– in front of workplaceA 55-year-old security guard was discovered early Thursday morning lying in a pool of blood outside of his Robb Street, Georgetown, place of employment.The dead man has been identified as Sammy Prowell of Lot 21 Pepper Hill Mocha Arcadia, East Bank Demerara. The discovery was made sometime around 05:45h on Thursday in front of a property he was guarding.According to reports, the man’s lifeless body was found in a pool of blood outside the downtown Robb Street business, Hai Matadi Ishant Variety Store, with lacerated wounds to the neck.Investigators at the scene where the security guard’s body was lyingGuyana Times understands that the man’s throat was slashed from the left side to the front and then stabbed on the right side. The slash reportedly had an eight inch incision, this newspaper was told.Speaking with reporters, Prowell’s brother, Farley Scipio, related that he was at home when he received a telephone call from one of his sisters, who informed him about the man’s death.“So what I did, I come down to town to try and get things in order. I end up at the hospital now and I identify him,” the brother said.Scipio said they were not sure what transpired that resulted in his brother losing his life in such a manner.“I ain’t know what really transpired, how he get murder and if he and anybody get any problem or whatever the case is,” the man stated.Prowell was attached to the Transportation and Protection Agency and works the 21:00h to 05:00h shift in the night. Only three months ago, he had joined the company.At the scene, the company’s Operations Manager, Mark Samuels, told reporters that after being informed about the incident, he went to the scene and saw Prowell’s lifeless body crunched over a table.“When I came here, I saw a crowd and the guy was lying on the desk. But I didn’t do anything else, I just go down to the Police station and they did the necessary,” he related.According to the security firm official, it appears that the act, which he described as gruesome, was a deliberate one since there were no signs of a struggle or any attempted breakage on the premises.“The location was secured but what happens sometimes when I come visit here, you find a lot of junkies in the area and he would be kind of aggressive to them. I spoke to him several times and I told him, when you working out here you got to be friendly because the area out here is lonesome. I said instead of creating enemies, you try to create friendships but he had this kind of attitude so I don’t know what brought (his murder) because if you check around there was no attempted breakage or anything of the sort,” the Manager told reporters.While the security firm will be conducting its own investigation into the murder of its employee, Samuels is calling on the Police to thoroughly investigate the matter as he stressed on the risks security guards face while on duty.Meanwhile, A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander, Marlon Chapman, told this publication on Thursday evening that they were yet to ascertain what exactly transpired. Nevertheless, he assured that investigations are ongoing. No arrests have been made.The now dead father of three lived alone in a small shack. His neighbours described him as friendly. Prowell’s body is presently at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination.
“This is sending us into a tailspin,” said county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. “We believe this will adversely affect our county annually to the tune of $200 million. It will contribute to a degradation of public health, and it’s something that we’re going to fight very hard.” The Bush administration has long sought to limit Medicaid payments to public hospitals, but Congress in 2005 beat back legislation that would have imposed caps. This year, however, the administration changed tactics and moved to reduce about $5 billion in spending over the next five years by using a series of regulatory changes. Lawmakers from 42 states that depend heavily on such payments, however – including California, Illinois and New York – have been fighting back hard. “A cutoff of the funds would work a real hardship on those hospitals,” said Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., who led the fight to preserve the money by inserting a one-year moratorium on the new Medicaid rule in the $124 billion war supplemental. That measure, however, also included a controversial timeline for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq. Bush this week called a deadline “irresponsible” and vetoed the bill. While new negotiations are in the works, domestic issues like hospital funding have fallen into the background as congressional leaders debate benchmarks and other ways to monitor progress in Iraq. Durbin said Friday he was uncertain whether the hospital protection will stay in. The funding reduction would hit five hospitals in Los Angeles County: Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Yaroslavsky said the reduction would wipe out money Los Angeles County takes in from a 2002 ballot proposal that raised property taxes to generate about $180 million for trauma and emergency services. He also noted the county had not accounted for the possibility of losing the money when it determined its budget for the coming year. “It is money we have not assumed we’re going to lose,” he said. “We would have been foolish to make plans based on the worst-case scenario. We would have had to close hospitals.” At the same time, Yaroslavsky predicted, hospitals will have to shut their doors if Congress can’t protect the funding. “The ripple effect it will have on the private hospitals is quantifiable,” he said. “All the patients will have to go somewhere, and they’ll flood the private hospitals.” firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles County hospitals could become the newest victims in the ongoing battle between Democrats and the Bush administration over the Iraq war. Tucked into the war spending bill that President George W. Bush vetoed this week was a key domestic provision blocking the government from slashing $500 million in annual Medicaid payments to California’s public hospitals. With Congress and the White House now back at the bargaining table, health advocates said they worry hospitals will be overlooked in the high-stakes negotiations over management of the war. If the provision is dropped, it will mean a $200 million annual hit to Los Angeles County that officials said could force some hospitals to shut their emergency-room doors.
Letterkenny Rugby Club have launched their sponsorship drive to raise funds for the season ahead.It’s just €100 to enter the draw which takes places on the 30th of August in the clubroom after the corporate TAG RUGBY tournament. All entrants to the draw will be included on the clubhouse billboard, will be listed on the Letterkenny Rugby Club website, and will also be acknowledged in the local media.1st prize – Gold sponsorship package worth €2,5002nd prize – Silver sponsorship package worth €1,0003rd prize – Bronze sponsorship package worth €500. LETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUB LAUNCH SPONSORSHIP DRAW was last modified: August 26th, 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:FeaturesLETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUBNoticesSport
Glencolmcille Tidytowns An application for this years tidytowns competition has been completed for Glen, the area included is from the Garda Barracks to the Folk Village. A big effort is being made to improve our TidyTowns marks. Judges are expected to visit in the first half of June. Siúloid na Muirlinne One of the biggest projects in the area at the moment is the river walk from Gannew Bridge to the Minister’s Bridge. Some funding has been made available for this project and the Parish Council hopes that work will be able to begin soon. Anyone with any ideas should contact any member of the Glencolmcille Parish Council to get involved. Table Quiz There will be a table quiz in the Glen Head Tavern on Saturday 26th May at 9.30pm to raise money for various community projects in Glencolmcille such as the TidyTowns effort, the River Walk, the upgrading of the Mart etc. Community Information Point As the Lace House on Cashel Street is currently vacant, it has been decided to set up a Community Information Point. This can be treated as a hub for all local information, and also a place where visitors can go with queries. LOCAL NEWS: GLENCOLMCILLE COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: May 18th, 2012 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:LOCAL NEWS: GLENCOLMCILLE COMMUNITY NEWS
Sarah….doing well thanks to hospital staffA PROUD Donegal grandad is set to golf through the night – in honour of this bundle of joy….his beautiful grand-daughter Sarah Porter.Liam Lynch and a group of golfing buddies embark on a 12 hour golfing marathon all in the name of charity in Buncrana golf club.They will start golfing at 8pm Friday and will be golfing through the night with the support of flashing golf balls and generators to help light up the greens!!! All things going well, they’ll putt their last few balls by 8am on Saturday.Their selected charity is the “Friends of the Coombe” which operates as a support for parents who have babies born before their due date.This charity has been of great support to Liam, a well-known taxi driver in Buncrana, and his family.His daughter Mary Porter gave birth to her daughter Sarah Porter on the 15th of May 2013 at 27 weeks. “As Sarah was born so early she had to spend the first few months of her life in the care of the great people at the Coombe hospital in Dublin,” said Liam’s son Michael.“Without the help and support of the friends of the Coombe charity, Mary and her husband Mark would have really struggled to overcome this traumatic experience. Thankfully however Sarah battled through and is now looking forward to her first birthday next month.”Any donations from the public would be greatly welcomed and can be arranged by contacting Liam on 0876746567 or Mark on 0860750377.Everyone is invited to the golf course tomorrow night (Friday) to help cheer on these golfing heros as they embark on their journey.Maith sibh Little fighter…SarahLIAM SET TO GOLF THROUGH THE NIGHT FOR HOSPITAL WHO SAVED HIS GRAND-DAUGHTER was last modified: April 25th, 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:buncranaCoombe HospitalLiam LynchSarah Porter
Can’t Pay Won’t Pay have condemned the “arrogant and heavy-handed approach” of Irish Water meter contractors who have moved into Letterkenny in force this week.And have pledged their full support for residents who resist metering or remove installed meters.Residents of Thorndale and Elmwood Downs awoke this week to find their footpaths ripped up and Irish Water vans putting in water meters in the area. A spokesman for Can’t Pat Won’t Pay said the residents had been given no notice of the water supply being cut off.“Despite what Irish Water have promised, no notice is being given to residents that their water supplies have been cut off. We have heard from people who have gone to work leaving washing machines or dishwashers on who have been worried that their appliances may have been damaged by the sudden loss of water supply,” said spokesperson Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig.“Even where people have made it clear they did not want meters, the contractors have ignored them and continued the installations. Their actions are arrogant and heavy-handed. I have stopped installers on a number of occasions in West Donegal by standing over the connection and I fully support anyone who does the same in Letterkenny. Make it clear you do not want a meter, stand in their way, ask them why they have not given you the required notice. In short, get in their face and make it difficult for them. At the very least it will slow them down and they may decide to move on to where they will get less resistance.”“Where they do succeed, it is easy enough to remove the meter and I encourage people to do it. I believe this is rightful civil disobedience. The government can claim no mandate to implement these charges. There is overwhelming opposition to the charges and they should have scrapped them not modified them.” “It is important to remember that even if they install a meter on your supply, you can still join the boycott. Tens of thousands in Donegal will not pay regardless of whether we have meters or not. In the end it will be the impossibility of getting us all to pay that will make water charges uncollectable and will finally kill them off. Can’t Pay Won’t Pay’s message is: resist metering, support the protests and join the boycott.” ‘CAN’T PAY WON’T PAY’ SLAM ‘HEAVY-HANDED’ APPROACH OF IRISH WATER IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: January 8th, 2015 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:Can’t Pay Won’t PayIrish Waterletterkenny
The body of a woman has been recovered from Trusk Lough outside Ballybofey.The remains of the woman, who was in her 60s and from the locality, was discovered yesterday.Foul play is not suspected. Body of woman in 60s recovered in Ballybofey was last modified: May 13th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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)
By JAKE SEINER | The Associated PressSAN DIEGO — The baseballs weren’t juiced during a record-setting 2019 regular season, according to a study commissioned by Major League Baseball.They were just flying farther. A four-person committee of scientists found that baseballs this year had less drag on average than in previous seasons, contributing to a power surge that resulted in a record number of home runs. Their report released Wednesday blamed the spike on inconsistencies in the seam …
Camellias and the weevils that attack their seeds seem locked in conflict. The thicker a camellia grows its protective woody covering around its seeds, the longer the feeding tube on some weevil to break through and devour. John R. Thompson talked about such “coevolutionary arms races” in Current Biology1 and asked whether such wars can go on forever, leading to increased exaggeration of traits. The answer is, apparently, there are limits. Traits vary in a mosaic pattern across populations. Not all camellias are infested by beetles with the longest boring tools. As with any war, there are hotspots and coldspots. The dynamics of arms races seem to buffer both species against extremes.Collectively, these studies suggest that coevolution is a pervasive process that continually reshapes interspecific interactions across broad geographic areas. And that has important implications for our understanding of the role of coevolution in fields ranging from epidemiology to conservation biology. Many diseases, for example malaria, vary geographically both in parasite virulence and host resistance, potentially creating regions of coevolutionary hotspots and coldspots. The spread of introduced species seems be creating new geographic mosaics of coevolution as some species become invasive and coevolve with native species in different ways in different regions or drive rapid evolution in native species, sometimes in less than a hundred years or so. The results for Japanese camellia and camellia weevils reinforce the developing view that interactions coevolve as a geographic mosaic across landscapes, and it is often difficult for one partner to get ahead of the other (or others) everywhere. (Emphasis added.)1John R. Thompson, “Coevolution: The Geographic Mosaic of Coevolutionary Arms Races,” Current Biology, Volume 15, Issue 24, 24 December 2005, pages R992-R994, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2005.11.046.This appears to provide more slippage on the evolutionary treadmill (see 03/17/2003 entry). Though the word “evolution” is involved, don’t be confused; this has nothing to do with macroevolution, like bacteria evolving into people. Coevolution leads to exaggerated traits between two interacting species, like the beaks of hummingbirds and the flowers they pollinate. As with all other observed forms of microevolution, including Darwin’s famous finches, it involves the modification of existing traits – not the origin of new ones. Notice how quickly changes can result; Thompson referred to rapid “evolution” in native species in less than 100 years after an intruder was introduced. Young-earth creationists could use such concepts to explain the rapid diversification of varieties and species within created kinds, and there would be nothing Thompson or the Darwinists could do to prove them wrong. Studies like this do not establish that coevolution can be extrapolated endlessly into macroevolution. In fact, the quote above seems to indicate otherwise: there are limits to the amount of change in the “coevolutionary arms race.” World War II did not produce Superman. (Visited 65 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Scientists have a lot to learn about living animals before presuming to speak of long-lost extinct ones.Tree croc: Scientists have confirmed anecdotal reports that some crocodiles and alligators can climb trees. “When most people envision crocodiles and alligators, they think of them waddling on the ground or wading in water — not climbing trees,” Science Daily reported. “However, a new study has found that the reptiles can climb trees as far as the crowns.” Scientists from U of Tennessee found 4 species on 3 continents (Australia, Africa and North America) engaging in tree climbing. They think the reptiles do it to regulate their body temperature by basking, or to improve their view for surveillance. Small ones could venture farther than big ones, but “the ability to climb vertically is a measure of crocodiles’ spectacular agility on land.”Alpine bumblebee: Science Magazine reported that bumblebees appear capable of flying higher than Mt. Everest. “The last thing you’d expect to see out your airplane window is a bumblebee cruising by,” the article says. “But a new study suggests that the insects might be capable of such high-altitude jaunts.” Chinese researchers studied some bees found at high altitude, and experimented with their limits, finding some capable of thriving 100 meters above the elevation of Everest. The bees appear to compensate for the lower air pressure by flapping at the same speed but with greater amplitude.High wings: Quick: What bird flies the highest altitude? According to the BBC News, its Reppell’s vulture, found at 37,000 feet (presumably with bumblebee companions). The article gives “Seven surprising facts about vultures,” including their big appetites, ability to fly high and for long distances, and their varied diet and strong stomachs for digesting carrion. “Bearded vultures are the only animals known to have a diet of 70-90% bone and their stomach acid allows them to take nutrients from what other species discard,” the article says, noting that the stomach acid can neutralize cholera, anthrax and even botulism toxin – the strongest poison in the world (one gram could kill a billion humans). Thanks in part to vultures, the world is cleansed of decaying dead animals. One vulture carrying two dead rats was blocked at the airport gate recently. The reason? He was only allowed one carrion.Flying snakes: A video clip on the BBC News, and an accompanying article, show that some snakes in Southeast Asia can shape themselves a bit like an S-shaped Frisbee and glide through the air for long distances after flinging itself off tree branches. “Scientists say that the serpents radically alter their body shape to generate the aerodynamic forces needed to perform this feat.” A photo caption reads, “The aerodynamic forces are comparable with those generated by a plane’s wing.”Weightlifter ants: Ants are capable of sustaining “astounding pressures” on their necks, Science Daily said, calling their necks “amazing” and worth studying for improving robot strength. These aren’t specially trained ants, either, but just common American field ants. Measurements with centrifuges show the neck can withstand 5,000 times the ant’s body weight, due to a combination of materials and the structure of the joints. These leave the muscles free to lift and position objects.Sneezing sponges: This headline on Science Daily says it all: “Sneezing sponges suggest existence of sensory organ: Discovery challenges assumptions about ‘primitive’ organism.” How can an animal without a nervous system have a sense organ? That was the question a young biologist, Danielle Ludeman, decided to ask at the University of Alberta. “The sponge is a filter feeder that relies totally on water flow through its body for food, oxygen and waste removal,” the article explained. “Sneezing, a 30- to 45-minute process that sees the entire body of the sponge expand and contract, allows it to respond to physical stimuli such as sediment in the water.” This seems to presuppose sensory ability, but where did it reside? Ludeman and her supervisor, Sallie Leys, found ciliated cells lining the osculum. As evolutionists, they are trying to figure out whether this evolved uniquely in the sponge or is common to all animals. For a sponge, one of the simplest multicellular animals of all, to have a sense organ is “totally new,” not found in textbooks; “this doesn’t appear in someone’s concept of what sponges are permitted to have,” Leys said.Controlled power dive: Peregrine falcons can dive at 200 miles an hour, an article on Science Daily says. Experiments with specially designed wind tunnels shows that their feathers appear to act as “self-adaptive flaps” during dives. The body also changes shape during descent.Monarch crisis: Long live the king! We end with a sad story of the precipitous decline of Monarch butterflies, reported by Live Science and Science Now. These long-distance travelers, highlighted in the Illustra film Metamorphosis: The Beauty and Design of Butterflies, are in trouble – this time, it appears truly because of human interference. It’s not just their home in the mountains of Mexico that is threatened by logging. Use of pesticide-resistant crops in the USA has allowed many farmers to spray their fields with Roundup, killing off the milkweed on which the butterflies depend. Drought in Texas may also be a factor. Once a billion butterflies met in Mexico; now, 33.5 million were estimated during a 9-year decline. Unless quick measures are taken to restore the milkweed, this long-distance migration, a wonder of nature, is at risk of being lost.No matter where you look, the living world is filled with astonishing design. How can anyone attribute these feats to blind, aimless forces? Evolution amounts to a cop-out explanation, like saying, “Well, if they weren’t that way, they would have gone extinct” or “Stuff happens.” Come now, and let us reason together. Mistakes, in our day-to-day experience, do not generally cause exquisite design. Good design is a product of engineering. Why not make the logical inference? These animals don’t just show passable design. They show elegant, exquisite, astonishing design, as if Someone with omniscience, omnipotence, and wisdom had a plan. Follow the evidence. (Visited 71 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0