Dear Editor,There is a Guyanese proverb, “Wha rain can’t full, dew can’t full.” It means, if it didn’t work, nothing else will make it happen.This proverb seems to be a reality in the politics of Guyana. We have tried hard to unite the nation through various means but invariably we have failed because of the divisive political adherents.On the part of the political arena, we have tried to unite this nation or not? We have to acknowledge humbly that humans are selfish beings and by all means we will try to put forward an ideology that suit our own selfish interests.Last few weeks have proved that politicians can never unite this nation who are supposed to uphold the slogan, “one people.”In the wake of political situation in the nation, should the Church or religious body speak up? Should we prove aforementioned proverb untrue?True religion will certainly care for the holistic growth of its believers, namely, body and spirit or temporal and spiritual.If the religion does not care for these two realities of the devotees, then the religions will fail in its teachings of justice and peace for every religion must promote justice and peace, which are two important attributes of God.The Catholic Social Teaching emphasises two important aspects, namely, life and dignity of human person and solidarity as one human family. Every Christian must uphold these aspects because we believe that God created humans in his image and likeness.If we try to divide the people based on political ideologies or colour of skin, we certainly go against the teaching of Christianity by distorting the image and likeness of God. Are we subtly led by our leaders to distort the image and likeness of God?There is a fearful tendency among Church people that politics is dirty game and this dirty game must be played in the Church. This makes one to stay away from any political issues in the nation. This tendency is the hot cake for the political leaders.Hence, on the one hand people remain cold towards political differences on the other hand politicians truly enjoy because it matches their way of life. In other words, politics is the opium of the mass. As long as this opium is ingested, politicians will keep enjoying their freedom.In this nation, politicians have got freedom and the people have not yet got the freedom. They still live under the colonisation of the elect few. This is the new way of colonisation. Just think for a moment, how many of the politicians truly care for the poor?How many political leaders have true concern for the poor who still live in logies and in the swamps? How many of our politicians have ever donated their fat salary to build a decent shelter for the poor?Our political situation must be everyone’s concern. We need begin with “Politics Matter”, hence, every religion, organisation, institution must speak up objectively by applying those teachings of Christ, life and dignity of human person and care for the poor and vulnerable.No politician should tell us you are Indo-Guyanese or Afro-Guyanese. The prefix must be erased and only suffix should matter to us because we are truly Guyanese and we are citizens of Guyana and not citizens Indo or Afro- Guyanese.If we can organise our families, business and institutions so well, why not organise our own nation.After all, we make the nation not one or two political leaders. Let us go and get it.Sincerely,Name withheld
The Liberia Football Association (LFA) has provided a check for US$10,000 to Knockout Champs, BYC II, in fulfillment of a promise to secure a home victory against Moroccan Club Kawkab Marrakech.LFA President Musa H. Bility said the club was assured US$10,000 if they won the home, and the 2-0 convincing victory proved the point.Bility presented the check and a certificate of recognition for the historic win yesterday in Monrovia.“We are happy to present this certificate and the US$10,000 check…and also happy that you were able to break the record of which clubs have not done for a very long time,” Bility said. “This a promise fulfilled.”Though, BYC ll’s win didn’t rotate their 3-0 defeat in Morocco in the first leg, their home victory sustained fans’ morale.Mr. Bility also thanked Robert A. Sirleaf – the club’s CEO, Mr. Sekou Konneh – BYC Football President, including the coaches and players.The president and skipper of BYC ll, Mark Tweh and goalie Alpha Jaloh, in separate remarks praised the LFA for providing the US$10,000 and pointed out that they would maintain their pride.It may be recalled that BYC ll participated in the 2013 CAF Confederation competition but lost Tanzanian Club AZAM FC after advancing ahead of Johanson of Sierra Leone in the preliminary round.Besides BYC ll, Liberia’s football giant Nimba United was thrown out by Cameroon’s Union Sportive de Douala, after bowing 1-0 in Cameroon and 3-1 at home.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
lakeram Sankar, 21, the security guard who allegedly stabbed his drinking buddy to death during an argument on Sunday evening, is still on the run.Sankar was accused of stabbing Kawall Persaud, 54, of Lot 17 Timehri, East Bank Demerara once to his abdomen with a broken bottle.Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told Guyana Times that Police ranks visited the suspect’s home, but he was not there. Several other areas were also searched, but the ranks came up empty handed.Investigators are working with members of the community with the aim of apprehending the suspect.The incident reportedly took place on Sunday evening at a popular drinking spot in the vicinity of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. Persaud succumbed to his injuries a few hours later while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital.It was reported that the two drinking buddies were at the shop, but after it closed to business they remained on one of the benches and continued to drink. During the drinking spree, an argument ensued between the two men which turned into a scuffle.It was during that time Sankar broke a beer bottle and inflicted the fatal wound on Persaud. The injured man fell onto the sandy ground, but was subsequently picked up and taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, from where he was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital.
The University of Toronto Varsity Blues baseball team notched an 11-1 victory and 2-1 loss versus the Brock Badgers on Friday, October 5 in St. Catharines, Ont.With the split, the Blues improve to 11-5 and remain in first place in the OUA standings.Tanner Young-Schultz led the Blues with three hits and three RBI in Game 1. Roy Suzuki also had three hits and two RBI, while Brandon Hadfield notched two hits and two RBI. Mateos Kekatos pitched seven innings, striking out seven and allowing just one run in the win.Alex Tobascio pitched five and a third innings in Game 2, striking out two, while Grant Shantz closed with two innings, striking out four and allowing one run. Story Links The Blues wrap up the regular season in Hamilton, Ont., tomorrow, taking on the McMaster Marauders at 12:00 and 3:30 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Version
Becoming Europa League champions is Manchester United’s ONLY hope of securing Champions League football for next season, believes Damien Comolli.The Red Devils find themselves in Europe’s second tier competition once again after failing to make it out of the Champions League group stages earlier this season.Louis van Gaal’s side take on Danish team FC Midtjylland on Thursday evening in the first leg of their round of 32 clash – a game you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT.Comolli, former director of football at Tottenham and Liverpool, believes a top four finish is out of the question for United and that they have to focus all their energy into winning the competition, or face another season of struggle on and off the pitch.“Man United definitely need to win the Europa League,” the Frenchman told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I can’t see them catching up [with the top four] and from a prestige point of view, they need to be in the Champions League to be able to attract players.“We’ve seen from the previous season that it was difficult for United to attract top players when they weren’t in the Champions League.“And there are big financial repercussions for the club as well.“They’ve simply got to give everything they have to try and win the Europa League to get into the Champions League next season.”
8 months ago30th April 2019MarcTottenham have it all to do in the second leg in Amsterdamhttps://t.co/EGL3JZpNOM— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 30, 20198 months ago30th April 2019MarcTottenham 0 Ajax 1: Down but not out! 8 months ago30th April 2019MarcTottenham 0 Ajax 1 – HALF TIMEFirstPrev1 of 3NextLast 8 months ago30th April 2019MarcThe Sports Bar is OPEN!@AndyGoldstein05@JasonCundy05Coming up:☎️ Your calls in NOW on #TOTAJA🤔 Did Poch get his tactics right?🗞️ Paper review @MirrorDarren🚂 Midnight train to madness 📞 Call us → 08717 22 33 44📻 Tune in → https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/oNdw5uUJex— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 30, 20198 months ago30th April 2019MarcTottenham 0 Ajax 1 – FULL TIMEIn truth, Spurs never really got going. Alli, Moura, Eriksen, Wanyama, Trippier – all were pretty poor.Son will be back for them next week and that’ll be key to provide an attacking spark.8 months ago30th April 2019MarcTottenham 0 Ajax 1 – FULL TIMEGame over. Ajax claim a fine win and will take an away goal back to Holland next week.They were brilliant in the first half and while Spurs improved, they couldn’t find the quality they needed to get a goal. A tricky night for them. 8 months ago30th April 2019MarcTottenham 0 Ajax 1: Player reactionSpurs midfielder Christian Eriksen on BT Sport: “We were under-par, we didn’t play our best at all. In the first 20 minutes, we were ball-watchers. We need to change it up a lot for the next game.“We made them look a lot better. They are a good side, but we helped them along the way. It was our fault. We were better in the second half.“At the start, the system didn’t matter. The change gave us a different way to press, to play more direct. But we were still far from where we know we can be.“No one wanted to play the first half we did. Everyone knew we didn’t compete. We still lost, but we were better in the second half.“We can’t keep talking about injured players. In a semi-final it doesn’t matter who plays, we have to step up. We’re lucky they hit the post and hopefully we can turns things around in Amsterdam.” 8 months ago30th April 2019MarcTottenham 0 Ajax 1Moura does brilliantly to bamboozle De Jong and hit the byline. He stands up a cross but De Ligt is on hand to head clear.Alli then wins a free-kick which Eriksen sends Llorente’s way. The striker tries to get a touch on it but can’t stretch enough. Dangerous again from the home side.8 months ago30th April 2019MarcTottenham 0 Ajax 1Spurs put together their best move of the night as Moura finds Trippier who can then cross for Alli.The forward rises to head at goal but he’s a little timid with it and it floats over the bar.8 months ago30th April 2019MarcTottenham 0 Ajax 1Fine start to the second half from Spurs and their fans are right behind them again.A couple of errors just starting to appear from Ajax, can the Premier League side capitalise? 8 months ago30th April 2019MarcTottenham 0 Ajax 1Tadic wins a cheap foul off Foyth and that could well be that.8 months ago30th April 2019MarcTottenham 0 Ajax 1Onana is taking an age over every one of his kicks, it’s frustrating but smart from the Ajax stopper.8 months ago30th April 2019MarcTottenham 0 Ajax 1Foyth loads a cross into the box which Alli heads back across goal. Some slight indecision from Ajax at the back but Spurs have no one there to take advantage.Three minutes of added time coming.8 months ago30th April 2019MarcTottenham 0 Ajax 1Spurs just starting to look out of ideas as Eriksen fluffs an easy pass to Davies. Pochettino and co need a goal, can they find one piece of inspiration from somewhere?Huntelaar is on for Ajax.8 months ago30th April 2019MarcTottenham 0 Ajax 1Ziyech takes down Moura and Spurs have a free-kick in a great position. Eriksen takes and finds Alderweireld but the Belgian can only head over again.Davies and Foyth on for Rose and Trippier. Ten minutes to go in north London.8 months ago30th April 2019MarcTottenham 0 Ajax 1Wow, Ajax hit the post, how close can you be?Mazraoui out-muscles Eriksen to drive forward and find Tadic. He then checks back and plays in Neres.The winger takes a touch before slotting past a helpless Lloris but the post comes to Spurs’ aid. So, so close for the Dutch giants.8 months ago30th April 2019MarcTottenham 0 Ajax 1Eriksen rolls in Rose who is charging forward again. He fires at goal and Veltman blocks.Spurs then can’t find a decent cross from the resulting corner. 8 months ago30th April 2019MarcTottenham 0 Ajax 1Spurs have around 20 minutes to find something to take back to Amsterdam. They’ve been much better in this half but need to improve with their final pass and finish.Rose is wide open on the left but Alli and then Sissoko can’t find him. 8 months ago30th April 2019MarcTottenham 0 Ajax 1Moura manages to win a header inside the box and finds Alli rushing on. The England man takes it on the volley but it’s right at Onana.Ajax then break forward with pace and force Alderweireld into a mistake. After some nervy play at the back, Rose is there with a great tackle.8 months ago30th April 2019MarcA nasty head injury suffered by Jan Vertonghen in the first halfhttps://t.co/ky1mCyRwFm— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 30, 20198 months ago30th April 2019MarcTottenham 0 Ajax 1What a start that nearly was for Spurs as Llorente channels his inner-Messi to dance around the Ajax defenders but can’t quite get a shot off. Terrific play from the big Spaniard, though.The home side come forward again and win a corner, it’s obvious Pochettino has had a word! The set-piece is poor.8 months ago30th April 2019MarcTottenham 0 Ajax 1Spurs get us back underway.8 months ago30th April 2019MarcSo Spurs behind at the break thanks to that early goal from Van der Beek.Ajax utterly dominated the first 30 minutes but the home side did grow into it.A huge half coming up! FirstPrev1 of 3NextLast8 months ago30th April 2019MarcThat’s it from us for tonight, thanks very much for joining talkSPORT.A tough night for Spurs and they will need a big performance in Holland next week if they are to keep their Champions League hopes alive.Can Liverpool produce better at Barcelona tomorrow night? We will see you all again then to find out!8 months ago30th April 2019MarcTottenham 0 Ajax 1: It’s only half time!
In a statement released by the club, Accies chairman Allan Maitland said: “I confirm that our manager Martin Canning has left the club by mutual agreement and we will be advertising for a replacement.“With the departure of so many important players over the last two seasons (Michael Devlin, Eamonn Brophy, Lewis Ferguson, Ali Crawford and Greg Docherty) it has become increasingly difficult to maintain the playing levels and results previously reached.“Martin and the board feel that a change was necessary to give the club the best opportunity to get back to those levels.“The club would like to thank Martin for his commitment and efforts during his ten-and-a-half years at the club as both a player and a manager.“He played in over 200 games including the play-off match at Hibs in May 2014 when we secured our place in the Premier League and has managed the club in the top division for the last four seasons.“He has successfully managed to maintain our status in the Premier League and we will be forever grateful for his part in this achievement.“Under 18’s coach Jason Scotland has also left the club and again we thank him for his efforts and contribution both as a player and a coach.“Guillaume Beuzelin and George Cairns will be in charge of first-team affairs until further notice.“Saturday’s match against Dundee will be very important as we try to get back to winning ways and we ask that all Hamilton supporters come along and get behind the team.” Under a new structure, the responsibility of signing players will rest with director of football Allan McGonigal.Accies are currently in tenth place in the Premiership and fans have been unhappy with recent results and performances.Canning had made the case that he was fulfilling his remit by keeping the club in the top flight while promoting youth players and selling at profit.However, he was unhappy at incidents involving fans and his family recently and had said that criticism had overstepped the mark. Hamilton Academical have announced that manager Martin Canning has left the club and Guillaume Beuzelin has taken temporary charge.STV has learned Hamilton Accies are looking to overhaul their management structure following Canning’s sacking.We understand that Canning was summoned to a meeting by chairman Allan Maitland on Tuesday morning, when he was informed he was no longer the manager of the club.The club are aiming to appoint a head coach in the near future and while Beuzelin and George Cairns will be in charge of first team affairs for the time being, it’s understood the club is likely to appoint an external candidate.
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Ancient hookups between different species may explain Lake Victoria’s stunning diversity of fish By Elizabeth PennisiAug. 9, 2018 , 12:35 PM Lake Victoria is home to hundreds of cichlid species, diverse in both appearance and behavior. (CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT): TIM ALEXANDER (2); MORITZ MUSCHICK WAIMEA, HAWAII—In the shallow waters of Lake Victoria, the world’s largest tropical lake, swim some 500 species of cichlid fish with a dizzying variety of appearances, habitats, and behaviors. Genomic studies have shown they arose from a few ancestral species in just 15,000 years, a pace that has left researchers baffled about how so much genetic variation could have evolved so quickly. Now, extensive sequencing of cichlids from around Lake Victoria suggests much of it was there at the start, in the cichlids’ ancestors. Ancient and more recent dallying between cichlid species from multiple watersheds apparently led to genetically diverse hybrids that could quickly adapt to life in the lake’s many niches.Reported last week at the Origins of Adaptive Radiation meeting here, the work is “a tour de force, with many lines of evidence,” says Marguerite Butler, a functional morphologist at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. It joins other research suggesting that hybridization is a powerful force in evolution. “What hybridization is doing is allowing the good stuff to be packed together,” Butler says.Some of Lake Victoria’s cichlids nibble plants; others feed on invertebrates; big ones feast on other fish; lake bottom lovers consume detritus. Species vary in length from a few centimeters to about 30 centimeters; come in an array of shapes, colors, and patterns; and dwell in different parts of the lake. Mutations don’t usually happen fast enough to produce such variety so quickly. “It’s been really hard to figure out what’s going on,” says Rosemary Gillespie, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California, Berkeley.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Ole Seehausen, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Bern who has studied cichlids for more than 25 years, wondered whether hybridization could have generated the genetic raw material. In earlier research, his team collected cichlids from the rivers and lakes surrounding Lake Victoria and partly sequenced each species’s DNA to build a family tree. Its branching pattern indicated that Lake Victoria’s cichlids are closely related to a species from the Congo River and one from the Upper Nile River watershed, the group reported last year in Nature Communications.A close look at all their genomes suggested the two river species hybridized with each other long ago. Seehausen proposed that during a warm spell about 130,000 years ago, water from tributaries of the Malagarasi River, itself a tributary of the Congo, temporarily flowed into Lake Victoria, bringing Congo fish into contact with Upper Nile fish.To explore the cichlids’ genetic history in more detail, Seehausen and postdocs Matt McGee, Joana Meier, and David Marques have now sequenced 450 whole cichlid genomes, representing many varieties of 150 species from the area’s lakes, and from the Congo, Upper Nile, and other nearby watersheds. Clues in the genomes suggest multiple episodes of mixing took place. Periods of drying have repeatedly caused Lake Victoria to disappear, and Seehausen and his team propose that fish in the remaining waterways evolved independently until wetter periods reunited them. This “fission-fusion-fission” process restored genetic diversity each time.About 15,000 years ago, three groups of fish, themselves products of the ancient hybridizations, came together in Lake Victoria as it filled again. Their ancestry provided the “standing variation” that natural selection could pick from to help the fish adapt to a vast range of niches, producing the cichlid bounty seen today. “Hybridization may turn out to be the most powerful engine of new species and new adaptations,” Seehausen says.”It’s mind-blowing,” says Dolph Schluter, an evolutionary biologist at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. “All the variation required for speciation is already there” in the hybrids.Studies of other species also suggest standing variation can speed evolution. Biologists trying to understand how marine stickle-backs adapted so quickly to living in freshwater have discovered that a crucial gene variant was already present—in low percentages—in the fishes’ marine ancestors. At the meeting, researchers offered similar stories of standing variation jump-starting diversification, for example enabling long-winged beetles to evolve into short-winged ones on the Galápagos Islands. “I’ve never seen so many talks where you have evidence that genes are borrowed from old variation and further evolution is somehow facilitated by that,” Schluter says.Andrew Hendry, an evolutionary biologist at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, cautions colleagues not to completely dismiss new mutations in rapid species diversification: “What’s not clear to me is whether [the role of ancient hybridization] is a general phenomenon,” he says.Regardless, “The implications for conservation are blaring,” says Oliver Ryder, who heads conservation genetics efforts at the San Diego Zoo in California. Endangered species are currently managed as reproductively isolated units, and conservationists are reluctant to bolster populations by breeding the threatened animal with related species or populations. Eight years ago, however, a controversial program that mated Florida panthers with Texas cougars helped rescue the former from extinction. Studies such as Seehausen’s, says Ryder, suggest that in the long run, hybridization is important to preserving a species’s evolutionary potential.