2 ordered to face trial in ’04 death

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Each defendant was being held without bail. Before being charged in Juarez’s slaying, Buford was in prison in Tehachapi, serving time for an unrelated offense. Ward was arrested in July on a no-bail murder warrant in downtown Lancaster. Buford was sent to prison in April to serve a 16-month sentence for vehicle theft and drug possession. He had convictions in 1999 and 2000 for transporting drugs or possession of drugs for sale, state prison records show. Ward is facing charges in an unrelated assault case, according to Sheriff’s Department records. The two men were linked to the crime by witnesses who saw the assault, homicide detectives said. LANCASTER – A prison inmate and another man have been ordered to stand trial for murder in the fatal beating of a construction worker during a December 2004 robbery behind a Lancaster bar. Isaac Buford, 32, and Charles Ward, 43, both of Lancaster are charged with the Dec. 16 slaying of 44-year-old Augustin Juarez, who was attacked and robbed in an alley behind the Britisher in the 800 block of West Avenue I. Juarez appeared to be the victim of a random robbery, homicide investigators said. Both men were ordered held for trial on murder and robbery charges after a preliminary hearing that concluded Thursday in Antelope Valley Superior Court. Investigators think Juarez was in the alley looking for a prostitute when he was accosted by the two defendants. A bar employee found Juarez injured nearly two hours after the bar closed. Deputies said Juarez was unconscious and not breathing when they arrived. He had suffered one or more blows to the back of the head. Juarez was rushed to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Coroner’s officials said his wallet was found next to his body. Juarez’s relatives told investigators that the victim usually carried several hundred dollars on him, detectives said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@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

Power restored following major power fault in Letterkenny

first_imgLetterkenny suffered a major power fault this evening (Sat) leaving more than 3000 people without power. Areas in the outskirts of the Donegal town were also believed to be affected.The Electricity Supply Board (ESB) responded to the incident to repair the issue, with the interruption solved shortly before 5pm on Saturday. ESB apologised for the loss of supply following the short blackout.Power restored following major power fault in Letterkenny was last modified: October 7th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Human Evolution Falsified

first_imgThe title of this entry comes from the data, not from the claims being made about it.  The cover story in Cell1 this week has set off a flurry of startling headlines: EurekAlert pronounces, “Evidence that human brain evolution was a special event” and “University of Chicago researchers discovered that humans are a ‘privileged’ evolutionary lineage.”    The gist of the research by Dorus et al. from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and University of Chicago is that there is a huge genetic gap between human brains and those of our nearest alleged ancestors.  EurekAlert explains:One of the study’s major surprises is the relatively large number of genes that have contributed to human brain evolution.  “For a long time, people have debated about the genetic underpinning of human brain evolution,” said [Bruce] Lahn [HHMI}.  “Is it a few mutations in a few genes, a lot of mutations in a few genes, or a lot of mutations in a lot of genes?  The answer appears to be a lot of mutations in a lot of genes.  We’ve done a rough calculation that the evolution of the human brain probably involves hundreds if not thousands of mutations in perhaps hundreds or thousands of genes — and even that is a conservative estimate.”    It is nothing short of spectacular that so many mutations in so many genes were acquired during the mere 20-25 million years of time in the evolutionary lineage leading to humans, according to Lahn.  This means that selection has worked “extra-hard” during human evolution to create the powerful brain that exists in humans.1Dorus et al., “Accelerated Evolution of Nervous System Genes in the Origin of Homo sapiens,” Cell Volume 119, Issue 7, 29 December 2004, Pages 1027-1040, doi:10.1016/j.cell.2004.11.040.We are glad to be able to announce the downfall of Saddam Darwin to end this eventful year, 2004.  Now there are just a few Darwin Party insurgents to mop up, and the public will be free of this deadly totalitarian regime.  (Would that it were so easy; it would be like Bush’s premature victory speech.)    The science outlets are spinning this story without letting go of Darwinism.  They are throwing around phrases like strong selection, intensified selection and other nonsense as if random mutations conspired to sculpt the most complex piece of matter in the known universe.  They know better.  Orthogenesis (straight-line evolution) is out.  Teleology is out.  Personifying natural selection is out, so all they have to work with are thousands of random, undirected changes over thousands of different genes that have no ability to conspire with one another.  (In fact, they counteract one another; see 11/29/2004 and 10/19/2004 headlines).  But if even one beneficial mutation is hard to find (see 03/19/2002 headline), how is any rational person to believe that thousands – “and that is a conservative estimate” – accomplished such a feat?  The gig is up, Darwin Party: surrender.  It’s over.  Throw down your arms.    The award for Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week goes to Bruce Lahn for his one-liner that “selection has worked ‘extra-hard’ during human evolution to create the powerful brain that exists in humans.”  This can serve as USO entertainment for the liberation troops as they begin their clean-up operations.(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Female dog brutalised in Goa, alleges Humane Society

first_imgThe Humane Society International (HSI)-India has alleged that a female dog was brutalised and abused by an unknown person pushing a screwdriver in the animal’s private parts in the coastal village of Siolim. In a complaint to the Goa Director General of Police (DGP), HSI-India demanded registration of a First Information Report (FIR) and criminal investigation in the case. The letter also urges DGP to issue an alert against the unknown abuser in the village of Siolim.The complaint comes a few days after recent case of brutalising of a pregnant goat by eight persons in Haryana.In a letter written by N. G. Jayasimha, MD, HSI-India, the society also demanded that a crackdown on those involved in animal cruelty can help keep such “dangerous criminals off the street.” The alleged cruelty came to the fore after the six-year-old female dog was picked up on July 19 by volunteers of HSI, India near the Siolim fish market for animal birth control surgery earlier this month.last_img read more

Odisha to include more people in welfare plans

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced his government’s decision to provide old-age pension to an additional five lakh beneficiaries under its Madhu Babu Pension Yojana in the State.The new beneficiaries would avail of the benefits under the scheme from December 15.A total of 43 lakh people are getting old-age pension at present. While those aged between 60 and 80 years get ₹300, those above 80 years receive ₹500 every month. The Chief Minister also announced that 40,000 artists will get assistance of ₹1,200 per month under the Mukhya Mantri Kalakar Sahayata Yojana with effect from December 15.Mr. Patnaik directed the District Collectors to disburse the assistance to beneficiaries under both the schemes from December 15 to 20 by organising special camps.last_img read more

Marvin Williams’ 7 3-pointers lift Hornets past Pistons

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “He’s a pick-and-popper,” Bullock said. “We’ve just got to be able to rotate to him quicker or whatever we want to do to be able to get to him a lot quicker. He had a lot of open looks and he was shooting pretty quick, so we just have to do better with our switches or peel-backs or whatever we call it to be able to get back to shooters.”When Hornets coach James Borrego speaks of Williams, he normally uses one word: pro.“He’s at the core of who we are,” Borrego said. “I’m really proud of him, he shot the ball well and his teammates were looking for him. He was locked and loaded tonight.”Kemba Walker finished with 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting and hit two 3-pointers down the stretch to seal Charlotte’s second straight win at home. The Hornets moved back ahead of the Pistons for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.Blake Griffin had 23 points, and Andre Drummond had 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who shot 39 percent from the floor and scored their fewest points of the season.ADVERTISEMENT The Hornets opened a 15-point lead in the third quarter behind 13 points by Williams.But Pistons would cut the lead to three with five minutes left in the game after the Hornets missed their first eight shots of the fourth quarter.Enter Lamb.Lamb, who beat the Pistons on a last-second jumper 10 days ago, shook off a cold shooting night and scored on a driving left-handed layup and then buried a deep 3-pointer.Walker then connected on back-to-back 3s, the first coming after shaking off a defender. Walker even seemed to impress himself, smiling wide and holding his hands over his head mouthing the words “Oh my!” After his second, he ran back down the court lifting his legs high in the air while pumping his arms, knowing he had all but sealed the game.TIP-INSPistons: Bench was outscored 36-23. … Shot 23.5 percent from 3-point range. .. Only made 14 of 22 free throws.Hornets: Cody Zeller fouled out with 4:17 left and the Hornets leading 83-78. … Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 12 points and Willy Hernangomez had 11 off the bench.NOT UP TO SATISFACTIONPistons coach Dwane Casey wasn’t pleased with his team’s effort. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ “Our give-a-crap level was very low,” Casey said. “For a very important game like tonight, when you are a winner you come out and take this game and come ready to fight. I’ll take the blame for it. I didn’t get our team ready enough to come out and compete and fight.”DEFENSE STEPS UPBorrego said it was his team’s best defensive effort of the season.“We found a group of men that’s committed to the defensive end these last two games,” Borrego said. “Four fast-break points for them, 46 points in the paint, I think that was our low for the season for opponent points at 86. … I think we made a lot strides defensively these last few days and that’s what’s got to sustain us, competing on both ends of the floor.”UP NEXTPistons: Host the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.Hornets: Visit the Boston Celtics on Sunday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Kawhi Leonard scores 37 as Raptors beat Cavs Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) reacts after making a 3-point basket against the Detroit Pistons during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When asked about the last time he made seven 3-pointers in a game, Marvin Williams paused for several seconds and then finally responded, “High school?”That was a long time ago for the 32-year-old Williams.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The 13-year veteran found his shooting stroke on Friday night, making a career-high 7 of 11 shots from beyond the arc on the way to a season-high 24 points as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Detroit Pistons for the third time this season, 98-86.“He was sniping tonight,” teammate Jeremy Lamb said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe Hornets skipped their morning shootaround, and Williams said he reported to the game feeling fresh.Detroit’s Reggie Bullock said the Pistons suffered defensive breakdowns in guarding Williams. 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Dolphins Richie Incognito Suspended For Sending Racist Texts to

Photo by The Associated Press.Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito, known around the NFL for dirty play, added to his already sullied reputation by being suspended indefinitely by the team for sending racist and threatening text messages to teammate Jonathan Martin.Anonymous sources told The Associate Press that coach Joe Philbin suspended Incognito late Sunday night after becoming aware of the nature of the correspondence from the 319-pound Incognito, who is white, to the 312-pound Martin, a Black offensive lineman who played alongside Incognito.The team and NFL continued their investigation into allegations by Martin’s representatives that he was bullied, and Philbin said Dolphins owner Stephen Ross asked Commissioner Roger Goodell for assistance. The NFL Players Association also planned to look into the matter.”There’s certain people out there who are just punks, and he wants to be that kind of guy,” former Seahawks and Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson said Monday. ”But because he’s a lineman, he gets away with a lot of stuff that people don’t see. . . Incognito is way worse than anybody I ever played against.”Philbin said he was unaware of hazing incidents that involved Incognito – such as hacking into a teammate’s Facebook page – as shown on the HBO series ”Hard Knocks” that chronicled the Dolphins’ training camp in 2012. Philbin said he never watched the program.”If the review shows that this is not a safe atmosphere, I will take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that it is,” Philbin said. ”I have that obligation to the players that I coach on a daily basis, and I will do that.”In first four years with the St. Louis Rams, Incognito led the NFL in penalties for unnecessary roughness before the team tired of his antics and released him in 2009.David Shaw, coach at Stanford, where Martin played in college, said Martin is doing well, but he was not sure when he would return to the Dolphins.”The two behemoths strike dramatically different backgrounds: Martin is the son of Harvard graduates and grew up in California cultured on classical music and literature. Incognito is anything like his last name suggests. The New Jersey native has been at the heart of many run-ins, fights and controversies because of an overzealous nature. Some  observers wonder if Incognito has eclipsed the boundaries of permissible locker room high jinks or hazing.“A large part of this has been growing up, making a conscious effort on my end to change some ways in my life and change some of my ways on the football field,” Incognito told The Sun-Sentinel in August. He made the comment two months after receiving a trespassing warning after a suspected bar fight in Miami Beach, according to The Palm Beach Post.Giants kicker Josh Brown played with Incognito at Nebraska and in St. Louis. His view of his former teammate, expressed in The New York Times, could be telling: “A person with a tortured soul.”“He’s always been a fighter,” Brown said. “It’s just something he hadn’t been able to kick. It’s unfortunate and it’s sad, very sad.” read more

First return hajj flight arrives in Dhaka

first_imgThe first return hajj flight of this year has arrived in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, reports news agency UNB.General manager of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Shakil Meraj said that the national flag carrier with some 420 hajj pilgrims arrived in the airport safely around 8:30pm on Wednesday.He also said Biman Bangladesh Airlines will conduct a total of 169 flights till 5 October to carry the pilgrims to the country back.Earlier, the national flag carrier carried some 54,873 hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia through 187 flights.last_img read more

Bangladeshi women in Italy fight for gender rights

first_imgSecond-generation Bangladeshi women are finding it easier to shake off traditional stereotypes. Photo: DWThe Bangladeshi community in Italy is the second largest in Europe. However, many women are still struggling to adapt, not least because of their husbands, reports Deutsche Welle.As soon as the sun fades behind the concrete blocks surrounding Malatesta Square, groups of women dressed in colourful shalwar trousers emerge, seeking some relief from the warm Italian summer.”Two days after I arrived here from Bangladesh, I started crying,” says Sumi, 25, scratching her hijab. She just got married to her cousin, who works as a baker in Italy.When he proposed marriage, Sumi was initially happy to relocate to a foreign country. “I thought we would visit Pompei,” she says.For now, they have no opportunity to travel. Her husband works at night, so life has become quite tedious: she sleeps in the morning, cooks for him in the afternoon and occasionally manages to meet her aunts.Sumi earned a law degree in Bangladesh and is keen to find a job — against her husband’s wishes: “He said ‘No, you are a housewife.'””The majority of Bangladeshi men want to coop up women,” says Salma Akhter Zaman, “otherwise they would open their eyes and realise they have rights.”Zaman also comes from Bangladesh and has worked as a cultural mediator in hospitals, schools and public offices. She says attending language classes is the best way for the newcomers to dive into Italian society. “But some husbands even refuse those. They fear that their wives might become more independent.”A minority within a minorityAccording to the interior ministry, almost 140,000 Bangladeshis live in Italy with a permit, the second-largest community in Europe after Britain.Francesco Pompeo, an anthropologist who studies their lives in Rome, estimates that the real number is higher: “A third of them has no regular residency permit,” he says. There are currently just over 38,000 women, accounting for less than a third of the community.”They are generally young wives who came here to reunite with their husbands,” say researchers Katiuscia Carna and Sara Rossetti, authors of the book Kotha — Bangladeshi women in the changing city of Rome.Migrant men reaching Europe in search of profitable employment are called ‘Probashi’ — essentially expats. After a few years abroad, their families find them a wife and arrange a marriage in Bangladesh.When they come home and meet their future brides, their tales get embellished, so that the pride of their communities remains intact. “Migration is a family project, and those who travel usually represent their gems,” says Rosetti.A harsher reality often awaits in Italy. Many leave large, cohesive families behind and end up sharing small houses with other couples or single men.Since their husbands work hard and come home only to eat and sleep, the world of these women shrinks to the size of their tiny bedrooms.’My job gave me a boost’Sultana opened the first traditional fashion shop as a way to assert herself. Photo: DW”I was dead inside. Italians had their friends and families. I had nobody,” says Sultana, 46, behind a counter covered with neatly folded saris and full ankle-length skirts known as lehengas.Loneliness prompted Sultana to open the first traditional fashion shop in the neighbourhood of Tor Pignattara 18 years ago. “The shop gave me a boost,” she says. “Many women now pass by. It’s like having an extended family.”She readily recognises that the support of her husband Nurum was pivotal. “I was freer than the others also because he has always believed in me.”In the same neighbourhood, self-support organisations are being created to help fellow Bangladeshi women. On a Thursday night, the charity Mahila Samaj Kalyan Samity meets at Laila fashion, another traditional clothes shop near Sultana’s.In four days time, the association will hold a community picnic under the Marmore waterfall. The shop’s staff have already booked two buses.”We simply try to help our fellow women,” says Laila Shah, 46, who chairs the association. She believes that men still exert too much control over their wives. “Language and a lack of jobs: these are the issues the women face in this community.” According to the interior ministry just over 10 per cent of the 38,000 women work regularly.The next generation”I would love to see Bangladeshi women smoking and hanging out at night because that would tear stereotypes apart,” says Sahila Mahiuddin, 28. When Sahila speaks passionately, she waves her arms around in the most typical Italian way.Her family raised her as an open-minded woman. When her mother granted her permission to stay out at night, she gave her a simple piece of advice: “Hide from other community members.””Bangladeshis are obsessed with ‘Manush ki bolbe,’ which means ‘What will people say,'” Sahila says. She’s worked as a cultural mediator and insists that this attitude leads to harassment and violence among some couples that is usually covered up.Like many of her fellow second-generation Bangladeshi-Italians, Sahila loves the culture of her family, but cannot stand prejudices and stereotypes. “[The Prophet] Muhammad’s first wife was a skilled merchant, so those men who use religion to justify their sexism are mere opportunists.”She says that things are slowly changing, with Bangladeshi women working as caregivers, cultural mediators, waitresses and even as hairdressers.Today, the rebellious years of fighting her mother are behind her. She graduated from La Sapienza University, got married to a Bangladeshi man and now works in a fiscal advisory service.But her feelings haven’t changed: “When I think about my future as a mother, I just want my children to be as free as they can.”last_img read more