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Guyana-registered vessel intercepted with cocaine in BVI

first_imgA Guyana-registered vessel has been intercepted in Tortola, British Virgin Islands (BVI) with a total of 43.18 kilograms (95 pounds) of cocaine concealed in Thin-Set Cement.News reports out of the BVI stated that on July 18, three pallets containing 200 bags of Thin-Set Cement was found on the vessel Krautsand after it docked at Port of Purcell. The boat arrived from Trinidad and Tobago.The seizure was part of a joint operation involving both the Police and Customs Department of the BVI. The vessel reportedly left Guyana in mid-June for Trinidad and Tobago.There has been no information released on the owner of the vessel as the investigations are ongoing. Attempts to get a comment from the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) proved futile on Tuesday.On March 19, 2019, four Guyanese were sentenced in St Croix District Court, US Virgin Islands for possession of cocaine on board a vessel.They are Neville Jeffrey, 70; Mohamed Hoseain, 66; Richard La Cruz, 51, and Mark Anthony Williams, 32.It was reported that District Court Judge Wilma A Lewis sentenced Jeffrey to 48 months, Hoseain to 36 months, La Cruz to 30 months and Williams to 27 months.Lewis also sentenced each defendant to two years of supervised release, but ordered that they be deported upon release from incarceration. She further ordered them to pay a special assessment of US$100 each and did not impose a fine.They all pleaded guilty to cocaine possession charges in November and December of 2018. According to plea agreements filed with the court and statements at the sentencing hearing, the US Coast Guard Cutter Napier intercepted a suspicious vessel in a joint operation with the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard approximately 70 nautical miles north of Paramaribo, Suriname, in international waters, on February 16, 2017.last_img read more

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Prosecutors make right decision on fires, again

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When authorities determined that a 9-year-old boy playing with matches had inadvertently started the Buckweed Fire, they declined to press charges. And now that they have concluded that five partying young men inadvertently started the Malibu fire over Thanksgiving, they have charged them with felonies. In both cases, authorities made the right decision. Unlike the boy who caused the Buckweed blaze, the men in Malibu were all adults. Moreover, they all knew, or should have known, that starting fires in the cave above Corral Canyon is illegal. Doing so during a dry season of hot Santa Ana winds only compounded the infraction. So did failing to report the fire to authorities. That recklessness caused $100 million in damages. Those responsible should be held accountable, if for no other reason than as a warning to others who could make the same horrible errors in judgment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champlast_img read more

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BREAKING NEWS: EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF LETTERKENNY FIRE

first_imgThe fire at Neil T Blaney road this evening.Gardai and the fire services have responded to a fire on the Neil T Blaney Road in Letterkenny.The fire started just before 7pm this evening and send a large plume of thick, black smoke into the air that was visible from miles around.Traffic in the area build up as motorists slowed down to see the cause of the fire. It is understood the fire was set at waste materials on disused ground.Nobody was hurt in the blaze. BREAKING NEWS: EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF LETTERKENNY FIRE was last modified: October 11th, 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:blazedonegalfireletterkennylast_img read more

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Raiders’ most recent signing boosts offensive line depth

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe Raiders announced Thursday they signed free-agent offensive lineman Jordan Devey, who spent the last three seasons with the Chiefs.Devey fills the void created when Jon Feliciano signed with the Bills. Feliciano served as the Raiders’ backup center and guard last season, filling in at left guard when starter Kelechi Osemele was sidelined with various injuries. Devey played center and right guard in seven …last_img read more

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Double-crop soybeans off to a strong start in southern Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIt is the time of year where combines are rolling in wheat fields and being closely followed by planters and drills for double-crop soybeans. The heat really pushed the wheat crop in mid-June and provided an earlier than expected start to wheat harvest and a good head start on getting double-crop soybeans in the ground in southern Ohio.The plentiful rains (that led to some later than desired planting and sidedressing and a even a few prevented planting acres) set the stage for potential wheat diseases, but also for a good start for double-crop soybeans, said Keith Summers, an insurance agent with Leist Mercantile in Pickaway County.“There is some wheat coming off now. It turned quick. There is a little down from some of the winds, but it looks pretty good and I think the wheat quality is in pretty good shape,” Summers said. “I think most of the guys who are still planting wheat are double-cropping. The double-crop yields we have had here south of 70 have been phenomenal the last couple of years. It is not unheard of to get 40- and even 50- bushel yields with double-crops.”Further south in Ross County, things were looking good for Greg Ramsey just outside of Clarksburg, who talked with Ty Higgins for a Cab Cam on June 19. Ramsey was planting double-crop soybeans around two weeks earlier than normal.“We have plenty of heat and plenty of moisture that should make these beans pop out of the ground and give us a good second crop. The wheat has done pretty well. We thought we might have some issues with scab but it hasn’t been a big problem, at least not yet. I think the wheat will be a little above average this year,” Ramsey said. “It has been all about missing the rains down here. We have been fortunate. When everyone else has been getting 6 inches we have been getting 1 or 2. We have been getting regular rains, though, so that most of our corn is in that 6-foot range now and we are pretty happy with where we are on June 19.”Ramsey was also able to get a jump on double-crop soybean planting by following barley harvest, which is typically earlier than wheat.“This is our third year producing barley and we are hoping that becomes a mainstay in our operation. Barley provides a chance to get the beans in earlier,” he said. “We went straight from harvesting our barley fields to our wheat fields this year but there is potential to get double-crop beans in earlier after barley from year to year.”When planting double-crop soybeans, relative maturity matters, according to Laura Lindsey, with Ohio State University Extension.“Relative maturity has little effect on yield when soybeans are planted during the first three weeks of May. However, the effect of relative maturity can be larger for later planting dates,” she said. “When planting double crop soybean, the latest maturing variety that will reach physiological maturity before the first killing frost is recommended. This is to allow the soybean plants to grow vegetatively as long as possible to produce nodes where pods can form before vegetative growth is slowed due to flowering and pod formation.”In terms of row spacing, Lindsey said 7.5-inch or 15-inch rows are best for double-crop soybeans.“The later in the growing season soybeans are planted, the greater the yield increase due to narrow rows,” Lindsey said. “Soybeans grown in narrow rows produce more grain because they capture more sunlight energy, which drives photosynthesis.”The harvest population for mid- to late June plantings should be between 130,000 and 150,000 plants per acre. Early July planting should be Harvest population for early July plantings should be greater than 180,000 plants per acre.“Harvest plant population is a function of seeding rate, quality of the planter operation, and seed germination percentage and depends on such things as soil moisture conditions, seed-soil contact, and disease pressure,” Lindsey said. “In our double-crop soybean trials planted in June 2017, 250,000 seeds per acre was required to achieve a harvest population of 143,200 plants per acre due to excessive rainfall after planting. In July 2016, 213,000 seeds per acre was required to achieve a harvest population of 204,000 plants per acre.”For more information on double-crop soybean production, see https://stepupsoy.osu.edu/soybean-production/double-crop-soybean-production-guidelines. Lindsey’s double-crop soybean research was funded by United Soybean Board and Ohio Soybean Council.last_img read more

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Has Google’s New Algorithm Really Cleaned Up Search?

first_imgGoogle made a change to its search algorithm last week that it said was designed to help users find more “high-quality sites.” Although Google never described this move as one aimed at tackling the problem of content farms, many observers have viewed the algorithmic adjustments as Google’s attempt to clean up its search results, following a number of complaints about the quality (or lack of quality) of the information in the sites that are retrieved and are highly ranked.Google did say that the change would impact over 11% of sites, but would help surface those “with original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on.”So, is a search via Google better now? Is original content easier to find while content farms are buried on subsequent results pages?SEO consulting company Sistrix has done some number crunching on a dataset of 1 million keywords to identify some of the winners and losers from the change. Using an index calculated from traffic on keywords, rankings and click-through rates, the company identified the biggest losers from Google’s change. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Those with the biggest loss in their keyword positions include associatedcontent.com, suite101.com, ezinearticles.com, and hubpages.com. Interestingly, for an update that many said was aimed at content farms, Demand Media’s ehow.com doesn’t make the list of biggest losers.But on Sistrix’s list of the 300-some-odd domains impacted are several sites that might raise eyebrows, including Technorati, PR Newswire, Songkick and Slideshare. Obviously these sites aren’t the creators of original content, but it’s hard to imagine that they’re viewed as quite the same sorts of scourge of search results as content farms. It isn’t clear why they’ve lost favor with the new algorithm, but it may be that these and other useful sites will move up the rankings again. (Although what’s “useful” is in the eye of the beholder and in the eye of Google engineers, one might argue.) It will also be interesting to see how the sites that were dinged respond, as the battle for clicks and the battle against spam rages on. Have you noticed an improvement in search results since Google’s change last week? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#NYT#web Related Posts last_img read more

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NAB 2015 Announcement: The Blackmagic URSA Mini

first_img  Sensor  Super 35mm   Frame Rate  60p at 4K   Audio  2-Stereo XLR Inputs   Cards  Dual CFast   Compression  CinemaDNG RAW or ProRes The Blackmagic URSA Mini just might be the coolest announcement from NAB 2015.With banners and signs hinting at an impending release, Blackmagic has finally unveiled the Blackmagic URSA Mini, a scaled down version of their already successful URSA camera. The Blackmagic URSA Mini looks to be a smaller, more user-friendly version of the URSA with a focus on usability.The Blackmagic URSA MiniThe Blackmagic URSA Mini comes in 4 different varieties an URSA Mini 4K EF, URSA Mini 4K PL, URSA Mini 4.6K EF and URSA Mini 4.6K PL. Most notably the cameras can record up to 15 stops of dynamic range, making them incredibly similar to the Canon C300 Mark II, just not in price.Users who get the 4.6k version of the camera will be able to record up to 30fps with a global shutter and 60fps with a rolling shutter. The new URSA Mini will feature a 5″ fold-out touchscreen which has built-in focus assist to make focusing incredibly easy.The camera also comes with a brand-new feature that lets users switch between both global and rolling shutter. However, this incredible new feature is only available for the 4.6K version of the Mini.Both the 4K and 4.6K cameras have the ability to record in RAW and ProRes with dual CFast cards. Currently CFast cards tend to be expensive, but we will likely see the price drop as more and more cameras are using CFast cards over SSD’s.Like the URSA, the URSA Mini is great for recording audio as it has 2 stereo microphone inputs. Users can also output 12G-SDI signal for monitoring. The camera also has an XLR 4 pin output for powering viewfinders.Provided that high-end editing software can use the information, the Blackmagic URSA Mini will allow users to record information related to camera pitch, roll, and yaw movements when recording in RAW. The 4.6K camera will also allow users to record their GPS coordinates for easy management in post.Blackmagic URSA Mini Specs   Resolution  Up to 4.6K As with all Blackmagic cameras, users who purchase a Blackmagic URSA Mini will also recieve a full copy of DaVinci Resolve.Pricing and AvailabilityAll four models of the URSA Mini have different prices:URSA Mini 4K EF – $2,995URSA Mini 4K PL – $3,495URSA Mini 4.6K EF – $4,995URSA Mini 4.6K PL – $5,495All four models of the camera will be available in July.Want to learn more about the Blackmagic URSA Mini? Check out the press release on Blackmagic’s website.What do you think about the Blackmagic URSA Mini? Share your thoughts in the comments below.center_img   Dynamic Range  15 Stops   Color Depth Up to 4:4:4   Monitoring Built-In 5″ Display   Output 12G-SDI + XLR 4 Pin Power   Color Black   Lens Mount EF or PLlast_img read more

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Judicial probe into ‘missing keys’ to Puri temple treasury

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