A Bizarre Food for Thought

first_imgIn most developed countries, dogs are regarded as good company, hunting assistants, domestic security, or sometimes even as family members. Usually well fed and groomed, dogs are loved for so many useful and wonderful reasons; they are considered man’s best friend.In less developed environments, puppies get more care than grown dogs. Grown dogs are not as highly regarded. Many are left to fend for themselves with occasional attention paid by their owners. Usually unkept, they tend to eat from dump piles, live a rather homeless existence and get into all kinds of mischief. But in Liberia, the ultimate punishment for mischievous dogs is to be eaten.“If your dog is sassy, bring it because that’s the kind of dogs we like to eat,” Sattah urges. “Don’t overlook it oh! If you clean it and parboil it fine so the tough parts get soft, you will always want to eat dog. It’s greasy!”The most recent and fast growing food fetish in Liberia is a pan of parboiled and marinated “dog meat”.According to Wikipedia, human consumption of dog meat has been recorded in many parts of the world; including Liberia.A local animal welfare group, Say No To Dog Meat, says “75% of Liberians consume dog meat. 75% of Liberians rely on bush and pet meat as a staple diet,”.Meanwhile, those who eat dog meat, also known as ‘issue’ and ‘particle’, attest that dog meat is a good source of nourishment.Sattah, a resident of Duala and her family depend on little to nothing. Everyday her husband Papay heads out to look for atleast US$3.00 to feed Sattah and their four children.“We can’t afford to eat all that American meat like big big chicken, turkey and those kinds of things. When my husband goes to look for work, he also searches for a dog that we can eat,” Sattah says.According to Sattah and many families who prepare ‘dog meat’, it is the kind of food that lasts a few days if it’s parboiled. It fills the stomach and brings in income.“Some people are afraid to eat dog. I remember when I first ate it, the grease was too plenty and I ended up vomitting,” she remembers. “But my children and I love to eat dog meat, the flesh is filled and when you eat it, you’ll know that you just ate meat.”However, ‘dog meat’ has become a bit of a disturbance in some communities on Bushroad Island. Places like Caldwell and New Kru Town have seen swarms of their friendly dogs kidnapped overnight by unknown person(s).“Most often after I spot a dog that I like,” says Papay, “I would follow it to see if it is easy to catch. If it is, I would either set a food trap for it and strike it on the head while it’s eating; or, just wait for its owner to fall asleep at night and catch it.”Papay has been catching dogs for the past three years and has managed to support Sattah and his children by selling his catch to a local resturant that serves dog meat.“The old ma buys each dog from me depending on the size. If it’s juicy and hefty, she’ll give me $10.00 usd and sometimes I give her four dogs a week,” he added.It isn’t always a good week for Papay. According to copies of his police charge sheets, he has been arrested eight times and has done a total of two years in jail for stealing dogs.“I can say it is worth it. My family is surviving and the meat is enough for us to eat. I pray that I get enough dogs’ this year so we can start our own buisness one day,” Papay said.Sattah says since the Ebola outbreak, there have been less dogs wandering around New Kru Town.“I won’t lie, we haven’t eaten a dog in weeks, since the last Ebola victim. We are managing on fish and chicken feet for now. But our neighbors are raising some dogs, so we are hopeful,” Sattah said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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New GPL generators shut down during peak hour in Region 2

first_imgThe Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast branch conducted a 24-hour test on the three new generators at the new power station in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam). Reports from the region are that at about midday on Wednesday, the three new generators were put into operation and were given the full work load to power the entire Essequibo Coast. All went well until about 18:30h when the entire Essequibo Coast was plunged into total darkness after the generators shut down. The management at the Anna Region sub-station was forced to restart the Caterpillar standby generators to power the region.Guyana Times was told that engineers at the power station are trying to get theGPL’s Anna Regina power stationnew generators up and running but are at loss as to why the system tripped when given the peak hour load. The new generators’ installation are behind schedule since they were to be installed since mid-December of 2018. In the latter part of 2018, the Chief Executive Officer of GPL, Albert Gordon and a team from Georgetown visited the sub-station on the Essequibo Coast after residents in the region took to the streets to protest the poor service of the utility company. During that period, residents were experiencing daily power outages for prolong periods.Essequibians, this newspaper was told, are now concerned about the capacity of the new generators to meet the power needs of the region.Last year, the power company had said the region’s frequent service interruptions were as a result of the two main generators becoming inoperable, due to major mechanical and electrical issues respectively.At a meeting with the regional administration, the business sector and residents last year GPL’s CEO has said that he is aware of the growing electricity demand in the region and will put a 20-year plan in place for the power company to meet the growing demand for electricity in Guyana. He had also promised to purchase a fourth generator for Region Two.last_img read more

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Labour Minister defends Govt’s arrest of tax evasion

first_img…”this is truly a Christmas Budget” – ScottMinister within the Social Protection Ministry with responsibility for labour, Keith Scott has sought to defend the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government’s staunch stance on tackling tax evasion and tax avoidance, saying more could have been achieved over the years had it not been for the rampant mischief that is tax evasion.Minister within the Social Protection Ministry with responsibility for labour, Keith ScottMinister Scott was at the time giving his presentation in the debate on the 2017 National Estimates (Budget) – a Budget that has since seen Government being on the receiving end of severe criticism over the proposed revised taxation system, inclusive of additional penalties and regulations.According to Minister Scott, “It was established by reputable sources that tax evasion was more rampant then than ever, and I would not say that that situation is any way different today.”Scott used the occasion to point out to the members of the National Assembly that the measures outlined in Budget 2017 are meant to tackle the scourge of tax avoidance and tax evasion head-on “by introducing a series of measures that will arrest this trend which will make available more dollars to the economy and thereby causing more jobs to be created for the benefit of all.”He told the House that the levels of unemployment in Guyana could have been much lower “if there had been a more even distribution in the execution of our legal and moral responsibilities in the context of taxation, that is the payment of the various taxes, including income taxes, rates and taxes”.Speaking to some of the relief measures announced by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, Scott also drew reference to the reduction in the corporation tax meant to benefit large businesses.As such, he reported his pleasure at reiterating that the prayers of the business community had been answered when Minister Jordan announced a reduction in the Corporate Tax from 30 per cent to 27.5 per cent.Government, he said, will be losing out on in excess of $750 million annually as a result of the concession offered to the business community.Jobs createdAddressing his remit as Minister with responsibility for Labour, Scott told the House that at the beginning of this year the Ministry’s Central Recruitment and Manpower Agency had projected finding employment for some 3500 persons.He told the House that the Ministry managed to achieve 89 per cent of its target by placing some 3122 individuals in gainful employment.Speaking to the reduction in the income tax rate to be paid, calculated at 28 per cent instead of 30 per cent, Minister Scott said, “I am sure that this entire House would agree that these and other tax measures translates into a good life.”Scott also used his presentation to laud several of the other measures of the 2017 Estimates announced by Minister Jordan, such as the accommodations for GRA tender compliance and the automatic issuance of temporary certificates.According to Minister Scott, the measures are meant to create a more level playing field with regard to the tendering of contracts.He noted too that the measures were intended to improve transparency and lead to a more equitable distribution of resources, as well as to make for good corporate citizenship.Scott, in his presentation, contended, “This is truly a Christmas Budget… it has offered a gift to all sectors of our society and has left the traditional prophets of doom with no ammunition to attack us ,but to resort to lies and distortions.” (Gary Eleazar)last_img read more

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Guyana successful at Republic Bank Invitational Golf Tournament

first_imgThe local contingent of Avinash Persaud, Rakesh Harry and Lakram Ramsundar made tremendous strides on Day 2 of the annual international Republic Bank Invitational golf tournament held at Golf Club Paramaribo, Indira Gandhiweg, Paramaribo, Suriname.Some members of the team from Guyana, from left Avinash Persaud, Rakesh, Eureka Giddings, Dr Philbert London, Shanella London, Lakram Ramsundar, LGC President Aleem Hussain, Representative of Sponsor, and Avinda KishoreNewcomer Rakesh Harry, playing in the B Flight, emerged as the undisputed B Flight champion at the end of Day 2, and in the process, producing the Best Net Score in the tournament and thus winning the Male Tournament Champion honours for Guyana.Current 9-time Guyana Open Champion Avinash Persaud showed his class as he romped home in the final day to win Best Gross overall honours, narrowly missing the A Flight Net Title when he went out-of-bounds on the last hole.‘Panko’ Ramsundar shocked his rivals by storming back from a dismal first day to emerge Best Gross Champion in the B Flight and third Best Net in the B Flight.In the A Flight, Avinash Persaud, advanced from 8th place in Day 1 to 2nd place overall at the end of Day 2. A similar feat was performed by Panko Ramsundar in the B Flight, where he moved from 9th place in Day 1 to 3rd place overall at the end of Day 2.Avinash Persaud won the Tournament Overall Best Gross, and Shanella London won the Longest Drive in the Ladies category for both Days 1 and 2, while Avinda Kishore won the Longest Drive in the Male category on Day 2The Surinam Invitational, played under the Stableford Format, is essentially a Net performance tournament so Guyana came home with great positions in the categories. Other golfers from Guyana did well as in the B Flight Dr London and George Bulkan also brought home prizes for their 4th and 6th places respectively.Troy Cadogan and Shanella London placed 3rd in their Flights with great performances, Eureka Giddings 8th place performance in her first appearance in an international tournament was commendable. Defending 2018 Ladies Champion Dr. Joaan Deo fell short of her bid to repeat and vowed to focus her efforts on the Guyana Open scheduled for October 26-27.last_img read more

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Poll: Which English team will do best in the Champions League?

first_img Champions League trophy 1 With the Champions League group stages getting underway tonight, the Drive team want to know your thoughts…Remember you can listen live on talkSPORT to PSV v Manchester United from 7.45pm BST tonight, and Dinamo Zagreb v Arsenal from 7.45pm BST on Wednesday night.last_img

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Benitez never panicked during Newcastle’s dreadful start, says winger

first_img huge blow Back-to-back wins have restored pride to St James’ Park ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF Latest Football News Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED Rafa Benitez never panicked during Newcastle’s dreadful start to the season, winger Matt Ritchie has told talkSPORT.The Magpies were in crisis after failing to win any of their opening ten Premier League games, but back-to-back victories against Watford and Bournemouth appear to have kick-started their season.Benitez came under intense pressure during what Ritchie describes as a ‘stressful’ period for the club, but the Spanish manager remained unfazed. MONEY “The fans have been very good, especially Saturday [against Bournemouth],” he added.“You could see the first-half we were very good and the second-half we were hanging in a little bit.“But we defended really well as a team and we were compact. The manager went to five at the back and we defended for our lives.He continued: “The international break has come at a good time for us. We had a tough start, it was mentally draining, we’ve got two wins under our belt.“Now we can just reset over the next few days and get some good sessions in us.”center_img “That’s one of his best qualities, how calm he is in all situations,” Ritchie told talkSPORT.“I think the bigger picture is definitely something he takes into account and the way he stays so calm.“We’d gone nine games (sic) without a win at the start of the season, it’s a stressful period for everyone involved but the manager is the leader of that.“He always believed in us and the players believe in themselves as well.  Hopefully we’ve come through that now and we can kick on.”Ritchie also paid credit to the Newcastle faithful, with both of their recent victories coming at St James’ Park. 2 REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED Matt Ritchie has praised his manager for his calmness through the crisis last_img read more

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DUNGLOE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL – AIMEE COYLE SELECTED AS THE NEW YORK ‘MARY’

first_imgA wonderful New York ‘Mary from Dungloe’ evening was celebrated in Astoria, Queens, New York on Saturday, May 17, 2014, which ended with Aimee Coyle being crowned the 2014 New York ‘Mary’. Aimee, is a 19-year-old nursing student at Mount St. Mary College. She plans on going forward for a masters degree to become a nurse anesthetist.Both her parents are from Donegal, The Mary from Dungloe festival has always been one of the highlights of her holidays and at the age of three she won the Bonny Baby competition in Dungloe.Aimee always wanted to participate in an event that represented her heritage.In the past Aimee volunteered as a greeter at the NY Mary from Dungloe Irish Gala Dance and truly saw what is was all about, an experience that encouraged her to take part in our NY Mary from Dungloe competition. We wish Aimee good luck in the upcoming Mary from Dungloe international festival.The New York Mary from Dungloe Irish Gala Dance committee would like to thank all our patrons and to those who travelled great distances to support our Irish Gala Dance and fundraiser Mount Sinai Queens Breast Health Program for the uninsured.FB NY Mary from dungloe www.maryfromdungloe.comDUNGLOE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL – AIMEE COYLE SELECTED AS THE NEW YORK ‘MARY’ was last modified: June 3rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesMary From Dungloenew yorknewslast_img read more

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PACKIE – ‘I NEARLY QUIT OVER ROY’S RETURN’

first_imgDonegal soccer legend Packie Bonner has revealed how he almost quit the Irish soccer team set-up after Roy Keane’s return under Brian Kerr.Bonner and Keane has clashed after Keane stormed out of the 2002 World Cup set-up in Saipan in 2002.Packie reveals all in his upcoming autobiography ‘The Last Lin’ which is out on October 1st. He writes “One of the most controversial decisions that Brian made when he took on the job was to open up discussions with Roy Kane to see if he would come back into the squad.“He was trying t make a big impact at the start, but, naturally, I was none too pleased andI made it clear to Brian during our staff meetings.“I didn’t think Roy should have ben given the opportunity; after all, he had the chance to come back before and turned i down.“I have to be honest and say I thought seriously about walking away from the job, but in the end I cam to the conclusion: why should I? “I was not the one who left the squad and it was never in my make-up to consider putting myself before my country.“I had a serious job to do, to help the international goalkeepers, guys who turned up without question or favour when selected ad work endlessly to achieve success for the cause.”Packie said he called to Roy’s room one day but the Cork man was rushing away.“I went to his rom just before he left but he didn’t want to talk, limiting himself to ‘we’ll catch up the next time’.“He played in a number of other games under Brian, but we never had that chat!” added the big Burtonport man.PACKIE – ‘I NEARLY QUIT OVER ROY’S RETURN’ was last modified: September 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:IrelandPackie BonnerRoy Keanelast_img read more

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Super Designs in Amazing Animals, Part I

first_img(Visited 370 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Animals of all kinds, sizes and shapes have mastered physical principles in astonishing ways.Super-Black SpidersPeacock spiders, those incredibly fast-moving dancers with colorful fantails to impress females, know another trick to make their shimmering abdominal displays stand out. Phys.org reports, “Bumps on peacock spider make dark spots super-dark.” The fantails of these tiny (4mm) Australian spiders seem to almost glow, not because of pigment, but because of optical tricks.The researchers report that part of the reason the colors were so striking on the abdomen was because the black, velvety parts next to them were incredibly black. When they took a very close look at the black parts, they observed bumps with a unique structure. When they reproduced the bumps in a simulation, they found that they manipulated light in two ways to reduce reflection. First, their curved surfaces made light bounce in random directions, directly reducing reflection. And second, they found that each of the bumps was a tiny microlens—each forced light that entered to take a longer path as it interacted and was ultimately absorbed by the black melanin pigment. Together, the features of the bumps reflected less than 0.5 percent of the light that struck them.How did these spiders learn both pigments and structural colors to do this? If you haven’t seen them perform, by all means take a look at some of the YouTube videos posted by Peacockspiderman (Jurgen Otto), the biologist who brought their ‘spiders’ got talent’ dances to light in 2008 for the enjoyment of millions of viewers. His latest new video was posted just a week ago.Aerodynamic DiversKingfishers are kings at fishing partly because of their aerodynamic beaks that plow through water smoothly and silently. Scientists at Bangor University, according to Phys.org, searched all species for the champions. Not unexpectedly, the species that spend the most time diving after fish had the best beaks.Asked why this research was valuable, Kristen explained that although designers use the natural world as inspiration and that the kingfisher beak shape had been used to redesign bullet trains to remove a sonic boom as they compressed air when entering tunnels, the design solution had come through observation, but no one had actually validated the kingfisher beak shape under lab conditions.Achieving a greater understanding of how shapes behave could lead to more bio engineering solutions in the future.The article makes a common mistake in evolutionary theory by claiming that “Some kingfishers forage rather than dive for food, so their beaks have not evolved to break the water so seamlessly.” No animal part “evolves to” do something or not do something. Evolution is blind and purposeless. A better explanation is that the kingfishers that found other ways to eat than diving for fish lost the ideal beak shapes of their champion counterparts.Color Vision in Total DarknessHow do deep-sea fish get around and find their prey? They have amazingly adapted eyes. Scientists studied the eyes of five species of fish that live below the photic (light) zone, and found retinas rich in highly-sensitive rods and cones, layered in a way that accentuates light – not light from the sun, but light from bioluminescent organisms. Elizabeth Pennisi exclaims in Science, “Jeepers, Creatures, Where’d You Get Those Peepers”?When the ancestors of cave fish and certain crickets moved into pitchblack caverns, their eyes virtually disappeared over generations. But fish that ply the sea at depths greater than sunlight can penetrate have developed super-vision, highly attuned to the faint glow and twinkle given off by other creatures. They owe this power, evolutionary biologists have learned, to an extraordinary increase in the number of genes for rod opsins, retinal proteins that detect dim light. Those extra genes have diversified to produce proteins capable of capturing every possible photon at multiple wavelengths—which could mean that despite the darkness, the fish roaming the deep ocean actually see in color.The finding “really shakes up the dogma of deep-sea vision,” says Megan Porter, an evolutionary biologist studying vision at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu who was not involved in the work. Researchers had observed that the deeper a fish lives, the simpler its visual system is, a trend they assumed would continue to the bottom. “That [the deepest dwellers] have all these opsins means there’s a lot more complexity in the interplay between light and evolution in the deep sea than we realized,” Porter says.Where’d you get those peepers, indeed. One could claim that existing opsins just got duplicated and enhanced. Perhaps. But it would be far less costly for fish to stay in the light. Duplication, furthermore, does not add information any more than photocopying does. The real question is the origin of opsins in the first place in animals without the neurons and brains to use the information. Why would an organism evolve a light-sensitive spot when it doesn’t even know what light is? Opsins alone do not create vision. Many interacting genes, proteins, and organs have to be present simultaneously. Since eyes presuppose foresight to use it, the sensible explanation is that the Eye-Maker gave organisms ability to adapt to different environments.No matter where you look in the biosphere, animals have superpowers that our engineers drool over. One thing is clear: these animals did not design themselves. Something more clear: the Stuff Happens Law did not hit on these designs by sheer dumb luck.last_img read more

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Qhubeka: changing lives through bicycles

first_img14 March 2014 Team MTN-Qhubeka, Africa’s first ever UCI registered Professional Continental cycling team, is going from strength to strength. So, too, is its campaign to help change lives through bicycles. Through its partnership with South African non-profit organisation Qhubeka, the team helps rural African communities by giving bicycles to children in return for work done to improve their environment and their community: for every 100 trees grown to at least 30 centimetres, for every ton of waste collected, of for improved results at school, Qhubeka donates one bicycle. The team races to build exposure and funding for Qhubeka’s rural initiatives and rides to inspire potential new athletes within the community of Qhubeka bike recipients.Buffalo Bicycles Qhubeka’s Buffalo Bicycles are engineered specifically for African terrain and load requirements, designed by World Bicycle Relief in Chicago, USA, and assembled and tested in South Africa. At the launch of its #BicyclesChangeLives campaign in February, Team TN-Qhubeka set itself the goal of raising R2.2-million, enough to sponsor 1 100 bicycles, this year. That would mean a full container load of Qhubeka bicycles to give to people who have earned them. Backing for the project also comes directly from the Team MTN-Qhubeka riders themselves, who donate a portion of their prize money to the charity. ‘Incredibly important’ “Qhubeka is incredibly important to the riders and staff on the team and it is one of the major reasons why we have attracted such fantastic talent to our team,” Team Principal Douglas Ryder said at the launch. “Our partners also contribute towards Qhubeka through various ways, kit sales, bike sales, product sales and mobile contracts. “We want to help as many people as possible by providing them with bicycles. By making a donation to Qhubeka, you are helping to change lives with bicycles.”‘Effective and economical’ “Rural schoolchildren are particularly badly affected by a lack of mobility,” Qhubeka states on its website. “In South Africa, of the 16-million school-going children, 12- million walk to school. Of these, 500 000 walk more than two hours each way, spending four hours getting to and back from school each day. Bicycles are the most effective and economical method of quickly addressing this problem.” Since 2005, in partnership with the Wildlands Conservation Trust, more than 40 000 bicycles have been distributed by Qhubeka. For children, this means reducing their commute time to school by up to 75 percent.Advantages of bicycles Qhubeka also notes that “a bicycle increases a person’s carrying capacity by fives times; healthcare workers can visit more than double the amount of patients per day with a bicycle; marks improve by an average of 25% for children who ride a bicycle to school; schools where children ride bicycles see attendance rates rise by 18% on average.”‘Surpassed my expectations’ In October 2013, Anthony Fitzhenry, the founder of the Qhubeka charity, praised the work done by the professional cycling team, saying in a statement: “The awareness the team has brought to the charity has completely surpassed my expectations. I was completely surprised by the amount of support. “Our objectives are still clear,” Fitzhenry said. “There are 12-million children walking to school in South Africa, and we want to change that. Education is the key to building a good life. We found some children were walking to school for up to three hours and were exhausted by the time they got there.” Acknowledging the support the Qhubeka charity has received, he said: “We’ve been delighted at the major brands in the world who’ve come on board. People like MTN and Coca-Cola getting involved is really good for us. “The goals are still the same. We’ve learnt a lot of things along the way. Going forward, we’d like to get more government support too.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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