A mother of seven is calling for justice after her son was stabbed to death on Saturday evening during an effort to save his neighbour from being physically abused by her reputed husband at a shop at Yarrowkabra, Linden-Soesdyke Highway.Dead is 19-year-old Nyron Vyphuis, a handyman of Circuitville, Yarrowkabra.According to information reaching Guyana Times, about 19:30h on Saturday evening, the now dead teen was at a liquor shop in the area owned by Anthony Jones.However, the owner of the shop was imbibing with friends and suddenly started to abuse his spouse. The young man, upon realising what was happening, intervened and attempted to stop him from harming the woman.At this time, Jones got annoyed and left, but he returned with an axe. The weaponDead: Nyron Vyphuiswas eventually taken from him by other persons who were at the shop.However, the furious man went into his home and again armed himself, this time with a knife which he used to attack and stab the teenager. The teen, in an effort to escape, ran a short distance, but collapsed to the ground as blood gushed profusely from the wound.Friends of the teenager alerted his family members, who rushed to the scene where they found his lifeless body lying in a clump of bushes. The Police were contacted and the suspect was taken into custody while the teen’s body was removed from the scene.When this publication visited the home of the teen, family members as well as friends were all in tears as they tried to comfort each other.The dead teen’s cousin, Annette Smith told this newspaper that she last saw him alive about 15:30h on Saturday. The two of them had a conversation concerning the construction of his house.“About 3:30, the carpenter that does work with him on the house come by me to call for him, so I said ‘Nyron is not at home, but I could go and find him where he deh’. So, I go through the track and I say ‘Nyron, the workman ready for you’ and he left and he come home,” she stated.The stabbing, she related, stemmed from an argument between the owner of the shop and his reputed wife. She explained that the woman came home and saw her spouse “drinking” with another female.“She was annoyed and she row with the man, the man get up to beat she and is then Nyron say ‘Anthony, man, you can’t beat Aunty Lexie’ and Nyron hold on toThe shop where the stabbing occurredthe gate and he tell Nyron come out the yard, he pick up an axe.“It had a big man went there, he take away the axe from he. And he run in the house and bring out the kitchen knife and he stab Nyron straight on his left shoulder, straight in his heart … two boys come call for me and seh ‘Aunty Annie, Nyron just get stab up and he deh bad through the track’.”In tears, she stated that her cousin was already dead and lying face down when they arrived.The distraught mother of the teen, Vanessa Harry stated, “They murdered my son. I am feeling a lot of pain right now and all I need for my son is justice, because he is only 19 and he’s my second son.”Guyana Times understands that the now dead teen’s father, Patrick Vyphuis, was brutally murdered in the interior about three months ago, but no one was arrested or charged with the heinous crime.The teen leaves to mourn his mother and six siblings along with other family members. The teen’s body is presently at the Lyken Funeral Home where it awaits a post-mortem. (Leah Hernandez)
In the 2015/16 season, a few big names will be coming to perform at the cultural centre. Tonight, Brent Butt will be performing for a sold out show – and children’s songwriter Fred Penner is expected to land down in February.Hachmeister says these initiatives trying to reconnect with the community as a whole. Following a presentation that illuminated the reasons for their grant application to city council, Oliver Hachmeister got into more detail about the things that will make the North Peace Cultural Centre more spectacular this upcoming year.“The centre is restoring a direction that was set for us back in 1992,” he said. “We’re encouraging the arts, we’re trying to create a location where – if there’s a need for the arts, we will try to fulfill it.”In the meeting on Monday, representatives from the cultural centre said they have quite a few goals in mind for the future, including re-engaging with the community, identifying funding opportunities and reinforcing board responsibility.- Advertisement -To accomplish these, the NPCC will be improving financial management, communications, public relations, accessibility, and finding funding opportunities.Part of the shift can be attributed to new management at the beginning of 2015 that changed things, and agreed that 2015 marked a significant shift for the cultural centre.Looking to the future, plans are already underway in the arts and culture community of Fort St. John, including the NPCC, to celebrate many milestones in 2017.Advertisement
Tags: CAF Champions LeagueCS Constantinevipers sc Vipers defeated Al Merreikh to reach the first round(file photo)CAF Champions League 2018/19CS Costantine vs Vipers SC Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui, ConstantineFriday, 14-12-2018 @09:00pmReferee: Maguette Ndiaye (Senegal)ALGERIA – Vipers will be hoping they can come up with a positive result when they take on CS Constantine in the CAF Champions League 1st round on Friday afternoon.The Venoms who are away from home for the second tie running, lost 2-1 at Al Merreikh in the previous round to set the tone for their away-goals elimination of the Sudanese side.Against the Algerian, Javier Martinez’s side will be seeking to repeat or better the result they came up with in Sudan last time out.“We are once again away from home in the first leg but we will do all we can to walk away with a positive result like we did against Al Merreikh, said Martinez ahead of the game.“It is usually not easy for Ugandan clubs to play in North Africa but we are prepared for whatever they will throw at us.About Vipers’ preparations heading into Friday’s encounter at the Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui, the Mexican had this to say;“We have prepared the best way we can.“We have a few big name absentees but that is the nature of the game and we cannot use that as an excuse.Vipers will be without the suspended duo of Captain Tadeo Lwanga and Geoffrey Wasswa who have both already accumulated two bookings in the competition. They will also be minus first choice goalkeeper-Fabian Mutombore who is still nursing an injury suffured while on international duty last month. Left-back Aggrey Madoi is also missing as he is currently having internal disputes with the coach.For CS Constantine who eliminated Gambian Champions GAMTEL in the last round, will be hoping for better luck this time round after drawing 0-0 at home in the first leg of their previous round duel.Constantine eliminated GAMTEL in the Preliminary round (Photo by Agency)Constantine have been on the rise in the last few years and reaching the group stages of the competition for the first time while be massive for them.Match Facts:This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides and the maiden clash for Vipers against an Algerian club.Vipers are competing in only their second CAF Champions League campaign after losing to Nigeria’s Enyimba 2-1 on aggregate two years ago.Going into the game, Vipers have lost only one of their last 11 competitive fixtures (W7 D3). The loss came away to Al Merreikh (2-1) last month.In the CAF Champions League, this will be their fifth fixture. In the first four, they have won two and lost as many.Away from home, the Venoms have lost both of their two games in the Champions League, conceding four goals and scoring only one in the process.For Constantine, they come into the game in wanting form, winning only two of their last 11 competitive fixtures (D5 L4). However, they are unbeaten in any of their last three (W2 D1).This will be only their 3rd CAF Champions League game (W1 D1).Their only fixture at home in the competition saw them play out a goalless draw at home to GAMTEL last month.Comments
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Crop scouting may transition from a boots-on-the-ground job to an artificial intelligence endeavor in the sky thanks to research from The Ohio State University (OSU) and investments made by the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) and soybean checkoff. Dr. Scott Shearer, professor and chair of OSU’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and his team are testing the use of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) in Ohio fields to automate the scouting process with data collected directly from the crop canopy.To dig deeper, OSC talked with Dr. Shearer about the project and the impact it could have on Ohio agriculture.Q: Tell us about your current work with AI and sUAS.A: We have developed a stinger platform suspended beneath a multi-rotor drone, or sUAS, to insert sensors into the crop canopy. These sensors capture high-resolution imagery from within the plant canopy, which can be used for real-time plant stress classification.Over the past two growing seasons, we have been scouting soybean fields and building an extensive image library of soybean crop stress imagery. Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs), AI algorithms used for image recognition, have been trained using the image library to support real-time classification of crop stress. The resulting CNN classifiers are being field tested for accuracy.Currently, the predominant sensing technique uses low-cost RGB cameras. However, additional work has been conducted this growing season to include a near-infrared spectroscopic sensor as well as tissue sampler, both suspended on the stinger beneath the drone.Q: How does this technology benefit Ohio soybean farmers?A: The direct benefit to Ohio soybean farmers is a more efficient and accurate scouting approach for improved crop health monitoring. Current scouting practices require the farmer to scout three or more locations within a field. However, the sUAS approach significantly expands the scout’s ability to monitor many more sites within a field and to automate the stress detection and specification process using AI.Ideally, farmers using this method will be alerted of stressors affecting their soybean crop sooner so they can implement corrective measures more quickly and preserve yield potential for improved profitability. This rapid assessment approach will move the industry toward a more prescriptive approach to crop stress management where economic thresholds are addressed on a refined spatial basis.Q: When do you anticipate this technology could be commercialized?A: Researchers and technology commercialization managers have been in contact with several venture capitalists and ag tech providers to explore commercialization options. The approach is somewhat constrained by the ability to develop regional and crop-specific reference libraries to train the CNN classifiers, so the value of this approach depends on who can develop those libraries. It’s likely the first commercial deployment of this system will occur within three to five years.This technology may be a few years from your farm, but there are many other innovations coming available every day to help improve the efficiency of your operation. Find out which technologies are currently working for other Ohio soybean farmers here.
“If you are building a house in 2019, all of the embodied energy gets burned this year, which means that all of the carbon associated with that embodied energy is going into the atmosphere this year.”—Martin HolladayStill abuzz after our recent Building Science Summit, I’ve recommitted to a rallying cry I haven’t sounded loud enough. I’m not alone in that department. Though the dialogue around embodied carbon is starting to attract more attention, the green building community is still primarily focused on the operations-related environmental impacts of our houses, so efforts are centered around energy efficiency over the carbon emissions associated with residential construction.At the summit, designer/builder Michael Maines talked about The Pretty Good House 2.0; he described Bruce King’s book, The New Carbon Architecture, as his building bible. I ordered a copy immediately and have been thoroughly engrossed ever since. I spoke with Maines about the subject, and during our conversation he mentioned Brian Hayes, owner of Bellwether Craftsmen in Huntington, Vermont. Because Hayes is committed to low-carbon building materials and methods, I called him up to hear his thoughts on this budding movement.Hayes began his career erecting barns and farm buildings before moving into the residential sector. He is an expert timber framer and is Passive House- and CPHC-certified. In other words, he is a craftsman with a conscience. “My motivation for low-carbon, high-performance, natural building is socially and environmentally based,” he says. “It’s just the right thing to do on so many levels. We know better. We know we are doing bad things, and we are doing them because of exploitative economics. I’m not into it.”One of the driving principles behind a low-carbon home is that it should be small. Maines has specified 1000 sq. ft. for one person, 1500 sq. ft. for two, 1750 sq. ft. for three, and 1875 sq. ft. for four. “If it is well designed, people can fit into a lot less square footage than they believe,” Hayes notes. “There’s a whole client education piece to this. We tell them: ‘We can build you a high-performance, natural, healthy building that is going to be durable and sustainable but to get there, we have to reduce square footage.’”Hayes strongly believes the 30-year standard and the code minimums based on it are sorely insufficient, and essentially produce “disposable housing.” He designs and builds homes with a lifespan of 75 to 100 years using roughly 90% natural materials. He cites vapor permeability as critical to a building’s performance, saying it has the biggest impact on durability. Hayes advocates for vapor-open assemblies that can dry in both directions, and says that natural buildings omit the impervious surfaces that result with synthetic materials. He does, however, concede to relying on synthetics for membranes and air-sealing adhesives—because there aren’t any natural alternatives. Pro Clima products (Intello to the inside, Solitex on the exterior) are his current go-to. And 475 High Performance Building Supply is a regular source.Hayes demonstrates the success of his approach by recalling two projects that had him competing with SIP construction, which promises a level of performance Hayes matches. “Our projects met the standard for Efficiency Vermont 2.0. We went up against a SIP assembly with our 2×6 wall, cellulose cavity insulation, and Gutex exterior fiberboard. That’s all plant-based material—except for the membranes,” he says, adding that plant-based building materials exceed petroleum-based systems in terms of durability and performance. They also create a carbon bank that reduces atmospheric carbon counts.Operationally speaking, Hayes’s shop runs on solar energy; he builds modular components as much as possible, which limits vehicle trips back and forth to the site; and five of his employees live in the same town as the shop—the sixth has a 20-mile commute. “Using our shop is our best option for keeping daily emissions down,” Hayes explains, adding that he also uses local sources for timber and siding, thereby cutting shipping emissions. “We are lucky to have just about every material we need right here in Vermont,” he says. “We try to use local wood species for everything, and we trace materials that come from outside Vermont—such as FSC-certified fiberboard and cellulose.”Asked what technologies, if any, he finds useful for building low-carbon homes, Hayes names the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) and WUFI energy-modeling software. “They are great tools but I think they need to be developed to be user-friendly and a little more available to builders.” However, he questions whether or not further technological advances would be beneficial. “I don’t think we necessarily need more technology,” he explains. “We need more education around the technology we have. And we need to make it standard and regulated—if we do that, then prices will come down, and people will be more familiar, less apprehensive. There will be better executions, better products, and healthier people and buildings.”So, what exactly is a low-carbon house?According to Maines, a low-carbon home should:Be as small as possible—ideally with multi-family or multi-generational occupants.Be PV-ready or include photovoltaic panels. PV-ready means designed, built, and sited in such a way that a reasonably sized photovoltaic array can handle all of the home’s energy needs on an annual basis. (PV panels pay their carbon debt in 2-4 years.)Be simple and durable. Simple shapes are easier to air-seal and insulate. They perform better in harsh weather, and require fewer materials and less maintenance than more complicated buildings. If you need to bring in a structural engineer, your design might be too complicated. Invest in the parts that are hard to change later.Use wood and wood-derived products as construction materials. Just make sure the wood is sustainably harvested—locally, if possible. Otherwise the trees are better left to remove CO2 through photosynthesis. In general, the more materials are processed, the higher their carbon footprint.Use air-source heat pumps. Mini-splits can be efficient to -15°F or below. They are affordable—especially for the sizes needed in a Pretty Good House 2.0—and they are relatively simple to install. For those who can’t stand the look of an appliance on the wall, there are slim-duct, ceiling cassette, and floor-mounted versions. However, the wall-mounted units are the most efficient, so learn to love them. Heat-pump water heaters are a no-brainer for most homes.Invest in the envelope. Insulation and air-sealing should be good enough that heating and cooling systems can be minimal, with indoor air quality and comfort levels that are very high.Be affordable, healthy, responsible, and resilient.Reflect the “KISS” principle (Keep It Simple and Safe). The house should be easy to operate and understand. Owner-proof systems should omit operator influence and/or error.Consider time-tested sensible strategies such as planting deciduous trees to shade the south and west walls (in the cold months, the leaves drop, letting natural light in), cooling with fans and natural convection rather than air conditioners, heating water with a wood stove, and air drying clothes.Be part of a sustainable community. Having access to community solar, jobs, and services nearby minimizes driving and enables the sharing of infrastructure costs. A home in the middle of the woods often comes with a bigger carbon footprint than a community-based home.Hayes says the 1800-sq.-ft. house pictured here meets the great majority of all ten requirements.Additionally, Maines says a low-carbon home should minimize or avoid:Concrete, which contributes 10% of man-made global warming emissions, partly through fuel to heat and move minerals, but 60% from release of carbon dioxide (CO2) from limestone (CaCO3) to get calcium oxide (CaO) for Portland cement.Foam, especially HFC (hydrofluorocarbon)-blown closed-cell spray foam and XPS (extruded polystyrene) rigid insulation. When building a new house there should be no need to use foam above grade.Combustion appliances, especially those that burn fossil fuels.Unhealthy materials.In Hayes’s house, items 1-4 have been addressed, as the structure is slab on grade with frost walls. “This particular home is largely comprised of natural carbon-sequestering materials—wood, wood fiber, and stone,” he says, adding that he is waiting on the results of a pending carbon analysis for this house, as well as another constructed last year.It gives me hope that a few builders, like Hayes, are having their projects analyzed for embodied carbon. Because carbon is the next frontier.-Kiley Jacques is design editor at Fine Homebuilding magazine. If you have a project that might be of interest to our readers, please send a short description and images to email@example.com. Photos courtesy of Brian Hayes.For more on embodied carbon:Another Look at Embodied CarbonEmissions by the Construction IndustryAll About Embodied Energy
Vikat Bhagat, from Canacona in south Goa, was arrested by local police on Tuesday evening as prime suspect in the murder of 25-year-old Irish woman Danielle McLaughlin whose nude body was found at an isolated open place in South Goa. Bhagat was remanded to seven days in police custody by local court on Wednesday.Police Inspector Filomeno Costa told The Hindu that though they suspected sexual assault in the case, they have yet not pressed rape charges as postmortem report is awaited. The remand for the accused is till March 21. Danielle McLaughlin was found brutally murdered in a field, around 150 metres from the main road at Devbag in Canacona on Tuesday morning. Superintendent of Police, Crime, Umesh Gaonkar told The Hindu that the local police have rounded up several persons and finally zeroed in on a local petty thief and an ex-convict Bhagat.A case of murder has been registered under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The body had several bruises and the face had cuts inflicted probably using a blunt object, said police.According to local police investigating the case the victim had come to Canacona on Monday from Arambol in north Goa along with another friend, who is a UK national. “We are investigating people with whom she was playing Holi with during a party here. Her friend has also given us some leads and we are questioning some suspects,” a police officer associated with the probe said on condition of anonymity.
Former India bowling coach Eric Simons is likely to join new Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Pune Supergiants for the upcoming season.A team source told PTI that talks are at an advanced stage with Simons, who previously worked with the Delhi Daredevils in various roles including that of a head coach, besides coaching in the Caribbean Premier League. (MS Dhoni wanted Murugan Ashwin for Pune Supergiants: Sanjiv Goenka)Simons worked with the Indian team for two years before being replaced in 2012.The former South Africa all-rounder will bring a lot to the table at Pune. (Kevin Pietersen will bolster Pune Supergiants, says MS Dhoni) The team will be captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni and head coach will be Stephen Fleming, who was with the India captain at the now suspended Chennai Super Kings.Earlier in the week, Hrishikesh Kanitkar was named as the assistant coach of the Pune franchise.”Life becomes slightly easy with him (Fleming) around. We know each other for long time,” Dhoni had said on Monday.”He is a fantastic coach. His management skills are very good. What I really like is that he is calm like me. It is good to have him and hopefully it will work for us.”
South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir has been fined 30 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the side’s 31-run win in the fifth and final ODI against Australia in Cape Town on Wednesday evening.During Australia’s run-chase, Tahir displayed a lack of respect for the umpires when he kept on verbally engaging with David Warner despite being warned by the umpires.His behaviour was, therefore, deemed as conduct that was contrary to the spirit of the game. (Also read: David Warner’s 173 in vain as South Africa whitewash Australia 5-0 in ODIs)Tahir was found to have violated Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.In accordance with the Article 7.3 of the revised Code, which came into effect on September 22, in addition to the sanction imposed for his breach of Article 2.1.1, two demerit points have been added to Tahir’s disciplinary record. Pursuant to the Article 7.6 of the Code, if Tahir reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, his demerit points will be converted into, at least, two suspension points which will equate to a ban from his next match or matches.Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player. All level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official warning, a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points. After the match, Tahir pleaded guilty to the offences and accepted the proposed sanctions by Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, so there was no need for a formal hearing. The charge was laid by on-field umpires Shaun George and Joel Wilson, third umpire Nigel Llong and fourth official Adrian Holdstock.advertisementCaptain Faf du Plessis was docked 20 percent of his match fee and the rest of the team 10 percent after South Africa fell one over short of their target.Du Plessis will face a suspension if he captains South Africa to another over-rate offence within the next 12 months.Both Du Plessis and Tahir pleaded guilty and accepted the sanctions.