All Guyanese must stand united

first_imgDear Editor,As expected, there is a storm in a teacup conjured by what Jagdeo said at Babu John. This time by a Government which has no claim to upholding the laws of this country. All Jagdeo did was that he made an emotionally loaded utterance which graphically depicts a course of action to deal with this coalition’s barefaced violation of our Constitution heralding a new type of dictatorial rule in Guyana. The late Jagan would have done the same!Since December 21, this coalition Government has done everything possible to destroy ethnic relations in Guyana. Therefore, It is quite hypocritical for the APNU/AFC and the MP Barbara Pilgrim to complain that Jagdeo’s statement runs counter to the country’s values of ethnic relations and social cohesion and “will only serve to create ethnic tensions and confusion in Region Six where I reside…I am, therefore, asking the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) to apply its strongest possible sanctions available against the maker of this statement”. The coalition has done so many things to cause ethnic divisions when they closed down the sugar estates, yet the people remained united and the continued violations of our Constitution have yet to spark racial divisions so Pilgrim’s statement to the ERC is utter rubbish.On the other hand, the PPP’s Executive Secretary and MP for Region Six recognised that the current actions of the coalition have the possibility to create ethnic conflict and could have grave consequences for Guyana, its people and national harmony. This is not nit-picking like the APNU’s MP but based on realistic consequences. The coalition’s ‘acts and omissions’ with regards to the violation of Article 106 will have serious implications for ethnic relations and not the “chase them out” statement made by Jagdeo. Already, this violation and the refusal of the APNU/AFC Government is creating racial tensions as is evidenced by posts on social media. The statement did not connote violence against any particular ethnic group, it was a statement made against those who hold office in Government and who are of diverse ethnic bearings.This ‘condemnation’ of Jagdeo’s statement is an attempt to silence the voice of the PPP’s leader so that civil society remains docile not unlike the PNC’s dark era from 1964 to1992. They feel that if you muzzle the leader then you can muzzle his followers. On many occasions, PPP officials were not only chased out of PNC-dominated areas but were physical manhandled and brutalised. Jagdeo is not asking for that, he is simply saying to tell them ‘you are no longer the President or the Prime Minister or a Minister and you should not be here in that capacity…you are illegally usurping that position, so get out of here!’ This will be done by mass protests and demonstrations not by violence. The PPP is not a party of violence and has never pursued that path, it has always been one of non-violence and non-co-operation.It will really put a strain on a reasonable man’s imagination to conclude that Jagdeo’s statement promotes ethnic conflict and disharmony. There was no ‘call to violence or a breach of public order’ and to interpret the statement as such is to take away of our democratic right to reject what is illegal and unconstitutional.All Guyanese must stand united and reject this Government which becomes illegal after March 21, 2019.Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC CouncillorRegion Sixlast_img read more

How Tom Brady Became The King Of Comebacks

When you’re playing the Patriots in the postseason, there is no comfort in win probability. New England is vying for its sixth Super Bowl championship courtesy of another double-digit fourth-quarter comeback — this time against the league-leading Jacksonville defense. And the Patriots are defending the title they won against impossible odds in coming back from 25 points down against the Falcons — including a 19-point deficit in the fourth quarter. It’s gotten to the point where the only thing worse than falling behind early to the Patriots is having a big lead late, when Tom Brady turns into Captain Comeback. But while football fans and opponents may expect miracle rebounds, this is only a recent transformation by arguably the greatest quarterback of all time. Through 2013 in both the regular season and the playoffs, Brady’s ability to lead the Patriots back from a fourth-quarter deficit of up to two scores was nothing special.In the regular season from 2001 through 2013, Brady had an 83.8 passer rating and 6.95 yards per attempt when trailing by up to two scores in the fourth quarter. That compares with the league average of 74.8 and 6.72, meaning that Brady was good relative to average in these situations but certainly nothing superhuman.In the postseason during that same period — when the Patriots went 18-8, including 9-8 from 2005 through 2013 — Brady was subpar when trailing late by some key measures. His rating was 66.6 with a paltry 5.57 yards per attempt. (NFL postseason averages in the period were 73.4 and 7.17.) The magic we have seen recently simply wasn’t there. Take New England’s most infamous loss: the 18-0 team that was stunned by the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. After Eli Manning connected with Plaxico Burress for the eventual game-winning touchdown, the Patriots still received the ball with roughly 30 seconds and all three timeouts, needing only 35 or so yards to get into Stephen Gostkowski’s range for a game-tying kick. If that exact scenario unfolded this season, would anyone be surprised if Brady were able to steer his team across midfield? Of course, on that February 2008 day, he threw three incompletions and took a back-breaking sack.But since the start of the 2014 postseason, something has clicked inside Brady. The Patriots rallied past the Ravens in the fourth quarter of the divisional round that year when Brady tossed a 25-yard TD to Brandon LaFell with less than six minutes left. And in Super Bowl XLIX, Seattle led 24-14 in the fourth — and had a 94 percent win probability after the Patriots punted at the start of the fourth quarter — before Brady connected on consecutive touchdowns to Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman. (Sure, Malcolm Butler’s game-sealing interception helped.) Including these two games, the Patriots have a 4-1 postseason record when trailing by up to two scores in the fourth since 2014. Brady is quite simply carrying them on his back with supernatural efficiency, even with defenses knowing he has to pass on nearly every play — posting 7.97 yards per attempt vs. the 6.99 NFL playoff average (including Brady himself) and a 123.0 passer rating compared with 82.4 for all NFL passers in this span. Of course, it needs to be noted that Brady is helping to set the stage for his playoff comebacks by playing rather ordinarily earlier in games. His passer rating, for example, is barely above average in the first three quarters of postseason games since 2014 — 91.7 compared with 88.2 for all QBs. It’s almost as if Brady is holding something in reserve for when it’s most needed.How he’s finding such high-leverage ways to improve so dramatically is one of football’s greatest mysteries. The most obvious explanation is that the 40-year-old has already been in almost every scenario before and simply knows what to do. Or maybe it’s just the salmon, electrolytes, compression sleeves, 8:30 p.m. bedtime and recovery pajamas? Or is it simply that great players can express their greatness at any time and make the spectacular seem routine? Know this: If the Eagles are lucky enough to have a seemingly secure fourth-quarter lead come Super Bowl LII, no one on the Philadelphia sideline will feel safe.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Researchers study isotopes in feces to discern mountain gorillas diet

first_img © 2012 Phys.org Male silverback Gorilla in SF zoo. Image: Wikipedia. More information: Detecting intraannual dietary variability in wild mountain gorillas by stable isotope analysis of feces, PNAS, Published online before print December 10, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1215782109AbstractWe use stable isotope ratios in feces of wild mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei) to test the hypothesis that diet shifts within a single year, as measured by dry mass intake, can be recovered. Isotopic separation of staple foods indicates that intraannual changes in the isotopic composition of feces reflect shifts in diet. Fruits are isotopically distinct compared with other staple foods, and peaks in fecal δ13C values are interpreted as periods of increased fruit feeding. Bayesian mixing model results demonstrate that, although the timing of these diet shifts match observational data, the modeled increase in proportional fruit feeding does not capture the full shift. Variation in the isotopic and nutritional composition of gorilla foods is largely independent, highlighting the difficulty for estimating nutritional intake with stable isotopes. Our results demonstrate the potential value of fecal sampling for quantifying short-term, intraindividual dietary variability in primates and other animals with high temporal resolution even when the diet is composed of C3 plants. (Phys.org)—Researchers from several universities in the US have together found that it is possible to follow changes in a wild animal’s diet over a single year period by studying isotopes in feces samples. The team used the technique, as they write in their paper published recently in the journal PNAS, to study the diet of wild mountain gorillas in Uganda. The gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the mountainous southwestern part of the country are difficult to study in the wild. Scientists want to know what they eat over the course of a single year because it would provide valuable information regarding how the animal survives, and perhaps more importantly, how it adapts to environmental changes. Rather than watching every move the gorillas made over an extended period of time, the researchers instead collected fecal samples along with samples of plants and fruits that the gorillas are thought to eat, over a 10 month period during 2002-2003.The samples were brought back to the lab where the researchers subjected them to chemical analysis to reveal the isotopes found in the food that the animals had eaten. Because different foods have different levels of isotopes, the researchers were able to determine which foods had been eaten at which time of the year. They found, for example that the gorillas tended to eat more fruit between February and March and then again between June and July.Prior research had shown that an animal’s diet could be found by studying isotopes in samples of hair, tooth enamel or bones – but that requires capturing animals and testing them, a less then optimal solution. This new research shows that the diet of wild animals can be discerned by simply collecting the droppings they leave behind, which allows for fine tuning such studies by allowing for testing on a more often and regular basis.The researchers noted also that collecting and studying feces samples doesn’t do away with the need for field study however, as the testing for isotopes isn’t precise enough to tell researchers exactly which foods have been consumed – they need a base list to choose from to understand what has actually been eaten. Nor does it offer data on nutritional value. Uganda’s gorilla population growingcenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further Citation: Researchers study isotopes in feces to discern mountain gorillas’ diet (2012, December 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-isotopes-feces-discern-mountain-gorillas.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Alcheringa city auditions

first_img‘Alcheringa’, the annual cultural festival of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahat will take place in the first week of February 2017. Started in 1996 by a group of students of IIT Guwahati, Alcheringa has now become one of the biggest college level cultural events in Asia. Spread over 3 days and 4 nights, Alcheringa attracts people from all over the world with its spectacular events and competitions. This time it will be on from February 2 – 5. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAlcheringa, IIT Guwahati is conducting a city audition of its event Halla Bol (Street Play competition) in the national Capital. The auditions will be held at Shri Aurobindo College, New Delhi today from 12 noon to 4PM. The judging criteria include performance in acting (dialogue delivery, expressions, body movements); presentation encompassing costumes, music, props and use of stage; successfully depicting the plot or theme and most importantly ‘originality’. The performances are required to be only in English, Hindi or Assamese. Winners of the City Audition shall have a change to perform at the Halla Bol main event to be held at Alcheringa, IIT Guwahati. Prizes worth Rs 50,000 are available for grabs by the winners of the main event of Halla Bol. The winning team of the City Audition will get full two-way travel reimbursement while the runner-up will receive two-way travel reimbursement of 70% to IIT Guwahati during Alcheringa.last_img read more