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first_imgThe Public Security Ministry is building the capacity of the forensic laboratory so that in the long run the facility can provide internationally recognised DNA and gun residue testing.This training programme is being developed through the Ministry’s Citizen Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP). In a recent interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA), CSSP Project Manager Clement Henry said the process for the procurement of high-end equipment for the lab has begun.“We have been engaging in discussions with the bank, with forensic experts in looking at the possibility of acquiring rapid testing DNA and gun testing residue devices,” Henry explained.Improving the Guyana Police Force’s Forensic Laboratory’s effectiveness towards preventing and conducting criminal investigations is the second component of the CSSP. This component is being funded at a cost of US$5.5 million through the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).Apart from the procurement of equipment for the laboratory, the CSSP will facilitate local and overseas training, and training materials for lab staff and the GPF, in terms of crime investigation and evidence collection. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the GPF and the CSSP for liaison officers.“We have been working on terms of reference and would have had no objection from the bank for terms of reference for a proficiency testing body for the laboratory,” Henry told GINA.Further, this body will regularly evaluate the accuracy of tests done at the lab and look at the calibration of the equipment among other things. “At the end of this project, we hope to move the lab to ensure that they receive ISO, international standard accreditation,” Henry pointed out.Meanwhile, the CSSP has begun advertising for the procurement of equipment for an integrated information system. “The integrated crime information system, which is an information technology-based system, helps in the garnering of information on crime and violence across the country, and this information is collected at different Police Stations and then located in a central database,” Henry explained.Police and the Public Security Ministry’s Crime Observatory will analyse the information to identify trends in crime and violence and develop evidence-based prevention strategies. “So what we’re doing now is to ensure that we expand this integrated crime information system, which was developed under the first phase of CSSP,” Henry added.The CSSP is a five-year programme, and the international accreditation of the laboratory is expected to be achieved within the programme’s lifespan.“In the end, what the proficiency body offers is public assurance that the results of the lab are sound and the outputs are robust,” Henry added. (GINA)last_img read more

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has made a number of appointments in Government affecting the Ministries of Transport, Commerce and Industry, Information, Culture and Tourism; the Liberia Airport Authority and the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company.These appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate where applicable.Those appointed are:Ministry of TransportMs. Jaunita Traub-Bropleh – Deputy Minister for Lands and RailMinistry of Commerce and IndustryMs. Ellen O. Pratt – Deputy Minister for Industry and Inspector GeneralLiberia Airport AuthorityMr. W. Bako Freeman – Managing DirectorLiberia Petroleum Refining CompanyMr. Willard Russell – Member of the Board of Directors(replacing Mr. Emmanuel Bowier)Ms. Clarice Jah – Member of the Board of Directors(replacing Ms. Nohn Kidau)Ministry of Information, Culture and TourismLynne George Cassell – Assistant Minister, AdministrationJacqueline Capehart – Assistant Minister, TourismWellington Geevon Smith – Assistant Minister, Information ServicesAlbert Jaja – Minister Counselor, Press and Public Affairs,Liberia Embassy, London, EnglandMeanwhile the following positions, created by the President, were dissolved:Deputy Minister Technical ServicesDeputy Minister Culture and TourismDeputy Ministers Robert Kpadeh and Elizabeth E. Hoff are being considered for possible reassignments and roles consistent with their expertise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgReutimann, who drove the 48th of 52 cars to try to qualify for the 43-car field, did not have that luxury. Because he is racing for a new Toyota team, he had to crack the field by gaining one of the eight other spots based on speed. Reutimann made it, qualifying 33rd with a speed of 182.431 mph. FONTANA – Jeff Gordon knows nothing about the pressure of qualifying for a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race – at least, not as much pressure as David Reutimann faced Friday at California Speedway. Yes, Gordon is on the pole for Sunday’s Auto Club 500. But, unlike Reutimann, Gordon didn’t have to worry about making the race; he automatically was in, based on car owner points. “I think if I was going at it alone, it would be tough,” Hornish said of moving from an Indy Car to a stock car. “If it was something that if I had given up my Indy Car to come over and try this out or I didn’t have a ride over there, there would be a lot more pressure on it because you have to make it work.” keith.lair@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Ironically, he bumped his teammate and car owner, Michael Waltrip, out of the race. Gordon had a speed of 185.735 mph, with Kasey Kahne on the outside of the front row at 185.519 mph. Mark Martin, who lost last week’s Daytona 500 by the hood of a car, is third. Kevin Harvick, who beat Martin at Daytona, is fourth. “I’m not sure I can keep living like this,” Reutimann said. “I prayed as hard as I’ve ever prayed for anything before we went out, and it’s just a blessing to get in.” Sam Hornish, Jr. is lucky. If he fails to do well in the Busch Series, he has another job to fall back on. He won last year’s Indianapolis 500 and the IRL series title. As a driver in Roger Penske’s open-wheel program, Hornish used his connection to Penske South to obtain a partial Busch Series ride this season. He will qualify and race in today’s Stater Bros. 300. Qualifying is scheduled for noon and the race is at 4:30 p.m. last_img read more

first_imgCHATSWORTH – They dressed as Cinderella, Snow White and Superman, but behind the masks on Saturday stood about 300 kids battling cancer. And they came ready to party. Dancing to the snappy “Macarena,” holding hands through a haunted house and creating works of art at a crafts table, they gathered for the eighth annual Halloween Boo-Nanza at the Spooky House 18 Haunted Theme Park in Chatsworth. “This has helped my daughter be a child again,” said Edna Cerritos, 37, of Los Angeles whose 11-year-old child with the same name recently had two surgeries to remove a malignant tumor from her brain stem. But four years in remission, Yelea was completely decked out Saturday as Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz,” complete with long, braided hair, a blue-and-white dress and the legendary, sparkling ruby slippers. The costume, however, was the girl’s second pick. Known as the family poser, Yelea wanted to dress as a supermodel. After losing her hair in treatment, she’s since grown it down to her waist, the fashionable way many models wear it. But supermodel costumes at the stores were simply too large for her naturally tiny frame. Compared to the rough times Yelea and her mother have faced, problems with Halloween costumes are good problems, she said. “I don’t think I could go through half of what she went through with a smile on her face,” said her mother, Yolanda Chenier, 25, of La Puente. Gluing red, pink and blue beads on masks at an arts-and-crafts table, children talked of the Disney Channel, lunch and their costumes. Among them stood, Edna Cerritos, 11, sporting large green wings on her back for her fairy outfit. After surviving two surgeries to remove a malignant tumor on her brain stem two years ago, the articulate Edna has made a name for herself on the children’s cancer circuit. She’s headed to the White House to represent Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and the Children’s Miracle Network. And recently she met superstars Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Paris Hilton and comedian George Lopez at cancer fundraising events. “I feel like a celebrity,” said the beaming Los Angeles girl. sue.doyle@dailynews.com (818) 713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The day was hosted by PADRES Contra El C ncer. For 22 years, the nonprofit group has provided support to 7,500 families grappling with cancer from diagnosis through remission and connects them with volunteers and survivors so they don’t feel alone during the journey. “I tell them to have a lot of hope,” said Alyssa Mendoza, 10, who watched her 2-year-old niece overcome a rare blood disease. “I tell them to believe in their dreams, and that they will get through this.” Dressed as a pirate, the fourth-grader has cut off her dark locks and donated clothes and stuffed animals to help other kids with cancer. Her niece, 7-year-old Yelea Bueno, was diagnosed in 2002 with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, a rare and often fatal disease that strikes one in a million, usually young kids. Blasted with massive chemotherapy, she was not expected to survive. last_img read more

first_imgCOUNTRYWIDE: The mortgage giant is down $1.2 billion for quarter. Forecast sends stock up. By Gregory J. Wilcox STAFF WRITER CALABASAS – Countrywide Financial Corp. lost $1.2 billion in the third quarter as its mortgage business took a huge hit from the credit crisis and home sales slump, the company said Friday. During the quarter, the company integrated its mortgage lending operations into Countrywide Bank, and during September it accounted for about 90 percent of loan fundings. Countrywide’s loss amounted to $2.85 a share, down from a profit of $648 million, or $1.03 a share, in the year-ago period. The company reported a revenue figure of negative $50 million for the July through September period due to charges and writedowns compared with $2.82 billion during the same period a year ago. “Countrywide’s results for the third quarter of 2007 reflect the impact of unprecedented disruptions in the U.S. mortgage market and the global capital markets, as well as continued weakening in the housing market,” Mozilo said. And that causes it to suffer proportionately, said Bart Narter, senior analyst with Celent, a Boston-based financial research and consulting firm. “While they have mildly expanded their offerings with Countrywide Bank to help fund their loans, they lack the diversity of a Washington Mutual or JPMorgan Chase,” Narter said in an e-mail. He also said Countrywide will have to change its business model to reflect the fact it may need to fund its own originations for the upcoming months. “This should continue to be a drag on earnings well into 2008,” Narater said. During the quarter Countrywide funded $96 million in loans, down from $118 million a year ago. To deal with rising late payments and defaults, the company also boosted reserves to $934 million in the quarter, up from $38 million during the year-ago period. Mozilo also defended his slew of stock trades and confirmed an informal probe of his actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission. These automatic trading plans were set up in 2004 because at that time he planned to retire in 2006, Mozilo said. “I’d like to state categorically that at no time did I make any trading decisions based on any material non-public information, and I fully complied with all company policies,” Mozilo said during the call. “I am confident that this will demonstrate that I’ve complied with all protocols.” greg.wilcox@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.It was the first quarterly loss in 25 years for the Calabasas-based Countrywide – and the company claimed it would be the last by predicting a return to profitability in the fourth quarter and next year. The optimistic forecast sent the company’s stock price soaring 32.3 percent to $17.30, after hitting a a 52-week low on Thursday. The share price is 64 percent under the 52-week high of $45.26. “We continue to be bullish about the long-term prospects for both Countrywide and our industry,” company chairman and CEO Angelo Mozilo said during a lengthy conference call. “I firmly believe that we will be as successful in the future as we have been in the past.” David Sambol, the company’s president and chief operating officer, blamed the lousy quarter on three factors: losses and writedowns on loans totaling $1 billion, increased credit costs and charges related to cost reductions. Countrywide, the nation’s biggest mortgage lender, said last month that it was cutting up to 12,000 jobs. last_img read more

first_imgNAOMH PADRAIG Muff caused an upset in this evening’s U14 Northern Board B Final when they overcame favourites Fanad Gaels at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny.It was a very tight game with the defences on both teams on top throughout.Muff led by three points to no score at half-time. But the Gaels came out fighting in the second half and really made a game of it.In fact had Fanad taken a clear goal chance, the result would have been quite different.But it is the Inishowen boys who are celebrating, winning on a scoreline of 0-05 to 0-03.  GAA NEWS: NAOMH PADRAIG MUFF U14s WIN DIVISION 2 FINAL was last modified: September 2nd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:B finalBOYSfanad gaelsNaomh Padraig Muffu14last_img read more

first_imgGARDA killer Martin McDermott today failed in his appeal against a four-month prison sentence for attacking PSNI officers when he was re-arrested after his prison escape.Martin McDermott escaped from the low-security Loughan House open prison in County Cavan on March 15.He was eight months into a seven-year sentence for killing a garda when he rammed his car in County Donegal. The 26-year-old, whose address was given as c/o Maghaberry Prison, received a seven-year jail sentence in Letterkenny in July 2011 following his conviction for the manslaughter of Garda Gary McLoughlin.Garda McLoughlin died after the squad car he was driving was struck at speed by a car driven by McDermott at Burt in December 2009.A prosecution barrister told Judge Piers Grant that after his arrest in the Galliagh area of Derry following a cross-border search on the morning of March 22, McDermott pleaded guilty to assaulting three PSNI officers, resisting arrest and disorderly behaviour.The barrister said McDermott, who has 91 previous convictions, ran into on-coming traffic at Fern Road, climbed over a wall and ran off when he saw members of a police foot patrol.After a brief search, McDermott was caught and arrested. He was verbally abusive to the police officers, assaulted three of them and also damaged a set of police handcuffs.The barrister said following his arrest, McDermott was taken to Strand Road PSNI Station where he admitted the offences and apologised to police for his actions.He told them he had panicked and run off when he saw the police officer because of a bad childhood experience and because he suffers from post-traumatic stress.Appealing against the four-month sentence imposed by Derry Magistrates’ Court in March, barrister Sean Doherty, said the injuries sustained by the three police officers were minor and non-permanent. He also said the offences were not pre-mediated.Mr Doherty said McDermott had served the equivalent of a three-month sentence for the Derry offences.He also said that, as McDermott’s non-contested extradition hearing was due to take place in the High Court in Belfast on Friday, if McDermott was still a sentenced prisoner on that day, the hearing would not be able to go ahead.Refusing the appeal and affirming the four-month jail sentence, Judge Grant said that, although McDermott had a small record in Northern Ireland, his 91 previous convictions in the Republic of Ireland included manslaughter, other offences of violence, as well as threatening individuals.He said the decision of the district judge who jailed McDermott for four months was “quite right”.GARDA KILLER FAILS IN SENTENCE APPEAL HEARING – HANDOVER SET FOR FRIDAY was last modified: May 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: The Co Donegal man at the centre of the Ebola scare did NOT die from the virus, the HSE has confirmed.The late Dessie Quinn.The family of Dessie Quinn, 44, have been informed of the news in the past few minutes.They have now asked for privacy at this time. The HSE confirmed that laboratory test samples for an individual, who had recently returned from Africa, has proved negative for Ebola Virus.“Infection control procedures, which had been put in place as a precautionary measure, will now be stepped down,” said a statement.The HSE expressed its condolences to the individual’s family and friends for their loss.It is not understood a cause of death will be confirmed today but will be dealt with at a future sitting of the coroner’s court. Details of Mr Quinn’s funeral are now being arranged by his heartbroken family.The dead man was being treated for malaria but passed away yesterday after returning home to Donegal from West Africa where he was working.However, a HSE statement released last night confirmed an investigation had been launched as Mr Quinn had shown Ebola-like symptoms.His remains were placed in isolation at Letterkenny General Hospital before tests were carried out first thing this morning.Those tests have now been complete and a source has confirmed that Mr Quinn did not die as a result of the Ebola virus. IT WAS NOT THE EBOLA VIRUS was last modified: August 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Dessie QuinndonegalebolaHSEMOUNTCHARLESlast_img read more

first_imgWhen fossils have to be millions of years old, evolutionists can’t believe their eyes.A quip adapted from Chico Marx goes, “Who are you going to believe, me or your lyin’ eyes?” Because evolutionists lionize Darwin, their lyin’ eyes see evolution when there isn’t any, and see ten thousands, hundreds of thousands, and millions of years in fossils that cannot be that old. Normal people without the Charlie & Charlie* hangup might be surprised and delighted at these fossils, but are not as astonished or perplexed.*Lyell, DarwinYour lying eyes are telling you this frozen puppy is not 18,000 years old. © Sergey Fedorov/The Siberian TimesMeet the 18,000-year-old prehistoric puppy found frozen in Russia’s permafrost (South China Morning Post). Look at the photo in this article, and another in Live Science, and ask yourself if the frozen puppy really looks 18,000 years old. That’s the date that evolutionary scientists require for their ice age timeline, but look at it and ask if the dating is credible.A young pup that spent 18,000 years buried in Siberian permafrost looks remarkably lifelike and pettable — for a freeze-dried mummy. From its frozen tomb, the Ice Age canine’s body emerged in near-perfect condition, retaining even the pads and nails on its small feet and plenty of hair, down to its tiny eyelashes and delicate whiskers.You couldn’t keep Thanksgiving turkey in the freezer looking that fresh for a year. Whatever happened to this puppy flash-froze it quickly, along with many thousands of mammoths. The scientists looked for evolution in the genes, but found none: “Further tests, however, left the scientists with more questions than answers – they could not definitively tell whether it was a dog or a wolf.” New Scientist leaps from that failure into a wild speculation that it “may represent a common ancestor of both dogs and wolves.” Don’t let your eyes lie to you: evolution is a fact!95-million-year-old fossil reveals new group of pterosaurs (Phys.org). Here are more species of pterosaurs, reptiles with powered flight, but still no evolution: “Ancient flying reptiles known as pterosaurs were much more diverse than originally thought,” paleontologists from Brazil say in Tontological form, leading perceptive readers to ask, thought by whom?“Pterosaur specimens, the first vertebrates to achieve powered flight, are still quite rare in the African continent,” said Alexander Kellner of the Museu Nacional and professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. “Here we describe the best preserved material of this group of flying reptiles known from this continent so far, shedding new and much-needed light on the evolutionary history of these creatures.”There was some light shed, for sure, but not on “evolutionary history” – just on history, because there was no evolution. Extinction is not evolution. Powered flight takes intelligent design. Ask Boeing.World’s oldest comma shrimp was way ahead of the curve (Phys.org). Comma shrimp are shrimpy little crustaceans shaped like a comma. The “oldest” one ever found, said to be 90 million Darwin Years old, looks like – guess — a modern comma shrimp. Never ones to be shy about their insight, evolutionists at Yale conceal their astonishment with bravado:“We are amazed by how similar Eobodotria muisca is to today’s species,” said Yale paleontologist Javier Luque, lead author of the study. “There are eight families or main groups of living comma shrimp, and none of them have a confirmed fossil occurrence. This means we had no idea when modern comma shrimp evolved, until now.“Now they get it. The absence of evolution becomes evidence for evolution, just because an evolutionist says so. That’s B.A.D.Will someone please fire these clueless Darwinians so that we don’t have to keep listening to their claims of “shedding light on evolution”? The only light they see is the reflection of their imaginations on the inside of their eyeballs. The Epistle of Jude describes certain false teachers as “wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.”(Visited 613 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedCelebrate a year of medieval heritage with the Treasure of the Temple Knights GeoTourAugust 15, 2019In “GeoTours”5 tips for planning your next vacation with geocachingJuly 31, 2017In “GeoTours”GeoTour completed? Souvenir earned!May 21, 2018In “News” You are…The Traveler!You are your own Travel Bug. Your Profile page is plastered with photos of you exploring the 7 Wonders of the World. Who needs a guidebook when you have geocaching to show you all the locals’ favorite spots?You’ll love this geocache: Thingvellir Kastalar (GC3168K)Your ultimate geocaching tools:Caches Along a Route is your geocaching trip planner! Tell us your destination and your route and Geocaching.com will tell you which geocaches are along the way.Be inspired to explore new places with Geocaching Souvenirs – gotta collect ‘em all! See the full list of your collected Souvenirs in your Profile.GeoTours take you to faraway (or sometimes not so faraway) places, and then guide you on custom tours of these destinations.Quick Tip for Traveling and Geocaching: Many GeoTours have passports that you can complete by finding all of the geocaches in that tour. Super secret hint: Completed passports can often be redeemed for awesome prizes. Make sure to print out the passport before you hit the trail. (You can usually find downloadable versions on the individual GeoTour’s website.)Do you have additional tips and tricks for your fellow Travelers? Tell us about them in the comments below. Don’t think this geocacher type fits you? Try taking the quiz again!last_img read more