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Suspect for court today

Suspect for court today

first_img13-year-old murdered in CorentyneThe suspect in the killing of the Corentyne teen is expected to appear in a Berbice court today to face the capital charge.This was disclosed by Acting Crime Chief Hugh Jessamy on Wednesday.Dead: Akeem GrimmondJessamy told Guyana Times that investigators were not able to get a confession from the accused, but based on circumstantial evidence, he was charged.The partly decomposed body of 13-year-old Akeem Grimmond, of No 61 Village, Corentyne, Berbice, was discovered in a drain last Monday, behind a cemetery at Number 62 Village about 300 metres from his home. He had gone missing last Saturday.After Grimmond went missing, the wife of an associate told the Police that her husband had reported to her that he had killed the teenager and had planned to purchase biscuits and coffee to give to his parents for a wake.Following the revelation, Police arrested Terani Goolsarran, also called “Brozer” of Number 62 Village. However, he denied killing Grimmond.Jessamy said that there was enough circumstantial evidence to give weight to the charge.The former Bush Lot Secondary School student leaves to mourn a sister, mother and step-father.Eight years ago, Grimmond’s father disappeared in the backdam. His remains were discovered eight months after.last_img read more

Brazil’s World Cup-winning captain Carlos Alberto passes away at the age of 72

Brazil’s World Cup-winning captain Carlos Alberto passes away at the age of 72

first_imgBrazilian football legend Carlos Alberto has died at the age of 72.Alberto captained Brazil to World Cup glory in 1970 and scored one of the greatest goals in the tournament’s history in the 4-1 final victory over Italy.[WATCH the sensational goal against Italy here]The full-back won 53 caps in total, scoring eight times, and also enjoyed major success at club level in his homeland with Fluminense and Santos.He spent the longest spell of his career at Santos – eight years – playing alongside Pele and making 445 appearances for the club. Later in his career, he linked up with Pele again in America at the New York Cosmos.A statement on the official Santos website read: “Santos FC regrets the death of the idol Carlos Alberto Torres, who was 72 years old.“He played 445 matches and scored 40 goals in the 1965 period to 1975, and is considered the best right-back in the history of Praiano Alvinegro. The club had decreed official mourning three days.”The cause of Alberto’s death could not immediately be confirmed. 1last_img read more

Senate could save medical-field funds

Senate could save medical-field funds

first_imgIn her 25 years at UCLA, Pratt has seen minority enrollment increase nearly 20 percent, largely thanks to the HCOP program.While UCLA no longer receives federal funding for the program, she doesn’t understand why anyone would want to get rid of a program that benefits everyone.“When you train these physicians, they are more willing to go back to their disadvantaged communities,” Pratt said.“They have connections to those communities and when they go back, it enhances the welfare and well-being of the people living in those communities.”And the numbers continue to show a severe underepresentation of minorities in health care. In 2005, black and Latino medical school graduates in California totaled about 2,000 combined, while whites had more than 10,000 graduates and Asians had 3,300.Joe Disbennett, director of recruitment and staffing services for the Southern California region of Kaiser Permanente, said the program addresses a specific need for cultural awareness as much as medical competency.“There is a shortage, period, of direct patient-care employees, but especially in minority populations,” he said. “I anticipate as the shortage worsens the disparity will be worse.”For Valladares, the impact goes beyond a job. A cousin who made it into college had to drop out because he couldn’t afford it. If the HCOP program remains, Valladares will become the first member of his family to graduate.“I really just want to make my family proud.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Francisco Valladares wakes early each morning in the one-bedroom apartment he shares with his mom, and prepares for his 45-minute commute to California State University, Los Angeles.The 22-year-old sits in classes with few familiar faces, and even less familiar material. Valladares wants to become a physical therapist, a hard feat for a son of Salvadoran immigrants, but he said he has been empowered.“The program pointed me in the direction of a career in medicine and gave me the inspiration I needed,” Valladares said.The Health Careers Opportunity Program is a federal program designed to recruit and assist disadvantaged students, many of them minorities, in the medical field. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2But federal funding may be cut, leaving him and hundreds of other minority candidates in the health care field without access at a time when medical facilities are critically short of qualified workers, many in minority communities.The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee recommended earlier this month that the HCOP program, the only federal program dedicated to the recruitment of minorities and disadvantaged students into the medical field, be eliminated. Health advocates and participants of the HCOP program hope that Senate counterparts, scheduled to take up the program today, won’t agree with the recommendation.“There are a lot of promising students who have the desire and ability to do many things, but the problem is the inequities in their primary and secondary education,” said Patricia Pratt, director of academic enrichment and outreach at the Geffen School of Medicine.“These students are not prepared to take advantage of the pre-med education, and the program expands their fund of knowledge,” she said.Pratt, who was recruited by UCLA in 1981 to work with the HCOP program on the West L.A. campus, said the results for her were “superb.”last_img read more

Off to an exciting start

Off to an exciting start

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe radio station’s visit to Norwalk High was part of the JoJo Jam Tour, an annual concert that has been held at larger venues like Knott’s Berry Farm for the past seven years. This year, Wright said, he wanted to “slap some newness” on the event by taking the tour on the road. So last month, Wright challenged his listeners to a text-messaging competition. Three winning Southland schools – the two others were in Orange County and the San Fernando Valley – each earned a stop on the JoJo Jam 2006 Tour. Norwalk High students submitted the most text messages from among thousands of high school students, winning an on-campus concert with performances by artists Brown Boy and Frankie J. “It’s just out of the norm,” Wright said. “You don’t get a full-on production pulling into your school every day.” Sophomore Desirae Flores, 15, said she took part in the text-messaging contest. “I wanted to get Frankie J and Brown Boy here,” she said. “It kind of brings the school together and it gets kids to want to start coming and to get involved,” added senior Molly Yriarte, 17. araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: 9/06: JoJo visits Norwalk High • Video: 9/06: JoJo visits Norwalk High NORWALK – Elizabeth Sandoval’s first full day as a senior at Norwalk High School couldn’t have been any better. Sandoval, 17, stood in the school’s quad Wednesday as JoJo “JoJo on the Radio” Wright, a KIIS-FM disc jockey, made his way onto a stage. “For KIIS-FM to come down to Norwalk, it’s really great,” said Sandoval’s friend, Alex Terrazas, a junior. “Not a lot of stuff like this happens in Norwalk.” last_img read more

Hull sack manager Leonid Slutsky

Hull sack manager Leonid Slutsky

first_imgHull have parted company with head coach Leonid Slutsky six months after appointing him as the English Football League’s first Russian boss.Slutsky, 46, who replaced Marco Silva at the KCOM Stadium in June, has won only four of his 19 Sky Bet Championship games in charge.Saturday’s draw at Sheffield Wednesday left the Tigers, relegated from the Premier League last season, 20th in the table, three points above the bottom three.The club confirmed Slutsky’s departure in a statement and also said head of club strategy Oleg Yarovinsky had left his role at the KCOM Stadium.Tigers vice-chairman Ehab Allam said: “Leonid has worked tirelessly in his role and has acted with complete honour and been a pleasure to work with. Unfortunately results have not improved as both parties would have hoped and therefore it was agreed for the relationship to come to an end.“I would like to thank Leonid and Oleg for their efforts here and sincerely wish them well for the future.”Slutsky said: “I would like to really thank everyone associated with Hull City from the players and staff to the owner and especially the fans.“I am very proud to have been through this experience, it was challenging but a very exciting time for me.“Hull City will always be a part of my heart and I wish the team all the very best for the future.”Former CSKA Moscow boss Slutsky, Russia’s head coach at Euro 2016, was widely considered a wise choice when appointed by Hull’s owners, Assem and Ehab Allam, following Silva’s departure to Watford.Slutsky, a good friend of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, won three Russian league titles with CSKA and revealed he had spent five months learning English on his arrival in East Yorkshire.Hull added that the process to recruit a new head coach was under way, with former Southampton and Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins linked as a possible replacement for Slutsky. The Tigers sit three points above the Championship relegation zone 1last_img read more

Judge: Cable lawsuit not viable

Judge: Cable lawsuit not viable

first_img“It’s totally ridiculous,” he said. “I’m outraged the court doesn’t think that’s intentional infliction of emotional distress.” There would be no point in going back to state court, he added. Charter has refused to comment on the lawsuit, other than to say it believes the action is “frivolous.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’In addition, she said, some of the charges date back to 2001, meaning they are past the statute of limitations. White might have a breach of contract case, Snyder said, but she added that the total amount in claims does not meet the $75,000 federal threshold for damages. “You’ve got to go back to state court,” she told White. In their suit, the Whites claimed Charter Communications billed them for numerous adult programs – at $10.99 each – they never ordered. The charges first appeared on his bills in 2001, then again in 2006. White said the charges caused members of his family to accuse each other of ordering the programming, resulting in arguments. White said he was disappointed by Snyder’s comments, in part because the judge did not acknowledge his assertion that Charter had intentionally added the charges to his bill. WHITTIER – A Whittier man’s $2 million lawsuit accusing Charter Communications of illegally billing him for dozens of adult programs he never ordered is likely to be dismissed, a U.S. District Court judge said Monday. After hearing arguments, Judge Christina Snyder took the case under submission. But Snyder made it clear to William White, who was representing himself in his lawsuit, that she does not believe White has a viable case against the cable giant. “I just can’t conceive of any set of facts that would give the ability to set your claim and prevail,” Snyder said. Snyder agreed that the billings might have created problems for White, his wife Rosalie, who joined him as a plaintiff in the suit, and their children. But she said White was stretching the point by suing for intentional infliction of emotional distress. last_img read more

MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS COMING TO LOUISVILLE PALACE JAN. 31

MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS COMING TO LOUISVILLE PALACE JAN. 31

first_imgFamed rap duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have churned out chart toppers with hits “Thrift Shop,” “Can’t Hold Us,” and the latest sensation, “Downtown.” They will be in town next year to spend an evening with fans at the Louisville Palace on January 31.Part of the duo’s appeal is their innovation and reliance on ideas and lyrics that go against much of hip-hop’s traditional swagger. “Thrift Shop” talks of a penchant for secondhand clothes, while the Heist song “Same Love” features singer-songwriter Mary Lambert in a celebration of same-sex unions. The two musicians have become a powerhouse in delivering lyrics with a strong message accompanied by infectious musical beats. The pair was nominated for seven Grammy awards at the 56th Annual Grammys, winning four awards, including Best New Artist,  Best Rap Album (The Heist), Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Performance (“Thrift Shop”). Macklemore and Ryan Lewis hadn’t released a new album since the incredibly successful Heist. Now, with a new album coming up that already has hits on the charts, this tour already has a high demand.Tickets are $49.50-$70.00 in advance. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. – Doors open at 7:00 p.m. All ages are welcome. Service charges not included on ticket prices. Tickets subject to price increases day of show. Tickets may be purchased at www.louisvillepalace.com or at The Louisville Palace Box Office, 625 South Fourth Street. Box office hours are Monday – Friday, 12pm to 5pm.last_img read more

Bob Hood, 62

Bob Hood, 62

first_imgBob Hood, age 62 of Salem, passed away Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 11:16 pm, in Baptist Health Floyd.He was born June 9, 1954 in Spokane, Washington, had been a resident of Washington County for most of his life and was a 1972 graduate of Salem High School.He served during the Vietnam War as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army, retired in 2016 from the Manitowoc Beverage Company in Sellersburg and was co-owner of Past N Present by Michelle in Salem. He married December 23, 2006 to Michelle (Keith) Hood, who survives.Also surviving are: His children: Kimberly (Mike) Harrison of Charlotte North Carolina, Bobby (Lindsey) Hood of Rineyville, Kentucky, Tyler Hood, Townville Pennsyvania, Nichole (Jeremiah) Graham of Lafayette, Indiana and Kyle Clark of Oaklawn Illinois; 1 Brother: Rick (Kim) Hood, Stafford, Virginia; 1 Sister: Suzn Webster, Salem and 6 grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Doris Hood.Memorial Service: 7:00 pm Sunday at Dawalt Funeral Home. Visitation: 2 to 7 pm Sunday.Memorial Contributions: Washington County Humane Society/Salem Animal Shelter 204 Joseph Street Salem, Indiana 47167.last_img read more

One small bag makes a big difference

One small bag makes a big difference

first_imgJordan van der Walt’s campaign is now two years old and has helped to feed thousands of children. Prof Jonathan Jansen and Jordan, one of his mother’s favourite photos(Images: Lynn van der Walt) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lynn van der Walt   Jordan’s mother   +27 82 608 0199 RELATED ARTICLES • Fighting hunger on wheels • Help street kids the responsible way • Feeding bodies and brains • SA’s women farmers root out hungerLucille DavieHe’s only 12 years old and has already picked up several awards for his philanthropy. He’s Jordan van der Walt and his initiative has fed a million hungry tummies in two years.Jordan, a pupil at St John’s Preparatory College in Houghton, Johannesburg, started a school feeding campaign called Just One Bag back in March 2011, which has seen 100 tons of South African food staple mealie meal delivered to schools all over the country.It started after calls for the annual Easter egg collection to be made at the school – the donations would be delivered to underprivileged schools. But Jordan had a better idea – based on a documentary he’d seen stating that three-million children in South Africa go to school hungry each day, he felt that Easter eggs wouldn’t make a difference to those children and suggested to his principal, Patrick Lees, that instead of Easter eggs, perhaps each boy could bring a bag of mealie meal instead.Lees didn’t hesitate. Posters went up around the school, reminders were written in diaries, and bulk text messages were sent out. In just a few weeks five tons of meal were collected.Lees then challenged other schools in Johannesburg to join the campaign. “The response was overwhelming,” he said on Cape Talk radio.By the end of 2011 50 schools had committed to Just One Bag, 30 of them in Johannesburg, involving 30 000 children.It wasn’t long before the big food chains, like Spar and Pick n Pay, got involved, delivering truckloads of meal to the school. Soon truck companies came to the party and distributed the food to schools.Young philanthropist“Jordan has the biggest heart and he really cares for everyone. I am so proud of him and we are very honoured to have Jordan at St John’s,” said Lees.In 2012 the youngster received the Inyathelo Award for Children in Philanthropy, given by the South African Institute for Advancement, a non-profit trust promoting philanthropy. He said when accepting the award: “My project came about because of a feeling that I had in my heart, and when it comes to giving or helping, I believe that feeling is important – it has to come from within. We can think and devise all sorts of nice things to do for people, but if they don’t come from the heart, I feel that they are meaningless.”Jordan’s mother Lynn says he just wanted to show that children can make a difference. “He doesn’t understand the big fuss when you are helping children or people with food. How can we award people for giving?”She says Jordan has always been a generous child, giving to those less fortunate at every opportunity. “He is just a very loving, giving person. We are proud of him.”Television and radio appearances followed, and in December 2012 Jordan was named LeadSA’s Hero of the Month. LeadSA is a Primedia initiative, launched in August 2010, that encourages South Africans to “make a difference, do the right thing, stand up.”“It’s taught me that giving is supposed to be part of life and that we should all give and that no matter how big or small your idea is, always go and talk to an adult or your headmaster and tell them about your idea,” Jordan told Talk Radio 702’s John Robbie in an interview, just after receiving his Lead SA award.In December 2012 he was invited to talk to the University of Free State‘s medical graduates by its distinguished vice rector Prof Jonathan Jansen.He nervously stood in front of 3 000 students and said: “And so my challenge to you wonderful and talented graduates is to go out into South Africa and serve. Do it from the heart because you have a feeling inside you that makes you want to serve. Don’t do it for me, don’t do it for anyone else, do it for yourself because your heart tells you to.”He told them not to think that because they were now doctors, their role was to “become rich, drive fancy cars and live in big houses”. Instead they should be thinking differently about being a doctor. “The only way that you are going to enjoy it and live a fulfilling life is if you want to take on the profession for the right reasons and you do it with your heart.”Children helping childrenIn April 2012 Jordan was invited to speak to three schools in Bloemfontein, Free State. He told the pupils: “We can change the world for the better, even if it’s just the little girl or boy who you see every day on your way to school playing in the dust and being forced to beg for money or something to eat, make them an extra sandwich, donate your old clothes and toys and think for just one minute how you would feel if you had to go without many of the luxuries we all too often take for granted.“Children helping children, let’s show South Africans what we can do, let’s take a stand and make a difference.”Jordan says modestly when asked about the response to his drive: “I wasn’t expecting so many people to help with the project. Thank you for helping me.”Asked about being famous, he says: “I don’t feel it should be about me and being famous. All I want to do is to help children.”On the future of the campaign, Jordan says he wants “more children to help children”.His main ambition is to become a lawyer, but also to play sport.last_img read more

Meet The New Pebble Time—Though Getting One Will Take … Time

Meet The New Pebble Time—Though Getting One Will Take … Time

first_imgYou Think Your Employees WANT to Wear That Devi… Related Posts adriana lee Tags:#Pebble#Pebble Time#smartwatch#wearable devices#wearable tech Don’t call Pebble’s new smartwatch platform a reboot. That implies scrapping the old and ushering in the new. Consider the new software and its new companion product, dubbed Pebble Time, a progression of the Pebbles that came before.The old models aren’t going anywhere. They’re just going to be joined by something a bit flashier.That flash comes from the color display, on-screen animations and a brand-new microphone—all stuffed into a device that’s 20% thinner, founder Eric Migicovsky told me. Even better, he says the device “still has a 7-day battery life,” like the previous Pebble watches. See also: What Pebble Needs To Get Right With Its New Smartwatch PlatformThere’s a lot to unpack with the announcements, both for consumers and the software developers that make up Pebble’s life blood. Its existing ecosystem is populated by thousands of watch faces and apps, and by the company’s count, it has sold a million watches so far. To evolve, Pebble has to move carefully—updating its technology and products without leaving its existing customers and developers in the lurch. Here’s what Pebble has in store for its next phase. Time For A New SmartwatchFirst things first: The new Pebble Time isn’t available yet. In fact, Pebble will once again take orders via Kickstarter, with the first hardware shipping in May. (Details below.)But expect some surprises when you do see it. “This is the largest change we’ve made to our product line since we launched on Kickstarter the first time,” Migicovsky said, referring to his 2012 campaign that raised more than $10 million.The original Pebble featured a two-tone e-paper display, similar to those found on Kindle e-readers. Such screens are legible in daylight with minimal battery drain. Although basic, they were somewhat charmingly so.Now those charms have worn thin—particularly as rivals emerge with beautiful high-definition displays. Pebble Time now comes armed with a palette too. There’s still no comparison with HD displays, of course, but the color e-paper screen still preserves the battery, allowing the display to stay on at all times. It also helps the smoother animations Pebble now offers, which look more appealing in color than in grayscale. On the inside, the biggest change is a new microphone. I previously wondered if Pebble would integrate speech; practically all of the major smartwatches do, and the Apple Watch will, thanks to Siri. Now Pebble Time will be the company’s first model to offer voice features. The device will support five languages to start—including English, French and Spanish, with others, such as Chinese, planned in the future.See also: How Pebble Became The Cheapest Android Smartwatch AroundMaking calls from the wrist, however, is not on the menu. “We’ve decided not to offer that functionality,” said Migicovsky. “There’s no speaker on the watch either. We did it mainly to emphasize what the best use-case is in the early days—being able to send quick voice responses or take voice notes.”The team is working on the ability to send short audio clips, though, and creative app developers might be able to use speech in other ways. They’ll “get an open API in the future, so that anyone can build apps on top of that,” he said. The new Pebble—like the old one—will still last about a week, Migicovsky claims. (In my own real-world experience, the original Pebble tends to go for roughly 5 days between charges.) Of course, your results may vary. If you run animation-intensive applications all the time, Migicovsky admits you’ll probably zap that battery.Pebble Time will also remain fully water-resistant—no small feat, considering it has a microphone—and comes with a sensor array that includes an accelerometer (for movement) and a magnetometer (for a compass).On the outside, the watch features a curved body to fit the wrist, rounded corners, a Gorilla Glass display, a stainless steel bezel, a new hardware port that allows sensor and fitness accessory makers to connect directly with the device, and a silicon watchband sized at a standard 22mm, so people can change it out easily using the quick-release pin in the strap. OK, Pebble: Notify MeOne of the Pebble’s longstanding annoyances has been the number of button presses necessary just to get to certain apps and other functions. The new software aims to improve on that—in part by shifting away from a focus on apps to one that highlights chronological notifications.“[The smartwatch] has notifications, apps and watch faces,” Migicovsky said. “It’s good and simple, but when you add more apps, features and notifications, it gets overwhelming.” This is the vexing problem of growing an open platform that could bring forth hundreds, even thousands, of functions. But without an efficient way of navigating that, things can quickly become a frustrating mess, especially on a teeny tiny screen sitting on your wrist. See also: Pebble Leaked Image Supposedly Reveals New LookUltimately, Pebble decided on a structure befitting a watch: a timeline. “Instead of having individual apps, we’ve extracted the information from those apps that are relevant to you in your normal day,” Migicovsky said. The new Pebble software now pulls in data based on chronology for contextually aware features. Users can call up activities that just happened, future events and data relevant at the present time by pressing respective up, down and middle buttons on the watch. The information can include yesterday’s step count, tomorrow’s appointments and the current weather, as well as travel plans, reminders, news, reservations and other data.“You see the past view, and you can scroll up to see what just happened,” said Migicovsky. “The really cool animations is what we’re calling the present feed, which is the new app menu.” Once within a particular area, users can scroll through different types of data. “Thanks to a new widget view, each app can actually display a little bit of information in the menu screen, so users don’t have to actually have to go over to the app itself,” he said. The new software will come with a new software developers kit, though Pebble hasn’t announced a specific release date yet. But it will be available soon, he said—a matter of “days or weeks, not months.” When it arrives, developers will be able to support the new Timeline, the new color screen, animations and voice features. Pebble’s new Android Wear support will extend to the new operating system as well, and even Web developers will get access to Timeline. “They no longer have to write apps that run on Pebble, and they no longer have to run Android or iOS apps,” he said. “They can write it entirely in Web languages, and interact with an OAuth-based, http end client.” The software will also be backward compatible, running the 6,500 apps and watch faces currently in Pebble’s app store. As for current Pebble smartwatches—including the original plastic versions and the premium steel model—the company is working to bring the new OS to those older devices. Pebble returns to Kickstarter to launch the new Pebble Time beginning Tuesday with pledges starting at $159. (After the campaign, the full retail price will be $199.) The device—available in red, white or black—supports iPhones, including the 4s and newer models running current versions of iOS 8, plus Android smartphones running version 4.0 and later, which covers devices by Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG, Google, Motorola, Xiaomi and others. The campaign will end in late March and begin shipping in the latter part of May. With the Apple Watch’s debut in April, smartwatch customers will soon have a bevy of choices. But that suits Migicovsky just fine. “I think it’s going to be extraordinarily exciting,” he said. “There’s going to be a ton of attention in this space.” Images courtesy of Pebble.center_img How Wearables Will Take Health Monitoring to th… The Key to Mass Adoption of Wearables 4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professi…last_img read more