first_imgAs Liberia’s countdown against the Ebola virus disease (EVD) continues, the Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday received a US$25K boost of medical supplies to enhance its post-Ebola functions.According to the Liberia Association of Metropolitan Atlanta (LAMA) in the State of Georgia, United States of America, the gesture was designed to enhance the elimination of Ebola virus from Liberia.The medical supplies presented included surgical gloves, medical masks and other critical anti Ebola virus materials intended to respond to the current health needs of the country.LAMA officials in Monrovia also disclosed that another charity that contributed to the donation was the Fulton County Employees Association of the State of Georgia.During yesterday’s presentation, LAMA’s external communications officer Hassan M. Kiawu said the Ebola eradication in Liberia must be extended to Sierra Leone and Guinea-Conakry.The minds and hearts of LAMA’s president Leo Mulbah and members were joining other well-meaning Liberians and partners to enhance the eradication of the deadly virus from Liberian soil, Mr. Kiawu said, quoting Mr. Mulbah.He acknowledged that the Ministry of Health and partners have worked hard to the extent that even Liberians living abroad particularly in the USA are very grateful.He further extended thanks and appreciation to other Liberian medical professionals and international medical agencies for working with Liberians to eradicate the deadly virus disease from all parts of the country.The LAMA official also intimated that Liberians living in all parts of the world are watching with eager eyes for the total eradication of the virus from Liberia and neighboring countries.“We in the USA are indeed glad to hear   the good news coming out Liberia that this terrible sickness is being expelled from our country once and for all,” Mr. Mulbah concluded.In brief remarks Madam Aba Hamilton of Monrovia disclosed that after an SOS message request was placed on her blog, LAMA was the first to ask what kind of medical supplies were needed.Madam Hamilton also reiterated that efforts aimed at eradicating the disease from Liberia should be extended to the neighboring countries of Sierra Leone and Guinea-Conakry in order to save the Mano River Union basin.“I’m indeed grateful and happy about the kind gestures of the two US humanitarian entities for their intervention,” Madam Hamilton said.Accepting the donation, outgoing Deputy Health Minister for Administration Mathew K. Flomo thanked LAMA for the medical supplies and urged other Liberians to follow the fine example of the US- based Liberian charity.He assured the LAMA officials and support partners that the supplies would be used for the purposes intended.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgOffshore Innovators Guyana Inc has recruited and trained a team of five Guyanese engineers in Subsea Robotics to support deep-water operations offshore Guyana. The training experience was hosted by Subsea Specialist Ltd at the Deepwater Hub in Chaguaramas, Trinidad, and delivered by Carlos Sardinha of Blue Laguna Inc US. The five-man team underwent a rigorous 18-day training programme which included Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) induction training to meet the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) guidelines for entry into the ROV industry. The candidates were also trained on two of the most popular work class ROV platforms in the industry, TechnipFMC’s Schilling HD and Forum’s Perry Slingsby XLX.Guyanese engineers that were trained during the 18-day programme in TrinidadThe Guyanese engineers, who hail from Warapoka Village, East Bank Demerara, East Coast Demerara and Georgetown, underwent training in Offshore Survival (BOSIET) including Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET), first aid, confined space entry, working at heights, and rigging and lifting. The training programme was supported by DOF Subsea America, who provided accommodation onboard the Skandi Neptune and access to their Forum Perry Slingsby XLX systems for hands-on training.Offshore Innovators subsea personnel development programme for Guyana is modelled after the company’s local content development programme which was implemented in Trinidad over the last decade.Through the support of Team Trident USA, Offshore Innovators joint venture partner, the Guyanese personnel are afforded the opportunity to access further on-the-job (OJT) training experience offshore. The Offshore Innovators team is focused on supporting the Guyana technology transfer process during the execution of the ExxonMobil Liza Destiny and Liza Unity Projects. The execution of the Guyanese subsea personnel development programme is the first in a series of training programmes planned by Offshore Innovators and hosted by Subsea Specialist Ltd to be delivered in 2019.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Inconnu swim team had several successful swim meets in a row over the past couple of weeks.The swimmers were in Grande Prairie may 27th to the 29th for a meet. All of the club’s swimmers made finals in at least one event, with most placing in the top 3 of their respective age groups. Several intermediates from the team were able to get new AA and AAA standards, which were added to events in Kamloops and Victoria.This past weekend, the Inconnu Swim Team sent a small contingent to compete in the annual Kamloops June Classic. The 15 swimmers placed second in the small team category. Cameron Louie, Eric Louie, Dayton Carson, Tytan Carson, and Griffin Ternier-Smith were the team’s top five points-getters.- Advertisement -One of the many highlights from the meet included Cameron Louie and Tytan Carson taking gold and silver in the 50m Butterfly, with only 1 / 100th of second separating the two of them.  Eric Louie also achieved his fourth and fifth qualifying times for the Canadian Age Group Championships in Calgary this August.  The team returns to Kamloops in three weeks’ time, for the BC AA Long Course Championships. The Inconnu Swim Team in Grande Prairie on May 17th. Photo by supplied. The Inconnu Swim Team in Grande Prairie on May 17th. Photo by supplied.last_img read more

first_imgFor Gilling and his roommates – redshirt freshman center Robert Aguilar (Los Angeles Marshall) and junior guard Tim Denson (Corona/Fullerton College) – shoveling snow to head to practice wasn’t exactly what they had in mind when they signed a letter of intent to play at Colorado State. “They definitely didn’t mention all this snow during the recruiting trips,” Gilling said jokingly. “You can’t wear the clothes that you want to, like T-shirts and shorts and stuff like that. Colorado State gives us plenty of clothes, which I definitely needed.” Instead of snow removal, Gilling chose Colorado State coming out of Ayala two years ago because he wanted to make the Rams a relevant part of the Mountain West Conference – one of the tougher “mid-major” conferences in the nation. As he nears the conclusion of his second year at CSU, Gilling finds himself as the starting shooting guard on a Rams team that is 15-9 overall and 5-7 in the MWC after an 82-66 victory over Texas Christian on Tuesday. Gilling scored 14 points in the victory. Barring an unlikely championship run in the conference tournament in Las Vegas next month, the Rams will not be in the NCAA Tournament and might have to scrap and claw to find itself in the NIT. But what they’ve done thus far is pretty good considering their previous history. “We had the first seven-game winning streak in school history this year,” Gilling said. “I thought that was unbelievable. At Ayala we’d have seven-game winning streaks all the time.” Gilling has been a big part of that improvement. He’s averaging 8.9 points a game and leads the Rams with 54 3-pointers, hitting the 3-point shot at a 43.9-percent clip. He started the season coming off the bench but has started eight of the Rams’ 12 conference games, averaging 10.7 points per game in MWC play. “Stephan has been a big reason why we have improved as much as we have,” Colorado State coach Dale Layer said. “We’ve always had good post players but we’ve never really been that great in the backcourt. We have some good guards right now and Stephan is one of them. “He’s matured a lot and has turned into a very coachable player.” Gilling will be the first to admit that he needed to buckle down a bit. He chose Colorado State over schools such as Pepperdine in part because of the consistent attention the Rams showed throughout the recruiting process. But the warmth they showed Gilling while recruiting him didn’t quite prepare him for the cold of Colorado State. But winter aside, Gilling was having a hard time adjusting from the suburban Southern California lifestyle to the more isolated atmosphere of Fort Collins, located 63 miles north of Denver. “There was a lot I wasn’t prepared for or comfortable with,” Gilling said. “I wasn’t used to it being five degrees, I wasn’t used to the snow. Fort Collins is kind of like a retirement community with a lot of old people and I’m used to a faster pace. “But I’m glad I had to adjust to all of it. It definitely has allowed me to grow as a person and start seeing the world a bit differently than I did before.” Gilling also had some familiar faces join him in Colorado. One was his girlfriend, who moved to Colorado. The second was his best friend from Ayala, Darren Moore, who is a freshman playing at Northern Colorado in Greeley, 32 miles southeast of Fort Collins. Having some Ayala ties was important in Gilling’s development, something he concedes. “Living in the dorm freshman year and being so far away from home was definitely tough on me,” he said. “It’s comforting to have my girlfriend and best friend here. It’s really helped me.” Being comfortable has allowed Gilling to help the Rams. A likely sociology major who wants to minor in business, he is taking a leadership role on the Rams, something that encourages Layer. “Stephan has really started to show some leadership qualities,” Layer said. “He comes from a winning program and is used to success. Winning breeds confidence and that’s what we are trying to develop here.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It usually takes one song to get from my place to practice,” said Gilling, an Ayala High School graduate. “You start the car, a song starts and by the time it’s over, I’m there. “It hasn’t been like that lately though. There’s been so much snow that we have to dig the car out just to go anywhere. It takes like two hours sometimes.” center_img How long does it take for three Californians to dig their car out of two feet of snow? No, it’s not a joke to be followed with a corny punchline. For Colorado State sophomore guard Stephan Gilling, it actually was a question with which he has practical experience in answering. last_img read more

first_imgPARIS – French police recovered two rare violins worth a total of $250,000 that were stolen from a Los Angeles Philharmonic musician in December, authorities said Sunday. A burglar stole the violins on Dec. 23 from the West Hollywood home of violinist Mark Kashper, French police said. One was crafted in the 18th century by Carlo Tononi, while the other was made in the 19th century by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume. Word of the theft was spread among American and European violin dealers. The owner of a Paris violin shop alerted police when an American man tried to sell them recently for just $65,000, Paris police said. Police recovered the instruments Thursday. The seller, an American who lives in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, was taken into custody and jailed in view of extradition, police said. The man, whose identity was not immediately released, denied breaking into Kashper’s house and said he bought the instruments from someone he did not know. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgK’Ogalo, who launched their campaign on a high, beating nine-time CAF title champions Zamalek of Egypt 4-2, are upbeat of overcoming the tough test against an Angolan side that lost 2-1 to NA Hussein Dey in the opening matches.Gor Mahia striker Dennis Oliech goes past Zamalek’s Naguez Hamdi during their CAF Confederations Cup game against Egypt’s Zamalek at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on February 3, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaBut the only Kenyan club to win an African competition — the 1987 Cup Winners Cup — have often flattered only to deceive and Petro Atletico of Angola in Luanda will be a big test.In other fixture, a Zamalek team boosted by Tunisian pair Hamdi el Nagguez and Ferjani Sassi and Moroccan Khalid Boutaib need all three points when they host NA Hussein Dey of Algeria.Gor, who are in Angola, have been dealt a major blow after Rwandese forward Jacques Tuyisenge and right-back Philemon Otieno were ruled out.The two are suspended after accumulating two yellow cards. Tuyisenge scored twice and assisted one as Gor whipped Zamalek 4-2 in the first match day against Zamalek and will be a great miss for the Luanda assignment.Gor squad to AngolaZamalek keeper Abdel Wahab picks the ball ahead of Gor Mahia forward Nicholas Kipkurui during their CAF Confederations Cup match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on February 3, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaGoalkeepers: Boniface Oluoch, Fredrick Peter Odhiambo.Defenders: Wellington Ochieng, Shafik Batambuze, Joash Onyango, Shakavah Haron, Charles Momanyi, Joachim Oluoch.Midfielders: Wendo Ernest, Lawrence Juma, Kenneth Muguna, Francis Kahata, George Odhiambo, Boniface Omondi.Strikers: Nicholas Kipkurui, Erisa Ssekisambu, Francis Mustafa.-Other fixtures-The Nkana FC of Zambia team pose before drawing away to San Pedro FC of the Ivory Coast and securing a place in the group phase of the 2018/2019 CAF Confederation Cup.Nkana FC of Zambia host Al Hilal of Sudan in the CAF Confederation Cup this Wednesday boosted by a record of never having lost at home in 56 African matches.The 40 victories and 16 draws came in the CAF Champions League, Confederation Cup and two now defunct competitions, the African Cup Winners Cup and the CAF Cup.Unfortunately, the magnificent home run has not led to any CAF titles for the Kitwe-based outfit, who came closest when losing the 1990 Champions League final on penalties.Nkana need maximum points against Hilal to get back into contention for a top-two finish in Group C after losing their matchday 1 clash at fellow Zambians Zesco United.“Our goal remains unchanged — we want to progress beyond the group stage,” stressed Nkana coach and former star Beston Chambeshi. “One loss does not deter us.”AFP Sport previews the second series of group matches in the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League.Group ATrophy-holders Raja Casablanca and fellow Moroccan side Renaissance Berkane can create three-point gaps above their rivals provided they use home advantage to secure victories.Raja recently hired French coach Patrice Carteron and a side stacked with Moroccan internationals should be too strong for Congo Brazzaville visitors AS Otoho Oyo.Berkane fired five goals past Senegalese Jaraaf in their previous home match and a repeat of that form with Togolese Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba leading the charge, should sink Agadir.Group BFormer Dutch star Ruud Krol (L) with his assistants when he coached Tunisia. He is now in charge of CS Sfaxien, one of the top clubs in the country.Record three-time Confederation Cup winners CS Sfaxien of Tunisia have home advantage over Enugu Rangers of Nigeria in the most attractive matchday 2 fixture.It is the only match-up featuring clubs who won their group openers and Enugu will parade the most prolific Confederation Cup scorer this season, six-goal Godwin Aguda.Sfaxien are coached by Ruud Krol, once a star defender who suffered the disappointment of being part of the Netherlands teams that lost the 1974 and 1978 World Cup finals.Group CNkana are not the only club seeking redemption in this section with once formidable Asante Kotoko of Ghana desperate to beat Zesco after losing away to Hilal.The Ghanaians reached nine finals in various CAF competitions between 1967 and 2004 but, frustratingly, won just two of them.“We believe we have what it takes to be one of the two qualifiers for the quarter-finals from this group,” insists Kotoko coach and former Ghana captain CK Akonnor.-Additional reporting from AFP- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia of Kenya star Jacques Tuyisenge (C) celebrates one of his goals against Zamalek of Egypt in a 2018/2019 CAF Confederation Cup group match.NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 12 – Despite missing legendary Dennis Oliech, Kenyan champions and Group D leaders Gor Mahia are hopeful of keeping on the winning momentum when they take on Angola’s Petro Atletico in their second CAF Confederation Cup pool match on Wednesday in Luanda.Gor will be without Oliech after the Harambee Stars great failed to recover on time after sitting out of the Mashemeji Derby 2-0 victory over rivals AFC Leopards on Saturday last weekend.last_img read more

first_imgGLENDALE – When Javier Dresdner was given a choice years ago – attend school or join the circus – he chose the circus, becoming an Argentinian Gauchos acrobat. After all, he had been performing since he was 13 and had followed his parents into the circus. For him, there was only one path. “I tried it a little, then I liked it, so there’s no reason to go back,” said Dresdner, 27. “Most of it is in your veins.” He is among 30 performers from around the world traveling with Circus Vargas, which made a stop Friday in the Glendale Civic Auditorium. The circus will continue its Southern California swing through this month. The circus is at California State University, San Bernardino, today and Sunday. “It makes me feel good, just to make people happy,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The new-age, one-ring circus format has no animals, just human performers. “We have aerialists, trapeze, comedy, acrobats, clowns,” said show manager and former trapeze artist Valentina Kolomiitchouk. “It’s like a regular circus. It’s just there’s no animals.” Davaasuren Altantsetseg is one of the “Mongolian Angeles” trapeze artists. As she touched up her outfit hours before the show Friday, she talked about why she loves the circus. “My everything is in circus,” she said. “You don’t have to work in an office. You stay healthy, and you get to see all the world. You get to do your show for everybody in the world. It’s a very nice life.” The life of a circus performer can be exhausting, too, Dresdner said. You’re always on the road, rarely get home-cooked meals, and almost always are away from home. But Dresdner gets a lot out of it. last_img read more

first_imgDDTV: So what’s your No1 Donegal song?Here’s our top 5 hits, with Jimmy’s Winning Matches at No1. The Hills of Donegal by Goats Don’t Shave is at No2 belowOur No 3 (below) is this gem – a duet by Daniel O’Donnell and Jim McGuinness this time two years ago. Our No 4 is Paul Brady’s Homes of Donegal. Simply stunning.And our newest favourite song –Na Casaidigh ag déanamh comóradh agus ceiliúradh ar fhoirne peile Dhún na nGall i 2014. (lyrics below)Focail/Words!CúrfaGlas agus órga linn,Muintir Thír Chonaill sinn,Misneach ‘s mórtas ag líonadh ár gcroí,Bhéarfaimid Sam linn trasna na hÉirne linn,Faoi cheannas McGuinness linn,Tír Chonaill Ábú.Véarsa 1Tá gaiscígh peile i mbéalaibh na tíre,‘S foireann Thír Chonaill go mairseáil chun glóir,An glas ‘s an órga ‘s an chontae lán dóchas,Is trácht in achan áit ar gach sábháil is scór.CúrfaVéarsa 2Ó Mhalainn na gCealla, Cill Chártha ‘s na Gleanntaí,An Craoslach, Gleann Fhinne ‘s Baile Dhún na nGall,Ard a’ Ratha ‘s Gleann Súilí go bródúil le chéile,Is triúr laoch cróga as Gleanntáin Ghaoth Dobhair. Cúrfa.DDTV: DONEGAL HIT PARADE – YOUR TOP 5 DONEGAL ANTHEMS was last modified: September 20th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalJIMMY’S WINNING MATCHESlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Crop conditions varied widely across the state, due to delays in planting, replanting, and emergence issues throughout the 2017 season, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Heavy rains along with cold temperatures at the beginning of the season hindered the drying of fields and caused the need for significant replanting. Dryer conditions in June brought opportunities to dry out fields to resume planting and other field activities. The dry weather continued allowing growers to catch up on replanting, apply fertilizer and cut hay. Excessive moisture throughout July created concerns in crop progress. August brought cooler drier conditions which helped stabilize crops.Ohio’s 2017 average corn yield was 177 bushels per acre, a new State record, up 18 bushels from last year. Producers harvested 3.13 million acres, compared to 3.30 million acres in 2016. Total State production of corn for grain was 554 million bushels, up 6 percent from the 2016 production of 525 million bushels. Acreage harvested for silage was 220,000 acres, an increase of 10,000 acres from 2016. The average silage yield increased by 4.5 tons from 2016 to 20 tons per acre. The Ohio corn harvest progressed slightly behind 2016 throughout the fall and was near completion by the end of November.Ohio’s average soybean yield for 2017 was estimated at 49.5 bushels per acre. The estimate is down 5 bushels per acre from the 2016 yield. Ohio producers planted 5.10 million acres and harvested 5.09 million acres. Planted and harvested acreage both increased by 250,000 acres from 2016. Soybean production is down 5 percent from 2016 to 252 million bushels.Alfalfa yields for Ohio averaged 3.20 tons per acre while all other hay averaged 2.10 tons per acre same as last year. Total hay production was 2.57 million tons.U.S. Corn for grain production is estimated at 14.6 billion bushels, down 4 percent from the 2016 estimate. The average yield in the United States is estimated at a record 176.6 bushels per acre, 2.0 bushels above the 2016 average yield of 174.6 bushels per acre. Area harvested for grain was estimated at 82.7 million acres, down 5 percent from the 2016 estimate.U.S. Soybean production in 2017 totaled a record 4.39 billion bushels, up 2 percent from 2016. The average yield per acre was estimated at 49.1 bushels, 2.9 bushels below the record yield in 2016. Harvested area was up 8 percent from 2016 to a record high 89.5 million acres.See the full report herelast_img read more

first_imgAMSTERDAM—Insecure about your height? You may want to avoid this tiny country by the North Sea, whose population has gained an impressive 20 centimeters in the past 150 years and is now officially the tallest on the planet. Scientists chalk up most of that increase to rising wealth, a rich diet, and good health care, but a new study suggests something else is going on as well: The Dutch growth spurt may be an example of human evolution in action.The study, published online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, shows that tall Dutch men on average have more children than their shorter counterparts, and that more of their children survive. That suggests genes that help make people tall are becoming more frequent among the Dutch, says behavioral biologist and lead author Gert Stulp of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.”This study drives home the message that the human population is still subject to natural selection,” says Stephen Stearns, an evolutionary biologist at Yale University who wasn’t involved in the study. “It strikes at the core of our understanding of human nature, and how malleable it is.” It also confirms what Stearns knows from personal experience about the population in the northern Netherlands, where the study took place: “Boy, they are tall.”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(*)For many years, the U.S. population was the tallest in the world. In the 18th century, American men were 5 to 8 centimeters taller than those in the Netherlands. Today, Americans are the fattest, but they lost the race for height to northern Europeans—including Danes, Norwegians, Swedes, and Estonians—sometime in the 20th century.Just how these peoples became so tall isn’t clear, however. Genetics has an important effect on body height: Scientists have found at least 180 genes that influence how tall you become. Each one has only a small effect, but together, they may explain up to 80% of the variation in height within a population. Yet environmental factors play a huge role as well. The children of Japanese immigrants to Hawaii, for instance, grew much taller than their parents. Scientists assume that a diet rich in milk and meat played a major role.The Dutch have become so much taller in such a short period that scientists chalk most of it up to their changing environment. As the Netherlands developed, it became one of the world’s largest producers and consumers of cheese and milk. An increasingly egalitarian distribution of wealth and universal access to health care may also have helped.Still, scientists wonder whether natural selection has played a role as well. For men, being tall is associated with better health, attractiveness to the opposite sex, a better education, and higher income—all of which could lead to more reproductive success, Stulp says.Yet studies in the United States don’t show this. Stulp’s own research among Wisconsinites born between 1937 and 1940, for instance, showed that average-sized men had more children than shorter and taller men, and shorter women had more children than those of average height. Taken together, Stulp says, this suggests natural selection in the United States pulls in the opposite direction of environmental factors like diet, making people shorter instead of taller. That may explain why the growth in average American height has leveled off.Stulp—who says his towering 2-meter frame did not influence his research interest—wondered if the same was true in his native country. To find out, he and his colleagues turned to a database tracking key life data for almost 100,000 people in the country’s three northern provinces. The researchers included only people over 45 who were born in the Netherlands to Dutch-born parents. This way, they had a relatively accurate number of total children per subject (most people stop having children after 45) and they also avoided the effects of immigration.In the remaining sample of 42,616 people, taller men had more children on average, despite the fact that they had their first child at a higher age. The effect was small—an extra 0.24 children at most for taller men—but highly significant. (Taller men also had a smaller chance of remaining childless, and a higher chance of having a partner.)  The same effect wasn’t seen in women, who had the highest reproductive success when they were of average height.  The study suggests this may be because taller women had a smaller chance of finding a mate, while shorter women were at higher risk of losing a child.Because tall men are likely to pass on the genes that made them tall, the outcome suggests that—in contrast to Americans—the Dutch population is evolving to become taller, Stulp says. “This is not what we’ve seen in other studies—that’s what makes it exciting,” says evolutionary biologist Simon Verhulst of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, who was Stulp’s Ph.D. adviser but wasn’t involved in the current study. Verhulst points out that the team can’t be certain that genes involved in height are actually becoming more frequent, however, as the authors acknowledge.The study suggests that sexual selection is at work in the Dutch population, Stearns says: Dutch women may prefer taller men because they expect them to have more resources to invest in their children. But there are also other possibilities. It could be that taller men are more resistant to disease, Stearns says, or that they are more likely to divorce and start a second family. “It will be a difficult question to answer.”Another question is why tall men in Holland are at a reproductive advantage but those in the United States are not. Stulp says he can only speculate. One reason may be that humans often choose a partner who’s not much shorter or taller than they are themselves. Because shorter women in the United States have more children, tall men may do worse than those of average height because they’re less likely to partner with a short woman.In the end, Stearns says, the advantage of tall Dutchmen may be only temporary. Often in evolution, natural selection will favor one trend for a number of generations, followed by a stabilization or even a return to the opposite trend. In the United States, selection for height appears to have occurred several centuries ago, leading to taller men, and then it stopped. “Perhaps the Dutch caught up and actually overshot the American men,” he says.last_img read more