The Liberia National Student Union (LINSU), along with its administrative bodies, has condemned the Senate’s action to pass what they term a ‘Bogus Bill’ that seeks to hurt the people of Liberia, the CBL family.According to LINSU, the bill crafted by the Senate is not only unconstitutional but lacks all of the basic principles of good governance and focused on individuals—rather than on issue proves the undoing of the House of Senate.LINSU further explained that Article 18 of the Constitution declares “All Liberian citizens shall have equal opportunity for work and employment regardless of sex, creed, religion, political affiliation, status, and all shall be entitled to equal pay for equal work, which the Senate seeks to violate by denying CBL Executive Governor Dr. Joseph Mills Jones and other governors and board members of the CBL the right to a job, irrespective of what a senator or group of senators may perceive as a ‘future political treat’ from Gov. Jones.The Liberia National Student Union (LINSU) and its county-based associations at all universities and high schools in a news conference at weekend called on Dr. J. Mills Jones to proceed with doing regular financial business with the suffering people and needy students of Liberia in obedience to the Financial Institution Act of 1999, which created the Central Bank of Liberia. The group said, “The national student movement of Liberia will continue to urge Jones to increase the volume of support in the towns and villages to various citizens and students groupings in reducing poverty striving as well as responding to the people call.The heads of students’ movements considered the bill of the Senate a “gross failure of not living up to their political promises for which many will be voted out by the heavy determination of students,” adding that it is preposterous to fear a man who is yet to declare his political ambition to be one who in fact is providing serious financial help to people around Liberia.The national student movement wishes to equivocally state that this is not a fight in defense of Governor Mills Jones and his deputies, but a fight intended to set the records straight and save future generations.The Senate last week passed the Bill, which is an amendment to an Act that authorized the establishment of the CBL on March 18, 1989, among other things, declared that: “The Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia and members of the Board of Governors shall be prohibited (from contesting) political office(s) while serving in their respective offices and shall not be qualified to contest any electable office within three years consecutively after the expiration of their tenure and in his/her resignation from the Central Bank of Liberia.”The Senate amended the functions of the CBL, which had granted it the authority to “Issue legal tender and banknotes and coins,” to now read as follows: “The CBL will supply legal tender and bank notes and coins.”The Senate further agreed that Part IV. Section 13, which deal with the resignation or removal of Governor, Executive Governors, and deputy Governors was amended to give more authority to the Legislature.According to the new Bill, “The Legislature shall determine whether or not an impeachable offense has been committed by the Executive Governor or a member of the Board of Governors of the CBL. Where such a determination has been made, the Legislature shall take the necessary action of impeachment in keeping with the relevant provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Students and parents of the Apostolic Foundation in Sinkor, Monrovia are expressing frustration and doubt over the fate of the school following arson attack that entirely destroyed one side of it.Speaking on the campus of the burnt school on May 12, 2014, both students and parents expressed that the attack has caused a major setback in their lives at such a critical juncture in the academic year, considering the administering of the West African Examinations.One of the parents, Helen Juwoe who had just completed payment of her son’s tuition the afternoon before the attack expressed her discouragement: “This is very bad and I am discouraged. I just completed my son’s tuition yesterday and I came here and met this thing. I feel very bad about it.”Juwoe said considering the situation in the school now, she is planning to transfer her child to another school because others may imitate the perpetrator, leading to other copycat attacks.Regarding the upbringing of students, which is alleged to be responsible for the act, Juwoe said parents cannot be blamed for the unwholesome behavior of children nowadays because they have their own ways in them.According to her, most children in the country take in drugs and they behave the way they do even against their own parents.She did not state whether she has seen any child using drugs; however, she indicated that it is an open secret in Liberia that drugs (narcotics) are available everywhere and users among the youth are increasing in number.Student Ezekiel Bachue, student council president in an interview said the incident is regrettable and it puts their entire academic year in limbo.He said while the problem affects Apostolic Foundation at the moment, it is noteworthy to consider that it is not for Apostolic alone but for others because it could be them too.He also said about one thousand students are attending the school, and if they can be out of school, it is a setback to the literacy rate of Liberia.It is yet to be established who committed this act; nevertheless, sources in the school have told this paper that a student has been arrested in connection to the act.Speaking on behavior of students of today, student Bachue said after war most students are traumatized and need rehabilitation; but because they are not, they might get caught up in situations such as that which recently occurred.Student Morris Massalay, also speaking to this paper, said that it was disappointing to him especially, for one of his fellow school mates to be allegedly connected to the act, which he said has undermined their struggle for education.According to him, most of his peers and academic colleagues are engaged in taking in drugs and violent activities, and government needs to design strategies to get them out.He said the problem does not only exist at the Apostolic Foundation but in all other schools.Meanwhile, the Apostolic Foundation administration has remained tight-lipped on disclosing the perpetrator of the act as police are still investigating the incident.The Principal, A. Darkpay Johnson speaking to the Daily Observer Monday morning said police has arrested one individual believed to be a student of the school, and it is probable that he will name collaborators who set the school ablaze.Mr. Johnson said as a result of the arson attack, documents belonging to students and teachers, books for the library, computers, and other essential documents were all destroyed.Though he was not specific, Mr. Johnson said some students, because of behavioral problems, have been suspended while others were given an “NTR” (Not To Return, expulsion).Sources told this paper that those connected to the alleged arson attack are students who for irregularity in school and unwanted behavior were not allowed to sit for WAEC and expelled from the school.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The demand by a few Marylanders, including some of their Legislative leaders and students, that Tubman University should be headed by a Marylander or southeasterner and not by a man from Nimba County, creates two wonders. The first is: What has a Liberian’s birthplace to do with being appointed to a position anywhere in Liberia?The second wonder is: Have Marylanders forgot their greatest hero, President William V.S. Tubman? And how is this question relevant to the current controversy?It is relevant because whatever one may say about Liberia’s longest serving President, only few will say that he was selfish. He was not. His very rise to power started when he was yet very young, son of a middle class family in Harper, sharing his clothes, food, shoes and pocket change with others. That made him popular already. And when he became a lawyer, he soon was known as “the poor man’s lawyer.” Young Tubman soon became charismatic. Remember the slogan, “No Tubman, no Senator?” That was because in 1923 the True Whig Party “caucus,” created by President C.D.B. King, had handpicked its own senatorial candidate for Maryland, against the wishes of Marylanders. When the TWP refused to listen to them, they began singing a rallying song, “No Tubman, no Senator!”The TWP backed down, and Vat, then only 28, was elected historically our youngest Senator. It was also (remember?) the friendly and free-handed Senator Tubman that President King recruited in 1928 to lead the charge to get the Liberian Senate to ratify the Act to establish the Booker Washington Institute (BWI). The Senators, still angry over the 1926 agreement that gave Harvey S. Firestone one million acres to create Firestone Rubber Plantations Company, refused to pass the BWI Act. They contended that President King wanted to give the whole country over to the Americans. It was an American woman, Olivia Phelps Stokes, who donated the first seed money to establish BWI, and the foundingPrincipal was also an American, James Longstreet Sibley. It was happy-go-lucky Senator Tubman, whiskey and cigar loving, that gathered his Senate colleagues around him and, within a few days the BWI Act was passed!It was also the generous and selfless Tubman that convinced all the chiefs throughout the country to agree to unite as one people. His first Executive Council was held in Maryland County, followed by a series of others throughout the country that paved the way for the unification of Liberia. And remember, too, that during the opening of each Executive Council, the people lined up with gifts for the President—white kola nuts, chickens and eggs, cows, country cloth, goats, sheep, fruits and vegetables. After each presentation, President Tubman called his Butler, Jimmy Barrolle, and whispered to him to triple or quadruple the cost of each gift, in crisp United States dollars for each giver. For a tiny pan of kola nuts, for example, Tubman would give US$50 or US$100, and for a cow, at least US$1,000!The people loved him for that. And what was his reward? They kept him in power for 27 years – until his death in July 1971! Most of today’s Maryland Legislators were not yet born when Tubman made a decision that these same legislators and TU Maryland students of today would have vigorously opposed. President Tubman agreed with Episcopal Bishop Bravid W. Harris to transfer Cuttington College and Divinity School, which had been closed since 1929, from Harper, Cape Palmas, to Suakoko in the then Central Province, now Bong County.Bishop Harris promised the President that should he agree to the transfer, Cuttington would open an agricultural training program to train Liberian farmers.President Tubman readily agreed, and that is how Cuttington, founded in Cape Palmas in 1889 during the episcopacy of Bishop Samuel David Ferguson, was transferred to Suakoko in 1945.Why are Marylanders making a fuss about Dr. Wonkeyor’s selection as TU President? Yes, they say Marylanders are fussy and warlike people. But not all Marylanders are fussy and warlike. Mother Mary Brownell is not a fussy woman; neither was her eminent father, Counselor Nete Sie Brownell. Nor wasBishop Ferguson, who ran the Episcopal Diocese as its first Liberian bishop from the 1880s to 1916. None of the Collins brothers were fussy people. The Collinses, including Ben Too, an eminent civil servant, T. Gyibili, a prominent lawyer and onetime Circuit Judge, and Alfred Collins, a renowned musician, left Maryland for Monrovia in the early 1930s and made great names for themselves. These were not fussy people. Grey Johnson was a Grebo man from Maryland who ended up marring into a prominent Careysburg family; so did his niece, Clemenceau Urey’s mother, who married a high yellow Urey, Benoni’s uncle. Mr. Johnson, like many other Careysburg men, became a successful Careysburg rubber farmer.The Legislators and people of Maryland need to know this little history of themselves and their ancestors and pay homage to them, by accepting Dr. Wonkeyor as TU President, as a mark of the respect to their greatest son, William V.S. Tubman, who did more than anyone else to make Liberia one united country. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– forging ahead with Single WindowIn light of the emerging oil and gas sector, Guyana is expecting an influx of investors and as such, Government is looking to make the regulation process easier and less time-consuming for import and export activities by implementing the Electronic Single Window (ESW).The Single Window is a global platform that facilitates standardised information from State agencies on trade and transport so as to expedite the regulatory process.A section of the gathering at the ESW workshopIn efforts to get Guyana onto the facility, the Business Ministry in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on Wednesday hosted a workshop to identify and analyse conceptual models, challenges for implementation and global best practice for an Electronic Single Window here.It is expected that the information exchanged during the one-day seminar will lead to a determination of the best model for ESW development in Guyana. Currently, the model adopted by Trinidad and Tobago is the option being touted for Guyana.IDB’s Integration and Trade Lead Specialist, Mario Umana, pointed out that while there are a couple of Single Windows operating right now in the Caribbean, the twin islands had the most leading and more mature facility. As such, representatives from the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Trinidad were invited to offer their experiences.IDB’s Integration and Trade Lead Specialist Mario Umana“We thought that was important because Trinidad is very close to Guyana, same region, similar challenges so we believe that we have the opportunity to learn a lot from their experience,” explained the Integration and Trade Specialist.However, during the discussions, Finance Minister Winston Jordan observed that while subscribing onto the ESW will reduce the time taken to process trade documentations, it will not in any way improve or impact Guyana’s ranking on the ‘Ease of Doing Business Index’.Guyana ranked 126 in the 2018 Report on Ease of Doing Business, while Trinidad and Tobago 102 out of a total of 190. To this end, the Finance Minister pointed out that Guyana will have to look at dissecting the indices and see where it can improve its ranking.This point was also recognised by the Trinidadian representative, who explained that despite having joined the Single Window system, Trinidad still records now ranking. This, he noted, is because the criteria used to determine these indices changes every year and are not accurately reflective of a country’s situation.Meanwhile, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin addressing the gathering at the workshop highlighted the importance of having an infrastructure such as the Single Window to compete in the global market.“This initiative is a key element in the Ministry of Business’ Strategic Plan. We understand the impact that the Electronic Single Window system will have on businesses operating in Guyana, we also understand the consequences of not keeping up with the rest of the world when it comes to improving the way that we do business. The global market place is competitive and we will not be able to compete if we cannot effectively facilitate trade and other transaction,” he stated.Furthermore, the IDB Lead Specialist went on to outline that the Single Window facility will have a significant impact on improving Guyana’s trade and a key component in making it work is collaboration.“The key word is collaboration and collaboration is a challenge in itself because typically in Government… and in almost anything we’re trying to do, we’re used to being comfortable in our own turf and with these projects, it’s a little bit the opposite,” Umana noted.Among the stakeholders in the project are the Guyana Revenue Authority, Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest), the Business Ministry, the Finance Ministry and the Private Sector.While Guyana is now forging ahead with the implementation of the Single Window, it has done ground work back in 2009 when United Kingdom-based Crown Agents conducted a consultancy survey on the implementation of the Single Window in Guyana.The company had recommended, among other things, that Guyana look at a draft Single Window legislation and establish specific rules for data-sharing between Government and the Private Sector.IDB is facilitating the implementation of the Electronic Singh Window and with funding from South Korea, will be hosting a series of activities. This includes Wednesday’s workshop which was held under theme: “Designing and implementing Electronic Single Window in Latin America and the Caribbean: Defining a Path for Guyana”.
In contrast to a shareholder revolt three years ago against former Chief Executive Officer Michael D. Eisner, The Walt Disney Co’s. current leadership received a strong vote of confidence Thursday at the conglomerate’s annual shareholder meeting in New Orleans. Shareholders resoundingly re-elected Disney’s 11-member board at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, a location selected by current CEO Robert Iger as a show of support for the city ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In addition to Iger, 98 percent of votes were cast in favor of new chairman John E. Pepper Sr. and Steve Jobs, whose Pixar Animation Studios became part of the Disney fold last year. Re-elected by the same margin were John E. Bryson, John S. Chen, Judith L. Estrin, Fred H. Langhammer, Aylwin B. Lewis, Monica C. Lozano, Robert W. Matschullat and Orin C. Smith. At the 2004 meeting in Philadelphia, shareholders staged an unprecedented rebellion that resulted in Eisner being stripped of his role as chairman. He stepped down as CEO in fall 2005. The board had recommended that shareholders reject the plan because they believed it lacked flexibility. Still, Pepper said directors would give “prompt and serious consideration to the matter.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Since then, Iger has gone a long way toward restoring calm including keeping the anti-Eisner Jobs in the Disney fold and brokering an end to years of bitter legal battles with Disney critics Roy E. Disney and Stanley P. Gold, who had engineered the shareholder revolt. “Disney is a collection of vibrant, creative engines that we manage in a consistent and integrated way,” Iger told investors Thursday. “This combination of assets and management philosophy gives us a unique competitive advantage as well as extraordinary opportunities to grow and build real shareholder value for years to come.” Media analyst Dennis McAlpine said Iger’s style is not just good public relations, it’s good business for a company with assets that include 11 theme parks, a movie studio, a broadcast television network and several cable properties. “It’s important for the health of the company,” McAlpine said. “I think Disney was perceived as a bad place under Eisner – he was a lightning rod for a lot of things that were going on. I think it was necessary for Iger to get a more peaceful situation, to get more consumer and supplier friendly to get the talent to come to Disney.” Also at Thursday’s meeting, shareholders voted down a so-called “poison pill” proposal to strengthen precautions against unsolicited takeover threats such as the one from Comcast in 2004 that precipitated Eisner’s downfall.
The victory saw the taxmen move to 41 points, three ahead of second placed Wazito who play FC Talanta in the late kick off.The taxmen took a healthy 2-0 halftime lead, Mbugua’s header at the stroke of halftime adding on to Yakhama’s goal on the quarter hour mark as they sat comfortably at the apex of the standings.Yakhama broke the deadlock on the quarter hour mark with a smashing shot from inside the box after being put through by Macharia, his pass splitting the defense which was caught out asleep.Earlier on, Kangemi had a brilliant chance to open the scoring in the fifth minute but Ushuru keeper Robert Ouma made a brilliant double save to deny the home side.Ushuru FC midfielder Patrick macharia vies for the ball with Kangemi All Stars’ Ayub Masika during their National Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on March 4, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe keeper went down well to deny Harrison Mutuku’s swell struck shot from range and he managed to bounce back and stick his foot out to block the follow up effort from Rashid Moyo.Three minutes on the turn, Ushuru had a golden chance when Barrack Odhiambo’s corner evaded everyone inside the box but Edwin Mwaura, unmarked at the backpost could not finish past the keeper who made a decisive block.-Yakhama chanceJust a minute after scoring, Yakhama should have completed his brace when he was sent through on goal again, but this time keeper Stanley Muchiri made a good block after coming off his line to narrow the angle.A defensive blunder by Kangemi in the 22nd minute almost saw Ushuru get their second, but Mbugua failed to guide the ball home after rounding the keeper, but the touch was heavy taking him wide and forcing him to hit the outside of the post.Ushuru FC defender Evans Maliachi clears the ball under pressure from a Kangemi All Stars player during their National Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on March 4, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOn the other end after half an hour, Kangemi came close with Musa Masika, younger brother to Harambee Stars winger Ayub Timbe forcing a great save off the Ushuru keeper with a well taken freekick.Five minutes to time, a mistake from the Kangemi keeper with a poor service off his line almost cost the team when the ball landed on Patrick Macharia, but the shot stopper redeemed himself with a brilliant save to turn the ball behind for a corner.-Mbugua goalNonetheless, Ushuru went two up at the stroke of halftime when Mbugua’s dipping header off an Evans Maliachi freekick skipped over the keeper.Kangemi came back better in the second half pinning Ushuru in their own half and came close after 68 minutes when Telvin Irungu’s shot inside the box off a good build up went over the bar.In the dying minutes of the game, Masika came close when he broke into the box but his shot from the left was blocked for a corner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ushuru FC midfielder Luis Masika kisses teammate Oscar Mbugua’s head after the latter scored the second goal during their 2-0 win over Kangemi All Stars in a National Super League tie on March 4, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 4 – First half goals from Brian Yakhama and Oscar Mbugua saw Ushuru hit Kangemi All Stars 3-0 at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Jericho on Monday afternoon to retain their place at the top of the National Super League standings.Substitute Alex Sunga scored Ushuru’s third in stoppage time as Ken Kenyatta’s men strolled to a comfortable victory.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe Daily Breeze reported Thursday that Smith asked each member of his freshman football team to kiss him on the cheek before a recent game as he passed out their jerseys. Torrance school officials are investigating whether other coaches witnessed the situation, Khan said. Khan on Friday provided a report that showed Smith did take a coaching education course that the CIF requires. The course includes sexual harassment training. A passing score for the course test is 80 percent. Smith scored 100 percent. email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A West High School football coach who allegedly tied up girls at the Torrance campus and in his home, and who asked all the boys on his team to kiss him, has been fired from his job, the district said Friday. Michael Anthony Smith, 51, no longer will coach the freshman football team or other freshman sports. Torrance school board trustees fired him earlier in the week, district spokeswoman Tammy Khan said. Police arrested Smith on Dec. 7 after a teenage girl’s boyfriend contacted school officials with information that Smith had tied her up. Five girls told Torrance detectives that Smith put tape over their mouths, wrapped their hands and feet, and handcuffed them on separate occasions. Police are continuing to investigate the motive, but said they found that no sex acts occurred.
“I think guys are relying on other guys to do stuff and are not taking the initiative or are too timid to actually do something on offense,” said CSUN junior center Thomas Shewmake, who scored 14 points Sunday. Fortunately for the Matadors, barring any setbacks Altheimer is expected back for Thursday’s home game against UC Davis. Locke’s status is unclear. Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONG BEACH – Cal State Northridge’s already thin backcourt got a lot thinner after halftime of the Matadors’ 84-73 loss to Long Beach State on Sunday afternoon at the Walter Pyramid. Starting point guard Bakari Altheimer missed the game with a concussion, suffered in Friday’s loss to UC Irvine, and back-up Robert Locke left the game after complaining to a trainer about a re-occurence of an abdominal strain that forced him to miss the first eight games of the season. Locke changed out of his uniform and watched the second half from the Matadors’ bench, wearing his travel sweats. After the game, he did not ride the bus back to campus with the team. “He told the trainer he couldn’t go back in the game, and that’s where I’m going to leave that right now,” Cal State Northridge coach Bobby Braswell said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Long Beach (7-8, 2-2) used its pressure defense to force 21 Matadors turnovers, including 15 in the first half when Northridge fell behind by as many as 20 points. Without Altheimer, the conference leader in assist-to-turnover ratio, the Matadors (6-8, 1-3) were left with only two healthy point guards, freshman Jason Hill and Locke. Hill started the game, but had five turnovers in 11 minutes of play in the first half. In the second half, Hill improved, turning the ball over just once in 13 minutes. But without Locke, the rest of the minutes at point guard went to junior Mike Efevberha, who seemed uncomfortable in that role, with four second-half turnovers. After averaging 22.2 points per game in his first 12 games, Efevberha has been held to 10 points in each of the past two games. Braswell brought Efevberha off the bench Sunday because he wasn’t pleased with his all-around game in Friday’s loss and said that might continue until he improves his defense and shot selection. Efevberha has made only six of 25 shots during that stretch.
“It was so hard for these young men, because in so many ways there was no place for them to turn,” she said. “When they came home sick to their parents, they also had to reveal they were gay, pastors were all fire and brimstone back then and people were afraid to be near them.” When the medical community gave the disease a name in the early 1980s, she turned her efforts to its prevention. In 1991, when she moved to the Good Samaritan Metropolitan Church in Whittier, now on Washington Boulevard, to serve as its pastor, she quickly became active in the newly-formed Whittier Rio Hondo AIDS Project, WRHAP. The nonprofit organization, still going strong today, provides case management and HIV prevention, mental health and food pantry services to people living with AIDS. Doris Wahl, the recently retired founder of WRHAP, said Chapman has been a great help all along. “She was with me from the beginning, helping to raise awareness,” she said. “I feel she is one of the most compassionate and humble people I have ever met.” At the Good Samaritan church, whose mission is to help all who have been left broken, wounded or bruised by the side of life’s road, she also gives spiritual counseling to the five people in her 75-member congregation who have HIV/AIDS. “The focus now is on the living, not the dying, because with the advances in medical care, AIDS is not an automatic death sentence anymore,” she said. But there is still much work to be done, particularly in countries such as Africa, where millions have died from the disease, she said. “I want there to be more education, prevention and eventually a cure, because we need to get rid of it,” she said. email@example.com 562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – In 1981, the Rev. Gina Chapman, then deacon at the Metropolitan Community Church in Los Angeles, was called by a friend who asked her to come to the bedside of a man dying of an undiagnosed disease. When she walked into the room where the gaunt man, covered in purple lesions, lay surrounded by friends, she pulled off her gloves and surgical mask, touched his face and lifted him in her arms. As she did, the man shed a tear and others gathered in the room began to sob. The man turned out to be one of hundreds Chapman would comfort in those days 25 years ago when a baffling disease began killing men in the gay community. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2In her church, serving gays, lesbians and transgenders, about 45 percent of the 400-member congregation, including pastors, died of the disease that would eventually come to be known as AIDS, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. “It was a very emotional and difficult time,” said Chapman, 57, who is now pastor at the Good Samaritan Metropolitan Community Church in Whittier. “There were so many deaths, we were burying so many, that we were just getting burned out.” To further help the afflicted men, Chapman, a lesbian who grew up in a Lutheran family in Los Angeles, and others in the lesbian community donated large amounts of blood. And when she wasn’t visiting hospitals to hug the dying patients who others refused to touch, she was counseling the sick and helping with cooking and cleaning in their homes. She could not even consider doing otherwise, she said.
Submarine designers are learning a thing or two from fish. The latest fish trick to imitate is the lateral line: a row of specialized sensors fish have along their flanks. Fish use these for synchronized swimming and predator avoidance. EurekAlert reported on work by scientists at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne to build artificial lateral line sensors on submarines to augment visual and sonar systems. The sensors on the artificial lateral line detect changes in water pressure and movement. They may one day allow submarine operators to “autonomously image hydrodynamic events from their surroundings.” Team lead Chang Liu expressed the motivation behind the work: “Although biology remains far superior to human engineering, having a man-made parallel of the biological system allows us to learn much about both basic science and engineering. To actively learn from biology at the molecular, cellular, tissue and organism level is still the bigger picture.”The 1960s slogan was: better living through chemistry. The 2005+ slogan is, better living through biology – or, make like an animal.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0