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Surprise from the heart of Texas

first_imgA small, spine-covered plant long mistaken for similar species is a new type of flowering plant, researchers report. The prickly, weedlike plant has been dubbed Solanum cordicitum, which is derived from the Latin for “from the heart”—a wry nod to the fact that all three known specimens of the apparently rare species were discovered near the small town of Valentine, Texas. The plant grows to about 35 centimeters high, has white flowers, and is an annual, meaning it blooms once, then dies. Unlike S. cordicitum, closely related species are perennials sporting yellow flowers that are smaller and sit atop shorter stalks, the researchers report online today in the Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. The new species was discovered as part of a 5-year, $4.36 million study funded by the National Science Foundation to inventory all 1500 or so species in the Solanum genus—a diverse group that includes poisonous plants commonly known as nightshades as well as agriculturally important crops such as tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplants.last_img read more

CWG: Gilani orders probe into Pakistan’s flagbearer row

first_imgPakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday ordered an inquiry into the embarrassing scuffle that saw a top sports official snatch the national flag from a sportsperson designated as the flag-bearer during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.Gilani has taken “serious notice of the unpleasant incident” involving the Pakistani contingent at the Games on Sunday, said a statement issued by his office.Gilani has asked Sports Minister Ijaz Jakhrani to “inquire into the incident and submit a report to him urgently”.He said action will “be taken against any official (or) individual found responsible for the unpleasant incident”.Members of the Pakistani weightlifting team threatened to pull out of the Games after a verbal showdown between weightlifter Shujauddin Malik and the leader of the contingent, Muhammad Ali Shah, over carrying the Pakistani flag at the opening ceremony.Shah is also the Sports Minister of southern Sindh province.Sheikh Rashid, the coach of the weightlifting team, told the media that Malik, a gold medallist at the last Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, was to carry the flag and lead the Pakistani contingent.At the last moment, Shah announced that he would carry the flag.Rashid said members of the weightlifting team took the incident as an insult and insisted that the flag must be carried by Malik as had been announced earlier.They exchanged angry words with Shah, who told the media that he had decided to lead the contingent as he is a provincial sports minister.advertisementShah refused to hand over the flag to Malik and led the contingent at the opening ceremony.Rashid said athletes participated in the opening ceremony only for the sake of national dignity.Senior Pakistani officials had to intervene to avert a boycott by the weightlifting team.The Prime Minister acted after the incident was highlighted by the Pakistani media and several former sportspersons demanded an inquiry into the controversy.Pakistan’s chef de mission Muhammad Ali Shah said the matter related to the carrying of the national flag at the opening ceremony had been “sorted out” and the “whole concentration” was on team’s performance now.”The reports (about the weightlifters pulling out) were just rumours. There was a misunderstanding which has been sorted out after a meeting this morning. The matter is closed and all lifters are training now,” Shah told the media.He said he did not know that weightlifter Shujauddin Malik would be carrying the flag.”Neither Pakistan Olympic Association nor Pakistan Sports Board had informed me about that. Had I been told about it, I would definitely have handed over the flag to Shujauddin,” he said.”I had no verbal or written instructions about that.Besides, I had to take a decision on the spot. So I thought that being a senior member of our contingent, I should carry the flag,” Shah said.TV channels reported that Shah is likely to be recalled to Islamabad to explain his position.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Harmanpreet bats like Sehwag, aggressive like Kohli, says her sister,Harmanpreet bats like Sehwag, aggressive like Kohli, says her sister

first_imgcricket “She bats like Virender Sehwag and is aggressive like Virat Kohli,” said Harmampreet Kaur’s sister Hemjit, summing up the family’s elation at the batter’s hurricane knock that took India to the ICC women’s World Cup final.Celebrations were on at Harmanpreet’s home in Moga in Punjab after her 171—run knock against Australia — one of the greatest ODI knocks in women’s cricket — steered India into the World Cup final with a 36—run victory.Back home in Moga, friends and well—wishers have been dropping in since last night to congratulate the family.Youngsters from the neighbourhood have been dancing to the beats of Punjabi ‘dhol’ while the family has been busy distributing sweets.“Right from her childhood, she has been playing cricket with boys. Her hunger for runs never dies and this is reflected in her strike rate,” her sister said.“Harman is always positive. On field she always behaves like Virat Kohli and is aggressive like him. However, off-field, she is quite calm and composed. Right from her early days, she treated Virender Sehwag as her batting idol and even bats like him,” she said.About her scintillating knock, Hemjit said, “had it not been a rain—shortened match, she would have scored a double ton and inflicted more misery on the opposition.”Harmanpreet’s innings yesterday even drew comparisons with Kapil Dev’s historic 175 against Zimbabwe during the 1983 World Cup campaign.“If Harman’s innings is being compared with the legendary Kapil Dev, then it is a great honour for her,” her sister said.For Harmanpreet and her sister, their father —— the 52— year—old Harmandar Singh —— has been a role model.“Her first coach has been our father. He was a good cricketer, but due to some circumstances he could not reach where he wanted to in the sport. But today he is able to realise his dream through his daughter,” she said.Harmandar Singh said that Harmanpreet has promised him that India will lift the Cup.“We are all very proud of her feat. The nation is proud of her,” he said.The cricketer’s mother Satwinder Kaur said her daughter has worked hard to achieve what she has done today.“When girls of her age would be carefree, she would sweat it out practicing for hours together. Even at home, she used to practice outside. We are proud of her,” Kaur said.Hemjit, who is an English teacher, said that their parents always supported and encouraged both the girls to achieve their goals in life.“The mindset in the society towards girls is changing and more and more parents are fully backing their daughters to achieve their goals,” Hemjit said. July 21, 2017 Published on 0 COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS RELATED ’Kaurnage’ at Derby: Harmanpreet guides India to Grand Finale SHARElast_img read more

ICC, BCCI to discuss usage of DRS during England series: Report

first_imgInternational Cricket Council (ICC) General Manager Geoff Allardice will reportedly travel to India to persuade the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to adopt the controversial Decision Review System (DRS) in the upcoming five-match Test series against England which starts on November 9. (BCCI willing to reconsider use of Decision Review System: Thakur)According to a report by English newspaper The Daily Mail, Allardice will travel to India this week along with a representative from ball-tracking technology company Hawk-Eye to discuss the usage of DRS during the Test series between India and England.India have refused to use the DRS in a bilateral series since a trip to Sri Lanka in 2008, when they were unconvinced by the quality of Hawk-Eye’s ball-tracking device.The usage of DRS still remains debatable in India with limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni sceptical of its accuracy while Test skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Anil Kumble have been more open to discussions.Kohli had hinted in a recent interview that the Indian team may use the technology in future.”We will certainly look to probably introduce it (the DRS) in the future. These are things we have had meetings on. Because there were some areas that we felt can be debated. Especially ball-tracking and Hawk Eye,” he had said.”But, all in all…I personally feel these things can be discussed and debated on,” the Delhi batsman added.It will be interesting to see if the ICC representative can convince the BCCI top brass to use the controversial system for the series against England.advertisementThe English team, currently in Bangladesh for a two-Test series, will start their India tour with the first Test from November 9 at Rajkot.last_img read more

Rex Ryan Searches For Answers

first_imgFLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Credit the New York Jets with pushing the Patriots to the limit. Also credit them with another loss.The Jets’ sixth straight defeat after an opening victory came in what was one of their better performances of a dismal season. Coach Rex Ryan isn’t taking much solace from that.“It’s been a big failure, obviously,” Ryan said of his team’s record. “The season’s not over, but you don’t want to be 1-6. If you had asked me, I was thinking we’d be the other way — we expect to win every game. Obviously, we are not finding ways to win. We have done some good things, haven’t done it for 60 minutes.”So what’s next?First off, the Jets traded with Seattle for receiver Percy Harvin, also an outstanding kick returner. Harvin is battling a thigh problem and has been injury prone throughout his career, but could be a significant weapon for New York when healthy.The Jets have some extra time to prepare for a home game against Buffalo, but they really can’t breathe much easier because the schedule lightens up. Of course, it can’t get much harder than facing Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Jay Cutler, Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in succession.“The big picture is that it has to be each day,” Ryan said. “An old thing I got from Lou Holtz was WIN: What’s Important Now.“It has to be on the right now. We can’t look down the road. We just have to find a way to get a win. I hope that will springboard to other things.”Perhaps, but not if they keep making the killer mistakes that doomed them in a 27-25 loss at Foxborough that was a very winnable game.The Jets blew several coverages in the secondary, twice allowing touchdown passes by Brady — including one on third-and-19. They had some critical penalties, with one holding call negating a touchdown.They wasted some timeouts, which made their final drive more frantic and led to a 58-yard field goal attempt that was blocked on the last play.Perhaps worst of all, they moved the ball extremely well in the first half and got four field goals out of it. For those who say it’s important to put points on the board on every possession, it’s even more critical to put touchdowns on the board against a Brady-led opponent.“We have to get better in the red zone. That is really a thing that is holding us back,” Ryan said.Just as running back Chris Ivory noted after the game: “I thought we moved the ball really well, we’ve just got to score a little more when we get to the red zone instead of taking threes. That’s the difference for a win for us.”A win, something the Jets have not experienced since downing Oakland in the season opener.Yes, they’ve faced nothing but teams with winning or .500 records since their loss to Green Bay in Week 2 — and the Packers currently lead the NFC North. And there was that gantlet of outstanding and near-outstanding quarterbacks.But Ryan, who ducked any questions about his job security, doesn’t want to hear or deal in excuses.“We can’t deny where we are at, we’re 1-6,” he said. “The job is every day to get better and I believe our football team is getting better, it just hasn’t been good enough to win yet.“The focus will shift to Buffalo immediately. You go right back, correct what you can correct off this tape. If something is hurting you, you will see it again (from an opponent). So make sure to get that corrected and move on.“Focus on one game is exactly what we will do.”(BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

SEGGER Embedded Studio adds support for 3rd party debug probes via GDB protocol

first_imgSEGGER Embedded Studio V4.20 adds fully configurable support for debug probes using the GDB protocol. The new version can now be used with any debug probe that comes with a GDB Server. This new feature is included in all editions: ARM, Cortex-M, and RISC-V, on Windows, macOS, and Linux 32- and 64-bit platforms.Embedded Studio can automatically launch the 3rd party GDB Server upon starting a debug session, keeping debugging easy and convenient. Port number, host and protocol features are configurable for maximum flexibility. The GDB Server software is executed in a separate process and thus does not affect the stability of Embedded Studio.The new implementation is tested and ready-to-go with J-Link GDB Server, OpenOCD, as well as ST-LINK GDB Server on Windows. Embedded Studio can be easily downloaded and fully evaluated without code size, feature or time limit. It can be used free of charge for educational and non-commercial purposes, without requirement to register.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Renesas Electronics enhances RX65N Wi-Fi Connectivity Cloud KitNext Rutronik: ultra-low power IMU from Bosch Sensorteclast_img read more

38 Jamaicans to Take Up Jobs in Canada

first_imgA total of 38 Jamaicans are being prepared to take up jobs with Canadian-based fast-food chain, Tim Horton’s Corporation, as soon as formal arrangements are in place. Making the disclosure during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in Gordon House on Tuesday, June 4, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier said the Ministry is about to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the fast-food chain to supply experienced workers to that establishment. The persons being readied were drawn from a pool of workers recruited by the company. “During the period April 10 to 13 this year, a number of Tim Horton’s officials, along with several franchise holders, held a job fair in Jamaica. They conducted interviews in three locations across the island and established a pool of workers, who are to be prepared for dispatch upon demand,” the Minister informed. He further noted that recruitment was also conducted by McDonalds during the last week of May. In the meantime, the Minister informed that the Ministry recently conducted a recruitment exercise to pre-select 2,000 persons for the Canadian Farm Work Programme in anticipation of an expected 10 per cent increase in activities. “Some of these persons are already being processed for departure. A few weeks ago, the Ministry was asked to supply skilled tyre technicians for several companies in Canada. In particular, representatives from WESTCAN, a leading bulk transportation company in Canada, came to Jamaica in May to conduct training and provide certification to these technicians to prepare them for entry into Canada,” he said. Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

AAL Adds Prince Rupert Calls

first_imgzoom Singapore-based breakbulk, project cargo and heavy lift carrier AAL has expanded its Pacific Service liner route to include the Port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada. Its inaugural sailing into the Canadian port on May 10 2015 featured the A-Class, AAL Brisbane loaded with a cargo of process units for a new oil sands project in Alberta. AAL’s expanded Pacific Service will now be making regular, scheduled calls at the port of Prince Rupert.AAL’s Pacific Service offers a monthly frequency and a fleet of three modern ‘A-Class’ 31,000-dwt multipurpose, heavy lift vessels – each with a combined lifting capacity of 700-mt.The Port of Prince Rupert has emerged as an important new gateway for project cargo imports to the oil-rich mining area of Alberta, Canada, and the wider Pacific North West, according to AAL.Felix Schoeller, General Manager of AAL’s Pacific Service, said: ”We have gained extensive experience in serving the oil and gas, mining and energy sectors. They rely upon us to enhance their supply chains, with added-value and reliability. By expanding our Pacific Service and port network across the Pacific North West, we multiply our customers’ options and choice – ultimately impacting on the efficiency, delivery and overall competitiveness of their projects.”last_img read more

Province Takes On Bullying Cyberbullying With New Action Plan

first_imgA social-media version of this release is available at http://novascotia.ca/news/smr/2013-02-27-Cyberbullying-Plan/ . Hi-res, downloadable photos, audio and video clips will be added after the event. A new provincial action plan takes on bullying and cyberbullying to reduce incidents and help young people and families who feel the heartbreaking effects, Education Minister Ramona Jennex announced today, Feb. 27. “Parents care deeply about their children and want them to be happy, healthy, safe and successful,” said Ms. Jennex. “Bullying can keep that from happening. “This plan takes on bullying and cyberbullying in many ways to get at the root causes of the behaviour and reduce its effects so our young people may one day see a world where bullying is rare.” The multiyear plan announced today, national Anti-Bullying Day, outlines more than 40 actions to take on bullying and cyberbullying. They involve families, schools, teachers, communities, police, health-care providers and several government departments. “Addressing the causes of bullying and cyberbullying requires a community response,” said Kathleen Richard, anti-bullying co-ordinator at the Department of Education. “The province’s action plan takes a collaborative approach to provide supports for young people and their families as they navigate this ever-changing world.” Key actions include: “Bullying is a heartbreaking and complex problem with no easy answers,” said Ms. Jennex. “It is a societal issue and everyone can help to prevent it by speaking up. That is how we will make real change.” The plan, announced at Dartmouth High School, supports a community-wide response to bullying and anti-bullying. “I believe that, at Dartmouth High School, we strive to include everyone despite gender, race, sexuality and religion,” said Grade 12 student Rosa Poirier-McKiggan. “We pride ourselves on our diversity of clubs that work toward equality, respect and a progressive future. These groups include Eco Club, Human Rights Club, Club 5, Multicultural Club and Gay Straight Alliance among others.” “By encouraging culturally relevant student engagement, inside and outside of the classroom, we are building students’ self-confidence and self-esteem through education and culturally diverse experiences,” said Eartha Monard, principal at Dartmouth High School. The plan’s two components, Speak Up: An Action Plan to Address Bullying and Cyberbullying Behaviour and Speak Up: Actions to Address Bullying and Cyberbullying, can be found at www.ednet.ns.ca .center_img creating an information hub for young people, teacher, parents and community members so help and resources are easy to find and access providing training for school staff to learn how to recognize mental health issues. Right now, all school support staff, such as bus drivers, are being trained to recognize and report bullying organizing an annual conference on bullying and cyberbullying providing grants to schools for professional development of curriculum resources for social and emotional learning that addresses bullying requiring all school boards to report annually incidents of severely disruptive behaviour, including bullying and cyberbullying, to examine causes host a symposium for police leaders in March revising the Nova Scotia School Code of Conduct to identify bullying and cyberbullying behaviours distributing materials on responsible cellphone use to customers entering a new contractlast_img read more

Environmental assessment overhaul tanker ban bills face final vote in Senate

first_imgOTTAWA — The Liberal government’s push to make climate change impacts part of the assessment process for new national resource projects faces its final hurdle today.Bill C-69 is back in the Senate for another vote after the House of Commons rejected more than half of the 200-plus amendments proposed by the upper house.Also back in the Senate facing its final decision is Bill C-48, which imposes a ban on oil tankers off the northern coast of British Columbia.The two bills have become a flashpoint between the Liberals and Conservatives over how Canada can protect the environment without driving away investment from the fossil fuel sector.The unelected Senate has generally voted to accept the will of the elected House of Commons when there is a dispute between the two parliamentary chambers about legislation.The bills are expected to be fodder for both major parties on the campaign trail to this fall’s election.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Uber used tech tool to shield data from police outside US

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The ride-sharing company Uber confirmed Thursday that it had technology to shield company data when law enforcement raided its offices outside the U.S.Uber spokeswoman Melanie Ensign said this tool — no longer in use — could lock computers and smartphones and change passwords remotely from the company’s headquarters in San Francisco.Bloomberg reported Thursday that Uber used the tool, known as Ripley, from spring 2015 until late 2016 in several cities, including Paris, Hong Kong, Brussels, Amsterdam and Montreal.Bloomberg said some Uber employees felt the system hindered legitimate investigations, while some people believed its use was justified when police didn’t come with warrants or specific-enough data requests.The use of this tool raises questions for Uber because the company has in the past used a phoney version of its app to thwart authorities. The “Greyball” software identified regulators who were trying to hail a ride in an attempt to collect evidence of local law-breaking. Those rides would be cancelled or never arrive. It has also been reported that the Justice Department was investigating whether Uber illegally used software to track drivers of its rival Lyft.Bloomberg reported that authorities in Montreal were seeking evidence in May 2015 that Uber had violated tax laws. Uber’s use of Ripley meant they didn’t get any information, but Uber co-operated with a second search warrant and agreed to collect provincial taxes for each ride, Bloomberg said.Ensign said the company shut down Ripley in 2016 because it didn’t work well.She said Uber now has a tool called ULocker that can remotely lock and encrypt devices. Ensign could not immediately say if Uber has used that to protect data from law enforcement as well. But she said Uber’s guidance to employees bars use of the tool where it isn’t legal.In a statement, Uber said this security tool is similar to those used by other companies and gives Uber a way to block access to data when an employee loses a device. The company said its policy is to co-operate with “all valid searches and requests for data.”The ride-hailing service had a scandal-ridden 2017 that included lawsuits, government probes, the revelation of a significant sexual-harassment problem and the disclosure of a coverup of a hack that stole personal information of 57 million passengers and 600,000 drivers. The company’s hard-charging CEO, Travis Kalanick, resigned in June and was replaced in August by the former CEO of Expedia, Dara Khosrowshahi.last_img read more

Israels violation of cessation of hostilities endangers fragile calm – Annan

“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about a violation by the Israeli side of the cessation of hostilities as laid out in Security Council resolution 1701”, a UN spokesman said in a statement. Adopted on 11 August, that text mandated a halt to the fighting which took effect three days later. There have also been several air violations by Israeli military aircraft, according to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which is helping to support and coordinate the Israeli withdrawal.Mr. Annan said violations of Security Council resolution 1701 such as the Israeli raid today “endanger the fragile calm that was reached after much negotiation and undermine the authority of the Government of Lebanon.”He called on all parties “to respect strictly the arms embargo, exercise maximum restraint, avoid provocative actions and display responsibility in implementing resolution 1701.”The Secretary-General has today spoken to the Prime Ministers of Israel and Lebanon about this matter, according to the spokesman, who added that Mr. Annan has further instructed that daily reports of compliance on the cessation of hostilities by the parties should be provided to the Security Council. Under resolution 1701, UNIFIL is to be given more robust rules of engagement and expanded to include up to 15,000 peacekeepers to support the Lebanese armed forces as they deploy across the south of the country at the same time as Israel withdraws from the area. read more

Apple Unveils iPhone 8 EdgetoEdge iPhone X With Wireless Charging

first_img From the new Steve Jobs Theater, Apple today unveiled three new smartphones, including the iPhone X.What CEO Tim Cook called “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone,” the 10th-anniversary handset comes packed with new features, including a Super Retina display, A11 Bionic chip, and wireless charging.As expected, the iPhone X (pronounced like the Roman numeral, not the letter) boasts a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge screen and virtual Home button: Swipe up from the bottom to exit any app, or swipe and pause for multi-tasking.New cameras promise better photos, videos (via Apple)No physical Home button also means no Touch ID. Instead, Cupertino introduced a “state-of-the-art” 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera system, which uses dot projector, infrared camera, and flood illuminator to map and recognize the user’s face. Unlock the phone, use Apple Pay, and gain access to secure apps with just one look.The same technology, dubbed Face ID, brings emoji to life as animated characters controlled with, you guessed it—your face. Available exclusively to iPhone X users, the iMessage app lets you record and send Animoji messages as a fox, panda, unicorn, or pile of poop.Animojis in action (via Apple)Other specs include 12-megapixel dual rear cameras, new Portrait Lighting software, LTE Advanced, Bluetooth 5.0, and stereo speakers.The high-end handset also comes with 12-megapixel dual rear cameras, new Portrait Lighting software, support for LTE Advanced and Bluetooth, and redesigned stereo speakers.Two iPhone X models—64GB and 256GB—start at $999, and will be available to pre-order in silver and space gray from Oct. 27; they hit Apple Store Town Square shelves on Nov. 3.Apple’s branded wireless charging mat is expected in 2018 (via Apple)Cupertino also unveiled the more affordable next-generation iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, enhanced 12-megapixel cameras, and the same A11 Bionic chip and wireless charging as iPhone X.That sleek glass back was designed specifically to enable wireless charging via the Qi (pronounced “chee”) ecosystem. At launch, Apple is selling two charging mats from Belkin and mophie. But the company is also working on its own accessory, expected in 2018, which can simultaneously charge your iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X, an Apple Watch Series 3, and AirPod earbuds (with new wireless charging case, of course).Apple’s new phones are optimized for augmented reality (Apple)And while the headphone jack remains MIA, Cupertino has stuck with the Lightning port, as opposed to making the switch to USB-C.iPhone 8 and 8 Plus come in space gray, silver, and a new gold finish in increased 64GB and 256GB models. Pre-orders begin Friday, from $699 for the iPhone 8 and $799 for the 8 Plus; look for each on shelves starting Sept. 22.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target These Razer Cases Will Keep Your iPhone 11 Cool While GamingiPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More Problems last_img read more

25yearold man charged in the 2017 death of Camp Pendleton Marine Corporal

first_img March 2, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 2, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, 25-year-old man charged in the 2017 death of Camp Pendleton Marine Corporal SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 25-year-old man is being charged in the death of a 25-year-old Marine Corporal found unresponsive on the floor in his Camp Pendleton barracks on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017.The Marine Corporal was lying next to his computer chair, still wearing headphones. He appeared to have been playing video games. Paramedics were unable to revive him.What followed was an autopsy report that determined the cause of death to be fentanyl toxicity, and a death investigation that has resulted in federal charges against the alleged dealer, 25-year-old Kyle Anthony Shephard of San Marcos.In a complaint unsealed Friday, Shephard is charged with Distribution of Fentanyl Resulting in the Death of the Marine, identified in court documents only as Corporal M.C., 1st Marine Division. Shephard was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge, Mitchell D. Dembin today at 2:00 p.m. He is scheduled to appear for a detention hearing on Tuesday, March 6 at 1:30 p.m. before the Hon. Mitchell D. Dembin.The last known contacts with Corporal M.C. occurred late Friday night, Jan. 26, 2017, two days before his death, and shortly after midnight on Saturday morning. A forensic examination of Corporal M.C.’s computer showed his last computer activity taking place at 1:44 a.m. on January 28, 2017.On Feb. 1, 2017, an autopsy was conducted at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. The toxicology screen was positive for fentanyl. Colonel Ladd Tremaine, M.D., Medical Corps, U.S. Army, Armed Forces Medical Examiner, determined that Corporal M.C. died of opioid toxicity caused by a fentanyl overdose.On April 28, 2017 a forensic chemist with the Defense Forensic Science Center, reported that a blue pill seized from Corporal M.C.’s barracks room tested positive for fentanyl. The pill was discovered on the headboard next to a powdery substance and a rolled up dollar bill.A complaint alleges that Shephard distributed the fentanyl pills to Corporal M.C. which caused his death. Text messages obtained from Corporal M.C.’s phone revealed he was first introduced to Shephard in November 2016. During the next three months – November – December 2016 and January 2017 – they arranged numerous sales of fentanyl and other drugs. Their conversations included Shephard acknowledging that the pills could lead to an overdose.Their drug-based relationship culminated on Friday January 27, 2017, when Shephard sold four fentanyl pills to Corporal M.C. for one hundred dollars. The contents of that text message are included below:Corporal M.C. – 6:14 PM – Yo whats good bro.Shephard – 6:15 PM – What’s good?Corporal M.C. – 6:17 PM – Can u meet up in a lil bit?Shephard – 6:20 PM – Yes come to escoCorporal M.C. – 6:21 PM – Do u have the fetanyl ones or the other onesShephard – 6:22 PM – I have both but new fet prices are 25 the others are 20 I lost a Plug and had my prices raised significantly with the fet onesCorporal M.C. – 6:34 PM – Any dealsCorporal M.C. – 6:41 PM – And where do u wanna meetShephard – 6:41 PM – If you get quite a bitCorporal M.C. – 6:44 PM – Kk ill take 4 for a hundoCorporal M.C. – 6:53 PM – Im omwShephard – 6:57 PM – FashoCorporal M.C. – 7:25 PM – Where we meetingShephard – 7:28 PM – My housrCorporal M.C. – 7:34 PM – Im in hereShephard – 7:36 PM – Me tooCorporal M.C. – 7:36 PM – Im near the address 336An investigation of Shephard’s ongoing criminal activity found that on December 12, 2017, Shephard and a female associate were arrested and charged by the San Diego District Attorney’s Office with distribution of a controlled substance. Law enforcement officers involved in the arrest of Shephard said the controlled substance Shephard was charged with possessing for distribution was approximately 2,000 fentanyl-laced pills.“What a senseless tragedy that another young life has been lost because of fentanyl,” said U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman. “This Marine was serving his country and had his whole life ahead of him. We are going to hold dealers accountable for the deaths that result from their reckless disregard for human life.”“NCIS and other law enforcement agencies must do whatever we can to address the nation’s ongoing opioid crisis by going after those who are dealing death. Busting a dealer tied to the death of a U.S. Marine will hopefully save the lives of other service members,” said NCIS Pendleton Field Office Special Agent in Charge Todd Battaglia.In another recent case being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, alleged heroin distributor Max Gaffney was arrested in January 2018 and charged with Distribution of Heroin Resulting in Death.While final numbers have not been released, preliminary estimates reflect that deaths caused by fentanyl analogs doubled in San Diego County in 2017 over 2016. last_img read more

People rappel down Miami building to raise gun violence awareness

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A fundraiser in Miami went over the edge in order to call for an end to gun violence.7News cameras captured participants rappelling down the Keyes Company building on Southwest Third Avenue and 22nd Road, Saturday, and it was all for charity.The spotlight shined on the fight to end gun violence as thrill-seeking philanthropists glided down the 10-story building, all for a good cause.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Paste Launches VIP Subscriber Program

first_imgSubscribers to the program are billed quarterly (those that pay for a full year up front get an “exclusive” t-shirt). So far, says Regan-Porter, the program has hit its break-even point just one week out. “We have a minimum we need to make it worthwhile and we got that within a day after the first email went to the subscriber list. It was surprising how many subscribed to the annual subscription. For the past week it’s been above 75 percent.”Now that the hard costs have been covered, Regan-Porter is taking a wait-and-see approach to any further success. “We don’t know what to expect. The more the better, but it could get too big in terms of giving out all those free albums.”The 180,000-circ magazine had similar success with its name-your-price subscription effort, ultimately signing up 33,000 subscriptions, 28,000 of which were new business. Decatur, Georgia-based music magazine Paste has been busy rolling out a number of strategic initiatives over the last 12 months. Beginning in fall 2007, it experimented with a name-your-price subscription effort, launched an ad network in September this year, and now has introduced a premium digital content subscription offer.The six-year old magazine appears to be stiff-arming a tough market for music magazines. Earlier this year there was a minor spate of independent music magazine shutdowns. “It’s obviously a tough industry, but we’ve had a good year in revenue,” says Tim Regan-Porter, Paste’s president. “But we know that you can’t survive if all you do is print, it’s not even fully serving readers if you just focus on print.”This latest venture, called Paste Digital VIP, leverages the magazine’s digital platform by making premium content available for a $3.95 per month subscription. Included in the package are albums, DVD samplers, MP3 collections, 11 digital editions of the magazine, and VIP subscriber-only access to the magazine’s entire digital archive, among other perks.last_img read more

Bloomberg Is Not Interested in Acquiring Fortune Per Source

first_imgUpdated Wednesday, March 21 at 5:23 pm.Contrary to speculation that it had emerged as a suitor to acquire Fortune from Meredith Corp., a source with knowledge of the situation tells Folio: that Bloomberg is not interested in making an offer for the 88 year-old business magazine, and no such deal is imminent.Fortune is one of four magazines being shopped around by Meredith following the completion of its $2.8 billion takeover of Time Inc. at the end of January (Time, Sports Illustrated, and Money are the other three).Reps for both Bloomberg and Meredith declined to comment on this story.Meredith—the Des Moines, Iowa-based publisher of titles like Better Homes & Gardens and Martha Stewart Living—announced that it had completed a sale of Time Inc.’s former UK division on Monday, and is on Wednesday announced plans to lay off 1,200 employees over the next 10 months in an effort to reduce annual costs by $400 to $500 million.Bloomberg Businessweek, which Bloomberg acquired from McGraw-Hill in 2009, is a competitor to Fortune, along with Forbes and Mansueto Ventures’ Fast Company.last_img read more

Pigeon Known as Lionel Messi of Racing Birds Sells for 14 Million

first_imgStay on target A champion racing pigeon named Armando was sold for a world record $1.4 million (€1.2 million) in auction on Sunday, making it the most expensive bird sold in auction.The auction house Pipa, which oversaw the online auction for Armando, said the pigeon is the “best Belgian long-distance pigeon of all time” with a record that is unmatched.“In football terms you have [Lionel] Messi and Ronaldo — it’s that level,” Nikolaas Gyselbrecht, Pipa founder and chief executive, said.The 5-year-old Armando, who is now retired and has already fathered a number of chicks, was sold to a buyer from China, where bird racing enjoys growing popularity.Before this sale, the record for a pigeon was $429,000 (€376,000), but Armando beat the record within a day of being put up for bids, according to Pipa.Image Credit: Pipa“In our wildest dreams, we had never hoped for a price like [€1.2 million],” Gyselbrecht told the BBC. “We hoped for around €400,000 to €500,000, and we only dreamed of €600,000.”Joël Verschoot, Armando’s owner, told the Guardian the record-breaking sale price was “the crowning glory of all those years in the pigeon sport.”Armando’s last races were the 2018 Ace Pigeon championship, the 2019 Pigeon Olympiad, and the Angoulême, all of which he won. He will reportedly be bred with a hen waiting in China.More on Geek.com:‘Miracle’ Coin That Saved WWI Soldier’s Life Up for AuctionWhy Are Pigeons So Good at Surviving Cities?This Tiny Bird Made One of the Longest Migrations Ever (And It Was Wearing a ‘Backpack’) Alligators Spotted ‘Swimming’ in Road, Climbing Fences in FloridaBaby Dugong That Became Internet Star Dies After Ingesting Plastic last_img read more