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  • Police Vows ‘Fire for Fire’

    first_imgThe Liberia National Police (LNP) have vowed to return “fire for fire” after arresting a Lebanese national identified as Hichen Alkhatib, for alliedly supplying very fearsome face masks used by alleged armed robbers, “We are not going to sit there and allow criminals to shoot at the police anymore and go free; we are going to return fire for fire. We are going to engage them with arms for arms,” Col. Chris Massaquoi vowed on Monday, September 8 when he addressed a press conference at the LNP headquarters in Monrovia.Alkhatib is believed to be the proprietor of the 750 Shopping Center situated on Somalia Drive in Gardnerville, a suburb of Monrovia.The police chief claimed Alkhatib’s face mask was arrested with a suspect named Sam Dixon (alias ERU), who had allegedly robbed several residents within the Somalia Drive community.Director Massaquoi further claimed that another two most notorious armed robbers, only identified as Lasso and Alieu, whom he said, were still on the run, are close associates of Alkhatib.“Our investigation so far established that the green face mask used by armed robber Sam Dixon, alias ERU, was supplied by this Lebanese national,” the Police chief stated.“Consequently the police conducted a search on the home of this Lebanese and retrieved five additional pieces of the identical green face mask that was arrested from ERU,” he further added.At the same time, Director Massaquoi disclosed that eight other robbers have been arrested and were undergoing interrogations at the LNP’s headquarters in Monrovia.The eight are alleged to have carried out their act in the Paynesville and Somalia Drive communities.  “They were arrested with various kinds of dangerous weapons including arms and knives among others,” IG Massaquoi added.“These criminals, we believe, have been terrorizing peaceful residents and taking away their personal belongings.”He named a single barrel pistol, a cutlass, toy gun (pistol), two single barrel ammunitions, six pieces of green masks, two Chinese headlights and long military trousers as some of the materials retrieved during the raid.Other items retrieved, he said; include laptops, cell phones and computer accessories.According to him, they were making effort to apprehend another five suspected armed robbers believed to be on the run.“We are exerting frantic efforts to arrest Lewis Kennedy, alias Prof; Kessely Mulbah, alias Kizo; and Patrick Wah, alias Color Boy.”The police chief also admitted that his office has received numerous reports of a group of individuals roaming around communities, especially Paynesville, allegedly dressed in uniforms resembling those of the LNP.“In order to address the issue, we have met private security entities whose uniforms have similarity to the LNP to immediately desist from using them from now on, and they are cooperating,” he disclosed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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  • A Blueberry male is in serious condition after gunshots Wednesday

    first_imgOne male is in serious condition after a self-inflicted gun-shot wound at the Blueberry First Nations Reserve.Wednesday, the Fort St. John RCMP responded to a report of a disturbance involving a 36 year-old male. The male ran with a firearm into the woods on the Blueberry First Nations Reserve.When police arrived on scene, they discovered the male had ran down a steep embankment where he suffered a self-inflicted gun-shot wound to the chest. Several police offers and members of the Blueberry community were able to carry the male backup the embankment to provide emergency medical attention.- Advertisement -B.C. Ambulance staff then transported the male to the Fort St. John Hospital. The male was later flown out by air ambulance for specialized medical care.The Fort St. John RCMP would like to thank the members of the Blueberry community for their assistance in both the evacuation and aid provided to the injured male.The incident is still under investigation and no further information will be released at this time.Advertisementlast_img read more

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  • JUDGE ASKS GARDAI IF MAN WHO HEAD-BUTTED CELL CAUSED MUCH DAMAGE TO WALL

    first_imgA Judge asked Gardai if a man who head-butted the walls of a holding cell caused much damage to it.Richard Kelly was arrested by Gardai for being intoxicated in Carrigans on October 2nd, 2014.However, when taken to Letterkenny Garda station h began headbutting the walls and split his head open. Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan told Letterkenny District Court that it cost €200 to clean up the blood and to have the cell disinfected.Judge Paul Kelly asked “I take it the cell withstood the impact of his head?”Solicitor Patsy Gallagher told the court that the 33 year old farm labourer from 455 New Houses, Carrigans had a serious issue with alcohol.He said Kelly was prepared to reimburse the taxpayer he €200 it cost to clean the Garda cell.Judge Kelly heard the accused was seeking to attend the Whiteoaks Addiction Centre and adjourned the case until February 23rd.JUDGE ASKS GARDAI IF MAN WHO HEAD-BUTTED CELL CAUSED MUCH DAMAGE TO WALL was last modified: February 9th, 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:bloodcellheadbuttletterkennyRichard Kellylast_img read more

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  • CYCLING: ERRIGAL CC ARE DONEGAL CHAMPS

    first_imgErrigal CC dominated this weekends Donegal Road Race championships.It all started Saturday morning when  Errigals CC -Sean McFadden blitzed the field and cruised home in the Donegal Championships Time Trial, his nearest competitor more than 40 secs off the pace on the 10mile event.Today’s Road race seen student Conor mcilwaine of errigal cc lift the coveted prize of Donegal Road Race Champion. A super result  for the young Letterkenny man  who has only returned to training in the last few weeks after taking a sabbatical to concentrate on his studies for his  Leaving cert examinations  last month.Conor travelled to France two weeks ago for a training camp in the Pyrenean  mountains in preparation for the Donegal  Championships and  it paid off today..What a wonderful talent he is.Also on the podium in 2nd place was Errigal rider Kevin Holian..3rd went to  4 masters rider Eddie Sweeney 4th went to that man again Sean McFadden.And 5th to the carrigart man  Danny hunter Errigal cc1st lady went to Margaret Kelly  Errigal CC Kelly.1st veteran –  Brian  mcbride Errigal CCTeam prize went to errigal cc: Conor mcilwaine,Kevin Holian,Sean McFadden.CYCLING: ERRIGAL CC ARE DONEGAL CHAMPS was last modified: July 29th, 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:CYCLING: ERRIGAL CC ARE DONEGAL CHAMPSlast_img read more

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  • Evolution Deniers of the Non-Human Kind

    first_imgHere are some fun animals and plants worth knowing about, not only for what they do, but for the pained expression they give Darwinians.Limpet engineers. A limpet is a shelled creature related to snails that clings to rocks in tidepools. Researchers at Trinity College Dublin are calling them ‘marine repairmen’ and ‘biomechanical engineers’ and ‘construction workers of the seashore.’ How did they earn those titles?Limpets frequently suffer damage at the apex of their conical shells, but rather than drying out due to dehydration or getting picked off like sitting ducks by dinner-hungry predators such as seagulls, the hard-working creatures quickly patch over small holes with new biological building material from within.Incredibly, these repaired shells turned out to be just as strong as the originals when subjected to impacts from rocks.The snails can’t overcome a problem called spalling, where multiple impacts cause material failure. But that problem may not have a solution, the press release says. “Spalling is evidently one problem that doesn’t have a perfect solution — whether you are a concrete foreman overseeing a building site or a limpet trying to speedily repair his or her home on the seashore.”Venus flytrap chemists. The carnivorous plants we know and love have another trick up their sleeve: extracting energy from meat. Research at the University of Freiburg reveal that the plants do, indeed, need to supplement photosynthesis with insect prey. But to make it work, they have to do elaborate organic chemistry.The scientists now assume that the process of ingestion and energy production in the Venus flytrap is more complex than thought: The carnivorous plant thus uses the energy it receives during photosynthesis to begin the digestive process and to access nutrients. In order to maintain this process, it produces additional energy by oxidizing amino acids that it extracts from its prey, thereby gaining access to yet another energy source.It required 11 scientists to explain what this tender little carnivore does, in the journal New Phytologist.Archer fish torpedos. We’ve written before about the amazing archer fish that needs to figure out index of refraction, velocity and fluid mechanics as it shoots bugs out of bushes above the water. Now, New Scientist says that the fish can also spit at prey underwater. Scientists at the University of Bayreuth figured out that the underwater jets can disturb the subsurface to find prey.This time one of the researchers came up with a just-so story to rescue Darwin:“Many other fish and invertebrates forage by disturbing the ground, and this is probably the ancestral condition,” says Alex Kacelnik of the University of Oxford. “Archerfish probably thus started with this ordinary skill then transitioned to targets probably at, or narrowly above, the surface and this created new selective pressures to focus and aim water jets at ever higher targets.”“It’s a lovely example of the incremental and interactive process of evolution of complex traits through natural selection,” he says.Lovely, indeed. Did Kacelnik really think this through? First, how did the spitting response “emerge” originally, with all the muscular, nervous and brain software required to aim a jet of water, and how did the fish associate that new composite trait with the possibility of finding prey? Did the first spitter learn this by thinking about it, or by trial and error? Neither, of course, because according to neo-Darwinism, it had to emerge by blind, random mutations. Second, if this is a law of nature, why is the archer fish unique? Wouldn’t all the other fish want to learn this trick? Third, how did the trick get into the gametes? If this mutation (or set of mutations) were so advantageous, it would have to originally emerge in the sex cells by accident, then all the competitors without it would have to die. But many fish survive just fine without being able to focus jets of water several meters into the air; it doesn’t seem vital. And unless the traits are dominant, the first fish with the mutation would have to mate with another having the mutation. Fourth, even if it were a vital function, how many fish had to die of starvation before the trait became fixed in the population? Fifth and last but not least, there is no such thing as “selective pressure.” Extinction is a perfectly good option in Darwin’s world of aimless, purposeless natural processes.Starling formation flight. Similar questions about evolution plague an article from the University of Bristol, “Birds of a feather flock together to confuse potential predators.” The beautiful murmurations of half a million starlings are featured in Illustra Media’s documentary Flight: The Genius of Birds. A scientific explanation that merely states that starlings perform their aerobatics “to confuse potential predators” may be partly right, but it answers a far less interesting question. The scientists should be asking, “How did the hardware and software for split-second coordinated movement arise without intelligence?” These birds respond within milliseconds in close proximity in the air, but almost never collide. No functional trait can appear in Darwinian theory “for the purpose of” anything. Natural selection is blind. It cannot plan ahead. At its root, Darwinian theory amounts to “stuff happens.” The statement that they “flock together to confuse predators” only makes sense in design theory.To avoid being inebriated, don’t swallow the Darwine. Ask hard questions. Darwinism makes sense only when you don’t think about it. The just-so stories are lame, because Darwinians answer the wrong questions with plausible-sounding but wrong answers inconsistent with their own theory. Learn to ask the right questions, and you will see Darwinians with a blank look on their faces, or they will get mad. For the sober, the wonders of nature arouse awe at intelligent design far beyond anything we know.(Visited 85 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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  • Tourist arrivals expected to top 10m

    first_img3 March 2010A record 10-million tourists are expected to pass through South Africa’s ports of entry in 2010 – 500 000 more than the 9.5-million who visited the country in 2008 – says Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk.Briefing the media in Cape Town this week, Van Schalkwyk said that while the global tourism industry saw a decline of 4% in 2009, South Africa outperformed its competitors and saw its tourism numbers continue to grow, albeit at a lower level after a record four years of double-digit growth.Focus on conventionsHowever, he said, the country could not rest on its laurels. South Africa had for too long relied on leisure tourism, and needed to diversify if it was to continue to encourage more people to visit the country.His department planned to focus more on the areas of tourism generated by business travellers and conventions, which currently make up 6% of South Africa’s foreign arrivals.“We want to be, in a few years, one of the top 10 long-haul convention destinations in the world, and to do that we will have to professionalise our approach,” he said.Van Schalkwyk said the department wanted to launch a national convention bureau to put a stop to the country’s main conference destinations, Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg, undermining one another.2010: enough roomsHe said sporting events were a “giant” opportunity for South Africa too, currently accounting for 10% of foreign arrivals. The 2010 Fifa World Cup would attract about 300 000 to 450 000 visitors, and Van Schalkwyk said he had “no doubt” that the country had enough rooms.Commenting on the speculation that hotels and guest houses had unfairly inflated room tariffs for the event, he said consulting firm Grant Thornton was busy looking into whether this was indeed the case.“It’s very anecdotal what we are hearing. I haven’t seen a general trend towards overpricing in the accommodation sector, but it’s important that we have facts,” he said, adding that the issue of aircraft pricing was being investigated by the Competition Commission.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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  • NAHB Confidence Index Stirs as Buyers Respond to Incentives

    first_imgLow prices, $8K tax credit attract customers, bumping the NAHB/Wells Fargo HMI up five pointsFrom March to April the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index – NAHB’s measure of builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations in the next six months – jumped five points, to 14.Some see the increase as a sign that the overall single-family housing market may be nearing bottom, pulling out of free-fall, entering the trough – pick a metaphor.The reality is that an index reading of 50 indicates more than half the builders surveyed have a positive view of market conditions, and it’s obvious a reading of 14 is a good distance from normal. But the March-April jump from 9 to 14 also at least suggests that buyers may be coaxed along by the $8,000 first-time buyer tax credit and relatively low listing prices.Also in the cautious glass-half-full category were Commerce Department figures released this week that show single-family starts have remained essentially unchanged during the first quarter. (Multifamily starts dropped 10.8% in March, however.)The NAHB says it is looking for relief from what it calls “the ongoing lockdown on builder acquisition, development and construction (AD&C) financing.”“Restoring health to our nation’s economy will require a substantial housing recovery, and that recovery is contingent on breaking the logjam in AD&C lending that presents an ever-increasing obstacle for home builders,” NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe said in a recent press release.Probably just as important as the AD&C issue is the rate of unemployment, which has implications for all sectors of the economy. That is where stimulus-funded weatherization projects, state energy programs, and energy-efficiency tax credits can come into play in a significant way, by both creating and saving jobs in green construction and energy-saving improvements.last_img read more

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  • Statue of mob violence victim installed in U.P.’s Bulandshahr

    first_imgA statue has been installed to honour Sumit Dalal, the young resident of Syana in Bulandshahr, who lost his life in the mob violence at Chirangvathi police station following rumours of cow slaughter in the neighbouring Mahav village in December last year. Subodh Kumar Singh, an inspector of the Uttar Pradesh police, had also lost his life in the incident.With Gau Rakshak Vir Shaheed Sumit inscribed on the arch of the temple-like structure, the family of Sumit installed his statue within their residential premises in Chirangvathi village on Sunday.His father Amarjeet Singh threatened to leave Hinduism if his demand for a CBI inquiry in the case was not met. “I would convert and commit suicide on December 3 if the U.P. government does not concede to our demands,” he said.Mr Amarjeet said that police was holding his son responsible for the killing of Singh when the fact was that his son died before the mob killed the police inspector. In a video that went viral on Monday, he could be heard saying that he was being punished by the Hindus.Violence accusedLike Singh, Dalal also died of a gunshot wound on December 3. Though CM Yogi Aditynath awarded a compensation of ₹10 lakh to his family, the 20-year-old remained accused number 16 in the FIR registered by the police after the violence. According to police sources, his post-mortem report confirmed that he was hit by a bullet fired from a 0.32 caliber weapon, the same bore which killed the inspector.last_img read more

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  • India batsmen fail to fire against Aussies

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  • Arsenal, Chelsea clash to raise funds for Grenfell Tower fire victims

    first_imgProceeds from a clash between London soccer giants Arsenal and Chelsea will go to support people caught up in the Grenfell Tower fire, the Football Association said on Friday.Officials said they were hoping to raise “in the region of 1.25 million pounds ($1.59 million)” when FA Cup winners Arsenal take on Premier League champions Chelsea for the 2017 Community Shield at the Wembley Stadium on August 6.At least 79 died after fire broke out in the 24-storey social housing block in Kensington, West London last week.”Like the rest of the country, we were all deeply saddened … Whilst only a football match, we hope that in some small way through the Community Shield we can help,” FA chairman Greg Clarke said in a statement.”Two great London clubs will come together to play at the city’s most famous stadium just a few miles from Kensington. They will be united in their passion for football, grief at this tragic loss and support for their community,” he added.($1 = 0.7852 pounds)last_img read more

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