The body of 58-year-old Sheriff Yusuf, called “Bird,” a carpenter of Lot 53 De Kendren, West Coast Demerara, was on Wednesday pulled from the Atlantic Ocean.Yusuf had lived alone in a flat concrete house, and according to reports received, had been seen consuming alcohol on Monday last, the day he went missing afterThe house in which the now dead man livedleaving his home in a drunken state to go fishing.Guyana Times has been told that after several days had passed and there had been no sign of the man, an alarm was raised and a search was launched. During the search, the boat in which Yusuf had gone out to sea was discovered, but there still was no sign of the man.Yusuf’s decomposed body was eventually pulled from the ocean at about 06:00h on Wednesday, and is presently at the Ezekiel Funeral Home awaiting a post mortem.
Four masked men on Saturday morning robbed an overseas-based Corentyne, Berbice, pensioner and his domestic worker at his Salton, Corentyne home.The men gained entry into the two storied house, owned by Veerasammy Narainasami, also called “Fedi”, by placing a bench on two tables to reach the bedroom window on the upper flat.Veerasammy Narainasami was broadsided with a cutlassThe 67-year told Guyana Times that he was in his bedroom watching television and at about 12:45h he went to the bathroom and upon returning to his bedroom, he was confronted by the men.“I spent like about 15 minutes and going back when I open the bedroom door, ah brace up with four men; one with a gun, one with a cutlass and two with nothing. They start to rough me up and asking ‘where is the money, where is the money’. I tell them that all the money I get is in the pants, so one of them go and take out the money and they still asking, ‘where is the rest’, and I tell them that I don’t have more,” the pensioner related.He said the bandit who was carrying the cutlass started lashing him using the flat side of the blade, demanding that he hand over more money.The pensioner, who displayed marks on his body including a cut to his head, said all of the men were masked.He related that the ordeal lasted for about 25 minutes, adding that the men placed a gun to his head and threatened to kill him if he did not give them more money.The former building maintenance engineer, who arrived in Guyana on December 3, said he tried to explain to the thieves that he is in the habit of borrowing money from friends whenever he is in Guyana and repaying when he returns to New York.After relieving the pensioner, the bandits then turned their attention to his domestic help, Samantha Williams, who was asleep in another room.“Dem ask me if I know which side this man does put his money and I tell them that is not my business and I don’t mind his business, then the one with the gun ask me, ‘where is me money’, and ah tell him look on the table and then he look and see the light on the phone under the sheet and the pull it away from me and then he put his hand on my breast and then he go out the room,” the woman related.She said she was too shaken to get out of bed and locked the bedroom door after they exited her room.Williams was relieved of a cellular phone worth $4500 and $3000 in cash while Narainasami was relieved of US$300, G$5000, two cellphones and two torch lights.Police arrived about 30 minutes after the incident and dusted the louvres for fingerprints.An investigation has been launched. Narainasami, who left Guyana in 1985, has been returning over the last five years to spend the winter period in Guyana. (Andrew Carmichael)
The Black and Brown Unity Walk, which began around 11 a.m. at Villa Park Community Center, was organized by Randy Ertll of El Centro de Accion Social and Najee Ali of Project Islamic Hope in Los Angeles, members of the Black Male Forum in Pasadena, as well as the Pasadena Police Department, Pasadena Unified School district and other groups. “It takes a lot of courage and time to organize something like this,” Ertll said after the march. “Race-based violence is escalating around the region. Our intention here is to start a dialogue between opposing Latino and African-American groups.” Numerous attacks on older Latino men, most of whom are immigrants, by black gang members has concerned police and community members. Throughout the one-mile march, which ended at the Jackie Robinson Center on Fair Oaks Avenue, the group chanted “No more violence, we want peace.” First District City Council candidate Jacque Robinson joined the walk, while her opponent, Robin Salzer, rallied at the center with Black Male Forum organizers and others. Two Pasadena police officers, Richard Vindiola and Vito Gaxiola, walked at the rear of the group and a patrol car driven by Sgt. Percy Tucker rode alongside the group. A longtime anti-gang-violence activist in Los Angeles, Ali said the group effort was an attempt to be “proactive on a regional level.” “There’s been spike in violence,” he said, “We need to bring Latino and African-American communities together in unity and start a dialogue.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 578-6300 Ext. 4461160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Led by a survivor of a drive-by shooting, a group of about 30 people marched in Pasadena on Saturday morning in a show of unity against race-based violence. Twenty-year-old Rudy De La Torre lead the way, the deep crevice left by the gunshot wound to his head covered by a ski cap most of the time. At times, he walked, but was mostly being pushed in his wheelchair. The Inglewood resident, whose speech has been greatly impaired by his injury, spoke through his sister, Patricia. De La Torre said he wanted to take a stand against violence, such as the shooting last July in Mar Vista in which he was an innocent bystander. “I want to make a difference,” he said.
The PRRD Invasive Plant Committee made the recommendation to the Regional Board that a regulation and control bylaw be in place in the region.The PRRD says this is in response to concerns raised by the agricultural sector. They’ll be giving the bylaw a final read once it’s approved by the Inspector of Municipalities in Victoria.“This bylaw will assist with the compliance and enforcement component of the invasive plant program aimed at protecting the region’s economy, environment and social values from invasive plants and ensuring that existing infestations are managed for the benefit of all residents and stakeholders,” the report reads.- Advertisement -For further details, refer to the 2013 Invasive Plant Program Annual report, at www.prrd.bc.ca. You can also contact the PRRD by phone if you have questions about the invasive plant bylaw, at 250 784 3200.
England made the dream start to their World Cup semi-final against Croatia when Kieran Trippier curled home an outstanding free-kick just minutes into the match.The thousands of Three Lions fans inside the Luzhniki Stadium celebrated wildly, but none of them went as mad as talkSPORT’s very own Jason Cundy. The Sports Bar presenter was watching the match at talkSPORT Towers ahead of his show, which follows our live commentary of the game.And he absolutely lost it when Tottenham defender Trippier’s strike hit the back of the Croatian net. We can only imagine his reaction if England reach the final! YESSSSSSS! 🏴@JasonCundy05 absolutely loses it over Kieran Trippier’s goal 😂😂#ENGCRO | #TSWorldCup pic.twitter.com/Q9AfISsGHt— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 11, 2018 1 England celebrate Kieran Trippier’s stunning goal against Croatia
A fire in the middle of Inver village caused substantial damage to a boat shed last night.Fishing gear and some boats were damaged in the blaze.There were fears that the blaze would spread to adjacent houses. However the fire services from Donegal Town were on the scene quickly and brought the blaze under control.It is not known how the fire started. BLAZE DESTROYS FISHING GEAR AND BOATS was last modified: August 11th, 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:boatsfireinvershed
The launch of KennedyKnitwear.com, was a cause for celebration in Ardara when the new website from Kennedy of Ardara was unveiled.The unveiling was performed by none other than Noel Cunningham of TV3 at a special event, held in the company’s clothing and gift shop on Front Street. Among a crowd of over 140 people were Councillor Terence Slowey and his wife Patricia, representatives of the Parish Council and other local committees, loyal customers, and many past staff going back as far as the 1950s, who turned up to show their support for the new venture of a business that has been in the heart of Ardara for 110 years.The fun evening included a fashion show featuring local models, showcasing a variety of items for sale on the website’s online shop, with Noel explaining it is not just knitwear for sale on the site but also fashionable coats, jackets, hats, scarves, shirts, T-shirts, and accessories that could make the perfect Christmas gift.Speaking at the event, Managing Director Connell G Kennedy expressed his excitement surrounding the new chapter for the business, and his delight that the occasion had seen the reunion of many past co-workers.He asked the local audience to spread word of the website to friends and family abroad, and welcomed them to call into the shop for a browse anytime. Designed by Ballyshannon based web designer Dermot Lawless of Aurora Design, KennedyKnitwear.com, was developed with the assistance of Connell’s son, Connell A Kennedy, who also spoke at the event of his pride in the rich company history which was on display through an exhibition of old photographs and newspaper articles documenting the company’s exporting achievements from the 1950s on.After winning Irish Exporter of the Year in 1961, RTE came to Ardara to film a news item on the company, which featured then employee Celine McDyre modelling. Fifty years later, the Kennedy family were pleased that Celine and her daughters could be among those who attended the launch of KennedyKnitwear.com.Among the local Ardara models who feature on the website is LYIT student Maria Gildea, who was sadly unable to attend the event due to two night’s before winning the Specsavers’ International Spectacle Wearer of the Year Grand Final in London, but who was represented by her mother Teresa.“Knitwear is now very much back in fashion, and is in all the big chain stores this season,” said Connell.“On KennedyKnitwear.com, we stock a wide range of contemporary woollen garments and other clothing, as well as the traditional Aran sweaters which the company became known for. We are hopeful that demand locally and from internet users will see Kennedy of Ardara survive in the digital age.”Kennedy of Ardara employed up to 2,000 hand-knitters and joiners throughout Donegal between the 1950s and 1980s. Their new website is now live at www.kennedyknitwear.com KENNEDY KNITWEAR.COM LAUNCHES IN STYLE IN ARDARA was last modified: November 9th, 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:ArdaraKennedyknitwear.comlaunchWEBSITE
PALMDALE – Palmdale will hold an official grand opening Saturday for the recreation center of the new Oasis Park, the latest amenity added under the city’s “Vision of the Future” improvement program financed by a special parks tax. The 16,800-square-foot recreation center contains a gymnasium big enough for a regulation basketball court or two smaller courts, a dance and fitness studio with wood flooring, a youth game area, a lounge, a kitchen and a multipurpose hall that can be divided into three separate rooms. “We’re encouraging the eastside residents to look at the rec center that will be serving their needs for years to come,” said Mayor Jim Ledford. “It’s a beautiful center.” The ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the new park, 3850 E. Ave. S. Family recreation activities from noon to 3 p.m. will include arts and crafts for children, snacks, live interactive shows about the Grinch, and a tree-lighting ceremony. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The recreation center actually opened on Oct. 24. It has been hosting the city’s Tiny Tots program, teen youth activities, and a volleyball program, said Russ Bird, Palmdale’s director of parks and recreation. “Attendance has been quite strong,” Bird said. “People have been quite thrilled with the facility here.” The 33-acre Oasis Park on Avenue S at 40th Street East is one of two “superparks” created in a $43 million park improvement effort approved by property owners in 2002. The other was an expanded Marie Kerr Park, which gained a swimming pool and an amphitheater, opened this summer. The main feature of the park is a water park with a Western mining-town theme. Dubbed “DryTown,” the water park has 35-foot-tall water slides named Rattler’s Revenge, The Wildcatter and Devil’s Punchbowl. A 920-foot-long “river” in which visitors can float in inner tubes is called Big Rock River. DryTown is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend and stay open through Labor Day. Oasis Park’s 25-yard by 25-meter swimming pool will open for the public at the same time. Oasis Park also contains a 6,000-square-foot children’s water playground, a snack bar selling barbecue food, a covered picnic area and a large grassy area for group outings. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Nephila komaci photographed in the wildat Tembe National Elephant Park.(Image: Tembe) The spectacular golden-hued web spunby industrious golden orb weavers, in thiscase N. inaurata.(Image: Matjaž Kuntner)MEDIA CONTACTS • Matjaž KuntnerSlovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts+386 1 470 6338Janine ErasmusScientists have discovered a new species of the golden orb weaving spider in South Africa – and the Nephila komaci is believed to be the largest of all golden orb weavers known to science.The discovery, part of a project on nephilid spiders, heralds the first new species to be added to the Nephila genus for 130 years.To date more than 41 000 spiders have been scientifically identified, and about 450 new species are added to the list each year – but not since 1879 has a new golden orb weaver been one of them. N. komaci is therefore quite an arachnological catch.The nephilid project has received a funding grant of almost €800 000 (R8.8-million) from the European Union under its Sixth Framework programme for research and technological development.The find, under the title Discovery of the Largest Orbweaving Spider Species: The Evolution of Gigantism in Nephila, was published in the 20 October 2009 edition of PLoS One, the open-access peer-reviewed journal of the Public Library of Science.Mysterious speciesThe species was first described in 2000 by biologist Matjaž Kuntner, when he came across a preserved specimen in the ARC-Plant Protection Research Institute just outside Pretoria. The specimen’s label dated back to 1978 and no-one knew if there were any living examples.Kuntner chairs the Institute of Biology at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and is also a research associate at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.The scientist was surprised to find this giant spider that did not match any known specimens. He and his colleague Jonathan Coddington, also of the Smithsonian, headed several expeditions to South Africa to track down a live version of the intriguing creature.Their quest was unsuccessful at first, and the team began to think the preserved specimen described in 2000 was a hybrid, or possibly extinct.A second specimen, also preserved, and of Madagascan origin, was found in 2003 in the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien in Vienna, Austria. Out of more than 2 500 similar specimens in 37 institutions, this was the only other Nephila komaci found. The discovery enabled the team to conclude that the original spider was not a hybrid.But since they had not yet found a living specimen of the mysterious arachnid, again the theory of extinction surfaced.In 2007, with the help of colleagues in South Africa, a field trip to KwaZulu-Natal’s Tembe National Elephant Park unearthed one male and two female individuals, all alive and well. The scientists were finally able to confirm the discovery of a new species.N. komaci is named after Kuntner’s best friend Andrej Komac, also a scientist, who died in an accident around the time of these discoveries. The genus name Nephila is taken from ancient Greek, meaning “fond of spinning” (nen: to spin and philos: love).“We fear the species might be endangered, as its only definite habitat is a sand forest in Tembe Elephant Park,” said Coddington. “Our data suggest that the species is not abundant, its range is restricted and all known localities lie within two endangered biodiversity hotspots: Maputaland and Madagascar.”He added that the discovery was just further evidence that “it’s a wonderful world”.The two have issued a plea for the public to help them find more living specimens, and possibly whole populations of the rare creature.Formidable femaleThe female Nephila komaci is the biggest spider of her type. Her leg span measures up to 12cm, about the size of a CD, while her body length is just under 4cm.However, the male of the species is puny in comparison – at just 2.5cm he is small enough to ride on his mate’s back, which he spends much of his time doing.This odd arachnid couple is typical of nephilid spiders, which show extreme sexual dimorphism – that is, the existence of two distinctly different forms within a species or on the same plant.The scientific view for this phenomenon is that the female most likely evolved to her gigantic size to scare away small predators and be able to lay more eggs.Despite the fearsome appearance and the possession of venom, the spiders are not dangerous to humans. The venom, explained Kuntner, works only on the spiders’ prey, which is mostly large insects, and will not poison a human.Although there are spiders larger than the golden orb weavers, their webs are certainly the biggest of all. The spectacular webs can reach as large as 1m in width or more. They are durable enough to last several years, and can trap not only insects but small birds.“Golden” refers to the colour of the silk, not the actual spider. Recently the silk from over 1-million industrious spinners was used to weave a one-of-a-kind textile.Seventy people collected golden orb spiders from telephone poles in Madagascar over a four-year period. Using a machine that allowed them to process 24 spiders at a time, another 12 people collected about 24m of silk filament from each captive. Filaments were then woven into silk strands, each one containing 96 filaments.The silk was carefully woven into a beautiful golden, 3.3m by 1.2m piece of cloth, the only one of its kind, which went on display at the American Museum of Natural History in September 2009.Unique environmentThe Tembe Elephant Park lies in the Maputaland region on the ancient “ivory route” which connected gold and ivory traders in pre-colonial Zululand and Mozambique.The reserve is home to the last indigenous elephant herd in the province, comprising over 220 individuals, and boasts what is possibly the largest tusker in Africa – certainly the largest in Southern Africa. He is Isilo, a 65-year-old bull and herd leader.Tembe is also home to one of the smallest antelopes in the world – the dainty suni, which stands just 35cm high at the shoulder. Ewes weigh more than rams but at just 5.4kg, they are still extremely petite creatures.In addition to elephant, the reserve is home to the other four members of the Big Five – lion, leopard, black and white rhino and buffalo. Visitors can also see zebra, giraffe, all species of antelope indigenous to the habitats of the area (sand forest, grassland, wetland) and more than 340 bird species.The reserve has one luxury lodge, which is 50% owned and fully operated by the local Tembe tribe. It offers all creature comforts, two game drives every day, meals under the stars, and other activities for the energetic visitor, such as scuba diving on reefs at the coast nearby.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) announced approval for local sponsors to purchase agricultural easements on 62 family farms representing 7,919 acres in 31 counties.Local sponsoring organizations, which include land trusts, counties and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, receive funding from the Clean Ohio Fund to manage the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP). The easement ensures farms remain permanently in agricultural production. The program supports the state’s largest industry, food and agriculture.To be eligible for the program, farms must be larger than 40 acres or next to a preserved farm, actively engaged in farming, participate in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation program, demonstrate good stewardship of the land, have support from local government and not be in close proximity to development. Landowners may use the proceeds of the easement in any way they wish, but most reinvest it in their farm operation.Communities wishing to participate next year can apply to be Certified Local Sponsors between September 14 and October 14, 2016. Certified Local Sponsors assist landowners interested in selling easements with the application process, easement closing and monitoring, and are ODA’s valued partners in carrying out the Ohio Farmland Preservation program.Funding for the state’s farmland preservation efforts is derived from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, approved by voters in 2008, and used to purchase agricultural easements from willing sellers through a competitive process. From 2002 to 2015, 294 family farms in 55 counties have collectively preserved 52,419 acres in agricultural production. Permanent easements preserved under related programs bring the total acres currently preserved in Ohio to 63,049.For more information go to: www.agri.ohio.gov/divs/FarmLand/FarmLand.aspx.