Moments after relieving an Atlantic Ville, East Coast Demerara, businesswoman of a bag containing an undisclosed sum of cash, two gunmen were apprehended as they were about to escape.According to information, at about 14:00h on Thursday, Marilyn Burning was about to enter her home after transacting business at a bank in Georgetown, when she was attacked and held at gunpoint by two men.The men arrived at the woman’s home on a CG motorcycle which indicates they had trailed the woman from the bank.However, while the woman raised an alarm, the men took away the bag and were about to escape when they were cornered by residents in the area and two off-duty police ranks who managed to grab the bag from them.As they attempted to escape, they reportedly collided with a vehicle driven by a resident. They were subsequently arrested and handed over to police.A .32 Taurus pistol with 9 matching rounds were recovered by the police. The motorcycle used in the robbery was also seized.
Over 200 residents in Margibi County have been made homeless due to heavy downpour of rain on Wednesday June 29.In Kakata City alone, many residents’ homes were flooded and several houses and belongings damaged.Communities affected by the flood included Bassa Community, Denisville and Bensville, Borlorla Road, 14th Road, Kissi Community as well as other swamp areas in Kakata.Expressing frustration over the incident, Mr. Joseph S. Pallay, 63, said about 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday, he woke up to see his house entirely flooded. He said all of his belongings in his house and those of his neighbors were destroyed. He described the situation not only as embarrassing but devastating to the affected communities.Mr. Pallay said he has over 15 family members and the flooding has exhausted his resources to take care of his family. He is appealing to the government for prompt intervention.“We need food and shelter,” he said.Mr. Pallay further narrated that Wednesday’s flooding is the second since 2007. He said he moved to the community over 15 years ago. He blamed poor management of drainages in the county as one of the factors contributing to the flooding. Gbandi Governor Samakai Dunor described the flooding as troubling and wants stakeholders to promptly address issues leading to flood disaster in the city.He said if flooding in the county is not contained it could lead to environment hazard and lamented that some children in the affected communities have begun experiencing ailments, including running stomach, malaria and skin diseases.When contacted via mobile, the newly appointed Development Superintendent Joshua Robertson said, authorities in the county have begun verifying the flooding situation and they would work along with the county disaster team and humanitarian partners operating in the county to respond to concerns of affected communities.Additional areas that were badly flooded in lower Margibi County included Joe Brooks Town and Du Bridge located around Division #2, Firestone. Residents, including road users were denied entrance to the Du-River Bridge for several hours on Wednesday morning due to the flooding.Meanwhile, affected community residents are appealing to government and humanitarian partners to aid them with food and other supplies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo training with the Portugal squad near Moscow this week as they prepare for their World Cup clash with Uruguay © AFP / JUAN MABROMATASOCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 29 – The man who has marshalled the best defence in the World Cup so far will relish the task of trying to stop his old foe Cristiano Ronaldo when Uruguay and Portugal meet in Sochi on Saturday.The Madrid derby comes to the shores of the Black Sea in the last 16 with Uruguayan captain Diego Godin, of Atletico, and his club team-mate Jose Maria Gimenez coming up against Real and Portugal’s five-time Ballon d’Or winner. It will be a fascinating battle at the Fisht Stadium with Ronaldo, at 33, enjoying his best World Cup but Uruguay the only side to come through the group stage in Russia without conceding a goal.Godin is an expert at keeping clean sheets, as the leader of an Atletico defence that is the most formidable in the European club game — they kept 34 in all competitions last season — and of a Uruguay side that has not conceded a goal in 2018 in six games.Ronaldo, though, has already scored four times at this World Cup, including a hat-trick on his last visit here when Portugal drew 3-3 with Spain. That means he has 85 international goals, more than any other male European player in history.In the last two years, he has scored two hat-tricks for Real against Godin’s Atletico, having also emerged victorious in two Madrid derby Champions League finals.– More in their locker –But the rugged and brave Godin, who needed reconstructive dental surgery after having three teeth punched out in an aerial challenge with Valencia’s goalkeeper earlier this year, has succeeded in muzzling Ronaldo on plenty other occasions at club level going back almost a decade.Ronaldo wins a header in front of Godin in last year’s Champions League semi-final between Atletico Madrid and Real © AFP / JAVIER SORIANO“Godín is a star. He defends, commands, scores goals, wins titles, and does not miss a game,” said Diego Maradona recently.On Saturday, Gimenez — who scored Uruguay’s late winner against Egypt — is set to rejoin Godin in central defence after missing the 3-0 victory over Russia due to injury.Ronaldo, meanwhile, will look to get back among the goals having had a penalty saved in Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Iran. That, and the VAR-awarded late spot-kick for the Iranians, condemned the defending European champions to this tie rather than a meeting with the hosts in Moscow.Portugal surely would have preferred that, for while Uruguay continue to produce tough centre-backs, they are by no means completely reliant on them.This is a side with excellent, Italian-based midfielders in Rodrigo Bentancur, Lucas Torreira and Matias Vecino. And up front they boast two of the greatest goal-scorers of their generation in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.Suarez might lack the same sharpness of old, but he has still scored twice in Russia. One more and he will equal 1950 World Cup-winner Oscar Miguez’s Uruguayan record of eight goals at the tournament.– Overachievers –“They are a typical South American side,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos.Captain Godin celebrates with Edinson Cavani after the Paris Saint-Germain striker scored in Uruguay’s 3-0 win over the hosts Russia © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINI“It’s not just in this World Cup that they have not been conceding goals. It has been like that for the whole of 2018. Oscar Tabarez is the longest-serving international manager. That means he has a very strong relationship with his players.”These two countries with a combined population of 13.5 million have long been overachievers on the international scene — the last decade under Tabarez has seen two-time former winners Uruguay reach one World Cup semi-final and win one Copa America, while Portugal triumphed at Euro 2016.And the Uruguayans hold their opponents in equally high regard, conscious that Ronaldo is supported by younger talents like Bernardo Silva and Goncalo Guedes.“We will mark him with the same respect we mark everyone, despite him being a superstar,” said Sebastian Coates of Ronaldo. “You don’t prepare a match just looking at one player.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Three divisional titles – The Championship, League One and League Two – will be retained The Football League will be renamed the English Football League (EFL) at the end of the current season.The governing body is undergoing a “comprehensive corporate and competition re-branding” and will be known as the EFL for the start of the 2016-17 campaign.It will also unveil just its fourth different logo in 127 years to fit in with the re-branding while the three divisional titles – The Championship, League One and League Two – will be retained and incorporated into the new brand.Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “The new EFL name rightly emphasises the central role our clubs play at the heart of English professional football.“In an increasingly challenging global sports market, it is absolutely essential that sports properties can project a modern identity that not only resonates with their regular audience but is also easily recognisable to a broader audience of potential fans, viewers and commercial partners.“We believe the EFL name and brand will give our competitions an identity that is new and distinct, while at the same time retaining our unique heritage.“As such, it will be something that all fans can identify with – whether they be young or old, at home or abroad.“The Championship, League One and League Two divisional titles have proven popular with fans since their introduction in 2004 and have since been used by leagues in other countries and in other sports. It is therefore our intention to incorporate them into the new EFL brand.”The rebranding comes after extensive research, which included interviews and focus groups with clubs, stakeholders, commercial partners and more than 18,000 football supporters.
1 Manchester City have had a £38m bid for Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci rejected, according to reports in Italy.The centre-back is being tracked by several of Europe’s top clubs this summer and it has rumoured he may be on the move.Chelsea are keen on the Italian, while Pep Guardiola is hopeful that he can bring the defender to the Etihad.However, according to Tuttosport, Manchester City have had a £38m bid for Bonucci turned down.Juventus have told the Premier League side that they have absolutely no plans to sell the 29-year-old and they should look elsewhere.As well as a £38m bid, City were ready to pay Bonucci a whopping £115,000-a-week – but that has still not been enough to get the wheels in motion. Leonardo Bonucci in action for Italy at Euro 2016
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ATLANTA (AP) — The mayor of Atlanta called Monday for “bold, audacious” action to make sure society really heeds the message of the Rev. Martin Luther King, and urged listeners gathered to mark his holiday not to forget the victims of Hurricane Katrina. “It is our time to step up to the plate as we have done in the past to lead this country and world by example,” Mayor Shirley Franklin said at the King Day service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King preached from 1960 until his death in 1968. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the federal holiday, first held on Jan. 20, 1986. Sunday would have been King’s 77th birthday. Franklin asked listeners to “comprehend the full message of Dr. King” – by helping the young, the old and the poor and demanding more federal funding for Hurricane Katrina victims. “Employ a homeless man or woman,” she said. “Sponsor a homeless family. Give a convicted felon who has served his time another chance.” “This, Atlanta, is a time for rigorous and vigorous positive action … bold, audacious, courageous, persistent” action, she said. Absent from the service was King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, who suffered a stroke and heart attack last August. She had received a standing ovation Saturday night when she when she appeared on stage with her children at an awards dinner, but she did not speak. Americans marked the holiday across the country with services and volunteer projects to aid communities. In Columbia, S.C., hundreds of people crowded into Zion Baptist Church to kick off a march to the Statehouse for the annual King Day rally. “Martin Luther King had a dream. Some 38 years later, how much progress have we really made toward living that dream?” the Rev. Charles Jackson told the crowd. In Philadelphia, organizers of the Martin Luther King Day of Service were expecting thousands of volunteers to help with 600 projects in the area. Among them: the building of a house that will be trucked to Lafayette, La., for a family left homeless by Katrina and construction of a two-story playground house. Volunteers also were working to provide meals to people living with HIV and AIDS. Last month, the board of directors of The King Center, located next to the Atlanta church, broached the possibility of selling the center to the National Park Service. But some King family members have been sharply critical of the idea. Isaac Newton Farris, a nephew of King who is president of the King Center, is one of the supporters, and he mentioned the idea in his remarks Monday. Farris said the sale would help them “devote more resources – human and economic – to developing programs, not managing buildings.” “You still will be able to visit the King Center – we just won’t own it,” he said. “We want the King Center to be engineers of society, not engineers of buildings.”
A man has been airlifted to hospital by the coastguard after he was injured on board a ship off Donegal.The sailor was on a Liberian ship that was passing the Donegal coastline when he was injured in an accident, it is understood.The Malin Head coastguard was alerted to the incident at around 3am and the rescue 118 helicopter was dispatched from Co Sligo soon afterwards. The man is thought to have injured his chest and he was brought on board the coast guard helicopter using a winch.The Irish Air Corps is reported to have provided support during the operation.MAN AIRLIFTED FROM SHIP PASSING DONEGAL COASTLINE was last modified: September 18th, 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:donegalRESCUE 118
Chelsea’s Ben Gordon has joined Birmingham City on loan until January.The move was agreed some time ago but was delayed after Gordon picked up an injury.He has previously had spells on loan at Kilmarnock and Peterborough United.See also:Chelsea youngster set to complete Birmingham loan moveFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
QPR are interested in signing Jérémy Morel from Marseille for £2m, according to the Sunday People.Left-back Morel, 29, has a year of his contract left to run and is apparently keen to finish his career in England.The same paper suggest that Fulham are ready to make a move for Blackburn defender Scott Dann and that Burnley are considering Brentford’s Clayton Donaldson as a possible replacement for Charlie Austin, who recently joined QPR.Meanwhile, the Mail on Sunday say Chelsea are preparing to offer Manchester United around £40m for Wayne Rooney.The People say the Blues have slapped a £45m price tag on David Luiz to ward off interest from Barcelona.And Chelsea are one of the Premier League clubs tracking 17-year-old Santos prospect Victor Andrade, according to the Sunday Mirror.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
According to the Darwinian script, each animal evolved its particular adaptations from an ancestor lacking those adaptations. Take bats. They must have evolved their wings and sonar from mouse-like ancestors that lived on the ground. Is it enough to imagine these things, or should we expect science to provide evidence that is what really happened? Scientific American published a story entitled, “Taking Wing: Uncovering the Evolutionary Origins of Bats.” It sounds like the evidence has been uncovered, now to be revealed for the first time, and we are about to look at it. Actually, reporter Nancy B. Simmons ended with this remarkable admission:Despite many new discoveries about the rise of bats, mysteries remain. Bat ancestors must have existed prior to the Eocene, but we have no fossil record of them. Likewise, the identity of the closest relatives of bats is still unknown. Investigators are also eager to learn when the bat lineage first became distinct from that of the other laurasiatheres and how much of early bat evolution and diversification took place in the northern continents versus the southern continents. We therefore need fossils that lie even closer to the beginning of bats than Onychonycteris does. With luck, paleontologists will find such specimens, and they will help solve these and other riddles about the origins of these fascinating animals.Obviously this points back to Onychonycteris and the other “many new discoveries” that will have to support the evolutionary story across the remaining gaps. What did the article say about these? Simmons started off by discussing the wonder of bats as we see them today. She admitted that “their ascension was hardly a foregone conclusion: no other mammal has conquered the air” with powered flight, though several mammals can glide on outstretched flaps of skin. Powered flight puts severe requirements on many organs, though, and the echolocation found in 85% of these “superb fliers” puts additional anatomical constraints on the skull, mouth, ears and throat. She spent some time describing all the factors involved after saying, “Indeed, exactly how these rulers of the night sky arose from terrestrial ancestors is a question that has captivated biologists for decades.” Then she went into her discovery this year of Onychonycteris finneyi in Wyoming, “the most primitive bat ever discovered” (see 02/16/2008 discovery report). This bat, though possessing shorter forelimbs and longer hindlimbs than extant bats, was still fully capable of flight. In fact, living mouse-tailed bats have a similar wing aspect ratio, she said. The main evolutionary question addressed by her find, then, was not how powered flight evolved, but whether it evolved first, or sonar first, or whether both flight and sonar evolved simultaneously. Earlier fossils did not help in filling the gap, she argued, but Onychonycteris did not appear to have sonar. The flight-first theoreticians win, she claimed. “Still, we lack fossils that establish how bats are related to other mammals,” she said in a section about the diversity of living bats. Genetic studies do not show them related to other gliding mammals. The nearest ancestors, “an ancient lineage known as Laurasiatheria” consists of “such diverse beasts as carnivores, hoofed mammals, whales, scaly anteaters, shrews, hedgehogs and moles,” – none of which are fliers (although there were flying whales in Disney’s Fantasia 2000). This leaves a lot of evolutionary space unfilled:Primitive laurasiatheres, however, were probably mouse- or squirrel-size creatures that walked on all fours and ate insects. Laurasiatheres are thought to have evolved on the ancient supercontinent of Laurasia, which comprised what is now North America, Europe and Asia, probably in the late Cretaceous period, some 65 million to 70 million years ago. The exact position of bats within this group is uncertain, but clearly a considerable amount of evolutionary change separates Onychonycteris and other bats from their terrestrial forebears. Some of this change from land dweller to flier may have occurred surprisingly quickly, if recent discoveries in the field of developmental genetics are any indication. Though short by bat standards, the fingers of Onychonycteris are greatly elongated as compared with those of other mammals. How could this elongation have evolved?Good question. Her answer? Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs). The genes for these limb-growing proteins are expressed differently in mice and bats. If we can imagine gradual changes in gene expression of BMPs, then, we can imagine transitional forms, even if none are found in the fossil record:It is therefore possible that a small change in the genes regulating BMPs underlies both the developmental and evolutionary elongation of bat wing digits. If so, that might explain the absence in the fossil record of creatures intermediate between short-fingered, nonflying mammals and long-fingered bats such as Onychonycteris and Icaronycteris: the evolutionary shift may have been very rapid, and few or no transitional forms may have existed.She apparently did not ask why differences in BMP expression didn’t lead to flying hedgehogs and cows jumping over the moon. On the other hand, maybe they did; they just didn’t leave any fossils. That the gap was filled in with imagination is underscored with her final paragraph, quoted above: “Despite many new discoveries about the rise of bats, mysteries remain….”The only transitional bats in Darwin’s belfry are imaginary ones. Darwin removed the requirement for hard evidence and replaced it with imagination. That’s why nothing makes sense in biology except in the light of evolution; if you can simply imagine the transitional forms that should be there but aren’t, you can make your theory come true without data. Suddenly everything makes sense. Data are such contrary things, anyway. It helps, too, when you also rule that alternative views cannot be heard. This was Hamlet’s undoing; Charlie conquered Claudius, took the throne, exiled Hamlet along with his righteous anger, canceled the play, and produced one of his own, featuring all kinds of fanciful chimeras like imaginary transitional bats taking wing. It was a hit. It had to be. The subjects dared not fail to applaud, cheer and beg for encores. His own play’s the thing to assuage the conscience of the king. Now you know the rest of the play within the play.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0