The ‘good life’ posse now in denial

first_imgDear Editor,It is quite ironic that over the past years, at least after the 2011 General and Regional Elections, a parliamentary majority has always been defined by a vote of 33:32 but not unexpectedly, but quite Quixotic, the recent support of the No-confidence Motion by a vote of 33:32 is not seen as a majority by the losers of the ‘good life’. The ‘good life’ posse are now in denial. According to lawyer cum mathematician, Nigel Hughes, a majority vote in Guyana’s Parliament of 65 members is now deemed to be 34 and not 33. The number of members as determined by the National Assembly is 65.This learned legal luminary should know that the reason why there are 65 members in the National Assembly rather than 66 is because of the need to avoid a tie and so frustrate the functions of this supreme law-making body of the land. This is no accident and certainly not coincidental and Hughes’ vast knowledge of constitutional laws and its interpretation should afford him an accurate analysis and interpretation of Article 106 (6) which unambiguously states that, ‘The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of ALL elected members of the National Assembly’. The ‘elected members’ totalled 65 and a majority is 33. When the Opposition, on August 15, 2014, tabled a ‘no-confidence’ brought about by Nagamootoo against the PPP/C Government the majority would have been deemed to be 33 if Parliament was not prorogued by then President Donald Ramotar. No one at the time had argued that if the ‘no-confidence’ was put to the vote that 34 votes would have been needed. Therefore, the pertinent question is: Has this ‘majority’ changed on December 21, 2018? It is quite asinine to now think that this is so since the law is not such a jackass although it may be an ass sometimes!Furthermore, all the Budget cuts after the 2011 General Elections should have to now be deemed illegal, the passing of the Budgets after 2015 should all be deemed illegal since all were voted with a majority of 33:32. The Constitution is not about rounding of figures since a member cannot be halved and subjected to the rounding off. The vote of 33:32 is a clear majority and many organisations recognises this fact, hence the reason for electing odd numbers so as not to stymie and obstruct the fulfilment of the functions of such organisations where voting on decisions are inevitable and vital.Some questions need to be answered: What would have been the case if the Government side obtained 33 votes? Would Nigel Hughes have said that they needed 34? Or would the ‘No-confidence’ Motion be struck down by the Speaker? Of course the ‘No-confidence’ Motion would have been defeated! All the members on the Government side knew this and commanded their members to the point of threatening them that they should vote ‘no’! The high drama, the liberal use of expletives by the Government MPs, their uncouth and unprofessional behaviour of some supported this. They knew that the 33:32 is all that is needed, but now is time to deny that the false confidence of ‘bring it on’ has now resulted in no confidence.It is heartening to see that the Guyana Bar Association has condemned and totally rejected the ‘unofficial calculation of the no-confidence’ and has called for elections by March. The Association ‘urged Guyanese to ignore Attorney-at-law Nigel Hughes’ calculation that 34 of the 65 votes in the National Assembly are needed’ to pass that motion. I do believe that Hughes should have been more circumspect about his premature public utterance which may have resulted in possibly grave outcome. Ralph Ramkarran admitted making an error and withdrew similar statements made and I do feel that Hughes should do the same since the no-confidence vote is final!Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo has led his people out of People’s National Congress bondage in just three and a half years, the biblical Moses took 40 years to lead his people to the Promised Land. Guyanese are now in sight of the ‘good life’ in 2019 and should not allow traitors like those in the AFC to snatch this away from them!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region Sixlast_img read more

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Source: Antonio Brown will be an Oakland Raider

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Antonio Brown will be an Oakland Raider.Brown posted two pictures on his Instagram account late Saturday night, one of him in a Raiders jersey and one of him with Raiders quarterback Derek Carr at the Pro Bowl with the caption, “Love at first Sight.”A source confirmed the Raiders acquired Brown from the Steelers in a blockbuster trade that gives quarterback Derek Carr a No. 1 target he badly needed.last_img

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Mike Yastrzemski receives standing ovation from Red Sox fans in Fenway Park debut

first_imgBOSTON — Mike Yastrzemski grew up dreaming of the day he’d play at Fenway Park.When he came to the plate in the top of the first inning on Tuesday evening, Red Sox fans helped him savor a moment he’s been waiting for his whole life.Yastrzemski, the grandson of Hall of Fame Red Sox slugger Carl Yastrzemski, received a warm ovation before his first career at-bat against the Red Sox.A Yaz at Fenway Park will always warrant an ovation. pic.twitter.com/1hkgadMjzF — MLB (@MLB) September …last_img read more

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Origin of Life: How Dry I Am?

first_imgStephen Benner (U of Florida) has stopped looking for life in water.  A researcher into the evolutionary origin of life, he understands that “water is a terrible solvent for life” – not life as we know it today, he means, but life at the beginning.  This sounds strange, considering most astrobiologists believe in a “follow the water” approach to finding life in space.  In Nature,1 he explained:Benner points out that water is generally not a good solvent for doing organic chemistry – which is, in the end, what life is all about.  For one thing, water is rather reactive, tending to split apart the bonds that link the building blocks of biomolecules together.  It readily breaks peptide bonds, for example, as well as many of the bonds in nucleic acids, such as RNA.  “The structure of RNA screams ‘I did not arise in water!’” Benner asserts.  He says that in about four out of five cases, synthetic organic chemists will avoid using water as a solvent.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Benner shared his ideas at a conference in Italy earlier this year.  Philip Ball investigated his ideas in the article, but puzzled over what Benner said and what we know about how life utilizes water:But of course organic chemists aren’t usually trying to create life.  Water has many properties that seem indispensable for the functioning of proteins and cells.  It is an excellent solvent for ions, for example – crucial for nerve signalling, enzymatic processes, biomineralization and the behaviour of DNA.  It is also a master of weak intermolecular interactions such as hydrogen bonds and hydrophobic forces.  The latter play a central role in protein folding and protein-protein interactions, whereas the former often act as bridges between protein binding sites and their substrates.  And water’s ability to absorb and lose heat without undergoing a large temperature change provides thermal cushioning, shielding cells and organisms from wild temperature swings.    No other known liquid combines all of these properties.Because water is an enemy at the origin of life but an indispensable friend for sustaining it, chemical evolutionists have a conundrum on their hands.  As an escape, they are asking “what if” questions about whether life could have arisen in other solvents.Asking such ‘what if’ questions might seem strange to biologists and chemists, but it is far more common in cosmology or physics [see 08/16/2005].  For cosmologists, the physical Universe seems to be precariously fine-tuned to make life possible.  For example, the fine-structure constant, which determines the strength of electromagnetic interactions, is not fixed by any known fundamental theory; and yet if it was ten times larger, stable atoms could not exist….He [John Finney, University College, London] adds that “the fine-tuning argument with respect to water is a far more complex problem than that in astrophysics.  Without knowing what aspects of water are important, I suspect we are doing little more than speculating.”Others at the conference thought Benner was putting the cart before the horse: “life on Earth is adapted to water rather than the other way round,” they agreed.  Benner, meanwhile, beset by the problems with RNA and proteins in water, is going to investigate uncharted territory: dry, frozen worlds with liquid methane, perhaps, like Titan (08/09/2005, 01/21/2005), or ones of his own making:Benner is participating in a US National Academies panel funded by NASA that is looking at possible alternative chemistries for life, and which he hopes will identify research directions that funding agencies can pursue.  He believes that researchers should aim high – to create life forms that do not reproduce the chemistry that is found on Earth.  In other words, if we can’t easily get to other worlds, we should build them here.1Philip Ball, “Water and Life: Seeking the Solution,” Nature, 436, 1084-1085 (25 August 2005) | doi: 10.1038/4361084a.Steven Benner should know better.  He knows more than most evolutionists how many and intractable are the problems with chemical evolution; the problems are so bad, in fact, that he joked that they are almost enough to make one consider becoming a creationist (see 11/05/2004 entry).  Now that is really bad to a Darwinist!  Nothing could be worse.    Articles like this are useful to show that creationists and intelligent design advocates are not making things up when they talk about the fine-tuning of the laws of physics and the impossibility of getting life by chance.  Here you have it in the evolutionists’ own words.  There is nothing to show for a century of speculation – only futureware.    Cynics will undoubtedly follow not the water, but the money.  Chemical evolution has no real use for water, methane, or any other solvent, really; the thing that lubricates it is funding.  It’s what gave the charlatan Sidney Fox his fifteen years of fame (01/07/2005), and is keeping Astrobiology the slickest new drainpipe for NASA dollars.  Without funding, the Darwinian storytelling enterprise (12/22/2003) would dry up, and the bums would have to work in the real world.  Meanwhile, it’s your tax dollars at work.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Laptops for South Africa’s teachers

first_imgThe initiative aims to ensure that every teacher owns and uses a laptop, by providing them with a monthly allowance to cover the costs of purchase and internet connectivity. Teachers across South Africa have welcomed the roll-out of the Teacher Laptop Initiative, saying they are looking forward to sharing ideas, learning from each other and improving the quality of teaching in the country. “Education remains a tried and tested vehicle to take learners out of the vicious cycle of poverty, and the laptops have potential to expose our teachers to levels they have never been before,” Ramasehla said. “We commend the Education Labour Relations Council for taking a bold step to assist teachers,” Ntola said, adding that well trained and supported teachers would lead to quality of education delivery. Choice of packages Teachers participating in the initiative are required to use their laptops both in their teaching and their administration. “It helps us to work smart,” said Mthunzi Mbewane, a grade 8 and 9 teacher from Mkhatshwa Junior Secondary School in KwaZulu-Natal. “We will benefit a lot from the laptops as we will get information to assist us in improving our teaching skills. 20 July 2010 “With this initiative, teachers will be able to share ideas and learn from each other on the methods they use in their schools to improve the standard of learning, especially for under-performing schools,” Mbewane said. National Professional Teacher’s Organisation President Ezra Ramasehla said the laptops would make a difference in helping teachers to deliver quality service in the classrooms. Each qualifying teacher will be given a monthly allowance of R130, and will have to add the rest. The laptop package includes school administration materials and the national curriculum, as well as internet connectivity.center_img “Currently we have 80% information on learners in the data and next year we will have 100% and be able to track all of them,” he said. Suppliers include Dell, Fujitsu Siemens, HP, Lenovo, LG, Mecer, Pinnacle, Sahara, Cell C, MTN, Telkom and Vodacom. Launching the initiative in Pretoria last week, Deputy Education Minister Enver Surty said it would enable teachers to access data information and be able to use it in their schools. On Thursday, teachers countrywide got a brief lesson on computer literacy, e-mail, internet and various software packages. South African Democratic Teachers Union President Thobile Ntola welcomed the initiative, saying that the technology would allow the department to circulate information directly to the teachers. Improving teaching quality Working smart As from this week, qualifying teachers will be able to buy laptops from suppliers accredited to participate in the initiative. They have a choice of packages ranging from R250 to R390 a month from suppliers that have been accredited by the department. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Indo-Pak meet on Kartarpur corridor

first_imgOfficials from Pakistan and India on Monday held a meeting to discuss the modalities for a corridor linking Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur across the border. The meeting lasted for about two hours and a host of issues pertaining to the building of the corridor were discussed, an official said. The meeting took place at the Kartarpur Zero Point. The group from the Indian side had officials from the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Land Ports Authority of India, National Highways Authority of India, among others, the official said. Earlier in April, technical experts and foreign office officials from both the sides had participated in the talks held at the same venue.last_img read more

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Assam temple bids adieu to turtle hatchlings

first_imgFor the first time since it was established 294 years ago, a temple in Guwahati has let its presiding deity play second fiddle to the offspring of its resident reptiles — the rare black softshell turtle (Nilssonia nigricans).The Ugratara Temple, one of the city’s landmarks, organised a special darshan of 34 hatchlings of the freshwater turtle on Sunday. Members of the temple committee and devotees turned up for what was essentially a ceremony to welcome and bid goodbye to these hatchlings.The welcome was because the eggs of black softshell were collected from temple ponds for incubation at the Assam State Zoo. And the goodbye was because these hatchlings will be reintroduced in the wild, never to return.“It was a sort of homecoming for the progeny of the turtles that have been part of our lives in Jorpukhuri,” said Kailash Sarma, member of the temple committee. Jorpukhuri translates into twin tanks, one of which abuts Ugratara Temple that is dedicated to Goddess Tara, a ‘fiery’ avatar of Kali.“The black softshell turtle is extinct in the wild. The few that remain are in the ponds of some temples in Assam. We started the conservation programme by involving the temples and collected the eggs in December last year. Of the 70 eggs, 34 hatched in the zoo about 10 days ago,” Jayaditya Purkayastha of conservation NGO Help Earth told The Hindu.“We were sad to let the hatchlings, the pride of our temple, go back to the zoo. But it is heartening to know they are going away for the greater cause of reintroducing the species into the wild,” said Parameswar Sarma, the chief priest. He agreed that the ponds are too crowded for the hatchlings to be brought back.Target 1,000A similar homecoming of 11 hatchlings of the equally endangered Indian roofed turtle (Pangshura tecta) and the Indian tent turtle (Pangshura tentoria) was organised at the Hayagriv Madhab Temple in Hajo, about 30 km west of Guwahati. Help Earth members had collected 150 eggs of these two turtle species a few months ago.“We have identified 18 temple ponds and we can hope to reintroduce 1,000 freshwater turtles into the wild every year if we can have a nodal network of at least 15 of these ponds. Incubating the eggs away from the ponds was necessary because of the low hatching rate in the ponds,” Mr. Purkayastha said. The eggs of the freshwater turtles have a soft shell. Unlike rivers or natural water bodies where they lay eggs a foot under silt, the clayey bottom of the ponds forces the turtles to lay eggs on the surface. Only about 20% of the eggs laid in these ponds hatch because of other factors such as shallowness and resultant water temperature.last_img read more

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Mom is your best friend go tell her you love her

first_imgLove her verballyEspecially men have the philosophy—I don’t have to say I love you, she already knows it. I SHOW love, not just say it…and that may be true, but a woman needs to hear those words, “I Love You!” Moms need to hear it too…and saying it makes you more of a man, not less! Let’s tell her a warm – I LOVE YOU! Love her physicallyWhen’s the last time you gave her a big hug …or a kiss on the cheek, or a neck rub, or just sat on the couch and held her for a change? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’She’s the first person who ever touched you…she wrapped you up in her womb for months, and you came out and first priority was to hold you, and she cuddled you, stroked your head, rubbed your feet, held your little cheeks against her, gave you a finger to grasp…in love she did all these things.  Just HUG her once and keep hugging her.Love her patientlyMothers have an incredible job without any pay.  No position in the business world compares to the physical, emotional, and spiritual commitment she has in motherhood. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixShe rises up at break of day and through her tasks she races. Here’s the point, in spite of all she does for us, we often become impatient with her…we get so used to her taking care of things and we come to expect it. Love her patiently. Because she’s tender to your needs is no reason to take advantage of her, it’s reason to be patient and to loveher all the more!Love her attentivelyMothers listen as you pour out your heart…she has a sympathetic ear, and always has…and even as an adult you’ve gone to her when you want someone who will really listen and understand…and she’ll always be on your side.It’s no wonder we like to talk to mom…she listens…but now she has issues, and now it’s your turn to be her “rock”…and take time to listen…it’s payback time! In their older days, our parents have many fears / anxieties…may we treat them as we’d hope to be treated when we are in their shoes! Love her honourablyIf father is the head of the home, then the mother is the heart…don’t break her heart!Respect her position and always ensure to gift her smile, her happiness and peace of mind. As children, its our responsibilty to honor her.  Lord, help us never to be too busy for mom, take time and great effort for her to love her while we have her in our life! Her value is priceless and beyond any words or deeds.Have a love or life query  you cannot find an answer to?  Send your questions to –  [email protected]last_img read more

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