Harbel Community College Offers Agriculture Scholarships

first_imgStudents interested in agriculture science and its related fields of study have been urged to apply for  free scholarships at the Harbel Community College in Margibi County.The president of the college, Syrulwa Somah, said the scholarships are being offered with the intention of encouraging Liberian students to develop the passion for agriculture and its related fields of study.Dr. Somah expressed the hope that with the benefit of the scholarships, several prospective students will seize the opportunity to receive education and training in mechanized farming and many other agriculture-related courses.“We hope that many of our students will develop interest in the scholarship scheme that has a lot of benefits. The essence is to train more agriculturists so that we can develop a sustainable food and nutritional environment. The requirement is for a potential student to apply and pass the college’s entrance exams, register in an agriculture program with a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) or be able to maintain such a grade,” Dr. Somah said.He added that the college has a limited number of scholarships and therefore urged students to apply in time.Dr. Somah said, “We created this scholarship to fish out young leaders in agriculture and the food industry to enter the agriculture program and receive a scholarship to support their education. After this phase, we intend to extend the scholarship program to undergraduate and graduate students at the national and international levels.”He said the scholarship is part of the college’s strategic plan that embraces a new model for higher education to prepare every student for a career in the job market.“The plan reflects our commitment to producing graduates who will think critically and analyze to solve problems through effective communication,” Somah said.“We are engaging our students inside and outside the classroom to ensure that they have the opportunities for deeper learning to stimulate their growth and develop their skills.”He said that the school is undergoing growth and transformation with the construction of start-of-the-art science classrooms and labs.“In order to do an even better job preparing our students, we are constructing a new Sciences Building. The building is a crucial project that supports the college’s commitment to meeting our nation’s demand for more STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) graduates. By providing cutting-edge learning spaces and hands-on activities for our students, we are helping to prepare them for the rigors of the real world application of science and research,” Dr. Somah added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Harbel Community College President, Dr. Syrulwa Somah. – Advertisement –last_img read more

GTU threatens another teachers’ strike

first_img‘Imposed’ arbitration chairman…Govt warns of legal consequencesBy Davina RamdassThe Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) on Wednesday did not turn up at a meeting with the Education Ministry, as the teachers’ saga continued for a fourth week, with the Union now threatening to resume strike action in seven days’ time should the matter regarding the arbitration chairman not resolved. But the Education Ministry is fighting back, promising to take legal action should teachers return to the streets.The General Secretary of the Union, Coretta McDonald, spoke with media operatives after boycotting Wednesday’s meeting where she informed, “The Union has indicated that we are giving a seven days’ notice for us to regularise this situation, if not we will be forced to resume industrial action”.GTU General Secretary Coretta McDonaldIt was explained by her that during the previous meeting between the two parties on Tuesday, the GTU executives were introduced to the chairman for the arbitration panel, much to their surprise, since according to her, the Union was just about to present their nominee for the arbitration panel.“We were told ‘I would have to interrupt this meeting (by Minister Keith Scott) but I must do it at this stage because I have to introduce to you the chairperson for the arbitration panel… it was not the meeting for us to be introduced to any person. As a matter of fact, when we would have identified the three persons I think it would have been official then to introduce to the Ministry of Education and the Guyana Teachers’ Union our panel for the arbitration tribunal,” she said.According to her, the members of the Union expressed their dissatisfaction with what was done during that meeting, especially since they were not provided with any sort of background information about the person who was selected to chair the panel.The person introduced at that meeting as the chairman was a University Professor, Leyland Lucas.McDonald went on to say that she believes Minister Keith Scott, who functions in the Labour Department under the Social Protection Ministry is “confused” about the laws as the GTU will not fall prey to anything but voluntary arbitration.It was reported that the Union feels as though it is being bullied by the Government into accepting the Labour Department’s choice for an arbitrator, who they feel is likely to make biased representations.She went on to explain that the Union has not yet received a response from Government although they are patiently awaiting one.McDonald however stood her ground as she explained the Union is not willing to accept someone to chair the arbitration panel who works with Government. “I am wondering why is this Administration, why is the Department of Labour, why is the Ministry of Education, why are they so fearful about having somebody independent?” she questioned.The General Secretary nonetheless pointed out that the GTU will not issue the name of its nominee for the chairman, until Minister Scott comes to the realisation that it is not his place to appoint, but nominate a chairman for the arbitration panel, since this decision mutually lies in the hands of the Education Ministry and the GTU.Education Ministry fires backIn response to the GTU’s statement where it threatened strike action, the Education Ministry fired back a signed agreement between the two parties which stated “…there shall be no strike, stoppage of work whether of a partial or general nature, go slow, boycott, picketing, retardation of production or any other interference with the Ministry’s operations by the Union…”. This agreement was signed back in July 1983.The Ministry went further to say that it will ensure that appropriate consequences ensue, should teachers disregard the agreement, since their actions will be deemed “illegal”.UnbotheredThe Union hinted its unbothered approach to the Ministry’s statement as the General Secretary disclosed, “The Ministry would always issue statements of threats to teachers…they have to do what they have to do and the GTU will do what the GTU has got to do”.She further said that teachers will not be intimidated by the Ministry’s threats since “you can’t put threats on the table for your children”.McDonald reminded too of the ripple effect the strike action would take should teachers return to the streets. She cautioned that should the Union be forced to resume industrial action, the numbers would be multiplied significantly as various trade unions which are tied to other unions have expressed their support in a call for better wages and working conditions.“If you recognise what has been happening from 2015 to now, we’ve been having one May Day Rally so that should say something to you”.last_img read more

Docs happy: Lose-weight-with-milk ads to cease

first_imgWASHINGTON – An ad campaign that suggested milk can help people lose weight is ending, the Federal Trade Commission told a doctors’ group that had complained. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine contended the weight loss claims were false and misleading. The group, in a 2005 petition, asked the commission to order a halt to the dairy advertisements. The agency did not take that step, but said in a letter to the committee that the groups behind the ads planned to end them. “It is obvious that the industry did not have a leg to stand on,” said Neal Barnard, president of the Washington-based doctors committee. His group advocates a vegan diet, which typically includes no animal products. The two marketing campaigns at issue involve the “Milk your diet. Lose Weight!” ads on television, Internet and in magazines, and the “3-A-Day. Burn More Fat, Lose Weight” ads, which are now mostly Web-based. The FTC, in a letter May 3 to the committee, said the agency met with Agriculture Department officials and representatives for the two campaigns, which decided “to discontinue all advertising and other marketing activities involving weight loss claims until further research provides stronger, more conclusive evidence.” 160Want 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

WOMAN CHEATS INJURY AFTER BULLET SHATTERS WINDOW

first_imgA businesswoman cheated serious injury after a stray bullet shattered a window at her countryside home.The shattered glass at Ms Barnett’s Dunfanaghy home.Gillian Barnett was sitting watching television at her picturesque Co Donegal home when she heard a massive bang.When she went to investigate, she found a large window at her Dunfanaghy home had been shattered. Even more worrying for Ms Barnett was that the window was made from 2.3cm toughened glass.The reinforced glass was put in to protect the building from strong Atlantic weather conditions and it cost €1,300 to replace.Ms Barnett said she suspects the window was shattered by a stray bullet – possibly from someone out hunting.She admits that she is very lucky saying she could have been struck by a bullet under different circumstances. She told the People’s Press “I’m lucky I wasn’t out getting a bucket of coal or something like that and I’m lucky I had this toughened glass and not just ordinary glass.“There was a very definite loud bang and then it all began to shatter. It just started to go.“I was in the living room when it happened. I saw it and it scared the life out of me. I think it was lucky that it hit my window and not somebody else’s.”Ms Barnett said she feels the incident may not be malicious.But she wants to send out the message that people need to be careful when out shooting or lamping. Workmen needed a sledgehammer and crowbar to take out the remaining glass, emphasising how tough the glass was.“I’m glad it was toughened glass or otherwise it might have come straight through,” she said.She added that she would like people to be aware of the dangers of stray bullets.“In this area it is common place for lamping. I just want the people who do this as a hobby to be aware of what can happen. “Nobody was hurt this time, which is important and I’m glad I wasn’t a neighbour’s window,” she added.Gardai have confirmed that an investigation has ben carried out into the incident.However, the evidence has so far proved inconclusive.WOMAN CHEATS INJURY AFTER BULLET SHATTERS WINDOW was last modified: January 26th, 2015 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)Tags:bullet. GardaidonegalDunfanaghyGillian BarnettWINDOWlast_img read more

Raiders sign veteran cornerback Nevin Lawson

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe Raiders have signed veteran cornerback Nevin Lawson, the team announced Wednesday night.Lawson has played for the Lions since 2014 and joins a young Raiders cornerbacks group led by 23-year-old Gareon Conley and 24-year-old Daryl Worley. Lawson, who turns 28 in April, started 46 of 47 games he played in for the Lions over the last three seasons (46 regular season games and one playoff game).He registered 18 …last_img read more

Surging Giants hop the Padres, tie the Rockies in NL West on Dickerson’s career night

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceDENVER — When Alex Dickerson’s back tightened up and forced him to miss a pair of games in Milwaukee over the weekend, the left fielder explained he’s dealt with the pain off and on throughout his entire professional career.If Dickerson wakes up feeling out of sorts on Wednesday, the back soreness he’ll experience might feel a little different.No one would blame Dickerson if his back was ailing from carrying the …last_img read more

Beck’s Hybrids Makes Five-Year, $1 Million Commitment to Ohio State

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A water quality effort and the Farm Science Review at The Ohio State University received a $1 million boost from Beck’s Hybrids, to be contributed over the next five years in monetary and in-kind support.The gift was announced Thursday, May 21.Beck’s Hybrids is the largest family-owned retail seed company in the United States and is based in Atlanta, Indiana. Beck’s has a location in London, Ohio, and serves farmers in eight Midwestern states.“We are supporting Field to Faucet and the Farm Science Review because they are important to farmers, and farmers are important to us,” said Scott Beck, president of the company.The university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences launched Field to Faucet shortly after dangerous microcystin levels from harmful algae in Lake Erie shut down Toledo’s water supply for two days in August 2014. The new program’s goal is to ensure safe drinking water while maintaining an economically productive agricultural sector.Ohio State’s Farm Science Review is a three-day educational and trade show event held each September at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center outside London, Ohio.“We know farmers work hard to protect the environment, and we hope our support of Field to Faucet will give them more tools to protect Ohio’s water resources,” Beck said. “And FSR is where many in agriculture go to learn about the latest in farming.”Beck’s owns property adjacent to the Review site where the company will highlight its joint research with CFAES’s outreach arm, Ohio State University Extension.“Beck’s Hybrids’ great generosity will go far in advancing the objectives of Field to Faucet,” said Bruce McPheron, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES. “Clearly, Beck’s shares our goal of identifying best practices for nutrient management. And their support of Farm Science Review— the largest university-sponsored event of its kind in the country — will greatly enhance our outreach effort.”“By cooperating with Ohio State on these water quality projects and supporting the mission of the Farm Science Review, we want to help farmers become more productive and successful while protecting Ohio’s important natural resources,” Beck said. “We expect this to be the beginning of a long partnership with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State.”last_img read more

Top Stories: Microbes to Make You Thin, Universal DNA Sequencing, and More

first_imgNIH Studies Explore Promise of Sequencing Babies’ GenomesIn a few years, new parents may go home from the hospital with not just a bundle of joy, but with the complete sequence of their baby’s DNA as well. A new $25 million National Institutes of Health research program will explore the promise—and ethical challenges—of sequencing every newborn’s genome.Is a Slim Physique Contagious? 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The microbes in our gut also play a part in how much we weigh. Now, researchers have shown that certain gut microbes found in lean mice can prevent obesity, even when given to mice that start out chubby. The catch? The bacterial takeover needs a healthy, high-fiber diet in order to stick.Bats and Dolphins Evolved Echolocation in Same WayDolphins and bats don’t have much in common, but they share a superpower: echolocation. Now, a study shows that this ability arose independently in each group of mammals from the same genetic mutations. The work suggests that evolution sometimes arrives at new traits through the same sequence of steps, even in very different animals. The research also implies that this convergent evolution is common—and hidden—within genomes, potentially complicating the task of deciphering some evolutionary relationships between organisms. A Racing Game to Rejuvenate the Brain?Fighting the mental effects of aging is tricky. But NeuroRacer, a new racing video game created by neuroscientists, shows promise in reversing some signs of mental decline. An important question with such games is whether they can strengthen skills that are useful away from a computer. NeuroRacer seems to deliver: People who trained with the game saw improvements in multitasking, memory, and attention and were able to maintain at least some of these skills months after training.Chilean Union Leader Speaks on ALMA StrikeFor 2 weeks, observations at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, the world’s largest radio telescope, have been at a standstill, due to an ongoing strike by the 195-member ALMA workers union. Science chatted with the president of the union to get his take on the situation.A Change Is in the (Interstellar) WindEarth could be in for some turbulence. Our solar system travels through space. Right now, it’s moving through an expanse of gas called the Local Interstellar Cloud. Astronomers have discovered signs of potential change in the wind inside the cloud. If the shift is real and continues for hundreds to thousands of years—a dicey extrapolation—it could be a harbinger of more dramatic changes in our solar system, including greater exposure to harmful galactic cosmic rays.last_img read more

Science in U.K. election, on camera

first_imgOn 7 May, the United Kingdom will have a general election, the first in 5 years. Science has not come up much in the campaigning. Hoping to change that, the British Science Association interviewed representatives from six major parties about their views on research issues and has posted the videos online—but they ended up with few concrete differences to highlight.The Conservative Party, which has held power in coalition with Liberal Democrats for the past 5 years, touted its protection of existing science budgets and recent increases in research-related capital spending. The Labour Party vowed, if elected, to protect science from cuts, and highlighted European ties as vital to research. The Green Party was unusually specific, repeating its pledge to increase government spending on science to 1% of gross domestic product. Liberal Democrats want to build bridges between parties to guarantee a healthy future for research. Plaid Cymru, a party that advocates independence for Wales, emphasized research related to the environment. Scotland largely runs its own science agenda, but the Scottish National Party said it would invest in renewable energy and work on the “scientific skills shortage.” The UK Independence Party did not participate.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(*)“For too long science has not featured in the General Election debate,” said Imran Khan, chief of the British Science Association, in a statement. “We hope this series opens up discussions about science policy and its impact on communities across the UK.”last_img read more