Reward grows to $75,000 in hunt for killer of 7-year-old Texas girl as investigators look for links to other shootings

first_imgChalabala/iStock(HOUSTON) — A reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer of a 7-year-old Texas girl has been raised to $75,000 as investigators analyzed and compared shell casings from the crime scene to those of unsolved shootings in the Houston area.Law enforcement officers are combing northeast Houston where a suspect, described by investigators as a white man driving a red pickup truck, opened fire on an African-American family’s car, killing Jazmine Barnes and wounding her mother, LaPorsha Washington.An official briefed on the investigation told ABC News Thursday that federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are comparing shell casings from Jazmine’s shooting to those in other cases to see if there are any connections.On Wednesday, Houston civil rights activists and religious leaders raised the specter that the random attack on Jazmine and her family was a hate crime and noted its similarities with an unsolved shooting in 2017 that left an African-American man seriously wounded.A’Vonta Williams, now 22, was shot in an apparently random attack on Aug. 30, 2017, as he drove his car about six miles from where Jazmine was shot. Officials said Williams was shot by a white man driving a pickup truck.Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Wednesday that investigators from his agency are taking a fresh look at Williams’ shooting to see if anything was missed.Gonzalez said Jazmine’s sisters, who were in the car when she was shot, are working with investigators to come up with a composite sketch of the suspect they hope to release to the public.Meanwhile, social justice activist and journalist Shaun King announced on Twitter Thursday morning that the reward for information leading to an arrest of Jazmine’s killer has been raised from $50,000 to $75,000.“We will not stop until we find this man and bring him to justice,” tweeted King, a writer-in-residence at Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project.The case has also prompted celebrities to get involved in the hunt for the killer.“Find him. This evil monster,” actress Gabrielle Union tweeted.Actress Olivia Wilde also took to Twitter to bring attention to the manhunt, writing, “Please help find this murderer if you can.”Meanwhile, Jazmine’s family announced that a funeral and balloon release for the little girl will be held on Tuesday at noon at the Green House International Church in Houston.Local activists are also planning to hold a community rally at noon on Saturday outside a Walmart close to where Jazmine was shot.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Asia remembers 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

first_imgIn Thailand,over 5,300 people were killed, including tourists visiting resort islands inthe Andaman Sea while more than 35,000 people died in Sri Lanka.(Reuters) THAILAND –Communities across Asia commemorated the 230,000 victims of the Indian Oceantsunami on Thursday, the 15th anniversary of one of the world’s most deadlydisasters. On the morningafter Christmas Day in 2004, a 9.1-magnitude quake off northern Sumatra islandtriggered a tsunami with waves as high as 17.4 meters (57 feet) that swept overvulnerable coastal areas of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, and nineother countries. Memorials werescheduled in the Indonesian province of Aceh, where entire villages wereflattened and over 125,000 people perished in the giant waves. Since then, thearea has been largely rebuilt, with around 25,600 residential, commercial,government, and school buildings constructed inside a high-risk zone. Submerged buildings are seen near the pier at Ton Sai Bay in Thailand’s Phi Phi Island on Dec. 28, 2004 after a tsunami hit the area. REUTERS/LUIS ENRIQUE ASCUI/FILE PHOTOlast_img read more

Mullins leads way in great season

first_img Heading into the Prestbury Park jamboree in mid-March the travelling army certainly looked to have a formidable raiding party – but few could have expected that 14 of the 27 races would go to Irish-trained runners. Mullins typically set the tone with an opening day hat-trick and five winners in all, with Hurricane Fly regaining his Champion Hurdle crown and the wonder mare Quevega winning the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle for a remarkable fifth consecutive year. Even more incredibly, 20 of the Festival heroes were Irish-bred, and Irish-born jockeys steered home a total of 19 winners. Back on home soil Mullins was an irresistible force, saddling close to 200 winners and accruing the best part of 4m euros in win and place prize-money, and he fittingly closed the season with two more Grade One victories at Punchestown. Hurricane Fly was once again the stable flag-bearer, with victories in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown and the Rabobank Champion Hurdle at Punchestown among his four seasonal wins in Ireland. Irish Hennessy and Punchestown Gold Cup hero Sir Des Champs, prolific mare Annie Power, Back In Focus and Arvika Ligeonniere were others to secure notable prizes, ensuring the trainers’ championship would be retained by the master of Closutton once again. Rebel Fitz was one of the season’s highest-earning horses for his County Cork-based trainer Michael Winters, largely due to his memorable victory in the lucrative Galway Hurdle last summer. Dot Love enjoyed the biggest day of her training career as her 50-1 shot Liberty Counsel claimed the Irish Grand National, while Henry de Bromhead’s stable star Sizing Europe won four of his five Irish starts, his only defeat coming at the hands of the awesome Sprinter Sacre at Punchestown. Honourable mentions also go to the Mouse Morris-trained Baily Green, a winner of seven races this season, Jessica Harrington’s top-class novice hurdler Jezki, who rocketed into the Champion Hurdle picture at Punchestown, Peter Casey’s Flemenstar and Dessie Hughes’s exciting juvenile Our Conor. A record-breaking Cheltenham Festival for Team Ireland and another incredible campaign for the all-conquering Willie Mullins team will go down as the major highlights of another superb National Hunt season.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Clonmany tradition to be revived ahead of 1,500th anniversary of Saint Colmcille’s birth

first_imgAn old Inishowen tradition is set to be revived on Sunday (June 9) when the feast of Colm Cille is celebrated by local people when they make the turas to the saint’s well.Celebrating the feast day of Colmcille at the seashore at Binion on Sunday, the Straid Conservation group will walk to the well in celebration of their hard work in maintaining the ruined church at Straid over the last five years.The committee preserved the church with the aim of having it for future generations to come. A score of contributors, including architect Duncan McLaren, contractor John Doherty and archaeologist Richard Crumlish, all ensured the building will remain stable for years to come, with local tourists also able to understand the long history from its earliest days to present times.The group will gather at Market Square at 2pm on Sunday with a guided walk for one hour (3pm) before the turas and folk tradition affiliated with Colm Cille will be shared at the well.The Irish saint was born in Gartan, Donegal in 571, and before settling in Scotland, the Donegal man founded several monasteries across the country.An open celebration for the 1500th of Colm Cille, also known as Columba, will be held with a programme of events already planned by the Donegal County Council. Clonmany tradition to be revived ahead of 1,500th anniversary of Saint Colmcille’s birth was last modified: June 9th, 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

Science Fail: Shaky Assumptions Topple Long-Held Notions

first_imgScience is supposed to be self-correcting, we’re told. But when towers of belief are built on assumptions later shown to be false, the consequences can be monumental.A Shocking DiscoveryWe echo Science Magazine‘s headline because it fits the theme that faulty assumptions can undermine years of scientific ‘fact’. In this case, shocked quartz, long considered definitive proof of an extraterrestrial impact, is proof no more (7/18/17). H. Jesse Smith says that lightning can create the same evidence.Shocked quartz—whose crystalline structure is deformed along planes inside the crystal, a result of sudden high pressure and heating—long has been considered to be an unequivocal signature of the impact of an extraterrestrial object such as a meteorite. This favorite tool of geologists searching for proof of an impact may not be so foolproof after all, though. Chen et al. simulated the pressure and temperature caused by an idealized lightning strike on rocks and found that lightning can produce the same conditions and effects caused by impact events. Therefore, the presence of shock features in quartz should not be taken as unequivocal evidence for an extraterrestrial impact.Trees Cause Global WarmingAccording to long-held climate model assumptions, trees absorb carbon dioxide, acting as “carbon sinks” for the atmosphere. Nature announced, “Tropical forests may be carbon sources, not sinks.” According to new more accurate measurements, tropical forests appear to be emitting more carbon than they absorb.Every moment, the world’s roughly 3 trillion trees either suck up carbon dioxide from the air or release it into the atmosphere. Accurately quantifying these carbon flows is a long-standing challenge that has hindered scientists’ understanding of how forests help to regulate Earth’s climate. Now, researchers have combined ground and satellite measurements to conclude that tropical forests seem to be a net source of heat-trapping carbon emissions, rather than a carbon sink….The study authors estimate that the world’s tropical forests release approximately 425 million tonnes of carbon annually, equivalent to roughly 5% of the globe’s annual fossil-fuel emissions, and about five times more than an estimate in a highly cited 2011 paper that relied on ground-based forest inventories.Climate scientists still found ways to blame humans for this, including logging and burning of forests, and the drying out of forests due to climate change. Still, a 500% mistake in a “highly cited…paper” represents a whopper of an error. Will a correction be made before governments undertake more drastic actions?Linguistic Evolution Assumption Has Been Myth-TakenPrior assumptions about language history have led to a myth, Phys.org says: “Languages do not share a single history.” According to the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, “a language’s grammatical structures change more quickly over time than vocabulary, overturning a long-held assumption in the field.” This means that anthropologists, linguists and historians have been propagating a myth:The ‘myth’ of language history: languages do not share a single history but different components evolve along different trajectories and at different rates. A large-scale study of Pacific languages reveals that forces driving grammatical change are different to those driving lexical change. Grammar changes more rapidly and is especially influenced by contact with unrelated languages, while words are more resistant to change.The word “evolve” must be taken advisedly, because language is under control of the human mind, not mutation and selection. “This is a bit of an unexpected finding, since many have thought that grammar might give us deeper insight into the linguistic past than vocabulary,” says Stephen Levinson, leader of the study.Biomarker DemotedAstrobiologists have used the presence of chloromethane at a star or planet as a sure biomarker: an indicator of life. They can’t anymore. Space.com says, “No Life Needed: Organic Compound Forms at Comet and Baby Star System.” Data from the Rosetta spacecraft found traces of the molecule on Comet 67P. It has also been detected around a binary star system.Previous studies on exoplanets have considered a substance, called chloromethane, to be a biomarker molecule, which means it indicates the potential existence of life. Before now, it was known to be created by some tropical plants on Earth as well as industrial processes, where it is known as Freon-40. However, the new findings, detailed today (Oct. 2) in the journal Nature Astronomy, indicate that the chemical can also form without the help of life.The article cautions that it still could be a biomarker, but chloromethane can no longer be considered definitive for life. Like many great discoveries in science, this one was made by accident. “”I wasn’t particularly looking for it,” Edith Fayole remarked.Inflation Is Not A Solution; It’s Not Even a Scientific TheoryAt Forbes.com, Sabine Hossenfelder, a theoretical physicist specializing in quantum gravity, takes “inflation” theory apart. This theory has been extremely popular among cosmologists, to the point of becoming an integral part of the fabric of modern big bang cosmology. Ever since Alan Guth concocted inflation in 1980 (see 7/01/14), cosmologists liked it because it supposedly solved the horizon problem, the flatness problem and the monopole problem. Hossenfelder argues that inflation can’t solve these problems, because they never were problems to begin with. She agrees with Paul Steinhardt that inflation is a mess, but goes even further: it’s not even a scientific theory. It works well for cranking out papers in journals, but they accomplish nothing.It is this abundance of useless models that gives rise to the criticism that inflation is not a scientific theory. And on that account, the criticism is justified. It’s not good scientific practice. It is a practice that, to say it bluntly, has become commonplace because it results in papers, not because it advances science.Her analysis, though, appears to rely on the Stuff Happens Law. For instance, she claims the flatness problem is not a problem because a universe with a curvature near 1 (omega=1) is no less probable than any other. Cosmologists prefer flatness for aesthetic reasons, she says, not scientific reasons. And yet we know that without this admittedly “fine tuning” condition, life would be impossible. Consider the Rubik’s Cube. There are only a couple of arrangements that stand out as special among the billions of random combinations. Saying that the one-color-per-side arrangement is just as probable as all the others may be true in one sense but ignores its uniqueness. A life-permitting universe surely must strike cosmologists as very, very special, considering the multiple levels of fine tuning required for that to be even possible. If it were not special, we would not be arguing about it, would we?White Supremacists Are WrongThose who have envisioned Scandinavian or ‘Viking’ races as the most evolved, pure blooded humans have some explaining to do. “Vikings were never the pure-bred master race white supremacists like to portray,” says Clare Downham at The Conversation. Tiptoeing around Darwin’s guilt for fomenting racist ideas [see commentary], she says,During the 19th century, Vikings were praised as prototypes and ancestor figures for European colonists. The idea took root of a Germanic master race, fed by crude scientific theories [Darwinism?] and nurtured by Nazi ideology in the 1930s. These theories have long been debunked, although the notion of the ethnic purity of the Vikings still seems to have popular appeal – and it is embraced by white supremacists.Archaeological and genetic evidence suggests otherwise. The Vikings partook in far-flung trading voyages that involved significant interactions with “Scandinavians, Frisians, Slavs and Arabic merchants” who were in frequent contact with them. “The mobility of Vikings led to a fusion of cultures within their ranks and their trade routes would extend from Canada to Afghanistan,” she says. “…An analysis of skeletons at sites linked to Vikings using the latest scientific techniques points to a mix of Scandinavian and non-Scandinavian peoples without clear ethnic distinctions in rank or gender.”Was Hitler’s maniacal passion for racial purity thus based on a myth? We tend to think people have always divided on ‘racial’ lines,* but we know the Romans and Greeks were far less sensitive to issues of skin color and so-called ‘racial’ traits than they were to culture and social status. In the Viking era, Downham claims, “modern notions of nationalism and ethnicity would have been unrecognisable.” The Vikings’ long associations with their trading partners would have included intermarriage and racial mixing. As a result, “Vikings in the 9th and 10th centuries may be better defined more by what they did than by their place of origin or DNA.”*Dr Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, stresses that “there is only one human race.” Hear her on FRC’s Washington Watch, Sept 28, 2017. Creationists have taken the lead on this important point, using Genesis 1-2, Acts 17:26 and other Scriptures to show that God “made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth.” Being descended from one created pair, all humans are obviously members of the same family. Racism is foreign to the Bible.Read Dr Jerry Bergman’s book The Darwin Effect (2014) for an eye-opening account of the roots of biological racism. In ch. 2, he cites numerous sources that show that, first of all, racism based on skin color was rare before the 19th century. “Biological racism” came into prominence in the 19th century, particularly after Darwin’s writings. Why Darwinism? His mechanism requires variation, which implies inferiority and superiority that will lead to survival of the fittest in the struggle for existence. Darwin himself, in The Descent of Man, envisioned warfare between the races and the triumph of the Europeans (whom he considered more fit) as a consequence of natural selection. Bergman quotes prominent scientists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who were strongly motivated by Darwin’s ideas to rank humans by their evolutionary status, usually considering Negroes as at the bottom and themselves (the Europeans) at the top. Those rankings have no scientific merit at all, Bergman shows. He also quotes biological racists disdaining Christianity as the enemy to their “scientific” racist ideas. 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Rimfire away!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Men, women and children of all ages will participate in the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) National Rimfire Sporter Match Saturday, July 9, during the National Matches at Camp Perry. The match, as well as its free corresponding clinic, on July 8, is a great way to prepare first-time shooters for competition-style shooting, while also allowing experienced marksmen to rekindle a nostalgic connection with a .22 rifle.Perfect for a variety of marksmen, many youth shooting organizations and senior clubs make the Rimfire Sporter Match an annual tradition during the Matches. Fired from 50 and 25 yards, the event is simple enough for new shooters to complete and is also uniquely challenging for experienced riflemen. The match is also an ideal opportunity for families or old friends to participate in a fun afternoon of entertaining competition.Rifles used during the competition may be manually operated or semi-automatic and supportedwith sights or a sling. Competitors will complete slow fire prone, rapid fire prone, slow fire sitting or kneeling, rapid fire sitting or kneeling, slow fire standing and rapid fire standing shot sequences.Three different classifications of rifles will be used during the competition: “O Class” for open-sighted rifles, “T Class” for telescope-sighted rifles and the recently-added “Tactical Rimfire”class. Awards are offered to High Juniors, High Seniors, High Women as well as Overallwinners will be named for each class.A free instructional Rimfire Sporter Clinic will be held Friday, July 8 from 4-6 p.m. The course will include demonstrations and presentations by qualified members of the CMP and will cover rules, Course of Fire, safety instructions and competition procedures. Competitors with noprevious Rimfire Sporter Match experience are strongly encouraged to attend.More information about the Rimfire Sporter Match can be found by visitinghttp://thecmp.org/cmp-national-matches/national-rimfire-sporter-match/.last_img read more

Producteev Takes Online Task Management to the Next Level

first_imgScreencast Producteev Two from Producteev.com on Vimeo. Tags:#Product Reviews#web Working in TeamsThe service was clearly designed with small and medium teams in mind. Just like in most current productivity apps for groups, you can assign tasks to team members and track the progress of a project. Producteev is free for individuals and teams with fewer than four users. Larger teams pay between $9 and and $89 per month and get access to more workspaces, filters and disk space for attachments than users with free accounts. Producteev Academy: Task Management Meets Game Mechanics In addition to its task management tools, Producteev Two also features a built-in social game that rewards productivity with Foursquare-like badges. This is obviously meant to incentivize productivity and some teams on the Producteev Two beta have already put this feature to good use. If you prefer, though, you can also turn these game mechanics off.VerdictOverall, it’s hard not be impressed by Producteev Two. The team managed to combine the best aspects of today’s task management systems into one and once the company releases its desktop and mobile apps, Producteev will be able to offer one of the easiest to use and most complete task management solutions on the market. The company is entering a very crowded field with a large number of competitors, ranging from online tools like Basecamp to desktop productivity apps like OmniFocus. If Producteev can fulfill its promise to launch a desktop tool, as well as more mobile apps, then it could easily replace many of these tools in the market place. Unlike most of its competitors on the desktop, Producteev’s tools will be available for free for small groups. A single-user license for OmniFocus cost almost $50 and most high-end productivity apps for the iPhone retail for between $10 and $20. This gives Producteev the advantage when it comes to price, but as we noted above, in terms of functionality, the Producteev team also manages to best most of its direct competitors. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market We don’t usually get very excited when we hear about a new task management service. After all, with Basecamp, Remember the Milk, Todo and numerous other services already in this market, what could really be so interesting about the next new service? It turns out that there is still a lot that can be improved, however. The New York-based team behind Producteev took a close look at the task management services on the market today and distilled everything it learned into the latest version of Producteev. The Problem with Online Task ManagementAs the company’s founder and CEO Ilan Abehassera told us yesterday, the major issue with most of today’s task management services is that they don’t plug into the the ecosystem of tools you already use. Producteev Two, on the other hand, allows users to create tasks by email and IM. In addition, the company will launch a free iPhone app with push notifications in the next few days and plans to release a desktop client for the Mac later this month. After this, Producteev will also launch iPad and Android apps, as well as an Outlook plugin. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… As Abehassera told us, most of today’s task management apps are still largely either completely web-based or only available on the desktop or mobile phone. Most of us, however, use a mix of web apps, desktop tools and mobile apps. In order for a task management system to be effective, it has to be available on all of these platforms and the different apps have to stay synchronized at all times. Thanks to Producteev’s real-time backend, the company is able to keep your to-do lists synchronized no matter what platform you use to access the service. The service also syncs with Google Calendar.Adding Tasks from Virtually AnywhereAdding tasks to Producteev is really where the service shines. While you can use the web interface to manually enter tasks, you can also simply forward an email to Producteev and use the subject line to tag it with a due date for the task. Instead of using Gmail’s stars or sending yourself reminders and to-do lists, you can simply forward your email to Producteev and forget about it until it becomes relevant again.If you prefer, you can also send Producteev an IM (Gtalk, AIM, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo and ICQ) or a Twitter DM with the task, name of the project and due date. Gmail and iGoogle users will also be able to install a small widget in these services that connects them to their Producteev workspaces.. Once the company’s desktop and mobile apps launch, adding and managing tasks will become even easier. frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Film Industry Contributes $1.2 Billion to Local Economy

first_img Miss Robinson pointed out that this was the first time the figure had exceeded $1 billion, noting that the expenditure is the value of the budget that international productions spend in Jamaica. Film Commissioner at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Renée Robinson, says the local film industry performed remarkably for the 2017/18 financial year, contributing a record $1.2 billion in film production expenditure to the local economy. Story Highlights Film production expenditure, which relates to the value of the production budget that comes into the island to offset the services rendered, shows that for the 2017/18 fiscal period, some $1.2 billion was allocated, up from $745 million in the previous year, representing a 65 per cent increase. Film Commissioner at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Renée Robinson, says the local film industry performed remarkably for the 2017/18 financial year, contributing a record $1.2 billion in film production expenditure to the local economy.Film production expenditure, which relates to the value of the production budget that comes into the island to offset the services rendered, shows that for the 2017/18 fiscal period, some $1.2 billion was allocated, up from $745 million in the previous year, representing a 65 per cent increase.Miss Robinson pointed out that this was the first time the figure had exceeded $1 billion, noting that the expenditure is the value of the budget that international productions spend in Jamaica.“So, this would be to hire cast, crew, drivers, rental of equipment, anything that is part of the production process that is being spent in Jamaica,” she added.Some 124 international film productions took place over the period and generated 2,781 jobs.Miss Robinson explained that the Commission is able to differentiate and segment the types of productions that are shot on the island by tracking through the film registration process.“Documentary productions led the genres, with 35 documentaries filmed in Jamaica over the period, up from 17 in the previous year, and TV productions followed with 24, up from 15 in 2016/17,” the Film Commissioner said.Three feature films were shot on the island: ‘Yardie’, directed by Idris Elba; ‘Like Father’ and ‘The Intent 2’.For the first time, a webisode production was filmed in Jamaica.“We also had some high-profile productions filmed in Jamaica over the period, including ‘Caribbean’s Next Top Model’, and we were fortunate enough to shoot the entire season. We also shot an episode of ‘The Amazing Race Israel’ and an episode of ‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’,” the Film Commissioner informed.Other prominent productions included the ‘Pretty Bird’ music video for Beyoncé and Jay-Z; ‘Perfect Places’ music video by Lorde, and ‘Candice Patton’ by America’s Next Top Model celebrity guest judge, Kelly Cutrone.“So, there has been quite a bit of activity in the local film industry as we tracked the various international productions that come into the island and the local personnel and services that they utilise for their projects. We are committed to improving our tracking and monitoring strategies,” Ms. Robinson said.The Commission is mandated to promote the Jamaican film industry through facilitation of activities that increase investment, export and employment in the sector.last_img read more

StoltNielsen Sees Drop in Net Profit

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed shipowner Stolt-Nielsen reported a net profit of USD 22.2 million in the third quarter of 2016, down from USD 37.8 million seen in the second quarter of the year.Revenue for the period slightly decreased to USD 474.1 million, from a revenue of USD 478.9 million reached in the previous quarter.The company said that the net profit for the first nine months stood at USD 90.3 million, compared with a net profit of USD 111.3 million recorded in the same period a year earlier, while revenue for the respective periods was at USD 1.41 billion and USD 1.48 billion.“Stolt-Nielsen’s third-quarter results were mixed. Stolt Tankers’ results were held down by weak summer demand, combined with the impact of Chinese production cutbacks and a weaker clean petroleum products (CPP) market, which pushed swing tonnage into the chemical tanker markets. As expected, the result was a reduction in volume with a corresponding softness in spot freight rates,” Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer of Stolt-Nielsen Limited, said.Stolt Tankers reported a drop in operating profit to USD 31.4 million, compared with USD 45.3 million, reflecting lower deep-sea rates and reduced COA volume, and a loss on bunker hedges of USD 0.5 million, compared with a gain of USD 6.5 million in the prior quarter.Stolthaven Terminals’ operating profit was at USD 14.8 million, up from USD 13.8 million, mainly due to improved operating performance at its wholly-owned terminals. As marginally lower trading results were offset by higher income from joint ventures Stolt Tank Containers’ operating profit was unchanged at USD 10.7 million, according to the company.“It is difficult to forecast what the year ahead may bring. Volume growth has not kept pace with supply-side growth, a situation made more acute by the recent influx of CPP swing tonnage. On the demand side, the weak return volumes from China and the Far East are likely to continue,” Stolt-Nielsen said, adding that they believe the decline in rates and the margin squeeze “will soon bottom out.”last_img read more

56 Year old latest killed in TCI botched robbery

first_img Related Items:26 year old being questioned in connection with killing in Kew Town, 56 year old man killed in robbery attempt, dominican community rocked again by another killing, Feliciano Antonio Garcia Quin Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 12, 2016 – Police reveal the identity of the man shot and killed and that they have a 26 year old in custody for the shooting whichhappened on Walter Cox Drive, in Kew Town, Providenciales around 8pm Sunday.Feliciano Antonio Garcia Quin of the Dominican Republic was found lifeless on the floor of a house after a scuffle broke out and a single shot went off, that lone bullet struck Feliciano Quin in the head.Investigators explain that while they are interrogating the 26 year old man, there is still much more evidence to be had and witnesses, you can help. center_img If you saw anything in the area in question that you believe can assist the case, please call Crime Stoppers or call the Police directly. Police give some vitals too; they are looking for a 5’5” to 5’8” inch man, dressed in dark clothing, at the time he had a mask over his face when he approached Quin, and two others. He forced the trio into the house to rob them but a scuffle broke out. The armed assailant had gloves on and demanded cash and ran away after he shot Quin; police found Feliciano on the floor and Dr. Adolphus pronounced him dead.The Dominican Community is already reeling from the savage murders of two of their women this year, now this… and the Government and Police continue to grapple with the proliferation of guns on the streets of the TCI.last_img read more