Garbage collector jailed for breaking and entering

first_imgA garbage collector who is attached to a prominent waste management entity, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to the charge of breaking and entering and larceny.Michael Niles, 42, of Albouystown, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore, where he pleaded guilty to the charge.It was alleged that on July 10, Niles broke and entered the home of Deonaraj Jagdeo, stealing $1.8 million in cash and two silver rings valued $20,000.The prosecution’s case detailed that Jagdeo left his home on the day in question to travel to Berbice. Upon his return, he discovered the abovementioned articles missing. Being unrepresented in court, the accused begged Magistrate Azore for leniency. He told the court he has a five-year-old child and a common-law wife.Magistrate Azore sentenced him to 12 months in prison.last_img read more

President Sirleaf Salutes Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of congratulations to the government and people of the Republic of Ireland on the observance of St. Patrick’s Day today.St. Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of St. Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17, the date of the death of St. Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.In her message to her Irish counterpart, President Sirleaf expressed on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia and in her own name, deep satisfaction that Liberia’s relations with Ireland continues to be marked by cordiality and genuine progress. She wished her counterpart continued good health and happiness, and for the Government and people of Ireland, sustained peace and prosperity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Charges yet to be laid against GDF rank

first_imgFatal accidentAlmost two months have passed since 57-year-old pedal cyclist Ramlackhan succumbed to his injuries at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after being struck by an intoxicated Guyana Defence Force (GDF) rank but to date, no charges have been laid against the military official.C Division Commander, Senior Superintendent Calvin BrutusCommander of C Division (East Coast Demerara), Senior Superintendent Calvin Brutus on Friday told Guyana Times that the file was sent for legal advice but has not yet been returned to the police.Three weeks ago, Traffic Chief Linden Isles told Guyana Times that “a complete” file on this matter was already sent to the DPP since, initially, the file had been compiled with information relating to the Army Corporal driving under the influence of alcohol and injuring Ramlackhan, who had been in an unconscious state for weeks.However, the pedal cyclist succumbed without regaining consciousness and this caused the investigation and charges to be laid to take a different route.“It was a serious accident that turned into a fatal accident. So at that time [and until now], he was released in the custody of the Army. Now the investigation is continuing because it was a serious accident initially and so we now have to investigate a fatal accident,” the Traffic Chief had told this publication at that time.He had also stated that the Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge, as well as others that may be laid against the Army rank, will be done all together in one file that will be sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).On May 25 last, Ramlackhan was struck down along the Vryheid’s Lust Railway Embankment Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD), by motorcar PRR 7815 allegedly being driven by the soldier. The severely injured man of Lot 346 Martyrs Ville, Mon Repos, ECD, was at the time towing a friend, who suffered minor injuries.Reports are the duo was riding along the roadway when they were hit off the bicycle by the vehicle being driven by the GDF rank, who was reportedly under the influence of alcohol.Ramlackhan was picked up and taken to the GPHC, where he was admitted a patient.A breathalyser test was conducted on the driver of the vehicle, and it was discovered that his alcohol intake was above the legal limit. While Ramlackhan was in a coma at the GPHC, the soldier, who was allegedly driving the car involved in the accident, was released into the custody of the Army.“The Joint Services Protocol dictates that we hand him over to his superiors pending the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). With regards to Police having custody of Joint Services ranks, it is dependent on the category of crime. For instance, if it is murder or so, they will stay in our [GPF] custody. If it is a lesser category, we hand them over to their respective agency and they will take responsibility to bring them back whenever is needed; or if advice is to charge, they will make them available and bring them so,” Commander Brutus had also stated at that time.last_img read more

Morata needs goals to boost confidence, says Chelsea boss Sarri

first_img“Alvaro has to gain confidence with one, two, three goals,” Sarri said following the 1-0 win on Thursday, during which the Spain striker and Chelsea missed a number of chances.“I am not able to give him confidence,” he said in comments carried by the British press on Friday. “In this match he has had three, four opportunities. He was unlucky.“I hope for him that in the future I can try to help him, but the confidence can become only with goals.“I have to say also, for maybe the first time in this season Alvaro was ready in the box. He was on the ball and was active.”Chelsea have won all five of their Premier League games so far under Sarri ahead of Sunday’s trip to West Ham, and Willian’s seventh-minute strike was the difference in Greece.But the 59-year-old Italian bemoaned his side’s inability to finish off their opponents.“When it is time to kill the match we have to kill the match,” he said.The one major blot was a stoppage-time shoulder injury for Pedro, which could rule him out of Sunday’s trip to West Ham.“I don’t know exactly the situation,” said Sarri. “I have spoken with the doctor but only for a few seconds. The doctor told me that probably it’s not a very serious injury.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata is struggling for goals © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 21 – Alvaro Morata needs goals to boost his fragile confidence, said Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri after the striker again failed to find the net in the Europa League match against PAOK in Greece.Morata, 25, scored freely in the first few weeks after joining Chelsea last year but has appeared short of confidence recently. He has scored once this season, in August’s win over Arsenal.last_img read more

Monk hails Swansea’s ‘history makers’ after sealing league double over Man United

first_img Swansea duo Jonjo Shelvey and Ki Sung-yueng celebrate against Man United 1 Swansea manager Garry Monk hailed his ‘history making’ side after they claimed the club’s first-ever Premier League double over Manchester United.The Jacks followed up their opening day victory at Old Trafford with another 2-1 victory on Saturday, as the hosts came from behind to win at the Liberty Stadium.Ander Herrera put United in front in the first-half but South Korea international Ki Sung-yueng equalised within two minutes, and Jonjo Shelvey saw his 73rd minute strike deflected past David de Gea off the head of Bafetimbi Gomis to seal the three points.It was only a second win in eight league games for the Swans, and Monk admitted he took huge satisfaction from beating the Premier League giants again.“We’ve created history by taking six points off United and we’ve performed extremely well to do it,” said the boss.“To do the double over United for the first time in our history, everyone connected with the club should be extremely proud of that.”Man United manager Louis van Gaal said he was “amazed” his side lost the game, but Monk contradicted his counterpart by insisting his side deserved all three points.“We had to ride some pressure second half but we’re playing Manchester United with the squad and players they have,” he added.“They’re always going to create but I think they had only one shot on goal second half.“I thought the first half was quite even, felt we played well and responded how you’d want your team to respond after going behind.“We were pushing and we had a couple of chances cleared off the line, so we were more than competing.“Through the difficult moments in the second half we stuck together and I thought we deserved the win.”last_img read more

How Arsenal would line up with summer signings – title-winning teams!

first_img Could this Arsenal squad win the Premier League? Thierry Henry has demanded Arsene Wenger sign four new players in the summer transfer window, if Arsenal are going to have any chance of winning the Premier League.This being the 10th consecutive season that the Gunners have failed to win the Premier League trophy, the Arsenal legend has said that a new ‘spine’ is needed to challenge Chelsea and the other main contenders for nexy year’s trophy.In Henry’s day, the Gunners could rely on a solid backbone of David Seaman or Jens Lehmann in goal, Sol Campbell at the back, Patrick Vieira in midfield and Titi himself in attack.CLICK HERE TO SEE 10 PLAYERS THE GUNNERS COULD TARGET THIS SUMMER AS THEY LOOK TO BUILD A NEW TITLE-WINNING SPINEHere is how Arsenal could line up with a summer of spending to strengthen the spine of the team (and think of the players not even included in these teams, like Ramsey). 1last_img read more

Lottery goes Hollywood to up the ante

first_imgSACRAMENTO – For the first time in the 22-year history of the California lottery, officials are trying to boost lagging sales by partnering with Hollywood and offering gamblers an opportunity to appear on the big screen. One player in the new scratch-off ticket game “Mad Money” – linked to an Overture Films production of that name opening nationwide Jan. 18 – will win a cameo role in one of the company’s future movies. The move kicks off next week and comes as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a former actor, continues to promote public-private partnerships and is seeking to lease the lottery operation to a private firm. For their part, lottery officials are trying to increase lottery proceeds, a third of which are used to fund education needs under a voter-approved initiative. But while analysts said the state lottery’s new strategy seems clever, it raises questions on how far partnerships should go. “This is a disturbing move by the state to tie the state lottery to the movie industry,” said Melissa Michelson, a political science professor at California State University, Hayward. “What’s next, renaming the state Capitol, maybe, the Google Government Building?” “Selling off naming or advertising rights blurs the distinction between public and private entities and suggests the government is for sale,” Michelson said. “Private industry should do their own advertising, and government officials should stick to the business of selling lottery tickets for the benefit of our schools, not for the benefit of movie stars and executives,” said Michelson. Lottery spokeswoman Olga Gallardo said there are fun parallels between the movie’s plot and the lottery as both are about sudden riches. But that’s where the comparison ends. While the lottery involves odds, the movie is about three Federal Reserve employees plotting to steal money that is about to be destroyed. The promotional scheme will “bomb,” predicted David McCuan, a political science professor at California State University, Sonoma. “Linking Scratchers to movie promotions, when fewer and fewer folks go to the movies, means another half-hearted attempt to pump up sales when we know that the end game here is to lease the lottery to large out-of-state entities,” McCuan said. “Maybe as part of the marketing effort here to improve lottery sales, we can regionalize lottery Scratchers – Silicon Valley promos, Wine Country wine coolers free with purchase of lottery tickets, San Diego Padres promotions,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“When people think of California, they think of Hollywood, which is why the California Lottery is thrilled to enter into a new partnership with friends in the movie industry, Overture Films,” said Lottery Director Joan Borucki. “`Mad Money’ is a great tie-in for our products.” The tie with “Mad Money” – starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes – is intended to be a good deal for both the lottery and the studio, backed by Liberty Media and Starz. In the trade-off, the movie gets unique advertising and the lottery saves cash since the game comes with a host of secondary gifts from the studio – including two trips to Overture premieres in Los Angeles, a visit to a movie set, “Mad Money” DVDs, autographed posters and a Starz subscription. The Scratchers will still cost $1 but offer good odds for winning anywhere from $10 to $1,000. Overall odds of winning are 1 in about 5. last_img


first_imgBy Emmet Rushe: What did you think when you saw the picture above?Did you agree with it?Did you think it was appalling towards the thinner woman? Did you think, ‘Skinny Bitch’?Do you agree that the woman with the fuller figure is sexier?Do you really think that the thinner woman is ‘gross’?This picture came up on my news feed on Facebook on Saturday night. It was posted by a person in the fitness industry and the picture to date has over 600 thousand likes.Let that sink in for a moment, 600 thousand people seem to think that the thinner female is ‘gross’What does that say about the people who liked the image?If it popped up on your news feed would you have ‘liked’ it also?Personally, I find the image and the message it is sending out absolutely disgusting. The fact that a supposed fitness ‘professional’ posted this up on their timeline and agrees with it is even worse.What sort of message is he sending out to his followers?It’s ok to be ‘in shape’ or ‘curvy’ but if you are underweight or skinny you are ‘gross’ and can be ridiculed for it?What if the image was posted with the message the other way around? What if it was ridiculing the ‘curvy’ woman as being ‘gross’, do you think the image would have 600 thousand ‘likes’?I doubt it; in fact I would hazard a guess that there would be a lynch mob out for whoever would have posted it.But if you are skinny or underweight it is fine?Why?Is it because people who are underweight have never had the burden of being overweight?Is it because if you are naturally thin you are ‘lucky’ and should ‘shut up’ when you complain about not being happy with your shape?After all, what could you possibly have to complain about?You can eat anything you want and not put on weight you lucky bitch!Because not being able to put on weight is a good thing, right??Wrong!!It’s a pain in the ass.If you look at the image of the curvy woman and take out the way she is standing.If we take out the good lighting that is casting the right shadows and if she was standing straight on in natural lighting with her hair tied back, what would you see?Would you still see a ‘sexy’ woman or would see a woman who, on the BMI scale is clearly overweight; she is as overweight as the other female is underweight.Would you agree with that?Am I allowed to say that?Am I allowed to point out that someone is overweight?No?But it is alright to point out when someone is underweight?Yes?Neither is all right.If someone is overweight it wouldn’t be socially acceptable to point it out and yet some think it is all right to point it out when someone is underweight?It’s no different, no matter how you look at it.It should not be socially acceptable to point out anyone’s weight or body shape to them no matter what their size is.There shouldn’t be double standards when it comes to body image.Do not let anyone ridicule you or put you down about your body, they have no idea why you are the size or shape you are or what your journey has been to end up there.In fact, it’s none of their damn business.#TrainSmartIf you have any question on this article or for getting a tailored program to help you reach your weight loss/weight gain goals, please contact me through the link below.* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: A RANT ABOUT WEIGHT was last modified: June 9th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:appearanceemmet rushefitness columnweightlast_img read more

Calls for increased Garda enforcement to protect Inishowen’s border communities

first_imgCalls have been made for further Gardai to be assigned to the North-West to protect border communities in Inishowen.The Donegal peninsula has been plagued with recent criminal activity following a recent break-in and robbery at the newly opened Treehouse Restaurant in Muff.Sinn Féin local election candidate for South Inishowen, Terry Crossan has reaffirmed the need for more Gardaí to protect Inishowen’s border communities from future criminality. Mr Crossan said: “Unfortunately we know from CCTV evidence that this is another incident where criminals have crossed the border to carry out a break-in and robbery and then crossed back again.“The Treehouse Restaurant is a good news story for Muff and Inishowen with serious capital investment by the owners.“I and the local community are devastated that they have been victims of these criminals but we stand shoulder to shoulder with them,” he added.“In every area with a large population like Derry City, sadly the likelihood of criminal gangs increases and homeowners and businesses in the border communities of Inishowen are vulnerable to these criminal gangs.” Calls for increased Garda enforcement to protect Inishowen’s border communities was last modified: March 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal-Derry BorderInishowenlast_img read more

The Problem With Evolutionary Explanations

first_imgA new theory attempts to explain why mammals vary from teaspoon size to battleship size.  But what does it really explain, if anything?There are two aspects to scientific investigation: fact-gathering (the “what”) and explanation (the “why”).  Much of day-to-day science is the former: carefully cataloguing phenomena in the natural world, whether they be stars, wildflowers, proteins, or anything else observable.  But this is often considered mere stamp collecting without a theory to explain how things got the way they are.Science Daily advertised, “From Tiny to Massive, Mammal Size Evolution Explained.”Scientists have added another piece to the evolutionary puzzle to explain why certain mammal families evolved to be very large, while others remained tiny. In research published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, an international group of scientists including Monash University’s Dr Alistair Evans proposed a new theory explaining the diversity of mammal sizes — from the Etruscan shrew which weighs around two grams, to the blue whale which clocks in at almost 200 tonnes.A look into the article, however, shows much “what” with very little “why.” Evolutionary theory’s duty here is to explain the patterns, not just catalog them.  Moreover, evolution needs to make testable predictions and falsify alternative explanations.  Evolution should also tie the observations to its core concept, fitness by natural selection, in such a way that Darwinian evolution stands as the best explanation out of all contenders.The first part of Dr. Evans’ proposal is that “baby weight relative to adult body mass is key.”  But where is the explanation in his focus on size?“Size is fundamental to your life and your body — how fast your heart beats, how much food you need to eat, and how you move,” Dr Evans said.Classification of mammals (the “stamp collecting”) has already shown what people have known for millennia: size differences are plentiful and obvious.  The meat of the new proposal seems to be in a relationship between speed of maturation and maximum body size:Following the extinction of the dinosaurs, mammals flourished and their size increased dramatically. The study examined the maximum size of groups including whales, elephants, primates and rodents over this period to examine the constraints on size.The researchers found that species that matured more quickly and produced a larger mass of young each year relative to body weight were able to evolve to a larger maximum size. Further, they are likely to reach that size in fewer generations.This high rate of biological production is vital, regardless of whether many small young or just one large offspring are born in a year.Finding a relationship, though is a “what,” not a “why.”  For instance, when Henrietta Leavitt discovered a period-luminosity relationship in variable stars, it proved a useful pattern, but it did not explain why stars vary.  Can evolution explain why some mammals develop faster and others don’t?Dr Evans said whales were an excellent example of the theory.“The blue whale is the largest animal to have evolved, even larger than dinosaurs, and it reached this size at the fastest rates we recorded. Key to this success is that they produce large young that mature quickly, reaching around 30 metres in eight to 10 years,” Dr Evans said.Lead author of the study, Dr Jordan Okie from Arizona State University, said primates were at the opposite end of the spectrum.“Primates have a low production rate and have evolved very slowly. They have never got bigger than about 500 kilograms,” Dr Okie said.Again, though, these are “what” statements, not “why” statements.  None of these statements relate to fitness by natural selection.  Presumably, both apes and whales are fit, else they would not have survived to the present day.Dr. Evans added a “really surprising finding” from his team’s study.  Is it more than just another pattern — a why instead of a what?The study also linked maximum size to mortality rate. Because larger animals tend to breed less frequently than smaller animals, if the mortality rate doubles, the maximum size is predicted to be 16 times smaller.A supporter of the theory might say that a prediction was just made.  Measure the breeding rate, factor in the mortality rate, and you can predict the maximum size of an unknown mammal.  Evans applied his theory to explain extinctions after the Ice Age, on the basis that “changing climates probably increase mortality rates.”  If so, then climate changes today might exacerbate extinctions, because “it takes a long time for their population to rebound from disasters.”  A supporter might also point out that such information is useful to scientists and politicians who must consider the ecological effects of human activity.Whether any of this amounts to scientific explanation based on evolutionary theory will be considered in the comments.Assignment: Analyze the proposal to see whether Darwinian theory came through on its promise to explain the diversity of mammal sizes and the patterns observed.  Remember, it’s not enough to say that patterns or relationships exist.  Evolutionary theory needs to explain why they exist.  Try your skill, then come back later in the day for our commentary.—– 18 hour break —–How did you do? Oh, for a modern Socrates to roam the halls of academia to embarrass evolutionists like these into realizing they have no idea what they are talking about.Experienced Baloney Detectors surely noticed right off that the proposal did not apply evolutionary theory; it merely assumed it. It’s another case of shutting down understanding by saying, “It evolved” (see cartoon).Here’s Evans’ theory in a nutshell: small animals evolved to be small because they were able to evolve to be small, and large animals evolved to be large because they were able to evolve to be large. Satisfied?If you don’t believe it, look at that quote above: “The researchers found that species that matured more quickly and produced a larger mass of young each year relative to body weight were able to evolve to a larger maximum size.” What, pray tell, was added to knowledge of current mammals who mature quickly and produce a larger mass of young to explain why they have those lifestyle patterns? Stating that they were able to evolve that way is a circular argument. It’s completely vacuous. And why did the small animals stay small, if fitness was better on the large-size peak? Oh, we get it; they were able to evolve to be small.This is how evolutionists are able to pretend to be scientists with jargon and hand-waving. No understanding was added by evolutionary theory. None. Everyone already knew that mammals show tremendous diversity in maximum size, clutch size, maturation rate, and every other observational fact mentioned in the article. Aristotle knew these things. Creationists and intelligent design advocates know these things, and use design arguments to explain them. So here comes Darwin, selling the notion that “It evolved because it evolved,” expecting us to say Wow, he’s the man.If Darwiniacs want us to buy their snake oil, they have to show it cures misunderstanding and produces enlightenment. It’s not very enlightened to run around in circles drinking Darwine. 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