Caretaker charged for $1.9M theft

first_imgA caretaker, who allegedly stole $1.9 million worth of jewellery and cash from her employer, made her first court appearance on Monday.Carla AgarForty-year-old Carla Agar appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where she denied the theft charge.The charge alleged that on September 3, 2019 at Festival City, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, she stole from the dwelling home of Ayoba Watson $1.5M and $400,000 in jewellery.Police Prosecutor Annalisa Brummel did not object to bail; however, she asked that conditions be applied. The Magistrate released the woman on $250,000 bail. As a condition for bail, she was instructed to lodge her passport with the court and report to the East La Penitence Police Station every Friday until the conclusion of her trial.The case will continue on September 23.last_img read more

Flyers annual Teddy Bear Toss this Saturday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers are hosting their annual Teddy Bear Toss this Saturday when they play the Manning Comets.In support of the Salvation Army, hockey fans are asked to bring a teddy bear that has been wrapped in plastic or in a shopping bag to keep it from damage from ice or water. When the Flyers score their first goal fans can throw their teddy bears onto the ice.”The Salvation Army provides such a valuable service for the less fortunate in our community,” said President Paul Van Nostrand. “Normally we get around ten bags of teddy bears each year. Please help us support their efforts to brighten Christmas for needy local youngsters.”- Advertisement -Saturday night’s game takes place at the North Peace Arena with the puck drop at 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

Super schools

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In 2004, only 11 Los Angeles Unified School District schools were recognized as Distinguished Schools by the state Board of Education. This year, that number jumped to 19 – in the San Fernando Valley alone. Throughout the LAUSD, 32 elementary schools received the honor. To what do we owe this success? Well, for starters, for many of the Valley schools honored, this year was the first time they ever applied for the recognition. So much of the credit belongs to school officials who made the effort to bring their campuses the recognition they deserve. But the success of a school says a lot more about the teachers, parents and kids. That’s why these 19 schools should not only be applauded, but emulated. They have shown that no matter what the disadvantages or bureaucratic hurdles, educational success is possible – and they have the formula.last_img read more

Bolton avoid administration and 12-point penalty by paying off debt

first_img Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship ROUND-UP Bolton have staved off the threat of administration Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off stalemate Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues GREAT NEWS Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place Latest EFL news Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Orient chief gives update on manager search after ‘unfortunate’ Fletcher sacking EFL result impact center_img REPLY Anderson warned the club were facing administration as a result, which would have meant a two-year transfer embargo and a points deduction of 12 points.But the loan has now been repaid and the Championship side – currently eighth in the table – have staved off the threat of any sanctions from the EFL.A statement from Anderson read:  “Following on from all the speculation, I am pleased to confirm that the loan from Blu Marble Capital Ltd has been repaid.“I am also pleased to be able to confirm that the loans to both PBP (Michael James) and Brett Warburton have been extended on better terms for the club and I am extremely grateful for the continued support, help and assistance of Michael and Brett.“I was also able to reschedule and reduce a number of other club liabilities which in all have reduced future costs and liabilities by circa £1.5m and will be of great assistance to the club going forward.“As previously stated, I believe the club now has one of the lowest debt positions in the Championship. goalless Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer CONFUSION “I am also pleased to confirm that the club did not go into administration and there are no points deductions or embargo implications.“I fully appreciate and understand that the last couple of days have caused some consternation for you all, and I would like to apologise for that, but the whole process has been very complex and far from easy.“We can all now put this behind us and move onwards and get fully behind the team as they look to continue their excellent start to the campaign when they return to the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday for the game against QPR.“I would like to thank you all for your patience and we can all look forward to a season of progress both on and off the pitch.” Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Macclesfield set for further EFL sanctions after Plymouth match is called off ‘close’ Bolton Wanderers will not be entering administration after paying off a loan to their major creditor.Chairman Ken Anderson announced this week that his offer to settle a £4million debt with interest was rejected by financiers BluMarble Capital Ltd. 1last_img read more

This time, Angels can take blame

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week They’re down two games to one in the first-to-four American League pennant series for more reasons than Angel Stadium’s disappointed fans can fit on a cardboard sign. They’re down because they aren’t hitting, beginning with the indispensable Chone Figgins and Vladimir Guerrero. They’re down because their pitchers, even John Lackey, have been no match for the White Sox starters. They’re down because their gloves and throwing arms turned erratic at the wrong time, Jarrod Washburn’s error two nights earlier having put the Angels in a hole hours before Pierzynski and Eddings put them in a snit. “‘Our guys have moved on,” manager Mike Scioscia said before Friday’s game. “I feel the same way. We didn’t play the game we needed to play to win the other night.” That goes double for this night. There are two ways to look at the Angels’ Game 3 performance, both bad. Either they came out flat because they’d been crushed by what happened Wednesday in Chicago, or this game had nothing to do with that one. ANAHEIM – Well, that was one way for the Angels to put Doug Eddings behind them. The worst way. Sure, Jon Garland pitched well for Chicago, keeping the Angels in the slump that Mark Buehrle put them in. But shouldn’t they have worked more than one walk from a pitcher who hadn’t been on the mound in almost two weeks? Yes, Figgins, Guerrero or Garret Anderson could wake up the offense at any time. But since they’re hitting .129, .233 and .200 respectively in the playoffs, what’s the reason for optimism? I know, the inconsistent hitters got this far because of the strong pitching. But suddenly the starters are teetering, Washburn and Lackey lasting just five innings, and the relievers are on the ropes, Scioscia having gone to his bullpen seven times while Chicago’s Ozzie Guillen has troubled his pen once. Thus the series fell back into the hands of the players. The Angels’ Game 1 victory had been played in a daze after their rainout-wrecked travel schedule had them saying, “If it’s Tuesday, this must be U.S. Cellular Field.” The White Sox’s Game 2 victory had been blurred by the third-strike mix-up that some creative soul dubbed The Hidden Call Trick. Eddings was booed when the umpires emerged from the backstop before Game 3, again when his name was announced, again every time a batted ball drew fans’ attention toward his assigned post on the right-field line. A sign in the stands behind home plate noted Eddings’ umpiring shirt number 88 and asked, “What 87 Other Guys Couldn’t Make It?” By mid-game, though, the fans had other problems on their minds, except for the few who will blame Eddings for anything bad to happen to the Angels ever again. Lackey flopped in the October tough guy’s new role as Angels staff ace in the absence of sore-shouldered Bartolo Colon. The first four White Sox hitters went single-sacrifice-double-home run, Paul Konerko’s rising moon shot to the right of the bullpens making it 3-0. The Angels’ batting order began the night with one run to show for its past 15 innings of work, having gone 0 for 9 with runners on second and third in that U.S. Cellular dead zone. The team that handed Garland his first loss of the season in late May, and thumped the Kennedy High of Granada Hills kid in September, couldn’t lay a glove on him when it mattered the most. Figgins got on base in the bottom of the first with the leadoff man’s second walk of the whole postseason, but Guerrero bounced into a double play. Darin Erstad lined a double into the right-field corner with two out in the second, but he was thrown out sliding as he not-so-smartly tried to make it a triple. “I made a read, and I made the wrong one, and I screwed up,” Erstad said, rejecting the suggestion that he’d been desperate to make something happen. Between Erstad’s hit and Adam Kennedy’s soft single over third baseman Joe Crede’s head in the sixth, the Angels couldn’t knock one of Garland’s pitches beyond the infielders. That Doug Eddings, he makes me so … ah, never mind. It was 5-0 Sox before Orlando Cabrera’s two-run homer in the sixth raised visions of Scott Spiezio and a Game 6-like comeback. Then the last 10 Angels went out in order against Garland in this biggest test yet of their much-discussed resiliency. “Against a guy like that, when you see a pitch to hit, you have to take advantage,” Erstad said. “We didn’t.” It’s not the umpires beating the Angels anymore. It’s the White Sox. Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. He can be reached at heymodesti@aol.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img After their 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday evening in which the Angels had nobody to blame but themselves and the enemy pitcher, the home team has bigger worries than the bad call that may or may not have cost them the previous game. OK, that third strike to A.J. Pierzynski the other night was not in the dirt. But now the Angels are hip-deep in it. last_img read more

Loggers lay down Middletown, advance to NCS title match

first_imgOlivia Stone found the back of the net twice, Klayre Barres did as well and the Eureka Loggers cruised to a 5-0 North Coast Section Division-I semifinal victory over visiting Middletown, Wednesday night at Albee Stadium.No. 1 Eureka (18-0) will host No. 3 Arcata (14-7-1) in the NCS title match, Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Albee Stadium.“We played well tonight, even when we get an early lead we stay focused and just play our game,” Eureka head coach Andy Salatnay said.Stone, as she has done …last_img read more

Federal judge rules against California’s attorney general in Prop 65 Case

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In another win for U.S. agriculture and the national agriculture coalition fighting California’s false and misleading Prop 65 labeling requirement for glyphosate, U.S. District Court Judge William Shubb, for the Eastern District of California, upheld the preliminary injunction prohibiting California from enforcing the requirement until a final ruling on the matter is issued by the court.California Attorney General Xavier Beccera had filed a motion to lift a preliminary injunction issued by the court in February prohibiting the state from enforcing its labeling requirement. That motion was denied by Judge Shubb, who upheld the preliminary injunction prohibiting the state from enforcing its Prop 65 labeling requirement for glyphosate until all of the facts are considered by the court.“California is attempting to implement a policy that would cause damage to American farmers,” said Chandler Goule, Chief Executive Officer for the National Association of Wheat Growers. “The facts and science are on our side which show that glyphosate is safe for use. Farmers and growers are defending U.S. agriculture against California’s false and misleading Prop 65 labeling requirement, and maintaining this preliminary injunction is another win for them.”In the order, Judge Shubb ruled the state’s additional arguments “[do] not change the fact that the overwhelming majority of agencies that that have examined glyphosate have determined it is not a cancer risk.” (p. 5). He also reiterated that “the heavy weight of evidence in the record is that glyphosate is not known to cause cancer.” (p. 9)Glyphosate is approved for application in over 250 agricultural crops throughout the United States. Despite scientific findings from hundreds of studies and conclusions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and regulatory agencies around the world that glyphosate is safe for use, California ignored facts, data, and science when it added glyphosate to the state’s Prop 65 list.For more information on the national agriculture coalition and glyphosate go to FixProp65.com.The National Association of Wheat Growers are the lead plaintiff in the case against California filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The plaintiffs include the Agribusiness Association of Iowa, the Agricultural Retailers Association, Associated Industries of Missouri, Iowa Soybean Association, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CropLife America, Missouri Farm Bureau, National Corn Growers Association, North Dakota Grain Growers Association, South Dakota Agri-Business Association and United States Durum Growers Association.last_img read more

First Look At The New Evernote 5 For Mac: It’s All Good

first_imgThere are other improvements like better search suggestions, more keyboard shortcuts, and easier collaboration, but most of the changes in the new version are just about better visual organization of the same information. Check out Evernote’s What’s New page for the complete feature list. If you’re a committed Evernote fan, you’ll love the update. If you’re new to Evernote, this version may be the easiest one to get started with.You can now download Evernote 5 for Mac from the Mac App Store. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The actual note editor is still familiar, but there are some tweaks to make it more useful. You can view a note in full-screen mode, without the rest of the app, for distraction-free writing. You can edit the note’s location data. You can also quickly convert a note to plain text, which is a relief to the Markdown nerd in me. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts At the top of the sidebar, there’s a section for shortcuts, which is hugely handy. You can add notes, notebooks, saved searches or tags there. Drag them from the second panel, which is for browsing. Then you can quickly access your most used stuff. Underneath shortcuts, you can also have an automatically updated section for recent notes.The new browsing panel scared me at first, too, because I don’t like the big card view of notes. Fortunately, there are many display options in the drop-down menu on the top-right side of the panel, so I switched back to the “snippet view” that looks just like the old version, only with better colors and textures.center_img jon mitchell You’ll first notice the changes in the sidebar, which, if you’re like me, is almost always the starting point. There are now big, colorful icons, which was jarring to me at first, but my fear subsided quickly.You can hide any of these icons that you don’t use. I, for instance, don’t browse by tag often, nor do I visit Evernote’s Trunk, so I right-clicked and hid both of those.You can also expand them, so you can get your drop-down list of notebooks, if you so desire. I’m used to seeing all my stacks at once and then drilling down by notebook, so I’m going to keep it expanded for now. I might change my mind.There’s also a new section called Atlas, which displays your location-tagged notes on maps automatically. It’s a nice feature if you use the location data to organize your notes. For adventurous Evernote users on Macs, the beta version of Evernote 5 became available on Thursday. It’s quite different – in mostly good ways. Here’s how to install it and take it for a spin. UPDATE 11/15:Evernote 5 is now available for all Mac users.What’s New Tags:#Evernote 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Prosecutors: US Conspiracy Came Amid Slow Sales of Opioid

first_imgA new mouth spray that delivered the powerful painkiller fentanyl to end-stage cancer patients wasn’t selling as well as anticipated. So drug company executives moved quickly to make its production worthwhile.U.S. court records in the case against an immigrant billionaire who is one of Arizona’s wealthiest men describe the daunting market challenges that Insys Therapeutics founder John N. Kapoor and fellow executives faced after launching the opioid medication Subsys in 2012.The highly addictive drug was going to cost a cancer patient up to thousands of dollars a month to control intolerable levels of pain. It could only be prescribed by a medical practitioner registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and it was among several cancer pain medicines already available.Five years later, Subsys is at the heart of the case against Insys Therapeutics executives, including Kapoor, 74, of Phoenix, who is charged with leading a nationwide conspiracy to bribe doctors and pharmacists to widely prescribe the potent painkiller to people who didn’t need it.Defense attorney Brian T. Kelly, a high-profile Boston lawyer, has said Kapoor is not guilty.It comes amid an opioid epidemic that claims thousands of lives each year and led President Donald Trump to declare a nationwide public health emergency.The case is just the latest example of how profits have become more important than health for many U.S. pharmaceutical firms, New Jersey-based health care analyst Steve Brozak said Friday.The aggressive market tactics that federal prosecutors described at Insys have become acceptable, said Brozak of WWB Securities, a health care research firm that tracks companies in the sector.“The only reason (Kapoor) was put in handcuffs and did the perp walk is because the marketing involved an opioid,” he said. “This is an example of a greater addiction, not to opioids, but to big sales. The opioid crisis is the logical extension of the earnings demand.”To make Subsys more profitable, Insys executives turned to aggressive marketing tactics, such as bribes and kickbacks that included “speaker fees and honoraria for marketing events, food and entertainment” for doctors and pharmacists who prescribed the drug, according to an updated federal fraud and racketeering indictment in the ongoing case. The new charges were filed this week in Massachusetts.In exchange, the practitioners are accused of writing large numbers of prescriptions for patients, most of whom were not diagnosed with cancer. Prosecutors say the scam stretched across the U.S., involving pharmacies and pain management clinics and practitioners from Saginaw, Michigan, to southwest Florida and Laredo, Texas.Federal prosecutors in Boston first brought the case against six Insys executives and managers, including former CEO Michael L. Babich, who are set to go to trial next year and have pleaded not guilty. The updated indictment unsealed this week brings new charges against them and alleges Kapoor and the others provided kickbacks to doctors and conspired to defraud insurance providers.The court records describe events that encouraged sales representatives to push practitioners to prescribe ever higher doses of the fentanyl spray. A video at one event purportedly showed company employees dancing, rapping and singing with a life-size bottle of the highest dosage of the spray, suggesting that increased amounts were “not a problem!”To get paid back by insurance companies that didn’t want to fund the drug for non-cancer patients, the company established a “reimbursement center” that used employees to suggest they were calling on behalf of a doctor and the patient in question had cancer _ even if that wasn’t true, the indictment says.Kapoor founded Insys Therapeutics in 1990. Its stock price has tumbled amid the legal trouble in recent months, but the company said this week that it is under new management and has assumed responsibility for its former employees’ actions.The drug is question, fentanyl, is useful for managing pain for people with end-stage cancers, said Dr. Karen Sibert, an associate clinical professor with UCLA Health’s Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. But opioids are dangerous when used incorrectly and without medical supervision because they can cause a person to stop breathing, she said.“If you have extreme pain from end-stage cancer, the risk from stopping breathing is an acceptable risk,” she said. “But it’s not if you are a young person with back pain.”Kapoor emigrated from India decades ago and earned a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Buffalo in New York, where the pharmacy school is named for him and his wife to honor their philanthropy.In addition to Insys Therapeutics, which went public in 2013, Kapoor founded Illinois-based Akorn Pharmaceuticals. He also has a company that operates seven restaurants.Forbes said several years ago that Kapoor was worth $2.4 billion. That has fallen amid his company’s legal woes, but the magazine still listed Kapoor’s worth at $1.75 billion on Friday.A judge set bail for Kapoor at $1 million and said he must wear electronic monitoring and surrender his passports. — Associated Press Related Itemslast_img read more

Rangers Top Pens, Take 2-1 Series Lead

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — Henrik Lundqvist stopped 23 shots and the New York Rangers regained control of their first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 2-1 win in Game 3 on Tuesday night.Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider scored for New York, which dominated for two periods then held on late to take a 2-1 series lead.Game 4 is Wednesday in Pittsburgh.Patric Hornqvist scored his third career playoff goal for the Penguins, but Pittsburgh couldn’t overcome another slow start. Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves, but the Penguins couldn’t back up their strong play in Game 2.The Rangers led the NHL in road wins during the regular season and shut down Pittsburgh stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to reclaim home-ice advantage.Pittsburgh’s performance on Saturday night seemed like a reminder of more promising springs.Crosby scored twice to end a lengthy drought. And the Penguins looked — for the better part of three periods anyway — more like the powerhouse that has dominated the regular season in recent years, not the erratic, injury-riddled enigma it has been for most of the past five months.The Penguins believed it was a revival, not a last hurrah. It didn’t look that way, however, as the Rangers spent 60 minutes showing why they were so effective away from Madison Square Garden this season.New York choked off passing lanes, clamped down on Crosby and Malkin and never let Pittsburgh get anything resembling offensive flow.The Rangers overwhelmed the Penguins in the opening minutes and Hagelin gave New York a 1-0 lead at 8:43 following a sloppy line change by the Penguins and a brilliant lead pass from Keith Yandle that split the Pittsburgh defense and let Hagelin break in alone on Fleury.The slap shot from between the circles went between Fleury’s legs as the Rangers did their best to silence a surprisingly raucous crowd at Consol Energy Center.Not that the Penguins did much to generate any sort of enthusiasm.Pittsburgh needed 15 minutes to record its first shot, a harmless flip from behind the blue line by defenseman Ben Lovejoy.It drew a sarcastic roar but also seemed to shake the Penguins to life. Crosby hit the post with a one-timer following a pretty backhanded drop pass by Hornqvist, one of the few highlights of a choppy and chippy 20 minutes that looked more like a pickup game at the local rink than high-level late-season hockey.It’s a style the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Rangers can adapt to easily, one the Penguins are still trying to master.Given an opportunity to put all of the pressure on New York, instead the Penguins reverted to their uneven form that saw them limp to their ninth straight postseason berth.Kreider doubled New York’s lead 11:07 into the second period when a Marc Staal shot from the point deflected off the end boards and right to Kreider on the doorstep of the net.The goal came seconds after the Rangers appeared to get away with hooking Pittsburgh’s Maxim Lapierre while the fourth-line center was on the penalty kill.There was no call and when the Rangers made it back to the Penguins’ zone, Kreider darted to the net and swatted the puck out of the air and by Fleury.Hornqvist prevented Lundqvist from earning his 10th playoff shutout by pounding a rebound into the New York net with 6:48 remaining but the Penguins — who never won a game while trailing after two periods all season — couldn’t make it all the way back.NOTES: The Rangers are 4-1 in their past five series that were tied after two games. … New York, which led the NHL in first-period goals during the season, has outscored Pittsburgh 4-0 in the opening period. … Pittsburgh’s scratches included F Beau Bennett, who sat in favor of Scott Wilson. Wilson was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL last week.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more