Parents of teenage boy face prison, fines for treating his seizures with marijuana

first_imgAbcnews.com(ATLANTA) — Two Georgia parents are facing fines and prison time for allegedly giving their 15-year-old son marijuana to treat his seizure disorder, authorities said.Suzeanna and Matthew Brill of Macon were arrested in April on reckless conduct charges after an investigation by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services determined the pair had allowed their son, David, to smoke marijuana to deal with the seizures, Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum said in a press conference Thursday.The couple began giving their son marijuana in February, Steve Sadow, who is representing the family pro bono, told ABC News.“That was the last ditch effort. They had tried all the medical treatments and pharmaceuticals recommended or prescribed,” Sadow said.The marijuana helped David go 71 days without a seizure, Sadow said. After authorities visited their home, David’s parents stopped giving him the drug, the lawyer added.But less than 12 hours later, David suffered one of the worst seizures he had ever had, Sadow said.The teen was removed from his parents’ home and is now in a group home. While there — and without access to marijuana — he has continued to suffer seizures, Sadow said.Marijuana is illegal in Georgia, but the use of cannabis oil to treat seizures is legal. Obtaining cannabis oil legally there, however, is nearly impossible, Sadow said. It’s difficult to obtain the medical marijuana card needed to possess it legally and purchasing it can be prosecuted as a crime, he explained.Mitchum, meanwhile, defended his deputy’s decision to arrest the parents and remove the teen from the home.“I think [the deputy] would have been negligent, having stood there and heard what he heard in person himself had he not acted,” Mitchum said. “Somebody has got to stand up for this child.”But Sadow said his clients had tried every conventional method of treating their son’s seizures before turning to marijuana; they were acting with their son’s best interests in mind, he said.“Being separated from their son is difficult on so many levels,” Sadow said. “First, there is the child’s well-being in general and because of the seizures he suffers … then there is their criminal status.”The Brills were released on bond. There is a June 14 hearing in juvenile court that could determine whether David is allowed to return to them, Sadow said.The reckless conduct charges the Brills face could bring up to a year in a prison and $1,000 in fines if the district attorney chooses to pursue the charges, Sadow said.The Twiggs County District Attorney’s office told ABC News they do not comment on pending cases.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

OCPD Weekly Activity Report July 9-15

first_imgCalls for Service: 1378           Daily Average: 197July 9, 2017: SundayCalls for service: 185 Stops: 24 Accidents: 3    Property Checks: 24      Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 12 Fire and 12 EMS callsBurglary, 800 block Central Ave., at 11:55amAccident, 5th St. & West Ave., at 4:18pmAccident, 200 block E. Atlantic Blvd., at 4:59pmTheft, 1000 block Central Ave., at 9:44pmAccident, 800 block Ocean Ave., at 10:40pmJuly 10, 2017: MondayCalls for service: 177 Stops: 30   Accidents: 3   Property Checks: 24      Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 7 Fire and 9 EMS callsAccident, 14th St. & Wesley Ave., at 10:31amAccident, 1600 block Haven Ave., at 3:33pmTheft, 1100 block Wesley Ave., at 4:37pmTheft, 1100 block Boardwalk, at 6:54pmAccident, 800 block 2nd St., at 8:39pmTheft, 1100 block Boardwalk, at 9:20pmJuly 11, 2017: TuesdayCalls for service: 229Stops: 53   Accidents: 3    Property Checks: 34     Alarms: 5The Police Department assisted with 11 fire and 12 EMS callsTheft, 400 block Atlantic Ave., at 12:06pmAccident, 3700 block Pembroke La., at 1:15pmTheft, 1000 block Boardwalk, at 2:50pmAccident, 1600 block Haven Ave., at 4:40pmAccident, 36th St. & Asbury Ave., at 5:56pmWarrant, 3500 block West Ave., one in custody, at 10:39pmJuly 12, 2017: WednesdayCalls for service: 196 Stops: 41   Accidents: 5   Property Checks: 43      Alarms: 6The Police Department assisted with 17 fire and 17 EMS callsTheft, 1800 block Central Ave., at 6:06amTheft, 1200 block Haven Ave., at 7:42amTheft, 1700 block Haven Ave., at 9:48amAccident, 5th St. & Asbury Ave., at 12:04pmTheft, 1200 block Boardwalk, at 1:05pmTheft, 800 block Boardwalk, at 2:33pmAccident, 1700 block Simpson Ave., at 2:42pmAccident, 1500 block Boardwalk, at 3:17pmFraud, 200 block Bay Ave., at 3:46pmAccident, 900 block Ocean Ave., at 5:50pmAccident, 3600 block Wesley Ave., at 7:37pmJuly 13, 2017: ThursdayCalls for service: 188 Stops: 39   Accidents: 2    Property Checks: 34     Alarms: 9The Police Department assisted with 18 fire and 21 EMS callsTheft, 1100 block Wesley Ave., at 8:56amTheft, 10th Street, at 7:28pmFraud, 60 block Boardwalk, at 8:08pmAccident, 11th St. & Asbury Ave., at 8:22pmWarrant, 900 block West Ave., one in custody, at 8:57pmAccident, 800 block 9th St., at 9:46pmJuly 14, 2017: FridayCalls for service: 151Stops: 22   Accidents: 2    Property Checks: 23    Alarms: 6The Police Department assisted with 28 fire and 18 EMS callsDWI, 2500 block Wesley Ave., one in custody, 12:54amTheft, W. Atlantic Blvd., at 1:36pmAccident, 900 block Haven Ave., at 1:46pmAccident, 9th St. & Ocean Ave., at 5:30pmTheft, 900 block Boardwalk, at 8:22pmJuly 15, 2017: SaturdayCalls for service: 250 Stops: 38   Accidents: 2   Property Checks: 33    Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 13 fire and 10 EMS callsTheft, 500 block Battersea Rd., at 9:49amBurglary, 1700 block Wesley Ave., at 12:55pmAccident, 43rd St. & Central Ave., at 1:01pmTheft, 800 block West Ave., at 1:29pmDWI, Inlet, one in custody, at 6:00pmAccident, 40th St. & West Ave., at 9:06pmPUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.Bicycle riders must obey all Vehiclelaws similar to that of a vehicle. They must stop at stop signs, traffic lights and ride with the flow of traffic.       Bicycle riders are not pedestrians and do not have the same right of way as a pedestrian when crossing the street at an intersection.When traveling on Route 52, remember that New Jersey State Law requires vehicles to KEEP RIGHT and pass left. The speed limit is 45 mph for the causeway.By City Ordinance alcohol is not allowed on the beach and boardwalk or other public locations. Fines for this offense are $250.00 Ocean City Public Safety Buildinglast_img read more

Beauty and the Beast Will Make Indian Premiere this Fall

first_imgBeauty and the Beast, the Disney musical based on the animated film, will make its Indian premiere this fall. The new staging will be performed in English and introduce a design concept featuring local influences. Performances will run in Mumbai and Delhi from October to December.The new production will be directed by Vikranth Pawar, creative head of Live Entertainment at Disney India; former Dance India Dance judge Terence Lewis will choreograph. The staging will feature sets by Varsha Jain and costumes by Gavin Miguel.Beauty and the Beast, featuring music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman and a book by Linda Woolverton, premiered on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on April 18, 1994. It moved to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in 1999 and played its final performance there on July 29, 2007.Belle and company have taken the stage in dozens of countries, including Australia, Japan, Argentina, Spain, Russia, France and South Africa. Take a look at just some instances of Disney magic on stages across the world here! View Commentslast_img read more

Train Your Brain

first_imgWe’re sharp and on point when things are going our way, but what happens when you hit a dark spell, things aren’t going as planned, or you’re in circumstances less than ideal? Can you hang in there mentally? You train yourself physically by running, core workouts, foam rolling, and yoga, but do you do any mental training? Can you train your brain to embrace the pain and not give in to the thoughts of quitting? I hear so many quotes like “Sport is 99% mental” and “It’s mind over matter.” It’s not automatic, so how do we get there? The following are my observations and what has worked for me. Personal ExperienceI’m going to start with a story of a recent run I took. What better way to train the brain than under the circumstances that will create the very stimulus I’m trying to combat. Every aspect of this run was under conditions I detest. Temperatures were in the low 40s and a constant rain. To add to this, I planned on running 26ish miles and gaining over 6000’ of vert on a single solitary ¾ mile climb. That’s right uphill ¾ mile. Downhill ¾ of a mile and repeat eighteen times. All circumstances combined to try and break me mentally. I knew I could stop at any point, but I wanted to train myself to know that quitting would not be acceptable.Let me interject here by talking about an audiobook I was listening to at the time. “Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins is a wealth of awesome bits about mental tools we can use and how to unlock your maximum physical potential by not being governed by your mind. Goggins states that you have to get to a point mentally, where if you quit it will bother you so much that you want to get back out there and complete or even redo what you didn’t finish. That’s the mental state I had for this run. I had eighteen climbs to completion.When you start something like this, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. I’ve toed the line for multiple 100-mile races. If I were to think “Only 100 miles to go”, whew, I don’t think I would make it very far. Instead, I stay in the moment and think about what does my body and my mind need at that moment. How long since I had a sip of fluids? When was the last time I ate? My stomach feels funny, why? How can I fix that? As the race goes on, it turns into problem-solving. Travis Macy’s book “The Ultra Mindset” talks about asking questions correctly. Don’t allow for negative questions, as these will lead to negative thoughts. For instance, never ask yourself “Why am I out here?” You should have established this long before you got to this point, especially in a race! Your “why” is a whole different article, but an essential to any true race or tough effort. So instead of asking “why am I out here?”, change that to “what do I need to do to turn this around? “Ask yourself questions that will help lead to bettering your mindset and hopefully your physical state.Aside from asking the right questions, another tool I use is breaking the runs up into segments. For this run, I told myself every climb I would take a drink at the top and every third climb I would eat some food. I focused on smaller increments of distance. It’s the same in a race. I focus on the distance to the next Aid Station, and what I need to do in between to get there. With this mindset, I didn’t look at my watch until I was on my 13th climb. I began to struggle but relied on prior experience to get me through. My brain was sending messages to my body that I was tired. So, I began to eat food more frequently which helped my brain back off and allowed me to keep running. Your brain will tell you you’re tired and you should take a break. You have to fight that temptation and keep those legs moving. Break through those mental barriers by doing whatever you have to do. Problem solve and figure out what will keep you moving.It’s amazing what happens when your brain knows it’s at the end of an effort or a race. Suddenly you feel as fresh as you did when you started. I had been on my feet for over five hours and gained over 6500’, but that last climb, knowing that I was almost done, I had to contain myself (I had 17 miles of running and trail work to do the next day). That said, where was this energy a few climbs ago? It was there, my brain just limited me because I still had miles and multiple climbs to go. Again, overcome those moments and you’ll break through. Your mind will not put up those barriers in the future. You’ll be stronger mentally and able to run longer and feel stronger.So, train that brain of yours! Put yourself in circumstances that will test you mentally and physically. Find discomfort and seek ways to work yourself out of those situations. Build your mental toolbox and find what will help you cross that finish line. If our sport truly is 99% mental, we better find a way to use 100% of that capacity.Aaron Saft is an elite runner and owner of FootRx in Asheville and is training for UTMB in 2019. He is also a member of the I HEART PISGAH Adventure Team.last_img read more

Study says H5N1 has varied effects in small land birds

first_imgOct 18, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A study on the effects of the H5N1 avian influenza virus on small land birds suggests it is often lethal in sparrows but has lesser effects on starlings and pigeons and does not readily spread to other birds of the same species.However, the researchers say their findings also suggest that sparrows and starlings could potentially spread the virus to poultry and mammals.The results of the study, conducted at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, were published early online by Emerging Infectious Diseases.Scientists have fleshed out some H5N1 patterns in waterfowl species, which have been shown to shed the virus for prolonged periods and are thought to play some role—along with the poultry business—in the geographic spread among the world’s poultry populations. However, less is known about small terrestrial birds, which also intermingle with waterfowl and poultry.To gauge how the H5N1 virus behaves in small birds, the researchers inoculated sparrows, starlings, and pigeons with four different strains that were isolated from birds. Two of the strains had previously been shown to infect waterfowl in Thailand, and two were recently isolated during wild-bird surveillance in Hong Kong.The sparrows and starlings used in the study were captured in the wild, while 6-week old Carneux pigeons were bought from supply houses. At the start of the study, the authors obtained cloacal swabs from the birds to rule out existing influenza A infections.After the birds were inoculated with the H5N1 strains, researchers placed them in cages with uninfected birds of the same species for 14 days to gauge virus transmission. The ratio of infected to uninfected birds was 1:1 for sparrows and starlings and 2:3 for pigeons.The birds were monitored each day for death and illness, and oropharyngeal and cloacal swabs were collected on days 2, 4, 6, 8, and 11 for sparrows and starlings and on days 3, 5, and 7 for pigeons. At the end of the 14-day period, the investigators collected serum samples from the inoculated and contact birds for hemagglutanin-inhibition testing.Death rates were highest for the sparrows: 66% to 100% of them died, depending on the H5N1 strain they received. High viral loads were detected in dead sparrows’ brain and lung tissues. However, none of the starlings or pigeons died.Regular testing after inoculation showed that all of the sparrows and starlings were infected, but infection in pigeons depended on the strain of the virus. One of the Hong Kong strains infected both sparrows and starlings, as well as all of the inoculated pigeons, though the authors found the viruses replicated relatively poorly in the pigeons.Virus titers showed sparrows and starlings shed similar amounts of the virus, but titers from cloacal swabs of sparrows were higher than those from the starlings.The researchers found no evidence of spread of the virus among the sparrows and pigeons. Only one starling showed evidence of transmission, involving one of the Hong Kong strains.The authors concluded that that the birds varied in their susceptibility to the H5N1 viruses but that transmission to the contact birds was infrequent.Compared to earlier reports on the susceptibility of sparrows, starlings, and pigeons to a 1997 Hong Kong H5N1 virus, the current study suggests that the bird species are more susceptible to the more recent H5N1 isolates used in the study.”Although drawing conclusions on the basis of a single 1997 isolate is inappropriate, these data are consistent with studies that have demonstrated increased virulence or host range for recent influenza [H5N1] viruses in mammalian species,” the authors write.A key question is whether smaller wild birds can be intermediate hosts or long-term reservoirs for the H5N1 virus, the researchers point out. The results in sparrows suggest that they could potentially infect poultry and mammals, but, given the high death rate, wouldn’t likely serve as a reservoir for prolonged viral shedding. Starlings, because they survived and shed the virus longer, could act as an intermediate host, but transmission evidence in the study was limited, the report says. The authors suggest that the role of pigeons in spreading the virus may be minor because they shed only small amounts of the virus and didn’t transmit the disease to other pigeons.The researchers conclude that terrestrial wild bird species vary considerably in their susceptibility to H5N1 virus strains, and some species, such as sparrows, could suffer substantial losses during H5N1 outbreaks. Also, they write that mutations in circulating H5N1 viruses could enhance the role of sparrows and starlings as intermediate hosts.Boon ACM, Sandbulte MR, Seiler P, et al. Role of terrestrial wild birds in ecology of influenza A virus (H5N1). Emerg Infect Dis 2007 Nov 13(11) [Full text]last_img read more

Amid coronavirus, God goes online to reach worshippers

first_img“It’s better when you are with somebody in a room … but the online services in one way give us opportunity to be with people more because we are with them in their pocket,” he said holding a mobile phone during an online video interview.With almost 219,000 infections and more than 8,900 deaths so far, the epidemic has stunned the world and drawn comparisons with traumas such as World War Two and the 1918 Spanish flu.In Italy – home to a large and devout Catholic population – priests have turned to technology to support some of the communities worst hit by the rapid viral spread.When news broke on Feb. 23 that all Masses in and around the northern city of Milan were to be suspended, priest Fabio Zanin came up with a new way to stay in touch with his flock. Armed with a mobile phone and help from young parishioners, he set up an Instagram account and started streaming daily functions held behind closed doors on social media.”We though it would only be for a few days,” said Zanin, a Catholic priest from Cusano Milanino, a small town north of Italy’s financial capital.”In the meantime, the whole word has been turned upside down,” the 28-year-old told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.Zanin even asked parishioners to send in photos as they watched the Mass online, saying: “People need human contact”.The highly contagious respiratory disease that originated in China has pushed governments on every continent to impose draconian lockdowns, hitting sport, shopping, travel and faith.From Japan to the United States, many religious groups have suspended services and moved faith online, trying out new ways to stay close to their communities, as holy sites and public spaces shut, changing the face of many world cities.Holy water and toilet paper Churches have historically been a place of sanctuary in times of crisis and closures have caused disarray.Last week, the Pope’s vicar for the Rome archdiocese ordered churches in the Italian capital to shut their doors only to back peddle a day later, following complaints from some Catholics and a caution against “drastic measures” from the pontiff.Besides broadcasting services, some have come up with novel initiatives to raise morale among those confined to home.Jehovah’s Witnesses have stopped their custom of knocking on doors and setting up stall at busy crossroads but congregants were still meeting in small home groups in countries where it was permitted, a spokesman said.In Britain, where the Chief Rabbi has urged synagogues to suspend all activities, a London-based congregation called on members not to “let social distancing become social isolation”.”Whether you are in need of an extra loo (toilet) roll, some food dropped off or a listening ear to share your fears, let us be the planks for one another in the weeks ahead,” Rabbi Elana Dellal of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue wrote in an online post.US Buddhist magazine Tricycle has published online meditations to help ease people’s anxiety, while the St. James Episcopal Church in Newport Beach, California, urged parishioners to put their enforced down time to good use.”Now is a good time to read Cradle to Cradle and watch those documentaries I asked you to watch!” Reverend Cindy Evans Voorhees wrote in an email newsletter.In Tbilisi, Georgia, the Orthodox Church – criticized for still serving worshippers bread from a shared spoon – organized a motorcade to bless the city streets and ward off the virus.On Tuesday, priests holding icons rode on pick-up trucks sprinkling people and pavements from tanks of holy water.”This will be another good event by the Church to bring peace and calm to people,” said churchgoer Kote Svanadze.  Topics :center_img As coronavirus closes churches, synagogues and mosques worldwide, religious leaders are taking faith online to ensure God’s word gets to the millions marooned by the pandemic.Services are being streamed on Instagram, prayers posted by video link and timeless texts shared on cellphones to bring spiritual support to the hundreds of thousands of believers denied a place of worship.”Because I am not physically close to you, it doesn’t mean I can’t be emotionally close to you,” said Miles McPherson, a senior pastor at the Rock Church in San Diego, California, which moved to online streaming on Sunday.last_img read more

Samarinda flood victims turn to social media for help

first_imgA top official at BPBD Samarinda, Irfan, vowed to follow up on the reports.Read also: Floods, landslides hit regions as rainy season prolonged”We’ll check up on them up later. We have many volunteers to help with the evacuation process,” he said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.Heavy rain that hit Samarinda over the weekend left numerous areas of East Kalimantan’s capital flooded. Nearly 32,000 people spread across four districts in the city were affected by the disaster. Some 600 of them have been evacuated so far. Authorities revealed that 16 out of 21 nursing homes in the city were inundated. At least 60 senior citizens had to be evacuated to other nursing homes in the form of rumah panggung (stilt houses). “If the water keeps rising, we will evacuate all of the elderly residents to a nursing home on Jl. DI Pandjaitan, where we have enough room,” East Kalimantan Social Agency head Agus Hari Kesuma said separately in a statement. (vny)Topics : A number of flood-affected residents in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, decided to ask for help on social media when no rescue team had reached their respective areas four days into the calamity.The Facebook account of Sultan Daeng Siila, for example, asked Samarinda Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD Samarinda) personnel to rescue his family from a 120-centimeter-deep flood that trapped them on Jl. Pemuda in the city. The family included an infant, Sultan added.Another Facebook account belonging to a resident named Yulis said several infants and elderly people were trapped on Jl. S. Parman and they were in dire need of food and medical supplies.last_img read more

Best time ever for first home buyers, but many still in doubt

first_img 1. Don’t be put off. However, separate research revealed that seven out of ten first homebuyers were failing to take advantage of the positive market conditions because they did not know how to go about it.Of those surveyed, 58 per cent said they were “struggling to navigate the mortgage market, often feeling overwhelmed and confused”, while 90 per cent admitted to not knowing what the Federal Government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme was, despite it being only one of several schemes designed to help first homebuyers on the market.Most of the respondents (81 per cent) indicated they needed financial guidance, with 65 per cent planning to turn to a mortgage broker for help.Aussie Home Loans chief customer officer David Smith said “overwhelmed” was the number one word respondents used. Broncos stars’ property portfolios revealed Zoe and Zach Templeton (both 25) outside their first home that they spend two years scrimping and saving up a 20 per cent deposit for. Picture Annette Dew.Queensland is leading a national surge in inquiries about taking out a home loan, with financing conditions the best they’ve ever been.Data from Aussie Home Loans, a mortgage lender, showed that 31 per cent of inquiries came from Queenslanders, followed by Victoria and Tasmania (25 per cent), and New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory (24 per cent) in June. Race car driver selling Gold Coast home 2. Find the right person to give you the guidance. 3. Find out what’s available to you from all the schemes. More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days ago 4. Move with confidence.center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Interest rates are as the lowest they’ve been in history and conditions are the best they have ever been for first homebuyers.”“Getting on the property ladder is within arm’s reach for anyone if they dedicate themselves to growing their savings, but confusion around what can help Australians get there more quickly and easily is stopping many aspiring buyers from achieving their goals.” FHB TIPS: Zoe and Zach Templeton, both 25, saved for two years to get into their first home this year. “We would rather see our payments going towards paying off a loan and starting our future together. We wanted to find a house to move into before we got married, so we could start married life in our first home,” Mrs Templeton said.They offered $535,000 for a three-bedroom, two bathroom property last year, qualifying for a percentage off their stamp duty (given it was under $550,000). They also did not have to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance because they had a 20 per cent deposit.“Neither of us had taken out a loan before,” Mrs Templeton said. “Luckily, we were already quite money conscious and budgeted all of our expenses.”They said it was “very surreal and exciting” to buy a home, but definitely a challenge.“We had to learn a lot about the market very quickly to make sure we could take advantage of all first homebuyer benefits, not get taken advantage of, get the best deal possible and were aware of all the risks. We were very lucky to have our parents’ support and that of a financial expert throughout the process.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK MORE: Giant skate bowl home sells for millionslast_img read more

Pirates Fire Upon LPG Tanker off Congo

first_imgA group of armed pirates attacked an LPG tanker carrying out bunkering operations on October 29, around 101 nautical miles West of Pointe Noire, the Republic of the Congo. IMB Piracy Reporting Centre said that pirates in a speed boat chased and fired upon the LPG tanker causing the ship to trigger emergency bunker stop procedure and cast off.The master employed evasive manoeuvres and increased speed, managing to escape the pirates.All crew members are reported to be safe.The attack is being reported two days after 11 crew members of MV Pomerenia Sky, a containership operated by Germany’s Peter Dohle Schiffahrts, were kidnapped off Nigeria.Midocean (IOM) Ltd informed that nine crew members remained on board the containership and were unharmed, according to Reuters. The company added that the vessel proceeded to safe waters.A total of 156 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to the ICC International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) in the first nine months of 2018 compared to 121 for the same period in 2017.The Gulf of Guinea accounts for 57 of the 156 reported incidents, with the majority of these incidents, 41, reported in and around Nigeria.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Buju Banton sentenced to 10 years in prison

first_img Sharing is caring! 24 Views   no discussions EntertainmentNewsRegional Buju Banton sentenced to 10 years in prison by: – June 23, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Family members and fans pleaded with the judge for leniencyGrammy-award-winning star Buju Banton has been sentenced to 10 years in jail in the US for his role in setting up a cocaine deal in 2009.The singer, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was told at Tampa federal court that he must serve five years’ probation following prison.Previously the Dancehall artist had insisted in court that he had been merely boasting about the deal.Prosecutors conceded he had never put money into a deal or profitted from it.His record Before the Dawn won best reggae album at the Grammy Awards ceremony earlier this year.In February the star was convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute it, along with a further drug trafficking offence and a gun charge.He was acquitted of a fourth charge for attempted cocaine possessionIt was Banton’s second trial – his first ended in September when the jury was unable to reach a verdict.Much of the case hinged on video and audio recordings taken by an informant and by Drug Enforcement Administration personnel.The informant was paid $50,000 (£31,000) after Banton’s arrest in December 2009, along with two others.One video shown to the jury showed Banton apparently tasting cocaine in a Florida warehouse.A co-defendant later gave the informant $135,000 (£83,705). He and another man pleaded guilty to drug charges in the case.BBC Newslast_img read more