Taxi hijacked on Carmichael Street

first_imgA taxi driver attached to the Kitty Cab Taxi Service, Sheriff Street, was on Sunday attacked and robbed of his Toyota Allion motor car on Carmichael Street, Georgetown.Ramesh Persaud of Lot 4 Triumph, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was hired by a female to take her to Carmichael Street about 17:00h.Guyana Times understands that upon arrival at the destination, the 53-year-old driver exited the vehicle and was attempting to assist the woman in unloading her bags from the trunk.While Persaud was doing so, two armed men pounced on him and ordered him away from the motor car.He complied, and the two men and the woman boarded the vehicle and made good their escape, heading east on Middle Street, then south into Waterloo Street.The matter was reported and Police have since launched an investigation.last_img read more

North West man charged for murdering “Ninja”

first_imgWhat was supposed to be a festive holiday drink turned tragic when a 33-year-old gold miner allegedly stabbed his friend to death during a row over alcohol at Waramuri Mission in Region One (Barima-Waini).Exactly one week following the incident, the miner was arraigned before the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan on Wednesday when he was not required to plead to the indictable charge.According to the prosecution’s case, Navin Harris murdered Rondea Peters, called “Ninja”, on December 20, 2017 at Waramuri Mission, Moruca in the North West District.Reports indicate that the two men were imbibing when the now deceased man accused Harris of stealing his liquor. An argument ensued and quickly escalated to a physical scuffle during which Peters was reportedly stabbed to death with a knife.The case was transferred to be heard at the Aquaro Magistrate’s Court in Region-One.last_img read more

‘Naive’ Rashford’s red card can’t temper Mourinho’s joy

first_imgThe 20-year-old reacted by putting his head into Bardsley’s face, earning the dismissal that prompted a critical assessment from United boss Mourinho.“I don’t know what happened. I would say it was naive. It was a kid and a very experienced man,” Mourinho told the BBC.“Bardsley’s been in the game for 20 years and Marcus is a naive boy.”Rashford had earlier won a penalty that was wasted by United midfielder Paul Pogba, who saw his effort saved by Joe Hart.The miss continued a troubled start to the campaign for French World Cup winner Pogba, who was criticised by Mourinho in the close-season for his erratic effort levels for United.“I never blame a player for missing penalties. I blame the ones who refuse to go up there. Paul’s scored some good ones for us,” Mourinho said.It was still a good afternoon for Mourinho despite the unwanted contributions from Rashford and Pogba.United’s win, secured by two Romelu Lukaku goals, steadied the ship after successive defeats against Brighton and Tottenham had condemned the club to their worst start for 26 years.On the day United fans flew a banner over Turf Moor that was critical of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward — who has feuded with Mourinho over transfer policy — this was an encouraging result for the Portuguese coach.“It was a very, very good performance. They played very well as a team,” Mourinho said.“The three points were an important thing, the quality of the performance and happiness of the team is an Old Trafford response – the way Old Trafford reacted to the boys in the Spurs defeat was important.“We should score many more goals. The result shouldn’t have been open until the last minute.“There were lots of good performances but (Marouane) Fellaini was fundamental, together with (Chris) Smalling and (Victor) Lindelof.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marcus Rashford saw red in Manchester United’s win at Burnley © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYBURNLEY, United Kingdom, Sep 2 – Jose Mourinho labelled Marcus Rashford as “naive” after the Manchester United striker was sent off for a headbutt in his side’s 2-0 win at Burnley on Sunday.Rashford saw red when Burnley defender Phil Bardsley appeared to kick out at the England international after a challenge.last_img read more

Six Nations is ‘love-hate relationship’ for Schmidt

first_imgSchmidt also won the prestigious world coach of the year award last year on the back of the Grand Slam and an historic home win over world champions New Zealand, the second time as Ireland head coach he had got the better of his compatriots.However, while Schmidt enjoys the competitive nature of the Six Nations, and the passionate crowd engagement, he does harbour mixed feelings about the tournament which kicks off on February 1.“I have a love-hate relationship with it,” he said at the tournament launch in London on Wednesday.“Sometimes I am on the bus going to Lansdowne Road and you pass a hotel just before you get there and you look out and people are really enjoying themselves.“I say to myself I just hope this (the match) does not go bad and I am almost tempted to say to the bus driver ‘whoa, let me off’.“I just want to go and have a pint with these people and have as good a time as they are having.”Schmidt, who intends to take perhaps up to a year off to focus on family projects in New Zealand, says people would be wrong if they think he will be distracted by his sabbatical.“I want to make sure that these next 10 months are as good as I can make them and I want to help the players and put as much of my effort into that,” said Schmidt. “That is where my energy goes.”– ‘Proud of the people’ –Schmidt, whose decision to take time out rules him out of contention to replace Steve Hansen as All Blacks coach when he too steps aside after the World Cup, says he will miss several things when the time comes to say farewell.“I am extremely privileged to have been close to a group of men who work as hard as they do and achieve what they have done,” said Schmidt.“To enjoy their success on the edge of it and be a witness first hand has been an incredible privilege and I will miss that for sure.”Ireland scrum-half Kieran Marmion’s determined display on the wing in the win over Australia in 2016 is an abiding memory for head coach Joe Schmidt © AFP / Adrian DENNISSchmidt added the second thing he will miss is being in the changing room after a match when the players have “given everything”.“Rory (Best the captain) and I spoke about a couple of games in 2016, the massive focus was on Chicago when we beat New Zealand (the first time Ireland ever beat the All Blacks),” said Schmidt.“But the end of that autumn series we were so hit by injuries against Australia that Kieran Marmion (a scrum-half) spent 40 minutes on the wing and had the task of trying to tackle Israel Folau and did an unbelievable tackle on (David) Pocock (the Irish held on to win 27-24).“Moments like that you can be incredibly proud of the people you work with. I will miss that hugely.”Schmidt says his successor, Englishman Andy Farrell, the team’s defence coach, has the qualities to build on his legacy.“He certainly fills a room,” he said. “I am too small and scrawny to be able to eyeball a player but he certainly can.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is approaching his final Six Nations championship and despite three titles including the 2018 Grand Slam he admits to having mixed feelings © AFP / Paul FAITHLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 24 – Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt admits he has a love-hate relationship with the Six Nations despite engineering three titles and a Grand Slam last season.The 53-year-old New Zealand-born coach will step down after this year’s World Cup having transformed the Irish from a demoralised outfit, when he took over in 2013, into the number two side in the world.last_img read more

Watch Maradona lead wild celebrations after managing Mexican side to play offs

first_img The World Cup winner has never been adverse to controversy During Argentina’s game with Nigeria, he was caught swearing at opposition fans from his director’s box.He was also hospitalised in Russia after appearing to collapse in the same game after being helped from his seat at the St Petersburg Stadium, before collapsing into a chair. Not one to contain his emotions, Maradona celebrated wildly after Vinicio Angulo’s strike settled the tie 1-0 on aggregate.The second tier of Mexican football is now deep into the Liguilla (the play-offs), with Dorados next up against Juarez.The first leg of the semi-final will take place in Sinaloa on November 21-22, with Maradona’s side travelling to Juarez for the return leg on November 24-25.Maradona was thrust into the limelight once again over the summer at the World Cup – sparking concerns over his health. Diego Maradona led the wild celebrations after leading Dorados into the semi-finals of the Mexico’s second tier play-offs.The Argentina legend has inspired The Big Fish since taking over in September and helped them defeat Mineros de Zacatecas on Saturday to edge closer to the trophy. 2 Maradona leads the wild celebrations in the changing room 2last_img read more

DONEGAL SUNSETS – MORE OF YOUR STUNNING PICTURES

first_imgPATSY FERRY CAPTURED THIS IMAGE FROM HIS HOME IN DERRYBEGThanks to everyone for sending in your pictures of Donegal sunsets.You can send your pictures to info@donegaldaily.comTHE FIRST IN A SERIES OF STUNNING PIX FROM NOEL FERRY, TAKEN AT BALLYMACOOL, LETTERKENNYFROM NOEL FERRY, TAKEN AT BALLYMACOOL, LETTERKENNYFROM NOEL FERRY, TAKEN AT BALLYMACOOL, LETTERKENNY – DONEGALDAILY.COMFROM NOEL FERRY, TAKEN AT BALLYMACOOL, LETTERKENNY – DONEGALDAILY.COM  DONEGAL SUNSETS – MORE OF YOUR STUNNING PICTURES was last modified: December 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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 SUNSETS – MORE OF YOUR STUNNING PICTURESlast_img read more

Softball Edges Evansville, 3-2, On Sunday To Complete Series Sweep

first_img EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Drake University softball team edged Evansville, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon to complete the series sweep in the opening weekend of Missouri Valley Conference play. Drake (12-10, 3-0 MVC) sophomore Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.), who went 2-for-3 at the plate, drove in the deciding run with a RBI single in the fourth inning after Evansville (11-12, 0-3 MVC) had tied the game at 2-2 in the previous inning. Starting pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) was untouchable in the circle after Wright’s big hit as she didn’t allow a single Purple Aces hitter to reach base in the final four innings. Newman tossed her second complete game in as many days to earn the win and improve to 10-5 on the season. She allowed just two runs on two hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. Wright scored Drake’s first run of the game in the third inning coming in on an RBI single by freshman Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.). The Bulldogs added one more run in the frame on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.). Evansville’s two runs were scored in the bottom of the third inning. Newman hit the first batter, then allowed a one-out base hit and walked a batter to load the bases. The Purple Aces capitalized with a double that scored the two runs but the Purple Ace who walked was thrown out at home plate trying to score as the Bulldogs got out of the inning without further damage. Wright led the offense with two hits while four others had at least one hit in the game. Drake is back in action on Tuesday when it hosts South Dakota State in its home opener. Two games are scheduled at Ron Buel Field with first pitch of game one set for 2 p.m.Print Friendly Version South Dakota State 3/22/2016 – 4:00 PM Full Schedule Roster Next Game: Live Stats Preview Watch Livelast_img read more

Deal to cap LYIT student rents working well

first_imgA deal agreed between the Letterkenny Institute of Technology and landlords to cap rent for students is working well and attracting more students to study in Letterkenny as it is more affordable.With a 15% increase in students attending the LYIT in 2019/2020, there were fears there was not going to be enough accommodation available.This problem was overcome as digs became available in Letterkenny and a new block of apartments opened in Ballyraine to accommodate the growing numbers. Last year 80,000 students got the SUSI grant in Ireland. This year 10,000 less students will be receiving the grant.The decline takes place as student numbers overall are increasing year on year.Mary Hernandez is the VP of Welfare and equality in the LYIT. Mary attends training with the Union of Students in Ireland.To make sure students in Letterkenny aren’t ripped off, Mary has agreed a deal with the landlords working alongside the LYIT. “I have contacted each landlord one by one to agree a deal.“We have agreed no accommodation should be higher than €320 a month.“This includes all bills, electricity and heating for example. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it in the end,” she said.Schools Engagement Officer Fiona Kelly says so many students attend the LYIT as Letterkenny is so affordable.“Accommodation prices in Dublin are €700/€800 a month. Parents can’t believe how affordable accommodation is in Letterkenny,” she said. Deal to cap LYIT student rents working well was last modified: November 21st, 2019 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Exodus Theory Inherits the Wind

first_imgAn old theory that the Exodus story occurred because of natural winds has surfaced again.  It seeks to provide a purely natural explanation for what the Old Testament records as a miracle.    Two atmospheric scientists from Boulder, Colorado, Carl Drews and Weiqing Han, referenced a theory by Doron Nof (see his website) that briefly made a splash in 1992 on TV with model demonstrations of high winds blowing back the waters off a submerged sandbar.  Some believers tended to think this might give a plausible explanation for the Exodus story, while unbelievers tended to discount the Exodus story as elaboration of a natural phenomenon.  Drews and Han drew from Nof’s idea, which was elaborated on by Russian scientists Naum Voltzinger and Alexei Androsov, with new models and experiments: “A suite of model experiments are performed to demonstrate a new hydrodynamic mechanism that can cause an angular body of water to divide under wind stress, and to test the behavior of our study location and reconstructed topography.”  They also pointed to a new site for the crossing on the western Sinai Peninsula rather than the Gulf of Aqaba.  Between the Lake of Tanis and the Nile, they calculated, a land passage 5 km wide might have opened up for 4-7 hours under winds of 28-33 m/s (62-74 mph), but they admitted, “these stronger winds may render walking too difficult for a mixed group of people.”  Their theory was published in PLoS One.1    As to whether this provides a plausible natural explanation for the Red Sea crossing, Drews and Han were restrained in their paper: “Wind setdown is the drop in water level caused by wind stress acting on the surface of a body of water for an extended period of time.  As the wind blows, water recedes from the upwind shore and exposes terrain that was formerly underwater.  Previous researchers have suggested wind setdown as a possible hydrodynamic explanation for Moses crossing the Red Sea, as described in Exodus 14.”2  But in the popular press, they drew the connection more directly.  Drews was quoted in Live Science saying, “People have always been fascinated by this Exodus story, wondering if it comes from historical facts.  What this study shows is that the description of the waters parting indeed has a basis in physical laws.”  Similar, in Science Daily, the subtext was that the Biblical miracle can be explained naturally: “Computer Modeling Applies Physics to Red Sea Escape Route” was its headline; Live Science titled its story, “Parting of Red Sea Jibes With Natural Laws.”  Indeed, Brett Israel in his write-up was ready to exchange Gods: “Mother Earth could have parted the Red Sea, hatching the great escape described in the biblical book of Exodus, a new study finds.”1.  Carl Drews and Weiqing Han, “Dynamics of Wind Setdown at Suez and the Eastern Nile Delta,” Public Library of Science: One, 5(8): e12481. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012481.2.  See Exodus 14 (ESV) at BibleGateway.com.There’s baloney in this story, but first, some disclaimers.  It’s true the authors and reporters never denied the Exodus story was miraculous or called it a myth.  It’s also true that Biblical miracles can be accomplished with natural means (example: the Jordan crossing made possible by a landslide upriver, as described in Joshua 3).  These become, then, miracles of timing of natural events.  For all we know, the authors respect the historicity of the Bible’s account and may even wish to shed light on its miraculous character.  Lastly, studying the power of wind and its ability to create land bridges under specific circumstances is honorable scientific practice.    The baloney is in two inferences: (1) that explaining a Biblical story “naturally” is superior to accepting a miracle.  That assumption begs all kinds of questions: what is meant by natural and miracle?  What is meant by a scientific explanation?  There are nuances of coordination between natural law and divine action that are glossed over in the broad-brush assumption that natural law trumps miracles (see joke).  A false impression is promulgated that all Biblical miracles can be subsumed under “natural explanations,” with a corollary that the Biblical accounts themselves are extensions of normal, natural phenomena that ancient people exaggerated and interpreted as miracles.    The second problem is this: it would take more faith to believe the “natural” explanation in this tale than the straightforward Biblical account in Exodus 14.  Yes, God did use a “strong east wind all night” as part of his action (v. 21), but the Bible goes on to say the waters became “a wall to them on their right hand and on their left” (v. 22).  Moreover, the timing of this amazingly specific wind (if that is all that was involved) – a finely-tuned wind that could blow waters left and right and maintain dry land in the midst of the sea (v. 22) without blowing women and children into the water with hurricane force gusts – was so precisely timed as to begin when Moses stretched out his hand over the sea (v. 21), allow all the Israelites to cross, then stop exactly when Moses stretched out his hand again (v. 26), drowning the entire army of Pharaoh.  Is the theory of Drews and Han, and their predecessors, somehow an improvement?  By any account, it’s a miracle anyway taking their theory, so where is the net gain in “natural” explanation?    The Bible is explicit that this was an actual miracle under the direct purpose and intervention of God.  Throughout the Old Testament, the prophets and psalmists recalled this extraordinary example of God’s power to protect His people, by opening a path in the “great deep” for them to cross.  If such things happened normally from time to time, any Jewish teen could see through it, telling Mom and Dad, “What’s the big deal?”  It would be a miracle if the Exodus story lasted more than a generation.  If you are a Bible believer, avoid getting sucked into the idea that these so-called “natural” explanations of Biblical miracles help make them more plausible.  At best, they still require a lot of faith and leave many questions begging.  At worst, they are paths to unsophisticated skepticism and leave many questions begging.  Be more charitable than Science Daily and Live Science; 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South Africa acts against xenophobia

first_img“No grievance can ever justify the cold-blooded murder of fellow human beings, the destruction of property, or the displacement of hundreds of people – including women and small children,” says President Jacob Zuma, who has set up a ministerial task team to help stop the attacks against foreign nationals in Durban and Johannesburg.President Jacob Zuma with State Security Minister David Mahlobo and MEC Willies Mchunu in Umlazi, Durban, on 18 April 2015 to address recent attacks on foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal. (Image: The Presidency, via Flickr)Brand South Africa reporter The South African government is taking steps to bring the latest outbreak of attacks against foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng under control.President Jacob Zuma cancelled a trip to Indonesia and visited refugee camps in Durban on Saturday.Zuma is to host consultative meetings with representatives of business, labour, youth, creative industries, women, sports, social-development sector and others to discuss South Africa’s migration policy. He will also meet leaders of organisations representing asylum seekers and refugees as well as the media.Under discussion will be how society groups can work with government to promote orderly migration and good relations between citizens and other nationals, the Presidency said in a statement on Monday. This would ensure that the shameful attacks on foreign nationals would not recur in the country.“Foreign nationals have for years been successfully integrated into many communities in the country and government seeks to gain lessons from these successes,” the Presidency said.GrievancesZuma said that while he understood the grievances about the implementation of the migration policy that have been raised by some citizens, none justified the taking of human life as well as the destruction and looting of shops belonging to foreign nationals.“No grievance can ever justify the cold-blooded murder of fellow human beings, the destruction of property or the displacement of hundreds of people including women and small children.“Millions of South Africans condemn these atrocious killings and abhor xenophobia and all related intolerances. Together we must work harder to root out violence and hatred in our society,” Zuma said.Seven people were killed last week, three South Africans and four foreign nationals.Ministerial task teamZuma has established a ministerial task team to help stabilise the situation and spread the message that South Africa will not tolerate violence. The team comprises ministers from the Justice Peace Crime Prevention and Security Cluster assisted by the ministers of Small Business Development, Trade and Industry and Social Development.Refugee campsZuma, who had been scheduled to leave for Indonesia on Saturday, instead arrived in Durban for tour of two refugee camps. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will represent South Africa in Indonesia.There were cheers when Zuma told the hundreds of refugees encamped on a sports field in the Westcliff area of Durban’s Chatsworth suburb that the government would help them to address their concerns, whether it was to stay in the country or to return home.“We are not saying to you go away as government. It is yourselves who are saying that you need to be helped to go home,” he told them.In a statement on Saturday night, Zuma urged South Africa’s religious leaders to pray for peace and friendship. He said the majority of South Africans believed in peace, unity and friendship and had nothing to do with the incidents of violence that have taken place.South Africans know “that where there are concerns and differences, these should be resolved the South African way through dialogue and not through violence and intimidation. We will work with all peace loving South Africans and foreign nationals to promote peaceful co-existence, solidarity and friendship,” he said.ArrestsIn Pretoria, Gigaba said that those involved in xenophobic attacks would be dealt with firmly: “We want to issue a stern warning to those who lend themselves to acts of public violence. We will find you and you will be dealt with to the full might of the law.”Gigaba said 307 people have so far been arrested for related acts since the attacks broke out over a week ago and they would face prosecution. He said there were “elements” who were taking advantage of the violence to plunge the country into anarchy.Gigaba sought to reassure the international community that South Africa was doing everything possible to stem the violence: “To the countries that continue to invest in South Africa, we want to reassure them that South Africa is a constitutional democracy governed by the rule of law.”We are OnePolice Minister Nathi Nhleko was in Durban on Sunday to launch the “We Are One Humanity” campaign, which aims to combat Afrophobia through celebrating diversity and embracing differences, create a new generation of Africans free of Afrophobia, and develop empathy through public education.ImbizoZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini was scheduled to hold imbizo against the attacks on foreign nationals at Durban’s Moses Mabhida stadium on Monday morning.The imbizo, which is being organised by the royal household and provincial government, is in support to government efforts to curb the violence on foreign nationals.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.President Jacob Zuma with State Security Minister David Mahlobo and MEC Willies Mchunu in Umlazi, Durban, on 18 April 2015 to address recent attacks on foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal. (Image: DoC)Source news24.comWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more