Ramona man facing prison for selling heroin that led to fatal overdose

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: June 25, 2019 Ramona man facing prison for selling heroin that led to fatal overdose June 25, 2019 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO ( KUSI) – A Ramona man is facing at least 20 years in federal prison for selling heroin that resulted in a 23-year-old man’s fatal overdose, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Maxwell Joseph Gaffney, 25, was convicted late Monday of distribution of heroin resulting in death in connection with the Feb. 17, 2017, death of Kyle J. Rodriguez.Text messages and emails presented at trial showed that Gaffney sold about half a gram of black tar heroin to Rodriguez just hours before his girlfriend found him collapsed in the bathroom of his parents’ Ramona home.Rodriguez was instructed by Gaffney via text to leave money for the drugs inside Gaffney’s mailbox, according to prosecutors.Despite his problems with addiction, prosecutors said Rodriguez had achieved “months of sobriety” prior to his death, as confirmed by regular random drug screenings.Gaffney’s attorneys argued that Rodriguez had another source of heroin that supplied him with the fatal dose, though prosecutors said no such other supplier could be found through a search of Rodriguez’s cell phone.A federal jury convicted Gaffney after about two hours of deliberations, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.He’s slated to be sentenced Sept. 23.“These purveyors of poisons are killing our citizens and tearing apart the fabric of our families,” U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer said. “We must continue to combat the opioid crisis by every possible means at our disposal.” KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Apple CEO Tim Cook teases new services for 2019

first_img Tags Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple What to expect from Apple in 2019 Boost Mobile All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sprint $999 $999 Tim Cook Apple • Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple’s greatest contribution will be in health care. CNBC Apple plans to expand its growing stable of services this year with “material” new additions, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Tuesday during an interview on CNBC.”You will see us announce new services this year. There will more things coming,” Cook told CNBC’s Jim Cramer. “I believe they’ll be material over time. I’m not going to forecast.”Apple has been working on the new services for “multiple years,” Cook said, calling attention to the company’s efforts in health care.”This is an area that I believe, if you zoom out into the future, and you look back, and you ask the question, ‘What was Apple’s greatest contribution to mankind?’ It will be about health,” Cook said.But Apple also likely has more than health in mind for new services this year. It’s widely expected that the company will unveil a long-rumored TV streaming service, along with a subscription news offering. See All Comments See It See It Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Apple has made a big push into the health and fitness industry, providing more health data to people through its devices, including step-counting on the iPhone and heart-rate tracking on the Apple Watch.Cook said features like the ECG app on the Apple Watch Series 4, which monitor the electrical patterns of your heart rate and analyze them for potential health issues, are helping with “democratizing” health care.”We are taking what has been with the institution and empowering the individual to manage their health. And we’re just at the front end of this,” he said. “But I do think, looking back, in the future, you will answer that question: Apple’s most important contribution to mankind has been in health.” Now playing: Watch this:center_img 85 Photos Apple iPhone XS CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It 7:35 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Best Buy Share your voice 2 reading • Apple CEO Tim Cook teases ‘new services’ for 2019 $999 Phones Sci-Tech Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itlast_img read more

Prince William was forced to do this Shocking thing for his wedding

first_imgPrince William takes the hand of his bride Catherine Middleton, now to be known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, followed by Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton as they walk down the aisle inside Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England.Getty ImagesPrince William was forced to bow down to Royal tradition when it came to his wedding. Even if he didn’t want to?Apparently, Prince William “did not really want” one aspect of his wedding day to Kate Middleton but was informed “from on high that it was required”, a veteran royal reporter claims.It is known that Kate Middleton and Prince William married in April 2011. Apparently, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s memorable day was watched by billions around the world and many remember Kate’s stunning wedding gown and William’s dashing military dress uniform. However, veteran royal reporter Jennie Bond revealed that William actually did not want to wear his military uniform for his wedding day.Ms Bond, who was royal correspondent for the BBC for 14 years from 1989 to 2003, spoke to podcast “Pod Save the Queen.” Prince Harry (L), arrives with his best man Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.Getty ImagesShe said in a podcast that aired in March 2018: “It is a tradition – obviously the Duke of Edinburgh married in his naval uniform and Prince Charles in his, the first time around anyway.”And William in his, [although] I don’t think William really wanted to wear a military uniform.”Ms Bond explained: “I think a note came down from on high that it was required, and that’s what he did wear.”Reportedly many expected him to choose a Royal Air Force uniform for his big day, as he served with the RAF from 2009 to 2013 but apparently on the day, Prince William wore his scarlet Army uniform as Colonel of the Irish Guards.Well we have to say that wearing a military uniform for a wedding is not much of a sacrifice for a Prince to make.last_img read more

Oil India declares 1 3 bonus issue

first_imgOil India declared bonus issue of 1:3 (1 share for every three shares held) after its board met on Monday. The public sector company’s shares were trading with losses at Rs 429 (down 1.81 percent) after the announcement, on BSE.”Oil India Ltd has informed BSE that the Board of Directors of the Company in their Meeting held on November 28, 2016, inter alia, have recommended ‘Issue of Bonus shares’ in the ratio of 1:3 i.e. One (1) bonus equity shares of Rs. 10/- each for every Three (3) existing fully paid up equity share of Rs. 10/- each subject to approval of the shareholders,” the company said in a regulatory filing.For the quarter ended September 2016 (Q2), Oil India earned standalone net profit of Rs 580 crore as against Rs 705 crore in the year-ago period.Total income dropped to Rs 2,331 crore from Rs 2,531 crore, YoY, according to another regulatory filing by the company. Earlier, the other state-run energy companies had declared bonus issues and they were liberal.Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), the state-run Indian oil and gas explorer, has rewarded shareholders with a bonus issue of equity shares in the ratio of 1:2 and interim dividend at the rate of 90 percent (Rs 4.50 per share). The record date for dividend is November 5, 2016.Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL) had declared 2:1 bonus in July, BPCL in the ratio of 1:1 in May and IOC in the ratio of 1:1 in August this year.last_img read more

Anger makes a good business as more people queue up to smash

first_imgAnger room screenshotEntrepreneurs looking for a startup idea? I’m Jack’s Wasted Life.via GIPHY Yes, I’m talking about Anger Rooms/Rage Rooms! Welcome to this new quirky business that requires modest investments and ensures a unique nihilistic form of customer satisfaction.As more people are beginning to sense the business opportunity, such rooms have sprung up in various locations such as Dallas, North Carolina, Houston, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Australia, Buenos Aires, Serbia and even Japan.Prominent names include the Anger Room, Rage Room, The Break Room, Smash Shack, the Break Club and The Venting Place.via GIPHYDepending upon requests, the experience can be tailor-made to suit your requirements, albeit at an increased price. For more money, customers can smash stuff for more time and with customised rooms, they can also decide what they even have more choice with what they want to break into a million little pieces. But the use of firearms and sharp weapons are strictly forbidden.One of the most expensive setups so far has been a faux retail store, stocked with racks of clothing. The idea is also a hit for couple dating. Engaging in mindless destructive nihilism with a stranger is obviously the sure shot way to begin a long lasting and formidable relationship.via GIPHYInterestingly, this business was also thriving during the American elections, as people began to queue to vent out their frustrations on mannequins designed to look like the candidates.”We’ve gone through at least three of the male mannequins that we have to dress up as Donald Trump,” Donna Alexander, founder of the Anger Room, an operation expanding and looking into opening franchise stores, was quoted saying to the New York Times.via GIPHYLocated in a 1,000-square-foot space in downtown Dallas, the Anger Room’s revenue in its first year was $170,000. Since then, Alexander has received more than 2,500 enquiries from other aspiring anger-room entrepreneurs, and she is in the process of drafting a licensing agreement for franchisees.via GIPHYStart-up costs for such a business are relatively small and include procuring the necessary materials (protective gear, items to smash and weapons to smash them with), and finding a suitable location. You have to hire employees to build the rooms (with reinforced walls), filling them with the breakables, and to regularly clean up the post-wreckage. Items to smash are also found on regular trash pick-ups for free. But obtaining insurance is a bit of a hurdle.The fact that it’s a new concept, Alexander says her insurer “literally had to create a category for my business.”It’s not too ludicrous to imagine such as a business opening in India, just like Vardhaman Jain asked Anger Room in December 27, 2015. They are even considering it.  1/3 Off duty San Diego sheriffs officers and employees (L-R) Rachel Klindt ,Ben Klindt, Lisa Williams Rachel Klindt Jill Farris (C) and William Stearmer and Dody Patterson put on their safety gear before they head into a “break room” at Sarah’s Smash Shack for an evening session in San Diego, California September 29, 2008. At Sarah’s Smash Shack, pent-up patrons can relieve stress by hurling dinnerware and bric-a-brac against a wall, as hard as they can, day and night, seven days a week. Picture taken on September 29.ReutersA menu of items you can smash is shown at Sarah’s Smash Shack in San Diego, California September 29, 2008. At Sarah’s Smash Shack, pent-up patrons can relieve stress by hurling dinnerware and bric-a-brac against a wall, as hard as they can, day and night, seven days a week.ReutersJill Farris tosses a disc as Lisa Williams (2nd L) and Dody Patterson (R) watch from a “break room” during their evening session at Sarah’s Smash Shack in San Diego, California September 29, 2008. At Sarah’s Smash Shack, pent-up patrons can relieve stress by hurling dinnerware and bric-a-brac against a wall, as hard as they can, day and night, seven days a week.ReutersPreviousNextFeeling anxious and stressed out? Go to your happy place and try deep breathing and meditation. Feel all your tensions melting away with each slow breath.Not working, eh? Still gritting your teeth despite that bogus company yoga retreat? Haven’t found an invite to your local fight club?I’m Jack’s complete lack of surprise.The first rule of fight club is observing the irrational anger that has pervaded individual’s living in high-density cities. The perceived or actual competition over physical space and resources and creeping insecurities tend to provoke extreme reactions to trivial issues. And sometimes even public violence.But don’t you worry. Starting anywhere between 19-25 dollars (Rs 1,301.91 – Rs 1,713.04), you can release that anger by smashing up breakable items such as mannequins, televisions, computer screen, furniture and other objects while swinging weapons such as baseball bats, golf clubs, two-by-fours, sledgehammers, crowbars and the like.All the while, you are padded with protective equipment that includes a helmet, goggles, boots and gloves and you even get to unleash that rage while listening to your favourite music. Any fans of the 1987 classic “Hip to be Square” by Huey Lewis and The News?via GIPHYlast_img read more

ALBNP clashes injure 26 including cops journos

first_imgAt least 26 people, including police and journalists, were injured in clashes between local leaders and activists of ruling Awami League and BNP during Victory Day celebration in Chuadanga, Lalmonirhat and Thakurgaon on Saturday, according to UNB.In Chuadanga, a chase and counter chase took place between leaders and activists of AL and BNP in a rally marking victory day in Dharshana area of Damurhuda upazila in the morning, leaving seven leaders and activists of the both parties injured.Shonit Kumar Gain, officer-in-charge of Dharshana police investigation camp, said that the victory day rally was brought out from Dharshana College field. Different organisations including AL and BNP unit of the municipal took part in the rally.A tense situation prevailed as the leaders and activists of BNP entered the rally. At one stage, a group of BNP leaders and supporters marched ahead from the main rally.Enraged, a section of AL leaders and activists attacked on them. Later, the chase and counter chase took place between the parties, leaving seven injured, said the OC.However, police brought the situation under control.In Lalmonirhat, at least 13 people including two police men and two newsmen in a clash between the leaders and activists of AL and BNP.Mehedi Hasan Jewel, district correspondent of Asian Television and Jinnatul Islam Jinna, correspondent of Pratidin Sangbad, were injured while they were taking photographs of the clash. Besides, Sushanto Kumar Sarker, assistant superintendent of police (A-circle), sub-inspector Alamgir and nine other leaders and activists of both parties were injured in the clash.Mahfuz Alam, officer-in-charge of Lalmonirhat police station, said that district BNP unit brought out a Victory Day rally from Zila Railway Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal office around 11:00am.The clash ensued when the leaders and activists of the ruling party obstructed the rally.A chase and counter chase took place.Police fired five rounds of rubber bullets to bring the situation under control.In Thakurgaon, six leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were injured in a clash between the student wings of ruling AL and BNP over supremacy at Hajipara area of the district town on Saturday.The injured were – an assistant secretary of district BCL, Md Barshan, 23, and JCD activists Md Antar, Hridoy, Musa, Raju and Anik Islam.According to the locals, Barshan and Antar’s groups had dispute for a long time over supremacy in the town.The two groups involved in the clash beside a clinic of Hajipara at noon with sharp weapons leaving six of them critically injured, said ATM Sifatul Mazdar, police inspector (investigation) of Thakurgaon Sadar police station.Md Antar was taken to Rangpur Medical College Hospital in a serious condition, while the rest of the five were admitted to Thakurgaon Modern Sadar Hospital.Police detained one for interrogation and recovered five sharp weapons in a drive at the area, said the inspector.last_img read more

Researchers use sound waves to levitate objects in three dimensions

first_img © 2014 Phys.org (left) Levitation and manipulation of particles. (right) Scooping up and holding particles. Credit: arXiv:1312.4006 [physics.class-ph] Laser tripod for better levitation Journal information: arXiv More information: Three-dimensional Mid-air Acoustic Manipulation by Ultrasonic Phased Arrays, arXiv:1312.4006 [physics.class-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1312.4006AbstractThe essence of levitation technology is the countervailing of gravity. It is known that an ultrasound standing wave is capable of suspending small particles at its sound pressure nodes. The acoustic axis of the ultrasound beam in conventional studies was parallel to the gravitational force, and the levitated objects were manipulated along the fixed axis (i.e. one-dimensionally) by controlling the phases or frequencies of bolted Langevin-type transducers. In the present study, we considered extended acoustic manipulation whereby millimetre-sized particles were levitated and moved three-dimensionally by localised ultrasonic standing waves, which were generated by ultrasonic phased arrays. Our manipulation system has two original features. One is the direction of the ultrasound beam, which is arbitrary because the force acting toward its centre is also utilised. The other is the manipulation principle by which a localised standing wave is generated at an arbitrary position and moved three-dimensionally by opposed and ultrasonic phased arrays. We experimentally confirmed that expanded-polystyrene particles of 0.6 mm and 2 mm in diameter could be manipulated by our proposed method. (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers with the University of Tokyo in Japan has expanded the science of sound wave levitation by adding more speakers and controlling the focal point of the waves that are created. In so doing, as they describe in their paper they’ve uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, they have created a means for levitating and moving objects in three dimensional space. Three-Dimensional Mid-Air Acoustic Manipulation The levitating device the team created is also very clean—it produces no noise that the human ear can hear and manipulating objects in three dimensional space is as easy as moving a joystick. It doesn’t of course herald in the age of hover-boards as seen in “Back to the Future,” but it definitely opens the door to new possibilities, limited only perhaps, by the amount of energy an application is willing to exert in order to levitate ever heavier objects. Scientists have come up with several ways to levitate objects—using compressed air, or magnetics, are just two examples—most such efforts have left a lot to be desired, however, when the goal has been clean (no noise, simple ways to move an object, etc.) levitation. That has led researches to investigate using ultrasonic waves. Up till now, researchers have been able to use the energy of sound waves to push an object from a surface up into the air, and then to hold it there. Because the object isn’t moved in any other direction, this type of levitation is considered two dimensional. In this new effort, the research team has taken the idea further by adding more speakers and a control mechanism that allows for moving the focal point of the sound waves generated. Objects are captured in the focal point and are then moved around by causing the focal point to be moved.In their experiments, the researchers first levitated and moved around very tiny Styrofoam balls. They demonstrated an ability to move the balls at will in virtually any direction—in tandem. Subsequent tests revealed that their apparatus was capable of levitating and moving tiny electric parts, a piece of wood and a metal nut. The nut was perhaps most impressive as it represented a much heavier object. The researchers explain that two of the speakers are used for levitation, while two more are used to move the focal point. Explore further Citation: Researchers use sound waves to levitate objects in three dimensions (2014, January 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-levitate-dimensions.html 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.last_img read more

Hawaii looking to increase accommodation tax

first_img Tuesday, July 11, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Hawaii looking to increase accommodation tax Tags: Hawaii Share WAILUKU, Hawaii — Hawaii Gov. David Ige expressed support for raising the state’s transient accommodations tax by 1 per cent while maintaining the counties’ share of hotel room taxes at $93 million.Ige said Friday he opposed a 2.75 percentage point increase in the transient accommodations tax, or hotel room tax, that had been proposed by House and Senate money committees in late April, shortly before the end of this year’s lawmaking session.The governor said a 2.75 percentage point increase – from 9.25 per cent to 12 per cent, bringing in another $1.3 billion over 10 years – would be “too big a burden to be borne by the visitor industry.”Instead, Ige said a 1 percentage point increase would “be a reasonable increase, especially if it’s for a specific period of time and would go toward helping to fund the transit project.”Ige’s comments came the same day lawmakers announced a special session to address rail funding would be held Aug. 28 to Sept. 1.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulySenate President Ronald Kouchi and House Speaker Scott Saiki have assured the Federal Transit Administration they intend to hold a special session to resolve the funding crisis for rail, which has had its cost estimate skyrocket from $5.2 billion a few years ago to the current estimate of $10 billion, the Maui News reported.Ige said something needs to be done for rail to move forward.“Ultimately, it is clear that additional funds are needed and so certainly a contribution from the transient accommodations tax for a period of time certainly is something that I would be open to consider,” he said.When asked what he believes would be an appropriate allocation of hotel room tax funds for the state’s four main counties, which saw their share fall from $103 million to $93 million this year, Ige said he believes the lower amount is “fair.”County officials have been adamant that the counties deserve a greater share of the hotel room tax revenue.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsMaui County Council Chairman Mike White has argued from 2007 to 2015 counties have incurred more than $170 million in additional costs for parks and fire and police services. However, in that time period, the counties have received only another $2.2 million in room tax revenue, while the state has taken in an increased portion of $196.6 million. Source: The Associated Presslast_img read more