One Year After Turtle’s Release, Satellite Tracker Continues to Operate

first_imgFLORIDA KEYS — An adult loggerhead sea turtle, released off the Florida Keys a year ago after it was treated at the Keys’ Turtle Hospital, continues to be tracked via satellite. “Mr. T” was named by staff at the Turtle Hospital in February 2019 after several surgeries to remove a fishhook. The marine reptile was returned to the ocean May 7, 2019, with a small satellite transmitter epoxied to its shell by Mote Marine Laboratory staff to track migratory patterns of male loggerheads. Since the release, the turtle has traveled more than 1,600 miles. It spent time in the Atlantic Ocean off the Keys, but also swam in Gulf of Mexico waters off southwest Florida. Currently Mr. T is near Key Largo.“We do not know much about the adult males,” said Turtle Hospital Manager Bette Zirkelbach. “The females come back to shore to nest.“The males never come back to shore, so we don’t have an opportunity to put satellite tags on them,” she added. “With this study, we are able to track the males and see where the boys go.” Zirkelbach said it’s unusual for a small transmitter to remain on a sea turtle for so long and to keep working. Typically, transmitters fall off in about four to six months, but because Mr. T is an adult his continued growth is very slow, she said. Younger turtles grow more rapidly and top layers of their shells shed more.“It’s unusual, but that satellite tag is still on Mr. T and it’s still transmitting good information,” she said.Eventually, the transmitter will fall off the turtle, Zirkelbach said. Mr. T’s progress here.last_img read more

Schoneborn, Alexander Named Women’s Outdoor Athletes of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi senior Rabea Schoneborn and UIW junior Sarea Alexander are the Southland Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by Honorable Mention: De’Shalyn Jones, Northwestern State; Tiffani Mays, UIW; Clarissa Smith, Southeastern Louisiana. Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Rabea Schoneborn, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Sr. – Niederkassel, GermanySchoneborn set a school record while taking first in the 5,000m at the UTSA Invitational with a time of 16:53.32. She finished a full 30 seconds ahead of the field. Her mark set last week is a full minute faster than any other athlete in the Southland this season and ranks eighth in the country. The Islanders head to Houston for Rice’s Victor Lopez Classic on Friday while UIW will compete at Abilene Christian’s Wes Kittley Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Honorable Mention: Kayla Melgar, Abilene Christian; Kahoa Mikaele, New Orleans; Ashley Davis, Southeastern Louisiana. Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Sarea Alexander, UIW – Jr. – San Antonio, TexasWith her gold medal-winning leap of 20-05.0 in the long jump, Alexander set a stadium record at the UIW Spring Break Cardinal Classic. She leads the Southland and is ranked second in the nation in the event. Following that performance, the San Antonio native finished first in the triple jump (40-06.0), defeating the second-place finisher by nearly two meters. That triple jump mark leads the conference by 4.75 inches. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

No. 5 Houston Baptist Topples No. 4 Abilene Christian in Five-Set Thriller

first_imgHBU will now move on to the semifinal round and take on No. 1 seed Stephen F. Austin in the first semifinal Saturday at 12 p.m. on the Southland Digital Network. NATCHITOCHES, La. – No. 5 Houston Baptist knocked off No. 4 seed Abilene Christian in the quarterfinal round of the 2018 Southland Conference Tournament Friday afternoon at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches, La. Houston Baptist senior setter Madison O’Brien logged a double-double performance with 20 digs and 48 assists for the Huskies. Mikayla Vivens also made her presence known for HBU with 19 digs and a match-high 19 kills on the afternoon. Abilene Christian’s Jacey Smith recorded double-double figures with 12 kills and 11 digs. Set FourHouston Baptist refused to give up in a crucial fourth set that featured seven lead changes. Madison O’Brien sparked a 7-1 scoring run that created a cushion for the Huskies to go ahead of the Wildcats 21-13. Although Abilene Christian made one final push that brought the Wildcats within two points, 23-21, HBU was able to rattle off three consecutive points to clinch the fourth-set win at 25-21. Houston Baptist’s steady increase in their offensive output was ever-present as the Huskies totaled 16 kills from seven players in game four. Set ThreeHBU jumped ahead to an early 6-4 lead after a kill from Kelly Colwell. However, three consecutive attack errors by the Huskies allowed the Wildcats to regain their lead at 8-6. Lillian Drever provided back-to-back kills for Houston Baptist that locked the score up at 10-10. A kill by Ashtyn Richie placed HBU ahead 12-11 and the Huskies never looked back on the way to a 25-19 win.center_img Set TwoDespite four kills from Houston Baptist’s Mikayla Vivens, the Huskies were unable to overcome the Wildcats in game two. ACU’s defense remained strong as ACU converted six blocks and 22 digs to top HBU 25-16 on the shoulders of Bosse’s 11 second-set assists. Set Five With a trip to the next round on the line, Abilene Christian began the final set with a 7-3 run. Despite a kill from Lauren Walker that placed the Wildcats up 12-9, Houston Baptist responded with  six unanswered points to down ACU 15-12 and claim the match. Set OneAbilene Christian claimed the opening set 25-18 over Houston Baptist following 11 team kills and four blocks by the Wildcats. ACU limited the Huskies to a .049 attack percentage and never trailed after taking a 5-4 lead following a kill from Kendall Bosse. Box Score | Photo Gallery | 2018 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament Homepagelast_img read more

Loko and Eliab back for round 13 clash

first_imgThe SP PNG Hunters have named their team for the round 13 clash against the Central Queensland Capras at Marley Brown Oval this Saturday at 7pm. Centre Thompson Teteh is not available for selection due to a badly corked thigh – his place is to be filled by Noel Zemming. Also not considered for selection is Sebastine Pandia, who has been stood down and heavily fined for a breach in the club’s code of conduct. David Loko returns for round 13 after serving out his time for a breach of the club’s code of conduct. Another welcome return to the side will be captain Israel Eliab, who has been out for the last two games due to measles. Coach Michael Marum will be expecting his team to tighten their defence against the Capras who are tough opposition on their home turf. Marum in an interview said that the team would be working on ball control and to avoid playing catch up football which has been the case in the last few games. The team (2 to be omitted) is: 1. Adex Wera 2. Garry Lo 3. Noel Zeming 4. Albert Patak 5. Edward Goma  6. Israel Eliab © 7. Roger Laka 8. Timothy Lomai 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Esau Siune 11. George Benson 12. David Loko 13. Adam Korave Interchange 14. Dion Aiye 15. Willie Minoga  16. Lawrence Tu’u 17. Tiger Emery 18. Joe Bruno 19.Stanton Albert 20. Noel Joellast_img read more

Over $5B collected during GRA’s tax amnesty

first_imgAs the deadline for the second and final phase of the tax amnesty granted by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) draws closer, GRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statia has disclosed that billions of dollars have been collected as of the end of August.Speaking with reporters at the sideline of an event on Wednesday, the tax chief said the GRA has managed to collect over $5 billion so far and this figure may increase. He also reminded that this is the last extension that will be granted to the amnesty, while encouraging defaulters to pay.“Persons had an opportunity to pay their outstanding taxes in the first six months and it was extended for a second time for three months, so why should we continue to extend this? There is a limit to tax amnesty. Tax amnesty should not be given on a yearly basis,” he added.Statia noted that the GRA is waiving the interest and penalties and not the tax. While he expressed some level of satisfaction with the response from the general public, Statia said he is dissatisfied about the limited amount of persons who have come forward and voluntarily filed their returns.“What I am dissatisfied about is not the payment of the arrears, but I am sure that there are more persons who should have come forward and voluntarily filed their tax returns. We have not seen a great number of person doing that but those who have done so have made sizable payments.”The GRA head also asserted that paying taxes is an investment in one country’s progress. He said many persons who have failed to pay their taxes here, pay overseas.According to him, developed countries are now introducing programmes such as Domestic Resources Mobilisation, where once a person can mobilise their resources by paying their taxes, the countries don’t mind if the individuals invest the rest of the tax income in their countries.“They are doing so simply because they want to reduce aid to these countries and that is why there is a drive for people to pay their taxes in their home country instead of sending all oversees. You not paying your taxes means you are not patriotic, because taxation is a social contract.”Statia further argued that while people are always complaining that Government is not providing efficient public services, many of those who complain are not paying their rightful taxes.“Where would the Government get the funding to provide those services like healthcare, pay teachers, roads and hospitals? We give little and demand much. That is unfortunate in this country,” Statia added, explaining further the importance of taxation to the country.GRA had announced in January that it would be providing a period of amnesty for delinquent taxpayers. This move by the Authority was in keeping with the measures announced by Finance Minister Winston Jordan in his Budget 2018 speech last year.Jordan had said that the period of amnesty for taxpayers, both corporate and individual, would ensure they are able to get in order, the filing of true and correct tax returns and payment of their true and correct taxes. The amnesty is applicable to taxpayers who have principal taxes outstanding; non-filers such as persons who are delinquent in the filing and payment.The Minister said taxpayers who file and pay all principal taxes on or before June 30, 2018 will have all interest and penalties waived, while those who file and pay all principal taxes between July 1, 2018 and September 30, 2018 will have 50 per cent of interest and penalties waived.At the end of the last amnesty which ended in June 2018, it was announced that $3 billion was raked in, but this number has since climbed. The final amnesty ends September 30.last_img read more

High Court dismisses petition for ownership of city property

first_imgThe lengthy court battle between two top players in the local hardware business over prime property in Georgetown recently came to an end with the High Court dismissing a petition for declaration of title filed by Guyana Realty Investments Ltd (GRIL) – a company owned by Sattaur Gafoor.Proprietor of National Hardware Limited, Eddie Boyer claimed that he and his wife, Donna Boyer, have been legal owners of the property located at Lot 117 B Regent and Alexander Streets, Georgetown, since September 2008, and that they, in fact, have a transport title to show same.However, Gafoor, Chairman of Gafoor and Sons Group of Companies, alleged that GRIL – of which he is also the Chairman – has a prescriptive title, having purchased the property from Stanley Collymore back in 1993 to use as a paint shop.GRIL had filed a petition back in May 2009 for a declaration of title in relation to the property, which according to court documents, is in “the prime commercial district of Regent Street, Bourda, Georgetown.”The matter was heard by acting Chief Justice Roxanne George. GRIL was represented by Senior Counsels (SC) Rex McKay, Edward Luckhoo and Neil Boston; while the Boyers were defended by commercial lawyer Devindra Kissoon of London House Chambers and senior land lawyer Rajendra Poonai, SC.According to court documents, GRIL maintained that it bought the property in 1993 from Bhaidwatie Bissoon and went into possession in that year and relies on its possession from 1993. The Boyers, on the other hand, while not acknowledging that GRIL was in possession from 1993, said that at best GRIL was in occupation of only a part of the property and was not in exclusive custody and control of the whole of the property and that the evidence on its behalf so confirms.In response, GRIL said that the evidence by and on behalf of the Boyers is replete with inconsistencies and cannot be relied on such as to negate its control of the entire property.In her judgement, Justice George pointed out that evidence during the trial show that Bissoon bought the property in 1989 for $1.5 million of which $1 million was paid and receipt acknowledged on the signing of agreement. The balance of $500,000 was to be paid on the passing of transport. But it was highlighted too that the 1989 agreement acknowledges that Bissoon was only in occupation and possession of a portion of the property.Judgement“There is no evidence that Bissoon was ever in possession of the remainder of the property or that she sought to exercise acts of ownership and control over it… [A] term of the 1993 contract clearly demonstrates that GRIL entered into actual possession of only one of the buildings [on the disputed property],” Justice George said in her judgment, which was seen by Guyana Times.According to the High Court judge, no evidence was led as to who the tenants were and which building or buildings they occupied. She further asserted that there was no evidence that the balance of the purchase price ($500,000) was indeed paid on the agreement by Bissoon.This, according to Justice George, is significant since no evidence was led on behalf of GRIL that this balance was ever paid. She contended that the non-payment of this balance on the purchase price has significance and cited the 2018 decision of the CCJ in Narine v Natram [2018] CCJ 26 AJ.“It was held in this case that where a purchaser has not completed payment for a property, they cannot seek to prescribe as being an owner in undisturbed possession as against the titleholder. This, coupled with my conclusion that the clause in the 1989 contract which as quoted above provides that Ms Bissoon continued in possession of a portion of the property with the then vendor to give up vacant possession of the remainder of the property by the passing of transport, indicates that she was not in exclusive control of the entire property. Thus, I have concluded that the four years of possession that Ms Bissoon allegedly had cannot be counted as being adverse exclusive possession of the property,” the judge found.On the other hand, the Chief Justice outlined that an agreement between the Boyers and Anthony Collymore (whom they bought the property from in 1978 and obtained the title until 2008) suggests that Collymore had control of the entire lot. However, the judge noted that no definitive findings were made in this regard since Collymore did not testify to confirm this and the evidence of two witnesses who did, lacks credibility.However, according to the High Court judge, the lack of credibility or evidence to support the Boyers’ case that GRIL could not have been in possession does not mean that this company can succeed in its petition.“This is because I have concluded that although I believe the evidence that GRIL purchased the property in 1993 and was in possession of a building which housed a paint store unto 2007, which would be in excess of 12 years; the evidence for GRIL does not establish actual possession and an intention to possess the whole property for the requisite period… It is clear from the 1993 agreement which they tendered that GRIL went into possession of that portion of the property which Ms Bissoon herself had possession of, which possession was confirmed by the agreement she had with Carol Blackmore (from whom she purchased the property),” she stated in her ruling.Justice George, in applying Narine v Natram, explained that Bissoon could not have had exclusive possession of the property. She pointed out that with the revocation of Blackmore’s grant of probate and Bissoon not having concretised her ownership of the property, the right, title and interest she sold to GRIL would have been limited at best.“This is a case that has turned not on the weakness of the case for the Boyers as opposers, but on the weakness of the case for GRIL as petitioner. Thus, I hold that the petition is dismissed with costs to the Boyers in the sum of $300,000,” Justice George ruled.last_img read more

Assembly OKs sentencing revisions

first_imgCritics of the Romero bill say that what it omits leaves the legislation open to a challenge. While the bill allows judges more latitude in imposing sentences, it does not contain a provision requiring judges to base their decision on facts presented to a jury – a key part of the Supreme Court ruling. Some legal experts and state lawmakers, including Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, say the only way for California to meet the Supreme Court’s standard is to require separate trial phases for juries to determine sentences, much as they do now in potential death penalty cases. Seven of nine states facing similar court challenges opted to include jurors in the sentencing phase, said San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, a critic of Romero’s bill. The two other states responded by giving judges far more discretion than is in California’s law, Adachi said in an interview after the bill passed. “SB 40 is going to be found unconstitutional whenever it gets to the court,” he said. Romero responded that giving judges broad sentencing discretion removes the Supreme Court’s objection to California’s sentencing law. Democrats have promoted the bill as a stopgap measure while they consider creating a commission to review California’s sentencing and parole laws. Schwarzenegger also wants a wider review of the state’s sentencing laws as part of an overall prison-reform effort, which includes seeking ways to relieve severe prison overcrowding. Assembly Republicans supported the bill but said they do not want it linked to other sentencing changes or review. They are concerned that a sentencing commission could lead to shorter prison terms. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lawmakers were forced to make changes after the high court in January struck down California’s Determinate Sentencing Law. In a 6-3 decision, the justices found that it improperly requires judges to choose the middle of three sentencing options unless the facts of a particular case justify a shorter or longer prison sentence. The justices said it is unconstitutional to increase a sentence based on facts that were not found true by a jury. The bill, by Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, would allow judges to choose any sentence within a range set by law for a particular crime. It passed on a 63-4 vote. “If left unaddressed by the Legislature, we could have different responses by courts in every jurisdiction in the state,” said Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, a Democrat from La Ca ada Flintridge. He said the legislation would streamline sentencing and avoid costly appeals for the next two years. Law enforcement officials estimate the Supreme Court’s ruling could allow 10,000 California convicts to seek new sentences. SACRAMENTO – The state Assembly on Monday approved a bill revising the state’s sentencing guidelines, a response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this year that ruled California’s current procedure unconstitutional. The Legislature is seeking to comply with the high court’s decision that a defendant’s sentence must be based on facts presented to the jury. Under current guidelines, many sentencing factors considered by judges are never presented to jurors. “Let’s vote to make our sentencing law again constitutional,” said Assemblyman Jose Solorio, D-Santa Ana, who carried the bill in the Assembly. The bill returns to the Senate, which is expected to pass it and send it to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal Youth Council contingent are on their way to Croke Park today for Dail na nÓg 2015.The event, which happens every 2 years, will see 200 young people aged 12-17 from all over Ireland come together to help discuss and vote upon a number of issues related to this years identified theme.Youth Councillors Ailbhe McGowan (St Catherines Killybegs) Aoife Gillespie (St Columbas Stranorlar) Hannah Healy (PCC Falcarragh) Megan Skinnader (Loreto Letterkenny) Meabh McDaid (Loreto Milford) David Moore (Glenties CS) and Joanne Brady and Tarlach Doherty (Pobalscoil Gaoth Dobhair) will represent the young people of Donegal at the event. The theme for this year will be: ‘The need for young people to have a stronger voice in their education.” This theme came out of workshop discussions at the Comhairle na nÓg National Showcase, in which over 400 young people voted on the areas of their lives in which they least had a say. Education and School came out on top.Participants will take part in workshop discussions before voting on the issues they feel most important for further work at national level. They will also contribute questions at the Q&A session with relevant ministers and government officials in the Department of Education.Following the event a Donegal delegate will then be elected to attend the Comhairle na nÓg National Executive monthly, with Aoife Gillespie, Tarlach Doherty and Megan Skinnader all going up for election in front of their fellow Donegal Youth Councillors at the upcoming December meeting. One of the trio will replace Maria Ferry from Pobalscoil Gaoth Dobhair, who was an outstanding representative over the last 2 years.Donegal Youth Council is funded by Donegal County Council, HSE Health Promotion and the Dept of Children & Youth Affairs and is co-ordinated at local level by the Donegal Youth Service.  DONEGAL YOUTH COUNCIL ON WAY TO CROKE PARK DÁIL Na nÓG was last modified: November 26th, 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) Tags:Dail na nÓg 2015Donegal Youth Councillast_img read more

Three Donegal restaurants scoop tasty Burger Awards

first_imgDelicious burgers are a-bun-dant in Donegal, as proved by three local venues who picked up National Burger Awards today. The best burgers of Ireland were announced by Kepak ahead of National Burger Day on Thursday 20th June.The overall winner of ‘Best Burger in Ireland’ was awarded to Handsome Burger in Galway. But Harvey’s Point, Johnny’s Ranch and Friar’s Rest all triumphed in the high-steaks contest.Harvey’s Point Hotel at Lough Eske won Best Hotel Burger in Ireland. The Best Independent Takeaway in Ulster was awarded to Johnny’s Ranch at Gamble Square Ramelton. Friar’s Rest in Letterkenny picked up the title of Best Independent Chain at today’s awards in Dublin.National Burger Day will be celebrated at a number of Donegal restaurants, where customers can get 2 for 1 burgers throughout the day.Check for the list of participating venues.  Three Donegal restaurants scoop tasty Burger Awards was last modified: June 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Brandon Monebrake, July 24

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It rained every day last week. We’re not getting a huge amount, just a little here and there. It’s supposed to hold off until Thursday now. We got an inch total all last week.We’ve got some corn that is still not completely tasseled yet, but the corn around home is all tasseled and shooting ears. The ears look great. The beans are finally taking off and growing and we are happy about that right now. We finally got some heat and the pushed them to get growing.Brodbecks has seen a little frogeye south of here where they have been having some fog. Golden Harvest has had some frogeye pop-up around us, but we have yet to have any. We have not found disease in the corn. It is looking good so far. The wind we’ve had has torn some of the leaves in the corn but other than that, it is looking really good.We have about 300-some acres of back-to-back beans and we’re going to put some fungicide on that, but otherwise we sit back and let it go and don’t put anything else on. All it seems to do is make it a point or two wetter a lot of times.We have one farm out in Richmond Indiana and last year was the only year we haven’t put fungicide on it and we lost a lot from that. This year we are putting it back on. It is back in the hills and hollows. We don’t want to haul all of the loads of corn out of there and it produces really good beans. It has ever since we’ve farmed it.Weed control has been keeping up. The beans I sprayed around home are holding up still. We have a little volunteer corn in the one field there around home and we got it sprayed and it is rolling up. We got our farms up at New Paris sprayed too. We’re pretty happy with things so far.last_img read more