The Evolution of Integrity

first_imgScientists are having to deal with a crisis that overlaps with theology: integrity.  What is integrity?  Where did it come from?  How could it evolve?  How is it to be measured?  Questions like these are usually not answered with ammeters and test tubes, but they must be faced.  A crisis of integrity in scientific research is casting serious doubt on the future of science.  In addition, the attempts by scientists to explain spiritual, moral and intellectual matters raises further questions about the limits of science.  This week, Nature had a lot to say about the nature of integrity.Culture of corruption:  Did you know the Department of Health and Human Services has an Office of Research Integrity?  Its health science administrator, Sandra Titus, along with Xavier Bosch of the University of Barcelona, laid out the problem of research integrity in an opinion piece in Nature:1 Despite attention to research misconduct and other issues of research integrity, efforts to promote responsible behaviour remain ineffective.  Misconduct continues, and evidence suggests that increasingly stressful competition for funds and the rush to publish may further erode ethical behaviour.  We believe that real change requires a fundamental shift: to be taken seriously, standards of ethical conduct must be linked to funding.    Improvement is badly needed…. On the basis of six pooled studies, up to 34% of scientists admitted to one or more questionable research practices such as inappropriate analysis, over-interpretation of findings and changing study design.”In addition, few scientists are willing to report misconduct by peers.  Titus and Bosch noted that a whole generation of cheaters is coming up through student ranks, used to the cut-and-paste world of messaging, unable to make independent decisions, woefully untaught about integrity issues, comfortable with sharing everything through electronic social networks.  Smuggling answers to tests is a cinch with hand-held devices.  “Undergraduate cheating is pervasive, with students adopting the behaviour of their peers,” they said.  Their behavior “suggests that this generation may cheat throughout their lives, whether they are scientists, builders or bankers.”Peer pressure:  In the same issue of Nature,2  Gerald P. Koocher and Patricia Keith-Spiegel put positive peer pressure to the test.  They studied reactions of scientists who intervened when they saw unethical practices by peers.  Results were mixed.  “As for the interveners themselves, their chances of a good or bad outcome were about 50/50, ranging from increased respect to a loss of perceived career prospects.”  Yet not intervening sometimes left emotional scars that lasted for years.  Understandably, those in junior positions were found to be less likely to report infractions by their superiors.    The I-word integrity was prominent in their last paragraph:Maintaining scientific integrity by helping to ensure an accurate research record is an obligation shared by all researchers.  If colleagues who are in a position to take action fail to act, poor behaviour might remain uncorrected and could well spread or be repeated.  Our survey highlights that researchers have a commitment to research integrity, and that many are acting on their beliefs by gently attempting to correct bad science.  Such willingness needs to be encouraged and strengthened.The authors encouraged ways of promoting a culture that welcomes correction and values integrity.  Getting that requires another character quality highlighted by a subsection heading: “The courage to act.”Doubt and influence:  It would seem that the scientific journals have an obligation to create that culture of integrity.  Nature let readers in on a dispute between integrity and influence.  Oreskes and Conway authored a book called Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming (Bloomsbury, 2010).  Brian Wynne reviewed the book favorably in this week’s issue of Nature,3 concerned more for how scientists position themselves in the media than for matters of integrity and truth:The doubters’ success lies in the way that policy questions are framed, with science placed at the centre.  If a policy commitment is reduced only to a question of whether the science is right or wrong, then evidence can easily be made to unravel.  Paradoxically, this happens when science attains its greatest political influence, when it goes beyond supplying the facts to defining the public meaning of problems.  Public-policy issues always have dimensions beyond science, and require more than technical responses.  When framing debates, policy-makers should prioritize discussion of social benefits as well as science: there are many good non-scientific reasons to reduce global environmental footprints and consumption frenzy, and to pursue greater justice, for instance.  If the many factors that go into a policy commitment are recognized, science does not become the sole centre of authority and the sole target for opposition.Three scientists wrote a letter to Nature complaining about Oreskes and Conway’s criticisms of William Nierenberg, a nuclear physicist who led the Scripps Institute, who died in 2000, whom the authors in the June 10 issue had lumped in with the “merchants of doubt” about climate science, a group of “doubt-mongers” who need to be defeated by the scientific community.4  On the contrary, Nicholas Nierenberg with Walter and Victoria Tschinkel said; William was an “independent thinker who was always willing to say what he thought, regardless of what was popular or expected.  He knew that building public support for science begins with a constant regard for the truth.”5  Those attributes appear to be essential in any definition of integrity.One lesson the promoters of “framing” science for the public seem to underestimate is the doubt their own claims engender.  Consider some recent claims made in the science press:Bellyflop:  An article on BBC News claimed that watching frogs bellyflop “shows how frogs evolved.”Pet Darwin:  According to PhysOrg Pat Shipman of Penn State has a “New hypothesis for human evolution and human nature.”  Our love for pets led him to propose that “the interdependency of ancestral humans with other animal species… played a crucial and beneficial role in human evolution over the last 2.6 million years.”This is your brain on cooking:  New Scientist printed again the idea that humans owe their big brains to the invention of cooking (06/17/2009).  Chew on this sentence for evidence: “Now the proponents of the cooked-food hypothesis are presenting fresh evidence in support of the idea – and it all comes down to how you chew.”In the dark:  New Scientist gleefully reported the idea that every black hole may harbor another universe.  In fact, “We could be living inside a black hole ourselves,” a singular idea.War strategy:  Again at New Scientist, Metin Bosuglu claimed to give scientific authority to the view that “You can’t fight violence with violence.”Abortion:  An article on PhysOrg announced, “New Zealand women suffer long delays for abortions.”  The article went on to give this advice: “efforts need to be made by clinics and referring doctors to reduce the waiting times.”  Should a science news site be giving that kind of advice?  Those who consider abortion immoral might wish to increase the waiting times indefinitely. Scientific atheism:  Michael Murray, Jeffrey Schloss and John C. Avise continued their anti-Christian letter writing in PNAS this month, arguing basically that God wouldn’t have created a world like ours, and therefore intelligent design theory is wrong.6 Most people thought science deals with chemistry, physics and biology.  When scientists speak far beyond the data, making outlandish claims on matters no one can know using the methods of science, that behavior is perceived as arrogance.  Arrogance creates doubt – especially when it seems to support political ideologies at variance with the beliefs of many (cf. article by Patrick J. Michaels about Climategate on the Wall Street Journal).  A mark of integrity is knowing one’s limitations.1.  Sandra Titus and Xavier Bosch, “Tie funding to research integrity,” Nature 466, pp 436�437, 22 July 2010, doi:10.1038/466436a.2.  Gerald P. Koocher and Patricia Keith-Spiegel, “Peers nip misconduct in the bud,” Nature 466, pp 438�440, 22 July 2010, doi:10.1038/466438a.3.  Brian Wynne, “When doubt becomes a weapon,” Nature 466, pp 441�442, 22 July 2010, doi:10.1038/466441a.4.  Oreskes and Conway, “Defeating the merchants of doubt,” Nature 465, pp 686�687, 10 June 2010, doi:10.1038/465686a.5.  Nierenberg, Tschinkel and Tschinkel, Letters: “An independent thinker, willing to say what he thought,” Nature 466, page 435, 22 July 2010, doi:10.1038/466435c.6.  Michael J. Murray and Jeffrey B. Schloss, “Evolution, design, and genomic suboptimality: Does science ‘save theology’?” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, July 19, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1007401107; reply by John C. Avise, “Designer genes?”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences July 19, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1008658107.Combine the two parts of the entry for a perspective on 21st century institutional science.  On the one hand, they cannot claim any more integrity than politicians.  On the other, they speak beyond their knowledge.  It’s no wonder if the public comes to doubt scientists’ word on things.  They see the same disconnect between the ideals and practices of institutional science as they see between the Constitution and the actual behavior of presidents and Congresspeople.    They need integrity, but how are they going to get it?  Did it evolve from ape grunts?  Did it emerge from particles?  The only position that can make any sense of integrity is the Judeo-Christian world view that teaches a God of truth who made all things.  To get integrity, therefore, scientists need to reach back to the roots of science – its Christian roots – where science was the endeavor of thinking God’s thoughts after Him, and obeying the Genesis Mandate to subdue (care for, conserve, act as a responsible steward of) creation.  Without that anchor, there will be no tether for integrity.  Integrity exists to what damaged extent it does, only because the innate image of God in humanity, combined with some cultural pressure, keeps a check on the worst violations of integrity.    Philosopher Steve Fuller, who is not a Christian, argued the same in his book The Art of Living: appealing to the example of Newton and other early Christian scientists, Fuller asserted that religious belief is a good motivation for science, while atheism has done science little good.  Fuller promoted the idea in the book that we need a “Protscience” like a Protestant Reformation to unseat the “imperious priesthood of the scientific establishment.”  Nathan Schneider attacked Fuller’s thesis in an article this week at Religion Dispatches, pointing to all the atheists and non-Christians that have done good scientific work.  At the end of his diatribe against Fuller’s thesis, he made the absurd claim that Sci-Fi or the New Age might motivate scientists just as well or better than belief in God.  However much religion might have motivated Newton or Priestly or other early practitioners, he said, religion these days has nothing to offer science.  “Science, by now, can fend for itself.”[Exercise: Stop here and turn your Baloney Detector on Schneider’s claims.]    Schneider missed the whole point.  Fuller wasn’t talking about individual scientists; he was talking about science itself.  Of course atheists, New Agers and Sci-Fi devotees can do good science these days (whatever we might mean by the slippery word science).  But they cannot justify their science without belief in God.  It’s like Christian philosopher Greg Bahnsen responded when atheist Gordon Stein countered his argument that an atheist can’t even balance his checkbook without assuming Christianity.  Stein, completely misunderstanding his point, said, “But they do balance their checkbooks – every day!”  Bahnsen responded with a statement by Cornelius Van Til, who said that atheists can count, but they cannot account for counting.  That’s essentially the point Fuller, G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis and many others have noted.  Christianity contains the rationale for counting, mathematics, reason, and everything else required for doing science – including integrity.    Science cannot work without integrity.  Integrity must be woven into the warp and woof of science.  A scientist must believe truth exists.  He (or she) must assume he has the ability to acquire truth about nature.  He must approach nature honestly.  He must communicate with peers honestly.  He must publish honestly.  He must be willing to take admonition, and change his position if the evidence demands it.  At each and every step, integrity is as vital to science as blood to the body.  Science breaks down completely if its participants cannot be trusted.  The only real science is an honest scientist, speaking, writing, researching, interacting with nature and one’s peers ethically as if truth matters (cf. the 08/02/2008, 03/12/2009, 11/26/2009, and 05/28/2010 entries).    If integrity evolved, it can evolve into something else.  But that’s a self-contradiction.  Integrity that evolves is not integrity.  Integrity is rooted in the nature of God, who is immutable.[Exercise:  List other Judeo-Christian moral values that are essential for doing science.](Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mandela exhibition travels to Paris

first_img A maquette of a recently installed sculpture to mark the 50th anniversary of his arrest near Howick in KwaZulu-Natal, will also be on display. Mandela was in prison on Robben Island when the top echelons of the ANC were arrested at Liliesleaf Farm on the northern outskirts of Johannesburg, in 1963. He was transported to Pretoria to stand trial, and was sentenced to life imprisonment with the top brass of the movement, and taken back to Robben Island. Then he disappeared from public view for 27 years, until his unconditional release in February 1990.Secret dialogues The apartheid state, facing crippling economic and political isolation and unrest in the black townships, began a secret dialogue with Mandela. These events are shown in dramatic film footage in the exhibition, and include the resultant unbanning of all the resistance movements by the government. His release and first public address to South Africans are on exhibit. Four years of at times tense negotiations took place before Mandela took office in 1994 as the first democratic president. “The chapters in this long walk from prisoner to president are presented in an exhibition of 70 panels, between 3m and 9m long and 2.2m high, which graphically illustrate the life and times of Nelson Mandela and are organised on the basis of six themes: Character, Comrade, Leader, Prisoner, Negotiator and Statesman,” indicates the museum’s statement. Photographs, many of which have not been widely seen before, have been juxtaposed with the narrative describing the events linking all of these aspects of his life. Ten screens featuring historical film clips of Mandela commenting and speaking on the issues of the time are woven into the exhibition. A representation of his Robben Island cell, measuring 2m x 2.5m, in which he was incarcerated for 18 years, will be created. What is extraordinary about the exhibition is that it “seeks to show Mandela the human being, who acknowledges his shortcomings and sees himself as a single part of a much larger movement with many players who dedicated themselves to freeing South Africans from oppression, discrimination and prejudice in achieving the dream of justice and equality”. Nelson Mandela – from Prisoner to President was first developed and presented by the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg in 2008 to mark and celebrate his 90th birthday. Smaller versions of the exhibition have been erected in Umtata in the Eastern Cape, and Pretoria in Gauteng. It has also travelled to Argentina and Sweden. First published by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. 24 May 2013 Nelson Mandela is travelling to Europe this year – multiple images of the icon will appear in Paris from 29 May to 6 July as part of the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 and 2013. “Produced by the highly regarded Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, in association with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the exhibition will celebrate Mandela’s relationship with the people of France, while offering a comprehensive historical overview of his epic life and times,” reads a statement from the museum. Just a couple of months off his 95th birthday in July, Mandela will be revealed in all his guises, in a multimedia exhibition titled Nelson Mandela – from Prisoner to President. “The exhibition attempts to breathe fresh life into a story that has been well told in many books, documentaries and other tributes around the world,” says Christopher Till, director of the Apartheid Museum, which put together the original exhibition titled Mandela – Leader, Comrade, Negotiator, Prisoner, Statesman in 2009. “We are delighted to present the exhibition Nelson Mandela: from Prisoner to President as one of the highlights of the opening week of the South African Season in France,” says Bongani Tembe, South African commissioner-general for the Seasons. The exhibition will be held at the Hotel De Ville in Paris.‘Layered glimpse of Mandela’ Till adds: “The strength of the exhibition is the way it attempts to provide a layered glimpse of Mandela in all his various guises and reincarnations. It examines his undoubted strengths and greatness, but does not shy away from his self- acknowledged weaknesses too.” The exhibition will trace how Mandela built a new nation from the fragments of conflict, making full use of his strengths: love, persuasion, forgiveness and acute political acumen, “with a fair amount of self-deprecating humour sprinkled in for good measure”. The France-South Africa Seasons sees the successful cultural exchange programme, which has taken place between France and Vietnam, Croatia, India, Russia and Brazil, come to sub-Saharan Africa for the first time. The Seasons’ aim is to foster a deeper mutual understanding and respect for the cultures of partner countries. Events will run between May and December and will include contemporary art, architecture, theatre, political discussions, literature, gastronomy, astronomy and sport, among others. These events will be staged in towns and cities across France, such as Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Nantes, Saint-Malo and Strasbourg. More than 800 South African artists, musicians, dancers and actors will be flying to France and performing in 250 dance and theatre productions, 50 films, 100 music concerts, 35 workshops, 30 exhibitions and 40 residencies. Some 150 South African wines will help to sweeten bilateral relations. During the opening week of the season, from 28 May, the Eiffel Tower will be illuminated in the South Africa flag. This will be repeated from 15 to 21 July, to coincide with Mandela’s birthday on 18 July.‘In the footsteps’ The Mandela exhibition follows in the footsteps of the former president – from his early life in the hills of the Transkei where his family had lived for generations, living a modest pastoral life, to his mission schooling, his entry into manhood and his first brush with and defiance of authority. It tells of his move to Johannesburg, his studying to be a lawyer, his political education, and his passion for fighting apartheid. He was one of the accused in the Treason Trial, but was eventually acquitted. His powerful oratory and leadership skills helped him to quickly move up the ranks in the African National Congress (ANC), and soon he was an underground fighter championing the armed struggle, as the notorious “black pimpernel” hunted by the apartheid police. The exhibition traces Mandela’s dramatic arrest in 1962 while driving a car – disguised as a chauffeur – back to Johannesburg after reporting on his overseas mission to Chief Albert Luthuli, then ANC president and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.last_img read more

Robotic gliders boost for ocean research

first_imgThe Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observatory are using robotic gliders to track what happens in the ocean. Their work will help with research, which could contribute positively to responding to climate change and the “blue” economy. A robotic glider gathers data in the Southern Ocean off the coast of Cape Town. (Image: SOCCO gliders, Twitter) • How much do you know about the ocean?  • South Africa moves to unlock ‘blue economy’  • Gallery: Celebrate Marine Month in South Africa • Plans to tap into South Africa’s oceans on track  Compiled by Priya PitamberRobotic gliders, looking much like a combination of a surf board and a missile with solar panels, are helping South African researchers learn more about the ocean.The gliders help to gather important data for research and development.Speaking to Munyaradzi Makoni writing for the science and technology news website, SciDev.Net, Sebastiaan Swart, a principal scientist with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) said: “These cutting-edge robotic gliders will shape the future of marine research and environmental monitoring of the Southern Ocean and South African waters.”The CSIR and the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observatory (SOCCO) are using the gliders to track what happens in the ocean.They examine behaviour such as the impact of carbon dioxide and the increase of phytoplankton, a microscopic algae living on the ocean surface.Our two #wavegliders on the heli-deck of the #SAAghulas2 out on the wintery Southern Ocean.(Photo cred: @H3ndrikJvR ) — SOCCO – CSIR (@SOCCOgliders) July 29, 2015The gilders also help the scientists to understand how circular currents of water, or eddies as they are called, move nutrients to the ocean surface. The effects of these on the Southern Ocean and changing climate patterns, however, are not yet fully understood.This is of great concern to Swart because he said creatures living in the ocean were vulnerable to even the smallest of changes in the environment.“One [of our] research gaps that we hope to address with these gliders, in conjunction with satellites and computer models, is better understanding the role of small-scale features such as ocean eddies and currents and short term events [storms] on the overall state of the ocean,” said Swart.Little is known about the Southern, or Antarctic, Ocean. Simply sailing in it for longer periods is not enough for scientists to unravel its mysteries, such as the diverse life species it supports. Swart said investigations done from research ships and data from satellites exclusively was not sufficient.The #Seagliders being tested for their next #scientific mission on a sunny winter’s morning in #CapeTown. — SOCCO – CSIR (@SOCCOgliders) July 3, 2015Maiden voyageThe first gliders were deployed in September 2012, according to, near Gough Island, some 2 000 kilometres south-west of Cape Town.For six months, the robots collected data that was sent back to CSIR scientists. The location and depth of the bots were controlled remotely through satellite communication. Since then, there has been no looking back and “additional long-endurance robotics experiments have taken place on an annual basis”, reads SciDev.Swart said that if it was understood now how the Southern Ocean worked and interacted with the environment, the better the chances would be to lessen the effects of climate change.There are nine gliders in the fleet, which could increase depending on the need for further research. “Four surface wave gliders ride the ocean surface measuring CO2, acidity, among other surface ocean physical variables,” wrote Makoni. “Five profiling gliders can dive to a maximum depth of one kilometre below the ocean surface.”Helping the economySouth Africa’s oceans already contribute R54-billion (about US$3.2-million) to the country’s economy, and Swart is optimistic that glider research missions will be able to increase this sum.They may also contribute to ocean governance and resource development for Operation Phakisa, South Africa’s programme launched in 2014 to reap the maximum benefit from the ocean while minimising any harm.“Gliders are a key part of unlocking the wealth of our ocean blue economy,” Swart said. “They can assist in understanding the ocean, protecting and managing its resources, and manage disasters and pollution.”All in one photo: one of our #Robots, a #Whale and the lovely #CapeTown! — SOCCO – CSIR (@SOCCOgliders) April 9, 2015last_img read more

Brand South Africa CEO encourages citizens to tell the South African story

first_imgJohannesburg, 26 September 2013 – Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, interacting with journalists from African media houses currently on a media tour profiling infrastructure projects in South Africa, reiterated that South African citizens must shape the narrative of the story we want told about our country.Referring to the South African story of the successful triumph over a brutal and repressive system and a country that is working towards a sustainable future through the implementation of the National Development Plan, Mr Matola said, “We must shape this narrative. We must be the proof points for the messages we carry because there is a very positive and compelling image of what South Africa is about.” We cannot allow our story to be determined by others.Discussing South Africa’s priorities and efforts to manage the country’s reputation – domestically and internationally – the CEO reiterated that all social partners must work together to change the South Africa narrative and through consistent efforts, South Africa would be able to improve on its competitive indices. As a competitive nation able to attract, amongst others, skills and foreign direct investment, we will be able to deliver on the promise of a tomorrow that is better than today.Speaking specifically about South Africa’s infrastructure priorities, Mr Matola said that, “South Africa has a huge infrastructure build programme,” that is contributing towards the implementation NEPAD priorities to improve infrastructure within the continent. This committee of NEPAD is headed by President Jacob Zuma. The Cape to Cairo Corridor can only become a reality if all countries work together to make the vision of our forefathers a reality. Improved infrastructure will also lead to greater intra-African trade which will inevitably translate into a better life for all Africans. In this way, South Africa can contribute positively the building the continent’s brand factor.The media tour moves to Durban later today where journalists will experience the Dube Trade Port, Durban Harbour and Container Terminal on Friday 27 September 2013. Journalists will also visit the Moses Mabhida Stadium before concluding their tour.Mr Matola was joined by the Head of Research Dr Petrus de Kock, Brand South Africa’s Programme Manager for Africa and the Middle East and the Head of Communications at the Department of Police, Zweli Mnisi.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected]last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, December 24, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Christmas Eve starts off our week with some clouds, but generally a dry, decent day. Cold air remains in place, with temps near to slightly below normal. A cold front in the upper Midwest today will try and move over the region through Christmas day tomorrow, but generally has little to no effect here. Moisture with the front is minor. We wont rule out a few sprinkles or flurries in far SW parts of Ohio on Christmas, but coverage stays at under 20%, and will be limited to a few hundredths on those area. There is nothing here that will cause travel problems or issues for Christmas, but it will mean a somewhat cloudy, gray holiday.Ohio stays dry for the rest of the week until we get to overnight Thursday night.  Scattered showers arrive there and continue through midday Friday. Rain totals will be limited to .1″-.5″ over about 80% of the state. A look at the end of the week is in the map at right. This system will be significantly weaker here than farther west, and will be born out of a major winter storm moving from the Plains into the western corn belt Wednesday-Thursday. Colder air is on the way behind this system but should wait until Saturday before truly taking controls, when we turn out partly sunny.Light snow and flurries threaten next Sunday, but the truth threat is limited only to north central and NW OH, where we may end up with a fresh coating to half an inch or so. All other areas of Ohio miss out on precipitation, and could end up at least partly sunny. The system is acting more like a clipper, and affects more of the Great Lakes than anywhere else. A mix of clouds and sun expected for New Year’s Eve on Monday, and then partly sunny skies for New Years day and next Wednesday. Temps will stay normal to a bit below.Snow moves into southern Ohio next Wednesday night and continues through Thursday the 3rd. This snow stays south of I-70, but accumulations are likely in that area, and they could be significant, if the cold air holds in as we currently anticipate. There will be no precipitation north of I-70. We are back to dry weather for Friday the 4th.Another significant warm up could be on the way for the 5th through the 7th, with well above normal temps. This will set up a potential strong storm for the night of the 7th through the 8th. Right now, cold air appears to race in at the same time moisture develops, meaning we could see some snow, and there is potential for some good accumulations. However, there is plenty of time for the pattern to shift and the system to evolve. Overall, the coming 2 week period has the potential for some very wild swinging weather. Merry Christmas!last_img read more

What Are You Known For?

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Photo: Jim Harbaugh Recruiting Graduate Students For “Top Secret” Research Projects

first_imgjim harbaugh research flyerTwitter/@ByAZunigaIf we’ve learned anything about Jim Harbaugh in his first 18 months as Michigan head coach, it is that he’ll look for any advantage he can get. Based on a flyer posted to Twitter by Maize ‘N Brew‘s Alejandro Zúñiga, Harbaugh is recruiting “highly motivated” Michigan graduate students for top secret “applied research projects.”Michigan football is planning a top-secret project:— Alejandro Zúñiga (@ByAZuniga) June 15, 2016It is impossible not to be intrigued by what the means, coming from Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan program. It could be anything.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

St Mary Residents Welcome Adoption of Enfield Clinic

first_imgStory Highlights This provision is part of an initial $5 million, which the group generated from fundraising events to support the five clinics they have selected for assistance. The others include Mount Pleasant Health Centre, Portland; Elderslie Health Centre, St. Elizabeth; Lambs River Health Centre, Westmoreland; and Cascade Health Centre, Hanover. Residents of Enfield, St. Mary, have welcomed the adoption of their community’s health centre by the Jamaica 55 Charities Group in the United Kingdom (UK), under the Government’s Adopt-A-Clinic initiative. Residents of Enfield, St. Mary, have welcomed the adoption of their community’s health centre by the Jamaica 55 Charities Group in the United Kingdom (UK), under the Government’s Adopt-A-Clinic initiative.The organisation, comprising members of the Jamaican diaspora community in the UK, has provided $1 million to assist with improvements at the clinic in response to the Administration’s invitation for stakeholder support for the overall endeavour.This provision is part of an initial $5 million, which the group generated from fundraising events to support the five clinics they have selected for assistance.The others include Mount Pleasant Health Centre, Portland; Elderslie Health Centre, St. Elizabeth; Lambs River Health Centre, Westmoreland; and Cascade Health Centre, Hanover.They are among the 100 shortlisted under the government initiative, out of approximately 320 clinics islandwide, of which Enfield is the first to be adopted.The Group presented Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, with a cheque for $5 million during his recent visit to London earlier this year.He, in turn, handed over a cheque in the sum of $1 million to the management of the Enfield Health Centre during a recent ceremony at the clinic to formally launch the partnership with the Jamaica 55 Charities Group.It is expected that the funds will be used to undertake renovations, and to install much needed equipment and tools.Based on the initiative’s objectives and the Charities Group’s gesture, residents of Enfield, numbering approximately 2,400, anticipate significant benefits redounding to them.Senior citizen, Cyril Thomas, is optimistic the partnership will result in improved healthcare delivery at the Enfield Clinic.“What has been said (about the proposed improvements)… we appreciate that very much. We appreciate this clinic very much… because (without it being here), I would have to travel far to get healthcare. But, because it is right here in the community, we are able to come in a short space of time when we feel sick, and get treatment,” he tells JIS News.Mr. Thomas also has high praises for the Centre’s staff, particularly the nurses and doctors, whom he describes as “courteous and nice”.“We (find no) fault with them. They are quite okay and they keep the compound very nice and clean. We greatly appreciate what has been said… and look forward to great things to come for the clinic,” he adds.Fellow senior citizen, Venus Mendez, is equally elated and tells JIS News that “I am feeling really happy because of what was announced”.Mrs. Mendez, who indicates that she has accessed healthcare at the Enfield clinic for all except 10 years of her life when she pursued engagements outside the community, says she, too, anticipates great benefits.“Yes I do. Sometimes when I come, I encounter a little delay in being attended to by a doctor or nurse… but I have never had to turn back. Although I have had to wait, I have always gotten through at all times. So, I know and do believe that the additional support that will be coming through the adopt-a-clinic programme will be very beneficial, and for that we are extremely grateful,” she adds.Her daughter, Carol Mendez, is also very upbeat about the anticipated outcomes of the arrangement.Recounting memories of her childhood involving the Centre, Ms. Mendez tells JIS News that “whenever we, as children of the community, got even a bruise, cut or scrape, we could always run to the nurse here and get it dressed”.Ms. Mendez says staff members were also keen on promoting proper dental hygiene and, as such, took steps to ensure that toothbrushes and toothpaste were available to the citizens, particularly the youngsters.The Adopt-A-Clinic initiative, which was launched in 2017, forms part of the Government’s undertaking to boost primary healthcare delivery, and is consistent with the Administration’s 2017/18 social protection policy priority.Its administration is spearheaded by the Ministry’s Health and Wellness Foundation.Speaking at the ceremony in Enfield, Dr. Tufton said the initiative provides a vehicle through which persons and organisations in Jamaica and overseas can contribute to further developing the health sector, especially in the communities from which they originated, “in a very organised way where we will ensure that what you are giving has real impact”.He said the Government’s implementation of the initiative is indicative of its priority focus on strengthening primary healthcare delivery.“Very often, we overlook and underestimate the importance and contribution of community healthcare delivery to the wellness of individuals and, by extension, the country. We have to stop (thinking like) that because the health of our country starts at the primary level,” the Minister argued.Against this background, Dr. Tufton said the Enfield Clinic “is giving birth to an initiative which we believe is important (to) community healthcare”.“I am told that last year, between 1,500 and 1,700 patients were seen at this facility. That is significant, because what it is doing is responding to the needs of this community,” he added.“Adopt-A-Clinic is an appeal to (local and international) community stakeholder partnership to give back to public health in a way that enhances the health and wellness of communities across Jamaica,” the Minister underscoredDr. Tufton also indicated that the Ministry has received expressions of interest for the adoption of about 50 clinics from other organisations, including several local corporate entities.last_img read more

Air India Assets Holdings maiden bond issue fully subscribed raises Rs 7000

first_imgNew Delhi: Air India Assets Holdings Ltd (AIAHL) on Monday raised Rs 7,000 crore through bonds issue, which was oversubscribed. AIAHL is a special purpose vehicle of national carrier Air India. As part of efforts to clean up the balance sheet of Air India, which has a debt burden of more than Rs 58,000 crore, little over half of the amount is to be repaid by way of proceeds from the issuance of bonds by AIAHL. An Air India spokesperson on Monday said AIAHL’s bond issue with a three-year tenure of Rs 1,000 crore with a green shoe option of Rs 6,000 crore has been fully subscribed at 6.99 per cent. “The company received bids worth Rs 20,830 crore, which is the highest in the yield based bond market in the history of BSE. The company has decided to accept the entire issue of Rs 7,000 crore,” the spokesperson said. Last week, PTI reported that AIAHL would come out with its bonds issue worth Rs 7,000 crore on September 16.last_img read more