Donegal Minister Joe McHugh has urged communities to get involved in doing their bit for community spirit by supporting Tidy Towns.At the annual awards night for Letterkenny Tidy Towns last night, Minister McHugh was on hand to do the honours and praise the work of everyone involved in the activism.“Tidy Towns drives community engagement for the benefit of everyone. It brings together groups, associations and organisations which might not necessarily work with one another,” Minister McHugh said. “It’s a real privilege for me to be asked to present the awards to so many dedicated and passionate people. At all times their ambition is to make our environment a better place to live and work and socialise.“That can also be said of the regeneration funding announcements by Government in recent days, including a €1million grant that is helping to drive the Letterkenny 2040 project to rejuvenate the town centre and focus on making it a better place.“This financial support is just the start of a big, long-term strategic goal to revitalise the town and when it is combined with the tireless voluntary work through Tidy Towns I am confident it will be a success for generations to come.”Minister McHugh said he particularly wanted to thank Anne McGowan, chair of Letterkenny Tidy Towns, who has been dedicated to the organisation for something close to 30 years. “Her team, and all the volunteers and residents’ associations who make Tidy Towns the success it is, also deserve huge credit for their efforts.“I know Letterkenny Tidy Towns builds excellent networks and has been brilliant at driving connections and commitments from other organisations in the town in order to get the work done.“I’d like to see as many people, businesses, community groups and other associations join forces with Tidy Towns to promote and deliver more of their ambitious work.”Minister McHugh added: “I’d like to congratulate all the winners, particularly the young people and the schools involved. I was delighted to see Little Angel’s receive an award, especially as I had spent some time earlier in the day seeing the good work they do. It’s a great privilege to be asked to celebrate their achievements.”McHugh urges communities to get involved in Tidy Towns was last modified: November 27th, 2018 by StephenShare 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:donegalletterkennyMinister Joe McHughtidy towns
Help your CEO become a leader for the year 2020.The changing job of the CEO is being discussed a lot these days. Companies and boards have come to realize that the CEO is a key player in attracting and retaining the talent needed to take the company into the forefront of their industry. But CEOs need to change in order to do that and HR is in the best position to help them do so.The coming change in the CEOConsultant and writer Laura Garnett wrote an article in Forbes based on an interview with Maynard Webb, who serves or has served on the boards of Yahoo and Salesforce and has written the book Rebooting Work. The article states that the old way of leading, command and control, no longer works. Webb states that “having an inspiring and engaged workforce is key to success.” In a post that I wrote about the CHRO helping the CEO I talked about a survey done that showed the successful CEO in 2020 will have to have more of a “coaching style” of management. In both these situations it is clear that CEOs need to change. In my opinion there is no one in the organization better suited to help the CEO change than the Chief Human Resources Officer. (CHRO)People firstWebb says that the successful CEO of the future will need to have a “people first” approach. Garnett quotes him as saying “The biggest priority should be helping each employee fulfill his or her destiny. Create a workplace that’s focused on helping employees get as far along on their journeys as they can, and you will never lose anybody. Focus on employee success en route to delivering company success.” Who is better positioned in the organization, or at least should be, to help the CEO achieve this people first approach than the CHRO? The CHRO should have the data on what is being done. The CHRO should have the resources to enable the organization to change. But first the CHRO has to have the ear of the CEO.The CHRO needs to…As I said in my previous post, published at Blogging4Jobs:One of the most important ways HR can help the CEO to prepare for these new challenges, is to work with and learn how to apply big data analytics to the selection of talent, and the development of teams that are capable of producing innovative services and products.The CHRO must also help the CEO understand the new workforce and help create a plan for the best use of this talent base. Developing innovative ways to use technology to select, assemble, evaluate, lead and alter teams as needed will be critical for the CHRO.There is a lot for the CHRO to do in this endeavor. As I said, “If you, as a CHRO, are not experimenting with new forms of technology, new forms of management, new forms of compensation, and new forms of building teams, you will not be prepared by the time 2020 gets here.”Webb sites Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce, as an example of a CEO who can inspire and engage employees, and for that matter customers and suppliers alike. I have attended Dreamforce, the Salesforce annual conference, twice and the place exudes inspiration. Two years ago in a post called How You REALLY Create Jobs I estimated that Benioff’s efforts were responsible for at least 900,000 jobs. I am sure that today that number has risen substantially. I will be going again this year.At Salesforce HR is called “Employee Success”. This certainly sends the signal about “employee first.” According to Webb “Salesforce has been named the most innovative company for the last four years, and we achieved that through a fired-up workforce and energy. It’s more like a rock concert than a computer show. The energy and capability of an organization expands exponentially when you have engaged and passionate people working for you.” I personally can attest to the rock concert vibe of the conference.Can it pay dividends for you?If you can get your CEO to realize the importance of changing and work with them to help them coach and inspire and engage then I guarantee your job will also be more interesting and rewarding. Challenge yourself to create ways to change your HR department to an “employee success” organization. Everyone will be glad you did!Originally posted at OmegaHRSolutions.com
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The Touch OS: Windows 7While its easy to see the usefulness of touchable handheld devices, others have questioned how exactly touchscreen computers – such as the upcoming Windows 7 OS – would be useful to consumers. Suggestions have included everything from control panels for the smart home to kitchen PCs for touch-based recipe look up to touchscreen Media Centers. However, the answer as to what could really impact touchscreen PC adoption may be as simple as this: games.At this year’s CES, a demo of a Windows 7 air hockey game demonstrated the potential for a new type of human-computer interaction…like an iPhone but much, much bigger. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Yet there still is a question as to whether the iPhone-like multi-touch capabilities of a touchscreen OS will become as big of a hit in traditional computing as they were on the smartphone. These above examples of touchscreen-based computing demonstrate the new ways we may interact with technology – and therefore the web – in coming years. It’s a glimpse into the future of a world where our interactions with technology come more easily and more naturally than ever before. This trend will continue to move computing away from being an activity for technophiles alone and will make it an activity that everyone – even mainstream users – will enjoy. Disclosure: Sarah Perez also blogs for Microsoft’s Channel 10. Image credit: iPhone – JulianBleecker sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Features#NYT#Trends#web In addition, Microsoft also introduced two new Surface applications for Windows 7 at CES as well. One that allowed for photo manipulation and another for interacting with maps. Related Posts It’s tempting to give Apple’s iPhone credit for the birth of touch-based computing, but it was not the first touchscreen user interface – nor is it the only one in existence today. Long before the iPhone, touchscreen LCDs were common, as were touch smartphones from Palm, Sony Ericsson, HTC, and others. In addition, back in 2001 – long before the iPhone launch – Microsoft began work on Microsoft Surface, a touchscreen tabletop computer. Yet it was the iPhone’s multi-touch capabilities along with its stellar design that really got the ball rolling for touch computing. The only question that remains now is what will come next?Besides the Surface and the Kindle, we’ve recently encountered some other touch-based computing products that may one day revolutionize computing, too. Plastic Logic’s ReaderThe first product on our list is Plastic Logic’s upcoming e-book reader. A demonstration of this device at the past DEMO08 conference left many people amazed at how incredibly thin this potential “Kindle-killer” is. The company says they’ve perfected a way of printing polymer transistors onto flexible plastic displays. This particular revolution won’t be just a transition to lighter and “bendier” touchscreens, it will also lead to lower power consumption and longer battery life. But perhaps what’s best about Plastic Logic’s technology is the cost. The polymer-based circuitry will be able to bring new products into market where silicon microchips were simply too expensive. Since the displays are flexible enough to be rolled up like paper, the potential for this new type of computing is nearly limitless. Is this the future of the newspaper? Perhaps, but it could also be used in smart electronic tags that track merchandise and large flat-panel displays. Plastic Logic will begin their entry into the market in the second half of 2009 with pilots and trials with key partners and will prepare for further sales by 2010.Pressure-Sensitive Computing: ImpressFor an inventive, “out-there” product that could make the cold, stiff computer a thing of the past, look no further than this touch screen flexible display called “Impress” (PDF). Made of foam and force sensors, Impress works with both touch and the intensity of pressure. This computing technology lets the user squeeze out information or put objects in motion by deforming the surface of the computer. The end result is pretty amazing, though it may not end up being as practical as the flexible polymer displays. However, it’s easy to imagine how it could be put to use in entertainment-based computing at the very least. (Or maybe huggable, touch-enabled teddy bears? We can only hope!)
A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#news#twitter#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Tinker lets you get the word out on your event by allowing you to embed a widget with recent activity around your event. The widget they allow you to use, however, uses an iframe, which may not appeal to everyone. Each event does have its own RSS feed though, so a generic RSS feed widget can be used. We spent some time tinkering with the new service and we have some reservations. The big one: You can search for hashtags or keywords directly on Twitter’s search portal. Since Tinker does not actually have its own comment engine, all contributions made via the Tinker interface go straight back in to Twitter and, more importantly, have the same issue as Twitter posts, which is simply that there is no ‘conversation’. Your posts, either on Tinker or Twitter simply serve to enlarge the buzz on those topics, but nothing to really connect Tinker users together through conversation. This can be plainly seen on the most active events where it’s impossible to keep up with all the updates happening at any given time.Tinker has other problems too, like the standard ‘free’ accounts only allow creating events around a single keyword or hashtag. Apparently, more powerful searches are reserved for paying customers or site partners. Again, this severely limits what an average user can do, to the point where making a new event seems almost redundant. Finally, maybe it is because the service is new, but when I tried to create an event (using the occasionally used hashtag #sleep, you can see it here), it took quite a while for Tinker to show relevant tweets, then it decided to double all the tweets in the listing. On top of that, it allowed me to send several updates without confirming that they were actually posted to Twitter. As a result, I ended up spamming my Twitter friends with a bunch of duplicate tweets.Update: Samir Arora (@samirarora), founder of Glam Media sent me a tweet stating that they are looking in to the duplicate issue. Thanks Samir! phil glockner Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tinker, a new service that aggregates Twitter conversations around topics, came out of private beta today. Unlike services that merely attempt to track Twitter hashtag trends or attempt to describe what context a hashtag brings to a tweet, Tinker lets its users select popular events that are already being tracked, or create their own event stream by choosing a keyword or hashtag and adding a few filters, such as ‘no swear words’ and selective blocking of individual Twitter or Tinker users.In essence, this service is attempting to build communities around keyword-based categories. Once you follow a popular event, say SXSW Interactive, you can see other people who are following the event, and who has been most active either sending tweets or Tinker posts (essentially tweets sent from Tinker), along with some helpful activity charts on the event topic. Creating a new event is almost as simple as following an existing one, just fill out a small form and your event is created. Once your event exists, you can update Twitter directly from the event page, and hopefully other Tinker users will see your update and will start following your event.
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… klint finley Cloud Preservation, a service from Nextpoint, is a simple service for archiving data from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other web-based services. The company pitches its service as a compliance tool, but it makes sense as a storage tool for anyone that might want to have a backup of all the information they’re putting into these sorts of services. The company crawls and archives pages from the service and stores them as HTML which can then be saved or exported as a PDF. Interestingly, the service can also follow links and archive the first page of each link it finds in any given feed.It was easy to setup and get started archiving my Twitter feed, but for some reason the service won’t recognize my facebook page. The company offers four price plans:Basic: $15 a month, 5 feeds and up to 1 gig of storagePlus: $95 a month, 10 feeds and up to 10 gigs of storagePro: $295 a month, 50 feeds and up to 25 gigs of storageManaged: Variable pricing, unlimited feeds and storage Those are some pretty big price and storage jumps, and one gig of storage just doesn’t seem like a lot these days.Cloud Preserve competes with Backupify and Iterasi, which also offers web archiving tools.The ability to automatically archive social media streams, and the pages linked to, reminds me of the seemingly defunct Twitchboard and Chris Arkenberg‘s “personal cloud agent” concept. Our Sarah Perez covered this idea in 2008:These cloud agents, as he describes them, will help us sort and search the massive volumes of data we interact with regularly. He envisions that soon we’ll have many of these cloud agents, swarming around us, working on our behalf, helping to parse the data flowing in and providing us with the information that we need, separated from the noise.Sadly, it seems like we’re still a long way from this, but maybe cloud archiving services will help bring us one step closer.(hat tip: Wes Unruh) Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#saas
Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019 Your consumer side may relish the post-Thanksgiving specials, but the marketer in you might be missing out.But cheer up! Here are some selected Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials that can help brighten the holiday for marketers:Adobe is offering a Black Friday 25 percent discount on monthly subscriptions for its entire collection of 20+ creative desktop and mobile applications. There’s also a Black Friday special where students and teachers can save up to 70 percent on Creative Cloud apps. Offer ends Nov. 23.MyFonts has a truckload of discounts on its many choices for digital fonts, with sales expiration dates ranging from today through Cyber Monday, plus some stretch into December.JustCloud’s file backup service has a Cyber Monday 70 percent discount, with “never before” free inclusions.Also up in the clouds, Alibaba’s global cloud service is out with a variety of deals sporting Black Friday pricing, including 40 percent off yearly subscriptions of its Elastic Compute Service.If you’ve been needing some new business cards or printed marketing materials, Vistaprint’s Black Friday sale gives 60 percent off “everything.” Ends Nov. 27.Microsoft’s Store has Black Friday deals beginning Nov. 22, with discounts on laptops and up to 75 percent off apps like Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer or Drawboard PDF.And even a digital marketer sometimes need real-world office supplies, which is why we’re including Office Depot’s Black Friday sale on computers, printing paper and more.This story first appeared on MarTech Today. For more on marketing technology, click here.The post Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals for marketers: Software, supplies and more appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals for marketers: Software, supplies and more Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals for marketers: Software, supplies and moreYou are here: HomeDigital MarketingBlack Friday/Cyber Monday deals for marketers: Software, supplies and more Posted on 22nd November 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share
So where is the Intel® SCS in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) SP1? The short answer is MS SCCM SP1 does not use the Intel SCS. The longer answer is that Microsoft, as part of their architectural design of SCCM SP1, has chosen to develop their own mechanism for performing the initial provisioning and configuration of the Intel® vPro Clients. This is different from the requirement the Intel Client Manageability Add-on for SMS 2003 had on the Intel SCS for enterprise provisioning and configuration. Each ISV, as part of their enablement of vPro Management Technology within their product, can choose to leverage the Intel® SCS or use it as a reference design to develop their own implementation. Microsoft, with SCCM SP1, is not the only ISV that chose to develop their own capability for provisioning and configuring vPro Client; did you know that LANDesk also does not use the Intel SCS for vPro Client provisioning and configuration? Matt Royer The Intel® Active Management Technology’s (Intel® AMT) Setup and Configuration Service (Intel ®SCS or SCS) provides developer or ISV with the tools to set up and configure Intel AMT devices. The Setup and Configuration Service (SCS) allows for most aspects of setup and configuration to be completed through a remote management console. The service package consists of a configuration engine and installer in binary form, plus a reference graphical user interface that the ISV may integrate into their Manageability Product.
In recent years, OpenStack has emerged as the leading open source project to deliver a cloud operating system. OpenStack is used today by cloud service providers around the world, but has had less adoption in traditional enterprise IT. Enterprise cloud adoption has been stifled by complexity, lack of software support and gaps in open source enterprise-grade features. Many enterprises have found OpenStack to be complex to deploy but even more importantly, a fragmented solution from various partners, creating installation and maintenance concerns.At Intel, we are working actively with our ecosystem partners to address these challenges, and to open the door to OpenStack in the Enterprise. That’s the goal of the Intel Cloud for All Initiative, which is designed to accelerate cloud adoption by making public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions easier to deploy and easier to maintain. The ultimate goal is to help all businesses take advantage of cloud benefits to deliver new capabilities that will enable them to compete at scale in the digital economy.And guess what? Together with our partners, we are making real progress in the push to bring OpenStack to the enterprise. Some of these efforts are being showcased in announcements and demos this week at the OpenStack Summit in Tokyo. These activities make it clear that OpenStack now has the partner ecosystem necessary to become a platform for general use inside the enterprise data centers. Key announcements from major manufacturers and software providers are going to level the field for IT organizations.In one announcement, Red Hat and Lenovo let the industry know that they are extending their partnership to include OpenStack. As part of this partnership, Lenovo is releasing a cloud architecture using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. This partnership, in conjunction with Lenovo joining the Red Hat and Intel on-ramp program, will enable enterprise IT organizations to purchase, deploy, and support this platform easier than ever before.HP and Intel announced at the OpenStack Summit that they are expanding their collaboration to bring OpenStack into the enterprise. This collaboration features joint engineering to deliver upstream contributions to OpenStack, and proof-of-concept testing on top of OpenStack use cases. HP and Intel plan to add customer proofs of concept and trial opportunities to accelerate deployments of OpenStack solutions in the enterprise. Collaborations like these build on the work being done through the Intel Cloud for All InitiativeIn other news from the OpenStack Summit, Cisco unveiled its plan to release new Cisco Validated Designs that offer proven processes and tested configurations to reduce the complexity of deploying OpenStack. The Cisco Validated Designs, jointly developed with Red Hat and Intel, combine the capabilities of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure with the most recent OpenStack distribution from Red Hat, which will help organizations more easily and quickly deploy OpenStack private clouds.It has taken a journey of several years to mature and enable this open source platform for general use inside of most IT shops. But now the initial barriers of entry for the enterprise are beginning to fall, thanks to a growing OpenStack ecosystem, robust industry partnerships, and an expanding menu of enabling technologies. Given these very significant steps forward, it’s time for enterprises to reassess OpenStack.
Francisco Ayala Prominent geneticist out at UC Irvine after harassment finding The four complainants, who asked to be identified, are all in the School of Biological Sciences: professor Kathleen Treseder, assistant teaching professor Jessica Pratt, assistant dean Benedicte Shipley and graduate student Michelle Herrera. Treseder and Pratt referred questions to their attorney, Micha Star Liberty, a sexual harassment lawyer based in Oakland, California. Shipley and Herrera could not be reached by deadline.In an interview today, Liberty said her clients–three of the four complainants–are considering “all available legal options.”“It’s frustrating and completely disingenuous for UCI to say they got a complaint in November and took swift action,” Liberty says. “That’s simply not true. They didn’t do an investigation when a complaint was filed 3 years ago.”The university declined to make any comment in addition to Gillman’s statement.Liberty would not identify the complainant of 3 years ago, the nature of that complaint, or the mechanism by which the alleged complaint was made. But she says that complainant is also one of the four women whose complaints launched the probe that began in November 2017.Liberty further alleges: “UCI seemed to care only about making sure that their famous and profitable professor was taken care of, rather than being employee-focused on the employment law rights and the Title IX rights of these women.” Title IX is the federal law that makes sexual harassment in educational settings illegal.Liberty alleges that Ayala’s behavior toward female students, staff, and colleagues was permeated with unwanted touching and sexually based language and statements, often in front of other people. For instance, she says, he once told a professor who was giving a report in a meeting: “Why don’t you sit on my lap while you give the presentation? It would be much more interesting.”Ayala’s attorney, Susan Estrich, says: “The comment about sitting on his lap was a bad attempt at humor in a crowded room in 2015, for which Professor Ayala apologized some years ago.”Liberty also alleged that Ayala discussed in front of Treseder, whom he had nominated for membership in the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS), how blacklisting of nominees was typically carried out—comments that she took as a veiled threat to blacklist her nomination. Ayala is a NAS member and only members can nominate—and vote on—new members.“Professor Ayala has made absolutely clear, repeatedly so, that he would never blackball a candidate for the Academy, much less a candidate he nominated,” Estrich responded. According to Liberty, Ayala’s behavior toward Herrara, the graduate student, triggered the investigation that began in November 2017. Ayala’s actions were witnessed by Herrara’s supervisor, she says, who also complained at that time, in support of Herrara. In the process of the investigation, the two other women came forward as complainants. One was the woman who had complained 3 years before.They came forward, Liberty says, because “they were tired of witnessing this type of behavior, they were concerned about this graduate student, who had a lot less power than they did, being victimized and they wanted this conduct to stop. They were also tired of enduring this behavior themselves.”Liberty alleges that as the investigation proceeded, UCI represented to her that Ayala had threatened to sue the university and the complaining women for defamation.Estrich says: “At no time was suing for defamation ever considered.”Ayala, 84, has become a prominent presence in American biology since he left his native Spain and the Dominican priesthood in 1961 for graduate studies at Columbia University. He did pioneering work in molecular evolution and genetics and made a groundbreaking discovery about the parasites that cause Chagas disease, a sometimes-fatal ailment that afflicts million in the tropics. He is a former president of AAAS, which publishes Science; an NAS member; and a 2010 winner of the $1.5 million Templeton Prize for making an “exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.” Ayala has been outspoken on the ethical issues related to the study of human evolution, and a prominent spokesperson in the debate between evolution and creationism. He is also a vintner, who at the time of his donation to UCI in 2011 owned more than 2000 acres of vineyards in northern California.Kristen Monroe is one of Ayala’s colleagues and political scientist who directs the UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality, where Ayala regularly attended meetings and was a founding member. She says: “I’m baffled and surprised at the charges against Professor Ayala since nothing in our interactions, over some 20 years, suggests he treats women with anything but respect and courtesy.”Ayala’s colleague Camilo Cela-Conde, an emeritus professor at the University of the Balearic Islands in Spain, who has co-written six books with Ayala on human evolution, put out a statement today under the heading “Professor Ayala’s Sentence.” “I read with stupor, shame and displeasure,” of Ayala’s name being stripped from the UCI buildings, Cela-Conde wrote, noting that Gillman stated that keeping Ayala’s name on the buildings “would be wrong.” Cela-Conde added: “I wonder whether [the university’s] keeping the more than U.S. $4 million donated to UCI by Professor Ayala and destroying his scientific career would be right.”Cela-Conde noted the university’s interviews with more than 60 witnesses. “What the statement does not mention is that only a fraction of the witnesses proposed by Professor Ayala were actually interviewed,” he wrote. “The lack of fairness throughout the whole investigation process is highly evident. Fake news seems to give birth to fake investigations.” Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo Gillman added that Ayala’s name will also be stripped from several graduate fellowships, scholar programs and endowed chairs. Ayala gave the school $10 million in 2011, which was to have been disbursed over 10 years. The university would not comment on how much has been disbursed, or how the remaining portion of the gift will be handled. It also declined to comment on details of the sexual harassment allegations, which were not described in Gillman’s statement.Ayala, who was hired at UCI in 1989, released a statement that reads: “I deeply regret that what I have always thought of as the good manners of a European gentleman—to greet women colleagues warmly, with a kiss to both cheeks, to compliment them on their beauty—made colleagues I respect uncomfortable. It was never my intent to do so. Nor do I wish to put them, my family, or this institution through the lengthy process of further investigation, hearings, appeals, and law suits. I have too much respect for them, and too much work still to do. I will continue my research with renewed vigor, and I thank my colleagues around the world for their support.” The eminent evolutionary biologist Francisco Ayala has offered his resignation to the University of California, Irvine (UCI) , effective 1 July, the university announced yesterday. The move comes on the heels of an investigation of alleged sexual harassment by Ayala that began last November and included complaints from four women – two professors, an assistant dean, and one graduate student—in the School of Biological Sciences. The biological sciences building was, until this week, named after its benefactor—Ayala.“Given the number and breadth of the substantiated allegations, along with the power differentials at play, I believe that keeping Professor Ayala’s name in a position of honor would be wrong,” UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman wrote in announcing that Ayala is resigning without emeritus status, will “abstain” from future campus activities, and will have his name removed from both the biological sciences building and UCI’s science library.Gillman said the university had interviewed more than 60 witnesses during its probe of the allegations. “While reporting misconduct is always difficult, the actions of these women were particularly courageous because their reports involved one of the most prominent members of our faculty,” Gillman wrote.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(*) By Meredith WadmanJun. 29, 2018 , 4:40 PM
Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, says Jamaica has made significant progress in reducing the total fertility rate per woman over the last 40 years.She informed that the country has seen a notable decline in the fertility rate among women from a high of 5.7 births per woman in the 1960s, to approximately 2.1 in 2012.The total fertility rate of a population is the average number of children that is expected to be born to a woman over her lifetime.The Minister, who was speaking at a luncheon in honour of the First Lady of Burkina Faso, Her Excellency Chantal Compaoré, at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on June 26, said this reduction has been the result of intense public education campaigns.She pointed out that Jamaica has also made notable strides in reducing teenage pregnancy, which has fallen from a high of 31 per cent in the 1970s to 18 per cent in 2008.“This was done through the commitment of the government and the dedication of all persons involved,” she said.[RELATED: First Lady of Burkina Faso Hails Efforts to Protect Women and Girls]Ms. Falconer said the government is committed to providing equal opportunities for women and in helping young mothers stay focused on their educational and career goals.This commitment, she said, is highlighted in the administration’s recent adoption of the policy on the reintegration of teenage mothers, which now makes it mandatory for schools to accept these girls after pregnancy.The policy will come into effect at the commencement of the new school year in September.Senator Falconer noted that while Jamaica has had a number of successes in the fight against teenage pregnancy, over the years, there is still much work to be done.“We have a responsibility to redouble our efforts to further reduce the rate of adolescent pregnancy. We have come a long way, but if we do not remain vigilant in the fight against teen pregnancy, the gains we have made may be reversed,” she said.Ms. Falconer said an integrated multi-tiered approach that educates boys and girls on the value of abstaining from sexual activities, that encourages safe sexual practices, and which advances education on responsible parenting and family values must be actively pursued.“There is also a need to develop a more caring and supportive society that provides assistance to adolescent mothers and provides opportunities for them to continue their education and keep focused on the path to success,” she added.Meanwhile, Mrs. Compaoré, who is in the country on a six-day working visit tolearn about Jamaica’s experience in preventing adolescent pregnancies and supporting adolescent mothers, said there is much to take away from Jamaica’s experience.She noted that after just two days in Jamaica, she is convinced that she “did not make a mistake in coming here to learn from you and your experiences.”“I can assure you that as soon as we go back to Burkina Faso, we will give a public account of everything that we have learned here in your country,” she said.The First Lady said she will do everything possible to mobilise state partners and members of civil society to undertake concrete action, “similar to what you have undertaken here in Jamaica, to ensure the prevention of unwanted pregnancies and in dealing with young girls who are pregnant.”In Burkina Faso, recent studies show that adolescent girls and young women are the first victims of unwanted pregnancies and illegal/unsafe abortions, along with all the risks and consequences they cause.[Special Page: First Lady from Burkina Faso Her Excellency, Madam Chantal Compaoré]Mrs. Compaoré informed that a survey conducted in 2010 by the Ministry of Education in the West African country, found that teenage pregnancies continue to rise year after year.Additionally, the survey showed that one in every 10 girls is sexually active before the age of 15, while more than half of the women in the country or 53 per cent are sexually active before they are 18 years and almost all women or 95 per cent before the age of 25.In the meantime, Officer-in-Charge, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean, Patrice La Fleur, said the organisation continues to work with the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF), as part of its commitment in supporting the government to reduce teenage pregnancy and the risk of unintended second pregnancies.She noted that in this regard, the UNFPA has provided technical and financial support to the WCFJ to support its work in this area.“We believe that with the right information and means, young people can shape their future,” she said.The six-day working visit, which has been organised by the UNFPA Sub-regional office for the Caribbean, and the UNFPA country office in Burkina Faso, will see the First Lady and her team holding talks with various stakeholders who work in the area of adolescent pregnancy.Other participants on the mission include, Burkina Faso’s Minister of Women Promotion and Gender, Hon. Nestorine Sangare, and Head of Capacity Building in the Ministry of Women Promotion and Gender, Koudraogo Kabore.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker