Houston Firefighters Union President to Debate Mayor Turner on Pay Parity

first_img Share @FirefightersHOU has withdrawn from the scheduled debate on Proposition B after the Harris County Democratic Party failed to set ground rules that would have checked Mayor Sylvester Turner’s influence over the event. Please see attached news release. pic.twitter.com/FJKbynI4Gy— Houston Firefighters (@FirefightersHOU) October 3, 2018 Patrick M. ‘Marty’ Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association.The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association (HPFFA) announced Wednesday afternoon it has agreed to participate in a debate with Mayor Sylvester Turner about pay parity between the local police and fire departments.On Wednesday morning, the HPFFA had announced that its president, Patrick M. ‘Marty’ Lancton, would not participate in the debate, which is scheduled for Saturday, due to disagreements with the Harris County Democratic Party (HCDP) which is organizing the event.The HPFFA said in a statement obtained by News 88.7 that “the Harris County Democratic Party failed to set ground rules that would have checked Mayor Sylvester Turner’s influence over the event.”center_img The statement detailed that the Harris County Democratic Party “rejected a HPFFA request to directly address precinct chairs so they could vote on whether the county Democratic Party should support firefighters and Proposition B.”However, a statement sent around 4:30 p.m. announced that “after working through a variety of miscommunications” the HPFFA had agreed to take part in the debate about Proposition B.Lancton thanked the HCDP for “further clarifying the ground rules of the Prop B debate.” “Fairness of the debate and the inclusion of the precinct chairs in this process are priorities for us. The precinct chairs deserve to be as involved as possible in the debate,” the HPFFA president added.The debate will take place this Saturday, October 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. and will be live-streamed by the HCDP.last_img read more

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Some monkeys can understand danger calls made by different monkey species

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Human beings are the only species known to have a complete language, though other animals make sounds that can be interpreted by others of their species, and now it appears that at least in one case, the sounds made by one species can be interpreted by members of another. In this new effort focusing on the communication skills of monkeys the researchers looked to Campbell’s and Diana monkeys living in the Ivory Coast.Prior research has found that male Campbell’s monkeys use at least six unique sounds to convey information to their group members. Two of those “krak” and “krak-oo” have been found to be variations of the same idea—there is a threat at hand. Krak is more specific however, it means that a leopard is nearby whereas adding that oo suffix waters it down to meaning there is some threat, but it is not a leopard. Because Diana monkeys live in the same places as Campbell’s monkeys, the team wondered if they were able to understand the danger calls of the Campbell’s. To find out, they made recordings of Campbell’s monkey calls, and edited some of them—adding or removing the oo suffix. Then, they took the recordings into the jungle and played them in the vicinity of Diana monkeys and watched to see how they responded.The team found that the Diana monkeys reacted to the Campbell’s monkey calls in a manner almost identical to other Campbell’s monkeys—they grew much more agitated when hearing the krak call then when hearing the krak—oo call, and remained on alert longer, which the team claims proves that the Diana monkeys were able to differentiate between the two and to respond accordingly. Explore further Citation: Some monkeys can understand danger calls made by different monkey species (2015, April 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-monkeys-danger-monkey-species.html More information: Suffixation influences receivers’ behaviour in non-human primates, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published 29 April 2015. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0265AbstractCompared to humans, non-human primates have very little control over their vocal production. Nonetheless, some primates produce various call combinations, which may partially offset their lack of acoustic flexibility. A relevant example is male Campbell’s monkeys (Cercopithecus campbelli), which give one call type (‘Krak’) to leopards, while the suffixed version of the same call stem (‘Krak-oo’) is given to unspecific danger. To test whether recipients attend to this suffixation pattern, we carried out a playback experiment in which we broadcast naturally and artificially modified suffixed and unsuffixed ‘Krak’ calls of male Campbell’s monkeys to 42 wild groups of Diana monkeys (Cercopithecus diana diana). The two species form mixed-species groups and respond to each other’s vocalizations. We analysed the vocal response of male and female Diana monkeys and overall found significantly stronger vocal responses to unsuffixed (leopard) than suffixed (unspecific danger) calls. Although the acoustic structure of the ‘Krak’ stem of the calls has some additional effects, subject responses were mainly determined by the presence or the absence of the suffix. This study indicates that suffixation is an evolved function in primate communication in contexts where adaptive responses are particularly important. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from France, Ivory Coast, Switzerland and the U.K. has found that some monkeys of one species are able to listen in and respond to communications made by monkeys of another species. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the researchers describe a field study they conducted with two monkey species and what they learned from it.center_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Credit: cordis.europa.eu © 2015 Phys.org Linguistic methods uncover sophisticated meanings, monkey dialectslast_img read more

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