Brothers tortured, shot dead in Region 1

first_imgThe lifeless bodies of two brothers were discovered on Thursday morning at Father’s Beach, North West District (NWD), with several gunshot and chop wounds about their bodies.The men have been identified as Eon and Rakesh Mathias. Based on reports received, the two brothers left home on Wednesday to go fishing.Region One Police Divisional Commander Wendell BlanhumHowever, between 14:00h and 14:30h, residents in close proximity to the location (including the brothers’ relatives) heard the sound of rapid gunfire. As a result, the father of the two men raised an alarm since it was an unusual occurrence.A report was made to the Police, who in turn contacted the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guards, for assistance. The area was searched but there were no signs of the two brothers and the vessel they were using to fish.Fearing for the worst, the father returned to his community to update other relatives and friends that the young men had disappeared.It was on Thursday morning that persons in the area noticed the bodies of the two brothers lying along Father’s Beach foreshore. Without hesitation, the Police were contacted and the ranks immediately cordoned off the area.Speaking with Guyana Times after the discovery, Divisional Commander in that area, Wendell Blanhum, related that there were several gunshots wounds about the brothers’ bodies.In addition, he noted that one of the men sustained chops wounds, which meant that the two brothers might have been tortured before they were shot and killed.He confirmed that up to late Thursday afternoon, the detectives were continuing their investigations. The bodies are expected to be transported to the Mabaruma Hospital Mortuary awaiting post-mortem.last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Volunteer anglers wanted for Klamath River study

first_imgThe California Department of Fish and Wildlife is putting its money where its mouth is. Stemming from the backlash of the California Fish and Game Commission’s decision to close a stretch of the Klamath River to fishing from the mouth of Blue Creek to downstream one-half mile, it is now making good on a promise to study the effects of water temperature and the catch and release mortality of steelhead. These studies come on the heels of the recent modification by the commission when it changed …last_img read more

Peer Review Is Unscientific

first_imgA reviewer of peer review says our reverence for the practice borders on mysticism, not science.Drummond Rennie has had a lot of experience reviewing peer review. He has seen the seedy side: fraud, plagiarism, destroyed careers. In Nature, he calls to “make peer review scientific” — a startling appeal about a practice assumed to represent a hallmark of science.Peer review is touted as a demonstration of the self-critical nature of science. But it is a human system. Everybody involved brings prejudices, misunderstandings and gaps in knowledge, so no one should be surprised that peer review is often biased and inefficient. It is occasionally corrupt, sometimes a charade, an open temptation to plagiarists. Even with the best of intentions, how and whether peer review identifies high-quality science is unknown. It is, in short, unscientific.A long time ago, scientists moved from alchemy to chemistry, from astrology to astronomy. But our reverence for peer review still often borders on mysticism. For the past three decades, I have advocated for research to improve peer review and thus the quality of the scientific literature. Here are some reflections on that winding, rocky path, and some thoughts about the road ahead.Rennie opens a gory box of actual instances of abuse he has seen, and calls abuses widespread. Even clinical trials do not escape his prosecution:Thanks to such research, we now know a great deal about the mechanics of peer review — the time taken to appraise papers, rates of disagreement between reviewers, the cost at certain journals, even the occurrence of misconduct during review.Research has brought clear improvement to the biased reporting of clinical trials. Randomized clinical trials cost millions of dollars, are rarely repeated, and greatly influence what treatments patients receive. My colleagues and I showed that most trial results in submitted manuscripts favoured the treatment tested, and this was reflected in the results that were published. Other work revealed that more than 90% of the bias was due to authors failing to submit manuscripts that are unfavourable to the treatment, and that commercial sponsorship drove decisions not to submit. Although any single trial might have been conducted well, the system was skewed. Publication bias made drugs look better than they were.Something is fishy here. Peer review is dead, and dead fish stink. Rennie calls for major overhauls of peer review, a process many in the public are fooled into believing helps guarantee scientific integrity. It’s ironic that something invented to ensure that research is scientific is itself unscientific.Integrity takes morality. You can’t have scientific integrity without it. Morality cannot emerge from particles. Honesty cannot be described by particles in motion. Integrity cannot evolve. PhysOrg posted a piece titled, “How to get moral ‘free riders’ to cooperate.” But if social networks evolve, as Darwinians believe, there is no standard. Once the free-riders predominate, they take the new moral high ground, and their critics become the non-cooperators.In short, you need a Biblical worldview to do science. Even then, it will be mediated by fallible sinners. Bible believers, though, will have the best motivation to work honestly, as long as they follow the Creator’s command, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (Visited 104 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Africa’s governments must prioritise energy security

first_imgThe billion people living in Africa can live a life filled with economic opportunity, employment and better education and health care. But to achieve that, governments have to make energy affordable and more accessible. This requires co-operation and co-investment between nations and regions. Smart planning and co-operation is required if African governments want to create energy infrastructure that benefits all of Africa’s people. (Image: Brand South Africa)• Africa Progress Report speaks of continent’s green energy leaders• New African energy projects leapfrog outdated technologies• Electrify Africa: bringing light to the dark continent • Power ships may ease South Africa’s energy woes • Women combat lack of electricity with solar power Sulaiman PhilipThe aspirations of Africa’s billion people are hindered by a lack of access to modern reliable and affordable energy. It cripples African economies, making it a crisis that affects national security.On average, global cities are growing by 1.84% a year. African cities, however, are growing faster as more of the continent’s population move to urban centres. Mbouda in Cameroon is the fastest growing city, at an annual rate of 7.8%, but Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, is not far behind with growth of 7.2%.Africans are drawn to cities for economic opportunities, employment, better connectivity, and access to essential services and education. This turbocharged urbanisation presents governments with challenges as existing infrastructure is strained.But there is also an economic dividend to urbanisation. It does not need to impede Africa’s progress. History shows that urbanisation can often translate into improved living standards and social harmony.These benefits do not occur spontaneously. Smart planning is required if Africa’s advantages are to lead to prosperity and not more urban fragility. Indian economist Amartya Sen has argued that economic development depends on the poor having access to economic opportunity, safety and political participation. An important aspect of these safety and security freedoms is access to energy.WATCH: Delegates at WEF Africa 2016 discuss the future of new energy in Africa One of Africa’s biggest infrastructure challenges is the provision of energy. African governments now see the provision of energy and the infrastructure used to extract, store and transport energy as key to national security. Secure energy supply is also about the relations between African nations. Co-operation between trade partners and neighbours lessens the risk if energy is being used as another weapon in conflict.Africa’s growing economies will only deliver on their promise if governments begin to think regionally and continentally when it comes to creating energy security. As trade within grows, an integrated energy network becomes more important.Investment outlay for any energy project is prohibitive, but the pooling of resources would speed up investment in the kind of infrastructure that Africa needs to ensure energy security. Ethiopia, for example, could not afford the $4.7-billion (R78-billion) it is spending on building its Great Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile. The 6 000MW it will generate will be shared between Ethiopia and its energy-starved neighbours. This is an investment in the region’s economy.The project will connect to Kenya’s power grid, thereby creating the kind of economy that attracts international investors, which is vital for continued growth in Africa. It has been estimated that investment in hydropower and regional grids would save Africa at least $2-billion (R30.5-billion) a year and reduce the cost of electricity for African consumers.African governments need to look past the scale of the problem and develop and adopt local, regional and continental policies to curb energy poverty and security. Half of the world’s population deals with a lack of access to a regular supply, and 80% of those people live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.Close to 50% of sub-Saharan companies own or share a generator. Without affordable and reliable energy supply, emerging tech hubs such as Nairobi cannot support the platforms and aspirations of young Africans carving out new careers and innovations.Some African governments – Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Ethiopia – recognise that a lack of reliable and affordable energy can drag growth. They have embraced policies that ensure future energy security. In the wider economy, a safe, reliable and affordable energy supply is a boon to economic growth, while a lack of energy strains a country’s social system and the economy.Trade with emerging economies, especially China, means there are new funding sources for the building of energy and other infrastructure across Africa. This shift in trade and investment from the extraction of natural resources to more strategic investment means Africa’s trading partners see opportunity and a long-term future in Africa.last_img read more


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HMM Names New VLCC Universal Leader at DSME

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: HMM South Korea’s Hyundai Merchant Marine has named its new very large crude carrier (VLCC) at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).The vessel was named the Universal Leader during the ceremony held at the builder’s Okpo shipyard in Geoje on January 29, 2019.Featuring 300,000 dwt, the unit is the first of five VLCCs ordered in 2017 under a KRW 470 billion (USD 420 million) deal in an effort to take proactive actions towards market change, as shipbuilding costs fell to the lowest level since 2003. The remaining units from the batch are scheduled to be delivered every two months until this September.Universal Leader would be flexibly deployed in a spot market after its naming ceremony, the company said, adding that two of five VLCCs would serve a five-year KRW 190 billion contract with GS Caltex, which was signed in March 2018.HMM informed that the vessels are equipped with a scrubber system in preparation for IMO environmental regulations and ship engines ensure optimal economic speed to save fuel.“The launch of Universal Leader is a springboard for HMM’s Quantum Leap. HMM will move forward through securing five VLCCs in addition to the delivery of twelve 23,000 TEU and eight 15,000 TEU eco-friendly mega containerships from 2020 and 2021 respectively,” C.K. Yoo, President & CEO of HMM, said.last_img read more

Sindhu Saina static at 5th and 8th spots in badminton rankings

first_imgNew Delhi: Star Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal were static at fifth and eighth spots respectively in the recently released Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings. While both Sindhu and Saina held on to their places in the women’s singles rankings, Mugdha Agrey and Rituparna Das climbed up six and one spot, respectively, to be placed at 62nd and 65th positions. Among the men’s singles shuttlers, Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma managed to hold on to their 10th and 13th spots in the latest rankings issued on Tuesday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhB Sai Praneeth, who lost to World No. 1 Kento Momota in last week’s Japan Open semifinals, moved up four places to the 20th position. H S Prannoy (31st), Parupalli Kashyap (35th), Shubhankar Dey (41st), Sourabh and Verma (44th) all moved up the in the men’s singles chart. Among other Indians in men’s singles chart, Ajay Jayram is placed 67th while Lakshay Sen is at 69th spot. The men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty climbed up two places to 16th spot, while the combination of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy is static at 25. Another Indian duo — MR Arjun and Ramachandran Shlok — jumped seven spots to 48. The women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy dropped two places to 24. In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy dropped two spots to 22, while the pair of Ponnappa and Rankireddy are up by two rungs to 23rd spot.last_img read more

Still perfect Late momentum against Illini propels Buckeyes to 200

Facing an eight-point deficit, in one of the conference’s most hostile environments, it was a pair of freshmen that ignited a second-half comeback and gave the undefeated Buckeyes a 73-68 win against Illinois on Saturday. Freshman Jared Sullinger scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, both game-highs, despite giving up several inches to both of Illinois’ seven-foot-plus big men. But it was freshman Deshaun Thomas’ eight points off the bench, all of which came in a four-minute span in the second half, that sparked the Buckeyes to their 20th win of the season. After leading for most of the first half, OSU gave up a 7-0 Illinois run to end the first 20 minutes and the Illini led 34-33 at the break. Another Illinois run in the second half, this time 12-4, gave the Illini their biggest lead of the game, eight points, with just less than 12 minutes to go. But when Thomas entered the game, the Buckeyes came roaring back. Two free throws apiece from Sullinger and senior Jon Diebler and one from freshman Aaron Craft cut the lead to three. After a defensive stop, the never-shy Thomas took and made his first shot of the game, a 3-pointer, to tie the game at 50 with 9:30 remaining. Two more threes, one from Diebler and another from Thomas, completed a 14-0 run and gave the Buckeyes a six point lead, their first lead since late in the first half. After OSU held a steady lead for the next several minutes, a Demetri McCamey basket and a pair of Mike Tisdale free-throws cut the lead to four with less than a minute to go. Sullinger made one of two free throws on the ensuing possession to give the Buckeyes a four-point lead with 30 seconds to go. Tisdale then hit a 3-pointer, giving OSU the ball with 16 seconds to go and a one-point lead. The Illini fouled Craft after he caught the inbounds pass and the freshman knocked down both free throws to put the Buckeyes up three. On the ensuing Illinois possession, Diebler tipped a pass, forcing a crucial Illini turnover. Sullinger called a timeout after he recovered the loose ball on the floor and a pair of free throws from junior William Buford ended the suspense. Although several Buckeyes struggled from the field all afternoon — Buford and senior David Lighty were a combined 5-22 shooting the ball — OSU was as good as it has been all year from the free throw line. Led by Sullinger’s 13-of-15 effort, the Buckeyes shot a combined 24-of-27 from the stripe. Diebler scored 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Despite his shooting woes, Lighty finished with nine points, five rebounds and five assists. Saturday’s game was the first of a stretch of eight games that will see the Buckeyes play six teams currently ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. That stretch continues Tuesday at home against No. 14 Purdue. read more

Football Ohio States defense must shift focus to Penn State

Ohio State freshman defensive end Tyreke Smith (11) and senior linebacker Dante Booker (52) combine for a sack in the third quarter of the game against Tulane on Sept. 22. Ohio State won 49-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State comes out of its matchup against Tulane as the No. 4 team in the country with an undefeated record, tied for the 17th-best scoring defense in the nation.But even with a win against then-No. 15 TCU under its belt, Ohio State has not played an opponent with the offensive weapons that No. 9 Penn State holds.The Nittany Lions hold the No. 1 scoring offense in the nation with 55.5 points per game, including 63 points in each of their past two games.The best offense Ohio State has played so far is the Horned Frogs, who ranked No. 44 averaging 35.3 points per game.After the 49-6 victory over Tulane, which ranks tied for No. 107 in scoring offense, head coach Urban Meyer said on Monday that Penn State offers a completely different challenge to Tulane’s option-heavy offense.“Completely different. Last week was more of a wishbone-style triple option. This will be a true spread quarterback,” Meyer said. “It’s a much different mindset. You’ve got to make sure you always account for it.”The true spread quarterback is redshirt senior Trace McSorley, who is Penn State’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns (59) with 14 total touchdowns on the season, six of which came on the ground.McSorley is a mobile quarterback, which Ohio State has faced the past two games, but one who offers an even larger threat with his arm. And, as Meyer said, a stronger offensive line in front of him.Meyer also complimented junior running back Miles Sanders and said he expects a very similar team that has given Ohio State a lot of trouble in the past two seasons.“Offensive line is better. And that running back is really good,” Meyer said. “We don’t see much difference at all. Scheme’s very similar to what they’ve done in the past and obviously the quarterback’s the guy that makes it go.”The last time the Buckeyes traveled to Beaver Stadium, they lost to Penn State 24-21, which was their only loss of the regular season. A year later, former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett threw two touchdowns in the final five minutes to defeat the Nittany Lions 39-38.Penn State has proven to be one of the most difficult challenges for Ohio State in recent years, and that will happen again on Saturday.Containing McSorley and Sanders is tough with a healthy roster, but with the loss of junior defensive end Nick Bosa, the Buckeyes will need big plays from other members of the defense to hold back the Nittany Lions’ offense.After the Tulane victory, Meyer said he liked the play of the defense without Bosa, but said, with the style of Tulane’s offense, it will not help them against Penn State.“It’s a much different game today than it will be next week,” Meyer said after Saturday’s game. “I thought they played well. They played only 30 minutes of football and we got ’em out. So the challenge of challenges is coming up.”The “challenge of challenges” will force the Ohio State defense to clean up all the mistakes that occasionally plagued the team thus far.It is another year with another major matchup against Penn State, and the Ohio State defense prepared for an offense that looks very similar to one that Meyer ran for the past four years.“You’re playing with a quarterback that can run. That’s one that manages — we’ve had a lot of yards around here over the last years and years and years because of having that ability to do that,” Meyer said. “That’s a real threat. And that’s something that you have to game plan for.” read more