Mayoral winner promises changes

first_imgAs Democrat Pete Buttigieg celebrated an easy victory in South Bend’s mayoral election Tuesday, he called students to take ownership of the city and work with the local government to solve its problems. Buttigieg was a favorite since the spring primary and defeated Republican Wayne Curry and Libertarian Patrick Farrell. “When I entered this race in January, not many people believed that a young man with a funny name who had never held office before could earn the confidence of a community at a turning point,” Buttigieg said in his victory speech. “But together we have shown that South Bend can transcend old barriers, move beyond old habits and take a chance on a new way forward.” As he addressed the crowd at South Bend’s West Side Democratic Club, Buttigieg said his victory begins “a different kind of campaign.” “Now we have to turn our attention to a new kind of campaign, not a campaign for a candidate, but a campaign for our city, a campaign to make our city stronger and better and safer and cleaner,” he said. Buttigieg said an immediate focus would be economic development. “We are going to gather the leadership of this community to deliver a new economic direction, building on our greatest strengths true to our tradition but looking for new sources of wealth and income and prosperity,” he said. “We must take new risks and create new opportunities. We must, we can, we will, and it all starts tonight.” Notre Dame and its students can play a critical role in the city’s development, Buttigieg told The Observer. “I really need students to get involved,” he said. “In order for our city to move forward, we need to harness the brain power and the energy and the labor of Notre Dame students who should really feel ownership of this city, whether they grew up here or not.” Buttigieg said the University’s recent efforts to engage with the local community are a step in the right direction. “It starts one-on-one,” Buttigieg said. “I’m going to be on campus frequently talking about some of the ways we can work together, and I’m going to be as receptive as I can be to student perspectives and University perspectives. We really need each other to succeed. One of the things I love about my timing is that the University has this newfound interest in engaging with the city, and I can’t wait to take them up on that.” While the College Republicans Club said it did not contribute to Curry’s campaign, many Notre Dame students worked with Buttigieg leading up to his election.   Senior Matt LaFortune worked on Buttigieg’s staff as the field director for his campaign. He worked with Congressman Joe Donnelly’s campaign efforts last year and joined the Buttigieg campaign in August. “I helped organize the volunteer activities because we had a lot of volunteers interested in helping with Pete’s campaign,” LaFortune said. LaFortune, a South Bend native, said his responsibilities included organizing volunteers as they placed calls and canvased throughout the city. “The best part was being able to get to know a guy like Pete,” LaFortune said. “He is really going to bring a lot of change to South Bend … Being an ND student and also being from South Bend, I wanted to see a fresh start for this city, and I think Pete is going to do that.” A group of students from College Democrats were also active in the campaign efforts. Club members helped with phone calls and door-to-door campaign visits. College Democrats president Mike O’Brien said Buttigieg visited club meetings on several occasions, including one of the club’s first meetings of the year, to talk about the November election. “Being the mayor is a tough job, but his demeanor is one that, as it showed tonight, attracted a lot of people,” O’Brien said. “He has a lot of energy.” O’Brien said Buttigieg’s character throughout the campaign was an example for his own goals in politics. “Sometimes people talk about connections or money being the key to getting into politics,” O’Brien said. “Pete shows that being really passionate and having a lot of energy is actually what matters … if you are passionate and willing to make a difference, that shows through in your demeanor.” Sophomore Maria Wilson, a College Democrats member, said she helped with canvasing efforts for the Buttigieg campaign. “I think it is important to foster a great relationship with the community, and I think Pete will be a great mayor,” Wilson said. Even though Wilson is a not a native of South Bend, she said local politics should still matter to students on campus. “I don’t think you can look at national politics or international politics if you don’t look at local politics too,” she said. “The local government affects us in our day-to-day lives.”last_img read more

Big CHAN Battle: Imama pleads for support, patience from Nigerians

first_imgRelatedPosts Abia Warriors appoint new head coach COVID-19: Three new cases in Ogun are Togo returnees – Commissioner Yobo doesn’t need coaching experience to be on Eagles bench — Bosso Head Coach of Super Eagles B, Imama Amapakabo, has called on football loving Nigerians to turn out en masse and support the Eagles massively as they battle the Sparrow Hawks of Togo at the Agege Stadium in Lagos on Saturday.The CHAN 2020 second leg qualifying match is a game Nigeria must win by at least 3-0 to scale through to the finals billed for Cameroon next year summer, and the former goalkeeper says what the team needs to achieve the ultimate goal is total backing from Nigerians.Amapakabo said: “We have done what we need to do for the work at hand.“We have learnt a lot going into this encounter and we are very optimistic everything will turn out well.“What we cannot provide for ourselves is support.“And that is why we are asking for full support and understanding all through the game.“The players need every show of love for optimal output on the pitch.”The Eagles had their last intensive training at the venue of the match on Friday morning as the rains showered across Lagos.The session lasted from 8am through 10am.Nigeria lost by 4-1 to Togo in the first game played last month in Lome despite scoring first and taking good control of the match for a major part of the 90 minutes.Since the first game, eight new players who were not in Lome have joined the team and this has given the team better colouring and a lot more positive charge.The aggregate winner of the two-legged fixture will qualify for the African Nations Championship to be hosted by Cameroon next year.Nigeria is hoping to qualify and finish better than their silver medal outing in Morocco last year, while the Togolese are looking for a first berth at the continental competition designed solely for professionals featuring in their domestic leagues.Tags: chanImama AmapakaboSuper Eagles BTogolast_img read more

Tracing the origins of humankind

first_imgA group of Bushmen cross a salt pan inNamibia. The Bushmen are part of theKhoisan people, whose DNA links directlyto ancestors living 100,000 years ago.(Image: Chris Johns, National Geographic) DNA in mitochondria, the power producersof the cell, is providing clues to humanmigratory patterns.(Image: National Geographic)Janine ErasmusResearch carried out by the National Geographic Genographic project has revealed that the DNA of a small population of people living in the Karoo region of South Africa can be traced directly back to human ancestors of 100 000 years ago.The Karretjie people of South Africa’s Great Karoo region are so named because they are nomadic and carry all their worldly possessions with them in “karretjies” or donkey carts. They rely largely on seasonal sheep-shearing to earn a living.Yet in spite of their humble circumstances and the fact that they are one of the most marginalised of peoples in South Africa, this particular group of people is of immense scientific interest because they are related to the Khoisan and, uniquely, the DNA that they carry in every cell in their bodies can be traced back for more than 100 000 years.This gives researchers a more accurate glimpse of the movements of the human population at that time, and the ability to track the way that branches of that population split off and moved out into other areas.The Karretjie people are descended from both the Khoekhoen, the aboriginal herders of the Cape, and the San or Bushmen, who were hunters instead of herders. These are the First People, or earliest inhabitants of the region, and scientists have not yet established where they came from before they settled in Southern Africa.South Africa helping to map the movements of humankindThe National Geographic Genographic project was set up to map human migratory patterns going back many thousands of years. The project was launched in April 2005 in partnership with IBM and the Waitt Family Foundation, an organisation that provides funding for projects related to human ancestry. It will run over five years.Using the techniques of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome DNA analysis, scientists can reconstruct the hereditary lineage of individuals and their families. This is leading to a better understanding of humankind’s migratory history and how the human race spread out from its suggested origins in Africa, embarking on a journey 60 000 years ago to eventually cover the world.The public at large is encouraged to voluntarily contribute samples of their DNA for analysis and inclusion in the database, which will provide valuable information about specific genetic markers of descent. These are variations or natural mutations in DNA that are passed down in families and can be used to track migration and ancestry.Dr Spencer Wells, the director of the project, and a global team of scientists from ten prominent international institutions are in charge of studies in the field in their regions. The ten centres are located in Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Lebanon, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and the US.Professor Himladevi Soodyall, director of the South African Medical Research Council’s (MRC) Human Genomic Diversity and Disease Research unit, is at the helm of the African section of the Genographic Project. Soodyall received a South African national order in 2005 for her outstanding work in the science of human origins. As a respected academic in the field she was invited to participate in the Genographic Project as the principal investigator for sub-Saharan Africa.Soodyall hopes to address several anthropological and genetic puzzles while working on the project, among them the question of how Indian Ocean trade activity influenced the gene pool in Africa, and the extent to which females have contributed towards shaping the gene pool, using mtDNA.Research at a local levelThe function of the Human Genomic Diversity and Disease Research unit is to integrate regional population history with the process of mapping and modelling human genetic variation.In collaboration with Professor Mike de Jongh of the University of South Africa’s Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, the unit is studying the Karretjie people of Colesberg.“There is still overwhelming evidence from genetic data to support the theory that modern humans evolved in Africa,” said Soodyall. “Our own research has shown that some of the oldest mtDNA lineages and Y-chromosomes haplotypes found in living humans are found in Khoisan populations. Thus, there is stronger evidence from genetic data to claim that the origins of our species lies here in Southern Africa, and not East Africa, as is usually claimed.”Tracing our ancestryThe MRC has found that in recent years genetic ancestry testing using the mtDNA and Y-chromosome techniques has grabbed the interest of South Africans and, says the council, more than 70% of people who call the Human Genomic Diversity and Disease Research unit for information decide to follow their call up with a test.Since February 2006 the unit has been offering ancestry tests to the public and, it says, several hundred people have already been tested. Interested parties can go to branches of the National Health Laboratory Service. The process starts with a 30-minute consultation with the subject; during which the whole procedure is explained.The subject, if still willing, signs a consent form, after which a cheek swab or blood sample is drawn and submitted for testing and comparison with data already held in databases. The process takes no longer than an hour and the subject receives a full explanation of their results. Since 2004, says the unit, over 600 people have been tested.Mitochondrial DNA a powerful tool for identificationMost of the genetic material in a living organism is found in the nucleus. The nucleus contains the chromosomes, which are made up of proteins and DNA. However, mitochondria, the structures in the cell that are responsible for generating power for the body through the burning of energy-rich molecules found in food, also contain a small amount of their own DNA. This is known as mitochondrial DNA or mtDNA and is thought to have a different evolutionary origin to that of nuclear DNA.First sequenced in 1981, the human mitochondrial genome is a small ring of DNA that contains 37 genes. At a very distant stage of human evolution mitochondria were once independent living cells, almost like bacteria, but over millions of years they invaded primitive amoeboid cells and gradually became dependent on their hosts, losing the ability to exist independently.Mitochondrial DNA is passed down from mother to daughter without recombining. Sons receive mtDNA but don’t pass it on. Diseases caused as a result of mtDNA mutation are also passed down exclusively through the maternal line.Nuclear DNA is inherited from both parents and is a wholly individual characteristic because genes are rearranged through the process of genetic recombination, which takes place during cell division, resulting in the formation of sperm and egg cells.No such change occurs when mtDNA is passed from parent to child. This feature allows mtDNA to be used as a tool to track ancestry through the female line, going back hundreds of generations. It can also be used in forensics to identify human remains or to exclude matches between missing persons and unidentified remains. Because mtDNA remains the same across a span of many maternal generations it is better suited for the identification of older remains.The mtDNA technique was used to identify the woman known as Mitochondrial Eve, the most recent common ancestor through the mitochondrial pathway that connects mother to daughter. She lived about 140 000 years ago in East Africa and while she was not the only woman living at the time, she is the woman whose mitochondrial DNA is found today in every human alive.Y-chromosomal Adam is her male counterpart, a man who lived about 60 000 years ago in Africa. Traces of his DNA are today found in the Y-chromosomes of all living men.Useful linksNational Geographic Genographic ProjectMRC Human Genome projectWaitt Family FoundationNational Health Laboratory Serviceslast_img read more

Degree to grow local govt capacity

first_img30 July 2013Local government is critical to South Africa’s industrialisation, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at the launch of a Bachelor of Economics (Local Economic Development) degree at the University of the Western Cape on Monday.“South Africa needs municipalities that are effective, and developments need to start there,” Davies said in a statement.He said the programme, sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), would help municipalities to stimulate area-based economic development by identifying economic gaps and working with small businesses to close those gaps.“Ultimately this intervention will assist the DTI to achieve its strategic objective of industrial development, competitiveness and employment creation in all corners of the country, ensuring that key economic policies like the IPAP [Industrial Policy Action Plan] are understood and driven at a local level.”Four-year degree programmeThe four-year degree programme is offered by the University of the Western Cape in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg through their B. Econ (Local Economic Development) degree.The programme commenced in 2012 with 26 registered students, of whom 23 have progressed to their second year, with 30 new students currently doing their first year.“Bursaries will be available for the students enrolling for the degree in 2013,” Sipho Zikode, deputy director-general in the DTI’s broadening participation division, said in a statement on Monday.Zikode added that the DTI was currently negotiating with municipalities to take students for in-service training to complete their qualifications.University of the Western Cape vice-chancellor Brian O’Connel said the university was honoured to partner with the government on the initiative, adding that the only way South Africa could address the inherited challenges of apartheid was by developing the appropriate competencies.Capacity building programmeThe degree programme forms part of a comprehensive capacity building programme designed to build economic and industrial development capacity at local government level.It includes a short learning programme, as well as mentorship and research components targeting people already working in municipalities who are unable to attend the full-time degree course.All universities who are members of the consortium have received appropriate training so that they can offer the programme to municipalities and all other interested individuals in their localities.The short learning programme will be offered to municipalities by the University of the Western Cape, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Limpopo, Tshwane University of Technology, Walter Sisulu University, University of Fort Hare and Cape Peninsula University of Technology.The capacity building programme was developed by the DTI in partnership with the South African Local Government Association, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, and the Industrial Development Corporation.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Jevon Rockwell, Sept. 26

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We had almost a half-inch of rain this morning and it is raining right now. When you get a dry summer it always seems like fall evens it out.Quite a few of our neighbors have been cutting beans and we cut beans last Thursday. We cut about 80 acres and they were in the mid-40s. They were nothing spectacular. They were a 2.9-maturity but they were on pretty droughty ground and the late rains didn’t help them much at all. I think that is on the lower end of what we were expecting and I think that will be among our lower yields.I hand sampled some corn yesterday and I had one sample at 30% and another at 22% in the same field but a different variety. That field was planted the end of April and it was 108-day corn. The stalk quality is really poor and if it gets much drier we will switch to corn. A lot of the stalks are starting to break over and we are seeing some ears dropping from the drought stress.Out of a dozen ears I pulled yesterday there were two that were moldy. The top parts of the stalks were still green and an all day rain like we may get today and these warm temperatures do not help.The temperatures have pushed things along, especially on the soybeans. Once it dries up again we will have 300 to 400 acres of beans we’ll be ready to cut. We have had some big winds come through that have flattened little spots in our fields here and there.  Our biggest concern is the stalk quality but we don’t want to spend a fortune drying corn either.last_img read more

Farm Bureau records active membership gain

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Thanks to the efforts of Ohio Farm Bureau volunteers and staff, the organization had an increase in its “active” membership for fiscal year 2017. OFBF had an increase of 2,146 active members, bringing the total to 63,605. Active members are farmers or other Ohioans whose jobs or livelihoods are directly impacted by the agricultural industry. As active members, they are eligible to vote on Farm Bureau policies and hold elective office in the organization.“Our campaign theme ‘Together with Farmers’ helped our volunteers, organization directors and state staff deliver a compelling message about the mission of our organization,” said Paul Lyons, senior director of membership. “I am very proud of their efforts to communicate this message and their commitment to grow our organization. That commitment shows in our results.”A record 15 Farm Bureau members earned the Murray Lincoln award — named after OFBF’s first executive secretary — for signing 50 or more new members. That’s nearly double the number from last year. Some were able to reach Murray Lincoln status by getting businesses to sign up for a group membership, Lyons said. Murray Lincoln winners have their choice between attending American Farm Bureau’s Annual Convention in Nashville in January or receiving a $500 Visa card. Those named Murray Lincoln winners are Sparky Weilnau, Erie County (180); Bruce Patterson, Portage County (84); Susan Shoup, Wayne County (63); Ervin Raber, Holmes County (62); Brian Nusbaum, Defiance County (58); Chris Weaver, Williams County (55); Marilyn Morrison, Darke County (53); Dean Shoup, Wayne County (52); John Fitzpatrick, Wayne County (52); Michael Ralph, Marion County (52); Daniel Stevenson, Defiance County (52); Barbara Biery, Mahoning County (51); Hal Brehm, Fulton County (51); Paul Morrison, Darke County (50); and Levi Richards, Wood County (50).Also invited to attend AFBF’s convention are 63 county Farm Bureau membership coordinators whose counties had at least a four percent increase in active memberships than the previous year. In addition, 59 members earned the Ambassador Club award for signing a minimum of 10 new members.OFBF staff and volunteers are already starting on the 2018 membership campaign, which kicked off April 1.Ohio Farm Bureau has several membership categories because the organization doesn’t just represent farmers and the agricultural industry. OFBF advocates on a wide range of issues that are important to most Ohioans, including private property rights, safe food and good government policies. OFBF’s nonactive categories are community members (for those interested in local foods, landowner rights and issues and protecting agriculture) and Our Ohio Supporters who are not members but still support the work of Ohio Farm Bureau.“Farm Bureau helps everybody from the landowner who has a question about the state’s trespassing law to the backyard gardener selling to the local farmers market to a food packing plant,” Lyons said, noting that OFBF has an extensive benefits program. Some of the more popular benefits include members savings on some Nationwide Insurance products, cost savings at thousands of retailers and restaurants across Ohio and the United States through Member Savings Advantage, and discounts on hotels and tourist activities.last_img read more

Basketball: India drub Bangladesh, enter final

first_imgIndia stamped their superiority yet again at the Middle Asia Qualifying tournament for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship as they slammed Bangladesh 120-26 to enter the final here on Thursday.India’s Jagdeep Singh scores on ThursdayNew coach Kenny Natt had reasons to be satisfied. Not only are his boys just a step away from qualifying for the September event in Hubei, China, but also youngsters like Amrit Pal Singh, Amjyot Singh shone bright in the match at the Thyagraj Stadium.Amrit Pal finished as the joint top-scorer along with Vishesh Bhriguvanshi scoring 18 points each. India’s defence was rock solid as they hardly let the Bangladeshi forwards make their chances count.In the title match India will face Sri Lanka, who the hosts defeated earlier, on Friday. Sri Lanka defeated Nepal 65-44 in the other semi-final.The hosts dominated right from the word go with Trideep Rai opening the account. Bangladesh had no answer for the fast counter attacks as India surged ahead by 27-8 at the end of the first quarter.Sambhaji Kadam was the fulcrum of India’s attacks. Though, he scored only two points, he ended up with 12 assists. His passes were duly converted by Bhriguvanshi and Amrit Pal.Bhriguvanshi’s scoring accuracy was at its peak as he converted four of the seven attempted three- pointers.Another senior, Jagdeep Singh entertained the spectators with his dunks and finished with 14 points.If the first quarter was any indication of what was to follow, in the second India cemented their position taking a 63-17 lead.advertisementEven young Satnam Singh, who is grabbing attention with his height, played a clean game and scored three baskets from five attempts. The 15-year-old used his reach well as he had four defensive rebounds.The third quarter continued with the same flow with India giving little space as they went up 86-25. The visitor’s Md. Mahmudul Hasan Shawan was able to break past India’s defence on a number of occasions but his teammates failed to support him.In the last quarter, India’s defence was at its best with Bangladesh being able to score just one point as India finished the match 120-26.After the match, Natt said he was satisfied with the way his young players came up. “The youngsters have performed to my expectation and they are being helped by the veteran players,” he said.”Here, the competition is less so as the level of challenge rises we will be able to ascertain how far we have progressed.” Yadwinder, a senior player, echoed Natt’s view. “We are taking this competition as practice as India is the strongest team in this region. We need to improve our game if we are to do well in the main event,” he said.Natt said he was going to employ the defensive techniques more. “From here on we would concentrate more on the defence. If we are able to consolidate that part the offensive moves will bear results automatically,” he said.last_img read more

Yuvraj Singh’s surprise comeback to T20 squad

first_imgFlamboyant left-hander Yuvraj Singh, who has recovered from cancer, made a surprise comeback on Wednesday to India’s 30-member preliminary squad for the Twenty20 World Cup beginning in Sri Lanka September 18.The Man of the Series of the ODI World Cup in India was diagnosed with a rare germ cell cancer and underwent chemotherapy treatment at the Cancer Research Institute in Boston.Since then Yuvraj has made giant strides towards regaining full fitness by training at Bangalore’s National Cricket Academy.”I think a guy who has won the World Cup for us deserves to come back,” chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth had stated.Out of favour off-spinner Harbhajan Singh too makes a comeback to the side. Another surprise pick was medium-pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji, who last played an international match in 2009 against Sri Lanka.Balaji, who has not played any T20 for the national squad, was rewarded for his consistent performance for the Kolkata Knight Riders in fifth edition of the Indian Premier League.Mandeep Singh, former captain of the India under-19 team too received a call-up for his good showing for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Naman Ojha and Ambati Rayudu too have been included owing to their good performance this season in the IPL. Regulars like Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli are all in the squad.Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, R. Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Rahul Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Robin Uthappa, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Mandeep Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, Naman Ojha, Dinesh Karthik, Praveen Kumar, Lakshmipathy Balajiadvertisementlast_img read more