Mother Chimp Mourns Death of Infant in Sadly Similar Way to Humans

In a heartbreaking discovery about the emotional life of chimpanzees, researchers have discovered what appears to be a mourning process in those primates which parallels a similar experience which humans go through when a loved one dies.

Experts on chimpanzee behavior have known for a while that chimp mothers develop a close bond with their infants; carrying them for two full years and nursing them for six. What was not apparent before was the reaction these mothers have when their infant dies.

In a video which seems to show a mother chimp mourning the death of her 16 month old baby, evidence points to a heartbreakingly similar emotional experience to what human mothers feel when their infant dies.

TSA Head Disallows Screening Parntership Program

The Transportation Security Administration has decided to halt the program which allows private security screeners to replace government screeners at airports. The little known Screening Partnership Program was deemed acceptable one month ago when the TSA expressed a “neutral” opinion on the program. Now in use by 16 airports around the country, the head of the TSA John Pistole said on Friday that he will not allow any expansion of the program, justifying his decision by saying that he could not “see any advantage to it. ”

The Screening Partnership Program gave airports the ability to hire their own screeners privately to replace the TSA personnel. They wear similar uniforms to TSA agents, meet TSA standards and are supervised by the TSA directly. Airports chose to hire replacement agents in response to all the bad publicity that TSA agents received last December  for their overly zealous behavior when giving ‘pat-downs’ which many travelers called ‘intrusive. ’

Republican Representative from Florida, John Mica, sent a letter which encouraged more airports to privatize their screening, believing that non-government agents would be more amenable to public needs and opinions. That was when the TSA neither endorsed nor discouraged the program. But on Friday the Springfield-Branson Airport in Missouri was denied permission to join the program. Pistole stated at that time that additional applications will also be denied.

"I examined the contractor screening program and decided not to expand the program beyond the current 16 airports as I do not see any clear or substantial advantage to do so at this time," Pistole said.

 

 

The Pre-school Top Ten Reading List

It’s back to the wonderful world of classes, studying, research, and papers – vacation is definitely over. But, after spending such a great weekend with my adorable niece and nephew, my sister and I talked a lot about ideas for giving young children the best preparation for school – and life. In addition to being a mother, my sister is also an early childhood educator, so this is actually her field of expertise. One of the things we talked about was reading readiness. My sister has prepared a list of books she advises parents to read with their pre-school children, and I wanted to share it with the parents out there. So here is her top ten list:
1. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
2. Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
3. Curious George by H.A. Rey
4. Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
5. Harry and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
6. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber
7. Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
8. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
9. The Magic School Bus by Joanna Cole
10. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

Happy Family Reading!

Hidden Heroes: Harvey Finkelstein

Harvey FinkelsteinHarvey Finkelstein may not seem like an interesting person, yet there is more to this mild mannered CPA that has been practicing for over 30 year. Despite his increased work schedule after switching to Glass Jacobson since 2007, Harvey Finklestein has finds time to give back to his community of Owings Mills, Maryland

Harvey Finkelstein has shown exemplary ethics as the Principal in the tax department. Areas of expertise for Harvey Finkelstein include tax planning for individuals, small business, estates and trusts, and Federal and State tax issue resolution.

Beyond his tax experience, Harvey Finkelstein has had expert testimony experience, serving as an expert witness in cases related to business valuation issues and divorce/domestic cases.

Harvey Finkelstein presently acts as an advisor on the State Tax Committee, and was previously active on the Federal Tax Committee.  He is a member of the Maryland Association of CPAs, and earned his Master in Taxation from the University of Baltimore.

What do Pete Sampras, and Wayne Gretzky Have in Common?

…and the answer is Charity.

Pete Sampras, and Wayne Gretzky have made the world a little bit better by giving their money to Charity.

Pete Sampras – Avon Breast Health Access Fund, Children’s Make a Wish Foundation, United Cerebral Palsy, and more

Pete Sampras was always a likable tennis great, but off the court he makes the difference in many charitable organizations. Here are just some of the many charities that Pete Sampras gives to:

  • The Kid’s Stuff Foundation
  • The Vitus Gerulaitis Youth Foundation
  • Revlon/UCLA Breast Center
  • Avon Breast Health Access Fund
  • American Cancer Society (member of the Public Awareness Board)
  • United Cerebral Palsy
  • The Silver Lining Ranch
  • Elton John’s Aids Foundation
  • Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of Aids
  • Children’s Make a Wish Foundation
  • Bill Johnson Tennis Foundation (Philadephia)

Wayne Gretzky – Wayne Gretzky Foundation

Besides starting his own his own charity foundation which has raised money for tzunami aid relief, Wayne Gretzky has donated time and money to the follow charities:

  • Casey Lee Ball Foundation
  • MedicAlert Foundation
  • Oxfam
  • Starkey Hearing Foundation
  • Watering Seeds Organization
  • Wayne Gretzky Foundation

James Donovan First Carbon Solutions

James Donovan Goldman SachsTwenty five years ago James Donovan was an investment banker, but now he is in charge of one of the largest investment firms globally which supports innovative clean technology development. The investment firm, FirstCarbon Solutions, partners with clients under the leadership of James Donovan, in order to invest in and decipher what the business challenges are in this up and coming sector of clean, alternative technology solutions.

Taking advantage of the huge market potential for development in China, many of the companies in which FirstCarbon Solutions are investing are located there. Through partnering with these emerging businesses in China, James Donovan has secured himself a place from which he can play a leading role in the Asian business community, taking advantage of the huge growth potential in this emerging marketplace.  James Donovan recently ran a seminar to explore and define the role FirstCarbon Solutions will play in the expanding Chinese market.

“As an organization’s operations grow, so does the demand for managing, reporting and reducing GHG emissions,” said James Donovan, CEO, FirstCarbon Solutions. “The Mandarin version of FirstCarbon Solutions ghgTrack will provide local Chinese companies with a cost-effective software solution that’s easy-to-use yet robust enough to meet data-intensive demands as requirements grow. No matter the size of the organization, collecting, reporting and managing GHG emissions begin with data, and tools like FirstCarbon Solutions ghgTrack help companies make sense of it all.”