Duckie wants to build winning culture

first_imgNational Under-23 team head coach Donovan Duckie says he is looking to build a winning culture within his squad ahead of weekend friendlies against St Vincent and the Grenadines. Jamaica’s Under-23s are scheduled to oppose St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Under-20 team on Friday and their senior team next Sunday, August 26 as his squad steps up preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games qualifiers. “It was not our choice as to who we play. We were offered two games and grabbed them with open arms. We want to achieve certain objectives by playing these friendly international games,” Duckie told The Gleaner before the team’s departure, yesterday. “This is okay for us to play teams that are younger than us, but we don’t consider them weaker. We could look at our offence against their Under-20 team, but playing the senior team will be more challenging,’ he pointed out. “We will use the first game as a warm up to play the senior team,” Duckie added. Duckie wants winning to become a habit in the quest for a historic qualification to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. “It is always important to win because it builds a culture. You don’t want the players’ confidence to be torn. We always want to be positive. We want to win at the right time before the qualifiers start,” he shared. “The programme started about three months ago and we are building. We have a pool of 50 players and we will rotate them to find the best squad. “We are allowed to carry 18 players on this tour, so we have to think about balance in terms of positions. We have seven players that travelled with the senior team to the eastern Caribbean and they will be joining us from Barbados. They will be integrated with the eleven players travelling from Jamaica,” Duckie said. Players: Deshane Beckford, Seigle Knight, Jamoi Topey, Andre Leslie, Alex Marshall, Kaheem Parris, Tevin Shaw, Ajeanie Talbot, Ricardo Thomas, Peter-Lee Vassell, Jeadine White, Eric Edwards, Sheldon McKoy, Leonardo Jibberson, Ricardo Dennis, Ray Campbell, Nicolloyd Dinham, and Kemo Wilson. Officials and coaches: Donald Beckford (head of delegation), Donovan Duckie (head coach), Merron Gordon (assistant coach), Howard Bell (team manager), Denzil Williams (physiotherapist), and Ronald Watson (equipment manager).last_img read more

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All set for Lake Mainstay 9th annual Car & Bike Show and After Party

first_imgPlans are moving apace to host the 9th edition of the Lake Mainstay Car and Bike show on Saturday evening at the resort. The stage is being set and the vehicles are all in top gear to impress the patrons come Saturday evening.This year, the car and bike competition will be conducted in several categories including overall, extreme, audio internal, audio external and artwork. Cars, bikes and SUVs will be competing for best sounds – both external and internal; loudest sounds; best artwork and others.Over $1 million in cash prizes will be up for grabs as well as trophies. However, after the presentation of trophies and prizes, the party begins with Pream’s Mega Sounds.Admission to the event cost $1000 for adults and $500 for children. The competition gets underway at 18:00h but gates will be opened at 16:00h.last_img read more

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Mo Salah’s amazing gesture that left Liverpool fan crying after Napoli win

first_img huge blow Latest Football News Salah became a quick fan favourite at Anfield Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ RANKED MONEY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade ADVICE With every passing day, Mohamed Salah continues to become even more of a Liverpool hero.And on Tuesday evening he made a young supporter’s dreams come true. REPLY BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Not only did Salah score the goal which guaranteed Liverpool’s progression to the Champions League last 16, he then gave his shirt to the young fan after the defeat of Napoli.Understandably, the child was brought to tears by the amazing gesture.center_img REVEALED Salah became a fan favourite almost instantly after joining Liverpool from Roma last summer, and he works his way into the supporters’ hearts more and more every day.You can watch a video of Salah’s brilliant gesture below…Liverpool’s progression to the knockout stage was confirmed with their defeat of Napoli, which meant the Reds joined Paris Saint-Germain from Group C in the last 16.There are six possible sides they can be drawn against in the first knockout round, which will be played next year: Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, Porto, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or Juventus.The draw for the last 16 takes place on Monday, December 17 at 11am.Liverpool host Manchester United on Sunday and fans will hope Salah, along with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane can finally end a run of games that has seen the trio fail to score or record an assist against the club’s bitter rivals. no dice Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 1 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED last_img read more

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Miedema nets brace to become Netherlands’ record scorer in Cameroon win

first_img Netherlands forward Vivianne Miedema celebrates after scoring her side’s opener Then, with five minutes remaining, Miedema sealed the win with her 60th goal to move above Manon Melis as Holland’s new record holder.Miedema drifted into the penalty area before unleashing a powerful right-footed shot, securing Holland’s second win in as many matches, and condemning Cameroon to their second defeat of the tournament. TROPHY JIBE But Cameroon were back on level terms two-and-a-half minutes later when Gabrielle Onguene rounded on-rushing Dutch goalkeeper Sari Van Veenendaal before slotting home a cool side-footed finish.Holland however, upped the ante after the break and were in front again with 48 minutes on the clock.Cameroon’s Michaela Abam failed to deal with Jackie Groenen’s cross and Dominique Bloodworth tapped into an empty net. MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Netherlands players celebrate after Miedema’s first goal Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Vivianne Miedema scored a brace to become Netherlands’ all-time record goalscorer and secure her country’s place in the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup following a 3-1 victory against Cameroon.Arsenal striker Miedema, 22, opened the scoring four minutes before the interval with a header following Shanice Van De Sanden’s fine cross. Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions LATEST revealed latest center_img gameday cracker Getty Images – Getty Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos scrap Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea 2 SORRY Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 Getty Images – Getty last_img read more

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Marshfield woman claims top prize at USBC Senior nationals

first_imgBy Hub City Times staffMARSHFIELD – A Marshfield woman has claimed a top prize at the 2019 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Senior Championships in Cincinnati, OH.Anita Schwantes, 83, faced bowlers from around the country to earn her place at the top in national competition.In order to be eligible for national competition, senior bowlers must first earn a spot by winning the All Events division in state competition.In 2018, Schwantes earned her place at nationals, with a 2,314 All Events score in the 75 & older handicap division at the Wisconsin State USBC competition.Schwantes then moved on to the 2019 USBC Senior Championships, held Aug. 6-9 at Western Bowl in Cincinnati, OH, where she finished the tournament with a score of 739 in the Mixed 75 & older event, beating second-place bowler, Joseph Jellots of Starksville, MS, by 30 and walking away with the top prize.last_img read more

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South Africa 2010: I’ll be there

first_img15 February 2010 When Brazil and Cote d’Ivoire battle it out at Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium on 20 June, Johannesburg resident Marlene Reddy will be one of 89 000 spectators cheering from the stands as the rest of the football world follows the game on television. “I am happy that I get to watch an African country,” says Reddy. “I am very excited, I cannot wait to see Soccer City.” Casey Monteiro is another Johannesburg resident who cannot wait for the tournament now that he has his tickets in his back pocket.‘In my back yard’ Monteiro, who purchased a ticket to follow Brazil on their campaign for World Cup glory, is one of the many South Africans who are snapping up the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch arguably one of the greatest sporting events in the world. “Simply put, it is the biggest sporting event on earth, happening in my back yard. It will never again – in my lifetime at least – be in South Africa. This is probably the best chance I’ll ever get,” says Monteiro. With the third phase of ticket sales – which saw 1 206 865 applications from 192 countries – now complete, and the fourth now under way, two million of the three million available World Cup tickets have already been snapped up. Having already fallen in love with his city’s new World Cup stadium, Durban resident Amith Gosai, cannot wait for the tournament to begin as he talks about the tickets he has secured.‘An incredible feeling’ “So far I have secured tickets for three games, one in each of the main host cities,” says Gosai, who will be attending the Brazil vs Portugal match in Durban on 25 June as well as Cote d’Ivoire vs Brazil at Soccer City in Johannesburg and England vs Algeria in Cape Town. “It is an incredible feeling. I have watched all of the World Cups prior to this one in my life, and was overjoyed when South Africa got the vote to host the event in 2010.” With his tickets booked for both the quarter-final and the semi-final at Green Point stadium in Cape Town, Kobus Botha is not the biggest fan of the “beautiful game”, but he could not resist the opportunity to be part of South Africa’s World Cup. “I knew that it would be a spectacular event and I didn’t want to miss it – even though I am not a huge soccer fan. I don’t think the reality of it has sunk in properly yet, but I am really amped and excited. I don’t know what to expect, which is great.”‘A unique experience’ Having already attended a match at Durban’s newly completed World Cup stadium, Didier Pienke is looking forward to the chance to watch a World Cup match in his home stadium. “I want to have a unique experience and be part of this first World Cup ever held in Africa,” says Pienke. “I also want to have the experience with the crowd in the beautiful stadium in Durban.” Further afield, Canadian George Filipovic is looking forward to his trip to South Africa later in the year. “The World Cup is the greatest festival on Earth, and I’ve always wanted to experience Africa,” says the Toronto resident, who will be watching a total of six matches, including a semi-final and the final at Soccer City on 11 July. “I think this Cup will be extra special, since football is the number sport on the continent, yet the Cup’s never been there before.” Although the football may be the big draw card for Filipovic, he is also excited to explore the country during his one-month trip. “I have been looking forward to the tournament ever since. I’ve been planning for months. It will be the trip of a lifetime and, after all is said and done, I will have got to visit Nelspruit, Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg.” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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South Africa’s biggest desalination plant opens

first_imgThe Mossel Bay desalination plant willensure a constant supply of fresh watereven in times of drought. (Image: Mossel Bay Municipality) MEDIA CONTACTS • Harry Hill  Strategic support, Mossel Bay Municipality  +27 44 606 5193 • Thabo Mabaso  Spokesperson, PetroSA  +27 21 929 3365 RELATED ARTICLES • New solutions for water conservation • SA maps its freshwater priority areas • Green pilot project on Robben Island • Waste drive reaps rewards • Plastic recycling major job spinnerEmily van RijswijckSouth Africa’s biggest seawater desalination plant has opened in the seaside town of Mossel Bay in the Western Cape province. This facility will ensure that the economic hub achieves greater water security and economic growth going into the future.The plant, which has a capacity of 15-million megalitres per day, started operating in September but currently puts out only 5-million megalitres of water, as the area has had excellent rains and dams supplying the town are full.The 5-million megalitres are used entirely by the synthetic petroleum plant of PetroSA, the town’s biggest employer and biggest user of water. PetroSA consumes almost as much water daily as the municipality itself.“The development of a desalination plant was always envisaged for the near future but after the town was faced with a severe drought, the project was escalated,” confirms Harry Hill, spokesperson for the municipality.  Worst drought in 130 yearsThe drought, which was the worst in 130 years, reached such critical proportions at one point that the Eden District area in the south of the province was declared a disaster area. In the Eastern Cape the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality had to impose water restrictions for almost three years as a result.The enforced water restrictions in Mossel Bay meant that the water usage for the entire municipality was about 14-million megalitres a day.“So the desalination plant has the capacity to meet the town’s entire water needs should this again be necessary,” adds Hill.The project was jointly funded by the National Treasury and PetroSA who contributed R92-million (US$11-million) and R80-million ($9.6-million) respectively to the total project cost of R210 million ($25-million).Apart from the seawater desalination plant, the municipality also sank several boreholes and built a plant to reclaim waste water for industrial purposes.“While the new water sources, such as the seawater desalination plant, now seem to be superfluous, it must be remembered that Mossel Bay periodically suffers severe droughts,” says municipal manager Michele Gratz.“The town’s population has also nearly doubled in the last two decades and it is almost certain that there will again be times that the municipality will have to rely on these others sources instead of the dams,”.Water resource strategySouth Africa’s Department of Water Affairs foresees that by 2030 up to 10 % of the country’s urban water supply could come from water desalination plants. The National Water Resource Strategy (NWRS) is the blueprint on which the government bases its future water management approach.The most recent version of the NWRS was drafted in 2004 and paints an alarming picture of water availability in years ahead, with a worst-case scenario showing a national deficit of 2 044-million cubic metres of water a year by 2025.At the moment South Africa only has a few desalination plants – the plant in nearby Knysna is the second biggest, but pumps a mere 1.5 megalitres a day. There are also plants at Bitou Municipality, Sedgefield on the Garden Route and Boknes in the Eastern Cape.“Seawater desalination technology is widely used across the world and it makes good common sense for a water-scarce country like South Africa to begin to do the same,” Hill adds.Suitable for human consumptionThe process of desalination is increasingly being used as a way to provide fresh water for human use in regions such as the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Australia, where potable water from other sources is limited.The most widely used method follows the process of reverse osmosis. Seawater is pumped into a plant where semi-permeable membranes and pressure are used to separate dissolved matter and salts from the water.The fresh water is then pumped to a storage facility for use while the brine, the highly concentrated seawater which resulted from the process, is pumped back into the sea or an estuary.Despite all its benefits, desalination doesn’t offer a “silver bullet” solution to the world’s growing water problems. Besides using very expensive equipment, the process also uses a considerable amount of electricity and is not without environmental consequences.Both the intake and discharge processes of the water may have affect on water quality and marine life. Aquatic species have a tolerance for natural salinity, an aspect which may be affected by the highly concentrated seawater which is pumped back into the ocean.And while the intake structure is designed to maintain a flow of less than 0.15 metres per second – the minimum escape velocity for aquatic species – there is still a risk that plants, fish eggs and fish larvae around the intake areas may die.The process also uses chemicals which if left untreated, can be harmful to the environment.Green drop certificationThe most widely held belief is that desalination should be used in conjunction with other water-saving mechanisms such as waste water reclamation. This treated water is especially suitable for industrial use.Mossel Bay Municipality is proving to be a leader in waste water treatment as it achieved Green Drop status in 2011 for two of its water treatment plants.  The Municipal Green Drop Certification Programme was introduced in 2008 as an incentive-based regulation of waste water quality and waste water management systems in South Africa.A total of 821 waste water systems were assessed by the Department of Water Affairs in 2011, with only 40 systems achieving the coveted Green Drop status.The Western Cape fared the best in this year’s Green Drop programme, scoring 83%, the highest average percentage. KwaZulu-Natal scored 82%, and Gauteng scored 79%. The Northern Cape finished last with 23%.Municipalities were assessed in eleven categories, namely process control; maintenance and management skills; waste water quality monitoring programmes; credibility of waste water sampling; the submission of waste water results; waste water quality compliance; reaction management to waste water failures; stormwater and water demand management; by-laws; capacity of the waste water treatment plants; and waste water asset management.last_img read more

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5 Concerns Groupon’s IPO Filing Didn’t Address

first_imgrocky agrawal Tags:#Social Web#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Groupon has had a terrific ride. Since pivoting from a community action site, it has dominated the mindshare of Internet commerce. Its IPO filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission lays out a lot of that success, including growing from 3 million to 83 million subscribers in one year and generating nearly as much revenue in the first quarter of 2011 as it did in all of 2010. But that, as they say, is past performance. The key question for potential investors is “How will Groupon do in the years ahead?” There, the IPO filing, doesn’t provide much guidance. Here are five concerns I see.Rakesh Agrawal is an entrepreneur focused on the intersection of local and mobile. He blogs at http://blog.agrawals.org and can be found on Twitter at @rakeshlobster.Email Open RatesGroupon certainly knows those numbers. It might have left it out of its filling, called an S-1, for competitive reasons, but it might also be because the numbers are declining. National and Local Deals SplitIn my observation of Groupon, it’s beginning to skew more toward national deals. That means lower margins as national merchants have the leverage to negotiate a better deal. Plus, there is a limit to the number of photo cards, mugs and custom T-shirts that someone can buy. High Customer Acquisition CostsGroupon points out that acquisition costs are a concern, but doesn’t provide actual numbers. Doing the math based on other numbers provided, I estimate the cost of a list subscriber at $6.40 and the cost of an actual purchaser at $26.50. That’s a big number for a business with few barriers to entry. For Netflix, this number is $18.03 – but Netflix has a subscription business with recurring revenue. Groupon’s numbers should be lower than Netflix’. I estimate that in order for Groupon to be profitable on a customer, they need to sell three average deals. Decline in Margin From March 2010 to March 2011While Groupon clearly provides outstanding discounts to consumers at local businesses, the value to the merchant has been hotly debated.Cost of revenue as a percentage of revenue was 54.8% and 58.1% for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2011, respectively. I would expect that costs of the deals will go up as Google beefs up competition, the economy recovers and a larger percentage of deals are national retailers who have more negotiating power. This will further reduce Groupon’s margins. Reliance on Competitors For GrowthGoogle and Facebook are big channels for subscriber acquisition. If these providers choose to stop competitive advertising, it’ll constrain Groupon’s subscriber growth. Google just launched its Offers product in Portland. (This post was written at the first Google Offers venue.) Based on the initial set of merchants and offers, I believe that Google is aggressively subsidizing these offers. To the extent that Google continues to do this, it will put a lot of margin pressure on Groupon and other deal providers. Google’s product now offers merchants significantly more generous payment terms. If Groupon is forced to match those terms, it will put a constraint on working capital.”Question of Value to MerchantsWhile Groupon clearly provides outstanding discounts to consumers at local businesses, the value to the merchant has been hotly debated. An example in the S-1 cites a business that sold Groupons and “more than half of the Groupons were sold to new customers.” That means close to half were sold to existing customers – a roughly 75% revenue hit on existing customers is something that merchants need to figure into their calculations. In my conversations with merchants, they really resent seeing existing customers coming in with Groupons. If even 10% of customers using Groupon are existing customers of the merchant, that is a serious blow to the economics. (Anecdotally, I’ve seen some numbers as high as 90%.)last_img read more

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Macon woman reported missing

first_imgUPDATE: The Highway Patrol says Buchanan has been found safe in Joplin.ORIGINAL STORY: State authorities are asking you to keep an eye out for a missing Macon woman.Mary Buchanan, 81, may be driving through in a tan 2003 Buick LeSabre with license plates reading “WD1A7J” on her way to the Lake of the Ozarks, Joplin, or Warsaw. She was last seen on Tuesday.Buchanan is white, 5’0″, 164 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. She has early onset dementia.(This story was last updated at 7:51 a.m. Friday.)last_img

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University of Nebraska May Restrict Stem Cell Use

first_imgNebraska citizens don’t like the open-ended new Obama policy on research with human embryonic stem cells. So in response to public pressure, the University of Nebraska board of regents will vote tomorrow on whether to limit its researchers to the cell lines allowed under President Bush:… if it approves the restrictions — some opponents of the research say they have the votes, though others remain doubtful — the University of Nebraska would become the first such state institution in the country to impose limits on stem cell research that go beyond what state and federal laws allow, university officials say.For weeks, the Nebraska board of regents has been the focus of a fierce campaign by opponents of embryonic stem cell research, most recently by a flood of e-mail and telephone calls, a petition drive and radio advertisements. Nebraska law already prohibits state funding of research on non-Bush-approved lines.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(*)last_img read more

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