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NA man busted with 1.6 kilos of ganja

NA man busted with 1.6 kilos of ganja

first_img– previous sentence pendingA New Amsterdam man was on Thursday busted with a quantity of Cannabis Sativa, along the Corentyne Highway, Region 6 (East Berbice-Corentyne).Records show that the man, Sheldon Simon, 45, was previously sentenced in his absence to four years imprisonment by Magistrate Rabindranauth Singh, for a similar offence. He did not serve time for the offence.Reports are that a Lance Corporal and three ranks, while conducting random checks on Thursday, stopped and searched a minibus bearing registration BVV 2700 in which the man of Ferry Street, New Amsterdam, was a passenger.At the time he was carrying a black haversack which contained a black plastic bag. A further search into the bag revealed parts of the illegal plant.He was arrested and taken to the Number 51 Police Station.The substance was weighed and amounted to 1.68kg.The 1.6kg of marijuana confiscatedSimon is presently in Police custody pending charges.Back in December, a Policewoman was on her way to work when she boarded a Number 63 minibus heading up the Corentyne.A short while after entering the bus, the officer was struck by the scent of marijuana.Without arousing suspicion she observed that the smell was coming from a male passenger who had a black haversack on his lap.While the vehicle was approaching the Springlands Police Station she ordered the driver to drive into the station compound, where Simon was arrested.last_img read more

Intelligent design wins at Kansas state school board

Intelligent design wins at Kansas state school board

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The vote was a victory for intelligent design advocates who helped draft the standards. Intelligent design holds that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by a higher power. Critics of the new language charged that it was an attempt to inject God and creationism into public schools in violation of the separation of church and state. But supporters of the new standards said they will promote academic freedom. “It gets rid of a lot of dogma that’s being taught in the classroom today,” said board member John Bacon. The new standards say high school students must understand major evolutionary concepts. But they also declare that the basic Darwinian theory – that all life had a common origin and that natural chemical processes created the building blocks of life – have been challenged in recent years by fossil evidence and molecular biology. In addition, the board rewrote the definition of science, so that it is no longer limited to the search for natural explanations of phenomena. TOPEKA, Kan. – Among mainstream scientists, there’s no real debate over Darwin’s theory of evolution – it’s considered a cornerstone of biology. But new science standards approved Tuesday for Kansas public schools cast doubt on the theory, a move that may cause scientists to see the state as backward. “This is a sad day. We’re becoming a laughingstock of not only the nation, but of the world, and I hate that,” said board member Janet Waugh, a Democrat. The state Board of Education approved the new standards in a 6-4 vote, revisiting a topic that exposed Kansas to nationwide ridicule six years ago. The new standards will be used to develop student tests measuring how well schools teach science. Decisions about what is taught in classrooms will remain with 300 local school boards, but some educators fear pressure will increase in some communities to teach less about evolution or more about creationism or intelligent design. “What this does is open the door for teachers to bring creationist arguments into the classroom and point to the standards and say it’s OK,” said Jack Krebs, an Oskaloosa High School math teacher and vice president of Kansas Citizens for Science, which opposes the changes. But John Calvert, a retired attorney who helped found the Intelligent Design Network, said changes probably will come to classrooms gradually, with some teachers feeling freer to discuss criticisms of evolution. “These changes are not targeted at changing the hearts and minds of the Darwin fundamentalists,” Calvert said. The vote marked the third time in six years that the Kansas board has rewritten standards with evolution as the central issue. In 1999, the board eliminated most references to evolution. Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould said that was akin to teaching “American history without Lincoln.” Bill Nye, the “Science Guy” of children’s television, called it “harebrained” and “nutty.” And a Washington Post columnist imagined God saying to the Kansas board members: “Man, I gave you a brain. Use it, OK?” Two years later, after voters replaced three members, the board reverted to evolution-friendly standards. Elections in 2002 and 2004 changed the board’s composition again, making it more conservative. Many scientists and other critics contend creationists repackaged old ideas in new, scientific-sounding language to get around a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1987 against teaching the biblical story of creation in public schools. The Kansas board’s action is part of a national debate. In Pennsylvania, a judge is expected to rule soon in a lawsuit against the Dover school board’s policy of requiring high school students to learn about intelligent design in biology class. In August, President George W. Bush endorsed teaching intelligent design alongside evolution. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Home prices, sales rise

Home prices, sales rise

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Price records were set in Los Angeles, Ventura and Riverside counties. Riverside County’s median price passed $400,000 for the first time, settling at $405,000. DataQuick analyst John Karevoll said the record prices were surprising this late in the year and reflected robust new home-buying activity. “My understanding is that some builders are trying to close out the fiscal year by the end of November rather than December so some of that activity got time-shifted,” he said. Price records are expected this month, too. Annual price increases have been in the midteens for the region since April, an indication that prices are moderating. Appreciation should cool to the single-digit range by next summer, but prices probably won’t fall under year-ago levels, Karevoll said. The median price of a Southern California home hit a record $479,000 in November and sales remained near all-time peak levels, an industry tracker said Thursday. Continued strong demand and concern that mortgage rates will keep moving up drove the market, said the analysis from La Jolla-based DataQuick Information Systems. The November median price, the point at which half the homes cost more and half less, increased an annual 15.4 percent. Prices moved up in all six Southern California counties, with the gains ranging from a high of 23.2 percent in San Bernardino County to a low of 6.4 percent in San Diego County. Inventory is building, so buyers now have more choice than they did a few months ago, he noted. Last month, 27,637 new and previously owned homes and condominiums sold across the region, down 3 percent from October but up 0.6 percent from a year ago. A monthly dip is normal this time of year, the company said. The strongest November in DataQuick’s statistics was 1988, with 29,303 sales, and the weakest was 1991, with 13,537 sales. “Potential buyers typically get off the fence when interest rates are on the rise. That may account for part of last month’s high sales count,” DataQuick president Marshall Prentice said in a statement. Through the year’s first 11 months, consumers and investors have bought 326,746 residential properties, 134 fewer than the comparable period a year ago. “I think it’s very good news. A lot of people were of the mind that the housing market had changed,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “It continues to surprise you.” The report also showed that: In the Los Angeles County market, 9,066 properties changed hands, an annual drop of 3.6 percent. The median price jumped 19.5 percent to $497,000. In Ventura County, sales jumped an annual 12.1 percent to 1,235 transactions and the median price increased 20.7 percent to $612,000. Last month, the typical monthly mortgage payment that Southern California buyers committed themselves to paying was $2,238, up from $2,169 for the previous month and up from $1,830 for November a year ago. Adjusted for inflation, current payments are about the same as they were in the spring of 1989, at the peak of the prior real estate cycle. It might be too soon to call this market’s peak, though. DataQuick notes that indicators of market distress are still largely absent. For example, foreclosure activity is edging up from its bottom, but is still low. Down-payment sizes are stable as are flipping rates and nonowner occupied buying activity, DataQuick reported. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more