Decomposed body of man found in trench with plastic bag around head

first_imgThe decomposed body of an unidentified East Indian male was on Monday morning discovered in a trench at Patentia, West Bank Demerara (WBD), with a black plastic bag wrapped around his head.The body of the man in the trench at First Street, Patentia, West Bank DemeraraReports are that around 09:45h on the day in question, passersby noticed the man’s body in the trench and immediately raised an alarm.The man’s face was reportedly swollen, making it difficult for residents to identify him.D Division Commander, Senior Superintendent Linden Lord told Guyana Times that although investigations are underway, the police need the assistance of the public in identifying the man.“The police at the Wales and Leonora Police Stations would have received some information from an unknown caller saying that there was a body in a drain at First Street, Patentia. As a result, Police responded and saw this male lying face upwards in the drain with his head covered with a black plastic bag. The body was dressed in a short, three-quarter hard pants, without any top.He noted that the man’s chest area, which was exposed, had been covered with blisters and that this could mean that the body had been there for a while before the discovery was made.“At this time we cannot say if there was any foul play until the post-mortem on Wednesday which will advise us on the way forward. Now I am appealing to members, especially in the Patentia area, that if they have any information or any knowledge about the missing person they can come to the police at Leonora or go to La Grange or Wales [police stations]. The police would have that person escorted to the mortuary so that they could get a look at the body to see if the body concerns any one of them,” the Police Commander stated.last_img read more


first_imgClean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean is happening this weekend and Donegal is taking part.Easkey Britton is our Clean Coast Ambassador.Clean Coasts is teaming up with the International Ocean Conservancy again for the International Coastal Cleanup event.Last year 645,015 volunteers in 92 countries removed 5,580 tonnes of marine litter from the world’s oceans. This year’s Big Beach Clean is the biggest yet with 100 cleanups taking place! Find a cleanup near you This year, people from all over Co. Donegal are coming together to clean as many beaches as possible as part of the Big Beach Clean.Community groups as well as businesses from Derrybeg, Moville, Arranmore, Bundoran, Killybegs and Carrickfinn are taking part in clean ups across numerous locations.These are the times and the locations.Trá Glasagh/Cnoc Fola coastal path walkway 20/21/09/2014Pocket beaches at Glenburnie Carnagarve Moville Co. Donegal21/09/2014Leabgarrow beach, Arainn Mhoir,21/09/2014 Buncrana20/09/2014At and Around Carrickfinn beach area19/20/21-09/2014 Fintra Beach, Killybegs, Co. Donegal19/20/2014Carrickfinn Blue Flag Beach, Carrickfinn, Annagry, Co. Donegal20/09/2014Main Beach Bundoran20/09/2014Buncrana Shore Front19/09/2014During the Big Beach Clean, Clean Coasts volunteers are asked to carry out marine litter surveys to quantify the amount and types of marine litter on Irish beaches. These surveys are aimed at heightening awareness about the issue of marine litter and serve as an indicator of the magnitude of the problem.Speaking about the Big Beach Clean, Annabel FitzGerald, Clean Coasts National Manager said, “Marine litter is a global concern, affecting all the oceans of the world. Every year, millions of tonnes of litter end up in our seas and oceans, posing environmental, economic, health and aesthetic challenges. Ireland boasts spectacular sandy beaches and rocky shores and we all have a responsibility in caring for it. Every single piece of litter removed during the Big Beach Clean is one less piece of litter that will pollute our beautiful beaches or harm wildlife.”Donegal’s own Clean Coasts Ambassador, Easkey Britton spoke about her support of the Big Beach Clean.“The ocean is important – our personal health and wellbeing is so interconnected with the health of our coasts and ocean but it’s in trouble. Marine litter is a big issue but each one of us has the power to do something about it and make a real impact for our health and the ocean’s. Take action now and register for the Big Beach Clean!”Join the movement for litter free seas and register a cleanup for the Big Beach Clean weekend Clean Coasts is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, Fáilte Ireland and Coca-Cola.JOIN DONEGAL’S BIG COAST CLEAN-UP! was last modified: September 17th, 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:beachesBig Coast Clan-updonegallast_img read more


first_imgA Co Tyrone man who was wanted in Donegal over sexual assault allegations has appeared in court today after being detained on a European arrest warrant.Lorry driver Roy David Cochrane from the Loughmuck Road in Omagh appeared at Letterkenny District Court this afternoon after his extradition from the North.He had been arrested by the PSNI on January 7th last on foot of a request by Gardai in Co Donegal. The 42-year-old is charged with three offences of rape of a child under 17 years.Gardai applied to the court in Letterkenny today for Cochrane to be remanded in custody.However he was released on bail to appear back at the same court on March 4.Cochrane’s lawyers had told an extradition hearing in Belfast last month that their client denied the charges.His counsel Michael Boyd told Belfast Recorder’s Court that his client left Donegal to move back home before a complaint was made to gardai.Mr Boyd added at the time that his client is very much prepared to face the allegations, which he denies.* Comments are closed on this story.EXTRADITED MAN APPEARS IN COURT ON CHILD RAPE CHARGES AND IS RELEASED ON BAIL was last modified: February 7th, 2013 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:EXTRADITED MAN APPEARS IN COURT ON CHILD RAPE CHARGES AND IS RELEASED ON BAILlast_img read more

Gallagher goal crucial as Naomh Conaill defeat St Eunan’s

first_imgNaomh Conaill have knocked St Eunan’s out of the Donegal SFC following a great tussle this evening in Ballybofey. The big, big score in this clash came when substitute Daragh Gallagher netted with just over ten minutes to go in the second-half.It indicated the strength and depth that the Naomh Conaill squad have, when they could call on Gallagher and John O’Malley off the bench in the second-half. Gallagher blasted to the net and that score put the Glenties men four ahead with time running out for David McGinley’s side.Rory Kavanagh who was superb inside for St Eunan’s all afternoon, saw a late effort crash off the post.That would’ve made it a one point game, but his brilliant effort crashed off the post, and Naomh Conaill counter-attacked with Aaron Thompson sealing the deal with another point.It was an excellent match between two good sides, and there was noting to separate them at half-time. Conor Morrison found the net for St Eunan’s in the opening period, while Naomh Conaill were economical in possession and with their shot selection.The sides headed for dressing rooms all tied at St Eunan’s 1-04 Naomh Conaill 0-07.In the second-half both sides exchanged scores and it was very much tit for tat, until substitute Gallagher found the net.It was a huge turning point, and Naomh Conaill never looked like losing the game thereafter – although they got a fright with Kavanagh hitting the post late on.Final score: Naomh Conaill 1-13 to 1-08 Gallagher goal crucial as Naomh Conaill defeat St Eunan’s was last modified: September 25th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Donegal SFCNaomh ConaillnewsSportSt Eunanslast_img read more

Plastic bags: think thicker!

first_imgThe ban on thin plastic shopping bags is now in effect. Shoppers either have to provide their own bags or pay for the new-style, thicker, recyclable bags.Store supplied are a major source of litter. (Image: Frank Gruber)Brand South Africa reporterRetailers across the country have to comply with the new regulations prohibiting the use of thin plastic bags and encouraging the use of thicker, more durable, recyclable bags. If you want more information on the new regulations – or want to report retailers who aren’t toeing – there’s a hotline number to dial.The hotline – 0800 203 622 – is being run by the department of environmental affairs and tourism.Consumers, for their part, have the option of re-using the thicker plastic bags – paying up to 25 cents for the 10-litre plastic bag, 31 cents for the 12-litre bag and 49 cents for the 24-litre one – using their own carrier bags, or doing without bags altogether.Phindile Makwakwa of the department of environmental affairs and tourism said the new law aims to protect the environment. “Plastic waste is the most visible and is not biodegradable, thus the need to manage the problem,” Makwakwa explained.She added that retailers had agreed to lower some food prices in order to compensate consumers for the extra expense of the new bags.The new regulations prohibit the manufacture, trade in and commercial distribution of thin plastic bags in all retail stores in South Africa. According to the new law, plastic bags should now be made thicker, about 30 microns, so they can be easily recycled.The department argues that the move will strengthen the recycling industry, retaining existing jobs and creating new ones.Failing to comply with the new legislation could result in fines of up to R10 000 or one years’ imprisonment for first-time offenders, and fines of up to R100 000 or imprisonment of up to 10 years for repeat offenders.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Vote for the September Geocacher of the Month

first_imgfatkidsOTWuniteGeocacher fatkidsOTWuniteThis comment comes from LionsLair, who says, “Janet deserves the honor to be named geocacher of the month because of her dedication and hard work to make everyone’s caching adventure a positive experience that they will always remember.She has been caching for 7 years and has 2650+ finds,Most importantly though, she has met countless friends along her journey.She has hosted many events, both locally and side events for MEGAs in other states,( i.e. GWXI, HMGT, Going Caching) She has helped both behind the scenes and on the front lines to make many fond memories for everyone she crosses paths with.She is the driving force behind the very successful “Georgia GeoCampers” group, which geo-camps in a different state park for an entire weekend every month. She dedicates tireless volunteer hours working hand in hand with Georgia State Parks and each individual park manager to provide all attendees an experience that is not often offered to the general public.” It’s that time of the month again—time to recognize those who go above and beyond to make Geocaching a game for anyone and everyone. This month the spotlight is on three geocachers who are stellar not only for their play of the game, but their devotion to helping their local geocaching community grow. Their impact has had both breadth and depth…but don’t let us do all the talking!Each of the nominees below is an essential part of the global geocaching community and will receive a prize package from Geocaching HQ in Seattle, but only one will be the next Geocacher of the Month. A panel from Geocaching HQ will use your comments, community input and other data to decide the winner.Cast your vote! Tell us who you think deserves the title of Geocacher of the Month, and why.cincolGeocacher cincolCarbon Hunter comments “Cachers from geocaching backwoods very seldom get recognised for their contribution – but they make a HUGE impact in countries all across the world. Cincol is just one of many such unsung heroes. He arrived in Qatar in the Middle East over 8 years ago as a brand new geocacher – and much to his dismay found that there were only around 5 caches in the entire country – and no active caching community. Looking in neighboring countries like Bahrain, the United Arab emirates and Oman – he found a very similar pattern. He then started a personal journey and grew hobby in the region. He has given a huge amount of time encouraging caching in the region through the forums, placing caches, taking newbies and visitors on 4×4 excursions to the desert, arranging events, linking with the natural history community, maintaining “abandoned” caches and in general promoting the game.” If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, simply fill out this webform. 1000sjöar Geocacher 1000sjöarLok5 sings 1000sjöar’s praise: “My boyfriend and I first met this man when we found our first FTF. It was one of CO’s innumerable and, as always, well-created hides that we spotted after a sweaty climb. Close to the hide Mr 1000sjöar stood, ready to treat the FTF’s with coffee and homemade buns! This man has inspired a whole region in Sweden to start geocaching! He is always there if you need help in any way. With his creative logs, well-built hides, his sense of humor and his gentlemanly manners, he is with no doubt on of the uncrowned Geocacher Kings in Sweden!” Leave a comment to vote for the geocacher who you think should be Geocacher of the Month. Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the April 2013 Geocacher of the MonthMay 20, 2013In “Community”Announcing the Geocacher of the Month: November 2014December 31, 2014In “Community”September Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentOctober 2, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

CNN Announces iReport Awards for Participatory Journalism

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#crowdsourcing#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img mike melanson If you’re a TV actor, you have the Emmy Awards. If you’re a journalist, you have the Pulitzer Prize. But if you’re a citizen reporter, what do you have? Nothing, until now.CNN announced today that it was launching the CNN iReport Awards “to honor the best examples of participatory journalism in 2010.”CNN first launched the user-generated iReport feature nearly five years ago and last year alone users contributed more than 150,000 “iReports”. The project surpassed more than 740,000 “iReporters” in 2010. How does it work? Users submit reports to CNN directly on the Web or from the iPhone app, which are posted to the iReport section of “The collaborative relationship that we have with our iReporters is one of the unique strengths of CNN, and in many ways represents the future of storytelling,” said Meredith Artley, managing editor and vice president of, in a press release. “These awards are designed to celebrate those outstanding efforts.”According to the release, awards will be broken up into six categories: Breaking News, Original Reporting, Compelling Imagery (photos or video), Commentary, Personal Story, and Interview. In each category, five users have been nominated and will be judged by a panel of “innovators and trailblazers in participatory storytelling.”Nominees run the gamut, from iReporter Johnny Colt, who “took a boat out to the coast of Grand Island in Louisiana to expose BP for its slow effort in cleaning up the oil spill”, to Sam Bolton, who “investigated the lack of progress made to clean up unexploded bomblets from the Vietnam War.” While all of these iReporters may have varying levels of training and experience, they have something in common – the desire to relate their experiences and stories to the world, and CNN offers that platform. Of course, anyone could simply upload videos or relate these accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Blogger or any other “Web 2.0” medium, but CNN might lend a bit of credibility. When CNN independently confirms details on a report, it stamps it with a “vetted” badge.Awards will close on March 7, but until then you can see all 30 nominees on the iReport Awards site. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Consumers Associate Green Building With High Quality

first_imgAmerican consumers are increasingly aware of green construction programs. This increasing awareness is being driven by rising energy costs as well as marketing by builders and building material manufacturers. Moreover, consumers perceive green buildings to be of higher quality than buildings that barely meet code.Those are some of the findings reported by a recently released study, the McGraw-Hill SmartMarket Report, which focuses on the impact of green practices and materials on home building and remodeling. One highlight from the report that has been emphasized in countless recaps is the expected 29% to 38% rise in green construction’s market share by 2016. Another oft-reported projection from the report: during the same period, the green construction industry’s annual revenue is expected to increase by $114 billion, from the current level of only $17 billion.Those predictions and a few other findings from the study actually were unveiled back in February, during the International Builders’ Show in Orlando. But the SmartMarket Report contains more interesting findings, including detailed explanations of the market forces at work. (The study can be downloaded for free here.)For many people, green building is becoming an expectation – a de facto standard that makes barely-to-code construction and remodeling seem inadequate.Capitalizing on and growing the green marketTapping into this perception, and encouraging it, tends to be easiest for builders and remodelers who have made green the bulk (60% or more) of their projects, the study’s authors say. For builders hoping to catch the green wave and market it to their advantage, the time to adopt green practices is now rather than five years from now. If SmartMarket predictions hold, that’s when about 33% of builders will already be well positioned in the market.The study – based on responses from 416 builders, developers, and remodelers surveyed during the fourth quarter of 2011 – defines green homes as those that offer superior energy efficiency and a more comfortable and healthier indoor environment than is found in homes that merely meet code. Many of these projects also focus on recycling, materials conservation, and water conservation.For example, 84% of builders devoted entirely to new construction say energy efficiency has been one of the key features making homes greener than they were two years ago. About 64% cite improved indoor environmental quality, 50% cite material conservation and recycling, and 47% cite water conservation products and practices.The appraisal issue, and a shift among big buildersThe struggling housing market has prompted a significant number of large builders – those who construct 25 or more homes a year – to invest in green building strategies. In 2009, the study shows, green building factored into less than 16% of projects by 67% of builders surveyed. In 2011, that contingent of builders dropped to 49%, and by 2016 it is expected to drop to 18%.Predictably, overall economic conditions and continued (albeit diminishing) customer resistance to paying premiums for green construction and remodeling ranked as the top two obstacles to green building activity. Next is the failure of appraisers to adequately assign value to green features and improvements – a longstanding issue that ranked a close third on the obstacles list. Seventy-five percent of builders and 67% of remodelers said lenders and appraisers don’t understand, or fail to properly assess, the long-term value of green construction and improvements.Energy use dominates customer concernsCustomers of companies focused mainly on green projects tend to cite a relatively wide range of reasons for investing in new construction or upgrades, including the desire for a healthier indoor environment (37%), better comfort (30%), and better overall investment (29%). But lowering energy use (cited by 64% of builders’ customers and 71% of remodelers’ customers) is by far the biggest motivator, as is saving money, which ranked about the same in the survey.Improving energy efficiency topped the list of key green practices: it was cited as the top priority by 97% of builders and 96% of remodelers. No other practice came even close to that priority level. The use of durable materials, which placed second on the list, was cited by 49% or builders and 58% of remodelers.One point made near the end of the report is that government incentive programs have helped make the installation of energy-efficient appliances and properly sized and more-efficient HVAC systems top priorities when addressing overall building performance. Installing extra insulation and high-performance windows ranked fourth and fifth on the list, respectively, although both were cited by at least 70% of remodelers and builders as being among their top products and practices. Those priorities could shift, of course, as subsidy programs expire.last_img read more