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first_img…on oilOil was struck just before the PNC/AFC combine slid into office. Your Eyewitness isn’t going to expand on whether that was coincidental or not, save to confess he doesn’t believe in coincidences with billions at stake!  When the PNC/AFC combine gave itself a report card for its 4-year term – with an eye on the looming elections – the Govt glibly promised the days of wine and honey were nigh upon us under its watch.But the question is: Are we getting our fair share of wine and honey? Oil mightn’t “spoil”, as Eric Williams reminded Burnham, but it DOES run out, as Eric’s successors are finding out right now to their chagrin!!Well, Granger handed Raphael Trotman — of Nassau fame — the job of negotiating what share of the oil and profits we were going to get from the foreign oil companies, and Trotman went without anyone with an oil background to Texas!!It wasn’t that Trotman didn’t know he needed oil experts’ advice; he just didn’t want anyone to spoil his runnings!! So we ended up with 2 per cent royalties when the African country Uganda, which he’d visited to be “mentored” about oil, had gotten 15 per cent!! Then he “negotiated” a signing bonus of US$18 million when Brazil received US$700 million for a similar find!!But the rape didn’t stop there. The oil companies could recover up to 75 per cent of their costs before profits would be declared, leaving the remaining 25 per cent to be split half-and-half.But not really. In Uganda, the oil companies would have to pay the 30 per cent corporate taxes from their profits – as all companies are supposed to do. But not with Guyana!! Here, Trotman arranged FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO PAY THE OIL COMPANIES’ TAXES!! Can you believe this?? The oil companies get 75 per cent of profits and WE pay their taxes from our measly 25 per cent!! Well, for deals like these, the President of Equatorial Guinea had US$700 million deposited into his bank accounts in the Riggs Bank in Washington DC!!But all of that happened back in 2016. What have the PNC done since? Have they at least locked the valves, since the oil hasn’t actually flowed out?? Well, they did transfer Trotman out of Oil, but placed it into the hands of a Granger-friendly ENVIRONMENT expert!!So how could anyone be surprised we still haven’t locked down arrangements to find out how to measure how much oil the oil companies would be “lifting”?? Or whether an oil refinery would be beneficial to us or not? Or whether we would get any of the gas to use?But don’t blame the oil companies; their mission is to maximise profits for their shareholders.While PNC officials maximise it for THEMSELVES!!…on lean governanceWhen the PNC/AFC sidled into Government, one of their major promises was “lean and clean” governance. Well, with even their well-wishers bemoaning the corruption that has enveloped their administration, “clean gone fuh channa”!! So how about “lean”?? Well, they quickly substituted “mean”, and fired hundreds of PPP appointees in the Public Service and in other support services in Government.Now, if they’d just done that, you’d think they were just cleaning up the alleged PPP bloating. But instead, in every instance of a firing, they hired “one of their own” and then some!! The policy was later to be enunciated by Volda Lawrence, Chair of the PNC: Only friends and members of the PNC “will get wuk”! If you doubt your Eyewitness, just take a gander at the “contract” workers in the Government Ministries! In 2017, the Ministry of the Presidency alone expended over $969 million on payment for 309 contract workers!And if the Director of the Public Service College got $1.9 million monthly, imagine what his new boss Roopnaraine will get!! Or son-in-law Gaskin!!…on abuse victimsThe major reasons why the epidemic of intimate partner abuse keeps growing is the fear of the “junior” partner, as to “where they’ll go” and then deny the abuse.Like with the Chief Parliamentary Counsel and the AG!!last_img read more

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Energy saver street lights installed at Timehri

first_imgMuch to the satisfaction of residents, the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) has installed energy efficient streetlights along the Timehri Highway, on the Ease Bank of Demerara.Nalini Sukhal, a vendor on the Timehri HighwayThis project was executed at the cost of $2.1 million, with the hope of having residents better understand different energy efficient street lighting technologies.The exercise saw the GEA replacing 37 high pressure sodium vapour (HPSV) street lamps with energy efficient induction lamps between Bounty Farm and the Timehri Police Outpost. The replaced lamps rated at 250 watts each while the new lamps are rated much lower at some 120 watts each, thus resulting in lower energy consumption.The new lamps also come equipped with a timer control relay to switch the lamps off during the day. This initiative was welcomed by residents of Timehri, who expressed satisfaction with the change.According to one Timehri resident, Aktar Shaw, “These lamps (induction street lamps) are better than the red ones (HPSV lamps). I feel safer with this one; I no longer worry about my vehicle which I park on the bridge. The red ones were not as effective.”“The energy saving lights are far better. It allows you to see better and you feel safer, especially when going to church and returning home at nights. The brightness allows the children to play in the yard on weekends after the sun goes down,” another resident, Angelina Richmond, said.Meanwhile, Nalini Sukhal, a vendor operating along the highway, expressed her gratitude for the new lights. “I come out at 3 PM and sell up to 7 PM so it gives me a sense of security. This one is much brighter than the red one. It is very good for my business,” she remarked.Additionally, A Khan, the Manager of Khan’s Sawmill, expressed similar sentiments saying “These white lights are far better than the previous ones which were red. I feel far more secure with this one.”According to the Public Infrastructure Minister, implementation of the lights amounted to a total of $2,102,064, and it is expected that the energy efficient lights will pay for themselves in just about 1.09 years.Through the use of induction street lamps, and the use of light emitting diode (LED) lamps, it is possible to significantly reduce costs associated with the provision of street lighting. The information obtained from data gathering and experience gained from the installation process will be used to guide decisions with regards to street lighting. GEA will use the data gathered to compare the Induction Street Lamps with the Led Street Lights to determine which of the two technologies is better suited for use in Guyana.last_img read more

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Projection of US$1M per day is clearly wrong, extremely optimistic

first_imgGuyana’s earnings from oil profits, royalty– int’l analystInternational financial analyst Sasenarine Singh is warning that the early projections of the likely revenue from Guyana’s oil sector are “dangerous, ill-informed” in light of the volatility of the sector, suspect figures fromFinancial analyst Sasenarine Singhthe International Monetary Fund and the plethora of risks that accompany the industry.Singh, in a recent interview with the Guyana Times, was responding to a dedicated ‘oil news’ network operated locally which suggested that Guyana was on track toearn close to US$1 million per day from oil profits and royalty.That outfit, according to the financial analyst, “just lifted a raw number of 120,000 bpd from somewhere, which it claimed was backed by the IMF…Unfortunately, the latest figure backed by the IMF was 100,000 bpd and such a declaration can be found in its 2017 Staff Report on Guyana, which was published in June 2017. In that 80-page report, on page 63, the IMF made absolutely clear that this number is a Baseline Scenario Assumption (BSA).”According to Singh, “anyone who has done any sort of project management and financial forecasting will know that a BSA is nothing but an exercise in projections using uncertain variables, but when the project is fully developed it can possibly bevery different from the BSA numbers…In their BSA, the IMF estimate total oil production at the Stabroek Block will be around 100,000 bpd from mid-2020-2028 and then it shall drop to 80,000 bpd and then 60,000 bpd from 2033.”Singh told this publication that this projection of close to US$1 million per day was clearly wrong and extremely optimistic.Speaking to the dangers of such a prediction, the international financial analyst told this newspaper, “Such a number is feeding a tired Guyanese population false hope….Such a number can also cause many unaware of the facts to start building castles in the sky..”Singh is adamant that playing with the emotions, ambitions and hopes of Guyanese was unethical at minimum and insisted that “it is too early in the investment cycle to have real convergence on the cash inflows to the Treasury”.He used the opportunity to remind the public too that “profits are not cash flows” and reiterated “it is too early to project the price of oil”.Singh noted too that based on a Corporate Finance course “I did at London Business School, and my 14 years of practical experience doing exactly this sort of analyses internationally, I clearly learned that in analysing the future cash flows from ‘Capital Investment’, one must always measure the multitude of risks involved in each situation. You must have a scenario analysis with many ‘noodles’ offering the several alternatives…Mathematical formulas that predict a single rate of return or best estimate are not enough.”“I await the ExxonMobil production plan outlining the projected oil they plan to pump from 2021,” Singh said. “I was reliably told it can be as low as 40,00Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman0 bpd in the first 12 months.”He has since adopted the position: “I encourage the Guyanese intellectuals to not play lotto with the minds of the ordinary man…At the end of the day, the only authority on the annual cash inflow from this project to the Treasury remains ExxonMobil, not a Minister, not a newspaper, not a President, only Exxon!”Singh’s caution mirrors that of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who has repeatedly cautioned against persons misleading the populace with regard to the likely inflows from the oil sector in addition to public calls for the release of several pertinent documents, including the contract inked with ExxonMobil and the Natural Resources Ministry.In June last, Jagdeo had berated Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, saying “he is talking up expectation about massive future wealth”.Not wanting to speculate, the Opposition Leader quipped that oil prices at “US$50 a barrel can’t solve our jobs problem”.According to Jagdeo, there is a very “real possibility of Guyanese being worse off” come 2020 when “oil could be a blessing or a curse”.He said the world was replete with examples where Governments have misspent their oil fortunes while ignoring other sectors.Jagdeo used the opportunity to again lament what he called the politicising of any returns on the national patronage.“What he (Trotman) does, he goes around talking up the future of this industry as though it will solve every problem in Guyana…As though there will be massive flows.”The Opposition Leader had pointed to ExxonMobil’s pronouncements that by 2020 when it would begin production, it would have already invested some US$5 billion and this money would have to be recovered by the oil giant and its partners before any profits could be shared.The former President, speaking to the volatility of the oil market and oil prices, said come 2020 Guyana could very well not be receiving any profits whatsoever, but instead would get just the royalty – not a massive amount when juxtaposed to the adumbrations of Government officials.last_img read more

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DONEGAL TEENAGE ENTREPRENEURS REACH CROKE PARK FINAL

first_imgThe brother and sister team of Andrea and Owen Kelly are Firestar Firelighters and will represent Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana at this years national finals of the Student Enterprise Awards in Dublin on 22 April.Farm SIS (Safety is Success) is representing Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe at this years national finals of the Student Enterprise Awards and the team includes Ben Wallace, Dylan Laird, Aaron McCready, Christine Russell, Orlagh Fogarty, Adam McConnell, James Roulston.Excitement is building for student entrepreneurs from Donegal, who are preparing to represent the county at the Student Enterprise Awards National Final in Croke Park on April 22nd.Co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Office Donegal, the competition is the most successful programme of its kind in the country. An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D., launched the programme in September last year and since then, around 17,000 budding entrepreneurs from 380 secondary schools across the country have been running their own enterprises, with help from their teachers and Local Enterprise Offices.The student enterprises representing Donegal at the National Finals on April 22nd in Croke Park are:  Senior Category: Farm SIS (Safety is Success) representing Royal and Prior Comprehensive School in Raphoe. The team of Ben Wallace, Dylan Laird, Aaron McCready, Christine Russell, Orlagh Fogarty, Adam McConnell, James Roulston designed farm safety jigsaw puzzles based on three themes – ‘Beware of the Bull’, ‘Stay Away from Moving Machinery’ and ‘Stay Away from Slurry – toxic fumes’. Ms Davina McCandless is the teacher in charge. Intermediate Category: Firestar Firelighters representing Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana. The brother and sister team of Andrea and Owen Kelly made firelighters soaking pieces of wood in kerosene. The teacher in charge is Ms Martina McBride. Over 300 finalists from all over the country will set-up enterprise exhibition displays before taking part in a series of judging interviews. The judging panels will takes numerous factors into account, such as business reporting, innovation, market research, risk management and finances.As well as gaining substantial business experience, there is an impressive prize-fund on offer for the young entrepreneurs, including a European trip, a national trophy and cash prizes.  DONEGAL TEENAGE ENTREPRENEURS REACH CROKE PARK FINAL was last modified: March 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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Man United 1/100 to book EFL Cup final spot, Hull 16/1 to pull off shock – Coral

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Hull City will bid overturn a 2-0 deficit to reach the EFL Cup final when they host Manchester United in the second leg of their semi-final on Thursday night – a game you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT.Hull are 16/1 to pull off a shock victory and book a Wembley showdown with Southampton, victors over Liverpool on Wednesday, while United are 1/100 to reach the final.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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Earthmine: Building a 3D Datamine of the Urban Environment

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Product Reviews#web marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Earthmine, the Best Technology Innovation/Achievement category winner at tonight’s Crunchies, is a company that might seem uninteresting at first glance. When I first saw earthmine I assumed that it was just a Google Maps Streetview knock-off. I was wrong.This startup is doing something far more interesting than that. While Google Maps and related consumer products have whetted the public’s appetite for visualization of specific places on a map, earthmine is making those places machine readable.How it worksThe company uses a proprietary array of still-images cameras to take photos in stereo at regular spacial intervals while driving through city streets. The resulting 3D images can be measured with an accuracy that corresponds to measurements of the physical objects and distances they represent. The company says it covered San Francisco in just three weeks. Each day’s data is processed automatically and is available before the next day begins.The initially self-funded company recently took an investment from CalTech and secured an exclusive liscence to use 3D image processing technology developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Generating dense, accurate 3D data from wide-angle images is a serious technology challenge but one that the JPL worked on to process data returned by the Mars Rover.What it meansJust as we here at ReadWriteWeb are excited about the potential offered by a machine-readable, or semantic, web – so too are the possibilities countless when thinking about a data rich, accurate and machine-readable 3D representation of the urban environment. earthmine offers a usable looking web interface but that’s just the friendly wrapper around a dataset of far greater consequence. From urban planning to mobile services to security applications, this kind of data and interface has a lot of potential. If the value of mapping and of GIS are clear, the value of a geospatial 3D dataset about urban environments should be clear as well. Combine all three and you’ll be able to assemble some very interesting resources on almost any topic. It is important to me to say that I don’t care for the way the company talks about the technology, as “reality mining” and “indexing reality.” To call that tasteless would be an understatement. I’m concerned that such reductionism could have substantial adverse political consequences. Maybe I’m just old fashioned to believe that there’s far more that’s important in “reality” than the things that can be digitized – and that much of it ought not be mined. I should probably stop, though, before a corporate exit puts me in thumbscrews listening to a well-fed Dr. Evil laugh. This technology itself could be put to use for good or ill, I’m sure.Either way, this is fascinating stuff and worth some thought no matter how you relate to it. In addition to the very well produced company-produced video below this interview with the young earthmine CEO and this one of his time on stage at the DEMO Fall conference is worth a watch. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Facebook vs. Foursquare: It’s Game Time

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification When Facebook Places launched in August, the media wasted little time in calling game, set and match on Foursquare and its location-based social network (LBSN) brethren. With over 500 million users, the theory went, Facebook would become the most popular check-in service due to its sheer size alone.While Facebook hasn’t released any initial stats regarding the number of users or check-ins being generated through Places thus far, personal and anecdotalexperiences from early tech adopters suggests the uptake hasn’t been significant. Having survived the unveiling of Places by growing its own user base from 3 to 4 million users in less than two months, and with plenty of money in the bank, Foursquare has a shot at growing beyond its early-adopter community and becoming a mainstream network. So how does Foursquare become the next Twitter and not end up like Friendster?Guest author Alex Calic is a consigliere to entrepreneurs, currently working with The Media Trust, having previously worked with Clearspring, InPhonic, Coremetrics and InTouchPOS. Alex covers adtech, commerce, mobile, social and video on his blog alexcalic.com and on Twitter at @alexcalic.Make A Few Enemies (If You Want 500 Million Friends)The launch of Places was a direct shot at Foursquare by Facebook. To return the favor Foursquare should go after Facebook’s core audience of college students (something I suggested to Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley in a conversation last year). Beyond revenge, this actually makes a lot of sense if you remember that Facebook’s success was built on its ability to capture the college crowd before opening up to other audiences.Now considering that 1) with 165 million Facebook users in the U.S. alone there is bound to be some backlash by young adults against parental “friending” as well as overall loss of interest in the platform, and 2) Foursquare’s raison d’etre is to help people find new things to do in cities, Foursquare can offer college users a unique experience. Students who already use Facebook now have the chance to create a new, curated social graph based on people they want to interact with socially – and one that doesn’t include their parents. By leveraging Foursquare’s discovery element, which the company has started rolling out across several campuses with the launch of Foursquare for Universities, students can develop relationships based on sharing new experiences.The result is the creation of a real social network – one that occurs in the real world and not just online or through social games. Facebook is accurate in not calling itself a social network as it operates more like an ambient network, one that allows people to communicate and interact with their accumulated social graph from afar. Because Foursquare’s purpose is to enable face-to-face social interaction it has the opportunity to become the place where your real friends are, i.e. people who you’d actually want to grab a drink or hang out with if you knew they were nearby. This statement can’t honestly be made by anyone trying to socialize beyond Dunbar’s number on Facebook. Time will tell if Facebook’s just announced Groups rectifies this situation or is too cumbersome for average users to implement. If not, they can resort to playing dirty by enforcing their newly granted LBSN patents.Show Me The Money (Or At Least a Discount)Not to be lost in the social aspect of Foursquare’s service is the underlying business opportunity. While mayor-ships and virtual badges have been the drivers of Foursquare’s early successes (to a maniacal level in some instances), I agree with early stage investor Dave McClure, though not in such eloquent terms, that game mechanics will only take LBSN’s so far, and that tangible financial rewards are how these networks can turn into more mainstream services.That’s not to say that Foursquare should abandon its game mechanics. In fact the social activity driven through these features of Foursquare’s service should be leveraged by local businesses because these mechanics can create the right type of incentive structure. Local merchants are eager to tap into in-discretionary spending habits (especially those of college kids), but in a cost-efficient manner that creates loyalty beyond just the initial lead generation. In the same breadth, consumers are interested in deals at local establishments – especially promotions they can opt-in to. That’s where leveraging Foursquare’s Swarm Badge to drive group participation makes sense.The concept around Swarm Parties, in which businesses offer discounts to customers once a minimum number of users have checked-in on Foursquare in a given time period, has proven to be effective in increasing sales for local businesses in both the U.S. and overseas. This hasn’t been lost on the likes of recently launched GroupTabs, which is looking to provide group discounts for local merchants by combining the check-in features of Foursquare with the deal incentives of Groupon. While Groupon itself has shown how effective it can be in driving one-time sales for local businesses, it does also have its drawbacks. Foursquare can help businesses foster the long-term loyalty with consumers that is missing from Groupon-type offerings by helping merchants create incentives that can exist beyond virtual badges. This could include leveraging relationships merchants already have with consumers through loyalty cards, which CardStar is already doing by integrating Foursquare into its service, or creating new reward structures based on check-in frequency.Find Other Ways to Help Users Grab Life… And Experience New PlacesBeyond group incentives, Foursquare needs to find other ways to be useful to users and businesses in discovering one another. The recently launched “Add to My Foursquare” button is a great way to transfer an individual’s Web-based interest in a venue into actually visiting the physical store when they check-in nearby that business. Beyond Web surfing, Foursquare’s recommendation engine, which is still being tested, could offer search engine-like opportunities for users to find, and merchants to pay to promote, businesses based on matching users’ check-in activity with potential interests. Combined these capabilities can not only enable better discovery and thus socialization opportunities for current users, but also act as a starting point for new users who don’t have a check-in history but want to benefit from the wisdom of the local crowd.Foursquare’s ultimate success, in addition to keeping the service up and running, will depend on its ability to create tangible benefits for its current users, before they start losing interest, while simplifying the value proposition for mainstream Facebook users to understand and start using Foursquare. If not, companies like Google Ventures-backed SCVNGR, which now has 500,000 users of its own, has the pieces in place to compete with Foursquare through its own brand relationships, university outreach program and group-buying functionality, are waiting in the wings to take on Facebook Places.Ball’s in your court Foursquare. I’m rooting for you.Photo by Vadim Lavrusik Related Posts center_img Tags:#Facebook#Location#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… guest author 1last_img read more

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Fitzwater backs DED downsizing

first_img(Missourinet) A mid-Missouri lawmaker is praising Governor Mike Parson’s state government restructuring plan, saying it will allow the state Department of Economic Development (DED) to focus exclusively on economic development. The Missouri state government reorganization plan, courtesy of DEDThe restructuring plan involves four state agencies, primarily DED. Governor Parson says the plan highlights his commitment to fundamentally reshaping state government, while demanding greater efficiency and improving customer service.State Rep. Travis Fitzwater, R-Holts Summit, supports the plan, saying it will allow DED to focus on its core mission.“My first term in the Legislature (2015-2016), there wasn’t a real focus from the Department of Economic Development,” Fitzwater says. “It was actually quite frustrating to see a large bureaucracy that basically tried to do everything and be all things to all people.”DED has 865 full-time employees, which is more than any of its Midwest competitors. Governor Parson says Missouri ranks 14th among its Midwest peer states in gross domestic product (GDP).“I mean the numbers, when you look at the amount of employees in DED compared to other states, it’s overwhelmingly larger here. When you look at the focus areas of our Department of Economic Development, it’s overwhelmingly larger than the states surrounding us,” says Fitzwater.Governor Parson has said Missouri ranks ninth among its Midwest peer states in job growth and eighth in wage growth.The governor’s plan involves moving DED’s Division of Workforce Development to the Department of Higher Education and returning the Division of Energy from DED to the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR).It also will move the Office of Public Counsel and the Public Service Commission (PSC) to the newly-named Department of Commerce and Insurance. It would also make the Missouri Arts Council part of the Lieutenant Governor’s office.Governor Parson says the restructuring plan will take effect on August 28.“Missourians deserve the best and on August 28th, when the transition period concludes and the reorganization fully takes effect, that’s what we will deliver,” Parson says.The governor says DED has had seven directors in the past decade. He also says that DED will shift to have staff based across Missouri, to better meet the specific needs in each region.last_img read more

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Male Guppies Imitate Food and Get Sex

first_imgA box of chocolates is nice enough, but if you really want to win a girl’s heart, you might take a cue from male guppies and go one step further. Boy guppies woo females by looking like their favorite food, a study has found. The authors say females go wild for males with big orange spots simply because the markings resemble the bright orange fruits they like to eat. The research challenges the standard theory of sexual selection, which maintains that sexy traits reveal the quality of a prospective mate’s genes.Scientists theorized that male guppies’ orange spots reflected their health and food-finding prowess–important considerations for females picking a mate. But that failed to explain why females from some populations are more responsive to orange spots than are females from other populations. “Maybe this is a stimulus that just attracts their attention,” says Helen Rodd, a zoologist at the University of Toronto. When Rodd noticed that the guppy spots were the same color as fruit that falls into the water from trees onshore, she wondered if the species first evolved extra sensitivity to orange to help find food–and males later exploited that sensitivity to catch the eye of females.To test her hypothesis, Rodd and colleagues placed colored disks in guppy-rich streams in Trinidad and noted the sex and age of each fish that approached or pecked each disk. Back in the lab, the team did similar experiments with lab-raised guppies bred from different populations. In all experiments, fish of both sexes pecked at the orange disks most often, with the occasional exception of red disks, suggesting that the orange bias goes beyond potential mates. The team also found that the sex appeal of the males’ orange spots was greater in populations in which both sexes showed a strong attraction to orange, the team reports in the 7 March issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The work adds to a handful of studies in other species that have identified sexy traits that reveal little about a potential mate’s worth, says Anne Houde, an evolutionary biologist at Lake Forest College in Illinois. But she says Rodd’s study is one of the first to get at how sexual preferences get started in the first place. Still, both Houde and Rodd point out that orange appeal is just one factor in the mating game. The spots may first catch a lady’s eye, but she’ll soon check out traits more reflective of mates’ genetics. So don’t buy that chocolate shirt unless you’ve got the goods to back it up.Related sitesAnne Houde’s siteSimulated selection in a virtual guppy populationlast_img read more

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Obama Administration Maintains Bush-Era Travel Limits on NIH

first_imgSome federal scientists who thought the Bush Administration policy limiting travel to scientific meetings would be changed got a shock this week. Staff at the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland, were informed that a cap on travel to big meetings imposed under the Bush Administration by the Department of Health and Human Services, will stay in place. In a 21 April email to staff, NIH official Kenneth Stith explains that HHS is limiting attendance at several meetings this year to 2008 levels to save money. NIH “requested [HHS] to reconsider reductions … emphasizing the impact to science and training. However, due to the overall push to reduce costs, the decision was made to continue,” the memo says. A spreadsheet obtained by ScienceInsider describes the “reductions” for 13 upcoming meetings—including the June meeting of the Endocrine Society, which is in Washington, D.C., a local trip for NIHers. Only 93 of the 178 staff who wanted to attend can go.Recession or not, the fact that HHS is still dictating travel spending is irksome to many NIH scientists. “We should be allowed to spend our money the way we think is best,” says Samuel Cushman, a 30-year NIH veteran.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Another scientist, who sent a postdoc to present a poster at the American Academy of Neurology meeting starting tomorrow in Seattle, but won’t attend himself, says he is “so mad about this, it is hard to put it in words.” Even more surprising is that HHS appears to be continuing a policy first imposed in 2004 by then-HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson that allows no more than 50 scientists across the U.S. government to attend the International AIDS Society Conference, this year in Capetown, South Africa, in July. NIH can send only 30 people to that meeting and a sister meeting on HIV pathogenesis and treatment, the table states.The cost-cutting measures come despite a recent $10.4 billion windfall for NIH, the vast majority of which will be used for university research grants and facilities construction.last_img read more

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