Duo arrested with illegal gun, ammo in Berbice

first_imgPolice in B Division (Berbice) have arrested two persons after they were found in possession of an illegal firearm along with matching ammunition.The unlicensed .38 revolver and five live matching roundsAccording to Police reports, ranks on patrol duty on Sunday morning around 01:30h, stopped and searched a motor car on the Crabwood Creek Public Road.During the search, the Police Officers discovered an unlicensed .38 revolver and five live matching rounds.The two occupants of the vehicle, one of whom is a Caribbean national, were subsequently arrested and taken into Police custody. They are currently being processed for court.last_img

Can Biomimetics Shed Light on Evolution?

first_imgBiomimetics is part science and part engineering. The scientific part is to observe and understand the structure and function of a living thing. The engineering part is to apply that science into useful products. Science news articles today are claiming that a biomimetic flying machine modeled on insects is shedding light on evolution. Other articles claim the reverse, that evolution can shed light on modern politics. Such claims deserve some scrutiny. Clever engineers at UC Berkeley surely deserve some credit for designing miniature flying machines modeled after insects (see photo on PhysOrg, where you can also watch a 2-minute video of stages in their design process). But what light can intelligent design shed on a blind, unguided process of evolution? After all, the headline reads, “Robotic bug gets wings, sheds light on evolution of flight.” Science Daily offered two possibilities: “although flapping wings significantly increased the speed of running robots, the origin of wings may lie in animals that dwelled in trees rather than on the ground.” It’s not clear this indicates scientific progress. Did running insects learn to fly from the ground up, or did climbing bugs take off from the trees? (This “cursorial vs arboreal” debate exists for the origin of flight in birds, another evolutionary conundrum). But what’s evolution got to do with this at all? The only conclusion that can be drawn is that flying animals and flying robots face similar physical challenges, and display similar adaptations. In the latter case, intelligence was clearly the cause. Why, then, does it mean that blind, purposeless causes can take the credit in the animal case? The only way is through the power of suggestion: Science Daily said that the experiment “could provide an insight into how they evolved in early birds.” Suggestion can lead to belief: “We believe that this result lends indirect support to the theory that avian flight evolved from tree-dwelling animals, and not from land animals that required ground-based running take offs,” said Kevin Peterson, lead author of the paper published in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics. There’s another problem for the evolutionary explanation. According to the PhysOrg report, a fossil record for the evolution of flight is just not there. One author “noted that the most dominant theories on flight evolution have been primarily derived from scant fossil records and theoretical modeling.” So if engineers discover that adding wings on a running robot helps it run a little faster, the only way such a design can “shed light on evolution” is to believe in evolution already. Believers in evolution made another inference this week. PhysOrg announced, “Caveman instincts still play role in choosing political leaders.” According to Gregg Murray, an evolutionary psychologist at Texas Tech, “Some traits and instincts that may have been acquired through evolution continue to manifest themselves in modern life, seemingly irrationally” – such as, they suggested, choosing political leaders based on fitness and stature. How Napoleon came to power was not explained, nor Franklin D. Roosevelt. Murray and his grad student Schmitz, who “focuses on evolutionary psychology” (and apparently not much else in this case), seemed unaware that many evolutionists deny that our alleged caveman genes have any carryover into the modern world. Evolutionists are not the only ones who believe in cavemen, either; there are fully modern cavemen in Cappadocia and others who have taken up that lifestyle throughout history. Finally, Murray and Schmitz appear to have exempted their own evolutionary beliefs from “traits and instincts that may have been acquired through evolution [that] continue to manifest themselves in modern life, seemingly irrationally.” It is not clear, though, on what basis. We really do try to be charitable to the Darwin Party by not snickering or laughing out loud. Sometimes, though, it’s really hard. What is baffling is how the science media can barf out these comical headlines and tall tales in all seriousness.(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Joburg unveils Gandhi statue

first_img2 October 2003The City of Johannesburg marked Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on 2 October by unveiling a bronze statue of him in Gandhi Square in the city centre.Earlier this year sculptor Tinka Christopher won the tender to produce the 2.5 metre statue, which she said took her three months of almost non-stop work to complete.“I worked 10 hours each day, seven days a week, to complete the work in time,” she said.The tall statue depicts Gandhi as a young lawyer in his gown, over a suit, with a book under his arm, looking determinedly forward, with the breeze blowing his cloak to one side. He looks into the centre of the square, and on top of a 5m tall plinth, makes for an imposing figure in the space. The plinth has wooden benches positioned around its base, making it people-friendly.Gandhi practised as an attorney at the Johannesburg Law Courts, which were the city’s first law courts, in what was known as Government Square (now renamed Gandhi Square). The courts were in use until 1911 when the Pritchard Street Supreme Court building was built. They were eventually demolished in 1948 and made way for the city’s main bus terminus, which is still functional.Gandhi arrived in South Africa in 1893, and at first practised law in Johannesburg in the early 1900s. But in time he became more active in resistance politics. He was tried at the Law Courts, convicted and sentenced for pass law offences, among them the call to Indians and Chinese to burn their pass books.He left the country for India in 1914, after having shaped and established his policy of “Satyagraha” or passive resistance.Christopher’s other works around the city include a two-children sculpture in Bank City, a fish eagle at corporate offices in Midrand, and a stallion at Toyota’s offices in Sandton.The winning entry was adjudicated by the advisory committee of the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Proposals were received from three other sculptors: Naomi Jacobson, Ben Omar and Maureen Quin.To prevent the theft of the bronze sculpture, an alarm has been fitted inside the statue, and any vibrations will be immediately picked up, and set off a signal to a security company.The statue went up on Monday and was officially unveiled by Mayor Amos Masondo on Thursday. “It fits the space well,” said Christopher with a satisfied smile when the bubble wrap was removed.Eric Itzkin, the deputy director of Immovable Heritage, said he was pleased with how the statue worked out. “I am happy with the final choice.” The City donated half of the cost of the work, and the rest came from private donations.Meanwhile, Tolstoy Farm, 35 kilometres southwest of Johannesburg, on which Gandhi spent some time living a communal kibbutz existence with a small community of 50 adults and 30 children, is to be recreated as a community centre and museum.Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

Bafana’s World Cup jersey unveiled

first_img12 November 2009Bafana Bafana’s 2010 Fifa World Cup™ jersey has been unveiled. According to jersey sponsors Adidas, South African and German teams spent two years designing the jersey, which includes the South African flag on the front and an African art print on the collar.The jersey is primarily yellow, with green trim, and includes 11 threads to symbolize diversity in unity, as well as modern interpretations of traditional South African artwork.There are two versions of the jersey, known as “Techfit skin-tight” and “Formotion”. Both include “climacool” technology, which helps to control sweating.Speaking at the release of the new strip at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg on Wednesday, Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena said: “It’s a beautiful jersey and we are quite comfortable in it.“We are excited that we were involved in the process when they were designing it. They made 21 different [designs] that we had to choose from.”It is Bafana’s 16th new jersey in the last 11 years, and the team and its fans are hoping it contains a little magic for football’s biggest showpiece.To help build the hype for the World Cup, and to get South African citizens behind the national team, Adidas have made a massive replica of the World Cup jersey, about 60 metres by 48 metres, which can be signed by the country’s citizens. It is meant to reflect their allegiance, along with that of the players.Mike Ntombela of Adidas says the replica jersey is already on sale throughout South Africa. It will retail for R599, while a t-shirt, similar in appearance to the jersey, will sell for R345.The new jersey will be worn for the first time on Saturday, when South Africa and Japan meet in a friendly at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

One Young World Summit hits Joburg

first_imgBrand South Africa CEO Miller Matola attended the launch of One Young World.(Image: Ray Maota) Kofi Anna speaks at the launch of One Young World in Johannesburg.(Image: One Young World)MEDIA CONTACTS • Amanda MahlobiCommunications Officer, Waggener Edstrom+27 11 550 5400.RELATED ARTICLES∙ SA is getting plenty right∙ Unpacking the National Development Plan∙ South Africa to host One Young World 2013∙ Young people: own your destiny!Ray MaotaWorld leaders gathered at South Africa’s Soccer City in Johannesburg, Gauteng, on 2 October to open the One Young World 2013 Youth Summit to encourage global youth leadership.Taking place between 3- 4 October, the One Young World Summit 2013 will see 1 300 young people from around the world descend on the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg to develop solutions to some of society’s most pressing global issues.Youth leadership for changeOne Young World was founded in 2009 by David Jones and Kate Robertson. Jones said: “We are a London-based charity that gathers together young people from around the world, helping them make lasting connections to create positive change.“We stage an annual summit where the young delegates, backed by the One Young World Counsellors, debate and formulate solutions for the pressing issues the world faces.”Topics covered this year will include education; global business; human rights; leadership and government; sustainable development; and youth unemployment.The initiative has worldwide support, with global leaders such as United Nation’s (UN) Secretary General Kofi Annan, Live Aid founder Bob Geldof and Nobel Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus calling for young people to play a more prominent role in tackling global issues.Young people’s commitmentAnnan, who Jones described as the best UN Secretary General to date, praised the ability of today’s youngsters to bring about positive change.“Together with your One Young World colleagues from across the globe, you embody the talent and energy that is driving change, innovation and creativity around the world,” Annan said, complimenting young people’s commitment to changing the world for the better despite their different struggles.“Wherever I have travelled, it has always been the commitment of young people to peace, equity and justice that has given me hope for the future. And there is good reason for your generation to care so deeply about the fate of our planet.“Look, for instance, at the challenge of sustainable development. It will be your generation and your children who will pay the price if we continue to plunder our natural resources, pollute the environment and fail to eradicate poverty and hunger.”Annan added that it as will be the youngsters who will suffer most from the impact of climate change on living standards and quality of life, they should not be shut out from the discussions and decisions that will frame their countries’ future and their lives.Passing on the problemsSir Bob Geldof, who has championed the plight of the poor in Africa, told the 9 000-strong crowd how his generation is failing the next.“Personally I believe we are in a very fraught time now, all generations fail, but my generation, disgracefully, has failed more than others. Coming together today gives a sense of urgency. We meet here in a new country that has proved what positive action can achieve. Last week, in a report that was vaguely noticed, the world’s scientists said we may not get to 2030, we need to address the issues of climate change urgently.”Yunus spoke highly of South Africa’s transition from apartheid to a democratic government and said the world could emulate this.“What South Africa has done – we can do it for the whole world – nobody ever thought apartheid could be over. But South Africa saved humanity’s dignity.”He concluded: “You are lucky to have been born in an age where what was impossible is becoming possible. Each one of you is capable of changing the whole world. Feel that power inside of you and make use of it.”last_img read more

Arunachal Pradesh BJP unit breaks relation with PPA

first_imgThe Arunachal Pradesh BJP unit has severed relations with its North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) partner, the Peoples’ Party of Arunachal (PPA).The announcement to this effect was made by state BJP president Tapir Gao during the state executive meeting of the party here on Thursday. NEDA Convener Himanta Biswa Sarma passed on the decision of the BJP central leaders to break alliance with PPA to Gao, who made the announcement on Thursday, a party release informed here on Friday.“The BJP will treat PPA at par with the Congress as an opponent political party,” the release added.The BJP has 47 MLAs in the Arunachal Pradesh assembly with effective strength of 59 with two independents supporting the party. The PPA has nine MLAs and the Congress has one legislator.The NEDA was formed on May 24, 2016 by BJP along with regional political parties like Naga People’s Front, Sikkim Democratic Front, People’s Party of Arunachal, Asom Gana Parishad and Bodoland People’s Front in Northeast India.The NEDA was formed to protect the interest of the people of the region and also for uniting non-Congress parties in the Northeast.last_img read more