The Guiana Holding Incorporated, trading as Superbet, is denying allegations by the Gaming Authority that one of its principals was convicted of money laundering and served a four-year sentence.In a letter sent to Guyana Times by Guiana Holding Incorporated’s attorney, Anil Nandlall, it was noted that the pronouncement by the Gaming Authority about the conviction is “both inaccurate and libelous…no principal of Guiana Holding Inc was ever convicted of money laundering or even charged with any such offence or, indeed, any offence at all.”On Wednesday, the Gaming Authority in a press statement said it made the alleged discovery back in January 2019 during the course of conducting due diligence while processing a good standing certificate, which was requested by Superbet in September last year.The Authority disclosed that it was provided with information of the allegation, after which it enhanced its due diligence, and issued a letter to Guiana Holding Inc to seek clarification on February 14, 2019.The gaming agency reportedly responded on March 4, 2019, and the Gaming Authority took steps to verify the information.“The response from Guiana Holding Inc and additional information received by the Gaming Authority on April 5, 2019, during the verification process, after careful analysis, led to determination, that an AML/CFT audit of Superbet operations was necessary to determine the veracity of the information received. This would allow the Gaming Authority to make an informed determination on the issuing of the good standing certification.”According to the statement, this was communicated to Guiana Holding Inc on April 23, 2019, and they have in principle, agreed to the audit.The Gaming Authority has been in the process of organising the audit team, it stated, adding that a Non-Disclosure Agreement has been sent to the said organisation for signature and for submission of a proposal and cost. A deadline of July 31, 2019, has been set for the conclusion and submission of the audit report.The outcome of the audit will determine the Gaming Authority’s position on the issuing of the good standing certificate.Stifling investorPrior to this requirement, Superbet has been operating in Guyana for more than five years. The business now has over 175 locations across Guyana, which brings in income for over 500 persons.General Manager Shrikant Kisoensingh complained that it is not being granted its renewal of licences owing to victimisation on the part of the Guyana Gaming Authority. In fact, Kisoensingh’s lawyer, Anil Nandlall, has already said he is ready to represent his client in the court as he feels he is being victimised.However, the Gaming Authority denied stymieing the investor in Wednesday’s statement explaining that the certificate of good standing, which is required by the agency, was not produced by the trending gambling attraction but is necessary to qualify the business for their licence renewal.According to the Gaming Authority, the certificate of good standing is just one of nine requirements needed by a business when applying for a Betting Shop Licence.Before 2018, a letter of good standing from the Authority did not form part of the process but was later introduced to ensure due diligence for the purpose of Anti-Money Laundering/Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT), it added.
1 Younes Kaboul Tottenham captain Younes Kaboul has emerged as a transfer target for Besiktas, according to reports in France.The Frenchman has slipped down the pecking order at White Hart Lane, making just one appearance during the whole of December.Summer signing Federico Fazio and Jan Vertonghen have instead emerged as Mauricio Pochettino’s first choice pairing, forcing Kaboul onto the bench.Besiktas have been alerted to the situation and, according to francefootball.fr, have approached Kaboul’s representatives.As yet no offer has been made for the 29-year-old and the Turkish outfit have been given no indication Spurs would be willing to sell.
The title terrier dog.A JUDGE has described as ‘appalling’ a student who left her dog to starve – while she went to live with her mother.Natalie McGranaghan appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with cruelty to animals. DPSCA Inspector Kevin McGinley told Judge Paul Kelly that he went to McGranaghan’s rented home at Leitir Ard, Letterkenny, on March 12 last year after reports a dog had been abandoned there.The flat in which the dog was found.Inspector McGinley said he could hear a dog inside the property but could not see one. He left a note at the house asking the occupant to contact him.He returned two days later and again heard a dog and decided to call gardai who forced entry into the property.Inside the house he found an emaciated terrier dog abandoned, covered in its own excrement. A bucket filled with water had been left beside the dog but it was unable to drink from it as it was too tall for the pup to reach.“The dog was in a poor state,” McGinley told the court.“Its backbone was protruding and its ribs were prominent.”He traced owner Natalie McGranaghan to her mother’s home but she had claimed she had sold the dog.She later admitted she hadn’t – but claimed she had fed the dog two days earlier.Judge Paul Kelly – looking at these pictures – remarked that “this was an appalling thing to do to an unfortunate defenceless animal.”The judge adjourned sentence until July 16 to allow McGranaghan time to pay €400 in veterinary bills.The dog has since made a full recovery.JUDGE SLAMS WOMAN WHO LEFT DOG TO STARVE IN HOUSE was last modified: April 16th, 2015 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:DOGdonegalDSPCAletterkennystarvewoman
In Hollywood, they call it a flop. In politics, we call it Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s special election. The governor lost badly this past week. All four of his initiatives went down to defeat, some by more than 20 points. While this may seem a strange turn for a governor with such star power, the debacle has been in the making for months. In fact, a little history can explain how the governor got so off-course – and what he and California must now do to tackle the tough challenges. Flash back to December of 2003. Arnold Schwarzenegger had just assumed office, and California faced a massive budget shortfall. The deficit threatened to close down our schools and hospitals by the summer if we didn’t find revenue – and fast. The Democrats in the Legislature fashioned a plan to issue long-term bonds to keep California afloat. It was the only way to avoid shutting down vital services and sending thousands of Californians to the street. Yielding to political and fiscal reality, Schwarzenegger signed on to the Democratic plan. Financial experts were relieved. Republicans were aghast. As the state’s chief financial officer, I joined other Democrats to work with the surprisingly bipartisan and flexible governor. The result of that compromise was Proposition 57. In the spirit of bipartisanship, Schwarzenegger and I co-chaired the campaign. Soon U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu!tildelown!ez and the AFL-CIO joined us. By the March 2004 election, even most Republicans had signed on, and a broad left-right coalition developed to support Proposition 57, with only a few extremists on either side opposing it. The measure passed with 63 percent of the vote. Proposition 57 was the height of bipartisan, common-sense problem-solving. Schwarzenegger worked with me and with other Democrats to keep California running. Then everything changed. Inexplicably, the governor dropped the moderate rhetoric, lurched to the right and declared war on the same Democratic groups that were willing to work with him. Four months later, we got his “girlie men” line. He called unions “evil.” Then it was “kicking the butts” of nurses. Hard-right policy soon followed hard-right rhetoric. Schwarzenegger’s budget cuts turned away thousands of hard-working students from the University of California and California State University systems. He vetoed common-sense legislation to raise the minimum wage and limit outsourcing. He pushed a plan to privatize public pensions. Then, this year, came the last straw: Schwarzenegger broke his promise to fully fund the Proposition 98 commitment to public education, shortchanging our kids of billions of dollars. These missteps and right-wing turns culminated in a needless special election. Not surprisingly, California said no to the whole thing, rejecting not just the initiative particulars, but Schwarzenegger’s entire vision. The ostensible moderate was unmasked as a conservative at core. Is there any going back? Schwarzenegger’s quasi-concession speech Tuesday night hinted at renewed bipartisanship and moderation. I hope it’s more than words, but I doubt it is. The governor’s attacks on teachers, nurses and firefighters over the past months were too visceral and personal. He really does think they’re the problem. Such a worldview is not easily erased by a few bipartisan press conferences. I hope Schwarzenegger will work with Democrats in the coming year. But to do so, he must recognize that voters rejected his ideas. He’s shown no such inclination. His spokesman last week said the lesson of the special election is that voters didn’t want a special election. Nonsense. The lesson is that voters didn’t want far-right policies. The governor’s failure to recognize that makes it clear he is not the person to lead this state. The governor may try to reinvent himself in the coming months. We could soon see the premiere of “Arnold: The Sequel,” in which a staunch conservative evinces sunny moderation. That’s why progressives can’t get complacent. Democrats proved we can beat lousy Republican ideas at the ballot box. But if we want to beat a sitting governor, we need to do more than bash him. The party that only opposes things becomes the permanent opposition party. Democrats should seize the opportunity to offer bold new ideas. We should articulate a positive vision and explain to voters how we will grow the economy, protect the environment and extend health care and opportunity to every Californian. That means standing up for fiscal accountability, too. Our solutions can’t be built on a series of tax increases. By getting smart about how we spend money, we’ll earn the trust of taxpayers to make much-needed investments in roads, schools and hospitals. Ideas are our best weapon. I believe the party is up to the challenge. So is California. The people want reform, not attacks. Clearly, they’re not getting it from the governor. The man who pledged to change the political culture instead became its leading agent. As the governor prepares to ask voters for a second term, it’s time for Democrats to lead. Steve Westly is California’s state controller and a Democratic candidate for governor in 2006. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Drake University football team placed seven student-athletes on the 26th Academic All-Pioneer Football League teams as voted by the league’s athletics communications directors. The Bulldogs had five first-team selections and two second-team selections. Drake’s seven honorees tied for the second most in the 11-team league.Fifth-year senior defensive lineman Nathan Clayberg added to his long list of awards with his third career first-team selection. Clayberg has already received his undergraduate degree in accounting and finance, finishing with a 3.76 cumulative grade-point average, and is currently working towards his MBA with a grade-point average of 3.50. He is also the lone member of either academic team to be in a post-graduate program.Clayberg is joined on the first-team by four other Bulldogs, including junior offensive lineman Jacob Bacon and senior offensive lineman Isaiah Kent-Schneider. Bacon, who was also named to the first-team in 2017, currently holds a 3.94 grade-point average and is pursuing a double major in actuarial science and finance. Kent-Schneider is an environmental science and secondary education major with a 3.98 grade-point average, which is the best among the 50 players selected to Academic All-PFL teams.Seniors Steven Doran and Kieran Severa rounded out the Bulldogs’ five first-team selections. Doran holds a 3.40 grade-point average in physics and astronomy and was the team’s leading receiver with more than 900 yards. Severa is a health sciences major with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.55. Severa also led the team in tackles and tackles for loss with 67 and 10.5, respectively.Two Bulldogs were named to the Academic All-PFL Second Team with seniors Peter Read and Terry Wallen each being recognized for the first time in their careers. Read is a health sciences major with a 3.84 grade-point average, and Wallen is a finance major with a 3.60 grade-point average. Both of the Bulldogs’ second-team honorees were also named All-PFL Honorable Mention earlier in the week.The Academic All-PFL teams are a complement to the Capital One Academic All-America™ program presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Eight PFL student-athletes were named to their respective Capital One Academic All-District Teams® this fall including Drake’s Jacob Bacon and Steven Doran.Pioneer Football League athletic directors established the Academic All-PFL squads in 1993 as a way to recognize the league’s outstanding student-athletes. To be eligible for Academic All-PFL consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00 and reached their second season both athletically and academically at his current institution.Print Friendly Version
Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology for over 40 years at several colleges and universities including Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.(Visited 291 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Did scientists find a snake losing its legs, or did they find a new kind of animal?by Jerry Bergman, PhD I responded to the issue of snake legs on September 1, but the issue came up again as a result of a new fossil discovery. The most obvious concern related to the question of evolution is to keep in mind that loss of some structure—no matter what the structure—is not evolution. Darwin’s theory requires the gain of new structures, or modification of existing organs. Many paleontologists assume evolution when analyzing fossils, and thus interpret the evidence from a Darwinian worldview. For example, instead of letting the evidence speak for itself, the authors stated that these “new fossils help answer longstanding questions on the origins of snakes, such as how they lost their limbs and evolved their highly specialized skulls.”The authors of The Conversation article just quoted – Michael Caldwell, Professor of Vertebrate Paleontology at the University of Alberta, and Alessandro Palci, Research Associate in Evolutionary Biology at Flinders University – should have known better. A paper in Nature in 2006 by Apesteguía and Zaher made some of the same mistakes. All four scientists need to take their evolutionary glasses off and explore other viable possibilities and interpretations for the fossil without jumping to conclusions.Unasked QuestionsOne question the paleontologists should be asking is, in view of the number of examples they have found that appear to be similar, “Is this creature just another new reptile variety not related to snakes?” From my reading of the literature in this area, this possibility has never been considered by the workers in the field. If I am wrong, I hope a reader can fill this gap in my knowledge!Another question involves other body parts of these creatures. The reference above notes that the new find also requires not only evidence of the loss of four legs, but also evidence of how they “evolved their highly specialized skulls.” In other words, the skulls of the claimed snake finds were very different from modern snake skulls. And that’s not all that’s different in this fossil. The paleontologists should consider whether they are looking at a previously-unknown extinct animal that had legs, a snake-like body, and a very un-snake-like head, plus several other very un-snake-like traits. These animals have major anatomical differences from modern snakes and other reptiles. How did those evolve? The paper in Science Advances says,their ancestral lizard-like skull condition include greatly increased gape size, increased skull kinesis, loss of temporal bones, and expansion of the attachment sites for the jaw adductor musculature. This highly modified skull creates difficulties in identifying homologies with other squamates, resulting in problems reconstructing phylogeny and in understanding the evolutionary acquisition and assembly of the snake skull and elongate body.Looking at the EvidenceThe new fossil consists of what is described as a “beautifully preserved skull of an ancient snake with rear limbs.” Judging from the illustration in Science Advances, which described it as “largely uncrushed fossils,” I would describe them as crushed fossil fragments, although not as greatly damaged as other examples. They were embedded in rock that had to be carefully removed from the matrix and assembled. Fossils embedded in rock are virtually always distorted due to the temperature changes that cause expansion and contraction of the rock matrix, especially rock near the Earth’s surface. That is the case in most of the fossils described as precursors of modern snakes.Although assigned to the genus Najash, the authors admit that this assignment is tentative:The new specimens exhibit a similar overall morphology that permits their assignation to the genus Najash; however, pending a full taxonomic review and assessment of the morphological diversity and disparity, the snakes from the LBPA [La Buitrera Palaeontological Area] are here conservatively assigned to Najash.The name assigned to the species is Najash rionegrina – a term after the Biblical snake with legs from Nahash (Hebrew for ‘snake’), and the Río Negro Province in Argentina, where the fossils were discovered.The 2006 Nature article that analyzed another limbed-snake fossil, concluded that ithas commonly been thought that snakes underwent progressive loss of their limbs by gradual diminution of their use. However, recent developmental and paleontological discoveries suggest a more complex scenario of limb reduction, still poorly documented in the fossil record.True ConfessionsTwo points are worth noting about this new fossil. The first is that the find does not support the once-orthodox idea of gradual limb loss. To accept the evolutionary theory of snakes, they have to revise the “commonly thought” scenario of gradual limb loss, but exactly how they would revise it they don’t say. Notice how they admitted that evolution from a quadrupedal organism to one lacking legs is “still poorly documented in the fossil record.” The 2006 Nature paper stated the problem as follows: “understanding the earliest steps toward the acquisition of these remarkable adaptations is hampered by the very limited fossil record of early snakes.”Another area where the 2019 report contradicts the formerly orthodox view is, instead of a watery origin of snakes, this find supports the “hypothesis of a terrestrial rather than marine origin of snakes.” The research on new find likewise concluded that Najash was a “terrestrial snake living in a desert, not an aquatic snake living in the ocean.”Another problem with the original 2006 paper echoed in the 2019 paper concerns preservation of the fossil. “Unfortunately, that first description of Najash relied on a very fragmentary skull. Scholars of snake evolution were left to guess at what the head of these ancient animals might have looked like.” This contrasts with the 2006 find which was originally described as “an almost complete… 3D preserved snake skull.” But, as just quoted in 2019, it was actually “a very fragmentary skull.” These adjectives are obviously subjective, but they are closer to being almost arbitrary, due to the lack of any mathematical standard on which to base their subjective descriptions. Subjectivity is common when reading the paleontological literature. As one report admitted:A long-standing hypothesis is that snakes evolved from a blind, burrowing lizard ancestor. A group of small, worm-like, small-mouthed burrowing snakes, known as scolecophidians have long been considered to be the most primitive living snakes.This certainly does not describe the 2019 find.The Genesis SerpentThe genus name of the 2019 find, “Najash,” recalls the Biblical story of the Garden of Eden where sin entered into the world. Genesis suggests that “the serpent” lost its legs as punishment for deceiving the woman. It’s not clear this was a judgment on all snakes. it could be true but, if so, the only difference between the pre-Fall serpent and the post-Fall serpent would involve its legs. Before and after the curse, it was the same animal, with only one difference: namely, the lack of legs, requiring a different mode of locomotion. The reptiles described in these papers we’re considering, however, display many major differences between their putative ancestors, as well as between the fossils and modern snakes.SummaryA theory of snake evolution requires the gain of—and major alteration of—numerous structures. Loss of legs is devolution, not evolution. This new fossil needs to be examined from the standpoint that it could be an extinct reptile not related to modern snakes. It is evidently not a transitional form between a non-snake and a modern snake. The 2006 Nature report concluded that, according to their description of the find, thenew Najash specimens reveal a mosaic of primitive lizard-like features such as a large triradiate jugal and absence of the crista circumfenestralis, derived snake features such as the absence of the postorbital, as well as intermediate conditions such as a vertically oriented quadrate.Enough evidence exists in the reports of this find to question the evolutionary interpretation. The “snake-lost-its-legs” assumption comes from wearing evolution glasses that filter out other possibilities. A fresh look at the evidence is warranted, using the evidence alone. This fossil may represent some unique, but extinct, reptile – not a creature on its way to evolving into something else. There are plenty of extinct reptiles: pterosaurs, ichthyosaurs, and all the dinosaurs. Finding another one should not be surprising.References Bergman, Jerry, 2019: “Snake ‘Vestigial Legs’ Debunked,” Creation-Evolution Headlines, September 1. Caldwell and Palci, 2019: “Extraordinary skull fossil reveals secrets of snake evolution.” The Conversation, November 20. [Emphasis added.] Apesteguía, Sebastián and Hussam Zaher, 2006: “A Cretaceous terrestrial snake with robust hindlimbs and a sacrum,” Nature, 440: 1037-1040. Garberoglio, Fernando F.; et al., 2019: “New skulls and skeletons of the Cretaceous legged snake Najash, and the evolution of the modern snake body plan,” Science Advances, 5(11): 1-8, November 20. Apesteguía and Zaher, 2006, Ref. 3, p. 1037. Ibid. Ibid. Caldwell, Michael and Alessandro Palci, 2019. “Beautifully Preserved Skull of ‘Biblical Snake’ with Hind Legs Discovered,” Live Science, December 6. Ibid. Ibid. Apesteguía and Zaher, 2006, Ref. 3, p. 1037. [Emphasis added.]
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A Delhi court on Thursday transferred the case against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in the matter of the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar to a designated fast-track court.Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmendra Singh transferred the case to the designated court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal as per a Supreme Court judgment which said that cases against politicians would be heard by a fast-track court, and fixed May 28 as the date for further proceedings.“Since he is a sitting Member of Parliament, matter is being sent to the special designated court for politicians, that is ACMM Samar Vishal. Matter be taken up on May 28,’’ Mr. Singh said.The Delhi police had on May 14 accused Mr. Tharoor of abetting Pushkar’s suicide, and chargesheeted him under Sections 498A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. While Section 498A entails maximum punishment of three years in prison, Section 306 attracts a maximum jail term of 10 years.The MP had termed the chargesheet “preposterous” and said that he intends to contest it “vigorously”.The court is yet to take cognisance of the chargesheet and summon Mr. Tharoor.
Scholar and activist Prof. Anand Teltumbde on Monday demanded a judicial probe into the entire Bhima-Koregaon episode, including the recent arrests of activists across the country for suspected Maoist links and to also to take to task all those responsible for it.Prof. Teltumbde, whose official residence at the Goa Institute of Management (GIM) campus in Sanquelim in North Goa was searched as part of the recent raids across the country on Dalit intellectuals, writers and human rights activists, was delivering a talk on ‘Decimating Dissent: The Truth behind Bhima Koregaon’, organised by Dakshinayan Abhiyan at Margao in South Goa on Monday.“There should be a judicial commission’s probe into this (Bhima-Koregaon) episode and whoever did it should be taken to task. In a democracy, the State taking a posture and acting against citizens is unpardonable,” he said.Reacting to the search of his residence, he said the police could not find anything. “The search by the police was absolute fabrication and utter nonsense. They raided my residence because I had attended the Paris convention organised by the Department of Amercian Studies in Paris in April this year. But it was not funded by Maoists; neither did it have a Naxal link,” Prof. Teltumbde said. He said he had filed a defamation suit against the Pune police.On the historical background of the Bhima Koregaon protests, he said the Green Revolution was a capitalist strategy, which reduced the Dalits” to a rural proletariat. Through the post-Independence land reforms, the Congress, a “somewhat metropolitan party”, and created a class of rich farmers in rural areas that would be allied to them, he said. “They (the Brahmin landlords) were replaced by these people (the cultivators) and all kinds of markets were created. The Dalits were utterly dependent on the farm wages of the rich farmers.” He said the battle of Koregaon-Bhima of the early 19th Century was largely unnoticed and only became popular after Babasaheb Ambedkar started visiting the obelisk that was erected by the British in memory of slain soldiers in the battlefield, which included soldiers from the Mahar clan.On the legacy of the battle, Prof. Teltumbde said: “When Ambedkar came on the scene, the recruitment of Mahars in the British military was stopped. In that context, Bhima Koregaon came in handy for the Mahars to claim that they too belonged to a martial race who had sacrificed a lot.” Mr. Ambedkar’s father too was a part of this movement, and when Mr. Ambedkar entered public life, he picked up this issue, and go to the obelisk to pay his respects. “Before that, it was not noticed by anyone. It was under cantonment control,” he said.