Dear Editor,Elections concluded on Sunday in India. Counting of ballots is on Thursday. But based on exit polls, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will prevail over Congress Party (INC) led by Rahul Gandhi, scion of the Gandhi dynasty. The BJP contested in a National Democratic Alliance (NDA) that it led while the Congress (INC) led the United Progressive Alliance (UPA). The NDA is made up of 41 constituent parties while the UPA is made up of 36 parties. A party in an alliance contested the election under its own symbol and name without opposition from members of the alliance.Some dozen exit polls released on Sunday evening put BJP/NDA ahead between 245 seats and 369 seats – a wide distribution. In India, exit polls are not very reliable. The poll showing NDA winning 369 seats could be well off though its outcome is not impossible. The poll showing NDA getting only 245 seats – 27 short of a majority also does not reflect the reality, based on my findings travelling around India. Modi is extremely popular in India – the most popular political figure in the country and people want him to serve another term. His NDA is reliably expected to clear a majority.Some 917 million voters were eligible to cast ballots, but only about 65 per cent actually voted or around 600 million. The counting of ballots is quick – within two hours the results are known unlike in Guyana where it takes at least two days “to count” less than 600 ballots per polling booth. GECOM should consider hiring some election workers from India to help with counting and honesty in managing elections.There has been keen interest in this election by people from Guyana and the wider Caribbean and their diasporas. Several were in contact with me over last month while I was in India on Modi’s chances of re-election. I told them not to worry, Modi would return as PM, though the exact number of seats was uncertain.It is very difficult to make sense of the wide distribution and differences in the exit polls in India. But one commonality among all of them is that the BJP and its alliance partners will form the Government. The opposition Congress party and its partners dispute this conclusion. The Chair of the UPA, Sonia Gandhi, has invited leaders of her alliance and others to dinner on May 23 for a discussion on selecting its prime ministerial candidate and Government formation. There will not be a Prime Minister from the opposition or from “a third front”, an idea that was floated a week ago. Modi will return as PM and his alliance will win a majority.I travelled around several states and from the trends I picked up, BJP will lose seats in the key states of Uttar Pradesh (from where most Guyanese trace roots), Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, and Punjab but make gains in other states that will more than balance off losses. The Congress won state elections with alliance partners in four states last year. There has been simmering discontent in all four states. Congress will see a reversal in all of those states in general election results that could lead to unrest among its elected members and the toppling of at least two of its coalition Governments.The election was a referendum on Modi and he has beaten back critics. He was struggling early in the year to win an election when I was in India in January. But his decision to carry out surgical strikes by Indian air force against terror camps deep inside in Pakistan in February closed the deal for him. Almost every Indian supported the strike. Indians are concerned about national security. There is rising nationalism as India becomes wealthy.As I indicated in a previous write up, the BJP will win around 269 seats (possibly more) and alliance around 40 for a minimum total of 309 (and possibly more). Only 272 seats are needed for Government formation. Last time, BJP won 282 and the alliance 54 seats for a total of 336. Over the last couple of years, alliance partners fell out with BJP and linked up with Congress and new partners joined BJP; new partners boosted BJP’s chances. In addition, there are three parties in southern India, not partnering with BJP, but will support the NDA and that is expected to win around 47 seats.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisram (PhD)
A lance corporal was charged for inflicting grievous bodily harm on a man and appeared on Wednesday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Colwin Major, 32, of La Bonne Intention, East Coast Demerara, appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly and denied the charge which stated that on May 4, 2019, at Le Repentir Cemetery, he unlawfully and maliciously inflicted grievous bodily harm on Warren Duke.Police Prosecutor Richard Harris did not object to bail, however, he requested that the court order that Major stay away from the victim until the completion of the matter.The prosecutor further added that the defendant is a member of the Guyana Police Force.Magistrate Daly granted bail in the sum of $40,000 and the matter was adjourned until September 26, 2019.Colwin Major
No-confidence resolution – says Constitution does not support “new formula” being peddled Longest serving Clerk of the National Assembly, Frank Narain, has rubbished the notion being peddled by Government representatives that 34 votes was required to determine majority for the passage of the No-confidence Motion. Narain in an interview with Guyana Times on Friday said this notion is not supported anywhere in the Constitution of Guyana.Narain noted that in Guyana’s circumstance, there is nothing in the Constitution supporting arguments that out of 65 Members of Parliament, 34 is a majority. Narain added that it comes down to basic Mathematics.“I’m a simple man. And in my simplicity, I know that one more than half of the number is a majority. So, in all my life I accepted that in our present case of 65, 33 is a majority. The Constitution uses the word majority, only.”“It doesn’t describe that majority by any other word. It just says a majority of all the elected members. A majority is a simple majority… this is a simple matter in (any) layman opinion,” Narain added.Narain, who served as Clerk of the National Assembly from the 1960s until his retirement in 2002, questioned whether proponents of this alternate mathematical formula were just trying to stir up trouble.Since the passage of the motion on December 21, 2018, some observers have sought to question the motion’s validity even as the vote has already been certified, which cleared the path for elections to be held in three months’ time.The original proponent of the 34-vote argument is Attorney Nigel Hughes, a former Alliance For Change (AFC) member who told State media that half of 65 is 32.5 but when rounded to the nearest whole number this would be 33 as there is no half member.He had therefore suggested that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) needed 34 to secure majority. This argument has however been met with derision from several sections of society and legal experts.Giving his take on the matter, outspoken political commentator and lawyer Christopher Ram was at a loss as to why last Friday’s vote is being questioned, alluding that 33 out of 65 constitutes a majority.“What is a majority? A majority is the greater number or the greater part so if you’re saying 34 is the majority then what are saying that we have 66 members in the National Assembly or do you take away their seats? It defies logic and it defies law,” Ram had opined.Ram had also expressed his hope that the polls, due by March 19, 2019, would not be stalled.“Mr Nigel Hughes is reading words in the Constitution that are not there. The Constitution certainly does not say that; it says a majority… I am hoping that [the comments] are for academic excitement and not intended to stall any process or to create and sow confusion – that is my concern,” Ram had posited.In keeping with the Guyana Bar Association’s recent endorsement of the validity of the no-confidence vote, Ram said it must “absolutely” be accepted. The Association, headed by Attorney Kamal Ramkarran had said on Wednesday that to suggest that the recently passed No-confidence Motion was not validly passed is erroneous.The Bar Association had urged that “the results and consequences of the motion be accepted and that urgent preparations for elections by the Elections Commission be started,” in keeping with Article 106(6) of the Constitution.Even the current Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Issacs, has said that he would not be conducting a review of the vote. The Clerk had, in fact, issued a certificate validating the successful passage of the motion.
Liverpool face Man United in Miami Liverpool-Manchester United clashes are never friendly, so don’t expect their clash in the final of the International Champions Cup to be anything different.It may be a pre-season fixture, but the estimated 76,000 fans that will pack into Miami’s Sun Life stadium will expect to see something more akin to a Premier League match as these two rivals look to strike some sort of psychological blow with just two weeks until the start of the new campaign.Liverpool were the superior side last season, mounting a title challenge and recording a league double over their rivals.While Kop boss Brendan Rodgers will be wary of adding to his growing list of injury concerns, he will certainly be satisfied if his side can end their summer tour on a high.However, he will have to do it without Jon Flanagan who has flown back to Merseyside as he recovers from a knee injury, as well as Daniel Agger, Adam Lallana, Fabio Borini and Daniel Sturridge who have also returned home.Scroll down to see how the Redmen could line-up: 1 1 GoalkeeperSimon Mignolet will likely start in goal as he continues to regain match sharpness for the new season.DefenceWhile Rogers may opt to keep the same back four that started against AC Milan on Saturday, it seems more likely that he will at least start with a line-up that resembles a first choice side. Therefore expect Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson to come in, as they look for more game time, but don’t be surprised to see Martin Kelly and Jack Robinson feature at some point, as well as Mamadou Sakho.MidfieldJordan Henderson has been a frequent feature during pre-season, so expect to see him start, as could summer signing Emre Can. The German international has looked a good fit and Rodgers may opt to test him against more familiar opposition in the shape of Man United. However, Lucas Leiva and Steven Gerrard will surely be in line for minutes as well.AttackWith Daniel Sturridge and Fabio Borini absent and new signing Lazar Markovic expected to miss out with his own injury concerns, Rodgers has few options in attack.Philippe Coutinho will likely start in his withdrawn role, while Raheem Sterling will probably get the nod in attack.One player who has made a strong case for senior appearances this season has been Jordon Ibe, who has impressed in wide roles by Rodgers and he could get the nod to play alongside Rickie Lambert.Liverpool fans, how do you think you’ll line up? Comment below…
ESPN+ Live Stats In its last game, Drake defeated UNI, 83-77, in scoring the second most points the Panthers have surrendered this season. Brady Ellingson and freshman D.J. Wilkins led the Bulldogs in that win as they never left the floor and combined for 30 points, eight assists and no turnovers. Drake has won six of its last eight contests including three of its last four road games. To give the team 18 wins this season. Those 18 wins to date equal the program’s most wins since the 2011-12 team won 18 games. Drake Game Notes The Drake University men’s basketball team travels to Carbondale to complete the season series with SIU Tuesday evening at SIU Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN+.Earlier this season, the Bulldogs defeated SIU, 82-70, in the Knapp Center. Noah Thomas poured in a career-high 24 points points for the Bulldogs in that win while Nick McGlynn added 19 points and 11 rebounds. Following Tuesday’s contest, the Bulldogs return to the Knapp Center Saturday, Feb. 16, to host Valparaiso. Print Friendly Version Live Audio McGlynn had 22 points in that win become the 25th Bulldog to surpass the 1,000 career point mark. He also needs just five more blocks to become the program’s all-time leader. He is averaging 15.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in MVC action to lead the league in rebounding and rank fifth in scoring in league games. Story Links
Kwasi is a former Ghana U17 National team coach (Photos by FUFA Media)MENGO – Federation of Uganda Football Association, (FUFA) has on Wednesday unveiled the new head coach for the Uganda U17 side, the Cubs.Ghanaian Fabin Paa Kwasi Samuel is the man tasked to take charge of the Cubs for a one year period.This was during a Press conference held at FUFA house Mengo on Wednesday morning.Kwasi’s immediate job is to handle the Cubs at the upcoming Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations that is to be held in Tanzania next month.While unveiling the coach, Fufa president Eng. Moses Magogo noted that the federation settled on Kwesi basing on his track record.“We have agreed to sign Kwesi basing on his experience and record, Magogo told the media.He also added that there main goal is to play in U17 World cup and he believes Kwasi who has been head coach for the U17 Ghana National side, for 6 years will also guide Uganda to World cup.“Our motive is for the U17 to play in World cup and I believe we have the right person with us to help our dreams come true. Magogo added.Magogo (right) hands Kwasi (left) a jersey on WednesdayWhile addressing the media after being unveiled, Kwasi said it is his pleasure to be in Uganda for the first time and his mission is to guide the team through AFCON in Tanzania and hopefully reach the World cup.‘’It is a pleasure for me to be in Uganda for the first time, and my mission is to lead the young boys through AFCON next month, said KwasiKwasi also added that he has worked with the youth for a long time and he hopes for the best and everyone’s cooperation.“I have worked with the youths for a long time and hope for the best but I request for everyone’s cooperation, he added.The Uganda Cubs will be heading to camp in Njeru on Sunday, and will be leaving for South Africa on the 1st of April for another camp.The team will then travel to Tanzania on the 11th of April for an MRI before the tournament kicks starts on the 14th with their first match against Angola.Uganda is in Group A alongside hosts Tanzania, Angola and Nigeria.Full Technical bench:Head coach – Fabin Paa KwesiTeam manager – Bashir MutyabaAssistant coach 1 – Jackson mageraAssistant coach 2 – Hamza LutaaloGoalkeeper coach – Mubarak KiberuKitsman – Frank BumpejjeComments Tags: Fabin Paa Kwasi SamuelMoses MagogotopU17 AFCONuganda cubs
Australia’s oldest bird tracks with dinosaurs, “living fossil” sponges and other strange and wonderful findings accentuate the news on natural history.Cretaceous bird tracks: The oldest bird tracks in Australia, claimed 105 million years old, were reported by Science Daily. Anthony Martin (Emory U) commented, “These tracks are evidence that we had sizeable, flying birds living alongside other kinds of dinosaurs on these polar, river floodplains, about 105 million years ago.” The tracks show skidmarks of landing, as if made by large birds like herons or egrets. Martin said, “I immediately knew what it was — a flight landing track — because I’ve seen many similar tracks made by egrets and herons on the sandy beaches of Georgia.” Megan Gannon at Live Science noted a conundrum: “The bird tracks were found very close to another footprint that looks like it was left by a non-avian theropod, possibly one of the coelurosaurs, the group of dinosaurs most closely related to birds that includes beasts like the Tyrannosaurus rex” (see 10/25/13). The abstract of the paper in Palaeontology says these are “the oldest known fossil bird tracks in Australia and the only Early Cretaceous ones from Gondwana.” Watermark: crev.info. The timing of this news fits perfectly with a recent article on Creation Ministries International about museum displays misleading the public by failing to point out that bird and dinosaur fossils are often found together.Living fossil sponges: Glass sponges are among the oldest multicellular animals in the evolutionary chronology, but they’re doing just fine near Canada, reported National Geographic about the “First-ever Submarine Dive on Vancouver’s ‘Living Fossils’ Glass Sponge Reef.” What a surprise it was:“It was like discovering a herd of dinosaurs on land,” says Manfred Krautter, a paleobiologist at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. “It was like going back in time because I had been looking at the fossil sponges for decades, and here they were alive.“The area covers 280 square miles. “It’s an oasis,” Sally Leys [U of Alberta] said . “You come along in the mud [on the seafloor] and then all of a sudden, kapoof, it’s life.” The first such reef was discovered in 1986. In the evolutionary scenario 160 million years ago, these reefs were the largest in earth history.Had hadrosaur: An early Cretaceous hadrosaur in China was announced on PhysOrg. Although the discoverers claimed this fossil “can elucidate the evolution of hadrosauroids, especially the origin of hadrosaurids,” the article made it clear it’s an evolutionary mystery: “The origin of hadrosaurid dinosaurs is far from clear, mainly due to the paucity of their early Late Cretaceous close relatives” (compare with the story of tyrannosaur origins, 10/256/13).Lost and found world: Another “lost world” habitat has been found at the summit of Cape Melville by scientists from the University of Queensland, reported PhysOrg. So far, a leaf-tailed gecko, a speckled frog and a gold-colored skink have been identified, but the team believes more species, perhaps small mammals, remain to be discovered. “Finding three new, obviously distinct vertebrates would be surprising enough in somewhere poorly explored like New Guinea, let alone in Australia, a country we think we’ve explored pretty well.” It’s been hard to reach because “The virtually impassable mountain range is home to millions of black granite boulders the size of cars and houses piled hundreds of metres high, eroded in places after being thrust up through the earth millions of years ago.” The article did not explain how these species avoided finding migration paths for millions of years, but one of the researchers made this remark:“All the animals from Cape Melville are incredible just for their ability to persist for millions of years in the same area and not go extinct. It’s just mind-blowing,” [Conrad] Hoskin said.Fossils under skyscrapers: PhysOrg described the ongoing work at La Brea Tar Pits in Century City, near Los Angeles – a fossil graveyard so vast, it could take another century to excavate. You are reading material from crev.info. Of interest is the fact that more Pleistocene fossils turn up every time there is a dig for a new parking lot or skyscraper in the area, outside the designated tar pit area. The article presents the usual slow-and-gradual entrapment story, but admits this mystery:Despite a century of digging, scientists still can’t agree on how the Ice Age beasts became extinct. Some suggested that the prehistoric predators may have competed with humans for similar prey and that carnivores ate carcasses out of desperation. But Larisa DeSantis of Vanderbilt University said dental studies of saber-toothed cats and other carnivores suggest they were “living the good life” before they became extinct.The Canaanite crisis: Pollen grains are being used to piece together a story of the collapse of Bronze Age civilization in the land of Israel, a story in PhysOrg explains: “More than 3,200 years ago, the thriving civilizations in and around modern-day Israel suddenly collapsed for reasons that have long been a mystery.” Pollen, “the most enduring organic substance in nature,” is being radiocarbon dated in sediment cores dug from the Sea of Galilee. The study is being conducted by Israel Finkelstein, a well-known critic of Biblical chronology. What does he attribute the collapse to? “climate change” between 1250-1100 BC, but not due to anthropogenic chariot driving or Joshua. “After the devastation came a wet period of recovery and resettlement, according to the researchers, eventually giving rising to the kingdoms of biblical times, including ancient Israel and Judah.”We hope you enjoyed these reports brought to you by Creation-Evolution Headlines. Have you given us your Feedback? Please let us know from time to time what you think of the news and commentary here, using either the general Feedback line about this site, or the Comments for your thoughts a particular article. As we showed in our 10/27/13 article, the secularists and evolutionists continue to be surprised by empirical data that, when cleansed of evolutionary assumptions, are not that unexpected from a Biblical viewpoint. That’s because advocates of Biblical history doubt the “Kapoof, it’s life” theory of evolution with its tales of birds evolving from their contemporaries, animals sitting unevolved for 160 million years, and stories made up out of lack of evidence (i.e., thin air, hot air, or both). Too much “mind-blowing” on evolutionary fumes can be bad for one’s mental health, e.g., “incredible just for their ability to persist for millions of years in the same area and not go extinct. It’s just mind-blowing!” (Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
What is the spark that turns molecules into life? For the materialist, it’s the spirit of imagination.Illustra’s film Origin presents a calculation by Doug Axe, PhD biochemist at the Biologic Institute who worked at Cambridge University, who figured out the improbability of a relatively small functional protein of 100 amino acids. The chance of getting such a protein under ideal conditions, he said, is one in 10161.* This probability is so inexpressibly low, it gives a reasonable person confidence it will never, ever happen anywhere in the entire universe—just getting one smaller-than-average functional protein. The simplest cell we know has over 300 different proteins. And that’s just one of the numerous problems the film presents that should rule materialistic origin-of-life theories completely out of court.So why do evolutionists persist in their view that life emerged by chance? Look at a press release from the University of Wisconsin-Madison that begins optimistically, “Experiments test how easy life itself might be.” How can a miracle of chance this improbable be easy?David Baum, chair and professor of botany at UW–Madison and a Discovery Fellow at WID, thinks the earliest life might have relied on a primitive metabolism that originally started on mineral surfaces. Many central reactions in modern cells rely on iron-sulfur catalysts. This reliance on iron and sulfur could be a record stamped into cells of the environments where metabolism itself first evolved. Baum is testing this idea by turning to iron pyrite, a mineral of iron and sulfur better known as fool’s gold.The reader is treated to a view of vials of non-living molecules rocking back and forth. The perhapsimaybecouldness index rises:Together with Mike Berg, a graduate student researching the origins of life, Baum is mixing microscopic beads of iron pyrite with a source of chemical energy and simple molecular building blocks. As vials of this mixture rock back and forth in the lab, small groups of chemicals bound to the mineral surface might aggregate and start assisting one another in producing more chemicals. If so, they’re likely to spread to other iron pyrite beads, colonizing new surfaces.Notice what Baum and Berg have done. They have endowed molecules with spirits. Only living things can rely on, assist, and colonize. If they were really materialists (or even methodological naturalists), they would have to agree that molecules will do nothing more than blindly obey the laws they learned in high school chemistry class. Impersonal molecules have neither the desire nor power to rise above those laws (see personification fallacy).Cells need the kinds of metabolic reactions that Baum studies to produce energy and the components of more complex molecules. They also need a way to store information. All living cells pass on their genetic information with DNA. But UW–Madison professor of chemical and biological engineering and WID systems biologist John Yin is exploring alternative ways to store and process information with simpler molecules in an effort to understand how information storage could evolve without cells or DNA.Nobody says that rock piles at the base of a cliff store information that the cliff needs to evolve. That would be ridiculous. But Yin adds his yang to Baum’s bomb by imagining non-living molecular clusters needing an information storage system. Multiplying the confusion, he plagiarizes a life force from human technology:Taking a cue from computer science, Yin is working with the most basic method of encoding information, binary. In place of electronic bits, his ones and zeros are the two simplest amino acids, glycine and alanine. Using a unique form of chemistry, Yin is drying out mixtures of the amino acids to encourage them to join together.These WID scholars should be asking whether natural forces actually do join amino acids together without “encourage”ment. They should consider whether chemicals actually do recognize information on their own. Oil separates from water in an oil slick, producing a rainbow of colors. Would Yin, Baum and Berg call that an information storage system? Information implies more than chemical properties of matter; it implies the ability to read, analyze, and interpret those properties. That requires a mind.There’s only one way their statements make sense: in a mystic religion. The religion being practiced at University of Wisconsin-Madison (and many other venues in the Origin of Life Circus) is animism: the view that material entities are endowed with unseen spirits. The spirits of amino acids need each other, so glycine and alanine want to get married and bear offspring. The amino acids teach their progeny what they have learned in life, so that they pass on information and improve on it. Now we understand. Let’s help this blessed union by rocking them back and forth in test tubes.In an ironic violation of separation of church and state, the American government promotes this religion. The press release says, “The project recently received $2.5 million in funding from NASA.”_____________*Justification for the calculation can be found in Axe’s book Undeniable and in Stephen Meyer’s book Signature in the Cell. For those who question Axe’s calculation, it should be noted that his is just one of a long string of similar results by both creationists (e.g., J. F. Coppedge) and evolutionists (such as Fred Hoyle, mathematicians at the Wistar Institute, and others listed by Meyer and Axe). Improbabilities of this order are so intractable, they could be off by many orders of magnitude and still rule out a materialistic origin of life.The OOL school at UW puts a whole new slant on fool’s gold.(Visited 91 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday said the State-level alliances in the country will impact the national scene in upcoming Lok Sabha polls next year.“States will hold a key in alliance formations in the (Lok Sabha) elections. Alliances will be mostly in the States and those States will produce the results for the Parliament. And that will make the difference. Some places there will be stronger alliance and some place there will be mix alliances but the States will be important factor,” said Dr. Abdullah. Dr. Abdullah was speaking in Srinagar on the sidelines of a ceremony where two senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders, Peer Muhammad Hussain and Syed Basharat Bukhari, joined the party. The NC, however, has made clear it will not have any pre-poll alliance with the Congress in Jammu and Kashmir. Dr. Abdullah also called for early Assembly polls in J&K. “I think Governor and the President’s Rule must come to an end. There should be elections and people must choose their representatives who can work,” he added.