– botched robbery angered gunmenBy Kizzy ColemanPandemonium broke out at Good Hope, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) late Sunday evening, when an elderly couple were horrendously burnt alive by bandits who set their house alight after a botched robbery.Dead are Bibi Munir, 70, and Mohammed Munir, 77, of Lot 16 Good Hope, who were both prominent rice farmers in Region Three.According to reports, at around 23:15h on Sunday, several armed bandits invaded the couple’s premises but they managed to secure themselves in one of the bedrooms.The ravaging blaze on Sunday nightWhat is left of the rice farmers’ houseAfter not being able to gain access to the couple, the angered bandits then doused the house with gasoline and set it alight.Speaking with this publication an eyewitness said she heard what sounded like gunshots and got out of bed to investigate.“I was in my bed when I heard gun shots. I got up and looked outside and I saw the fire and ran outside. When I got outside I was shocked to see that no one was on the road even though there was a huge fire but I was not aware that people were scared because they heard Uncle Munir screaming thief! thief!”According the eyewitnesses, the couple was heard screaming for persons to break a door of the heavily grilled house so that they could escape the fire. They were seen through a window in the room in which they were trapped.“A bus driver started to honk his bus horn and then people started to come out to lend assistance but by then the house was almost covered in flames, so no one could really do anything. Uncle Munir was at the window begging for people to use chains to pull out the grilled window so that he and his wife could come out but the heat was too much,” the woman explained.She added that the now dead man was also giving instructions for neighbours to drive his two tractors out of the yard to prevent them from exploding to which a neighbour complied.Meanwhile, a businessman known as ‘Dumb boy’ told this publication that after he heard the screams, he went to investigate and it was then that he recognised men armed with guns manoeuvring in the couple’s house.He added that in an attempt to alert neighbours, he got out his licenced gun and discharged several rounds in the air.“I saw them in the house and I just went and got my gun and I fired a few shots in the air to alert people of what was happening.”This publication was told that Jamila Munir had telephoned a businessman in the area, Shiraz Ally, as her house was going up in flames providing him with details as to what was transpiring and pleading with him for help from the deadly blaze.It is believed the gunmen used the street behind the couple’s house to gain entry to their yard and eventually their house since persons in the area stated that they did not see anyone enter from the front (the public road) entrance.According to reports, on Saturday night a tinted silver grey Toyota Allion car was “lurking” in the area and it appeared “suspicious”.Reports stated that the same car was spotted again hours before the fire occurred.When Guyana Times visited the scene Monday morning, the charred remains of the couple were being removed by undertakers as relatives wailed in agony.Regional Executive Officer Denis Jaikaran was on scene and expressed sadness at the ‘tragedy’.The police in a statement Monday said they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deadly fire.A team of investigators had already visited the scene and took statements from neighbours.The post mortems have confirmed the couple died as a result of smoke inhalation.The elderly couple leaves to mourn at least four children, siblings and other family.
Astronomers have spotted a dynamic, second ring system around the planet Uranus. Faint and transparent, the two newly discovered rings are made of tiny dust particles that orbit outside of the giant gas planet’s previously known 11 rings, but within the orbits of its large moons. One of the rings appears to be formed by dust from a recently discovered moon in the same orbit, and the dust of the other ring might come from a yet unseen moon or collisions of small space bodies, scientists said. The discovery was announced Thursday by Mark Showalter, an astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, and Jack Lissauer of NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffet Field. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The findings, which will appear online today in the journal Science, paint a more intriguing picture of a planet that usually doesn’t capture public imagination. In 1986, Voyager 2 became the first spacecraft to zip past Uranus. The craft beamed back thousands of images that revealed 10 of its more-than two-dozen moons and two new rings in addition to nine rings that were discovered from Earth in 1977. Scientists peering through the Hubble Space Telescope made the latest ring discoveries in 2004. Then they went back to process hundreds of images taken by Voyager and found the rings in the pictures. The newly discovered rings are short-lived bands of dust grains. The outer ring, described by Lissauer as the more “spectacular” of the two, is in the same orbit as the moon Mab, which was discovered in 2003. “And we don’t think that is at all coincidental,” Lissauer said in a telephone news conference. “We think that the ring is formed and continually replenished by dust that’s eroded from Mab.” The erosion occurs as meteoroids hurtle in from interplanetary space and strike the moon, kicking up dust. Lissauer said Mab is the right size to produce a lot of dust because it’s small enough that its gravity is weak and the dust doesn’t fall back to the surface, but large enough that it has a significant surface area exposed to space and meteoroid impacts. “When dust is knocked off Mab some of it orbits a little bit faster, some of it orbits a little bit slower, and after a few dozen orbits, a few hundred orbits, the dust spreads from Mab to form a ring,” he said. Over a longer time scale some of the dust would move toward Uranus, some would spread farther away from the planet and some would be scooped back up by Mab or other moons, he said. “The point is that it doesn’t last very long – decades, maybe centuries – so the ring materials that we’re observing – tiny dust, micron-size dust, micrometer dust – is fresh dust at least on a solar system time scale,” Lissauer said The processes – gain, loss and recycling of dust, as well as probable occasional impacts of large bodies with Mab – mean that over time the ring sometimes must abruptly brighten and then gradually fade, he said. The other newly found ring orbits between two moons that cannot be the primary sources of its dust, which perhaps comes from an unseen small moon or collisions of bodies as small as marbles or the size of houses, he said. The researchers also measured numerous changes in the orbits of Uranus’ inner moons since 1994. Lissauer described the moons’ motions as a “random or chaotic process.” He calculated that the moons would collide as often as every few million years.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!