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Banning First Degree Holders from Teaching? Anyone Ever Heard of Emmet Dennis?

first_imgThe University of Liberia last week announced that it would ban Bachelor’s degree holders from teaching at the university. The question that comes to mind is, what kind of students is UL puttingout?Who says a good high school student can’t teach some courses in high school? In the late 1930s when he graduated from the College of West Africa, Charles Dunbar Sherman (commonly called Charlie B) was immediately recruited by the school to teach some classes. Among the people he taught were William Bruce, who went on to become Liberia’s first college-trained plumber, and Dr. Christian E. Baker, who qualified at Michigan State University in the United States as a Veterinary doctor, Liberia’s first.We are sure that there were many other brilliant CWA graduates who filled in as teachers just as Charlie B. did after graduation, until they, like him, traveled abroad to pursue their professional training–he in Economics from Howard University (magna cum laude) and the Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania.Now what happened to Emmet Dennis? When he took the Bachelor of Science degree from Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University) in 1961–when the same Charles Sherman was the Commencement Speaker (“The Search for Self Discovery”)–Emmet was immediately recruited to teach science at Bishop Ferguson High Schoolin Harper, Cape Palmas, Maryland County.Few knew of the giants that Emmet taught at Bishop Ferguson until the day of his induction as UL President. In the presence of the Visitor to the University, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, several of Emmet’s Bishop Ferguson students showed up to pay tribute to their high school Science teacher. Among them was the Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Dr. J. Mills Jones, who, after leaving Bishop Ferguson had graduated in three years from Cuttington and went on to earn the PhD in Econometrics (the Mathematics of Economics).There are many students the world over who were hired as teachers or teaching assistants right in the colleges or universities they graduated from. After all, it is not the diploma or degree that matters, but the person behind it. Who remembers a man named Kingman Brewster? He became, in the 1960s, the first and probably only student with a mere Bachelor’s degree to be appointed President of a major United States university–Yale. Now we all have heard of Yale; it is among the top 10, highly prestigious American universities called “Ivy League” institutions. Many say Yale is number one in Law, just as is Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. How did young Brewster do it? Surely, it was not because somebody on the Board of Trustees liked his face, but because the entire Board saw something extraordinary in this young man. They saw leadership ability.Brewster proved them absolutely right when Yale, during the turbulent ’60s, when most universities across the USA were rocked by student protests, some of them violent, yes, Yale was spared, thanks to whom? President Brewster.The University of Liberia has to ask itself some very serious questions when it becomes suspicious of its own graduates. Just the other day UL honored several of them–UL graduates–for excellent academic achievement, including four with 4.0 averages. You mean not a single one of them could be recruited as even a teaching assistant?Yes, the President said it two years ago–Liberia’s educational system is “in a mess.” During her nearly 11 years in office, she has named four Education Ministers–Dr. Joseph Korto, Othello Gongar, Etmonia Tarpeh and now George Werner. The new Minister Werner, who took over from Mrs. Tarpeh on Wednesday, came in with his own diagnosis.“Liberia’s school system,” he said, “is under attack by poverty, theft and armed conflicts.”By theft he meant, we believe, buying admissions, grades, diplomas and degrees with money or sex. The educational system is one totally bereft (robbed) of ethics. How many of our teachers know what patriotism means? Were all our teachers patriotic, concerned not about their pockets and themselves, but the future of Liberia, they would never be doing the things they are doing.We pray that Emmet Dennis can fix the University, as we pray Mr. Werner will fix Liberia’s education system.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rewiring the airport contract for collaboration

first_imgBy Sase Singh; MSc – Finance, ACCALet us be frank here, both the People’s Progressive Party/Civic and the People’s National Congress Reform/Alliance For Change/A Partnership for National Unity underserved the nation on this Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) Expansion Project while in power. But pointing fingers at this stage will only be counterproductive, since it will not serve the national need. There is a time to cast blame, but now is not that time since Guyana’s hand is in the contractor’s mouth, and in such a situation, we have to act as one people if we are ever to come out of this one intact. Failure to collaborate and unite will leave us badly exposed financially; so much so, that I will not be surprised if we have to hand over the Airport to the Chinese to manage using their personnel and their technicians. So it is time we all pause and refocus our collective mind on the prize.What is the prize? What is it that all patriotic Guyanese want? We want a complete and well functional international airport with a 10,800-foot runway that can easily accommodate a Jumbo Jet? We want the CJIA well placed to be an aviation hub. Why can’t there be a South African Airlines flight from New York to Georgetown to Johannesburg? Why can’t that be a vision? But on top of this international recognition of our airport, the reality points to the fact that this airport expansion project will permanently help expand the economy. Any project that permanently creates new assets and new wealth for the people demands that we all embrace it.The World Bank estimated that a 10 per cent rise in infrastructure assets of this sort directly increase Gross Domestic Product between one to two percentage points. Thus, if this project fails, all Guyanese will be seen as failures and that will redound to economic suffering for all. So while we must admit the project started with much haste and with inadequate conceptual designs, the national intent must be celebrated. What is key and critical now is that the project-management model must work and that requires President David Granger creating more room for more people at the table when it comes to the management of this contractor. This project must be one where all Guyanese eyes are watching this contractor on behalf of the nation.That is why I want to celebrate the youths who have used their iPhones to upload some pictures on social media of the sand washing away from the runaway when the rain fell, all because the Chinese did a “six-fuh-nine” embankment. It is unfortunate that these youths did not have a more formal conduit to channel their information with the Steering Committee supervising this project.I am calling on the Public Infrastructure Ministry to adopt a life-cycle approach, which gives the owners (the people) more information of what should be expected by when so that we all can use this information to measure the contractor’s performance against a benchmark and then use the opportunity to share information when they are falling behind. Thus, there should be a channel where all videos and messages from the public can be uploaded to a Ministry portal so that the Ministry’s engineers can check it out as a means to documenting and logging what is happening in order to investigate and track progress. If we have 100,000 pairs of eyes (trained and untrained) watching this project and sharing information rather than a dozen trained eyes, the outcome will only strengthen the Government’s hands. By creating an opportunity for the owners of the Airport – the people – to be more involved in whistleblowing on the contractor, the Chinese will know that we are united on this national project and we will pay more attention to details.Guyana’s development has always been constrained by a few things – expensive and unreliable electricity, an inefficient transportation link to northern Brazil, the lack of a deep-water port and not having an international airport that can serve as an air transportation hub. So irrespective of how weak the implementation remains on this airport project, it is the time we stop this situation of charges and counter-charges about who was right and recalibrate our minds to taking this project to the end and securing the best outcome for the people.In summary, at this stage of the game, let us work together to monitor any mismanagement by the contractor and I encourage more journalists, youths and those living in the nearby area to continue to take videos of this project and upload it on social media, write letters to the press and cause publications on your discoveries. Let us keep this process alive of exposing project skullduggery so that we can help the people of Guyana mitigate their risks and enhance their ability to get what they are paying for. No more, no less, let us get our people a US$150 million expanded airport terminal and runway where those big jumbo jets can finally land.last_img read more

Barron’s Insight: Park GM Money in Bonds

first_imgThe high-yielding junk debt of General Motors could offer the best play for small investors wanting to bet on the embattled car maker. Unlike most corporations, GM has sold a lot of debt directly to small investors. These issues trade like stocks on the New York Stock Exchange. In fact, some of its most attractive issues are Big Boardlisted convertible bonds that can be exchanged for GM common if the stock rises sharply. Upside Potential Many listed long-term GM bonds yield about 12%, more than the company’s common shares, which, currently trading at around $21, carry a dividend yield of 9.5%. Given GM’s losses, which probably totaled more than $2 billion last year, the auto maker’s dividend could be in jeopardy. But short of a bankruptcy case, GM is apt to continue paying interest on its $30 billion of debt. So given their high yields and low prices, the GM bonds are likely to provide upside potential if GM’s situation improves. And they offer more protection than the stock if GM’s situation worsens. One GM bond, trading under the symbol GMS and maturing in 2048, trades around $15.50, for a yield of 12.25%. This price is equivalent to 62 cents on the dollar because the face value is $25, not the $100 that is standard for bonds targeted to institutional investors. Other GM bonds with similar yields carry the symbols XGM, HGM, RGM and BGM. GM bonds carry junk-grade ratings and yield about six to seven percentage points more than those of top-grade companies like General Electric. A large GM convertible bond, GPM, trades around $17 again, its face value is $25 and provides a nearly 11% yield if redeemed in 2018. Another issue, GXM, trades at about $22.50 and has a 16% yield because investors can redeem it in March 2007. Assuming GM is solvent in a year, these bonds probably will be paid off at $25. These bonds, though, are suitable only for the high-risk portion of a small investor’s portfolio. Plenty of Cash GM clearly is in a dangerous situation and there is bankruptcy risk, even though Chief Executive Rick Wagoner has flatly denied any intention of seeking such protection to deal with GM’s structural problems including high wage and benefit costs, as well as large pension and health-care obligations. GM has plenty of cash, however. The company ended the third quarter with $19 billion in cash and equivalents. It aims to generate better results this year, helped by the introduction of new sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks. And it’s under enormous pressure from investors, including billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, to take steps to revive its North American operations. Double Whammy GM’s U.S. market share has eroded in recent years and the company suffers a double whammy since its cars fetch lower prices than those of rival Toyota Motor, but command lower resale values. This makes some analysts bearish on GM stock. But GM bonds may be a good bet partly because developments that could be bad for the stock, like an elimination of the common dividend, would be bullish for bondholders since that action would save GM over $1 billion annually. And, if the worse case bankruptcy were to occur, bondholders always have a better call on a company’s assets than stockholders do. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Dodge ball!

first_imgLA MIRADA – The movie “Dodge Ball” started the fad a couple years ago, but now La Mirada’s version is proving to be a hit for local youngsters. Just check out the La Mirada Gymnasium on a Sunday and you’ll witness about 100 children dodging around and firing an 8.5-inch rubber-coated ball at each other. “I love it,” 11-year-old Dean Pilchowski said of the league city parks officials started as an alternative to the usual baseball and basketball offerings. “It keeps you moving. It keeps you active,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventDani Cullens, community services coordinator in charge of the city gym, said officials decided to start a dodge ball league as a way to draw more youngsters. “There’s a lot of kids who might be intimidated by basketball because it’s such an organized sport,” Cullens said. “A sport like dodge ball, in which you start playing in kindergarten, is one in which you can come out and have fun,” she said. “We want kids to learn skills, good sportsmanship, teamwork and social skills.” Parks leaders are now trying to start an adult dodge ball league on Sunday nights. The rules in the city league, which continues through June4, are probably not like those adults would remember when they played the game as children. For one, head shots are not allowed. Two teams of players line up on opposite sides of the court. Six balls are placed in the center of the floor. The players then run for the balls, firing them and dodging them. Players hit by a ball are out and play continues until one team has been eliminated or 5 minutes have gone by. A match consists of a 45-minute series of these skirmishes. The game involves real strategy, said Jose Castillo, 11. “You sneak up on them and run and fire the ball,” he said. In dodge ball, youngsters get a chance to do something they can’t do normally. “I like hitting people with the ball,” said Kyle Hawkins, 12. “You get all of your anger out if you’re having a bad day.” Parents like the sport, too. “I’m enjoying watching him,” Leticia Covarrubias said of her 10-year-old son, Ryan. “It’s good exercise. They’re all involved. It’s a fast-moving game.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Council expected to push fireworks ballot measure

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates“We’ll see if Palmdale will vote to keep Safe and Sane,” said Councilman Steve Knight. “Personally, I think people will want to have a good time on the Fourth of July and use Safe and Sane. But it’s up to the people.” The measure will ask: “Shall Ordinance No. 1288 be adopted, which repeals those provisions of the Fire Code of the City of Palmdale that now authorize the sale and discharge of `safe and sane’ fireworks in the City?” The election would cost the city $30,000 to $40,000. A proposal by Councilman Steve Hofbauer to include a companion measure asking if voters would support a surcharge on fireworks sales to finance efforts to combat illegal fireworks has been dropped. The city’s legal staff determined the surcharge proposal would run afoul of Proposition 176, the 1994 state constitutional amendment that prohibits cities and counties from levying business license taxes based on gross proceeds for nonprofit, tax-exempt groups. Fireworks sales in Palmdale are conducted by nonprofit organizations. PALMDALE – A proposed ballot measure to end the sales of “safe and sane” fireworks in Palmdale might bring fireworks of a different kind. Past efforts to ban fireworks sales in the city have been easily defused, but proponents say the sales create fire hazards, mask the use of illegal fireworks and draw criticism from neighboring communities who prohibit their use. The Palmdale City Council will vote Wednesday on whether to place a measure on the Nov. 7 ballot asking residents whether they want to end fireworks sales, a practice that provides a huge infusion of cash to local charities. The council is expected to approve the ballot measure to repeal the city’s ordinance allowing for the sale of “safe and sane” fireworks. Hofbauer said he hasn’t given up on the idea of some type of fee to be used to bolster enforcement efforts. “The frustration (of residents) isn’t that there are fireworks,” Hofbauer said. “The frustration is that there’s illegal fireworks. The frustration is their inability to get a response.” The city needs to be focusing on stopping illegal fireworks from entering the city, getting more enforcement response, and upping the penalties for those caught with such fireworks, Hofbauer said. The ballot measure is coming up at the request of Mayor Jim Ledford, who said there are concerns among residents that the use of “safe and sane” fireworks might be masking the use of illegal fireworks. Ledford said there is also a question whether Palmdale is being a good neighbor with communities that do not allow fireworks sales. Palmdale is one of the few places in Southern California that allow the sales, which are forbidden in Lancaster as well as in unincorporated communities such as Quartz Hill, Lake Los Angeles and Acton. Palmdale officials said the city spent more than $14,000 on overtime for deputies who patrolled for people shooting skyrockets and other illegal fireworks this past holiday. They cited 76 people for misdemeanor fireworks and related offenses. A similar ballot measure for banning all fireworks came before voters in April 1992, driven by concerns from surrounding hillside communities that the fireworks sales were increasing the risk of brush fires. Voters rejected it by a 2-to-1 margin. In the 1992 election, fireworks manufacturers and civic groups funded mailers urging residents to vote to continue fireworks sales. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Closing date for Donegal Enterprise Awards fast-approaching

first_imgDonegal Businesses working on their entry to this year’s Local Enterprise Awards are being reminded this week that the closing date for entries (12 noon on March 10th) is fast approaching.“A lot of businesses have looked at the awards and some have even started the application process. We just want to remind business owners of the deadline so they can put a big effort in over the week ahead to get their submissions finished,” Ursula Donnelly, Deputy Head of Enterprise of the LEO in Donegal said.A total prize fund of €7,000 is up for grabs and the competition is open to all business sectors in Donegal that employ less than 50 full-time staff, with the exception of previous county winners who are not eligible to enter. A business does not need to have had any previous contact with the Local Enterprise Office to enter the awards. Previous entrants to the competition have praised the benefits of the awards process for helping them renew and refresh focus on their business.They have also insisted that the opportunities for networking and learning from other businesses in the county was tremendously beneficial to them as they moved their enterprise on to the next stage.“I am confident that those who enter will really benefit from the experience and I am certain that the awards night will be a night they will remember. We have David Meade the acclaimed mentalist, who has his own show on BBC, coming to host the awards and he’s certain to entertain and enthrall the finalists with his unique style of mind reading and mentalism.David is a researcher and lecturer in international business and he is a much sought-after speaker so we’re delighted to be able to bring him to Donegal,” Ursula added. The awards, now in their 21st year, are the highlight of the business calendar in Donegal and this year’s winners will be announced on March 25th 2017 at a gala dinner in the Radisson Blu Hotel.There is still time for businesses to get their entries in for the competition and entry forms and details are available on the website – https://www.localenterprise.ie/Donegal/Training-Events/Donegal-Business-Awards-2017/Closing date for Donegal Enterprise Awards fast-approaching was last modified: March 7th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BEE plan for cosmetics sector

first_img26 August 2004South Africa’s mainstream cosmetics industry has begun the process of developing a black economic empowerment (BEE) plan which will include the majority of black firms in the sector.The cosmetics industry, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has set up a steering committee to work on a draft BEE plan, following an agreement between the DTI and the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association of SA (CTFA) to start developing a BEE plan for the industry.The steering committee will be chaired by Herman Mashaba, CEO of the multi-million rand Black Like Me hair products company.Other members of the committee include Ann Gradidge, Nizam Kalla, Scott Maddock, Maude Mthethwa, Sipho Mahlobo, Alice Phatudi, Russell Pollard, Dave St Quintin, Ruth Sanderson, and Jill Gardiner.Ruth Sanderson of the CTFA said the committee would decide whether the BEE plan should be made a fully-fledged charter for the sector.The DTI said the initiative would involve all stakeholders in the cosmetics industry, covering local and multinational companies that manufacture, distribute, or import cosmetics, toiletry preparations, or perfumery.Stakeholder report-back meetings will be held on a monthly basis.“The steering committee will thus ensure that all stakeholders in the cosmetics industry have the opportunity to participate in the process and are kept fully informed of progress and, ultimately, of the draft BEE plan”, the DTI said.To ensure that all stakeholders are included in this process, the DTI and CTFA have invited eligible companies to forward their details to the CTFA on tel (011) 475-2212, fax (011) 475-4951 or e-mail Ruth Sanderson.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Delta plans new services as deal ends Gulf acrimony

first_imgPhoto: Etihad. Delta plans to push ahead with new international routes, American Airlines heralded it is a victory for US workers and United said it was an important step in the direction of a level playing field.US carriers claimed vindication this week after a deal was signed May 11 to end an acrimonious war of words with Gulf carriers over alleged government subsidies.A statement issued Monday after a meeting between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said “high-level political commitments” had been made to address US carriers’ concerns about government support of Gulf airlines.The key win for US carriers appears to be that Abu Dhabi-based  Etihad Airways will now issue audited financial statements, something that Emirates already does.  The trade-off is that the existing 2002 Air Transport Agreement remains in force with all rights and provisions.The statement declared an  intention by both governments to promote “best practices for marketplace participation by their airlines.”Watch Emirates superjumbo creates a snowy blast.The governments also understood that financial transparency was best served when airlines issue annual financial reports audited in accordance with internationally-recognized accounting standards.“Emirates Airline and the U.S. airlines that provide or have provided scheduled combination international air services under the agreement have issued such reports for years,’’ the memo noted. “And Etihad Airways intends to do so upon completion of its restructuring and reorganization.“Those airlines should endeavor to take steps to ensure that material transactions with government-owned providers of goods and services of either country are based on commercial terms.”The governments plan to meet again within a year to review the progress of the deal, which is similar to one struck with Qatar in January.The UAE told the US  there were no current plans to launch further “fifth freedom” flights —  services where a carrier whose flight originates in its home jurisdiction can pick up passengers in a  foreign country and fly them to a third country.But this was muddied by a statement by the UAE Foreign Minister welcoming the agreement.“Today’s announcement confirms business as usual by validating all of the rights and benefits –including ‘Fifth Freedom’ services — of the 2002 Air Transport Agreement between the two countries,’’ he said.Emirates later reinforced that view.“Contrary to some media reports, there is no freeze on any of the operating rights prescribed in the Air Transport Agreement or any tacit undertakings to do so,” it said. “The Record of Discussion also makes clear that the UAE and its designated carriers are, and have been at all times in full compliance with the agreement, and that there were never any violations of the agreement by UAE carriers.”Emirates was also pleased the record of discussion recognized its “longstanding practice of publicly releasing audited financials in full compliance with international standards”.“The closure of this issue permits Emirates in the US to solely focus on providing our customers with greater competitive choice and the best travel experience possible with our world-leading product,” it added.UAE airlines currently serve 12 US gateways with 131 flights a week and supporters of the Gulf carriers estimate the services generate tens of billions of dollars into both economies and support hundreds of thousands of jobs.While Delta CEO Ed Bastian did not specify which destinations the US carrier would add in the wake of the UAE deal, CNBC quoted him as saying the airline had been hurt in India and routes currently served by the Gulf carriers were ripe for the opportunity for Delta to fly.Delta stopped flying to Dubai, home of Emirates, in 2015. It blamed unfair competition by the Gulf carriers.In a joint statement with other US carriers welcoming the deal, Bastian described it “as a truly significant moment in a years-long pursuit of a level playing field for Delta and other U.S. carriers”.American Airlines chief executive Doug Parker said the deal addressed “the illegal subsidies received by Emirates and Etihad Airways and most importantly help create a level playing for American workers.”United’s Oscar Munoz added: “This development signals an important step in that direction and we applaud the administration for its efforts.“United Airlines will continue to work as a constructive partner in advancing a competitive environment where American aviation can thrive and consumers win.”last_img read more

Big Question (Answered): “What role do you think the Web plays in an economic recovery?”

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#community#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Today US President, Barack Obama, hosted a jobs/economy Town Hall on LinkedIn. We decided to make our daily Big Question center on the same theme. What role do you think the Web plays in an economic recovery?We asked and you answered, then we culled your responses from Twitter and Facebook and we used Storify to present it all back to you. If you have additional responses, please leave them in the comments.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts robyn tippinslast_img read more

Chimps Grieve Over Dead Relatives

first_imgThis item requires the Flash plug-in (version 8 or higher). JavaScript must also be enabled in your browser.Please download the latest version of the free Flash plug-in.Gone too soon. A young chimpanzee plays with the mummified corpse of the infant Jimato at Bossou, Guinea. Credit: Dora BiroIn the case of Pansy, Anderson and his colleagues conclude that the other chimps reacted to her death in humanlike ways, experiencing grief and mourning. “Some of the behaviors appear strikingly similar to aspects of human responses to death and dying,” Anderson says, adding that many researchers have considered such reactions to be unique to humans. Christophe Boesch, a primatologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, says that his team has observed similar behavior among chimps at Tai Forest in the Côte d’Ivoire and agrees that “we have certainly underestimated awareness of death in chimpanzees.” The Bossou study is more difficult to interpret, researchers say, because it is not clear whether the mothers realized that their infants were truly dead. “It’s extremely difficult to make any claims either way,” Biro says. “We only have access to behavior, not to internal mental states.” But Byrne, who once observed a gorilla carry her dead baby around for 3 days in the mountains of Rwanda, points out that hospitals and doctors are increasingly giving the parents of a deceased infant the option of remaining with the body of their child for hours or even days before giving it up for burial, as a way of aiding the grieving process. Anderson hopes the Pansy episode will encourage zoos to do the same. This item requires the Flash plug-in (version 8 or higher). JavaScript must also be enabled in your browser.Please download the latest version of the free Flash plug-in.A mother’s loss. Vuavua, a chimpanzee mom, chases away flies circling the body of Veve, her dead infant, at Bossou, Guinea. Credit: Dora BiroMost animals show few signs of being disturbed when one of their fellows dies. For example, red deer used to hearing rifle shots will remain relatively impassive when another deer is shot dead by a hunter. One notable exception is the African elephant, which has often been observed engaging in empathetic and caring behavior toward dying members of its species. (In one such episode, observed by researchers in Kenya in 2003, an elderly elephant named Eleanor collapsed and was helped to her feet several times by other elephants before she died the following day. Her fellow elephants then kept an apparent vigil over her body for about a week, occasionally poking at her and lifting her legs and trunk.) 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Zoos usually separate dying individuals from fellow chimps, he adds, making observations of their responses very difficult. In Pansy’s case, zookeepers decided to allow the other chimps to stay with her as she died, while a research team, led by psychologist James Anderson of the nearby University of Stirling, observed their reactions. In a second example of chimpanzee grieving, a research group led by Dora Biro, a zoologist at the University of Oxford in the U.K., observed two chimp mothers carrying the remains of their dead infants for weeks. The observations were made in the forests of Bossou, Guinea, where primatologists have been studying wild chimps for 3 decades. In 2003, an epidemic of respiratory disease broke out at Bossou, killing five chimps. Two were infants, 1-year-old Jimato and 2-year-old Veve. The mothers of the infants carried their dead bodies around on their backs for 68 and 19 days, respectively, even as they dried out and became mummified. They brushed flies away from the babies, groomed them regularly, and allowed other chimps—including other young animals—to poke at the bodies, lift their limbs, and even carry them around for short distances. In November of 2008, a chimpanzee in her 50s known as Pansy became lethargic and obviously ill at the Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park in the United Kingdom. Three other adults, including Pansy’s 20-year-old daughter Rosie, began tending to her, grooming her, and sleeping nearby instead of in their own nesting areas. Pansy continued to deteriorate over the next few weeks, until one day her breathing suddenly became erratic. During the 10 minutes before Pansy’s death, the others groomed and caressed her constantly, and Rosie remained near her mother during the night. Keepers removed Pansy’s body the next day, and the adult chimps remained unusually subdued for nearly a week. In two new studies, published online today in Current Biology, researchers cite this and a case of chimp mothers carrying around their dead infants to support the idea that our closest evolutionary cousins share many humanlike responses to death, including mourning. The work offers some of the first clear evidence of grieving in animals other than humans, though we may consider some of the behaviors bizarre. last_img read more

NSF Budget Would Grow by 13%, Adding Science and Education Programs

first_imgThe National Science Foundation (NSF) would receive a 13% increase in President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget, to $7.77 billion. That huge jump in the document that Obama submitted today to Congress would keep it on track for a 10-year (2006 to 2016) doubling that is authorized under last year’s America COMPETES Act. The request certainly delivers on the president’s promise in his State of the Union speech to “out-innovate and out-educate” the rest of the world. But it’s a figure that few expect to be reached once Congress has completed work on the request. The budget would boost research support by 12%, to $6.23 billion. Several initiatives emphasize interdisciplinary science, an approach that reflects the preferences of the new NSF Director Subra Suresh, who championed such research in his previous position as engineering dean at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Among them is a new $30 million National Robotics Initiative in collaboration with other federal agencies. NSF’s 2012 request would also continue work on five major facilities now under construction. But it drops all support for the proposed Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) in South Dakota, which NSF’s oversight board has said is not consistent with the agency’s mission. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) The biggest changes from current activities would come within the foundation’s education directorate. Although the directorate would receive a boost of only 4%, to $911 million, several programs aimed at increasing the quality of U.S. science education are being revamped. One shocker would be to eliminate the Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education Program, a decade-long attempt to lure graduate students into the schools that was begun by former NSF Director Rita Colwell. NSF is also phasing out its Science of Learning Centers, which funds several large centers that focus on research to improve student learning. At the same time, NSF hopes to launch a $20 million program to improve the training of future teachers and the skills of those already in the classroom. The money for what’s dubbed Teacher Learning for the Future is being taken from its Noyce fellowship program, which supports undergraduate science majors who promise to teach, and its Math Science and Partnerships program, which links university researchers and local school districts. The program would complement an $80 million effort to be run by the Department of Education. NSF has also proposed expanding its efforts to attract more minorities into science with a $20 million pilot project called Transforming Broadening Participation through STEM. It is intended to emphasize Hispanic-serving institutions and would complement existing programs aimed at historically black colleges and tribal institutions that Congress has told NSF to preserve. NSF officials will release more information on the proposed 2012 budget at a 3 p.m. briefing. See our complete coverage of Budget 2012.last_img read more

Scorpions take out Men’s Open title

first_imgThe Scorpions won the match 7-3, preventing the Sharks from winning their fifth title in six years. The Scorpions night continued to get better, being named the Champion Permit for the 2010 NTL.As the siren sounded to commence the game, the heavens opened, causing unpleasant playing conditions.The opening exchanges were fast, with movement going from end to end, and both teams attacking in the in goal areas early.It took nine minutes before the first touchdown was scored, when the Sharks’ Kade Bonner crossed after being set up by a great cut out pass from Drumayne Dayberg-Muir. When Scorpions’ key playmaker Dylan Hennessey was taken from the field with an injury concern, things weren’t looking too good for the boys from Sydney. But five minutes later Charbel Maroun scored for the Scorpions to bring them back into the game. The Scorpions soon proved how quickly a game can turn around, when Nathan Wong took an intercept while the Sharks were attacking close to the line. The young Australian representative then ran the length of the field to give the Scorpions the lead for the first time in the game, and went to the half time break leading 2-1. The Sharks hit back straight after the break, with Troy Skinner scoring in the opening set of the second half to level up the game at 2-all.The Scorpions’ Potatau Berryman put his side back in the lead one minute later, when a spectacular dive close to the line gave them a 3-2 lead. Young guns Jordan Marshall-King and Maurice Kennedy both scored touchdowns for the Scorpions soon after, to take their biggest lead of the game, 5-2. Ryan Pollock hit back for the Sharks the set after Kennedy’s touchdown, to put his side down by only two touchdowns. But when Sharks’ captain Ben Robinson got sent to the sin bin, Maurice Kennedy capitalised, taking the Scorpions out to a 6-3 lead. Twin brother John also got on the touchdown scorer list in the final minute, giving the Scorpions a four touchdown win and their first NTL Men’s Open title in 10 years. Drumayne Dayberg-Muir was rewarded for his consistent tournament, being named Player of the Series, while John Kennedy was awarded Player of the Final.last_img read more

Ball and Buck is Hatching Cool New Products Based on Customer Input

first_imgAs made-in-the-USA fashion brand Ball and Buck (a favorite here at The Manual) gets set to mark 10 years in business next year, it’s further engaging its devoted customers with a new online feature called The Hatchery. Launched just two months ago, the feature is a kind of in-house Kickstarter — a crowdfunding platform that allows consumers to submit and vote on new product ideas every few weeks. It is already a big hit with the label’s customers.Brand founder Mark Bollman — who is also the man behind the traveling weekend pop-up American Field marketplace, with about 75 American-made crafted brands that span everything from apparel to liquor — gave me the lowdown on The Hatchery and what he hopes to accomplish with it.So tell me about The Hatchery …The Hatchery is super exciting for us. It’s really all about how we can innovate to create a better connection with both our customers and innovate in a traditionally difficult space to innovate. The Hatchery is all about how we can bring our customers behind the curtain and build products not just for them, but with them.How does it work?You go online and you are a customer of ours, or you have this product idea that you’ve always wanted to get made and either don’t have the time or the skills or the experience to make it. You want to make something awesome, so you send us an idea — we tell people to send a video-type interview — and we jury all those products and discuss them at the weekly call of the team. It’s products that are a) possible (some people will say they want a spacesuit or something), b) if we think there is enough market for that product to actually work, and c) if we think it is compelling. Then we say: “Okay, we think this is going to work and we are going to make this.” Then we build out the first two samples in-house and send one to the customer who submitted the idea so they can start field-testing it, beating it up and finding out where it needs to be improved. I do the same thing, and then we hone in the sample, and once it gets done, we create a video and then we launch it into The Hatchery.When did The Hatchery launch?August 1. We launched with a Chore Coat jacket that’s absolutely phenomenal and was my idea and I’ve wanted for a long time. The Chore Coat was a dream of mine with four-season wear, interior and exterior pockets, and making it out of a really high quality cotton ripstop that’s breathable and durable. It’s kind of a painter’s coat meets a field jacket, but lighter weight. We put that in The Hatchery, got over 100 percent of the funding, and so that got made.The next product was the Sportsman’s Duffel bag which is kind of an easy weekend bag. It’s not as intense as a weekender; it’s more simple and streamlined and that got funded 400 percent. So we’re kind of on a roll here and it’s going well.What has the reaction been?It’s really cool because it is hard to feel that connection with products and feel that connection with brands, especially as we move into e-com where you never see the product until in comes in a brown box. For me, a major point of consumption and purchasing things is supporting the people who make them, and this really gives you the opportunity to not only support that but to be a part of that. That to me is such a powerful opportunity as a consumer.How often will you launch new items?Definitely monthly and probably more than that. I’d love to be launching product every week or every other work since I think there are a ton of good ideas out there.What is Ball and Buck’s top product category these days?Shirting still. We launched our first cut-and-sew product on Kickstarter way back when and that product, our button-down shirt, is still our bestseller. Shirting is our bread and butter, and we engineer and develop all of the materials from scratch. We actually work with a mill, and a lot of the cotton we use is U.S.-grown Supima cotton from Texas. We spend a lot of time sourcing the ingredients and investing in the sourcing process. Just like a nice restaurant where the chef will often know the farms where his produce is coming from and the farmers that harvest the animals, we have that same intricacy of a relationship with the suppliers of what we make and that is really not standard in the space. It’s a way we try to innovate even though a lot of people don’t even know that we do it. Editors’ Recommendations 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. Why You Should Skip the Suave and Try Custom Hair Care Products center_img Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn What’s next for Ball and Buck?Membership. Throughout my life I’ve been able to look at different memberships, whether that’s a fraternity or golf club or shooting club. The network that you build with people who are aligned in a common goal is super powerful so for us; being that we are kind of a cult brand, we have this group of die-hard Ball and Buck people who, when a product launches, they just buy it. I can’t tell you how many personal text messages I get from our top customers. They are people that we literally know and personally text with all the time. We want to give a platform for that person to be even more on the inside with everything that we are doing. That means early access to new collections, new look books, and content; always free, expedited shipping; and extra savings anytime we do a seasonal sale. But, at the same time it puts them in a position where they can have more Ball and Buck product because at any given time they are able to get products at a member price.It kind of falls into the similar lines of The Hatchery in that everything we do as a company is that we want to be a bigger part of our customers’ lives. The Hatchery gives them an opportunity to be a part of the creation process, while the membership gives them perks and loyalty-based benefits that they can use all the time on everything we do, from another button-down shirt to a hunting expedition booking that we will be rolling out in the future as well. The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffalast_img read more

5 electrocuted in UP paddy field

first_imgMaharajganj (Uttar Pradesh): Four teenagers and a woman were electrocuted when they came in contact with a high tension wire while sowing paddy in a field in Uttar Pradesh’s Maharajganj district. Superintendent of Police Maharajganj Rohit Singh Sajwan said the incident took place on Monday at Sidhwari Tola in Pharenda tehsil. The deceased have been identified as Laxmi, 17, Radhika ,18, Soni, 18, Vandani, 18, and Subhawati, 45. All of them were sowing paddy when they came in contact with the high tension wire. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the district magistrate to probe the incident. He also announced a financial assistance of Rs 13 lakh to the family members of each of the deceased. A statement issued by the state government said that a committee has been constituted to probe the incident.last_img read more

Sri Lankan observers to monitor Bangladesh elections

Foreign observers are coming from countries such as Australia, Bhutan, Canada, India, USA, Samoa, Malaysia, the Maldives, Nigeria, Nepal, Palestine, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.So far, 56 foreign journalists and media personnel are set to visit Bangladesh to cover the election. They will be representing different international media groups like BBC, Cable News lnt. lNC, Deutsche Welle, NHK, The Yomiuri, AFP, AP, News Agency, Al-Jazeera, German TV, TV Today Network, New York Times, Le Monde, The Economist, Zee News, Kyodo News, Times of lndia, The Hindu, National Public Radio, Strategic News, Frontline, The Week and more.An International Election Observers’ Coordination cell has been established under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Another unit of the cell is operating in the Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon and a help desk has been set up at the Hazrat Shah Jalal lnternational Airport to welcome and assist the foreign guests. (Colombo Gazette) Nine international organizations and groups and a dozen foreign missions in Bangladesh are set to observe or watch the upcoming election with their 188 observers and watchers, it said. “The forthcoming 11th National Parliament Election scheduled on 30 December 2018 is going to be widely observed .by the foreign observers and journalists,” claimed the ministry in a press release. The European Union, the Commonwealth, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OlC), Forum of Election Commission Management of South Asia (FEMBOSA), lnternational Republican Institute (lRl), lnternational Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Democracy lnternational (Dl), Dipendra Kandel lnitiative (Dkl) and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Human Rights Foundation are the organizations that will observe the polls across the country.The foreign missions in Bangladesh accredited to observe election include Embassies or High Commissions of the United States, the United Kingdom, Greece, Ireland, Japan, France, Germany, Canada, Switzerland, Denmark, among others. Nine international organizations and groups, including observers from Sri Lanka and a dozen foreign missions in Bangladesh are set to observe or watch the upcoming election in Bangladesh with their 188 observers and watchers, the Dhaka Tribune reported.The Bangladesh Foreign Ministry has said 188 foreign observers and 56 foreign journalists are set to cover the 11th parliamentary elections on Sunday. read more

UN nuclear watchdog meets to enhance safe transport of radioactive materials

“Despite the strong safety record and general good performance in this area, some concerns remain regarding the transport of radioactive material,” the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradei, told the opening session of a week-long international conference on the Safety of Transport of Radioactive Material in Vienna. Mr. ElBaradei said he hoped the conference would serve as a forum in which to better understand these concerns, and to answer relevant underlying questions such as the comprehensives, uniform application and possible improvements of the present regulatory control system for the transport of such radioactive materials as those used at hospitals, electricity plants, research institutes, and in many other industries. Noting the need for timely and effective communication between concerned governments, and between these governments and the public at large, on the transport of radioactive material, he said: “With the increasing concern about nuclear security and the prevention of nuclear terrorism, communication decisions are sometimes complex. “Clear advance notification of shipments is clearly desirable; however, this objective competes with the need, from a safety and security perspective, to withhold such information from all but authorized government personnel. This issue requires further in depth discussion, with a view to reaching an agreed understanding on how to reconcile the need for transparency with the requirements for security,” he added. “Clearly, more remains to be done to facilitate the transport of radioactive material for the benefit of humankind, while continuing to ensure safety and security for people and the environment. This is a continuing process,” he declared. Over 490 experts including government officials and regulators from 80 IAEA Member States and 13 international organizations are scheduled to attend the conference, which aims to encourage all countries to work more closely together to enhance the safe and secure transport of nuclear materials. read more