No arrest in Good Hope execution

first_imgPolice are yet to make an arrest in the murder of Roger Bunbury, who was gunned down on Friday morning while sleeping in a hammock in the patio of his Lot 724 Good Hope, East Coast Demerara, home.Dead: Roger “Don Dick” BunburyBunbury, also called “Don Dick”, whose name had been inscribed on the list of Guyana’s most wanted criminals in 2002, was killed sometime around 00:45h. He was shot while on the verandah after which he ran towards the kitchen, where he collapsed and died.Acting Crime Chief Paul Williams told Guyana Times on Saturday that the investigation is still ongoing and that detectives are yet to identify a suspect.The sister of the now dead man, Clair Bunbury, related to this newspaper that she received a telephone call informing her that her brother was shot and killed.According to Clair Bunbury, her brother’s wife had related hearing someone calling several times for Bunbury, who was asleep in the hammock. After a few minutes, she heard a commotion and then three gunshots.The woman came out after some time to find a trail of blood leading to the kitchen, where she found her husband lying on the floor, bleeding profusely. Without hesitation, he was picked up and rushed to hospital.Further asked if the shooting might have stemmed from a pending court case wherein her brother had been charged for unlawfully wounding another man, the sister said the family thought about it but was not sure, and as such would leave the Police to conduct their investigations.Meanwhile, one of the dead man’s step daughters told Guyana Times that after the shooting incident, a man was seen scaling the fence. The man, she explained, was wearing dark clothing and a tope covered his head. He was subsequently spotted by another resident riding towards the backdam in a state of panic. This bit of information was passed on to the Police.Investigators found three spent shells along with a warhead at the scene.The now dead 57-year-old was named in a list of 42 most wanted men for whom the Guyana Police Force had issued bulletins 15 years ago. Others on the list had been the infamous five from the February 23, 2002 jail break – Dale Moore, Troy Dick, Shawn Brown, Andrew Douglas and Mark Fraser.The most wanted list had also included names such as Premkumar Sukraj, also known as “Inspector Gadget”; Christopher Belle; Romel Reman; and Dillon Ackra, among others.Bunbury had been wanted for questioning in connection with a series of robberies under arms, and had been named in the kidnapping and subsequent murder of taxi driver Vivekanand Nandalall in October 2003.Bunbury had been recaptured in November 2007 in Sophia, but had been released without charges being instituted against him.last_img read more

Chimpanzees drum with signature style

first_imgPsychologist Katie Slocombe of the University of York in the United Kingdom wondered what information drumming might carry. During fieldwork in Uganda, she noticed that she could identify different chimps in the troop she studied based on their distinctive drumming styles. “I thought, ‘If I can, I’m sure the other chimps can,’ ” she says, and anecdotally noticed that chimps seemed to pay more attention to the drumming of more important troopmates. She hypothesized that large chimpanzee troops use drumming to keep track of one another as they roam their wide territories, which can range from the size of New York City’s Central Park to the size of Manhattan island. Whether chimps want to find or avoid one another, Slocombe says, “having a good idea of where everyone is spatially in the forest could really help.”To test her idea, Slocombe and her colleagues analyzed the social context of 293 pant hoots recorded over 3 years to see what influenced the troop’s 13 males to add drumming to their calls. If chimps drum merely to flaunt their physical prowess, dominant males should drum most often, the researchers reasoned, particularly when potential rivals or fertile females are nearby.  They found that older, more experienced males did drum more than other troop members, but the drummer’s rank and the makeup of the local audience played little role. Instead, the decision to drum seemed most related to whether males were on the move. Chimps paired pant hoots with buttress drumming 75% of the time when traveling, compared with only 40% of the time while resting and 10% while eating.Traveling males also drummed with distinctive rhythmic flair, the researchers found. Recordings of drumming by eight adult males made between 2003 and 2011 revealed significant differences in how long the males liked to drum, their fondness for doublets and pauses, and how many beats they could squeeze into a drumming bout. The chimps’ drumming styles were distinct enough for a statistical algorithm to correctly identify the drummer 47.5% of the time based on these simple rhythmic features, a good score considering chance identification of one chimp out of eight would be only 12.5%. Subjectively, the team also identified more complex acoustic differences between the chimp’s drum solos that could convey even more information, Slocombe says, though there were too few samples to analyze fully. This led Slocombe and her colleagues to conclude that traveling chimpanzees could use signature drumming styles to convey their location to distant troopmates, they report in this month’s issue of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.“This shows that rhythmic abilities are not uniquely human,” Slocombe says. If humans’ common ancestors with chimpanzees had this ability, she speculates, it could illuminate how musical rhythm could have emerged in the human lineage. “Coordinating movement over very long distances might have been why the earliest humans started to drum,” she says.More research is needed to prove that chimps really use drumming to help find one another in the forest, cautions Adam Clark Arcadi, an anthropologist at Cornell University who was not involved in the current work but also studies buttress drumming. “The possibility that there are drumming signatures is intriguing,” but it’s still not proven that other chimps are paying attention to this information, he says. Observing how chimps respond to recorded drumming bouts could further demonstrate whether drumming contains a threat or a more benign message. 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Hooting and hollering, he gallops up to the giant buttress root of a tree, grips its crest with his hands, and beats on its wall-like surface with both feet, making a racket that can be heard more than a kilometer away. Now, new research from Uganda suggests these drum solos contain signature rhythmic patterns that may telegraph an individual’s whereabouts to distant troopmates. The findings could provide insight into how rhythm first evolved in humans.Drumming has puzzled naturalists for years. “Chimps produce this really wonderful resonant sound that goes booming through the forest,” explains chimpanzee researcher Michael Wilson of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, who was not involved in the new work. “We knew they were drumming, but we didn’t really know why. This seems to be a pretty good explanation.”Male chimpanzees use buttress drumming (shown in this video) as occasional punctuation to their more common pant hoot calls. Chimps pant hoot for many reasons, including to threaten rivals or intimidate potential mates. Buttress drumming is physically impressive, requiring muscle, skill, and timing to pull off, which has led some naturalists to suppose that drumming, too, is intended to shock and awe. Because the sound of drumming carries further than pant hoots, researchers speculated it could also let chimps communicate over long distances. Emailcenter_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*)last_img read more