Six months after being slapped with fraud charges alongside his mother and fiancée, 26-year-old Dexter Thompson was again hurled before the court for allegedly using forged United States money to a flower merchant.Alleged fraudster Dexter ThompsonThe clothes vendor, of La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD), appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where he pleaded not guilty to the charge which read that on January 26, 2019, at Alberttown, Georgetown, with intent to defraud, uttered to Marie Sampson US$650 knowing same to be forged.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that on the day in question, the repeat offender visited Sampson’s shop and purchased flowers. The defendant then paid for the purchase with US$50 while proceeding to exchange some other US notes.However, upon examining the foreign currency, the victim noticed that it was counterfeit. A report was made and Thompson was later arrested at the city Magistrates’ Courts while attending court for a similar matter.Prosecutor Mansfield objected to bail on the grounds that the defendant was previously charged for a similar offence.Chief Magistrate upheld the prosecution’s submission and remanded Thompson to prison until January 17, 2020.
City Hall financial woes…as council scrambles to avoid embarrassment…Oscar Clarke suggests laying off workersWorkers attached to the Mayor & Councillors of the City of Georgetown (M&CC) are keeping their fingers crossed in hope of being paid before the Christmas holiday, as the Municipality’s administration battles to scrape funds to make the payroll.FLASHBACK: Workers protesting in front of City HallOn Monday a circular was sent to all Heads of Department, informing them that wages and salaries would be paid late for the month of December. However, the late payment of wages and salaries has, over the years, become a norm for the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown, and would precipitate quite a spectacle, as the workers would usually picket the administration.The workers were out on Regent Street, Georgetown last November, protesting for the payment of their wages and salaries while Mayor Patricia Chase-Green and Town Clerk Royston King were in China.On Monday, during a telephone interview, Chase-Green informed Guyana Times that it is customary to inform the departmental heads of the late payment of wages and salaries, so they can inform the staff members. The mayor said she had met with the administrative staff and assured them that they would be paid before the holidays.“We are expected to start making payments before the week is ended, and we are hopeful to finish those payments before the holiday,” Chase-Green said.Downsizing workforceAt an Extraordinary Statutory Meeting on November 14, Chairman of the Finance Committee, Oscar Clarke, suggested that the municipality consider downsizing the number of staff members, since salaries account for 68 per cent of the council’s revenue.Clarke disclosed that at the start of 2017, it was agreed that workers would be paid between the 25th and 27th of every month, and would be given a multi-year salary increase from 2016 to 2018. However, the council was unable to meet its obligation last month due to lack of funds.The chairman suggested that as the New Year approaches, the Council should begin looking to reduce its 800-member staff complement. He noted that the current financial state would remain unchanged if the council continues to pay 68 percent of its revenue for staffing. He noted that the Mayor and City Council would have to undertake a review of the entire staff structure in 2018, and this has been communicated to the union. He added that the workers of the council are paid higher rates than those in the public service.“We will have to discuss with them (union) the way forward in terms of reducing the number of people we have on staff… It’s not that we don’t think the council needs the workers; the council needs the workers, but the council got to get money to pay the workers…I can make reference to a couple of positions; for example, an Office Assistant here gets $74,000 per month, the Government pays about $60,000 now…Clerk 2 General is $90,266 per month, the accountant gets $184, 966, as opposed to what the accountant in the public service gets — maybe $109/$110,000,” he informed.In addition to high salaries, Clarke told the councillors that City Hall has about 260 pensioners, and that number is rapidly increasing, since every year workers are going into retirement.However, Mayor Patricia Chase-Green has said the City is not in the habit of putting families on the breadline, and a number of councillors agreed with her.To cover salaries for the November-December period, City Hall has offered defaulting taxpayers the option of amnesty in hope of them paying their arrears taxes.Meanwhile, contradicting the Mayor, acting Treasurer, John Douglas said that the Council has commenced payments to all staff and will complete the process by Wednesday.For quite a while now, the Mayor & City Council (M&CC) has been deemed cash strapped; and on multiple occasions, work around the city has had to be halted, since the Municipality was unable to pay workers.The City’s major garbage contractors, Cevons Waste Disposal and Puran Bros Disposal Service, were forced to withdraw their services after the administration was unable to pay them more than $300 million that they were owed. This resulted in Cevons laying off a number of its employees and Central Government stepping in to pick up the more than $300 million tab.In the face of this, employees continue to protest over the non-payment of their salaries, but that does not deter Mayor Chase-Green and Town Clerk Royston King from making regular overseas trips to attend various conferences. The duo have been heavily criticized by concerned citizens.
By The Associated Press WASHINGTON – Arguing it is unfair to continue to pass the cost of the war in Iraq to future generations, three House Democrats on Tuesday offered a long-shot plan to raise taxes to pay for the $150billion bill for the war in 2008. One of them, Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said he would delay action on the White House’s war request for next year, saying he refuses “to continue the status quo.” The tax plan, unveiled by Obey and Reps. John Murtha, D-Pa., and Jim McGovern, D-Mass., would require low- and middle-income taxpayers to add 2 percent to their tax bill. Wealthier people would add a 12 percent to 15 percent surcharge, Obey said. Democrats hope their chances of winning a battle with Bush on the war will be better next year, as the election season heats up and if public support for Bush’s war stance continues to fall.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sponsors of the plan appeared more interested in making a point – getting people to focus on the cost of the war – than offering it as a serious proposal. Top Democrats shot down the idea, and it came under scathing assault from Republicans for linking funding for U.S. troops overseas with tax increases. “Just as I have opposed the war from the outset ? I am opposed to a war surtax,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. The move to defer action on President Bush’s $189 billion war funding request until next year, also announced by Obey, appears to reflect frustration over Democrats’ inability to force Bush to roll back the U.S. mission in Iraq. The war in Iraq is costing about $10 billion a month, with Afghanistan and other missions running about $2 billion a month.
QPR midfielder Sandro has no regrets about joining the club and is happy at Loftus Road – despite the Rs staring relegation in the face.The Brazilian moved across London in the summer from Spurs, where he was regularly chasing Champions League football, only to miss a large part of the season with a knee injury.Now he finds himself fully fit, but the team is second from bottom and four points from safety with trips to Liverpool and Manchester City next up.“I am really enjoying my time here,” he said. “The fans can see on the pitch that I am happy now. I feel that the real Sandro is here now. And I feel very happy that my relationship with the fans is growing with every game that we play.“I’m becoming closer to them and that excites me. I want to say thank you to all the fans for your support.“I know you’ve seen us lose quite a few homes games recently but I think we’ve shown passion.” QPR star Sandro 1
FOUR men who rescued a family from an overturned car were Defence Forces soldiers returning home from Finner Camp, it has emerged.The reluctant heroes went to help the Faulkner family as they returned from a holiday in the county last weekend.Yesterday mum Laura asked Donegal Daily readers to help to find the mystery men who stopped at the side of the road near Ballybofey – to help Laura, her husband Neil and their three young children – aged 3 months, 18 months and 4 – escape. Thanks to you – our readers – Laura was able to contact two of the soldiers to thank them personally for what they did last Sunday.The family had been on holidays here and were travelling home having spent the night in the popular The Gap Lodge B&B in Barnesmore.Said Laura: “The men who came to help us rescued my world, because my children are my world.“They are real heroes as far as we are concerned. We were in a ditch, our car was upside down and the doors were locked. I want to thank them again from the bottom of my heart.” FOUND THEM! HEROES WHO RESCUED FAMILY FROM CRASH ARE SOLDIERS was last modified: April 11th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:AntrimBallyclareBarnesmore GapdonegalFaulkner familyFinner CampLaura FaulknerrescuesoldiersThe Gap
St Eunan’s have already beaten Glenswilly in the finalGAA headquarters has agreed to review an appeal lodged by Naomh Conaill over their senior championship semi-final against Glenswilly, Donegal Daily has learned.The Glenties-based club has appealed against a decision of the Ulster Council which decided not to review its appeal because the club’s paperwork was deemed not to be in order.Croke Park’s National Central Appeals Committee will meet on Friday and decide whether the case should go back to the Ulster Council for review. If they say it should, then the Ulster Council must meet before St Eunan’s – who beat Glenswilly in the county final last Sunday – play Roslea in the Ulster club championship this Sunday.In a statement Naomh Conaill said players and officials felt aggrieved at how both the Donegal County Board and the Ulster Council of the GAA had dealt with the case.If the Ulster Council – with paperwork presumably correct this time around – were to rule in Naomh Conaill’s favour it would, it would throw the Donegal and Ulster club championships into chaos.Naomh Conaill’s grievance stemmed from a black-card incident involving Ciaran Bonner. He had already been yellow-carded and should have been sent off. Instead he was replaced by substitute Oisin Crawford who went on to score. CHAOS FEAR AS CROKE PARK AGREE TO REVIEW NAOMH CONAILL’S APPEAL AGAINST SEMI-FINAL RESULT was last modified: November 6th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:glenswillyNaomh ConaillSt Eunans
Gareth Harkin made his first appearance of the season for Finn Harps tonight since injuring his elbow in training.French striker Wilfried Tagbo scored the only goal for Finn Harps tonight as they recorded a pre-season friendly win over a well organised Inishowen League side at Maginn Park tonight.Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan may well have discovered a free-scoring forward that Harps fans have been crying out for ahead of the forthcoming First Division campaign which kicks-off next month.Parisian striker Tagbo scored the winner for Harps against Cork City ten days ago in another 1-0 friendly victory. He’s expected to remain with the squad over the next few weeks and will feature against Galway on Friday night.Tago must be close to earning a contract with Harps for the coming season and a free-scoring French striker would certainly capture the public’s imagination.Gareth Harkin made his first appearance of the season after sustaining an elbow injury in pre-season training.The influential playmaker played 70 minutes of tonight’s match and will feature again at Terryland Park on Friday. The Inishowen League side performed well throughout and played a neat brand of passing football.However, they’ll be disappointed they never really threatened Ciaran Gallagher who had a comfortable evening.Cockhill Celtic midfielder Malachy McDermott appeared as second-half substitute.Finn Harps team: Ciaran Gallagher, Josh Mailey, Tommy McMonagle, Keith Cowan, Ciaran Coll, Gareth Harkin, Raymond Foy, Matthew Crossan, Michael Funston, Kevin McHugh, Garbhan Friel.FRENCH TRIALIST SCORES AGAIN AS HARPS DEFEAT INISHOWEN LEAGUE IN PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY was last modified: February 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:Finn Harps FCFrenchnewssoccerSportWilfried Tagbo
The trial at the Special Criminal Court of prominent republican Thomas “Slab” Murphy for alleged tax evasion has heard evidence of cheques from a Donegal company being lodged in a bank account in his name.It is the prosecution’s case that, although Mr Murphy conducted significant dealings in relation to cattle and land, and received farming grants from the Department of Agriculture, he failed to make any returns to revenue.Mr Murphy, 66, of Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth, has pleaded not guilty to nine charges alleging that he failed to furnish a return of his income, profits or gains or the source of his income, profits or gains to the Collector General or the Inspector of Taxes for the years 1996/97 to 2004. Mr Murphy is being prosecuted on foot of an investigation by the Criminal Assets Bureau.Charles McCarthy, former manager of Irish Life and Permanent PLC’s money-laundering reporting service, told the court that, in 2006, records of financial transactions conducted by Thomas Murphy, with an address at Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth, were handed over to gardaí.The account is based at Permanent TSB, Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, the court heard.The non-jury court heard evidence in relation to cheques drawn from the account between December 2003 and January 2006.Copies of the cheques were shown to the three-judge court, which heard that cheques were paid from the bank account to Elphin, Ballyjamesduff and Kingscourt livestock marts.Mr McCarthy told Paul Burns SC, prosecuting, that the cheques were signed by T Murphy.The court also heard evidence of a series of cheques, with a total value of over £41,000, paid into the account in 2000.The cheques, made payable to Thomas Murphy, were lodged by Donegal Meat Processors and the Paymaster General, the court heard.John Kearney QC, defending, told the court that his client, Mr Murphy, was “not in control” of the bank account and that the accused’s brother, Patrick Murphy, controlled the account.Mr Kearney put it to Mr McCarthy that: “Not on a single, solitary occasion did Thomas Murphy set foot in the Clanbrassil Street branch of PTSB Dundalk.”Mr McCarthy replied: “I never met the man, so I don’t know.”Records relating to Patrick Murphy’s bank account, also at TSB, Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, were shown to the court.Referring to those records, and to the records of Thomas Murphy’s bank account, Mr McCarthy agreed with Mr Kearney that, on 9 December 1996, sums of £500 were lodged into both accounts.Mr McCarthy further agreed with Mr Kearney that, on 1 April and 25 June 1997, sums of the same amount, £500 and £1,000 respectively, were lodged in both accounts.“Do you agree with me that it’s consistent with one man lodging to both accounts on the same day?” Mr Kearney asked the witness.“It’s quite possible,” Mr McCarthy replied.Mr Kearney suggested to the witness that Patrick Murphy used the account to carry out farming activity.“I can only say that it’s possible,” Mr McCarthy said.The trial continues.TRIAL OF THOMAS ‘SLAB’ MURPHY FOR TAX EVASION HEARS OF DONEGAL CHEQUES was last modified: October 22nd, 2015 by John2Share 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)
What could be more simple than pressing a button with your finger? That “seemingly trivial action is the result of a complex neuro-motor-mechanical process orchestrated with precision timing by the brain, nervous system and muscles of the hand.” So says a press release from University of Southern California posted on EurekAlert. Simple, everyday acts we perform without thinking: cracking an egg, typing on a keyboard, fastening a button, fumbling with a cell phone to answer a call – all require a sophisticated coordination and messaging system between the brain, the nervous system and 30 muscles of the hand. Francisco Valero-Cuevas of USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering commented, “we don’t understand well what a hand is bio-mechanically, how it is controlled neurologically, how disease impairs it, and how treatment can best restore its function.” In an effort to begin to understand, Valero-Cuevas and Madhusudhan Venkadesan, a mathematician from Cornell, measured electrical activity of the muscles of the hand when students simply pressed a surface with a forefinger. Seven muscles of the forefinger clearly switched from a “motion” mode to a “force” mode 65 milliseconds before impacting the surface. “Venkadesan’s mathematical modeling and analysis revealed that the underlying neural control also switched between mutually incompatible strategies in a time-critical manner.” This is a “neurally-demanding” transition even for such a trivial act. The brain must be planning the transition ahead of time, because there is a finite amount of time required to activate the muscles. “Neurophysiological limitations prevent an instantaneous or perfect switch,” Valero-Cuevas said, “so we speculate that there must be specialized circuits and strategies that allow people to do so effectively.” Imagine, he said, going through life with winter gloves on. That’s how life would be without these systems. Our ability to perform fine manipulation of objects with our fingers is a result of many parts working together in precise ways. What does all this mean? For one thing, it explains why it takes years of training for children to master precision skills with their fingers like pinching and manipulating objects, and why these skills can be lost with neurological diseases and aging. “But perhaps even more importantly,” he said, “the findings suggest a functional explanation for an important evolutionary feature of the human brain: its disproportionately large sensory and motor centers associated with hand function.” Valero-Cuevas marched seamlessly from observations in the present to speculations about prehistory. “If, indeed, the nervous system faced evolutionary pressures to be able to anticipate and precisely control routine tasks like rapid precision pinch, the cortical structures for sensorimotor integration for finger function would probably need to be pretty well developed in the brain,” Valero-Cuevas said. “That would give us the neural circuits needed for careful timing of motor actions and fine control of finger muscles,” he said. “Thus, our work begins to propose some functional justifications for the evolution of specialized brain areas controlling dexterous manipulation of the fingertips in humans.” The article was also posted by Science Daily on Jan. 28.The article changed subjects at this point and talked about possible medical applications of their biomechanical research. For some reason this story was unreachable on the USC website. The title was present, but the link was broken.For three sins of USC, and for four, the reprimand due these scientists will not be turned back. (1) Disjunction: There is no connection between the observed facts and their evolutionary story. They made it up out of thin air with hand-waving and magic. (2) Misrepresentation: It misrepresents evolutionary theory. Needs to do not produce complex structures. “Evolutionary pressures” do not “give” the “neural circuits needed” to provide precision switching and control of 30 muscles to perform fine manipulations of objects. The only evolutionary pressure is the one to go extinct. Unless random mutations appear, the pressure is toward death, not emergence of complex, interacting systems. (Good luck waiting ten to the quintillion years for that to happen.) (3) Deception: By presenting an evolutionary explanation as incontrovertible fact, they are lying to the public and their students. What they saw was engineering design, not evolution. OK, strike three; but since creationists are longsuffering and merciful, one more chance. Whoops: (4) Ingratitude: Can any sin be more egregious than to be handed a gift, like two hands and ten fingers, and then to use them against the Giver? The observational facts of science do not support evolutionary storytelling. You saw it just now. These researchers looked at raw, empirical evidence for fine-tuned complexity, and even admitted they don’t understand it, but then immediately leaped into Fantasyland to claim with brashness and confidence that it evolved. They get away with it because that is all they have ever been trained to believe, and critics are systematically expelled from the discussion. Philosophers who should be blowing the whistle on these unwarranted assertions are too often cowed into timidity by the temerity of the Darwin Party. Until scientists realize that such philosophical inferences are unfounded – that they are contrary to the purpose and reasoning of science – the debate over creation and evolution will be muddled in noise. It is not the job of the scientist to invent a tale about a mythical past he cannot observe even in principle. Stick to the facts. Get a grip. Press here. Then, and only then, can people with sense discuss what the facts mean.Encore: To reinforce the conviction that brain/hand coordination could never have evolved, listen to a recording of Vladimir Horowitz playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Horowitz performed nearly 30 minutes entirely from memory, over a huge dynamic range with such rapid-fire precision it is incredible to conceive of the brain signaling involved. Can you imagine a chimpanzee doing this? Or composing such a thing? For a sample, here is part of the second movement on YouTube. You absolutely must hear the third and final movement. Here is a taste on YouTube, which, unfortunately, stops before the grand finale. A poorer-quality video that includes the ending can be found at truveo.com. If you liked these, here’s another fast finger frolic. How about one more? Go ahead, Charlie; tell me about evolution.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Tags:#Government#NYT#web The Obama Administration’s 2012 budget includes $126 million for the development of exascale supercomputing. The last budget marked out only $24 million for supercomputing. Exascale computing systems are said to be capable of 1,000 times the processing power of the fastest computer currently operational, the Chinese Tianhe-1A supercomputer. The Department of Energy’s Office of Science will get $91 million, while the National Nuclear Security Administration will receive $36 million, if the budget is approved by congress.Advanced computing has a DOE total budget about of $465 million, an increase of 21% over 2010. Supercomputers are used to model complex systems. The higher-functioning the supercomputer the more accurate a model can be, whether of weather, war or global warming. Currently, supercomputer processing speeds are rendered in terms of a petaflop, one quadrillion floating point operations per second. Exascale computing, which most experts believe will be achievable by 2021, will increase this a thousandfold. The ability to compute in exabytes seems increasingly necessary as the amount of data available increases cataclysmically. Eight years ago there were only about five exabytes of data online. Two years ago, that amount of flowed over the Internet in a month. But recent estimates put the monthly Internet data flow at 21 exabytes.The problem with reaching this milestone is not so much computing development as it is power requirements. According to supercomputing specialist Peter Kogge, the development of exascale is liable to hit a “power wall.” “(S)uccess in assembling such a machine will demand a coordinated cross-disciplinary effort carried out over a decade or more…to find the right combination of processing circuitry, memory structures, and communications conduits — something that can beat what are normally voracious power requirements down to manageable levels.”To get more of big data on, download ReadWriteWeb’s free report, “The Age of Exabytes: Tools & Approaches For Managing Big Data. Argonne Blue photo by Argonne National Laboratory | other sources: HPCwire, Computerworld Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkins Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market