LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 23: Flag members of the Nebraska Cornhuskers perform before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska is in trouble in the second game of the Scott Frost era. The Huskers, who fell in the season opener to Colorado, are struggling in a major way against Troy this afternoon.Troy is leading, 17-7, at halftime. The Huskers have been without freshman starting quarterback Adrian Martinez. Nebraska’s offense has had major issues both securing the football and moving it down the field.Can the Huskers pull off a second half comeback?ESPN’s Football Power Index has made its prediction.The FPI is confident that Troy will be able to hold on in the second half. It gives the Trojans a better than 50 percent of doing so.ESPN’s FPI gives Troy a 62.0 percent chance to win the game.Nebraska and Troy are playing on BTN. The second half should be starting momentarily.Can the Huskers pull off the comeback?
Greek shipowner Euroseas has reshuffled its fleet as it took delivery of a 2001-built Post-Panamax vessel and sold a 1998-built feeder.The company added the 5,600 TEU containership, M/V Akinada Bridge, which it had previously agreed to acquire.Following the delivery, the South Korea constructed ship will commence a 50-120 day charter at a gross daily rate of USD 11,250 starting from the first week of January.The sale of this vessel concludes the disposition of the vessels of Euromar LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Euroseas that was previously partially owned by the company.Furthermore, Euroseas sold one of its oldies, the 2,008 TEU container feeder vessels M/V Aggeliki P, for a gross price of about USD 4.6 million. The ship, which has already been delivered to its new owners, was due for its special survey.“We are very pleased to complete the present phase of our fleet growth and renewal program which, we believe, has positioned Euroseas to take advantage of the recovering shipping markets,” Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of Euroseas, said.Maintenance of the present market levels “should return Euroseas to profitability while any strengthening of the charter rates should provide significant upside to our shareholders and, we hope, also reduce the significant discount to net asset value our stock trades at.”“We continue to pursue accretive growth opportunities and, as we have stated, consider mergers with other fleets either on a combined fleet basis or separately for the drybulk or container vessels of our fleet,” Pittas concluded.
The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission today, May 10, released statistics on full-time faculty in each Maritime province and university. These statistics update data previously released in the report titled Faculty Recruitment and Retention in the Maritimes. The tables are available for download from the commission’s website — www.mphec.ca — and include student-to-faculty ratios (at the regional, provincial and institutional level) as well as the proportion of faculty who are 55 years of age and older in each Maritime university. Highlights from the updated statistics are as follows: — Over the last five years, the student-to-faculty ratio in Maritime universities has remained fairly constant (2000-01: 19.49; 2004-05: 20.17). — In 2004-05, 31 per cent of all Maritime faculty were 55 years of age or older. This proportion increased 2.5 percentage points since 2000-01. — There continues to be considerable differences in the proportion of faculty 55 years of age and older by field of subject taught: only 4.7 per cent of full-time faculty teaching in the Fine and Applied Arts were among this group, compared to 19 per cent of full-time faculty teaching in the Social Sciences or Humanities and Related disciplines. The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission was established in 1974. The 20 members of the commission are drawn from the Maritime provinces, and represent higher education institutions, provincial governments and the general public. Its mission is to assist institutions and governments in enhancing the post-secondary learning environment. As part of this mission, the commission collects and maintains data pertaining to post-secondary education in the Maritimes. The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission also conducts research on issues in post-secondary education; reports and research articles are available on the website www.mphec.ca.
VICTORIA — For the seventh straight year, Victoria has taken the top spot in Amazon Canada’s list of most romantic cities in the country.The list tabulates purchases of what Amazon Canada calls romance products, including romance novels, romantic comedies, relationship books, jewellery and sexual wellness products. Amazon says Victoria leads the list in all five categories, while LaSalle, Que., jumped eight spots from its 2018 ranking to snatch second place overall.Fort McMurray, Alta., rounds out the top three.In all, British Columbia has seven cities in the top 20, Ontario six and Alberta five.Quebec has one with LaSalle and Whitehorse ranks sixth. This is the 10th year Amazon Canada has compiled its list, which compares sales data purchased on a per capita basis in cities with more than 20,000 residents.The Canadian Press
BEIJING — While a Huawei executive faces possible U.S. charges over trade with Iran, the Chinese tech giant’s ambition to be a leader in next-generation telecoms is colliding with security worries abroad.Australia and New Zealand have barred Huawei Technologies Ltd. as a supplier for fifth-generation networks. They joined the United States and Taiwan, which limit use of technology from the biggest global supplier of network switching gear. This week, Japan’s cybersecurity agency said Huawei and other vendors deemed risky will be off-limits for government purchases.None has released evidence of wrongdoing by Huawei, which denies it is a risk and operates a laboratory with Britain’s government to conduct security examinations of its products. But the accusations threaten its ability to compete in 5G as carriers prepare to invest billions of dollars.The Associated Press
17 May 2007The President of the United Nations General Assembly, a lawyer and rights advocate from Bahrain, has issued a strong call for addressing the social, educational and other constraints impeding the equality of women in the Middle East. “The concept of human rights is based on the notion that all human beings are born with equal and inalienable rights and fundamental freedoms,” Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa noted in an address to a panel discussion Wednesday evening on Women and Human Rights in the Middle East at Rutgers University, New Jersey, United States.“Yet, in the Middle East women face multi-layered and multi-dimensional discrimination that is embedded in our culture, government policies, educational systems and the legal framework.”She said the situation stems in part from the interpretation of Islamic text. “Women are subject to family laws that are Sharia based which strictly follow the interpretations of Islamic scholars that lived 1000 years ago at the beginning of Islam. These interpretations are applied now without making any allowances to the very different social contexts of today,” she said.“In fact, these interpretations are sanctified as holy which prevent them from criticism and change. This is one of the main reasons behind the discrepancy between personal status codes on the one hand and the current social circumstances on the other.”Under family law, women cannot conclude marital contracts without a male guardian and cannot obtain a divorce without a court proceeding. Men can divorce their wives by a mere verbal declaration.“These rules deprive women of their basic right of self determination,” said Sheikha Haya. “These rules deprive women from maintaining peace and security within their home as they are constantly threatened by divorce or polygamy.”The General Assembly President blamed a “lack of rational interpretations of the text that integrate the current social circumstances” and called for “new interpretations of Islamic text in light of contemporary circumstances and needs.”She said social structure also plays a part, especially the concept of the family versus the individual as the nucleus of society. This has led women to conform to the needs of men who in turn offer protection and financial support. “It has led women to accept a level of control and submission, even violence at times for the preservation of the family,” she said.The structure has also “created a mentality that fears the autonomy of women, viewing it as a threat to the centrality of the traditional family, a threat to marital relationships and a catalyst to sexual freedom,” added the President. “These attitudes which were based on traditions are now associated with religion, making it harder to criticize or change them.”Politically, women remain under-represented in parliaments and at higher government positions. “Even when they are ministers, they are often assigned ministries that reinforce their traditional roles,” she observed, citing a number of reasons, including the opposition of women themselves to their own involvement in politics. “We saw this in Bahrain in 2002 when the majority of voters were women but not one woman out of the eight female candidates was actually elected.”Despite these circumstances, women have been active in influencing policy making and public opinion through other means, including the media, in petitions to Members of Parliament and government officials, and through their memberships in unions, political parties and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). “Today, the Middle East is witnessing a proliferation of NGOs, many of which are active in women empowerment issues.”Although the Middle East has come a long way in educating women, “the fact of the matter is that critical thinking, and the teaching of philosophy and theology are absent in our curricula; and they are essential in laying the foundation to review, evaluate and criticise the ideas that shape our societies,” she said.“We are left with a fertile ground for fundamentalist ideologies and we have reverted to the past to solve our problems of the present.”Stressing that the status of women must be examined in the light of the regional and international circumstances, she noted that the Middle East “continues to face the devastating effects of war, occupation, civil unrest, weak governance as well as the challenges of globalization, economic volatility, impoverishment, demographic changes and counter-terrorism measures which may negatively affect human rights and further constrain freedoms.” Amid a prevailing determination within the Middle East to modernize and reform so that people can live without fear and want, “it is now, more than ever before, that the voices of women need to be heard,” declared the Assembly President.“We must not only hear these voices – we must listen to them, and then act. So much of our future depends on our response.” Sheikha Haya was honoured at the event sponsored by the University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies along with Iranian human rights lawyer and Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi for their dedication to women and human rights in the Middle East.“Over the past three decades, I have strived to defend women’s rights in my home country, in the region of the Middle East, and more broadly on an international level,” said the Assembly President. “It therefore immensely gratifies me to see Rutgers recognize our struggle, not only as women from the Middle East but also as women who have dedicated their lives to advancing the rights of other women.”
2 December 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the new leadership in Kyrgyzstan to encourage national dialogue and reconciliation as the Central Asian country seeks greater stability in the wake of last year’s overthrow of the government and subsequent deadly ethnic clashes. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the new leadership in Kyrgyzstan to encourage national dialogue and reconciliation as the Central Asian country seeks greater stability in the wake of last year’s overthrow of the government and subsequent deadly ethnic clashes.Almazbek Atambaev, the former prime minister, was yesterday inaugurated as the Kyrgyz President, and in a statement issued by his spokesperson last night Mr. Ban offered both his congratulations and the continued support of the United Nations to the people and country.“He encourages the new leadership of the country to continue pursuing a policy of national dialogue and reconciliation,” the statement noted.As President, Mr. Atambaev succeeds Roza Otunbaeva, whom Mr. Ban commended “for her important role over the last 18 months in promoting a stable and democratic Kyrgyzstan.”In April last year a popular protest movement over corruption and the cost of living led to the ousting of then president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, while in June riots in the country’s south between ethnic Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbeks killed several hundred people and displaced hundreds of thousands of others.
The Buckeyes placed first in their home quad-meet last Saturday against No. 11 Michigan, Kent State and Washington, topping the Wolverines for the first time since the 2012 Big Ten Championship.After earning their first Big Ten win and their second consecutive win of the season, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team plan are carrying that momentum into their second conference meet against Iowa this Saturday.“We’re happy about the win over Michigan, but we’re really focused on this weekend,” coach Carey Fagan said. “They’re a good team, so we’ll have to be on our A-game if we’re going to remain undefeated in the conference.”With a mindset of continuing to make improvements, OSU focusing on small, but crucial details in practice that the team missed in its last meet.Two OSU competitors stepped out of bounds on floor last week, which has prompted Fagan to contemplate a lineup change in the event.OSU has 12 athletes on the team with only six competition spots per meet based on NCAA guidelines.Even with the small mistakes made on floor, the OSU team performed very strong on vault, scoring 49.125, with bars and beam as a close second and third.The team saw three competitors score career-highs, including junior Alexis Mattern who scored a 9.9 on vault. Senior Jaine VanPutten and freshman Olivia Aepli each posted 9.825 on bars.“What’s so great about this team this year is that we have so many people fighting for lineups,” VanPutten said. “The depth of the team, it’s incredible, and we’re pushing each other, day-in and day-out. And by us pushing each other, it’s making the people that are in lineup have to push and go harder.”The Buckeyes are ranked No. 18 in the country, which puts them on the track to be a contender in the Big Ten and reach NCAA qualifiers at the end of the season.“It’s been a couple of years since we qualified for NCAAs, and we’re on track to do it [again],” said Matter. “It’s just going to be a lot of continued hard work and dedication in and outside of the gym. I think that everyone has started to put in that work, and only good habits can form from here.”Riding on their collection of wins, and with their focus on the common goal of improving each week, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team is heading into what they deem as a very successful season.“This is our year, and we know it,” said VanPutten. “We went into (the last meet) knowing that this was our meet to beat Michigan, and we did it. So with that mindset, we can conquer anything.”
Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson (34) goes up for a shot in the first half of the game against Iowa on Feb. 26. Ohio State won 90-70. Credit Cori Wade | Lantern PhotographerOhio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson has been suspended for a violation of Ohio State Athletics Department policy, head coach Chris Holtmann announced Friday. The release said Wesson will return to the Buckeyes this season. Wesson is Ohio State’s leading scorer, averaging 14.6 points per game and averages 6.7 rebounds per game, the most on the team. During his freshman season, Wesson was suspended for one game against Texas Southern on Nov. 16, 2017. Holtmann said it was for a failure to meet the expectation of the men’s basketball program.
High-tech meets low-tech and saves you some dollars in the process. iBend, the company that released a super-cheap stand for the iPhone and iPod Touch this summer, is back with the iBendXL for iPad. A simple idea, the iBendXL is a thin, flexible sheet that stores flat, but can be bent to use as a stand. Arms hold your iPad in place, while the back creates an ideal angle for reading.Besides an elegantly simple design, the iBendXL offers a low price. You can get the stand for only $9.99, which is far less that you’ll pay for other iPad stands. The iBendXL only comes in black and white, not the artist-designed patterns of the standard iBend, but we have a feeling that patterns are coming soon. AdChoices广告
Markus Persson, the independent developer who more commonly goes by the name of Notch, is best known for creating the game Minecraft and founding Mojang AB.As well as developing and releasing one of the best games of 2011, he’s also someone who clearly loves making games whenever he can. Evidence of this comes from the fact he has just participated in the latest Ludum Dare accelerated game development competition.The rules of Ludum Dare are quite simple. Participants are told what the theme is just before the competition starts and then have 48 hours to create a game based around it. For Ludum Dare #22 that theme was “Alone” and Notch took it as an opportunity to create what looks to be a Zelda-like mini Action RPG.The game is called Minicraft and tasks the player with killing the Air Wizard–the only other sentient being in the world. In so doing, you will be completely alone thus fulsilling the theme requirements. Along the way you will fight a variety of enemies and can collect food and items by chopping down trees and killing things. There also seems to be a range of useful items other than food to collect in your inventory.The good news is you can play the game right now in your web browser. It should keep you entertained for anything from a few minutes to the best part of an hour.We’ll have to wait and see is Minicraft is good enough to win Ludum Dare, but it is a fairly polished game for just 48 hours of work.Read more at Eurogamer.net and Ludum Dare
L’Italie veut mettre fin à son programme nucléaireHier, le gouvernement italien a annoncé avoir présenté un amendement à une loi actuellement examinée par le Parlement dans le but de stopper le retour au nucléaire initialement prévu par Rome. Le Monde rapporte que le gouvernement souhaite mettre en place “une nouvelle stratégie énergétique nationale”. De nombreux pays ont réagi suite à la catastrophe nucléaire survenue à Fukushima au Japon, le 11 mars dernier. Après l’arrêt des centrales allemandes, les contrôles des centrales françaises et les manifestations en Espagne, c’est au tour de l’Italie de prendre des décisions.À lire aussiLe Vésuve, ce redoutable volcan dont l’éruption a détruit PompéiSilvio Berlusconi avait initialement annoncé que son pays poursuivrait le développement de l’énergie nucléaire, projet qui avait une première fois été abandonné suite à un référendum, en 1987, au lendemain de la catastrophe de Tchernobyl. Il revient aujourd’hui sur ses déclarations, certainement influencé par l’opinion publique. En effet, 75% des Italiens sont “opposés” voire “très opposés” à la construction de nouvelles centrales dans leur pays. Ils auront toutefois à se prononcer au cours d’un référendum prévu les 12 et 13 juin prochains. Celui-ci devra déterminer si oui ou non, l’Italie relancera son programme nucléaire. L’amendement qui vient d’être présenté est actuellement soumis au Parlement qui doit décider de l’arrêt définitif du programme nucléaire italien. Si l’Italie abandonne le nucléaire, c’est un projet phare de Berlusconi qui s’écroule. En effet, l’objectif qu’il s’était fixé était de faire baisser le prix de l’électricité en ne dépendant plus de l’énergie importée de l’étranger. Près de 25% des besoins nationaux devaient être couverts par des centrales, prévues pour être construites d’ici à 2030. Les travaux devaient commencer en 2014 et la mise en service être effective en 2020.Le 20 avril 2011 à 12:22 • Emmanuel Perrin
This Life-Sized Devilman Statue is Awesome and Awesomely ExpensiveDevilman Crybaby Is Netflix’s First Anime Masterpiece Stay on target Devilman Crybaby is the latest project in the long-running history of the Devilman anime and manga series, and it’s landing very soon with a worldwide release. It’s coming to Netflix at the beginning of the Spring 2018 season, with a release in 190 countries and Japanese voice acting language with over 25 subtitle options. Needless to say, it’s going to be a hugely important release for the Devilman franchise. There’s a new minute-long trailer to check out now if you’re looking forward to the show.Recently, the finalized release window was released, as well as the official teaser trailer showing off bits and pieces of what we can expect to see from the show. It’s being directed by Masaaki Yuasa, who you might remember from awesomely weird games like Ping Pong, as well as Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome and Lu Over the Wall. Scripting duties are being handled by Code Geass’s Ichiro Okuouchi as well as the wide range of “dramatic” stories he typically works on.The trailer depicts a fight between the titular Devilman and Demon with the character Sirene on board for the project, a character who was previously popular with fans and seen in the original manga. Devilman author Go Nagai is reportedly excited for how the project is coming along, stating previously that the series “carries a message of warning, as we step toward a bright future.”There’s no doubt anime fans will have plenty to look forward to as far as Devilman Crybaby is concerned, as it looks like a solid new entry in the series. Check out the latest trailer below and get started reading the back issues of the manga series or check out the anime for more on the long-running property. You might just discover you’ve found a show you’ve really been missing out on!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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The elders move to different parts of the room. Most get a snack. Some start a game of Rummy or begin quilting. Others watch Jeopardy. I approach one elder, eating a pastry and wearing a big red sun hat.Catherine Peters is 82. “Or am I 83?” she laughs. Peters said she lives with her son who works during the day. She can’t cook or leave the house by herself. All this, she said, makes the Senior Center so important.“Sometimes we’re lonesome at home,” Peters said. “Our families can’t be all the time with us in the home. I’ll miss talking with my friends here. Even if I can’t see or hear, they come to me, and that makes my day happy and cheerful.”ONC Senior Services will still deliver a meal to 50 seniors around Bethel Monday through Friday. And ONC will still drive seniors to the post office, bank, and grocery stores, but that route will happen once instead of three times a week. They’ll also continue helping elders with paperwork like paying bills and requesting prescription refills.ONC’s long-term goal is to build a Senior Center of its own and give its elders a place to gather and eat throughout the week. As of now, there’re no set plans for making that happen. Bethel’s Senior Center is closing its doors to seniors. Orutsararmuit Native Council, or ONC, runs the program and will keep many of its services. But starting next month, it will no longer offer a space for seniors to gather, talk, and eat. Seniors will remain fed and supported, but they could be spending a lot more time alone.Catherine Peters, age 82, playing bingo at the ONC Senior Center. (Photo by Dean Swope, KYUK – Bethel)Download AudioIt’s 9:30 in the morning at the ONC Senior Center. Albert Kawagley and I are waiting a half hour for the other elders to show up.Kawagley: I’m 67, going on 68, a young man yet. [Laughs]Albert’s been coming to the center every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for six years. He said many of the elders grew up in Bethel and have known each other since childhood.KYUK: What will you miss most when this closes down?Kawagley: My friends, playing cards with my friends here and not just watching the four walls that surround me.The closure is happening July 1. At that time, elders will no longer have a place to eat lunch, talk and play bingo three days a week.Elders play bingo at the ONC Senior Center. (Photo by Dean Swope, KYUK – Bethel)Program Director Nikki Hoffman said ONC is closing the center to prevent a $200,000 budget deficit.“What I fear with the lost of this program is a risk for isolation and loneliness and their primary care providers could increase risk for burn out,” Hoffman said.The program mainly runs off state grants but the funding problem isn’t with the state’s budget cuts. It’s with the Senior Center itself, housed in the Lion’s Club building.“The grant award that we get for the adult day is $111,000,” Hoffman said. “75% of that would be used directly for the facility.”Three positions are also being cut. One of those, the Program Manager, is held by Denise Kinegak.z”And so this is what they do,” Kinegak said. “They usually come in, wash up, and then they head over here. Check our the birds, of course. Whenever we get new food donations, they’re always quick to check out what we have, so they know what’s in stock.”The birds are about a dozen ducks and geese lying on a table—subsistence donations that will be taken home and used in future lunches.
A female student of a private university has brought allegations of sexual harassment against a student of Jahangirnagar University (JU), reports news agency UNB.Md Sanwar Hossain, private secretary to the JU vice chancellor, said that the girl submitted the written complaint to the VC office on Thursday morning.In her complaint, the student of the law department of Prime University alleged that she had a relationship with Mohidul Islam Biplob of Bangla Department, also a residential student of the university’s AFM Kamal Uddin Hall, on 10 October 2012.Their affair continued and she discovered she was pregnant on January 24, 2016. Later she had an abortion as per the advice of doctors Rezwan and Taslima of Jahangirnagar University Medical Centre, she claimed.The girl also complained that Mohidul later forced her to continue physical relations with him and threatened her against disclosing this to others.Mohidul has now cut off relations with the girl and has been threatening her continuously, she complained.Dr Rezwan said that Mohidul went to the medical centre along with the girl introducing her as his wife.The accused, however, claimed that the girl is blackmailing him.
Credit: CC0 Public Domain 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. Explore further Citation: Professional speedcuber breaks world record on Rubik’s cube (2018, May 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-professional-speedcuber-world-rubik-cube.html Feliks Zemdegs a 22-year-old man from Australia has broken the world record for solving a Rubik’s cube. He has done it in just 4.22 seconds. The achievement was recorded at an event held in Melbourne called Cube for Cambodia. Don’t blink now: Robot does speed cube puzzle solution in 0.38 seconds © 2018 Phys.org The Rubik’s cube was created in 1974 by a Hungarian man named Ernő Rubik, and it gained international notoriety in 1980 when it was licensed and produced by the Ideal Toy Corporation. It has since become one of the most well-known toys and puzzles in the world. The 3x3x3 cube has stickers affixed to each face of a given color. Initially, the faces of each side of the cube are all the same color. Twisting and turning the cube jumbles the colors in a random assortment. Solving the puzzle involves restoring each face to a single color.Despite his young age, Zemdegs has been working with the Rubik’s Cube for some time. He has told the media that he got his first one at age 12, just a decade ago. He claims to have learned how to solve the puzzle faster by watching others giving tips on YouTube. He has consistently broken the world’s record for solving the puzzle—in breaking the record this time, he broke his own record of 5.8 seconds. The action in Melbourne was taped and posted to YouTube—Zemdegs can be seen preparing his cube, then solving it. The action is almost surreal, as if watching a robot in a sci-fi movie. Notably, he also holds other Rubik’s Cube records—the average time taken to solve five of the puzzles, for example, at 5.8 seconds. He is, quite naturally, a star in the speedcubing world—he has over 300,000 followers on YouTube and 90,000 Facebook users following his postings.In speaking with the press at prior events, Zemdegs has maintained that he doesn’t believe his prowess with the Cube suggests he has above-average intelligence. Instead, he has suggested it is more of matter of studying techniques and doing it a lot. He notes that after a while, it sort of becomes intuitive.
Cozumel, Q.R. — The director of the Center for Conservation and Environmental Education for Cozumel is urging people to take care when driving to avoid running over blue crabs.Rafael Chacón Díaz, director of the Center for Conservation and Environmental Education, says that it is blue crab season and that they are migrating toward wetlands and mangrove areas to spawn. He is reminding people that the blue crab is threatened, and therefore, a protected species in Mexico.Chacón Díaz explained that the blue crabs are visible mainly along the coastal roads of the island from June to September, adding that people driving in the hotel areas should be extra cautious.He noted that the crabs only live one to two years, which means a short lifespan and short amount of time to reproduce.Chacón Díaz says that signs have been placed in different parts of the city, adding that each year, the population of the blue crab decreases.“It is unfortunate to see these crabs be crushed by vehicles that circulate without respecting speed limits, so I call on the population to take more care, to be more human and make an effort for the species,” he added.Each year, the blue crabs also make their way across Cancun roadways. Last June, hundreds of blue crabs were rescued off a busy street and returned to their habitat along Avenue Bonampak in central Cancun. Several groups and numerous volunteers rushed to the avenue to prevent the small crabs from being run over by traffic.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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
President Cyril Ramaphosa met Ladysmith Black Mambazo for the first time at the State Theatre yesterday (Sunday, June 3).A tribute concert was held over the weekend in honour of former President Nelson Mandela in Tshwane.Words of praise could be heard echoing around the theatre as President Ramaphosa applauded the super-group.Also read: Joseph Shabalala confident as Ladysmith Black Mambazo jet off to Grammy AwardsRead also: Prof Joseph Shabalala is one of the last icons of our eraPresident Ramaphosa said, “We applaud them and we thank them for being the best ambassadors our country has ever produced!” The five-time Grammy award-winning group put on a spectacular performance in celebration of the 100 years of the birth of Nelson Mandela.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
Related posts:Save the date: A Costa Rican abroad encounters social calendars A love letter to Costa Rica’s second language Food choices, then and now: from Guayabitas to cage-free eggs Costa Rica takes New York: Gala evening supports new expat mentoring program See also: Going out on ‘un date’ – the cultural quirks of romanceA couple of years ago, my family and I took a road trip in the Deep South. We rented a car in the airport, entered the address on the GPS and set out to drive to our hearts’ content. That is, until the GPS started speaking in that cryptic language from the outskirts of reason: the U.S. system of measurement.“In 400 feet, turn right.” We all looked at each other, quickly going over our rusty memories of the rules of conversion. “400 feet, that’s like 150 meters?” “No, I think it’s more than that. It should be the next one over.” “No, it’s this one, it’s this one.” “Turn now!” “Now?” “NOOOOW.” Tires squealing, people bouncing around like crash test dummies, the GPS indicating the next exit: “In 0.6 miles, turn left.” Are you kidding me? 60 percent of 1.6 kilometers…We eventually managed to pull over and change the settings, but the experience was just one of countless examples of the cultural misalignment that occurs because the United States is one of only three countries in the world that have not adopted the International System of Units as their official metric system, the other two being Myanmar and Liberia (according to the CIA World Factbook, although the United Kingdom continues to use imperial units for certain measures).This provides for all sorts of goofy interactions for me as a Costa Rican in the United States, like the day when I ordered the smallest beer on the menu (4 ounces) and got royally mad at the waiter for bringing me what appeared to be a shot-glass worth of alcohol, or the day someone told me her New York apartment was 350 square feet and I asked if it was a two bedroom. Not to mention the myriad times I have failed to wear appropriate clothing based on Fahrenheit forecasts or my failure to react when guys try to impress me by mentioning their height.You might say this is my fault: I should have learned this by now. And in my defense, I have made some painstaking progress. But there are things that are simply hard to wrap your head around if they are not formally taught to you, especially – and this is the crucial part – if you already learned another system that was based on a different set of criteria (ahem, on mathematical logic).I am normally non-judgmental when it comes to social norms and behaviors. In general, I refuse to categorize cultural variations as superior or inferior. Here is where my stern relativism gives way: There are eight ounces in a cup, two cups in a pint, two pints in a quart, and four quarts in a gallon. There are twelve inches in a foot, three feet in a yard and 5,280 feet in a mile (or 1,760 yards). There are also sixteen ounces in a pound and 2,000 pounds in a ton (a short ton). How am I expected to learn this?! Particularly when I keep translating it all in my head: “OK, so gas is $3.50 a gallon and a gallon is like 3.8 liters and we have 200 kilometers to go, so will someone please call my math teacher?”It’s not surprising that the U.S. has a unique system; most countries have had their own methods at some point. Just ask anyone in the coffee business in Costa Rica what the volume of a cajuela is, or how much they can get for a quintal or a fanega. Many people still describe property in manzanas, while I suspect vara (the slang for “thing”) might derive from the unit that is roughly equivalent to the yard – also known for the venerated expression meterse en camisa de once varas, which basically means to get oneself into a mess.These rare or discontinued units of measure must not be confused with the imprecise or inaccurate units that are prevalent in all languages, such as the culinary pinch of salt confusing novel cooks everywhere. In Costa Rica, we have the infamous Guanacaste kilometer, which is more like two kilometers or five, depending on who happens to be giving you directions.It’s easy to see why metrification, the process of gradually converting to the international system, is slow and fraught with setbacks. It’s taken other countries centuries to let go of their traditional units, and not just because it means learning new words: a system of units entails intuition, a complicated process of representation that takes place even without our awareness. I don’t have to picture a quarter of a liter to know what 250ml look like, the same way that no American has to calculate 60 percent of 1,760 yards to know when to take a left in 0.6 miles. Like with so many other social conventions, we end up believing that our system makes sense, although what we actually mean is that it makes sense to us.Perhaps there’s a metaphor hidden in all of this. Perhaps our difficulty in learning new units of measure is a telltale sign of our aversion to change, even in the presence of an option we can rationally recognize as an improvement. Ways of thinking are sticky, for Americans, for Costa Ricans, for people all over the world. But one of the wonderful things about human beings is that, though we are conditioned by our past, we are not predestined by it. We can change, and for the better. We can reach consensus on new ways of thinking. In fact, it is not a minor feat of civilization that we pretty much universally use the decimal system for arithmetic calculations.So, I’ll continue to get hopelessly lost when following directions in the United States. I’ll continue to get into a camisa de once varas when placing my orders at restaurants. I trust that my children, or my grandchildren, or my great-grandchildren, will be able to improvise a ball game with an American kid and that they will understand each other when drawing the field.Read previous Please Send Coffee! columns hereRaquel Chanto is a lawyer and policy wonk trying to survive international bureaucracy in Washington, D.C. In her monthly column “Please Send Coffee!” she explores aspects of Costa Rican culture and how they contrast with life abroad. 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