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Two men charged over death of policewoman in Derry

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Two men charged over death of policewoman in Derry Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleDonegal rents continue to tumbleNext articleArson attack at controversial Ballyshannon house News Highland Two men have been charged over the death of a policewoman killed in a crash involving a stolen car in Derry.27-year-old Constable Philippa Reynolds, died in the collision on the Limavady Road shortly before 4am in the early hours of Saturday morning.The men, aged 25 and 23, are charged with offences including aggravated vehicle taking causing death or grievous bodily injury.Both are due to appear at Derry Magistrates’ Court on today.The 25 year old has been charged with 10 offences including causing death by dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking causing death or grievous bodily injury, burglary and driving while unfit.The 23 year old has been charged with four offences: aggravated vehicle taking causing death or grievous bodily injury, burglary, criminal damage and assisting an offender.Constable Reynolds, from the greater Belfast area, was a back seat passenger in an unmarked police car on a routine patrol at the time of the crash. Two officers who were also in the police vehicle were hurt but not seriously injured.Constable Reynolds was a former teacher who had joined the PSNI two years ago. Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Newscenter_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – February 11, 2013 Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitterlast_img read more

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April freeze

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaThe freezing temperatures that settled over most of Georgia on Easter weekend severely damaged the peach and blueberry crops and hurt many more. University of Georgia agricultural specialists say they may not know its effects completely until later in the year.About 90 percent of Georgia’s 15,000 acres of peaches grow in middle Georgia, where temperatures dipped into the mid to upper 20s. This was enough to hurt the pea- to nickle-sized fruit, said Kathy Taylor, a UGA Cooperative Extension peach specialist. Of the crop there, 45 percent remains in good condition. In south Georgia, 60 percent of the crop is in good shape.”The peach crop was going to be fabulous up until this weekend,” Taylor said.Like the peach farmers, blueberry farmers were expecting a great year, said Gerard Krewer, UGA Extension blueberry specialist. But not anymore.Georgia farmers grow the Southern highbush and rabbiteye blueberry varieties, he said. Farmers will start picking the Southern highbush later this month and in May. This early crop will be good.But the variety accounts for only 15 percent of the estimated 8,000 blueberry acres. The rest is the later-maturing rabbiteye variety, which was severely damaged by the freeze.”This is the worst freeze I have seen on blueberries,” Krewer said.Georgia’s corn crop will have some minor damage but will be fine, said Dewey Lee, UGA Extension corn specialist. Farmers wanted to cash in on high demand and prices for the crop and planted 100 percent more this year than last.The wheat crop didn’t fair as well, Lee said. Most of the wheat was in a vulnerable stage of development. It will take time to know the extent of the damage, but anywhere temperatures dropped below 30 degrees, the damage could be severe.Farmers planted 400,000 acres of wheat this year. It will be ready for harvest in late May.Pecan trees leaf out in mid spring and aren’t normally damaged by freezing temperatures. But orchards in east Georgia were severely damaged, said Lenny Wells, UGA Extension pecan specialist.Anywhere temperatures reached 28 degrees or below, there was likely damage. Temperatures in southwest Georgia, the hub of production, dipped slightly below freezing in a few places.It’s too early, he said, to know how this freeze will affect harvest in fall.Farmers have planted more than half the expected 30,000 acres of watermelons. Early assessments indicate the crop may have dodged a bullet and will be OK, said George Boyhan, UGA Extension vegetable specialist.”But I think there may still be a price to pay on the watermelons with delayed harvest and perhaps reduced yield,” Boyhan said. “We’ll have to wait and see.”The freeze didn’t hurt vegetable crops like broccoli and leafy greens. “They’re used to that kind of temperatures,” said Terry Kelley, UGA Extension vegetable specialist.But farmers had already planted most of the warm-season vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and snap beans. These crops don’t do well in cold weather. There are isolated fields with damage, he said, but overall, the warm-season vegetables will be OK.”The stuff that was transplanted last week probably took a licking, but the stuff that had been in the ground for awhile probably fared OK,” Kelley said.Farmers have already started harvesting the first of Georgia’s sweet Vidalia onion crop, said Reid Torrence, UGA Extension coordinator in Tattnall County, where half of the crop is grown.Most dug onions were collected before the freeze. Farmers postponed digging, leaving the rest in the ground for protection. “I’d be surprised if we end up with any damage to the onion crop,” Torrence said.last_img read more

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Duke Calls for Massive Investments in Sports Devt

first_imgBassey Inyang in CalabarThe Chairman of the Cross River State Sports Commission, Otuekong Orok Duke, has said that youths in Nigeria should not be made to take to sports as a means of escaping from poverty.Speaking at the maiden edition of the State’s Sports Commission Football Clinic at the U. J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar yesterday, Duke said instead, government and the private sector should invest massively in sports to get the youths engaged and involved in sporting activities that would transform them to productive members of the society. He said it should rather be as a result of having the innate skills for such sports as well as the desire to express it.Duke also said sports is universal, bringing people together and keeping the body and soul healthy.“We should move away from the notion that poverty fires sports. This is something the government should step in and take over and not to allow sports in Nigeria to be driven by poverty,” Duke said.Lamenting the underfunding of sporting activities in the state, Duke said: “we do not have enough funds to run sports as in the last five years and we have not been able to attend any sports festival.”Duke, however, assured sports stakeholders that the state will do well at the next youths sports festival coming up in Ilorin next month.“Whether the state government sponsors or not, we will go and we will not take excuses again. We are bent on attending the youth’s sports festival in September in Ilorin and the National Sports festival in Abuja in December which we could not host. We will go out and solicit for funds,” he said.The football clinic was kicked-off by the member representing Calabar/Odukpani Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Eta Mbora.Duke lauded Mbora; the member representing Akpabuyo/Bakassi/Calabar South Federal Constituency, Pastor Essien Ayi; Royal Farms, and others for sponsoring the football clinic, saying this will encourage youths to take active part in sports and take them away from social vices.He said the UJ. Esuene Stadium, which usually attracts over N500, 000 to hire, is now free for all schools in the state to come and use but must keep the place clean after usage.He said by so doing the popular primary and secondary school games will come back to life and future sports men and women will be discovered.The clinic, which attracted over 250 children aged between 6 and 12 years, is expected to last for two weeks.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Gill to run for FIFA vice-president role

first_imgFollowing recent reforms by world soccer’s governing body, UEFA members will choose one of their vice-presidents from a list of candidates to be proposed by the four British associations. The 57-year-old Gill, who is a member of UEFA’s executive committee, will stand for election when European soccer’s governing body holds its congress in Vienna in March. “Although I had initially wanted to focus on developing my relatively new role within UEFA, I believe there is an opportunity, if elected, to use the FIFA position to make a real difference while complementing that ongoing work. Gill told the FA website (www.thefa.com): “This is a decision I have been thinking about for some time. The English FA has nominated Gill as its candidate and if elected he will replace Jim Boyce of Northern Ireland who is stepping down at FIFA’s Congress in Zurich in May after four years in the position. David Gill, the former Manchester United chief executive, will stand for election as a FIFA vice-president, he said on Tuesday. “Having sounded out many people across the game including fellow board members at Manchester United, The FA and UEFA, I would hope to make a positive contribution and use my candidacy to drive a debate for continued reform.”last_img read more

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Biggest minor hockey tournament of season starts Friday in Nelson

first_imgThe biggest tournament of the year for Nelson Minor Hockey is about to kick off Friday at the Nelson and District Community Complex and Civic Centre Arenas.The Nelson Ford Novice Shootout tournament is a minor hockey tournament that showcases the young, up-and-comers from the novice divisions.Teams from Spokane, Castlegar, Rossland/Trail, Beaver Valley, Cranbrook and Creston join teams from the host Nelson association for three days of exciting hockey.The tournament begins Friday at 4:45 p.m. with the Nelson Junior Leafs up against the Spokane Junior Raptors.Five games are on tap for day one before the tourney really gets into full gear with no less than 15 games set for Saturday.Sunday concludes the action with the first game starting at 8 a.m.Each team plays three games with no results being kept, instead just a whole lot of fun and enjoyment.last_img read more

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Madrid not making move for Mourinho

first_imgMADRID (AP):Real Madrid have no intention of replacing coach Rafa Benitez with former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, club president Florentino Perez said yesterday.In an interview with a Spanish radio station, Perez didn’t dismiss signing Mourinho again, but reiterated that “Benitez is not the problem, he is the solution”.Mourinho left Chelsea for a second time on Thursday as the English team continues to struggle in the Premier League. He was Real Madrid’s coach from 2010-13, winning the Copa del Rey in 2011 and the Spanish league in 2012.”No one can know the future, but right now he will not come to Madrid,” Perez told Cadena SER. “I have good memories of Mourinho, he helped us elevate our level. It wasn’t a bad moment for us. With him in command we returned to where we belonged.”Real Madrid have been in crisis since a 4-0 home loss to Barcelona and an embarrassing elimination in the Copa del Rey for using an ineligible player in a match against third-tier club Cadiz.Pressure on Benitez increased after the team’s 1-0 loss at Villarreal in the Spanish league last weekend, a result that kept Madrid from gaining ground on Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.Another setback tomorrow against struggling Rayo Vallecano could mean the end of the line for the coach – even if he has Perez’s support.”It’s not true that the players don’t get along with Benitez,” Perez said. “I talk to them. There are no players who want him sacked.”Until Mourinho became available on Thursday, former Madrid great Zinedine Zidane was being loudly touted as the immediate replacement to Benitez if he was fired.”I like Zidane, he will be a great coach for Madrid,” Perez said. “But not now.”last_img read more

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Judge strikes out request for withdrawal of Bisram’s murder charge

first_img… attorney ordered to pay State 0,000High Court Judge Gino Persaud on Tuesday ruled against the application to have the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) withdraw the case against high-profile murder accused Marcus Bisram, who is currently awaiting extradition from the United States.One day after his absence angered Justice Persaud, Bisram’s lead Attorney, Sanjeev Datadin appeared at the High Court to defend his application to have the matter withdrawn before the Judge who was initially set to rule on Monday. However, despite the lawyer requesting to withdraw, Justice Persaud ruled against Datadin withdrawing at this late stage, citing that the court has the duty to stand against ‘dubious methods’ that could bring the justice system into disrepute.On September 25, 2017, Datadin filed an application on behalf of Bisram’s mother, Sharmilla Inderjali, to quash the murder charge against Bisram on the grounds that one of main witnesses for the prosecution recanted his statement, a contention which the lawyer maintained outside of court on Tuesday.The Judge however observed that the Attorney’s notice of discontinuation, which was filed on Friday, was an abuse of process. As such, Justice Persaud struck out the entire case, highlighting that there was “material non-disclosure” on Datadin’s behalf, since he did not include in the affidavit that he made an application in December last to stop the DPP from advising the Police in the Bisram murder probe.Justice Persaud stated that an applicant is required to present all facts, even if they are against the said applicant, adding that the court must be approached “with clean hands” when seeking prerogative relief.“The application of 2016 was not disclosed to this court and it was only through the court’s records that it was detected,” the Judge explained.In his judgment, he further noted that there are clear legal provisions to discharge orders nisi when there is material non-disclosure, without going into the further merits of the case.Justice Persaud struck out three orders nisi; one of which sought to prevent the three respondents – the DPP, the Chief Magistrate and the Commissioner of Police – from pursuing the murder probe against Bisram. As the orders nisi were discharged, Datadin was also ordered to pay the State by way of the three respondents, $250,000 in court costs.Marcus Bisram was charged in absentia last year for the murder of 27-year-old Number 70 Village, Corentyne, Berbice carpenter Fiyazz Narinedatt, who was killed after he rejected Bisram’s sexual advances. The five other men charged for the November 1, 2016 killing of Narinedatt are Radesh Motie, 39; Diadatt Datt, 18; Harri Paul Parsram, 49; Orlando Dickie; and Niran Yacoob, 37. Two of the accused men had reportedly confessed to investigators that they were ordered by the overseas-based Guyanese businessman to dump the carpenter’s body on the Number 70 Public Road to make his death seem the result of a hit-and-run accident.Additionally, the businessman’s mother and sister were also charged and remanded to prison after they allegedly offered bribes to Police ranks to “duck the case”. The accused’s mother, Inderjali, was recently charged for witness tampering. Since the commencement of the preliminary inquiry in Berbice, several persons have been accused of witness tampering and Nariendatt’s family stated outside of court on Tuesday that they are constantly living in fear that they could be shot and killed at any moment due to the influence Bisram has with money and power.last_img read more

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I.D. Defeated by Triumphant Press Release

first_imgAs if having withstood a terrorist attack, “Evolution [is] still scientifically stable,” announced a Monash university press release.  After a threat from a non-Darwinian explanation, “An international team of researchers, including Monash University biochemists, has discovered evidence at the molecular level in support of one of the key tenets of Darwin’s theory of evolution.”    Actually, no intelligent design scientist specifically addressed the subject matter under study.  Trevor Lithgow and the other scientists used evolutionary theory to try to show that a transporter system in mitochondria was not “irreducibly complex.”  That term was coined in an influential I.D. book by Dr. Michael Behe of Lehigh University,2 but he did not use this transporter system as an example.  Nevertheless, the press release stated that the paper published in PNAS1 “provides a blueprint for a general understanding of the evolution of the ‘machinery’ of our cells.”    The Darwinists understand that molecular machinery presents a challenge.  “Our cells, and the cells of all organisms, are composed of molecular machines,” Lithgow noted.  “These machines are built of component parts, each of which contributes a partial function or structural element to the machine.  How such sophisticated, multi-component machines could evolve has been somewhat mysterious, and highly controversial.”  The press release mentioned intelligent design then knocked it down with the research.  Lithgow stood over the defeated non-Darwinian explanation, exclaiming, “Our work … shows that Darwin’s theory of evolution beautifully explains how molecular machines came to be.”    In the scientific journals, controversies are supposed to be aired.  Didn’t any I.D. supporters fight back?  Actually, they did.  Michael Behe himself wrote a response to PNAS, but they refused to print it.  If you want the comeback arguments, you will have to look in the I.D. literature, because the Darwin-controlled journals are announcing their win by muffling the outcries of the opponents.  PhysOrg reprinted the press release without “teaching the controversy.”  Here’s where you can find responses by I.D. scientists and reporters: Behe on Evolution News and Uncommon Descent, Luskin on Evolution News, and Cornelius Hunter on Darwin’s God.1.  Clements et al, “The reducible complexity of a mitochondrial molecular machine,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, August 26, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0908264106.2.  Behe, Michael, Darwin’s Black Box, Free Press 1996. This is the only way the Darwinists win.  They close the doors and announce themselves the winner.  Meanwhile, nature is held hostage to their bluffing.  This is analogous to certain news networks that always give the liberal spin and refuse to report news that is embarrassing to liberalism.  Here, we report both sides so you can decide who makes a stronger case.    Lithgow doesn’t have much to bluff about with us.  He earned Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week with his inebriated worship of Tinker Bell: “Francois Jacob described evolution as a tinkerer, cobbling together proteins of one function to yield more complex machines capable of new functions.  Our work describes a perfect example of Jacob’s proposition, and shows that Darwin’s theory of evolution beautifully explains how molecular machines came to be.”(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Energy Star Program to Include Clothes Dryers

first_imgFor the first time, the government’s Energy Star program will include clothes dryers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced.Until now, the EPA’s Energy Star program had excluded the appliances even though they use an estimated 6% of all residential energy. How come? The energy efficiency of different makes and models didn’t vary appreciably. (For more information on this topic, see Alternatives to Clothes Dryers.)That appears to be changing, and the new specifications approved by the EPA will recognize electric, gas, and compact dryers that use approximately 20% less energy than required by the minimum efficiency standards effective in 2015, the EPA said in its announcement May 27.“The addition of clothes dryers expands the range of Energy Star products to include one of the most energy-intensive home appliance not yet covered by the program,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a prepared statement.More than 80% of all U.S. households have a clothes dryer, and if all of them met the new specifications, energy bill savings would amount to more than $1.5 billion a year and 22 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would be avoided annually. New technology is promisingHeat-pump clothes dryers, developed in Europe in the mid-1990s, are one type of energy-efficient dryer likely to make the Energy Star list. Manufactured by a number of companies, they can reduce energy consumption over standard models by as much as 50%, according to a report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2010.The dryers extract latent heat from the air and pump it into the clothes drum. Warm, moist air that exits the drum goes through a lint screen and an evaporator, and the water is removed, the Berkeley Lab report said. Instead of venting the air to the outside, as would be the case in a conventional dryer, these models circulate the warm and now mostly dry air back into the drum.Some models don’t have to be vented to the outside.Heat-pump clothes dryers haven’t been widely available in the U.S., although the Lawrence Berkeley report said there are 25 models available in Europe. They’re also more expensive than conventional models: a Consumer Reports article notes that one LG model will be here by mid-summer at a cost of $1,500 to $1,600.In general, the EPA said, clothes dryers that meet Energy Star requirements are likely to have features such as improved auto-termination sensors, which end the cycle automatically by sensing when clothes are dry. The EPA said its new specification also would list optional features, such as the ability to alert a user that the dryer wasn’t functioning properly, or give users feedback on the energy efficiency of different drying cycles.In order to quality for the Energy Star label, products must win third-party certification based on testing at an EPA-approved laboratory.last_img read more

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