Ex-cop, 2 others charged for firing shots at Police

first_imgThe three occupants of a car that Police ranks recently gave chase and caught at Houston, Greater Georgetown, when ex-cop Teon Allen, known as “Spoil child”, was shot after pointing a gun to Police, were jointly charged on Wednesday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Ex-cop Teon Allen, known as “Spoil child”Twenty-six-year old Jason Gonsalves of Kitty, Georgetown and 24-year-old Shaquille Grant of Sophia, Greater Georgetown appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty and denied the joint charges. Allen, who was charged in absentia, is a patient at Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he is being treated for a gunshot wound.The prosecution is contending that on November 26, 2019, at Houston, the three men had a 9MM pistol along with 16 matching rounds and seven .45 ammunition in their possession when they are not holders of firearm licences.Jason Gonsalves and Shaquille GrantAnother charge stated that the trio discharged a loaded firearm at Police Inspector Mohan Khan. Gonsalves and Grant were represented by Attorney-at-Law Ronald Daniels, who told the court during a successful bail application that his clients were mere occupants in the taxi that was driven by Allen.He further stressed that his clients were taken into custody since November 26 and have been cooperating with the investigation.Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman told the court that on the day in question, the Police were conducting a roadblock exercise after receiving certain information.Police approaching the car in which the three men were travellingThe court heard that Allen allegedly drove his car through the roadblock, which resulted in the Police giving chase. Realising that the Police were in pursuit, shots were fired in the direction of the ranks.The Prosecutor stated that the Police then returned fire and Allen was shot during the exchange. The car then sped off the road and ended up crashing into a nearby trench.The ranks then approached the vehicle and Allen allegedly had the firearm in his hands. Hence, the men were arrested and taken into custody. The two men were released on $240,000 bail each and the case will continue on January 8, 2020.last_img read more

Uganda Rugby Premier League gets UGX 670m boost ahead of kick-off

first_img Tags: Francis NyendeGodwin KayangweHeathensKobsNile Special StautRugby Premier League Uganda Rugby and Nile Breweries officials pose with a dummy cheque OF UGX 670m on Thursday. (PHOTO/URU)KAMPALA – The Rugby Premier League has signed a mega sponsorship deal with Nile Breweries ahead of Friday night’s kick-off.Under their brand-Nile Special Staut, the Beer giants have invested a mouth-watering UGX 670m into the Uganda Rugby top flight.The sponsorship is understood to be covering direct investment in clubs, prize money for winners and individual prizes.Speaking at the launch of the partnership on Thursday, Uganda Rugby Union President, Godwin Kayangwe saluted Nile Breweries as solid partners and investors in the development of the game in Uganda given their decade-long partnership.“We wholeheartedly welcome Nile Special Stout as the title sponsor of the League and are privileged that rugby has been selected as the anchor sponsorship, noted Kayangwe.“This is a testament to the growth of the game as an entertaining spectacle. And while we will always have a special place for Nile Special, we will embrace Nile Special Stout on this new journey as we’ve launched our new ambitious strategy to make rugby the leading sport in the country.“Thank you Nile Breweries for truly living the line “Number one fan of Uganda Rugby” and we pledge to give Nile Special Stout a great landing as it’s launched to the rest of the country.”The Nile Special Stout brand manager Francis Nyende affirmed that even though the sponsorship has changed hands to the new brand, Nile Special Stout, the commitment to partnering rugby is as high as it’s ever been.“Rugby is much more than a game. It’s a lifestyle, a livelihood for some, an entertainment for many and a proud flag bearer of our country, said Nyende.“As a bold, dark and satisfying liquid, we share certain intrinsic values with rugby players and fans and as the first and only stout crafted in Uganda, Nile Special Stout is proud to partner with such a great property that consistently flies our flag high and proud.”The Rugby Premier League kicks off on Friday, November 30th with Heathens taking on Kobs at Kyadondo.The game will be played at 8pm, a rare kick-off time in Uganda.Among others, the sponsorship will coverUGX 100M – Directly to clubsUGX 40.5M – Prize money. Last season the prize money was 22MUGX 8M – Special Categories prize money; a 100% increase from last seasonOpening Weekend FixturesFriday, 29th NovHima Cement Heathens v  Betway Kobs – Kyadondo 8pmSaturday, 30th NovToyota Buffaloes    v Plascon Mongers – Kyadondo 4:30pmDusupay Warriors    v Impis -Kings Park 2:30pmShell Rhinos         v Stanbic Pirates – Kings Park 4:30pmComments last_img read more

SA scientists in stem cell breakthrough

first_img22 March 2012 A group of scientists from South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have established a groundbreaking biomedical stem cell technology – a first for Africa – which could hold the key to finding cures for some of the contintent’s biggest diseases. The CSIR announced on Tuesday that its gene expression and biophysics group had generated the first induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) in Africa. “The ability to grow these stem cells, a complex skill currently available at only a handful of institutions in the US, Europe and Japan, has revolutionised the way that researchers are able to investigate and understand diseases,” the CSIR said in a statement. “It also holds enormous promise in what is known as ‘regenerative medicine’ – growing new tissue to replace diseased tissue in sick individuals. “With the advances made at the CSIR, Africa is now set to benefit from this new and powerful technology.”Inducing adult cells to revert to stem cells According to the council, Dr Janine Scholefield, one of the CSIR researchers involved in generating iPSCs, had recorded video footage of rhythmically beating cells through a microscope. “The beating pattern is distinctive, and easily recognisable as heart muscle cells,” the CSIR said. “These cells, however, didn’t come from a heart, but were, instead, transformed into heart cells, from skin cells taken from an adult. “This is the basis of iPSC technology, which induces adult cells (like skin cells) to revert back into stem cells, which are cells at the earliest stage of life. These early stem cells can then be programmed to become any type of adult cell, such as skin, heart, brain and blood cells.”Vast medical possibilities The medical possibilities of iPSCs are vast, and include growing new tissue for transplanted into people suffering from various diseases. “It could be used for restoring sight by replacing defective tissue in the eye; transplanting new heart muscle cells into people with serious heart diseases; giving people with anaemia new healthy blood cells; even harnessing brain cells to treat disorders such as Parkinson’s disease,” the CSIR said. Another way of harnessing the technology is to create “disease-in-a-dish” models, by growing diseased tissue from the stem cells of sick patients. “Since stem cells can be made from a patient’s own cells, the cells contain the exact same genetic characteristics as the patient these were taken from, meaning that this tissue will be ‘sick’ in the same way as the patient.”Avoiding ethical controversies Part of the novelty of the technology lies in the fact that stem cells can be made from almost any individual with almost any disease, simply by taking a skin sample from that person. Another benefit of using iPSCs is that they bypass the ethical controversy surrounding classical stem cells, which must be taken from embryos. Scholefield will be collaborating with Professor Susan Kidson at the University of Cape Town Medical School in developing her models, allowing for the testing of possible cures, or understanding the disease, without having to subject a patient to invasive surgery or untested trial medication. Applying cutting-edge research in Africa Scholefield spent three years working with international experts at Oxford University in the UK in order to perfect the technique of creating iPSCs. She now forms part of a team of CSIR scientists with expertise in various emerging health technologies, who work to apply this knowledge in an African context. According to Dr Musa Mhlanga, who heads up the CSIR’s gene expression and biophysics group, cutting-edge medical research “is not useful to Africa if knowledge is being created and applied only in the developed world. “Given the high disease burden in Africa, our aim is to create knowledge, as well as be innovators and expert practitioners, of the newest and best technologies.” Mhlanga’s group receives long-term financial support from the Department of Science and Technology. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

And the winner of the Trackable Week Story contest is…

first_imgGeocachers shared Trackable tales of adventures, challenges, and friendships. After careful consideration and deliberation, we are pleased to announce Log Dawgs as the Trackable Week Trackable story winner!Log Dawgs shared a story about his encounter(s) with “one of the greatest pieces of geocaching local lore”: LostGuys’ FTF Trophy (TBHYTP). The FTF Trophy is a Trackable with the special mission “to be found by the champion first to finders in the Houston Area and be displayed proudly for a short time on their mantle.”As a token of appreciation for sharing this great story, Log Dawgs will receive the newest Moun10bike Geocoin. LostGuys will also receive a Lackey Geocoin for creating such an inspiring Trackable!Congratulations also to our two Honorable Mentions: Northwing65 and HoustonControl. Their stories show us how Trackables can intertwine with family, baseball, and the armed forces!Visit the Trackable Week 2012 Trackable story contest page to read all the entries.LostGuys’ FTF Trophy (TBHYTP) in all its glory.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedBecome Trackable on Geocaching.com – Tattoos to Travel BugsSeptember 13, 2011In “Community”Trackable EtiquetteNovember 24, 2010In “Learn”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 11): The Magic of trackable promotionsMay 10, 2018Similar postlast_img read more

3 days ago​Solskjaer tells Man Utd players after Liverpool draw: More of the same

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Solskjaer tells Man Utd players after Liverpool draw: More of the sameby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a few things to say to his team after their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.The Norwegian manager was happy with his side’s commitment and intensity, especially in the first half.But he felt they were too quick to sit back in the second half, when they should have tried to punish Liverpool with a second goal.Metro says Solskjaer told United’s players they should be happy with their display and that it is how he wanted them to play in future games.United took the lead in the game, but were pegged back by Liverpool and the game ended 1-1. last_img

On The NCAA Bubble Heres The Number To Watch

Kansas State6041324561.9 Clemson6333354915.7 TEAMRPIBPIKENPOMSTRENGTH OF RECORDCHANCE OF MAKING TOURNEY Syracuse7931445312.2 Bubble teams are drawn from Joe Lunardi’s bracketology classifications.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group, KenPom.com Wake Forest34303033>99.9% Illinois586368581.5 USC3958614376.4 Rhode Island4239515458.1 Marquette5529284188.6 California565255692.8 Illinois State3160494685.7 Indiana8132465719.1 College basketball season is in its final sprint toward Selection Sunday, and that means it’s panic time for teams on the men’s NCAA Tournament bubble. But not all bubble teams are created equal. For instance, Wake Forest, which ranks 30th in ESPN’s BPI power rankings, ought to feel relatively good about its tourney chances, while Syracuse, which ranks 31st, should be in a state of full-blown terror. Why the difference? It all comes down to how each school did in a metric that best predicts the NCAA selection committee’s picking tendencies.The selection committee has struggled for a while with how to pick the teams for the NCAA tournament. Should they be the best teams? Or simply the most deserving teams? The former may not have the best record, while the latter may not have the best talent. (In January, the NCAA even met with several analytics experts to help sort out this quandary.)Stats, too, have to figure out which of these two questions they’re trying to answer. ESPN’s BPI and KenPom.com’s ratings are examples of predictive rating systems, meant to tell fans who the “best” teams are. Other rating systems such as ESPN’s new Strength of Record (SOR) are meant to rank “deserving” teams, grading a team’s resume according to how hard its record was to achieve. The two approaches can yield very different results, and my research shows that Strength of Record aligns more closely with what the committee looks for in a tournament team.As the man behind updating ESPN’s College Basketball Power Index (BPI) before this season, I studied the Selection Committee’s historical behavior, to help build a system that assigns each team a probability of making the NCAA Tournament. I looked at many variables, including resume rankings such as Strength of Record and the NCAA’s official Ratings Percentage Index, predictive rankings such as BPI and KenPom, and simpler measures such as a team’s win-loss record.1Including its overall record and its record in conference and nonconference play.Most of these variables are highly correlated with each other, and in many cases they tell the same story about a school’s season. But Strength of Record has the highest correlation, and using it alone to select teams would help you agree with the committee 90 percent of the time. Plugging Strength of Record into a model (which includes other metrics, but weights them less2Specifically, here’s how the model works: We use BPI to simulate the rest of the season (including conference tournaments) 10,000 times, and in each simulation both automatic and at-large bids are selected. For the latter, we use a data-augmentation Bayesian Probit Regression model that includes SOR, RPI, BPI and an estimation of KenPom.com ratings to rank each team by its likelihood of grabbing one of the tourney’s 36 available at-large slots. A team’s chance to make the tournament, then, is a combination of their chance of winning their conference’s tournament and their chance of being selected as an at-large team if they don’t win the conference tournament.), we can assign tournament probabilities to teams considered “on the bubble” by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. Because of differences in resume quality (as measured by SOR), some bubble teams are quite likely to be favored by the committee, while some should be worried if they fail to win their conference tournaments. CURRENT RANKING AMONG D-I TEAMS Xavier3336433799.9 Providence5255534063.0 Houston5035415917.2 Iowa727767640.5 Chance of bubble teams making the NCAA Tournament, according to ESPN Stats & Information’s model Vanderbilt4449405665.6 So if your team is sweating things out on the bubble Sunday, keep an eye on its Strength of Record — not its RPI or its predictive ratings. read more

Ronaldo is the most powerful footballer exReal Madrid fitness coach

first_imgGiovanni Mauri has worked with at least six Ballon d’Or winners but considers the Portuguese to be the bestGiovanni Mauri is one of the most experienced fitness coaches in the world of football.He has worked with at least six Ballon d’Or winners.He has also work in the biggest teams in the world: AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.But to a coach that has seen the best footballers in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo is the best of them all.“Cristiano is a phenomenon and an elite level athlete,” Mauri told Tuttosport as reported by ESPN.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“He always trains to the best possible level because his way of working is comprised of three things: dedication, competitiveness and a positive attitude.”“To improve football you would need to bring every young player to watch his training sessions,” he said.“He does everything with a smile and not against his will, unlike certain kids even in youth ranks.”“We are talking about a world class player who, when we returned home at 2 a.m. from a Champions League away match would not jet off home in his car,” he explained.“No, he would stop at the training center for at least an hour for various recovery exercises and cryotherapy.”“As well as living a healthy life, he has a total dedication for physical recovery,” he said.last_img read more