first_imgA trip down memory lane recently took Jacob Segers to Perry, Ga., the site of this week’s Georgia National Fair. Other UGA personnel providing assistance include Patsie Cannon, a program coordinator in the Animal and Dairy Science department in Tifton. She is serving as the public address announcer for all the beef cattle shows, which includes the heifer show, steer show and showmanship where the exhibitor is judged. After 15 years of assisting with the Georgia National livestock events, Cannon has seen the impact these events have on today’s youth. “This is a big deal. For livestock kids in Georgia, it’s the deal,” Segers said.Segers’ days of showing cattle are over, but he is still very much involved in the production of livestock shows, as are other UGA faculty members like Ronnie Silcox, Lawton Stewart, Jillian Fain and Robert Dove from the Animal and Dairy Science Department in Athens and Heather Schultz, Georgia 4-H’s program coordinator for livestock. “These programs are extremely valuable to those kids. The stuff they take away from it, not only is it important in teaching them to be competitive but at the same time, sportsmanship, but it gives them drive; it gives them a goal-oriented project that they can work toward,” Segers said.For more information about Georgia’s 4-H program see the website at For more information about UGA’s Animal and Dairy Science program, see Approximately 1,500 to 1,600 4-H and FFA students statewide participate in the livestock shows that involve goats, lambs, steers, heifers and swine. Segers is more than happy to provide assistance because he knows he’s helping future farmers. “Any of us (who) work in Extension, we have a pretty vested interest in youth livestock. It’s going to be the kids that come to our class one day, and it’s going to be the kids that replace us one day, probably,” Segers said.center_img Silcox and Segers agree.“It takes a lot of time commitment for the young people. They have to feed those animals every day. They have to work with them and get them trained to show. When they do get to show, they’ve got to groom them and get them ready to put in the ring. There’s a lot of responsibility in taking care of an animal,” Silcox said.Seagers knows first hand what showing animals teaching a child. “The young men and women are learning so many skills, including working with their animal and related responsibilities, and they’re learning how to work with others as well. They’re learning teamwork. They’re learning respect. They’re learning that they’ve got to pay attention to that judge and what that individual is looking for when they come into the show ring with their animals,” Cannon said. The University of Georgia beef cattle specialist reminisced about children from all over the state visiting Perry for the annual Livestock/Horse show. Segers showed cattle as a youngster in the late 90’s and early 2000’s so he can testify to the long road trips, hours of hard work caring for heifers and steers and riding in the back of the truck finishing homework on the way to a cattle show.It was a way of life he came to enjoy as a child and many others are experiencing this week at the Georgia National Fair Livestock/Horse Show. “There’s a lot of work that goes in just making the show run,” Silcox said. “You’ve got to have somebody that has some experience and knows what they’re doing to get the animals in and get everything organized and make it run right.”last_img read more

first_imgA prosecutor for the Northern Ireland courts service has said there is no evidence of a European Arrest Warrant for the brother of double killer John Gallagher.John GallagherIt was claimed in Strabane Court yesterday by solicitor Oliver Roche that Gardai are seeking such a warrant for the arrest of Donal Gallagher. It had been claimed that Donal Galagher rammed and broke the windscreen of John Gallagher in Lifford.John Gallagher is before the courts facing a harassment charge of Donal Gallagher outside his place of work.It was also claimed that John Gallagher made th shape of a gun with his finger to his estranged brother.However solicitor Emma Rafferty told Judge Nigel Broerick today there is no such warrant she can find.The case was adjourned for two weeks.NO ARREST WARRANT FOR BROTHER OF DOUBLE-KILLER GALLAGHER – COURT TOLD was last modified: October 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtDonal GallagherharrassmentJohn GallagherLiffordlast_img read more

first_imgA drive for good nutrition among pregnant women and children in a southern Assam district has been given a gooseberry candy twist. This follows a report that the targeted groups find the prescribed iron-folic acid tablets repulsive.According to the 2015 National Family Health Survey, 47.2% of the women of reproductive age in Hailakandi were anaemic. The district, thus, has the most anaemic children below 5 years, adolescents and women of reproductive age in Assam.But mothers, pregnant women and children in the district, data reveal, consume only 24.3% of the total iron-folic acid tablets that the district receives and distributes. “The tablets given to these groups are often not consumed as they feel nauseated or have constipation issues. There are also myths that these tablets will kill them or make them incapable of conceiving,” District Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli told The Hindu. Amla, jaggery comboTo get around the problem while launching Poshan Maah, or nutrition month, a few days ago, the district administration decided to produce roundish amla-gur candies with a dose of salt. Nutritionists involved in the campaign said amla, or gooseberry, is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, while gur, or jaggery, is rich in iron, vital vitamins and minerals that boost the immune system.“The gooseberry candy is a home-made recipe, and is provided alongside iron-folic acid tablets as behavioural change in nutritious eating is a slow process. If women and children avoid the tablet, they can get the required vitamin and mineral inputs through the improvised delicacy of which ingredients are available locally,” Ms. Jalli said. The candy is cost-effective too, she said. Anganwadi workers, supervisors and mothers have been engaged to prepare and distribute the ‘laddoos’ with the ingredients given by the district authorities.“This is a novel initiative that should go a long way in checking anaemia that increases the risk during pregnancy and at childbirth, besides resulting in low birth weight and malnourished children,” Anganwadi worker Labiba Begum Barlaskar said.About 32.5% of the children aged below five in Hailakandi are underweight. The average figure for Assam is 30%.last_img read more

first_imgThe India Today Group has once again set the hallmark for investigative journalism. The group, which staunchly believes in upholding the gold standard journalism, was felicitated for its efforts at the 13th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards.The Ramnath Goenka awards are the most reputed awards for media persons in India. The awards felicitate 29 winners in 18 categories across print, broadcast and purely-digital for outstanding work in the field. Like every year, India Today journalists featured prominently among the award winners.The guest of honour for the event, held in New Delhi, was Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.This year, two India Today journalists – Moumita Sen and Anand Patel – were awarded by Singh for exceptional journalism.India Today bags 2 awardsMaintaining its legacy of trust, integrity and excellence in journalism across platforms, the India Today Group bagged two Ramnath Goenka Awards.The first recipient was Moumita Sen, who received the Ramnath Goenka Award 2018 for Sports (Broadcast). She has emerged as a pioneer in the field, winning the award for the second year in a row. Sen was awarded the honour for her extensive coverage of sports.Sen is an Associate Executive Producer with India Today TV. She won the Reporting from J&K category award in 2017 for Test Kashmir – a travelogue which explored the connection between Kashmir’s volatile political history and the role of education in the valley’s chant for freedom.Also bringing laurels to the group was Associate Editor Anand Patel who won the Ramnath Goenka Award 2018 for Investigative Reporting (Broadcast). Patel was awarded for exposing a stunning mismatch between retail and wholesale prices of cancer and heart medicines. Patel found how pharma firms are hand-in-glove with hospitals to fleece cancer patients. While hospitals receive a particular life-saving drug from pharma firms for a nominal cost, the former charge the patients many times that cost for the same.advertisementPatel’s expose led to the government ordering a widespread investigation into suspected overpricing of life-saving drugs.Last year, India Today received three awards – Bipasha Mukherjea’s reportage Goal Mizoram won the award in the sports category, Manogya Loiwal’s Young Minds Old Body won the top award in the Uncovering Invisible India category, and Moumita Sen’s Test Kashmir bagged the honour for Reporting from J&K category.Rajnath Singh warns against sensationalismDelivering his keynote address after presenting the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, Rajnath Singh said sensationalism in journalism should be avoided as it is an insult to the profession and asked journalists not to mix ideology with the news.’Dosti na ho par bair bhee na ho’ (It is okay if there is no friendship between media and government. But there should be no enmity between the two), he said.The home minister said honest journalism gives strength to the country and strengthens democracy.”If any news is made sensational, then it is an insult to journalism. If we are in the race for sensationalism there will be no objectivity. It should be avoided,” he said.Singh said the media’s role is to act as a guardian of democracy and impartial journalism brings shine to the profession.”Media should show a mirror to power but it should have no colours…don’t mix news with ideology. It can pose a question mark on its credibility.(with inputs from PTI)READ | 3 India Today TV journalists get Ramnath Goenka awards for exceptional journalismWATCH | Long Story: India Today TV’s 3 best stories that won the Ramnath Goenka Awardslast_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: FincantieriSeabourn Ovation, the fifth ultra-luxury ship in the Seabourn fleet, has completed its final round of sea trials in the Mediterranean off the coast of Italy.The ship departed the Fincantieri shipyard on March 14 for four days at sea, where a team of officers and engineers tested the ship’s technical and mechanical systems. Now that the vessel has completed the trials, it will undergo final touches at the yard before being delivered on April 27, 2018.“We’re now weeks away from delivery, and I’m very pleased with the progress and preparedness of the ship now that sea trials are complete,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn.                                                                     Image Courtesy: SeabournSeabourn Ovation will begin her maiden season with an 11-day inaugural voyage departing May 5, 2018, from Venice, Italy, to Barcelona, Spain. The ship’s naming ceremony will take place on Friday, May 11, in Valletta, Malta.It will spend the majority of its maiden season cruising the waters of Northern Europe, offering a series of seven-day Baltic and Scandinavian sailings between Copenhagen and Stockholm.Seabourn Ovation builds on the line’s Odyssey-class ships and is a sister ship to Seabourn Encore, delivered by Fincantieri at the end of 2016.The ship features 40,350 gross tons, a length of 210 metres and a width of 28 metres. It has the capacity to reach a cruising speed of 18.6 knots and carry up to just 600 guests, based on double occupancy.last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – Christopher Garnier told a police interrogator he heard Catherine Campbell’s final breaths, and he was haunted by “seeing her, hearing her” gasp for air as he struggled to remember details of the night she died.“I could hear her take her last breaths,” Garnier told RCMP Cpl. Jody Allison on Sept. 16, 2015, hours after the police officer’s body was found face down in thick brush near Halifax’s Macdonald Bridge.“I don’t know how this happened… I’ve been trying to remember what happened.”The jury continued to watch the 9.5-hour-long taped interview Wednesday at Garnier’s murder trial in Nova Scotia Supreme Court. There’s still about an hour and 15 minutes left to watch, and the trial continues Thursday.Garnier allegedly killed the off-duty Truro, N.S., officer in a McCully Street apartment in the early hours of Sept. 11, 2015, and used a wheeled compost bin to dispose of her body.For the first roughly five and a half hours of the interrogation, Garnier sat in a grey-clad room sobbing in a computer chair amidst photos of Campbell spread out on a table, telling Allison he wasn’t “supposed to say anything.”At one point, Det. Const. Michelle Dooks-Fahie enters the room and takes over the interview, speaking to Garnier in a soft voice.He repeatedly tells her “I can’t” when she asks him to tell her about what happened inside the apartment and “take responsibility.”“This is your time to show it was a mistake, that it happened so fast,” said Dooks-Fahie, sitting close to Garnier in a chair, sometimes placing her hand on his shoulder.Allison re-enters the room.He tells Garnier he was speaking with investigators and knows what Garnier had in the car when he was arrested.The jury has heard a tarp, work gloves and rope were among the items found in the car, which was spotted driving by the area where Campbell’s body was discovered in the early hours of Sept. 16, 2015. Garnier was arrested minutes later.Allison says: “Don’t tell me she was still alive when you put her in the compost bin.”“No,” Garnier replies.He breaks down and sobs into his hands as he tells the two investigators, “I’m trying to remember.”“She wasn’t moving,” Garnier said when asked by Allison how he knew Campbell was dead when she was put into the bin. “She wasn’t breathing.”Garnier said he remembered being with her in the Halifax Alehouse, where the two had met, but didn’t remember who approached who, or going back with her to the McCully apartment.He told Allison he remembers seeing Campbell bleeding from the nose.“It’s all I can think about. It’s why I haven’t got any sleep,” said Garnier, wearing a T-shirt and pants and sitting with his hands clasped together, the two officers sitting in front of him.“I remember watching it on the news … I was trying to figure out why the (expletive) I would do something like that. I would never do something like that.”Garnier repeatedly told Allison that he could not remember how Campbell’s face became bloody, but eventually said he may have hit her.“I feel like at this point I’m telling you what you want to hear,” said Garnier. “If I knew, I’d tell you. I have no reason to hold anything else back at this point.”He recalled being in the yard of the McCully Street apartment after she stopped breathing, but didn’t remember putting her body in the green bin, or walking with it through the city’s north end towards the Macdonald Bridge.But Garnier said he remembered roughly where the body was left.“When I drove back down there I didn’t know exactly where she was,” he said, referring to the night of his arrest.He also said he didn’t recall what he did with the mattress.Garnier earlier told investigators the mattress was stained with blood. Allison drew on the back of a photo, depicting a rectangle representing the bed and a stick figure representing Campbell, her head at the foot of the bed. Garnier drew a circle to indicate where the blood was.The jury has heard that the mattress has never been recovered.Dooks-Fahie asked what was upsetting him most.“Seeing her, hearing her,” said Garnier, describing two gasps Campbell made just before she stopped breathing.Earlier in the interview, a sobbing Garnier told Allison “I’m sorry for what happened” and “I’m not a monster.”When asked what he would say to the Campbell family, Garnier replied: “I’m sorry for what happened.”He also told Allison through tears, “I never wanted anyone to die.”The 30-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body.Evidence presented at the trial has indicated Campbell was seen kissing and dancing with Garnier at the bar before leaving with him in the early hours of Sept. 11, 2015.Last week, the defence put forth a hypothetical scenario suggesting Campbell died during a consensual sexual encounter after encouraging Garnier to choke her.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos, November 29, 2017 – The Prosecution will have to find stronger witnesses and better evidence in its case against Cortez Simmons as yesterday the Appeals Court gave them another chance to secure a murder conviction.In one of the most followed murder cases in recent TCI history, a verdict came from the Appeals Court that was both a sigh of relief and a victory.  Cortez Simmons won his appeal but was not acquitted, instead a retrial in the murder of Keziah Burke is ordered by the court.Simmons had been acquitted before of murder, that was in 2009 and the victim then was the first cousin of Keziah Burke.  Simmon’s defense team argued that the evidence in the Burke murder was circumstantial and refuted expert testimony and findings that the gun used in the killing of Burke, who was 25 at the time was the same gun used in a shooting at the movie cinema where Simmons was allegedly caught on CCTV with the shooters in that case.During the trial in 2015, it was revealed that Keziah Burke was gunned down in the parking lot of Uncle Dough’s Bar in Providenciales, while trying to escape – on hands and knees – being shot by the accused Cortez Simmons in the back, allegedly.  The report says the shooting unfolded in plain sight of multiple witnesses, but no one was talking.Evans Welch, attorney from Trinidad and Tobago, led the prosecution team which used as its star witness, a man who was a part of the cinema shooting, Haitian-born, Boker Odema.  Odema testified that the gun used at the Digicel Cinema, was taken from Cortez Simmons and that after the shooting then, Simmons demanded his gun back.It is said that gun, a 40 caliber weapon, was the same one which ended the life of Burke on April 13, 2013.  Our understanding is that there were as many as 20 grounds in the appeal, all of them against the trial judge – Margaret Ramsey Hale.  The conviction was deemed unsafe and was overturned in a matter of minutes.Arguments by the defense team including Alvin Garland and Jacqueline Samuels Brown, QC out of Jamaica lasted longest on whether Simmons was due an acquittal or a retrial.Cortez Simmons can apply for bail and be freed until the retrial date is set. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: People’s Liberation Army joined in the revelries as the Indian Army commemorated the 72nd Independence Day at Nathula, the Indo-China border in Sikkim.To mark the occasion, a Special Border Meeting between India and China was held on Wednesday.This is being seen as a reciprocating gesture as the Indian Army had taken part in the celebrations commemorating the foundation day of the People’s Liberation Army on August 1, 2018.”The celebrations took place in an atmosphere of warmth and friendship with an aim of enhancing mutual trust and promoting peace and tranquility in the border areas,” stated a release from the army.Pleasantries were also exchanged in Kongra La in North Sikkim. Indian Army troops deployed in remote and high altitude areas in North Sikkim hoisted the tricolor in different forward posts to mark the occasion.”Such interactions between the two armies have resulted in enhancement of goodwill and mutual understanding between the two nations,” added the release.last_img read more

first_imgIndia has approached the US to help identify Night Vision Devices (NVD) believed to be meant for American and NATO forces recovered from inflitrating terrorists after recent encounters in J&K. Four NVDs as well as a couple of sophisticated binoculars were recovered at four places after the Army had eliminated infiltrating terrorists, official sources said.Information regarding recoveries was shared by the central security agencies with their US counterparts, who have promised help in the probe. The NVDs, recovered from near the Line of Control in North Kashmir after encounters, were dismantled to ascertain the serial numbers on the lens which were forwarded to the US authorities. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damA similar NVD was found during the July 27 Gurdaspur terror attack. The NVD with US government marking was used by the terrorists as telescope fitted on an assault rifle to help them identify their targets in dead of the night.Seven persons, including a Superintendent of Police, were killed by the three terrorists before they were neutralised by Punjab Police. Upon an inquiry by India, the US had confirmed the NVD belonged to the US army which it had lost in Afghanistan in 2010.Barring its closest NATO allies, the US does not sell these NVDs to any other country. It is believed that military equipment lost by its soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq are often sold in the open market, including through e-commerce websites.last_img read more