Jagan’s 100th birth anniversaryThe Ministry of the Presidency has scrapped the commemorative stamps project that was initiated by the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre (CJRC) to celebrate Dr Cheddi Jagan’s birth centenary.Head of State David Granger stated that Cabinet decided that the commemorative stamps, which are national symbols, must adhere to national criteria. He added that such symbols must not be associated with private, partisan or political purposes.These statements were made in light of the CJRC and the former Chairman of the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC), Juan Edghill, expressing concerns that the production of the proposed stamps to honour the late President was being hindered because of political interference.President Granger further explained that while there are no objections in honouring the legacy of Dr Jagan, Cabinet has indicated that there should be equity in the printing of such stamps. It was revealed that the Government will announce shortly, national symbols in commemoration of the 100th birth anniversary of both President Raymond Arthur Chung and President Cheddi Bharrat Jagan, which will be set as a criterion to honour eminent Guyanese.Meanwhile, the CJRC slammed the GPOC earlier this week for failure to deliver on its commitment to make the collection of stamps available for Dr Jagan’s birth centenary.In a statement on Wednesday, the organisation blasted the Government for its deliberate attempt to disturb the activities planned on Tuesday to launch the stamps.The CJRC highlighted that despite given assurance by the GPOC and the Public Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes, that the collection would be made available, they were told by the post office that the Office of the President should be contacted in this regard.Furthermore, they believe that this should have been a routine transaction between the two parties, rather than a politically interfered one and view this as a measured attempt to hinder the work of the Centre, amid the Administration’s attempts to seize Red House.Additionally, former Chairman of the Board of GPOC, Juan Edghill, said it is unprecedented for a client, in this instance the CJRC, to be referred to the Ministry of the Presidency for explanations or other information as it relates to this unfulfilled transaction between the Corporation and a client.“This is nothing short of a full and open display of petty, partisan politics influencing a business transaction that could be considered purely an administrative matter,” Edghill noted on Wednesday.The CJRC has reflected this as an “action of assault” against the late President of Guyana who made significant contributions towards the development of the nation. The centenary of the late President was celebrated on Thursday.
Brittle stars are included within a whole range of species, which contribute to knowledge in the medically important area of tissue regeneration. All brittle stars regenerate lose limbs, but the rate at which this occurs is highly variable and species-specific. One of the slowest rates of arm regeneration reported so far is that of the Antarctic Ophionotus victoriae. Additionally, O. victoriae also has an unusual delay in the onset of regeneration of about 5 months. Both processes are of interest for the areas of regeneration biology and adaptation to cold environments. One method of understanding the details of regeneration events in brittle stars is to characterise the genes involved. In the largest transcriptome study of any ophiuroid to date, we describe the results of mRNA pyrosequencing from pooled samples of regenerating arms of O. victoriae. The sequencing reads resulted in 18,000 assembled contiguous sequences of which 19% were putatively annotated by blast sequence similarity searching. We focus on the identification of major gene families and pathways with potential relevance to the regenerative processes including the Wnt/β-catenin pathway, Hox genes, the SOX gene family and the TGF beta signalling pathways. These data significantly increase the amount of ophiuroid sequences publicly available and provide candidate transcripts for the further investigation of the unusual regenerative process in this Antarctic ophiuroid.