Moroccan Women at Top of Francophone African Businesswomen

Rabat – Moroccan businesswomen dominate Francophone Africa, according to a ranking made by the weekly Jeune Afrique. In their ranking of the 50 most influential businesswomen in the region, Moroccan company executives occupy the top of the pavement, headed by Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun, president of the General Confederation of Enterprises of Morocco (CGEM).1. Miriem Bensalah-ChaqrounCEO of Les Eaux Minérales d’Oulmès S.A., a leading company listed on the Stock Exchange of Casablanca, specialised in water and bottling, Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun holds an MBA in International and Finance Graduate of the University of Dallas and is an alumna of the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris and University Paris IX – Dauphine, France.She is also the CEO of the Holmarcom Group, owned by her family and one of the five largest industrial, commercial and financial groups of Morocco, a board member of Bank Al Maghrib, the National Central and Reserve Bank of Morocco, and Chairperson of the Euro-Mediterranean Center of Mediation and Arbitration.According to the Jeune Afrique, Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun was destined to become the first president of the CGEM, because “the business world has long recognized her leadership qualities.” “She is a member of the boards of many prestigious companies such as Eutelsat, Suez and the central bank of Morocco, to name a few. In April, she will also be added to those of Renault-Nissan,” notes the publication, stating that many leaders who meet her praise her talents as a negotiator. 2. Mama Tajmouati Mama Tajmouati is Chairwoman & Chief Executive Officer at Société Nationale d’Electrolyse & de Pétrochimie (SNEP). She has been a member of Ynna Holding’s board of directors since its inception and has also been the wife of the late Hajj Miloud Chaabi and his adviser since the founding of the group.Mama Tajmouati is now in charge of the family group. In April 2016 she was unanimously appointed the group’s Chief Executive Officer by the group’s directors after a general meeting. 3. Rita ZniberZniber came third in Jeune Afrique’s ranking as the CEO of Diana Holding, a $3 billion (annual sales) agro-industrial conglomerate. Founded in 1956, the group has diversified businesses working in agriculture, wine-making, bottling of water and soft drinks, trading and distribution.She also established in 1992 the Rita Zniber Foundation, a non-profit organization in Morocco helping orphans find a home. She began in 1982 by helping children abandoned at birth in maternity hospitals. Today, the foundation has two centers that provide a home to 350 children until their adoption.4. Salwa Idrissi AkhannouchOne of Morocco’s most powerful businesswomen and one of North Africa’s wealthiest female entrepreneurs, Salwa Idriss Akhannouch is the founder and chief executive officer of the Aksal Group, a Moroccan leader in luxury goods, department stores and shopping malls.The Aksal Group, which attracts 15 million visitors every year and generates an estimated turnover of 5 billion Moroccan dirhams ($514 million), owns a 50 percent stake in the Morocco Mall, one of Africa’s largest shopping centres, built at a cost of over $240 million in 2007.5. Nadia FettahAfter graduating from the Parisian business school, HEC, Nadia Fettah made her debut at the consulting firm Arthur Andersen. She founded Maroc Invest in 2000, before joining CNIA in 2005. Since then, she has become CEO of Saham Assurances.Ghislane Guedira, Executive Director of Finance and Management Control at the OCP; Ghita Lahlou COB of Saham Santé and Phone group; Ghita Lahlou Executive Director of the Moroccan Equipment, Supply & Import company; Nadia Fassi-Fehri CEO of Inwi; Sarah Kerroumi Ynna Holding’s General Secretary; Lamia Tazi CEO of Sothema; Laila Mamou Wafa Salaf’s Executive Director; and Intelcia’s Deputy Director-General Najat El Jebari occupy the 7th, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 28th and 29th places of this ranking.This ranking was based on a pre-selection of more than 100 leaders from the largest companies in Francophone Africa, prepared by the editorial staff of Jeune Afrique on the basis of three criteria: the company’s workforce, highlighting its social status, its turnover, highlighting its economic strength; and the supposed influence of the company executive, which reflects both the position it occupies within the organization and its ability to influence economic and political decisions at the national and international levels. read more

Case of cryptocurrency firm QuadrigaCX to return to a Halifax courtroom today

HALIFAX — The bizarre case involving the cryptocurrency firm QuadrigaCX is expected to return to a Halifax courtroom today.The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has been asked to determine which law firms will represent 115,000 QuadrigaCX clients, who are owed as much as $260 million in cash and cryptocurrency.The court-appointed monitor overseeing the search for the money said it recently found more than $900,000 in digital assets.However, Ernst and Young also revealed that someone at QuadrigaCX “inadvertently” shifted about half of those crypto-coins into a site that is now inaccessible to the company.The Vancouver-based exchange was shut down Jan. 28 after the sudden death of its CEO, 30-year-old Gerald Cotten.He led his five-year-old virtual business from a home north of Halifax.The Canadian Press read more

UPS 2Q profit dfrops 4 per cent as customers opt for its

DALLAS – UPS said Tuesday that second-quarter profit fell 4 per cent as customers shifted from premium toward lower-priced shipped services.The company called the results disappointing and said it was adapting to the changing market.Atlanta-based United Parcel Service Co. and rival FedEx Corp. are losing some high-priced business as international shippers switch from premium next-day air deliveries to two-day or three-day services. UPS Chairman and CEO Scott Davis told analysts on a conference call that the shift could be temporary due to a lack of new technology products from Asia.“On the other hand, some of the trade-down is likely permanent,” Davis added, because of improved manufacturing supply chains and more global trade among nearby nations.For pallet-size international shipments, cargo carriers such as UPS are facing more competition from passenger airlines, which are loading more freight in the bellies of their new, wide-body jets. Since the airlines are operating the flights anyway, they often charge lower freight rates to fill up the cargo holds.UPS is looking to re-ignite growth by targeting developing countries and growing industries such as health care. It is expanding ship and other inexpensive delivery options, and it is offering new services to consumers such as letting them change the date or address for deliveries for an extra fee. The company has also been trimming costs by retiring older planes and reducing missed deliveries.“We’re managing through a slower economic environment and adapting accordingly,” chief financial officer Kurt Kuehn said in an interview.UPS said that it earned $1.07 billion, or $1.13 per share, down from $1.12 billion, or $1.15 per share, a year earlier.The delivery company tipped off investors about the headline number two weeks ago, so analysts were expecting the lower earnings per share.Revenue rose 1.2 per cent to $13.51 billion but was lower than expected. Analysts had forecast $13.59 billion, according to a FactSet survey. Costs rose 2 per cent.UPS shares tumbled on July 12 after the company foreshadowed the quarterly results and lowered its full-year outlook. It blamed the shift toward slower but cheaper shipping services, overcapacity in the worldwide air freight business, and slowing in the U.S. industrial sector.The effect of those changes showed up in disappointing performance in the company’s freight-forwarding and international package-delivery businesses. The company’s supply chain and freight unit earned 21 per cent less in operating profit than a year ago.The company predicted that earnings per share will grow by between 4 per cent and 13 per cent during the second half of this year compared with the same period in 2012. UPS still expects a full year adjusted profit of $4.65 to $4.85 per share, which would be an increase from $4.53 per share last year.UPS, with a fleet of jets and an armada of brown trucks, delivered 15.7 million packages a day during the quarter, up 2.3 per cent.Shares of UPS fell 10 cents to close at $87.51 Tuesday. They were up 19 per cent for the year as of Monday’s close. by David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Jul 23, 2013 8:13 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email UPS 2Q profit dfrops 4 per cent as customers opt for its less-expensive shipping services read more

Northwest Mining Association changes name to better reflect membership

first_imgThe Spokane-based Northwest Mining Association (NWMA) has changed its name to the American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA). This change comes “after an all-encompassing 18 month process led by the Association’s Board of Trustees with significant membership input.” The NWMA states that while it is changing its name and brand, the mission remains the same: “The Association has long been recognised as the national voice for mineral exploration and access to public lands, and it will continue to advocate for its membership while educating policy makers and the public that mining is the beginning of the supply chain and minerals are the ingredients of life.”Rich DeLong of Enviroscientists, the 2012 NWMA President, summed up the reasons for the change: “The Association’s membership has evolved far beyond the traditional northwest, with more than 65% of its membership outside the northwest encompassing 42 states, seven Canadian provinces and 10 other countries. NWMA had developed a nationwide reputation for its work on behalf of the mineral industry; especially its work on federal mining, environmental and public land issues, and the name no longer accurately reflected who we are and what we represent. The new name reflects more closely the diversity and location of our membership.”Louie Cononelos, the Association’s 2014 president stated: “This is an exciting time to be a part of the American Exploration & Mining Association as it continues to represent the mining industry with a new name that underscores the importance of exploration to our industry and more accurately reflects who we are and what we do.” The new website of the American Exploration & Mining Association is www.miningamerica.orglast_img read more

Facebook a recruté le hacker GeoHot

first_imgFacebook a recruté le hacker GeoHotLe jeune Georges Hotz, hacker bien connu aux Etats-Unis, a été embauché par le réseau social de Mark Zuckerberg.Outre-Atlantique, on adore les histoires de brigands qui finissent embauchés par de grandes entreprises ou même des administrations, comme Leonardo DiCaprio dans le film Arrête-moi si tu peux. C’est l’histoire qui vient d’arriver à Georges Hotz, alias GeoHot. Ce petit génie de l’informatique s’est fait connaître en réalisant le premier jailbreak de l’iPhone, avant de déverrouiller une PlayStation 3 afin d’y installer des logiciels tiers cette année, explique Zdnet. Une histoire qui lui a valu d’être dans le collimateur de Sony pendant plusieurs mois…GeoHot a finalement été embauché par Facebook le 9 mai dernier. On ne connaît en revanche pas la fonction qu’il occupe, mais il semble que ses compétences font qu’il travaille sur les projets d’applications mobiles du réseau social.Le 28 juin 2011 à 12:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

BAHAMAS Thirty Percent of NTAs Cohort 8 Employed at Point of Graduation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 29, 2018 – Nassau – Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes applauded the National Training Agency (NTA) for efforts that yielded a group of graduates, 30 percent of whom by completion of their studies had already gained employment, and 45 percent were being considered for employment.At the ceremonies at NTA on Thursday evening, January 25, 2018, the Minister said special thanks were to NTA for facilitating the first ever cruise line workforce recruitment exercise with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line that hired 120 Bahamians and has plans to hire 200 Bahamians annually.  Minister Foulkes also anticipated NTA Family Island expansion in the near future.A total of 215 students of “Cohort 8” graduated from NTA (National Training Agency) and received their certificates, pins and awards.  Four weeks of “soft skills” training followed by 10 weeks of technical skills training (14 weeks total) produced certified individuals in Hospitality, Allied Health, Auto Body, Office Procedures, Microsoft Office/Quickbooks, Customer Service, Retail Business Skills, and Teacher’s Aide.Special Award recipients were: Janet Darling, Menelik Darling, Willisha Penn, Livingston Munroe, Brennika Coleby, Micquelle Rolle, D’Angeria Taylor, Ebonee Turnquest, Kyle Scriven, Dymond Moss, and Niketra Rolle.Cohort 8 recipient of the esteemed ‘Executive Director’s Award’ was Steffon Miller.  He began his speech by quoting Malcolm X, saying: “The future belongs to those who prepare today”.  He reflected on his experiences at the NTA while highlighting that his favourite memory was a teamwork exercise.   Steffon extended special congratulations to his classmates who were trained in Microsoft Office 2013 and all passed the national examination.   Mr. Miller also gave special thanks to his teacher, Mrs. Bethel and ended with a reminder that “Together we can make a difference… put God first.”Minister Foulkes congratulated students who completed “competency based training where they gained employments skills that the country needs for a globally competitive work force.”  The Minister also highlighted the six hearing-impaired students among the graduates.  He undertook to ensure that NTA is open and accessible to all Bahamians, just like it was to these graduates, free of charge.Executive Director of NTA Gadville McDonald said to the graduates, “You have done it.  Tonight, you make us proud.”  He also shared a personal perspective: “We all can grow, and grow we must. You all have grown.”  He ended by assuring the graduates that NTA will be contacting them to applaud them along their journey and inform them of further training programs.By: Sydnei L. Isaacs Photo caption: NTA Graduation, January 25, 2018 – Students, parents, instructors, and officials in attendance.  Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes is shown presenting training certificate to Steffon Miller, who was also the recipient of the ‘Executive Director’s Award.’  NTA Executive Director Gadville McDonald is at left.(BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)last_img read more

United lacked mad dogs in midfield Mourinho

first_imgJose Mourinho has blamed his midfielders’ lack of bite in the middle of the park for their recent stalemate against Southampton at St Mary’s stating they lacked “mad dogs”The Saints went 2-0 up after 20 minutes courtesy of Stuart Armstrong and Cedric Soares but the Red Devils levelled proceedings to 2-2 before half-time thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera.But Mourinho felt his side would have done better if they had fought valiantly in the middle, claiming his midfielders did not understand that “simplicity is genius” when trying to link the defence to the attack in a lifeless second half.“We lost so many balls in midfield, so many balls in our transition to the last third that it was difficult to have that continuity,” he told BT Sport and equally cited on FourFourTwo.“We did so well in the last 15, 20 minutes of the first half, we chose to connect to the attacking players by transporting the ball, the right choice of pass, accelerating the game, but in the second half, we went back to that dynamic.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“The players don’t understand that simplicity is genius. They keep, keep going to complicated football. But [there was] good spirit, good fight, a great example of players fighting until the limit. I would say, as positive examples, Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones, many others showing that respect for the shirt.“The second goal was a direct free-kick and the first was because we didn’t press enough the ball, which is something we do wrong. It doesn’t matter the system we play, it has to do with the characteristics of the players.“We don’t have many – I hope people understand what I mean – we don’t have many mad dogs, who bite the ball all the time. Scott and Matic did a very positive job for two midfield players and Phil Jones leads that group of three in a way we are totally in control.“What we needed to improve in this game is simplicity in midfield. By losing so many balls in midfield, we broke that dynamic that normally leads to goals.”last_img read more

Santiago Solari confirms Karim Benzema injury

first_imgReal Madrid manager Santiago Solari has confirmed that Karim Benzema fractured his finger during the win over Real Betis, according to FourFourTwo.The Frenchman picked up the injury during Sunday’s 2-1 victory at the Benito Villamarin, which was sealed by a late free-kick from former Betis star Dani Ceballos.Benzema landed heavily on his right hand and was in obvious discomfort as he was taken off shortly before the end of the first-half.The former France international did not return for the second half with youngster, Cristo Gonzalez coming on in his place for his LaLiga debut.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Solari confirmed Benzema fractured his finger during his post-match conference but gave no timescale on the striker’s expected time out on the sidelines.Madrid find themselves in a mini-injury crisis with forwards Gareth Bale and Mariano Diaz both injured while midfielders Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio and Marcos Llorente all missed the trip to Betis.The European champions are in Copa del Rey action away to Leganes on Wednesday, after winning the first leg 3–0 last week.Los Blancos then host third placed Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu next weekend, looking to overtake them in the league standings.last_img read more

3 men arrested after armed robbery chase in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Three men are waking up behind bars after, police said, they robbed a cell phone store, Tuesday night.The armed robbery happened at an AT&T store near Northwest 186th Street and 87th Avenue in Miami.According to officials, investigators spotted a Nissan Altima matching the description of a car used in a robbery in the area of Southwest 117th Avenue and 170th Street.A chase ensued and police said the car was involved in a hit-and-run with another vehicle. The men inside took off running and police set up a perimeter to catch them.“Those subjects, at that point, exited the vehicle,” said a Miami-Dade Police spokesperson. “They fled and the officer quickly established a perimeter in the area.”Two guns were recovered during the investigation, and the three suspects were arrested.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

AVCP elects first female traditional chief

first_imgIn a historical election, Bea Kristovich is the first woman to be elected traditional chief of the Association of Village Council Presidents.Download Audio“I think I’m still in shock,” she responded when asked about her new position.Bea Kristovich is the first woman traditional chief of AVCP. Photo- Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.With the second day of the AVCP 51st Annual Convention pushing into its 12th hour Wednesday, the association delegates elected Kristovich as 2nd traditional chief of AVCP.“Women were always left out over the years,” Kristovich said, “the men were the leaders. But over the years, there’s been more people, or more ladies, more women getting more active, going into active roles as leaders from the villages. And they’re still silent. But I think being the first one, it will show these other younger generations that they can do it.”The traditional chief acts as a figurehead, opening meetings, saying prayers and offering traditional knowledge. But Kristovich, who belongs to the Native Village of Napaimute, wants to do more that. As chief, Kristovich said, she wants to encourage leaders to speak openly. To do that, they will have to challenge their cultural upbringing.“We weren’t raised that way to be open or talk about people or argue or stuff like that,” Kristovich explained.She also says she wants older leaders to retire so younger leaders can step forward to learn about tribal issues.“I want them to be united,” Kristovich continued. “You know, there’s 56 villages, and they’re still separated by Yukon, Kuskokwim, and our area. And I think if we were all united, we’d be so strong. We could stick together and fight for issues that are very important for our people and our villages. It would work.”Kristovich has been working for native issues and education for over 40 years. She helped work towards ANCSA and served on the state school board.last_img read more

Who picked them up

first_imgAniruddha Kumar Roy, Shamim Ahmed, and Syed SadatThree people have recently been abducted in the busy area of the capital, according to separate video footage available with police.     The law enforcing agencies, however, are yet to find any clue in connection with these latest incidents of abductions.In a space of six days, three people were abducted, triggering panic among the public. Even the relatives of the victims are not willing to talk to media.  On 23 August, a group of nine people identifying themselves as members of law enforcing agencies forced a banker to get into a microbus in front of Khana Basmati Restaurant at Paltan in the capital, according to CCTV of the restaurant just opposite of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque.Earlier on 22 August, a number of plainclothesmen halted a private car under Banani flyover on the airport road. They forced the car’s passenger BNP leader and also ABN Group managing director Syed Sadat Ahmed to get into a microbus.Sadat Ahmed, son of former army officer, is a member of executive committee of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and also vice president of Chittagong South.According to the family members, he was preparing to contest the national election from Raozan in Chittagong.His wife filed an abduction case with Cantonment police station in connection with the incident.Deputy commissioner of Gulshan zone police Moshtak Ahmed said, “The investigation is going on. The Detective Branch is also working.”Nine people, who had had their lunch from Khana Basmati Restaurant, allegedly abducted banker Shamim Ahmed who was entering the restaurant for lunch.A worker of the restaurant Mainul Islam served food to nine people.Speaking to Prothom Alo, he said first two persons entered the restaurant, and then seven people.Seven people were addressing two persons as ‘sir’, he added.They were served rice, vegetable and meat, Mainul said.According to CCTV of the restaurant, one of the two persons wearing light blue full-sleeved shirt and another in a light blue polo T-shirt were eating. They were also gossiping. Seven people were sitting at another table.Another CCTV of the restaurant shows Shamim, who came from head office of IFIC bank, was being picked in front of the restaurant at 1:42pm. The CC camera also shows that a group of people was pulling a man, and they forced the man into a microbus and locked the gate. The security guard of the restaurant Khan Bahadur wearing a cap was also seen in the camera.      Khan Bahadur told Prothom Alo that some people were dragging a man [Shamim] in a suit. At one stage, the man fell into a drain and people gathered around him. The abductors, then, picked him up and took him away in a microbus.Shamim’s wife Shilpi Ahmed filed a general diary (GD) in this regard with Paltan police station.Paltan police station officer-in-charge, Mahmudul Haque, said on Monday they could not make any progress to find out Shamim neither any case was filed.An investigation related police officer, however, said, “Those who picked Shamim up are beyond our reach.”IFIC Bank’s Public Relations Department head and Shamim’s colleague Asaduzzaman told Prothom Alo that they have no idea about those who abducted him. Businessman Aniruddha Roy was picked up on 27 August from 72 Gulshan Avenue’s Union Bank office. Security guard Fakrul of the bank said that he did not see but heard that a gentleman was picked up on a microbus.A family member of Aniruddha said that they think he might have been abducted following a feud over business.Aniruddha had a partnership business with a ruling party member of parliament. Recently, the partnership broke up.This incident has video footage, as well.According to the investigating officials, Aniruddha was not abducted by any professional criminal groups. Analysing the footages, they said the abduction was conducted by trained people and those who were carrying out the abduction were introducing themselves as members of a special force.Gulshan police station officer-in-charge Abu Bakar Siddique said that they found a hint of business related conflict.A video footage taken by the Union Bank’s CCTV cameras shows three persons are picking up a man on a silver coloured microbus at 4:19pm in front the bank.Aniruddha’s car driver Shah Alam, and others are also there in the footage.Shashwati Roy, wife of Aniruddha, said that her husband went to the bank for a loan.When asked if she has any suspects, Shashwati said, “I don’t want say anything. Can’t say through what we are passing our days. Please, do something for the sake of our son,” she said.Contacted, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Asaduzzaman declined to comment on this issue.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam and Imam Hossain.last_img read more

HC slams failure in timely procurement of mosquito repellents

first_img.The High Court on Monday observed that the government along with the two city corporations of Dhaka cannot shirk the responsibility for their failure to timely procure effective mosquito repellents to destroy Aedes mosquitoes, the vector of dengue virus, reports UNB.  Mentioning that people are dying of this mosquito-borne disease, the court said it will pass its order on Wednesday on whether a judicial inquiry commission can be formed to look into who are responsible for the failure to procure mosquito repellents. The HC bench of justice Tariq ul Hakim and justice Md Shohrowardi came up with the observation after receiving progress reports submitted by Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) on the procurement of effective medicine to kill mosquitoes. Lawyer Sayeed Ahmed Raza stood for the DSCC and Toufiq Enam Tipu for DNCC while deputy attorney general Kazi Mainul Hasan and assistant attorney general Saira Fairoz represented the state. Raza said two kinds of mosquito repellents brought from India are being sprayed in different areas of the city since 10 August. Besides, a report provided by the local government ministry said the work to formulate a long-term plan to tackle dengue, chikunguniya and other mosquito-borne diseases is underway. The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) also informed the court that the number of dengue patients is coming down. On 25 July, the High Court dubbed the existing dengue scenario in the country worrying. On 22 July, it summoned the chief health officers of the two city corporations to appear before it on 25 July to explain their failure in controlling mosquitoes in the city.On 16 July, the High Court had asked the authorities concerned to take effective measures within 24 hours to destroy Aedes mosquito for preventing the spread of dengue and chikonguniya. According to the DGHS, 91 per cent dengue patients returned home from hospitals across the country after full recovery since 1 January last while a total of 64,765 patients were admitted to hospitals during the period and 59,030 of them were discharged after recovery.In 24 hours till 8:00am on Monday, some 1,625 dengue patients left hospitals against the hospitalisation of 1,251. Currently, 5,562 patients are being treated at different hospitals and clinics, according to the DGHS Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room. Of them, 3,081 are taking treatment in Dhaka and 2,481 outside the capital. The DGHS also raised the death toll from the mosquito-borne disease to 52 from Sunday’s 47.last_img read more

Ready Or Not For Kindergarten Some Research Says Enroll Anyway

first_imgLA Johnson/NPRWhen I was 4 years old, my parents faced a decision. My birthday is in late November, so should they send me to kindergarten as the youngest kid in my class? Or, wait another year to enroll me? — A practice referred to as academic redshirting.Since I was already the oldest sibling, they decided it was time for me to experience something different. So, they sent me to school.For me, the age gap didn’t really matter until my freshman year at college when I was only 17 and couldn’t vote in the 2012 presidential election with everybody else. Feeling left out, I started to wish my parents had waited to put me in school. But, Diane Schnanzenbach, an education professor at Northwestern University, and Stephanie Larson, director of Rose Hall Montessori School, have made me think twice.The two recently published an article on the emotional and economic toll that redshirting can have on students, despite all its praise from writers like Malcolm Gladwell.I spoke to Schnanzenbach about why it might not be worth the wait. This interview has been edited for clarity.What about your article contributes to the research on redshirting that’s already out there?I guess what I’ve learned is that it’s really useful to put those things into terms that people can understand.I have found since I started working in this area, every couple of months I would get an email from some random parent somewhere saying, “I read Malcolm Gladwell and I was doing a Google search of things, so I just thought I’d write to you directly.” And they’ll ask these really intelligent questions.Of course, the goal of this article was to try and present more information so that parents feel equipped to make the decision that they think is best for their kid. Certainly, we don’t think never redshirting is the right idea, but we did think it was going to be useful to provide additional info, especially to the type of parent who wants to understand [what the data shows.]Even though kids won’t start kindergarten until the fall, many parents have to decide now whether to enroll them. What should parents keep in mind before making their decision?Let me answer you with an anecdote. When Stephanie and I were writing — this was back in December and January — at the time, my daughter is finishing up preschool and going to start kindergarten the next year. We were not thinking about redshirting her, but the thought crossed my mind because she was not talking. It was very upsetting that she wasn’t talking, and we had taken her to speech therapy and that didn’t really go anywhere. She just wouldn’t talk. And between January and today, some switch has flipped in her.Anybody who has kids can relate to that. But of course, it makes you nervous as a parent because you can’t really predict what my kid is going to be like in September. Our advice is: As you’re weighing these pieces, keep in mind the kid in September might be quite different from the kid in April.What seems to be the biggest reason that parents choose to delay their kids’ enrollment into kindergarten?It really does seem to be emotional development. In the data you can see, clearly, that this happens most for boys who are born in the summer time to highly educated parents. They want [their kids] to be able to walk tall into a classroom, advocate for themselves, be an active participant in their learning.I want to tell the story of Julia from our church. She was so bright and so self-possessed. And she was just annoyed that the boys weren’t behaving well enough. And for her parents to say, “Oh, we’re going to redshirt her because she’s short.” You’ve got to be kidding me. There’s nothing you’re gonna do here to make her not short. These kids are going to drive her nuts. That’s the piece that I really worry about.In the article, you write that redshirting can even have a financial effect on students — an $80,000 decrease in earnings. Can you elaborate on that?It is only one additional year in the workforce, but it was fun to do that calculation and see, how much money is that going to be worth?Every year, typically, you get a raise over time. You add up all of that, and [by the time you retire], you’ve just been in the labor force one [less] year. And that does add up. Often times when you see people talk about this issue, they’ll talk about, “Oh, you should give your child the gift of time.” And as an economist, I want to respond, “Actually, it’s the cost of time.” You’re imposing an $80,000 lifetime cost on them by holding them back if it really doesn’t improve their outcomes.In that case… Thanks, Mom and Dad. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Bite Into A Tasty Cherry Blossom Burger in Japan

first_imgStay on target How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan So far we’ve been privy to some extremely delicious-looking cherry blossom products available now in Japan, like the cherry blossom McFlurry, cherry blossom beer, and even cherry blossom McFizz drinks. But now there’s something even more decadent out there: the Sakura burger, from Hawaii’s new burger chain Teddy’s Bigger Burgers. For the Japanese location, the Sakura burger is a limited edition, and it looks just as awesome as it sounds.The burger is actually a variation on the regular Teddy’s Teriyaki Burger, with a grilled 100% beef patty, ground pickled cherry blossom, mayonnaise, tomato, onions, and red leaf lettuce. It also has a special pink bun with a pretty little cherry blossom stamp on it. It looks like an absolute blast to celebrate the beginning of spring, and it’s festive enough to pair with one of the cherry blossom-inspired items from one of the other chains.center_img Teddy’s Bigger Burgers has been in Hawaii since 1998 and is a fun ’50s inspired restaurant. It has locations in both Japan and the US, though the Sakura burger is a Japan-only item. It runs 980 yen and tax, which makes it a little pricey, but it’s going to fill you up with all the delicious meat there is to take in. It might just be too nice-looking to eat, especially with such a cute-looking bun.This is only the latest in a long line of cherry blossom-inspired food items you’ll see out there in Japan, with a bunch more on their way in, most likely. Donuts, drinks, candy and more foods are out there to discover, and we’ll keep bringing them to you when we discover them. Which ones are you most interested in? You might want to go ahead and buy your plane ticket now so you can try them all. It’s going to be a veritable festival of taste.last_img read more

Mathematicians propose model for the dynamics of the chameleon tongue

first_img Why chameleon tongues work in the cold (w/ Video) Citation: Mathematicians propose model for the dynamics of the chameleon tongue (2016, April 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-mathematicians-dynamics-chameleon-tongue.html Explore further More information: Derek E. Moulton et al. The elastic secrets of the chameleon tongue, Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Science (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2016.0030AbstractThe ballistic projection of the chameleon tongue is an extreme example of quick energy release in the animal kingdom. It relies on a complicated physiological structure and an elaborate balance between tissue elasticity, collagen fibre anisotropy, active muscular contraction, stress release and geometry. A general biophysical model for the dynamics of the chameleon tongue based on large deformation elasticity is proposed. The model involves three distinct coupled subsystems: the energetics of the intralingual sheaths, the mechanics of the activating accelerator muscle and the dynamics of tongue extension. Together, these three systems elucidate the key physical principles of prey-catching among chameleonides. (Phys.org)—A small team of mathematicians with Oxford University and an engineer with Tufts University has together proposed a model to explain the dynamics of the chameleon tongue. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society A, the team describes their study of chameleon tongues, their findings and a description of the math used to model the sequence of events that lead up to a very fast tongue strike. The chameleon tongue strike is well documented, most people have seen examples of it in action in nature documentaries—generally in slow motion. What sets it apart is its speed—a chameleon can push its tongue out at a target at speeds up to 100 kilometers per hour. But how it does so, has not been well understood. In this new effort, the researchers have found that in order to reach such incredible speeds so quickly, the chameleon relies on three main parts: the sticky pad that is situated on the end of its tongue which adheres to prey, coils of acceleration muscles and retractor muscles that pull prey back in before they have a chance to escape. They also note that both types of muscles coil around a tiny bone in the mouth—the hyoid. In order for a chameleon to catch prey, all of its systems must work in near perfect unison.It all starts, the researchers report, with the accelerator muscles contracting, which squeezes tube shaped segments inside of the tongue, pushing them to the far end in what they team calls a loaded position. As the accelerator muscles contract, the tongue is forced outward while at the same time, the tube shaped segments are pushed outwards telescopically, like an old fashioned car radio antenna. The sheets are made of collagen which is of course very elastic, which means they are stretched out as the tongue is pushed away from the mouth, but then naturally recoil once the target has been reached. Retraction is assisted by retractor muscles.The researchers have put all these actions into a mathematical model which allows them to manipulate various factors, such as how big around the sheets can be. They noted that such changes to the system could be destructive—if the radius of the inner sheath was more than 1.4 millimeters, they found, the tongue would rip loose from its base as it was launched causing the loss of the tongue.center_img © 2016 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society A Oustalet’s Chameleon, Ambalavao, Madagascar. Credit: Bernard Gagnon/Wikipedia. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Colin and Nick Wright discuss an hour of topics from the sudden

first_imgEpisode 5: FS1 host and host of the Make Me Smarter Football Podcast, Nick WrightThis week, Colin is joined by FS1 host, and up and coming national broadcast talent, Nick Wright.Colin and Nick sat down for an extended conversation on the NBA’s lackluster regular season; the NCAA Tournament ratings spike; why presentation trumps accuracy in sports television; why the current media environment has been the perfect storm for LaVar Ball; how ESPN and FS1’s cultures differ; and the best food cities in America.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterKey points:Silver Cloud crosses into the Antarctic circle on 13 January 2019Silver Discoverer offering immersive experiences in Australia’s Kimberley region throughout 2019, with highlights including overnight stops in the Buccaneer Archipelago region and Hunter River region, and witnessing Indigenous rock art dating back more than 50,000 yearsIn its 10th year of expedition cruising, Silversea Cruises is continuing to unlock a broad range of deep travel experiences for guests. From the cool conditions of Antarctica to the warm climates of the Kimberley and beyond, Silversea’s guests will explore over 900 destinations in 2019. Standout experiences for 2019 include a recent trip to the isolated waters of the 66th parallel south.Antarctic CircleSymbolising Silversea’s commitment to unlocking unique and authentic experiences, Silversea’s Silver Cloud journeyed to the 66th parallel south on 13 January, crossing into the Antarctic Circle. It was the first time the ship has ventured so far south. Guests relished the opportunity to cruise in such remote waters and were rewarded with a special ‘Red Nose’ ceremony on the pool deck, an initiation ritual that has historically been performed on this momentous seafaring occasion. Shortly after, a record 98 guests participated in a polar plunge, which was followed by informative lectures and trivia games. Guests even spotted humpback whales as the ship sailed northward, rounding off a successful day.“You could feel the excitement in the air as we sailed closer to the line,” says Brooke Greene, a member of Silversea’s Expedition Team. “It was a special moment for everyone because most of the staff had never been below the Antarctic Circle, and it was certainly the first time for all the guests. It made it all the more special that it was the first time for Silver Cloud as well.”“Led by our industry-leading Expedition Team, who enrich the adventure for our guests, our voyages to Antarctica are unique in their offering,” says Conrad Combrink, Silversea’s SVP Strategic Development Expeditions and Experiences. “Not only do guests travel deeper into the last continent, witnessing the iconic sights that define this incredible region, but they do so in ultimate comfort with Silversea’s trademark service.”Silver Discoverer | Image credit: Bruno Cazarini The KimberleyCruising in a distinctly different ecosystem to that of Silver Cloud, Silversea’s Silver Discoverer will enable guests to discover Australia’s Kimberley Coast throughout 2019. Offering immersive experiences in the region, Silversea guests will journey to the King George Falls by Zodiac, getting close enough to feel the spray from the 80-metre twin cascades; witness Aboriginal rock art, which dates back more than 50,000 years; and spot spectacular wildlife, including the saltwater crocodile, rare bird species and various reptiles. Many other memorable experiences will ensure a once-in-a-lifetime voyage.Accompanied by Silversea’s Expedition Team, who will provide insightful lectures and lead shore excursions, the following Silversea voyages to the Kimberley region represent a small sampling of what’s on offer:Broome (Kimberley) to Darwin – Leaving Broome in the Kimberley Region on 15 April 2019, Silver Discoverer will showcase the very best of the Kimberley Coast on this 10-day voyage to Darwin. Guests will explore the beauty of the Buccaneer Archipelago region on an overnight stop, before cruising to the Hunter River region for another overnight call. Next, Silver Discoverer will set her course for the King George River, Wyndham, and Saumlaki in Indonesia, before arriving in Darwin on 25 April.Darwin to Broome (Kimberley) – Departing 25 April 2019. From Darwin, guests will witness the natural beauty of Saumlaki in Indonesia before journeying to Australia’s Wyndham, the King George River, the Hunter River region and the Buccaneer Archipelago region, ahead of arriving in Broome. Guests will witness the impressive Bungle Bungle Range and the Kimberleys’ aboriginal rock art, among other highlights.Broome (Kimberley) to Darwin – From 5 May 2019, Silver Discoverer will call at the same destinations as she cruises from Broome to Darwin, immersing Silversea’s guests in the region’s natural beauty. During this 10-day voyage, guests will travel deeper into the Kimberley Region, creating rich memories and experiencing truly unforgettable moments.Broome (Kimberley) to Darwin – Silver Discoverer will then journey between the same captivating destinations once more, from 25 May 2019. From Broome in the Kimberley, guests will enjoy an overnight in the Buccaneer Archipelago Region and an overnight in the Hunter River Region, before discovering the beauty of King George River, Wyndham, and Saumlaki in Indonesia, prior to arriving in Darwin.Montgomery Reef | Image credit: Pablo Bianco“Many travellers who visit the Kimberley Coast share the opinion that it is a life-changing destination,” says Adam Armstrong, Silversea’s Managing Director for Australia & New Zealand. “This remote and unspoilt region is a truly unique place that is best explored by ship. Silversea’s trademark level of comfort and exemplary service complement the immersive experiences on offer to make these expedition voyages unforgettable for guests.”Aboard Silver Discoverer, as on all other ships in Silversea’s fleet, guests enjoy ocean-view suites, sumptuous cuisine and the personalised service of a butler. All-inclusive amenities include complimentary premium wines and spirits, speciality coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks served throughout the ship; an in-suite bar, stocked with guests’ preferences; in-suite 24-hour dining; and unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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