Archive | January, 2014

SC jobless rate falls to 6.6 percent

College of Charleston economist Frank Hefner cautioned that while the unemployment rate is good, it is a bit deflated by seasonal adjustments and folks giving up on finding jobs. Hefner added that despite the caveats, 6.6 percent “is a great number. We’re still chugging along.” And he noted that the 1.9 percent growth rate “is […]

Charleston harbor pilots look to fewer, but bigger, cargo ships

“It’s like the railroad with transition to larger trains and more technology, and that means the need for fewer people,” said Kent Gourdin, director of global logistics and transportation programs at the College of Charleston.

Shark Species Thought to Be Extinct Turns Up in Fish Market

The concern for the smoothtooth blacktip’s conservation status is “the same as for any sharks or rays,” said Gavin Naylor, a professor of biology at the College of Charleston, Medical University of South Carolina, who also worked on the 2011 study. “They are what we call K selected animals, meaning they are long lived and have […]

What Happens When the Poor Receive a Stipend?

But Douglas Walker, an economist at the College of Charleston who has done some consulting for pro-gaming organizations, says many of the studies on gaming have methodological problems. Increased criminal behavior may simply be a function of more visitors to the casino area, he says. If the population increases periodically, it’s natural to expect crime […]

Once Failing Biology Society Thrives as It Nurtures New Disciplines

By 1959, new discipline-focused divisions had emerged: developmental biology, comparative endocrinology, comparative physiology, and animal behavior, among them. But in the 1990s, ASZ was teetering, so weak financially that it appealed to its members for bailout donations. Soul-searching resulted in a greater emphasis on cross-cutting topics. “People thought that having a program that was truly […]

To understand the crisis in the CAR, beware of familiar narratives (op/ed)

by Christopher Day The Central African Republic’s interim president and rebel leader, Michel Djotodia, was forced to resign today at a two-day summit in the Chadian capital, Ndjamena. Djotodia, who seized power through a violet coup last march, has been under immense pressure by former colonial power France and the regional kingmaker Chad for failing […]

Historical marker honoring Beaufort synagogue unveiled

Since the earliest records, the city’s Jewish residents have played an active role in politics and local business, said College of Charleston historian Dale Rosengarten. Rosengarten said Meyer Jacobs, a member of Beaufort’s Volunteer Army, became the city’s first Jewish mayor in 1831. After the population of Jews in Beaufort quadrupled between 1869 and 1919, […]

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