Mason remanded on armed robbery charge

first_imgAn Albouystown, Georgetown mason on Tuesday denied that he robbed a minibus passenger of $900,000.Edward Skeete, 32, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for the charge which stated that on March 31, 2019, at Lombard Street, Georgetown, while being in the company of others, and armed with a gun, he robbed Zayne Federson.The prosecution’s case contended that the Virtual Complainant was sitting in a minibus at Lombard Street, Georgetown, when the defendant approached him with a gun and relieved him of the money. According to the prosecution, during the confrontation, the VC attempted to fight off the bandit but was shot in the leg.The Lot 309 Independence Boulevard, Albouystown man allegedly escaped with the cash.Skeete was represented by Attorney George Thomas, who made a bail application on his behalf but Police Prosecutor Vivian Adolph objected to bail being granted. The prosecutor informed the court that Skeete has a pending matter in the court.Magistrate Dylon Bess upheld the prosecution’s submission and remanded Skeete to prison. The case will continue on April 18, 2019.Last year, Skeete along with another man were acquitted for the 2015 murder of Mocha-Arcadia resident Ryan Clementson, who was shot. Clementson succumbed two weeks later.last_img read more

Smaller harmful algal bloom predicted for Lake Erie in 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its research partners predict that western Lake Erie will experience a less severe bloom than the record-setting one experienced last year during the harmful algal bloom season. The outlook reflects less discharge from the Maumee River and a return to an average nutrient runoff into the lake.The 2016 bloom is expected to measure 5.5 on the severity index, but could range anywhere between 3 and 7. The forecast is similar to conditions last seen from 2008 to 2010, although the bloom may be as small as that seen in the relatively mild year of 2004.The severity index is based on a bloom’s biomass — the amount of its harmful algae. An index above 5 indicates blooms of concern. The extreme bloom of 2011 was a 10. Last year’s was 10.5, the greatest on record.This year’s bloom is expected to first appear in late July and increase in August in the far western basin of Lake Erie. The location and effects will depend on prevailing winds. During calm winds, some areas may experience scums that contain substantial concentrations of algal toxins.“This year we’ve added a Maumee River flow forecast model that increases our confidence in the seasonal outlook and may allow us to produce a specific harmful algal bloom forecast even earlier in the season,” said Russell Callender, Ph.D., assistant NOAA administrator for the National Ocean Service.The seasonal outlook uses models that translate spring nutrient loading into predicted algal blooms. After three years with wet springs, this spring has had more typical rainfall, leading to more normal discharge from the Maumee River. As a result there is less phosphorus entering Lake Erie and fewer nutrients to fuel a bloom.“With a return to average spring discharge, and much lower river flow in June than in the recent years, the western basin should look better. However, the phosphorus inputs to the lake are still high enough to support bloom development,” said Richard Stumpf, Ph.D., NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s lead for the Lake Erie bloom forecast.The seasonal outlook models use nutrient load data collected by Heidelberg University’s National Center for Water Quality Research and Maumee River discharge models from NOAA’s Ohio River Forecast Center. The models were developed by scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, the University of Michigan, and LimnoTech.“The need to reduce phosphorus and other nutrient from fertilizer, manure, and sewage remains,” said Chris Winslow, Ph.D., interim director of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. “This year’s forecast not only highlights NOAA’s forecast, but it will also focus attention on current efforts to assess bloom impacts on human health, to educate water treatment plant operators, to inform and implement landscape best management practices, and to determine the best way to track our progress toward a 40% reduction in phosphorous loading, the target set by Annex IV of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.”NOAA will provide timely information via twice-weekly bulletins for western Lake Erie that can be received by subscription. Details on the forecasted movement of the bloom and its location and intensity in the water column can be found via NOAA’s experimental tracker.Field observations on the bloom and nutrient loads are collected by NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) and NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER) at the University of Michigan, Ohio State University’s Sea Grant Program and Stone Laboratory, Heidelberg University, University of Toledo, Ohio EPA, and LimnoTech and made available for monitoring and model improvements.In September 2016, NOAA’s GLERL, CILER, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute will deploy an Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) in Lake Erie for the first time. The ESP “lab-in-a-can,” will autonomously collect water samples and analyze them for algal toxins to provide drinking water managers with data on harmful-algal toxicity in near real-time before the water reaches municipal water intakes. The deployment will mark the first use of the ESP technology in any freshwater system.“The Environmental Sample Processor will enable us to more closely track changes in the toxicity of the blooms with one or two analyzed water tests each day to augment the current system of someone sampling twice a week from a boat and then taking those samples to be analyzed in a lab,” said Tim Davis, Ph.D., GLERL research ecologist. “Our goal is to get more rapid detection of sudden changes in toxicity to improve the timeliness of NOAA’s harmful algal bloom forecasts and better protect communities.”The Lake Erie forecast is part of a NOAA ecological forecasting initiative that aims to deliver accurate, relevant, timely and reliable ecological forecasts directly to coastal resource managers and the public. NOAA also provides, or is developing, HAB and hypoxia forecasts for the Gulf of Maine, Chesapeake Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Northwest.last_img read more

New NRC order on descendants of D-voters

first_imgA person born in Assam before December 3, 2004 may be included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) if a parent from whom “legacy is not drawn” is a doubtful or D-voter, declared foreigner or with a case pending in a Foreigners’ Tribunal.Public noticeThis was stated in a public notice issued by Prateek Hajela, the State Coordinator for NRC, on July 26, in pursuance of a Supreme Court order issued on July 23.A D-voter is one who is marked “doubtful or dubious” on the electoral rolls by the election department officials.The Foreigners’ Tribunal — Assam currently has 100 and 200 more are coming up — declare a person a foreigner after conducting hearings. An analysis of Foreigners’ Tribunal cases has revealed that 82% of people on trial were declared foreigners, mostly in ex parte or one-sided judgments.Eligibility criteria“For any NRC applications/claimants, if parent/legacy person through whom eligibility is sought to be established is a DV [doubtful voter] or DF [declared foreigner] or PFT [pending in Foreigners’ Tribunal], then such person will not be included in the NRC irrespective of the status of the other parent,” the notice said.“For those persons born before December 3, 2004, if the parent through whom legacy is drawn is not a DV or DF or PFT and is found eligible for inclusion in NRC, but the other parent from whom legacy is not drawn is a DV or DF or PFT, then such descendants may be included in NRC,” the order said.But it was made clear that a person born on or after December 3, 2004 will not be included in the NRC if any of the parent is a DV or DF or PFT “even if the parent from whom legacy is drawn is clear from all angles”.last_img read more

OPP say four deaths in home near Huntsville a triple murdersuicide

first_imgProvincial police say the deaths of four people in a home north of Huntsville, Ont., is being treated as a triple murder-suicide.Police said they received a 911 call at 7:30 p.m. Friday from someone who found the bodies in a home in Ryerson Township, Ont., about 40 kilometres north of Huntsville.Officers who arrived on the scene found two men and two women dead inside and that all four bodies showed obvious signs of trauma.Police have determined that three of the victims – two females and a male – were members of the same family and lived in the house where the crime took place. The fourth deceased person, a male, was not related to the victims.The cause of death has not been released pending the results of a post mortem.Police said firearms had been recovered from the scene.An official in Ryerson Township said she was shocked to learn about the grisly discovery.“This is just horrible,” said Deputy Reeve Barbara Marlow. “I feel so sorry for the people.”“You just don’t hear of this sort of thing going on that often,” she said.last_img read more

Bill Clinton To Be Honored At Father Of The Year Awards

first_imgThe National Father’s Day Council has announced that Mark K. Shriver, Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Save the Children, will host the 72nd Annual Father of the Year Awards.The luncheon will take place at the Grand Hyatt New York Hotel on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 12 p.m. For tickets and sponsorship information, please contact the Council office at 212-594-5977 or visit, the Council announced that the 2013 “Father of the Year” Honorees will include President Bill Clinton, Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, Terry J. Lundgren, Chairman, President and CEO of Macy’s, Inc., and GQ and the Sani Family Foundation’s “All-Star” Dad, Major Jackson Drumgoole II.“We are thrilled to have Mark Shriver, past ‘Father of the Year’ honoree and host, return to serve as Master of Ceremonies at our 72nd Annual Father of the Year Awards,” said Dan Orwig, Chairman of the National Father’s Day Committee, and VP, Group Director Men’s Division Itochu Prominent. “Mark Shriver’s philanthropic efforts helped improve the lives of 240,000 children and families across the country last year alone. He is a true inspiration to fathers everywhere, from his dedication to Save the Children to his passion and love for his family.”Mr. Shriver developed Save the Children’s early childhood development, literacy and health programs in the United States, which benefit children living in some of the country’s most impoverished regions. Mr. Shriver also created Save the Children’s domestic emergency programs to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children before, during, and after disaster strikes. He led a national coalition that convinced Congress to create the National Commission on Children and Disasters and was appointed to the Commission by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV). He was elected chairperson by his fellow commissioners and served in that role for the life of the Commission (2008-2011).He was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1994 to 2002. In 1988, Mr. Shriver founded the innovative Choice Program, which serves delinquent and at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling. Mr. Shriver subsequently created The Choice Jobs Program, Inc., a private non-profit that trains, places and supports former Choice clients in jobs, as well as The Choice Middle Schools Program, a model for keeping at-risk middle school children in school.Mr. Shriver received his B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross in 1986 and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1993. He has also received honorary degrees from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland and from The College of the Holy Cross.Mr. Shriver has written a New York Times and Washington Post best-selling memoir titled, “A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver,” which was published in June 2012 and was the recipient of the 2013 Christopher Award. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Jeanne, and their three children, Molly, Tommy, and Emma.As part of its commitment to support meaningful philanthropies dealing with issues affecting mothers, fathers and children, the National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc. has donated more than $35 million to date to meaningful charities nationwide.last_img read more