Chonixx visits UG, promises a grand show tonight

first_imgJamaican reggae superstar, Jamar Mc Naughton, more popularly known as “Chronixx”, arrived in Guyana one day ahead of the GTT’s Smile Guyana Concert billed for the Guyana National Stadium this evening.A section of the GWLT on FridayThe reggae artiste, upon arrival, visited several radio stations in promotion of the show and received the most hospitable welcome. This was no different when he turned up at the University of Guyana to have an interactive session with students there.Screams and shouts for the artiste were thunderous in the George Walcott Lecture Theatre (GWLT) as the reggae singer made his way to the stage in the presence of heavy security.The initiative was planned by the telephone company, which saw over 800 students purchasing tickets for the show at discounted prices. The monies from the sale will go towards the Guyana Artists in Residence programme (AIR).However, at the educational institution on Friday, the artiste reminisced on his life growing up and the about turn it took. He started his career with huge challenges but added that with the inspiration he received from God, he was able to stay on the right path and face those hurdles.The Jamaican artiste interacting with the student of UG on FridayHe explained that while growing up, he learnt to share from the little resources that were available at the time. Further, he started that as an artiste, he performs out of love for mankind and trust in God at the same time.Chronixx went on to say that when he started his musical career, he dreamt big and never thought that he would have been one of the most loved reggae artistes.“I was born in a musical environment… I found that a lot of people were giving their opinions… for me I have learnt to overcome the fear of not having people approval and that was the first step of me releasing the music I really love.”He added that an artiste should not do something that he or she does not love. He noted that the youths of the world must find a way to rise above the opinion of the people. The Jamaican artiste encouraged the youths to stay positive and focused but more so live their dreams.Chronixx will headline the GTT’s Smile Guyana Concert this evening and he promises patrons a grand time. Also sharing the stage will be the Heatwaves Band and Guyana’s own Alabama. The most exciting part of the evening, however, is expected to be that time when the telephone giant gives away $1 million to one lucky patron.Two persons have already walked away with $1 million each, with a third was expected to be named in Linden last evening. Tickets for the GTT’s Smile Guyana Concert will be available at the venue at a cost of $3500 each for the general admission, $10,000 for stage front and $15,000 for the VVIP experience.last_img read more

The Chelsea v Liverpool quiz

first_imgChelsea and Liverpool meet on Saturday at Wembley in the FA Cup final. Test your knowledge of the history between the clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly. [wp-simple-survey-5]Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebooklast_img

Is This Primate a Prime Mate?

first_img(Visited 133 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Those who remember the flap over Ida (Darwinius masillae, 3/20/10) have learned to yawn at these pronouncements.  The little fossil should be enjoyed for its own sake, not for what evolutionary narrative Darwinians can force it into. That all the features of a primate could be microminiaturized into this one-ounce critter is the amazing thing.  The interpretation is dumb.Faces of the future, or hypnotized Darwin subjects?   Image by Nikolay LammStorytelling; that’s the game for Darwinists.  Look what Parmy Olson did with the craft on Forbes: projected how humans will look in 100,000 years, after millennia of staring at screens or wearing Google glass.  Why, they’re evolving back the bulging eyes of their ancestors, the tarsiers!  Doesn’t this sound scientific when a computational geneticist did the prognosticating?  No; it’s just plain silly.  And he won’t be around then for us to say, “You were wrong!”  It’s just as wrong for these monkey-makers to tell us the new fossil is a human ancestor.  Time travel backwards is just as unavailable as it is forwards.  The claims can’t be tested; they can’t be falsified; they are not science. The news media jumped onto claims that a tiny primate fossil is an ancestor of human beings, when it is really an amazing example of biological miniaturization.A tiny fossil primate from China, classified as Archicebus achilles, was announced with fanfare by most of the science news media (e.g., Northern Illinois Univ. press release).  It looks like a tiny shrew or tarsier that probably lived in the trees.  It probably weighed less than an ounce.  What makes it noteworthy such that reporters would call it a human ancestor?  For one, it’s the alleged oldest primate fossil.  For another, it has a mosaic of features (small eyes, odd feet, etc.) that led K. Christopher Beard (Carnegie Museum) to say,It looks like an odd hybrid with the feet of a small monkey, the arms, legs and teeth of a very primitive primate, and a primitive skull bearing surprisingly small eyes. It will force us to rewrite how the anthropoid lineage evolved.After commenting on its tarsier-like toes but monkey-like heel, Beard said that some interpretation is required:“We have interpreted this new combination of features as evidence that this fossil is quite primitive and its unique anatomical combination is a link between the tarsier and monkey-ape branches of dry-nosed primates,” he said. “This new view suggests that the advanced foot features of anthropoids (monkeys and apes) are in fact primitive for the entire lineage of dry-nosed primates.The press release avoided mention of this tiny creature as an ancestor of human beings.  Other reporters were not so restrained, even though the original paper in Nature did not mention human evolution at all:Science Daily: Discovery of Oldest Primate Skeleton, Ancestor of Humans and ApesAmerican Museum of Natural History: Discovery of Oldest Primate Skeleton Helps Chart Early Evolution of Humans, ApesCarnegie Museum of Natural History: “crucial for illuminating a pivotal event in primate and human evolution“Live Science: Ancient Primate Skeleton Hints at Monkey and Human OriginsOne problem is that this creature lived in Asia, not Africa, where most ape evolution is thought to have occurred.  On Evolution News & Views, Casey Luskin pointed out that this would require ape ancestors to go a-rafting across the ocean to get to Africa, which is believed to have been an island back then.  According to Science Now, Beard said he was ridiculed when he suggested primates might have evolved in Asia.  “Everybody knew that everything in primate and human evolution occurred in Africa,” he said.  Like many of the feathered dinosaur fossils (5/31/13), this one was found by a farmer.  Science Now downplayed the link to humans: “Although several experts—including Beard himself—expect debate about the precise position of A. achilles on the primate family tree, they all agree that it is a remarkable specimen.”Meanwhile, National Geographic jumped for joy at the thought that some humans have bendable soles like apes.  New Scientist claimed that 1 in 13 people have “bendy, chimp-like feet.”  Other than making the textbooks wrong, it’s not clear what this has to do with evolution (humans and chimps also have bendy mouths, tongues, and fingers).  It’s possible the trait in humans is a disadvantage, making walking less efficient, in those people so afflicted.last_img read more

Understanding Jumping by Leaps and Bounds: Geared Insect and Leaping Plant

first_imgTwo clever examples of leaping have been found in the living world, adding to the catalog of clever ways life gets around.Geared for action:  The media were all abuzz with pictures and stories of the “flightless planthopper,” a tiny insect with a big leap.  What’s new and fascinating is that it’s the first example known in the animal kingdom of functional intermeshing gears; the paper was published in Science Magazine.  The photos and videos on Nature, Live Science and New Scientist show gear cogs that intermesh like something you’d see in human machinery.  The electron-micrograph close ups are especially stunning.Surprisingly, only the young nymphs of the species have the gears.  In the final molts, the gears get stripped off, and the adults use friction to jump.  This does not mean the nymphs are better designed; adults can jump even better.  The authors of the paper said,Their improved performance may be due to other factors, rather than a consequence of abandoning the gear mechanism. An inherent limitation of gears is that if one tooth breaks, their synchronizing action is degraded. In nymphs, a breakage could be repaired at the next molt, but this is not possible after the final molt to adulthood. Alternatively, the larger size of adults may mean that friction between the trochantera is a more effective synchronization mechanism.New Scientist used the finding to comment on biological machinery in general:For a disconcerting experience, consider how mechanical you are. Humans may be conscious beings with higher feelings, but really we’re just fancy machines with joints, motors, valves, and a whole lot of plumbing.All animals are the same. Hundreds of gizmos have evolved in nature, many of which our engineers merely reinvented. Nature had rotating axles billions of years ago, in the shape of bacterial flagella. And weevil legs beat us to the screw-and-nut mechanism.The insect Issus coleoptratus is another animal with an unexpected bit of machinery hidden in its body. Its larvae are the first animals known to have interlocking gears, just like in the gearbox of a car.The gears apparently keep the legs in sync, allowing them to take off within 30 microseconds of each other.  “Infant plant hoppers, known as nymphs, can take off in just 2 milliseconds, reaching take-off speeds of almost 4 metres a second,” Nature wrote, posting a video of the action.  “For motions this rapid, some mechanical device is needed to keep the legs synchronized and to avoid lopsided jumps that might lead to the insects spinning out of control.”  See also Science Magazine ScienceShot.Leaping spores:  The spores of horsetail plants have another unusual mechanism for getting around.  Seen under a high-powered microscope, the spores have four “legs” that respond to humidity changes, curling and uncurling.  An intriguinig video clip on the BBC News shows how the spores not only use them to walk, but to leap into the air.A European biologist, fascinated with the Venus flytrap, was looking for other kinds of motion in plants when he found this.  Curling and uncurling like hair, the legs, or elaters as they are called, respond more rapidly because of a “special layered structure” in the legs.  As a result, the spores can leap into the air, to be carried aloft by winds.The discoverer is now using this clever idea to design self-propelled objects.  “These, they say, could be used in agricultural settings, for example, using changes in humidity to power environmental monitoring probes or seed-dispersing devices.”  The director of the Royal Botanical Gardens commented, “we have so much more to learn from nature.”These two examples show the two sides of biomimetics.  The horsetail spores inspired a scientist to recreate the technology for human applications.  In the planthopper gear example, what we thought was a human invention turns out to have been scooped by an insect.  Nature had it first.As usual, the evolution-talk was superfluous and illogical.  New Scientist repeated the “nothing but” idea: humans and animals are nothing but machinery.  That’s self-refuting, because a scientist arguing the truth of a proposition is using abstract, non-physical thought, assuming truth exists outside of material nature.  Also, saying  “Such-and-such evolved to” is a logical fallacy in Darwinism.  Nothing evolves “to” do something.  In Darwinism, stuff happens, accidental mutation by accidental mutation.  Unguided processes cannot work toward a goal.  Adding millions of years doesn’t change that.On the contrary: whenever we see functional design, we naturally infer that intelligence played a role in its origin.  Darwinism only provides after-the-fact just-so stories to try to rationalize a secular world view.  Who needs that?  Think design, and you make progress in science. (Visited 50 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa makes history with HIV vaccine trial

first_imgSouth Africa is taking part in an experimental vaccine programme to curb HIV. Just over 5 000 volunteers, from 15 cities across five provinces, will participate, following screening. Results from the trial will be released in late 2020.A historical HIV vaccine trail is taking place in South Africa. (Image: Pixabay)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa is participating in an experimental vaccine programme that could prevent HIV infection. With 5 400 adults taking part, the study, called HVTN 702, is the biggest and most advanced HIV vaccine trial to take place in the country.The drug trial began last month.“If deployed alongside our current armoury of proven HIV prevention tools, a safe and effective vaccine could be the final nail in the coffin for HIV,” said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which falls under the American National Institutes of Health (NIH), a co-funder of the trial.“Even a moderately effective vaccine would significantly decrease the burden of HIV disease over time in countries and populations with high rates of HIV infection, such as South Africa.”WatchPrevious trialsThe vaccine being used is based on one that was trialled in Thailand previously. Those results, released in 2009, showed that at 31.2% effective, that vaccine could only modestly prevent HIV infection. It is believed the updated vaccine could provide greater protection.“The people of South Africa are making history by conducting and participating in the first HIV vaccine efficacy study to build on the results of the Thai trial,” said HVTN 702 protocol chair Dr Glenda Gray. Gray is the founding director of the Perinatal HIV Research Unit at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto and president of the South African Medical Research Council.“HIV has taken a devastating toll in South Africa, but now we begin a scientific exploration that could hold great promise for our country. If an HIV vaccine were found to work in South Africa, it could dramatically alter the course of the pandemic.”How it worksThose who volunteer to be part of the study – all need to be sexually active adults between the ages of 18 and 35, and be HIV-negative – will be randomly assigned the vaccine or a placebo. In a single year, they will be given five injections.“The safety of HVTN 702 study participants will be closely monitored throughout the trial, and participants will be offered the standard of care for preventing HIV infection,” said the NIH.“Study participants who become infected with HIV in the community will be referred to local medical providers for care and treatment and will be counselled on how to reduce their risk of transmitting the virus.”Thembi Dlamini, 29, was screened at a Durban clinic to participate in the trial. She told The Washington Post she wanted to volunteer so that she could prevent the next generation from having the same experience she did when she saw her sister die of Aids-related illness.Results from the trial are expected in late 2020.There are 3-million South Africans currently on the publicly funded HIV treatment programme. In May 2016, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced that antiretroviral medicine would be made available to all HIV-positive people irrespective of their CD4 count by September. An extra R1-billion was allocated to the health budget to make this programme possible.Source: NIHWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Lanner: desktop network appliance for vCPE/uCPE and edge security

first_imgLanner released the NCA-1515, a desktop network appliance powered by Intel Atom C3000 CPU. The NCA-1515 features robust performance and Intel’s QuickAssist Technology, offering cryptographic acceleration and commercial-grade LAN functions in a 231mm x 200mm x 44mm (WxDxH) form factor. Intel Atom C3758/C3558/C3308 CPU and Intel QuickAssist Technology together greatly boost network responsiveness and security by distributing processing power to more critical applications and by offloading computationally intensive compression and encryption/decryption tasks; what’s more, the NCA-1515 is also armed with secure boot and support for TPM 2.0, K-lock.The NCA-1515 offers 0 to 40°C operating temperatures, Intel AES-NI, up to 32 GB of DDR4 2400/2133/1866 MHz memory; for networking communications, the NCA-1515 can be configured with different options. For expansion and wireless connectivity via 3G, Wi-Fi or LTE, the NCA-1515 delivers 2x mini-PCIe slots and 1x M.2 2242 slot with dual nano SIM. Other I/O includes 1x RJ45 console, 2x USB 2.0, 1x onboard EMMC (8GB) and 1x optional 2.5” HDD/SSD bay.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous ADLINK: two new CompactPCI 2.0 processor blades with latest Intel Xeon, Core and AtomNext Increasing code flexibility using callbackslast_img read more

14 days agoWaddle urges Tottenham star Alli, Lingard to change approach

first_imgWaddle urges Tottenham star Alli, Lingard to change approachby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChris Waddle says Tottenham star Dele Alli and Manchester UnitedJesse Lingard must find a new approach to their games if they want to return to the England fold.Both players have endured a tough start to the 2019/20 and were recently omitted from Gareth Southgate’s squad for this week’s qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.Speaking to racingpost.com, Waddle said: “The players who have been dropped need to think about having a Plan B. When young players come on to the scene, they get all the headlines and are talked about as though they have been doing it for 400 games. They can have unbelievable seasons but then go off the boil. Players can get lazy and believe the hype.”Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has had a bad injury. He’s a good all-round footballer who acts as an engine for the team and scores goals. I think there’s plenty more to come from him for England if he stays away from injury. Dele Alli has wonderful ability but I just think he has been worked out by opposing coaches. The same goes for Jesse Lingard. It’s time for him to look at his game and work at it on the training ground – it can take as little as 20 minutes per day – and develop a new approach.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more