Police stats for this year– serious crime plunges by 10%As 2017 comes to an end, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has revealed that 99 murders were committed up to the end of November compared to 135 during the same period in 2016, a 27 per cent decrease. Of the 99 murders, 48 were deemed disorderly while 16 were as a result of domestic issues; 14 stemmed from robberies; seven were execution style and 12 were as a result of unknown reasons. Two, however, the Police stated were categorised as ‘others’.A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) topped the list with a whopping 35 murders followed by 24 in B Division (Berbice) and 20 in F Division (Lethem and Other Interior Locations). Ten of the 99 murders were committed in C Division (East Coast Demerara); seven in D Division (West Demerara-East Bank Essequibo); two in E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) and one in G Division (Essequibo Coast-Islands).However, the Police in their recent statistics revealed that they have recorded a 10 per cent reduction in serious crimes at the end of November 2017 when compared to the same period last year.In addition to the 27 per cent decrease in murder, there was an 11 per cent increase in robberies where no instruments were used; a 16 per cent decrease in robbery under arms where firearms were used and a five per cent decrease in robbery under arms where instruments other than firearms were used.In addition, the Police stated that robbery with violence dropped by 43 per cent, but there was an increase in robbery with aggravation by 47 per cent and an 11 per cent increase in larceny from the person.Finally, the Police stated that there has been a six per cent decrease in rape; a 3 per cent decrease in burglary and a 16 per cent decrease in break and enter and larceny.With respect to gun seizures, the Force has confiscated 115 illegal firearms when compared to 97 for the corresponding period last year. Of these, 66 were pistols, 19 were revolvers, 18 were shotguns and 12 were rifles.Again, A Division topped the list with 51 seizures; there were 28 guns seized in F Division; 13 in B Division, 10 in C Division and eight from D Division. Only five guns were seized from E Division.Meanwhile, the Police revealed that up to the end of November 2017, 97 persons have lost their lives owing to accidents when compared to 115 for the corresponding period last year, a 16 per cent decrease. Of the 97 fatalities, only two were children. October was listed as the most deadly month on Guyana’s roadways.Speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol along with inattentiveness were the three main causes of the fatal accidents, followed by failure to confirm to signs and pedestrians crossing in the path of approaching vehicles.Over the past 11 months, the Police have charged a total of 69,976 persons for various offences. Twenty-three thousand, six hundred and sixteen cases were made out for speeding; 3297 for breach of conditions of road service licence/music, 1751 for driving under the influence of alcohol, 1051 for using cell phone while driving, 1062 for breach of traffic light signal, 1543 for tinted motor vehicles, 701 for unlicensed drivers, 1880 for failing to wear seat belt, 1050 for dangerous driving, 1105 for careless driving, 739 for failing to wear safety helmet, 1979 for overloaded minibuses, 1519 for obstruction of traffic, 1834 for failing to confirm to sign, 1660 for crossing double yellow line sand 25, 189 for other traffic-related offences.
Philosophical questions about “reality” are fun if not practical. But we need a concept of reality in order to function practically.“Get real!” we challenge one another. Most of us believe in external reality. The “correspondence theory” of truth posits that our sensations, however flawed, correspond with what’s really out there in the external world, even if the signals go through multiple layers of processing and translation from source to brain.Consider what mathematics represents. Is it a fictional, self-consistent system in the mind, or does it correspond to the universe? That question was asked by four neuroscientists at UC San Diego’s Kavli Institute for the Brain and Mind (see NewsWise press release). The question of whether humans create mathematics or discover it is debated in the article. Max Tegmark takes the position that the universe is inherently mathematical:“[N]ature is clearly giving us hints that the universe is mathematical,” says Tegmark, professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and member of MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. According to Tegmark, many mathematicians even feel that they don’t invent mathematical structures, “they just discover them—that these mathematical structures exist independently of humans.”Tegmark also points out this isn’t just interesting as an academic idea; if correct, then mathematics has a special role for advancing human knowledge.“If math is inherent out in the universe, then mathematics can give us hints for solving future problems in physics,” Tegmark says. “If we really believe that nature is fundamentally mathematical, then we should look for mathematical patterns and regularities when we come across phenomena that we don’t understand. This problem-solving approach has been at the heart of physics’ success for the past 500 years.“Some philosophers will complain that Tegmark’s response is question-begging, but then one could reply to the philosophers, asking whether their own responses are real.Tanya Lewis, in an article on Live Science “Reality Check: Is Our Universe Real?” scares readers into questioning the obvious: “Perhaps our human senses are deceiving us — maybe existence is an illusion, and reality isn’t real.” The problem with that view is that it is self-refuting. It leads to solipsism, the idea that only oneself exists. But even that thought might be an illusion. In any case, who is Lewis talking to if that is the case, but herself? “What humans perceive as reality may be no more than an illusion,” she concludes. “But in the end, maybe that doesn’t matter.”It surely does matter, though, if one wants to conduct science. Belief in external reality and the validity of the laws of logic are preconditions of science, without which a scientist is wasting his or her time. One cannot “understand” something that doesn’t exist.The major science journals, however, continue to promote materialist views that equate the mind with the brain. In Nature, for instance, Chris Frith gave good press to Patricia Churchland’s new book promoting monism, Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain. Recently the National Academy of Sciences held a Sackler Colloquium called “In the Light of Evolution VII: The Human Mental Machinery.” It included John Searle’s views on Theory of Mind and other papers assuming the mind evolved by Darwinian processes of selection. No one seemed to ask, if Darwinism is true, how they could know natural selection produced the mind, including its thoughts that the mind evolved.Other questions pop up from the proposition that the mind is essentially material.What is consciousness? A recent paper in PNAS assumes human consciousness evolved and differs only in degree, not in kind, from that of the animals. Materialists have a burden to prove their consciousness accords with reality.What is scientific evidence, and how can we trust it? A PhysOrg article assumes scientists can be objective and unbiased – loaded words for an evolved monkey’s brain.What is reason, compared with madness, and who decides who is mad? (see Science book review about psychiatry’s controversial diagnostic manual DSM-5). Materialists must convince skeptics that they are the sane ones, yet it would be insane to consider reason or logic as evolvable entities.What is justice and fairness? Another PNAS paper considers those moral qualities nothing more than game theory applied to animal behavior. Honesty, though, is another precondition for science. The authors must convince their readers they are interested in the truth, not just playing games.Materialistic explanations undermine their own assumptions by borrowing the correspondence theory of truth without justifying it, and acting as if dualism is true, even as they deny it. The brain is so complex, as an article in Nature about a new “mapping the brain” project attests, it seems the height of brashness to assume it excretes “mind” as a substance, a kind of truth serum. We use the mind to approach the brain, but whether the brain (as a physical object) can approach the mind – an entity in the realm of concepts – is a deeper conundrum the materialist cannot escape.Only the Biblical worldview allows a consistent framework for doing science. One must believe that God, who cannot lie, created a logical, mathematically-structured reality, and gave His creatures the capacity to explore and understand it. Otherwise, if it is the result of a blind evolutionary process, how can one trust the sensations of a physical brain that emerged only for survival? This conundrum troubled Darwin (5/09/13) and is amply discussed in the Discovery Institute Book The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism and Society, a good read. With Bible in hand, the world becomes comprehensible. Math works. Reality is approachable through our intelligently-designed senses that were given to us for the purpose of knowing truth. Though we may not discover truth exhaustively, we can approach it authentically. (Visited 89 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more
If other food such as vegetables are notavailable to supplement the diet, a staplefood such as sorghum, fortified withimproved nutritional value, can reduce theincidence of malnutrition.(Image: Wikipedia)Wilma den HartighFor millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa sorghum is a staple food. It is popular because it is one of the few crops that grow well in arid regions, but it lacks essential nutrients and has poor protein digestibility.Now South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has been given the go-ahead by the government to begin greenhouse trials on a new strain of sorghum that has been genetically modified to be enriched with essential nutrients – a process known as biofortification. The trials will be of great value to many people in African countries who cultivate the crop.Scientific evidence from the CSIR proves that deficiencies in essential micronutrients such as iron, zinc, vitamin A and others, can cause impaired immune systems, blindness, low birth weight, impaired neuropsychological development and growth stunting.Dr Menere Shargie, a sorghum breeder at the Agricultural Research Council Grain Crops Institute, said the bio-fortification of sorghum is essential, particularly for the poor.“If you don’t have other food such as vegetables to supplement your diet, a fortified staple with improved nutritional value can reduce the incidence of malnutrition,” Shargie said.Dr Gatsha Mazithulela, executive director of the CSIR Biosciences and member of the Africa Biofortified Sorghum (ABS) Project steering committee welcomed the South African Government’s decision.Mazithulela said it affirms that various branches of government are united in their policy to develop biotechnology as a key driver for economic growth, job creation and to sustain South Africa’s leadership in science and technology on the continent.The research council is one of the scientific contributors in the international research initiative to nutritionally enhance grain sorghum for use in Africa. It brings together seven African and two US organisations. The South African partners include the CSIR, the Agricultural Research Council and the University of Pretoria.The project is funded by a grant from the Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative, with a budget of US$18.6-million over a period of five years. The Gates Foundation launched the initiative in 2003, to help apply innovation in science and technology to one of the greatest health problems in the developing world.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesTop award for Rhodes scientist All eyes on SA’s new super spud Sweet deal for cocoa farmers ‘Miracle’ rice fights African hunger SA scientists find plant barcode Biotech research lab in SA Useful linksCouncil for Scientific and Industrial ResearchGrand Challenges in Global HealthBill and Melinda Gates Foundation read more
La Salle big man Ben Mbala with an emphatic dunk against Adamson in his first game in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion La Salle blew a big lead before holding off Adamson, 85-73, to remain undefeated in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.The Green Archers welcomed back Ben Mbala, who announced his return in style with a 32 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pradera continues to dominate PAL field “As expected, even you guys expected to see a game like this from Ben after his stint in the league he just played in,” Ayo said of his prized big man, who averaged 21.8 points and 9.3 rebounds for Cameroon in this year’s Afrobasket.Adamson trailed by as much as 24 points before pulling within seven points several times in the second half, the last instance was when Jerie Pingoy set up Papi Sarr for a gimme that made it, 75-68, with still 5:43 left.Sarr, who is still trying to regain his top form after suffering from a groin injury just before the season started, came away with 12 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Falcons, who dropped to 1-2.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Mbala picked up where he left off last season where he won the MVP award, and La Salle needed every bit of its Cameroonian import’s production down the stretch with Adamson mounting a spirited rally in the fourth quarter.“That was a bad win. we started strong but down the stretch, we committed lots of mistakes,” DLSU head coach Aldin Ayo told reporters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“The problem was really our execution. The players thought the game was already over after the first half that’s why in the second half, in the fourth quarter our youth, our immaturity showed,” Ayo said.But Mbala, fresh off an impressive play with Cameroon in the Fiba Afrobasket, kept the Archers steady amid the Falcons’ run in the final frame. He scored seven timely points in the fourth quarter, including a contested drive that pushed his team’s lead back to 11, 79-68, with 4:36 remaining. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges read more
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TIP-INSJazz: Improved to 8-4 in the first of back-to-back games this season. … The first basket of the game for the Jazz came when Mitchell drove across the lane and delivered a no-look bounce pass to Favors for a dunk. … G Raul Neto entered in the second quarter, his first game since Feb. 27 because of hamstring tightness. He played 11 minutes.Suns: Recalled rookie guard Elie Okobo from Northern Arizona of the G-League. … Head coach Igor Kokoskov was on Snyder’s staff at Missouri in 1999-2000, and with the Jazz from 2015-18. … The Suns have lost five straight to the Jazz overall, and play Utah twice more this season.UP NEXTJazz: Return home to host Minnesota on Thursday night.Suns: At the Houston Rockets on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heated 2nd half run propels Miami to romp of Pistons View comments Utah led by 21 in the fourth quarter, pulling away after Phoenix tied it at 75 late in the third. Mitchell hit a 3-pointer with 2:57 left to make it 105-89.Ricky Rubio returned to the Jazz after missing two games with left hip tightness. He played 22 minutes and had six points and four assists.All three of Gobert’s field goals in the first quarter were dunks, and with 52 seconds left in the period he delivered a look-away bounce pass to Jae Crowder for a layup.The Suns led by four in the second, but the Jazz surged ahead with a 9-0 run. Another dunk by Gobert off a lob from Rubio made it 48-41 with 1:54 left in the first half.Mitchell’s 3 with 21 seconds remaining made it 53-41, and the Jazz led by 10 at halftime. Gobert had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end “Our bigs have been solid all year long and they raised their level,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “A good night for those guys.”Utah went ahead by 14 early in the third quarter, but the Suns put together a 12-2 run to make it 59-55 with 8:29 to go.The crowd was buzzing even two possessions after Phoenix big man Richaun Holmes threw down a windmill dunk with his left hand with 3:39 to go in the third, cutting the Jazz lead to 72-66.A pair of free throws by Booker tied it at 75 with 30 seconds left. Joe Ingles hit a 3 out of the corner for a 78-75 lead for the Jazz at the end of three quarters.“We have to move forward. We have had a pretty good stretch here in previous games and you have to keep building on that,” Booker said. “You are going to have lumps in the road but you’ve got to keep going and punch the clock every day.”PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTSSnyder was asked before the game about the recent incident in Salt Lake City involving Thunder star Russell Westbrook and comments from a fan in the stands. The fan was banned from attending events at Vivint Smart Home Arena.“Anytime you have an incident that is unfortunate, you hope that there can be a catalyst for positive change,” Snyder said.T’D UPOubre was whistled for a technical foul for shouting at an official as he walked to the bench with blood trickling out of his nose just before halftime. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) drives as Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — Donovan Mitchell knows his team is in good position as it pursues a Western Conference playoff spot. He just wasn’t sure exactly where the Utah Jazz were in the standings, until right before Wednesday night’s game.“I really don’t pay attention to that stuff this time of year,” Mitchell said after leading the Jazz to a 114-97 win over the Phoenix Suns. “I try my best not to, because it allows you to get all distracted. We just want to focus on game to game.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Mitchell scored 16 of his 26 points in the second half and Derrick Favors added 18 for Utah. Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 20 rebounds as the Jazz ended a two-game skid and pulled into a tie with the Los Angeles Clippers for the seventh seed in the West.Utah dominated on the boards, outrebounding Phoenix 52-35.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“The goal is just to find our rhythm and keep getting better,” Gobert said. “Guys did a great job boxing out their man, and when you do that you get a lot of rebounds. It’s more about our defense.”Devin Booker’s 27 points led the Suns, who came back from 14 down in the third quarter to tie the score but couldn’t push past the Jazz in the fourth. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 18 points and Tyler Johnson had 15 for the last-place Suns, who had won four of five. read more
Giridhar JhaWhen Jitan Ram Manjhi was handpicked by then chief minister Nitish Kumar to be his successor earlier this year, observers were quick to dismiss him as a dummy candidate. Dubbing his appointment as a stop-gap arrangement in Bihar, they expected him to work silently until the next elections.But Manjhi has proved them wrong and that, too, within three months. The 69-year-old leader, who happens to be the first-ever chief minister from the Mushhar community, is speaking his mind , even though his remarks have created controversies and, at times, caused embarrassment to his party and Nitish Kumar.Although Manjhi has shown unflinching loyalty to Nitish, admitting he had become the chief minister solely because of his predecessor, he has not desisted from doing or saying what he wants at the same time. This is not the hallmark of someone who is supposed to be “governed” by others.But is Manjhi doing it deliberately to jettison his image of a “remote-controlled” chief minister or is he harbouring bigger ambitions? Is he trying to carve out his own, independent niche in state politics by making controversial remarks? Even though his motive is not yet clear, he definitely knows his mind.Bihar CM Jitan Ram ManjhiThe chief minister was unambiguous the other day when he talked about the “failure” of the Nitish government to rein in corruption despite its enviable track record on the development front. He also had no qualms in launching a slew of welfare schemes for Gaya, his home district, on the plea that Nitish had metamorphosed his native Nalanda district in a similar way.Manjhi’s candid remarks have predictably not gone down well with other Janata Dal(United) leaders, but he has certainly succeeded in diverting the spotlight away from Nitish. In just three months after taking over the reins of the government, he has proved he is not your dummy chief minister who will remain tight-lipped throughout his term in office.advertisementThere is no denying the fact that most of the JD(U) leaders in his place would have been content following the dictates of Nitish and waiting for their tenures to come to an an end. But Manjhi appears to have his own agenda. Despite carrying forward Nitish’s development agenda vigorously, he is ensuring his interests are being met.Manjhi, as a matter-of-fact, has been no pushover in politics over the years. As a seasoned Mahadalit leader, he has been a minister in different governments for a long time. Even in the Nitish Kumar cabinet, he performed well as the minister for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. It was during his tenure that the state government set up the Mahadalit commission and implemented its recommendations for the uplift of the most marginalised sections of society. If Nitish expected him to remain in the sidelines while discharging his duties as the chief minister, he has made a wrong decision.Still, Manjhi has his limits. Regardless of his performance, he knows it well that he will have to vacate his throne for Nitish if the JD(U) returns to power in the next Assembly polls.But Manjhi would certainly like to leave his mark as an independent-thinking chief minister. He may not be aspiring to become another Nitish Kumar, but he would definitely like to evolve as the second best choice for the chief minister’s post in the party on the basis of his performance during his tenure at the helm.BIG HERO: Suman Kumar Ranjt shows everyone that nothing is impossible.Polio-afflicted braveheart scales Patna’s tallest buildingForty one-year-old physically challenged Suman Kumar Ranjit recently climbed down from an 18-storey building in Patna to prove that disability was no handicap for him. The braveheart from Patna descended down the 71-metre-high Biscomaun Towers, the tallest building in the state capital, with the help of ropes under a programme called Mission Impossible, which was organised by the Disabled Sports and Welfare Academy.Suman, who has been afflicted with polio since birth, has dysfunctional legs and a right hand. Nevertheless, within an hour he came down to the ground from the topmost floor of the highrise.Hundreds of people lined up along the road near Gandhi Maidan in front of Biscomaun Towers holding their breath as Suman, secured with safety belts, slid down on the rope successfully. “I wanted to help generate confidence in differently abled people that nothing is impossible to achieve if one has the determination,” he said, “After all, where there is will there is a way.”advertisementSuman had earlier succeeded in performing similar feats from the 29-metre-high Golghar, a historic granary, twice in 1994 and 2006.One of the state’s most famous monuments, Golghar, is not known much outside BiharSocial media to promote Bihar monumentGolghar is to Patna what the Taj Mahal is to Agra and the Charminar to Hyderabad. But while the famous historic monuments of the other cities have attracted a large number of tourists, this 18th century granary, which was built after a devastating famine of 1770 in Bihar, remains neglected.The Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation has started a selfie contest to popularise Golghar among youngsters through social networking sites. Under an innovative campaign called, Golghar: Meri Virasat, Meri Pehchan (Golghar: My heritage, my identity), the corporation has invited people to upload their selfies clicked with the Golghar in the background on the official Facebook page on the famous monument. The selfie which will get the maximum ‘likes’ on the page will be rewarded later this month. The contest has generated tremendous enthusiasm among the people, especially youngsters, who are making a beeline to get their selfies clicked in front of the monument.Golghar was built after the catastrophic famine of 1770 which had claimed the lives of lakhs of people in Bihar and Bengal. Built by Captain John Garstin, a military engineer with East India Company, the 29-metre-high granary has a storage capacity of 140,000 tonnes, but it could never be filled to full capacity because of its faulty design. It, however, emerged as a symbol of Patna over the decades by offering visitors a panoramic view of the entire city from its rooftop.Union Minister for Law and Information Technology Ravi Shankar PrasadUNION MINISTER for Law and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad relived old times during a recent visit to his hometown. The BJP leader visited the Patna High Court where he had begun his career as a young lawyer. On a trip down memory lane, Prasad met lawyers with whom he had worked for many years. During his two-hour-long visit, Prasad shunned security and interacted freely with all the lawyers here who were very happy to see him. read more