Nothing to bridge gap between hinterland and coast – PPP

first_imgWhile President David Granger has repeatedly spoken of the need to make rural communities more modernised and provide these villages with the same level of opportunities available in the coastal region, the Opposition believes that Budget 2018 does not cater for that initiative.Former Amerindian Affairs Minister and Opposition MP Pauline SukhaiFormer Amerindian Affairs Minister and Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Pauline Sukhai, speaking at the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) press conference, said Budget 2018 did not offer any significant opportunities to bridge the gap between the hinterland and the coast.She said it was a mere continuation of the programmes and initiatives that were started under the PPP/Civic Administration to assist with Amerindian development.Sukhai believes that although these programmes were inherited by the Government, it has been doing a fairly bad job at expanding and managing them effectively.“These programmes had been a dismal failure under the current administration. It’s a failure so much so, that additional time and extension had been requested to help bring closure to some of these projects,” she explained.The former Minister said it, therefore, begged the question as to whether there was any seriousness by the coalition Government to ensure that there was a concerted effort to inject investment into the hinterland to ensure there were positive opportunities for growth and development.While noting that Budget 2018 has included sums to launch an Information Communication Technology (ICT) programme for the hinterland, Sukhai told the media conference on Wednesday that the same programmes were proposed and initiated by the PPP/C Government.“We were on track of that proposal execution to the extent that facilities were constructed to house the hardware of all the hubs, again which were expected to be completed by 2015…two years later and 2018 Budget is still struggling to reinvigorate this programme,” she posited.She argued that this was “not good enough” for Indigenous people, particularly youths. Sukhai said in an era where ICT was widely used, it was expected that by now many people in the various Amerindian villages across the country would have already benefited from these facilities and would be computer literate.Nothing newApart from these concerns, the former Minister also noted that Budget 2018 offered nothing new to the country’s first people and there was no significant support that would be given. She said it was all a continuation of programmes that have been there for many years which include the presidential grant, eco-tourism incentives and farm-to-market initiatives.“This is something that is a constant. I had expected that the Budget would have brought on board something newer…transformative initiatives and move away now.last_img read more

Small brush fire quickly doused

first_imgBy Jon Zacks There was a small brush fire north of Fort St. John on Friday afternoon.- Advertisement -Fort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows says some high wind spread a controlled fire in a burn pile into the surrounding brush.Burrows says it took crews around an hour to extinguish the blaze, located on the Rose Prairie Road just north of the Montney RoadHe says there were no injuries or damage to report.last_img

Day-night volleyball competition for Albion this weekend

first_imgThe Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA) will be hosting a day-night volleyball competition on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Albion Sports Complex, in collaboration with Blairmont Centre Cricket Club.The games are expected to start 15:30h and conclude 20:30h, with both males and females participating in their respective categories. The male teams expected to participate are PMTC1, TC, Rollers, Corriverton Jets, Port Mourant Jaguars,President of BVA Mr. Levi NeddBlack Bush, and Number 48. The female segment will see Corriverton Jets and Port Mourant Females. Any club that is interested in entering the competition can contact BVA President Levi Nedd on 641-9592 or Errol Chase on 688-2998.There will be cash prizes and trophies for the winners, runners-up and third-place teams, as well as a prize for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in both categories.Other attractions will include the Roy Fredericks 20/20 Floodlight Cricket Cup dubbed “Revolution”, which will bowl off 09:00h and conclude at 22:30h.The volleyball competition is compliments of Rafeek “Buski” Kassim construction services, Baksh Travel Service, Port Mourant Training School and the BVA.last_img read more

Green replaces Malik for remainder of season

first_imgShoaib Malik will be returning to Pakistan to link up with his national team for a training camp ahead of the Asia Cup, as a result Chris Green will be staying on with the squad for the rest of the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Green originally joined the Amazon Warriors squad as cover for Cameron Delport but he will now stay with the team until the end of the tourmament.Green has impressed for the Guyanese franchise so far in this year’s Hero CPL picking up five wickets with an excellent economy rate of 6.5 runs per over. He also made an important contribution with the bat in the win over St Kitts & Nevis Patriots where he made 25 not out.The Amazon Warriors are currently fourth place in the Hero CPL standings with three wins from their first five matches.The top four teams at the end of the group stage will make it into the knockout phase of the tournament with the final taking place at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad on 16 September.last_img read more


first_imgThe funeral takes place tomorrow of Donegal education chief Mary Ann Kane.Ms Kane, the acting Chief Executive Officer of Donegal VEC, died at her home yesterday following along-term illness.She will be buried following 11am funeral mass at the Sacred Heart Church in Mountcharles. Ms Kane took over from former Donegal VEC CEO Sean O’Longain who retired in 2009.Before that she was Education Officer and also principal at the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town.Flags above all VEC schools, colleges, youthreach centres and Gartan are all flying flags at half-mast today.SADNESS AS EDUCATION INNOVATOR TO BE BURIED TOMORROW was last modified: August 3rd, 2012 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:Donegal VECMARY ANN KANElast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL’S minors had a very comfortable win over a poor Derry side in Ballybofey today.Two early goals for the home side saw them dominate and Donegal went in at half-time leading by five points – 2-05 to 0-06.Two more goals in a second half which saw Derry score just one point capped a brilliant display at MacCumhaill Park. In the end Donegal had 18 points to spare over our neighbours.Final score Donegal 4-13 Derry 0-07. DONEGAL MINORS BLOW DERRY AWAY IN LEAGUE CLASH was last modified: April 6th, 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:DONEGAL MINORS BLOW DERRY AWAY IN LEAGUE CLASHlast_img read more

Skid Row life made meaner

first_imgHundreds of children living on downtown’s Skid Row regularly witness violence and death, are easy targets for drug dealers and sexual predators and live on the streets or in tiny single-room hotel rooms, according to a survey to be released today. The survey faulted the level of help provided by authorities, noting that police and school officials often send the children home from school for wearing “inappropriate” clothes or cite them for jaywalking or loitering, the survey found. The survey of 96 youths, conducted by Skid Row youths and carried out under the auspices of the United Coalition East Prevention Project, found 43 percent had been given some sort of tickets. Coalition organizer Leslie Croom said schools, police and local government agencies should be a “lifeline” for the children. “Instead, what they get is real punitive treatment,” Croom said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Often unable to pay the tickets – which double or triple in value when left unpaid – some youths have been unable to join the Job Corps or go to trade colleges. Most respondents said they attend school regularly and half said they have been punished at school for not having a proper uniform. The survey found about 700 children live on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. More than 70 percent of the youths have lived on Skid Row for more than a year, and 30 percent have lived there four or more years. The survey also found nearly half of the children have seen people die on Skid Row. More than a quarter of the children have been in foster care and 18 percent have been in a Juvenile Hall or California Youth Authority facility. Dorothy Williams, 20, a homeless woman who lives at a Skid Row hotel with her mother-in-law who pays the rent with welfare benefits, said the living conditions are terrible. “It has roaches, broken windows and doors and paint coming off the walls,” Williams said. “Spiders bite us. The bathrooms are messy and the toilets stop up. We have no kitchen. … The electricity and the water keeps going on and off. You have to get up in the middle of the night and go to the bathroom in the hallway. You don’t know who is out there. You’re scared.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 troy.anderson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Norwich v QPR line-ups: Duo start, youngsters on bench, Norwich man out

first_imgJack Robinson and Michael Doughty have been given starting places for QPR’s final game of the season, while youngster Josh Bowler is on the substitutes’ bench.Reece Grego-Cox is also on the bench and is expected to be involved at some stage.Norwich, meanwhile, are without forward Steven Naismith, who is suspended after being sent off against Leeds.Norwich: Ruddy; Pinto, Martin, Klose, Dijks; Dorrans, Howson; Hoolahan, Pritchard, Jo. Murphy; Oliveira.Subs: McGovern, Jerome, Wildschut, Ja. Murphy, Tettey, Maddison, Godfrey.QPR: Smithies, Perch, Onuoha, Lynch, Robinson, Wszolek, Luongo, Doughty, Manning, Washington, Smith.Subs: Ingram, Grego-Cox, Freeman, Goss, Petrasso, Bowler, Furlong.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Bat Designs Tainted by Batty Evolution Stories

first_imgBat used in the experiments. Credit: MITNow engineers at MIT have found that, for bats and other hairy-tongued nectar feeders, the key to drinking efficiently lies in a delicate balance between the spacing of hairs on the tongue, the thickness of the fluid, and the “speed of retraction,” or how fast an animal darts its tongue back to slurp up the nectar. When all three of these parameters are in balance, a good amount of nectar reaches the animal’s mouth instead of dribbling away.Given this information about engineering design, and how optimal it is, does MIT help readers by relaying the following story? “Animals have evolved all manner of adaptations to get the nutrients they need.” It makes even less sense to say that when the animal had no choice in designing its tongue:“They all lie close to the theoretical optimal,” Nasto says. “They have evolved to be good drinkers. And if you think about it, humans can use tools for drinking and other behaviors. But a lot of other animals have to have their tools built into their physiology.”More Engineering Than First HeardAnother species of bat gained respect in recent experimental science. The Egyptian fruit bat, a heavier bat than the nectar-eating bat studied by MIT, lives in trees instead of caves. Because it emits simple tongue clicks instead of vocal squeaks, and because it has large eyes to see during daylight, scientists had thought its echolocation abilities were more primitive than those of microbats. Wrong; scientists at the University of Washington have found that its “echolocation may work like sophisticated surveillance sonar,” according to Phys.org. (Note: the [T] indicates a tontology.)“Before people thought [T] that this bat was not really good at echolocation, and just made these simple clicks,” said lead author Wu-Jung Lee, a researcher at the UW’s Applied Physics Laboratory. “But this bat species is actually very special—it may be using a similar technique that engineers have perfected for sensing remotely.“Using high-speed cameras and head modeling, the researchers found that the high-frequency clicks are off center from lower frequency clicks. This makes its echolocation more like that of dolphins which, as the Illustra film Living Waters shows, is highly sophisticated (see the Dolphin Echolocation segment). The trick bats use to gain more information from the echoes is similar to what sonar and radar engineers do.Lee recognized the pattern as a common one in radar and sonar surveillance systems. Invented in the early 20th century and now used throughout civil and military applications, airplanes, ships and submarines emit pulses of radio waves in the air, or sound underwater, and then analyze the returning waves to detect objects or hazards. While a simple single-frequency sonar has a tradeoff between the angular coverage and image sharpness, a “frequency-scanning sonar” solves this problem by pointing different frequencies of sound at slightly different angles to get fine-grained acoustic images over a large area.Lee wondered if the bats use the frequency-scanning technique. Using high-speed cameras and acoustical equipment in a “bat lab” at Johns Hopkins University, Lee confirmed that “different frequencies point in different directions—just as a frequency-scanning sonar would act.” But then she said something illogical:“For me, what’s exciting is the idea that you almost have a convergence between a system that was evolved, and the effects are very similar to what we have invented as humans,” Lee said. “This is not the classic case where we learn from nature—we found out that the bat may be doing the same thing as a system we invented many years ago.”Surely she knows that bats used frequency-scanning sonar long, long before humans thought of it. And again, how helpful is it to be told this was an “evolutionary solution” that “was evolved”? Did she get that information from her bat lab, or from BAD assumptions? The paper at PLoS Biology actually has little to say about evolution, other than futureware: “other genera of the same family may provide insights into the evolution of lingual echolocation.” It sppears that speculation about evolution was tacked onto the science after the facts were in.Does Bat Freeloading Endorse Communism?It may be rare to find the word ‘scrounge‘ in a scientific paper, but evolutionists at Tel Aviv University used it often to describe these same fruit bats. In their paper in Science Advances, the open-access journal of the AAAS, they think some bats are scroungy characters. To “scrounge” means to borrow without any intention of returning it. Egyptian fruit bats live in trees in colonies of tens of thousands of individuals or more, building relationships for over a decade. In their attempt to understand the social relationships of these bats, the evolutionists set out some fruit in bowls to see how the bats behaved. The majority were “producers” who hunted for fruit and flew back to the roost with it. A minority, however, were “scroungers” who stole it from the mouths of the producers. The scroungers tended to act more wary at the bowls, holding their heads higher, looking around, and not taking as much of the fruit. They also tended to scrounge from the same limited number of individuals. Female bats tended to work more on producing during lactation periods. That’s the extent of the empirical observations.What’s the take-home message of this apparently persistent relationship of producers and scroungers? Does it provide useful information about the ‘evolution’ of sociality in other mammals—even in humans? First of all, the astute reader should notice drawbacks in the materials and methods. Putting out fruit in a bowl is a highly artificial situation. The scientists knew they could not easily observe the bats in their natural roosts, hidden as they are by dense foliage, so they studied artificial habitats with highly reduced populations. Nevertheless, they claim they observed more than 13,000 social interactions – enough, they believe, to draw generalizations about wild-type behavior:What is known about scrounging outdoors? It is hard to observe the bats’ behavior within the thick foliage, but we have witnessed scrounging many times in the wild when a bat returns to its colony with a piece of fruit in its mouth and is approached by individuals trying to scrounge the food. We do not have data on persistent producer-scrounger ties outdoors. However, an inspection of 24 scrounging attempts on bats that returned from foraging with food in their mouth to a wild monitored colony revealed two scroungers that scrounged at least four times on different nights and four additional scroungers that scrounged at least twice on different nights (movie S1).That’s a pretty small sample to describe millions of animals that have lived for thousands of years without the watching eyes of modern scientists. Even giving the researchers the benefit of the doubt, however, generalizations about the “evolution of sociality” from this experiment and the use of “game” theory to describe it go too far beyond the data. They cannot be sure that the same behaviors hold true in nature in the dark of night, at all seasons of the year, throughout the vast range of the bats. They also do not know what other factors enter the equation: relatedness, sex, communication, microbiota transfer, and factors not even thought of. The researchers acknowledge that many questions remain about not just bats, but Egyptian fruit bats.Most importantly, such observations cannot in any way advise humans on economics or political science, because humans have the power to think, reason, and choose. No one should assume that this paper tells people that a society of scroungers produces a stable economy. The 20th century should already provide ample data to conclude that “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need” and other redistributionist strategies are unstable and eventually collapse, leaving incalculable suffering in their wake.Humans are not bats. We observe bats, but we do not see them putting us in a ‘human lab’ at the Bat Institute of Technology. The differences are too profound to generalize about human behavior from observing bats. Beware the evolutionists who try to apply “the evolution of sociality” into political systems.We have some similarities with the bat colony, though. There are many humans who take things without any intent of returning them. We see this most clearly among Darwinians. They scrounge theological premises, such as the laws of logic, parts of morality and rationality – things they could never produce on their own – then gulp it down, breaking it apart with Darwin acid, reassembling it, and extruding it out the terminus of their philosophical convolutions as Darwin Fudge. Biology teachers and secular reporters scrounge for this toxic substance and think they are doing their duty as recyclers. The founders of science were producers, not scroungy characters scrounging other people’s good fruits and making garbage out of it.Real science shows these amazing mammals batting close to a thousand. That’s the message from the data. (Visited 484 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 When learning about well-designed flyers like bats, is it helpful to speculate about how Darwinian evolution invented the traits by chance?Drink Up, BoysIn previous news, we learned how dogs drink using “acceleration-driven open pumping” (15 Dec 2015). There’s a method in that mad slurping: to lift water from the bowl, your dog employs some elegant engineering to “to deal with the physical challenge of crossing fluidic regimes.” Bats have a similar, but contrasting challenge: they need to lift nectar, which is more viscous than water, while hovering over a flower. Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology decided to figure out how they do it. They noticed that tiny hairs on their tongues are efficient at lapping up nectar and preventing it from draining away down the tongue, explains Phys.org. They experimented with artificial hairs on surfaces to model the factors governing the efficiency of the process.last_img read more

Science and technology can be answer to Africa’s challenges

first_imgDespite receiving minimal attention from most governments across the world, the science and innovation sectors had the potential to solve numerous perennial problems.Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterDespite receiving minimal attention from most governments across the world, the science and innovation sectors had the potential to solve numerous perennial problems, such as water scarcity, Minister Naledi Pandor said at the opening of the inaugural Science Forum South Africa at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria on 8 December 2015.The forum took place on 8 and 9 December at the CSIR International Convention Centre.“Africa cannot advance without investing in science,” she said, “(and) there are efforts to enhance the status of science and to increase investment in research development and innovation. Unfortunately, science is still at the margins of government attention – seen as less significant than water scarcity, food security and disease burdens. Yet, all of these can be addressed through science.”The forum may not be a platform for resolutions or declarations, said Pandor, the minister of science and technology, but at the end of the event, “delegates should call on their respective governments and institutions to invest more into science and innovation in Africa”.Over 500 delegates from more than 40 African countries, including government representatives, members of civil society and the private sector, as well science academics and students, gathered to discuss and debate the challenges faced by science and technology within the African context and in an ever-evolving technological landscape.The event revolved around three pillar forums, “science talks” as described by the minister, a series of 18 lectures of 30 minutes each delivered by eminent thought leaders aimed at creating a dynamic and lively discussion environment enabling a vibrant exchange of ideas, fostering partnerships and co-operation.These forums focused on topics relevant to the continent, such as science, technology and innovation policy-making in emerging economies, a look at the successes and future of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) space telescope project, and finding high-tech health solutions for low-income countries.WATCH: how science makes a (prototype) car run on water #SFSA2015 https://t.co/zNNk8vclxa— IOL News (@IOL) December 8, 2015The concurrent exhibition featured several exhibits by government science and technology departments and international technology and research organisations. Included were public outreach activities focusing on science education held at the Pretoria venue and in city centres around the country.The South African Science Diplomacy Awards were part of the forum as a way – according to the vision of the event – to “celebrate partnerships that have made a significant contribution towards making the world a better place”.Pandor said the summit would prove that Africa was seriously engaged in science and technology, and would also show the rest of the world that the continent was growing its capacity for research and innovation.Keynote address by Minister Naledi Pandor to kick off this great event #SFSA2015 #science #SouthAfrica pic.twitter.com/QHoNMuB8a2— Nadine Wubbeling (@NadineWubbeling) Decembe r 8, 2015“Our key motivation is to foster public engagement (in) science and technology, to showcase science in South Africa and to provide a platform for building strong African and global partnerships. We have many more parallel sessions than originally planned; this is because we were overwhelmed by the very enthusiastic response from speakers and institutions,” she said.“We are very pleased at the participation and presence of several international organisations and thank them for their support for the forum. Our primary rationale for this conference resides in our conviction that science, technology and innovation can and must play a central role in achieving sustainable development.”We need to build enough capacity in #Africa; It must be #STEM, STEM, STEM, & girls, girls girls; & of course + boys pic.twitter.com/RcM2grfSf1— Dr Dlamini Zuma (@DlaminiZuma) December 8, 2015AU Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma delivered the forum’s keynote address and reiterated the call for improved investment in science and technology, saying it was “critical for Africa to wean itself from food imports, which cost the continent dearly”.“Africa has 60% of the world’s unused arable land, which is unique, (but) scandalous that Africa (still needs to) import $80-billion (R1.2-trillion) worth of food every year,” Dlamini-Zuma said.#SFSA2015 AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma now addressing #ScienceForum @AfriNewsAgency pic.twitter.com/cA9zIHVWYI— Jonisayi W. Maromo (@Jonisayi) December 8, 2015She added that science and technology research, and the practical application of that research, were all critical to improve agriculture, farming and processing practices and understanding things such as climate patterns and geology.Dlamini-Zuma argued that young people should be at the centre of this drive for new innovation and inspiring new ways of industrialisation. This required better investment in science and technology education. “Young people are our biggest assets; not investing in them and their education is a big liability,” she said.Can’t get enough of the Science Forum? Watch how young women are changing the world #IOL @IOL #SFSA2015: https://t.co/8X8KZzF9Sp— MojoIOL (@mojoIOL) December 10, 2015Women, especially, needed to be the focus of the African science and innovation drive, Dlamini-Zuma said. “Women should be involved: not only because it is their right, but it is also an economic imperative. It makes sense that women should be involved. Companies that have women at their top echelons are more competitive than those that do not have,” said Dlamini-Zuma.The only way Africa could effectively modernise and industrialise was by adding value to its natural and mineral resources, she concluded, adding: “All that needs science. Science can also be an effective job creator.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more