Ronaldinho and brother will not face prosecution for fake passports

first_imgBarcelona and Brazil legend Ronaldinho in spot of botherAsuncion, Paraguay | AFP |  Former Brazilian football star Ronaldinho and his brother were “deceived” and will not face prosecution for traveling to Paraguay on false documents, officials said Thursday.Prosecutor Federico Delfino said he had recommended not pursuing Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira.“But on the condition of admitting committing the crime of which they are accused, in this case the use of false documents,” he said.Ronaldinho’s lawyer had earlier denied that he and his brother had used fake passports to enter Paraguay.“We have proceeded to charge several people,” Delfino told the press.“Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto contributed relevant information to the investigation” and were then removed from the case.The brothers were acting in “good faith” in receiving the falsified Paraguayan documents, he said.“The information that they provided is very useful in disrupting a criminal organization dedicated to the production of false documents,” he said.Brazilian authorities withdrew Ronaldinho’s passport in November 2018 after he failed to pay a $2.5 million fine for environmental damage incurred during the building of a property in Porto Alegre, in southern Brazil.The World Cup winner and his brother were questioned for more than seven hours by the public prosecutor in Asuncion.Ronaldinho had been invited to the Paraguayan capital by a foundation for needy children, and to promote his new book. The 39-year-old and his brother went to the prosecutor’s office in the morning alongside Paraguayan lawyer Adolfo Marin.“They decided voluntarily to stay and submit themselves to the public prosecutor’s investigations,” said Marin.According to the inspector leading the investigation Gilberto Fleitas, Ronaldinho was given a fake passport by Brazilian businessman Wilmondes Sousa Lira, who has been arrested.Marin said Ronaldinho had told the public prosecutor that the documents in question were given to him a month ago in Brazil.Former two-time world player of the year Ronaldinho and his brother were detained on Wednesday at their hotel.Their fake documents were detected upon arrival at the Asuncion international airport, according to Delfino.The former Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain forward and his brother traveled using “doctored Paraguayan passports and fake identity cards,” Delfino said.However, Marin insisted that Ronaldinho had traveled with his own documents and was not subject to travel restrictions.Marin added that the two Brazilians faced no restrictions on their movements in Asuncion.Interior minister Euclides Acevedo earlier said Ronaldinho’s celebrity would not spare him.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Grant application will delay upgrades to City water park

first_imgIn a news release Friday, the City of Fort St. John said new grant application to upgrade the Fort St. John spray park will delay construction until 2016.  The City had originally budgeted to refurbish the 13 year-old park in 2015 and spend $320,000.As we told you earlier this week, Council approved the staff recommendation to apply for the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program for funding to improve the Spray Park in Centennial Park.  If the grand is approved, the City would provide $320,000 and the Government of Canada another $320,000 towards the project.“We gathered feedback from the community over the last few months and tried to put as much of what they asked for into our plans. Originally, we budgeted $320,000 for the Spray Park project and after community consultation determined that the scope and the budget needed to be enhanced in order to meet the needs of the community. Applying for this additional funding means we can do even more of what the community asked for, ” stated Craig Stanley, Director of Facilities and Grounds.- Advertisement -Improvements for the park call for a “nature theme,” with two splash pads for children under five years of age, and another for older children. The updates would include a boardwalk and boulder-style seating, shade structures, an ice skating ribbon, along with a washroom and change room building. A concept drawing also calls for a small skate park, and other landscaping improvements.Another $50,000 would come from sponsorship to complete the project.  If funding is approved, construction of the project could be completed in 2016.last_img read more

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Bolton poised to make loan bid for West Ham youngster

first_img Elliott Lee in action for West Ham 1 Bolton are poised to make a loan move for West Ham’s highly rated forward Elliott Lee.Lee has been prolific for the Development Squad over the last two seasons and has been tipped to make a breakthrough into the first-team.But following the summer signings of Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho, the 19-year-old will have to wait patiently for his chance and could be allowed the chance to go out on loan and get some match action under his belt.Bolton are struggling for goals and boss Dougie Freedman is keen to find a solution following their 4-0 defeat against Fulham on Wednesday night.Reports suggest that he could make his move for Lee, who has only made two appearances for the east London club and a three month loan deal could be agreed in the near future.last_img read more

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49ers report card: Why five turnovers didn’t ruin perfect record

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the video or photo gallery on your mobile device.CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA – Here is how the still-undefeated 49ers (3-0) rallied past the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0) in Sunday’s 24-20, home-opening win: PASS OFFENSE: BSan Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) gets hit by Pittsburgh Steelers’ Bud Dupree (48) after releasing the ball in the first quarter of their game …last_img read more

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Two Studies May Indicate Problems for Vast Ages

first_img(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Two articles in secular science literature point to possible upsets in long-age assumptions for the earth and mankind.Most Human Mutations Are RecentA press release from the University of Washington states, “Harmful protein-coding mutations in people arose largely in the past 5,000 to 10,000 years.”  The Exome Sequencing Project, a consortium of evolutionary geneticists, surveyed a million single-letter changes in the human “exome” (protein-coding genes) for 6,515 people.  “Overall, the researchers predicted that about 81 percent of the single-nucleotide variants in their European samples, and 58 percent in their African samples, arose in the past 5,000 years.”The researchers were able to fit this surprise into the “out-of-Africa” hypothesis by claiming that mutations became fixed more rapidly among Europeans after they migrated.  “The Out of Africa bottleneck led to inefficient purging of the less-harmful mutations,” one explained.  Still, if 150 mutations are passed from parent to offspring on average, it would seem that rate of damage could not go on for many tens or hundreds of thousands of years. See also the Science Daily article on this, that states, “The researchers pointed out that the results illustrate the profound effect recent human evolutionary history has had on the burden of damaging mutations in contemporary populations.”The consortium agrees that their results indicate most harmful mutations in the human gene pool are “of recent origin, evolutionarily speaking.”  Without supporting evidence, though, the researchers used standard Darwinian talking points to hope for a positive outcome, hoping that the large number of recent mutations “may have created a new repository of advantageous genetic variants that adaptive evolution may act upon in future generations.”  Whatever the meaning, Science Daily said that the researchers stated, “The recent dramatic increase in human population size, resulting in a deluge of rare functionally important variation, has important implications for understanding and predicting current and future patterns of human disease and evolution.” Tree Rings Point to a Recent Cosmic Ray EventWhat on earth happened in 768 A.D.?  Charlemagne was busy building his empire, unaware of something happening over his head.  The “Charlemagne Event” was not caused by him; something beyond earth sent a shower of cosmic rays our way.  PhysOrg asks some pointed questions:Until recently, the years 774 and 775 were best known for Charlemagne’s victory over the Lombards. But earlier this year, a team of scientists in Japan discovered a baffling spike in carbon-14 deposits within the rings of cedar trees that matched those same years. Because cosmic rays are tied to carbon-14 concentrations, scientists around the world have wondered about the cause: a nearby supernova, a gamma ray burst in the Milky Way or an intense superflare emanating from the Sun?In the article, Adrian Melott (U of Kansas) presents his argument that the spike came from a coronal mass ejection from the sun.  This CME could have been 10-20 times larger than the largest spike observed in recent times (1859), called the Carrington Event.  Stars beyond our sun have been observed to have very large flares.  Other cosmic sources might include a gamma ray burst or nearby supernova, though the latter would have been observable in the sky.If an extra-large CME occurred during Charlemagne’s battles, it might not have been noticed.  It might have caused a slightly higher risk of skin cancer.  But today if one that size occurred, it would disrupt the world’s power grid and blow out transformers over a wide area.  We’d only have a few minutes warning before our civilization would become seriously disrupted.We offer these findings as stimulations for further research by asking some questions.  If a CME or other cosmic source could dramatically increase carbon-14 production in the atmosphere, what does that do to the calibration profile for radiocarbon dating?  What could be the impact of a large shower of cosmic rays on the atomic clocks used for radiometric dating in general?  Could a cosmic event stimulate accelerated nuclear decay, lowering the activation threshold to give a false reading of longer ages (e.g., more fission tracks) than actually occurred?  If not, how would we know?  Open-minded physicists may want to look into this.Regarding the mutation rate, the finding appears to add more impetus to Dr. John Sanford’s theory of genetic entropy, that the human race could not purge harmful or nearly-neutral mutations fast enough to avoid extinction in very many thousands of years, let alone tens of thousands.  The evolution-talk in the article seems concocted to rescue Darwin’s long ages rather than face the clear implication that humans have not been evolving for hundreds of thousands of years.  Even with lower population sizes, genetic entropy takes its toll.  And if you think bullets to the genome provide a pool of variants that natural selection may act upon in future generations, good luck outrunning extinction while the bad ones add up.last_img read more

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Sasol in fully synthetic jet fuel first

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 27 September 2010 South African petrochemicals company Sasol has flown the world’s first passenger aircraft using internationally approved 100% synthetic jet fuel, a milestone in the development of cleaner-burning alternate fuels for the aviation industry. The airliner flew from Lanseria Airport outside Johannesburg to Cape Town on Wednesday, staging a fly-past at the opening of the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2010 exhibition at Ysterplaat Air Force Base before landing at Cape Town International Airport. The fuel, produced using Sasol’s proprietary coal-to-liquids process, is the only fully synthetic jet fuel to have received approval from the global aviation fuel specification authorities for use in commercial airliners. The South African company is the world’s leading producer of synthetic fuels from coal and natural gas “This marks a significant development in the adoption of clean-burning alternate fuels for the aviation industry,” Sasol said in a statement on Wednesday. “The engine-out emissions of Sasol’’ synthetic jet fuel are lower than those from jet fuel derived from crude oil, due to its limited sulphur content.” Sasol CEO Pat Davies said the international authorities’ approval of the jet fuel “recognises the need to develop aviation fuel from feedstocks other than crude-oil, in order to meet the world’s growing needs. “Sasol’s advances in synthetic fuel technology have brought us even closer to integrating viable alternate transportation fuel into the energy mix.” In 1998, Sasol became the first company in the world to gain approval for the commercial use of a 50% synthetic jet fuel component, which was blended with petroleum kerosene. Since then, most of the aircraft leaving Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport have flown using Sasol’s semi-synthetic jet fuel. In 2008, international aviation fuel authorities, including the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, governing the Defence Standard DEFSTAN 91-91, approved Sasol’s 100% synthetic jet fuel as Jet A-1 fuel, for commercial use in all types of turbine aircraft. Managing director of Sasol Technology, Willem Louw, said the approval process was stringent. “A number of aviation stakeholders, including airframe, engine and ancillary equipment manufacturers; airlines and aviation authorities such as the International Air Transport Association; and relevant oil companies, were involved in the approval of this fuel”, he said. The fuel is fully fungible and aligned with the current aviation infrastructure through its compatibility with the existing engine requirements, and can be used with conventional crude oil-derived jet fuelling systems. “Through Sasol’s advanced technology and our innovative spirit, we have delivered a world first and … we look forward to the many innovations that lie ahead,” Davies said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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A vision for 2030: South Africa’s National Development Plan

first_imgSouth Africa’s National Development Plan Vision 2030 is drafted with the aim, among others, to eliminate poverty and create 11-million jobs by the year 2030.Schoolchildren at Ngidini Senior Primary School. The National Development Plan states that young people “deserve better educational and economic opportunities”. (Image: GovernmentZA, Flickr)Yvonne Fonteyn and Lucille DavieSixteen years. In that time South Africa will be a very different country, if the goals of Vision 2030, as set out in the National Development Plan (NDP), are met. The aim, among others, is to eliminate poverty and create 11-million jobs by the year 2030.“By 2030 we must be able to declare that no South African lives below a poverty line and we can fix that line,” Trevor Manuel, minister in the presidency for the National Planning Commission, said in the introduction to the NDP.Drafted by Manuel and 26 other commissioners, the plan aims to reduce inequality by 2030. It states: “South Africa can realise these goals by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.”According to the NDP, the peaceful transition from apartheid to democracy must be taken further. The government has already started to align the long-term aims of national departments with the plan, identifying where policy change is necessary for this alignment.“The NDP is a plan for the whole country,” the plan reads. “Government will engage with all sectors to understand how they are contributing to implementation, and particularly to identify any obstacles to them fulfilling their role effectively.”The plan starts with the president and deputy president, who will lead the change, setting an example for provincial premiers and local government mayors to follow.“This plan envisions a South Africa where everyone feels free yet bounded to others; where everyone embraces their full potential, a country where opportunity is determined not by birth, but by ability, education and hard work,” says the plan. “Realising such a society will require transformation of the economy and focused efforts to build the country’s capabilities. To eliminate poverty and reduce inequality, the economy must grow faster and in ways that benefit all South Africans.”Opportunities for young peopleYoung people will be a special focus – they “deserve better educational and economic opportunities”. More than this, “focused efforts are required to eliminate gender inequality”. “Promoting gender equality and greater opportunities for young people are integrated themes that run throughout this plan.”The commission noted that long-term shifts in global trade and investment were reshaping the world economy and international politics. Chief among these developments was the emergence of the rapidly growing economies of the Brics countries – China, India and Brazil in particular – as well as the increased growth in Africa.Globalisation presented additional risk for emerging markets, while climate change was another factor affecting development in South Africa. The country stands to benefit significantly from regional cooperation.Origins of the planPresident Jacob Zuma appointed the National Planning Commission in May 2010 to draft the NDP. An advisory body consisting of 26 people, the commission was drawn largely from outside the government, with members being selected for their expertise in key areas. It is chaired by Manuel, with ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa as deputy chairman.The commission’s Diagnostic Report, released in June 2011, set out South Africa’s achievements and shortcomings since 1994. It identified a failure to implement policies and an absence of broad partnerships as the main reasons for slow progress. And it set out nine primary challenges:Too few people work.The quality of school education for black people is poor.Infrastructure is poorly located, inadequate and under-maintained.Spatial divides hobble inclusive development.The economy is unsustainably resource-intensive.The public health system cannot meet demand or sustain quality.Public services are uneven and often of poor quality.Corruption levels are high.South Africa remains a divided society.DemographicsThe commission had to take into account the demographics of South Africa, including:The birth rate, which is at 1% now and is dropping, and is predicted to stand at 0.5% by 2030.About 60% of the population live in urban areas; by 2030 it is predicted to be 70%.The effects of immigration, which will add 0.1% to 0.2% to the population by 2030.The effects of HIV and Aids, which has stabilised at 10% of the population being HIV-positive.To maximise the benefits of this “demographic dividend”, says the commission, the country requires better nutrition and health care, improved educational standards, increased access to further and higher education, easier entry into the labour market and greater labour mobility, which is the ability to move to where jobs are on offer. All of these factors need to be taken into account in national planning.Goals of the NDPBy 2030 the country needs to eliminate income poverty. In other words, it must reduce the proportion of households with a monthly income of below R419 (US$42.2) a person (in 2009 prices) from 39% to 0%.And secondly, it must reduce inequality – the Gini coefficient, a measure of income disparity, should fall from 0.69 to 0.6.This will be achieved by increasing employment from 13-million in 2010 to 24-million in 2030; raising per capita income from R50 000 ($5 000) in 2010 to R120 000 ($12 100) by 2030; increasing the share of national income of the bottom 40% from 6% to 10%; establishing a competitive base of infrastructure, human resources and regulatory frameworks; ensuring that skilled, technical, professional and managerial posts better reflect the country’s racial, gender and disability makeup, and many other goals.An important focus of the NDP is to unite South Africans around a common programme that will enhance the Constitution’s vision of a united, prosperous, non-racial and non-sexist society. “Although progress has been made to improve the lives of women; discrimination, patriarchal attitudes and poor access to quality education persists.The plan deals with these factors holistically, recognising that key priorities such as education or rural development will have the biggest impact on poor women,” indicates the NDP.In addition, citizens should be encouraged to be active in their own development. The document says that while the state “must actively support and incentivise citizen engagement”, citizens should: actively seek opportunities for advancement, learning, experience and opportunity; work together with others in the community to advance development, resolve problems and raise the concerns of the voiceless and marginalised; and, hold the government, business and all leaders in society accountable for their actions.“The country we seek to build by 2030 is just, fair, prosperous and equitable. Most of all, it is a country that each and every South African can proudly call home. It is up to all South Africans to play a role in fixing the future.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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WatchKnow Brings Educational Vids (Plus Games & More) for Kids

first_imgFrom one of the creators of Wikipedia comes a new resource for students and educators: A web-based directory of videos designed to be searchable, reliable, and conductive to better learning for all.According to executive director Larry Sanger‘s blog, WatchKnow is “deliberately flying under the radar now, because we want to make a big first impression — launch should be early this fall… I don’t know if it will be ‘the next big thing.’ Considering how everybody’s trying to make the next big thing, it seems unlikely. But I do hope it will be really useful to school kids, teachers, and parents.”The discovery process for finding truly useful, age-appropriate, and on-topic educational videos online can be time-consuming and painful. WatchNow’s index is organized by topic and searchable, making discovery lightning fast and one-click simple. Although still “very beta,” as we like to say of newer apps with great concepts but under-construction back ends, the site offers a world of potential for tutors, lesson-planning teachers, parents, and students alike.The site focuses on aggregating and organizing rather than hosting videos. The stated goals include providing instant tutoring for students and fresh material for teachers. As the site states, Like it or not, school children in developed countries get a lot of their information from video and also from the Internet. You can complain, or you can deliver knowledge to where they spend their time.” We wholeheartedly agree.Searches on the site yield specific videos as well as topic categories, when applicable. Searches can also be run and results returned for YouTube and other video sites. jolie odell A toolbar feature allows users to add videos instantly from other video sites, YouTube in particular. The site also states, “It will also be possible to drag and drop videos into the Directory, making categorization as easy as possible. We think that the addition of these two tools will make WatchKnow unusually easy to edit.”Other types of media the site will collect include Flash animations, games, slide shows, and other software.We would love to see the site implement recommendations for further reading and watching, and the UI definitely needs work. But the site is young, and being a collaborative, open project, we’re sure that beta testers and other participants will help make the prodcut top-notch by the official launch date. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Injury-hit Sri Lanka gear up for World Cup final

first_imgTravelling all the way from Sri Lanka one would have expected the Islanders to take Thursday’s training session here at the Wankhede Stadium lightly ahead of the final on Saturday.But contrary to popular belief that the team would hit the acceleration pedal only on Friday, giving the senior players a chance to recuperate from the jet- lag, it was a strenuous training session for Sri Lanka with each of the players going all- out.The only exceptions were made for spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan – still recovering from an injury he sustained in the quarter- final against England – and Lasith Malinga.Although the Lankans have called up Chaminda Vaas and Suraj Randiv as replacements incase the injured duo of Muralitharan and Angelo Mathews fail to pass the fitness test, an ICC official present at the ground confirmed the world body hadn’t received any request as of Thursday afternoon.” Asking the technical committee for a replacement is a must. You just can’t draft someone into the squad. So I can’t confirm if they are actually coming. As of today afternoon, the ICC hasn’t received any requests for replacements. Maybe they are waiting for another day to check if the duo will be match- fit,” he told MAIL TODAY . At the nets, it was Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lanka’s most prolific scorer in tournament, who took first strike with Thilan Samaraweera using the adjacent nets for some knocking. Dilshan was his usual self, hitting the net bowlers to every nook and corner of the ground.advertisementKumar Sangakkara, was a stark contrast as he preferred to play with a straight bat. Similarly, Mahela Jayawardene ensured that there was no weak link in his defense. Chamara Silva, though, used the long handle to good effect as he tonked the net bowlers through the ‘ V’. In fact, one of his shots almost smashed into the press box.With Murali in some sort of a doubt for the final, coach Trevor Bayliss took a close look at Ajantha Mendis, who hasn’t been very impressive in the tournament.Talking about Lanka’s chances in the final, coach Bayliss said that the two teams have played each other frequently in the recent past and anybody could triumph on the day.” This is the 36th time the two teams will meet since I took over as Lanka coach. So I would say we are quite used to each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We have beaten them in the past and don’t rule out doing so come Saturday,” he said.Bayliss did not rule out playing three spinners in the final. “The spinners have bowled really well and there is no reason why we shouldn’t play three spinners if the pitch demands. As far as Murali’s case is concerned, we will take a call on him only on Saturday morning. But there isn’t too much of a concern as he bowled without much trouble against New Zealand and can be expected to do the same,” he said.Bayliss wants his team to concentrate on its own strengths rather than India’s weaknesses.” I would want my boys to focus on their strengths and do what we do best. If we can play to our ability, we will surely be hard to beat,” he said.last_img read more

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