Messam Jr makes perfect fit for St George’s

first_imgGregory Messam Jr has been given the responsibility of spearheading St George’s College’s attack this FLOW/ISSA Manning Cup season, and the second-generation national footballer started the campaign with a bang, as he led the North Street-based school with a hat-trick in their 9-0 rout against Kingston Technical High School (KTHS) in their opening Group C game at Winchester Park yesterday.St George’s only scored one goal in the first half.Messam Jr netted in the 21st, 57th and 64thminutes, while Alex Marshall got a brace (90, 90+7) and Shevon Stewart (59th), Jevoun McKellar (68th) and Stephen Gilzene (90+6) one each.Kingston Technical were reduced to 10 players when Dejeun Hayle was red-carded midway the second half.Last season, Messam Jr played on the flank with much success, but, according to assistant coach Marcel Gayle, the departure of central striker Amoy Brown left a big void, and Messam Jr was the obvious replacement.testimony of ability”He is a fantastic player, a kid every coach would want in their team,” Gayle commented. “But we were looking for a number nine, and we were looking, looking, and he was right in front us, and today is testimony of his ability.”I hope he can get a hat-trick every game, even though that’s not possible. I hope he gets better as the competition goes on,” he added.The star-studded St George’s, which boast players like Paul Young Jr, Gilzene, Dominic James, Stewart, Marshall, McKellar, and Messam, controlled the game from the start, but wasted countless opportunities to go ahead until Messam capitalised on a pass from Marshall to put the hosts ahead 1-0.After the interval, the Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell-coached team ran riot, and two early strikes sealed Messam’s three-timer. His second-half goals were sandwich by a Stewart strike, which was followed by another from McKellar.Kingston Technical were reduced to 10 men when Hayle saw red for handball, when the ball appeared to come off his face.Stewart added two late goals, and Gilzene netted in between his strikes to seal the biggest win of the schoolboy football season thus far.In other Group C games, Innswood stopped Ardenne 2-0 with goals from Akeem Gibbons and Steve Harris, while Denham Town edged Eltham 1-0.In Group B, Greater Portmore held Hydel to a 1-1 draw, Dunoon edged Haile Selassie 1-0, while Papine drew 1-1 with eight-man Cumberland.In Group F, Excelsior beat Ascot 4-0, Jonathan Grant turned back Norman Manley 3-2 with a brace from Geovanni Shorter, and Vauxhall defeated Spanish Town 2-0.Yesterday’s ResultsGroup BPortmore 1 Hydel 1Dunoon 1 Haile Selassie 0Papine 1 Cumberland 1Group CSt George’s 9 KTHS 0Innswood 2 Ardenne 0Denham Town 1 Eltham 0Group FExcelsior 4 Ascot 0Jonathan Grant 3 Norman Manley 2Vauxhall 2 Spanish Town 0Today’s gamesGroup DPenwood vs Charlie SmithSt Mary’s College vs STATHSGroup EKingston High vs BridgeportSt Jago vs MonaGroup GJose Marti vs CampionCamperdown vs WaterfordAll games start at 3:30.pm.last_img read more

Rubber Manufacturing Plant Inaugurated in Bomi

first_imgA female operator in action on Cooper FarmThe Cooper Rubber Processing Plant (CRPP), the first 100 percent Liberian owned plant that will manufacture retreaded tires, roofing materials, electrical insulators, fixtures PVC pipes, fittings, rubber gloves, among others has been inaugurated in the country.Mr. James E. Cooper is the vice president of the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL) and is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CRPP.The CRPP was inaugurated on Monday, June 4, at a well-attended ceremony graced by major players in the Liberian economy. The plant is located in Blagai, Bomi Highway.According to CEO Cooper CRPP purchases rubber from local farmers across the country and process them into crepe technically specified rubber (TSR) 10 which is then exported to automobile tire manufacturers in Asia and the United States.He said the plant also has the capacity to produce ribbed smoked sheets for export. Mr. Cooper is assisted by a team of national and foreign staff with diverse training and experiences in rubber related operations and other related fields. Mr. Cooper described the initiative as “A Call to Action” for Liberian entrepreneurs.“This is a call to action and the beginning of a national conversation about the importance and significance of rubber manufacturing,” he said.He noted that the crepe TSR is the highest quantities of commodities made on the farm, processed and sent away. “We want to do all these here and this is why we have built this plant,” Mr. Cooper said.Mr. Cooper noted, “What we’re trying to do here is simple; people have serious issues in Bomi and the way to do that provides them with jobs to boost our country’s economy.”“One of the things we have to put together is to create jobs for our people…if a man does not have a job, there will be no dignity; there’s no hope for the family at home. So the establishment of the plant will be able to contribute to the government’s pro-poor agenda,” he noted.He said the farm was originally established by his father in 1956 and in 1962 they began to sell rubber to Firestone. “Today I see in front of me my dream being realized – the first ever state of the art rubber processing plant in Liberia. I can proudly say we have arrived,” Mr. Cooper said.At Monday’s ceremony, CRPP also celebrated the grand opening of its specialty tire manufacturing facility, which will produce tires, slippers and other rubber materials for the first time in the country.(From left) Mr. Cooper, Cllr. Mulbah and Police IG Sudue with other guests at the facility.The inauguration of CRPP, he said comes with many benefits, including the expansion of its employees from 156 to 300, expansion of the revenue base for the government, increase in the price of raw rubber to local farmers and knowledge transfer to rubber manufacturing from foreign rubber manufacturers to Liberians.Mr. Cooper also stated that the dream of processing rubber for export, especially as a Liberian was not only ambitious but challenging. Mr. Cooper said he engaged and succeeded in getting funding from a private investor, Bob Jackson of the Liberian Economic Development and Financing Corporation (LEDFEC).As a new entrant in the rubber sector of Liberia, Mr. Cooper has succeeded in transforming latex and coagulated harvesting, selling raw rubber to processing and exporting quality rubber to Malaysia and the USA.He also believes that to remain a sustainable job creation entity, he must venture into manufacturing of rubber products for sale throughout West Africa.Additional funding was also sourced from the government through the Rubber Development Stimulus Fund. “The funding was helpful in constructing the factory and the administrative building as well as procuring machinery and equipment. It also helped in the process of building the capacities of the workers,” Mr. Cooper said.Cllr. Darku Mulbah, Solicitor General lauded Mr. Cooper for the initiative and assured he would the support of the Liberian government.Cllr. Mulbah also encouraged other Liberians to unite in order to move the country’s economy forward as well as better the lives of its citizens.Reiterating Cllr. Mulbah’s statement of support to the Cooper Farm, Inspector General of Police, Patrick Sudue encouraged other Liberians to put hands together and ensure that Liberia becomes great.In several remarks, the president of the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment LBDI, John Davies pledged his support to Mr. Cooper’s initiative.Meanwhile observers say the initiative undertaken by Mr. Cooper offers a shining ray of hope especially to small and medium Liberian rubber farmers who have long been exploited by the big rubber companies especially Firestone by paying little or nothing to local farmers  for their rubber.  Currently, the Government of Liberia forbids the export of raw rubber by small producers but yet allow Firestone and other large rubber companies  from doing so. According to themCurrently, according to a small rubber farmer(name withheld) there is a surcharge imposed on every ton of rubber sold by Liberian farmers and that tax money goes to the Liberia Rubber Planters Association(RPAL) which, rather than being of benefit to farmers  has since instead become a virtual cash cow for Government officials as there is no accountability by the  managers of such funds neither has there been any report over how much is being realized and how much has been realized over the years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Managing Director appointed at the North Peace Regional Airport

first_imgWhalley is a certified member of the International Association of Airport Executives and a board member of the Regional and Community Association of Canada.“We conducted an extensive search, but ultimately it was Mike’s passion for the airport and his local connections that set him apart from other candidates,” said Fred Legace, Regional Executive for Vantage. “Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position. He understands the importance of the airport as an economic engine for the communities and businesses in the region.”Whalley has worked at North Peace Regional Airport since 2007 in a number of positions of increasing responsibility.- Advertisement -Vantage manages the airport under a long-term lease agreement with the North Peace Airport Society.last_img read more

Race for Democratic nomination not over yet, Obama emphasizes

first_imgThe Democratic presidential campaign, viewed in Iowa, is awash in uncertainties. Will Edwards, who started a 17-county bus tour on Friday, hold the supporters who propelled him to second place here in 2004? Will Obama turn his large crowds into real votes? Will Clinton’s national advantages assuage concern among some voters who worry how Republicans will go after her in a general election? Interviews with more than two dozen Democrats here this week suggest that the race remains remarkably unsettled, with voters voicing concern about Edwards’ viability, Obama’s experience and Clinton’s electability.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – A broad grin spread across Sen. Barack Obama’s face as he turned to walk away from a city park here on Friday after shaking the last hand and posing for a final photograph with a clutch of supporters. Given the political news of the week, at least back in Washington, why the smile? “It’s not over!” Obama said, pausing for a moment to answer an open-ended question about the state of the campaign. “Presumably if they thought the race was over, they wouldn’t be taking the time to come to a town-hall meeting to talk about the presidential race.” If the chase for the Democratic nomination appears to have reached a stage of inevitability, if Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York is becoming a runaway front-runner, as national polls might suggest and some of her rivals are beginning to fear, the word has not reached the voters here in Chickasaw County. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIt is not that the 200 or so people who turned out to see Obama on Friday morning were oblivious to such prognostications. As ardent political enthusiasts, many obsessively follow them. But the voters here have not necessarily become believers, particularly before they have their own chance to size up the competition when it comes to town. “The one thing about Iowa is that we always have the ability to bring a reality check to the country,” said Randall Rolph, 56, who came with his son to see Obama and plans to return Sunday when Clinton arrives for a campaign stop. Still, three months before the Iowa caucuses open the nominating contests on both sides of the ticket, a fresh sense of urgency is at hand for Obama as he tries to change the dynamic of the race. Clinton, who started the year perceived to be trailing Obama and former Sen. John Edwards in Iowa, has crept up in state polls. On a four-day tour through Iowa this week, Obama of Illinois continued to draw large crowds in city after city. He sharpened his message about his early opposition to the war, he devoted more time to voters’ questions, and he talked increasingly about the need for Democrats to choose a candidate who is honest, truthful and, ultimately, able to bring about change. With a newly crafted sales pitch, he acknowledged that he was “behind in the national polls,” and asked Iowans for their support. “If you’ve decided that you’re supporting me, don’t keep on waiting because it’s going to get chilly soon,” Obama said. “The fact is, all of you are going to decide who the next president of the United States is.” last_img read more

Hispanics, elderly are fastest-growing groups

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The report, “Planning for California’s Future,” examined U.S. Census data and figures from the California Department of Finance. While it doesn’t offer recommendations, its intent is to warn lawmakers of the coming shifts. “The message here is really that this is what’s coming. This is what’s in front of us,” Baran said. “This is the beginning of another budget cycle, and we need to take an approach that is longer-term, that doesn’t look at isolated issues.” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has suggested a multibillion-dollar bond to rebuild and expand California’s freeways, bridges, levees and schools, which Baran said is important in light of the state’s projected population growth. But that proposal should be examined “in the context of other challenges – child care, elder care, health care – that are really emerging,” Baran said. Lawmakers are focusing on infrastructure because it has been long neglected in favor of investments in social programs, said Assemblyman Rick Keene, R-Chico. SACRAMENTO – By 2020, California will be more crowded, its population older and its racial composition dominated by Hispanics, according to a report released Tuesday. The changes will pose challenges to state lawmakers, who will have to grapple with the additional pressures on already strained schools and health care systems, according to the report by the California Budget Project. In just 15 years, one in seven Californians will be age 65 or older, the state will add 10 million residents, and Hispanics will account for 43 percent of the population, with whites accounting for about 34 percent. The white and Hispanic populations are expected to become equal in 2010, when each is projected to account for 39 percent of the population, said Barbara Baran, associate director of the organization and the report’s author. Improving roads and levees, which protect homes and the state’s water supply, will only help the state as it adds the expected 10 million new residents by 2020, he said. A 71 percent increase in residents age 65 and older could tax government-funded health care programs, such as Medi-Cal or In-Home Supportive Services, the report said. That age group has traditionally been very politically active, said Keene, who is vice chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee. “I don’t think there’s any danger of them being a silent population,” he said. “They will make sure their voices are heard” at the state Capitol. In one respect, Baran said, California is fortunate because its median age is slightly younger than the national average – 34 years, compared with 36 years. That means that as the state’s baby boomers retire, “we have a young, vibrant work force coming behind,” she said. But the state needs to ensure that its public schools meet the demands of a changing work environment, she said. “This question of, are we appropriately educating the number of workers we need, is a real one,” Baran said. The education system will be affected by changes to both racial and age demographics, the report said. Enrollment in public schools is expected to increase by 7.3 percent, or about 430,000 children, by 2020. But that is a slower pace than the previous decade, when it jumped by 21 percent between 1990 and 2000. More than half of California’s school-age children will be Hispanic by 2014, with a “significant minority” expected to be English-language learners, researchers found. Standardized tests have shown a stubborn gap between white and Hispanic students in academic achievement, the researchers noted. The 2005 Standardized Testing and Reporting program found that 25 percent of Hispanic students scored proficient or better in English, while 58 percent of white students hit that mark. That discrepancy, coupled with Hispanics’ growing political clout, probably will result in calls for greater investment in public education, the report said. center_img HIGHLIGHTS Highlights of the California Budget Project report “Planning for California’s Future:” AGE: The fastest-growing segment of California’s population is residents age 65 and older. That age group is expected to grow by 2.6 million between 2000 and 2020, a 71 percent increase. Older Californians are expected to be healthier than previous generations, but the sheer number of them – about 6.2 million by 2020 – could tax government-funded programs such as Medi-Cal and In-Home Supportive Services. RACE: The number of Hispanic and white California residents will become equal in 2010, when each group will account for 39 percent of the population. By 2020, 43 percent of the state’s residents will be Hispanic and about 34 percent will be white. The white population is projected to fall by about 1 million people between 2000 and 2020, from more than 16 million to fewer than 15 million. About one in four white residents will be age 65 or above in 2020. By 2014, half the children in public schools will be Hispanic. Researchers say a sizable minority of those students will be English-language learners. Asians will make up the second-fastest-growing demographic, with a 48 percent increase by 2020. By that time, about 12.7 percent of the population will be of Asian descent, the report said. The percentage of black residents is projected to remain stable but will be a relatively young population in 2020, researchers say. About 28 percent will be under 20 years old, with about 12 percent over the age of 65. Source: California Budget Project, using U.S. Census and California Department of Finance data. 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

MURPHY – “DONEGAL HAVE TO MAINTAIN THEIR HIGH STANDARDS”

first_imgLife after Jim: Michael Murphy has insisted Donegal must maintain their high standards set my former manager Jim McGuinness.Michael Murphy has insisted that Donegal need to maintain their high standards set by former manager Jim McGuinness.The Donegal county board have yet to appoint a successor to McGuinness who overseen the most successful period in the history of Donegal GAA.Murphy reckons whoever is appointed to succeed McGuinness will have the full backing of the players, and said they must maintain the high standards which were set by McGuinness. Murphy told The Irish Independent, “It’s up to us as players to really row in behind whoever is going to be manager.” It doesn’t really matter who it is. That is all we can do as players. Whoever comes in, I’m sure they will do a good job.“Obviously, the standards have been set for us as players. Whoever the new manager is, we will have to maintain those standards. If not, we will have to raise them a little bit higher.This Sunday, Murphy has a chance to win his third Donegal SFC title with his club Glenswilly, but that game may now be in doubt. Glenswilly may be forced to have a replay with Naomh Conaill following an incident involving Ciaran Bonner.Murphy has also been named as captain of the Ireland International Rules team for their forthcoming series in Australia next month.  MURPHY – “DONEGAL HAVE TO MAINTAIN THEIR HIGH STANDARDS” was last modified: October 29th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalGAAJim McGuinnessMichael MurphynewsSportStandardsSuccessorlast_img read more

MICHAEL MURPHY WINS ULSTER PLAYER OF THE MONTH AWARD

first_imgMICHAEL MURPHY has won the Ulster GAA Writers’ Association player of the month for June.Murphy produced a sensational display against Armagh in Donegal’s emphatic win in the Ulster SFC quarter-final clash at the Athletic Grounds.He followed that up with another excellent performance against Derry in a close battle in Clones a fortnight ago that edged Donegal into their FIFTH Ulster final in-a-row. Murphy has now received FIVE monthly merit awards from the Ulster GAA Writers’ Association in his career and is now just one off legendary Tyrone figure Peter Canavan who has SIX.It’s the perfect boost for Murphy ahead of Donegal’s Ulster SFC final clash with Monaghan in Clones next weekend.Murphy could yet win another award in the next few days, as he is one of THREE nominees for the GPA player of the month for June.For now Murphy will be focusing solely on lifting his FOURTH Ulster title as Donegal captain on Sunday week. MICHAEL MURPHY WINS ULSTER PLAYER OF THE MONTH AWARD was last modified: July 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Home-page Sportnewslast_img read more

New floodlights for Bonagee United unveiled

first_imgBonagee United celebrated its latest landmark on Friday night as the new floodlights at Dry Arch Park were officially launched.The tape was cut and a new era was launched by Katie McFadden, widow of the late Paddy McFadden, one of the club’s founder members in 1970.There are windows to the past all around Dry Arch Park and it was fitting that Katie McFadden performed the official duties. The ‘continuity’ and ‘deep traditions’ of Bonagee United are apparent and were touched on by Joe McHugh, the Minister of State for the Diaspora and Overseas Development Aid, who actually played for Bonagee 20 years ago in the Donegal League.“There is a great understanding here that they are working towards the next generation.Niall Callaghan and daughter Connie at the official turning on of the floodlights at Dry Arch Park on Friday evening. Photo Evan Logan“You are providing a very important vehicle for the next generation and a very important vehicle of this generation,” Minister McHugh said.“There is a deep tradition in this club and I want to acknowledge the continuity and hard graft in Bonagee United.” The floodlights are just a part of the latest phase of the development of a ground and a facility that can now stand alongside any junior or intermediate club in the country.Six stanchions, each standing at 18-metres tall, holding five lights each with 500 lux – over League of Ireland standard – have been installed and now illuminate the sky around the Dry Arch.In addition to the new floodlights, the club resurfaced one of astroturf pitches and also developed a new wheelchair viewing area and a presentation/press area in the stand.“From small beginnings, we have a community hall and some of the finest facilities in the country,” said Bonagee United Chairman Donal Coyle.Bonagee United and Finn Harps face off at the official turning on of the floodlights at Dry Arch Park on Friday evening. Photo Evan LoganBonagee United now has over 400 registered players, including 180 at schoolboy level, with teams also competing in all of the Donegal Women’s Leagues. Representatives from the local leagues and neighbouring clubs were in attendance on Friday night as were a large contingent of former players and local politicians, including Deputy Charlie McConnalogue and Councillor James Pat McDaid, the Chairman of the Letterkenny Municipal District.Frank Larkin, from Independent Living was present as the club unveiled its new wheelchair viewing area.Ernie Pollock, the Chairman of the Ulster FA, said: “The facilities here stand with any in Ireland and it’s a great credit to the club and its committee.“The facilities here gets great use and hopefully the club goes from strength-to-strength and has great success on the field.” Bonagee United chairman Donal Coyle address the large crowd at the official turning of the new floodlights at Dry Arch Park on Friday evening. Photo Evan LoganCouncillor James Pat McDaid said: “It’s a credit to the whole club the way it has grown over the last number of years. This doesn’t happen accidentily. It’s the people on the committee who do all the hard work and administration work.“It’s very important for any club to work with the underage. That’s where the seeds are sewn. That is the future. The facilities at Bonagee United show that the club has big days ahead of them.”Deputy McConalogue added: ”It’s not just at committee level, but right down through the teams week-in, week-out. That is particularly heartening to see and it is of tremendous value. It takes huge volunteer time to make that happen.”It was certainly a night for the club and community to savour and, as the Club Chairman noted, immersing themselves in the community has been one of the club’s big success stories.Mr Coyle said: “It is a community club. Without the community here, we couldn’t achieve what we have achieved. The facility we have here is for the whole community.“We have 13 on the committee here. You couldn’t go anywhere to find a more dedicated, hard-working group of people. There is no second agenda with them. The only agenda here is Bonagee United Football Club and it is great to be Chairman of a club like that.”All photography by Evan LoganNew floodlights for Bonagee United unveiled was last modified: November 5th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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

Proving the Obvious

first_imgThe well-known IgNobel Prizes are awarded each year for silly, useless research projects (see Improbable Research).  There seem to be a lot of contenders that may never win the prize, but get reported anyway.  One can only wonder why the reporters aren’t putting these on the funny pages:Well duh:  Science Daily reported that serial cohabiters are less likely to marry.  The article contained highfalutin jargon and ended in a moral appeal: “Understanding the myriad motivations of cohabiters may be more important than ever, especially if cyclical serial cohabiting couples with children have increased among recent cohorts as a percentage of all cohabitations.”  Maybe they just need to go to church.Bully pulpit:  Bullies seem to get pleasure out of seeing others in pain, another article in Science Daily reported.  In case you didn’t know that, researchers at the University of Chicago produced fMRI scans to prove it.  One fMRI image not taken was when the bully saw the principal coming with a big paddle.Male egos:  Guys tend to become body-conscious when looking at fashionable women, a communications expert at University of Missouri discovered.  One can only wonder what her college-age male subjects were thinking when she showed them various magazines of sexy women as part of her science project.  All in the name of science; she even had a control, watching their reactions when they looked at magazines of male models.Some researchers seem to think that their fellow human beings can be treated like lab rats (the Ratomorphic Fallacy; see reductionism).  Typically they ignore morals completely and expect that human behavior is reducible entirely to genes and neurons.  They might get consistent results, but does that justify the conclusions?  It may be that non-material causes are vastly more significant while still giving reproducible results.  And the ethics of putting human subjects in compromising situations, even if they are willing, cannot be ignored.What is the message you give a serial cohabiter when you study his behavior in sterile laboratory terms?  That it is normal; he’s just born that way.  A bully getting his brain waves photographed gets no punishment.  Should our dear female researcher at U Mo be allowed to extend her research into the male response to porn?    Let’s think about pure research.  Pure research is often justified passionately by scientists, and for good reason: some of our most valuable discoveries have come when researchers did not have a goal in mind.  There are many historical cases of this.  A typical example offered is that a researcher studying some fungus in a rain forest might discover a cure for cancer.  This is all fine and good, but is it a license to study anything and everything?  A little reflection shows that this can become absurd.  Scientist Sam, let’s say, has spent 20 years studying the cries of animals when he steps on their feet.  He’s catalogued the cry of the sheep, goat, beaver, muskrat, hedgehog, guinea pig, human child and truck driver (and he has the scars to prove it).  For each of these observations, he has recorded the voiceprint on a sonogram and taken measurements in decibels.  Next, he wants to add the lion, bear and alligator to his growing collection.  He also has plans to compare the responses on different continents and do each animal again as a juvenile and an adult.  Researcher Ralph, meantime, is cataloguing every sand grain in the Sahara with calipers and a mass spectrometer.  You get the point.    The silly stories above beg numerous questions.  Do we really need a scientist to tell us the obvious?  Can scientists sometimes miss the most important causal factors?  Is sterile science the only way, or the best way, to gain understanding?  Can scientific explanations become absurdly simplistic?  Does research on human subjects carry an implied moral message?  When does research on human subjects transgress the boundaries of propriety?    Pure research is valuable, but don’t fall for the fallacy that it should be unrestricted.  No scientist ever approaches a body of data without assumptions.  Every research project implies a motivation.  And not everything doable is worth doing.  A good sermon on faithfulness is worth a ton of “scientific” papers about cohabitation.  Good parenting is worth a decade of “scientific” research on bullies.  And sometimes sexual attraction in a test tube just loses something essential.  “What is this thing called love?” may be one of those questions science can never answer without destroying it.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA’s women scientists honoured

first_img11 August 2004South Africa’s top women scientists women were honoured for their role in technological and scientific research at the 2004 South African Awards for Women in Science.The awards, an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, were presented by Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena in Johannesburg on 6 August.“The old prejudices and stereotypes that female scientists must be dull, dowdy and unattractive must be eradicated”, Mangena said at the award ceremony. “Young girls should be made aware that aspiring to a scientific career should not entail a compromise in appearance or family life.“It is perfectly possible for a good scientist to be a stylish career woman as well as a good mother”, Mangena said. “It is not appearance that counts, but competence.”Professor Patricia Berjak, a plant cellular biologist at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, won the R50 000 Distinguished Woman Scientist award for outstanding contribution to the advancement of science.The R50 000 Distinguished Scientist Award for Contribution to the Improvement of the Quality of Life of Women went to Professor Helen Rees for her work on Aids and sexual violence with the Reproductive Health Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand.The R100 000 Fellowship for Gender Responsive Research went to Nomvuselelo Songelwa, a doctoral studen in land and agrarian studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.Songelwa is working on a gender analysis of South Africa’s land distribution and development programme, focusing on a case study in Mpumalanga province.According to the SA Press Association, Songelwa became interested in land reform while working as a social ecologist at the Golden Gate National Park in the Free State and as an environmental educator at the Table Mountain National Park.The L’Oreal Fellowship for Women in Science went to Dr Janet Kelso, who specialises in bioinformatics at the University of the Western Cape.The African Woman Scientist Fellowship went to Bethule Nyamambi, a specialist in animal nutrition, while Winifred Morris was awarded the fellowship for research in areas where participation by women is traditionally low (such as astronomy, mathematics and physics).Tanya du Toit, a technology manager at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, was awarded a grant for postgraduate studies in technology management at the Da Vinci Institute of Technology Management in the US.Two other Wits University scientists were named runners-up in the Distinguished Woman Scientist category. Professor Valerie Mizrahi is a biochemical researcher and co-director of the Department of Science and Technology’s Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research.Professor Maureen Coetzee is a medical entomologist who has helped bring the recent upsurge in malaria in southern Africa under control.According to the Department of Science and Technology, the contribution of South African women to scientific research has not been fully recognised.This lack of recognition has resulted in inequity of access by women to the research professions, the department says, while the lack of prominent women scientists as role models “has hampered both the public understanding of science, engineering and technology, and the participation of women at all levels of science”.To find out more about the awards, visit the South African Awards for Women in Science web page.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more