Vessel is “modernised fuel boat” – Crime Chief

first_imgThe vessel discovered in a creek at Annbisi River, Port Kaituma, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waimi) on Saturday last is not submersible but in fact a “modernised boat”, according to acting Crime Chief, Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Williams.The “modernised” boat that was found in a creek at Port KaitumaLast weekend, acting on intelligence received about a submerged craft being seen at the bank of the creek, Police ranks went to the area and arrested two men, including the Venezuelan owner, and confiscated the vessel.At the time of the discovery, the vessel – about 25 metres long, 2.7 metres wide, and 2.8 metres in depth – was at the time of its discovery and seizure undergoing maintenance work which was being carried out by a Guyanese welder.The craft was subsequently brought to the city and has been lodged at CID Headquarters in Georgetown.However, speaking with Guyana Times on Saturday, Williams explained that the owner used the boat to transport fuel. He noted that in its original form, the vessel had a capacity to hold approximately 80 to 90 barrels of fuel and as such the owner wanted to “modernise” the boat to expand its capacity so that it can carry a larger quantity of fuel.Nevertheless, the acting Crime Chief noted that the probe is still active as the Police are trying to verify the documents for the boat. He added that they are also checking with the Maritime Administration (MARAD) to find out whether there are any legal requirements to make such changes to a vessel and whether the changes were registered, if required.Further, Williams disclosed that investigators are also working along with the Transport and Harbour Department (T&HD) to ascertain whether the vessel was found in illegal waters, that is, waterways earmarked for non-traversing by vessels.According to the acting Crime Chief, there are no reasons to believe that the vessel was being used for any illegal activities.Over the years, local security agencies have been working on tightening the policing of the country’s vast hinterland regions with the aim of clamping down on illegal activities such as narcotic trafficking, which has found the interior as a safe haven.In fact, the discovery of the vessel initially spurred concerns among law enforcement officials since it was thought to be a submersible craft; the type usually linked to the narco trade.In September 2014, a self-propellant semi-submersible (SPSS) vessel was discovered in the Waini River, Region One during an intelligence-led operation between the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force. The vessel weighed approximately 18 tonnes and was 63 feet long.There were reports of the vessel having links to Colombia however, this was never substantiated.last_img read more

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30 killed in two separate mass shootings in US

first_imgNew Delhi: Within 24 hours, the United States witnessed two mass shootings, one at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas and another at Dayton, Ohio, killing a total of 30 people and leaving at least 42 injured.Ten people, including the shooter, were killed and at least 16 others injured in the wee hours of Sunday morning in Dayton’s Oregon district, a neighbourhood known for its nightclubs, bars, and art galleries. And hours before, a 21-year-old gunman had opened fire with an assault rifle at a crowded Walmart store in Texas’s El Paso, killing 20 people and wounding 26 others. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe authorities identified the El Paso gunman as Patrick Crusius from an affluent Dallas suburb. They added that they were investigating a manifesto Crusius, who is white, may have posted before the shooting, which described an attack in response to “the Hispanic invasion of Texas.” El Paso has long been both a cultural and political symbol of Hispanic Texas. While the Dayton shooter was shot dead during a stand-off with law enforcement authorities, the Walmart gunman was taken into custody by police “without incident” after he surrendered. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”The ages and genders of all these people injured and killed are numerous in the age groups,” El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said. “The situation, needless to say, is a horrific one.” Whereas, Dayton Assistant Chief of Police Lt Col. Matt Carper said that despite the many fatalities, patrolling officers were close by to hear the gunshots at 1 am and bring the situation under control quickly. Officials in Ohio added that the shooter was wearing body armour. However, in the southern border town of El Paso, a packed Walmart store, where shoppers were busy buying back to school stuff for their kids, was filled with gun smoke and the echo of gunfire for several minutes. Footage shot on mobiles appeared to show multiple bodies lying on the ground in the store’s parking lot. “Texas grieves for the people of El Paso,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott told reporters. President Donald Trump condemned the El Paso attack as an “act of cowardice” and said there could be no justification for the killing of innocent people. In a string of mass shootings this year that have killed 522 people and injured over 2,000 others, the Dayton shooting is the 251st mass shooting of 2019. There have been only 216 days in the year so far. Local sources also said that the FBI has initiated a concurrent terrorism investigation in the El Paso shooting. With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Ohio State hockey player Freddy Gerard inspired by late teammate

OSU freshman forward Freddy Gerard (15) during a game. Credit: Courtesy of Freddy GerardAsk any hockey player who his secondary family is, and he will say the 20-plus members in his team’s locker room.     Ask any forward who his brothers are and he will say the two other players on his line.In his senior year of high school, Ohio State freshman forward Freddy Gerard lost one of his brothers.Growing up in Rocky River, Ohio, Gerard spent his youth hockey days developing in the Cleveland Barons AAA organization. For a majority of his time there, Gerard played on a line with Brunswick, Ohio, native Kevin Fox. Fox, a senior at the time, was in a car with four other Brunswick High School students just past midnight on June 3, 2012, the same day of the school’s commencement.The driver of the car, Jeffrey Chaya, 18, was speeding in neighboring suburb Columbia Township when his 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier crossed over a CSX railroad crossing.The car flew, before landing hard and causing Chaya to lose control and veer into a ditch. The car struck a tree, overturned and landed on its roof on the road. Chaya was killed along with Blake Bartchak, 17, and Fox’s girlfriend Lexi Poerner, 16. Fox, who was in the backseat with Poerner, was thrown out of the car and landed in a ditch. Julia Romito, now a student at Kent State University, was the third backseat passenger and lone survivor of the accident. She recovered after being taken to a local hospital.Fox — or “Foxy,” as he was commonly called by friends — was flown to the MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and was treated until he passed away around 10 p.m the same day.Upon seeing his friend in the intensive care unit in the afternoon hours before his death, Gerard was speechless.“I started crying right away,” Gerard said somberly. “I had no idea what to expect. You never fully understand what that’s like. You see it sometimes in a movie but until it’s right there staring you in the face, your body just breaks down. It was one of the craziest, saddest moments that I’ve ever fully experienced.”A community was devastated and a family was torn as Cleveland hockey lost one of its most beloved members.“It could not be him,” Gerard said. “He’s Foxy. He was the happiest, crazy, funny kid. He had his own personality about him. Everybody knew who Kevin Fox was and what Kevin Fox was.”The bond and family-like environment that growing up in hockey provides was shown at Fox’s funeral.“It’s a family, you spend so much time together and here we are,” Fox’s mother Sherri said. “When Kevin passed, (his former teammates) showed up and continued to be a part of it.”The Barons, now in the prestigious Tier 1 Elite Hockey League, used to compete in the Midwest Elite Hockey League.It was in that realm that Kevin Fox and Gerard would compete against the best teams that the Detroit and Chicago regions had to offer weekend after weekend from September to March.The duo faced numerous future NCAA Division I and NHL players over the years, all of whom molded them into extraordinary players and people. Kevin Fox’s time with the Barons ended after his sophomore year of high school when he would become a star rugby player at Brunswick, while Gerard’s time with the program continued until graduation from St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio.Whereas Gerard plays a quick, playmaking type of game with finesse, Kevin Fox complimented him with a grinder-like mentality, working in the corners and muscling it out with anyone, no matter how big or tall.“He was willing to put himself out for his team,” Sherri Fox said. “He loved (his team). If it meant defending a teammate, he would do it.”Gerard, still adjusting to the grueling schedule that college hockey presents on and off the ice, still carries his friend with him in the form of a tattoo on his left bicep. The tattoo, which he had put on three days after Kevin Fox’s passing, features a fox with “Forever 28” inscribed below it, his number with the Barons.“Having something on my body would always remind me of the type of person that he was and how great of a friend he was and how many more friends I want to hopefully have throughout my life like that,” Gerard said. “It’s a good memory to have, and every now and then I look down at it. I’m at the point where it puts a smile on my face that I was able to be his friend and have him be mine.”Freddy Gerard shows his tattoo in honor of his friend. Credit: Courtesy of Freddy GerardUpon glancing at some of the images of Gerard and “Foxy” on the ice together and the tattoo which they had not seen, Kevin Fox’s parents were brought back to a time when it was simply fun to watch the young boys grow into outstanding men through the game of hockey.“Kevin is with him all the time,” Kevin Fox’s father Jim said. “He is proud to be his friend.”Gerard has played in six games this season, tallying one assist. One of the biggest aforementioned adjustments he has had to make to the college game after spending a few years in junior hockey is, ironically, playing more like Kevin Fox.“I’ve kind of had to adapt to a grinder style and mix it up a little bit in the corners, play the body a little bit,” Gerard said. “If I could be like Kevin Fox a little bit, maybe that will help my game a little bit more.”In March 2012, a few months before his death, Kevin Fox was given an assignment in his first period psychology class to come up with a list of 50 goals for his future.No. 23 on the list said that he wanted to “continue to play hockey.”Because of his teammate, friend and brother, Gerard, Kevin Fox continues to play hockey each and every day. read more

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Ohio State offensive lineman Demetrius Knox out eight weeks with broken foot

Demetrius Knox suffered a broken foot in practice and had surgery on Friday. He will miss eight weeks. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Lantern PhotographerThe Ohio State football team has been struck with numerous injuries this season, raising questions about the team’s depth. On Friday, an OSU spokesman confirmed for The Lantern that OSU redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Demetrius Knox had surgery and will be out approximately eight week.Eleven Warriors was the first to report the initial story.Knox was listed as the backup right guard to redshirt junior Billy Price heading into Saturday’s game against Rutgers.Knox is the second offensive lineman for the Buckeyes to go down with injury after junior-college transfer Malcolm Pridgeon suffered a knee injury in fall camp that is expected to sideline him at least until November.The 6-foot-4, 308-pound Knox was a four-star prospect in the 2014 recruiting class from Fort Worth, Texas, and saw time for the Buckeyes in the Bowling Green and Tulsa games this season.Knox broke his foot in February 2015, which forced him to miss all of 2015 spring practice. read more

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Softball Ohio State downs Wright State 141 in home opener

OSU softball players during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe No. 25 Ohio State softball team (19-7) played in Columbus on Wednesday for the first time this season after a 25-game road stretch and gave the home fans something to cheer about, downing Wright State 14-1 in five innings.“Words can’t explain how excited I was since I woke up this morning, knowing today was the home opener,” said sophomore first baseman Alex Vargas.Wright State took a quick 1-0 lead in the first after a wild pitch from OSU junior pitcher Morgan Ray scored Macey Gunther, but it was all Buckeyes from that point, thanks to a huge first inning highlighted by a grand slam from senior right fielder Alex Bayne.“We were ready to perform for (our fans),” Vargas said. “For us to keep our composure — especially on a big day like this — and perform, hit and score run after run after run, I think that just shows that we care to do well for our fans.”The Buckeyes scored nine runs on five hits in the first, forcing two pitching changes in the inning. Sophomore second baseman Emily Clark hit a two-RBI double while senior third baseman Anna Kirk, sophomore shortstop Lilli Piper and junior first baseman Ashley Goodman each had an RBI, giving OSU a 9-1 lead.“We were spraying the ball around the field, so it wasn’t like we were doing one thing,” said OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “Emily Clark hitting the ball down the corner (to right field) and then (Alex) Bayne hitting a ball down left field — it’s just nice to see them hitting the ball where it’s pitched not trying to do too much and everyone chipping in.”The Buckeye lead grew in the third as OSU pushed across five insurance runs. Piper hit a two-RBI single while Clark hit a three-run home run to left center field to extend OSU’s lead to 14-1 after three innings.The big lead allowed the Buckeyes to empty their bench a bit in the later innings. OSU made six substitutions in the field, allowing some bench players to participate in the home opener, which meant just as much to the starters as it did the substitutes, Kovach Schoenly said.“The starters work side by side on the field with them in practice every day so they know how hard they work and it means a lot to them to see their teammates have success,” she said. “I don’t think there’s one starter that wouldn’t hand their bat over to give someone else a chance to be a part of it.”The Buckeyes return to Big Ten action on Friday when they begin a three-game home series with Rutgers (8-21) as they look to improve upon their 3-0 conference record. read more

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Montella to be sacked by Sevilla

first_imgSevilla’s management is running out of patience with the Italian manager, who could be fired within the next few days.Sevilla’s club directors can’t be satisfied with the team’s recent run of bad results. The Andalusian outfit has not tasted victory since the famous win at Old Trafford. That’s a total of 9 matches without a win in all competitions. The most recent ones are particularly concerning. First, it was last weekend’s 5-0 annihilation in the Copa del Rey final. Then, yesterday Sevilla lost to lowly Levante.Montella doesn’t seem to be too bothered by the situation. He was asked in his Press conference last evening if it might’ve been his last game on the Sevilla bench. This was his response (Football Italia):“That is not a question for me to answer. I am the coach of Sevilla and I do my work with enthusiasm, professionalism and focus.”“I think we can finish the season better than our current form, but the rest is not up to me.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…The Italian manager has already met with the club leadership to discuss his future. Marca quoted him as saying:“They heard my explanation, how I see the situation, how it could continue and with what objectives,”“I gave my analysis in general of the whole season since I have been here and I told them I believe that we can reach the Europa League.”“I know we played a terrible game in the final, but if we reach the Europa League it isn’t a lost season for me.”Sevilla has already parted ways with sporting director Oscar Arias and many were wondering if Montella could be next. Last night’s match against Levante was seen as his last chance. In all likelihood, it was.last_img read more

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Magnetic Cactus Experimentally Demonstrates Mathematical Plant Patterns

first_img In a recent study, researchers have experimentally demonstrated for the first time a celebrated model of “phyllotaxis,” the study of mathematical regularities in plants. In 1991, S.L. Levitov proposed a model of phyllotaxis suggesting that the appearance of the Fibonacci sequence and golden mean in the pattern of spines on a cactus can be replicated for cylindrically constrained, repulsive objects. Now, researchers have constructed a “magnetic cactus” with 50 outward-pointing magnets acting as spines, which are mounted on bearings and free to rotate on a vertical axis acting as the plant stem. With this setup, the researchers, from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico; Cornell University in Ithaca, New York; and The Pennsylvania State University (PSU), have verified Levitov’s model, and their study has been published in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. In their experiment, the researchers put the system in a low-energy state by mechanical agitation. Then the scientists observed as the magnets (spines) arranged to form phyllotactic spirals, generating a so-called Farey tree of unfavorable angles. The unfavorable angles are fractional multiples of 2π (i.e. 2πi/j, such as 2π/3, 4π/3, etc.). The spines on the magnetic cactus, like those on a plant, form a helix around the cylindrical stem by growing around these particular angles. The mathematical regularity of these static patterns of phyllotaxis surprised the researchers, until they made an even more surprising discovery. They found that the statics of phyllotaxis had been intriguing historical figures for the past several centuries and more.“Initially, we rediscovered all of static phyllotaxis, not realizing that it had already been discovered and investigated by figures such as Kepler, da Vinci, Bravais, and even the ancient Romans/Greeks,” coauthor Vincent Crespi, a physics professor at PSU, told PhysOrg.com. “We were quite excited by the beautiful mathematics and physics of the static ground-state energy plots, with the commensurate peaks and valleys in between. Then Cristiano [Nisoli, lead author from PSU and Los Alamos] found Levitov’s paper explaining similar static physics, but in a layered geometry. Only after that did we realize that our system had strong connections to biological phyllotaxis as well. We had made an independent re-discovery – several centuries later!” (PhysOrg.com) — One of humanity’s earliest mathematical inquiries might have involved the geometric patterns in plants. The arrangement of leaves on a branch, seeds in a sunflower, and spines on a cactus appear with an intriguing regularity, providing a simple demonstration of mathematically complex patterns. Citation: Magnetic Cactus Experimentally Demonstrates Mathematical Plant Patterns (2009, May 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-05-magnetic-cactus-experimentally-mathematical-patterns.html Once the researchers realized that they had rediscovered static phyllotaxis, they decided to investigate the dynamics. Dynamic phyllotaxis had not previously been explored since historically people had been thinking in terms of biological systems. As Crespi explained, biological systems are highly damped and so don’t have well-defined phonons or soliton modes. “Having approached the system from the physics end, we were naturally equipped and disposed to study dynamics,” he said. “Cristiano’s simulations of the dynamical system, coupled to Nathan [Gabor, coauthor from PSU and Cornell] and Jay’s [Maynard, coauthor from PSU] experiments with the physical magnet system, then revealed fascinating new physics in the dynamical regime.”The team found that the dynamics of the magnetic cactus reveal interesting physical processes. The researchers observed unusual excitations in the cactus’ energy landscape. For instance, the domain walls that separate regions of different dynamics can move axially while rotating. These domain wall “kinks” can convert a potential energy difference into rotational kinetic energy, moving as solitons, which are pulses with unusually rich properties. The researchers observed other excitations (rotons and maxons) having a classical origin, even though these excitations were previously thought to be intrinsically quantum mechanical when observed in helium superfluids.The researchers explain that both the static and dynamic effects of phyllotaxis are purely geometrical. The various patterns can be described by the simple fact that a spine’s nearest neighbors in one dimension (along the stem) are not its nearest neighbors in three dimensions (around the curved surface of the stem). Because phyllotaxis has a purely geometrical origin, the scientists explain that the excitations observed here could appear across nearly every field of physics. For example, similar dynamics could occur in crystallized ion beams, in which the system self-organizes into concentric cylindrical shells. Dynamical phyllotaxis could also occur in other physical systems such as Wigner crystals in curved nanostructures and trapped ions in cylindrical potentials, and have applications in electronics. “The physical regime itself is defined in purely geometrical terms, so it is quite general across many sub-fields of physics,” Crespi said. “I am quite curious about the extension to the quantum regime, and also the charge-transport properties of a pinned lattice. If the lattice itself is pinned by external disorder (which is commonly the case), then the system will transport charge via motion of solitons (which, when the axial degree of freedom is released, will have a slightly different density than the rest of the system and hence carry charge). Different solitons will carry different charges, and when the solitons collide and/or merge, they can change identity and so change their charge. Quasiparticles that don’t conserve (mobile) charge in collisions is a quite unusual regime. Novel physical regimes such as that always carry the potential for unanticipated new physics and new applications.”More information: Cristiano Nisoli, Nathaniel M. Gabor, Paul E. Lammert, J.D. Maynard, and Vincent H. Crespi. “Static and Dynamical Phyllotaxis in a Magnetic Cactus.” Physical Review Letters 102, 186103 (2009).Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Rep Lillys firework measures rocket through House committee

first_img29Nov Rep. Lilly’s firework measures rocket through House committee Categories: Lilly News The House Regulatory Reform Committee Wednesday approved two separate plans authored by state Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, regarding the use and safety of consumer fireworks in Michigan.House Bill 5939 enhances the abilities of local municipalities to determine the times consumer fireworks may be fired off within their city limits.“While a majority of Michiganders enjoy discharging fireworks as well as watching firework displays, most can agree that fireworks fired off late in the evening on days not associated with holidays can be a nuisance,” Lilly said. “Allowing local communities to revise the times during which people can let off fireworks – while still protecting certain dates – would solve a growing problem that has recently come up after the legalization of consumer-grade fireworks in 2011.”House Bill 5941 allows the governor to prohibit the use of consumer fireworks in any county on any given day if he or she determines weather conditions make the activity dangerous to people and property. Lilly’s plan acts similarly to local or regional burn bans in instances of high winds or drought.“Fireworks pose injury risks, and the chances of a firework-related injury are elevated when the weather fails to cooperate,” Lilly said. “Local officials do not allow people to have bonfires after a prolonged drought. This is no different. Safety should always remain a top priority, and this plan allows the governor to ensure the safety, protection and well-being of all Michiganders.”Both bills now move to the full House for consideration.last_img read more

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