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A father of three is now hospitalised with a gunshot wound, following an early morning attempted robbery on the West Bank of Demerara on Wednesday, by two armed and masked men.The home, which was invaded by banditsPeter Mangal, a 38-year-old farmer of Lot F Bordeaux, Canal Number One, was shot once to his right arm after two bandits entered his two-storey concrete home.According to a Police report, Kevin Mangal, 68, the father of the now wounded man, was in the bottom flat of the house when the gunmen pounced on him and dealt him several lashes to his head and body with a handgun.The men then ordered him to take them upstairs where they demanded cash from Peter Mangal.According to a Police statement, “the two men headed upstairs escorting Karan where they met Peter Mangal and they began demanding cash; as a result, Peter began to scuffle with the suspect who was armed with the handgun and he received a gunshot injury to his right arm above his elbow.”After the shot was fired, the suspects fled the house without taking any valuables.Moti Mangal, the brother of the now hospitalised man, told Guyana Times on Wednesday afternoon that the Police went to the house where they dusted for fingerprints. He said the family was hoping the Police would find the perpetrators.Investigations are ongoing.
SERIAL killer Robert Black intended to murder two girls from south Donegal, a cold case expert said today. Black – serving 12 life sentences for the kidnap and murder of four British girls – has long been suspected of killing seven-year-old Mary Boyle here.Cold case expert Chris Clark has found evidence that the sex predator went back to the area in County Donegal the next year searching for another victim. That comes as prosecutors consider whether to charge Black with the murder of Genette Tate, 13, of Aylesbeare, Devon, in 1978. Her body has never been found.Mary vanished in Cashelard in March 1977. Former detective Clark says he has evidence van driver Black was working in the area at the time.Clark said Black returned in 1978, raising fears he was hunting for another victim.“There is confirmation that when Mary went missing Black was a regular visitor at a pub in County Donegal. He appears on a Garda charge sheet for after hours drinking,” he said. “His presence was additionally recorded in the area a year after Mary went missing. He was noted by female witnesses asking about another girl. When they declined to help, they described him as becoming angry.“He was noted by female witnesses asking about another girl. When they declined to help, they described him as becoming angry.”Grangemouth-born Black, 67, was found guilty in 1994 of three child murders in the 80s.His reign of terror ended in 1990 when he was caught with a girl of six stuffed in a sleeping bag in his van in the Scottish village of Stow.He raped and murdered 11-year-old Northumberland schoolgirl Susan Maxwell in 1981. Mary: MurderedShe was dumped in Staffordshire.Five-year-old Caroline Hogg was abducted in Portobello, Edinburgh, and killed in 1983. Her naked remains were found 10 days later in Leicestershire.He picked up Sarah Harper, 10, in Leeds in 1986 then raped and murdered her. He dropped her body into the River Trent.In 2011, Black was convicted of kidnapping and murdering Jennifer Cardy, nine, who was snatched in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, in 1981. COLD CASE EXPERT: ROBERT BLACK KILLED MARY BOYLE AND CAME BACK TO DONEGAL INTENDING TO KILL AGAIN was last modified: July 27th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalMARY BOYLEmissingmurderRobert Black
Engelgau tore her anterior cruciate ligament during a match against Mira Costa in the Durango Invitational in Las Vegas last month. The Fighting Scots’ standout outside hitter will have surgery in a week, although she managed to serve a few this week in a victory against Serrano. “It was very cool,” Rim coach Linda Pattison said. “She got a huge ovation from the crowd. But I made her promise not to go for the ball if it was hit to her.” The Cowboys are led by junior Tiffany Owens, who went head-to-head with Pacific senior Tombara Youpele at the Desert Classic. Youpele is headed for UC-Riverside on a volleyball scholarship. Although Cajon will be favored Tuesday, Pacific’s program is ever-improving. “We’re becoming more cohesive and learning more about the game and we’re working harder,” Pirates’ coach John Arient said. REV TOURNEY The Redlands East Valley Classic volleyball tournament begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at REV. County teams involved are: San Gorgonio, Aquinas, REV, Eisenhower, Arrowhead Christian Academy, Sultana, Pacific, Yucaipa, Hesperia, Redlands and Arroyo Valley. Heading into Wednesday’s action, REV led the Citrus Belt League with a 7-0 record, followed by Yucaipa and Rialto with two defeats each, and Eisenhower and Redlands with three losses each. The Wildcats are led by setter Melissa Melcher and outside hitters Alli Whitmer and Anna Ryan. Yucaipa has an outstanding player in Ashtin Hall, but lost a few standouts during the offseason for various reasons. The Thunderbirds were upset by Redlands last week. Coach Phil Walsh’s Terriers, paced by Lanni O’Reilly, Mary Smith, Chandice Walsh and 6-foot-1 freshman middle blocker Lauren Reed are in that knot of four teams below REV. “REV is going to be tough to catch,” Walsh said. “They have Melissa Melcher and I’ve known her dad (Gene, the former REV girls coach) for 20 years. She’s like the calm in the storm for that team.” Entering Wednesday, REV was unbeaten in league in four fall sports: Football, boys cross country, girls volleyball and girls golf. NOTABLE Shannon Miller is the new softball coach at Pacific, replacing Jim Scott. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Junior Stefani Ward and sophomore Becky Johnstone are filling in for Engelgau. The loss of Engelgau hurts Rim’s hopes of repeating as CIF-State Division III champions, but they are still seeded first at Torrey Pines. CITY TITLE In San Andreas League volleyball, Pacific and Cajon are battling for league and city supremacy. Both teams are 3-0 in league and gearing up for Tuesday’s 4:30 p.m. showdown at Cajon. The teams met in the title match of the watered-down Desert Classic in September, with Cajon winning. The Rim of the World girls volleyball team gets its first real test without Cassie Engelgau this weekend. The Fighting Scots will compete Saturday in the Torrey Pines Calfifornia Challenge. They are seeded first in a tough field that also includes Los Angeles Marymount, Santa Ana Mater Dei, Anaheim Esperanza, Long Beach Poly, Long Beach Wilson, Santa Margarita, Huntington Beach Edison and Torrey Pines.
The Ramelton Storytelling Festival kicked off last night when a huge crowd turned out for the opening event in the Town Hall.Master storyteller Joe BrennanStudents from the two local primary schools, Ayr Hill and St. Mary’s opened the international festival with inspiring performances that the audience of nearly 300 enthralled.‘The students have worked so hard and have committed themselves over the last 9 weeks and tonight it shone through in the way they captivated the audience,” said organiser and well-kwown Donegal storyteller Joe Brennan. The Storytelling Festival continues on Saturday and Sunday with events for all ages. Storytellers are visiting from Norway and Iceland and they are joined by singer/song writer Colum Sands.A gala concert takes place in the Town Hall featuring all the artists tonight, Saturday at 8pm. A special ‘Storytelling and songs’ session takes place on this afternoon featuring Colum Sands and local band ‘In Their Thousand’. WHAT’S THE STORY IN RAMELTON? was last modified: November 9th, 2013 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:joe brennanRameltonstoryteller
A drunk man who was persistently banging on the windows of his ex-partner;s house at 4am has been fined €150.Christopher McDaid appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged under the public order act at The Park, Blue Cedars in Ballybofey on August 11th last. The court heard McDaid, aged 29, said he wanted to get int the house but was extremely drunk and was not allowed entry.Gardai arrived and told McDaid he had to leave the area but he refused and was arrested.His solicitor said he was earning a few pound working in a local car wash.He added that it was the persistence of a drunk man which had him in court.Judge Paul Kelly fined McDaid €150 under the public order act.Man banged on ex-partner’s windows at 4am was last modified: September 10th, 2019 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)
Scientists are relieved that they have been able to recover enough pieces from the crashed Genesis spacecraft to pursue the science objectives. JPL Director Charles Elachi said they have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and are bouncing back from a hard landing. The highest-priority science goals may still be attainable, at least partially, despite Wednesday’s 192-mph crash in Utah when the craft’s parachute did not deploy. The mission had been touted as a search for our origins: where we come from, where stars and planets come from, and how the earth got here.Why the name Genesis? Mission designers must surely have been keenly aware of the Biblical connotation when they selected the name. Either to stave off speculations or to answer concerns, the mission FAQ page addressed the concern as follows:Since this mission is named Genesis and will tell us about the beginning of the solar system, will it try to prove or disprove the Bible?The Genesis mission will collect samples of the solar wind, material flowing outward from the Sun, and return these samples to Earth. Scientists will be able to compare the compositions of these samples with known compositions of the planets and help in the effort to understand how our solar system and its planets formed. It is not NASA’s role to address theological questions or interpretations, and Genesis’ investigation will be studied as a scientific question, not a theological one.Yet to suggest that the formation of earth can be approached strictly through natural science without reference to a Creator is not a theologically neutral position. It is clearly an alternative philosophy to the famous declaration of Genesis 1:1, “in the beginning God.” To NASA, the religious text is, “in the beginning were the particles.” Please understand that we are all in favor of collecting data. We love data. We love solar wind particles and eagerly await what they might tell us about what the sun is doing now. But to suggest that a mission like this can speak to origins is to embrace a theological or philosophical position. The “origins” spin on this and other missions assumes an either-or dichotomy, the belief that there are strictly theological positions as opposed to scientific ones, as if these are non-overlapping, watertight classes of explanation, with the clear implication that scientific explanations are better: they are more objective, neutral, unbiased and true. But it is naive to assume that science has no philosophical baggage, or that a “theological” explanation like Genesis 1 could never have any observable effects accessible to natural science. Some scientists treat words like Genesis flippantly because, to them, the Biblical texts are ancient myths no different than those of Greek accounts of warring gods and goddesses. They ignore or don’t care that millions of Jews and Christians still believe the Bible and the Creator of which it speaks. Dodging this concern with statements that the Genesis investigation “will be studied as a scientific question, not a theological one,” does nothing to assuage the insensitivity of usurping the Biblical name: first, because (as just stated) treating the Biblical account as a myth is a slap in the face to the sincerely-held beliefs of many people (including many scientists), and secondly, they suggest that “science” can offer a strictly naturalistic, unguided, purposeless explanation in the place of the teleological, purposeful, personal explanation in the Biblical account. Imagine the furor if NASA absconded with a name from some other religious persuasion – Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, native American – with the implication that their goal was to investigate a scientific alternative to those beliefs. Such an act would be denounced for its insensitivity. The ACLU and other groups would demand an apology, and the NASA director would be called before a Congressional hearing to explain. Would those groups be appeased by a response like “we’re only looking for scientific explanations, not theological ones”? This is another example of how the sensitivity and tolerance of “political correctness” (an oxymoron) is asymmetrically applied when it comes to Jews and Christians. Despite all that, we offer best wishes to the mission and science teams. Exploration and discovery are important values of the Judeo-Christian worldview. We hope many solar wind particles survived intact. They might shed light on many current solar and interplanetary processes, and that is very worthwhile. Incidentally, many Jews, Christians and creationists work on missions such as Genesis, some of them in high places. Most of them do their work quietly with excellence, professionalism and teamwork. The hype in the press releases is written by a politically-correct few who don’t have to actually build and fly these amazing spacecraft.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
8 October 2012A South African man from Kliptown in Soweto is one of 10 finalists for the 2012 CNN Hero of the Year award, an annual campaign which honours everyday people doing good deeds in their communities.Within hours of hearing about his nomination, Thulani Madondo has gone from being a relatively unknown Soweto resident with a heart to change the lives of children, to gaining international celebrity status.Madondo is one of 45 000 nominees from more than 100 countries.Winners are decided entirely by public vote, and you can vote for him on www.CNNheroes.com by clicking on his name. Voting closes on 28 November 2012 and the winners will be announced on 2 December.Helping children to dreamMadondo was nominated for his work with the Kliptown Youth Programme (KYP), which provides meals for children, support with school fees, after-school care as well as educational help and tutoring to about 400 disadvantaged children from the Kliptown area.The organisation has also made it possible for 18 youths to get tertiary education.Madondo is a founder of the organisation and its chairperson. He works with a team of permanent staff and volunteers to inspire children who are growing up in difficult circumstances to have dreams and hope for the future.The main focus of the initiative is its tutoring programme, which runs four days a week. It provides tutoring for grade two to seven pupils, and uses professional teachers to help grade eight to 12 children with subjects such as maths and science.“To achieve this means a lot. It is an honour and privilege and we feel we have already achieved a lot just by being in the top 10,’ Madondo says.“It gives us hope to receive this type of exposure and recognition for the work we do.’Each of the finalists will receive R412 000 (US$50 000) for their organisation and the winner gets about R2-million ($250 000).Changing a community, one child at a timeMadondo is Soweto’s ordinary hero who has made it his life mission to change his community.Growing up in Kliptown, in a one-room shack that he shared with seven other siblings, he knows the challenges of young people in this area.His family didn’t have enough money to keep him and all his siblings in school, but he was determined not to drop out.He washed cars to earn enough money to pay his school fees, and went on to become the first member of his family to graduate from high school.With his schooling behind him, he wanted to become an accountant, but his family didn’t have the means to send him to university.Looking back on his childhood, Madondo realised that education is the most powerful tool to empower people, and this led him to co-found the KYP.“We feel education is the only key out of these challenging conditions that people live in,’ he says.Kliptown is one of the oldest residential areas of Soweto and is home to about 45 000 people. Here people live in informal housing, some don’t have access to services such as electricity and there is a high rate of unemployment.Many children from this community drop out of school because they don’t have school uniforms and text books.Learning how communities workMadondo set out to educate himself on everything to do with community development. Soon after completing high school in 2001 he participated in the City Year Programme (an intensive year of leadership training and skills development) in Johannesburg’s Yeoville community.Through the programme he had an opportunity to travel to the US, where he met former US president Bill Clinton.Then he received his community development practitioner certificate from Wits University and his certificate in community development at the University of Johannesburg.Today he is in charge of national and international fundraising for the KYP and provides regular guided tours through Kliptown.“When we started the organisation I thought I would do it part time and then still look for a job, but this ended up being my fulltime job,’ he explains.A deserved nominationMadondo was nominated for the award by Prof Ilhan Akbil from Fortham University in New York, after the KYP hosted the professor and a group of student volunteers.“He was so impressed with the work we do that he asked me if he could nominate me,’ he says.“I never thought this would happen. I suppose good things come to those who wait.’Through his community work, Madondo wants to emulate the life of one of his biggest heroes, South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela.“This is someone who prioritised peace in the country and through his sense of humour made South Africa a very special country to live in,’ he says.And does Madondo plan to one day go back to university to get his degree in accounting?“Probably not,’ he says. “I have found my new passion.’First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
7 May 2013 The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has called on employers to support the Youth Employment Accord, a government-led multi-partner initiative aimed at tackling the economic challenges facing young South Africans. The pact, signed by the government, labour, business and other civil society representatives in April, commits the partners in particular to improve education and training opportunities for youngsters between school-leaving and first employment. Another commitment is to improve work exposure by connecting young people with employment opportunities through support for job placement and work-readiness schemes. The government is confident that all the preparatory work for implementing the accord will be completed between May and June, with Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe saying that all the signatories have already starting taking steps to honour their commitments.Companies ‘must absorb more young people’ Yershen Pillay, the newly appointed chairperson of the NYDA, told SAnews this week that employers would need to throw their weight behind the plan by absorbing more young people into companies. “We need to see more of the private sector employers’ involvement in issues facing the young people of this country, not only in terms of financial support but also absorbing young people into companies – whether through internships or employment,” Pillay said. “Generally, the commitment has not been satisfactory, but we do believe that the private sector will come to the party through the Youth Employment Accord.” He also said that the accord would not succeed if it failed to get support from the very people it was seeking to help. “If young people have no idea what the accord seeks to achieve, then we will have a problem,” Pillay said. Critics of the plan have questioned its viability, saying the ideas are good but questioning if the necessary financial muscle would be there to implement them.IDC, Patrice Motsepe pledge funding The state-owned Industrial Development Cooperation (IDC) has been one of the first to give the plan financial backing, pledging to set aside R1-billion from its “Gro-E” funding scheme to provide low-interest rate loans to youth-owned or youth-related enterprises over the next three years. The IDC will also provide technical support to young people to assist in accessing these funds, and will refer them to other support available in the state. Business mogul Patrice Motsepe has also come forward with hard funds, committing, through the Motsepe Family Foundation, R100-million over the next three years for youth co-operatives and enterprises. “That is what we want to see more of from the private sector,” Pillay said. “We call on more companies to come to the party. We will do our part and as the NYDA, we would also like to exercise some kind of oversight or monitoring of the implementation of the actual accord to see whether certain targets are being met.” The 2011 Census results put South Africa’s overall unemployment rate at near 25%, with unemployment at 33.7% among those aged 25-29 and at 27.4% among those aged 30-34.More youth jobs in public sector For its part, government has committed to increasing the number of young people employed in the public sector, and to ensuring that departments introduce focused internship programmes aimed, over a period of time, at interns making up 5% of the total departmentel employment. The government’s Green Paper on Higher Education and Skills Development has also set ambitious targets for expanding higher education and training in the country. By 2030, according to the paper’s proposals, university enrolments should have increased to 1.5-million, or 23% of people in the relevant age group – up from 900 000 today, which is only a 16% participation rate. Pillay said that based on its staff complement, the NYDA would lead by example by providing 15 young people with internships, and hoped that other state entities follow suit. The agency employs about 300 people. “That’s realistic,” he said. “It’s achievable, and … it’s things like this that we need to do to make this work.” Source: SAnews.gov.za
Legendary Springbok rugby scrumhalf and captain Joost van der Westhuizen died on Monday 6 February after five years battling motor neuron disease. He was 45.Joost van der Westhuizen was instrumental in the Springboks’ World Cup triumph in 1995. But tragically, the legendary scrumhalf could not triumph over motor neuron disease. (screenshot via Youtube)Former Springbok rugby scrumhalf, captain and legend, Joost van der Westhuizen, has died at age 45 after a long battle with motor neuron disease.The J9 Foundation, which Van der Westhuizen established to fight the incurable disease, confirmed his passing on Monday 6 February. After his vital organs began to fail on Friday 3 February, he was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital on Saturday and placed on life support.The foundation said he passed away on Monday after “putting up an incredible fight” over the weekend.He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neuron disease, in 2011. The disease attacks the body’s neurons, weakening the body’s voluntary muscles. This can result in difficulty in speaking, swallowing, and eventually breathing.Van der Westhuizen played a pivotal role in the Springbok’s first Rugby World Cup title in 1995. In his prime, he was considered the world’s greatest scrumhalf. He is still regarded as one of the legends of the game.Van der Westhuizen spent his entire club career with the Blue Bulls, from 1993 until 2003, with great success. But he will be best remembered for his international playing career.He featured in 89 tests for the Springboks and scored 38 tries, a record only broken by Bryan Habana in 2011, at the Rugby World Cup. He captained South Africa during the 1999 World Cup where they finished third. Van der Westhuizen retired from international rugby in 2003 as South Africa’s record cap holder.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.