LONDON (AP):New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum has given evidence in a London court alleging the former star allrounder Chris Cairns approached him with a “business proposition” that involved match fixing.Former New Zealand international Cairns is accused of lying during a libel action against Indian Premier League founder Lalit Modi and is facing charges of perjury and perverting the course of justice.McCullum and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting are among the cricketers who have been called to give evidence.Britain’s Press Association reported yesterday that McCullum told the Southwark Crown Court he was in Kolkata, India in April 2008 when he received a phone call from Cairns, who wanted to discuss a business proposition and asked him to meet at his hotel.McCullum said he was shocked when Cairns laid out the plan, saying he thought of the former New Zealand allrounder “as a friend I looked up to and someone I trust”.He said Cairns asked him if he knew anything about spot fixing in cricket, which is where players can manipulate the scoring rate either as a bowler or a batsman.”I was shocked. I sort of thought he may have been joking, but I quickly became aware that he was not joking. He said that everybody is doing it; all the big boys are doing it. Will you take it on?” McCullum was quoted as saying.McCullum said he rejected the approach in a later phone call, saying: “I wish I had said no straight away. I could not comprehend that Chris would put me in a position which would risk my future in the game.”In 2010, Modi used a social media account to accuse Cairns of fixing a game in the now defunct Indian Cricket League, a rival Twenty20 competition to the IPL, in 2008.Cairns sued Modi in London for libel and was awarded damages but is now subject to the perjury action.
A 13-year-old girl is now on life support at the Georgetown Public Hospital after she was struck down on the Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD) access road on Sunday afternoon.Battling for her life is Nandraine Budram, of Lot 250 Parfaite Harmonie, who was struck down around 15:30h.Reports are that the teen was riding a bicycle in the opposite direction of minibus BWW 1663 being driven by Troy Allen of Bagotville, WBD, when the accident occurred.According to reports, the minibus was proceeding north along the eastern side of the road while the cyclist who was proceeding in the opposite direction on the said eastern side, allegedly rode across the road from east to west into the path of the bus.Budram was subsequently hit and received injuries to her head.She was quickly picked up and rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH), where she was treated and later transferred to Georgetown Public Hospital, where she was placed on life support.Allen was taken into Police custody as investigations continue.
A fisherman, who allegedly chopped his drinking partner during a night out, was taken before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday.Calvin MurrayCalvin Murray of Waramuri Village, Moruca, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini), appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly where he denied committing the act.The charge stated that on September 2, 2019, at Waramuri Village, Moruca, North West District, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Shane Peters with intent to maim, disfigure, disable or cause grievous bodily harm.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh informed the court that on September 2, the Virtual Complainant and the 27-year-old man went to a birthday party, however, after consuming a quantity of alcohol, they became intoxicated. The prosecution’s case is contending that at about 22:45h, the two men got into a heated argument, which resulted in the defendant leaving. He later returned, armed with a cutlass.Murray allegedly attacked the Virtual Compliant with the cutlass and dealt him several chops to his left leg.The VC was then rushed to the Kumaka District Hospital but due to the severity of his injuries, he was later transferred to Suddie Regional Hospital, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), where he remains a patient.The prosecutor further objected to bail, informing the court that the VC is still hospitalised and is in a serious condition. The Magistrate upheld the prosecution’s submission and remanded Murray to prison. The case will continue on September 9, 2019.
India’s 69th Republic DayAs Guyana joined in on celebrations to commemorate the 69th Republic Day anniversary of India, the two countries have committed to further strengthen already strong ties which have seen cooperation in areas such as infrastructure, agriculture and capacity building. Going forward, however, the two States expressed eagerness over the collaboration in emerging sectors, specifically Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and renewable energy.A section of the gathering including People’s Progressive Party members at the reception held at the Marriott Hotel to commemorate the 69th Republic anniversary of IndiaDuring a reception held on Friday evening at the Marriott Hotel, Indian High Commissioner Venkatachalam Mahalingam posited that this year the two countries will be celebrating 50 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties, and India has been paying keen interest to Guyana’s commitment towards solving the environmental issues and climate change through its “Green Economy” initiative.In response, President David Granger said Guyana looks forward to intensifying its cooperation with India in order to advance its green development agenda.“We are heartened by India’s offer to develop Guyana’s renewable energy resources in accord with our ‘Green State Development Strategy.’ Guyana welcomes India’s offer to assist in reforming the sugar industry and to enhance trade, investment and collaboration in the fields of agriculture, education, mining and renewable energy, among others.”According to the Head of State, the Guyana-India relations are founded, unshakably, on mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for treaties and international law and the maintenance of international peace and security – principles expressed universally in the Sanskrit words ‘panch sheel’, meaning ‘five virtues.’“India continues to contribute to Guyana’s economic development. Our two Republics have signed agreements for development projects in the fields of education, drainage and irrigation, health-care, information communications technology and transportation, among others. The threat of climate change is real for low-lying coastal states. Guyana, although, a negligible contributor to global carbon emissions, remains committed to working with countries such as India to find solutions to this global threat. The two states have been bound by ties of blood and history for nearly one hundred and fifty years since May 5, 1838, when Indian indentured immigrants first began to arrive in British Guiana,” President Granger said.Meanwhile, High Commissioner Mahalingam noted that having enjoyed excellent relations both in bilateral and multi-lateral fronts, ties between Guyana and India have been guided by shared commonalities in terms of the same colonial past and freedom struggle, and both being multi-racial and multi-cultural societies.According to the Indian Diplomat, the areas of cooperation between the two countries are based solely on priorities defined by policymakers in Guyana.To this end, he highlighted ongoing developmental projects such as by-pass Road between East Coast Demerara and East Bank Demerara, Upgrading of the three primary hospitals, supply of an ocean-going passenger ferry, procurement of pumps and the setting up of an IT Centre at the University of Guyana.However, he noted that while these projects have seen progress over the past year, trade between the two countries does not enjoy the same.“The total trade between India and Guyana is hovering around US$35 million during the recent years, which is far below potential and we are striving hard to enhance the bilateral trade engagement and also investment opportunities in Guyana in the fields such as agriculture, education, mining, renewable energy, etc,” the High Commissioner noted.Nevertheless, Mahalingam said both India and Guyana are committed to promote universal peace, equitable economic development and peaceful solution to the problems being faced by the humanity.Additionally, in observance of the Republic anniversary on Friday, the Indian Mission here hosted a flag raising ceremony in the morning at the Indian Cultural Centre where High Commissioner Mahalingam read a statement from India’s President Shri Ram Nath Kovind.Reflecting on the progress of the country, Kovind said the country must strive to build the edifice of a better India, where each and every citizen can realise their full potential so that the country can reach its deserved pedestal in the 21st century.
“We have a first indication of seas that dwarf the lakes seen previously,” said Jonathan Lunine, Cassini interdisciplinary scientist at the University of Arizona. The existence of these seas further marks Titan as an active world, ripe with possibilities for future explorations into the origin of life and the nature of atmospheres, Lunine said. Plus, “being an old science-fiction fan, there is nothing like finding a place with a little bit of action,” he said. Titan is the second-largest moon in the solar system and is about 50 percent larger than Earth’s moon. It is also one of the few bodies in the solar system that has a significant atmosphere, one that is denser than the Earth’s. While scientists have known Titan’s atmosphere emits methane since the 1980s, the source of the gas had long been a mystery. For years, Lunine was convinced large methane-filled oceans would be found on Saturn’s moon. LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE – A Jet Propulsion Laboratory-operated spacecraft has uncovered evidence of several giant, liquid-filled seas on Saturn’s largest moon. The Cassini probe has returned to Earth images of gaping dark spots on Titan’s northern pole, which scientists believe are filled with liquid methane or ethane. The biggest of these features measures 39,000 square miles, larger than any of North America’s Great Lakes, JPL officials said. Until now, Cassini has only returned images of small lakes. “This isn’t a bad consolation prize, though,” he said, referring to the seas. Still, there has to be a larger source of methane that scientists have yet to find, said Lunine, who suspects it will be discovered coming from Titan’s interior. There should be enough data gathered by 2009 to make that determination, he said. “There are some people that don’t get excited about anything, but most people get very excited about places that are similar to the Earth in some way – but yet very exotic,” he said. The place that best fits that description? “Titan is probably it,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 578-6300 Ext. 4494160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Pogba is thought to be available for around £60m 1 Juventus are considering selling Paul Pogba this summer in order to sanction moves for Edinson Cavani and Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante.Clubs across Europe are chasing Pogba, including Manchester City and Chelsea, and Juve are preparing themselves for a number of offers for their star man.According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Old Lady remain keen on keeping hold of the Frenchman but will be tempted to sell if they receive an offer in the region of £60m.The Serie A side already have a contingency plan in place should they decide to sell Pogba and that will involve a pursuit of Kante.Kante’s displays for Premier League leaders Leicester this season have caught the eyes of a number of clubs in Europe and Juve believe they can prise him away from the King Power Stadium.Wantaway Paris Saint-Germain striker Cavani is also on Juve’s radar, but the French champions will only be willing to negotiate a deal that involves Pogba coming the other way.
Johannesburg, Thursday 27 August 2015 – Brand South Africa earlier this month conducted training at the Lebombo port of entry with officials from the Department of Home Affairs.• Download press releaseBrand South Africa has been working closely with the Department of Home Affairs since the beginning of the year, training officials on issues related to reputation management and why this impacts on the strength of the South African nation brand and the country’s competitiveness. Immigration officials are the first point of contact for visitors to South Africa and they play a crucial role in shaping perceptions about the country.The training included insights from the National Perceptions Audit, conducted by Brand South Africa. The study aims to measure perceptions of South Africans in relation to the nation brand and results in an assessment of pride and patriotism, active citizenship and social cohesion in the country.The officials were also informed about Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part programme that calls on all South Africans to become active citizens. Play Your Part is a nationwide campaign, driven by Brand South Africa, created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. Home Affairs officials are encouraged to play their part by providing professional and efficient services to visitors to the country.
Metadata tagging and data repostoreis are being integrated into SOA tool vendor products at a rapid pace. The premise for why they’re doing this is that today’s SOA landscape consists of many reusable Web Services that can’t be easily found, and once located, require a lot more information to use than what’s available in something like a raw WSDL.The companies that are adding metadata repositories include BEA Systems with their acqusition of the FlashLine metadata repository. webMethods acquired Cerebra for embedding into their Fabric product. And IBM has announced that they plan to develop the Service Registry and Repository component for WebSphere.One idea given for the addition of metadata repostories is that software reuse of services is being roadblocked because service components are not easily discoverable. While Web Service discovery is probably a Use Case that is sure to become more important as adoption of SOA picks up, and for companies that have adopted large-scale SOA this may be an issue, but finding out what services are available is usually not the problem. Today most companies using SOA don’t have a list of services like saleforce.com’s AppExchange. Most companies are more often than not still in the pilot-program stage, but that is sure to change as more and more Web-Service-based applications are developed.The value today of metadata repositories is to better document usage and system relationships of the services. More often than not web services are being ‘discovered’ today from comments and discussions that come up during meetings or in email, and when word gets out that XYZ services are being used on project A, then project B people want to be able to use those services too. But how? And who has permission to access them? And are there examples for how to use them? And what kind of dependencies exist between them? Where is the data coming from and how real-time is it? How can users/developers be notified if the interface or internal service logic of a service is changed or updated?Providing detailed usage information and governance policies for the services offers great value. WSDLs were not designed to hold that kind of information and the UDDI concept hasn’t really caught on. As SOA deployments grow in size and complexity tools like those offered by Metadata repositories will be ready.
During snowy winters, many northern homes are plagued by ice dams. If your house suffers from wet ceilings during the winter, you may be ready to call up a contractor. Be careful, though: since most contractors don’t understand the causes of ice dams, they often suggest the wrong solution.Ice dams form when a home’s escaping heat warms the roof sheathing and melts the underside of the snow layer on the roof. Water trickles down the roof until it reaches the cold roofing over the eaves, where it freezes. After a while, the ice at the eaves gets thicker and thicker, forming an ice dam. Eventually, water backs up behind the ice dam. If the water reservoir is large enough, it can back up under the roof shingles and damage ceilings. (Image #4, below, depicts the complicated shape of a typical ice dam more accurately than the simplified drawings in Images #2 and #3.)The four possible solutions to ice damming are:While the first two of these solutions can reduce or eliminate the problem, the last two solutions are the equivalent of waving a white flag and admitting defeat.Most ice dams are caused by flaws in a home’s air barrier. If escaping indoor air finds its way to the underside of the roof sheathing during the winter, the heated air raises the temperature of the sheathing. That’s bad.One energy expert who made a career of correcting ice-dam problems was the late Tony Woods, a Canadian physicist and founder of CanAm Building Envelope Specialists in Mississauga, Ontario. After diagnosing problems in hundreds of homes, Woods knew from experience that most ice dams were caused by air leaks.I interviewed Woods a few years ago for an article in Energy Design Update. “You can’t say to the consumers,… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.