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first_imgHunt for prison escapeesJoint Services ranks conducted a military operation in the D’Urban Backlands area in Georgetown on Sunday afternoon, as they continue to hunt for the five Camp Street Prison escapees who fled the penitentiary following a fire last week.The search was reportedly promoted after information surfaced that wanted men Cobena “OJ” Stephens and Cornelius Thomas were suspected to be hiding out in the area.Residents of the backlands were on edge as the Joint Services ranks swooped through several sections of the community. As the law enforcement operation ensued, a few armed ranks were stationed outside the family home of President David Granger as other ranks who were not taking any chances conducted a search of the premises to ensure that no trespasser was present there. All the while, a GDF helicopter was making the rounds, circling the D’Urban Backlands area before it returned to Camp Ayanganna around 13:30h.Additionally, the ranks hopped into several pick-up trucks and raced through Mandela Avenue, before turning east into Joseph Pollydore Street (the lower end of D’Urban Street) before combing two premises in the Lodge area. Shortly afterwards, ranks ended the operations there and accelerated through D’Urban Street.Sunday’s exercise follows the successful recapture of 27-year-old Desmond James, a gold miner who was charged in 2014 for allegedly killing Glendon Cox on September 1, 2014, at Four Miles Arakaka Backdam, North West District (NWD). The accused was remanded at Camp Street Prison for the crime, but escaped following Sunday afternoon’s fire, which was said to be the brainchild of convicted Bartica Massacre gang member Mark Royden Durant, called “Smallie”, also known as Royden Williams. James was nabbed by D Division (West Demerara) Police in an abandoned shack in an access dam at Canal Number One late Friday evening. At the time of his recapture, the escapee was found in possession of a knife and a few pieces of clothing. He had told investigators that he was heading to Essequibo. From reports received, the man had a haircut with the intention of disguising himself.GDF ranks got into action combing through the D’Urban Backlands areaIn February 2017, “Smallie”, along with accomplice Dennis “Anaconda” Williams, was sentenced to death for the February 12, 2008 massacre at Bartica during which 12 people, including three Policemen, were slaughtered as gunman created mayhem in that community.Durant; ex-cop Uree Varswyck, also known as Malcolm Gordon; and Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander were reportedly hiding out in the East Coast Demerara backlands. Varswyck was implicated in a robbery-murder at Sterling Products Limited. Alexander was accused of being involved in the April 2015 shooting to death of One Mile, Linden businesswoman Shevon Gordon, who was killed near her home. Alexander is not a first-time prison escapee. In December 2015, he, along with an accomplice, smashed through a concrete wall to gain their freedom while being held at the Mackenzie Police Station. Meanwhile, double murder accused Shamedeen Mohamed, charged with killing two pensioners, was found disguised in women’s clothing at his Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo residence last Monday night. Police had, however, claimed that he was not one of the listed escapees despite earlier reports suggesting that he had jumped off the truck while being transferred from the razed Camp Street penitentiary.During last Sunday’s jailbreak and fire, which flattened the Camp Street facility, several prison officers were attacked and injured by inmates. One officer, 33-year-old Odinga Wickham, succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds.last_img read more

first_imgThe proposal includes the construction, operation and decommissioning of an underground coal mine, as well as accompanying infrastructure like a 5.8 kilometre rail load-out. It would produce six million tonnes of metallurgical coal per year for an estimated 31 years.Draft Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines have been drawn up and are available for public viewing online, as well as at public libraries in Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd. The document identifies the potential environmental effects to be taken into consideration and the information and analysis that need to be included in the proponent’s EIS.Comments on this stage of the EA must be submitted by June 30, 2013 to:- Advertisement -Murray River Coal Project Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency 410-701 West Georgia Street Vancouver, BC V7Y 1C6 Telephone: 604-666-2431 Fax: 604-666-6990 MurrayRiver@ceaa-acee.gc.caThere will be two more opportunities after this one for the public to comment on this project.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has described Leandro Bacuna’s performance against Sunderland as ‘Cafu-like’.The Brazil legend was known for mixing solid defensive displays with superb attacking showings and that’s exactly how the 23-year-old played against the Black Cats.Normally a winger, the former Groningen flyer was required to fill in at the back with Sherwood’s steeds short of reserves.And the Villans chief, who has overseen a complete turnaround at Villa Park, has hailed the Dutchman’s performance during the 4-0 victory at the Stadium of Light.“I don’t believe we should train any differently to how we play,” Sherwood told Call Collymore. “Every day we train flat out. I want them to train with that intensity. We’ve lost a few to injury along the way by doing that though. We’ve only got three fit defenders.“Leandro Bacuna, who’s a right sided attacking player was playing at right-back and he looked like Cafu against Sunderland. I’m delighted with him.“We are thin on the ground defensively but the boys who have come in have done brilliantly.”last_img read more

first_img 3 “You just get into a routine [with] tunnel vision and keep going, setting yourself little goals and little things to achieve.“I passed the ball the other day, not very well, but I started passing the ball and that was massive for me to be able to kick and know that my knee can kick a ball.“Even though it was five yards, I’ve started working on stuff like that and it’s little wins like that that keep you going and keep you pushing forward to the next one.” 3 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed he has kicked a ball for the first time in four months as he reaches a significant milestone on the road to recovery.The Liverpool midfielder had his season cruelly cut short in the first leg of the Champions League Final against Roma in April. 3 Ending the Ox’s Champions League and World Cup dream An innocuous challenge left the England man writhing in agony on the touchline with ruptured ligaments – shattering his European and World Cup dream in an instant.Although it is still expected he will miss the entirety of this season, the former Arsenal star admits he is in good spirits, especially after such a significant breakthrough.He said on the latest edition of LFC Later: “It’s going well – very boring, very slow, very long, all the good stuff! But I’m making progress, which is obviously what we need. It’s just a long process and I just keep plugging away, but I’m in good spirits and I’m really positive about it. An innocuous challenge with Aleksandr Kolarov caused the problem Oxlade-Chamberlain was in the form of his life until the knee injury last_img read more

first_imgA young woman pinched a Garda and then called her a dog when she called to Letterkenny Garda station after a friend had been arrested.Judge Paul KellyShannon Frampton appeared in Letterkenny District Court charged with using threatening and abusive behaviour. The 25 year old had been in the public area on September 24th last and had encountered a female Garda officer whom she began to verbally abuse.Inspector Michael Harrison told the court that Frampton, from 14 Glenard Park, Letterkenny, shouted “F*** off” and “What are you looking at?”There was then a scuffle and a Garda was pinched and left with a bruise on her arm by Frampton.She then had to be restrained but continued to be abusive. When she was released she shouted out a female Garda – “You’re a dog and when I see you off duty, I’ll have you.”Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had gone to see another person in the Garda station on the night and had lost it.He stressed that she had no alcohol taken and was simply under a lot of pressure to to issues at home.“She was simply concerned about the other person’s well-being. She has since sent an apology card to the Garda concerned.“She accepts she was wrong but this was simply pure frustration on the night,” said Mr Gallagher.Judge Pau Kelly said Gardai have enough to be doing without getting threats from people like Ms Frampton.He added that she had already got a yellow card from a previous incident so he fined her €100.WOMAN PINCHED GARDA AND CALLED HER A DOG IN GARDA STATION was last modified: November 4th, 2014 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) Tags:courtdonegalGarda stationletterkennyShannon Framptonlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – By 2020, California will be more crowded, its population older and its racial composition dominated by Latinos, according to a report released Tuesday. The changes will pose challenges to state lawmakers, who will have to grapple with the additional pressures on already-strained schools and health-care systems, according to the report by the California Budget Project. In just 15 years, one in seven Californians will be age 65 or older, the state will add 10 million residents, and Latinos will account for 43 percent of the population, with whites ac- counting for about 34 percent. The white and Latino populations are expected to become equal in 2010, when each is projected to account for 39 percent of the population, said Barbara Baran, associate director of the organization and the report’s author. The report, “Planning for California’s Future,” examined Census data and figures from the California Department of Finance. While it doesn’t offer recommendations, its intent is to warn lawmakers of the coming shifts. “The message here is really that this is what’s coming. This is what’s in front of us,” Baran said. “This is the beginning of another budget cycle, and we need to take an approach that is longer term, that doesn’t look at isolated issues.” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has suggested a multibillion-dollar bond to rebuild and expand California’s freeways, bridges, levees and schools, which Baran said is important in light of the state’s projected population growth. But that proposal should be examined “in the context of other challenges – child care, elder care, health care – that are really emerging,” Baran said. Lawmakers are focusing on infrastructure because it has been long neglected in favor of investments in social programs, said Assemblyman Rick Keene, R-Chico. Improving roads and levees, which protect homes and the state’s water supply, will only help the state as it adds the expected 10 million new residents by 2020, he said. A 71 percent increase in residents age 65 and older could tax government-funded health care programs, such as Medi-Cal or In-Home Supportive Services, the report said. That age group has traditionally been very politically active, said Keene, who is vice chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee. “I don’t think there’s any danger of them being a silent population,” he said. “They will make sure their voices are heard” at the state Capitol. In one respect, Baran said, California is fortunate because its median age is slightly younger than the national average – 34 years, compared to 36 years. That means that as the state’s baby boomers retire “we have a young, vibrant workforce coming behind,” she said. But the state needs to ensure that its public schools meet the demands of a changing work environment, she said. “This question of are we appropriately educating the number of workers we need is a real one,” Baran said. The education system will be affected by changes to both racial and age demographics, the report said. Enrollment in public schools is expected to increase by 7.3 percent, or about 430,000 children, by 2020. But that is a slower pace than the previous decade, when it jumped by 21 percent between 1990 and 2000. More than half of California’s school-age children will be Latino by 2014, with a “significant minority” expected to be English-language learners, re- searchers found. Standardized tests have shown a stubborn gap between white and Latino students in academic achievement, the researchers noted. The 2005 Standardized Testing and Reporting program found that 25 percent of Latino students scored proficient or better in English, while 58 percent of white students hit that mark. That discrepancy, coupled with Latinos’ growing political clout, probably will result in calls for greater investment in public education, the report said.last_img read more

first_imgThe 4-for-2 season ticket also includes a multiplier effect will be in play whereby a fan who purchases this ticket package can give two of his or her tickets to friends in year one, and will then have to select two additional friends in year two. The fans who were the recipients of the gifted tickets in year one will have to become a 4-for-2 season ticket purchaser in year two in order to remain men’s basketball season ticket holders. Fans can also help get the season underway by attending the Bulldogs’ annual Bulldog Club Tipoff Breakfast on Oct. 24 at 7 a.m. at the downtown Marriott. For more information on the Tipoff Breakfast, contact Patrick Tomka, Associate Athletic Director for Development at patrick.tomka@drake.edu.Print Friendly Version The Drake women’s basketball Family Pass provides families a fun and family-friendly entertainment for less than $100. The $99 membership pass will be valid for two adults and all children 18 years of age and younger in the same household. Tickets will be valid for any general admission section, and a Kids Zone featuring fun activities and inflatables will be set up during pre-game and halftime at select games. DES MOINES, Iowa – Season tickets and flex packs for the upcoming 2018-19 Drake men’s and women’s basketball seasons go on sale to the general public Thursday, Sept. 13, at 9 a.m. CDT through the Drake Athletics Ticket Office.Two new season ticket packages will be available this year catering to young professionals and young families according to Ryan Harris, Drake’s Assistant Athletic Director for Ticket Operations.”We are thrilled to roll out our men’s basketball 4-for-2 season ticket package, as well as our women’s basketball Family Pass,” Harris said. “These ticket packages are a tremendous opportunity for young families and young professionals in the Des Moines area to get to the Knapp Center for a great basketball experience at an affordable price.” To secure your season tickets to all men’s and women’s basketball home gates, visit www.DrakeTix.com, call 515-271-3647 or visit the Drake Athletic Ticket office during normal business hours. “We are excited to launch the Family Pass this season,” said head women’s basketball coach Jennie Baranczyk. “Our goal is to pack the Knapp Center at our home games and giving families a better opportunity to experience Drake women’s basketball will create a tremendous home-court advantage for our program. We can’t wait to have another fun home atmosphere at the Knapp this season!” The Men’s Basketball 4-for-2 season ticket package allows new season ticket holders to purchase two season tickets and receive two additional season tickets for free.last_img read more

first_img(Visited 628 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 He was highly regarded in his day, but the beliefs of Comte de Buffon seem comical now.Janet Browne is delighted to see a new translation of a 1778 book by French philosopher Comte de Buffon (full name: George-Louis Leclerc, le comte de Buffon, hereafter Buffon). Browne is the historian of science who wrote an eye-opening but richly-sourced biography of Darwin we have referred to repeatedly (Charles Darwin: The Power of Place, Princeton 2002). Her portrayal of Darwin failed to sufficiently exalt the bearded Buddha to the pantheon of Greatest Scientist Ever as Darwin lovers expected. Instead, she exposed him as a schemer surrounded by accomplices (the X-Club) who used “audacious skulduggery” to get his ideas adopted and criticisms quashed (3 March 2008), to the point where Darwin schemed to manipulate his disciples to worship him as a god. But with access to the largest number of original documents, she had to tell the truth as a historian.Now, Browne is relishing the translation of Buffon’s Les Époques De La Nature — (Epochs of Nature, or the story of the Earth, first published in 1778). It had only been available in French till now. First, some background on Buffon (1707-1788), as described in Janet Browne’s review of the translation, published by Current Biology:George-Louis Leclerc, le comte de Buffon (1707 – 1788)Born into the landed bourgeoisie during the ancien régime, Buffon was a self-made, dynamic and cosmopolitan intellectual who became one of Europe’s best-known natural philosophers of the Enlightenment period, rapidly ascending to the directorship of the Jardin du Roi and Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris. He was elevated to the aristocracy in 1772 and died in 1788, just before the [French] revolution began. Had he lived longer, Buffon might have lost his head to the guillotine, although natural history was regarded as useful knowledge by the revolutionaries, and figures such as Buffon’s student Jean-Baptise Lamarck were allowed to remain active as professors at the Jardin. Nevertheless, Buffon’s death from natural causes marked the end of an era in Enlightenment science. Knowledge became a very different enterprise as the 19th century dawned.Browne is no ally of creationism, nor opponent of Darwinism. She just tries to be honest with the history of important figures in the rise of science. Creationists generally look down on Buffon for his atheism and his push to “naturalize” all science. He was one of the first to postulate long ages. Additionally, Buffon was one of the first proponents of “positivism,” teaching that the rise of materialistic science as the culmination of a series of evolutionary stages in the history of mankind, with science triumphing over religious superstition in the final stage. Would the French Revolution or the world wars of the 20th century have shaken his faith? We can only surmise.Buffon’s Epochs of Nature dealt with the Earth’s history from its origins in the planetary system to the modern era, arranged in seven successive epochs or time periods. In creating the volume, Buffon produced one of the most influential geological books in European science. Of course, there had been authoritative histories of the Earth beforehand and much careful research performed. Yet Buffon presented a thoroughly ‘enlightened’ and scientific view of the Earth that ran against the general Christian orthodoxy of the biblical story and proposed a vastly expanded timeframe. He is noted as one of the first scholars to introduce evidence for a directional, developmental history of the Earth and for laying important foundations for what would become an evolutionary point of view.As she indicates, Buffon influenced many scholars to come, who began to embrace long ages and evolutionary ideas. The myth of progress blossomed in the Victorian age, as increasing numbers of scientists, starting with the geologists, jettisoned the Bible and looked to their own “enlightened” reason to explain the world around them. This all culminated in Darwin’s Origin in 1859. By Darwin’s death in 1882, few were the scientists remaining who did not optimistically embrace the core of Buffon’s “positivism” that trusted in unaided human reason’s power to explain everything without reference to Divine revelation.Now that the table is set, let’s see what Buffon actually believed. Remember, he was highly regarded in his day. He was a scientific “expert.” His influence was profound; “one of the most widely read authors of the day — a rival to Montesquieu, Rousseau, and Voltaire.” But with the hindsight of history, who would not chuckle at what he taught in this book? Without meaning to, Browne presents him as somewhat of a buffoon by today’s standards. She kills him with kindness in her review that lauds his influence on the history of thought. Here are some tidbits gleaned from the review:“His account was founded on the idea of successive epochs, each following the other from the dawn of time and possessing different organisms to match changing atmospheric and geological conditions.”“his section explaining the metaphorical links between the bible and actual Earth history is a masterpiece of inventive yet logical thinking.“To Buffon, “everything proceeded along entirely natural pathways, one geological change generating the conditions for the next to emerge, a secular process of development set into place at the beginning by some abstract, supernatural force.““Yet his Earth was exceedingly old, older than anyone previously had suggested: some 75,000 years from the beginning, and almost ‘blasphemously old’ in the words of the authors.”“Buffon explained that the Earth was once an intensely hot cloud of matter that had spun off from the sun.““As the planet cooled, the waters emerged and receded, landmasses took shape, and the first living beings were spontaneously generated in the highest latitudes, as those were the areas first to cool.”“animals diversified according to environmental conditions and colonized the vacant landmasses, proceeding from north to south.”Modern scientists might try to defend these views as initial baby steps in a framework to explain phenomena by natural means. And yet most of what this “expert” said is no longer believed today, even by the secular evolutionary geologists and biologists who are his philosophical heirs. The Earth spun off the sun as a hot cloud? Water “emerged” somehow? Where did it come from? (This is a major problem for planetary science to this day.) Life emerged by spontaneous generation? It started at the highest latitudes? It moved from north to south? And all this happened without design in 75,000 years? “Inventive thinking” is the best euphemistic praise one could give to such ideas.The take-home lesson from Browne’s review is that today’s scientists can have little confidence that their own expertise will be looked on favorably 240 years from now. Their books might even by decaying on the shelves of the Eloi.Ha! Just imagine. The planet spun off the sun as a hot cloud! Life arose spontaneously! Water “emerged”! The environment created animals! Inventive thinking! Stuff happens! Hey, wait a minute; except for enlarging Buffon’s 75,000 years by almost three orders of magnitude, they still believe similar types of buffoonery today.last_img read more

first_img23 October 2006The South African team of Ashleigh Simon, Kelli Shean and Stacy Bregman made history at De Zalze when they won the World Amateur Women’s Team Championship after a nail-biting playoff.They became the first team since 1980 to capture the title on home soil, and also the first African team to ever lift the most prestigious trophy in amateur golf.In a tournament regarded as the Olympics of amateur golf, many of the 42 participating countries knew little about a team from Africa, with the only internationally recognised player being Ashleigh Simon.However, after an outstanding first two rounds guided by the experience of Simon and the sheer grit of Shean, they led the field on 11-under-par 277.True contendersWith a bold 69 in the third round by Bregman, the South African team suddenly looked like true contenders for the title at 14-under-par 418.“We felt the pressure, but we knew were a good team and we really wanted to win this trophy,” said Shean.But the smooth sailing ended after the third round.The South Africans saw their four-stroke lead disappear early on their front nine with bogey-littered scorecards and a seventh hole that saw all three penciling in a drop for the hole. At the turn, the chances of South African victory started to look grim as Simon double-bogeyed the ninth hole.Sweden on the chargeBy then defending champions Sweden was racing up the leaderboard, once again guided by the unstoppable Caroline Westrup, playing a near-perfect round of three-under-par 69 for the day, backed by Anna Nordqvist, who kept it level on her front nine.However, it all came down to the back nine when Shean and Simon finally got their nerves settled and got down to business. While Simon kept the boat steady with a level back nine, Shean shot a flurry of birdies, starting with the tenth and finishing with the thirteenth.Unfortunately, it went south from there after a spell of bogeys by Shean that saw the South African lead ebb away, leaving it all down to the bitter end to save par on the eighteenth to draw level with Sweden on 10-under 566.‘The hole looked very small’“The hole looked very small from my position,” Shean said. “But I knew the situation. I knew I had to keep it level for us to have a shot at the title. So I was really happy when it dropped.”With South Africa and Sweden tied, the tiebreaker rules specified by the International Golf Federation came into play, with the non-counting scores from the final round added to the top two team scores. After that, if the result is still undecided, the rules state that it moves down to the third round’s non-counting scores.So victory was sealed for South Africa, with the third round score of 73 recorded by Simon outweighing Sofie Andersson’s 77 to put the final stamp of approval on the South Africans’ win.Colombia came third with nine-under-par 567, followed by France at eight-under 568 and Germany at seven-under 569.Sweden’s Westrup recorded the top individual score for the tournament on eight-under-par 280.The World Amateur Men’s Team Champions – the Eisenhower Trophy – starts on 26 October and will be played at the De Zalze and Stellenbosch golf courses.Scores  T1 South Africa – 566T1 Sweden – 5663 Colombia – 5674 France – 568T5 Germany – 569T5 Japan – 5697 New Zealand – 5708 Spain – 5729 USA – 57410 Chinese Taipei – 576SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgThe county’s Department of Sport and Recreation will donate table tennis and pool tables to keep the pupils entertained off the pitch. The department’s 2010 legacy division has also committed to establishing a medical centre at the school, which will give pupils access to a psychologist. 14 January 2011 Fifa’s 2011 contribution will be used to upgrade the school’s gym, kitchen, dormitories, administration and coaches’ block, and fields. Extra computers with internet connectivity will be set up in the library to enhance the school’s academic support system. Money neededSafa says it will need a total of R80-million (around US$11.6-million) to fully transform the academy. “We will apply for Fifa’s R3-million grant every year until the school becomes a state-of-the-art facility,” Mazibuko said. Safa chief Leslie Sedibe said: “If you look at a number of players who went through the School of Excellence, they have done very well. They were well developed, and that is what we want to concentrate on.” The school – which offers grades eight to 12 – currently has 112 pupils, seven teachers and four coaches. Safa is hoping to increase the number of instructors to seven to improve the coach-player ratio. “In the past few years we had a problem where the school was no longer attracting quality youngsters, players who would do well for our junior national teams,” said Safa’s deputy president, Mandla Mazibuko. Safa plans to invite overseas football experts to hold workshops at the school to groom the budding stars and prepare them to represent South Africa at future Fifa World Cups. ‘Everything is back on track’But, said Mazibuko, there have been some recent improvements. “Everything is back on track at the school. We had trials all over the country in 2010. We are now going for quality again.”center_img Steven Pienaar Over the years, Safa’s school has produced some of the country’s best football players – one of whom is Steven Pienaar, who now plays for English Premier League club Everton (although a move to Tottenham Hotspur appears to be on the cards) and South Africa’s national team. Fifa has donated R3-million (US$437 655) towards reviving South Africa’s Football School of Excellence, which was once a breeding ground for top-quality players who went on to join the country’s national squad, Bafana Bafana. Fifa’s donation will come from its Goal Project funding initiative, which helps national football associations around the world establish centres, natural and artificial pitches, and schools that develop players of the Beautiful Game. The school was set up in Elandsfontein, east of Johannesburg in 1994, and is run by the South African Football Association (Safa). Safa said it hopes the proceeds from Fifa will help the school improve its finances and leadership so that it can once more produce top-quality football stars. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more