15 homeless as fire guts 3 houses in Mc Doom

first_imgA fire suspected to be arson has completely gutted three buildings in Mc Doom, Greater Georgetown, in the wee hours of Friday.The fire reportedly started at around 01:30h in one of the buildings, which rapidly spread to the others located in the same yard.Guyana Times understands that the fire started in the lower flat of the Lot 50 Middle Street, Mc Doom, house owned by Yvonne Josiah who resides overseas.Jermaine Josiah, 40, the woman’s son was the lone occupant of the house at the time of the fire. He was subsequently arrested. “When I became alerted of the fire, I peeked outside and I see Jermaine just standing on the road looking as the house was being burnt with his hands folded,” a resident told this publication.Neighbours were alerted and quickly lent assistance to the occupants of the other houses.One of the other houses was owned by Olivia Welch, who was at home with her children when the disaster struck. Speaking with this publication, the woman’s daughter, Onica Welch, explained:“We were inside asleep when the neighbours woke us up and tell us that the house was on fire. Our mother just gathered me and my brothers and sisters and we all ran outside.”The third house was owned by Fanda Smith, who was also asleep when the fire started and was awoken by neighbours.Residents worked vigorously to douse the flames, however, their efforts proved futile.The Fire Service was called but according residents four fire tenders went to the location without water.An investigation has been launched by the Police and Guyana Fire Service.last_img read more

Rocker, others linked to probe

first_imgALBANY, N.Y. – Two more people linked to a nationwide investigation into the illegal sale of steroids were arraigned Tuesday on drug-related charges as published reports implicated more athletes, including former relief pitcher John Rocker. Steven and Karen Lampert of Anti-Aging Centers in Nanuet pleaded not guilty in an Albany County, N.Y., courtroom and were released without bail. They are charged with submitting prescriptions to a Florida pharmacy – some “obviously forged” according to the district attorney – for drugs totaling more than $50,000 for people without a medical need. Prosecutors describe the Lamperts as “criminal associates” of Signature Pharmacy in Orlando, Fla. Albany County District Attorney David Soares says Signature was at the center of a web of businesses and doctors that illegally wrote prescriptions for steroids. The arraignments come a day after not guilty pleas were entered in Albany by 11 other defendants, including four Signature Pharmacy officials. Also Tuesday, SI.com reported Rocker, 1996 Olympic wrestling gold-medalist Kurt Angle and former major leaguer David Bell all showed up on a client list of Applied Pharmacy, a Mobile, Ala. company raided in connection with the investigation. Through his spokeswoman, Rocker, who pitched for the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, denied any knowledge of the prescription and denied ever receiving a banned substance, SI.com reported. Bell told SI.com he received the shipment of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) last April, but said the drug was prescribed “for a medical condition,” which he declined to disclose. Soares also acknowledged that bodybuilder Victor Martinez was an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the case and is linked to the Lamperts’ Anti-Aging Centers. Martinez won the Arnold Classic bodybuilding competition Saturday in Ohio. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Steven Lampert is charged with 20 counts, his wife with two. “It seems as though our clients have much less involvement than the others,” said Jay Golland, a lawyer for Karen Lampert. last_img read more

Arsenal unlikely to finish in top four- Koscielny

first_imgLewis Dunk and Glenn Murray capitalised on poor defending to put the hosts two goals ahead, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring a first-half consolation in a 2-1 loss.Significant numbers of Arsenal’s travelling support were calling for Wenger’s head as they went two goals down but Koscielny called for a united front.“We need to stay together, to fight together,” he said. “It is a big period for us. We know it is difficult but you need to put your head down and work every day.“We need to win to have more freedom on the pitch and we need to stay together because it is a bad period but all the players, staff and fans need to know that we are all together. It is important to have everyone behind us.”Arsenal have won just three away league games all season and have now lost eight of their past 13 games in all competitions.Their miserable run has left them 13 points adrift of Tottenham in fourth place and Koscielny conceded it would be difficult to overturn such a deficit.“It will be very hard to finish in the top four,” said the Frenchman.“We have (had) a bad period and did not have the results we wanted. We lost our confidence a little bit and on the pitch we didn’t have the confidence we needed to push ourselves more and to play well with the ball.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A long way off: Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny concedes Champions League football looks unlikely next season © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 5 – Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny admits it will be “very hard” for the club to qualify for the Champions League after another damaging Premier League defeat at the hands of Brighton.Manager Arsene Wenger said after back-to-back 3-0 defeats to Manchester City, including the League Cup final, that his players’ confidence was low and Chris Hughton’s team took full advantage on Sunday.last_img read more

QPR target in bizarre war of words with Getafe

first_img Pedro Leon QPR target Pedro Leon is at the centre of a bizarre argument with his club over an alleged offer from Hannover.The midfielder was thought to be on Harry Redknapp’s list of targets and reports on deadline day suggested a move could have been completed.That was not the case and now a dispute has arisen between Leon and his club. Getafe were not able to register Leon – their highest-paid player – for the new season as it would have taken them over the wage cap imposed on them by the Spanish league.Getafe claimed they had not received any offers for the player this summer, but Leon has published a letter in Marca which appears to be from German side Hannover offering to purchase the player for around £800,000.The German club have stated the letter is genuine but Getafe president Angel Torres claimed he never received it.“We’ve had no official offer from any club. A letter has now emerged which the Germans will have to clarify who sent it and when,” he told Cadena Cope.“No club can say that they have spoken to us, neither can they say they have sent us a letter, so we’ve not been able to reject any offer.“I’m not saying the document is false, but that letter addressed to me and Getafe never reached us.”And Leon’s future is no closer to being decided with the two sides at loggerheads over the situation. 1last_img read more

Sampdoria keen on signing West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna this summer

first_img1 Angelo Ogbonna in action for West Ham Sampdoria are considering making a move to sign West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna.The 29-year-old joined the Hammers from Juventus in 2015 and was expected to emerge as a key figure at the London Stadium.However, he missed a considerable part of last season with a knee injury, but played the full 90 minutes in the final-day victory at Burnley.Not a regular at Juventus, Ogbonna was still rated highly and it is unclear if the Hammers would be willing to sell him.According to Il Secolo XIX, Sampdoria are showing an interest in the West Ham defender and could look to take him back to Italy ahead of the start of the new season. The Serie A side are in the market for a defender and Ogbonna is reportedly under serious consideration.The 29-year-old has made 65 appearances for West Ham over the last two seasons and has a contract until 2019 with the club.last_img read more


first_imgThe last time Letterkenny man Brian McDaid saw a razor, Bill Clinton was calling the shots in the White House.Not that the well known DJ likes to grow facial hair for fun.It’s a lot more serious than that. The reason behind the Crievesmith man’s decision is simple – he wants to help someone else less fortunate than himself.With just seven days to go until the shave-off, Brian is attempting to raise as much money as possible for little Sarah McFeely, 3.Sarah has a rare form of cerebral palsy and her parents Ray and Bronagh are trying to raise as much cash as possible to send her to the Peto Institute in Budapest.And they’re almost there – good friends like Brian McDaid have made sure of that. If you have a spare two euro coin or €20 for that matter, then donate it to Brian’s shave-off.Anything would be better than seeing the poor man like this.And his parents Barney and Kathleen would than you as well!For more information log ontohttp://www.facebook.com/sarahssmile2012 BRIAN’S CLOSE SHAVE READY TO MAKE LITTLE SARAH SMILE was last modified: February 26th, 2012 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:Brian McDaidPeto InstituteSarah McFeelylast_img read more


first_imgDDTV: This is how some accidents happen. A rogue – and possibly drunk – motorist pulls into a busy lane of traffic, and almost causes a smash.A Donegal Daily reader, with camera mounted on the dashboard, recorded this incident this evening.He was driving up towards Mountain Top in Letterkenny.Click play to see what happens next…… DDTV: VIDEO OF CRAZY DRIVER ALMOST CAUSING A CRASH IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 21st, 2014 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:crazy drivingDDTVdonegalletterkennyvideolast_img read more

Mayor boosts housing fund to $100 million

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa plans to announce today that he will double the amount of money in a city fund devoted to increasing affordable housing in Los Angeles. Villaraigosa has tapped several city agencies to redirect $50 million to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, bringing its total funding level to $100 million, a marker that local officials have long sought. “People said it could not be done, that this goal was unachievable,” Villaraigosa said in a prepared statement. “But today, we are making history as we address the housing crisis for our most vulnerable residents.” First created in 2000, the trust fund has mostly helped pay for development projects with affordable rental units, though some of it has also gone to promoting homeownership and providing emergency rental assistance. Some trust fund dollars also go toward preserving existing units at risk of being converted to market-rate housing. last_img read more

DSTV, GOTV launch new football season

first_img Tags: DSTV.La Ligapremier leagueSerie Auefa champions league MultiChoice Uganda PR, Joan Ssemanda Kizza, speaking at the launch of the 2018/19 season. (PHOTO/Courtsey)For the 2019/20 season, Ugandan football fans can continue to see the best teams, players and managers: a rejuvenated Real Madrid, now featuring the talents of Eden Hazard, will look to knock Barcelona off their perch in La Liga; Antonio Conte, new manager of Internazionale, will be on the hunt for the scalp of his former team Juventus in Serie A; and in the Premier League we are set to see another momentous duel between Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.Joseph Bogera, Head of Sales of MultiChoice Uganda says of the upcoming season: “DStv and GOtv viewers will once again be the recipients of our incredible football coverage, as they  continue to deliver world-class action to fans wherever they watch, whether on television or on digital platforms.“Our comprehensive football coverage includes the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League  and that’s not even including all the thrills and spills from the Africa Cup of Nations, which just ended!” said Bogere.MultiChoice will provide its football coverage throughout all the DStv packages, GOtv Max and GOtv Plus bouquets. DStv Access and GOtv Plus customers have access to over 220 live games per season, with two games each from the Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A.The football kicks off with on Sunday, 4 August 2019 with the Emirates Fa Cup’s anticipated Community Shield match between Liverpool and Manchester City which will air live and in HD on SuperSport at 16:00 CAT on SS3 and SS10 (DStv), Select 2 (GOtv) and Max1 / Max360 (Portuguese channels).The new football season gets underway on DStv and GOtv with SuperSport next month August.Keep an eye out for the pre-season games to whet the appetite, and fixtures to find out when your favourite teams will be playing in superior DStv and GOtv quality.Sports Offerings on the various packages:Premier LeagueThe home of the Premier League on DStv will be SuperSport 3. DStv Compact customers and above will have access to the best matches of each round. GOtv Max and Plus, as well as DStv Access and Family customers, won’t miss out either, with access to a number of live matches.La LigaDStv subscribers from Premium to Family will have font row seats to all La Liga games, while on GOtv, Max is the home of the Spanish league and all the best games will be available on the package, while Plus customers can tune in twice a week for selected matches.UEFAThe best matches from the league can be viewed live from DStv Compact Plus upwards, and all other packages will have access to selected games. GOtv Max viewers and DStv Family customers can catch up to two UEFA Champions League games per week.Serie ADStv Family customers have a boosted offering of Serie A and will see all the matches, while Access customers will be able to catch two games a week.  GOtv Max and GOtv Plus customers will enjoy our coverage of the best action from Italy.Comments last_img read more

Soft Lung Tissue Found in Modern-Looking Bird from Dinosaur Era

first_imgFor the first time, soft tissue showing details of lung structure have been found in a fossil bird said to be 120 million years old.PNAS just printed a paper with another soft-tissue bombshell: Wang et al., “Archaeorhynchus preserving significant soft tissue including probable fossilized lungs.” It’s not the first fossil of Archaeorhynchus spathula, a pigeon-sized bird sporting a fantail and avian lungs. It’s also not the first fossil with probable lung tissue. It is, however, the first fossil showing details of avian lung tissue so well-preserved as to determine the lung structure. The soft tissue traces appear in pairs, supporting the idea that they are preserved lungs rather than other organs.The fossil, alleged to be 120 million Darwin Years old, was found in China’s Jehol biota, but had been resting in a museum till examined by co-author Jingmai O’Connor. Live Science says,This is the fifth described A. spathula specimen — a toothless, pigeon-size bird — but it’s by far the best preserved, O’Connor said. That’s especially because of the speckled, white material in its chest cavity that appears to be a fossilized lung.Once again, the reports leave the nature of this “soft tissue” somewhat ambiguous: is it primordial, original biological material, or does “fossilized” indicate mineral replacement? The paper does make clear, however, that features belonging to modern birds appear in this fossil earlier than expected:Bones of flying birds are hollow and air-filled, with girders and struts for strength. Courtesy Illustra Media.Unusual traces of paired soft tissue structures preserved in Archaeorhynchus STM7-11 are, largely by exclusion, identified as plausible remnants of the lungs (Fig. 2), a deduction supported by topographical location and gross morphological and microscopic lines of evidence. In fact, this is not the first known record of fossilized lungs in a vertebrate; lung remains are also preserved in a Mesozoic mammal from the 125-Ma Las Hoyas Lagerstätte (25) and several Tertiary fossil amphibians (44, 45). Because EDS failed to reveal the chemical composition of the authigenic mineral forming the lung remains, we cannot attempt to explain the taphonomic processes responsible for this preservation at this time. Although not all of the main structures of the avian respiratory system could be identified on the supposed fossil lung (e.g., the very delicate air sacs that are even less likely to fossilize), the microstructure of the preserved lung closely resembles that of modern birds. This suggests that the general structural design of the avian lung has been conserved for a very long time, being already present in the most primitive members of the Ornithuromorpha, the clade that includes Neornithes, and can be presumed to have considerable functional utility.Whether or not the authors could distinguish between mineral and biological material, they were impressed by the remarkable preservation. Laura Geggel at Live Science says,Ancient organs rarely fossilize, so paleontologists were stunned to find the incredibly well-preserved remains of a lung that belonged to bird from the dinosaur age.The FeathersThis fossil also has modern-like feathers preserved. Laura Geggel continues,Initially, scientists were excited to describe the specimen of Archaeorhynchus spathula, a bird that lived about 120 million years ago, because its fossil had exquisitely preserved feathers, including a unique pintail that isn’t seen in any other Cretaceous bird, but is common in birds nowadays.These are not imaginary feathers (15 May 2017) on a supposed “feathered dinosaur” (6 March 2014), but real feathers on a real bird. The authors distinguish the two, referring to “feathered dinosaurs and birds” in the Introduction. In all other references, this fossil is called a bird, described as “a basal member of the Ornithuromorpha [bird-shaped things], the lineage that includes neornithines” [new birds]. Latin taxonomic terms seem less imposing when translated into plain English.Does this bird look 120 million years old? Artist conception of Archaeorhynchus. Credit: Brian Choo.Where’s the Evolution?Evolutionists face a dilemma placing this fossil into an evolutionary timeline. Geggel summarizes the authors’ opinion, saying, “The finding reveals that the lung structures in early birds are similar to the lungs of modern birds.” Its feathers, also, appear modern. How is this to be explained by mutation and natural selection? The authors say, Archaeorhynchus is commonly resolved as the most basal known ornithuromorph bird, capturing a stage of avian evolution in which skeletal indicators of respiration remain primitive yet the lung microstructure appears modern. This adds to growing evidence that many physiological modifications of soft tissue systems (e.g., digestive system and respiratory system) that characterize living birds and are key to their current success may have preceded the evolution of obvious skeletal adaptations traditionally tracked through the fossil record.In short, function preceded shape. It’s like saying that your internal organs evolved first, then your skeleton evolved to match them. Does that make sense, really? And how would scientists know that, when the organs are rarely preserved? That last sentence in the quote indicates that evolutionists could be on the wrong track looking at fossil bones alone.As usual, the answer to how these complex organs and systems evolved, is “They evolved” (29 August 2018). Instead of explaining how things could evolve by Darwinian mechanisms (the Stuff Happens Law, 13 Oct 2018), they reason that since these complex systems provide a benefit, they must have “emerged” or “appeared” by indescribable means. The authors use another synonym for Darwinian miracles: birds “attained” their remarkable powers:After birds attained the capacity for powered flight, they dispersed widely, and consequently underwent a notable adaptive radiation that ultimately resulted in Aves being the most speciose of the amniote clades. Among vertebrates, birds have structurally the most complex, and functionally the most efficient, respiratory system: the lung-air sac system (20, 21, 39, 40), which is capable of supporting their highly energetically demanding form of locomotion (powered flight), even in extremely oxygen-poor environments (e.g., for the bar-headed geese, which fly over the Himalayas). Although certain morphological similarities exist between the lungs of birds and those of other reptiles (41, 42), important questions on how, when, and why the modern avian lung evolved remain unclear.Laura Geggel, peering into Darwin’s crystal ball, sees a glimmer of light, even if unclear:O’Connor is calling the A. spathula fossil “the first informative lung remains,” because they shed light on bird evolution.There you have it: birds “attained” powered flight. But did they attain it on their own, or was this capability, involving multiple integrated systems, imparted to them by intelligent design? (see Flight: The Genius of Birds).Here’s the upshot: Soft tissue has been found in a remarkably preserved fossil bird possessing many modern-looking traits, including “the most complex, and functionally the most efficient respiratory system” in the animal kingdom. These soft tissue impressions survived in exquisite detail for 120 million Darwin Years. The bird resembled a pigeon, with modern-looking fantail feathers. Scientists classified it as a “new bird” in the category “bird-shaped things.” Aren’t you glad you have experts to “shed light” on evolution for us?(Visited 777 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more