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Home of Region 2 RDC official burglarised

first_imgThe house of the personnel officer attached to the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) was over the weekend burglarised, with several items taken including groceries.The house with several pieces of clothes scattered aroundBased on information received, Tageanindra Kishore retired to bed on Friday evening and when she woke up the following morning he observed that his house was ransacked.The woman told Guyana Times that she and her 10-year-old daughter looked at television late on Friday night after which they both retired to bed. The next morning, she first noticed that a chair was moved from its original position and upon closer inspection, she saw clothes on the floor.The vegetables and fruits from the refrigerator were missing as well as other groceries and other items from the kitchen. Her wristwatches and a small amount of cash that she kept in her purse were also missing.The ransacked cupboardHer home was previously broken into while she and her daughter were on vacation in Florida last August. As such, she does not keep much money or jewellery at home. At this time, she does not have a suspect in mind, but is of the view that the high unemployment rate might be a contributing factor for the increase in home invasions of late.The Police were contacted, and an investigation was launched. No arrests were made.last_img read more

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Watch your waistline! Top five Christmas coffees that contain HUGE calories

first_imgOne thing that is very popular at this time of year is the Christmas themed coffees.It should be said, that most of these aren’t actually coffee and are more of a variety of calorific hot chocolates that sell by the thousands.So, which of these are the worst for your waistline? As with anything, it is usually the ones that taste the best.COSTA GINGERBREAD LATTEThis is a Christmas favourite.Costas Gingerbread Latte.This is hugely popular over the festive period and for good reason.  🎅It tastes great. Advertisement But, this does come at a cost, and that cost is almost 400 calories.323 calories7g of carbs24.2g of sugar14.9g of fat.This is almost a meals worth of calories in one drink. Gingerbread FrappuccinoAs I only drink coffee in Starbucks. I didn’t know there was a difference between a Gingerbread latte and a Gingerbread Frappuccino.Turns out there are almost 100 calories of a differenceThe Gingerbread Frappuccino comes in at 480 calories while the gingerbread latte comes in at 392 calories. Advertisement The carbs and sugar are almost DOUBLE of the latte also.Coming in at 80g carbs and 79g sugar, compared to 42g carbs and 39g sugar in the latte.Billionaire Hot Chocolate from Costa CoffeeThis is going to be very popular this year.Coming in at 528 calories with 63g of carbs and 52g of sugar.It is a whopper, to say the least.If you are still planning on treating yourself, go for a small to save yourself some calories.  Advertisement Café Neró’s Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. Again, it’s another seemingly innocent Christmas themed drink and you wouldn’t think it could do that much damage.Unfortunately, you’d be wrong.A large version of this comes in at 623 calories and has 5g of carbs.77.7g of this is sugar and has 25g of fat also. Advertisement While this is higher in calories, there are higher to come.Hot chocolate with everything on it.We look at Costa Coffee Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows and Whipped cream.Basically, it’s the works.Everything is on this, the ultimate indulgence, and the calories show this.This is the largest number of calories out if all the drinks I looked at. Advertisement Coming in at;750 calories 4g of carbs68.5g of sugar34.2g of fatIf you were to have a Christmas cookie along with this, you’d be taking in over a thousand calories for a snack.There you have it. The top 5 Christmas themed drinks, that are the highest in calories.Could you make them fit into your diet?Anything is possible, but you wouldn’t be indulging too often on this if you were looking for weight loss or to just maintain a bit of control over the festive period. Again, as with everything moderation is key.#Leanin2019If you would like to focus on getting in shape for Christmas, we can help you to get Christmas party-ready.Click the link below and get signed up to our Christmas workouts.8 weeks to get you in the best shape of your life for the Christmas Party season. LADIES CLICK HEREMEN CLICK HEREWatch your waistline! Top five Christmas coffees that contain HUGE calories was last modified: November 3rd, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare 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

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Comets Didn’t Bring Earth’s Oceans

first_imgSo much for the “water balloon” theory of how Earth got its oceans.  A new study by Belgian planetary scientists pretty much rules out comets as the source of our planet’s abundant water.  Their results are published in this month’s Icarus.1    “The origin of water on Earth is still puzzling,” they began.  Our rocky planet, so close to the sun, should not have formed from ices.  Carbonaceous chondrites contain water sufficient to create a “veneer” of water after the Earth cooled, but ratios of osmium isotopes don’t match.  Comets have long been a popular source.  They’re cold, and made mostly of ice.  Could they have brought water by special delivery to a cooling earth?  Some TV documentaries have brought this story to life with colorful animations.  Early indications from deuterium-to-hydrogen ratios, though, cast doubt on the idea; comets have much more deuterium than ocean water.  Perhaps other classes of comets or asteroids have different ratios.  “Additional constraints are therefore mandatory,” the team said.    Recently, the team found that nitrogen isotope ratios differed significantly between comets and Earth’s atmosphere.  Since any delivery of cometary nitrogen would have been accompanied by water, they used nitrogen isotope ratios to calculate how much water could have come from comets.  The result: very little, probably 6% at most.  Also, since the nitrogen isotope ratios is the same in both Oort Cloud and Kuiper Belt comets, the estimates apply to both classes of objects.  Bottom line: planetary scientists will have to find other sources.  The authors left that question unanswered.1.  Hutsem�kers, Jean Manfroid, Emmanu�l Jehina, and Claude Arpigny, “New constraints on the delivery of cometary water and nitrogen to Earth from the 15N/14N isotopic ratio,” Icarus, Volume 204, Issue 1, November 2009, Pages 346-348.The paper constrains, not disproves, naturalistic models, but it is clear that secular planetary scientists are running out of options (see 03/26/2002, 12/27/2007).  Cometary delivery was already a last resort for the bottom-up worldview.  The top-down worldview, that the Earth was created with its water and was designed with habitation in mind, has less arthritis and dandruff (i.e., less hand-wringing and head-scratching). (Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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New anti-trafficking law for South Africa

first_imgTraffickers will have to deal with the lawonce South Africa’s new legislation comes into force.In Cape Town in 2011, the Body Shop South Africa and Child Welfare presented over 43 000 signatures to Parliament’sPortfolio Committee for Justice and Constitutional Development. (Images: The Body Shop) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lynn Giles  Eclipse Public Relations  +27 21 555 4282 RELATED ARTICLES • Pupils benefit from couple’s calling • Liliesleaf: keeping the memory alive • ConCourt art tells SA’s story • Cash boost for Baartman memorial • Human rights revisitedWilma den HartighIn a significant move to protect the rights of South Africa’s women and children, Parliament’s justice portfolio committee chairperson Luwellyn Landers announced that the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill will be passed in April.South Africa is one of the few countries in the world that has achieved the human rights milestone of enacting legislation to fight trafficking.Once the Bill becomes an Act in parliament and is fully operational, it will be one of the most comprehensive laws against human trafficking in the country.All countries – including South Africa – that are signatories to the UN protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children, are encouraged to pass domestic legislation to fulfil their international obligations.The South African Bill, which has been under discussion in Parliament for the past five years, was drafted in response to the UN’s global call for action against trafficking.There are a number of reforms that the Bill will bring into place. It provides for prosecution of people involved in trafficking and also for harsh sentences to be imposed.The intention of the legislation is to prevent and stop trafficking in people, and provide protection and assistance to victims of trafficking.Campaigning to stop traffickingSouth Africa’s decisive action against trafficking is sending out a clear message that the country’s women and children are not for sale.The decision has been welcomed by ECPAT, an international global network of organisations working together to eliminate child prostitution, child pornography and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes; Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA), as well as The Body Shop, a global natural and ethical cosmetics retailer.Together these organisations have been actively involved in an on-going global campaign, spearheaded by The Body Shop, to urge governments to do more to protect the 1.2-million children and young people being trafficked every year for sexual exploitation.Trix Marais, acting national executive director of CWSA, said that the Bill is an important step forward to protect the victims of trafficking. “Trafficking is nothing less than contemporary slavery,” Marais said.She said it is important that the Bill doesn’t only look good on paper. Training is needed to ensure that the legislation is implemented effectively.“We need to know how to the use the Bill so we can enforce it,” she said.The Body Shop group is famous for its campaigns that raise awareness about important social and environmental issues such as violence in the home, HIV and Aids, and renewable energy.Its campaigns have been successful in reaching key decision makers who can bring about change. Now, its drive against trafficking is another success story.The Body Shop South Africa’s campaign manager, Lana-Anne Scheepers, says that the passing of the Bill is a step in the right direction to protect children from trafficking, a crime that has been largely unaddressed.With the legislation in place, trafficking criminals will no longer be able to operate without fear of repercussion.The response to the campaign – both at home and globally – has been unprecedented.In South Africa, the campaign put pressure on the justice portfolio committee to pass the legislation. Last year, CWSA and The Body Shop South Africa led a march to Parliament where they handed over a petition containing 43 000 signatures to lobby the government to approve the Bill.In October last year, the campaign resulted in one of the largest petitions ever to be presented to the UN. All over the world, 7.2-million signatures were collected, calling on governments to take urgent action to stop sex trafficking.The campaign has been so successful that 14 countries across the world have committed to adopt new legislation against trafficking.A lucrative industryHuman trafficking is one of the biggest money-spinners in the organised crime world.According to Corinne Sandenbergh, director of Stop Trafficking of Persons, an organisation that creates awareness and educates the public about the realities of human trafficking, this industry is the third largest international crime, following illegal drugs and arms trafficking.The industry is believed to be worth billions of dollars each year. Driving the trade is the demand for commercial sexual exploitation. According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, 79% of all global trafficking is for sexual exploitation.Although the extent of trafficking operations in South Africa is not known, large numbers of people are believed to be trafficked each year, within South Africa and across its borders.Taking action in South AfricaIn a parliamentary monitoring briefing about the Bill, minister of justice and constitutional development Jeff Radebe said the Bill was drafted based on a South African Law Reform Commission investigation, which started in 2003, probing into the causes of trafficking in people.The investigation identified factors such as poverty, war and political instability as some of the main causes of trafficking.In South Africa, children are particularly vulnerable to trafficking and remain relatively unprotected from exploitation for sexual and labour purposes.The high prevalence of HIV and Aids in South Africa is also contributing to the problem as many children live in poverty as a result of being orphaned – only increasing their vulnerability to exploitation. Internal trafficking occurs because of high unemployment and poverty.The new Act will address the shortcomings of existing fragmented legislation, but this does not mean that South Africa has not been able to do anything about trafficking crimes.Until now, South Africa’s judiciary system has relied on other laws such as the Sexual Offences Act, 1957; the Riotous Assemblies Act, 1956; the Immigration Act, 2002; the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997; the Intimidation Act, 1982; the Domestic Violence Act, 1998; the Films and Publications Act, 1996 and the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, 1998. Under the common law, depending on the circumstances of each case, anyone suspected of trafficking can be charged with kidnapping, common assault, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, extortion, attempted murder and murder.last_img read more

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Floating Offshore Wind Turbine is Launched in Maine

first_imgThe country’s first grid-tied floating wind turbine, launched in Maine at the end of May, has started feeding electricity into the state’s power grid.VolturnUS 1:8, a 1/8-scale prototype of a 6-megawatt design, was launched in Brewer, Maine, on May 31, 2013. It was towed down the Penobscot River and moored off the town of Castine. On June 13, electricity began flowing from the turbine into Central Maine Power Co.’s grid.The 65-foot tall unit is equipped with a 20-kW turbine manufactured by Renewegy. A full-size turbine, the first of which could be launched by 2016, would have rotors with a diameter of 423 feet and would generate up to 6 megawatts of electricity. Much bigger plans in the worksLater this year, the VolturnUS will be towed to a site off Monhegan Island for more tests. These research sites relatively close to land are perfect, Viselli says, because waves and wind are about one-eighth as intense as what an offshore turbine would encounter.The university hopes that the 2016 deployment of a full-size turbine would be the start of an offshore wind farm that will include 80 turbines by 2020. By 2030, the project would expand to about 170 turbines generating 5 GW of electricity, according to the Bangor Daily News.Wind development on that scale would attract $20 billion in private investment and create thousands of jobs, the university says. To that end, the university is in the process of spinning off the wind generation business into a private venture called Aqua Ventus Holdings.The Volturn project is part of a larger effort to develop an estimated 4,000 gigawatts of offshore wind energy, which the Department of Energy says is four times the country’s current generating capacity. In December, the energy department announced seven offshore wind awards.The goal of the program in Maine is to reduce the cost of offshore wind electricity to 10 cents a kilowatt hour by 2020. Design combines concrete and compositesThe launch capped five years of research at the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center in Orono.Financial support included a $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The effort led to the creation of the DeepCwind Consortium, which includes nonprofit groups and a variety of marine construction and manufacturing interests.The turbine has a semi-submersible base made from a proprietary concrete and an upper structure of lighter-weight composite materials.A foundation made from steel would have been a more conventional choice, says Elizabeth Viselli, manager of offshore wind programs and communications at the composites center, but Maine would have had to import that material from South Korea and it lacked the manufacturing facilities it needed to form curved steel components.Concrete, on the other hand, is well understood, with ingredients that are locally available. The exact mix of concrete, which Viselli did not discuss, was developed at the University of Maine. The structure was fabricated by Cianbro Corp.The Gulf of Maine has an estimated 156 gigawatts of wind energy potential within 50 miles of the coast, but Viselli says the depth of water 20 miles offshore where turbines will be deployed makes fixed designs like those in northern Europe impractical.last_img read more

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