Research Specialist

first_img More searches like this Facebook Johns Hopkins University Johns Hopkins University Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) You need to sign in or create an account to save LinkedIn Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore You need to sign in or create an account to save Twitter Maryland, United States Maryland, United States Research Specialist Save Research Specialist You need to sign in or create an account to save Johns Hopkins University Salary Not Specified Share Research Specialist Save Research Specialist Similar jobs Research Specialist School of Medicine -East Baltimore Campus Salary Not Specified Academic Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Save Research Specialist The Department ofAnesthesiology Research is seeking aResearchSpecialistfor projects and research programs thathave expanded significantly. This position would also support Basicand Translational Pain Research within the Department ofAnesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine(ACCM).Applicants should haveexperienceworking with animals in a researchenvironment.Position assists with the technical aspects oflaboratory studies and experiments including documentation andpreparation of materials, performing physiological studies onanimals, administering agents and conducting molecular workdesigned to pain research.Specific Duties andResponsibilities:Under the generalsupervision of a faculty investigator or laboratory supervisor, theResearch Specialist will:Will be trained prior to work with supervisionand guidance from the principal investigators of thegroup.Perform laboratory tasks and complete routineassays following common or established protocols andprocedures.Monitor inventory levels,orders materials and supplies in accordance with establishedpolicies and procedures. Interacts with vendors and obtainsquotes.Maintain lab equipment – laboratory and surgicalrecovery areas clean and orderly.Use of image analysis software to analyze imagesof tissue sections.Operate lab computer,knowledge of basic software applications including spreadsheetswith Excel.Maintains complete andorganized records/reports.Techniques of interestinclude any of the followings, but are not limited to, maintainingtransgenic mouse colony and genotyping, basic animal surgerytechnique in rodents (e.g., nerve ligation, catheter implantation),behavioral pharmacology (drug delivery), animal behavioral testingtechniques related to pain, addiction and anxiety, cell culture,western blot, real-time PCR, immunocytochemistry, Ca2+ imaging andother cell imaging techniques Work requires basic use of scientificmethods, procedures and techniques.MinimumQualifications: Bachelor’s degree in biology,chemistry or related field. One year of related laboratory orveterinary experience. Master’s degree, with related graduateresearch, may substitute for experience to the extent permitted bythe JHU equivalency formula.JHU EquivalencyFormula: 30 undergraduate degree credits(semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute forone year of experience.PreferredQualifications:Experience in working with experimentalanimal models.Additional Knowledge,Skills, and Abilities:Basic understanding of theory behind theexperiments is needed.Basic analytical skills to implement assignedprojects, and to identify and trouble-shoot situations needingspecial attention.Follow approved experimental protocols, healthrecords need to be maintained in accordance with AALACguidelines.PhysicalRequirements:No allergy to live animals(rodent)Sitting, standing andwalking for extended period. Reaching by extending hand(s) orarm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity required to manipulateobjects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s).Ability to move standard equipment through a hospital orlaboratory/clinical environment.Classified Title:Research Specialist ​​​​​Role/Level/Range:ACRP/03/MAStarting Salary Range:$33,545.00 -$46,095.00;Commensurate with experienceEmployee Group:Full TimeSchedule:Monday – FridayExempt Status: Non-ExemptLocation:School of Medicine, East BaltimoreCampusDepartment Name:Anesthesiology ResearchPersonnel Area:School ofMedicineThe successful candidate(s)for this position will be subject to a pre-employment backgroundcheck.If you are interested in applying for employmentwith The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance oraccommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, pleasecontact the HR Business Services Office [email protected] For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial711.The followingadditional provisions may apply depending on which campus you willwork. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“theflu”) season, as a condition of employment, The Johns HopkinsInstitutions require all employees who provide ongoing services topatients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have anannual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical orreligious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result intermination of employment.The pre-employment physicalfor positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working withresearch subjects, or involving community contact requiresdocumentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles),Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B anddocumentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria,pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of havingtwo (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibodystatus to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests forimmunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in thepre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provideresults of blood tests or immunization documentation from their ownhealth care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseaseswill be given at no cost in our Occupational Healthoffice.Equal OpportunityEmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf Maryland, United States Research Administration Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Salary Not Specifiedlast_img read more

Greensburg woman arrested after altercation

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — A Greensburg woman has been arrested after a physical altercation.According to police, Theresa Noblitt, 24, was arrested on the charge of battery resulting in a moderate bodily injury.Police say, Noblitt was visiting a neighbor to borrow tools, but a fight broke out from gossiping.An argument began with her neighbor’s wife, and when Noblitt was asked to leave, she began to swing her fists at the wife.Police say Noblitt broke the nose of the wife.Noblitt told police the punches were in self-defense, but according to police, there was no visible evidence that she was defending herself.last_img read more

Gardaí probe CCTV after gang damage occupied van in Letterkenny

first_imgAn investigation is underway after a gang of people set upon a van as it tried to make its way down Letterkenny Main Street last weekend.The incident occurred on Saturday night, one of the busiest nights of the year for Letterkenny as crowds gathered for the rally weekend.A van was travelling down Main Street at 10.20pm when it met large crowds standing on both sides of the road outside Dillon’s Hotel. The driver was trying to move around the crowds when a number of people set up on the van.Gardaí report that the group was banging on the sides of the van and opening the doors.The incident resulted in one of the doors being significantly damaged. The locking mechanism was broken and the van owner can no longer close the door.CCTV footage is set to be analysed as part of the investigation. Gardaí are also appealing for witnesses to come forward, or anyone with any information is being asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on (074) 916 7100 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111   Gardaí probe CCTV after gang damage occupied van in Letterkenny was last modified: June 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:criminal damageGardailetterkennylast_img read more

A’s takeaways: Phegley’s night to remember, bats finally break out

first_imgJosh Phegley had trouble hearing the first question of his postgame media scrum late Friday night, the result of some sort of ear problem that’s been bugging him.Phegley isn’t alone in struggling to comprehend whatever the heck it was that transpired at PNC Park, as the Athletics crushed the Pirates, 14-1, and Phegley had a game for the ages.Oakland’s No. 8 hitter had seven RBIs by the fourth inning and finished with eight after he smacked a solo home run in the ninth inning. The 14 runs the …last_img read more

World Cup spirit in Soweto

first_imgSouth African and foreign fans get thevuvuzela noise going at the Fifa Fan Festin Soweto.(Image: Nosimilo Ramela)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 [email protected]• Delia Fischer, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 [email protected] • Jermaine Craig, Media Manager2010 Fifa World CupLocal Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES• SA fan to break attendance record• 2010 World Cup, New York style• Exciting start to World Cup• World Cup begins on a high note• The vuvuzela: Bafana’s 12th manNosimilo RamelaWhile over 90 000 football fans were having the time of their lives as South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup kicked off at the iconic Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg on Friday, eight kilometres away, in the heart of Soweto township, another 40 000 were getting into the tournament spirit with the Fifa Fan Fest.Elkah Stadium in Moroka, Soweto, is one of the two Fan Fests venues in Johannesburg; the other is to the north of the city, in the upmarket Sandton area. On Friday locals and foreign visitors braved the winter cold to enjoy the atmosphere as they watched first the colourful opening ceremony on the huge screen, and then the intense clash between South Africa and Mexico.“This is history in the making. I wouldn’t miss it for anything,” said Sindiswa Mgoza from Pimville, Soweto. “Watching it at a fan fest with thousands of fellow South Africans and football lovers from all over the world makes it even more special.“We are sharing our cultures and making history – and what better place to do that than in Soweto, where freedom fighters such as Mandela once lived.”The streets of Soweto were a blaze of green and yellow as crowds wearing South African football jerseys sang, waved the national flag and blew on noisy vuvuzela trumpets as they made their way to the festival. The stadium opened at 10am, with a stage for live performances from local and international artists, the huge screen, and plenty to eat and drink.Marquees set up throughout the stadium offered visitors traditional South African food such as steamed bread and tripe, pap ‘n vleis (stiff porridge and meat) and boerewors rolls. Security was tight, with a large contingent of officers keeping order all day and through the night.People came with their families, carrying blankets for children and camp chairs for the elderly. Many came early to get the prime spot in front of the screen. “We arrived here at 11:30am,” said Mathato Molefe from Jabulani, Soweto. “We didn’t want to rush, and get stuck coming in, as we came with our elderly mother and kids.”Molefe and her family were all wearing South African football jerseys, hats, scarves, and jackets with the national colours, carrying vuvuzelas and South African flags. “We are very proud of our country, and are excited to see the first African World Cup being played in our own back yard.”William Hamilton from England came to the fan fest with friends from Australia, the US and South Africa. “We just had to come and watch the opening game in Soweto,” he said. “This is a historical event and this township and its people are a major part of this country’s history. Being here for us is like being at the centre of the making of history.”Hamilton said he and his friends were loving Soweto. “The people here are really amazing. They know how to have fun. The dancing and singing has really put us in the spirit of an African World Cup.”Getting into the jiveA few hours before the kickoff, as people slowly filled up the stadium, local artist Chommee opened the entertainment with her dancers jiving to her hit songs such as Jive Sexy and Fly the Flag, while the crowd danced and sang along.When Somali-Canadian artist K’naan took the stage to sing his anthemic Wavin’ Flag the queues at the food stalls evaporated as everyone headed to the stage. The crowds went into wild cheers and flags flew high as everyone held hands and sang along – many with tears in their eyes – just 10 minutes before the game began.“This song brought all of us to tears,” said Nosihle Mthembu. “K’naan gave such an emotional performance. I’m sure there wasn’t a dry tear in the entire stadium, in fact in all of Soweto. I’m sure they could hear him and us from every corner.”Let the games beginThe air was thick with anticipation as the whistle blew to start the first game of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The tension was palpable, people screaming and gasping, as the game picked up and the two teams tried for goal. There were passionate celebrations when South African striker Simphiwe Tshabalala scored the first goal of the tournament, putting his country in the lead.“We are well on our way now,” said Thabiso Mokoena. “Tshabalala has just rewarded every South African for all their efforts putting this World Cup together, and for all of us cheering fans, who have come out in numbers to blow our vuvuzelas and wave our flags.”Though the game ended in a 1-1 draw, there was still a sense of victory for the successful launch of South Africa’s – and Africa’s – first Fifa World Cup, with an amazing opening ceremony and a cracking opening goal. “At the end of the day we scored the first goal; we opened this tournament with an electric goal,” said Mokoena.The families made their way home after the game, while the youngsters stayed to enjoy the festivities as local DJs played through to midnight – and the beer queues grew longer.last_img read more

Cat Hoke: Transforming Hustlers Into Entrepreneurs – Episode #104

first_imgTweets you can use to share this [email protected]_hoke works with #EITs, #Entrepreneurs in Training who are coming out of #incarceration @DefyVenturesClick To [email protected]_hoke’s father taught what not to be and #empowered her in the process @DefyVenturesClick To [email protected]_hoke helps #hustlers face the pain so the past doesn’t repeat itself @DefyVenturesClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 56:15 — 45.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSThere’s only one difference between the hustlers in prisons across the world and you and me… they got caught breaking the law. That probably sounds like an overly dramatic statement to most readers of this blog, but the truth is that it’s the truth. Anthony’s guest on this episode is Cat Hoke, an amazing woman who’s working to see that the hustlers in prison who really want a second chance at life actually get their first chance ever, by rehabilitating and training them to use their natural propensity to hustle in legal ways – like entrepreneurship and business. This is an amazing conversation you’ll be glad you listened to, so be sure you do [email protected]_hoke: Transforming #Hustlers Into #Entrepreneurs – Episode #105 @DefyVenturesClick To TweetCat Hoke works with EITs, Entrepreneurs in Training who are coming out of incarcerationMost of the people in prisons don’t live with any real sense of hope. When you are serving a life sentence, what is there to hope for? That mindset becomes a chain of defeat that hangs over them and the environment in which they live reminds them how hopeless their situation is every day of their lives. So when Cat Hoke and her team walk into a prison and begin spouting off things about hope and change, it’s a hard sell. But she’s one of the most convincing salespeople you’ll ever meet. Currently, her program, Defy Ventures is serving over 5000 EITs – entrepreneurs in training – and is teaching them not only what it means to hope, but what it means to be free from the chains of prison and emotional bondage. You’ve got to hear Cat’s story, on this episode of In The Arena.Turning hustlers into Entrepreneurs with only a 3.2% recidivism rateOne of the main problems with the penal system in most countries is that they are not really about rehabilitation, they are only about punishment. The people inside know that and the culture and environment within the walls of the prison show it to be true. But the Defy Ventures team has made a significant difference in many prisons in the United States already. With only a 3.2% recidivism rate (release offenders going back to prison) they are undoubtedly having an impact. You can hear how the Defy team makes such a difference in the lives of people most of society considers beyond redemption, on this episode.Turning #hustlers into #entrepreneurs with only a 3.2% #recidivism rate @DefyVentures @catherine_hokeClick To TweetCat’s father taught what not to be and empowered her in the processPart of what Cat has come to realize is that the circumstances of her birth are really the only things that kept her off a path that leads to prison. As she’s met more and more of the people who are incarcerated she’s realized that many of them were born into circumstances where it was next to impossible to avoid eventual incarceration. Her father, for example, set her up for success through the things he taught and the intentional care he showed. He wouldn’t allow her to whine or complain and he challenged her with a form of “shark tank” around the dinner table, giving her entrepreneurial or business challenges to figure out. The realization of how much advantage she had compared to many others is what has driven her to a place of compassion rather than criticism. Learn what Cat is doing to help inmates break free of the chains that bind them, on this episode.Cat helps hustlers face the pain so the past doesn’t repeat itselfEven when many hustlers who wind up in prison get out, they are still in chains. The things that drove them into prison in the first place – hurt, anger, neglect, abandonment – are still with them. The Defy Ventures program is not only about teaching job skills and business savvy, it’s about taking those individuals who have been incarcerated to a place where healing can begin. It’s a tough road that even the toughest people don’t easily walk, but when the journey is complete it’s a liberating thing – in more ways than one. Join Anthony and Cat as they discuss the impact Defy Ventures is having, on this episode of In The [email protected]_hoke helps #hustlers face the pain so the past doesn’t repeat itself @DefyVenturesClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Cat Hoke: On a mission to transform hustlers into entrepreneurs The exercise every volunteer and inmate has to go through at Cat’s events How Cat discovered her own lack of compassion for those incarcerated The role of luck and the circumstances of a person’s birth as they relate to a criminal history Cat’s father taught her not to be these things… and empowered her in the process The letter Cat sent to 7 people confessing her own sins – and the responses she received A book so powerful it will stir up emotions you don’t know are there Hope is everything. If you don’t have it, you give up or kill yourself How 5000 people are learning to have hope in spite of being incarcerated At defy, the commitment is to “love hard” and hold people accountable Learn how to volunteer with Defy VenturesResources & Links mentioned in this episodeDefy Venturescat(at)defyventures.org – to order in bulk – all proceeds go to Defy VenturesCat’s new book: A Second ChanceCat’s personal websiteDefy Ventures on TwitterDefy Ventures on FacebookDefy Ventures on LinkedInBOOK: 12 Rules For LifeSeth GodinThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinolast_img read more

Nothing for common man in govt’s Lokpal draft: Team Anna

first_imgAnti-corruption activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday demanded that the entire government machinery be brought under the proposed Lokpal Bill to protect people from corruption.Hazare said that while the government was reluctant to bring its entire machinery under Lokpal, it had brought 4.5 lakh NGOs under it.”Not all NGOs are clean, but can anyone deny that the NGOs have done work that even the government wasn’t able to?” he asked.Hazare termed corruption as worse than terrorism emanating from Pakistan and accused the UPA government of being insincere in fighting it.”The RTI Act has helped exposed scandals, such as the Adarsh and CWG scams. But the guilty haven’t been sent to jail. An effective Lokpal Bill is needed to ensure that.”Hazare also demanded that the CBI be brought under the purview of Lokpal to effectively fight corruption.”The CBI isn’t able to book the guilty as it’s under the government’s control,” Hazare said a day after unsuccessful final negotiations between the government and civil society representatives of the Lokpal Bill drafting committee.”As the government has gone on its promises, we are ready for the second freedom movement,” said Hazare, who has announced a fast-unto-death from August 16 at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar over the Lokpal bill.”What we are proposing is not a parallel government,” Hazare said, adding, his next movement would draw a bigger support across India than witnessed on April 5, when he went on a fast over the issue of the anti-corruption ombudsman.On Tuesday, after the last round of meeting, Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal had said Team Anna wanted to run a “parallel government”.advertisementThe two sides came up with their own versions of the Lokpal Bill draft and Hazare vowed to go ahead with his anti-corruption stir beginning from August 16.Activist Kiran Bedi called the government’s draft of the Lokpal Bill a “hoax”. “There is nothing for the common man in it,” she said.For more News, click here.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Pamela Anderson Visits Faroe Islands To Support Sea Shepherd Pilot Whale Defense

first_imgAt a press conference held on Friday at the well known Hotel Foroyar in Torshavn and live streamed worldwide, actress and activist Pamela Anderson joined Sea Shepherd Global, Sea Shepherd USA and Sea Shepherd France to show her support for Sea Shepherd’s Operation GrindStop 2014 campaign and to shine a spotlight on the brutal and archaic mass slaughter of pilot whales and other cetaceans known as the ‘grindadrap’ or ‘grind’.Present with Anderson to represent Sea Shepherd were Lamya Essemlali, President, Sea Shepherd France and GrindStop2014 Offshore Campaign Leader; and Rosie Kunneke, Chapter Coordinator for South Africa, GrindStop 2014 Onshore Campaign Leader for Sea Shepherd USA.A long-time animal protection advocate, Anderson emphasized that though the Faroese people once needed to kill pilot whales for food, there is no longer any need in the modern world to kill cetaceans.“This is not for survival. There are very few things that happen like this, that are this brutal,” said Pamela Anderson. “We have to put this behind us and move on, and let the whales swim freely by. And I think it’s much more important for us in the future to save our oceans and the biodiversity of our oceans that the whales are very important to.”Anderson added that cruel traditions must die out, and that it will be the next generations who bring the grind to a halt. “Young people probably feel pressure to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors. I think this is the perfect time to not listen to your parents, to think for yourself. Maybe there’s going to be a movement like there have been movements for many other things in the world where you look inside yourself and say ‘Is this something I should be doing just because my parents did it and my grandparents did it?’ This is a new time and the world is at risk…I think this is the generation that has to stand up and say ‘That was then, this is now; this is what I’m going to do.’”Sea Shepherd has led the opposition to the grind slaughter in the Faroe Islands since the 1980s. Operation GrindStop 2014 is Sea Shepherd’s largest Faroese campaign to date, with approximately 500 volunteers set to patrol the land and waters of the Faroes over the course of the campaign. Sea Shepherd’s on- and offshore teams will be present in the Faroe Islands throughout the traditionally bloodiest months of the hunt season – from June until October 1st.In a statement, Pamela Anderson said: “I have traveled to the beautiful Faroe Islands today to publicly oppose the needless killing of intelligent, sentient pilot whales and other dolphins and to support Sea Shepherd¹s Operation GrindStop 2014 campaign.“It is important to understand we are NOT AGAINST the Faroese. WE ARE FOR the whales and dolphins. We are their voice. But the eyes of the world are upon the Faroese today and it is now time to end this archaic abomination called the Grind. I support Sea Shepherd¹s efforts to end this cruel and ruthless massacre of defenseless whales and dolphins who are highly intelligent and so much like us. They have families like we do, they love them and care for them like we do, they have their own language and individual names for one another like we do, and a very complex social structure like we do.“The killing is a stain on this pristine country which no longer needs the meat of these animals to survive. When we know better, we do better. And we now know that these are sentient creatures who suffer greatly not only during the slaughter but during the very stressful drive itself. They are very socially complex animals and their entire families are being killed in front of them in a manner that would never be permitted in any slaughterhouse in the world. In addition, the meat of these animals is tainted with toxic contaminants including mercury, which is particularly harmful to pregnant women and young children.“I am fortunate to have some of my family with me today. They are surfers. What a beautiful eco-tourism destination these islands would make if only you would bring the grind to a halt. But until then the waters remain tainted with blood, staining the reputation of the Faroese. The time has come to stop the grind.”The only grind to take place this year occurred on May 18, before Sea Shepherd arrived in the Faroe Islands in June, claiming 13 pilot whales. The year before, the same Faroese town, Fuglafjørður, killed a staggering 267 pilot whales in one grind.Should a hunt commence during the course of the campaign, Sea Shepherd will take direct action to intervene and stop the grind from taking place using land, sea and air tactics. This week, Sea Shepherd’s crew was able to spot a pod of pilot whales and guide them back out to sea, safely away from the Faroese killing bays. As no preparations for a grind had begun, Sea Shepherd acted within Faroese law by chasing the pod away from shore.For hundreds of years, the people of the Danish Faroe Islands have been herding migrating pilot whales and other small cetaceans into shallow water and slaughtering them. Entire family units are destroyed, wiping out several generations of animals at a time. The Faroese claim that without the meat from these cetaceans, the people would starve. Whether or not people would have starved in the past without eating pilot whale is irrelevant. There is certainly no one in the Danish Faroe Islands who would go hungry today, much less starve, if no more cetaceans were killed.Today, the ‘grindadrap’ (whale slaughter) or ‘grind’ is a barbaric and cruel relic of history that has no place in modern civilization. The wholesale slaughter of entire families and the unimaginable horror inflicted upon these sentient, intelligent beings is unconscionable. The continued pillage of the oceans is causing disastrous consequences. Even the meat of these creatures is dangerous to consume. The European Union does not allow such activity, but the Danish Faroe Islands manage to side-step EU restrictions with their overfishing and harm to marine mammals. Sea Shepherd has taken action against the grind in years past and will do so again for GrindStop 2014.last_img read more

BCL leaders under fire over lavish lifestyle

first_imgPresident and the general secretary of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL)The extravagant lifestyle of the president and the general secretary of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), and the lack of transparency in disbursing funds, have not gone down well with the BCL leaders and activists.They are also unhappy about the anomalies regarding control of tenders and the tenure of the central committee.In Wednesday’s general meeting of the BCL, its joint general secretary Sayem Khan demanded an explanation regarding the allegations and a heated debate ensued.To make things worse for the ruling party’s student wing, two factions of its Sylhet MC College unit swooped down on each other on Thursday, forcing the authorities to close the institute sine die.BCL president Saifur Rahman told Prothom Alo that Sayem Khan has apologised to him for his remarks, but the latter has denied this. “I was asked to apologise, but what I said was right. I just demanded that the funds be utilised in a systematic way. Why will only the president and the GS have all the fun? They have to look after the other leaders as well,” Sayem said.BCL president Saifur and general secretary SM Zakir Hossain came under fire from a number of senior leaders of the wing at the general meeting. They alleged the duo have an extravagant lifestyle and misappropriate BCL funds.When asked, Saifur said, “It does not really matter if one or two people say things like that.”BCL leaders present at the meeting told Prothom Alo that Saifur had said they receive the money from the prime minister. Zakir said they get Tk 230,000 from the PM.Sayem then retorted that he should get a share of that money as well.Besides Sayem, vice-president Mehedi Hasan, Aditya Nandi and Maksud Rana also brought a number of allegations against the two top leaders.On 13 January, Saifur came under severe criticism for flying to a convention in Ishwardi, Pabna by helicopter.Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader also slammed the BCL president for this.The present BCL committee will expire on 26 July. The questioned was raised at the BCL general meeting as to whether there will be a general meeting and whether the tenure will be extended.Saifur told Prothom Alo, “The convention will be held the day the honourable PM wants.”Following a meeting of the AL’s presidium members on Thursday, Obaidul said, “The country has been hit by floods. It won’t be that long before the convention is held.”A number of BCL leaders also asked the meeting why steps would not be taken against leaders for their unethical actions.Clash, infighting across the countryThe year did not start well for BCL as there were infighting at Sylhet University of Science and Technology (SUST) and Comilla Medical College units.The ruling party’s student wing made newspaper headlines in the next six months for their involvement in 37 incidents, including clash over controlling tenders, mugging, beating cops, abusing teachers, infighting and murders.Of those, 12 were related to establishing supremacy and financial affairs. Infighting killed three in Chittagong, Comilla and Chuadanga in the last six months.In a meeting with BCL men on 11 June, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said, “You must not be part of any misdeeds for the want of money. Come to me if you need money. I shall talk to the party president [Sheikh Hasina].”On 21 January, BCL men fought among themselves to take control of the extorted money from business outlets around Dhaka College. The central committee expelled 19 including Nur Alam Bhuiyan, convener of then Dhaka College BCL committee. Nur Alam, however, went to visit Laxmipur with central committee president in March.Dhaka (South) unit BCL general secretary Sabbir Hossain and Wari Thana unit general secretary Ashiqur Rahman were expelled after they were seen firing gunshots in newspapers photos during eviction of hawkers from footpaths at Gulistan on 9 February.Three leaders of Begum Rokeya University unit BCL were excluded for confining varsity’s vice chancellor AKM Nur-Un-Nabi for 14 hours on 3 May for not giving jobs to the party activists.On 11 February, infighting over taking control of drug peddling killed BCL activist Yasin Arafat at Reajuddin Bazar in Chittagong. Eight were injured as the supporters of Chittagong University unit BCL president and general secretaries locked in a clash on 4 May. Besides, they were reported to be involved with many other crimes.A clash with cops left 25 BCL men injured after they had opted for vandalism to stop the construction work of a swimming pool at Chittagong Outer Stadium on 18 April.Besides, BCL leaders were reported to have been involved with several crimes at Rajshahi University,  Keraniganj of Dhaka and Dhaka University dormitories.Regarding these incidents, the BCL president told Prothom Alo, “We have taken organisational actions against those found involved with such misdeeds. We haven’t supported them.”*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassan and Shameem Rezalast_img read more

AL infighting over 7 March speech recognition celebration hurts 30

first_imgAt least 30 people including five policemen were injured on Saturday during a clash between two groups of ruling Awami League over establishing supremacy in Kolaroa Upazila Parishad Chattar in the district.Officer-in-charge of Kolaroa police station Biplob Kumar said two groups of AL men locked into dispute over delivering speech during a rally organised to celebrate the recognition of the historic 7 March speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as a world documentary heritage by UNESCO.The two groups hurled bombs and attacked each other while several chase and counter chase took place among them for at least one hour.Later, police fired 15 rounds of shotgun bullets and charged baton on the agitated AL activists to control the situation.”The agitation left 30 people wounded including five police members. Among the injured five were in serious conditions,” he said.Additional force was deployed in there to fend off any further unwanted situation, OC added.last_img read more