Kissoon’s Furniture Store donates to Pike Street fire victims

first_imgTwo families of the Pike Street, Kitty fire — which occurred in the wee hours of March 7 and destroyed three houses, leaving some 30 persons homeless — were on Friday thankful to receive a donation of mattresses and pillows from Kissoon’s Furniture Store at Industrial Site, Ruimveldt.The donation was handed over to the Dominic and Layne families by the company’s Sales Manager, Christina Dhanesar.With assistance from its staff, the donation was made as the company sought to give back to the community by helping families in need.Expressing deep gratitude for the items, the families called for additional help as they seek to overcome the setback occasioned by the tragedy.Guyana Times had carried a report on this fire, which started in the Lot 185 Pike Street apartment of Oswald Layne and subsequently destroyed two other buildings, located at Lot 185 and 191 Pike Street.The report stated that Layne had awoken to use the washroom at sometime around 03:15h, and discovered his apartment filled with smoke. He raised an alarm as the fire began to engulf the entire wooden structure before spreading east and west to destroy the other buildings.Fire tenders from Central, Campbellville, Alberttown and Ruimveldt Fire Stations all responded, and were able to put out the blaze by sometime around 05:00h.Junior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomes was one of the first people on the scene, and she took the victims to her home, where they were offered breakfast, a bath, and a change of clothing.last_img read more

Deila urges Man City striker to remain at Celtic amid Inter Milan interest

first_img John Guidetti in action for Celtic 1 Celtic manager Ronny Deila has urged Manchester City striker John Guidetti to stay at the club.The Sweden international is currently on a season-long loan at the Scottish champions, where he has scored 13 goals in 24 games.The 22-year-old is reportedly deemed surplus to requirements by Manchester City and can leave permanently in the summer.Inter Milan are the latest club to be linked with the striker and while Deila admits he knows nothing about an approach from the Italian club, he hopes Guidetti will decide to stay at Celtic.“That’s new to me, but I think it will not be the last club we’ll hear about,” said Deila.“He should stay here at Celtic. He’s enjoying his stay and is going to get better.”last_img read more

GIANT BUNDORAN GAA BANNER URGES DONEGAL TO VICTORY

first_imgANYONE travelling around Bundoran over the past few days couldn’t have missed this giant banner – hoping it will inspire Jim McGuinness’s Donegal to a third Ulster Championship in a row.With thanks to Aine McCaughey-Temple for the picture.We hope to see the banner again at Clones on Sunday.  GIANT BUNDORAN GAA BANNER URGES DONEGAL TO VICTORY was last modified: July 20th, 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:GIANT BUNDORAN GAA BANNER URGES DONEGAL TO VICTORYlast_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE FAI SOCCER SUMMER SCHOOL AT BALLYARE

first_imgPictured at the Donegal Junior League’s FAI Summer Soccer School at Diamond Park, Ballyare are Head Coach Stephen Corcoran and School Coach Kieran Mc Daid with one of the participation groups. THEY all want to be the next Messi – and playing in 30C heat in Co Donegal today, they are certainly getting used the Spanish-style heat of Barcelona.The next generation of budding football stars were taking part in the FAI Summer Soccer School, hosted by the Donegal Junior League at Ballyare.  PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE FAI SOCCER SUMMER SCHOOL AT BALLYARE was last modified: July 19th, 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)last_img read more

REVEALED: WOMAN WAS BEHIND SPATE OF HOLIDAY HOME BURGLARIES

first_imgPortsalon: Campbell carried out burglaries not far from where she livesA JUDGE has reserved his sentencing on a woman behind a spate of burglaries and thefts from holiday homes in the county.Theresa Campbell from Portsalon emptied homes of their contents in a series of raids – even taking heating oil. During one robbery, she stole a washing machine, tumble drier, TVs, hair straighteners and even the linen off the beds, Letterkenny District Court heard.Inspector Michael Harrison detailed the incidents in front of Judge Paul Kelly.A charge of carrying out an arson attack on her father’s home at Rosskirk – to defraud insurance companies – was withdrawn after the court heard her father had since died.Inspector Harrison said Campbell, who is 42, stole a range of items from two holiday homes on the Lough Salt Road, Carrigart in September 2010.The homes belonged to a woman from the North and Campbell helped herself to €1,700 worth of goods including the washing machine, a laundry basket and a kettle.She also caused €300 damage to the property and emptied the oil tank.She struck again at Eelburn Caravan Park the following month, carrying out burglaries at two caravans owned by a man from Co Down.A TV, aerial, DVD player were among €560 worth of good stolen and €200 worth of damage was done to the properties.In another raid the following month at Croaghross – in November 2010 – she stole tools to the value of  €1,300.Campbell also admitted driving while disqualified and the theft of oil when she was stopped in Kilmacrennan in October 2010.Inspector Harrison said she had stolen goods worth €3,760 and caused damage to properties worth €900.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client had a “simplistic” approach to life and described the case as “sad.”He said Campbell hoped to pay back some of the money by letting land next month for which she would be paid €1,200.Judge Kelly gave Campbell as six month suspended jail sentence for the driving offences June 2011, suspended sentence for previous pointing out: “She was given a 20-year driving ban in July 2008.”The judge warned: “She is not to drive again.”He adjourned the sentence on the burglaries until December 9.REVEALED: WOMAN WAS BEHIND SPATE OF HOLIDAY HOME BURGLARIES was last modified: September 10th, 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:burglarLetterkenny CourtPortsalonTheresa Campbelllast_img read more

COMMUNITY ALERT: BURGLARS OPERATING IN INISHOWEN

first_imgCOMMUNITY Alert: A gang of burglars in a stolen black Mercedes car is operating this weekend in Inishowen.A reader in Moville had valuables stolen during a raid at lunchtime on Saturday.“They stole valuables and money and our car key,” says the reader. “They were driving a 04 black Mercedes and they were seen leaving our house and pulling the number plates off.“I would appeal for anyone with information to contact Gardaí.” COMMUNITY ALERT: BURGLARS OPERATING IN INISHOWEN was last modified: January 5th, 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:burglarscommunity alertCOMMUNITY ALERT: BURGLARS OPERATING IN INISHOWENmovillethieveslast_img read more

BRITISH POLICE ASK PORTUGESE OFFICIALS TO DETAIN SUSPECTS IN MADELEINE McCANN CASE

first_imgMadeleine in Donegal, pictured second from left in April 2007. She disappeared in Portugal two weeks later.BRITISH police have asked their Portugese counterparts to arrest three suspects in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.The three-year-old – whose father has strong Donegal connections – disappeared from a holiday apartment in Portugal in 2007.The Metropolitan Police in London assigned to Operation Grange want to talk to three burglars who carried out raids in the Portuguese resort at the time of the abduction. Mobile phone records showed the suspects made numerous calls to each other in the hours after she disappeared.The Crown Prosecution Service has sent an International Letter of Request to ­Portuguese police seeking permission to arrest the trio.A spokesman for Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry said: “The letter is a significant development. It is necessary for British police to request the ­Portuguese authorities allow them to operate on their turf.“It means they have the intention of arresting and interviewing X, Y or Z. We don’t know who they have their sights on but it’s likely it is the burglars. “Whether the Portuguese will co-operate remains to be seen. It is a very sensitive issue with differences they have had.“Police want to be given a chance to arrest key suspects. It doesn’t prove they have Madeleine but it will rule them in or out of the investigation and that is i­mportant.“Kate and Gerry don’t want to build up their hopes too high but they realise it could be a significant new lead.”  BRITISH POLICE ASK PORTUGESE OFFICIALS TO DETAIN SUSPECTS IN MADELEINE McCANN CASE was last modified: January 13th, 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:burglarsdonegalmadeleine mccannmissingpoliceportugalsuspectslast_img read more

COUNCIL PUTS GRITTERS ON ROAD OVERNIGHT FOR COLD SNAP

first_imgDonegal County Council were last night gritting some roads with temperatures expected to plunge.Gritters were back on Donegal’s roads last night.Indeed many parts of the county awoke to a light dusting of snow on Saturday and Sunday morning – just days after blistering sunshine.Both Errigal and Muckish were visibly white with some light snow on many parts of higher ground. Although today and tomorrow is expected to be cold and windy, the good news is that the weather is expected to get much better towards the end of the week temperatures in the high teens due by the weekend.Don’t put away the suncream just yet!COUNCIL PUTS GRITTERS ON ROAD OVERNIGHT FOR COLD SNAP was last modified: April 13th, 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:Donegal County Councilgritterssnowweatherlast_img read more

Tarantula Spins Silk from Feet

first_imgSurprise: a Costa Rican tarantula can spin silk from the tips of its feet.  A team of German and American scientists writing in Nature1 coaxed one of these heavy, hairy spiders to walk vertically up glass, and was astonished to find it ejecting silky threads that arrested its slipping and enabled it to cling.  They thought that these spiders only used the dry-attachment method that takes advantage of intermolecular van der Waals forces, or the use of hooks on the feet.  This discovery of a third method of attachment was “unsuspected,” they wrote:We induced A. seemanni to walk on vertical glass surfaces in order to observe the contact mechanics of this challenging locomotion.  When walking up vertical planes, the spider attached only the distal parts of its tarsi to the substrate.  As it started to slip down the glass, silk produced by the tarsal spigots on all four pairs of legs arrested the spider’s descent and allowed it to remain attached to the vertical surface.  The spider’s feet were positioned such that the silk-producing spigots were in contact with the glass, while the dense setae in adjacent regions were held off the surface.The silk material appears similar to that produced by the spinnerets on the abdomen.  The finding made them wonder how this came about: “Our discovery of secreted tarsal silk forces a reconsideration of the evolution of spider silks,” they speculated.  Did the foot organs come first, followed by the abdominal spinnerets, or vice versa?  “Both evolutionary hypotheses are consistent with the homology of legs and spinnerets as arthropod appendages,” they said. Regardless of whether tarsal silk production is ancestral or secondarily derived, the silk-producing apparatus of spiders seems to be controlled by developmental modules that can be expressed in a variety of body parts.    Investigation of the genes involved in tarsal silk production should resolve whether the original function of spider silk was to increase traction or whether it was later co-opted for that purpose.  Spinneret silk proteins are encoded by a gene family that has evolved through a series of gene duplications and subsequent modifications for particular tasks.  If tarsal silks belong to the same gene family, then comparison of tarsal and spinneret silks should help our understanding of the ancestral function and composition of spider silk.The writeup on National Geographic took up on this speculation that silk first evolved as an attachment mechanism for the feet, and later evolved for web spinning.  This, however, requires explaining how only tarantulas retained the original function.  The article ended with an Oxford scientist noting that protein (of which silk is made) is not cheap for the spider.  “Even if you use very little, it still costs energy, and energy is the animals’ money,” he said.  “So why put it in the feet unless you really need it?”    See also the Live Science writeup on this story, where a scientist was “completely surprised” to find spiders can do this, commenting, “This research is a great example of how much there is still to discover in the world around us.”  The article contains a brief description about how abdominal silk is produced, and a table of interesting facts about tarantulas.1Gorb et al., “Biomaterials: Silk-like secretion from tarantula feet,” Nature 443, 407(28 September 2006); doi:10.1038/443407a.Do we really need to spin an evolutionary tale about this?  The authors do not know how the intricate machinery for spinning one of the world’s ideal materials evolved at all, let alone whether it evolved first on the legs or abdomen.  Here’s another example of forcing observations into a reigning paradigm.  The facts merely show that these spiders are exquisitely endowed for coping with a variety of situations they might encounter.  Remember that a gland is an organ, and an organ is a collection of tissues with a function, and that tissues are made of specialized cells.  It is naive to envision a whole collection of specialized parts coming into existence simultaneously by some blind process of evolution.  Realize, too, that it not only takes the equipment, but the know-how and reactions to use it.  The spider brain also must have software to quickly turn on the silk production in the feet and simultaneously retract the setae.  How many millions of years did that take to get all this right?    Instead of getting distracted by some evolutionary tall tale, focus at the design in these amazing spiders.  Look at the handsome markings, the complex eyes, the coordinated walking movements, and all the other structures and functions that come together in a single complex animal that can carry on life in its niche – and reproduce all the parts for the next generation.  Did you know a female tarantula can live 20 years?  These critters have defensive mechanisms that rightly cause us a little trepidation (often exaggerated), but are really quite attractive creations in their own right.  Imagine designing a robot this capable.  Science should discover, describe and seek to understand the workings of nature.  Fitting the observations into speculations about origins is a job for philosophy and theology, not Nature.(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Land tenure to take centre stage at summit

first_img29 August 2014Land tenure reform will take centre stage at a three-day national Land Tenure Summit to be hosted by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform in Johannesburg next week.Issues on the summit agenda include tenure insecurity in commercial farming areas, tenure challenges in communal areas, and how best to resolve South Africa’s land reform two decades after the dawn of democracy.“This land tenure summit will provide critical debate and create a social dialogue on various aspects of transforming land ownership patterns,” Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said on Thursday.“We want to get South Africa talking about the various policy proposals we have put before them. Let’s engage with these policy proposals and find lasting solutions. Let’s engage with everybody and come up with the best ways to resolve the issue of land tenure and land tenure administration.”The summit, which starts next Thursday, will be attended by representatives from non-governmental organisations, organised agriculture, academia, farm workers, traditional leaders, the government, political parties, and leading international researchers on agrarian reform.Delegates will present papers on a number of issues, including proposed legislation that will come before Parliament during this financial year.The decade between 1997 and 2007 was characterised by significant shifts in ownership and land use in South Africa, including increasing acquisition of residential and agricultural properties by foreign nationals in certain regions.“These trends have resulted in increased landlessness and precarious tenure for citizens, particularly residents of the former reserve areas and commercial farming areas,” Nkwinti said.“These proposals will be presented to the national Land Tenure Summit in an attempt to address the growing land tenure insecurity problems which impact negatively on about 20-million people living in commercial farming areas, communal areas and in formal and informal townships.”The proposed tenure reform policy seeks to reverse the wide range of tenure insecurities that were engendered throughout through land dispossession, human degradation and exploitation under apartheid.Nkwinti said the summit was well poised to accelerate the process of rural development and land reform in the country, to generate meaningful dialogue on issues of land tenure, and to ensure that stakeholders were moving South Africa forward together.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more