Globe conference comes to Africa

first_imgJanine Erasmus“Globe research for sustainable communities” will be the theme when the annual Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (Globe) conference takes place in Cape Town in June 2008.Globe is an organisation that offers students the chance to gain hands-on experience in genuine science, conducting their own research in their own communities towards a better understanding of how the earth works. Since the organisation’s inception in 1995, Globe conferences have been held outside the US only twice, and this year’s event will mark the third such occasion, as well as an African first.The annual Globe conference offers participants the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the latest environmental research, as well as new developments in the Globe programme. Relevant issues come under discussion during the science, education and implementation panels as well as in workshop sessions, and the day activities in the field.A Globe Learning Expedition will also take place – another first for Africa. Learning expeditions are held every few years to expose students from around the world to the Globe scientific community at large, and to allow them to present their projects to an interested international audience. Participants also get an opportunity to network and establish partnerships with their peers through Globe, and teachers are able to share their ideas and challenges.The last learning expedition took place in Šibenik, Croatia, in 2003. Previously, learning expeditions were held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, US, in 2000 and in Helsinki, Finland, in 1998.Scientific research helping to create sustainable communitiesThe underlying concept of the theme of the 2008 learning expedition, “Globe research for sustainable communities”, is that of understanding the link between the environment and the needs of the community, with the aim of finding the balance. Students use their own communities as research subjects, using Globe data to help them answer questions about how the environment around them works. Research projects teach students to create hypotheses, analyse their data, draw conclusions and report their results, thereby adding to the global pool of data.Specific topics that will come under discussion at this year’s learning experience include the environment and human health, specifically with relation to diseases like malaria and tuberculosis, as well as issues relating to water quality and climate change. These are all issues that affect Africa significantly, and students are encouraged to engage in relevant research that will benefit their communities and, ultimately, the environment.In addition, projects in any of the four basic spheres of Globe research may be presented – these are watershed dynamics (where students conduct research into understanding water dynamics in their region); local to extreme environments (a study of the deep ocean led by Pennsylvania State University); seasons and biomes (collecting data related to regional climate change, prevention and management of diseases, and understanding of the water and carbon cycles); and the carbon cycle specifically. The application of indigenous knowledge systems to any of these fields is encouraged.Bringing the world’s scientific community togetherGlobe came into being in 1994 and commenced its operation on Earth Day 1995. The network now spans 110 countries, with over 40 000 Globe-trained teachers from 20 000 schools around the world. The organisation’s close work with the US-based National Aeronautic and Space Administration and National Science Foundation ensures that the entire Globe community has access to the world’s top scientists and the most up-to-date research in earth system science.The Globe network gathers teachers, students and scientists together for a better understanding of the environment on local, regional, national and international level. The goal is to work together to sustain and improve the environment, promote scientific discovery in this field, and boost awareness of the importance of caring for the earth, as well as inspiring the next generation of scientists.South Africa joined the programme in 1997. The then US vice president Al Gore and South African deputy president Thabo Mbeki signed an agreement in Cape Town that made South Africa the 47th country to join the programme.Today there are over 90 participating schools situated all around the country. The Globe programme is co-ordinated by the South African Environmental Observation Network in collaboration with the Science and Youth Unit in the Ministry of Science and Technology. South Africa hosts regional meetings and teacher training workshops on a regular basis.Globe earned a Goldman Sachs Foundation Prize in 2004. Established in 2003, these awards recognise excellence in international education amongst US schools.Useful linksGlobeGlobe in AfricaGoldman Sachs FoundationDepartment of Science and TechnologySouth African Environmental Observation NetworkNational Research Foundationlast_img read more

Swallowing the Gilt: Woot-like Shopping Empire to Save Print Media?

first_imgRelated Posts dana oshiro In this climate of fiscal responsibility, it makes sense that luxury publications may have fallen by the wayside. While subscription sales for Conde Nast’s Traveller may have been lucrative in the past, it’s rare to find them outside doctors offices and treadmills. In an effort to kickstart dwindling subscription sales, Conde Nast Traveller is partnering with web shopping experience Gilt Groupe on the site’s Jetsetter service. Best known for it’s Woot-like approach to high-end fashion, Gilt has maintained steady revenue throughout the economic downturn. The site is invite-only and consumers keep a constant watch on Fendi, Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler deals at up to 70% off the regular retail price. As of this morning Gilt launched its latest spin off site, Gilt Man. The catch with Gilt, Gilt Fuse and Gilt Man is that consumers only have one day to buy items. Jetsetter travel hunters have a slightly longer sale time, but certainly no more than a week. Naturally, with this sense of urgency, users stay constantly connected to the sales via sms, email, a desktop application and the recently launched iPhone app. While many businesses complain that consumers have tightened their purse strings, Gilt is proof that while they’ve become more thrifty, they haven’t stopped purchasing all together. Rumor has it that it’s not uncommon for Gilt to earn $1 million dollars in a single sales day. With Jetsetter, Gilt users get limited-time deals on travel, in addition to editorial “curation” from Travellers’ well-respected staff. Meanwhile, by leveraging Gilt’s huge membership base and constant sales updates, Conde Nast will convert some of those uber connected bargain hunters into subscribers. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#startups center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

SIT to probe Neha Shorie murder case

first_imgThe Punjab police on Monday set up a Special Investigation Team to probe the murder of the 36-year-old woman officer who was shot dead at her office last week in Kharar.Neha Shorie, posted as zonal licensing authority with the Drug and Food Chemical Laboratory in Kharar, was shot dead by a man who later killed himself as well.The five-member SIT, which will be headed by Inspector General of Police (Rupnagar Range) V. Neeraja, will probe into all the facts and circumstances leading to the incident, said an official statement here.last_img

Dynagas Partners Delays Purchase of LNG Tanker Duo

first_imgOwner and operator of LNG carriers Dynagas LNG Partners has reached an agreement to further extend the deadline for the purchase of two LNG tankers.The company said that the deal, which was reached on March 30, is related to the tankers Clean Ocean and Clean Planet.The purchase option, granted to the Partnership under the omnibus agreement, was pushed from March 31, 2018 to December 31, 2018.The company unveiled the agreement as part of its first quarter financial report in which it said that its net income for the period decreased by 62.5%.Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2018 was USD 4.8 million as compared to net income of USD 12.9 million in the corresponding period of 2017.The decrease was mainly attributable to the lower revenues earned for the Clean Energy which has been employed under a short-term charter during the first quarter of 2018.Although the earnings for the period were down, contracted backlog increased thereby enhancing the company’s revenue visibility, Tony Lauritzen, Chief Executive Officer of the Partnership, said.“With our fleet 85% contracted through 2018, 92% contracted through 2019 and 100% contracted through 2020, and with an estimated fleet-wide average remaining contract duration of 10.2 years, we believe we have significant cash flow visibility,” Lauritzen added.last_img read more