– claims serious crime down by 19%Despite crime appearing to be spiralling out of control with an almost daily occurrence of armed robberies throughout the country, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) is holding out that serious crime is on the decline.Updating the media on the country’s crime rates, acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine has disclosed that during the comparative period of January 1 to September 23, serious crimes has declined by 19 per cent.This, he noted, was as a result of an 11 per cent decrease in murder, that is, 99 cases so far this year compared to 111 last year for the same period. Ramnarine noted that the “very high and acceptable” 62 per cent clearup in cases has significantly contributed to this.“This is consistent with statements that have been made before that we are benefiting from and are putting into effect much needed training that we’ve received recently, resources that we’ve received and other interests that have been given to the Force to make it able to better respond to the needs of society.”As it relates to robberies, the acting Top Cop disclosed that robbery with firearms saw a 10 per cent decrease with 528 cases this year against 584 last year; there was a 19 per cent reduction in robberies in which other instruments were used with 225 cases this year against 277 last year; robbery with violence recorded a 20 per cent decrease with 76 cases against 97 last year.He continued that larceny from the person also saw a 38 per cent reduction with 86 cases this year against 138 cases last year, while break and enter and larceny recorded a 23 per cent decrease with 155 cases against 189 last year.Additionally, there was a 22 per cent decline of rape with 185 against 237 last year.The acting Commissioner further highlighted that ‘A’ Division (Georgetown/East Bank Demerara) is experiencing a 24 per cent decrease in serious crimes; ‘B’ Division (Berbice), a 14 per cent decrease; ‘C’ Division (East Coast Demerara), an 11 per cent decrease; ‘D’ Division (West Demerara/East Bank Essequibo), a nine per cent increase; ‘E’ Division (Linden/Kwakwani), a 27 per cent decrease; ‘F’ Division (Bartica/Interior), a 51 per cent decrease and ‘G’ Division (Essequibo Islands) recorded a 29 per cent decrease in serious crimes.With regards to the increase in D’ Division, Ramnarine noted that the figure was much highest two months ago. “Some work has been done but more work needs to be done. It has reduced to nine per cent now but it has to come a lot lower than that,” he remarked.The acting Top Cop added too that there has been quite a few robberies in ‘A’ Division within the past week-and-a-half as such some revision has been done and additional work will be executed to curb this.Ramnarine continued that with good law enforcement efforts, the Force has been able to reduce indictable crimes for the period August 1 to September 15, by 28 per cent. He explained that he conducted an analysis during the holiday period because in preceding years, there is usually a spike in serious crimes during that period.“I began to pay particularly attention to it in collaboration with the Divisional Commanders and others. We all worked collaboratively and this year, we are pleased to inform you that there was no spike this year. In fact, we had a 28 per cent decrease in serious crimes for that period,” he revealed.When compared to 2014, there was a 21 per cent increase in serious crimes last year and according to Ramnarine, there was acceptance of the spike in crime during the August holiday period however, he has since resolved to break this trend.“It’s not always a wise thing to use the past as a guide for the future. You use the past to assess what happened in the past, not to accept what happened in the past ‘cause you’re living in the present and you got to deal with the present and the future,” he indicated.Moreover, when asked about the public perception that crime might be on the increase, the acting Top Cop stated that the situation is not as extreme as being perceived.“I have released the figures, and I fully understand some people saying there is a dark side of crime, (but) perception is nine-tenths of reality. There is a perception out there but I think some people are taking it too far to say there is a crime situation…Its not a crime situation,” he posited.Nevertheless, Ramnarine is urging Guyanese to take extra steps to ensure their safety even in the comfort of their homes.
Warriors free agent forward Kevin Durant plans to announce his free-agency destination at some point on Sunday night.According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Durant will announce his decisionon the account of his sports business show, The Boardroom. Among the suitors for Durant’s services are the Warriors, Knicks, Clippers and Nets.Source: Kevin Durant will announce his free agent decision tonight on his company … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.
Here are news stories about amazing dinosaurs, from dwarfs to giants, that lived in all kinds of habitats.(Note: This entry includes news about other extinct reptiles, not just dinosaurs.)Bigger than T. rex: “Finding Spinosaurus: a dinosaur larger than T. rex” is the subject of an article posted by Live Science. It’s a saga of intrigue and luck spanning a century, but once a more complete specimen was found in the Sahara, new mysteries popped up. Current thinking is that the giant with a strange sail on its back did not compete with other land predators, but hunted fish.Weird armed dino: A 50-year mystery about big arms has been “solved” with the discovery of the rest of the animal in Mongolia, the BBC News reports, but now, “researchers say that the creature is even more bizarre than they had thought.” That’s clear from the artist’s reconstruction: “it was huge, with a beak, a humped back and giant, hoofed feet.” Named Deinocheirus mirificus, the ornithomimosaur (bird-mimic lizard) had arms 8 feet long and looks like it was designed by a committee (see larger image on Science Magazine).Dumb warrior: Evidence of an allosaur knocked silly by a stegosaur’s tail suggests the tiny-brained stegosaurs were not to be trifled with. Science Daily calls the warrior that left its mark on the bone of an allosaur (and probably shortened its life) a “kung fu stegosaur” that was a lethal fighter when necessary. “On the other hand, he points out stegosaurs had among the smallest brains for its body size of any large animal, ever.”Cool-brained bonehead: The pachycephalosaur-type dinosaurs, despite their bony skulls, had intricate passageways for air and a good sense of smell, Science Daily reports. A diagram of Stegoceras (unrelated to Stegosaurus) shows that the passages “enhanced smelling” while cooling the brain. High-powered computer models revealed their secret of keeping a cool head. The article did not mention evolution; it’s not clear how many lucky mutations it would have taken to get that right.Update 11/08/14: Another type of dinosaur cooled its brain with intricate airways, PhysOrg just reported. “A/C came standard on armored dinosaur models” — ankylosaurs “had the capacity to modify the temperature of the air they breathed in an exceptional way: by using their long, winding nasal passages as heat transfer devices.” Live Science says that computer models of the “krazy straw” passageways show that exhaled air was cooled, taking heat from the small brains that could otherwise overheat deep in the heavy skulls. The similar loopy passageways in duckbill dinosaurs might have served a dual purpose: heat exchange and the amplification of sounds.Acres of diamonds: What do a raccoon, a crocodile, and a dinosaur have in common? They left their tracks in a diamond mine in Angola, according to Live Science (see photo story posted separately). “It’s likely that a shallow freshwater lake in the area served as the watering hole for a raccoon-size mammal — an extraordinary large mammal for that time — a crocodile and a dinosaur, according to the track marks.” (Sorry for the misleading riddle; it wasn’t really a raccoon, just an unknown “raccoon-size” mammal.)Amphibian fish-lizard: Was it evolving? Is it a transitional form? Live Science describes a creature from China said to be 248 million years old that its discoverers speculate was amphibious and evolving into an ichthyosaur. Sid Perkins on Science Magazine posed his headline in just-so story form: “How the Ichthyosaur Got Its Fins.” The puzzle echoes the later “great transformation” that evolutionists believe caused a land animal to evolve into a whale. The creature had large flippers that the paleontologists say may have given it locomotion like that of a modern seal. “The fossil is quite complete and well-preserved,” its discoverer said. National Geographic claims it “fills an evolutionary gap.” Science Daily found a way to mix global warming into the tale.The creature was apparently well-adapted for an aquatic habitat, but without the tail, they can’t be sure if it was a good swimmer or not. Creationist David Bump opined in the comments that “walking catfish” exist today that are not considered ancestral to fish; he thinks this could be a reptilian analogue of an ichthyosaur adapted for shallow water. One paleontologist cautioned that we won’t find more transitional forms, because “ichthyosaurs and their kin emerged from a group that was already strongly aquatic,” supporting the notion that this creature was adapted to shallow water, not leaving the land for the sea.Food fights: PhysOrg puzzles how so many large dinosaurs living in the same habitat divided their food at mealtime, especially the 80-ton herbivorous sauropods that needed vast amounts of food. The Morrison Formation, for instance, contains 10 species of these giants. Research on this question at the U of Bristol “helps to shed light on the evolution of sauropod feeding mechanisms and how these gigantic creatures managed to eat enough food to sustain their tremendous bulk.”Survivor dino: Sid Perkins in Science Magazine thinks that a new little meat-eating dinosaur from Venezuela named Tachiraptor (fast carnivore), said to be 201 million years old, survived a mass extinction at the end of the Triassic, when theropods began to evolve. “Only millions of years later did many species within these groups evolve great size and distinct appearances” like Allosaurus and T. rex, evolutionists believe. These dinos were only about 1.5 meters long, scientists estimate, based on only two bones found. Despite its small size, Live Science speculates that it “snacked on little dinosaurs.”Ducks for the chase: Duck-billed dinosaurs were not “sitting ducks,” PhysOrg puns, but gave a good run for any T. rex hunter. Phil Currie thinks so, because they thrived alongside the big predators—partly because the hadrosaurs lived in herds, but probably, too, because they were fast runners. In the Dino Derby, he says, the hadrosaur had the endurance and speed to cross the finish line before the predator.Grounded pterodactyls: Could pterodactyls grow so large they couldn’t take off? An article on PhysOrg says so. Computer models at Bristol University “suggest that a pterodactyl with a wingspan of 12m or more would simply not be able to get off the ground.” Artwork shows one 400-kg “behemoth” as tall as a giraffe. Maybe the animals had methods we don’t yet understand, or were able to get airborne by jumping off cliffs. Either way, landings would have been no problem, given their large, flexible wing membranes.Dino feathers disputed: In a letter to Science Magazine, a scientist from South Africa questions a paper in published earlier claiming “A Jurassic ornithischian dinosaur from Siberia” had “both feathers and scales.” He responds: “The parsimonious explanation is that the filaments are support fibers in association with badly degraded scales and that they do not represent early feather stages.” The authors, naturally, make comeback arguments to support their original claim, but Theagarten Lingham-Soliar presented some convincing reasons why the filaments are not feathers. “The proposals are further weakened by a disregard for taphonomic tribulations of a more than 150-million-year-old fossil and the complexities of tissue histology,” he concludes.Reptiles don’t exist: Dustin Welbourne makes a startling claim on The Conversation: “There’s no such thing as reptiles any more“. So do all the above creatures vanish from reality? No; it’s a question of classification. Taxonomy, the science of classification, is a tricky business for human convenience. It doesn’t necessarily carve nature at its joints. Since there is no single common ancestor for all the creatures commonly called reptiles (dinosaurs, turtles, crocodiles, snakes, and lizards), he makes the case that “reptile” is a false category. Welbourne takes his argument back to the work of Carl Linnaeus and forward, through the discoveries that altered his conception of natural categories for these animals. In the BBC News, Mark Kinver asks “What’s in a scientific name?” Also referring to the great taxonomist Linnaeus, Kinver describes how the tradition of Latin binomial nomenclature has been useful, if not engraved in stone. It’s a convention that gives some scientists the honor of naming what they find.We report these creatures for others to investigate in more detail and interpret. Have fun! (You don’t expect us to do all the work, do you?) It’s easy; just sweep clear the evolutionary fogma, look for systems that defy evolution or long ages, and ask the questions the evolutionists never ask. had the capacity to modify the temperature of the air they breathed in an exceptional way: by using their long, winding nasal passages as heat transfer devices.Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-11-ac-standard-armored-dinosaur.html#jCp(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
28 September 2015It’s a honourable gift [to South Africa] to play your part wherever you are, said Katie Mohamed, a representative of Brand South Africa on Heritage Day during an event to honour women.Owami Women in partnership with Brand South Africa got together on 24 September 2015 in Lonehill, Johannesburg to celebrate women in various sectors who play their part in preserving the country’s heritage.According to Bridget Nkuna, founder of Owami Women’s Deep and Meaningful Conversation, the importance of honouring women stems from the intent that both Owami Women and Play Your Part should award recognition to ordinary people who do their bit to contribute towards a better South Africa. Brand South Africa partnered with Owami Women to award women who play their part in preserving the country’s heritage. (Image: Melissa Javan)“There are many unsung heroes who in their daily lives give of themselves in this country. Owami Women has 2300 members of which them have an area of life towards which they work and contribute,” said Nkuna.“We have many stories and testimonies of excellence amongst our members. The six women that we chose to recognise in this time are women whose contribution we have tracked and therefore have vetted the authenticity of their work.”Guests at the event wore traditional attire to celebrate Heritage Month. (Image: Melissa Javan)Owami Women’s Deep and Meaningful Conversation is an initiative that enables women to share their stories and lend support to one another on a public platform. “It will do more than inspire viewership. It will encourage women to speak up and share their voice,” its website reads.Through its flagship programme ‘Play Your Part’, Brand South Africa recognises and celebrates South Africans who continue to make a positive contribution in their communities. Brand South Africa therefore recognises the positive impact that Owami Women has played in addressing women’s issues in the country ranging from social to business matters.Make a small contribution The key message from Katie Mohamed of Brand South Africa is that people should make a small difference wherever they are. “Ask yourself: ‘What difference can I make at my school, my home or at work?’ (Image: Brand South Africa)Nkuna said the awards “is the start of bigger things to come.”She added that South Africans have the responsibility to play their part. “It’s not good enough to complain.” She also encouraged the guests to adopt a girl. Nkuna said it is important that mentorship is done.Mohamed’s message was that a small positive contribution could be made to make a difference in the country. “Ask yourself: ‘What difference can I make at my school, my home or at work?’ Everyone can play their part in South Africa.”She recalled the story of a grandmother she had met who started a safe haven at her home. “The kids would come to her home from school, eat and do their homework there.”“We need to love each other. Make a difference [in our area],” Mohamed said. Guests at the event, Rebecca McNally, a representative of Miss Earth South Africa, and Bianca Williams of the organisation Campaign for Girls, are also Play Your Part ambassadors. (Image by: Melissa Javan)The award winnersSithembile Ntombela, acting chief marketing officer of Brand South Africa, said: “It’s a great honour to be recognised and acknowledged as one of the women playing their part and I’d like to thank Owami Women for this award.” Katie Mohamed (middle) took the award on behalf of Sithembile Ntombela of Brand South Africa, who unfortunately could not attend the event. On Mohamed’s left is colleague Boitumelo Mpete and Bridget Nkuna (on right) of Owami Women. (Image: Brand South Africa)Nawaal Nolwesi Mdluli, chief executive officer and founding editor of Kwenta Media said she is quite humbled. “It’s quite exciting, being given this recognition.“I have to grow more legs to enable me to keep growing. Our Essays of Africa magazine should keep on moving women. I realise you have to move in a way that you empower and bring change. It’s my responsibility to be an agent of sustainable change,” she said.Motlalepule Mokhine, founder of the financial firm Temogo Consulting, said she had not expected the special recognition. “When you are doing something with passion and purpose, you don’t expect this. We are very excited about it though.“I believe that the world would be a better place if everyone does their part. Collectively we can bring change to our country,” said Mokhine. Nothando Baloyi (middle) of Lady T VIP Protection company is recognised because her business succeeds in a male dominated industry. Here with Baloyi is Boitumelo Mpete of Brand South Africa and Bridget Nkuna (on right) of Owami Women. (Image: Brand South Africa)The other winners were Kearabilwe Modise-Moloto, owner and founder of the non-profitable organisation (npo) Bontlebame that aims to educate girls on education and health issues; Nthabiseng Monareng, author and specialist in family law; and Nothando Baloyi, the managing director of a local VIP Protection company.
Here’s a simple script that equals huge timesavings – paste multiple keyframes in Adobe After Effects.One way to be more efficient in After Effects is to become a keyframe wiz. Being adept at keyframing means a faster workflow and more dynamic projects. However, despite the powerful keyframe features in After Effects, some functionality still falls a bit short. The After Effects wizzes at AEScripts.com have created a really handy script to address one such function, copying and pasting multiple keyframes.The really awesome thing about this AE script is that you can copy and keyframe on multiple layers.There’s a multitude of uses for this simple After Effects script to speed up your video editing or motion design work. Very handy for duplicating the motion of several elements onto several NEW elements (images, graphics, etc). See the video below to see it in action.Maybe Adobe will catch wind and include this functionality in future AE versions. Until then, give this script a spin….you may catch yourself wondering what you ever did without it.“Name your own price” and download the Paste Multiple Keyframes script from AEScripts.comFor AE keyframing tips see our previous post: 5 After Effects Keyframe Tips
New Delhi: The Congress on Monday accused the government of extending the leases for mining iron ore from 358 mines instead of going for auctions to benefit “friends”, weeks after the Supreme Court asked the Centre to respond to a plea seeking quashing of the lease extensions.Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera demanded there be an inquiry into the matter, the loss caused to the exchequer be fixed and auctions for the mines be held. There was no immediate response from the government to the allegations. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In January 2015, the Modi government introduced a new amendment by way of Ordinance — Section 8A — to the Mines and Minerals (Regulation and Development) Act, 1948, he said. “This amendment, Section 8A, allowed the Modi government to extend the leases of existing mines (captive and non-captive for both iron ore and other minerals) without going through the auction route and without having to pay any premium on the renewed leases some of which have been extended till 2030,” Khera alleged. Asserting that there should have been auction for the mines as it would have resulted in revenue for the states, Khera said: “You snatched that right…You want to benefit friends.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe claimed that according to estimates the extension of leases had caused a loss of over Rs 4 lakh crore to the exchequer. The Supreme Court in April asked the Centre to respond to a plea seeking quashing of allotment, extension or continuation of leases to firms for mining iron ore from over 358 mines across the country without any fresh evaluation. On August 2, the Supreme Court granted three weeks’ time to the Centre to respond to the plea. Five months have passed since April but the government has failed to give an answer to the Supreme Court on the allegations raised in the petition, Khera alleged.