Berbice man found hanging in veranda

first_imgThe lifeless body of a man was found hanging from a rope around the neck in the veranda of his East Canje, Berbice home.The body of Khemraj Atomdeo, 53, of Lot 45 West Canefield, East Canje, Berbice, was found by his brother Kamaldeo Atomdeo. After the discovery the Police were summoned.The autopsy report on Atomdeo showed that he asphyxiated. It also revealed that alcohol was in his bloodstream.Dead: Ramroop AtomdeoHis brother told Guyana Times that he got out of bed and was preparing to open his shop on the bottom flat of the house when a passer-by shouted out to him that his brother was hanging from the rafter in the veranda. He checked and saw his brother’s motionless body.Although he wanted to cut down the body, he instead summoned the Police, who immediately launched an investigation.He recalled that his brother returned home on Sunday evening under the influence of alcohol but did not say much, other than he was heading to bed. That was the last time he saw his brother alive.The father of one spent 18 years overseas and returned to Guyana recently. He was described as a heavy drinker.last_img read more

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Hetmyer, Rutherford blitz sink TKR by 6 wickets

first_imgHero Caribbean Premier League 2018…It was a power-hitting spectacle from the Guyana Amazon Warriors’ pair of Shimron Hetmyer and Sherfane Rutherford, who set up a breezy 6-wicket thrashing of defending champs Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) in Sunday’s sold-out affair at the National Stadium at Providence, EBD.Shimron Hetmyer is embraced by Sherfane Rutherford after reaching fiftyHaving lost to Jamaica on Saturday, the Warriors, now second place with 12 points, stormed to an emphatic win over TKR; with Hetmyer clobbering 59 off just 30 balls, which included three fours and five massive sixes; while left-hander Rutherford, who was awarded Man-of-the-match, was in beast-mode, smashing 6 sixes in his unbeaten 42 off 13, taking GAW to 155-4 in pursuit of 154.A collective middle-order effort from TKR batsmen Darren Bravo, who hit 42 off 34, with two big sixes and a four; the veteran Denesh Ramdin, who continued his form with a solid 32; and Kevon Cooper, whose late blitz produced 30 runs off just 14 balls, with three sixes and three fours, saw TKR to 154-7 in 20 overs.Rayad Emrit celebrate the dismissal of Denesh RamdinWarriors had a good outing with the ball, with a returning Rayad Emrit bagging 2-25; Sohail Tanvir, 2-36; and Aussie Chris Green, 1-22. Opener Luke Ronchi was the first to go, knocked over by a Googly from the tournament’s leading wicket-taker Fawad Ahmed (2-20), leaving a more settled-looking Cameron Delport to smash four fours and two important sixes to get the chase going. The left-hander looked dangerous even after Ronchi’s departure, but lost his wicket when caught and bowled by Cooper.Anderson Phillip run out by Chadwick WaltonHetmyer played some fearless strokes up front, hitting a number of boundaries despite the early dismissals. Scoring his runs primarily in clusters of six, the left-hander raised his fifty with a four after taking Anderson Phillips to all parts of the Providence outfield.Rutherford imposed himself immediately, hammering three consecutive sixes off the TKR skipper, including a reverse sweep.The pair brought up their 50 partnership off just 15 balls, with Rutherford racing into the 40s; then Hetmyer was removed by Ahmed after attempting a cut shot.With just a few runs left to get, Chadwick Walton smashed his first ball — a free hit — for six off the leg-spinner, while Rutherford calmly took the Warriors over the line with a single.Dwayne Bravo had his middle stump dislodged by Rayad EmritBatting first under lights, TKR suffered huge blows at the top of the order, losing the in-form New Zealand pair of Colin Munro and Brendon McCullum for 6 and 9 respectively; the former was removed by Tanvir, and the latter was run out by Delport.Playing his first game in place of Chris Lynn, the South African Colin Ingram failed to impress, managing only 4 runs to his name before succumbing to some brilliant bowling from the young Green. The top-order collapse saw Ramdin and Bravo reviving the innings with a 54-run partnership, which helped to stabilise things for TKR.The chemistry between the two players, both of whom represent the Windies Team, was evident, as they ran neatly between the wickets while finding the occasional boundaries when necessary. When Emrit removed his countryman Ramdin, skipper Dwayne Bravo joined his brother in the middle, and struck a sweet six before Emrit scattered his stumps with incisive bowling.Luke Ronchi and Sohail Tanvir celebrate the dismissal of Colin MunroAs he was joined by Cooper, who seemed to be in a no-nonsense mood, Darren continued to play proper shots, taking Devendra Bishoo for back-to-back sixes while Cooper smashed seamers Tanvir and Rutherford for boundaries at the back end of the innings. Then the Pakistani veteran snapped up his wicket, leaving Pierre unmoved on 4 when the overs expired.In the first qualifier, to be played on Tuesday, the Guyana Amazon Warriors will take on Trinbago Knight Riders; while the second qualifier will see St Kitts and Nevis Patriots coming up against the Jamaica Tallawahs on Wednesday. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

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ARRANMORE SUPPORTS ‘DARKNESS INTO LIGHT’ – PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgARRANMORE SUPPORTS ‘DARKNESS INTO LIGHT’ – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: May 9th, 2016 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:Arranger IslandDarkness into Lightpicture speciallast_img read more

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PAT THE COPE SLAMS GOVERNMENT FOR NOT APPLYING FOR STORM FUNDING

first_imgMEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has described the refusal of the Irish Government to apply for EU Solidarity Funding in the wake of the extreme weather as a ludicrous and rash decision.Mr Gallagher called on the Government to re-think its decision and apply before the end of this week as the deadline set by the European Commission is Friday, the 21st of February.“Reports from the UK suggest that David Cameron’s Government will now apply for EU Solidarity Funding having earlier dismissed the idea out of hand. The bottom line is that the Irish Government has made a mistake and must also reconsider and apply for assistance. “The Government has stated that the expense of the damage incurred is below the threshold for assistance. The fact of the matter is that the application submitted in 2009 following severe flooding the same year was also below the threshold. However, the then Government submitted a regional based application, which ultimately proved to be successful as Ireland received €13 million. I am confident that if the Government submits a similar regional based application, it would also result in a positive outcome.”He added that is now urging the Government to reconsider its decision and to apply for funding before the closing date of the 21st of February, as confirmed to him by the office of the EU Commissioner for Regional Development, Johannes Hahn. An initial application can be submitted by Friday, followed up with more details at a later stage.Mr Gallagher concluded “The Government simply cannot afford to turn its nose up at any opportunities for assistance available at an EU level to deal with the damage caused by the severe storms and flooding.”  PAT THE COPE SLAMS GOVERNMENT FOR NOT APPLYING FOR STORM FUNDING was last modified: February 18th, 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:fundingPat The Cope Gallagherstormlast_img read more

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DNA in Amber Doesn’t Last Long

first_img(Visited 58 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Claims of ancient DNA hundreds of thousands of years old may be false.  No DNA was found in an insect encased in amber said to be 10,600 years old.The article on Science Daily suggests that a study published in PLoS ONE puts the “final nail in the coffin” of Jurassic Park’s thesis that dinosaurs could be reconstructed from fossilized DNA in amber.  Researchers from the University of Manchester looked for DNA in Colombian copal, the resin precursor of amber.  Using “sensitive next-generation methods”, they obtained sequences a few hundred bases in length, but could not match them to the insects.  They concluded, therefore, that they are artifacts.  The abstract states,We were therefore unable to obtain any convincing evidence for the preservation of ancient DNA in either of the two copal inclusions that we studied, and conclude that DNA is not preserved in this type of material. Our results raise further doubts about claims of DNA extraction from fossil insects in amber, many millions of years older than copal.David Penney said that despite expectations that copal or resin would protect the DNA, providing an ideal environment for preservation, that doesn’t appear to be the case.  “So, unfortunately, the Jurassic Park scenario must remain in the realms of fiction.”  They couldn’t even find it in a specimen said to be 60 years old.Update 9/18/13: Nature reported an alleged discovery of DNA from bones of a cave bear 300,000 years old extracted from permafrost.  Most of the segments were less than 50 base pairs long, “too degraded” to be useful except with new techniques used by researchers at the Max Planck Institute.  They claimed to assemble and sequence segments as short as 30 base pairs.So what will this mean for claims of ancient DNA extracted from specimens said to be millions of years old?  The obvious answer is that it’s not really that old.  According to these scientists looking at insects under ideal conditions of preservation, 10,600 years is an upper limit.  For the cave bear bones, it becomes less credible to believe permafrost conditions were uninterrupted for that long, let alone the question if permafrost is 30 times better at preserving DNA.  How could that be tested without assuming the evolutionary dates?last_img read more

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South Africa’s election triumph

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 25 April 2009 South Africa and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) were the big winners in the country’s 2009 general elections, which were marred only by a few logistical glitches as voters turned out peacefully, in huge numbers, to return the ANC to Parliament with an overwhelming majority.ANC dominant The ANC received 65.9% of the 17.6-million valid votes cast, securing 264 of the 400 seats in South Africa’s National Assembly, followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) with 16.6% of the vote (67 seats in Parliament) and the recently established Congress of the People (Cope) with 7.4% (30 seats). The Inkatha Freedom Party secured 18 seats in Parliament, while the United Democratic Movement, Freedom Front Plus and Independent Democrats secured four seats each. The African Christian Democratic Party got three seats in Parliament, the United Christian Democratic Party got two, and the Azanian People’s Organisation, Azanian People’s Convention, Minority Front and Pan Africanist Congress of Azania got one seat each. In the provincial elections, the ANC won with outright majorities in eight of South Africa’s nine provinces, including KwaZulu-Natal, where the Inkatha Freedom Party saw its share of the vote fall to 22% compared to the ANC’s 64%. The exception was the Western Cape, where Helen Zille’s DA received 52% of the vote, followed by the ANC with 33% and Cope with 7%.‘Atmosphere of 1994’ Barring one minor incident in Ulundi, KwaZulu-Natal, the election went off without violence or intimidation. “There was characteristic good humour and patience as voters put behind them months of acrimony and foreboding about the country’s political future,” Business Day reported on Thursday. “In spirit and atmosphere, it was a day reminiscent of April 27 1994, and augured well for the new era under president-to-be Jacob Zuma, who will be inaugurated on May 9.”Huge turnout According to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), 77.3% of South Africa’s 23.18-million registered voters cast their ballots in Wednesday’s poll – one of the highest voter turnouts in the world. The huge turnout caused long queues and a shortage of voting material at some voting stations, which saw presiding officers scrambling to supply voting material where it was needed. All stations closed at 9pm, although voters who were already in the queue at that time were allowed to vote. Oranto Atombo, one of around 330 international observers in the country for the elections, said voters’ determination to stand in long queues to make their mark demonstrated “how serious South Africans are about their hard-earned democracy”.‘Free, fair, transparent and credible’ South Africa’s election had been conducted “in a free, fair, transparent and credible manner,” an African Union (AU) observer mission said on Friday. The vibrancy of the electorate had “done honour not only to the people of South Africa but to Africa as a whole,” said the mission’s leader, Salim Ahmed Salim. The mission also commended South Africa for an inclusive voting process that included “special arrangement for the disabled and the aged to exercise their right to vote as well as the participation of those South Africans who had registered to vote but were abroad on the day of the election.”Logistical issues Although there were some logistical and irregular issues in the running of the elections, they had not affected the electoral process adversely, the AU found. Commenting on the arrest of an IEC official on charges of fraud in KwaZulu-Natal, Salim said such behaviour was “unacceptable”. A presiding officer at a voting station in Ulundi allegedly stuffed a ballot box with pre-marked ballot papers. The official, who was charged with violating the Electoral Act, has appeared in court and was granted bail. The AU mission also recommended that the IEC and the government revisit a provision in the law that allows voters to vote at any voting station, not just the one at which they originally registered. This provision was widely blamed for the shortage of ballot papers and ballot boxes at some voting stations. SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

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Port Elizabeth school a champion in recycling

first_imgIt takes a community when it comes to recycling and green initiatives, says Kabega Primary School, winners of the Plastics|SA 2016 Clean Up & Recycle competition.Learners at Kabega Primary School in Port Elizabeth celebrate Earth Day. The school won the Plastics|SA 2016 Clean Up & Recycle competition. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanA grandmother who brought in newspapers that she had collected at her old her age home is one of the contributors to the recycling project at Kabega Primary School in Port Elizabeth. The school recently won the Plastics|SA 2016 Cleanup & Recycle Competition.Educating peopleJacques Lightfoot, the sustainability manager at Plastics|SA, said that the initiative was founded in 2005 as The Fantastic Plastics SA school competition. In 2016, a total of 2,500 learners participated. The competition began in July and ran until October 2016, with final judging in November.“The purpose of the competition was to encourage schools, businesses and community members to get involved with Clean-up Month in September,” explained Lightfoot. “Only the projects get evaluated and we do not conduct any monitoring of the schools, as we let their projects show their success.”Participating schools had to write a short report about their initiatives and submit photographs. Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative is a partner in Cleanup & Recycle, which last year had the theme “Play Your Part … Let’s Clean-Up South Africa!”One of Kabega Primary School’s initiatives is cleaning up the river and the beach. Gideon Labuschagne and Bianca Deysel are part of the initiative to collect water for farmers in the Free State, during drought. (Image supplied)The winnersThe top three schools were Kabega Primary in Port Elizabeth, Vaalpark Primary in Vaalpark, and Kragbron Primary in Witbank, Mpumalanga.Winning organisations were Clean-up & Recycle Klerksdorp in North West, Fichardt Park Neighbourhood Association in Free State, and Greater Tygerberg Partnership in Bellville, Western Cape.Lightfoot said in a press release that entries were judged based on how many participants were involved in the respective projects. “[We judged] whether they managed to involve their community.”Kabega Primary School principal Andrew Jonas (left) with Grade 1 learners Natalie de Jager, Cloe Jantjies, Gareth van Heerden and Tanya de Kock, as well as deputy principal Corrie van Eck; the school received a bench from Plastics|SA as winners of the Plastics|SA 2016 Cleanup & Recycle Competition. (Image supplied)Lightfoot added: “Kabega Primary was a clear winner and stood out for us because of the amount of recycling and other environmental and sustainability work it does … It is an amazing school that is clearly dedicated to making a difference in its environment as it organised clean-ups in Baakens River Valley, Willows and Seaview.”It’s not about the competitionAdele Botha, co-ordinator of the green projects at Kabega Primary School, said they had been undertaking green initiatives for the past four years. The school, for example, used a solar geyser.It had an enviro-committee consisting of teachers who organised the projects and wrote regular reports on the initiatives. “The whole school takes part in our green initiatives,” said Botha.Learners collected things such as bottles, lids and plastic bags, which they brought to school. “We have a group of Grade 6 learners who are in charge of making sure the recycling station stays clean,” she added.Recycling should be a lifestyle, which was why the school got the parents and the community involved. “The older generation are being taught by the children to do the right thing. This is really life-changing. We are not doing this to be in a competition.”Botha said the surrounding community got involved in their initiatives, even the police. They were trying to get better at cleaning up their environment every year. “We also do regular beach and river clean-ups.”AchievementsThey had been working with The Waste Trade Company in Port Elizabeth for four years, Botha said. “They have 230 schools that do recycling. For the four quarters of 2015 and 2016 we were the winning school. For the last quarter of 2016, we recycled material of 12,990kg.”In November 2016, they won the Eastern Cape’s Top Green Award for small business. “For the past three years we have represented the Eastern Cape in the Sasol Enviro Quiz in Gariep.”Kabega Primary has also undertaken a project with the Sweethearts Foundation. For this, the learners and community collect plastic bread clips. For every 50,000 of these bread clips, one wheelchair is donated to a child in need.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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Off the field, Amanda Dlamini still leads

first_imgShe has already made 66 appearances for the national squad and scored 21 goals in the process. 3 October 2013 Higher education ‘a priority’ “It was one of the toughest decisions I had to make regarding my footballing career. It’s something that needed to be done for me to be content with myself, my game and my studies,” she said in a statement. “One day I was asked to play because they were a man short and I grabbed that chance with both hands. At first it was just a hobby. Little did I know the only little girl playing with boys would one day get this far.” Earlier this year, she established the Amanda Dlamini Girls’ Foundation, which aims to inspire young girls from rural areas to pursue their dreams. Amanda Dlamini Girls’ Foundation ‘On the rise’ The highlight of her tenure as captain was leading the first ever Banyana team to qualify for an Olympic Games to London in 2012. Dlamini, who scored two goals in the University of Johannesburg’s 6-0 drubbing of the Tshwane University of Technology to help her team to victory in the inaugural Varsity Football competition in September, said the new competition had added great value to the game by ensuring constant competition and providing a visible and equal platform for women’s football. Amanda Dlamini spoke on Thursday about her decision to relinquish the captaincy of South Africa’s national women’s football team, Banyana Banyana, and about her work in the development of women’s soccer. In March, Dlamini gave up the national leadership reins, after two years at the helm, to focus on her own game and her tertiary studies.center_img “Women’s sport still lacks the sponsorship needed to make a good living, so should anything happen, such as a career-changing injury, one should be able to continue having a full life through your chosen field.” As part of the programme, Dlamini shares her footballing experiences and some of the challenges that female athletes face. She said the emphasis was on balancing education and sport, and providing coaching in life skills and football. Dlamini has returned to her home in Harding, KwaZulu-Natal while she completes a module via correspondence and plays for Durban Ladies in the Sasol provincial league. “We offer career guidance and teambuilding exercises. There’s also something called ‘my sacred space’, which which is where I tell them about my upbringing and relate to them and answer one-on-one questions.” Higher education was a priority, said the third-year road transport management student, even for those young women carving out a career in professional sport. “This shows that women’s sport as a whole is on the rise and being taken seriously.” Dlamini’s greatest ambition is to one day have her own football academy for women. She says her own start was less auspicious: she followed her cousin and brother to the fields where they played. Dlamini hopes to still be an integral part of South Africa’s plans to qualify for the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup and their quest to win the African Women’s Championship. “As a rural girl, I know how it feels to be isolated from all sporting activities. Because I have experienced these challenges, I felt the need to go out there and motivate these young girls not to give up, no matter what.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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South African chef named world’s best

first_imgChef Chantel Dartnall has been named the best female chef in the world for 2017 at The Best Chef Awards held in Poland. Dartnell is the owner of the acclaimed Restaurant Mosaic in Tshwane.Chef Chantel Dartnall in action as chef and owner of Restaurant Mosaic. Dartnell was named the world’s best female chef 2017. (Image: Restaurant Mosaic)CD AndersonDartnell has twice been named South African Chef of the Year and her Pretoria restaurant is one of the country’s top rated eateries. She trained at a number of Michelin three-star restaurants in the UK and uses what she learned to create classic fine dining and uniquely South African menus that have earned Restaurant Mosaic several local and international food awards, including a Diners’ Club World’s 50 Best Restaurants award.Dartnall also placed 32nd in the overall Best Chef Awards Top 100 2017. She is the only South African on the list and one of only three female chefs in the top 50. The awards were held in Warsaw in October.Speaking to IOL News on her return from Warsaw in November, Dartnell called the award a great honour, and said the recognition was indicative of the world-class quality of South African cuisine.“I certainly think people who would not generally have taken South Africa too seriously at an awards function of this calibre, will sit up and notice and become aware of the talent that we have in South Africa… ever since winning the award, I have received a number of calls from international chefs whose restaurants I’ve eaten in, as well as foreign guests planning a visit to South Africa.”Dartnell paid tribute to her family, in particular her mother for inspiring her love of cooking, telling IOL “[she] was one of my biggest influences growing up. Even now the smell of a roast chicken brings back wonderful childhood memories.”Watch Dartnell in action:Source: IOL News, Restaurant Mosaic websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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