La Grange Station shootingA post-mortem examination conducted on the body of the 20-year-old Police Constable who shot his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself, has revealed that the young man was shot twice.Dead: Constable Clement Cockfield“(He had) two gunshot wounds – one on the chin and another on the left side head,” Divisional Commander ACP Leslie James told reporters on Friday. The post-mortem was done earlier in the day and the pathologist found that he died from haemorrhage and shock due to gunshot wounds.This revelation has given substance to concerns initially raised by the relatives of Constable Clement Cockfield. The morning after the incident, the young man’s father indicated that the story they were told of what transpired does not add up.“(The Police) telling me that my son shot the girl, then shot himself; he get up back again and come towards the vehicle that they were trying to put the girl in and some officer go fuh hold he and he shot himself again…but I’m saying if a man shot himself in the head, how can he get up back and shot himself again. I feel something of the sort ain’t right because, honestly, it is really hard to believe this,” the distraught father had stated.Initially, the Police had reported that Cockfield shot himself once in the head, after shooting and injuring his girlfriend, Constable Shanice Fraser. She was shot four times to her upper body.The incident occurred at about 20:30h at the La Grange Police Station, West Bank Demerara, where the two Constables were both stationed.According to Police reports, the couple worked different shifts and on the Tuesday night, Cockfield reported for anti-crime patrol duty and uplifted a .38 service revolver with six rounds, while his girlfriend, Constable Shanice Fraser had just completed a tour of duty.At about 20:30h, the couple was seen on the stairway of the station when gunshots were subsequently heard. The Police reported that Fraser ran down stairs into the yard and was seen bleeding profusely. She was assisted by other ranks on duty when Cockfield pursued her and discharged more shots at her.She attempted to escape the enraged man but collapsed in the station’s compound. The Police claimed that the other ranks pleaded with Cockfield to stand down but instead he turned the gun on himself.The couple was picked up and rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where Cockfield was pronounced dead on arrival. His injured 21-year-old girlfriend was subsequently transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, where she is in a stable condition.Commander James told Guyana Times that as part of ongoing investigations, statements have been obtained from the ranks that were on duty on the night of the shooting.When probed further, he disclosed that the ranks were also swabbed for gunpowder residue and the samples have been sent to be analysed. The swabbing, the Commander added, was done by specialists from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters, Eve Leary.“So you see nothing is being hidden, everything is being done above board and the matter is being fully investigated,” the Commander .assured.When asked about the Force’s policy regarding workplace relationships, ACP James explained that it is not allowed. He explained that whenever it is known that ranks at the same location are in a relationship, then they would be separated.“They would not be allowed to work continuously at the same station… I was unaware of such happening (at La Grange Station),” the Commander stated.
1 Erik Lamela scored a goal which will live long in the memory for Tottenham fans as Spurs claimed their first Europa League win of the season with a 5-1 victory over Asteras Tripoli at White Hart Lane.The Argentine came up with two strikes, which included an outrageous rabona effort which he curled in from outside the box.Harry Kane also notched a cool hat-trick as the Greek outfit were thoroughly outplayed at White Hart Lane.The confidence-boosting outing ended in farce however, as Tottenham saw goalkeeper Hugo Lloris sent off in the closing stages, with 21-year-old striker Kane taking his jersey and letting in a calamitous consolation to mar a decent performance.Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was hoping his side could bounce back following the weekend’s 4-1 Premier League defeat at Manchester City, which they did in fine style.A lively start saw both teams register efforts on goal, with Argentine forward Pablo Mazza firing horribly wide from close-range, and Kane replying with a 25-yard drive which fizzed just past the post.The youngster was on target moments later, though, as he continued his fine goalscoring form with his fourth in five Europa League appearances, hitting another low effort from range which beat the keeper and went in off the post to give Spurs a 13th minute lead.Having slumped to back-to-back draws in previous meetings against Besiktas and Partizan Belgrade, Spurs were keen to continue piling the pressure and they were soon rewarded with their second of the night, with one of the finest strikes White Hart Lane has seen in recent seasons from Lamela.The £26million man pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the area and hit it first-time with an unorthodox finish, wrapping his left foot behind his right and curling the ball into the top corner to send White Hart Lane into raptures.The crowd was still abuzz from the finish as Tottenham went into the break 2-0 up, and the Argentine continued to delight in the second-half as, after an initial lull from the restart, he soon made it three, following up on a blocked effort with a strong close-range volley.Lamela’s second put the result out of doubt but Lloris still had to be alert with a brilliant save to deny Fernando Usero on the volley after a neat chip into the box, though the Greeks’ hopes of a comeback were soon put to bed as Kane added his own brace with a tap-in.The Young Englishman completed his first European hat-trick moments later when he was allowed to stroll into the box unmarked to head in Federico Fazio’s cross, but the striker was later seen at the other end of the pitch as a moment of madness from Lloris saw Spurs end the game with ten men.The Frenchman saw straight red after charging out of his box and taking out the oncoming striker with a reckless challenge and, having made all three substitutes, Kane volunteered to take his place in the net.And the striker capped off an entertaining affair with a piece of comedic goalkeeping, fumbling Jeronimo Barrales’s resulting free-kick and seeing the ball squirm into the back of the net.Luckily for him the three points were safe with the thumping win, a result which lifts Spurs level on five points with Group C leaders Besiktas.Meanwhile, Stefan Scepovic scored his first goal for Celtic as the Hoops made hard work of beating Astra Giurgiu 2-1 in their Europa League clash at Parkhead.After taking four points from their first two Group D matches against Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb, and beating Ross County 5-0 away in the Premiership on Saturday, the home side were looking to dominate against a team considered the whipping boys of the group.However, Ronny Deila’s side were out of sorts for most of the game in which Hoops goalkeeper Craig Gordon played his part again.But despite the below-par performance Celtic opened up a 2-0 lead when £2.3million summer signing Scepovic headed in Anthony Stokes’ 73rd minute free-kick before midfielder Stefan Johansen added another, only for Gabriel Enache to pull a goal back for the visitors to ensure a nervy ending. Tottenham forward Erik Lamela
Neil Taylor is set to return for Wales following his horror tackle on Seamus Coleman, with James Chester saying his team-mate was “deeply affected” by what happened.Taylor received a two-match ban for his Dublin challenge on Coleman in March which left the Republic of Ireland captain with a double leg fracture.The Wales defender has not spoken publicly about the incident, which happened during a World Cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium which finished goalless.But Chester – who plays alongside Taylor at Aston Villa as well as for Wales – has spoken of the 28-year-old’s anguish at injuring Coleman.“He was obviously very disappointed with what happened and playing with him at club level I know he was deeply affected by it,” Chester said.“It was something he didn’t mean to do and as footballers there’s almost an acceptance we will get injuries in our career.“The game moves on and it’s nice to see that Seamus is back and close to fitness now.“Neil has moved on with his career and he seems back to normal now.”UEFA handed Taylor a two-match ban for the red card tackle and he subsequently missed Wales’ World Cup games with Serbia and Austria.But Taylor is available for Tuesday’s qualifier away to Moldova and is expected to start in his customary left wing-back position.“I don’t think there’s any getting away from the the fact it wasn’t a great challenge,” Chester said.“But I think the fact it was Wales against Ireland and Seamus playing in the Premier League, the detail on Neil was a lot more than if the incident had happened against, say, Austria or Moldova.“Neil would never wish that injury on anyone and he was more worried about the impact on Seamus than what anyone was saying about him.“He’s obviously been through something similar in his own career, so anything labelled at him that it was intentional would have been incorrect.“Neil knew Seamus would have had to have been through the same thing as him.” Neil Taylor received a two-match ban for a challenge which left Seamus Coleman with a double leg fracture 1
Alli and Son have 12 goals together in 5,193 Premier League minutes Getty 11 11 11 11 2 – Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)Projected goals per season: 9.9 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED 4 – Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)Projected goals per season: 8.2 Silva and Dzeko scored 16 goals together in 5,383 Premier League minutes Aguero and De Bruyne have 13 goals together in 5,452 Premier League minutes Giroud and Ozil scored 19 goals together in 6,548 Premier League minutes deals Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Van Persie and Walcott scored 12 goals together in 5,504 Premier League minutes huge blow tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Nani and Rooney scored 13 goals together in 6,275 Premier League minutes 5 – Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)Projected goals per season: 7.9 8 – Wayne Rooney and Nani (Manchester United)Projected goals per season: 7.1 11 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Kane and Alli have 16 goals together in 8422 Premier League minutes Fabregas and Costa scored 11 goals together in 5,187 Premier League minutes Heung-min Son and Dele Alli do inventive handshakes whenever either of them scores for Tottenham Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez scored 19 goals together in 9,342 Premier League minutes 11 1- Edin Dzeko and David Silva (Manchester City)Projected goals per season: 10.2 Some of the most famous attacking partnerships to grace the top flight include Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole at Manchester United as well as Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton at Blackburn.To mark the day, BWIN have ranked the best attacking bromances in the division based on projected goals per season since the 2000/01 campaign.Below you can see the top ten attacking partnerships in the Premier League, based on these stats. REVEALED 11 7 – Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa (Chelsea)Projected goals per season: 7.3 6- Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott (Arsenal)Projected goals per season: 7.9 11 11 LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS gameday cracker 3 – Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)Projected goals per season: 9.3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 10 – Harry Kane and Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)Projected goals per season: 6.5 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 9 – Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)Projected goals per season: 7.0 11 Kane and Son have 15 goals together in 5,525 Premier League minutes It’s Valentine’s Day so today is the day to be spending some quality time with that special someone in your life.And on the subject of great partnerships, there have been plenty of dynamic duos on the football pitch during the Premier League era. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 11 shining no dice
LIVING THE DREAM 4 4 4 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Monday’s papers and online… Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Real Madrid have made a £79m bid for Manchester United’s long-term target Kalidou Koulibaly. (The Sun)The Red Devils are eyeing a deal for Benfica star Ruben Dias after missing out on Koulibaly. (Daily Star)Thomas Tuchel has said he cannot guarantee Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will be at Paris Saint-Germain next season, but he wants them to stay. (Sky Sports)Liverpool are plotting to hijack Watford’s deal for £2m Brazilian star Joao Pedro from Fluminense. (Daily Star)Liverpool are eyeing Hull goalkeeper David Marshall as a potential replacement for Simon Mignolet, who is set to leave Anfield this summer. (Daily Star) 4 getty targets targets Getty Images – Getty Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has told Germany defender Jerome Boateng that he can leave the Bundesliga champions. (Bild)Argentina defender Marcos Rojo has said he has been reassured he has a future at Manchester United, despite being strongly linked with an exit this summer. (Daily Express)Stoke City have told Saido Berahino they are cancelling his contract following his conviction for drink-driving earlier this month. (Daily Mail)Jose Mourinho is yet to decide where his next managerial role will be after being sacked by Manchester United in December. (Sky Sports) Could James Milner be on his way to Paris this summer? The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star REVEALED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Manchester City have entered the race to Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans, who is also wanted by Leicester after the 22-year-old spent the season on loan with the Foxes. (The Sun)Zinedine Zidane wants to keep Sergio Ramos at Real Madrid next season, despite interest from Liverpool, Manchester United and clubs in China. (Marca)Tottenham striker Harry Kane is expected to fly to Madrid with his team-mates on Wednesday as the England captain bids to prove his fitness for Saturday’s Champions League final against Liverpool. (Daily Mail)Spurs have been told they will have to pay £20m for Leeds United’s 18-year-old English winger Jack Clarke. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante could miss Wednesday’s Europa League final against Arsenal after suffering a knee injury in training. (The Guardian) Zidane wants Ramos to stay at Real Madrid, amid reported interest from Liverpool and Man United LATEST Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has agreed to sell the club for £350m to the cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour. (The Sun)Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt has said he likes the Premier League and will make a decision on his future after the Netherlands’ Nations League games. (ESPN)Juventus want to re-sign Paul Pogba – and will offer Manchester United Paulo Dybala and Alex Sandro in return. (The Sun)Liverpool midfielder James Milner is reported target for Paris Saint-Germain. (The Sun) Man United have reportedly suffered a blow in their pursuit of Kalidou Koulibaly IN DEMAND TOP WORK getty LATEST TRANSFER GOSSIP Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit?
Apply anti-lock brakes firmly when encountering ice. Pump brakes that are not anti-lock. Do not overcorrect with steering The National Weather Service has declared an ice storm warning beginning at 4 p.m. for central Indiana counties following a northwesterly line along I-70 and I-69 between Terre Haute and Muncie, including all Indianapolis metro counties. A combination of sleet, snow and freezing rain is predicted for the remainder of central and southern Indiana with a few inches of snow in the state’s northern counties.The Indiana Department of Transportation is deploying its yellow salt trucks to treat Indiana’s interstates, U.S. highways and state routes ahead of the storm system moving across the state. Trained INDOT employees are on call to staff plow trucks around the clock with alternating 12- to 16-hour shifts. A few degrees can mean the difference between rain, freezing rain or snow, so ice can be difficult for forecasters to pinpoint. INDOT uses our statewide network of road and bridge pavement sensors and reports from law enforcement and the public to supplement local weather forecasts. As there are changes in forecasted and observed road conditions, our maintenance supervisors adjust their call-out of manpower, trucks and materials and shift resources as appropriate.For social media updates, find the INDOT Facebook and Twitter pages for your regional district at: www.in.gov/indot/3074.htmIce is most difficultIce can be the most difficult road conditions for drivers to navigate and plow crews to treat because four-wheel-drive vehicles and large trucks are no match if all tires are on ice. A clear sheen of ice can also be hard for drivers to distinguish from dry pavement.Residual salt deployed during recent storms is still visible on many state highways. Granular salt deployed before and during the storm helps to add traction while lowering the temperature at which the ice melts.Driver tipsINDOT urges drivers to avoid all travel during and after winter storms as road conditions will be the worst during these times. If you must venture out, there are several steps that drivers can take to minimize the risk of losing control on icy roads:Consult local weather forecasts to determine the latest timing and location of the storm.Know before you go by checking the red-yellow-green traffic speeds on your map app or http://indot.carsprogram.org and the Indiana county travel advisory map at http://in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security also offers a mobile version of the Travel Advisory map through the iTunes and Google Play stores.Choose direct routes instead of longer routes on higher-speed highways.Watch how salt trucks, emergency vehicles and other drivers are responding to the weather as visual cues for driving habits. Stay a safe distance and speed behind a plow at work as road conditions are always better behind one than in front.Take your foot off the gas and slow down gradually, especially on high-speed highways. No one should be traveling at interstate speeds during these conditions.Increase following distance and turn off cruise control.
Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced that Indiana farmers are eligible for assistance under a secretarial natural disaster designation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.This was in response to a letter Gov. Holcomb sent to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in July, requesting assistance due to the excessive rain and flooding farmers experienced during planting season.“I am grateful that Secretary Perdue and his team recognized the hardships Hoosier farmers experienced this planting season,” Gov. Holcomb said. “As a result of this designation, farmers in all 92 counties are now eligible for assistance, and I encourage those impacted to work with their local Farm Service Agency office.” Seventy-four counties were designated as primary natural disaster areas. USDA deferred its decision on the remaining 18 counties. However, since they border one or more of the primary disaster areas, they are considered contiguous disaster counties – allowing farm operators in those areas to be eligible for the same assistance.Under a secretarial natural disaster designation, farm operators in primary and contiguous counties are eligible for assistance from the Farm Service Agency, provided certain requirements are met. This includes access to low-interest FSA emergency loans, which may be used to: restore or replace essential property, pay all or part of production costs associated with the disaster year, pay essential family living expenses, reorganize the farming operation, and refinance certain debts.In order to qualify, farm operators must show at least a 30 percent loss in crop production or a physical loss to livestock, livestock products, real estate or chattel property.Farmers can borrow up to 100 percent of actual production or physical losses to a maximum amount of $500,000, according to USDA.“This has been an unprecedented year for Indiana farmers,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “I applaud Governor Holcomb, the Indiana Farm Service Agency and our state department of agriculture for making this assistance available.”In addition to emergency loans, farmers with existing FSA loans, who are unable to make their payments, may be eligible to have certain payments deferred. Farmers are encouraged to work with their local FSA office for assistance regarding payment forbearance or emergency disaster loans.“Farmers, who have been doing this their entire lives, acknowledge this has been one of the toughest seasons on record, and we’re not in the clear yet,” said Bruce Kettler, Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director. “While we know this isn’t a cure-all solution, this assistance is welcome news and will help those severely impacted.”For a list of Farm Service Agency offices in Indiana, click here or visit www.fsa.usda.gov, or click herefor more information about FSA’s Emergency Farm Loans. Deadline to apply for emergency loans is April 29, 2020.Click here to read the letter from the USDA, which includes the list of counties.
Rockets drill eight 3-pointers in home winBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPENCER — Spencer made eight 3-pointers was 14 of 21 from the free throw line on its way to a 58-44 victory over Gilman in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division girls basketball game Thursday night at Spencer High School.The Rockets led 37-16 at halftime and held on for the win. Spencer is now 9-7 overall and 8-5 in the Cloverbelt East. Gilman falls to 4-12 and 3-10 in the conference.Sydney Kind hit five 3-pointers and scored 25 points for Spencer. Lexi Baehr added 14 points, and Macie Weber had 10 for the Rockets.Cooper Sherfield had 17 points for the Pirates.Spencer hosts Pittsville in a nonconference game on Monday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Rockets 58, Pirates 44Gilman 16 28 – 44Spencer 37 21 – 58GILMAN (44): Sherfield 7-11 3-5 17, Skabroud 3-5 0-0 8, Schoene 1-8 5-6 7, Hendricks 2-8 0-2 5, Chause 1-3 1-2 3, Birkenholz 1-3 0-0 2, Burton 1-2 0-0 2, Monson 0-0 0-0 0, Elwood 0-2 0-0 0, Wisocky 0-1 0-0 0, Not Reported 1-4 0-0 2. FG: 17-47. FT: 9-15. 3-pointers: 3-10 (Skabroud 2-2, Hendricks 1-4, Birkenholz 0-1, Burton 0-1, Elwood 0-1, Not Reported 0-1). Rebounds: 44. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: Birkenholz. Record: 4-12, 3-10 Cloverbelt East.SPENCER (58): Sydney Kind 9-22 2-2 25, Lexi Baehr 2-8 9-13 14, Macie Weber 4-9 2-2 10, Courtney Buss 1-2 0-0 3, Liz Endreas 1-4 0-0 2, Nadia King 0-3 1-4 1, Katie Fleischmann 0-1 0-0 0, Kallie Reckner 0-4 0-0 0, Not Reported 1-4 0-0 3. FG: 18-57. FT: 14-21. 3-pointers: 8-19 (Kind 5-11, Buss 1-1, Baehr 1-4, Not Reported 1-3). Rebounds: 32. Fouls: 12. Fouled out: none. Record: 9-7, 8-5 Cloverbelt East.
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Tiny shells can be engineered into a variety of minute devices, claims a team of scientists. The team has demonstrated a way to transform the silicon dioxide shells of diatoms, one-celled algae, into magnesium oxide. The trick could lead to miniature sensors, drug-delivery capsules, and other devices.For years, Kenneth Sandhage, a materials chemist at Ohio State University in Columbus, has worked to develop ways to modify the chemistry of preshaped ceramic materials. Sandhage’s work took him to Germany, where by chance he met marine biologist Monica Schoenwaelder, from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven. After hearing Schoenwaelder describe the elegant microshells created by diatoms, Sandhage realized that they could make “great preforms for three-dimensional microdevices,” he says.The 100,000 or so species of diatoms vary in size from less than a micrometer to a few millimeters and are notable for their intricate features and exotic shapes. “Many of those shapes are not too far off from what you would want for practical applications,” says Sandhage. 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The magnesium fully displaced the silicon in the shell, leaving a perfectly formed cylinder of magnesium oxide, the team reports in the 18 March issue of Advanced Materials. Although the magnesium oxide “shells” could be useful as heavy metal waste removers or as a friction additive in brake linings, Sandhage says the technique should also work for a wide range of other materials. He has recently teamed up with a pharmacologist to develop minute drug delivery capsules using shells based on calcium oxide compounds, which, unlike silica, can be readily absorbed by the body.The technique is “very likely” to have real-world applications, says Morley Stone, a biochemist at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. “This work fills an important void,” says Stone, because it “enables one to make a complicated silica structure and convert it into another oxide with more desirable properties.” Eventually, says Sandhage, scientists may even seek to “tinker with the DNA of diatoms to make tailored shapes.”Related sitesSandhage’s siteA large collection of diatom images