Wedding Expo 2018 dubbed a success

first_imgFrom the extravagant exhibitions to the glitz and glamour that engulfed the Duke Lodge last weekend, this year’s Wedding Expo has been deemed as the best one thus far.These sentiments were expressed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Roraima Airways, Captain Gerry Gouveia during an interview with the Guyana Times. While mentioning that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the exhibition in Guyana, Gouveia highlighted that all aspects of the events turned out to be a success.“It was spectacular. There was an exposure to colours, music, dancers and religion. It was just amazing when you look at the show and the exhibitors,” he stated.In addition to the colossal turnout of spectators, just to get a glimpse of the entertaining manifestations and the display of approximately 45 different booths, the weather also submitted to the evenings’ requirements.While explaining that there is the need for more collaboration among other businesses in the events, Captain Gouveia emphasized on the need for Guyana to understand the importance of wedding tourism. This is light of the fact the Government is initiating to reform the legislation, which allows persons to come to Guyana and get married within three days.“A lot of foreigners will choose Guyana as a wedding destination. They will also bring other people and more revenues will be earned. It will create an enormous economic benefit for Guyana,” he stated.When asked about the plans for the next Wedding Expo, the CEO revealed, “This is the tenth year of our wedding expo and wedding expo is going to continue to be here for the next 100 years”.He also added that the only plan so far for the next exhibition is to make it “bigger and better” for 2019.This years’ wedding expo was a three day event and featured displays of different services that are needed during the wedding season. Patrons, who visited the exhibition free of cost, were exposed to the amenities such as décor, jewelry, clothing, catering, photography and music that can be made available while the exhibitors gained an opportunity to promote their businesses. This year, exhibitors were pleased with the bookings they received from new clients.Gouveia added, “Our exhibitors this year were very enthusiastic about the response of the bookings they got so wedding expo really lived up to all of the expectations that we had”.Additionally, the excitement continued with a presentation of outfits by a number of religions and cultures. However, the main attraction was the “Race to the Altar” competition, in which one lucky couple won an all-expense paid for wedding.Applications for next year’s competition are already available and couples who wish to get married are encouraged to submit their request.last_img read more

Exceptional Beauty and Design in Animals

first_imgHere are four animals, some you probably never heard of, that deserve design awards for art and technology.Glimmering sea jewels:  Ever heard of sea sapphires?  You’ll be stunned by a video clip on The Conversation about these little shrimp-like animals in plankton, a type of copepod, that Rebecca Helm calls “the most beautiful animal you’ve never seen.”  Nobody would expect such a small, common thing to be so wonderful:The small creature is a Sapphirina copepod (or, in short, a sea sapphire). Copepods are the rice of the sea – tiny shrimp-like animals at the base of the ocean food chain. And like rice, they are generally not known for their charisma.Sea sapphires are an exception among copepods. Though they are often small, a few millimeters, they are stunningly beautiful.Helm has found them off the coasts of South Africa, Rhode Island, and California.  The males of the species create beautiful flashes of sapphire-blue light.  Enough of them can make the sea sparkle like a bed of jewels.  How do they do it?  Micrographs in the article show that the skin consists of about a dozen micro-thin layers of hexagonal plates organized like honeycomb.  The separation of the plates is comparable to the wavelength of blue light, about four ten-thousandths of a millimeter.  Light hitting these tissues reinforces blue reflections, but cancels out other wavelengths.  The result is brief flashes of intense blue color, separated by intervals where the transparent critters seem to vanish.  Helm is not sure if the males do it to impress the females hitching rides on jellyfish, or “to compete with one another, like jousting knights in shining armor, while the females watch on.”Helm says there are other species that shine in other colors, from bright gold to deep blue.  Her article begins with a photograph of a multi-hued species that should win the prize for artistic use of color.  This is another case of “structural color” (photonic crystals)—color produced by geometry instead of pigment.  It has been found in widely separate animals, including birds, butterflies, beetles, and now marine plankton.Seal acoustics:  Who couldn’t love the look of a bewhiskered, cross-eyed seal staring into the camera?  On the sides of that slick head, shown in Science Magazine, are amazing ears.  We know when swimming that we hear better in air than in water, because the acoustic environments are so different; underwater, sounds seem compressed in pitch to our ears.  The spotted seal, though, has excellent hearing in both environments.  They can hear fully seven octaves underwater, plus have “surprisingly good hearing in air as well,” comparable to cats whose range is about four octaves.  Maybe some engineer will take note of that to see how they do it.  Ork! Ork!Tuna body heat:  Ever hear of a warm-blooded fish?  National Geographic says that marlin and tuna are able to transmit heat from their muscles to their eyes and brains through a process called “non-shivering thermogenesis.”  You can actually feel the heat with your finger behind the eyeball of a marlin hours after it has been reeled in.  “The heater organ allows the marlin to move freely from the sunny surface to the cold depths with its eyes and brain warmed and working efficiently.”  The article features Barbara Block, an expert in this process.  “In the tunas, she said, the design was even better: a countercurrent heat-exchange system that warmed the whole body.”Rainbow frogs:  A remote national park in Peru, reached by a long drive on a dirt road, has set a record for reptile and amphibian diversity, Live Science reported.  Researchers  surveying the habitat have so far identified “a recording-breaking 287 species of of snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs and salamanders within the borders of the largely inaccessible and undeveloped reserve” of Manu National Park.  In addition, the park hosts 1,000 species of birds and more than 1,200 species of butterflies.  The video shows some frogs patterned in rainbow colors, with sharply delineated stripes.  One of the tiniest amphibians in the world, the pygmy frog could fit on a fingertip – but still has all the organs, limbs and anatomy of larger frogs.  What does a pygmy frog say?  ribbitWhoever loves God should love His creation.  Our first job was to care for it; that job was never revoked.  His people should approach their assignment with enthusiasm, joy, and awe.  None of these articles mentioned evolution (except the NG article on tunas, one time briefly), showing that Darwinism is superfluous for real, practical biological work.  Looking at animals with a designer’s eye makes it much more fun!  Let’s help kids and teens enter science with the spirit of adventure and discovery, like exploring a treasure house that they were given to catalog and care for.  Isn’t reality cooler than a video game? (Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Desperately Seeking Life Beyond Earth

first_imgEarth life cannot be unique. How about you, Mars? Europa, anything? Enceladus? Comet 67P? Please break the silence!Comet 67PThe latest evidence-starved speculation about life beyond Earth is that Rosetta’s lander Philae is sitting on a world sculpted by microbes (see PhysOrg). The speculation comes from long-time panspermia advocate Chandra Wickramasinghe who, with the late astronomer Fred Hoyle, made arguments in a book Evolution from Space (1984) that Earth was seeded with alien life by comets. The notion even got favorable press by the Royal Astronomical Society. No direct detection of life has been forthcoming from Comet 67P. Wickramasinghe speculates from the shape of formations on the surface.In Reality Check mode, planetary science professor Monica Grady on The Conversation writes, “Tempting as it may seem, there’s no evidence to suggest life on Comet 67P.” Her reason: other processes can explain the surface features, and “The chance that life could flourish on a freezing body with no sunlight or oxygen is in fact vanishingly small.” She jokes that some sun-struck scientists must be bored with nothing else to think about:The origin of life on Earth is not fully understood, but we are making great strides towards recognising the mechanisms that make up each stage. Placing those mechanisms in an unknown environment and suggesting that life on Earth was seeded by microbes on comets solves nothing. It merely moves the problem further away, making it even harder to study.Is it a slow summer? Are we already fatigued by the heatwave which lasted a couple of days? I suppose if there is nothing else to worry about, then we can ponder the chances of finding alien life beyond the Earth. Now, what’s that Curiosity Rover up to on Mars?MarsWhile Grady considers the probability of life vanishingly small for a comet, she apparently does believe that life could appear in more conducive habitats, like on Mars. That belief is seen in a TED talk by Nathalie Cabrol (SETI Institute), reported by Elizabeth Howell on Astrobiology Magazine. “Earth and Mars could share a life history,” the headline reads. Surprisingly, Cabrol believes that history could be more readable on Mars than on Earth. “Mars might hold the secret to the origin of life,” she tantalizes. Like most astrobiologists, Cabrol thinks that finding microbes in extreme environments on Earth can inform speculations about its presence on other worlds. Despite her SETI affiliations, she would be content to detect microbes out in space. Beyond Mars, she imagines Enceladus (she pronounces it like enchilada) like a giant spa, incubating life. From Mars, Cabrol leaps to other places in the solar system and into the big questions: where did we come from? Our generation, she promises, can answer these questions. “This can be our achievement; this can be our legacy, but only if we dare to explore.” She even managed to bring the subject of climate change into her talk.Darwin skeptics got a big laugh at philosopher Michael Ruse’s expense when, in the documentary Expelled (2008), he speculated that life began on the backs of crystals (YouTube). Unashamedly, PhysOrg continues that new-agey tradition with its headline, “Martian gems could point to evidence of life.” Striving to be a little more empirically robust, researchers at the University of Glasgow (where once Lord Kelvin challenged Darwinism) perform their divination on the Nakhla meteorite, looking for opals that are analogous to Earth opals that form around hot springs. From there, a leap of faith is required: “Closer study of Martian opals by future missions to Mars could well help us learn more about the planet’s past and whether it once held life.”EnceladusWhile physicists are struggling to explain the long-term heat output from the geysers erupting on Saturn’s small moon Enceladus (7/06/15), others merely assume that water and long periods of time gives birth to life.‘s entry “What’s inside Saturn moon Enceladus? Geyser timing gives hints” deals primarily with inferences about the interior from observations of surface activity at different points of the orbit. But the l-word life makes its appearance twice: “Scientists believe a liquid-water ocean exists beneath the solid surface, and that life could potentially survive there.” Later, “Understanding more about the geysers of Enceladus would shed light on the alien moon’s interior and on whether or not life dwells there, said Cassini imaging team leader Carolyn Porco.”Volcanic BreathVolcanos might seem unlikely places to hunt for life, but Astrobiology Magazine is convinced they are the best places to look. “Atmospheric signs of volcanic activity could aid search for life,” their article reads. A convoluted chain of reasoning begins with volcanos, assumes volcanism is a proxy for plate tectonics, proceeds through outgassing, and assumes if the right gases are present on a planet, life could exist, too. Amit Misra (U of Washington) carries the ball to the goal line: “What this means is that if we can detect a volcanic eruption on a planet, and if it meets other criteria like being in the habitable zone, that planet should move up our list of potential targets to search for life.” Problem: Venus, Mercury, the moon, Mars, and Io all have (or have had) volcanoes, but neither have plate tectonics nor atmospheres suitable for life. The list of “other criteria” for life is getting long (see 8/14/15 commentary).Deep SpaceIn a cosmic “call to arms,” University of Washington astronomy professor Julianne Dalcanton is calling on astronomers to advocate for a new “High Definition Space Telescope” (HDST) whose primary purpose would be to detect atmospheres of exoplanets where life might exist. “The goal is not just to find watery planets with rocky cores,” Dalcanton says in an article on PhysOrg. “We want to find atmospheres that have been shaped by the presence of life.” She thinks that an atmosphere “left to its own devices” would not have both oxygen and methane, for instance. This would be a clue to the presence of life. Why the motivation? If a methane-oxygen atmosphere is found, “That would be an unexpected combination for a lifeless planet, and a sign that Earth is no ordinary world.”Hoyle’s ideas on panspermia may be philosophically and empirically challenged, but he presented one of the strongest logical and mathematical proofs against the origin of life by chance (after his calculations, he came up with the “tornado in a junkyard to a 747” analogy). Yet even the famous astronomer could not get a respectful hearing on that point. Darwin skeptics have been hammering on the improbability of life’s origin by undirected natural causes for decades (see our online book as one example). The Wistar Institute study made little difference. The Mystery of Life’s Origin didn’t make much of a dent, either, other than stimulating the Intelligent Design Movement. Stephen Meyer’s excellent book Signature in the Cell stands unrefuted. Despite all this empirical and logical evidence, the unfeigned faith of the Darwinian astrobiologists continues on as if nothing happened. This is the sad state of affairs when ideology takes on totalitarian powers, and corrupts a government willing to pour millions of dollars into the pockets of its priesthood. (Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Easyjet’s ‘interesting’ futuristic uniforms for 2016

first_imgEasyJet is unveiling an interesting world first for the aviation industry by incorporating wearable technology – including LED messages with customers’ flight details – into cabin crew and engineers’ uniforms.The airline is set to trial the new look at the beginning of 2016 to mark its 20th anniversary and to improve communication and passenger safety procedures.         Read: EasyJet reviewThe cabin crew’s uniforms will be fitted with LEDs on the shoulders and illuminated hems to provide additional lighting. There will also be LEDs on the jacket lapels, displaying important information like fight numbers and destinations, and the crew will also have access to in-built microphones.The engineers’ uniforms will have LEDs in the jacket hoods to illuminate work areas, as well as an in-built camera which they can use to take a quick picture and send it over to another engineer for advice or assistance.Engineers’ jackets will also be fitted with an air quality sensor and barometer features to help staff monitor their work environment and create a map of air quality in different cities for passengers’ information.EasyJet staff collaborated with fashion tech company, CuteCircuit, to create the uniforms. The company is used to working with big names of which its list includes U2, Katy Perry and Nicole Scherzinger.Tina Milton, Head of Cabin Crew for easyJet, said: “Our crew’s primary concern is for the safety of all passengers so it is really exciting to be working on this pioneering new technology which could transform the capability of our uniforms, helping crew to be more easily identified in an emergency as well as helping them to provide great service to passengers.”Ian Davies, Engineering Director, added: “With features like the LED hood and video streaming and communications capability these designs offer practical solutions for engineers working on the ramp whilst enhancing safety at the same time.”EasyJet’s first flight went from Luton to Glasgow on November 10, 1995.The airline today flies more than 68 millions passengers to 137 airports in 31 countries and operates a whopping 788 routes across Europe.Today, to mark its 20th birthday, an easyJet plane was plastered with more than 100,000 photographs, largely passengers’ holiday snaps.Easyjet in flight product ratinglast_img read more

Rapists of minors to be given death penalty in Haryana

first_imgThe Haryana government on Tuesday decided to make more stringent existing criminal laws related to sexual offences against women and children. The Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday, decided to make amendments to Sections 376A, 376D, 354 and 354 D(2) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).“In case of rape or gang rape of a girl below 12 years of age, there will be a punishment of death or rigorous imprisonment of not less than 14 years which may extend to imprisonment for life — that is for remainder period of person’s natural life,” said an official statement.According to the section introduced under 376AA of the IPC, whoever commits rape on a girl up to 12 years of age will be punished with death or rigorous imprisonment for a term which will not be less than 14 years, but which may extend to imprisonment for the remainder of that person’s natural life and will also be liable to fine.Common intentionAnother provision made under Section 376D A of IPC, where a girl up to 12 years of age is raped by one or more persons constituting a group or acting in furtherance of a common intention, each of those persons shall be deemed to have committed the offence of rape and will be punished with death or rigorous imprisonment for a term which will not be less than 20 years, but which may extend to life which will mean imprisonment for the remainder of that person’s natural life, and with fine.Such a fine shall be just and reasonable to meet the medical expenses and rehabilitation of the victim. Any fine imposed under this section will be paid to the victim, said the statement. Apart from this, the Cabinet decided that under Section 354 of the IPC, whoever assaults or uses criminal force on a woman, intending to outrage or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby outrage her modesty, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which will not be less than two years but may extend up to seven years and shall also liable to fine.Tough on stalkingBesides, under section 354D (2) of the IPC, whoever commits the offence or stalking will be punished on first conviction with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years and shall also liable to fine; and be punished on a second or subsequent conviction, with imprisonment of either description for a term which will not be less than three years, but may extend to seven years and will also be liable to fine, the Cabinet decided.last_img read more

Kevin Belingon to defend ONE bantamweight title vs Bibiano Fernandes in Japan

first_imgLATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Ryan Bader KOs Fedor Emelianenko in 35 seconds for Bellator heavyweight belt Also part of the inaugural show in Japan are the likes of atomweight queen Angela Lee and two-division champion Aung La N Sang.The pressure to retain the title is now on Belingon and Folayang after two of their Team Lakay teammates in Joshua Pacio and Geje Eustaquio have yielded their respective belts in just a six-day span.Pacio lost the strawweight strap to Japanese strongman Yosuke Saruta on January 19 in Jakarta, Indonesia while Eustaquio surrendered the flyweight crown after absorbing a unanimous decision to Brazilan rival Adriano Moraes two nights ago in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Kevin Belingon is the undisputed ONE bantamweight champion. Photo from ONE ChampionshipKevin Belingon is set for his first title defense in a third meeting with Bibiano Fernandes on March 31 in Tokyo, Japan, Chatri Sityodtong, chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, announced Sunday.Belingon edged Fernandes by split decision in their rematch that could’ve gone either way two months ago in Singapore to claim the world bantamweight belt.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ The addition of Belingon-Fernandes 3 bolsters an already stacked New Era card that features the highly-awaited debuts of MMA legends Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez and the title rematch between lightweight king Eduard Folayang and Shinya Aoki which will be the main event.BREAKING NEWS: I am excited to announce the trilogy fight between current ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin Belingon and former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes for March 31 in Tokyo! #WeAreONEFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars— Chatri Sityodtong (@yodchatri) January 27, 2019last_img read more