A year ago, Kingston College’s Akeem Bloomfield had track and field fans talking for a long time after a superb performance at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, where he became the first schoolboy locally to go sub 45 seconds in the 400m.Bloomfield broke Davian Clarke’s long standing national junior record of 45.21 seconds with an excellent winning time of 44.93 seconds to take the Class 1 event.After winning the Under 20 one-lap event at the Carifta Games his season ended at the Penn Relays, where he had a leg injury, running the second leg of the 4×100 metres for his team.Since then he has not competed despite being listed to do so at several development meets this season. Come today, the lanky sprinter will make his first appearance as he is down to compete at the Carifta Trials as he aims to defend his regional 400m title.”Caution is my main concern when I compete as I just want to finish my event healthy,” said Bloomfield, who stated that he will be competing in the 400m and may possibly do the 200m.”The only thing I am worried about now is getting through the trials injury free and just to give a good performance,” he continued.Asked about his expectation for his first outing this season his reply was “I haven’t set any expectation for myself as I just want to complete my event healthy.””The trials at time tends to be hotter than the competition itself as all I can say there is good competition out there and I just have to bring out my best,” he added.
MORE than their competitors, the influenza (flu) virus is threatening an impact on Calabar High School’s plans to retain the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championship title.Yesterday, their Class One 1500 and 800 metres favourite, Kevroy Venson, who is still affected by the virus, finished last in the heats of the 800 metres in a time of 2.13.66.On Tuesday’s opening day of the championships, there were some doubts surrounding the participation of the Red Hills Road-based school’s Class Two 400 metres star, Christopher Taylor, but he shrugged off the ills to run a record time in the heats of his event.Although no one else of note in the Calabar camp has come down with the illness, head coach Michael Clarke says it has disrupted their points projection and Venson’s illness will certainly affect their overall tally.FIT TO COMPETE”Venson came down with a bout of flu, but the doctors passed him fit to compete. But obviously he did not recover enough to run his best. Hopefully he makes the (1500m) final, which is on Friday. By then he should recover enough to perform better,” said Clarke.”Christopher was affected before the CARIFTA trials, so he was able to recover enough to compete at Champs. But I am sure that other schools will be affected because there is a bout of flu going around and it’s sure to affect others,” Clarke told The Gleaner.”His (Venson) illness will affect our points tally,” he continued, “because he was one of the athletes whose points were almost certain. But Calabar is not a school that is built on one athlete, we will have others to fill in those gaps.”But it has definitely affected us. Hopefully with the help of our doctors we will be able get our athletes to perform at their best at the championship,” he added.- L.S.
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A fire suspected to be an act of arson completely destroyed a house at Lot 76 D’Urban Backlands in Georgetown on Sunday afternoon, consuming everything of value, including furnishings.The ruins of the house destroyed by fireThe fire reportedly started about 13:10h, and although firefighters arrived promptly on scene, they did not manage to stop the inferno.When Guyana Times arrived on the scene, the house was already reduced to ashes, but the embers were still engaging the attention of the firefighters, as shocked neighbours stood watching.The owner of the house, Kerwin Harris, 28, told this newspaper that he was in the backlands when he heard about the fire, and he rushed home to see what he could do, but was not able to save anything.Harris, whose house was located at the side of his father’s, said he had two females who lived with him in the house a while back, and about three weeks ago, one of them had attempted to burn the house down.The dumpsite worker said that on that occasion he had averted the fire when he realized that one of the two women had set a mattress ablaze in an attempt to burn down the house. That matter, according to him, was reported to the Police station in the area, and investigations thereof were still ongoing.“Me and some girl (two) went out before. I don’t have anybody around me now. They light afire the house from the king size mattress that was on the right side of the house,” he explained.Harris told Guyana Times he strongly believes the same women may be responsible for the fire, especially since the house was abandoned for some time, but contained furniture and equipment. He said the fire could not be electrical in origin as the house currently had no electricity.“Look now, is start over I got to start over all again. Is real pressure they put me in, budday. Coz you boy trying all the time, you boy is a hustler. It will be hard to start over, but I have to do what I could do,” he lamented while explaining that he worked hard to build his home.The man’s father, Wilfred Dick, also spoke with this newspaper. He recounted that he was taking a nap when his teenage son woke him and informed him about the blaze. By the time he had gone to see what was taking place, the fire had already spread to most of the wooden structure.He said, “All I could do was to wet my house until the firemen came.”Dick also told this newspaper that about three weeks ago, two young ladies with whom his son is associated attempted to light the house afire, and nobody was living in the home, because it had been abandoned for a while now.A neighbour who asked not to be named told this newspaper that Harris was living with his pregnant girlfriend a few houses away, and had abandoned his house. He allegedly had relationships with the two women who stayed at his house, and when his girlfriend found out, they had a huge fight.According to the neighbour, the women attempted to beat Harris’s pregnant girlfriend, and in the process attempted to burn Harris’s house down. Although he had managed to save it on the previous occasion, neighbours believe that the women may have found some way to get into the house and set it ablaze.While the firefighters were preparing to leave, Harris’s pregnant girlfriend was shouting and cursing at neighbours whom she might have suspected of also lighting the house on fire. The girlfriend (name unknown) ended up in a fist fight with a female neighbour who she also accused of setting the house on fire. The Police later intervened, arresting the two women and taking them to the Police station. It is not clear if the women were charged.The matter is now under full investigation by the Police and the Fire Service.
Tottenham legend Clive Allen has described the ongoing saga with their new stadium as a ‘cloud hanging over the club’.Spurs have continued to play at Wembley this season as their new home is completed, and recent reports have claimed the opening could be put off until 2019.The new £1billion arena was initially scheduled to host its first Premier League game in September.But the club have encounters numerous issues and could now be facing more delays until next year if upcoming safety tests aren’t passed.Tottenham this week opened their sparkling new club shop to the public – the largest of its kind in Europe – but that has not been enough to appease fan frustrations over their continued wait. Tottenham’s new stadium store is the largest club shop of its kind in Europe A view of Spurs’ new stadium on September 25, 2018 “Really we don’t know when the first game will be.“It will be magnificent when it’s done, there’s no doubt about that.“But it is dragging on and it’s just a cloud hanging over the club at the moment.”Listen back to Clive Allen’s PSV v Tottenham Champions League preview IN FULL above! Former striker Allen joined talkSPORT on Wednesday to preview Tottenham’s Champions League trip to face PSV Eindhoven.And, speaking about the stadium, the White Hart Lane hero admitted the saga is ‘dragging on’.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “There’s a lot of talk that it’s nowhere near ready and there are still test events that need to take place.“As far as the supporters are concerned you can understand their frustration, it was all geared for Liverpool and it didn’t happen. 2 2
Senator Jimmy Harte has commended the volume of work carried out by Department of Social Protection staff in Letterkenny in dealing with the back to school allowances.Minister Joan Burton revealed that some 115,000 families encompassing 207,000 children applied for the clothing and footwear allowance.“As you are aware the BSCFA entitlements of some 115,000 families in respect of 207,000 children issued in the week commencing 15 July, with no application form required. “Applications from customers who did not receive an automated payment are now being processed from a centralised unit in the Department’s office in Letterkenny.“Some 50,000 additional applications have been received and an acknowledgement has issued by text to the 94% who requested one. A total of 25,000 manual claims have been processed to date, including all claims received in June,” Minister Burton revealed.The BSCFA section is processing claims which were received on 19 July at present.Payment in respect of these claims will issue on a daily basis, so it is expected that the majority of customers will have their payment within five weeks of applying. Some 74% of customers who are expected to qualify for payment of BSCFA in 2013 have now been paid and a total of €35.8million has already been paid out in respect of this scheme for 2013.Forms are available from Local Offices, via SMS (text “Form BTSCFA” followed by your name and address to 51909) and on www.welfare.ie. A phone bank is operational to deal with queries on the scheme. The LOCALL number is 1890662244.The Minister said she will continue to provide regular updates to Senator Harte on the issue.HARTE COMMENDS WORK DONE BY LETTERKENNY DEPT OF SOCIAL PROTECTION STAFF was last modified: August 14th, 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:allowanceMinister Joan BurtonSenator Jimmy Harte
The outlook for next year’s World Cup in Germany remains hazy. Only 10 nations have qualified for the 32-team field. The picture will become clearer in the next few days, with 76 qualifying games scheduled from Cameroon to Croatia and Portugal to Paraguay. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Things are most complicated in Europe, where eight group winners and the best two second-place teams advance. The other six runners-up advance to playoffs for three berths. Nine more European berths will be decided with today’s 21 games and Wednesday’s 23. Three-time winner Italy, 1998 titlist France, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden are on the verge of advancing, and Poland had the upper hand in its group. Teams that could be forced into playoffs, or eliminated, include powers England, Spain, Russia and the Czech Republic. All five African berths will be determined today. Perennial underachiever Ghana appears a sure bet, and Togo also can claim its first berth. Cameroon needs to beat Egypt to clinch its sixth berth, and Angola can deny powerful Nigeria with a win at Rwanda, the last-place team in its group. The other African spot will go to Morocco or Tunisia, who meet near Tunis. Tunisia needs only a tie to advance. Ecuador and Paraguay can clinch berths today, and the fifth-place team in South America – likely Uruguay, Colombia, Chile or Venezuela – will play Oceania champion Australia in a playoff for another spot. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Play begins today, with a few games Sunday, then continues Wednesday. At the end of that stretch, 27 berths will be decided – and some big-name teams are sure to be out. Already in: host Germany, the U.S. and Mexico from CONCACAF, five-time champion Brazil and two-time winner Argentina from South America, first-time European qualifier Ukraine, and Asian powers Iran, Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.
The deaths of three Donegal women in a car crash has devastated their local community, their funerals have been told.The funeral mass of Margaret McGonigle and her daughter Mairead Mundy took place this morning at St Conal’s Church in Bruckless.The funeral of their close friend Rachel Battles is taking place at present in the same church. The three women died after a car crash in Co Louth on Friday.Parish priest in Bruckless Fr James Sweeney says it has been a huge blow to everyone who knew them.“Death is always difficult to deal with but the death of two members of one family and a family friend leaves with us a very acute pain,” he said.The women killed in the horrific road crash. Pic by Northwest Newspix.“The sense of loss can almost be overwhelming and indeed very difficult for the human mind to comprehend. “The community has rallied together over the last few days to support all the families involved. The sense of community spirit has brought the parish together helping to provide all the support and assistance we can humanly give.“This tragedy has devastated the community and a sense of shock permeate the parish.”The collision happened in Ardee in the early hours of Friday morning on the N2.Thousands of people attended the funerals of the women in Bruckless.Funerals of tragic women killed in crash told the community has been left devastated was last modified: July 26th, 2017 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:Brucklesscrashdonegalfunerals
A man claimed he is being harassed by Gardai for the past 19 months after two cases of no insurance against him were struck out at Letterkenny District Court today.Noel Devine appeared in court after the case was previously adjourned. Mr Devine, aged 47 of Kirkneedy, Letterkenny, had claimed that he was covered by his employer for driving a vehicle on two previous dates on March 17th, 2016 and also in February, 2016.His employer, Mr Danny Doherty, appeared in court and said that Mr Devine had been insured.Gardai verified that Mr Devine had been insured to drive the vehicle.Judge Paul Kelly said he was satisfied and was striking out both cases.However, he adjourned two other charges of failing to have a driving license and not displaying a valid driving license until December 7th.Mr Devine then addressed the court and said he wanted compensation for what he described was 19 months of harassment from Gardai.Judge Kelly said that was not a matter for his court.Mr Devine continued to plead his case saying that Gardai were laughing at him in court.“We are trying to get out of the situation as best we can. I have been harassed by Gardai for the past 19 months and now they are sitting in this courtroom laughing at me,” he said.He was asked to desist from speaking out of turn by Judge Kelly.The Judge eventually asked Gardai to remove Mr Devine from the court.A woman accompanying Mr Devine said she hoped ‘Donegal Daily’ reported the “injustice” in the courtroom.Man claims he has been harassed by Gardai for 19 months was last modified: October 24th, 2017 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:courtinsuranceJUDGENOEL DEVINE
Introducing the “Poof!” Theory of Evolution.A rather famous evolutionist who studied under John Maynard Smith and specializes in theoretical evolutionary biology, Eörs Szathmáry (see 2/06/05, 2/18/09 and 1/05/10, also a Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week winner, 7/23/06), has been working on the “great transformations” of evolution for a long time. His latest entry, published in PNAS, announces an upgrade: “Toward Major Evolutionary Transitions Theory 2.0“.In this paper, he brings his latest solutions to seven major evolutionary transitions from nonlife to life: (1) protocells, (2) the genetic code, (3) eukaryotic cells, (4) plastids, (5) multicellularity, (6) eusocial animal societies, and (7) societies with natural language. His toolkit of “explanatory mechanisms” for overcoming these major evolutionary hurdles includes multilevel selection, decomposition of the transitions into more manageable units, handwaving (e.g., “This process is still an unsolved problem”), jargon, and a strong predilection for instantaneous, inexplicable appearances (i.e., magic). Since whatever he needs appears as if in a burst of smoke, we can summarize his story as the “Poof! Theory of Evolution.” Examples:During transitions, new units of reproduction emerge [poof!], and establishment [poof!] of such units requires high fidelity of reproduction (as opposed to mere replication).Enduring diploidy is an optional consequence of sex that arose [poof!] in certain lineages independently [poof!].The recurrent emergence [poof!] of the division of labor or the combination of functions allows the higher level units to be more efficient under certain conditions, which has to translate into a fitness advantage.It was noted that new inheritance systems arise [poof!] first in a rudimentary form….There are hereditary mechanisms below and before, as well as above and after, DNA that emerged [poof!] in evolution: the RNA world, epigenetic inheritance, and language are important examples.In the lifecycle, the multicellular condition arises [poof!] either by cells (or nuclei) coming together [poof!] or by cell division, followed by sticking together [poof!].A major outstanding issue is what I call filial transitions: origin and evolution [poof!] of new Darwinian systems within the hierarchy, such as the nervous system (poof!) and the adaptive immune system [poof!] in vertebrates.As soon as proteinaceous aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases appeared on the scene [poof!], a new kind of autocatalysis (replication) emerged [poof!].Rather than a separate major transition, meiosis and syngamy seem to be better regarded as a coevolving form of maintenance or transformation of an emerging [poof!] higher-level evolutionary unit. The other component of the genetic revolution is the emergence [poof!] of the nucleus itself, from which the name eukaryote is derived. The evolution of [poof!] introns and eukaryotic gene regulation….In the case of symbiosis, the increase in complexity [poof!] is accompanied by the emergence [poof!] of synchronized replication.Just as the evolution of [poof!] powerful epigenetic inheritance systems allowed the evolution of [poof!] complex multicellularity, natural language allowed the emergence of [poof!] complex human societies.The transition [poof!] to cells now includes the origin of [poof!] chromosomes, and the origin of [poof!] meiosis and syngamy is included in the transition [poof!] to eukaryotic cells.Aggregation of cells evolved four times independently [poof!4]Although multicellularity arose [poof!] more than 20 times [poof!20], the “spectacular” forms arose only in plants, animals, and fungi [poof!3].The magic words are sprinkled liberally throughout Szathmáry’s paper. After decades of tackling the Great Transitions in Evolution 1.0, this is 2.0, his latest and greatest scenario of how life evolved from chemicals to evolutionary storyteller. A perceptive reader might wonder, “Proof or poof?”Sometimes we just need to let the evolutionists discredit themselves. As in politics, when your opponent is making a fool of himself, don’t interrupt him. (Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0