Man who attacked cars had only been released from prison hours earlier

first_imgA man who attacked a number of motorists who were stuck in a traffic jam in Letterkenny had just been released from prison hours earlier.Francis McConnell appeared at a special sitting of Sligo District Court today (Wed) charged with a number of offences. It follows a series of incidents yesterday (Tues) during which motorists were attacked in their cars in Letterkenny.A number of frightened motorists sitting in their cars at Oldtown Bridge had their vehicles attacked just after 7.30pm.Although nobody was physically injured during the attacks, a number of motorists queued in traffic were left frightened by their ordeals.However, considerable damage was caused to the vehicles by a man wielding an implement.McConnell, aged 30, of no fixed abode, was arrested a short time later by Gardai after an alleged assault close to a McDonald’s fast-food outlet in the town.He was still wearing his grey prison tracksuit when arrested and brought to Letterkenny Garda station where he was detained.The accused appeared before Judge Deirdre Gearty.He was charged with criminal damage of a number of cars, assault and public order offences.He was also charged with a public order offence at Letterkenny University Hospital today (Wed).An application for bail was adjourned until he appears before video-link to Letterkenny District Court tomorrow.Solicitor for the accused Patsy Gallagher asked for all the necessary medical treatment to be given to his client.Mr Gallagher claimed “My client tried to get psychiatric help when he was released from prison yesterday morning but it is my understanding that he was refused.”Man who attacked cars had only been released from prison hours earlier was last modified: August 7th, 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)last_img read more

Redknapp: Leicester’s strikers have been the difference so far

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp believes Leicester’s strikers have been the difference between the Championship’s top two so far this season.-The likes of David Nugent and Jamie Vardy have impressed for the league leaders, who recently signed veteran forward Kevin Phillips.Second-placed Rangers, on the other hand, have been reliant on top scorer Charlie Austin and are keen to bring in at least one more frontman during this month’s transfer window.Redknapp said: “We’ve had injuries this season. Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora both had spells when they were out injured and we only had one striker.“You really can’t go with one striker. Leicester have got five strikers – they’re very strong up front – and you need two so you can start with two up front or bring someone on to change a game if you want to.Simpson and Austin have been key players.“We haven’t had that luxury. We’ve been lucky that Charlie has stayed fit.”And Redknapp has reiterated his belief that Rangers are also too dependent on right-back Danny Simpson, who has been ever-present for them this season.Luke Young’s hip condition means he has not featured in a league game since March 2012, while Nedum Onuoha can play at full-back but could be needed in the centre of defence, where Rangers’ options are also limited.“It is a problem. Luke Young is still here but hasn’t played any games for almost two years so we’ll have to have a look at that one,” said Redknapp.“Luke is still capable, it’s just a question of whether he’s fit. Nedum can play at right-back but the problem is then if you get a knock at centre-half.“Every manager always says they need another player, but I do genuinely believe we do.“Everyone keeps saying we’ve got such a strong squad. We haven’t really – we’re short in certain areas and we’re not a young squad.“We’re not overloaded with players. In fact there are one or two areas of the team where we’ve been very short.”See also:QPR need cover for Simpson, says bossFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The Long Precambrian Fuse Gets Longer

first_imgWhy did complex multicellular life explode on the scene some 550 million years ago?  That’s mystery enough, but finding complex single-celled life a billion years earlier makes it worse.  A new paper evaluated claims of Cambrian-like fossils from India dated 1.6 billion years old in the evolutionary timeline.  It did not explain the Cambrian explosion, but it did require belief in a long, long fuse.    Bengtson et al evaluated rocks in India where claims of early Cambrian fossils had been reported in recent years.  They reported in PNAS this week.1  What they found was not multicellular life, but a complex assortment of real fossils indicating bacterial mats, cyanobacteria, along with segmented tubes and evidences of eukaryotic life – the more advanced form of unicellular life.  The fact that some of these eukaryotes formed tube-like shapes raises the question: why would a billion years go by with no more complex assemblages?  There were also “embryo-like globules” indistinguishable from those found in early Cambrian deposits, though the authors assumed the resemblance was superficial.    Prior reports of complex fossils so early in the timeline caused serious controversy.  “If these and earlier reports are correct, they have profound implications,” they said; “either the radiometric dating consistently reflects inherited dates not related to sedimentation, as suggested by Azmi and coworkers, or Cambrian-like fossils occur in rocks that are a billion years older than the Cambrian.”  They determined some imprints were due to gas bubbles in microbial mats.  Though they could not rule out a few problematic forms, they concluded that the fossils were all from prokaryotes and a few colonial eukaryotes.  Putting the happiest face possible on their findings, they said, “the Vindhyan deposits offer important new insights into the nature and diversity of life, and in particular, the early evolution of multicellular eukaryotes.”    Most important, the paper admitted that the Cambrian explosion had a long fuse.  Here’s how they put it:In terms of the evolution of major taxa, the most significant information to come out of the Vindhyan phosphorites is the detailed 3-dimensional morphologic evidence for late Paleoproterozoic multicellular eukaryotes (filamentous algae).  Previously accepted multicellular eukaryotes were only known from the late Mesoproterozoic or early Neoproterozoic (i.e., some 400� 600 million years later), although some older discoveries had at least suggested the possibility that they had a longer prehistory.    The potential of the Vindhyan phosphorites to yield fresh information on the Paleoproterozoic biotas is thus considerable, and the “shelly” biota discovered by Azmi et al. gives new insight into the nature of the Paleoproterozoic biosphere.  The discredited reports of “Cambrian” fossils [i.e., in the Vindhyan deposits dated 1.6 billion years old] turned out to be an important discovery.1.  Bengtson, Belivanova, Rasmussen, and Whitehouse, “The controversial ‘Cambrian’ fossils of the Vindhyan are real but more than a billion years older,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print April 24, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0812460106.How credible is it to think that eukaryotes could not come up with anything more than tube-like colonies for a billion years, then bang! — trilobites, worms, crustaceans, jellyfish, and all the major animal body plans in a geological instant?  Evolution is supposed to be this inexorable force for innovation that invented mammals, birds, flying insects and all the other wonders of nature in far, far less time than that.  The real mystery here is how Darwinism survives wave after wave of falsification.  The propensity of evolutionists to snow the public with their implausible, fictional, ad hoc, speculative, imaginative, self-contradictory plot lines to rescue their theory from the evidence deserves condemnation.  Don’t let them get away with their pretensions of scholarship when defending absurdities.  The integrity of science is at stake. (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Brand South African partners with Mandela Trilogy in Dubai

first_imgA musical based on the early life and revolutionary awakening of Nelson Mandela, The Mandela Trilogy, was performed at the Dubai Opera House in November 2017. All three shows were sold out. Brand South Africa partnered with the organisers to reach out to South Africans living and working in the United Arab Emirates.Promotional poster for The Mandela Trilogy, performed at the Dubai Opera House, UAE, on 9-11 November 2017. (Image: Cape Town Opera)CD AndersonThe musical, The Mandela Trilogy, (formerly known as African Songbook: A Tribute to the Life of Nelson Mandela) was first performed by the Cape Opera in 2010, followed by sold-out performances in the UK and Germany.Written and produced by composers Peter Louis van Dijk and Mike Campbell with librettist Michael Williams, the musical uses original South African music, fusing traditional Xhosa songs, classical music, jazz and modern songs, to complement the three-part journey of a young Madiba’s early years maturing from a rural farm life to lawyer and freedom fighter.In an interview in 2014, Williams spoke about the high international standard of musical theatre the show upheld, while remaining uniquely African. He called the show “a bright, bold and brassy show that pulls together all the musical traditions of South Africa”.In 2016, The Guardian newspaper called the musical – which had a run at the Royal Festival Hall in London – a “successful and original retelling of a story told many times before… using compelling storytelling techniques and powerful cast”.The musical has been popular with many South Africans living abroad. The idea behind its debut in Dubai, in particular, as spearheaded by the Dubai Opera CEO, South African-born Jasper Hope, who saw an opportunity to bring the story to the relatively large South African community in the UAE.Hope told the Gulf News website: “I’m delighted Dubai Opera is able to collaborate with the fantastic Cape Town Opera to share the story of Nelson Mandela’s heroic and inspirational life, presented in this brilliantly colourful production with its intoxicating mix of opera, jazz and Xhosa sounds and rhythms.”Following discussions with the Opera House, for Brand South Africa, the three performances – held between 9 and 11 November 2017 – were a perfect occasion to promote the nation brand and engage with the South African diaspora in the Gulf.The Mandela Trilogy performances were used to strengthen brand advocacy for South Africa’s brand identity, image, competitiveness and value proposition.According to reports, the Dubai performances were a hit with South Africans, and they played to full houses of up to 2,000 seats, on all three nights. The evenings inspired many to talk to fellow compatriots and UAE residents to present a positive global image of the country’s history and culture to the region, just as Mandela himself had intended.Source: Gulf News website, Cape Town Opera House, Brand South Africa Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

CWG 2014: Indian men, women table tennis teams win at Glasgow

first_imgThe Indian women thrashed Kenya 3-0 in Pool DIndian men and women table tennis teams notched up wins in their respective pool matches of the 20th Commonwealth Games being held at the Scotstoun Sports Campus here on Friday.While the men defeated Guyana 3-0 in Pool C, the women thrashed Kenya with the same scoreline in Pool D.In the men’s first match, the pair of Sanil Shankar Shetty and A Anthony Amalraj defeated Paul David and Christopher Franklin 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 followed by Soumyajit Ghosh’s 11-8, 11-5, 11-9 victory over Franklin in the first men’s singles to wrap up the match.Amalraj totally demolished Shamar Britton 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 in the dead rubber to make it 3-0 in India’s favour.Meanwhile, the Indian women’s doubles pair of Ankita Das and Poulomi Ghatak drubbed Della Mgenya Njani and Sejan Dipan Thakkar 11-6, 11-5, 11-5.Manika Batra defeated Sejal 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 to give India a 2-0 unassailable lead which was increased further to 3-0 when Poulomi thrashed Jinita Azad Kumar Shah 11-4, 11-3, 11-5.last_img read more