A benign Wednesday afternoon on the East Coast of Demerara turned ominous at about 15:00hrs when two reportedly unmasked bandits, one toting a gun, stormed the E-Networks Store housed in the lower flat of the Mon Repos Mall and ordered everyone to lie on the ground, before searching them and confiscating their valuables and the day’s sales of the store. Guyana Times was told that five persons — three customers and two sales representatives — were robbed of cash, mobile phones and other valuables, including I-pads, in an ordeal that lasted for mere minutes before the bandits fled in a waiting motorcar. Fortunately, no one was injured during the ordeal.This newspaper was informed that Police are reviewing the CCTV footage of this Wednesday robbery, but no one has as yet been arrested.This is not the first robbery to have occurred at this Mall.In January 2016, four bandits invaded the Bank of Baroda branch located on the ground floor of this Mall, at about 12:50h on the day in question, and relieved the female security guard of her .32 service revolver before robbing the entity of more than $2 million cash. Several persons have, however, been charged for that crime.
Gardaí in Donegal nabbed four drivers defying the speeding laws over a 24 hours period – on National Slow Down Day.The drivers were caught Newtowncunningham, Ballintra, Letterkenny and Drimark (just outside Donegal Town).Since 7am yesterday (Fri) morning, Gardaí and GoSafe have checked the speed of 204,849 vehicles with 286 vehicles detected travelling in excess of the applicable speed limit. The first motorist was caught doing 119km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N15 Ballynacarrick in Ballintra.The second involved a truck doing 89 km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N13 at Moyle in Newtowncunningham. Trucks are limited to 80 kph in a 100 kph zone because of their weight load.The third motorist was caught doing 115km/h in an 80km/h Zone, while the fourth was nabbed going 93km/h in an 80km/h Zone on the N56.Other notable speeds include: 138km/h in a 80km/h Zone on the R675 Ballykinsella Waterford Waterford• 84km/h in a 50km/h Zone on the Clontarf Road Dublin3 Dublin• 79km/h in a 50km/h Zone on the R118 Rock Road Dublin4 Dublin• 78km/h in a 50km/h Zone on the R448 Ballyhale Ballyhale Kilkenny• 151km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N72 Gort na gCros Mala Chorcaí• 181km/h in a 120km/h Zone on the M1 Lusk Dublin• 81km/h in a 60km/h Zone on the N11 Stillorgan Road Stillorgan Dublin• 132km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N11 Mt Kennedy Demesne Newtownmountkennedy Wicklow• 131km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N52 Durrow Demense Tullamore Offaly• 65km/h in a 50km/h Zone on the N21 Abbeyfeale East Abbeyfeale Limerick• 65km/h in a 50km/h Zone on the R683 Knockboy Waterford Waterford• 64km/h in a 50km/h Zone on the R407 Castlesize Sallins Kildare• 76km/h in a 60km/h Zone on the R527 Knock Limerick Limerick• 63km/h in a 50km/h Zone on the Whitemill Road Wexford Wexford• 63km/h in a 50km/h Zone on the R339 Monivea Road Galway Galway• 75km/h in a 60km/h Zone on the R448 Killashee Naas Kildare• 125km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N15 Cullagh More Drumcliff Sligo• 99km/h in a 80km/h Zone on the R418 Killerig Carlow• 122km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N4 Lackan Edgeworthstown Longford• 73km/h in a 60km/h Zone on the N54 Cornecassa Demesne Monaghan Monaghan• 95km/h in a 80km/h Zone on the R688 Ballinattin Lower Clerihan Tipperary• 118km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N53 Philipstown Dundalk Louth• 93km/h in a 80km/h Zone on the R392 Forgney Ballymahon Longford• 116km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N69 Doon Clarina Limerick• 136km/h in a 120km/h Zone on the M3 Bracetown Dunboyne Meath• 113km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N25 Shanbogh Upper New Ross Kilkenny• 135km/h in a 120km/h Zone on the M7 Ballyshaneduff Or The Derries Ballybrittas Laois• 89km/h in a 80km/h Zone on the R445 Curragh Kildare Kildare• 111km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N30 Mounthanover New Ross Wexford• 110km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N4 Knoxspark Ballisodare Sligo• 110km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N24 Killaloan Lower Clonmel Tipperary• 109km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N10 Templemartin Kilkenny Kilkenny• 90km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N21 Blossomhill Rathkeale Limerick• 89km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N77 Clonaddadoran Portlaoise LaoisChief Superintendent Paul Cleary also added, “I would like to thank the Road Safety Authority, Go Safe and all the organisations who were involved in and supported this campaign.“Drivers, please, think about the consequences of speeding, and every time you get behind the wheel, reduce your speed accordingly.”National Slow Down Day concluded this morning (Sat) at 7am.Four drivers in Donegal caught over speed limit on National Slow Down Day was last modified: October 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:donegaldonegal roadsGardaiMOTORISTSNational Slow Down Dayspeeding
22 November 2013 Innovative technology to help leprosy patients that was developed partly at the University of Cape Town is currently being tested in India. The “tactile” or smart glove tracks pressure points on the palms and fingers and helps prevent injuries to hands and digits as a result of nerve damage and sensory loss. It is being tested at the Leprosy Mission Hospital in New Delhi, India. About 95% of people are naturally immune to leprosy, caused by mycobacterium leprae, which results in progressive damage to skin, nerves, limbs and eyes. Leprosy does not cause body parts to fall off, although they can become numb or diseased as a result of secondary infections as the disease compromises the body’s immune system. Though curable thanks to multi-drug interventions, those who develop the disease are prone to nerve damage. Patients often suffer a “secondary tier” of injury and disability because they cannot feel heat or pressure from objects they come into contact with.Simple solutions There are around 232 000 new cases of leprosy each year. Of these, India has the highest concentration at about 56% of the global burden, followed by Brazil. There are dedicated leprosy hospitals in India. In South Africa, the figures are low, about 50 to 70 new cases a year, predominantly in the Eastern Cape and from neighbouring countries such as Swaziland and Mozambique. Dr Sudesh Sivarasu, a lecturer in biomedical engineering in the Department of Human Biology at the University of Cape Town (UCT), believes in developing simple biomedical solutions to problems like these. Sivarasu took an off-the-shelf fabric glove to model his own – a stretchable glove that uses a revolutionary fabric with built-in nanosensors. “We’ve created an artificial sense of touch,” he said. “The fabric picks up haptic factors like roughness, temperature, pressure, and humidity.” The glove also maps how a person uses their hand to establish where the pressure variations are during simple domestic activities, such as cutting wood or cooking. These are recorded to show where ulcers are likely to develop. This allows patients, who often live far from hospitals, to practise preventative care, especially to the fingers. “Because of wound infection, the digits are the first to go in leprosy patients and amputation usually follows,” said Sivarasu. “We want to make this glove widely available.” His invention has been covered by BBC-Health Check, which was telecast on BBC World. ‘Out of the box’ Born and educated in India, Sivarasu said he has experienced the despair of seeing a loved one die because of the prohibitive cost of medical intervention in India. In South Africa, where 90 to 95% of medical equipment is imported with up to 300% mark-up, the excessively high cost is passed on to the patient. “This in a country with world-class engineers and clinicians,” said Sivarasu, whose watchwords are “affordable” and “simple”. This has motivated him to develop indigenous technology. Sivarasu and his team of postgraduate students have come up with a number of other innovative, inexpensive solutions to common medical problems, such as locally designed drip lines for re-feeding, which are little more than a coil of thin plastic tubing with a plastic drip chamber attached. South Africa uses “thousands and thousands of these” every day, but they are currently imported from Germany. “We’re thinking out of the box,” Sivarasu said. “Too often we get stuck in a cycle of novelty and academic outcomes. We want to be able to make things easier, make it cost-effective – and get it to the masses.” For his PhD, Sivarasu developed a high-flexion artificial knee implant for Eastern cultures, where people squat or sit on low platforms. Western prostheses do not provide the 120-degree flexion extension, the range needed for comfort when semi- squatting. Edited version of a story first published in UCT’s Monday Monthly. Published here with kind permission.
zoom Despite a shift in demand in the chemical shipping sector, Navig8 Chemical Tankers ended the fourth quarter of 2017 with a widened net loss.The company reported a net loss of USD 3.7 million in 2017, compared to a net loss of USD 3.6 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.Net loss for 2017 stood at USD 13.4 million, against a profit of USD 20.1 million recorded in 2016.Revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2017, was USD 43.3 million, up from a revenue of USD 33.9 million posted in the same period of 2016.In addition, operating income stood at USD 8.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, up from USD 6.2 million recorded in the same period a year earlier. “The chemical tanker market began to show signs of improvement in the fourth quarter led by stronger demand in the chemical sector and tightening in the MR product tanker market,” Nicolas Busch, Chief Executive Officer of Navig8 Chemical Tankers, commented.“With our fleet fully delivered, we are pleased to have generated sequential increases in revenues and operating income and believe we are well positioned as fleet growth for larger vessels begins to slow and chemical tanker demand continues to increase,” Busch added.The company had 32 vessels operating during the three months ended December 31, 2017, out of which 31 vessels operate in pools from which they derive TCE revenue, and one vessel is commercially managed by Navig8 Group outside of the pools and has been employed on a time-charter out since December 2017.Established in 2013, Navig8 Chemical Tankers is a joint venture between the Navig8 Group and Oaktree Capital Management which operates 32 chemical tankers in the range between 25,000 and 49,000 dwt.