24 Recruited Finance Directors in Code of Conduct, Public Reforms Training

first_imgThe Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) will today begin intensively to orient 24-newly recruited directors at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) in strategic leadership and management in the public sector.The intensive week-long orientation training is part of the new recruits’ 90-day probation on their academic and criminal records set by the MFDP, as well as a way to formally school them in the public sector reforms of the country.Established in 1969, LIPA is the government’s center for capacity building of civil servants and the institutions at which they work.The training runs from 8a.m. to 2p.m.  Monday through Friday, and representatives from the Civil Service Agency and the Governance Commission are expected to join in the training.Some of the topics expected to be taught include: Code of Conduct, Public Financial Management Law and Regulations, Public Procurement Law and Management and Effective Organizational Communication and Time Management as well as Introduction to Public Sector Reforms, Civil Service Standing Order and Public Administration.The Director General of LIPA, Mr. Oblayon Nyemah, told newsmen yesterday that besides the expected week-long training, LIPA has also ended the completion of training of 41 top officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).The newly recruited directors are all employees of the former Ministry of Finance but were recruited through a competitive vetting process recently to beef up the newly established MFDP.They have been classified into four groups: Departments of Fiscal Affairs, Administration, Economic Management and Budget & Planning.The Department of Fiscal Affairs has nine distinct operational offices, to include, Directors of Non-Tax Revenue, Indirect Taxation, Modeling &Forecast, Direct Taxes, Fiscal Decentralization, Financial Approval, Treasury Services, Financial Regulations and Accounting Services. The Department of Budget & Development Planning has the second largest operational squad, namely the directors of Budget Policy &Coordination, Social and Community Services, Economic Services, Public Administration Services, Regional & Sectoral Services, Public Investment, Monitoring & Evaluation and Planning, Development & Coordination.Others include the Directors of Administration, Human Resource, Budget and Finance Integrity, which  are under the Department of Administration; while the Directors of Aid Management, Economic  Policy and Microeconomics and Financial Policy are part of the Department of Economic Management.It may be recalled that a program to kick-off the orientation of the newly recruited Directors was held last Tuesday at the MFDP building on Broad Street.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Maxmobile honors cancer victim

first_imgLunch at Felipe’s was over, and it was time for Peter Heumann to drive Tracey Buelow to nearby Union Station for a surprise. “I’ve got something to show you,” said the Calabasas neighbor and good friend of Tracey and her husband, David. “You’re going to love it.” Parked behind the train station was the first bloodmobile of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles – named the Maxmobile in memory of the Buelows’ 11-year-old son, Max, who died of cancer last year. From now on, people who can’t make it to the hospital in Hollywood to donate blood and platelets don’t have to worry. The Maxmobile will be coming to a blood drive nearby. “It’s so beautiful,” she said, beginning to cry. “Max would have said, `Mom, it’s absolutely awesome.’ He would have been so proud.” Peter said he had to fight back his own tears watching Tracey run her hand along the side of the Maxmobile, “almost like she was touching a piece of Max.” If you want to see the Maxmobile and maybe donate some blood and platelets to Childrens Hospital while you’re at it, the bloodmobile will be at this year’s Volvo City of Angels Bike Ride on April29, beginning at the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park. For information, visit www.coafunride.com or call Heumann at (818)597-0030. If you’re in the mood to turn the clock back to the sock-hop era and help some young college students pursue careers in law enforcement, fire services and as emergency medical technicians, stop by Los Angeles Valley College on Saturday night. The college’s Emergency Services Department is hosting a doo-wop concert as a fundraiser for student scholarships.”We’ve got classic cars of that era, plenty of poodle-skirted ladies, hamburgers on the grill and the doo-wop music of the Mighty Echoes, a great group,” said Dr. Alan Cowen, chairman of the department. The concert begins at 7p.m. in the Monarch Hall campus auditorium at 5800 Fulton Ave. in Valley Glen. Tickets are $15. For information, call (818)947-2619. The fifth annual Canoga Park St. Patrick’s Day Community March and Celebration will begin at 1p.m. March17 in front of the Madrid Theatre, 21622 Sherman Way. I’ll be there, so stop by and say hi, and we’ll have some fun marching through town with bagpipers, drummers, leprechauns, True Thomas the storyteller and a few more of St. Patty’s friends. The mayor and Councilman Dennis Zine are supposed to be there, too, if you’re a fan of politicians. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “There are many companies with employees who want to give blood, but they can’t get off work to come down here to donate,” said Jacque Tagliere, the hospital’s manager of blood services. “Now, we can go to them.” Max was an outgoing, funny boy whose courage and wit right up to the end in March 2006 touched everyone who knew him. His older sister, Emily, 13, had her own battle with leukemia a few years earlier, and it is now in remission. What the Buelow family went through was every parent’s worst nightmare, but the courage they showed in meeting these dual killers attacking their kids inspired hundreds of families in the community to stand with them. Dozens of blood drives were organized, and tens of thousands of dollars in donations began pouring into Childrens Hospital in Max’s name – from pennies and dimes in jars to $100 checks, including one from a prison inmate. “It was absolutely incredible to see the outpouring of love for that little boy and his family,” said Heumann, who organized the Volvo City of Los Angeles Fun Ride, raising more than $80,000 of the $200,000 collected to build the Maxmobile. And Tracey Buelow was on her way over with her neighbor and a friend to see it for the first time. last_img

Did Suarez attempt to bite Man City player?

first_imgLuis Suarez was sensational for Barcelona in their 2-1 Champions League victory over Manchester City, with the Uruguayan bagging a brace on his return to England. But wherever the former Liverpool man is, controversy is never too far behind and social media lit up after footage appeared of an off the ball incident between him and City defender Martin Demichelis, as can be seen below. Bite attempt from Suarez. pic.twitter.com/oYt1GDr4HZ— CFC (@CFCWriter) February 24, 2015There can be no doubt that Demichelis’ hand moves up towards Suarez’s face, but does the Barca striker appear to try an bite his opponent? We all know Suarez has a history for this sort of unsavoury thing, but we’re not sure whether he did. But what do you think? Comment below… Luis Suarez scored twice for Barcelona center_img 1last_img read more

We accept and move on-Oktay after Dar exit

first_img“We have to move on. We have important league games coming up and also we have the Confederations Cup games ahead and that especially is massive for us. We are in the group stage which is a great achievement and we now have to work to proceed to the next stage. It is okay we are out, but we have to move on,” the Cypriot said after the exit.He has also denied that they underrated Mbao in the defeat and only says the opponents were more motivated on the day hence the victory.“Our philosophy is that every game is big and important for us. We did not underrate them,” Oktay noted.Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay walks to the stands after being sent off during their SportPesa Cup match against Tanzania’s Mbao FC at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 23, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe was left seething at the referee’s decisions that included sending him off and two disallowed goals in either half which he says was a scheme from the match officials to deny them victory.“The referee’s decisions and his behavior was bad. He doesn’t explain why he sent me off; the same linesman disallowed our goal and gives offside. We find bad referee decisions in Nigeria, we find the same in Cameroon, and now here in Tanzania,”“But well done to them (Mbao), they have won and gone through,” Oktay stated.Gor Mahia midfielder Samwel Onyango goes for an aerial challenge against a Mbao FC player during their SportPesa Cup match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 23, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOn how his charges performed, the Cypriot tactician said he was satisfied and says he believes they have been improving and did well especially under the circumstances, noting they arrived in Dar es Salaam less than 48 hours to the Mbao game from Cameroon.“We kept possession 60-70 pc. We were comfortable but we missed chances and that’s football, sometimes it happens,” he noted.Gor will have just a few days to recover from the loss before their next Premier League assignment when they take on KCB in Machakos on Sunday.After that, the side will prepare for their first Confederations Cup group stage match against Zamalek in Nairobi on February 3.The tactician has meanwhile urged for calm from Gor supporters saying his team will come good. He says the fact that they did not have a good preseason and will be faced with a fixture congestion should be worry enough, but is optimistic with the squad depth they have they will be a better side as the season progresses.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay on the touchline during their SportPesa Cup match against Tanzania’s Mbao FC at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 23, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, January 24 – Gor Mahia have already landed back in Nairobi after their shock exit at the SportPesa Cup on Wednesday following a 4-3 post-match penalties loss to Tanzania’s Mbao in the first round.Head coach Hassan Oktay who was sent off to the stands after just 21 minutes protesting Erisa Ssekisambu’s disallowed goal has said the team will not be deterred by the exit and will instead turn that frustration into motivation to defend their league title as well as do well in the CAF Confederations Cup.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: MALIN SECURE DIVISION ONE STATUS FOR 2015 WITH EMPHATIC WIN OVER NAOMH CONAILL

first_imgMalin GAA NewsMENS FOOTBALLOn Saturday afternoon, we made the look trek south to take on N Conaill in the All County League, and came away with an emphatic 16 point win. The 0-22 to 0-6 victory secures our place in Division 1 for the 2015 season with two games to spare.LOTTOCongratulations to John Douglas from Ballymena who scooped this weekends lotto jackpot of €1750. Sequence drawn was 5-4-1-6-2-7-3. Winner of the €20 sellers prize was McCleans Bar, Malin.Next weeks jackpot is €500 and as always we would like to thank the local community for their continued support of our weekly lotto draw. Envelopes are just €2 or 3 for €5 euro and are available in most pubs and shops in the area or alternatively from our band of young eager sellers.KNOW YOUR PARISHIt’s time to get your teams together as we will be hosting our second ever Know Your Parish Quiz this Sat 8th of November.Last years event was an outstanding success and more importantly a great nights craic. You still have time to brush up on your local knowledge as we set out to see which townland will take home the coveted crown in 2014.Will the brain boxes of Ballynahona retain the title? How many ex school teachers will Terence Colhoun surround himself with this year in attempt to win the trophy? With no stag party to distract him this time, can Ali Farren come out on top?We would urge someone from each townland to get their team of 4 together in the coming weeks as its sure to be a night not to be missed.For more information, contact Pat Mc Laughlin on 087 2030115.UNDERAGE BOYS Training for the Under 6 age group in the club gym has recommenced on Sunday mornings at 10-00.The sessions are based on GAA Fundamentals; a Croke Park initiative based on research aimed at bettering your child’s coordination (including hand eye) balance, agility and basic fitness in a fun filled environment.It is also an introduction into the basic skills of Gaelic games.All children are welcome to attend. For more info contact Danny on 086-8988180UNDERAGE GIRLSThe U12 Girls training is back in full swing this week. After a successful season last year, the team & management hope to have as many new & existing players taking part.This age group will train from 4pm to 5pm each Wednesday evening. All players from 4th class encourage to attend.Please remember to bring suitable training gear for inside & outside along with €2 & a bottle of water. For more information please contact Maria on 087773679.U10/U8/U6Girls have also started back, with sessions running from 11am to 12:30 on Saturday mornings.All girls from Junior Infants to 3rd Class are invited to attend. Take clothes for both outdoor/inside training. €2 per training session, we would encourage as many new girls to take part to meet new friends & develop skills.For U10/U8 contact Angela O Donnell on 086 3198499 & for U6 contact Sadie Mc Laughlin on 086 1055903 for more information.CLUB DINNER DANCEPencil in Saturday 29th of November in your diary, as the club are holding their annual dinner dance in The Malin Hotel on this night.Tickets are priced at only €20. So you have plenty time to book your hair appointments, your tanning sessions, leave your suit or outfit in the cleaners.The event is always one of the most popular nights in the club calendar, and a night not to be missed.More details will be available in the coming weeks.SCOR NA NOGScor na Nog Inishowen will be taking place in Muff on Friday 14th November. We are looking for people under 17 to compete in the following categories. Solo singing, Recitation, Ballad group, Quiz team and Drama.If you are interested in representing the club please contact Grace on 0868047199.CLUB SHOPThe Malin GAA club shop will be open in the clubhouse on Saturdays from 12-2 and on Sundays from 11-15 to 2-00.There are a large selection of club merchandise in stock, which can be purchased on the day.A list of other club gear, hoodies, rain jackets, shorts, socks, hats, scarves, kit bags etc are also available to order. Club vouchers are now also available and would make an ideal birthday or Christmas present, or for any occasion. On the subject of Christmas, anyone wishing to receive club merchandise in time for the festive season, are advised that orders must be placed by Nov 7th at the latest, to be guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas. So get your orders in early to avoid any disappointment. The club are holding a pre Christmas sale with Donegal fleece jackets reduced from €60 to €45. Malin club storm windcheaters are also reduced by 25% in the sale. Both items are available in mixed sizes. For more details, contact Susan on 07493 70638.GET FIT WITH CHARLIEGet fit with Charlie continues after its summer break. Come along and shed some of the summer pounds. Classes will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6-30 to 7-30 for women. While men classes get underway on the same nights from 7-30 to 8-30, all classes take place in the Malin GAA centre.IRISH DANCING CLASSESIrish dancing classes upstairs in the Clubhouse, each Wednesday at 4pm and every Saturday at 12.30. All new starters welcome. For more information contact Donna on 086 2615755.CLUB NOTESAny items for the notes or social media updates for the week should be forwarded to Martin on 086 1585880 or Linda on 086 3452769 or alternatively send an email to the club email address pro.malin.donegal@gaa.ie at no later than 9 o clock on the Sunday evening.CLUB NEWSYou can now stay up to date with all the latest happenings within the club by checking our facebook page www.facebook.com/malingaa, by following us on twitter @malainnclg, or by sending a text to the club texting service 0868668531 to avail of club fixtures. If anyone has any club related information which they would like posted onto our facebook or twitter accounts, feel free to send a private message to the relevant accounts.GAA NEWS: MALIN SECURE DIVISION ONE STATUS FOR 2015 WITH EMPHATIC WIN OVER NAOMH CONAILL was last modified: November 3rd, 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:GAAMalinNoticesSportlast_img read more

It’s Raining Methane on Titan’s Dunes

first_imgImagine a world where it rains liquid natural gas.  That world is Titan, the Mercury-sized moon of Saturn.  In Science this week,1 Cassini scientists reported large equatorial clouds over Titan’s vast dune fields, and a darkening of the surface after an apparent cloudburst.  Since only hydrocarbons can be liquid at the temperatures there, and methane is the most abundant, they have concluded that it has rained methane on the bizarre moon that has some atmospheric properties familiar to Earth: weather reports.    The story has been reported on Space.com, PhysOrg, and National Geographic, echoing the press release from JPL.  In National Geographic’s article, lead author Elizabeth Turtle estimated that the local weather may have varied from a drizzle to a flood.  Changes in surface brightness after the clouds were noted between October 2010 and January 2011.  According to the paper, the clouds extended over 1000 km but did not leave evidence of standing liquid on the ground.    Tetsuya Tokano from the University of Zoln in Germany commented on this discovery in the same issue of Science.2  The tropics on Earth are lush and wet; “But why are there apparently long dry seasons at Titan’s equator, in contrast to Earth’s tropical rainforest climate?” he asked.  The Cassini scientists reason that due to Titan’s seasons, clouds do not remain near the equator for long.  The rain did not leave lakes or puddles, but probably just wet the surface, including the icy sand grains making up the dunes.1.  Turtle, Lunine et al, “Rapid and Extensive Surface Changes Near Titan�s Equator: Evidence of April Showers,” Science 18 March 2011: Vol. 331 no. 6023 pp. 1414-1417, DOI: 10.1126/science.1201063.2.  Tetsuya Tokano, “Planetary Science: Precipitation Climatology on Titan, ” Science, 18 March 2011: Vol. 331 no. 6023 pp. 1393-1394, DOI: 10.1126/science.1204092.None of the reports discussed the age issue, but it seems seasonal rains like this would have left evidence of vast deposits of sedimentation if cloudbursts have been going on for billions of years.  It appears that the drainage channels are being formed by currently active dynamic weather and are not relics of past epochs.  Unlike Earth, Titan does not appear to have plate tectonics or volcanoes (at least in abundance), and its surface winds are primarily confined to equatorial latitudes.  That means the surface is pretty static.  Methane may cycle through the atmosphere, but not liquid ethane that should have formed a global ocean miles deep after 4.5 billion years of steady precipitation (07/31/2008).    So we have raining methane on Titan, and reigning dogma on Earth.  In fact, it’s reigning cats and dogmas, speaking of the reigning cats in academia who sit on their A.S.S. (age of the solar system) and never budge.  Some stand-up scientist should model what the conditions on Titan would be expected to look like after billions of years of erosion and ask whether the model fits the observations.  It might shed some light where the sun never shines.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Scientists Equate Evolution to “Stuff Happens”

first_img(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Researchers generalize findings that evolution depends on rare chance events.A press release from the University of Chicago posted by Newswise confirms that evolution reduces to the “Stuff Happens Law,” although they do not use that term.  Using “molecular time travel,” they concluded that the function of a particular protein depended on two prior unlikely mutations.  They did not hesitate to generalize their findings to the whole of evolutionary theory:“This very important protein exists only because of a twist of fate,” said study senior author Joe Thornton, PhD, professor of ecology & evolution and human genetics at the University of Chicago. “If our results are general – and we think they probably are – then many of our body’s systems work as they do because of very unlikely chance events that happened in our deep evolutionary past,” he added.Indeed, they could say no less, if Darwinian evolution is limited to unguided, natural processes.  To say otherwise would bring in deterministic teleology or intelligent design, both of which are anathema to modern secular biology.The authors go on to emphasize that contingency goes down to the atomic level, not just the biological level.  Contingency accounts for the diversity of life, they say.While most prior discussions of historical contingency in evolution have focused on external events such as asteroid impacts, mass extinctions, climate change, Thornton and Harms showed that the intrinsic complexity of proteins as physical objects also makes evolution depend profoundly on low-probability chance events.In this belief, Thornton and team at the U of Chicago concur with Gould that replaying the tape of life would produce different results.Thus some leading Darwinists confirm our accusation that evolution equates to the Stuff Happens Law, the antithesis of scientific explanation.  So let’s ask: if their own minds are the products of unguided, contingent processes, how can they know anything, including the notion that their minds are the products of unguided, contingent processes?  Since their belief implodes, we are left with determinism and intelligent design.  But determinism also implodes, because a mind built by determinism cannot think freely about whether their theory might be true; they are just saying what their atoms make them say.  Intelligent design is thus confirmed, not only by default as the last one standing, but by abundant positive evidence of irreducible complexity, complex specified information, and fit of function to structure.Recommended reading: John Woodmorappe reviewed Eugene Koonin’s book The Logic of Chance on Creation.com.last_img read more

South Africans urged to follow Benedict Daswa’s lead

first_img14 September 2015South Africans were reminded to commit themselves to a better life for all through ending violence by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who was speaking at the beatification ceremony of Tshimangadzo Samuel Benedict Daswa yesterday.The beatification moved Daswa one step closer to sainthood.“A better life for all of us means that we should not be attacking those who we do not agree with,” Ramaphosa said at the ceremony, which was held by the Roman Catholic Church in Tshitanini, in Limpopo.Daswa, a 43-year-old school teacher, was killed on 2 February 1990, following his refusal to join a search for the “witch” who had caused lightening that burnt down several huts. He said the lightning strike was caused by the weather and was not an act of magic.Driving home one evening, he had to get out the car to move stones and logs that were blocking the road. He was attacked. “While his executioners were killing him, Benedict was on his knees praying,” a Catholic priest said during the beatification ceremony.At the ceremony, Daswa was named South Africa’s first home-grown martyr.The news agency South African Broadcasting Corporation reported Ramaphosa said it was the first time in the history of the Catholic Church of Southern Africa that a South African was recognised as a Blessed Martyr of Christ. “This should be a day on which we set out to replicate the mission and passion of Benedict Daswa in the lives of millions of people in our country and on our continent.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

U.S. pork continues commitment to responsible antibiotic use

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nine months after the full implementation of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Guidance 209 and 213, America’s pig farmers continue to demonstrate their awareness and commitment to doing what’s right on the farm. Since the rules went into effect on Jan. 1, the National Pork Board has received only two calls into its farmer call center requesting clarification or information on the rule change.“America’s 60,000 pig farmers are keenly aware of the change occurring on farms, and they were clearly ready, willing and able to meet the requirements of these new rules,” said Terry O’Neel, board president and a pig farmer from Friend, Nebraska. “To have just two calls into our call center tells me that the requirements are being met and our two-year proactive education plan has paid off.”FDA guidance 209 and 213 ends the use of medically important antibiotics for growth promotion and increases veterinarian oversight for on-farm antibiotic use through the Veterinary Feed Directive and prescriptions. All human medically important antibiotics administered to pigs in feed and water must have direct veterinarian oversight. This strengthens an already strong veterinary-client-patient relationship between pig farmers and their veterinarians. Both also take proactive pig management and biosecurity steps to increase the health of pigs and reduce the need for antibiotics.Close to home, O’Neel recently completed the USDA National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) survey on his pig farm. The survey reviewed written antibiotic-use records from July through December 2016. During the survey with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture veterinarian, it was revealed that O’Neel had reduced his antimicrobial use.“We’ve improved our herd health practices on our farm and are already seeing a reduced need for antibiotics, all while improving our pigs’ health,” O’Neel said. “Third parties who try to evaluate antibiotic-use policies do not account for or understand the real change underway on today’s farms.“Veterinarians and farmers work every day to protect the health and welfare of their pigs, reduce antibiotic use and lower the carbon footprint of pork production to raise the safest food possible. It is truly a delicate balance for America’s pig farmers and it is perplexing when others try to set arbitrary limits on antibiotic use that are actually detrimental to animal health, the environment and food safety.”Among the highlights of the Pork Checkoff’s 2017 work includes building new collaborative relationships with third parties focused on understanding antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic stewardship initiatives. In 2017, the National Pork Board took part in workshops with other agriculture industry stakeholders and a multitude of agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGO) representing environmental, consumer, retail, foodservice and allied industries.“We are working to develop universal standards on antimicrobial stewardship,” said Heather Fowler, director of producer and public health at the National Pork Board. “It begins with succinctly defining ‘stewardship’ so all of the players can build programs that are consistent across the board and where success is measurable.”Part of the effort will also focus on antibiotic resistance — a complex issue that affects both veterinary and human medicine. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 47 million human prescriptions are not medically necessary, at least 30% of all prescriptions written. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that antibiotic resistance is a pressing health problem and is why pig farmers are committed to doing their part in defining antibiotic stewardship.The National Pork Board is also continuing its work with Peter Davies, University of Minnesota, to develop a models and metrics platform to demonstrate overall reduction in on-farm antibiotic use.“We’re in the process of finalizing the 2016 antibiotic usage benchmark data for the U.S. pork industry right now,” Davies said. “This will be an essential tool to improve understanding of antibiotic prescription practices and will better educate pig farmers on using antibiotics correctly to keep animals healthy.”Other 2017 projects include:Hosting a live webcast which brought together experts in farming, veterinarian medicine and the retail and foodservice industries. More than 60,000 viewers attended the event online and 400 pork producers were in the live studio audience. A replay of the broadcast can be viewed online at: RealChangeOnFarms.org.Participating in a panel discussion at the annual Global Ag Investing conference in New York City to address the shared responsibility of antibiotic use in both animal and human health.Hosting an Iowa farm tour with 20 journalist fellows of the National Press Foundation.“Farmers understand their commitment to antibiotic stewardship and are making changes to their practices based on sound research and a commitment to animal welfare,” O’Neel said. “Consumers can rest assured that medically important antibiotics are no longer used for growth promotion.”For more information on the National Pork Board’s efforts to assist farmers and others who want to learn more about responsible on-farm antibiotic use, visit pork.org/antibiotics.last_img read more

Misfit marmots save the day

first_imgA peaceful community of yellow-bellied marmots (Marmota flaviventris) should be grateful for its outcasts. When they notice a slinking coyote or circling hawk, loners are most likely to sound the alarm and alert the colony, according to a new study of marmot social networks. Each summer since 2002, researchers have tracked the alarm calls and social behavior of tagged marmots from six colonies near the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado. They jotted down each friendly encounter—nose rubs, cuddles, and playful tussles—to reconstruct the social network linking 142 of the cat-sized mountain squirrels. The researchers rated each marmot for qualities such as social influence and vulnerability based on the number and strength of its relationships. They suspected that the most socially adept animals would be first to alert their cliques to danger, but in fact, unpopular marmots whistled alarm calls most frequently, the team reports online this month in Behavioral Ecology. Socially vulnerable marmots may call out predators because they can’t rely on strong social networks for protection, the researchers speculate. But standing guard could also be a way to gain access to the in crowd.last_img read more