Whānau won’t help police after Auckland baby’s ‘catastrophic’ head injuries

first_imgStuff co.nz 19 September 2020Family First Comment: And THIS is why we should remove the right to silence for child abuse cases (as we have been calling on for years!)…“Four months after baby Sofia died, key members of the whānau who were there at the time are still refusing to speak up, police say.”Nearly four months on from the killing of baby Sofia Taueki-Jackson at her Auckland home, some close whānau are still refusing to help investigators, police say.No arrests have been made in the homicide investigation and Detective Inspector Tofilau Fa’amanuia Va’aelua, of Counties Manukau, said anyone who cared about the 14-month-old should speak up now.His appeal comes as police reveal new information about the baby’s death at her mother Phyllis Taueki’s state house in Flat Bush Rd, Clover Park, late on Saturday May 23.Va’aelua said the investigation established Sofia died from what a neuropathologist professor described as a “catastrophic head injury”.Her injuries were deliberately inflicted and caused her death, he said.Investigators had spoken with some of Sofia’s extended whānau, who were supportive of police finding who killed Sofia.But others, who were at the house when the baby suffered her fatal injuries, remain uncooperative.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/300111308/whnau-wont-help-police-after-auckland-babys-catastrophic-head-injuries?cid=app-iPhoneKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Who is Ghana’s deadliest goalscorer in Europe’s top leagues this season?

first_imgThe 2019/20 season in Europe’s top leagues has been particularly trying for Ghanaian players.Despite some great performances from some players, generally, success has been limited for the nation’s exports.It’s the area of goalscoring, in particular, that the stats don’t look very good. However, some Ghanaian players appear to have perfected the art of goalscoring.Well, not so much perfected as got the knack of knocking them in when it counts.The Ayews are not exactly tearing things up in England but this season has been momentous for them in terms of goals.With 12 goals in the Championship, Andre is Ghana’s best poacher in Europe. His brother, Jordan is also having a great season at Crystal Palace, with eight goals so far.Over in Spain, Thomas Partey has two goals while Karim Salisu has scored once.With the various leagues across Europe curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic, let’s look at Ghana’s best goalscorers so far.Here’s a list of Ghanaian goalscorers in Europe’s top five leagues (and the Championship) so far this season    Andre Ayew (Championship – Swansea) 35 matches – 12 goalsJordan Ayew (Premier League – Crystal Palace) 28 matches – 8 goalsKevin-Prince Boateng (Serie A – Fiorentina/Besiktas) 20 matches – 3 goalsAbdul Majeed Waris (Ligue 1 – Strasbourg) 7 matches – 2 goalsJeff Schlupp (Premier League – Crystal Palace) 14 matches  –  2 goalsIssah Abass (Eredivisie – Utrecht) 15 matches – 2 goalsAlbert Adomah (Championship – Middlesbrough) 22 matches – 2 goalsThomas Partey (La Liga – Atletico Madrid) 24 matches – 2 goalsJohn Boye (Ligue 1 – Metz) 24 matches – 2 goalsKasim Nuhu (Bundesliga – Fortuna Dusseldorf) 12 matches – 1 goalAlfred Duncan (Serie A – Sassuolo/Fiorentina) – 18 matches – 1 goalAndy Yiadom (Championship – Reading) 24 matches – 1 goalChristopher Antwi-Adjei (Bundesliga – Paderborn) 25 matches – 1 goalSalisu Karim (La Liga – Real Valladolid) 27 matches – 1 goalHonourable mentionKwasi Okyere Wriedt (Bayern Munich II) – 25 matches – 17 goalslast_img read more

“Nothing For Us Without Us”

first_imgThe offices of the National Union of Organizations of the Disabled (NUOD) in Sinkor was the scene of merry-making yesterday when the entity and members of the disabled community observed this year’s Independence Day for Persons Living With Disabilities (PLWD) in grand style.The celebration was held under the theme, “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology.”Though this year’s celebration was intended to be low key, PLWD turned out en masse and were seen in high spirits enjoying the occasion.The theme, according to the keynote speaker, Madam Inez Hayes, is timely as it marks the conclusion of the period of the millennium development goals (MDGs) by the coming year, and the launching of the new development framework of sustainable development goals (SDGs).The theme is also based on the goal of equal enjoyment of human rights and participation in society by persons with disabilities, as established by the World Program of Action concerning Disabled Persons and adopted by the General Assembly in 1982.“As of December 18, 2007, the UN changed the name from International Day of Disabled Persons to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.Earlier, NUOD National President, Rev. Fallah S. Boima, said the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 47/3.According to him, it aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities.It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.As for the NUOD, Rev. Boima said, the Union joins all organizations, unions, federations of PLWD, governments and United Nations agencies the world over in the celebration of December 3, in a solemn and quiet manner “as we join the government, international community, the people of Liberia and our neighboring countries of Sierra Leone and Guinea in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).”“We the persons with disabilities, being fully aware of the danger Ebola poses to the nation, and the great people of Liberia, consider this year’s celebration as low key as we remember those of our brothers and sisters who lost their lives as the result of the EDV.”Meanwhile, the NUOD says it remains grateful to the government and her international partners for leading the fight against Ebola.They then promised to stand by the government and its partners as they celebrated the day with the slogan: “Nothing For Us Without Us.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arsenal and Chelsea transfer blow as Monaco confirm bid for World Cup target

first_imgMonaco want to complete a deal for Arsenal and Chelsea target Aleksandr Golovin quickly after admitting they have lodged a bid for the World Cup star.The Russian midfielder won plenty of fans across the summer, while Juventus are also big fans. Aleksandr Golovin is one of the most wanted midfielders in Europe this summer. But CSKA Moscow are holding out for the biggest fee possible following Golovin’s impressive form at the World Cup.And now Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev has revealed that the Principality club have presented a formal offer to the Russian side as they bid to win the race for Golovin. three-way race TOP WORK Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM targets IN DEMAND Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1center_img moving on RANKED Latest Transfer News The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST REVEALED Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing He told Russian outlet Sport Express: “We have made an offer for CSKA Moscow for Golovin – a more than generous offer.“The contract length offered is 5 years. I think that a transition in a club like Monaco is best option for him, at this stage in his career.“Everything should be decided in the coming days, maybe even today.“But we cannot wait long. If it does not come off, we will look to another option.” Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti last_img read more

South Africa in hospital spending spree

first_imgKing Edward VIII is one of the hospitals to be revamped. (Image: African View) A new hospital being built in Soweto will ease the pressure off Baragwanath. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Fidel Hadebe Spokesperson Department of Health +27 12 395 8493 or +27 79 517 3333 RELATED ARTICLES • Soweto to get a second state hospital • SA’s transfusion training centre • Booster for child health in SA • Rural health gets R9m boostBongani NkosiAs part of South Africa’s revamped approach to healthcare, the country is set to spend more on upgrading its five largest public hospitals than it did on building stadiums for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The national Department of Health is currently planning projects to improve infrastructure at King Edward VIII in Durban, Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in the Eastern Cape, Chris Hani Baragwanath and George Mukhari in Gauteng and Limpopo Academic Hospital.The total cost of the five projects is estimated to be “much more than that of building of stadia,” health minister Aaron Motsoaledi said in a statement after a meeting with those involved in the project at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital on 27 September.Describing the investment as “massive”, Motsoaledi said: “The situation in infrastructure budgeting is as if we have 10 countries in one.”Task teams have been set up to plan the revamping projects, with the department using lessons drawn from the construction and renovation of 10 stadiums for the World Cup. “We need to discard what has not worked and cherish what has worked,” Motsoaledi said.Funding for the projectsFinance minister Pravin Gordhan announced the renovation plans in the 2010/2011 national budget speech in May. Moussad Shaker, an engineer involved in the planning process, said R7.6-billion (US$1.1-billion) has been budgeted for public hospital upgrades this financial year alone. For the World Cup, the government invested R8.4 billion ($2-billion) in stadium projects.The Development Bank of South Africa is to help fund the projects.The billion-rand projects will fast-track infrastructure development in public health, the health department said.“To revitalise public hospitals would take us up to 10 years at the least,” said Shaker.All five hospitals are key to the poorer townships and rural areas, where they provide referral services; that is the main reason they are being prioritised.Part of the reason the upgrades were necessary was that no infrastructure maintenance had been done on the hospitals. Motsoaledi said that in the new project, engineers will be appointed for management, not just for construction work.Preparing for NHIThe projects are part of preparations for the National Health Insurance (NHI) that the government plans to introduce by 2012. The NHI will secure medical insurance for all South Africans, ensuring that even the poor have access to private healthcare facilities.“During the development of the 10-point programme we identified the acceleration of infrastructure development as one of the key pillars for health transformation as well as in preparation for the implementation of the National Health Insurance,” Motsoaledi said.last_img read more

Watch out for slugs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In a cold and wet conditions, we need to watch out for slugs. They appear harmless but can cause considerable damage, especially in low lying areas of the fields.There are several species of slugs. They are not insects and are related to snails or mollusks but don’t have a shell. They are usually about one inch long but can grow to 7 inches. Slugs usually show up in wet areas of the fields. They generally attack young plants but can also eat mature plants.These slimy little creatures are gray to black in color and have a tremendous appetite. They leave a silvery trail behind as they crawl. All slugs lay eggs which are perfectly round, in bunches and are made of jelly like material. A slug may lay 20-30 eggs in a bunch.Most slugs over-winter as adults. They start laying their eggs in the spring or early summer in moist areas and normally reach maturity by fall. They usually mate from August to mid-October and eggs are laid 30-40 days after mating.According to Purdue University, properly sealing the seed slot helps in reducing slug infestation. Using some form of tillage discourages slug build-up in fields with history of slug infestation.Slugs are difficult to control in the fields. Baits may be used to control slugs. Insecticides don’t work on controlling slugs. Since slugs are like snails or mollusks, we need special type of commercially available baits which contain molluscicides which are poisons that can kill slugs.There are no established rescue treatments for slug control. However, if significant number of corn leaves is being eaten away and the plant stand is affected, control steps may be necessary.Pelleted chemical baits are available for slug control; however, they are expensive and difficult to spread evenly over the field, about 5-8 pieces per square foot over the affected areas of the field.last_img read more

Can a blockchain-IoT hybrid finally give us smart guns?

first_imgHow Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Follow the Puck Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Over the last 20 years, technologists have been working hard to create solutions to the challenges of gun safety. Their efforts have kept pace with the technological developments of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, sensor technology, wearables and IoT.Yet their implementation has been slow, if not stalled to a halt. I wanted to look at the pain points in this trajectory and how and when it could move forward. I also spoke to one person who believes the blockchain could solve some of the back-end structural challenge: Kevin Barnes, founder of the Blocksafe Foundation, who is also a 20-year US Army veteran as well as architect and coder.See also: Blockchain drives $30B Wanxiang’s $30B smart city projectBut first, let’s delve into guns before we explore the inclusion of the blockchain. In April  this year, President Obama made funding for smart gun research part of his end-of-term efforts.  The smart gun promises a technological fix for gun violence by keeping firearms out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them — thieves, children, and anyone else who isn’t the authorized user.A smart gun is a firearm that includes a safety feature or features that allow it to fire only when activated by an authorized user. These safety features can prevent misuse, accidental shootings, gun thefts, use of the weapon against the owner, and self-harm. Smart guns distinguish between authorized users and unauthorized users in several different ways, including the use of RFID chips or other proximity tokens, fingerprint recognition, wearable devices, or mechanical locks.The strange history of smart gunsFor those of us born outside of America, it’s hard to imagine the notion that smart gun development has been thwarted by politics and political lobbying and an underlying concern that their introduction would lead to stricter gun control. But it’s the strange reality. In 1999, gunmaker Smith & Wesson promised the Clinton White House to develop smart guns that can be fired only by the adults who own them as part of a deal to fend off liability litigation.The gun lobby organized a boycott against Smith & Wesson, perceiving smart guns and other concessions in the deal as part of the gun control agenda. Factories closed, employees were laid off, and  for some time, big U.S. gunmakers avoided smart guns. The boycott stemmed from fear that smart guns would soon be the only guns people were allowed to buy, infringing on individual’s rights bear arms of their choosing.Gunmakers Colt received a $500,000 grant from the Justice Department in 1997 to complete development of a handgun that would work with RFID via a wristband. Smith and Wesson received more than $3 million in Justice Department  grants between 2000 and 2004 to develop smart guns for law enforcement. The prototypes were completed but no one was using them and Smith & Wesson had to layoff 15 percent of its staff due to boycotts.In 2014, when Engage Armament of Washington shared their intentions to sell the German Armatix iP1 .22-caliber handgun, which electronically limits the ability to fire the weapon, the shop received thousands of complaints and threats of violence and death, forcing them to reconsider their decision.The Armatix gun is implanted with an electronic chip that allows it to be fired only if the shooter is wearing a watch that communicates with it through a radio signal. If the gun is moved more than ten inches from the watch, it will not fire.In New Jersey, lawmakers passed a 2002 law requiring that guns be “smart” once they have been available on the market for three years. That three-year countdown has never been started in part because of pressure from gun rights activists on manufacturers not to develop the technology.This week California congressman Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, submitted the Modernizing Firearms Technology Act to Congress. The bill would require gun retailers to display at least one personalized firearm and make it available for buyers who are not prohibited by law from possessing a handgun. If licensees don’t, they would incur a $1,000 annual fine.Solving gun safety challenges with the blockchain“Law enforcement use has been limited because of a lack of proper infrastructure for adequate adoption of smart gun tech,” Barnes said. “They have video recording and some try to use sound sensors to listen for firearm discharge in the city. But without a non-hackable decentralized infrastructure, IoT devices like smart devices on guns have too many security risks. Blocksafe is aiming to solve this major hurdle.”A blockchain-based system provides the ability to enable, disable, track and secure firearms without any centralized control or reporting according to Barnes. Blocksafe is primarily a software-based project, providing the infrastructure to support the smart-device hardware that manufacturers and 3D print projects use to enhance the safety and defense capabilities of firearms. It’s a peer to peer network that uses a combination of lisk,  BitTorrent and Telehash.In basic terms, when a gun fires, the Blocksafe “shotspot” technology senses and logs details on the Blocksafe ledger. Notifications simultaneously go to emergency personnel. Multiple “shotspots” work together to detect, locate and respond to gun discharges.When setting up a smart device initially, Bluetooth authentication is setup via the Blocksafe app by the owner and all authorized users are added by the device owner and stored on the local ledger. Authentication method could vary upon the device and manufacturer. A gun’s round count and authentication attempt parameters are stored in real time along with other data that the device owner chooses to be recorded such as date, time, and location using encryption onto the local ledger of the device. When the device has internet access the ledger is synced to the network and the device owner receives notifications such as push, sms, or email as configured by the owner’s chosen device settings. The data is encrypted via a data key on the network. So, only those who have the data kept from the device owner will be able to view the actual device activity.“The network’s purpose is to support the smart device’s features on the network such as logging activity and remote management that only the device owner can do,” Barnes explained. “For example, a smart lock can be used on the gun and can alert the owner of unauthorized discharges using the Blocksafe app. This will help the device owner control the use and location of the firearm.”How to lock and not loadThe technology will include locks that mount on the gun. Barnes said they are developing custom prototypes of smart devices, but their bigger focus is on developing and maintaining the Blocksafe network and infrastructure. Blocksafe will provide SDK, API and support for other manufacturers to use the Blocksafe network.“The stakes are too high for a hackable, controllable third-party solution,” Barnes said. “We believe that an anonymous, secure and decentralized infrastructure must be in place to reduce gang activity, locate stolen firearms, and prevent guns from being used against owners. These advanced features can save lives and our right of self-defense.At time of interview, Barnes was in discussion with the Smart Tech Foundation  to look at collaborative opportunities. Whilst it seems unlikely that smart guns will ever replace traditional guns outright unless the legislature can be stronger than the lobbyists, the reality is that they could significantly advance gun safety into the future. 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The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media: Final Four

first_imgBracket of the most annoying people in sports media.…and then there were four. The past few weeks, we’ve given you the people the opportunity to voice your opinion on the most annoying people in sports media. We’re just a few days from learning who’s going to take home the crown. Stephen A. Smith, Jemele Hill, Skip Bayless and Jim Rome are the four left standing heading into the final week. We’re just two results away from an all-First Take final. Woof.What did we learn this past week?Ohio State fans weren’t enough to push Mark May past Stephen A. Smith.Jemele Hill is on – her words – a “George Mason like run” heading into the Final Four.Skip Bayless appears unbeatable.Jim Rome is the most underseeded person in the history of dumb pop culture brackets.Voting is now closed on the Elite Eight. You can view the results from the first round here, the second round here, the Sweet 16 here and the Elite Eight here. Let’s vote on the Final Four.The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media: Final FourMost Annoying Final FourVote On The Final Four Here1. Stephen A. Smith vs. 11. Jemele HillStephen A. Smith vs. Jemele HillA classic David vs. Goliath battle. Hill’s run has been surprising, but an upset here would be Syracuse-down-15-and-still-beats-Virginia level. Can she pull it off? More Annoying: Stephen A. Smith or Jemele Hill?1. Skip Bayless vs. 16. Jim RomeSkip vsProps to Jim Rome for proving us wrong – he really is still one of the most annoying out there. But we think his run ends here. It has to, right? More Annoying: Skip Bayless or Jim Rome?More: Who Will Be The Next Katherine Webb?last_img read more

US to decide best site option for nuclear weapons production Update

At stake are hundreds of jobs and billions of dollars in federal funding that would be needed to either revamp existing buildings or construct new factories to support the work.New Mexico’s U.S. senators have been pushing to keep the work at Los Alamos National Laboratory—the once-secret city in northern New Mexico where the atomic bomb was developed decades ago as part of the Manhattan Project. The other option would be to move it to it to the U.S. Energy Department’s Savannah River Site in South Carolina.The mission of producing the cores has been based at Los Alamos for years but none have been produced since 2011 as the lab has been dogged by a string of safety lapses and concerns about a lack of accountability.A team of engineering experts from within the National Nuclear Security Administration and outside professionals has been considering the two sites, which were identified as part of an earlier review that looked at the most efficient and cost effective means for making the plutonium cores.The federal government has been tightlipped about the findings but a summary obtained last year by a watchdog group suggests that it would be most costly—possibly as much as $7.5 billion—to continue making plutonium cores at Los Alamos and that the lab might not be able to meet production goals until 2038.The Energy Department wants to ramp up production to 80 plutonium cores a year by 2030.U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, all New Mexico Democrats, have suggested the nuclear agency’s evaluation process was flawed.”It’s hard to see how NNSA could justify uprooting and recreating the mission somewhere else will save time and money,” they said in a statement issued after Los Alamos and Savannah River were identified as the options.Greg Mello with the Los Alamos Study Group said in a recent interview with The Associated Press that Los Alamos’ track record should give the Trump administration pause as it considers how to move forward.Work at Los Alamos has been stalled by a series of mistakes, and criticism has mounted following mishandling of nuclear materials.”In terms of safety, Los Alamos is the worst site in the complex for its arrogance and scofflaw attitude,” Mello said.In an internal memo, the lab argued last year that operations at its plutonium facility and its safety programs have undergone more than a dozen independent external reviews and that it was close to being fully operational after safety problems forced work to be suspended in 2013.Internal government reports drafted earlier this year indicate serious and persistent safety issues still plague both Los Alamos and Savannah River, according to a recent report by the Center for Public Integrity.Before the mission of making plutonium cores came to Los Alamos in the 1990s, there were concerns by lab officials and elected officials at the time about shifting from research and development to manufacturing. The critics included former U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-New Mexico, who opposed expanding the lab’s mission to include the production of parts for nuclear weapons.It’s only recently that the current generation of elected officials has been pushing for the work, Mello said.”In a way that encapsulates New Mexico’s whole problem—that we just haven’t focused properly on what the people need and we’re just slavishly devoted to these institutions that are basically colonial,” he said.If no decision is made by the National Nuclear Security Administration and senior officials don’t accept the analysis by Friday, plutonium operations will remain at Los Alamos. Citation: US to decide best site option for nuclear weapons production (Update) (2018, May 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-site-option-nuclear-weapons-production.html The federal agency that oversees the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile is expected this week to release a report on the best site option for the United States as it looks to ramp up production of the plutonium cores that trigger nuclear warheads. Explore further Report: US agency holding nuke bombs grapples with oversight (Update) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more