checked via a sound test and they produced a hollow sound. The CANU officer observed that the bottles were taken by another officer to the Unit’s headquarters where further inspection was conducted.He told Magistrate Latchman that on November 26, 2017, he printed 36 photographs which included images of the house, the cutting of the bottles, and the extraction and weighing of the suspected narcotics. The photographs were tendered and marked as exhibits, and the rank identified and provided descriptions of the photos he took. According to reports, the cylinders were open and mud was found stuffed into the bottom with black plastic. The case continues at Court Three on April 23, 2018.last_img read more

More power outages promised by GPL

first_img…as 772 outages recorded between June to August 2019A series of power outages have plagued thousands of residents living along the coast in the past few months and as the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) continues to rectify the situation, there will inevitably be more blackouts.Chairman of the Board of Directors at Guyana Power and Light (GPL), Rawle LucasAlthough GPL has cited a major shortfall of 23 megawatts of power which contributed to several power failures in the country as of recent, coupled with other issues, the public should expect more power outages even as the utility company works on addressing the current challenges.This is according to the Chairman of the GPL’s Board of Directors, Rawle Lucas, who explained the situation to stakeholders on Friday.“…the need to perform continued scheduled maintenance on our generating systems will result in the continued unavailability of at least another 18 megawatts for a further period of time. I wish to acknowledge that GPL’s management is not proud of the situation in which its customers find themselves and is committed to rectifying and improving the situation very quickly.”Lucas stated that the challenge for GPL is in the integrated network known as the Demerara Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS) which ranges from West Demerara to Moleson Creek in Berbice and reaches south as far as Kuru Kururu, Linden-Soesdyke Highway and Timehri on the East Bank of Demerara.“We are gathering here at a time when GPL appears to the onlooker that is unable to manage this system to the level of reliability that our customers expect and deserve. In response to recent enquiries from the Board, GPL management has reported that there were 772 outages of varying duration from June 1 to August 31, 2019. Over a 92-day period that amounts to an outage occurring 8 times per day.”According to Lucas, the data reveals that GPL’s customers from Charlestown to Timehri have been suffering the most. They experienced 32 per cent of that outage period while other areas experienced electricity woes also.“The customers on the East Coast have suffered 23 per cent of the outages while the customers in the West Demerara area have suffered 21 per cent of the outages. The GPL customers in Berbice experienced 17 per cent of the outages. Reporting this information is not comforting since the inconveniences remain as I speak.”23 MW shortfallLast week, GPL announced that it had suffered a deficit of 23 megawatts of power, due to a number of reasons. As such, thousands of residents and businesses in the Demerara and Berbice region will experience another round of periodic power outage.The company cited a series of “unforeseen occurrences and generation/operational issues” that are preventing the supply of adequate electricity for “peak demand”.Among the reasons is the uprooting of a pole with two transformers in the vicinity of the Rubis Gas Station on Mandela Avenue while a contractor was carrying out works on the Sheriff/Mandela street expansion project on September 3.In Berbice, GPL explained that it is unable to export 6.9 megawatts of power to the Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS) due to a defective transformer at its Onverwagt, Berbice Substation.Additionally, a 5.5-megawatt generator at the Canefield Power Plant is unavailable because of scheduled maintenance. At the Kingston Power Plant, a 6.9-megawatt unit is unavailable due to a defective alternator, which had to be sourced overseas.GPL, at that time, had said that the new alternator has arrived and repairs are expected to be completed by the end of the week. Thereafter, the unit was expected to return to operation by Monday, September 9, 2019.At the Garden of Eden power station, a 4-megawatt unit is also unavailable. GPL said it is awaiting the arrival of replacement parts for the defective components.Load sheddingJust a few months ago, thousands of persons were majorly inconvenienced by the constant power outages and load shedding after two submarine cables were damaged within the space of five days.This issue resulted in GPL publishing daily load shedding schedules, which saw several areas across the Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System experiencing complete power outages for long hours.This will likely be the system again until the power company can restore its electricity shortfall. GPL normally posts its load shedding schedules on its Facebook page.last_img read more

Fulham ‘battle Norwich and Swansea for Nottingham Forest star’

first_imgFulham are battling Norwich and Swansea for the signing of Nottingham Forest defender Chris Gunter, according to the Daily Star.The Wales international, who is said to be rated at £2m, has been linked with a move from Forest several times in recent months, with a number of clubs reported to be interested.Fulham and Newcastle are both eyeing Raul, according to Spanish media reports. The 34-year-old former Spain striker is leaving German club Schalke.Meanwhile, Juventus are hoping to persuade Didier Drogba to join them in the summer, the Daily Mirror report.Drogba’s future is in doubt.Drogba has been tipped to leave Stamford Bridge when his Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season and has been strongly linked with a move to China.But Juve are said to be keen to sign the striker and are also apparently interested in Robin van Persie, Carlos Tevez and Luiz Suarez.The Daily Telegraph suggest that Roy Hodgson is looking to broker peace talks between Rio Ferdinand and Chelsea’s John Terry.Asked about the issue at his unveiling as England’s new manager, Hodgson commented: “I’ll have to get in touch with John and Rio to speak with them, hopefully face to face, and find out where they are in this situation.“John and Rio, as respected members of the team, are going to be two I need to speak to. I’ll have to speak to as many senior players as I can.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Mobile Web, Native App Use Increases at Night

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#apps#mobile#Trends sarah perez While this data may just serve to reconfirm suspicions you already had, it’s important information for mobile advertisers, as it indicates the most important, and therefore, the most lucrative, times of day to target ads.For what it’s worth, the data represented here comes from a fairly good-sized dataset: over 10,000 smartphone users, including 6.5 million distinct smartphone application usage sessions in 16 countries during 2009 and 2010. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts It’s none-too-shocking news, but well worth noting: a new study of over 10,000 smartphone users has indicated that mobile Web and mobile application usage increases during the evening and nighttime hours. Meanwhile, more traditional types of communications attract increased attention during the day.The data comes from mobile analytics firm Zokem, which found that voice and messaging dominate in the day time, but apps, and to a lesser extent, mobile Web browsing really take off after the workday is over.The results of the study, seen here in the charts below, show the usage patterns among smartphone owners during a typical working day.Voice drops quicker than messaging, says Zokem, because it’s a more business-oriented service. (So true! No one actually calls each other anymore, do they?)last_img read more

Return-Air Problems

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. In homes with a single central return-air grille, return air often struggles to find its way back to the furnace. The result: room-to-room pressure imbalances that lead to uneven room temperatures, comfort complaints, higher energy costs, and even moisture problems in walls and ceilings.When a furnace comes on, heated air is pushed through supply ducts to registers in each heated room in a house. If the forced-air system is properly designed, the house includes return-air ducts to convey air back to the furnace to be heated again, in a kind of continuous loop.While most HVAC contractors install ducts and registers to deliver conditioned air to every room in a house, they often neglect to provide an adequate return-air path from each room back to the furnace. Most rooms don’t have a return-air grille; instead, there’s often just a single large return-air grille in the living room or a central hallway to serve the whole house. That means that all of the air needed by the home’s forced-air system has to be pulled through that single grille before it can be heated by the furnace or cooled by the air-conditioning system.Here’s what can happen when a forced-air system doesn’t have adequate return-air pathways:Jim Cummings, a senior scientist at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), has measured pressure differences arising from unbalanced forced-air systems in over 200 Florida houses. “The typical positive pressure in a bedroom with a closed door is on the order of 15 pascals — ranging from a low of plus 5 pascals to over 45 pascals,” said Cummings. “That’s a tremendous amount of pressure. Air is being pushed out of these rooms into the attic and through the walls towards the exterior, while the central zone of the house… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

iPad Mini: How Many Screens Does One Man Need?

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology fredric paul I’m sure the new Apple iPad Mini will be super awesome, but do I really need yet another screen in my life? Especially since I already have a full-size iPad? Does anyone?Is 8 Enough?After all, I already have at least eight screens in my regular rotation. And that doesn’t count spares, backups and obsolete or little-used devices still hanging around the house. Nor does it include the many devices owned and used by other members of my household – don’t ask, that number is truly shocking.Still, I know that eight is an absurd collection of screens for one person.Or is it?As a professional technology journalist, I’m probably not typical. But I bet, if you think about it, many of the people reading this have almost that many screens in their own lives, or maybe even more.The scary thing, though, is that all eight screens of my screens are actually used almost every day. Some are more important to me than others, of course, but I don’t FEEL like they overlap. I need them all. Or at least I want them all.The question for me now, of course, is whether I need or want yet another one, no matter how cool it is. The question for Apple, meanwhile, is how many people will want a mini iPad – especially if they already have a full-size iPad? My Screen CollectionTo try to answer those questions, I had to think about how I use all my screens. Step one is to inventory them all by size and device:1. 3.5-inch iPhone (being upgraded to 4-inches!)2. 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet3. 9.7-inch iPad 24. 24-inch monitor for Windows 7 desktop PC in home office5. 21.3-inch second monitor for Windows 7 PC6. 13.3-inch screen on ReadWrite laptop7. 24-inch external monitor for ReadWrite laptop8. 50-inch plasma TVAs I said, that list doesn’t include the 4.65-inch Galaxy Nexus I’m not currently using, an old 15.6-inch laptop stored under my desk that may or may not even work, and a 10.1-inch netbook that now serves as a Linux test machine. Oh, and I think there’s a Palm Pilot and a Treo 650 hiding somewhere in the house, too, along with a Nokia NGage (look it up). Finally, there’s a review model of a weird XX-inch Samsung tablet running a beta version of Windows 8 and Microsoft Office that’s simply too clunky to even remember, much less try to use.center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Which Screens Are Essential? And Which Ones Aren’t?Of all of them, the only truly indispensable screens are on the smartphone, the work laptop and – I have to admit – the big plasma TV. I could easily live without the rest of them if I had to.Importantly for this discussion, though, the least critical ones are the two tablets. While I’d miss either one of them, I know I could get along pretty well without both of them. (I suspect that’s true of most tablet owners. It’s a nice to have, not a need to have, device.)The big question for Apple, though, is that what’s the real need and overlap for two tablets of different sizes? Does anyone really need or want both a ~10-inch tablet and a 7-inch model? If you already have a full-size iPad is there any reason to also have an iPad Mini?Surprising even myself, I’m going to answer “yes.”There’s Always Room For One More ScreenWhile I’m not sure I’d rush out and buy an iPad Mini – for my purposes, it’s important to me to regularly use at least one Android device to make sure I know (THAT)? what I’m current – I find that I do use both tablets. Sometimes that’s just because one happens to be closer at hand, and the immediate task I want to accomplish will work well enough on either one. Other times, though, I might want to do something that I feel is more natural on the smaller or larger device.Reading text – like in a book, for example – is usually more comfortable on the 7-incher. So is anything involving walking around while carrying the thing.Surfing the Web or watching a movie? Much more satisfying on the bigger screen. Writing/creating is easier with more real estate, too.If I was forced to give one up, which one would it be? The 7-incher, no question. While it’s more portable, it’s just not as powerful, versatile or fun. It’s also much cheaper.So no, I won’t be buying an iPad Mini any time soon. But I bet a lot of people who already have iPads will. And they’re not all just fanboys who have to have whatever Apple is offering. My entire screen collection tells me that dual iPad owners will find plenty of reasons to choose one or the other for the various things they do.I’m curious, though… how many screens do you have? And do you have room for any more?Photos by Fredric Paul. Tags:#Apple#iPad#iPad mini last_img read more

Efforts to salvage tanker off Goa to resume today

first_imgEfforts to pump out 2,400 tonnes of naphtha from a stranded cargo tanker off the Goa coast will resume on Saturday after a three-day break. The 144-metre chemical tanker MV Nu-Shi Nalini ran aground approximately 800 metres from Dona Paula, a popular tourist spot near Panaji, on October 24. On October 30, the salvage operation suffered a setback when a generator, brought in for pumping out the cargo of naphtha and other fuel on board from the vessel, had to be jettisoned into the Arabian Sea due to bad weather. Speaking to the media, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said a new electric hydropump had been arranged and that operations to remove the naphtha would resume. The generator had been flown in from Mumbai by the Navy and was to be placed on board the ship to power the hydraulic pumps that would remove the naphtha along with 50 tonnes of heavy oil and 19 tonnes of diesel. The generator, damaged due to its jettisoning, was later recovered by Indian Navy divers. Efforts are on to repair it so that it too could be pressed into use, officials said.Officials said the hydropump would now be placed on board another barge that will be anchored beside the grounded tanker. “With the help of this hydropump, we will remove the naphtha from the grounded ship and shift it to the barge in tanks that are made available for this operations,” a government official said. A multi-agency operation has been under way since October 24, when rough seas, caused by Cyclone Kyarr, led to the grounding of MV Nu-Shi Nalini on a rocky shelf. It has been anchored unmanned at the Mormugao Port Trust’s outer anchorage and has not moved position since. The Goa government is meanwhile likely to rope in the services of a Singapore-based ship salvage company to refloat and move away the tanker once all the naphta, heavy oil and diesel is fully pumped out.last_img read more

Touch Football community recognised in Australia Day honours

first_imgSeveral members of the Touch Football community were recognised in Australia Day ceremonies across the country yesterday.Australian Men’s Open representative, Daniel Withers was named Rockhampton’s Sportsperson of the Year, in a year which included his second World Cup title. Referee Beau Newell was also recognised, as Official of the Year at the Parkes Shire Australia Day Awards. You can read more from the Parkes Champion Post here – http://bit.ly/1lPLolk. The Mudgee Mudcrabs were recognised for their 2015 New South Wales State Cup performance, receiving a Sports Award. You can read more in the Mudgee Guardian story here – http://bit.ly/1PzTs1o.  Peter Shefford was also recognised, named Sports Administrator of the Year at the Townsville Australia Day awards. You can read more in the Townsville Bulletin here – http://bit.ly/1OUBVlb. Hills Hornets President, Brad Mitchell capped off a brilliant year for the affiliate, named the Hills Shire Citizen of the Year for Sporting Achievements. Referee Michael Littlefield was also recognised in the Burdekin Shire Council Australia Day Awards, being named Senior Sportsperson of the Year. Gladstone Touch Association Secretary, Chelsea Baker was named Senior Sportsperson of the Year at the Gladstone Regional Council’s Australia Day Awards. Kelsey French was also recognised, named the Upper Hunter Shire Young Sports Star of the Year for the Aberdeen area. TFA Indigenous All Stars ambassador, Joe Williams was also named Wagga Wagga’s Citizen of the Year. Touch Football Australia wishes to congratulate everyone who received awards at yesterday’s Australia Day ceremonies across the country. Do you know someone in your local community who received an Australia Day award? We’d love to hear about it. Send us an email – media@touchfootball.com.au. Related LinksAustralia Daylast_img read more

10 months agoEverton fullback Digne delighted with Burnley reaction

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everton fullback Digne delighted with Burnley reactionby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton fullback Lucas Digne says the club were grateful to respond quickly after a heavy defeat to Tottenham Hotspur before Christmas. The Toffees responded to the 6-2 defeat on Sunday by demolishing Burnley.Marco Silva’s men embarrassed the Clarets 5-1 at Turf Moor and Digne, who scored twice in the match, was delighted with the character shown by his teammates.”We needed to react and we reacted very well,” said Digne. “Sunday was a bad day and we needed to prove we could react very fast. We had the opportunity today and it was fantastic. “We needed to start very well. After 30 minutes, to be 3-0 up was great. But at 3-1 we can still let them back into the game but we reacted very well and got the fourth and fifth goals.”It was an important victory for the fans and the Club, too. “The last four years [at PSG, Barcelona and Roma] I’ve had five days or one week off [at this time of year] but I prefer to play in front of the fans and in front of my family. It’s perfect for Christmas.” last_img read more

a month agoREVEALED: Valencia made offer to Mourinho

first_imgREVEALED: Valencia made offer to Mourinhoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was approached by Valencia earlier this month.Before the appointment of Albert Celades – after the sacking of Marcelino – Mourinho is being discussed inside the club’s boardroom.Superdeporte says VCF owner Peter Lim would have made an attempt for Mourinho. Before formalising the dismissal of Marcelino on September 11, Lim put in a call to the ex-Real Madrid coach. But no agreement was found, despite the good relations between the two. The Valencians were also interested in Leonardo Jardim, a former VCF coach, who is in trouble at AS Monaco. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img