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Guyanese attorney appointed special constable in Antigua

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 24 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Guyanese attorney appointed special constable in Antigua by: – January 9, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Datadin, who is representing the prime minister in a defamation lawsuit brought by Bird (pictured above), has denied any conflict of interestST JOHN’S, Antigua- Guyanese attorney Sanjeev Datadin has been appointed as a special constable to assist with investigations into the US$14 million dollar Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co Ltd (IHI) case and other fraud-related matters.His appointment on Tuesday was only made public yesterday.Former Prime Minister Lester Bird and one-time Finance Minister Asot Michael – both senior members of the main opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) – are among those linked to the 1990s scheme under which the funds, earmarked for loan repayment to the Japan-based IHI, were said to have been misappropriated.The appointment has been denounced by Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan, a legal advisor to ALP members.“What they are intending to do is to subvert the position of the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions), seek to have a lawyer dressed up in the court as a constable with the powers of arrest, which strikes me as a fundamental conflict between a person who should be independently and impartially reviewing the evidence to decide whether an arrest should be made,” he contended.Datadin, who is representing the prime minister in a defamation lawsuit brought by Bird, has denied any conflict of interest.“I am no part of the government of Antigua nor have I represented the government of Antigua,” he said.“Attorneys are retained to do a job, and if you are retained to do a job, then you do your job. The only conflict that you would have and the only conflict you should not cross is (that) you can’t do a job for a person on one hand while working against them on the other.”He explained being “extremely disappointed that members of the ALP and their advisors have chosen to characterise my assistance to the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda as political rather than to acknowledge that matters of possible serious commercial fraud which may have taken from and diminished the opportunities of the Antiguan & Barbudan people is being resolved.” Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

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Oceanic buoy to be installed in five CARICOM countries

first_imgSt. Lucia is one of five Caribbean selected for the installation of an oceanographic buoy which is part of a network of Coral Reef Early Warning Systems for the Caribbean.A government statement said the system falls under a project being implemented by the Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC) that seeks to measure the effects of climate change on coral reefs.Off the coast of Soufriere It said the oceanographic buoy being erected off the coast of Soufriere, is the third of its kind to be established in the waters of the Caribbean with two systems already erected in Antigua and St Kitts-Nevis. Two others will be established in Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines.Mitigate negative impact of climate change “Coral reefs in Caribbean waters have, in recent years, endured much bleaching and have been placed under stressors, which in some cases cause death to the reefs. The new system will help monitor these conditions and will help to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change on reef systems,” the statement said.It said that the Coral Reef Early Warning System is part of a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsored project with each system being erected at a cost of US$25,000.last_img read more

CWC 2018 Amazing comeback by Kashima Antlers

first_imgThe Japanese team came from behind to beat Guadalajara and will play Real Madrid in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup SemifinalsTo Japanese fans today was just like a dream. Their team Kashima Antlers was behind Club Deportivo Guadalajara 1-0 during the first half of the Quarterfinal of the FIFA Club World Cup.But their club was able to overcome all obstacles and ended up winning 3-2 at Hazza Bin Zayed stadium, to advance to the Semifinals where they will play against Real Madrid.The Mexican side known as Chivas scored after three minutes of the kick-off thanks to a great play by Isaac Brizuela who sent a cross to Angel Zaldivar, who just had to head the ball to the inside of the goal to put things 1-0.But 45 minutes later, nothing of importance happens in the game and the referee whistled the end of the first half.And just four minutes after the second half kick-off, Shoma Doi entered the Chivas area to send across to Ryota Nagaki, who scored to tie things up 1-1.Official: Barcelona agree deal for Japanese star Hiroki Abe Andrew Smyth – July 12, 2019 Barcelona have struck a deal with Kashima Antlers to sign the highly-rated Japanese star Hiroki Abe.Kashima Antlers got a penalty kick in their favor after Michael Pérez fouled Doi at the 68th-minute mark.Brazilian Serguinho shot the ball to the right side of goalkeeper Raúl Gudiño to put the Japanese side in the lead 2-1 for the first time in the game.And just six minutes before the end of the match. Hiroki Abe, who had just been subbed in, scored a beautiful goal for the 3-1.After 90 minutes of play, and with the help of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) Technology, the referee gave Chivas a penalty after a foul over Jair Pereira.Alan Pulido scored from the penalty spot to put things 3-2, but that was not enough for Chivas who will now play against the loser of the match between Al Ain F.C. and Esperánce de Tunis.Japanese fans lineup for a photograph just before the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup match between Kashima Antlers and Mexican Club Deportivo Guadalajara. Photo by Manuel R. Medina / Ronaldo.comJapanese fans line up for a photograph just before the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup match between Kashima Antlers and Mexican Club Deportivo Guadalajara. Photo by Manuel R. Medina / Ronaldo.comlast_img read more

IBM and Mars join together to make food safer with genetics

first_img Explore further Why counting calories is not all about the numbers © 2015 Phys.org Food companies have extensive testing programs in place, but they only test for what they expect to find. This new approach will allow for testing for unknown threats, such as weapoized bacteria, or toxins inadvertently introduced by accident. The ultimate goal of this project is to develop an inexpensive way to test food which should be lucrative for IBM, helpful for Mars, and safer for consumers. Credit: IBM More information: Press release: www.mars.com/global/press-cent … px?SiteId=94&Id=6369center_img (Phys.org)—Computer giant IBM, and food giant Mars, have announced a joint project they are calling “Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain.” The idea is to use modern microbiology, computer crunching and analysis techniques to identify all of the things that are in our food, both good and bad, to ultimately make the food we buy and eat safer. As they note in their announcement, our food is not as safe as we would like, every year billions of dollars goes into treating the thousands of people who get sick due to food borne illnesses, some of whom die. The problem, they also note, is only going to get worse as the population rises, meaning more mouths to feed. IBM and Mars believe the way to make food safer, is to identify all of the things that are in the food we eat, so that tools can be developed to recognize when something is in them that is not supposed to be there.To achieve this goal, the two companies have embarked together on a two year journey which will start with studying genetic markers of viruses, bacteria, fungi, etc. and the ways they get into and interact with foods and eventually progress to sequencing the genomes of all the foods we eat that have some degree of organic matter from plant or animal ingredients. Mars will supply a continuous stream of samples from its food factories to IBM which will test the samples in collaboration with genomics experts. Data will be sent to IBM’s massive 500 node Accelerated Discovery THINKLab for sequencing and for populating databases which will be developed to sort out the intricacies of material under examination and to provide a standard for comparing samples against in the future. Eventually, the two would like to expand the scope of the work to include every possible element in the food chain, from bacteria in soil, to bacteria found on forks in a silverware drawer. The idea is to build a baseline for everything we eat, and then to create a means for testing food against that baseline to see if it conforms, if not, it probably has something in it that should not be there, and that might be harmful. Citation: IBM and Mars join together to make food safer with genetics (2015, January 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-ibm-mars-food-safer-genetics.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Hate Facebook Learn why you meekly log in again

first_imgHave you felt like walking away from Facebook or to shut down your account swearing never to return, only to meekly log back in a week later? You are not alone.Researchers from Cornell University have found four key reasons why people make the pledge not to log in to Facebook but ultimately could not resist the allure of Facebook’s social network. “The first reason is perceived addiction. Those who feel that Facebook is addictive or habitual were more likely to return,” said lead researcher Eric Baumer. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’One participant described this habitual aspect by saying, “In the first 10 days, whenever I opened up an internet browser, my fingers would automatically go to ‘f.’”Another reason is privacy and surveillance. Users who felt their Facebook activity was being monitored were less likely to revert, while those who use Facebook largely to manage how other people think of them are more likely to log back in.“The third reason is subjective mood. In a good mood? You’re less likely to renege on your pledge to stay off Facebook,” the authors noted. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe research group also found that Facebook users were less likely to log back in if they had other social media outlets like Twitter, for instance. Those who reflected on the appropriate role for technology in their social lives were more likely to revert.“In many of these cases, people returned to Facebook but altered their use, for example, uninstalling the app from their phones, reducing their number of friends or limiting the amount of time spent on the platform,” the authors noted. The team’s findings were drawn from more than 5,000 surveys issued to participants by “Just”, the Dutch creative agency. The survey data was provided by 99daysoffreedom.com—an online campaign that encouraged participants to log off Facebook for 99 days. These surveys were intended to gauge each user’s mood throughout the Facebook detox. A sampling of this data was then shared with the Cornell research team.“People who leave social media and then return provide the opportunity to understand better what’s at stake when people use or don’t use sites like Facebook,” the authors pointed out in a paper published in the journal Social Media + Society.last_img read more

Wonder benefits of coconut oil

first_imgEver wondered about the different ways in which coconut oil can be used? This marvel oil has been used in India for generations for a variety of reasons because of its different health benefits.Ayurveda experts list down some benefits.Natural moisturiser: Coconut oil is used to treat dead skin, while also enhancing complexion. Since it has no side effects, it is used to treat an array of skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and skin burns. Coconut oil also helps in removing stretch marks and enhancing epidermis to prevent cellulite. Apply a few drops of coconut oils on your lips regularly to prevent chapped lips. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHair care: Coconut oil is extremely beneficial for hair growth and helps in adding shine to the strands. A five-minute scalp massage with coconut oil not only increases the blow circulation in the body, but also helps in the replenishment of lost nutrients. By regularly massaging with coconut oil, you can also ensure that your hair is dandruff free. Oral health: Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic ritual where you swish oil around in your mouth for about 20 minutes and then spit it out. Removing oral bacteria helps in prevention of various diseases in and around the gums. Oil pulling with coconut oil should be done thrice a week for healthier gums! Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveJoint pain: In Ayurveda, coconut oil is used to ease the pain in arthritis. It improves the ability to absorb calcium and magnesium in the bones.Weight loss: The oil extracted from fresh coconut meat contains more medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) (70-85%) than other coconut oils. MCFAs are easily oxidized lipids and are not stored in adipose tissue unlike long chain fatty acids (LCFAs). Thus, coconut oil containing mainly MCFAs may provide an ideal source for weight reduction. Strengthens immunity: Coconut oil is a rich source of antimicrobial lipids like lauric acid and capric acid which possess antifungal and antibacterial properties. The micro flora in the saliva and gut help to break down the triglycerides in coconut oil into free fatty acids and glycerol, which have these immune strengthening effects.Ideal for cooking: Amongst dietary oils, coconut oil is least vulnerable to oxidation, which makes it the safest for cooking.So, next time you go oil shopping, you know which oil to choose!last_img read more

SteamVR introduces new controllers for game developers the SteamVR Input system

first_imgSteamVR announced new controllers adding accessibility features to the Virtual reality ecosystem. The SteamVR input system, lets you build controller bindings for any game, “even for controllers that didn’t exist when the game was written”, says Valve’s Joe Ludwig in a Steam forum post. What this essentially means is that any past, present or future game can hypothetically add support for any SteamVR compatible controller. Source: Steam community Supported controllers include the XBox One gamepad, Vive Tracker, Oculus Touch, and motion controllers for HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality VR headsets. The key-binding system of the SteamVR input system allows users to build binding configurations. Users can adapt the controls of games to take into account user behavior such as left-handedness, a disability, or personal preference. These configurations can also be shared easily with other users of the same game via the Steam Workshop. For developers, the new SteamVR input system means easier adaptation of games to diverse controllers. Developers entirely control the default bindings for each controller type. They can also offer alternate control schemes directly without the need to change the games themselves. SteamVR Input works with every SteamVR application; it doesn’t require developers to update their app to support it. Hardware designers are also free to try more types of input, apart from Vive Tracker, Oculus Touch etc. They can expose whatever input controls exist on their device and then describe that device to the system. Most importantly, the entire mechanism is captured in an easy to use UI that is available in-headset under the Settings menu. Source: Steam community For now, SteamVR Input is in beta. Details for developers are available on the OpenVR SDK 1.0.15 page. You can also see the documentation to enable native support in your applications. Hardware developers can read the driver API documentation to see how they can enable this new system for their devices. Read Next Google open sources Seurat to bring high precision graphics to Mobile VROculus Go, the first stand-alone VR headset arrives!Google Daydream powered Lenovo Mirage solo hits the marketlast_img read more