Mechanic who caught fire while discharging fuel succumbs

first_img…employer denies claim of explosionThe mechanic who caught fire in the Frenchman Hill area, Upper Essequibo River Road, some two weeks ago while attempting to discharge fuel from a tanker has succumbed at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Shawhinshaw AlleyShawhinshaw Ally, called “Imty”, 35, of Plot H22 Left Bank Tabatinga Drive, Lethem, reportedly caught fire on June 23.Guyana Times understands that on June 23, Ally, along with a porter called “Jerry”, left Providence, East Bank Demerara (EBD) and was heading for Lethem.However, upon arrival at the Frenchman Trail, it was discovered that the trail was blocked owing to a broken bridge.After several days had elapsed without the bridge being fixed, Ally, along with two other lorry drivers, decided to use another route through the Frenchman Hill area.The route, however, was steep which caused Ally to encounter yet another setback. He and other persons had to use ropes in order to pull the fuel tanker truck with licence plate GRR 1622 over a hill.While being pulled with a wire rope, the motor lorry toppled down the hill falling onto its side.Reports are after making contact with his employer, Marlon Johnson, Ally was instructed to wait for his arrival.When Johnson arrived at the scene of the accident, the men decided to discharge the fuel from the tanker into another truck.However, reports are while discharging the fuel using an electrical fuel pump which was powered by a generator, the pump encountered issues causing Ally to take the hose out from the tanker and put it into a barrel.While doing so, the mouth of the hose flipped causing fuel to spill onto him and the generator at the same time causing a fire which engulfed Ally.This publication understands that the man began to scream which caused his colleagues to run to his assistance and attempted to put the fire out.However, this initially proved futile as Ally’s clothing was covered in gasoline. After some time, the workers managed to douse the flames and they quickly rushed him to the Mabura Health Centre; he was later taken to the Linden Hospital Complex.While there he was visited by Police ranks to whom he conveyed what had occurred.The severely burnt man was treated for third-degree burns and later rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where he succumbed on Friday last.On Sunday, his employer refuted claims that there was an explosion.“While at this time, emotions are high, understandably, we simply ask that there be pursuit of truth in the circumstances of the incident and Imty’s demise.  There was no explosion of fuel truck as is alleged, and Imty was questioned by the Police on the incident at the Mabura Hill Health Centre, Linden Hospital and at the Georgetown Public Hospital.  I have cooperated fully with the Police in providing information on what occurred, having been present, and have given the names of other eyewitnesses,” the dead man’s employer, Johnson, said in a statement.The Police visited the scene of the incident and are said to be investigating.last_img read more

Karlovic aces past No. 2 Blake

first_imgUnseeded Croatian Ivo Karlovic upset second-seeded American James Blake 6-7 (4), 7-6 (11), 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals of the SAP Open on Thursday in San Jose. Karlovic, who’s ranked 103rd in the world, used 29 aces to beat the sixth-ranked Blake. Top-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain knocked out France’s Nicolas Devilder 6-2, 6-4 in the second round. Ferrero, who is ranked 27th, beat the 104th-rated Devilder, who reached the second round for the first time this year. The 27-year-old Spaniard, with 11 career titles, had four aces and held off a late second-set rally to beat Devilder. Three-time French Open winner Gustavo Kuerten lost to Brazilian colleague Flavio Saretta 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 in a rain-delayed match. Saretta will face No. 3 seed Nicholas Almagro of Spain in the quarterfinals. Open 13 Sixth-seeded Richard Gasquet and No. 7 Marcos Baghdatis won second-round matches in straight sets and reached the quarterfinals of the indoor tournament in France. Gasquet of France – the highest remaining seeded player – had four breaks of serve in his 7-6 (2), 6-2 win over countryman Marc Gicquel, while Baghdatis of Cyprus beat Cyril Saulnier of France 6-4, 6-3. Diamond Games Two-time defending champion Amelie Mauresmo beat fellow Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano 7-6 (6), 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals of the Diamond Games in Belgium. The top-seeded Mauresmo, ranked No. 3 on the WTA Tour, struggled against the 85th ranked Razzano. Mauresmo trailed 5-2 in the first-set tiebreaker before prevailing, and was behind 4-1 in the second set before clawing back, claiming victory on her fifth match point. She will play sixth-seeded Russian Dinara Safina on Friday. Also, third-seeded Nadia Petrova beat Vera Zvonareva of Russia 7-6 (2), 6-4. Bangalore Open Defending champion Mara Santangelo rallied to defeat Akgul Amanmuradova 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the second round in India. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Karlovic saved five match points in the second tiebreaker before winning the set on a 13-11 tiebreaker. In the final set, the 6-foot-10 Karlovic used 12 aces to throw Blake off his game. Karlovic next faces fifth-seeded Mardy Fish, who defeated Sam Warburg 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. center_img Blake had Karlovic down 30-love in the second set while leading 5-4, but Karlovic came back to tie the match 5-5 and win it in the tiebreaker. In earlier matches, Hyung-Taik Lee, Benjamin Becker and Vincent Spadea also reached the quarterfinals. Lee beat Simon Greul 6-2, 7-6, Becker downed Bjorn Phau 7-6, 1-6, 6-3 and Spadea outlasted Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 7-5, 7-6. The quarterfinals will feature Spadea, ranked 64th in the world, playing the winner of the match between Sam Querrey and top-seeded Andy Roddick. Lee will face defending champion Andy Murray, and Becker will play the winner of the match between fourth-seeded Marat Safin and Lu Yen-hsun. Brazil Open last_img read more

Five talking points ahead of the EPL kick-off

first_img0Shares0000Catch us if you can: Manchester City are favourites to retain their Premier League title © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 9 – The Premier League roars back into action on Friday after another frenetic summer of transfer spending in the richest league in the world.Champions Manchester City are favourites to become the first side in a decade to retain the title. However, hopes are high that Liverpool can end a near three-decade wait to win the league. Chaotic off-seasons for Manchester United and Chelsea could undermine their challenge, while there is an air of optimism for a new era at Arsenal.Here, AFP Sport looks at five things to look out for in the Premier League this season.Third-season syndrome for MourinhoFrustrated figure: Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has endured an unhappy pre-season © AFP / Christof STACHEManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has cut a frustrated figure throughout pre-season, consistently lashing out at a lack of signings.Tension between the Portuguese and a number of key players is also simmering. Mourinho has publicly criticised captain Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial, while his relationship with Paul Pogba remains frosty after dropping one of the heroes of France’s World Cup win repeatedly last season.Rising tension with the club’s hierarchy and his squad before the season even begins is eerily reminiscent of Mourinho’s disastrous third seasons in both his second spell at Chelsea and his stint with Real Madrid.In those campaigns Mourinho lost his job having won the league the season before. At United he isn’t even starting from that position of strength having failed to win a trophy last year.As fiercest rivals City and Liverpool strengthen for an anticipated shootout for the title, the ingredients are in place for another Mourinho meltdown at Old Trafford.City still the benchmarkSerial winners: Manchester City added the Community Shield to Premier League and League Cup trophies won under Pep Guardiola © AFP / Ian KINGTONChampions City remain the team to beat after smashing a litany of records in romping to the title.Unlike Pep Guardiola’s first two summers in charge, City haven’t blown the competition out of the water financially, although they have increased their attacking options with Riyad Mahrez for a club-record £60 million fee.But they haven’t needed to after assembling a huge amount of young talent in recent years.Even more will be expected of the likes of Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus this season, while Benjamin Mendy’s return from a long-term knee injury solves City’s one issue last season at left-back.Will Sarri be given time?Maurizio Sarri has been handed little time to impose his style on Chelsea © AFP / Ian KINGTONChelsea are playing catch up from the off after delaying their move to sack Antonio Conte and hire Maurizio Sarri until four weeks before the start of the season.Sarri moulded Napoli into one of the most attractive sides to watch in Europe in three seasons, earning rave reviews from City boss Guardiola in particular.However, his high pressing and slick passing style requires a lot of work on the training ground. With many of Chelsea’s key players only returning to training this week after their World Cup exertions, the Italian hasn’t been afforded much time to impose his ideas.Chelsea’s lack of forward planning was also evident in a late rush for a replacement for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who left for Real Madrid on Wednesday. The giant Belgian’s successor, Kepa Arrizabalaga, will be the most expensive goalkeeper ever once he completes a £71-million move from Athletic Bilbao.Sarri should be able to call upon Eden Hazard, Willian and N’Golo Kante despite speculation over their futures at Stamford Bridge.New era for ArsenalUnai Emery has big shoes to fill as Arsene Wenger’s successor after 22 years in charge at Arsenal © AFP / Jonathan NACKSTRANDIn contrast, Unai Emery was swiftly sworn in as Arsene Wenger’s successor at the Emirates and has clearly targeted building from the back as his first priority to get the Gunners back in contention for the top four.The recruitment of goalkeeper Bernd Leno, experienced defenders Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner and tough-tackling Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira should provide a stiffer backbone.And there is plenty to be excited about going forward with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette united for a full season for the first time.Emery has been handed a baptism of fire with City and Chelsea in his first two games in charge.However, there is the possibility for a fast start with Arsenal far less affected by late returns to pre-season from the World Cup than their competitors in the top six.No limits for newcomersLofty ambitions: Wolves have signed Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio © AFP / MARTIN BUREAUThe ambition for most newly-promoted sides is simply to retain their Premier League status, but Wolves and Fulham’s moves in the transfer market suggest they are aiming for a top-half finish on their returns to the top flight.Wolves have again utilised their close connections to super agent Jorge Mendes to snap up experienced Portuguese internationals Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho.Fulham beat off stiff competition for Ivorian midfielder Jean Michael Seri and have also spent big on making Aleksandr Mitrovic’s loan move from Newcastle permanent and Alfie Mawson, as well as a loan move for German international Andre Schuerrle.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgNorthern Lights by Martina GardinerEVERY great snapper has been out and about in north Donegal on recent nights, waiting for a break in the clouds to see the Northern Lights.And just look what photographer Martina Gardiner found – a night sky at Dunaff Head in Inishowen lit up by a kaleidoscope of colours dazzling the eyes.It’s just the latest display which has had tourists flocking to the county in the past 12 months hoping to catch a glimpse of the Aurora phenomena which can normally only be seen further north in Scandanavia and the Arctic. Said Martina: “It was a bit of a waiting game at Dunaff Head but eventually the rain stopped, clouds parted and the sky lit up with another fantastic aurora show.“It was incredible.”Experts say clearer skies later in the week may be another opportunity to see the Northern Lights.Northern Lights by Martina GardinerIncredible: Northern Lights by Martina Gardiner   MARTINA’S INCREDIBLE SNAPS OF NORTHERN LIGHTS SHOW IN SKIES ABOVE DONEGAL was last modified: March 20th, 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:martina gardiner photographyMARTINA’S INCREDIBLE SNAPS OF NORTHERN LIGHTS SHOW IN SKIES ABOVE DONEGALlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL’S gaelic games teams have launched their new O’Neills jerseys.Donegal Creameries continue as sponsors of the men’s teams – whilst the Clanree continue sponsorship of Ladies Football.The new tops were launched at the Clanree Hotel. They are available from the following official stockists:Ø Heatons LetterkennyØ McCormick Sports LetterkennyØ McElhinney’s BallybofeyØ O’Neills Sports BallyshannonØ Templecrone Co-op DungloeØ Doherty’s CarndonaghØ All Sports Donegal TownLOOKING GOOD GIRLS AND BOYS! DONEGAL LAUNCH THEIR NEW O’NEILLS JERSEY was last modified: January 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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:clanree hoteldonegalLadies GFAnew jerseyslast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Gaels GAA News: The Club are running Circuit training for girls & lady’s from 12 years and older in Woodland School Hall every Wednesday from 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Price €2 per person. All welcome.Our U-8 Hurlers travelled to Strabane on Saturday morning past to take part in their second indoor blitz of the season. Thanks to Na Seamroga club for hosting and well done to all who took part. Our U-18 footballers will be the first team this year to take to the grass at Pairc na nGael when they face neighbours Naomh Colmcille on 28th February. The lads are included in Group 3 of the Northern Board U-18 League where they will compete against Glenswilly, St. Eunans, Buncrana & Naomh Colmcille.Letterkenny Gaels has welcomed the announcement that Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure will continue the sponsorship support of Team Jerseys for 2015 previously provided by Donegal Sports.Michael Murphy Sports are currently stocking a range of Gaels Club merchandise including jerseys, training tops, hats & scarfs so go along and get all your Club gear in readiness for the playing season.Underage football coaching continues for U-6 (6-6.45pm) & U-8 (6.45-7.30pm) in the hall at Woodlands School & U-10 & U-12 is in the Aura from 7.30-8.30pm. New members welcome. Indoor Camogie training has resumed at the Aura on Mondays from 7-8pm for 5th & 6th Class & Secondary school girls while Wednesdays from 6-7pm at the LYIT is for 4th class & younger. Contact 086 8163605 for information. New players welcome.Hurling training for U-6 to U-12 is on at the Aura this Thursday 5th February from 6.30-7.30pm.Please contact Dan Harnett 0867392780 or Sharon Harnett 0868405785 to book or for more information. New members always welcome.Lotto numbers for week ending 15th Feb were 6, 9, 12 & 24. Lucky dip winner Tony and Pauline Curley, Friends of the Gaels.For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGael GAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS U8 HURLERS PERFORM WELL AT BLITZ IN STRABANE was last modified: February 17th, 2015 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:GAALetterkenny GaelsNoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgTOP Donegal chef Martin Anderson has issued an obesity warning, saying parents of children here are feeding them ‘rubbish’ – and there are no excuses for it.In his column for Donegal Daily today the French-trained cook says good healthy food is easy to make – and warns of the junk served up by outlets styling themselves as ‘family restaurants’.“I recently saw a Facebook advert for a family restaurant and I took a look at their menu. Every item is deep fried, served with high calorie sauces, a half litre of high sugar drink and for just a few cent more sure you could make it bigger and really go to town on your waistline,” says Anderson. “The thing about food like this is that it is cheap, it’s easy to eat, no preparation required and you just throw the plates in the bin.”He said he has seen what is being offered to families in some local shops – and it’s even more rubbish.“On a recent trip to a local supermarket I noticed that the freezer was stacked to the lid with chips and other various frozen foods and potato items. There were at least six varieties of chips all requiring cooking in deep fat,” he says in his Donegal Daily column.Some children in Donegal, he said, get chips with every meal. He goes on: “Another item I noticed was frozen stir fry vegetables. I’ve never used them in my life. It’s hard to beat buying real vegetables and taking 10 minutes to slice them, it’ll take you as long getting the bag open and trying to defrost them, never mind trying to get the thick bits cooked before the rest turn to mush.Cheap“Processed foods are an easy way out for a lot of folk, ” I don’t have time” “they won’t eat this” “they only eat sausages” – how do they know what cheap sausages taste like, someone fed them to them.”The chef has held cookery demonstrations for parents in Donegal interested in providing healthy lunch boxes for their children.“Why? I’ll tell you why – because your kids are getting obese, you are reaching into the freezer and the processed food shelves and feeding them rubbish and that’s why,” he fumes. “An adult can make a conscious decision about what they want to eat or cook but a junior member of the family has no choice , STOP feeding them the easy options and start cooking real food, there is no excuse! Who is in charge?“I’m amazed to see ready-made mashed potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower in cheese sauce, a wide range of European and Asian meals just sitting with best before dates that makes me wonder how long it’s been made in advance.“There are €4.00 for a tub of soup that wouldn’t feed one person, high calorie and full of additives.”He urges readers to make your own food. “You will see a world of difference,” he says.You can see Martin’s recipe on Donegal Daily today…..LEADING DONEGAL CHEF IN OBESITY WARNING: ‘STOP FEEDING YOUR KIDS PROCESSED RUBBISH’ was last modified: October 23rd, 2015 by John2Share 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:chefMartin AndersonobesityWarninglast_img read more

FUFA Women’s Cup: Lady Doves, Makerere to contest final

first_img Tags: Echoes High SchoolFUFA Women’s Cup 2019Lady Dovesmakerere universityShe CorporatestopVanessa Karungi Lady Doves midfielder Margaret Agnes Kayima (Right) takes on Sarah Namulindwa (left) of She Corporates in the 2019 FUFA Women’s Cup semi final. (PHOTO/FUFA)FUFA Women’s CupSemi finals-She Corporate 2(3)-2(4) Lady Doves-Echoes High School 0-5 Makerere UniversityKAMPALA – It is now official that Lady Doves and Makerere University will contest the 2019 FUFA Women’s Cup final.This is after Lady Doves took care of rivals She Corporates 4-3 in penalties following a 2-2 draw in normal time at the Nakawa playgrounds.She Corporates raced into an early lead on 15 minutes through Betty Namataka.Two minutes past the half hour mark, Lady Doves equalized thanks to Nuru Kakyanzi’s goal.Moments later, the visitors found themselves in the lead as She Corporates’ defender Christine Nambirige put through her own net, beating goalkeeper Vanessa Karungi.Despite a late surge by the hosts to draw level, Lady Doves held on to go into the break holding a slender one goal advantage.Five minutes to the end of the game, substitute Dorcus Namukisa temporarily halted Lady Doves celebrations as she equalized to send the match into sudden death.In the shootout, Lady Doves goal keeper Daisy Nakaziro saved Cissy Nantongo’s kick while Kenyan import Jackie Ogol fired wide as Lady Doves won 4-3.“It has been a walk in the park for us, said Lady Doves head coach Fred Ndawula, after the game.“We played a less experienced side so we had an easy game though it was a bit rough.“We are now going back to start preparations for the final and our training will kick-off on Thursday. We are a strong team and have good financial backing, our fans should expect us to win the final.In the other semifinal, Makerere University were 5-0 land-slid winners away to Echoes High School.Amina Nababi helped herself to a brace while Rebecca Nakasaato, Samalie Nakamatte and Madina Nakaayi scored the other three goals.The semifinal results confirm Makerere University will take on Lady Doves in the final that will be played on the 8th of June at a yet to be confirmed venue.Just like it was in the Men’s final, both Makerere and Lady Doves will contest in their first ever cup final with the winners claiming their maiden crown.Comments last_img read more

Secret Animal Hideouts

first_imgSmall animals can hide out in secret places, even in your own home.Under the SnowThere’s a world of animals out of sight, living under the snow. Many have seen videos of coyotes hunting rodents in the snow, but there are many more that live in an amazing world called the subnivium—the habitat under the snow. PhysOrg peers into this habitat with artwork of this secret world, “unseen by most humans” and “barely explored” by scientists. Yet most animals on the planet, directly or indirectly depend on the white wilderness.Snow covers some 40 percent of Earth’s land masses year in and year out. And, as scientists are discovering, snow is critical to animals and plants that live in northern latitudes, as well as those in far southern latitudes like Patagonia at the tip of South America. It ensures their—and our—survival.“Without snow, plant and animal life would be completely different,” says biologist Jonathan Pauli of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Why is this? Ecological webs are interconnected. “Without fungi, wildflowers’ summer bloom in mountain environments wouldn’t happen,” for instance. “Fungi increase their metabolism as winter progresses, releasing nutrients from their by-products as snow melts in spring.” And without plants, much of the food web would break down.Surprisingly, even some desert animals depend on snow. “Gazelles in the Gobi Desert in northern China and southern Mongolia rely on ‘snow mines,’ oases of water from melting snows buried beneath the sand.” And along with the mice under the snow, many other species of bugs, worms, rodents and even birds find refuge in the constant temperature provided by “nature’s igloo.”In Your HomeThe news media had fun announcing a new survey of arthropods (invertebrates with segmented bodies and jointed appendages) that live in human houses. Scientists at North Carolina State found a much greater diversity than expected:Your home is a jungle inhabited by 100 different species (New Scientist)Hundreds of Tiny Bugs Are Probably Hiding in Your Home (Live Science)500 Kinds of Bugs May be Living in Your House (National Geographic)For some homes it could be well over 500 species. They’re found in every room of the house: ants, flies, spiders, silverfish, crickets, beetles and more. Live Science posted a gallery of 15 common indoor dwellers, including gnats and daddy-longlegs. Homeowners had this reaction when the scientists showed them what they found: “The residents were really surprised and often horrified that we found so much, so we had to calm them down by saying it was normal.”Now you know why those cobwebs keep showing up between dustings. Thankfully, most of our uninvited house guests are harmless, and they generally try to remain out of sight. Some are even beneficial, the scientists said:The carpet beetles and book lice do much of the clearing up, scavenging dead insects, moulds and algae, as well as polishing off food crumbs and detritus from our own bodies, including nail clippings, hair and dead skin. Some carpet beetles live on and consume spiders’ webs. [New Scientist]They won’t hurt you, either, the researchers added. Although many of the species that Bertone and his colleagues found were predatory — like spiders, centipedes, wasps and beetles — they can’t bite people. In fact, some may actually help out around the house by consuming harmful species — the arthropod equivalent of pitching in with household chores. [Live Science]So keep moving; nothing to see here.  “Just keep living your life how it is,” Bertone advised. “This has been happening for a long time.”Add this to the fact that most of the cells you carry are not your own, although Nature busted the myth that we carry 10 times more microbes and bugs than our own cells; it’s more like 1:1. That’s a relief. They’re not all germs, of course; we all have tiny mites that live in our eyelashes and hair follicles, but that’s too disturbing to think about, so we won’t tell you about that.We may as well accept the fact that we share our habitats, both indoors and outdoors, with other creatures. Instead of becoming horrified, we can learn to accept this as normal, unavoidable, and actually good—to a point. It’s OK to set out roach traps and wipe up the ant trails, but you don’t have to run around the house spraying everything with Raid. Live and let live. Parents, you can help your kids avoid paranoia by treating bugs matter-of-factly and not screaming at the sight of every spider or bee. Calmly teach them to look at it and learn about its way of life. Instead of stomping on it, show the kid how to take the little friend gently outside where it belongs. Correct the urban myths that come and go, like notions that everyone eats bugs and spiders during their sleep. Obviously, some pests that can cause disease (lice, fleas, bedbugs, houseflies) need to be controlled, but avoid calling arthropods “nasty vermin” and other dark, scary terms. Most are harmless, and all of them were harmless in the original good creation.It can be disconcerting, though, to run into an unexpected arthropod. I remember laying in bed one night reading when [Warning: Do Not Tell This Story to Young Children] a big hairy mygalomorph (a large black spider like a tarantula) strolled into the bedroom. I jumped up, but before I could catch it, it ran under the bed. After several minutes trying to find it with a flashlight, I gave up and got back in bed. As I was reading, I dangled my hand down and then [cue scary music] felt the hairs of this “monster under the bed” brushing my fingers. Jumping up again, I was determined to get it this time, not wanting to risk having it wake me up in the dark or something. Finally, I caught it under a jar, and imprisoned it in a closed terrarium to show it who’s the king of this castle. (And also to observe and learn about it for science, of course.) Speaking of castles, the wise Agur said, “The spider skillfully grasps with its hands, and it is in kings’ palaces” (Proverbs 30:28). Some translations say it’s a lizard you can catch with your hands, but the point is that even lowly creatures can live like royalty. I don’t live like a king, actually. I can’t afford goldfish, so I just keep silverfish.Small black ants in my part of the country are almost impossible to stop in the summer months (fortunately, cockroaches are less common, but we have black widows to watch out for). Ant trails can stretch clear across the house—that would be a long hike for a human! I marvel at how the scouts locate food and call the whole army within minutes. Spray their entrance, and they quickly find another way, even out of light switches and faucets. We also have Mormon crickets that hop faster than you can step on them. One will start chirping in another room, driving you crazy, but when you approach it, it stops, leaving you clueless where the little ventriloquist was hiding. I think we dislike bugs in the house partly because they outsmart us. If you want to see one of those tiny gnats that hover and dart about, Live Science has a magnified photo of one. Think of all the flight hardware packed into that tiny thing.Speaking of crickets, one night working late in the home office I heard a grinding noise a few feet away under some equipment. This time I suspected what it was, and with a flashlight, there was a big ugly potato bug (also called Jerusalem cricket) doing its thing. Not reachable, I sprayed it with spider spray and it quieted down, but I never found the body. Hopefully some other friendly arthropods will work it over, and it will evolve into a dust bunny.Share your story!  What animals live with you, besides pets?  Lizards have run into my house, and once a Cooper’s hawk flew in the front door with a rabbit in its talons! Some people have to worry about moose and bears wandering in. But we all have a story about arthropods, I’m sure. (Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

How Mandela chose love over tribal custom

first_img9 December 2013 As we drove around the tiny village of Mqekezweni in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, Nozolile Mtirara looked shaken and rather depressed. The area brings back both good and bad memories of her late husband Justice, a brother and a close friend of the late Nelson Mandela. SAnews caught up with Mtirara recently. Whenever Mtirara speaks about Mandela, Justice’s name is mentioned, because the two were almost inseparable. Mandela moved from his native Qunu to the village of Mqekezweni when he was just nine years old, following the death of his father, Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa.Preparation The then head of the village, Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo, had offered to become a guardian to the young Mandela when his mother could not afford to send him to the kind of schools that would prepare him for life. Chief Dalindyebo was Justice’s father, but Justice and Mandela treated each other as blood brothers – there is no such thing as a half brother in African culture. It is at Mqekezweni that Mandela underwent the traditional Xhosa initiation to manhood at the age of 16, and because he was now a “man”, he owned property for the first time and could also take a wife. It is at this village that he attended a one-room mission school where he studied English, history and geography for the first time. It is at this same school, which was also used as a church, that he met Winnie Madikizela, the daughter of the church’s reverend, who would later become his wife.Strengthened by circumstance SAnews found the school still intact, with its original building and furniture. During his recent visits there, Mandela had instructed the elders in the area that the structure, together with a hut he shared with Justice, should not be tampered with. “He gave strict instructions that the church and the hut which he used to sleep in together with my husband, not be demolished, but must receive constant renovations,” said Mtirara. “He even bought glasses for the windows and ordered people to renovate it inside.” Mandela built a house for Mtirara and was apparently very fond of her – a relationship strengthened by the circumstances that led to her marriage with Justice. It was in the early 1940s, as Mandela recalls in his autobiography Long Walk To Freedom, that the chief summoned him and Justice to a meeting.Arranged marriages Mandela had just returned to Mqekezweni for the holidays from Fort Hare University in nearby Alice, where he had been studying towards a law degree. At the meeting, Chief Dalindyebo shocked the two when he told them about their arranged marriages to two local girls. Mtirara was one of the girls. The announcement took both Mandela and Justice by surprise. Lobolo (the dowry) would be paid and the marriages were to take place immediately. Not only would the marriage affect Mandela’s studies at Fort Hare, but he would be forced to marry someone he had never spoken to or had a romantic relationship with. The chief was acting according to Tembu law and custom, under which arranged marriages were a regular occurrence. Tembu is the clan to which Mandela belonged.‘Rebel against my own people’ “Everything was in such a hurry but both men were just not into it, and the chief would not hear any of it,” Mtirara recalls. Mandela later wrote: “With all due respect to the young woman’s family, I would be dishonest if I said that the girl the Regent had selected for me was my dream bride … At that time I was more advanced socially and politically, while I would not have considered fighting the political system of the white man, I was quite prepared to rebel against the system of my own people”. After days of soul searching, the two managed to escape their arranged marriages and boarded the first available train to Johannesburg. Mandela found a job as a policeman on the mines. It was in Johannesburg that he later met African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Oliver Tambo, who helped him pursue his dream to become a lawyer. It is also through Tambo’s and Walter Sisulu’s influence that he joined the ANC. But Justice, who also found a job at the mines, would later return to Mqekezweni to reunite with the girl his father had wanted him to marry. Justice, who was four years older than Mandela, died in 1974, leaving Mtirara with two sons and four daughters. As for Mandela, he reunited with Winnie, his sweetheart from church – but only after he had already married and divorced Evelyn Mase, a devout woman he met in Johannesburg through Tambo. Mase apparently disapproved of Mandela’s political beliefs.‘Something of a fairy tale’ “I was doubtful that my marriage with Justice would work because Mandela had made it clear that for his part he was not returning to that arrangement, and I believe it’s something of a fairy tale if you can call it that. I believe God has kept me and Madiba to tell these stories,” says Mtirara. Today, the woman, who had become close to Mandela, said she would remember the former president of South Africa not only as someone who escaped with her “potential husband”, but as a man whose noble intentions had changed the world.‘Destiny’ “Imagine if they had stayed here and allowed the marriages to take place at that time? He probably would not have ended up in Johannesburg and he probably would not have involved himself with the politics of the day … it was a blessing in disguise,” Mtirara said. She respects Mandela for standing up to the chief and not allowing himself to be united with the woman he never loved. “Even though my husband and I ended up getting married, what was meant not to happen did not happen and our marriage was probably destined to take place, but not at that time”. Like many South Africans, Mtirara holds Mandela in high regard: “He was and will always remain an amazing man, both him and I can rest assured that we have travelled our road and told our story, and most importantly there is peace in the world because of men like him.” read more