Deputy Minister of Sports Henry Yonton, Jr Wednesday spoke against the dishonesty of the Amputee National Team members in their dealing with the ministry in its trip to the United States.Minister Yonton said the ministry was tricked to believe that the invitation sent to the amputee team from the United States was for a scheduled football tournament, involving four nations and when the tournament was cancelled the team hid the information from the ministry.How was that possible? Unlike the institution like the Liberia Football Association, the amputee program does not have rules forbidding government’s involvement. How was it that the Department of Youths did not follow up with the US Amputee Federation when the first invitation was extended to Liberia?How much does Deputy Minister Yonton’s department know about Mr. Duannah Siryon of Minnesota, who is the international coordinator of the amputee team? Research on the World Amputee Federation website indicated that it was true the tournament was scheduled and was later cancelled due to the Ebola outbreak.At the time all trips that were pending for Liberians outside the country were halted and that included the amputee tournament. It is also interesting to know that at the same time when the team was scheduled to play in the tournament in the USA, the Amputee World Cup was being held in Mexico.Russia and other countries insisted that Liberia should not be invited because of the Ebola outbreak and this report was published in the Daily Observer newspaper. While blaming the amputees is one thing to solve the problem, it is clear that the problem was the ministry’s failure to have done due investigation on what was obtaining for the amputee team.It is evidently true that it was such lack of surveillance that disgraced Liberia in the last Olympic Games in London when a wrong athlete was selected and approved by the Liberia National Olympic Committee for the Games.It was also the same inadequate supervision by the Ministry of Youth & Sports that it has failed to question the Liberia Football Association the reason the U-20 female soccer team was humiliated 14-1 against Nigeria in both home and away; and it was the same lack of supervision that the Liberia Basketball Association is finally deciding its leadership crisis at the Supreme Court. Why is the Ministry of Youth & Sports so toothless?To go on further, it is the same lack of supervision that the Liberia Boxing Association has the audacity to train five young athletes in filth and broken equipment for the 2018 Olympic Games and it is the same poor supervision that Lone Star is scheduled to play against Tunisia but without any international friendly soccer match to test the team’s preparedness. It is the same… (I can go on but you get the idea, I hope.)The Ministry of Youth & Sports must take ownership of the development of Liberian youths and must as a result insist that those federations and associations charged to develop individual sports MUST DO IT WITH EFFICIENCY and in the ministry’s way.The Ministry of Youth & Sports must put its house in order otherwise its lackadaisical attitude towards sports could lead the country to lose more than U$79,000 that the amputee national team has caused the nation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
THE Los Angeles Unified School District is like what Voltaire remarked of the Holy Roman Empire – neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire. L.A. Unified is unified only in its recalcitrance and immaturity. Should we have higher expectations of the Board of Education of the LAUSD than for the average junior high student? In a word, probably. However, we should learn to live with disappointment. From the start of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s efforts to bring order out of the chaos of the LAUSD, the board has acted in an offensively defensive manner, nixing any efforts at cooperation or consensus. Meanwhile, members have been threatening to use our money to take the mayor and the state Senate, Assembly and governor to court. Is this about the education of our children or is it about power? Both the board members’ method of picking a new superintendent and their pick answer this question. This decision is about power – their power – and the kids be damned. The timing of Romer’s retirement and the picking of a new superintendent before the mayor could assert his veto authority were clearly intentional. The board was determined to make its pick without consultation or cooperation with Villaraigosa. This was a conscious effort to stick it to what is, in their view, the meddlesome mayor. To the board, Villaraigosa is a problem to be vanquished, and not a partner in getting the best education for our kids. In case anyone doubts that among the reasons for picking a military man was to stick it to Villaraigosa, board member Mike Lansing remarked with unbecoming glee that they had found someone who “could go toe to toe with the mayor.” Very mature and professional, Mike – a promising start that promises nothing but trouble for our kids, power remaining with the board and bureaucracy, and the mayor frustrated at every turn. Spokesmen for the board claim that the conflict with the mayor played no role in its timing. Is there anyone who believes this? And if the board is, uh, let’s say, “dissembling” (it’s so much nicer than “lying” and more accurate than “misspoke”), given the legal doctrine of “false in one, false in all,” should we believe any of their claims? Retired Navy Vice Adm. David Brewer III is clearly a good man with a distinguished military background. He is, however, free from being prejudiced by any information, tradition, experience or context. By picking someone not from the “educational establishment,” the board can claim that it is seeking fresh eyes and a new way of working with our immense district. This is nonsense. Board members seem to have looked for someone with no experience in education and no experience working with unions – from teachers to builders to service workers. Board members were looking for – and have found – someone who will not be able to get up to speed for a couple of years. He will not know how things actually work – when they do work. Nor will he know why things don’t work. In that time, as Brewer is learning, the board and the bureaucracy will retain their perks and their power. And perhaps their most important power will be to manage Brewer’s learning. The ability to interpret the information is where real power lies. As Brewer is learning what the board wants him to know, our kids will be stuck under the same regime that has so clearly failed them. In going for a military man, instead of the model of former Colorado Gov. Romer, the board moves away from politics, which is the “art of compromise,” and toward one of top-down authority. The military model has worked so smoothly with postal workers, I’m sure we can all eagerly look forward to how well this will play with the teachers. Personally, I don’t know if giving power to the mayor is a good idea. It may be a bad idea in general, but with this particular mayor’s experience, passion and charisma, it could work out – if given a chance. But a chance is something that the board has no interest in giving, and power is something it has no desire to share. Sharing is one of those social skills that schools are supposed to teach. One might think that it would not be expecting too much for the board to model the desired behavior. This may be a trifle obvious, but many in the business of education seem to have missed it: The business of education is educating our children. It is not about power or blame. It is about being grown-ups and putting the kids first. The L.A. school board’s process and priorities in making this ill-timed pick reveal for all to see that power, not education, is at the top of its agenda. What a waste of a good man in Brewer. What a missed opportunity for cooperation. What a shame for our children. Jonathan Dobrer is a professor of comparative religion at the University of Judaism in Bel-Air. Write to him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Adrian Durham has torn into ‘arrogant’ Pep Guardiola following Manchester City’s stunning Champions League defeat to Tottenham.The Drivetime host says the Spaniard is ‘the architect of his own downfall’ and believes his dreadful game management is the reason why City have not made any progress in Europe since he took charge. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Pep Guardiola is one of football’s most successful managers, but has been labelled a fraud by some fans in recent years Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions And now talkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham says the celebrated Spaniard has a ‘huge flaw’ in his ethos as a manager.“I think Pep Guardiola is the architect if his own downfall,” he said.“In the first leg against Spurs, he started Riyad Mahrez, left out Kevin de Bruyne and had Fabian Delph at left-back because he still hasn’t solved that left-back problem in all the time he’s been there.“He brought De Bruyne and Leroy Sane on after 89 minutes – it’s as if he doesn’t know the away goals rule exists! It would surely be better to lose 2-1 than 1-0.“In the second leg, Sane comes on in 84 minutes – why not before then? 3 no dice ADVICE Guardiola’s side were dumped out of the Champions League by Premier League rivals Tottenahm on Wednesday on away goals, after an outrageous second leg at the Etihad Stadium.It’s the third straight season they have failed to progress past the quarter-final stage – crashing out to Monaco and Liverpool in his first two seasons.The defeat to Spurs had led the reemergence of ‘Fraudiola’ jibes from rival fans, over his failure to produce in Europe since his spell in charge of Barcelona, despite millions at his disposal at Bayern Munich and Man City. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move “There’s an arrogance about it. He’s basically saying, ‘We’re going to Spurs but we don’t need De Bruyne’. Really? Why are you underestimating Spurs?“His transfer policy – left-back has been a problem for years and they need a centre-half, so why did they splash £60m on Mahrez?“He didn’t even come on [against Spurs]! A £60m summer signing, should he be coming on to save you in the Champions League?“They didn’t actually need him, other areas of the pitch needed addressing – another defensive midfielder, another centre-half and another left-back!” Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED shining 3 REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED Despite the million spend, Manchester City are nowhere closer to a coveted European crown huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF “We’ll go back a couple of seasons to the Monaco away game – two down in half an hour. Liverpool away last year – three down in half an hour.“Against Spurs they conceded two at home inside ten minutes and then couldn’t defend a corner for the crucial third goal, the handball goal from Fernando Llorente.“So, look at those facts – Pep Guardiola’s game management is non-existent in the Champions League, in a two-legged affair he’s had zero skills with game management since he’s arrived at Manchester City.“This is a huge flaw in what he’s doing. For me, Pep is defensively flawed in his selection and tactics.“His selection is an issue: Vincent Kompany, no John Stones, De Bruyne left out for no reason and not brought on… 3 Guardiola has won the Champions League twice with Barcelona, but has failed to make a final since he left the Spanish club Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card “He’s the architect of his own downfall.”“Monaco away, two down in 30 mins. #LFC away, three down in 30 mins. Spurs at home, conceded 2 in 10 mins.”“Guardiola’s game management is non-existent in the #UCL over two legs.”@talkSPORTDrive on #ManCity 🔥 pic.twitter.com/KlkKAtTMnB— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 19, 2019
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (July 7) – Indiana State Excise Police cited 50 people on 51 charges at Thursday’s Warped Tour concert at Klipsch Music Center. The following is a list of charges from the concert: 28 – Juvenile Possession of Tobacco12-Drug-Related Offenses10-Illegal Possession or Consumption of Alcohol1-Possession of False IDAs the enforcement division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, the primary mission of the Indiana State Excise Police is to promote public safety by enforcing Indiana’s Alcoholic Beverage Code. While excise officers have the authority to enforce any state law, they focus primarily on alcohol, tobacco and related laws.
Huge crowds flocked to Milford at the weekend for the first North-West Tractor Fest.Tractor enthusiasts came from all over in the Sunday sunshine for the big display of machinery.Tractor owners came from near and far with their polished-up prized assets and the public turnout showed just how big a success the day was. The proceeds from the event will go towards the Paul Holian Recovery Fund.Clive Wasson was there to capture the event.Organisers, Robert Browne Anna Marie Brogan, Catriona Browne, and Gerard Hegarty at the NW Tractor Fest at Milford Mart last weekend with all proceeds from the weekend will go towards The Paul Holian Recovery Fund presenting Dillion Gibbons Holian and Barney Gibbons with the prizes for the first tractor at the show. Photo- Clive WassonCahir O’Donnell, Wade McCrabbe and Clive Doherty at the Cowan Tractor Stand at the NW Tractor Fest at Milford Mart last weekend with all proceeds from the weekend will go towards The Paul Holian Recovery Fund. Photo- Clive WassonLinda Orr and Calvin Wylie at the NW Tractor Fest at Milford Mart last weekend with all proceeds from the weekend will go towards The Paul Holian Recovery Fund. Photo- Clive WassonOrganisers, Robert Browne Anna Marie Brogan, Catriona Browne, and Gerard Hegarty at the NW Tractor Fest at Milford Mart last weekend with all proceeds from the weekend will go towards The Paul Holian Recovery Fund. Photo- Clive WassonMichael Lagan and Dillion Boal at the NW Tractor Fest at Milford Mart last weekend with all proceeds from the weekend will go towards The Paul Holian Recovery Fund. Photo- Clive WassonOrganisers, Robert Browne and Anna Marie Brogan at the NW Tractor Fest at Milford Mart last weekend with all proceeds from the weekend will go towards The Paul Holian Recovery Fund. Photo- Clive WassonCraig Ingram, Alan Devenney and Damien Holian at the NW Tractor Fest at Milford Mart last weekend with all proceeds from the weekend will go towards The Paul Holian Recovery Fund. Photo- Clive WassonTroy Steele and Bethany Vanceat the NW Tractor Fest at Milford Mart last weekend with all proceeds from the weekend will go towards The Paul Holian Recovery Fund. Photo- Clive WassonOrganisers, Robert Browne Anna Marie Brogan, Catriona Browne, and Gerard Hegarty at the NW Tractor Fest at Milford Mart last weekend with all proceeds from the weekend will go towards The Paul Holian Recovery Fund. Photo- Clive WassonSteven Gibson, Gerry Heaney and Matthew Gibson at the NW Tractor Fest at Milford Mart last weekend. Photo- Clive WassonLorcan Grier, Michael McAteer, Jennifer McGrory, Seamus O’Toole and Safron Toye at the NW Tractor Fest at Milford Mart last weekend with all proceeds from the weekend will go towards The Paul Holian Recovery Fund. Photo- Clive WassonPaurick Tinney Katelyn McGinley, Tamara McFadden, Nakita Cullure and Ryan Peoplesat the NW Tractor Fest at Milford Mart last weekend with all proceeds from the weekend will go towards The Paul Holian Recovery Fund. Photo- Clive WassonPatrick Friel, Martin Diver and Eugene Diver at the NW Tractor Fest at Milford Mart last weekend. Photo- Clive WassonAidan Ciarns enjoying a resotred massey at the NW Tractor Fest at Milford Mart last weekend. Photo- Clive WassonA perfect Sunday sunshine, ice cream and tractors at the NW Tractor Fest at Milford Mart last weekend. Photo- Clive WassonJoshn McCrabb and TJ Wylie at the NW Tractor Fest at Milford Mart last weekend. Photo- Clive WassonFiona mcClafferty and Leah Duggan at the NW Tractor Fest at Milford Mart last weekend. Photo- Clive WassonA busy Sunday afternoon at the NW Tractor Fest at Milford Mart last weekend. Photo- Clive WassonAdam Speer got his own tractor and Slurry spreader at the NW Tractor Fest at Milford Mart last weekend. Photo- Clive WassonThomas Balintine, Brian Ramsey and Joe Robinson at the NW Tractor Fest at Milford Mart last weekend. Photo- Clive WassonTrevor Loughery singing at the NW Tractor Fest at Milford Mart last weekend. Photo- Clive WassonThe crowd enjoying teh sunshine at the NW Tractor Fest at Milford Mart last weekend. Photo- Clive WassonPicture special: Huge crowds at first ever North-West Tractor Fest was last modified: April 4th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
At Brand South Africa’s inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum at Gallagher Estate on 5 November, leaders in business and government – including South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Goldman Sachs MD Colin Coleman, Brand South Africa board chair Chichi Maponya and CEO Miller Matola, and Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane – addressed delegates on a range of issues influencing country competitiveness. Watch video excerpts of their speeches.Colin Coleman, MD at Goldman SachsDelegates from the manufacturing and related services sector said the country should market its pockets of excellence, especially to the rest of Africa. Goldman Sachs’ Colin Coleman speaks of Africa’s potential for growth and development.Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe“As a first of its kind in South Africa, this forum will give leaders from all spheres a platform for debating our country’s competitiveness, as well as arriving at a common understanding of how to improve the competitiveness of our economy,” Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe told delegates at the inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum.Chichi Maponya, Brand South Africa chairpersonBrand South Africa chairperson Chichi Maponya said the timing of the first South African Competitiveness Forum was ideal, as South Africa would celebrate 20 years of democracy in 2014. Active citizenship on all levels, she said, was the key to unlocking a brighter future.Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa“As the official marketing agency for South Africa, tasked with building the reputation of the country – the nation brand – and contributing to national competitiveness, we consider this forum as part of our ongoing work to create new platforms and find innovative new ways to bring the country’s position to life,” said Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola.Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane“Brand South Africa has been charged with the responsibility to bring South Africans together, to display what South Africa is all about – to tell the world who we are,” said Collins Chabane, Minister in the Presidency. “We have made great strides in all fields of our work as a nation.”MEDIA CONTACT Dr Petrus de KockResearch manager, Brand South Africa+27 11 712 5000
We live in an age where technology is shaping the way people live and work. From automation and artificial intelligence to team collaboration, leadership and social media, digitalization is creating unique expectations from employees and unprecedented challenges for HR.Leaders must evolve at the speed of technology and be able to understand the endless transformation of employee and customer needs as well as the important roles digitalization and socialization play in redefining expectations.To thrive, HR leaders must lead collaboration among the strategic areas driving organizational success to develop holistic approaches that will optimize human and digital collaboration to transform people’s lives inside and outside of work.I’d like to invite you to attend an event like no other, one exclusively designed for today’s HR leaders, the HR People + Strategy Annual Conference: Building Extraordinary Organizations—Human + Digital Collaboration. The 2018 Annual Conference, led by some of the best minds in business, will explore the vital role of HR in leading the convergence of people and technology to build extraordinary organizations and the key elements shaping employees’ work expectations.The speaker lineup is impressive with thought leaders from Airbnb, GE, Unilever, Thrive Global and more. Keynotes include:Mark Levy, Chief Employee Experience Officer, AirbnbJosh Bersin, Principal, Bersin By Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLPMike Bergelson, CEO, EverwiseLeena Nair, Chief HR Officer, UnileverBeth Simonetti, Executive Vice President and CHRO, Tech Data CorporationIn an intimate and dynamic setting at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, April 22-25, 2018, join a group of influential forward-thinking leaders like yourself in a progressive discussion around the critical correlation between human and digital collaboration. At the conference, you and your peers will benefit from a unique experience designed to inspire extraordinary interaction and lasting collaborative relationships.The conference is just two weeks away so don’t delay in registering for this premier thought-provoking opportunity. To learn more or to register, visit www.hrps.org/annual. Use source code ACHRPSSL17 to receive a $300 hotel gift card—offered limited to first twenty registrants.Who should attend?This program is intended for senior HR leaders with 15+ years of HR experience who are responsible for planning the strategic direction of their organizations. By bringing together the best and the brightest, the program provides HR leaders with a powerful and practical learning experience.About HR People + StrategyHR People + Strategy is the premier network of executives and thought leaders in the field of human resources. As SHRM’s Executive Network, HR People + Strategy provides members access to forward-thinking exchanges, research and publications and executive-level networking opportunities.With your participation, this conference will define next generation of extraordinary organizations. We look forward to seeing you.
The world’s second largest stock photo firm, Corbis, will soon begin giving away free some of its high quality stock photographs to bloggers via a partnership with newly launched site PicApp. PicApp is a new startup that aims to give bloggers and small media producers legal access to previously unaffordable stock photographs for free, in exchange for displaying advertising.The PicApp system, which is still in closed beta, works by embedding overlay or popup advertising in images that bloggers can then run on their sites free of charge. Further, bloggers can reportedly earn a slice of the revenue on those photos based on how many people click on the ads in the images. Corbis is the first major content partner revealed to be working with PicApp — the company promises that more are coming soon.According to PicApp, “most of the visual content found online is some kind of a misuse or an infringement of copyright,” which leads to a massive loss of revenue for content creators. Small media publishers, though, need access to high end visual content, but most of it is well out of their price range (royalty free images at Corbis often run $50-100 for the lowest quality version of a single image). PicApp aims to make these images accessible to bloggers by subsidizing their cost with advertising. At right you can see a sample of a PicApp image that I yanked from their blog (roll your mouse of the bottom of the image to see where, presumably, an advertisement might appear).“We work with a partner so that those pictures are tracked, and if they’re being used illegally, we can figure that out,” said Corbis CEO Gary Shenk at the Reuters Media Summit on Tuesday, reports Reuters. “But as long as they are downloaded through this application, you’re legit and you’re ready to go.”Corbis has been making a major push this year to catch up to Getty Images, their chief competitor and the largest stock photography distributor. Getty is about three times as large as Corbis (in terms of revenue). Earlier this month Corbis announced that it had acquired Veer, a boutique stock image distribution web site, and last June in launched SnapVillage, a micropayment stock photos web site that competes with Getty’s very popular iStockPhoto.Though the quality of the images offered by professional stock photo outfits like Corbis, Getty and JupiterImages is unrivaled, there are plenty of low-cost or free alternatives out there for bloggers. Because bloggers publish to the web, they don’t need the highest quality images, and good quality photos are available on the cheap from sites like iStockPhoto, SnapVillage or StockXpert. Further, many free stock photo sites offer a large number of quality images with no strings attached (we reviewed five stock photo search engines last June that can help you find them), and Flickr has a bevy of images just waiting to be used with credit. What’s more appealing to bloggers, slightly lower quality, low-cost or free images, or professional images that come saddled with rollover ads? Tags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… josh catone 1 Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… david strom Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts Tags:#cloud computing#hack Why You Love Online Quizzes It is time for your kids to start learning about Hadoop, the formless data repository that is the current favorite of many dot-coms and the darling of the data nerds. Indeed, the younger the better. The Hadoop ecosystem is a big tent and getting bigger.To grok it, you have to cast aside several long-held tech assumptions. First, that you know what you are looking for when you build your databases: Hadoop encourages pack rats to store every log entry, every Tweet, every Web transaction, and other Internet flotsam and jetsam. The hope is that one day some user will come with a question that can’t be answered in any way other than to comb through this morass. Who needs to spend months on requirements documents and data dictionaries when we can just shovel our data into a hard drive somewhere? Turns out, a lot of folks.Think of Hadoop as the ultimate in agile software development: we don’t even know what we are developing at the start of the project, just that we are going to find that proverbial needle in all those zettabytes.Hadoop also casts aside the notion that we in IT have even the slightest smidgen of control over our “mission critical” infrastructure. It also casts aside that we turn to open-source code when we have reached a commodity product class that can support a rich collection of developers. That we need solid n.1 versions after the n.0 release has been debugged and straightened out. Versions that are offered by largish vendors that have inked deals with thousands of customers.No, no, no and no. The IT crowd isn’t necessarily leading the Hadooping of our networks. Departmental analysts can get their own datasets up and running, although you really need skilled folks who have a handle on the dozen or so helper technologies to make Hadoop truly useful. And Hadoop is anything but a commodity: There are at least eight different distributions with varying degrees of support and add-ons, including ones from its originators at Yahoo. And the current version? Try something like 0.2. Maybe this is an artifact of the open-source movement that loves those decimal points in their release versions. Another company released its 1.0 version last week, and they have been at it for several years.And customers? Some of the major Hadoop purveyors have dozens, in some cases close to triple digits. Not exactly impressive, until you run down the list. Yahoo (which began the whole shebang as a way to help its now forlorn search engine) has the largest Hadoop cluster at more than 42,000 nodes. And I met someone else who has a mere 30-node cluster: He was confident by this time next year he would be storing a petabyte on several hundred nodes. That’s a thousand terabytes, for those that aren’t used to thinking of that part of the metric system. Netflix already has a petabyte of data on their Hadoop cluster, which they run on Amazon’s Web Services. And Twitter, Facebook, eBay and other titans and dot-com darlings have similarly large Hadoop installations.Three years ago I would have told you to teach your kids WordPress, but that seems passé, even quaint now. Now even grade-school kids can set up their own blogs and websites without knowing much code at all, and those who are sufficiently motivated can learn Perl and PHP online. But Hadoop clearly has captured the zeitgeist, or at least a lot of our data, and it poised to gather more of it as time goes on. Lots of firms are hiring, too, and the demand is only growing.Cloudera has some great resources to get you started from knowing nothing about it: they claim 12,000 people have watched or participated in their training sessions. You can start your engines here with a good video tutorial (registration required). And James Kobielus, now with IBM, goes into more detail in his blog post here about BigData skills that will be required in the near future. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?
Trendsetter. Xiaowei Zhuang is part of the NAS class of 2012. Fred Field The U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is regarded as the most prestigious honorary scientific society in the country. But it also has a reputation for being old, white, and male. Today its members took a big step toward changing their image by inviting a younger and more diverse group of scientists to join them. This year’s class of 84 new members includes 26 women. That number far exceeds the previous record of 19, set in 2005. In addition, the class’s average age has dropped by 3.5 years from last year, to 58. “We are trying to become more diverse by age, gender, geographic location, and ethnicity,” says Susan Wessler, a plant geneticist at the University of California, Riverside, and NAS home secretary. “But we haven’t changed the criterion—it’s still outstanding science.” Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) The new class is also the largest in the academy’s history, with an increase of 12 over previous years. That jump made it much easier to broaden the pool, Wessler admits. “The idea was that the additional slots would encourage the election of people who would diversify the membership,” Wessler explains. “And I think it was extremely successful.” The biggest reason for boosting the size of the entering class—it had been at 72 since 2001—was the fact that the age of new members had been rising for several years. Wessler said members were worried about the academy’s continued ability to perform its functions of advising Congress and the executive branch and disseminating new knowledge across scientific fields and throughout society. “Election may be honorific, but NAS is a working society,” she says. “So it’s vitally important that our members are actively involved in science. We felt that we might be missing the truly outstanding young scientists because of the intense competition for a limited number of slots each year.” New inductee Xiaowei Zhuang could be a poster child for the initiative. At age 40, she’s a full professor at Harvard University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institution investigator with a sheaf of scientific awards. “In my unqualified opinion,” she e-mails ScienceInsider, “I think electing young scientists with remarkable accomplishments [I don’t mean to include myself] will help make the academy stronger.” The share of women in the new class—31%—also breaks the previous record of 26% set in 2005, the high-water mark in a 3-year stretch when women comprised roughly one-quarter of each new class. Last year’s class contained only nine women, some 13% of the total, and in 2001 they represented only 8% of the new inductees. “I am very pleased,” says Alice Agogino, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a member of the National Academies’ Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine. “It was not clear that increasing the number of slots would increase women, but that was the hope.” Asked how the academy planned to continue its drive to get younger and more diverse, Wessler says that “we’ll have to keep encouraging people” to take those factors into consideration. She hopes that younger scientists like Zhuang will become active in academy affairs, nominate their peers for membership, and spread the word that the academy is eager to represent the best of U.S. science.