Manickchand challenges students to reject prejudices for a better Guyana

first_imgFormer Education Minister Priya Manickchand, in giving the charge to the 2018 Westfield Prep graduating class, challenged students to reject prejudices that have almost become part of our culture.Westfield Prep produced Guyana’s top student at the 2018 National Grade Six Assessment.Manickchand told the graduants that they will be met daily with outdated views, sometimes from right at home, or from school, or from the community. These outdated views, she said, will insinuate that one ethnicity is superior to another, or people who worship in a particular way are strange, or that children from rich homes are better.She advised the students that at each and every time they encounter those anachronistic views, they must confront them and gently but firmly set the makers of those statements right.She told the students that they have a special responsibility to be educated, inform themselves about the issues affecting Guyana, and dedicate themselves to working to make our country better than it is now. She encouraged them to be fully involved in both the academic and extracurricular life of the high schools they would be attending.On March 28 and 29, grade six students from both public and private primary schools across the country wrote the NGSA examination so as to complete their primary education programme and gain entrance into the secondary education system. They were tested in the areas of Mathematics, English, Social Studies and Science.Just one week ago, the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) results were announced, with Nalia Rahaman of Westfield Prep securing a perfect score of 529 marks at the examination. According to the Education Ministry, this was the first time ever that a perfect score was achieved by a Guyanese student at the NGSA.Meanwhile, along with the good performance, a gender gap was observed, with females acquiring more spots in the top one percent when compared to males. This year’s examination also saw 14,145 students sitting the examination, with 104 females out of the 174 students being placed within the top one percent.Additionally, a performance gap has also been present between the coastal and hinterland schools.last_img read more

Links Young Black Writers Awards Presentation

first_imgThe Metro DC LINKS will hold an awards presentation to introduce the winners of the Young Black Writers Contest. Three students from D.C. area schools will be honored and given monetary prizes. This awards presentation will take place at the WUSA 9 Broadcast house, located at 4100 Wisconsin Avenue N.W. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To attend, please contact Janet Terry at JTERRY@WUSA9.COM.last_img

MC Lyte and Raheem DeVaughn Dish about Love Jones The Musical

first_imgA modern twist on the 1997 classic Black film “Love Jones” hits the stage tonight at Baltimore’s Murphy Fine Arts Center. Nearly 20 years after people first fell in love with the film, the movie is being adapted into a musical play with a fresh mix of both ‘90s and modern music. The show features an all-star cast including Chrisette Michelle as Nina Mosely, Tony Grant as Darius Lovehall, and some fan favorites like MC Lyte, Musiq SoulChild, Marsha Ambrosius, Raheem DeVaughn and Dave Hollister.MC Lyte and Raheem DeVaughn (Photos Courtesy lovejonesthemusical.com)This Black post-college romance followed poet Darius Lovehall and photographer Nina Mosely as they navigated the ups and downs of their relationship. This timeless film grew a cult-like fandom because of its realistic characters and positive portrayal of Black love.“It was a very meaningful love story for our generation. People like a good love story,” hip-hop icon MC Lyte told the AFRO exclusively.Singer and co-star Raheem DeVaughn also sees why “Love Jones” is still loved today. “‘Love Jones’ is an influential Black film community-wise [and] I think that’s what makes it stand out. The fact that it was something positive… a light at the end of the tunnel,” DeVaughn added. “It captured love and relationships and spoken word. It maintained a consciousness throughout the film and I think that resonated.”This idea still sticks with many today, and producer Melvin Childs puts a modern and funky twist on a classic.  While the plot remains the same, Love Jones: The Musical will feature additional characters, a cast, and an all new soundtrack that he co-produced with MC Lyte.  The 10-track soundtrack will showcase original songs from the star-studded cast, and will be available for purchase after each show and online.“I want them to just be entertained,” MC Lyte said of the hoped-for impact on the audience. She added, “They can certainly learn a few things about love and relationships and communication.”DeVaughn is determined to put on a great show as well. “It’s modernized in a cool way. There’s definitely a lot of funny moments,” he said. “We want people to laugh, people to cry. We want people to look insides themselves and find themselves in one of these characters and to be entertained at the same time.”While the musical is entertaining, DeVaughn also appreciates the message the play is showing the audience. “The world is so chaotic right now. Love is something that is very important, and we’re in a generation where Black women and Black men can be shamed by one another,” said DeVaughn. “We tend to allow social media to dictate the culture and how we communicate with one another. That sense of being human, the reciprocation of love and understanding what it is that we’re put here to do and how we have to do a better job of taking care of another, it’s so important for that to be conveyed not only through Black theater but through music as well.”Love Jones: The Musical will be playing at the Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University all weekend from Sept. 23-25. Tickets can be purchased on Ticketmaster’s website. “Come be prepared to have a good time,” MC Lyte invited, “and we look forward to coming in to the city. We’re going to have some fun.”last_img read more

Shrinking blob speeds traveling salesman on his way

first_imgAfter testing their blob 6 times on 20 different scenarios, each of which used 20 different cities, Jones and Adamatzky found once the blob had stopped shrinking, its circumference created a map of a route that provided a reasonable solution to the traveling salesman problem.The two were not the first to use slime mold to solve the traveling salesman problem. However, they were the first to do so without encoding the problem in the slime. Jones and Adamatzky’s blob arrived at the solution by following simple rules, unrelated to the problem, and in doing so, developed emergent behavior, such as the ability to reduce its surface area.While a human measuring each route separately is still more likely to provide an accurate solution than the blob, Jones and Adamatzky’s method is notable for its simplicity.The researchers say that understanding how emergent behavior develops is important for both the computational and biological sciences. Their proposed next step is to create a physical model of the blob. Slime mold prefers sleeping pills More information: Computation of the Travelling Salesman Problem by a Shrinking Blob, arXiv:1303.4969 [cs.ET] arxiv.org/abs/1303.4969AbstractThe Travelling Salesman Problem (TSP) is a well known and challenging combinatorial optimisation problem. Its computational intractability has attracted a number of heuristic approaches to generate satisfactory, if not optimal, candidate solutions. In this paper we demonstrate a simple unconventional computation method to approximate the Euclidean TSP using a virtual material approach. The morphological adaptation behaviour of the material emerges from the low-level interactions of a population of particles moving within a diffusive lattice. A `blob’ of this material is placed over a set of data points projected into the lattice, representing TSP city locations, and the blob is reduced in size over time. As the blob shrinks it morphologically adapts to the configuration of the cities. The shrinkage process automatically stops when the blob no longer completely covers all cities. By manually tracing the perimeter of the blob a path between cities is elicited corresponding to a TSP tour. Over 6 runs on 20 randomly generated datasets of 20 cities this simple and unguided method found tours with a mean best tour length of 1.04, mean average tour length of 1.07 and mean worst tour length of 1.09 when expressed as a fraction of the minimal tour computed by an exact TSP solver. We examine the insertion mechanism by which the blob constructs a tour, note some properties and limitations of its performance, and discuss the relationship between the blob TSP and proximity graphs which group points on the plane. The method is notable for its simplicity and the spatially represented mechanical mode of its operation. We discuss similarities between this method and previously suggested models of human performance on the TSP and suggest possibilities for further improvement. Visualisation of the shrinking blob method. Credit: arXiv:1303.4969 [cs.ET] Foraging plasmodium of Physarum does not approximate the Travelling Salesman Problem in both unconstrained and constrained environments. Credit: arXiv:1303.4969 [cs.ET] (Phys.org) —What is the shortest route that a traveling salesman must take to visit a number of specified cities in a tour, stopping at each city once and only once before returning to the starting point? The most accurate way to answer this question is to measure every possible route, then determine which one is shortest. However, this method becomes unfeasible when there are too many cities on the salesman’s tour. Jeff Jones and Andrew Adamatzky of the University of the West of England have discovered that they can use a virtual shrinking blob to find a reasonable solution. Citation: Shrinking blob speeds traveling salesman on his way (2013, March 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-blob-salesman.html The traveling salesman problem is a frequently studied mathematical problem. Mathematicians have developed many algorithms that provide reasonably good solutions; however, they tend to agree that no algorithm will solve the problem perfectly every time. In developing their own algorithm, Jones and Adamatzky looked to the slime mold for inspiration. The slime mold, Physarum polycephalum, is a giant, single-celled organism that, during part of its lifecycle, survives by extending parts of its body toward nutrients and engulfing them. Slime molds can solve simple mazes.The computer scientists simulated a slime mold by creating a virtual blob, made up of individual particles, which they placed inside a lattice containing virtual cities. Jones and Adamatzky projected a chemoattractant near the cities. They programmed each particle to move toward the region with the highest concentration of chemoattractant and to leave behind a trace of chemoattractant that the other particles would follow. When its particles followed these simple rules, the entire blob shrank so that it occupied the smallest possible surface area while still covering all of the cities. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2013 Phys.orglast_img