Breaking: Over 300,000 ganja plants destroyed during raid

first_imgA team of law enforcement officers conducted a drug-eradication operation at Ebini, Upper Berbice River. The operation which lasted in excess of fifteen hours saw an estimated 300,000 cannabis plants ranging between 6 inches to 5 feet in height, 150,000 kilograms of dried cannabis, a number of nurseries with about 100,000 seedlings and four camps being destroyed by fire.A single barrel shotgun, three live cartridges, a water pump and a chain saw which were found during the operation, have been seized and lodged.More details in Friday, February 9th edition of Guyana Times.last_img read more

Warriors’ Damion Lee a candidate for team’s 15th roster spot

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *SACRAMENTO – The original itinerary entailed Damion Lee preparing for a G-League game. Then, that changed with one phone call.The Warriors informed Lee on Nov. 16 they would need him for a game against Dallas the following day amid injuries to Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. So instead of playing for Santa Cruz against the South Bay Lakers, Lee flew to Dallas …last_img read more

Rating the Greenness of Gardens

first_imgA proposed point system for rating the sustainability of landscape plansNEW YORK, NY — Efforts are underway to create a system to rate the sustainability of gardens and landscaping plans. Three organizations — the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and the United States Botanic Garden — have joined forces to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable landscape designs.Dubbed the Sustainable Sites Initiative, the project has produced a 179-page report with a draft of the proposed guidelines. According to the New York Times, the report “includes a point system for rating a landscape, much like the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, which rates the sustainability of buildings.” The draft proposal “goes into detail, specifying the kinds of plants, for example, that can be used to cleanse a disturbed wetland; how trees can be used to shade a building, protect it from wind, prevent erosion and clean the air; and what kind of plantings enhance mental health, draw people outside the building and even engage them in tending the landscape.”Ray Mims, the United States Botanic Garden’s conservation horticulturist, is one of the experts leading the Sustainable Sites Initiative. “We want to make sure that you look at the soil, the vegetation, the hydrology, so that you are improving — or certainly not harming — the natural ecosystem,” Mims told the New York Times. “We’re hoping that it will be incorporated into LEED in 2011.”To learn more, visit the Sustainable Sites Initiative Web site at http://sustainablesites.org.last_img read more

Lalu’s daughter, son-in-law granted bail in money laundering case

first_imgA special court in New Delhi on Monday granted bail to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)  chief Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti and her husband iShailesh Kumar in a money laundering case.Special Judge Arvind Kumar granted the relief to Ms. Bharti and Mr. Kumar, who appeared before the court in pursuance to summons issued against them, on a personal bond of ₹2 lakh with a surety of a like amount each. The judge directed them not to leave the country without the court’s prior permission. The two had moved bail applications.During the hearing, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) opposed their bail plea, saying they indulged in a “very serious” economic offence. “Persons on such a post are committing such kind of activities which are totally against the nation,” ED counsel Atul Tripathi said.The court asked if the probe agency had arrested the couple during the case investigation, to which the ED replied in the negative. This prompted the court to ask the ED, “Why do you now want the court to take them in custody?”On February 8, the court issued summons against Ms. Bharti, her husband and Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt. Ltd. as accused in the case after taking cognizance of the ED charge sheet.On December 23 last, the ED filed its final report against Ms. Bharti and Mr. Kumar. Earlier, it had attached a Delhi farmhouse of the couple in connection with the probe.The farmhouse, located at 26, Palam Farms in south Delhi’s Bijwasan area, was attached provisionally under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). It was “held in the name of M/s Mishail Packers and Printers Private Limited”, the ED had said. “It was purchased in 2008-09, using ₹1.2 crore involved in money laundering,” it had alleged. It raided the farmhouse and a few other locations in July last as a part of its probe against two brothers — Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain — and others, who were alleged to have laundered several crores of rupees using shell companies.The Jain brothers, currently on bail, were arrested by the ED under the PMLA.Chartered accountant arrestedThe ED had also arrested Rajesh Agrawal, a chartered accountant who allegedly mediated and provided a cash amount of “₹90 lakh to the Jain brothers in advance so as to invest in M/s Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt. Ltd. as share premium.”Ms. Bharti and her husband are alleged to have been directors of Mishail Printers and Packers Pvt. Ltd. in the past, according to the ED. “The company, M/s Mishail Packers and Printers, was registered at 25, Tughlak Road, New Delhi till the shares were bought by Ms. Bharti. It was only during 2009-10 that the address was changed to Farm no. 26, Palam Farms, VPO Bijwasan, New Delhi. Bharti and Kumar were the directors of the company during the relevant period,” the ED had said.The ED had alleged that the Jain brothers, Mr. Agrawal, Ms. Bharti and Mr. Kumar were the “key persons behind the laundering of Rs 1.2 crore.”last_img read more

Sunil Dutt’s letter nails PMO’s lie on Kalmadi appointment

first_imgFormer CWG OC Suresh KalmadiThe government is blaming the previous NDA government for appointment of Suresh Kalmadi as the CWG Organising Committee (OC) chairman, but a letter by a former UPA minister shows the government is clearly in denial.Headlines Today has got proof that a Group of Ministers (GoM) decided to appoint then Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Sunil Dutt as the head of the OC on October 25, 2004.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh too was part of the GoM. The decision was later altered to make Suresh Kalmadi as the chief of the Organising Committee.Headlines Today is in possession of the letter, dated November 14, 2004, which was shot off by the late Sunil Dutt to the prime minister.In the letter, Sunil Dutt clearly states that after the decision to amend the GoM’s decision and make Kalmadi the OC chief, the minutes of the meeting needed to be amended.The decision to make Kalmadi and not the sports minister chief of the CWG working committee proved to be disastrous. Kalmadi and his close associates had a free run, allegedly looting the state’s exchequer.last_img read more

Indian TV dramas Naagin, Mahabharat take China by storm

first_imgMythological dramas from India have become an unlikely rage in China, even prompting groups of young Chinese to start voluntary subtitling groups in an effort to bring the shows to a mass audience.The dramas Naagin, Devon Ke Dev Mahadev, the 2013 series Mahabharat and Buddhaa-Rajaon Ka Raja have all been subtitled into Chinese and viewed by hundreds of thousands of people online. On one of China’s widely used video-sharing websites, Bilibili, the first four episodes of Naagin’s second season had 1.8 lakh views, reported Chinese media.Since there are few Hindi speakers, viewers have created subtitles by translating them from available English or even Russian subtitles.One of the first such volunteer subtitle groups run by fans was started last year by Yang Buhui, 29, who works in the gaming industry.”Indian mythology itself is just fascinating. Its philosophy and worldview, which are very exotic, have been a wonderful new world to me,” Yang told the Global Times.Dramas from the US, South Korea and Japan are widely popular in China. In the past, Indian dramas were aired on State broadcaster CCTV’s drama channel, and drew wide following, but few shows were available online, where most young Chinese consume entertainment.Yang told the Global Times she started her subtitling group because of her love for the show Devon Ke Dev Mahadev. “I love the drama because it’s a key to the world of Indian mythology,” she said. “Besides, the actors and actresses are not only gorgeous, but their acting skills are good.”advertisementThe newspaper quoted another fan, Qing Qing, 35, who said she was drawn by the skills of Indian actors and their more “exotic” features compared with more homogenous East Asian actors. “Their acting skills are so good that even the evil characters seem adorable, and you just can’t hate them. The male characters in many of the South Korean and Japanese dramas all look the same and they’ve become the standard for looks.”Given the wide patronage of Buddhism in China, another drama that has attracted following, Qing said, was Buddhaa-Rajaon Ka Raja. “Everybody knows that both China and India are among the greatest ancient civilizations in the world,” Qing said. “However, compared to what they know about the countries from the West or other Asian countries such as Japan, what many Chinese know about India is still limited to the simple introductions in textbooks. I hope that there will be a massive import of Indian films and dramas in the future.”Besides dramas, Indian films have begun making inroads into China. On May 5, Dangal will release across the country. During a week long trip to China to promote the film, Aamir Khan was received by thousands of fans and given wide coverage by Chinese media, as he met Chinese stars at the Beijing International Film Festival, posed with sports stars, practised yoga with his fans and even fed pandas in the southwestern city of Chengdu.ALSO READ |  Now Indonesia to get its own version of NaaginALSO READ |  This fantasy show is all set to replace Naagin 2WATCH | Naagin 2: Rocky comes to know about Shivangi’s truthlast_img read more

Watching others write code

first_imgWith the rise of low-cost platforms like the Arduino and growing interest in the Internet of Things (IoT), a new category of embedded developers is arising. Many of this new cadre are not coming from electronics or computer science backgrounds, but are forging their own approaches to development unbound by tradition or academic methods. Some are even learning to code not by study, but by watching others write code.Most of us who have been in the embedded industry for a substantial length of time, say five years or longer, came to it from a formal background in electronics or computer science. We learned the craft through a combination of academic training in theory coupled with hands-on experience in the field. We then shared our understanding with others by writing articles and books, giving conference presentations, and live mentoring.This new wave of non-traditional designers seems to have developed an alternative approach to exchanging knowledge, though. Taking advantage of the Internet’s vast resources and low-barriers to entry, developers are creating a repository of instructional videos to form a kind of mentoring archive that self-learners can access at will. This is not your standard teaching format, however.One example of this online learning approach is Twitch TV. Although this site looks on the surface to only be a means of sharing video game excursions, there is more available if you dig a bit. In the Creative channels, search for Programming and you’ll come up with a list of videos on the topic. Some are recordings of presentations, while others are a kind of tutorial. The tutorials take the form of “looking over the shoulder” as the video creator narrates their activity. When originally created, these are streamed live, and have a chat line open for real-time question-and-answer. The recorded version then gets archived for latecomers’ use.Another learning resource that uses the same “over the shoulder” video format as Twitch is LiveCoding. Unlike Twitch, however, Live Coding focuses exclusively on coding. It is also more organized in its approach to offering instruction than Twitch. LiveCoding organizes its content by programming language (Java, Python, Ruby, C/C++, etc.), some with tens of thousands of videos available. Within each of those language categories, the site offers a choice of beginner, intermediate, or advanced level topics.These bold experiments in knowledge transfer are intriguing but, for me, unsatisfying. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Profession Continue Reading Previous Signing offNext Samsung’s burning batteries demonstrate the need for lithium ion alternativeslast_img read more

LeBron James and Longtime Partner Will Give Four Aspiring

Business news network CNBC announced that it will partner with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James to create a new reality series  focusing on burgeoning entrepreneurial opportunities in Cleveland. James will serve as producer on the series, which is set to debut this summer.“Cleveland Hustles speaks to the network’s entrepreneurial spirit and also creates an opportunity to help strengthen communities that have fallen on hard times,” said Jim Ackerman, EVP, Primetime Alternative, CNBC.The announcement comes during a low point in James’ relationship with his beloved Cleveland, after the news that there would be no indictment of Officer Timothy Loehmann in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.   The boy was playing in the park with a toy gun when Loehmann and his partner, Frank Garmback, arrived on scene and shot Rice within seconds. The event sent shock waves through the Twittersphere and sparked a #NoJusticeNoLeBron campaign to ask the superstar to sit out until there was an indictment.James admitted he did not know enough about the case to speak on the subject.Regarding the new show, CNBC says:NBA superstar LeBron James and his longtime friend and business partner Maverick Carter will give four aspiring local entrepreneurs the chance to realize their own dreams while also helping to revitalize a neighborhood in Cleveland. LeBron and Maverick will enlist the aid of four trusted business experts and associates, who will in turn invest in and mentor fledgling entrepreneurs who need a little jumpstart. In success, these four businesses will provide jobs and services for neighborhoods that desperately need investment.Cleveland Hustles continues his charity and commitment to the community he loves, even though he dropped the ball on the Tamir Rice issue. read more

Walcott Wenger has unfinished business in football

first_imgTheo Walcott expects to see his former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger back in the dugout soonThe veteran coach has announced plans to make a football comeback by January after leaving Arsenal at the end of last season.The likes of AC Milan, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have been linked with Wenger following his announcement last month.And Walcott, who spent 12 years playing for Wenger at Arsenal, reckons that the 69-year-old’s time in football is not over yet.“I still think he’s got unfinished business and there’s a missing chapter for him,” Walcott told BBC’s Premier League Show.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He’s a father figure, he gave me the opportunity at a young age, took the pressure off me and put it on himself when he didn’t need to do it.”Walcott left Arsenal in January for Everton in a reported £20m deal.The English forward managed 108 goals and 77 assists in 397 appearances across all competitions for Arsenal.He also won three FA Cup titles and two Community Shield crowns.last_img read more

Eating walnuts may help fight breast cancer

first_imgConsumption of walnuts may help suppress growth and survival of breast cancer, a study claims. The study, published in the journal Nutrition Research, found that consumption of two ounces of walnuts a day for about two weeks significantly changed gene expression in confirmed breast cancers. In this first clinical trial, women with breast lumps large enough for research and pathology biopsies were recruited and randomised to walnut consuming or control groups. Immediately following biopsy collection, women in the walnut group began to consume two ounces of walnuts per day until follow-up surgery. Pathological studies confirmed that lumps were breast cancer in all women who remained in the trial. The study showed activation of pathways that promote apoptosis or programmed cell death and cell adhesion and inhibition of pathways that promote cell proliferation and migration.last_img read more