Tucville shooting– shooter claims robbery attemptThe relatives of 24-year-old Colin Malcolm Perriera, who was shot and killed on Tuesday evening in Tucville, Georgetown, are calling on the Police and the relevant authorities to have the alleged shooter face the full brunt of the law.The now dead father of one of Lot 213 Bar Street, Kitty, Georgetown, was gunned down on Tuesday at about 21:00h while the car he was travelling in turned onto a bridge belonging to the shooter, in an attempt to turn around.Dead: Colin Malcolm PerrieraAt the time of the incident, the car was driven by Gailann Chacon, 20, of Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini), who is a friend of the now dead man. Perriera sustained three gunshot wounds to his chest and abdomen while Chacon was shot to her abdomen.Based on reports received, the shooter, who is now in Police custody, allegedly claimed that he thought the occupants of the heavily tinted car, were going to commit a robbery on his property.Reports revealed that the businessman, who was in his yard, whipped out his firearm and discharged several rounds, hitting Perriera and his female friend as the car revered on the bridge.However, the man managed to exit the car and ran to safety but the businessman kept discharging rounds at him.Perriera eventually collapsed in front of a house a short distance away. A teenager, who was standing where the man collapsed, explained that after the man dropped to the roadway, he called out for help and told them that someone else was also shot.“He said that he was shot so we called 911 but like after 20 minutes, a Police vehicle pull up and they take he to the hospital… he was still alive when the vehicle left but they pronounce he dead at the hospital”.According to the teen, while waiting for the Police, several persons went to the car where they saw the young lady lying in a pool of blood. She too was rushed to the hospital where she remains a patient.At the home of the dead man, his cousin, Elizabeth Roberts told Guyana Times that they were at church when they received news of the shooting. She added that she was contacted by the victim’s mother, who informed them of the incident. After receiving the news, they rushed to the area but by the time they arrived, the two injured people were already taken to the hospital.“When we reach, the Police was in his car and they drove it to the East La Penitence Police Station… so we went to the hospital and when we reach there, he was already dead.”Roberts further stated that the young man left home on Tuesday afternoon to do some errands and from all reports, went to collect Chacon and her father who was visiting from Port Kaituma. “That was the last time we saw him alive and then at the hospital, dead”. She is however, convinced that her cousin was murdered and that he was not involved in any robbery or attempted robbery. She recalled him being a jovial and friendly person who was always laughing and smiling.Meanwhile, the Police in a release stated that they are investigating the murder of Perriera and the attempted murder of Chacon, which occurred on Tuesday evening at Lot 10 Perry Street, Tucville. The Police added that he was shot by a licensed firearm holder.Police investigations revealed that Perriera was in a heavily tinted motor car and as it attempted to turn around, the suspect, who was in his yard, drew his licensed handgun and discharged several rounds at the vehicle, hitting the victims about their bodies. The businessman has since been arrested by the Police.
A Guyanese man is now in the custody of Police in New York after he is suspected of shooting and killing his 18-year-old daughter and her friend, also 18, in Henrico County, Virginia.Thirty-nine-year-old Abdool Zaman, who migrated to the United States several years ago and who resides in Orlando, Florida, reportedly killed the duo – Vanessa Zaman and Leona Samlall – as they were walking near the Oakmeade Apartments on Airport Drive and East Nine Mile Road in Highland Springs, one block from where they lived.Reports indicate that Zaman had reportedly been staying with Samlall’s family when the killings occurred.Samlall has also been reportedly missing and listed on the Henrico County’s missing list since 2016 when she withdrew from the Highland Spring School reportedly escaping a rocky relationship.A motive for the killings is yet to be determined; however, Zaman is expected to be charged with two counts of second degree murder.Meanwhile, Vanessa Zaman’s mother, Saveeta Barnes took to her Instagram account to share her sorrow over her daughter’s demise.“The loss of a child is like losing your inner soul,” Barnes posted on Instagram. “My daughter was my life and nothing will ever be the same. Always in my heart my baby girl…My heart is torn into a million pieces, I cannot bring myself to accept the reality of losing my love, my child, my firstborn, my everything. I wish I could rewind time my baby, I will see you soon. Mommy loves you to infinity and beyond my “lilo,” my lovee. Rest in peace my love, rest in peace,” Barnes wrote.ABC8news reported on Monday that Barnes said that “Vanessa always wanted his love and for him to be a part of her life. When she turned 18 she got in contact with her father. Even after telling her countless times that he was not a good person, she still went ahead and moved in with him.”Barnes said Vanessa’s life took a tragic turn when she tried to protect Samlall. “Vanessa took Leona back to her mom in Virginia, not knowing that her father was following her,” maintains Barnes.Since last week, investigators had been chasing leads in Orlando, New York and Connecticut in their search for Zaman.
In an effort to boost the teaching of Mathematics in the hinterland regions, the Education Ministry will be training some 500 teachers to effectively teach using Mathematics kits, 400 of which has been distributed to students in the said regions.One of the training sessions held at the Region Seven Education DepartmentThe kits were hand-delivered to the region by Assistant Chief Education Officer (Primary) Carol Benn on Wednesday.Benn also spearheaded the teachers’ training sessions, which were conducted by Vishnu Panday, a Mathematics specialist attached to National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD).The items which make up each kit include fraction & decimal tiles, geo-board, number line and modelling tiles, which will be manipulated by Grade Six pupils and teachers so as to help develop problem-solving competence in all of the Seven Standards of Primary Mathematics.Receiving the kits on behalf of the Region Seven Education Department (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Regional Education Officer Akbar Chindu expressed gratitude while noting that the mandate now rest with the department and its primary schools to ensure that teachers use the kits for the purpose which they were intended.Several Mathematics monitors from the region will also be trained so as to ensure that the manipulatives are used correctly by both teachers and pupils.This initiative to introduce alternative methods of teaching will target hinterland and riverine schools where, statistics show, Mathematics competence is lower as compared to schools on the coastland.
Arsenal will not know the extent of Olivier Giroud’s foot injury until Wednesday, Arsene Wenger has revealed.The French striker suffered the problem in the final moments of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Everton and there have been widespread reports the club are concerned he has broken a bone in his foot.That could potentially rule him out for up to three months and leave Arsenal desperately short of options up front.But Wenger says he will have to wait 24 hours to discover the severity of the injury before deciding what steps to take in terms of finding a replacement.“I don’t know,” said Wenger, when asked if Giroud had broken his foot.“He will see a specialist tomorrow and that will determine how long he will be out.”With Giroud out, summer signing Alexis Sanchez is likely to operate as the loan striker against Besiktas in Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier, while Wenger also has Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell available.Arsenal fans on who they want to replace Olivier Giroud 1 Olivier Giroud
Mario Balotelli 1 Mario Balotelli’s dream move from Liverpool to Real Madrid is completely logical, according to his agent.The Italian striker is dreaming of a move to the Bernabeu to link up with the likes of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, even though he could not get in the Liverpool team under previous boss Brendan Rodgers.AC Milan currently have the former Manchester City man on loan until the end of the season. But he has a further year left on his Anfield contract after that.Liverpool will be hard pressed to recoup much of the £16m they laid on the man they trusted to replace Luis Suarez.But he and his agent Mino Raiola believe a move to the Spanish capital makes sense.“Every great player dreams of playing for Real, it is almost logical,” Raiola said.“Who would not? Let us hope that one day he can achieve his dream.”
Bucking the national trend, the number of reported hate crimes fell slightly last year in Los Angeles, according to FBI statistics released Monday. In Los Angeles, 211 hate crimes were reported in 2006, compared with 219 the year before. Most were based on race, mirroring national trends. “We are trying to do more education with the community to report more hate crimes,” said LAPD Capt. Ann Young, who oversees a three-person Hate Crime Unit. “I think in certain communities it’s under-reported for fear of retaliation. Many people are still very fearful. We can understand that.” The FBI defines hate crimes as those motivated by biases against a certain race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity origin or disability. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Nationally, they rose 8percent, but the FBI cautioned that the population also increased, as did the number of police agencies reporting hate crimes. In a report released earlier this year, the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission found that in the San Fernando Valley area, including Agoura Hills, Burbank, Calabasas, Glendale, Hidden Hills, San Fernando and Westlake Village, there were 137 hate crimes reported to police and other agencies in 2006. But commission Executive Director Robin Toma said it is difficult to draw comparisons between the L.A. area and the rest of the nation since about 17,000 police agencies did not fully participate in the national survey this year. “The thing that stands out, that is clearly a factor, is that there are more agencies that are reporting hate crimes,” he said. “It could have played a role in the number.” There were 7,772 incidents reported nationally last year, about half of which targeted people because of their race. The report comes nearly a year after the city targeted the Canoga Park Alabama gang for its racially motivated attacks on blacks and after several black students in Louisiana, known as the Jena Six, garnered national headlines. The students were charged with attempted second-degree murder in Jena, after they beat a white student who hung a noose on a tree*. Civil-rights activists decried the punishment as overly harsh and the charges were eventually reduced. The Jena jurisdiction did not participate in the FBI survey. “These crimes are different than other crimes because they attack a community,” said Amanda Susskind, regional director for the Anti-Defamation League, which publishes an annual report on anti-Semitic incidents. “Any number of hate crimes is too many. I suppose it not increasing is better than increasing, but it’s not a dramatic decrease.” The Associated Press contributed to this report. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Here are Monday morning’s rumours from the paper and online…Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink, whose team face Tottenham in a key Premier League encounter on Monday, has questioned whether Spurs have the fight to remain in the title race. (Daily Mirror)Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has vowed to lead the club into their new 61,000-capacity stadium in 2018-19 as champions. (The Sun)Despite recent protests from fans and disappointing results this term, Arsene Wenger will retain complete control of all player and football staff matters at Arsenal next season. (Telegraph)Liverpool have opened negotiations to sign Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar, 20, this summer. (L’Equipe)Watford and Southampton are monitoring Wales winger Hal Robson-Kanu, 26, who has postponed talks about a new deal with Reading. (Daily Mirror)Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti, 22, has admitted he is flattered to be linked with a transfer to Tottenham, but says Spanish football is more suited to his style of play. (London Evening Standard)Manager Quique Sanchez Flores says Watford owner Gino Pozzo needs a five-year plan if the club are to thrive in the top flight. (Daily Telegraph)Ukraine winger and Liverpool target Andriy Yarmolenko, 26, will not be allowed to leave Dynamo Kiev for “clubs like Everton and Stoke City”, says club president Ihor Surkis. (UNIAN)Cristiano Ronaldo is rated 50-50 to play for Real Madrid against Manchester City in Wednesday night’s Champions League semi-final. (The Sun)West Brom forward Jonathan Leko, the first player born in 1999 to start a Premier League game, will be sent out on loan next season by manager Tony Pulis. (The Times)Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, sent off at Manchester United on Sunday, could face an increased ban for his reaction to referee Michael Oliver’s decision. (The Times)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Leicester star Jamie Vardy named Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the YearClaudio Ranieri reveals he will NOT watch Tottenham versus Chelsea, and will take 96-year-old mother to lunch in Italy insteadLISTEN: Jurgen Klopp explains the benefit of Liverpool losing to SwanseaManchester United’s draw with Leicester was one of the best performances of the season says Louis van GaalWATCH: Villarreal’s two goals as they warm up for Liverpool clash with win v ValenciaMissed Didier Drogba’s free-kick for Montreal Impact? Watch it here!
A group set up to examine a report into the latest flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital will publish its findings by the end of this month.Letterkenny General HospitalAn interim report into flooding at the hospital was considered by the Letterkenny Hospital Rebuild Steering Group on Friday Sept 26.The Steering Group expects to be in a position to publish the results of the investigation near end October, when the full report and all related documentation will be made available to the public. On Friday Oct 3rd, the Chair of the Letterkenny Hospital Rebuild Steering Group, Bill Maher, Group Chief Executive of the West/North West Hospitals Group, and the Chair of the Investigation Team, John Browner, Assistant National Director, HSE Estates, shared progress to date with local public representatives and consulted with them on the next steps that are being taken as the report is being brought to a conclusion.The meeting was also attended by the interim chair of the West/North West Hospitals Group, Dr John Killeen; non-executive director of the West/North West Hospitals Group, Donegal solicitor, Sharon Moohan; the general manager of Letterkenny General Hospital, Séan Murphy; HSE Estates Manager Mike Bermingham; and Facilities Manager, LGH, Peter Byrne.Mr Fergal Doherty, Area Manager, Roads & Transportation, represented Donegal County Council at the meeting.The public representatives were updated on the investigations and remedial works that are taking place within the grounds of Letterkenny General Hospital and the investigations that are being conducted or identified as necessary outside of the hospital grounds so that the risk of flooding at the hospital can be eliminated or reduced into the future. Mr Bill Maher, Group Chief Executive of the West/North West Hospitals Group, stated, “We had a very constructive meeting and valuable input from the public representatives.”He thanked Deputy Charlie McConalogue TD, Deputy Joe McHugh TD, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cllr. Gerry Crawford, Cllr. James Pat McDaid and Cllr Bernard McGuinness for their attendance. FINDINGS OF HOSPITAL FLOOD INVESTIGATION TO BE PUBLISHED AT END OF MONTH was last modified: October 7th, 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:donegalfloodLetterkenny General Hospital
The Cohen’s horseshoe species is only found in Mpumalanga in the Sudwala area near Nelspruit. (Image: Patty Ruback) Dr Samantha Stoffberg was responsible for the conclusive DNA studies that identified four new horseshoe bat species. The Mozambican horseshoe bat is a medium-sized species in the complex. It is widespread in Mozambique and northwest Zimbabwe. (Images: Stellenbosch University) MEDIA CONTACTS • Engela Duvenhage Media: Faculty of Science Stellenbosch University +27 82 874 1291 RELATED ARTICLES • New bug leaps into history books • Mount Mabu yields hidden bounty • New solutions for water conservation • Cape Town gets new nature reservesWilma den HartighA group of South African zoologists and bat experts are part of an international team that has discovered four new species of horseshoe bats in East and Southern Africa.The discovery puts a spotlight on improving efforts to conserve the continent’s rich and expanding biodiversity, protecting new bat species in South Africa and recognising the important role of these flying mammals in the ecosystem.Previously scientists thought that there was only one type of large horseshoe bat, Hildebrandt’s horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hildebrandtii), widespread throughout East Africa, Zimbabwe and South Africa’s Mpumalanga province.However, after years of research, piecing together clues such as DNA data and the frequency of sonar calls, scientists have found that there are in fact four other species.They are: Cohen’s horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus cohenae), Smithers’ horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus smithersi), the Mozambican horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus mossambicus) and the Mount Mabu horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus mabuensis).The study was led by bat experts and evolutionary geneticists Prof Peter Taylor of the University of Venda, Dr Samantha Stoffberg of Stellenbosch University (SU), Prof Ara Monadjem of the University of Swaziland, Dr Corrie Schoeman of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Julian Bayliss of the Conservation Science Group at the University of Cambridge in the UK and the Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust in Malawi, SU’s Dr Woody Cotterill and the Africa Earth Observatory Network.Conclusive DNA evidenceStoffberg, who is a postdoctoral researcher in the evolutionary genomics research group of the Department of Botany and Zoology at SU, was responsible for the conclusive DNA studies.“Describing new mammals is not that common, and certainly not four at once,” Stoffberg says. “And there are more on the way.”She explains that the newly-described flying mammals are good examples of cryptic species, which means that they are difficult to tell apart based on their external appearance.This is one of the biggest challenges in the study of bats, says Stoffberg. “Because they all fly and echolocate, they look very similar. DNA comparisons have made it possible for us to clearly distinguish between these species.”The scientists also used other characteristics such as skull shape, genitalia and DNA sequencing to identify and classify the new species.Distinct sonar callsHorseshoe bats can all be identified by their horseshoe-shaped noseleaves, which amplify and direct their very distinct echolocation calls.Echolocation, a biological sonar system, is a fascinating navigation tool used by mammals such as bats and certain birds that enables them to fly in the dark.Echolocating animals release a call and then listen for the echoes to return from objects near them. The echo of the sound waves helps these animals to determine the shape of surrounding objects.These specific calls were the first clues that the scientists scrutinised. “We found these differ not only among bats from various parts of Africa, but critically of bats found in the same localities,” said Cotterill.Renewed efforts to study and protect batsStoffberg developed an interest in bats when she was a third-year student at the University of Cape Town. “We were exposed to bats as one of the study animals and I was hooked,” she says.“There is so much about bats that we don’t know, especially in terms of answering evolutionary questions.”According to Stoffberg accurate identification of bats is important to ensure that the best conservation efforts are put in place to protect these animals.“The discovery of the new species is important in terms of conserving South Africa’s biodiversity,” she says, adding that knowledge of a bat’s geographical distribution, particularly if it is limited such as that of the Cohen species, is important for its survival.“To conserve something you need to know what you have,” she explains.The Cohen species is only found in Mpumalanga in the Sudwala area near Nelspruit.Prof Peter Taylor of the University of Venda, lead author of the study, is not aware of any other bat species being endemic to Mpumalanga, which highlights the conservation importance of the Cohen’s horseshoe bat.Cotterill explains that the Smithers’ horseshoe bat only seems to be found in the northwestern regions of the Zambezi escarpment in Zimbabwe, remote areas of the Kruger National Park in the Pafuri area, and the Soutpansberg Mountains in Limpopo.These bats have the highest echolocation frequency of all the members of this species-complex.Pest control and pollination Bats also have an important role in the ecosystem. “They eat a lot of potentially harmful agricultural pests and keep insect populations in check,” Stoffberg says.They are also very effective pollinators because unlike birds, they travel further. Fruit bats, for example, are responsible for pollination of baobab flowers.Stoffberg says that the study of bats has been neglected, but with advancements in technology it is becoming easier to study these fascinating animals.• Slideshow image courtesy of welchlinks.com
Plastics recycling goes up in CanadaNorth of the border, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association reports that the amount of plastic packaging that was recycled rose by 3% between 2013 and 2014.At least 707 million pounds of post-consumer plastic were collected for recycling in 2014, Moore Recycling Associates said.Most of the increase in recycling came from plastic film and high-density polyethylene bottle recycling, due in part to more aggressive curbside pickup programs.Krista Friesen, vice president of sustainability at the plastics industry association, said that the 3% gain is more than it sounds like because packaging, overall, is getting lighter. “So,” she said, “to realize any increase means that a larger volume of plastics were recovered.” Recycling rates have dropped in California, and for the first time since 2010 are below 50%. Plastic News reports that the statewide recycling rate fell to 47% last year, a decline of 3 percentage points from the year before. The new data from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) suggest that the state has some catching up to do if it hopes to meet a recycling goal of 75% by 2020.Recycling centers around the state have closed, the trade publication says, as the state reduced the fees it pays for handling plastic bottles and other containers. At the same time, commodity prices for aluminum and PET, a clear plastic used for water and soda bottles, have declined.“Recyclers across all industries are hurting,” said Teresa Bui, a legislative and policy analyst with Californians Against Waste (CAW). “The low commodity prices for paper, plastic, and metals are all driven by low oil prices. It’s cheaper to by virgin materials to make new PET bottles than purchase recycled PET.”Mark Murray, CAW’s executive director, called the statistics “an embarrassing blemish,” and said that the state’s recycling future is at a crossroads. Murray said that more than 660 California recycling centers have closed in the last 12 months and hundreds more could meet the same fate unless the state legislature restores recycling reimbursements to 2015 levels. CAW said that while recycling rates fell, disposal amounts increased by 2 million tons in 2015.Plastic News said that the “diversion rate,” a broader measure that includes materials used for fuel, landfill cover, and roads, stood at 63% last year. According to CalReycle, the state recycled and composted roughly 37 million tons of material in 2015. The agency says that about half the solid waste produced every day is buried in landfills, burned to produce energy, or otherwise disposed of.