Police call on Nations Director to identify shooter

first_imgCrime Chief Lyndon Alves on Wednesday called on the Principal of School of the Nations, Dr Brian O’Toole, to provide the police with the identity of the shooter.The call by the Crime Chief comes mere days after O’Toole said that his shooter was flown out of Guyana.Principal of School of the Nations, Dr Brian O’TooleOn Wednesday, the Crime Chief told Guyana Times “If O’Toole is so sure of the claims he is making let him come to the police with the identity of this individual. We are not aware of anything like this”.Questioned further, Alves said that there are no new leads into the investigations and no new person or persons of interest as to who may have perpetrated this act.Over the weekend, almost three months after O’Toole was shot, he disclosed that the shooter was flown out of Guyana.According to O’Toole, the lack of prosecution and delay in justice is due to the fact that the parents of the teen flew their son out of the country less than 24 hours after he had committed the crime.Crime Chief Lyndon AlvesOn Thursday last at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Georgetown, O’Toole stated that regardless of the professions of parents, they should not allow their children to pursue the wrong path and engage in such illegalities.“It does not matter what position you have in society. If you are the one that got your child out of the country the day after the shooting, then you have created a monster that is going to destroy his life, the life of your family; and if he is not brought to justice, God knows the mayhem that it’s going to cause,” O’Toole said.He explained that as a result of the shooting, which was highly publicised in local and international media outlets, overseas-based Guyanese, as well as foreigners, are now questioning the state of Guyana with respect to crime.He added that steps need to be taken and initiatives should be put in place to curb violence involving students and other youths in the country, and this means that a multi-stakeholder approach is necessary.On January 27, O’Toole was shot three times as he was returning to his Bel Air, Georgetown residence, hours after an emergency meeting with parents and guardians about violent threats on social media to injure students and teachers of that school.Earlier this year, Crime Chief Lyndon Alves told Guyana Times that Police had questioned four persons – both current and former students – in relation to the shooting of the school’s principal.However, subsequent to the incident, there were several threats against the school on Facebook made by “Kira” (meaning killer), which is the alias of the main character in “Death Note” – a Japanese manga series that was later adapted into films.last_img read more

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What award did Joe Staley win for first time in 49ers career?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Joe Staley, the 49ers’ longest-tenured player, became a first-time winner Wednesday of the Garry Niver Award, honoring his professionalism and cooperation with the media.Staley’s response: “Hey, cool, appreciate it. Thanks for voting for me. It took 12 years. You guys finally like me.”It’s not a going-away gift. He’s returning next season with hopes of becoming a first-time winner at a greater prize: the Lombardi Trophy. San Francisco 49ers’ Joe Staley (74) smiles …last_img

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Psychologist Confirms Depravity of Man

first_imgIt’s in human nature to do wrong. Experiments show that this is the case.An old preacher used to say, “People aren’t sinners because they sin. They sin because they are sinners.” There’s sound Biblical theology in that simple contrast. The Bible teaches that we are sinners by nature, in need of salvation.Now, a psychologist at The Conversation says, “Scammers don’t cheat because they need the money — they cheat because they’re cheaters.” Because they’re cheaters? How did they get that way?As a behavioral economist, I am fascinated by how money affects decision-making. If money were the driving factor behind cheating, for example, it wouldn’t really make sense for wealthy people to break the law for financial gain.To find out whether cheating is driven by economic necessity or personality, economist Billur Aksoy and I conducted an experiment. We wanted to understand the role money plays in financial frauds.Our findings, published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization in July, suggest that people’s propensity to cheat does not reflect their economic situation. People inclined to cheat will do so whether they are rich or poor.The author, Marco A. Palma, a Professor of Agricultural Economics and Director Human Behavior Laboratory at Texas A&M University, may not hold to a Biblical doctrine of human depravity. He probably thinks there are people who are good by nature (undoubtedly including himself). So what causes this phenomenon where some are “inclined” to cheat?The evidence suggests that wealth influences cheating much less than a person’s ethics – that is, whether or not they are inclined towards cheating. This conclusion is in line with recent studies suggesting that people who engage in antisocial behavior or commit crimes may have a genetic predisposition to do so.In other words, some people may be born with a propensity to cheat others out of their money. If so, then environmental factors like poverty and opportunity are not the reason for cheating – they are an excuse to explain bad behavior.His answer is genetic determinism. So now, the question becomes, why would Darwinism make some people “born with a propensity” to do evil, and not others? Where is the gene for cheating? If it is genetic, how do we know that Palma and his colleague are not infected with the bad gene? Is this article designed to mislead us?If the Bible’s view of man is the true view, then scientists cannot help but uncover evidence for human depravity, despite their protestations to the contrary.(Visited 314 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Wireless internet for Northern Cape schools

first_img14 April 2014South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology has launched the Northern Cape phase of its Wireless Mesh Network project, providing broadband internet access at 56 public facilities, including 52 schools, in the province’s largely rural JT Gaetsewe District.Funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Meraka Institute, the initiative – part of the wider Broadband4All project – aims to establish alternative information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure in rural areas countrywide.Speaking at the launch at Learamela Special School in Kuruman on Thursday, Deputy Science and Technology Minister Michael Masutha said it was now “common knowledge that ICT has a positive impact on people’s lives”.He said the government’s national broadband policy aimed to make broadband “universally accessible by 2030, at a cost and quality that meets citizens’ needs, including formal and informal business and the public sector”.A Grade 9 learner from nearby Iketletso Middle School, Thato Kgosierileng, who started using a computer for the first time at school, expressed his excitement at having access to the internet.“Now am able to search for information on the computer without having to go to the library,” he said. “With a computer, one can do a lot of things within a short space of time.”A teacher at Learamele, Boitshoko Bannane, said the use of computers would expand pupils’ learning possibilities.Education District Director Vuyisile Teise said the introduction of computers would improve the learning process. “The learners will now be able to download information from computers. Everything is now at their fingertips,” he said.The department launched the initial phase of the initiative in Sekhukhune, Limpopo province and Ekangala, Mpumalanga province in 2010, connecting 212 public facilities including schools, circuit offices and colleges.The project is supportive of the Schools Connectivity project, which is led through the e-Connectivity Forum and aims to connect approximately 27 000 public schools in the country. It is headed by Deputy Communications Minister Enver Surty and Basic Education Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Farm business analysis and benchmarking

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As we turn the page from winter to spring we welcome the longer days and the warmth the sunshine brings us. In farm country this is the time of year that hope is supposed to spring eternal.As farmers head to the fields, they may not be as optimistic as previous years. Although we’ve seen a nice winter rally in the grain markets, USDA forecasts are still predicting net farm incomes to decrease to the lowest levels since 2006. Much of the talk on the winter meeting circuit focused on the importance of knowing your cost of production.OSU Extension’s Barry Ward is forecasting higher energy prices with most other input costs staying flat to slightly higher. Rising interest rates, high health care costs, a strong dollar, and the potential for uncertainty with our trading partners are doing little to brighten the mood. The dim outlook coupled with already razor thin profit margins are starting to remind some of the more seasoned producers of the 1980s farm crisis.The farm crisis of the 1980s saw land values plummet as many operations were unable to pay high interest rates and saw their farms foreclosed on. It is estimated that nationwide around 300,000 farms were put out of business during the decade. The fallout led to the creation of the Farm Financial Standards Task Force in 1989. Their job was to develop standardized guidelines for agricultural producers. Today, the name has changed to the Farm Financial Standards Council (FFSC), which currently uses 21 financial guidelines to evaluate farm data. These guidelines are used by banks and lenders to help make decisions on extending credit to farms. While the backstory might be a little bit of the unknown to producers, the terms liquidity, working capital, solvency, and several others are not.While farmers have been relying on OSU Extension for help with developing nutrient management plans, herbicide plans, and analyzing data from on farm research, they have not yet realized the full potential of farm financial planning. A grant was awarded from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to expand access to farm business analysis and benchmarking resources with the goal of helping Ohio farmers gain a better understanding of their financial health. The program gives producers a farm finance scorecard that shows how they stack up in each of the FFSC’s 21 categories. These numbers are then shown on graphs showing the trend from previous years for that specific operation, as well as their standings compared to the national average of all farms that submit their records. Benchmark reports are used to identify successes and opportunities to improve. Each farm that participates in the analysis program will receive personalized benchmark reports that include their farm’s numbers. These individual values are then highlighted to show where their farm falls in the benchmark report for each item compared to participating Ohio farms.Farm Business Analysis isn’t just for farms focusing on grain production. There is a large network of dairy farms, primarily in Eastern Ohio, already participating. When multiple enterprises are present, the analysis can help producers allocate expenses between different areas in their operation. Whether the farm wants to compare their crops on owned versus rented land, their crop operation compared to their livestock, or the profitability of an individual crop or custom farming operation there are tools available to analyze the data provided. It has been estimated that the value of the benchmarking data, financial scorecard, and enterprise analysis is well over $1000.Thanks to the grant from USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, OSU Extension is able to provide this service at a cost of only $100. Several lenders have also stepped up and agreed to reimburse operations that successfully complete an analysis.If you would like more information on the program, visit our website at https://farmprofitability.osu.edu There you will find the completed business summaries for previous years and other resources that can help farm businesses. The Farm Business Analysis team has also grown from the original location in Mahoning County with the addition of four new regional technicians. To learn more about Farm Business Analysis, contact the technician closest to you:Defiance County: Clint Schroeder, 419.782.4771, schroeder.307@osu.eduLicking County: David Grum, 740.670.5315, grum.1@osu.eduMiami County: Sharon Harris, 937.440.3945, harris.2835@osu.eduPickaway County: Trish Levering, 740.474.7534, levering.43@osu.eduMahoning County (Headquarters): Christina Benton, 330.533.5538, benton.132@osu.eduProgram Coordinator: Haley Shoemaker, 330.533.5538, shoemaker.306@osu.eduField Specialist: Dianne Shoemaker, 330.533.5538, shoemaker.3@osu.edulast_img read more

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Less Than 1 Year Until The Internet Runs Out of Addresses

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Another Y2K?Critics view some of the push for IPv6 as Chicken Little ‘the sky is falling’ talk. Commented @ajbraun, a self-described technology leader at Sony Ericsson, via Twitter: “We should call this “IPv6: Y2K II.” An obvious issue for 10 years, we will panic at the end and finally much ado about nothing.”Others see a technology called NAT (Network Address Translation) as a solution – it maps multiple addresses to a single IP address, thus reducing the amount of unique IP addresses required. However this is at best a temporary solution. Google argued back in 2008 that NAT and similar technologies “complicate the Internet’s architecture, pose barriers to the development of new applications, and run contrary to network openness principles.”Whether or not there is Y2K-style fear mongering, the bottom line is that IPv6 is a much larger platform for the coming Internet of Things. So one way or another, the move will have to be made. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus Tags:#Google#Internet of Things#NYT#user-generated content#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The Internet will run out of Internet addresses in about 1 year’s time, we were told today by John Curran, President and CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN). The same thing was also stated recently by Vint Cerf, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist. The main reason for the concern? There’s an explosion of data about to happen to the Web – thanks largely to sensor data, smart grids, RFID and other Internet of Things data. Other reasons include the increase in mobile devices connecting to the Internet and the annual growth in user-generated content on the Web.IPv4 countdown on Twitter – less than a year to go before IPv4 addresses run out…Why a New Internet Protocol is NeededCurrently the Web largely uses IPv4, Internet Protocol version 4. Each IPv4 address is limited to a 32-bit number, which means there are a maximum of just over 4 billion unique addresses. IPv6 is the next generation Internet Protocol and uses a 128-bit address, so it supports a vastly larger number of unique addresses. Enough, in fact, to give every person on the planet over 4 billion addresses! Update:Dave Evans, Chief Technologist of the Internet Business Solutions Group at Cisco, wrote in to advise that “it’s closer to 50 thousand trillion trillion addresses per person.” (reference)John Curran from ARIN, the non-profit responsible for managing the distribution of Internet addresses in the North American region, told ReadWriteWeb that of the approximately 4 billion IPv4 addresses available, all but 6% have already been allocated. Curran expects the final 6% to be allocated over the coming year.This is largely an issue that ISP (Internet Service Providers) and telecoms carriers need to deal with. However content service providers, including large-scale Internet companies like Google and Facebook, also need to ensure that the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 takes place. Curran explained that a content company like Google (for example its YouTube operation) will need to work with its ISP to transport the content via IPv6 as well as IPv4.This transition is happening “slowly,” says Curran. But he warns that “deployment is where we’re behind.”Google, Facebook & Others Making Good ProgressJohn Curran told us that large carriers like Verizon and Comcast have announced trial IPv6 activity. Curran also noted that new Internet of Things initiatives that use sensor networks, power grids, RFID and similar technologies, are being directed to use IPv6 and not IPv4.There is also solid support from the big Internet companies. Curran said that Google has already put the majority of its services onto IPv6. Declaring its support for IPv6 on a special webpage, Google states that “IPv6 is essential to the continued health and openness of the Internet [and] will enable innovation and allow the Internet’s continued growth.” In June, Google held a Google IPv6 Implementors Conference. At that event, Facebook announced that it had begun to use IPv6.In his opening remarks to the conference, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf urges ISPs to move to IPv6, so that a “black market” for Internet addresses won’t occur. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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A Titan display means the Cowboys may have Met(s) their match

first_img@Eden_RichardsThe Men’s Elite Eight has been blown wide open with three teams sitting equal at the top of the competition standings after two days of competition at the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour. The Queensland Cowboys remain top of the standings on for and against, but the Queensland Titans and the New South Wales Mets are breathing down their necks after going unbeaten on day two. Many thought the Cowboys might go through the tournament unbeaten in their quest to win back-to-back titles, but they suffered a shock defeat early on day two. In the process the Titans reminded everyone that they are the real deal, pulling off a one-touchdown win against the competition favourites in the entertaining Round 4 clash. That 9-8 win has helped the Titans finish the day in 2nd position, just above the New South Wales Mets.These two sides will play each other early on day three, with the winner likely to secure a top-two finish and bragging rights heading into the finals series. The loser will put themselves at risk of missing the finals, with the 4th-placed New South Wales Mavericks and the 5th-placed New South Wales Scorpions both believing they are worthy of a finals appearance. The Mavericks and the Scorpions both sit on 10 competition points but they had mixed days in the Coffs Harbour heat.  It was a day of positives for the Mavericks, with the team securing an important win late in the day against the Queensland Broncos, with that win sky-rocketing them into the top four. On the other hand, the Scorpions will be kicking themselves after failing to secure a win on day two. All their hard work on day has now come undone and they can forget about a top-two finish. The Scorpions day two was much like that of the teams below them, with the 6th-placed Broncos and the 7th-placed Alliance both having shockers. In a day of huge importance, the Broncos and the Alliance could only achieve a draw and a loss in their Round 4 and 5 matches. It leaves both sides six points out of the top four and each will need a miracle if they are to make the finals.But things could be worse and this is proven by the struggling New South Wales Rebels. The Rebels are having no luck in this year’s competition, remaining winless at the bottom of the table after five matches. On a more personal note, Cowboy Shaun Francis leads the tournament in touchdowns scored, tallying up 12 to his name. He will look to add to this number tomorrow when the Cowboys kick off the day against the Mavericks at 10:40AM. Related LinksElite 8 Men Day 2last_img read more

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