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Child Rapist Sentenced to 10 years in Jail

first_imgA 37-year-old man was yesterday sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in prison for raping a 5-year-old in 2011, and for threatening her to keep quiet.Tamba Theophilus was 32-years-old when he raped his then 5 year-old victim in August 2011. He sat quietly yesterday at Criminal Court ‘E’ at the Temple of Justice.He previously pleaded not guilty to the crime, a first degree felony that carries a prison term of more than 15 years. He changed his plea after his legal team and state lawyers entered into a plea bargain.At Monday’s hearing Judge Joseph S. Fayiah imposed what family members and other sympathizers of the victim described as a “much lesser sentence than recommended.”Judge Fayiah said prosecutors and Theophilus’ defense team had initially agreed to a special sex-offender sentencing alternative.But he failed to explain conditions of the plea bargain.The alternative sentence apparently was sought to prevent Theophilius’ victim from suffering further trauma by testifying in court.Judge Fayiah further said the agreement between the parties took place on September 14, 2015, relying on the statutory provision contained in the revised Code of Law of Liberia.“The fact is that the court is not a party to the said agreement and therefore the terms and conditions are not binding on it; as well as the power of the court to impose whatever sentence that it deems legal, fair and just,” he said.“The defendant expressed his willingness to accept any final judgment of this court in its wisdom to impose upon him as a matter of law.”After declining the alternative sentencing recommendation, the judge, during sentencing, said: “It is the final judgment of this court that the defendant is adjudged guilty of the crime of statutory rape and hereby sentenced to ten years imprisonment retroactively commencing from August 10, 2011 the date of his arrest and incarceration by the Gardnersville Magisterial Court.“The defendant will serve the last one year of his remaining term of imprisonment under supervised probation, after he shall have served nine of his ten years imprisonment term consistent with the final judgment of this court.“Predicated upon the plea bargain agreement and in accordance with the law, this final judgment takes into consideration the victim’s age of 5 years at the time of the commission of the rape against her by the defendant.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Budget watchdog says carbonprice revenues to be 26B this year

first_imgSaskatchewan, Ontario and Manitoba have all filed court challenges questioning Ottawa’s authority to impose the tax.The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Canada’s budget watchdog says revenues from the federal carbon price will be more than $2.6 billion this year and exceed $6 billion a year within five years.The new analysis by the parliamentary budget office, which includes both the high-profile fuel tax applied in four provinces and a separate pricing system for big industrial emitters, also says that revenues will start to fall after five years because Canadians will burn less fossil fuel.READ MORE: Climate change should be top issue for voters in October, advocate saysThe federal government implemented a fuel surcharge this month in the provinces that have not enacted carbon-pricing systems of their own, starting at $20 per tonne of emissions produced and rising to $50 per tonne in 2022.The PBO report says the average cost to families from the carbon price this year will be $193 in New Brunswick, $256 in Ontario, $260 in Manitoba and $425 in Saskatchewan.To offset the cost of the tax Ottawa introduced an income-tax rebate that will average more than the expected costs in all four of those provinces.last_img read more

Pochettino reveals his delight at Fergies return

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed his delight after reports surfaced of Sir Alex Ferguson returning to Manchester United training ground.The Red Devils caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken advice from Fergie since his appointment last month, and Pochettino is pleased to hear that the former United boss is back involved.“I think it’s fantastic news because he is football,” he said, according to ESPN. “Sir Alex means football and to be involved in his football club as always is fantastic news after he suffered a massive problem.”“To be involved again, I think for him and for Manchester sure it’s a massive, important thing. Of course I sent [my best wishes] and I cannot hide my admiration and my relationship with him. He always was one of the people I admired the most, an inspiration.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“I think he was one of, or was the best manager in the world, in the history of football, and to have the possibility to see him every day is massive. He is like an encyclopaedia of football.”Pochettino also spoke about transfer dealings regarding United and Spurs, saying:“Today the Premier League is so competitive and for Tottenham to go to, I don’t know, Southampton and sign a player like they used to do, like with Gareth Bale, today it’s so difficult.”“It’s the same situation that happens with big clubs, like the example of Manchester picking players from Tottenham, Tottenham picking players from [other clubs]. I think everything has changed.”“Today it’s so difficult to do business in between the English clubs because in the end the market has changed a lot. Today an English player [moving] in between the clubs, it’s so difficult to do business because the market is so high if you compare with Europe.”last_img read more

Scripps Health breaks ground on 59 Million Prebys Cancer Center

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A $59 million cancer center to be built at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego in Hillcrest will be named for the late philanthropist Conrad Prebys, Scripps Health announced Friday.The 40,000-square-foot, four-story Presbys Cancer Center will serve patients from the central and southern areas of the county. It will be the second dedicated cancer center built as part of Scripps Health’s partnership with the University of Texas’ MD Anderson Cancer Center; the other is located in Torrey Pines.Prebys donated $20 million to Scripps Health for the outpatient facility in 2016, the year he died, and also funded a $5 million grant for an endowed medical director position within the Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center partnership.“Through his many years of generous support, Conrad Prebys has significantly improved the quality of health care for our community,” Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder said at a groundbreaking ceremony. “Prebys Cancer Center will continue Conrad’s legacy by providing access to exceptional cancer care to residents in our central and southern regions of San Diego County.”The facility will feature cutting-edge radiation therapy technology, a 20-chair infusion center for treatments like chemotherapy, spaces for conferences and patient consultations and offices for physicians. A 140-space parking garage adjacent to the facility is expected to be completed by 2022.The new cancer center will be located on Fifth Avenue at the Hillcrest campus. Scripps Health expects the facility to open in early 2022. Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: August 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Scripps Health breaks ground on $59 Million Prebys Cancer Center August 9, 2019last_img read more


How to create observables in RxJS Tutorial

first_imgReactive programming requires us to change the way that we think about events in an application. Reactive programming requires us to think about events as a stream of values. For example, a mouse click event can be represented as a stream of data. Every click event generates a new value in the data stream. In reactive programming, we can use the stream of data to query and manipulate the values in the stream. Observables are streams of data, and this explains why it is easy to imagine that we can represent an event such as an onClick event using an observable. However, the use cases for observables are much more diverse than that. In this article, we are going to explore how to create an observable given different types. This article is taken from the book Hands-On Functional Programming with TypeScript by Remo H. Jansen. In this book, you will discover the power of functional programming, lazy evaluation, monads, concurrency, and immutability to create succinct and expressive implementations. Creating observables from a value We can create an observable given a value using the of function. In the old versions of RxJS, the function of was a static method of the Observable class, which was available as Observable.of. This should remind us to use the of method of the Applicative type in category theory because observables take some inspiration from category theory. However, in RxJS 6.0, the of method is available as a standalone factory function: import { of } from “rxjs”;const observable = of(1);const subscription = observable.subscribe((value) => console.log(value),(error: any) => console.log(error),() => console.log(“Done!”));subscription.unsubscribe(); The preceding code snippet declares an observable with one unique value using the of function. The code snippet also showcases how we can subscribe to an observable using the subscribe method. The subscribe method takes three function arguments: Item handler: Invoked once for each item in the sequence. Error handler: Invoked if there is an error in the sequence. This argument is optional. Done handler: Invoked when there are no more items in the sequence. This argument is optional. The following diagram is known as a marble diagram and is used to represent observables in a visual manner. The arrow represents the time and the circles are values. In this case, we have only one value: As we can see, the circle also has a small vertical line in the middle. This line is used to represent the last element in an observable. In this case, the item handler in the subscription will only be invoked once. Creating observables from arrays We can create an observable given an existing array using the from function: import { from } from “rxjs”;const observable = from([10, 20, 30]);const subscription = observable.subscribe((value) => console.log(value),(error: any) => console.log(error),() => console.log(“Done!”));subscription.unsubscribe(); The preceding code snippet declares an observable with three values using the from function. The code snippet also showcases how we can subscribe once more. The following marble diagram represents the preceding example in a visual manner. The generated observable has three values (10, 20, and 30) and 30 is the last element in the observable: We can alternatively use the interval function to generate an array with a given number of elements: import { interval } from “rxjs”;const observable = interval(10);const subscription = observable.subscribe((value) => console.log(value),(error: any) => console.log(error),() => console.log(“Done!”));subscription.unsubscribe(); The preceding code snippet declares an observable with ten values using the interval function. The code snippet also showcases how we can subscribe once more. In this case, the item handler in the subscription will be invoked ten times. The following marble diagram represents the preceding example in a visual manner. The generating observable has ten values, and 9 is the last item contained by it: In this case, the item handler in the subscription will be invoked ten times. Creating observables from events It is also possible to create an observable using an event as the source of the items in the stream. We can do this using the fromEvent function: import { fromEvent } from “rxjs”;const observable = fromEvent(document, “click”);const subscription = observable.subscribe((value) => console.log(value));subscription.unsubscribe(); In this case, the item handler in the subscription will be invoked as many times as the click event takes place. Please note that the preceding example can only be executed in a web browser. To execute the preceding code in a web browser, you will need to use a module bundler, such as Webpack. Creating observables from callbacks It is also possible to create an observable that will iterate the arguments of a callback using the bindCallback function: import { bindCallback } from “rxjs”;import fetch from “node-fetch”;function getJSON(url: string, cb: (response: unknown|null) => void) {fetch(url).then(response => response.json()).then(json => cb(json)).catch(_ => cb(null));}const uri = “https://jsonplaceholder.typicode.com/todos/1”;const observableFactory = bindCallback(getJSON);const observable = observableFactory(uri);const subscription = observable.subscribe((value) => console.log(value));subscription.unsubscribe(); The preceding example uses the node-fetch module because the fetch function is not available in Node.js. You can install the node-fetch module using the following npm command: npm install node-fetch @types/node-fetch The getJSON function takes a URL and a callback as its arguments. When we pass it to the bindCallback function, a new function is returned. The new function takes a URL as its only argument and returns an observable instead of taking a callback. In Node.js, callbacks follow a well-defined pattern. The Node.js callbacks take two arguments, error and result, and don’t throw exceptions. We must use the error argument to check whether something went wrong instead of a try/catch statement. RxJS also defines a function named bindNodeCallback that allows us to work with the callbacks: import { bindNodeCallback } from “rxjs”;import * as fs from “fs”;const observableFactory = bindNodeCallback(fs.readFile);const observable = observableFactory(“./roadNames.txt”);const subscription = observable.subscribe((value) => console.log(value.toString()));subscription.unsubscribe(); The helpers, bindCallback and bindNodeCallback, have very similar behavior, but the second has been specially designed to work with Node.js callbacks. Creating observables from promises Another potential source of items for an observable sequence is a Promise. RxJS also allows us to handle this use case with the from function. We must pass a Promise instance to the from function. In the following example, we use the fetch function to send an HTTP request. The fetch function returns a promise that is passed to the from function: import { bindCallback } from “rxjs”;import fetch from “node-fetch”;const uri = “https://jsonplaceholder.typicode.com/todos/1”;const observable = from(fetch(uri)).pipe(map(x => x.json()));const subscription = observable.subscribe((value) => console.log(value.toString()));subscription.unsubscribe(); The generated observable will contain the result of the promise as its only item. Cold and hot observables The official RxJS documentation explores the differences between cold and hot observables as follows: “Cold observables start running upon subscription, that is, the observable sequence only starts pushing values to the observers when Subscribe is called. Values are also not shared among subscribers. This is different from hot observables, such as mouse move events or stock tickers, which are already producing values even before a subscription is active. When an observer subscribes to a hot observable sequence, it will get all values in the stream that are emitted after it subscribes. The hot observable sequence is shared among all subscribers, and each subscriber is pushed to the next value in the sequence.” It is important to understand these differences if we want to have control over the execution flow of our components. The key point to remember is that cold observables are lazily evaluated. In this article, we learned what observables are and how we can create them and work with them. To know more about working with observables, and other aspects of functional programming, read our book Hands-On Functional Programming with TypeScript. Read Next What makes functional programming a viable choice for artificial intelligence projects? 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