Alleged narco-trafficking lands woman on remand

first_imgA woman who reportedly had ganja in her possession at the Bartica Police Station was on Tuesday remanded to prison when she appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The charge against Elcy Indra Vigilance of Lot 67 C Wismar Housing Scheme, Linden stated that on September 29, 2018 at Bartica Police Station she had in her possession 489.9 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking. The 25-year-old woman denied the charge when it was read to her.The prosecution’s case was that on September 29, 2018 about 16:40h two Policemen noticed the woman acting in a suspicious manner at the Bartica Ferry Stelling. The Constables approached her and invited her to the Police station, which is a short distance away to conduct a search of her belongings.During the search, a yellow plastic bag wrapped in clear scotch tape which contained leaves and seeds were unearthed. As such, he was arrested and charged.In court on Tuesday, the Police Prosecutor objected to bail citing the seriousness and prevalence of the offence. Chief Magistrate McLennan upheld the prosecution’s submission and remanded Vigilance to prison. The case will continue on October 17, 2018 at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

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Aaron Rodgers ruthlessly exposes Raiders’ weaknesses on defense

first_imgThis wasn’t Chase Daniel or Jacoby Brissett. It was Aaron Rodgers, looking as good as Aaron Rodgers has ever looked.So maybe you cut the Raiders’ defense a little slack Sunday after a 42-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, given Rodgers’ standing as a Hall of Fame quarterback in waiting.Unless it happens again over the next three weeks when the opposing quarterbacks are DeShaun Watson, Matthew Stafford and Philip Rivers.If it does, the Raiders can forget about playoff aspirations and go back to the drawing board in their endless struggle to put together rush and coverage to a point where they can at least be an annoyance for a top-flight quarterback. And it won’t matter whether Derek Carr learns to grasp the ball with two hands while going for the end zone pylon. Truth be told, Carr’s offense against the Packers, even with his ginormous mistake, operated much closer to a playoff level than did the defense.For complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.Rodgers completed 25 of 31 passes for 429 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions for the Packers. That’s a perfect 158.3 according to the NFL passer rating system, and it doesn’t take into account his 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.Green Bay receivers, even without the injured Davante Adams, were breaking open all day. Those who were covered caught the ball anyway. Nine of Rodgers’ completions went for 314 yards, an average of 34.9 yards per play.“There’s no excuse for giving up big plays like that,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden told reporters afterward. “We gave up a big play at the end of the first half and a big play to start the third quarter, and we can’t play like that. We just can’t do it.” Asked how the Raiders could solve their big-play woes on defense, Gruden said, “I’m not going to comment on that right now. I’m just going to say it’s a combination of Rodgers making great plays, and we’ve got to do a better job coaching, playing, and that we will do.”Harris told reporters Rodgers was something out of the ordinary.“He knows what you are in before you even start moving around,” Harris said. “They had some receivers we thought might not play, but it didn’t really matter because as long as (No.) 12 is back there, he will make that offense go.”Opposing quarterbacks over the next three games aren’t Rodgers, but they’re better than what the Raiders have seen so far with the exception of Mahomes.Next up is Watson and the Houston Texans. Watson is coming off a 308-yard passing day in a loss to Indianapolis and has a top-flight target in DeAndre Hopkins.If the Raiders win, they’d come off their five-game road trip from hell at 4-3 overall and get five of the next seven at home. The Packers loss would be written off as Rodgers being Rodgers.But if Rodgers simply provided a blue print for which others will follow against the Raiders, finishing over .500 will be next to impossible.SEASON PASS DIGITAL OFFERIf you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites. With your support, we can continue bringing these stories — and much more — to your screens. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times. Raiders Straight Talk: Derek Carr speculation won’t stop any time soon Raiders’ Trent Brown goes to I.R., Jacobs won’t play against Chargers Boy gets caught in Black Hole frenzy, leaves with Derek Carr’s towel How 6-8 Raiders can still make NFL playoffs after 4-game losing streak Raiders Hudson, Brown make Pro Bowl; Waller, Jacobs do not The Raiders had just one sack, and it came from rookie defensive end Maxx Crosby in the first half. The best lick on Rodgers came from linebacker Nick Morrow on a blitz up the middle. Rodgers managed to get the ball away for an incomplete pass before being knocked to the turf in the end zone.Otherwise, it was mostly Rodgers hooking fish in a barrel, and he may as well have been on a captain’s chair in a bass boat. Rodgers was even better than Patrick Mahomes when he took the Raiders apart in the second quarter in Week 2 at the Coliseum.Therein lies the problem. Rodgers and Mahomes are the only two quarterbacks the Raiders have played who approach the elite level.Veteran Joe Flacco can’t get the Broncos going in Denver. Kirk Cousins was efficient without being spectacular in a run-first Minnesota attack. Brissett missed open throws in Indianapolis, his receivers dropped passes and he threw the game-deciding interception to Erik Harris, who returned it for a touchdown.Daniel of the Chicago Bears gifted the Raiders two interceptions in London where Morrow and Gareon Conley looked like intended receivers.Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Jones catches a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)Against the Packers, Daryl Worley and Conley were giving up big plays, and tight ends resumed their destruction against Raiders safeties. When it was over, the final game book didn’t have a defender getting his hands on a single pass.Which isn’t surprising given the time Rodgers had to pick and choose.“Today was the best pocket we’ve had all season,” Rodgers told reporters.He got no argument from Crosby, author of the lone sack.“Collectively, we didn’t get enough push up front,” Crosby said.  “We didn’t get in his face enough. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He did a good job. But defensively we hurt ourselves all game.”Like our Oakland Raiders Facebook page for more Raiders news, commentary and conversation. Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther will take some heat, but he can’t get his secondary closer to receivers or pass rushers to the quarterback simply by the power of suggestion. Whenever the Raiders did blitz, Rodgers seemed to find an open target. Blitzing is the solution for couch coordinators everywhere, yet suicide against quarterbacks like Rodgers, Tom Brady or Drew Brees.Now comes the part where the Raiders have to find a way to fix rush and coverage issues with 10 games still to play.There were Sunday reports from ESPN that the Raiders would “buyers” at the Oct. 29 trade deadline, seeking linebackers and pass rushers.Easier said than done. Players available at this point are there for a reason. Few teams trade a viable pass rusher, and if so, it’s because of big-time behavioral or contractual concerns.Related Articleslast_img read more

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Key facts about African swine fever

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Despite the Chinese government’s control efforts, the spread of African swine fever (ASF) continues in China. The official reports from the World Health Organization (OIE) now say there have been more than 40 cases confirmed in 11 provinces, including one in the far south of the country. Despite this geographic advance, some pig movement has been allowed to help with China’s domestic demand for pork.And, according to a recent Global Disease Monitoring Report by the Swine Health Information Center, Brazil has reported a case of classical swine fever (CSF) in their country. The Brazilian case, which was reported earlier this month, was in the country’s far north, which is not in a major pig-producing area. This part of Brazil was already not considered to be free of CSF.U.S. pork is not affected by the ASF outbreaks in other countries and is safe to eat.ASF does not affect humans and therefore is not a public health threat.Pork products from animals with ASF are safe to consume.The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has measures in place to prevent sick animals from entering the food supply.ASF virus is a highly contagious viral disease impacting only pigs, not people — so it is not a public health threat or food-safety concern.ASF cannot be transmitted to humans through contact with pigs or pork.Members of the pig family, including domestic wild pigs, are the only animals susceptible to the ASF virus.ASF can be transmitted to pigs through feeding of uncooked garbage containing contaminated pork products. The Swine Health Protection Act regulates the feeding of food waste containing any meat products to swine, ensuring that all food waste fed to swine is properly treated to kill any disease organisms.ASF is easily transmitted to other pigs through direct contact with infected pigs or their waste, contaminated clothing, feed, equipment and vehicles, and in some cases, by blood-sucking insects, including some tick species.Currently, there is no vaccine that protects against ASF.last_img read more

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Kolkata revives the romance of the Raj

first_imgTwo of Kolkata’s oldest colonial buildings, Currency Building and Metcalfe Hall, both built in the 19th century, will soon become museums and galleries showcasing art and urban history. The three-storied Currency Building in Dalhousie Square was built in 1833. Designed in the Italian style with Venetian windows and cast iron gates, its vaults and strong room once housed some of India’s oldest banks, including Agra Bank and the Reserve Bank of India. But now the western wing is all set to become the office of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). Once the NGMA moves in, the Currency Building will host an exhibition of sketches and sculptures by Ramkinkar Baij, a pioneer of modern Indian sculpture. “We are expecting that a portion of the Currency Building will be handed over to us by September. There are plans to have a large exhibition on Ramkinkar Baij,” said Adwaita Gadanayak, director general of NGMA. Archaeologists say the Currency Building was not a mint but a place where currency was kept. Till 1937, it was occupied by the RBI, after which it fell into neglect. Its central dome collapsed later. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) took over its upkeep in 2005. Barely 200 m away is Metcalfe Hall, with 30 Corinthian pillars built between 1840-1844. Located at the junction of Strand Road and Hare Street, it draws its name from Lord Metcalfe, the Governor General of India in 1835-36. It is in this structure that the city’s history will come alive as the ‘Calcutta to Kolkata’ exhibition. Renovation dilemma The ASI grappled with the question whether to rebuild the Currency Building’s dome, but decided to keep the existing structure. In Metcalfe Hall, it shifted one lakh books for repair work. “The exhibitions will bring them back to life,” said G. Maheswari, Superintend- ing Archaeologist, ASI, Kolkata circle.last_img read more

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SRCC wrestling venue deadline hits a dead end

first_imgThe sole Commonwealth Games (CWG) training venue for women wrestlers at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) won’t be ready on time.The SRCC stadium has Delhi University (DU) officials and members of the CWG Organising Committee (OC) worried as it is expected to be ready only by September end.Participants, ironically, are scheduled to arrive on September 23. “About 20 per cent of the work is incomplete. It should be over by September 30,” said an OC member on the condition of anonymity. The SRCC stadium, however, has not been scrapped as a training venue.”The two other training facilities at the Games Villages and the Ludlo Castle, respectively, are ready and the wrestlers can practise there till the SRCC work is complete. Wrestlers with events scheduled after October 6 will be able to use this stadium,” the OC member added.The stadium, which is one out of the total three training venues designated for wrestling, is a project that missed several deadlines and has cost the exchequer close to Rs 18 crore.Built on the area where SRCC’s badminton, basketball and tennis court used to be, the stadium has a seating capacity of 1,200 and spans an area of 3,500 square metres.Though its tender was awarded to Engineers India Limited in early 2008, the work began only in April last year. The project has missed several deadlines since. Its last extended deadline was July 15.The delay has been blamed on incessant rainfall this year. “I am under the impression that the agency will be able to complete the work perfectly well if there is a dry spell of three to four days. Let’s be optimistic as it’s a matter of national pride and I am sure everything will fall in place in time,” Dinesh Singh, pro vice-chancellor, Delhi University, said.advertisementAuthorities said over 500 labourers had been working day and night for the past one week to ensure completion of the work before the participants arrive.While the inside of the stadium looked almost complete when MAIL TODAY visited the venue on Thursday (the maple wood flooring was incomplete and seats were not in place yet), the exterior and the surrounding areas were nothing close to being ready. The contractors on the site, however, claimed that just five per cent of the work was left and that the venue would be handed over to the OC by September 20.The college staff, however, are not too happy with the quality and progress of the work. “The agency has deputed hundreds of labourers on the site, but has made no toilet facility for them.The labourers defecate and relieve themselves in the drain that runs along the road leading up to the SRCC faculty and staff quarters. That apart, the constant digging has destroyed the road completely,” S. K. Chaudhury, an SRCC faculty member said.last_img read more

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