CALGARY — A judge is giving final instructions to jurors in the trial for a man accused of killing a Calgary woman and her young daughter in 2016.Edward Downey is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of 34-year-old Sara Baillie and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman.Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Beth Hughes says jurors must not be influenced by public opinion and must ignore comments they heard from the courtroom gallery during the emotional three-week trial.The Crown’s theory is that Downey believed Baillie influenced her best friend to break up with him and to decline to work as an escort.The Crown argued Baillie’s daughter was a witness who needed silencing. Downey testified he was in Baillie’s apartment the day she was found dead, but that he was there to buy cocaine from two other men, not hurt anyone.“You must consider the evidence and make your decision on a rational and fair consideration of all the evidence, and not on passion, or sympathy, or prejudice against the accused, the Crown or anyone else connected with the case,” Hughes told jurors Wednesday.Loved ones of the victims often wept as they heard graphic evidence during the trial and there were some emotional outbursts.“Any comments from the public gallery are inappropriate and must be ignored. Your duty as jurors is to assess the evidence impartially.”The trial heard Baillie was found dead in a laundry hamper in her daughter’s closet the evening of July 11, 2016, with duct tape wrapped around her face, neck and wrists. Taliyah was gone.The girl’s remains were found in some bushes east of the city three days later.The trial heard both died by asphyxiation.The Canadian Press
Rabat – Morocco organized military funerals to honor first Lieutenant Yassine Bahti, who died following the crash of his F-16 warplane in Yemen. The ceremony was presided by Bouchaib Arroub, inspector general of the FAR and commander of the southern zone upon the instruction of King Mohammed VI, Supreme Commander and Chief of General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR).According to a statement from the Royal Armed Forces carried by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), the military funeral honors took place on Wednesday at the Sale Air Base. The funeral ceremonies were also marked by the presence of Abdelatif Loudiyi, Minister Delegate for national defense. “Yassine Bahti was martyred while fulfilling his military duty in the framework of Morocco’s participation in the Arab coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen,” the statement said.In the presence of Bahti’s family and civilian and military figures, a funeral oration was delivered by an officer of his unit in the memory of the deceased.King Mohammed VI has also decided to take charge of the funeral and burial of the pilot at Shuhada cemetery in Casablanca, the statement added.The body of the Moroccan pilot arrived in Morocco on Tuesday following a successful mediation by Moroccan-British national Jamal Benomar, former United Nations Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Yemen.
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the federal government is keeping a careful watch on borrowing and lending tied to the country’s hot housing market.But Harper says Ottawa has no immediate plans to take action to cool it down, like it has in the past.Responding to a question in Mississauga, Ont., he said debt-servicing costs are falling and default rates remain extremely low.Harper made the remarks at a time when big banks and other lenders are cutting mortgage rates to kick off the spring real-estate season.Spring mortgage market kicks off with a new low rate from Bank of Montreal — but you can do betterThat $1 million Toronto home just got even pricierThey also come amid concerns Canadians have piled on too much debt and worries that housing markets in Toronto and Vancouver have become overheated.Harper says he’s not “unconcerned” about the housing-market situation, but he believes Canada’s financial institutions remain very strong.
Meeting in Geneva, the preparatory committee for the World Summit on the Information Society also decided today to reconvene from 10 to 14 November to continue negotiations on the draft Declaration of Principles and draft Plan of Action. Some of the issues that are still to be resolved include financing, Internet security and Internet governance.”The Summit will be successful if it achieves three goals: raising awareness among world leaders of the implications of the information society; getting their firm commitment to tackle the injustice of the digital divide; and developing new legal and policy frameworks appropriate to cyberspace,” said Yoshio Utsumi, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the lead UN agency organizing the Summit. “The importance of communications and access to networks is no longer just a technical matter, but a fundamental policy goal for every nation.”The Summit will be held in two phases, with the first running from 10 to 12 December in Geneva, and the second scheduled for 16 to 18 November 2005 in Tunisia.
“The circumstances that children are facing here are disgraceful and outrageous,” Ms. Veneman said during a visit to a shelter in Kitgum, northern Uganda, where for almost two decades the Government has been fighting the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which is estimated to have abducted 20,000 children during night time raids to use as combatants or sex slaves.Later, she was visiting a centre for so-called ‘night commuters,’ the estimated 30,000 to 40,000 children driven by fear of abduction to seek nightly refuge in towns, often on instructions of their parents. Many sleep rough on the streets, and UNICEF is committed to creating a safer environment for them.Among them is 11-year-old Vicky, who has been told by her family that she must sleep in town, but does not know why. Nine-year-old Andrew has been given a blanket and a sack to carry it in on his nightly journey into town; he returns home at six in the morning.During her visit to the Kitgum centre, Ms. Veneman met with 40 children who had been abducted. She sat down with four of them to hear their personal stories at length. “It was very moving,” she said.The former abductees were fortunate enough to escape from the LRA rebels, but most of these boys and girls are still haunted by their experiences as combatants or sex slaves. UNICEF is providing assistance through the centres, to help them return to their normal lives.The conflict has forced 1.4 million people to flee their homes. Around 80 per cent are children and women. Since 2002 alone, almost 12,000 children have been abducted.In April last year, these child soldiers topped a list of “Ten Stories the World Should Know More About” compiled by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI).
No Excuse Cards (pdf) produced for the UN system.An issue to be addressed across the Organization Relating to the methodology of the response to sexual exploitation and abuse, Ms. Lute underlines the system-wide approach of the UN: “This is a problem that all of us have to address, system-wide. And we need to begin by thinking through: how can we become a global example of a standards-based organisation of best practice?” she notes. Related to this, she adds that the Secretary-General has revised the policy protecting whistle-blowers. VIDEO: Jane Holl Lute, Special Coordinator on improving the Organization’s response to Sexual exploitation and abuse, on improving United Nations response to sexual exploitation. Credit: UN NewsA new UN strategy “We have to do better and we have to do more”, stresses Ms. Lute, as she describes a new, four-fold UN strategy to tackle sexual exploitation and abuse.Four-fold UN strategy:Focusing on the rights and dignity of victimsEnding impunity for those guilty of crimes and abusesReaching broadly to external experts and those affectedRaising awareness and sharing best practices In an effort to put victims first, Secretary-General Guterres announced that he intends to appoint a victims’ rights advocate at UN Headquarters, while calling on each of the four UN field missions that account for the highest numbers of incidents to appoint one on the ground as well. The four peacekeeping missions are located in the Central African Republic, Haiti, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan.‘Protectors should not become predators’ – Atul Khare, Head of UN Field Support Atul Khare, head of the UN Department of Field Support – which deals with tackling sexual exploitation and abuse in UN peace operations – explains in a separate interview that measures are being taken in close cooperation with Member States to address this scourge in the field and provide essential assistance to victims. For example, immediate and urgent needs are covered by each mission’s budget, while the Department is working closely with Member States to conduct DNA tests to establish paternity and ensure recognition of the rights of mother and child. Also, a trust fund to assist victims has been established in which Member States voluntarily contribute to improve the medical and psychosocial assistance provided to victims in coordination with UN humanitarian agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). VIDEO: Atul Khare pledges to eliminate the scourge of sexual exploitation and abuse, including acts committed by peacekeeping forces under the UN mandate. Credit: UN News Preventive measures include mandatory training, sensitization, risk management and enhanced screening of all incoming personnel – be it military, police or civilian – for prior misconduct while serving with the UN. Response measures include deployment of immediate response teams to gather and preserve evidence, rapid investigations, immediate disciplinary measures such as repatriation of uniformed personnel when the perpetrator is known and suspension of payments, and pursuing criminal accountability with Member States, including imprisonment. Protectors cannot be predators. Protectors cannot be somebody who is exploiting the people Atul Khare, head of the UN Department of Field Support For Mr. Khare, the wrongdoings of some people should not tarnish the sacrifice of the more than 100,000 peacekeeping personnel, and their respective countries. “Protectors cannot be predators. Protectors cannot be somebody who is exploiting the people,” he says. While greater collaboration has been provided by Member States, collective work is also undertaken in the sensitization of communities living close to UN bases, including through messages broadcast by UN radio stations on the ground. More data on victims, allegations, investigations and accountability measures is also being provided through the recently redesigned Conduct and Discipline website. As a part of educational efforts, No Excuse Cards have been produced for UN system-wide use, which are to be carried by all UN personnel, including humanitarian and peacekeeping personnel, in the field. Almost a year later, on 6 January 2017, the current Secretary-General, António Guterres, asked Ms. Lute to lead a high-level task force to improve United Nations approach for preventing and responding to sexual exploitation and abuse. “The Secretary-General – even before formally taking office – made it very clear that he intends to be associated personally and continuously with all efforts to rid this Organization of this scourge,” said Ms. Lute, in an interview with UN News a few days before the publication of the Secretary-General’s report, Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: A New Approach. In the interview, Ms. Lute, echoes Secretary-General Guterres’ concern that “deep gender inequality is at the heart of what sexual exploitation and abuse is.” VIDEO: Jane Holl Lute, Special Coordinator, tells UN News about the Secretary-General’s new UN whistleblower protection policy. Credit: UN News “The Secretary-General intends to re-connect each of us to the values and principles of this Organization: [to understand] why we signed up to begin with; what it means to work under a blue helmet or the blue flag or in association with the United Nations perhaps under a UN mandate, in every dimension,” Ms. Lute concludes. It is a response that the Secretary-General wishes to consolidate with all stakeholders, including Member States, civil society, and international NGOs. Notably, he has called for a high-level meeting on the subject this fall, on the margins of the next General Assembly.
The new ROC T35M combines the straightforward design concept of, mining equipment manufacturer, Atlas Copco’s former CM line with the well-tested features of the ROC family, in a new modular design developed for the next generation of Atlas Copco’s surface crawler drill rigs. This design is focused on productivity, cost-efficiency and hole quality.The ROC T35M is a fuel efficient drill rig equipped with a highly productive rock drill. The COP 1840 rock drill with 18 kW drilling power provides a high penetration rate. It gives more drilling power for less input energy, resulting in less fuel consumption. The hydraulic based control system, COP Logic, adjusts the feed speed, feed pressure and impact pressure in real time according to the rock condition. Continuous feeding by use of cylinder and rope, results in constant contact of the bit to the rock and leads to optimum transfer of the impact power.Katsuyuki Yamada, Product Manager at Atlas Copco SDE: “The ROC T35M offers high productivity, thanks to its use of the Atlas Copco COP 1840 rock drill, with hydraulic based COP Logic control system that optimises the drilling according to the need.”Bo-Göran Johansson, Vice President, Marketing, at Atlas Copco SDE adds: “Every contractor dreams of higher penetration rates, straighter holes and better accessory life. The ROC T35M drill rig employs a cylinder-driven aluminium feed system that fulfils this dream by providing optimal penetration rates and drill steel life. Its rod handling system, with a streamlined number of parts, ensures easy adjustment and maintenance. The well proven aluminium feed profile is sturdy and highly resistant to bending.”The ROC T35M is built of modules and parts common to the Atlas Copco surface crawler portfolio. This makes training easy and reduces the spare parts inventory of contractors. Maintenance is aided by all around access to service points and good hose management with bulk heads. The maintenance-friendly design together with ROC Care and COP Care service agreements mean fewer breakdowns, increased availability and reduced service costs.
CLARE WILL WELCOME their All-Ireland heroes home at a public event in Ennis tomorrow night.The Banner lifted Liam MacCarthy for the first time in 16 years after a thrilling 5-16 to 3-16 win over Cork in this evening’s All-Ireland hurling final replay.Davy Fitzgerald’s senior squad will share a joint homecoming with the county’s U21s, who clinched a second successive All-Ireland title by beating Antrim a fortnight ago.The event at Tim Smythe Park (formerly known as The Fair Green) will begin at 6pm tomorrow evening with big screen entertainment and musical acts.“The sense of achievement that the Clare hurlers have instilled in the people of Clare, irrespective of whether they are hurling fans, cannot be understated,” the Mayor of Clare, Cllr Joe Arkins, said this evening.“The country has not seen hurling teams as exciting and gifted as these young sides in many a year.”For those who cannot be in attendance, the homecoming will be broadcast around the world on the Ennis App and on ennisapp.ie.All-Ireland final report: O’Donnell’s dream day fires Clare to victory10 of the best tweets on a sensational All-Ireland hurling final
Amazon has had an interesting year. The release of the Kindle FireBest Price at Amazon gave the whole tablet ecosystem reason to pause and see what was going on. Amazon didn’t make the most powerful tablet. Amazon didn’t have the most up to date OS or even the sexiest design out there. Amazon built an inexpensive vessel to enjoy the mountains of content that the company had been building up for the last few years. Today, Amazon has taken to the stage in order to announce the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD 7-inch and 8.9-inch.The updated 7-inch Kindle Fire is sporting a new processor, more ram, and a better battery inside of the same casing. The refreshed Kindle Fire will be $159 and will be shipping on September 14. This announcement really just felt like a formality, so that everyone was ready to handle what was clearly the main event.The Kindle Fire HD is a pair of tablets with identical hardware. Both the 7-inch and 8.9-inch tablets have a 1920 x 1200 resolution IPS display with a wide polarizing filter. The touch screen has zero gap to the actual display, creating a 254ppi display with less glare when used in direct light. Like the Kindle Fire, the HD has a wide bezel surrounding the device, which now also hides an HD front facing camera. Behind the screen there’s an OMAP 4 4470 processor, although Amazon didn’t mention the clock speed of this processor.With all of the hardware needed to deliver an HD experience, Amazon is also offering HD content. To go alongside the HD movie and gaming experience, the Kindle Fire HD has Dolby Digital Plus dual stereo speakers. Jeff Bezos focused hard on their implementation of WiFi on the device as well. The Kindle Fire HD will have a pair of dual band antennae, allowing the device a MIMO connection to either 2.4GHz or 5GHz wireless connections. As it stands right now, no other tablet on the market can offer this combination, and Bezos made sure everyone knows about it.One critical feature that Amazon is adding to the Kindle Fire HD is the ability to have multiple profiles setup on a single device. You can quickly slip back and forth between the different profiles and access the content that is stored on those accounts. Since the device has a front facing camera, it only made sense to include video chat support. Amazon is including Skype support with the Kindle Fire HD to give users access to a video chat service that is already being used by millions.Jeff Bezos hit hard in his presentation, making it clear that the Kindle Fire was about delivering a service instead of a gadget. At multiple points during the presentation the iPad and the Nexus 7 were inferior to the new Kindle Fire HD ,and made sure he explained very clearly why that was. The Nexus 7 took a tougher beating than the iPad, no doubt because it was a device pretty clearly designed to compete with the original Kindle Fire.At $199 for the 7-inch model (16GB) and $299 for the 8.9-inch model (16GB), Amazon has firmly placed themselves as a competitive force in the tablet industry. Having already assumed more that 20% of the tablet marketshare in the US with the original Kindle Fire, it will be interesting to see where things go with this new wave of devices.And if you want to go premium, the 8.9-inch model will be available with 32GB of storage and LTE for $499. The LTE plan will be just $50 a year, with 250MB of data a month. That’ll make for the same price tag as the entry-level iPad, but with more storage and LTE. Plus Amazon’s WWAN is considerably cheaper than Apple’s.
One lesser-known aspect of the Game Developers Conference is the Game Design Challenge. For the past decade, the design challenge has asked a select few of the industry’s luminaries to tackle a single problem, each year. Sometimes the challenge is communicate a love story, other times to explain humanity to an alien species that has never seen it. This time the challenge was particularly fitting, as 2013’s is purportedly the final Game Design Challenge ever. The challenge was to make Humanity’s Last Game.Just what that meant was up to the designers on display, an all-star cast made up of the winners from the last ten years of the challenge. Participants included Harvey Smith (Deus Ex: Invisible War, Dishonored), Jenovah Chen (Journey), and Will Wright (being Will Wright). It was Jason Rohrer, an eccentric indie game designer whose best-known work is probably the Esquire Magazine-hosted Between, who took home the final prize. As seems fitting for a game about the existential end of humanity, this is a game that both has never been played and, in all likelihood, will never be played.The idea was to make a game with rules that had not been designed or play-tested by humans, and bury it somewhere in the Nevada desert for thousands of years. Tooling the pieces of his board game from titanium (even aluminum or glass wouldn’t have held up) was just the beginning, since Rohrer had to figure out how to design a game without ever actually seeing that design. His solution was to use an algorithmic approach, letting a primitive AI run simulated matches and change the rules based some unknown set of conditions.Jason Rohrer, designer of BetweenThis means that Rohrer did basically design the game, indirectly, by designing the designer. Still, after his algorithms came to some predetermined threshold of completeness he printed out the rules on long-lived paper and encased them in Pyrex, and buried the whole thing somewhere in the Nevada desert — Rohrer claims even he doesn’t know precisely where. He then sent out close to a million GPS coordinates, only one of which is correct. If a single person set themselves to checking each of these locations, it should take them over 2 thousand years to find the thing. In reality, it’s unlikely that anyone will bother, and certainly not before the area gets paved over in our inevitable march toward Coruscant-like over development.This winning entry won Rohrer not only the largest Game Design Challenge prize by far, but also one of the coolest prizes possible: an acre of land on the Moon. I’m not sure how well this deed will hold up in a few hundred years when Rohrer Jr. Jr. Jr. tries to assert ownership to the Lunar Real Estate Corporation, but regardless, he’s sent one of GDC’s most beloved traditions off in truly impressive style.
Mauricio Pochettino admits his side’s performance was not up to standard despite beating rivals Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford.The Argentine boss doesn’t want his side to get carried away with a result like against Man United, saying they are going to ‘crash’ if they do so.“My mood wasn’t great, I was so disappointed [after Old Trafford],” he explained, as quoted by the Guardian.“We need to improve our performance. I wasn’t happy with the first half.“We need to talk about reality, not perception, and the reality was that in the first half we could concede one, two or three goals.“The team showed character and in the second half we dominated but if we want to fight for big things, it’s about trying to improve.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“After three games, Watford are over the moon and if we’re not ready and we believe that because we beat Manchester United 3-0, all is fantastic, we are going to crash.“It’s easy to talk about perception.“When you’ve beaten Manchester United 3-0 in Old Trafford, a historic victory, it’s easy to say our performance was fantastic and they were not so good.“But when you watch the game again, the line was very thin. In our last three games, we’ve conceded a lot of chances and Hugo Lloris made an unbelievable save to keep us alive at Old Trafford.“We need to show we are capable over 10 months, not after three games.”
Recommended for you Exercise Design Training Workshop 22nd – 26th February 2016 HOA Opens, slew of Health Bills on Agenda; Key questions to Border Control Minister Related Items:Chikungunya, chikv, ministry of health, Portia smith Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Nov 2014 – During House of Assembly debate his week, Minister Porsha Smith for Health and Human Services assured that more money from TCIG has enabled her Environmental Health Department to step up on its vector control program during this rainy season. Temporary officers have been hired she said in a ministerial statement and it was explained that there will be more messages on what to do to control both ChikV and Dengue Fever. While there is a call on the general public to partner on protecting from these mosquito borne viruses, no details were given on exactly how the Ministry or Department plans to deal with public education. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Beautiful girls on Beautiful beaches, Turks and Caicos scores with Sports Illustrated
FacebookTwitter , Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News, Trending June 20, 2018 An Indiana State Trooper’s tweet about pulling over a driver going too slow in left lane has gone viral. We’ve all been there, shaking our heads – stuck behind that one driver in the left lane who is oblivious to the fact that they are holding up traffic.Unfortunately, for a woman driving to slow in Indiana, the driver behind her was Indiana State Trooper Sgt. Stephen Wheeles.Sgt. Wheeles stopped the driver Saturday on I-65 about 35 miles south of Indianapolis. The trooper estimated that there were about 20 vehicles bunched up and slowed down behind her.The trooper tweeted a photo, reminding drivers that if cars are behind you in the left hand lane you are supposed to move over, it’s the law. It’s known as the ‘slowpoke’ law.The post has been retweeted by IndyCar driver Graham Rahal, who said, “This guy is my hero,” and Fox NFL announcer and Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman. Others suggested he win a Nobel Prize or asked him to relocate to their states. Posted: June 20, 2018 Updated: 1:37 PM State Trooper praised for pulling over ‘slowpoke’ going too slow in the left lane Slow drivers beware
ASA and 19 other farm groups and ag stakeholders have written to President Barack Obama in support of the nomination of Jason Weller to be Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).Weller has been serving as Acting Chief since December. In that capacity he attended Commodity Classic at ASA’s request to meet with grower leaders and discuss conservation policy issues.Jason Weller (NRCS photo)The letter states, “…we believe it is important for NRCS and for farmers’ and ranchers’ conservation efforts that his appointment as Chief be finalized as soon as possible. There is much to be done in support of conservation in agriculture and we are ready to work with Mr. Weller to this end.”Weller previously served as Acting Associate Chief for Conservation and as Chief of Staff at NRCS; he also worked for the House Appropriations and Budget Committees.
Rangareddy: JB Group of Educational Institutions organised an awareness programme on entrance to various engineering colleges, for EAMCET 2019 candidates at Moinabad on Wednesday.Experts have given suggestions on web counseling and cleared doubts raised by students. They advised on how to grab opportunities for higher studies. Principal Srinivasa Rao, JBICT Principal Neeraj Upadhyaya, Dr Lakshmi Mitra, JBIT Principal and management took part.
All the private and government hospitals in the city which are below 15 metres height will be check for fire safety measures by the end of August and those not following the safety norms will be sealed, said K Vishwajit, director of enforcement for GHMC vigilance and disaster management wing. “Notices were already sent to Gandhi Hospital and Osmania General Hospital to take proper fire safety measures,” said Vishwaji adding that an inspection will be made at hospitals and clinics and sealed if they are not following the norms.
Oil prices jumped more than $2 a barrel on Tuesday, breaking out of a month-long trading range on technical buying and industry talk as well as U.S. government data suggesting the global supply glut could be ebbing.Global benchmark Brent crude LCOc1 rallied for a third straight day and closed above $50 a barrel the first time in a month. In post-settlement trade, it briefly jumped $3 after an industry group reported an unexpected weekly drop in U.S. crude stockpiles.Earlier, Brent rose on a U.S. government forecast for tighter oil supplies, and indications that Russia, Saudi Arabia and other big producers might pursue further talks to support the market. A weaker dollar and chart-based buying also bolstered crude prices.Some dealers were convinced there was now little chance that Brent and the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) benchmark for U.S. crude would slide back to the 6-1/2-year lows touched in August.”We have reduced the probability of a return to the $37 to $38 area per nearby WTI,” said veteran oil analyst Jim Ritterbusch. “We will maintain a longstanding view that price declines below this support level are virtually off of the table.”Brent settled up $2.67, or 5.4 percent, at $51.92, breaking out of the $47 to $50 band it had held since early September. Its session peak, a penny shy of $52, was the highest since Sept. 3, pushing three-day gains past 7 percent.WTI closed up $2.27, or 4.9 percent, at $48.53 a barrel.After settlement, Brent and WTI rose more when the American Petroleum Institute reported a weekly U.S. crude stockpile draw of 1.2 million barrels. [API/S] Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast a second straight weekly increase in crude inventories.Official stockpile numbers will be published on Wednesday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). [EIA/S]”Steeper U.S. production declines over the near term have created a bid for oil prices,” said Chris Jarvis, analyst at Caprock Risk Management in Frederick, Maryland.In its monthly supply-demand report on Tuesday, the EIA said global oil demand will grow in 2016 by the most in six years while non-OPEC supply stalls.Oil executives at an industry conference in London warned of a “dramatic” decline in U.S. output that could lead to a price spike if fuel demand escalates.Russia’s energy minister said Russia and Saudi Arabia discussed the oil market in a meeting last week.OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah al-Badri said in London that OPEC and non-OPEC members should work together to reduce the global supply glut.Iran’s crude sales were on track to hit seven-month lows as its main Asian customers bought less.
By PHOEBE SUY, Beaumont EnterpriseBEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — From its beginnings in the years after the Civil War, Beaumont’s oldest Black church has witnessed the establishment of the area’s first Black public school, weathered desegregation and this year will celebrate 150 years as a “beacon of light in the community.”“Born and raised” in St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, Walter McCloney said he strives to keep his “commitment (to the church) palatable.”Walter McCloney is one of the oldest members of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Beaumont. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)The Beaumont Enterprise reports the 79-year-old church trustee said St. Paul A.M.E Church is a part of the legacy and vision of the “spiritual builders” who founded the church in 1868.“We’re the beneficiaries of what they did,” said McCloney, pointing to the vaulted ceiling and colorful glass windows that adorn the Waverly Street sanctuary.McCloney, the third generation in his family to attend the church, said St. Paul was “very special” to him as one of the oldest Black churches in Beaumont.St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church grew out of a Methodist church organized for Blacks three years after the end of the Civil War, according to historical church documents.Members of the young church met on alternative Sundays in the basement of the Jefferson County Courthouse.A Beaumonter since “the close of the War between the States,” church founder and former slave Woodson Pipkin was known for his “quaint old timey ways and self-respecting habits,” according to church documents.Pipkin formally became the group’s first pastor in 1872 and moved the church to the second story of his residence once located in the 900 block of Market Street. The church soon outgrew the upper story of Pipkin’s home and moved to a larger location on Beaumont’s north side at the site of what is now Alice Keith Park.On Sundays, the church doubled as a school where many church members learned to read and write, according to an account by local historian Judith Linsley.Pipkin later donated a lot on Wall Street that was the “center of activities for Blacks,” witnessing countless births, deaths, weddings and civic ceremonies. St. Paul remained at the downtown location until the early 1960s, when the old building began to give way to “age and decay,” according to church records.When the upper story of the church’s structure caved in, church members made do and held services in the basement. But when a fire destroyed the two-story building, the congregation raised funds to purchase the Waverly Street property.St. Paul “stands on their shoulders” of longtime church members who have “kept the faith,” McCloney said.In the 1940s and 1950s, St. Paul’s was one of the largest Black churches in Beaumont, McCloney said, recalling the days at the downtown location when he and his friends would run to Fowler’s Drug Store after Sunday school to get ice cream before the sermon.While McCloney said he believed all churches that preached a “positive message” during the civil rights era were a part of the movement, St. Paul’s played an active role in the community in the 1960s as a meeting spot for activists and NAACP members.Alice Jefferson Tiller, whose family were longtime members of St. Paul, was one of the first African-Americans to enroll at Lamar University in 1956, according to McCloney.While its membership has slowly dwindled, McCloney said he looks forward to reaching out to families and communities to become a part of the church’s legacy.“This is our family,” said Bobbie Williams, who joined the church in the 1980s after moving here from Louisiana.Williams said she joined St. Paul after feeling “so at ease” in the church.Years ago, women weren’t seen in church without hats or gloves, Williams recalled, adding that St. Paul’s “down-to-earth” and no-frills atmosphere made her feel welcome.Williams used to sit in the same pew as the late Fayetta Donovan, one of Pipkin’s descendants, who Williams said was “a lot of fun.”Whenever the preacher would “preach too long,” Donovan would begin to shake her keys to signal the end of the hour.“Ms. Donovan always said, if they preach too long, the people will lose their spirit,” Williams said.Church founders and organizers “kept the faith for so long,” McCloney said. He is proud to be a part of the tight-knit congregation and “a lifelong member of that legacy.”___Information from: The Beaumont Enterprise, http://beaumontenterprise.com
Explore further More information: A comprehensive phylogeny of birds (Aves) using targeted next-generation DNA sequencing, Nature (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature15697AbstractAlthough reconstruction of the phylogeny of living birds has progressed tremendously in the last decade, the evolutionary history of Neoaves—a clade that encompasses nearly all living bird species—remains the greatest unresolved challenge in dinosaur systematics. Here we investigate avian phylogeny with an unprecedented scale of data: >390,000 bases of genomic sequence data from each of 198 species of living birds, representing all major avian lineages, and two crocodilian outgroups. Sequence data were collected using anchored hybrid enrichment, yielding 259 nuclear loci with an average length of 1,523 bases for a total data set of over 7.8 × 107 bases. Bayesian and maximum likelihood analyses yielded highly supported and nearly identical phylogenetic trees for all major avian lineages. Five major clades form successive sister groups to the rest of Neoaves: (1) a clade including nightjars, other caprimulgiforms, swifts, and hummingbirds; (2) a clade uniting cuckoos, bustards, and turacos with pigeons, mesites, and sandgrouse; (3) cranes and their relatives; (4) a comprehensive waterbird clade, including all diving, wading, and shorebirds; and (5) a comprehensive landbird clade with the enigmatic hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin) as the sister group to the rest. Neither of the two main, recently proposed Neoavian clades—Columbea and Passerea1—were supported as monophyletic. The results of our divergence time analyses are congruent with the palaeontological record, supporting a major radiation of crown birds in the wake of the Cretaceous–Palaeogene (K–Pg) mass extinction. Citation: Group builds most comprehensive family tree of birds to date (2015, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-group-comprehensive-family-tree-birds.html Building a family tree for modern birds has been difficult for scientists because of the dearth of fossil evidence going past 66 million years—the time before the mass extinction that wiped out the other dinosaurs. After the extinction, bird species evolved so rapidly that it has been difficult to use traditional genomic techniques to follow the paths of the evolution of new species, which in turn has made it almost impossible to create an accurate tree. To overcome such problems the researchers with this latest effort used a different type of genomic sequencing technique—it is called anchored hybrid enrichment and allows for sampling parts of the genome that evolved both slowly and more quickly in the flanking regions.In all the team collected and tested samples from 198 bird species (which included 390,000 bases of genomic sequence data) that together represented approximately 90 percent of all known birds—a group known collectively as Neoaves. In looking at the data they retrieved, the team found that virtually all birds (excluding flightless and some chickens and ducks) could be grouped into five sub-groups, i.e. major clads. They also found evidence that suggested that all modern birds likely evolved from a single ancestor, one that lived approximately 75 million years ago, or ten million years before all the other dinosaurs went extinct—birds in general are believed to have evolved from the dinosaur family, developing feathers approximately 150 million years ago.In addition, the researchers claim their results show (and agree with paleontology records) that there was a major radiation event following the mass extinction. Dinosaur family tree gives fresh insight into rapid rise of birds (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in the U.S. has created the most comprehensive family tree of birds to date. In their paper published in the journal Nature the team describes the genomic sequencing technique they used and the structure of the tree they created. Gavin Thomas with the University of Sheffield, in the U.K. offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same issue, highlighting differences in phylogeny between this newer work and that conducted by another team last year. House finchnigel. Credit: Wikimedia Commons © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: Nature This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.