President urges unemployed youths to become entrepreneurs

first_imgA one-day youth conference was on Friday hosted at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre with the aim of implementing policies to help young people from across the country.President David Granger delivering the feature address at the youth conferenceThe event saw attendance of youths between the ages of 14 and 35, who came out with the intent of voicing their concerns.They were encouraged by youth leaders to use social media to attract the attention of policy makers.Speaking to the youths, Director of Youth, Melissa Carmichael, explained to the gathering that young people are important to nation building. According to her, young people account for some 74 per cent of Guyana’s population.She explained, “At the beginning of 2012, the world population surpassed seven billion, with people under the age of 30 accounting for more than half of this number, 50.5 per cent. Then there were 1.2 billion youths aged 15 to 24 years, globally in 2015, accounting for one out of every six people worldwide. By 2030…the number of youths is projected to (grow) by seven per cent to nearly 1.3 billion”.Carmichael said she hopes the data shared paints a vivid picture that youths are not only demographically significant, but are essential to the world’s human resource.Delivering the feature address, President David Granger said he recognises that employment is one of the major issues faced by youths, hence efforts have been exhausted to ensure children are educated.“So unemployment in years to come should be a thing of the past. We should be able to eliminate (it) once we go to school and stay in school and don’t drop out. Once we drop out, unfortunately the chances of being employed become very remote,” the president said.The Head of State urged the youths to become entrepreneurs, and not allow unemployment to keep them down.Youths were also treated to a mini exhibition at the conference, which featured robotics and science.The first such youth conference was hosted last year. Even as Government is encouraging youth development and participation in society, its cabinet consists mainly of persons over the age of 35.In Guyana, youth unemployment among the 15-to-24-year-old cohort is at 21.6 per cent, representing almost twice the unemployment rate of other adults.Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram last month blasted Government for being unable to effectively address Guyana’s unemployment rate.In an interview with this publication, Ram had expressed the belief that not enough attention is being paid to the economic and social side of unemployment.last_img read more

Good-Flying Cosmopolitan Pterosaur Found Earlier Than Thought

first_img(Visited 424 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A large pterosaur in Utah is 65 million Darwin Years older than thought, but was already built for flying.Very few pterosaurs are known from Triassic rock; this one is amazingly well preserved. What does evolutionary paleontologist Steven Brusatte think of it? He tells the BBC News,It’s a trifecta: a Triassic pterosaur from a new place, preserved in an immaculate way, and found in rocks from an environment that we didn’t think they lived in so early during their evolution. What this means is that pterosaurs were already geographically widespread and thriving in a variety of environments very early in their evolution.He says “in their evolution” twice, but the quote works just fine without that tacked-on prepositional phrase (also a presuppositional phrase). Nothing about this fossil suggests evolution. Phys.org says it was “built for flying.” Yet it is found in rocks 200 million Darwin Years old, 65 million years earlier than evolutionists had thought pterosaurs lived.Brusatte brings global warming into the discussion:The new species is most closely related to an Early Jurassic-aged British pterosaur, which means that these primitive pterosaur groups not only were widespread, but they survived the great extinction at the end of the Triassic, when volcanoes welled up through the cracks of the fracturing supercontinent Pangaea and caused a runaway global warming event that may be similar to what we’re experiencing today.Readers should note that Britain and Utah are on nearly opposite sides of the globe, some 5,000 miles apart. The only other Triassic pterosaur remains come from Greenland. Unlike most pterosaur fossils, which are usually scattered and delicate, this one was remarkably well preserved.Why is this pterosaur “primitive”? It could fly. It had a 1.5-meter wingspan. Achieving powered flight for a heavier-than-air creature that large requires many specialized traits. Pterosaurs were the first vertebrates capable of active flight, says Live Science, although insects were masters of flight, too. It’s the most complete skeleton of a pterosaur ever found, says Marlowe Hood in Phys.org:“Most pterosaurs bones look like road-kill,” Britt told AFP, noting that there are only 30-odd specimens worldwide from the Triassic period which lasted some 51 million years.By contrast, the new specimen comprises dozens of intact bones and teeth, along with an entire brain casing.Live Science says it sported 110 teeth, including 4 “wicked fangs”. It was found in 2014 in the “Saints and Sinners Quarry” in Utah.Abrupt appearance; fully formed; no evolution; now extinct. This is the pattern. Stephen Jay Gould’s “trade secret of paleontology” is now well known.last_img read more

South African rhinos off to Zambia

first_img28 May 2008Rhino conservation in Southern Africa has been given a major boost following a relocation agreement between South Africa, Namibia and Zambia, with five black rhinos being transported from South Africa to Zambia this week.“This translocation shows that we, as South African National Parks (SANParks), are definitely committed to regional conservation and are certainly not xenophobic when it comes to creating more habitat for Africa’s endangered species,” said the Kruger National Park executive director Bandile Mkhize.The operation is as a result of an agreement reached last year between Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA), the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism, SANParks and Eastern Cape Parks, and will see the distribution of the various black rhino subspecies (including Diceros bicornis bicornis and Diceros bicornis minor) increased across the southern African region.In exchange for 12 examples of the rare desert or southwestern black rhino subspecies (Diceros bicornis bicornis) from Namibia – which went to SANParks and Eastern Cape Parks-administered parks and reserves – five examples of black rhino (Diceros bicornis minor) are on their way to Zambia today.A further five rhinos from the Eastern Cape Parks will follow these rhinos next year and the remaining two black rhinos have been exchanged for four white rhinos and these will be delivered to Zambia later this year.Namibia will receive plains game from Zambia in exchange for the 12 rhino that were delivered to South Africa last year.Four of the animals that were translocated today come from Kruger and the remaining rhino from Marakele National Park. The rhinos, two bulls and three cows, will be settled in North Luangwa National Park in Zambia, with the support from the Frankfurt Zoological Society.With all its game transfer operations, SANParks subscribes to the strict guidelines laid down by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for these operations.When this current translocation project is concluded, it will mean that 13 of the 20 rhino introduced to North Luangwa National Park from South Africa in Zambia were supplied by SANParks.“In recent times, we have transferred various species of animals to both the Limpopo National Park and the Gorongoza National Park in Mozambique,” Mkhize said. “This shows that the Kruger National Park is definitely committed to conservation projects in our entire region and not just South Africa.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Blackmagic Updates Firmware, Then Immediately Takes it Down

first_imgA new Blackmagic update featured RAW 4K video and improved audio, but was quickly taken offline.[UPDATE: Blackmagic has officially released firmware update 1.8 as of June 24, 2014. It’s the exactly the same as the “beta” mentioned in this article.]For many professionals the relationship with Blackmagic cameras is complicated. They have incredible specs but for some reason the firmware is not up to par. Simple problems like a clunky user interface and the ‘black sun’ problem have plagued all 4 current Blackmagic camera models, causing many people to purchase from other camera manufacturers instead.Blackmagic has known about these problems for some time, but addressing these issues has taken longer than filmmakers had hoped. However, a new update to the Blackmagic camera line surfaced today, then miraculously unsurfaced (in what can only be described as a beautiful mistake).Courtesy of ponysmasher The Blackmagic firmware 1.8 update was accidentally posted on their website earlier today and then taken down soon after, but not before it was downloaded by a few lucky filmmakers.Terry Frechette of Blackmagic Design addressed the unofficial update earlier today [via NoFilmSchool] :There was a false download sent around (no idea who started it). This is not a software release we have approved. We don’t support it and it should not be installed on cameras.So there’s a chance that it has a few bugs in it. However,  it does seem to come with some cool new features for all 4 cameras. Like…Blackmagic Production Camera 4KUpdated user interfaceLossy compressed RAW DNG recording supportAddresses an issue where pixel artifacts are seen in edges with strong highlights while shooting in 1080 modeAdds autofocus support for compatible EF lensesBlackmagic Cinema CameraUpdated user interfaceAdds autofocus support for compatible EF lensesImproved debayering when shooting to ProRes or DNxHDImproved focus peaking displayImproved ISO handling when shooting at ISO 1600Improved general audio performanceIris setting is retained when switching between camera recording and clip playbackBlackmagic Pocket Cinema CameraUpdated user interfaceImproved performance when recording using internal microphonesImproved instances where a grid-like pattern may occur in some flare highlightsGeneral improvements in autofocus with active MFT lensesAdds supports for stabilization in MFT lenses without physical O.I.S switchesImproved support for Sigma MFT lensesImproved support for Lumix 12-42mm PZ lensImproved support for Olympus 60mm f/2.8 MFT lensIris setting is retained when switching between camera recording and clip playbackBlackmagic Studio CameraImproved phantom power compatibilityAddresses an issue with interlace video being output as progressive videoWhile this update is unofficial, it does give up a pretty good glimpse into what the next update is going to look like. Most notably the ability to shoot RAW 4K footage. This should make it a very interesting competitor to popular cameras on the market including the GH4. Improved audio features should make it much better for syncing up dual system audio in post.Focus peaking is now green, courtesy of ponysmasherAgain, this update is not official and could cause major damage to your camera. But if you are still interested in trying it out you can probably find it online. We anticipate the official download of this update to be released very soon. We’ll let you know when the new update officially hits on the PremiumBeat blog and Twitter. Links:Blackmagic Design Updates Its Cameras’ Firmware – Download Version 1.8  – SoftpediaBlackmagic 4K Camera Gets RAW, But Firmware Update is Taken Offline – NoFilmSchoolAny more features that you think Blackmagic should add before it officially goes live? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Ex-NSUI district chief held for harassing college student

first_imgA former NSUI district unit president was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly harassing a woman college student here, the police said.The woman had complained to the college authorities that former NSUI president Irfan and three others had misbehaved with her in the Sadar Bazar area, they said. After she complained to the authorities, the accused allegedly had threatened her and a video of the incident went viral on social media on Monday. The police said that as the issue concerned members of different communities, a case was immediately lodged against Irfan and others who were identified as Nadeem, Kamran and Shahroz. Some Hindu organisations had also burnt Irfan’s effigy and submitted a memorandum to the authorities for immediate arrest of the accused, they said. SP (City) Dinesh Tripathi said Irfan was arrested on Tuesday and a hunt has been launched to nab the others. Meanwhile, Congress district unit president Kaushal Misram said that Irfan has been suspended from the party.last_img read more