After more than three weeks without potable water in several villages on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD), residents have confirmed that the issue has been resolved.Guyana Times was informed that water supply resumed as per normal and the scheduled timings were extended, for additional hours. Many persons were elated at this outcome, since they were now accessing clean water to perform household chores and for drinking purposes.“After it was published in Guyana Times, we got back the water now and it is normal in the community. The pressure is okay and the timing for the water, they fixed that. Instead of having the water cutting off for a certain period, the water is continuous. We’re getting it all the time,” a resident said over the weekend.It was reported last month that several villages on the WCD were deprived of potable water and villagers were sourcing water from trenches. Some days, a few households were fortunate to have access to very low-pressure water.“Late in the night then, you might be lucky to get it very slow and maybe early in the morning like 03:30h, but it just dripping so that can’t really do anything,” an affected person had complained.One of the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) representatives told this publication last week that hundreds of persons from her district were affected by the unreliable water supply from the utility company, Guyana Water Inc (GWI). Although they have been without potable water in the past, this has been the longest period of poor water supply.‘‘The entire village was without water. The residents have to go by the trench to dip water to do their chores. They have a pump station in Vergenoegen and since we’ve been having this problem. We write GWI and they replied that they will fix the problem, but the problem is getting worse,” the Councillor said.“The water is not clear. It’s reddish, sometimes it’s muddy and sometimes you can’t use it, because it is causing itching on the children and the adults as well.”Meten-Meer-Zorg was also facing the same issue, but the water supply was restored about one week ago and has since been consistent.
1 Manchester City fans Manchester City have been reported to UEFA over their fans’ continued booing of the Champions League anthem.Disciplinary proceedings will now be opened by the European governing body and a charge could follow if it is deemed the club have a case to answer.It is understood the matter was reported by a match delegate after the anthem was jeered by home fans prior to City’s Champions League victory over Sevilla at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.UEFA is now obliged to consider the matter but this is standard procedure and it does not necessarily mean the club will be hit by sanctions. City have not commented following the development.City fans have regularly booed the Champions League anthem over the past year in protest at the financial fair play punishment meted out to the club by UEFA in 2014.City were fined £49million, hit with a transfer spending cap of the same amount and forced to limit their Champions League squad last season to 21 players rather than the regular 25.Their disgruntlement with UEFA grew when a match against CSKA Moscow in the Russian capital last October was ordered to be played behind closed doors because of the behaviour of home fans. A number of City fans had already paid for tickets, travel andaccommodation and felt they were being unfairly punished.An organised boycott of the anthem was arranged in conjunction with Bayern Munich fans, who had a similar issue over a game in Moscow, prior to a game against the Germans last December. Both sets of supporters turned their backs during the anthem.City manager Manuel Pellegrini this week refused to criticise supporters over the matter.The Chilean was asked before the Sevilla game if the continued booing might be affecting his players in creating a negative atmosphere before games.Pellegrini said: “I think we always have in the Etihad the atmosphere we need in Champions League, Capital One Cup or Premier League. We always feel the fans are behind the team and they always support us a lot.“I don’t think the atmosphere is lower than what we need. It is a good atmosphere.”
JUNIOR gaeltacht minister Dinny McGinley is being heaped with praise today – over his passion for the Irish language.Miriam Lord, writing in the Irish Times, reckons a speech he made to the Seanad on Thursday was the Oireachtas speech of the past two decades.Here’s what she writes in today’s newspaper. “PERFORMANCE OF the week, of the decade, of the last 20 years . . . goes to Dinny McGinley of Donegal, Minister of State for the Gaeltacht.He was in the Seanad on Thursday afternoon for a debate on the Gaeltacht Bill. There were very robust and passionate contributions on the Government’s strategy for the Irish language and its plan to redesignate Gaeltacht areas along linguistic rather than geographical lines.“Some of them gave Dinny a ferocious going over” is how one Senator described it.At the end of the debate, the Minister rose to reply. He discarded his script and spoke, as Gaeilge, for half an hour. His passion for the language shone through as he went on, voice quivering with emotion. He cited the various arguments put up against him and knocked them down. Red-faced, and with his hands flying all over the place, Dinny hopped from one foot to the other until he was nearly dancing around the table.At the end of this remarkable contribution – with the crowd larger than when he began – the Senators, many following his speech on headphones, leapt to their feet and gave the Minister a standing ovation. Take a bow, Dinny McGinley.”Report is herehttp://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0623/1224318509916.html REVEALED: DINNY’S PASSION FOR GAEILGE WOWS SENATORS was last modified: June 23rd, 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:REVEALED: DINNY’S PASSION FOR GAEILGE WOWS SENATORS
Missing: “Chesney) above and “Bambi.”The owner of two ponies missing in the Letterkenny area has appealed for help in finding them.The Shetland ponies went missing in Glencar last night.“Chesney” is a chestnut coloured stallion and “Bambi” is a white and chestnut filly. If anyone sees them or has any information about them, they are asked to telephone 0863240577.COMMUNITY ALERT: PONIES MISSING IN GLENCAR was last modified: August 31st, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:bambichesneyglencarLetterkenymissingponiesshetland
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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 It’s no secret Tony Stewart wants to win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — badly. NASCAR’s resident bad boy has said he would gladly trade his NASCAR Cup championship and Indy Racing League title for a win at Indy. On more than one occasion, he attempted the Memorial Day double, racing at the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, with the hope of winning just once at the Brickyard. The Indiana native places Indianapolis Motor Speedway above all else. He even made the move this year from NASCAR country in North Carolina back to his childhood home near Indianapolis, in part to be closer to the race track he holds in such high regard. As the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for its annual visit, Stewart, winner of three of the past five Cup races, is by far the driver with the most momentum. But none of his 22 career Cup wins would come close in comparison to just one at Indy. In a teleconference earlier this week, Stewart talked about his passion for racing at Indy, moving back to his hometown, away from the NASCAR mecca in Charlotte, N.C., and how the move has made him a more relaxed and focused driver. Stewart started his racing career on the open-wheel side, racing USAC sprint cars and midgets, and winning championships along the way. Growing up, he dreamed of racing Indy cars at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He actually did a few times in the fledgling IRL, winning the pole and leading 44 laps in his first Indy 500 in 1996. He led 64 laps the following year at Indy, but finished fifth, his best showing in five tries. After a successful Indy racing career, Stewart made the jump to NASCAR and landed with Joe Gibbs Racing in 1998. Five years after winning his only IRL championship, he won his first NASCAR title. In six NASCAR races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Stewart has two top-five and three top-10 finishes. The closest he has come to winning is a couple of fifth-place showings, the latest coming last year. When Stewart was working his way up the open-wheel ranks, Indianapolis Motor Speedway was being courted by NASCAR. The Brickyard 400 made its debut 12 years ago and changed Indianapolis Motor Speedway forever. A track once reserved for open-wheel speed machines welcomed stock cars, a travesty in the eyes of racing purists and several residents of Indiana who considered the Speedway sacred ground. Stewart counted himself among the critics. “I freaked out, too,” Stewart said. “I’ll be honest. I guess I was a traditionalist also and didn’t want change.” Over the years, Stewart learned to accept stock cars at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He even learned to appreciate having Formula One cars at the track. “I think that’s … hindsight, I think it’s been one of the most positive things for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to see how many fans come to the Brickyard just like having the fans come for the Indy 500,” Stewart said. “Instead of having it full one time a year, it’s full twice a year now.” No place gets Stewart excited like Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but keeping his emotions in check has been a challenge for Stewart throughout his career. It’s part of the reason he moved away from Charlotte and settled back in Indiana. “It wasn’t that I disliked the Charlotte area,” Stewart said. “There’s probably five times more things to do in Charlotte than where I live (now). But it’s just something about being in your hometown and there’s something about being around the same friends you ran around with when you raced go-karts, three-quarter midgets or sprint cars. It’s just a different atmosphere there.” So has being around his childhood friends and neighbors affected his temperament? “Why not? I mean, you get tired of being uptight about everything all the time,” Stewart said. “I could be right about a topic, but it’s just not even worth fighting sometimes. “Just being able to go home and see your friends and kind of get away from the stock car scene for a couple days is a nice break. It just helps you be a lot more mellower that way.” The change of scenery and being around old friends seem to be working for Stewart. This weekend, he will see if it makes a difference at the track he covets most. Tim Haddock covers motor sports for the Daily News. He can be reached at (818) 713-3715 or firstname.lastname@example.org NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES Allstate 400 Site: Indianapolis. Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (TNT, 8:10 a.m.); Sunday, race (NBC, 11:30 a.m.). Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (rectangular oval, 2.5 miles, 9 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 400 miles, 160 laps. Next race: Sirius at The Glen, Aug. 14, Watkins Glen, N.Y. On the Net: www.nascar.com NASCAR BUSCH SERIES Kroger 200 Site: Indianapolis. Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 3:05 p.m.), race (TNT, 5:30 p.m.). Track: Indianapolis Raceway Park (oval, 0.686 miles, 12 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 137.2 miles, 200 laps. Next race: Zippo 200, Aug. 13, Watkins Glen, N.Y. NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES Power Stroke Diesel 200 Site: Indianapolis. Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 3 p.m., race (Speed Channel, 5:30 p.m.). Track: Indianapolis Raceway Park (oval, 0.686 miles, 12 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 137.2 miles, 200 laps. Next race: Toyota Tundra 200, Aug. 13, Lebanon, Tenn.
(Visited 244 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 There is no exotic dark matter, according to the most sensitive search to date. The ramifications for cosmology are enormous.A lot of time, money, and effort has gone into looking for something that doesn’t exist. Cosmologists need cold dark matter to make their theories of the big bang work. They need something that doesn’t shine, doesn’t interact with normal matter, but has gravity. And they need lots of it: according to current theory, it outclasses normal matter ten to one. Astrophysicists have pondered what it might be: exotic entities like “weakly interacting massive particles” (WIMPS), axions, and other made-up names for Mysterious Unknown Stuff.Now, the most sensitive detector has turned up nothing. Space.com reports, “Dark Matter Still a Mystery: Most Sensitive Search Yet Comes Up Empty.”The incredibly sensitive LUX dark-matter detector, buried under a mile of rock, has come up empty on its 20-month search for dark matter — further narrowing down the possible characteristics of the strange substance.Researchers presented the results today (July 21) at the 11th Identification of Dark Matter Conference (IDM2016) in Sheffield, U.K., which gathers together researchers seeking to understand dark matter, the mysterious material that appears to make up more than four-fifths of the universe’s mass, but which scientists have not observed directly.Nature is apparently not cooperative with current theory. The null result comes even after collaborative efforts “pushed the sensitivity of the instrument to a final performance level that is four times better than the original project goals.” If WIMPs existed, scientists should have seen a flash from detectors monitoring 1/3 of a ton of liquid xenon surrounded by 72,000 gallons of purified water deep in a South Dakota gold mine.“It would have been marvelous if the improved sensitivity had also delivered a clear dark-matter signal,” Gaitskell said. “However, what we have observed is consistent with background alone.“Another lambasted Nature’s rudeness for being so uncooperative:“Though a positive signal would have been welcome, nature was not so kind!” Cham Ghag, a physicist at University College London and collaborator on LUX, said in another statement. “Nonetheless, a null result is significant as it changes the landscape of the field by constraining models for what dark matter could be beyond anything that existed previously.”But does a non-detection of ghosts “constrain models” for what they could be? Maybe it’s time for a major change to theories that demand something that isn’t there. But no; the search will go “Onward,” Space.com says. A next-generation LUX detector may achieve 70 times the sensitivity of the current LUX.Dark energy: The other major “mysterious unknown stuff” of the universe is dark energy. Science Daily says the Royal Society is accelerating the search for it, but existing tests produce conflicting results. Philosophers of science take note: “Making up 95% of our universe, these substances have profound effects on the birth and lives of galaxies and stars and yet almost nothing is known about their physical nature.”Radio bursts: What is the “most perplexing mystery in astronomy“? The answer, according to Nature, is the source of ultra-powerful radio bursts. No theorists predicted these, but they may be common. One of these bursts can emit the energy of 500 million suns in just 5 milliseconds, suggesting that they come from very compact objects. About 20 have been observed so far.Whatever these objects are, recent observations suggest that they are common, with one flashing in the sky as often as every 10 seconds. Yet they still defy explanation. Theorists have proposed sources such as evaporating black holes, colliding neutron stars and enormous magnetic eruptions. But even the best model fails to account for all the observations, says Edo Berger, an astronomer at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who describes the situation as “a lot of swirling confusion”.The power of these objects must be unbelievable if they come from cosmological distances. Astronomers hope that some day they might be used as probes of dark matter and dark energy.There’s still a lot to learn about astronomy. In general, scientists cannot appeal to unobservable reality forever. The historical examples of phlogiston and caloric show that wrong paradigms can prevail among top experts for decades or centuries. Sooner or later, though, scientists need to consider the possibility they have been engaged in a snipe hunt, and need to find reality elsewhere.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180412_RyanMartinThe forecast pattern is unfolding as we have expected so far. In fact, temps were a little warmer yesterday than we had thought possible…but who are we to argue. We see the best warming today, tomorrow and Saturday on strong south flow and gusty winds.Low pressure moved into Michigan overnight last night, and is exiting to the east today across southern Ontario. This will trigger some light rains across Ohio this morning before giving way to better sunshine potential and a warm afternoon. Rain totals will end up ranging from .05”-.25” from US 30 northward before ending today, while we can see a few hundredths to a tenth of potential down to I-70. Winds pick up this afternoon and stay strong through tomorrow. Clouds will move in at times this afternoon through tomorrow as well, and they really begin to increase tomorrow afternoon ahead of our next front.Significant rains start Saturday ahead of a strong cold front. The rain continues through Sunday. We are leaving rain totals alone at 1” to 2.5” over 90% of the state. The upper end of the range will come from stronger thunderstorms, and the best chance of those will be Saturday afternoon and evening, followed by another threat Sunday afternoon, and most of that thunderstorm threat comes in west central and NW Ohio. Colder air is still slated to wrap in behind the front later Sunday afternoon. Winds turn NW at 15-30 mph, and our late spring weather will change back to late winter in a hurry.Clouds and cold air dominate Monday. In fact, we can see some sprinkles and flurries through the day. It will be a cloudy, gray, damp day to start off the following week.Cold temps dig in for most of the rest of the week. We will be back to temperatures that average 10-15 degrees below normal, powered by NW winds. This will keep clouds coming at us out of the great lakes. Tuesday should be dry, but Wednesday we have a minor batch of moisture moving through that can bring up to .25” of rain. This will affect mostly the northern half of the state, from I-70 northward, and will only last a few hours. We are dry to finish the week.The extended forecast window has 2 fronts moving through, and a third set to hit just before the turn of the month. A front has resurfaced around the 22nd into the 23rd with half to 1.25” rain potential. Then the second front moves through for the 25th with .25”-1” rains. Finally, a strong low coming out of the plains likely brings moisture in for the 28th with .3”-.8” rains. All three systems have a chance at hitting 70% of the state. Long term dry windows do not seem likely to develop, the way things look this morning.
A week after being appointed national vice president of the ruling Janata Dal (United), Prashant Kishor has got down to doing what he does best — craft election strategies. Over the past two days, he met hundreds of youngsters with the aim of putting together a “youth brigade” that will publicise the achievements of the Nitish Kumar-led government across the State.Open invitation Mr. Kishor had extended his invitation through a Facebook page announcement, in which youngsters keen on meeting him were asked to fill up a form with detailed information about themselves, ranging from name, contact numbers and occupation to their parliamentary constituency, gram panchayat, voter ID number, etc. His team then scrutinised the forms and 260 youngsters were invited for a meeting with Mr. Kishor on Sunday at the Chief Minister’s second official bungalow, 7, Circular Road. The marathon meeting lasted from noon to 4 p.m. On Monday, as many as 250 young JD(U) leaders and workers and members of the party’s student wing were invited for another meeting which also went on for hours.Some of those who attended the Monday meeting told The Hindu that Mr. Kishor gave them tips on how to highlight the work done by Nitish Kumar-led governments in the past 13 years. “It happened both ways, an interactive meeting peppered with questions and answers,” said one of them, Rajiv Kumar. “He also told us how to use social media for publicity and how to help people differentiate between the Nitish Kumar government and the previous RJD [Rashtriya Janata Dal] regime,” said another attendee.Booth to State levelPeople close to Mr. Kishor said his planned youth brigade would work from booth to the State level during the upcoming parliamentary and State Assembly elections.A month after he joined the JD(U), Mr. Kishor was appointed the party’s national vice president on October 16. His entry into the party and quick elevation — on top of the Chief Minister’s earlier comments that Mr. Kishor was its “future” — has called heartburn among some senior party leaders. “Nitish Kumar, in fact, wanted to clip the wings of some of his senior party leaders, so he brought in Prashant Kishor,” claimed a senior party leader.The Opposition RJD, however, appears unfazed. “It seems Nitish Kumar has lost faith in his party leaders, so he brought in a professional to run the party,” senior RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari said. Party MLA and spokesperson Bhai Birendra said, “Whatever he (Kishor) does, whether he meets youngsters or others, nothing will work this time. People have made up their mind to dethrone Nitish Kumar.” The Congress and Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) leaders said Mr. Kishor’s formula will prove a damp squib in the upcoming elections.
The Haryana Police will deploy 64,000 security personnel, including 4,680 drawn from the central forces, on election duty in the State to ensure free and fair polls on May 12, officials said on Monday.Additional Director General of Police Navdeep Singh Virk said that 65 companies of Central Armed Police Forces, comprising 4,680 personnel, will be deployed for security purposes for the election in the State. Of these, five companies have already arrived and were conducting flag marches along with the State police in the districts to build a sense of security and confidence among the voters.