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Date: 24 Apr 18 01:26am
– Opposition Chief whip to lodge complaint with Elections Commission By Kiana Wilburg Leader of the political Opposition, David Granger, sharply scolded the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) for what heOpposition Leader, David Grangerbelieves to be a campaign it launched that reeks of fear-mongering, race-baiting, vote-buying and malicious lies.At his weekly press conference which was held at A Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU) headquarters yesterday, the Opposition Leader told the media that the PPP has launched a “dirty, divisive and dangerous campaign” which seems to be in anticipation of general and regional elections. He made known his disdain for the fact that the party’s General Secretary, Clement Rohee has been prancing around the country, issuing ludicrous and libelous attacks on the opposition leaders and their parties.Granger said that he knew when the government started its elections campaign. He recalled that Rohee said at the annual commemoration at Babu John on March 9, that people were growing restless and uncomfortable politically and “only general elections can change the situation.”The Opposition Leader said that the PPP, since then, Cheap Nike Shox, has been deliberately instigating constitutional crises in order to vilify the opposition and distract the population from its own sordid record of corruption and mismanagement. Granger said that the PPP government tried every tactic in the political playbook to prevent the holding of Local Government Elections and preparing for General and Regional Elections, by indulging in “fear-mongering, race-baiting, vote-buying and lying.”On the matter of fear-mongering, the APNU Leader alluded to the most “scurrilous and obscene” press statement ever issued by the PPP which he said referred to him and his Shadow Minister of Finance, Carl Greenidge.He then quoted an extract of the PPP release, “Both Mr. Granger and Mr. Greenidge… would unleash vengeance against anyone they perceive to be associated with the PPP and the PPP/C administration… these threats can only be seen as tantamount to the Demerara River flowing red with blood should the APNU and People’s National Congress (PNC) comeOpposition Chief Whip, Amna Allyto power.”Granger firmly stated that such a statement was only manufactured and dispensed for public consumption so that the PPP can breed fear by threatening a ‘blood bath’ if APNU were to emerge victorious at the next General Elections.With regard to its allegation that the PPP is on a race-baiting campaign, Granger said that the government has been concocting and publishing inflammatory, racist statements in order to influence the attitudes and behaviour of Amerindians and persons of Indian origin.He said that the PPP, on December 1, falsely claimed that the indigenous population had been “battered” during the reign of the People’s National Congress and that the Opposition was “attempting to disenfranchise the Amerindians.”Granger said too that the PPP maliciously accused the PNC of being “bent on marginalizing the indigenous population.”  But the Opposition Leader found this to be ironic, since he noted that the PPP has been accused by the Alliance For Change (AFC) of creating “…ethnic and geographic apartheid in Guyana” and of “…stirring anti-African fears, conjuring up the so-called ‘black jumbie’ to scare Indians and to woo them away from the AFC.”To lend further credence to his allegation that the PPP is also involved in a vote-buying crusade, the APNU parliamentarian told members of the media fraternity, that the Administration has been spending state resources in certain communities in an attempt to win their votes at approaching elections.“Several Ministers have been spending state funds at a phenomenal rate in order to “buy” votes. The Minister of Local Government and Regional Development unilaterally launched a multi-million dollar ‘clean-up-my-country’ programme. The Minister of Amerindian Affairs has been presenting villages with school uniform material. The Minister of Education waited over six months to start disbursing the $10, 000 grant promised to the families of schoolchildren. The Prime Minister and junior Finance Minister have been lavishing netbooks (laptop computers) in several rural communities, ” Granger said.As for the PPP’s apparent affinity with peddling lies, the APNU chief said that the government lied when it described Shaquille Grant, who was killed by the Police, as a “criminal.” He said that this was an immature attempt by the instigator of that lie to show that the Opposition leader was “in bed with the criminal underworld.”But Granger alluded to the fact that the PPP’s plan to taint his integrity backfired, and that Rohee was forced earlier this week to apologize to Grant’s mother, Shonette Adams for that nasty lie.He added, “The PPP statement mendaciously went on to claim that “Mr. Granger indicated he will go on a ‘witch hunt’ and through his ‘lynch mob, ’ would throw due process out the window.” This is a complete falsehood ¯ a fabrication that was concocted by a sick mind.”The APNU he said is warning the PPP that its inflammatory language, racial incitement and lies during its campaign, will incite fear and racial hatred. He said that the PPP and its General Secretary must bear responsibility for the consequences of these reckless statements and ferocious behaviour.In support of Granger’s points, the Opposition’s Chief Whip, Amna Ally said that the government needs to refrain from using state apparatus for political games.Granger assured that the Chief Whip will be filing a complaint with the Guyana Elections Commission for electoral breaches.The APNU’s Shadow Minister of Home Affairs, Winston Felix concluded that he believes the government is going to the extremes to secure votes, considering that it is losing its stronghold in certain regions.
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Date: 24 Apr 18 01:25am
…as researchers overcome crucial obstacleIn a crucial step towards developing a successful HIV vaccine, researchers have been able, for the first time, to stimulate immune cells that can produce broadly neutralizing antibodies: a feat that has eluded vaccine researchers for decades. The exciting results are published in this month’s issue of the Journal of Experimental Medicine.It is widely accepted that a successful vaccine against HIV/AIDS would have to elicit antibodies to prevent infection from a wide spectrum of HIV strains. So far, no candidate vaccine for HIV has been able to produce such antibodies.Leonidas Stamatatos, Andrew McGuire and their team of researchers at Seattle BioMed, in collaboration with colleagues at The Rockefeller University, the Scripps Research Institute and CalTech, wanted to understand why that was the case.A major goal of an HIV vaccine is to stimulate B cells to create antibodies that can effectively block HIV from entering a human host cell. The first generation of antibodies — called “germline antibodies” — are partially embedded in a B cell’s membrane. If a germline antibody binds to a protein (called an “envelope protein&rdquo ;) on the surface of HIV, even weakly, then the B cell is activated and begins producing antibodies not only on the surface of B cells, but also in the bloodstream.Activated B cells evolve to produce antibodies with even higher binding affinity to HIV, eventually resulting in a “mature” antibody. Some mature antibodies can bind to envelope proteins of many different HIV strains and prevent them from infecting cells. For this reason, these antibodies are called “broadly neutralizing antibodies.” These are the antibodies a vaccine needs to elicit.A small number of people infected with HIV naturally produce broadly neutralizing antibodies. By sequencing the DNA of their mature antibodies, Stamatatos and McGuire were able to deduce what the originating germline antibodies likely looked like.They then tested how well the mature and germline antibodies bound to the envelope protein of different HIV strains from around the world. Some of these envelope proteins have been tested previously as vaccine candidates, but they did not elicit broadly neutralizing antibodies.While the mature antibodies were able to bind 80-90% of these diverse envelope proteins, the germline antibodies did not bind at all. This indicated that a problem with previously tested HIV vaccines is that they do not bind to germline antibodies on B cells that ultimately give rise to mature, broadly neutralizing antibodies. Without this first binding step, the immune response to HIV is stopped before it can even truly begin.Next, they turned to the structure of the HIV envelope proteins to determine why they were able to bind to the mature antibodies but not the germline. They discovered that several sugar molecules, called glycans, which HIV adds to its envelope protein to evade the immune system, Nike Roshe Run Women, were blocking the germline antibody from binding to and activating B cells.After engineering an HIV envelope protein that lacks specific glycans, McGuire and Stamatatos ran their binding tests again. This time, the germline antibodies were able to bind the modified HIV protein. They also verified that the modified HIV protein was capable of starting the process of antibody maturation in B cells, kicking off an immune response that could eventually result in broadly neutralizing antibodies.“We have overcome the first obstacle to elicit one type of anti-HIV broadly neutralizing antibodies through vaccination, ” explains McGuire. By administering the modified HIV protein as a vaccine, the immune system could become equipped to combat the real virus when it is encountered years down the line.
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Date: 24 Apr 18 01:25am
From a Buxton Ball to an economic summit, the activities are varied but they have one purpose in mind – celebrating 170 years since the East Coast village of Buxton was bought by a group of freed-African slaves.There are rumours of a red-carpet type event being hosted by the state, but there has been no confirmation of that just yet.The initiative to celebrate the village’s anniversary was taken by a group of overseas-based Buxtonians looking to erase the bloody-image the village developed, especially the violent events of the past decade.In the four years leading up to the abolition of slavery on August 1, 1838, a group of slaves who enjoyed a period of apprenticeship saved the small amounts of money they were paid.Following the first such purchase of what is now Victoria Village, in November 1839, by 83 former slaves, 128 of their fellow labourers from plantations between Lusignan and Non Pareil, East Coast Demerara, pooled their resources to acquire the 500-acre Plantation New Orange Nassau from its proprietor, James Archibald Holmes, for $50, 000, in April 1840.The newly established village was renamed Buxton in honour of Thomas Fowell Buxton, a British Member of Parliament, who had campaigned tirelessly for the abolition of slavery in the British colonies. Although Victoria was purchased before Buxton, Buxton obtained its transport first-2nd January, 1841.In 1841, another 168 former slaves purchased Friendship, a 500-acre plantation adjacent east of Buxton for $80, 000. They then merged the two communities to form the largest village in the country.The founding fathers proceeded to lay out housing lots at the front of the village and corresponding farm lands at the back. They worked tirelessly building roads, digging drainage trenches and planting crops.They also created an administrative body, the Buxton-Friendship Village Council to oversee the maintenance of village infrastructure, collect property taxes, and to ensure residents adhered to a strict code of decency and morality by imposing fines on violators who committed such offences as public intoxication, use of profane language, gambling and fighting.Religious worship and education were also very important to villagers. Places for the establishment of Christian churches and schools were allocated to the Congregational, Methodist and Roman Catholic Churches.The Anglican Church had already planted roots in the community before it was acquired by the former slaves. According to Eusi Kwayana’s Buxton Friendship in Print and in Memory, “They made it clear that this was in gratitude for what God had done for them in relieving them from their captivity.”These institutions were later followed by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, the Church of God, The Lutheran Church, Brethren Church, the Jordanites,  the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, Assemblies of God, Full Gospel Church, and a number of small ‘Faithist’ groups.Except for a small number of East Indians who reside around the northwestern border of the village, Buxton-Friendship has remained largely a village of African descendants. As a result, it boasts a culture deeply rooted in African and Christian traditions.It is thought that Buxton-Friendship once boasted one of the best education systems in the country with three secondary schools-Buxton Government Secondary School, County High School and Smith’s College.It also housed four primary schools—St. Augustine’s Anglican School/Friendship Government School, Friendship Methodist (Wesleyan) School, Arundel Congregational (Missionary) School and St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic School.Early education was provided by a host of bottom-house Kindergarten schools, while skills and craft were taught to adolescents at the Trade School. The community shares a proud history of scholastic excellence through its many illustrious sons and daughters, some of whom were beneficiaries of the Buxton Scholarship, and who went on to serve in prestigious positions around the world.Buxton is also the original home of the popular Buxton Spice Mango. This distinctly sweet fleshy yellowish-red fruit, when ripe, grows abundantly in the fertile backlands of the village.Buxton is also famous for the legend that villagers stopped a train. This goes back to 1862 when villagers, arming themselves with cutlasses, axes, sticks and other implements, laid wait along the railway line to intercept a locomotive train carrying the governor, whose audience they fiercely sought.It was the last resort in a series of efforts by them to secure the abolishment of a repressive tax that was imposed on the properties of several villagers. As the train approached the village, several men and women formed themselves into a human shield, forcing the driver to bring the train to an immediate halt. The protestors then proceeded to immobilise the engine by applying chains and locks to its wheels.There are fresh efforts by a group of Buxtonians, led by Malcolm Parris and Bertrand Booker to mobilise interest and resources for the redevelopment of essential infrastructure in the Village.The first project earmarked is the erection of a multi-purpose community centre at the site where stood the legendary Tipperary Society Hall. It is targeted for completion by 2012.Activities to mark the 170th anniversary continue through this month. On Wednesday evening, there will be a night symposium.The Buxton Ball is billed for Friday evening while a village jamboree is slated for Saturday.**********************************Jurors hear closing arguments at JFK bomb plot trialAbdool Kadir(From The Washington Post)Two men accused in a terrorist plot hoped to cause a spectacular explosion that would kill thousands at New York’s Kennedy International Airport and avenge U.S. oppression of Muslims, a prosecutor said yesterday at the men’s trial.The defendants allegedly wanted to blow up jet fuel tanks at the sprawling airport, causing an explosion “so massive … that it could be seen from far, far away, ” Assistant U.S. Attorney Zainab Ahmad said in closing arguments in federal court in Brooklyn.Their vision prompted them to code name the plot “The Shining Light, ” the prosecutor said.Defense attorney, Mildred Whalen, countered by accusing a government informant of manipulating a ragtag crew of delusional dupes who had “seen too many Bruce Willis movies.” She called her client, Russell DeFreitas, a “weak-minded, foolish man with a big mouth.”Defreitas, 66, a former JFK cargo handler, and Abdul Kadir, 58, once a member of Parliament in Guyana, were arrested in 2007 after the informant – a convicted drug dealer – infiltrated the plot and made a series of secret recordings.Prosecutors say DeFreitas did reconnaissance on the airport, sought the help of a militant Muslim group in Trinidad along with Kadir and dreamt of delivering a devastating economic blow to the United States.DeFreitas, Air Max 97 Silver Bullet For Sale, a naturalised U.S. citizen from Guyana, “is a classic homegrown extremist, ” Ahmad said.At trial, the government’s evidence included tapes of DeFreitas that showed he was determined to avenge the mistreatment of Muslims in the United States and abroad with an attack that would “dwarf 9/11, ” Ahmad said yesterday. He also told the informant that his U.S. citizenship gave him cover, the prosecutor added.“They don’t expect nobody in this country to do something like this, ” she quoted him as saying. “They have their eyes on foreigners, not me.”As part of the plot, DeFreitas and the informant traveled to Guyana to try to meet with Kadir and show him homemade surveillance videotapes of the airport’s so-called fuel farms, the prosecutor said. The plotters also discussed reaching out to Adnan Shukrijumah, an al-Qaida operative and explosives expert who was believed to be hiding out in the Caribbean at the time, she added. DeFreitas’s bragging about his inside knowledge of JFK “doesn’t mean he’s breaking the law, ” his attorney said Monday. “He’s just acting like a fool.”Kadir, while testifying on his on behalf, has denied he was a militant Muslim who spied for Iran for years before joining the JFK scheme. He told jurors he warned the plotters they were violating their religion.“Islam does not support aggression or killing innocent people, ” he recalled saying to them.Shukrijumah, an FBI-most wanted terrorist, was indicted in federal court in Brooklyn this month on charges he was involved in a failed plot to attack the New York City subway system with suicide bombers.
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Date: 24 Apr 18 01:25am
A teenaged traffic rank attached to the Parika Police Station succumbed last night, Cheap Air Max 90 For Sale, several hours after being involved in a road accident which occurred at around 14:00hrs yesterday.Details are sketchy, but Kaieteur News learnt that the rank, 18-year-old Constable Shaquille Anderson was on a motorcycle with pillion rider Sadika Fraser, 22, when the accident occurred on the Zeelugt Public Road, West Coast of Demerara.It is unclear as to what exactly caused the accident, but this newspaper was told that the Tuschen Housing Scheme, West Coast Demerara resident was pronounced dead at around 21:30hrs, following a surgical procedure at a private city hospital.When this newspaper visited the health facility, a large number of Anderson’s tearful relatives and friends had gathered reminiscing about the good times they had spent with him.Meanwhile, up to press time, Sadika Fraser was said to have been in the operating theatre.
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Date: 24 Apr 18 01:25am
… Charlestown chopping spreeWilliam Lyte, 42, of Stevedore Housing Scheme, the man accused of chopping two neighbours to death and severely wounding two others, was yesterday arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, before Magistrate Priya Beharry.Lyte was charged with two murders and two counts of attempting to commit murder when he appeared before Magistrate Beharry.The first charge stated that on October 26, at Charlestown, Lyte murdered 75-year-old Cedric Blackman.Another charge stated that Lyte on the same day murdered 38-year-old Ann Cham-a-Koon. It is further alleged that on the same day he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Radesh Persaud with the intent to commit murder.Murder accused William Lyte yesterday at courtAnd Lyte was also accused of unlawfully and maliciously wounding Sean De Souza, with the intent to commit murder.He was not required to plead to any of the charges, since they were all indictable. He was also unrepresented by lawyer when he appeared yesterday.Lyte who seemed well aware of his surroundings, answered questions which were posed to him the magistrate.He was remanded to prison and is expected to make his next court appearance on December 6, when the preliminary inquiry is expected to begin.Just around mid-morning on Tuesday last. Lyte allegedly began chopping four persons, in a savage attack.Cedric Blackman and Ann Cham-a-Koon were pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Hospital, while Persaud and De Souza were immediately rushed to operating theatre for surgery.Persaud managed to escape with only a chop to the head, while De Souza was chopped to the shoulder and neck.Kaieteur News understands that the incident started at Cedric Blackman’s residence.Persons in the area opined that Lyte had carefully planned his attack, Nike Air Max 2018, since according to them he was seen sharpening his cutlass a few days before.“Dis man know exactly wha he do, because about two days ago he deh sharpening he cutlass…and when he done chop dem people he go and wash off he cutlass, ” one resident related.Another resident recalled that the man was even overheard saying that he had to “cleanse the earth of its demons”, after which he walked away in the direction of Blackman’s house.
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