Zinc thief fined $30,000

first_imgA man who attempted to steal two galvanised zinc sheets from the roof of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) Sports Complex building was on Monday fined after he admitted to the offence.Thirty-year-old Andrew Arjune admitted that he did attempt to commit the act on February 28, 2018 at Thomas Lands, Georgetown.The defendant told Magistrate Judy Latchman who he appeared before that the building was old and the zinc sheets fell from the roof to the ground.According to Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore, the Secretary of the Union received a call informing him that someone was removing the galvanised sheets from the Sports Complex yard.He informed the Police of same, and they went to the location and saw Arjune, who they arrested.The defendant when questioned by Magistrate Latchman told her that he removed the sheets “to see if anybody want buy it”.The man, who was previously charged for stealing from his uncle, however, begged the Magistrate for mercy.He was fined $30,000. Failure to pay the fine will result in him serving two weeks’ imprisonment.last_img read more

Photos: Antonio Brown selling two mansions

first_imgTroubled wide receiver Antonio Brown is seeking to sell two mansions he owned when he played for two former teams: the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oakland Raiders.Click here if viewing from a  mobile device.Antonio Brown is selling his Pennsylvania mansion. (Redfin)The first mansion in Gibsonia, Penn., about 30 minutes north of Heinz Field, Brown purchased in 2014 for $1.91 million, reports Realtor.com.The 8,797-square-foot property has five bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms. It also features a …last_img read more

Stars: Born of Violence, or Doing Violence to Theories?

first_imgTwo stunning images from the giant orbiting telescopes are breeding tales of violence, but the reader can decide if the trauma is building stars and planets, or pummeling theories.  Space.com tells about the new Spitzer infrared photo of Eta Carina, announcing, “As they destroy the huge cloud that is their home, wildly energetic stars may be triggering the birth of the next generation.”  The idea is that material blasted away by the central star’s ultrasonic winds and ultraviolet radiation clumps in eddies where new stars can form.  Yet Nathan Smith explained that current theory does not explain the apparent synchronized star formation in the Carina Nebula.  Dust and gas will not collapse into stars without becoming concentrated.  Smith invoked a snowplow metaphor to explain how the material might have piled up, then “eventually formed knots where new stars could form.”    Science1 described observations of the Orion Nebula made by the Chandra X-ray telescope, where X-ray flares emanating from the Trapezium – thousands of times more energetic than anything our sun generates – are making some astronomers imagine birth through violence.  They speculate whether such conditions keep newly-forming planets from spiraling into their host stars, and might also explain the formation of chondrules, melted meteoritic material that has been difficult to explain in our solar system.  Confident claims such as “The results turn back the clock to the infancy of our own sun” are contrasted with mysteries, such as:No one knows the impacts of such giant magnetic short-circuits.…it stretches current theory, [Eric] Feigelson readily admits.This was a whole category of energy release and physics that we just couldn’t study before.Feigelson thinks this “planetary protection” picture, in a phrase coined by NASA, needs a better theoretical anchor before anyone hops aboard that boat.  “The story is not necessarily persuasive because of the complexities of planet formation, but it’s very tempting,” he says.  “COUP [Chandra Orion Ultradeep Project] gives us much more confidence that our young sun was very magnetically active.  I am not as confident about the other steps in the argument.”  (Emphasis added in all quotes.)  The article ends noting that, while the data set is rich, the theory is still a work in progress.    Another surprise was announced by Australian astronomers working at the Keck Observatory: the stellar disk of Andromeda spiral galaxy M31 is apparently three times larger than earlier assumed.  ABC News Australia has the story.  One astronomer said of previous theories of galaxy accretion, “This giant disk discovery will be very hard to reconcile with computer simulations of forming galaxies.”1Robert Irion, “Turbulent Orion Nebula Shows a Flare for the Dramatic,” Science, Vol 308, Issue 5726, 1249-1250, 27 May 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5726.1249].The pictures are beautiful.  The stories are entertaining.  No human lifetime could watch the whole sequence, so the interpretations are very much model-driven and riddled with difficulties.  Certain ones claim this or that feature supports their pet theory (see Finagle’s Second Law).  Others claim it turns the pet against its owner.    Evolutionists seem drawn to violence as a creative process.  Though biological evolution is many orders of magnitude more implausible than stellar evolution, it still seems that theories of star and planet formation, though dealing in the hard-science realms of physics and chemistry, still require many ad hoc elements to work.  Note Feigelson’s remark about the “complexities of planet formation” – they are many, and serious.    Telescopes bring us light from these objects that, though it left long ago, is received in our present.  The light gives us information about color, temperature, wavelengths, magnetic fields, velocities and a few other things that were going on when the photons left the object.  It is “tempting” to “hop aboard the boat” of this or that speculation, but boats without firm planks tend to leak.  A “firm theoretical anchor” makes a leaky boat leak even faster.  Moral: keep the data distinct from the stories.  Collect watertight planks before setting out to sea.  The next publication could well reveal today’s Spanish Armada of blustering hype sinking under the violent onslaught of new observations.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Publication outlines pesticide risks for pollinators

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A new publication available from Purdue Extension could help crop producers minimize pesticide risk to pollinator species.Protecting Pollinators in Agronomic Crop Production, the latest publication in the Protecting Pollinators series, describes some of the risks pollinators may face when pesticides are applied to field crops, such as corn, soybeans or wheat.“Honeybees don’t necessarily need to be sprayed directly with pesticides to be harmed,” said co-author Rick Foster, entomology professor and Extension integrated pest management specialist. “Honeybees consume pollen, nectar and water to survive, and any of these can be sources of pesticide exposure. Additionally, planting dust or pesticide droplets may be suspended in the air as they fly through it. This publication will help agronomic crop producers to recognize some of the risks associated with pesticide use and reduce some of those harmful side effects.”Foster co-authored the publication with fellow Purdue entomologists Christian Krupke and Greg Hunt, Purdue Extension educator Michael O’Donnell and Phil Sutton, St. Joseph County Extension director.The publication includes sections describing why honeybees and other pollinators are important to the agricultural system, ways in which pesticide poisoning may occur, and best management practices to minimize the impact of pesticides, particularly insecticides.Protecting Pollinators in Agronomic Crop Production is available for free download from Purdue Extension’s The Education Store.The Protecting Pollinators series is funded by a Purdue Extension Issue-Based Action Team (IBAT) award, and is part of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiative to protect pollinator health across the country. Pollinator species include honeybees as well as flies, butterflies, moths, beetles and hummingbirds.last_img read more

Hiring People Based on Their Deficiencies

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now My first book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, is a competency model. It covers 9 main attributes or behaviors successful salespeople tend to possess in large enough quantities to do well. It also covers 8 skills that salespeople need to create and win opportunities. There are 17 elements in all, and it makes for a good lens through which to view salespeople.The lens that a competency model provides allows you to understand why a person may be struggling and what you can do to improve performance. And here is the thing: no one has all of these competencies at the highest level, and everyone has deficiencies in some of them. You can be the most disciplined person in the world, and not be as resourceful as you need to be. You can be resourceful, and still not take initiative, choosing to be reactive and living in your inbox.This is true of the skills as well. You might be very good at prospecting and still lack the business acumen that makes you a trusted advisor. You might also do well at diagnosing, but struggle to gain commitments.Everyone you hire will have strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the competencies necessary for the role for which you are considering them. This means you have to ask yourself two questions:Does this person have the competencies that they need to succeed in this role?The answer to this question is always, “Yes, some of them.” If you look at the role of leader, you are looking at competencies that cover so much territory that it is hard to judge an individual. Charisma? Vision? Integrity? Business acumen? Strategic thinking? Record of producing results? Competitive?All of these are important, and you will find each of them at different levels in different individuals. No one is going to score 100 percent on every competency. Which means we must ask a different question:Can I develop the other competencies or live without them?You are not going to hire perfect people. You are going to hire people who need to develop in some areas. You are hiring human beings, and we all have deficiencies. One of the decisions you are making when you hire is the decision as to whether you can help them improve in some area or mitigate the damage the deficiency causes.If you are hiring for an opportunity creating salesperson, an aversion to prospecting would be a deficiency that you cannot accept. It is the critical aspect of the role. But you may decide that you can live with a deficiency in their business acumen, because your company has the ability to develop that in your salespeople.If you are hiring an account manager, that prospecting deficiency isn’t going to be a problem, but a lack of communication, caring, or accountability may be deficiencies that would cause that individual to struggle, or be better suited for another role.To hire well, you need to look as closely at the deficiencies as the competencies. Looking only at the competencies and not the deficiencies is how you make hiring mistakes—and it’s how you lose time.last_img read more