National pride and excitement ran high as thousands of Guyanese flocked the Guyana National Stadium at Providence, East Bank Demerara to be part of the exciting Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) home match on Thursday.It must be stated from the outset that the Hero CPL managed to also unify a very much divided Guyana as persons from all sections of society regardless of their race, creed, sexual orientation and political persuasion rallied behind the Guyana Amazon Warriors.So high was the amount of unity and cohesiveness in previous years that it is widely believed that the tournament stood out as one of the clear examples of social cohesion.Hosting of the CPL games here is the kind of intervention that is needed to give a much needed boost to the country’s economy.Guyana, through the CPL, has benefited significantly from hosting the event since the inception of the tournament in 2013.Dubbed the ‘biggest party in sport’ as cricket is played louder, CPL epitomises the positive evolution of world cricket and further emphasises the vibrancy of the game which characterises the West Indian brand.The natural enthusiasm through the vociferousness of fans in this part of the world evident over the decades, has in many ways influenced the atmosphere in other places, notably England. The game of cricket has been known for its more subdued but overwhelming attendance punctuated with a routine courteous appreciation of the art and showmanship of the game.That has now changed as fans have fully gotten into the game, bringing liveliness through infectious music and innovative celebrations. This change has been directly credited to T20 cricket, which, again, the West Indians would have branded with their own flare of effervescence through a fusion of colour, music and rapturous involvement.As interest in cricket would have waned in the past due to various factors, T20, through the CPL, has not only catapulted that interest, but transgressed the traditional fan base to overwhelmingly capture women and children. Among the many successes of T20 cricket, the ability to continuously and increasingly bring out women and children to the games is one of the biggest achievements.This is what was needed for the sport, especially here in the Caribbean as CPL has now become a much-anticipated family event. The names and prowess of the plethora of stars of the various teams easily roll off the tongues of women and children as interest and expectation grow rapidly. One of the many factors driving this within the CPL is the many fan-based promotions by the various sponsors.This has ensured that fans are not only directly involved in the process of creating the pulsating environment for which the tournament has become known for, but allows them opportunities to be the recipient of something tangible aside from the abundance of paraphernalia. This is where CPL has to be commended for making fans a priority in the process of building and sustaining interest.That interest cuts across societal divides as evident in the support for the Guyana Amazon Warriors. The Providence stadium, since the inception of the CPL, has become known as a place sanitised of partisanship as Guyanese rally around their stars.The Providence stadium, which has proven its worth over the years, has once again burst into life as cricket superstars from across the globe battle for supremacy. Guyana is once again in the international spotlight as millions join the global live broadcast from the East Bank corridor.The benefits of such international exposure are priceless as are those that redound to the local economy from the hosting of CPL games.Cricket has always been seen as a unifying force across the region. Here at home, CPL and the exciting exploits of the Guyana Amazon Warriors have created a formidable platform for the furtherance of that process.
Dear Editor,What is really amazing is that protests have been successfully organised against the Parking Meter Project and Value Added Tax (VAT) on private education but no such efforts have been placed behind the immediate bread and butter issues affecting the entire nation; the VAT on water and electricity. Admittedly, the poor are exempted from the direct application of this tax, but they will have to bear the ultimate burden of its imposition as businesses raise their prices to recover costs associated with paying VAT on these inputs. It is entirely possible that businesses will roll back their cost increases once VAT on water and electricity are removed.But within the context of all of the hulla-ballu generated over VAT and the parking meters, the real tragedy is that President Granger apparently does not understand enough of economics to know that Winston Jordan has flushed the People’s National Congress (PNC) coalition down the loo with the 2017 Budget. Worse, his advisors are turning out to be either yes-men or completely daft about the implications of the VAT policies in the budget. How can anyone make a decision when they can’t see or understand the problem? To compound all of this, enough discussions have been made available in the public domain to facilitate clarification on the issues, but this matter has apparently moved beyond the professional to the personal, a showdown between the Finance Minister and the Opposition to see who’s the boss. The Finance Minister apparently carries some bad blood over being canned by them, and intends to make his point while the population suffers.The Private Sector understands the situation clearly, but is not willing to play ball with a hardhead. So the coalition’s out, but does not know, or does not want to ‘fess up” and change. Granger’s inaction will bury the economy and his Government.The stark fact is that the coalition’s problems on account of VAT are going to get worse because the budget has pitted the Government against the entire country.The Private Sector with whom the Government was supposed to be collaborating has recognised the futility of dealing with the coalition and the Finance Minister as its point man. They have buckled in for the long haul and are looking forward to 2020 as they navigate the well-known territory of inflation and eroding exchange rates.Granger has to think about surviving 2020 if he wants his party to survive at all, because there is no Burnham after him to hold the PNC together. If going down is not an option, then some policies and/or bodies have to be put on the block. More than this, there has to be some tactical engineering to regain the confidence of the Private Sector. What is clear is that the Finance Minister, who has been baptised Mr Ludicrous by a blogger because of his 2017 Budget, isn’t worth his salt. The question now is how to get rid of him?Additionally, this business of monitoring foreign currency accounts and controlling imports is the road to hell, because we’ve come from there already. What is needed is some radical decision-making to recover the Government’s image and the country as a destination for FDI. And an anti-business Finance Minister and an uncontrollable run on the exchange rate is not going to help this. Granger has some decisions to make. The time for dallying has long past.Yours faithfully,Lance Cumberbatch
Newcastle celebrate beating Tottenham Newcastle United stretched their unbeaten run to three games to ease the pressure on Alan Pardew with a 2-1 win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane.Second half goals from substitute Sammy Ameobi and Ayoze Perez cancelled out Emmanuel Adebayor’s first half header to lift the Magpies outside of the relegation zone. Ameobi scored just seven seconds after coming on as a half time substitute, collecting Jack Colback’s through ball before finishing in the bottom corner past Hugo Lloris to equalise for the visitors.Perez opened his Newcastle account to give the Magpies the lead against the run of play as another Pardew half time substitute, Remy Cabella played a crucial role in the game. The French winger crossed for the young striker to head past Lloris for his first Premier League goal.Emmanuel Adebayor opened the scoring in the 19th minute as he met Ryan Mason’s dinked cross to head past Tim Krul at the back post for his third league goal of the season. Newcastle had struggled to make any inroads in the first half and Alan Pardew rolled the dice in replacing Gabriel Obertan and Vurnon Anita with Ameobi and Cabella.It immediately paid off. The England Under-21 international collected Colback’s raking through ball before firing a low drive across Hugo Lloris to level for the visitors and leave Mauricio Pochettino, who had not even sat down for the second half, stunned.Newcastle, who looked much brighter, then took the lead as the ball found Cabella and he sweetly picked out Ayoze Pérez who found enough space inside the box to head home.The visitors could have stretched their lead further as Cabella found himself through on goal but he could only find the side netting from the byline following neat build up play from Paul Dummett.Tottenham thought they had grabbed a freak equaliser in the 68th minute as Christian Eriksen swung in a corner that cannoned of Tim Krul before finding the back of the net, but the linesman adjudged the ball to have gone out of play.Spurs continued to press but lacked that final killer ball as the north London club lost for the second week in a row to drop to eleventh in the table.Newcastle, meanwhile, win at White Hart Lane for the second season in a row to climb out of the relegation zone and up to 14th in the league as the pressure starts to ease on Pardew. 1
A coroner has questioned the materials being used to make hundreds of mobile homes being used across Donegal after a man burned to death in a horrific fire.Coroner John Canon made his comments after the tragic death of a young Goath Dobhair man in a mobile home blaze.Columba Doherty, 29, could only be identified from his dental records and his watch after a fire swept through his mobile home at Brinalack on January 31st, 2008. Relatives and friends of the dead man were shocked when they arrived at the scene of the fire to discover a burned out shell at what had been a well-kept mobile home.Coroner Canon said he could hardly believe that any building had stood in the place was the smouldering remains of the victim’s home was discovered.He said “My main concern is what materials these homes are made of. It seems on this occasion that there is little indication that there was a caravan there at all apart from the concrete foundation.“It seems that the materials used are very flammable and this mobile home went up like a tinderbox. The intensity of the heat must have been huge.“It seems like these homes offer very little protection in the case of a sudden fire,” he said.Mr Doherty had been at a 21st birthday party and had gone on to the Seaview Nightclub before returning home at around 5am.However, only the shell of the mobile home belonging to the handyman was found the next morning at 7.30am after it had burned to the ground.An inquest into Mr Doherty’s death at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court heard how it was likely that the blazed was caused by a cigarette which had fallen onto bedclothes.Pathologist Dr.Gerry O’Rourke said death was caused by carbon monoxide poisoning brought on by smoke inhalation as a result of a fire.“If he had been sleeping it meant that he would have simply gone into a deeper sleep-like state when the fire broke out,” said Dr.O’Rourke.Garda Forensic Crime Scene Investigator John Harkin said there was only a shell left of the mobile home.He said the majority of the mobile home would have been made from aluminium and timber as well as some form of insulation.“Because there was no concrete on the internal walls, the fire would have spread very quickly,” he admitted.Coroner John Canon said he did not mind if the ten person jury added ‘a ryder’ to their verdict making suggestions on the materials used to make mobile homes.The jury returned a unanimous verdict of accidental death in accordance with the findings of pathologist Dr Gerry O’Rourke.EndsCORONER QUESTIONS SAFETY OF MOBILE HOMES AFTER DEATH OF MAN IN HORROR BLAZE was last modified: March 31st, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Dundee United remain winless two games into the Scottish Championship season after Mark Docherty’s penalty earned Dumbarton a 1-0 win.Docherty swept home from the spot in the 54th minute to earn his side their first win in all competitions this campaign.United, who reached the Betfred Cup last eight with a midweek win over Premiership side Partick, started brightly but failed to test Dumbarton goalkeeper Alan Martin.And after a low-key first half, Dumbarton hit the bar courtesy of Ryan Stevenson and then took the lead after Mark Durnan fouled Gregor Buchanan in the area and Docherty tucked home his third penalty in two games. With the match heading towards a draw, Jason Cummings came to the rescue for the home side when he slotted home Martin Boyle’s pass 12 minutes from time to seal the win.Queen of the South recorded their first win of the Ladbrokes Championship season with a comfortable 4-1 over Ayr at Palmerston Park.Derek Lyle opened the scoring for the hosts with a right-footed strike in the 12th minute before Stephen Dobbie doubled the lead just before the break.The Doonhamers extended their lead further to 3-0 when Lyle found the net for the second time in the match in the 53rd minute.The visitors managed to pull one back through Kevin Nisbet before Lyndon Dykes sealed the victory for the hosts 16 minutes from time.Morton and Falkirk took a share of the spoils when they played out a 1-1 draw in their Scottish Championship clash at Cappielow.Lee Kilday put the home side ahead in the 25th minute when he converted Ross Forbes’ floated cross to give Morton the half-time lead.The match became scrappy as Falkirk chased an equaliser, with both sides picking up a number of bookings as time ran out for the away side.However, left-back Luke Leahy earned the visitors a valuable point when he slotted home from six yards with two minutes of stoppage time remaining.Declan McManus was a two-goal hero for Raith as they cruised past St Mirren 3-1 at Stark’s Park.Rovers went in front after 17 minutes when Lewis Vaughan fed the striker, who expertly lobbed Jamie Langfield.Two goals in two second-half minutes sunk the Saints’ challenge. Vaughan broke from a corner to tee up Ross Callachan for number two.McManus soon added another when he intercepted a through-ball ahead of Langfield. He left the goalkeeper stranded and passed the ball into an open goal.Ryan Hardie pulled one back for Alex Rae’s men when a long Lawrence Shankland throw caused havoc, but it was too little, too late. The visitors pressed for an equaliser but Simon Murray fired wide and Martin saved well from Coll Donaldson as Dumbarton held on.Hibernian made it two league wins from two for new manager Neil Lennon when they overcame Dunfermline 2-1 in the Scottish Championship at Easter Road.In a cagey affair, neither side looked to take control of the match until Ben Richards-Everton diverted the ball into his own net to give Hibs a half-time lead.The hosts came out after the break on the front foot with Grant Holt going close but Gavin Reilly popped up for Dunfermline to level the scores in the 58th minute.
Cummings opened the scoring in the 16th minute, but Rangers were swiftly pegged back by Aaron Muirhead.The striker, who joined in January on a temporary deal from Nottingham Forest, added his second before a Muirhead own goal saw Rangers lead 3-1 at the break.Cummings ensured he took the match ball home with 15 minutes remaining. A stunning late volley from Carl McHugh sent Motherwell back to Hampden as the Steelman edged closer to a second cup final of the season.Motherwell – who lost the League Cup showpiece against Celtic – opened the scoring early after an own goal by Hearts goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin.Kyle Lafferty equalised from the penalty spot just after half-time, before McHugh, who will miss the semi-final through suspension, proved the hosts’ hero in the 87th minute.A hat-trick from Jason Cummings saw Rangers cruise into the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.
“But we’ll have to play better. I look back 12 months ago and remember Shkupi being a grind, Maribor being a grind and so was Osijek.“But we’re going to have to play better if we want to get to the group stages.”Rangers had chances to win the match and were not seriously threatened by the part-timers but the manager found little of value that he could take from the game.“I just thought it was a grind,” he said. “The whole night, our performance was a grind to watch. I’m sure it was a grind to play in. Rangers manager Steven Gerrard watched his side draw 0-0 with Progres Niederkorn and said they will have to step up a level when they face FC Midtjylland.Having won 2-0 in Glasgow, the stalemate in Stade Josy Barthel was enough for Rangers to progress to the third round of Europa League qualifying without difficulty but Gerrard was not impressed with what he saw.With the first leg against the Danish side just a week away, he said there would have to be improvements but pointed to similarities he saw with last year’s successful qualification campaign.He told RangersTV: “I think it’s important that we move on from this game, take the positives from qualification. “You come to places like this and they’ve had the heating on in the dressing room, the ball is like a balloon, the pitch is bobbly and dry.“They just foul at every foul and the referee gives every foul – it’s just one of those nights.“I thought we were better in the second half and more dangerous and creative certainly in the final 20 minutes.“We maybe should have won the game – we certainly created enough to do so. But I don’t think it would have changed my mind on the whole performance.“Look we did enough and we’re into the next round. It’s a clean sheet too so we’ll take that and move on – but I didn’t enjoy watching it. I won’t even watch this game back.”
21 June 2010Their outfits were bright, mesmerising and went perfectly with their sunny disposition … the Dutch fans invaded Durban on the weekend, both to support their team in a 2010 Fifa World Cup™ match and to soak up the the wonderful weather and atmosphere that the city has to offer.Durban Mayor Obed Mlaba on Saturday welcomed over 1 000 Dutch fans who had gathered to have a party before watching their team beat Japan at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in a group E clash.Great city, wonderful weatherRotterdam resident Kin Sneijder said: “Durban is a great city. The weather is wonderful, there is good beer, and the girls are very pretty.”Should the Dutch side make the knock-out stages of the tournament, they could play in Durban, and this would make their fans quite happy – the warm weather being the cherry on top.Mary Knopp watched her team sail to victory at the Fifa Fan Park and enjoyed the atmosphere. “It’s so wonderful; no one here gets violent about the soccer like back home. I am having such a great time, just dancing and singing,” said Knopp.The young Almere student is in South Africa to do volunteer work in Amanzimtoti at Operation Bobbi Bear, an organisation which deals with children and women abuse issues.Knopp, after falling in love with South Africa, has also become an avid Bafana Bafana fan. “This is my first day at the Fan centre. I will be back to support Bafana Bafana,” she said.Like most women, Knopp is impressed with the looks department of the Dutch team. In fact she is happier talking about Rafael van der Vaart than predicting where Holland will finish off in the tournament.Having ‘a ball’Veerle Leiden, who is also in the country to volunteer her services, is in awe of the beauty the province offers, and has been having a ball since the World Cup started.“The people, nature … everything here is so beautiful. I am glad the World Cup is here. It is doing a lot of good to unite and bring the country together,” said Leiden.Leiden is confident that her team will go quite far in this competition because they “have a strong team filled with talent”.The Netherlands became the first team to book their place in the Round of 16 after their 1-nil victory over Japan and Denmark’s defeat of Cameroon on Saturday.Source: BuaNews
An ongoing investigation into the work of a German anaesthesiologist may lead to as many as 90 retractions. Joachim Boldt was fired in November from his job as head of anesthesia at the Klinikum Ludwigshafen after an investigation into a 2009 paper raised suspicions that the study described in the article had never taken place. Boldt has published more than 300 articles, many about the safety of a type of fluid replacement used during surgery called hydroxyethyl starch . Retraction Watch has been following the story in detail. Today, the Klinikum Ludwigshafen and the German state medical association of Rheinland Pfalz announced that 90 of 115 studies they examined lacked proper approval from an institutional review board (IRB). That prompted a joint letter from the editors of 11 journals stating that lack of IRB approval is grounds for automatic retraction of an article. The editor of Anaesthesia & Analgesia, where the 2009 paper was published, also issued a statement, and the journal published four editorials about the case online. 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 clinic’s investigation is ongoing. They said in a statement today that there is no evidence that patients were harmed in any of the studies. Experts in Germany, however, are now recommending against routine use of hydroxyethyl starch given the questions surrounding Boldt’s work.
Promising “disruptive progress,” the engineering college at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, has named an associate dean for equity and inclusion to help it increase the number of students and faculty members from underrepresented groups. The new position is part of a plan unveiled last week after a coalition of student groups demanded that Berkeley do a better job of attracting and retaining African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and women in engineering. The issue came to a head at a 21 November meeting of the college’s executive committee, at which the students presented Dean Shankar Sastry with 13 recommendations to improve the college’s abysmal track record and to address what they described as a hostile atmosphere toward women and minorities. The new associate dean is Oscar Dubon, an associate professor of materials science and engineering. As chair of the college’s committee on broadening participation, Dubon wrote a stinging letter last spring to Sastry taking the college to task for its lack of “a coherent recruitment and retention plan.” 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(*) Dubon tells ScienceInsider that he was “surprised” by the dean’s offer and that he took the job “only after I became satisfied with the college’s commitment to disrupt the status quo.” Dubon praised the “significant collective effort” by students in pressing the college to improve conditions for underrepresented minorities and said he benefited from programs to help minorities during his undergraduate and graduate training at UC Los Angeles and UC Berkeley, respectively. He assumes his position on 1 January. The college’s first step will be to improve its “yield”—the percentage of students who actually enroll after being admitted into either the undergraduate or graduate engineering program. Sastry believes that more money would make a big difference. “Fellowship support is the primary factor in improving yield” at the graduate level, he says. Winning over high school students is more complicated, he admits, and the college plans to try everything from overnight visits to summer research experiences. The plan also discusses various approaches to improving student retention rates, as well as a long-term strategy for recruiting more minority and female faculty members. “I think it’s a start,” says Ryan Shelby, a graduate student in mechanical engineering and leader of the Coalition of Underrepresented Engineers, which spearheaded the campaign. “I am glad the COE [college of engineering] finally realizes that they have a serious problem.” At the same time, Shelby says he’s still trying to quantify the college’s promise of “adequate staffing” and resources for diversity efforts and notes that “I don’t know yet if Dubon is a figurehead or if he has real power.” Dubon declined to discuss details of his new post until after taking office.