Twenty-two-year-old Preston Skeete of South Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden; and also of Victory Valley, Wismar, Linden, was on Wednesday remanded to prison by Magistrate Annette Singh for the offence of attempted murder.It is alleged that he wounded 25-year-old Kevin Valladores, a labourer, of Central Amelia’s Ward, Linden on September 6, 2018 with intent to murder him. The incident occurred at about 19:00h at Victory Valley, Wismar. According to reports, Valladores was at a shop in Victory Valley imbibing along with Skeete and othersRemanded: Preston Skeetewhen an argument ensued between the two. Skeete is alleged to have choked the victim, before allegedly pulling out a knife and slitting his throat. He then made good his escape. Following the alleged incident, Valladores placed a rag to his throat, which was reportedly bleeding profusely and ran East along Sunflower Street, Wismar. He was picked up by a public-spirited citizen in a motorcar but subsequently exited the vehicle while at Mackenzie/Wismar Bridge while awaiting the traffic light.Valladores reportedly then ran in the direction of the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) holding onto his throat. He was reportedly then placed into another car by public spirited citizens and rushed to the LHC where he was treated for an eight-inch laceration to his neck. Skeete, who later went into hiding, was apprehended by Police and charged in connection with the offence. The case will continue on January 11, 2019.
LOS ANGELES – A NASA spacecraft is halfway toward Mars, where it is expected to collect more data on the Red Planet than all previous Martian explorations combined. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully fired its six engines for 20 seconds last week to adjust its flight path in anticipation of its March arrival. It will fine-tune its trajectory two more times before it enters into orbit around Mars, said Allen Halsell, deputy navigation chief at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Once in orbit, the two-ton spacecraft will join a trio of probes currently flying around Mars. The orbiter is loaded with some of the most sophisticated science instruments ever flown into space including a telescopic camera that can snap the sharpest pictures yet of the planet’s rust-colored surface. Previous spacecraft that have landed, circled or zipped past Mars have shot tens of thousands of images, but only about 2 percent of the planet has been seen at high resolution. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The orbiter also will continue to seek evidence of water, scan the surface for sites to land future robotic explorers and serve as a communications link to relay data to Earth. Already, the orbiter has successfully returned data at 6 megabits per second, or about the speed of filling a CD-ROM every 16 minutes. The reconnaissance orbiter flawlessly launched aboard an Atlas V rocket in August for a 310-million mile journey to the Red Planet. It will spend the next few months dipping down into the planet’s upper atmosphere, using friction to slow down and lower its altitude. The orbiter is the last of its kind that NASA will send to Mars this decade. Budget cuts forced the space agency to cancel a $500 million mission to send another orbiter in 2009. However, NASA plans two additional Martian landing missions – the Phoenix Mars Scout in 2007 and the Mars Science Laboratory two years later. The orbiter’s primary mission ends in 2010, but scientists say it has enough fuel to last until 2014. The $750 million mission is managed by JPL. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!