A 40-year-old clothes vendor was on Saturday crushed to death at Good Hope, East Coast of Demerara (ECD), after he reportedly walked in front of a moving truck.Dead is Cyon Caunders of Lot 101 Melanie Damishana, ECD.Based on information received, the motor lorry GRR 6081, which is owned by China Railway First Group Guyana Inc, was proceeding East along the northern side of the public road at about 04:20h.The 28-year-old driver alleged that he saw the pedestrian walking East on the northern edge of the road at a certain distance in front of the lorry. As he approached, Caunders reportedly walked suddenly across the road in the southern direction and came into contact with the lorry.Upon seeing that, he claimed he immediately applied the brakes but due to the short distance between Caunders and the vehicle, the pedestrian fell to the ground and was run over by the truck. His head was crushed.Caunders was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) where he was pronounced dead on arrival. However, the driver abandoned the motor lorry and fled to his residence where he was arrested by Police ranks.A breathalyser test was subsequently conducted which indicated a zero per cent alcohol reading. The body was later identified by his mother.When Guyana Times visited the area, a resident who is employed at a nearby business, related that there was no indication that the truck was speeding.“I work in the night so I come out and see the guy walking in the corner and it had like two cars before he reach the man. But like when the truck come close, that’s when the guy decide to cross the road and like he didn’t watch for any vehicle on the road,” the man said.“From what I see, it didn’t look like he (the driver) was speeding but like he panicked when he see that he actually see that he hit the guy and people around call the Police after he go away,” he added.The onlooker noted that Police ranks arrived shortly after the accident, but it seems as though Caunders died immediately since brain matter was splattered on the roadway.“The entire part of the road had blood and parts of his brains they had to collect so he probably passed before reaching the hospital.”The driver is assisting with the investigations as Police continues to probe the incident.
WASHINGTON — In 2002, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton cast a vote in favor of the Iraq war that would later come to haunt her presidential campaign.Now, a new crop of senators eying the White House — Republicans Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas — will face a similar choice over authorizing military action in the Middle East. A vote in favor of President Barack Obama’s use-of-force resolution would give the potential candidates a share of the responsibility for the outcome of military action in a combustible region. And as Clinton learned well, the public’s support for a military campaign can quickly fade, making the long-term implications of the vote difficult to predict. Obama asked lawmakers this week to approve a three-year offensive against the Islamic State group and affiliated forces. His request includes no constraints on geographical boundaries but would bar “enduring offensive combat” — intentionally vague language that some lawmakers fear leaves open the prospect of a U.S.-led ground war.So far, most of the 2016 hopefuls currently in Congress have sidestepped questions about how they would vote on Obama’s measure, which could be amended before they have to say yes or no. Among Republicans, Rubio has been perhaps the most specific in outlining his views, saying he opposes the president putting constraints on his ability to use military force against an enemy.
GNU Octave team released version 5.1.0 of the popular high-level programming language, last week. GNU Octave 5.1.0 comes with general improvements, dependencies, and other changes. What’s new in GNU Octave 5.1.0? General Improvements The Octave plotting system in GNU Octave 5.1.0 supports high-resolution screens (the ones with greater than 96 DPI such as HiDPI/Retina monitors). There’s a newly added Unicode character support for files and folders in Windows. The fsolve function is modified to use larger step sizes while calculating the Jacobian of a function with finite differences, thereby, leading to faster convergence. The ranks function is recoded for performance and has now become 25X faster. It also supports a third argument that can specify resolving the ranking of tie values. Another function randi has also been recoded to produce an unbiased (all results are equally likely) sample of integers. The function isdefinite now returns true or false instead of -1, 0, or 1. The intmax, intmin, and flintmax functions can now accept a variable as input. There is no longer a need for path handling functions to perform variable or brace expansion on path elements. Also, Octave’s load-path is no longer subject to these expansions. A new printing device is available, “-ddumb”, that can produce ASCII art for plots. This device has been made available only with the gnuplot toolkit. Other Changes Dependencies: The GUI now requires Qt libraries in GNU Octave 5.1.0. The minimum Qt4 version that is supported is Qt4.8.The OSMesa library is no longer used. To print invisible figures while using OpenGL graphics, the Qt QOFFSCREENSURFACE feature must be available. The FFTW library should be able to perform FFT calculations. The FFTPACK sources are removed from Octave. Matlab Compatibility: The functions such as issymmetric and ishermitian now accept an option “nonskew” or “skew” for calculating the symmetric or skew-symmetric property of a matrix. The issorted function can now use a direction option of “ascend” or “descend”. You can now use clear with no arguments and it will remove only local variables from the current workspace. Global variables will no longer be visible, but will exist in the global workspace. Graphic Objects: Figure graphic objects in GNU Octave 5.1.0 now have a new property “Number” which is read-only and that can return the handle (number) of the figure. But if “IntegerHandle” is set to “off” then the property will return an empty matrix . Patch and surface graphic objects can now use the “FaceNormals” property for flat lighting. “FaceNormals” and “VertexNormals” can now be calculated only when necessary to improve graphics performance. The “Margin” property of text-objects has a new default of 3 rather than 2. For the complete list of changes, check out the official GNU Octave 5.1.0 release notes. Read Next GNU Health Federation message and authentication server drops MongoDB and adopts PostgreSQL Bash 5.0 is here with new features and improvements GNU ed 1.15 released!