Kitty man shot during execution attempt

first_imgA Kitty, Georgetown, man was on Monday morning rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH) afterThe shop at the corners of Queen and William Streets, Kitty where the shooting took placetwo gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on him in what appears to be an attempted execution.The injured man was identified as Donald McKenzie called “Baje”, 24, of Stanley Place, Kitty.Eyewitnesses say about 08:30h McKenzie, along with several other men, were standing outside a shop at the corners of Queen and William Streets, Kitty, when two men rode up on a CG motorcycle.As the men approached, McKenzie rushed into the shop to seek cover however, one of the men entered the shop and discharged several rounds at him.He was hit once in his left shoulder.The men then quickly left the scene, but not before blurting out, “leff he we gon get he a next time an done he dance.”Reports are that the shooting may have been retaliation for an incident that transpired Sunday evening, where McKenzie and several others were allegedly involved in an altercation with another man who was assaulted during the process.Police are investigating the matter.last_img read more

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Deep-water harbour in Guyana would reduce time, transport cost – US Ambassador

first_imgUnited States Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch has pointed to the need for a deep-water port in Guyana, something she described as an infrastructural gap.The Ambassador made the call during an event which was hosted last week at the Guyana Marriott Hotel.US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann LynchAccording to the Ambassador, such a port will aid in reducing the time it takes to transport goods and moreover the costs attached to doing so.A deep-water harbour is a fixed or floating structure that is built at strategic points in a country to serve as a hub for the transport of goods. It is known to be a major source of aiding in economic growth as it links the country to several others. The port is useful in not only shipping items to that country cheaper, but serves as a gateway for other countries’ goods to pass through as well.With approximately 80 per cent of the world’s merchandise trade carried by ships, maritime transport remains by far the most common mode of international freight and transport.Last June, a credible source at the Public Infrastructure Ministry told Guyana Times that Kurupukari village along the Essequibo River, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) was one of four possible locations to develop the port.Other potential locations for the establishment of the port include the Berbice and Demerara Rivers.Guyana Times was told that a team of engineers visited Kurupukari back in April 2018, to conduct a study on the possibility of a bridge being erected across the mighty Essequibo River at the settlement, the site of crossings via ferries.According to the source, the bridge would mark the first phase of the development of the long-awaited deep-water port.The source at that time had reliably informed that the bridge was necessary to accommodate “proper linkages” of the regions.The source also noted that the Ministry’s team visited the Takutu Bridge, which links Lethem with Brazil, since the new bridge is likely to have a similar design.Since feasibility studies were being conducted, the source was unable to say how much such a project would cost.The subject Minister, David Patterson was unable to give an update on the major project when contacted on Monday.In June 2018, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said that as early as the first quarter of 2019, the Government of Guyana will have a clear idea of where to site the deep-water port and an even better understanding of what is required to make the Guyana-Brazil land transport link a reality.It went on to state that the Government has been partnering with the IDB via a Technical Cooperation Agreement to advance the Guyana-Brazil land transport link and deep-water port.“At present, three companies have been engaged and are working simultaneously to help move various aspects of the project into fruition. The results of the three studies to help the Government of Guyana make a determination will be completed by early 2019,” the IDB release stated.Further, the deep-water port location optimisation studies are being conducted by the Maritime and Transport Business Solutions (MTBS).The MTBS will, therefore, have the responsibility of preparing business case scenarios for four of the potential sites identified for the project, as well as undertaking financial and economic option analyses and subsequently developing a proposal and preliminary design for development of the selected option.“Land grabbing”Only recently, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had revealed that there seemed to be a rush by the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC) which falls under the Ministry of the Presidency to give out prime lands at strategic locations where there lies a possibility to develop shore base facilities.The Opposition Leader also revealed that areas where some of the lands were given out were earmarked for prime development, adding that the land grab” was taking place in strategic locations – locations for possible shore base facilities, deep-water harbours, and other major infrastructural developments”.Lands have been given out at Bohemia, Region Six (East Berbice- Corentyne) and parts of the Demerara River.last_img read more

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QPR confirm appointment of Hoddle as first-team coach

first_imgQPR have confirmed the appointment of Glenn Hoddle as their first-team coach.The ex-England boss will work alongside Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan as part of Harry Redknapp’s backroom team.“I am really pleased to bring Glenn in,” Redknapp told the club’s official website. “I have been really lucky in the last couple of years to have had Steve Cotterill, Steve McClaren and Wally Downes work with us. They all did a fantastic job here.“I spoke with the chairman about the possibility of bringing Glenn in, and he thought it was a great idea. Glenn will be great. He has a brilliant knowledge of the game and will be fantastic out on the training ground with the players.“He is a hugely-respected coach and, like Steve, has managed his country. I decided if I was going to bring somebody in, I was going to go for somebody who was top class, and that’s what Glenn is.”Hoddle, who managed Chelsea, Tottenham and Southampton in the Premier League, added: “I am really pleased to take up Harry’s offer to come in and work with him, Kevin and Joe.“After winning promotion last season, the first aim at QPR is to stay in the Premier League and I am looking forward to helping play my part as we try to achieve that.“I have always loved coaching, and I can’t wait to meet the players, get on the training pitch and get to work.” 1 Glenn Hoddle last_img read more

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10 JOBS LOST AS CASTLEFINN COMMUNITY CHILDCARE CENTRE IS CLOSED

first_imgThere is shock and anger among parents and residents of Castlefinn following the announcement that the Community Childcare Centre in the area will be now closed with the loss of ten jobs. The news comes as a devastating blow to the staff of the facility who it is believed have been kept in the dark surrounding the impending closure of the centre until it was closed last Friday.It is believed that close to 50 children attended the centre on a daily basis and parents are now not sure if there is anywhere else they can send their kids. A public meeting was held last night to see if the issue could be resolved, the meeting was attended by anxious parents, staff and residents to see if the centre could be re-opened.The meeting was also attended by Councillor Patrick McGowan, however nothing positive came from the meeting and no solution was brought forward to get the centre reopened and it now looks certain that the centre will remain closed for the foreseeable future.This has left parents in the lurch as to where they can send their kids, and leaves ten people without a job.  10 JOBS LOST AS CASTLEFINN COMMUNITY CHILDCARE CENTRE IS CLOSED was last modified: August 7th, 2013 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:10 Jobs LostAngerCastlefinn Community CentreChildcare centreCréchemeetingPARENTSresidentsShockStafflast_img read more

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Council asks motorists to take extra care as sleet and snow forecast

first_imgDonegal County Council is reminding motorists to stay up to date with driving and road conditions in advance of the forecasted downturn in weather conditions in the coming days.Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow weather warning and is forecasting very cold wintry weather from tonight (Wednesday) onwards.Showers will turn wintry in many places with falls of sleet and snow expected especially on higher ground. Donegal County Council would like to remind all road users to take extra care on the roads and to allow more time for their journeys during these wintry conditions.Motorists and road users in Donegal can stay up to date on routes to be gritted by checking the Donegal Winter Gritting map which is an interactive map available on www.donegalcoco.ieThis map is linked to the Councils social media platforms and provides information on routes and length of routes to be gritted on any given night as well as an hourly forecast feed for most areas of the county so that users can check their local weather forecast for the next 12 to 24 hours. It also shows locations where sand and grit stock is available for use by the public.Road users can also view live road conditions at a number of locations around the county and across the northwest via the Councils website. Locations include N56 at Gaoth Dobhair, N15 at Bundoran, N 15 at Lough Mourne, N15 at Killygordon, N13 at An Grianan Aileach, A515 Foyle Bridge and A6 at Glenshane Pass. These resources have been developed over the last number of years with a view to providing road users and motorists with the necessary information to make safe driving decisions during the winter months.Stay up to date on road conditions and gritting plans this winter by following us on Twitter @roadsdcc @donegalcouncil or by following us on Facebook.Council asks motorists to take extra care as sleet and snow forecast was last modified: January 11th, 2017 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:Donegal County Councilforecastonlinesnowlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: LADIES SENIOR GAME CANCELLED

first_imgThe ladies Senior game between Termon and Newtownbutler which was due to be played tomorrow (SUN) has been cancelled due to a bereavement.The game will be rescheduled for a future date.GAA NEWS: LADIES SENIOR GAME CANCELLED was last modified: October 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)last_img

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FROM ERRIGAL TO EVEREST – JASON PLANNING ASCENT OF WORLD’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN

first_imgDONEGAL businessman Jason Black sets out this week on his toughest challenge yet – a climb up Mount Everest.The Letterkenny man told Donegal Daily he’s hoping to make a bit of history in the next few days.“I’m hoping to make history in being the first Donegal person to summit Mt Everest and just the 15th irish man via the north ridge – and the 38th irish person in total summited Everest north & south routes combined,” said Jason. “I leave on Wednesday and begin the solo ascent to the top of the world on Friday.“I aim to be successful and I’m hoping the mountain gods are good to me.”Jason spent yesterday climbing the much gentler slopes of Mount Errigal with his son and some friends.“It’s going to be a whole lot different in Tibet,” he laughed. * Donegal Daily – First Again with all the BIG storiesFROM ERRIGAL TO EVEREST – JASON PLANNING ASCENT OF WORLD’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN was last modified: April 9th, 2013 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:FROM ERRIGAL TO EVEREST – JASON PLANNING ASCENT OF WORLD’S HIGHEST MOUNTAINlast_img read more

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TADHG WOULD HAVE BEEN PROUD AS BREAKFAST EVENT RAISES €2,000

first_imgTadhg would have been very proud.That was the general reaction to this morning’s Breakfast For Tadhg which helped raise more than €2,000 for Relay For Life. The fundraiser, which took place at the Quiet Moment Tea Rooms in Letterkenny, honoured the late town councillor Tadhg Culbert.The former Mayor of Letterkenny, who died after a brave battle with cancer recently, often popped into the restaurant for tea and a scone.Owner of the Quiet Moment Brendan McGlynn said he was moved by how people reacted to the idea.“Even in these tight financial times, people dug deep and gave as much as they could. “The first person through the door put €50 in the tin and many did the same thereafter. Everyone put in what they could afforded and every cent was appreciated.“Tadhg would have been very proud of the trouble people went to in coming along and then donating.“It also showed how loved Tadhg was and how fondly he will be remembered for a very long time,” said Brendan. TADHG WOULD HAVE BEEN PROUD AS BREAKFAST EVENT RAISES €2,000 was last modified: May 13th, 2013 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:Breakfast for TadhgQuiet MOmentRelay for Lifelast_img read more

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Slow down and respect all road users during Donegal Rally – “Keep the Race in its Place”

first_imgThe Donegal Road Safety Working Group, has issued a road safety appeal to everyone attending the Joule Donegal International to “Keep the Race in its Place”.“The Rally enthusiasts are predominantly young men, and we want to get the message directly to this ‘at risk’ group who follow the sport” says Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer with Donegal County Council.Pictured at the launch of the Donegal Rally Road Safety Campaign is Joe Boland, Donegal Joint Policing Committee, Gareth Gibson, Donegal Road Safety Working Group (DRSWG), Charles Sweeney, Donegal County Council,  Martin Roarty, Donegal County Council, Brian O’Donnell, Donegal Road Safety Officer, Cllr. Gerry McMonagle, Inspector Michael Harrison, An Garda Síochána, Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council and John Crumlish, Donegal Rally.  Photo Clive Wasson “Just like any other sport, there is a time and a place for Rally driving.  It’s important to know that all rally events are well marshalled and take place in a highly controlled environment. The drivers are specially trained and must wear special personal protective gear. Along with this, the cars are specially prepared for the purpose of rallying.“Large numbers are expected to attend the Donegal Rally, and we want to emphasise the importance of safety, both on the rally course and on the open road. Anyone attending the rally will be getting the message that safety always takes precedence above everything else.“The ‘Keep the Race in its Place’ message reminds people to only watch the stages from designated safety zones, never to enter prohibited areas, at all times to strictly adhere to the speed limits, always wearing your seatbelt, and never drive after consuming alcohol or drugs.“Unfortunately there are also those who arrive for the weekend who have no interest in the rally and are only intent in causing trouble for the Gardaí and ordinary members of the public who use the roads. “This is a great opportunity to again showcase what Donegal has to offer visitors from other parts of the country with large numbers due to arrive for the weekend.“We want everyone to enjoy the weekend and do not want to see the weekend turn into a tragedy for any family or community and we would encourage all fans to drive with care. Please keep the race in its place.”Inspector Michael Harrison said: “The Donegal International is the biggest motor sport event in the Republic of Ireland it is an event that attracts large crowds of spectators and visitors to the County.“An Garda Síochána will have an operation in place to police the Rally and we ask all those attending to comply with any requests made by Gardaí policing the stages, the operation is about keeping the event safe for all attending and participating. We appeal to all those coming to the Donegal to drive safely and not engage in any unsafe driving, please enjoy the weekend and Keep The Race in its Place.”Slow down and respect all road users during Donegal Rally – “Keep the Race in its Place” was last modified: June 11th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2018 Joule Donegal International RallyBrian O’Donnelldonegal road safety working groupInspector Michael Harrisonlast_img read more

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Turning Astrobiology Surprises Into Evolutionary Fiction

first_imgThere’s never been a surprise that a good astrobiologist hasn’t been able to spin into an evolutionary tale.For a recent example, see the post “How old are the first planets?” on NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine or the reprint on PhysOrg.  In this article, every surprise or anomaly became fodder for Keith Cooper’s imagination.  Here are a few of the unexpected observations in the article that Cooper worked into the grand scenario of cosmic evolution and the origin of life:1.  Rocky planets:  The Kepler spacecraft has found rocky worlds around metal-poor stars that were previously thought to lack ingredients for planets.  Solution: “one way of looking at terrestrial planets is to see them as failed gas giant cores.”  Even more exciting, it means (contrary to earlier beliefs) that rocky planets – and maybe life – may abound around metal-poor stars!  “If Earth-sized planets do not require stars with high abundances of heavy elements, then that has huge implications, expanding the possible abodes for life throughout both space and time.”  Cooper even jumped from his imaginary solution to the conclusion that it implies the “Galactic Habitable Zone” might be wider than thought.2. Fermi Paradox:  Point #1 raises the ghost of the Fermi Paradox: if there are so many rocky worlds with life, how come none have visited the earth by now?  (Their inhabitants, presumably, have had billions of years to evolve advanced technology.)  Solution: Dodge the question with a distracting discussion of how and when gas giants can evolve around low-metal stars.3.  Heavy metal galaxies:  The evolutionary scenario predicted heavy elements would gradually increase over time; early galaxies, therefore, should be depleted in heavy elements.  “Twelve billion years ago the chemistry of galaxies should have been fairly primitive,” Cooper confessed, yet a distant galaxy matched the sun in heavy elements.  Solution: “The best explanation so far is that a starburst – a ferociously rapid bout of star formation – within the inner regions of the galaxy has blown the heavy elements into the galactic outlands.”  In philosophy of science, this is known as a post hoc rationalization.4. Planet billiards:  Gas giants should wreak havoc with rocky planets, sending them careening out of a star’s planetary system as the gas giants migrate inward, but Kepler has found rocky planets interspersed between gas giants. Solution: claim that “what difficulties gas giants can cause for habitable planets, they don’t necessarily have to be a show-stopper“.  But if they are, it only takes one to stop the show.5. Impoverished gas giants:  Gas giants were thought to require an abundance of heavy elements to form cores for accretion of gas, but some have been found around metal-poor stars.  Solution: “it must have formed very early in the history of the Universe,” or, “Why gas giants have been able to form around these heavy-metal deficient stars is unknown, perhaps hinting at an alternative process for gas planet formation.”These and other anomalies, failed expectations and surprises are dealt with accordingly by Cooper and his astronomer interviewees.  Given a lively imagination, no problem is too damning to falsify biological evolution, planetary evolution, stellar evolution, galactic evolution and cosmic evolution.  Here’s how Cooper roused his readers’ imaginations in a sweeping set of glittering generalities (after dodging the 4th point above about planet billiards, and while dodging example #2 about the Fermi Paradox):Regardless, one thing is becoming clear: that sufficient raw materials for building terrestrial planets were available very soon after the Big Bang, raising the possibility that there could be life in the Universe far older than we. Perhaps they reside around long-lived red dwarf stars, or have moved on from their home system after their star expired. Or, perhaps, we really are the first, which means that if life has happened just once throughout the entire history of the Universe, our existence must be a fluke and our planet very, very special indeed.Such a conclusion would allow for any eventuality: even the uniqueness of life on earth would fit an evolutionary scenario.In another article on PhysOrg, planetary theorist Alan Boss came up with a novel way to get refractory compounds into comets, where they were previously thought not to exist: cook them near the sun, then send them out to the fringes by special delivery.  “Their meandering trips back and forth could help explain the different compositions of their rims.”  This, along with a discussion of calcium-aluminum inclusions (CAIs) in meteorites, was touted as solving two solar system puzzles at one blow.  “It’s nice to solve two problems at once,” said Boss. “But there are still many more puzzles about meteorites for us to work on.”  Incidentally, his theory of disk instability for the formation of gas giants runs counter to the core accretion model Keith Cooper assumed in his article.Astronomer Stephen Weinberg once defined an expert as “a person who avoids the small errors while sweeping on to the grand fallacy.”  In this case, Cooper and his Darwin Party experts don’t avoid any errors: they actually use the large errors to sweep on to the grand fallacy.  We might also recall that an expert (ex-spurt) used to be a spurt, but is now just a drip.  Oh, their empirical observations are doing fine: the Kepler spacecraft, the spectrometers, the equations – all built using intelligent design – are pulling the scientific load.  But the scenario, the play, the imaginary story they repeat in spite of the observations – these are what illustrate the skill of evolutionist gumbies to twist any falsification into a celebration of their gnostic powers.  Historical note:  Johannes Kepler, for whom the planet-hunting spacecraft was named, was a creationist. 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