“Jucker” among illegal items found during NA Prison raid

first_imgRanks of the Prison Service, assisted by ranks of the Police Force, conducted yet another search at the New Amsterdam Prison on Tuesday evening, and have unearthed a number of illegal items, including several “juckers”.Some of the illicit items found during the raid at the NA PrisonThe search, conducted between 16:45h and 18:12h on Tuesday, was headed by Assistant Police Superintendent C. Singh.A number of contraband items were also found. These include: eight improvised weapons/juckers; 146 Ziplock bags containing marijuana to the total quantity of 292 grams; five cigarettes; seven lighters; six cellular phones; 12 phone chargers, and three SIM cards.“This is yet another in our series of searches to make the prison safer. Please note that efforts are constantly being made to prevent the items from entering the prison,” Prison Director Gladwin Samuels said on Tuesday.The smuggling of contraband items into prisons remains a pervasive problem within the system. Nevertheless, authorities have been working to curb the practice, and those efforts have resulted in several prison officers being caught facilitating the illegal trade, which is said to be a “big business”.In fact, Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, disclosed during a press conference earlier this month that five prison officers have been relieved of their duties after they had been fingered in the May 1, 2018 incident in which a parcel containing cannabis had been thrown into the Lusignan Prison Holding Bay area.“…We also have five officers who have been interdicted from duty following the May 1 matter at the Holding Bay, where our CCTV footage would have revealed that a number of what is suspected to be contraband items were thrown into the Holding Bay facility… Based on the reviews we would have conducted, it is clear that the officers were working in collusion with each other in order to facilitate the movement of the suspected contraband into the prison,” Samuels explained.Samuels further disclosed that legal advice has been sought from the Director of Public Prosecutions on the way forward; and he has decried the behaviour of such ranks.“It is quite disturbing! It is quite embarrassing, to have to face these situations on a daily basis. But this is not a situation whereby the prison administration is failing to act. The reality of it is, despite we would do vetting and so forth, these prison officers are drawn from communities…and for some strange reason, despite they’re given their dos and don’ts, they allow themselves to be sucked into the financial gains that these activities can bring you,” he said.last_img read more

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New Oil Patch Security Standards released

first_imgThe Canadian Standards Association has released a new standard for oil and gas industry pipeline security. In addition to pipelines, it will apply, to various storage and processing infrastructure, used by the industry. At a launch ceremony in Calgary yesterday, presenters noted the standard has actually been in the works since 2005 and is a response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, in the U.S. – Advertisement -It is now expected, to be embraced by the industry, still reeling, from the six unsolved pipeline bombings, in the South Peace. An EnCana Corporation spokesman, whose natural gas gathering system, has been the target of those attacks during the past 13 months, says the company has been aligned with the security process for some time. Alan Boras says, it focuses on a risk management approach, that asks participants to plan, based on those risks.Advertisementlast_img read more

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City goalkeeper Ederson to miss Liverpool clash

first_img“He’s not able to play,” said City manager Pep Guardiola at his pre-match press conference.City ended that game in Milan with right-back Kyle Walker in goal after Ederson’s replacement Claudio Bravo was sent off 10 minutes from time for bringing down Josip Ilicic outside his box.Bravo endured an error-strewn first season in England back in 2016/17 when City finished third in the Premier League.The Chilean has been replaced by Ederson as Guardiola’s first-choice stopper over the past two seasons as City have won the league.However, Guardiola rejected suggestions that Bravo will be a liability at Anfield on Sunday.“We have another top ‘keeper,” added Guardiola.“You have to respect this guy. He is 34-years-old and has spent his whole career at the top level.“The first season he was struggling because he was new to the Premier League but the team was not at the top level.“All the problems were not down to Claudio but it is easy to point the finger.”City travel to Anfield on Sunday already six points behind Liverpool.Defeat by Jurgen Klopp’s team would leave City with a mountain to climb if they are to stop the Reds finally ending a 30-year wait to be champions of England again.Liverpool have lost only one of their last 50 Premier League games but while Guardiola is aware of the task that will await his side should they lose, he does not believe it will be definitive in the title race.“It never ends in November,” he added. “I know what happens if we lose and everyone is going to say it is over, but we still have a lot of games to play.“Experience in sport shows that you have to keep fighting until the end. That is what I want on Sunday and for the other games.“It will be more difficult when you see a team like Liverpool who lost once last season and is unbeaten this season.“So you can imagine that they are not going to lose many games but the season is long, and a lot of situations can happen.”0Shares0000(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Big miss: Manchester City will be without the injured Ederson for Sunday’s visit to Liverpool © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 8 – Manchester City suffered a huge blow ahead of Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash at Premier League leaders Liverpool with goalkeeper Ederson ruled out through injury.The Brazilian international came off at half-time during Wednesday’s 1-1 Champions League draw at Atalanta with a muscular problem.last_img read more

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THE ARISTOCRATS GET READY TO STRUT THEIR STUFF – PICTURE EXCLUSIVE

first_imgThe people at An Grianán Productions are always very excited when producing a Brian Friel play.And The Aristocrat is one of those plays.In Aristocrats, a bittersweet comedy packed with superb characters, he is on familiar territory. It is a bittersweet comedy packed with superb characters. Time has not been kind to the O’Donnells and their once high social standing has dwindled along with their finances.They return to their ancestral homestead in Ballybeg for a wedding but dramatic events overtake them bringing us both comedy and tragedy.For this production the director will be Iarla McGowan the Workhouse Theatre Company.We have ben given exclusive access to the dress rehearsal for the play. The play runs until Saturday and further details can be had by contacting An Grianan.EndTHE ARISTOCRATS GET READY TO STRUT THEIR STUFF – PICTURE EXCLUSIVE was last modified: September 29th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Chelsea will keep striker unless they sign replacement

first_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT silverware REVEALED Latest Chelsea News smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? shining 1 possible standings possible xi Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star gameday cracker center_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Batshuayi is yet to deliver his best for Chelsea Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Michy Batshuayi will not be allowed to leave Chelsea this summer unless the club bring in a replacement.The Belgian moved to London for £33m in 2016 after impressing with Marseille, but struggled to find his feet in England. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures REAL DEAL The 24-year-old was subsequently loaned to Borussia Dortmund for the second half of last season and netted nine goals in 14 games.Batshuayi is now being targeted by clubs this summer and there is strong interest from Crystal Palace and Valencia.But, according to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, the striker will not be allowed to leave until Chelsea sort out their own business first. REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars The Blues are working on signing a new forward during the current transfer window and are in talks with Juventus over a deal for Gonzalo Higuain, though he looks destined for Milan.And, until that has come to its conclusion, Chelsea have reportedly told Batshuayi he will have to wait for his future to be resolved. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won tense last_img read more

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Crossing proposal debated

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals But residents northeast of the proposed crossing worry that it would increase street traffic. Opponents are especially concerned it would connect Flower and Pelanconi Avenue, a residential street. Earlier this year, the Pelanconi Estates Homeowners Association voted to oppose the project. “The neighborhood does not need thousands of extra cars coming through this area every day,” said Patrick Masihi, president of the association. Officials said traffic on the residential streets around the crossing could be controlled with speed bumps or road barriers, and that access to Pelanconi from Flower could be restricted. Some residents also say the city’s other rail crossings are unsafe. GLENDALE – Officials want to build a rail crossing near the site where Disney is expanding its Glendale division, but some residents are opposed, saying the crossing will increase traffic in their neighborhoods. The $1.3 million crossing would extend Flower Street where it now dead-ends at the railroad tracks, allowing drivers to cross to San Fernando Road. The crossing is needed to divert traffic from the nearby crossings at Sonora and Grandview avenues, which are getting too crowded, officials said. And the Walt Disney Co. has its Imagineering facility in the area and is building a 250,000-square-foot expansion at Grandview and Flower, bringing more workers into the area and a need for access points. “It distributes loading,” City Councilman Dave Weaver said. “Use the analogy of the Coliseum. If there was only one tunnel or two tunnels to get 90,000 people out of there, it’s going to take an hour and a half to get them out.” “I’m for the movement of commerce – I think that’s important – but we have to do it safely,” said Barry Allen, 65, who heads a community watchdog group called Vanguard. “What I’d like to see is some sort of a grade-separated crossing.” But Weaver, who is retired from the Army Corps of Engineers, said there is not enough space at the proposed Flower Street crossing for a grade-separation, a crossing that would put the street and the tracks at different levels to eliminate the risk of a car-train collision. “You’re not going to be able physically to buy the land to do what you want to do,” Weaver said. “You’re just not going to have the real estate to do it in. And then the cost is in the millions.” The state Public Utilities Commission, which regulates rail crossings, has asked Glendale for more details on the proposed Flower Street crossing, and the city will submit that information within days. If the PUC approves the crossing, construction would take six to eight months. Two other Glendale rail crossings were closed in recent years, and the proposed Flower Street crossing is needed to compensate, officials said. The need for the crossing was also cited in the environmental impact report for Disney’s expansion project. Disney is creating its Grand Central Creative Campus – or GC3 – in the industrial west Glendale neighborhood where its Imagineering facility is located and where the Flower Street crossing would be. The project involves building 3.5 million net new square feet of space over 30 years. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Uganda drops three places in latest Fifa ranking

first_imgBy Nelson SsengoobaFOOTBALL. Uganda Cranes have dropped three places in the latest ranking.The monthly ranking released by Fifa on Thursday places Uganda in 74th position on 476 points, two points shy of 478 points that placed them in 71st  position in May.Uganda, however, remains in 15th position in Africa as well as the best-placed nation in the CECAFA region with neighbours Kenya dropping a ten places to 84th on the Fifa ranking.Tanzania come a distant 114th, while Burundi, the most improved regional team, are in 121st position, 27 better than last month. Rwanda trails the region in 127th position while South Sudan is 143rd.Confederations Cup winners Germany return to the summit of world football in ranking.Commentslast_img read more

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How Can Evolutionists Judge Morality?

first_imgWhen trying to account for the “evolution of religion and morality,” Darwinians cut off their own feet.Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. While many persecutors these days claim a religious motivation, it’s worthwhile to consider worldviews that have, in terms of sheer numbers, been responsible for the worst persecutions of Christians in history. It’s worthwhile, because those worldviews are still prevalent in 2017.The Evolution of Religion, or Vice VersaThe latest pretentious academic trying to explain the evolution of religion fails, once again, to see the inherent illogic of his position. At The Conversation, Dimitris Xygalatas, Assistant Professor in Anthropology at University of Connecticut, attempts to answer the question, “Are religious people more moral?” First, he admits that most people look askance at atheists:Survey data show that Americans are less trusting of atheists than of any other social group. For most politicians, going to church is often the best way to garner votes, and coming out as an unbeliever could well be political suicide. After all, there are no open atheists in the U.S. Congress. The only known religiously unaffiliated representative describes herself as “none,” but still denies being an atheist.So, where does such extreme prejudice come from? And what is the actual evidence on the relationship between religion and morality?By merely asking the question “Are religious people more moral?” however, Xygalatas sets himself up as someone who can judge degrees (“more” vs “less”) of morality. He purports to know what “prejudice” is, having attributed it to people in his prior paragraph. Further, he assesses himself as a judge of evidence.That would be fine if he accepted the Biblical view that humans are created in the image of God with a conscience that presupposes knowledge of universal standards of good and evil. But the article makes clear that Xygalatas believes religion evolved in social groups by natural selection. He speaks of the “co-evolution of God and society” – even making God a product of evolution! In the last paragraph, Xygalatas comes to the defense of the poor, forlorn, picked-on atheists:In those societies [i.e., early less-evolved societies], a sincere belief in a punishing supernatural watcher was the best guarantee of moral behavior, providing a public signal of compliance with social norms.Today we have other ways of policing morality, but this evolutionary heritage is still with us. Although statistics show that atheists commit fewer crimes than average, the widespread prejudice against them, as highlighted by our study, reflects intuitions that have been forged through centuries and might be hard to overcome.From this we can assume Xygalatas is at least an atheist sympathizer, and probably an atheist himself. Religious people only have “intuitions” but atheists (like himself and fellow evolutionists) have evidence, reason and knowledge. Again we see the kind of snooty elitism hatched in the academy (see Yoda Complex in the Darwin Dictionary).Well, we can ask, is it immoral to be illogical? It is if you have a conscience, and a firm foundation for morals. On what foundation does Xygalatas stand? On natural selection? That’s a foundation of shifting sand where morality is based on breeding success. Exact opposite behaviors are justifiable in Darwinism if they produce offspring: flight or fight, fast or slow, camouflage or showmanship. This carries over into behaviors and thoughts as well. Xygalatas can only claim moral success by Darwinian standards if, by writing this article, he passes on his genes to the next generation. The content of his thoughts is irrelevant. His judgments of degrees of morality are, therefore, vacuous. He’s blowing hot air in hopes of having more sex. That’s the “evolution of morality.”By his own theory, he should get religion. It seems to work for the majority of people, who distrust atheists. They must be the fittest. By insinuating that atheists are more moral, Xygalatas has cut off his own feet and committed himself to the ranks of the unfit.But if he decides to get religion to get with the fitness program, which religion? They’re all the same to a Darwinian. They’re all products of natural selection working on populations. He might as well pick one that gives him the most sexual pleasure, like Baal worshipers did in ancient times as they committed holy prostitution under sacred trees.The only way he can justify his wish to judge other human beings with intellectual content, though, is to pick a worldview that has a foundation of truth and unchanging morality. There are not too many of those, since they require an all-powerful, all-knowing, righteous God who has Authority as Creator of the universe. The God of the Bible matches that description, but He does not take lightly to false faith. Xygalatas had better not try fakery if he decides to get fitness as a Christian. He has to really mean it. But to really mean it, he would have to abandon Darwinian evolution.No matter which way you slice it, Xygalatas has propounded a view that collapses on itself. His intellectual sand castle degenerates into particles of sand in the sandpile on which it stands.The Evolution of RevengeThe website The Conversation seems to give voice to a predominance of shallow-thinking academics. Another example is this article by Stephen Fineman of the University of Bath, titled, “Wanting revenge is only natural – here’s why.” The basic idea is that revenge served an evolutionary purpose for our hominid ancestors, and that’s why we are stuck with it now.As I explore in my new book, by sensationalising and deprecating the idea of revenge itself, we may forget that some forms of revenge can work well and serve a crucial purpose.Revenge systems have been around for a very long time, with our primate cousins leading the way. Chimpanzees and macaques will freely inflict punishments on strangers and rule breakers and, with their excellent memories, cannily postpone retaliation until a suitable opportunity arises.If that is true, then we are certainly doing the right thing (according to his worldview) to exact revenge on Fineman by attacking his views.* Fineman describes some pretty awful cases of violence and revenge, but says, “Who can blame them?” Did it occur to him that blame is a moral term? Did it occur to him that purpose is a term of design? By use of these words that are not found in the Darwin Dictionary, Fineman has revealed that he has a conscience. He knows deep down that cases of gratuitous violence are morally wrong.*If Fineman were to exact revenge by responding to our views, we could just accuse him of not really meaning anything he says, because his worldview knows nothing of truth. His selfish genes are manipulating him to engage in behaviors (such as writing articles for The Conversation) in order to get more sex.The Legacy of Atheist MoralityIf Fineman or Xygalatas think that evolutionists have some kind of edge on morality due to the explanatory power of Darwinism, we would like them to take a serious look at some very, very disturbing photos. Last month was the 100th anniversary of “Red October,” the communist revolution led by Lenin that established the Soviet state. The UK Daily Mail has posted “Victims of the red revolution: The haunting faces of prisoners worked to death in Stalin’s slave camps emerge as 100th anniversary of 1917 Bolshevik takeover approaches.” Please take a moment to read the captions, and look into the faces of the prisoners. Imagine yourself among them, having been kidnapped in the middle of the night by secret police and carted off to some wretched place, most likely freezing cold, where you were sentenced to work for years, or to the death. The photo gallery is a mere peephole into a vast network of crimes against humanity justified in the name of atheistic communism.The USSR was but one of the many atheistic regimes of the 20th century (China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Cuba, North Korea among the others). Whatever one wants to think idealistically about communist morality, here is what actually happened in the USSR:This year marks 100 years since the 1917 Russian Revolution that led Lenin to take control of the Soviet UnionWhen Lenin died in 1924, Joseph Stalin rose to power and became the Soviet Union’s authoritarian leaderBetween 1929 and Stalin’s death in 1953, 18million people were transported to Soviet slave labour campsLabourers in the prisons worked up to 14 hours a day on huge projects, including the White Sea-Baltic CanalBy the time the last Soviet gulag closed, millions of people had died from exhaustion, starvation and murderOn WND, John Stossel reminds readers of “Communism’s bloody legacy: 100 years and 100 million deaths.” Communism was “one of the worst mistakes ever made,” he says, describing the truckloads of bodies and labor camps where the very ‘proletarians’ who had cheered the revolution were worked to death in extremely inhumane conditions. Soviet dictators prided themselves on their godlessness, murdering pastors and turning churches into museums of atheism. Bibles were absolutely forbidden. The only ‘scientific’ view of biology allowed in Soviet schools was—you guessed it—Darwinian evolution.This week, on November 7-9, the Victims of Communism will hold a centennial commemoration for the Russian Revolution. It will not be a happy celebration or fun party. The objective will be “to honor the memory of the more than 100 million victims of communism, to celebrate liberty where it has triumphed, and to further our pursuit of a world free from communism.” One outspoken critic of communism, Dr Sebastian Gorka, whose parents escaped from communist Hungary, reminded Fox & Friends passionately that communism killed 100 million people. Responding to a recent poll that showed 44% of millennials think socialism and communism are good systems, Gorka said that the fault is with our education system, subverted by leftists, that has denied the truth to our students. And like it was in Soviet Russia, any attempt in America to grant students an opportunity to hear criticisms of Darwinian theory in public school science classes is met with holy horror and condemnation.Lest we forget, a wise Teacher once said, “By their fruits you shall know them” (Matthew 7:20). An evil tree brings forth evil fruit. That’s because good and evil are objective realities, not products of evolution.(Visited 483 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Rugby sewing initiative kicks off

first_img28 September 2010 Rugby is not normally associated with job creation and recycling, but a resourceful new project called Touch Initiative is teaching unemployed seamstresses to manufacture rugby balls out of old billboards. Initiated and sponsored by Gauteng-based waste management company EnviroServ, the Touch Initiative hopes to use the momentum of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, currently under way in New Zealand, to create more awareness around the drive. “This particular initiative will focus on rugby balls to tie in with the World Cup,” says Thurlow Hanson-Moore from Thewinwingroup, the advertising agency that conceptualised the project. In time, Touch will be expanded to create other types of balls and products, he says.Jobs through waste The emphasis of the Touch project is on job creation through innovative waste management. According to EnviroServ’s marketing manager Delia Lavarinas, there can be no greater waste than that of wasted talent in South African communities. “We also wanted to harness the energy around rugby in 2011, giving communities a tangible reason to get excited about the world cup.” The campaign provides industrial sewing machines and training for unemployed women with a background in sewing. So far 20 seamstresses have been trained to make these balls, at six hubs in Mpumalanga. The women are able to earn up to R200 (US$24.4) a day from sales of the balls, which cost R50 ($6.1) each. Of this amount, R30 ($3.7) goes straight back into the community and the balance contributes towards operating costs. Once the template is cut from the billboard material, women stuff the balls with up to 30 plastic shopping bags which have been reclaimed from the streets. This too represents an employment opportunity, as people are needed to gather the bags. According to Hanson-Moore, response to the initiative has been enthusiastic, with orders of up to 1 000 balls streaming in. “The idea is to get corporate support, and we are approaching the various rugby unions to get them involved as well,with a positive response.” The plan is to roll the initiative out across the country, establishing employment hubs in all nine provinces. “We want to keep the drive going beyond the World Cup,” confirms Hanson-Moore. To find out more or to place an order for balls, contact Hosia via email or call +27 72 288 9088.Creating jobs, tackling poverty EnviroServ’s core business is to provide innovative and sustainable waste management solutions for South Africa. The company has a number of corporate social initiatives on the go – one of them is the Intuthuko Sewing Project in Etwatwa near Springs in eastern Gauteng. Art lecturer Celia de Villiers and businesswoman Susan Haycock facilitate this embroidery project. EnviroServ approached De Villiers to start the project as the company operates a waste management site in the area and wished to couple it with poverty alleviation in the nearby township. The project employs 35 women and one man. In 2004 the Intuthuko project won an award for its magnificent Journey to Freedom embroideries. The women have since purchased a stall at the Rosebank Rooftop market and are doing exceptionally well.Kick-off The 7th IRB Rugby World Cup is under way in New Zealand and will conclude on 23 October with the final at Eden Park in Auckland. Nineteen other countries are battling to snatch the title of world champion from reigning champions South Africa, who walked off with the laurels at the previous competition in France in 2007. South Africa and Australia are the only two countries who have been able to win the Web Ellis Trophy twice, and the national team, the Springboks, are campaigning to be the first team in history to successfully defend their title, as well as to win it three times. The Rugby World Cup is now established as the world’s third-biggest sporting event after the Olympic Games and Fifa World Cup. In recent years it’s achieved its goal of merging the traditional rugby powers with new and emerging nations to make it a truly worldwide sport, according to the world cup website. The competition takes place every four years under the auspices of the International Rugby Board. England will host the competition in 2015 and Japan in 2019. MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporter – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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