More Olympic Creatures

first_imgPlants and animals continue to amaze us with their Olympic-level abilities.  New observations promote some to the award stand.Diving:  For the first time, scientists succeeded in mounting a small video camera to the back of an imperial cormorant on the coast of Argentina, allowing humans to ride along and get a true bird’s eye view of its feeding behavior.  The BBC News  and Live Science posted the video, saying that the bird dives down 150 feet to the bottom in 40 seconds, spends a minute hunting, finds a fish, then comes up for air and lunch.  National Geographic said the video shocked researchers who didn’t know the birds dove so deep.  This is a rare opportunity to see a bird’s everyday athletics from its own perspective.Weight lifting:  PhysOrg posted an article about how male animals grow large structures like horns on beetles and antlers on elk.  Because the structures are linked to insulin usage, though, Olympic judges might disqualify them for doping.Moving plants:  We mustn’t discriminate against plants.  Even though most are anchored to the soil, they perform some remarkable feats in the track & field competition.  The BBC News posted a gallery called “Olympians of the botanical world.”  Did you know the bunchberry dogwood wins the shot put, explosively ejecting its spores at 800 G’s?  The fruits of the sandbox tree explode with the sound of a cannon.  Tumbleweeds win the marathon; they conquered the entire western US in under a decade.  And coast redwoods vault up to almost 380 feet above the forest floor.War games:  Thank goodness there is not an Olympic competition for terror, but if there were, some termites would qualify for suicide bombing, an article on New Scientist suggests.  Fortunately, the termites are altruistic; they only use their backpack explosives to save their fellow hivemates when the hive is under attack, and the aged termites are the ones who sacrifice themselves.  “The chemical warfare employed by N. taracua is ‘one of the most sophisticated examples of exploding we have seen’, says Hanus. ‘We were very surprised to see it but there are many phenomena in nature that are not yet in the textbooks.’”Not to shortchange humans, men and women are probably best in the all-around.  Live Science posted a video about medal contender Sarah Robles can lift 500 kg in the snatch and clean-and-jerk.  Robotics engineer Brian Zenowich remarked, “Watching what she’s doing, it just blows me away.”  At the London Olympic games this week, North Korean Kim Un Guk broke a world record, lifting three times his body weight (Mercury News), one of only a handful to accomplish this.  Humans also run, jump, throw, row, swim, shoot, ride, cycle, dive, do flips on a 4″ wide beam, and all the other amazing feats the Olympics bring together.As that robotics engineer well knows, none of this just happens.  It takes engineering.  When humans combine their equipment with motivation, drive, sacrifice, courage and perseverance to go farther, faster and higher, it’s thrilling to watch.  We give them the credit for the work, but should we not honor the workmanship of the Creator much more? (Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Invest in South Africa via the JSE

first_imgSouth Africa boasts mature capital markets that serve the domestic economy as well as the wider continent. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) is the world’s 19th largest exchange, and offers investors five key financial markets: equities, bonds, currency, equity and commodity derivatives. History The JSE was formed in 1887 to facilitate the first South African gold rush. Following the first legislation covering financial markets in 1947, the JSE joined the World Federation of Exchanges in 1963 and upgraded to an electronic trading system in the early 1990s. The bourse demutualised and listed on the JSE in 2005. In 2003 the bourse launched AltX, an alternative exchange for small and mid-sized listings, followed by the Yield X for interest rate and currency instruments. The JSE acquired the South African Futures Exchange (SAFEX) in 2001 and the Bond Exchange of South Africa (BESA) in 2009.Equity market With a market capitalisation of $929-billion as of the end of 2012, Johannesburg is the biggest exchange on the continent, significantly larger than both Cairo ($60-billion) and Lagos ($55-billion). It is also highly liquid, with the value of trades hitting R3.4trillion ($418.2-billion) in 2012, up from R3.3trillion ($400.1-billion) in 2011 and R3-trillion ($364.5-billion) in 2010. There are approximately 400 companies listed on the exchange across Main Board and AltX. While a number of heavyweights like AngloGold Ashanti, British American Tobacco, SABMiller and telecommunications firm MTN account for a large share of the market, the exchange has cultivated a diverse variety of offerings. The JSE is indexed by the FTSE/JSE Africa Index Series, a partnership between JSE and the FTSE Group. The main two measurements of performance are the All Share Index (ASI), covering 99% of market capitalisation, and the All Share Top 40 Top Companies Index, which tracks the top listings in a representative spread of sectors. South African bond market South Africa’s fixed-income market accounts for 96% of the value of all African bonds. The majority of South African bonds are issued by government and state-owned entities but the number of corporate bonds issued is growing. Bond trading is available on the stock exchange, which also offers over-the-counter depository services and a variety of bond-based derivatives, including bond futures, forward-rate agreements, vanilla swaps and standard bond options. The JSE is aiming to attract new issuers to the bourse, including those offering rand- denominated foreign notes, which are now treated as domestic securities following a successful negotiation with the South African Reserve Bank. In November 2012 the Namibian government floated a R850-million ($103.6-million) 10-year bond priced at 8.26%, the first tranche of a R3-billion ($365.7-million) programme, and the JSE hopes to encourage other African countries to list debt on the exchange.Derivatives The JSE offers trading of a variety of derivatives, including futures and options on equities, bonds, indices, interest rates, currencies and commodities. The JSE is ranked the sixth top exchange by number of single stock futures traded and ninth by the number of currency derivatives traded in 2012 in the World Federation Annual Derivatives Survey. FSB website: www.fsb.co.zaReserve Bank website: www.resbank.co.za Website: www.world-exchanges.org Foreign listings In 2011, South Africa’s inward listing rules were changed to allow foreign domiciled companies to be treated as domestic listings. While foreign firms had been allowed to list on the JSE since 2004, they had been subject to foreign exchange rules, which limited the amount of these equities that local investors could hold. The lifting of these restrictions has been an important regulatory shift for the exchange makes the JSE a more attractive listings destination. Information supplied by the JSE. For more, visit www.jse.co.za Reviewed: 6 June 2013Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material While these regulatory changes will likely hasten the move of trading from OTC to the JSE, the JSE have also taken steps to make the exchange a more attractive platform for this activity. This includes improving transparency in the JSE’s fee structure and continuous product innovation. Membership More than 110 equities and 50 bond brokers are licensed in South Africa, a mixture of local and foreign outfits. There are more than 100 equity derivatives members, 50 commodity derivatives members and more than 50 currency derivatives members.Technology The JSE has undertaken major technological upgrades to improve the latency of trading times and embarked on reform of the clearing and settlement timeframe. In July 2012 the JSE implemented a new trading platform the Millennium Exchange in the equities market, while at the same time moving the trading system from London to Johannesburg. Following this successful transition trades can now be executed up to 400 times faster than under the previous TradElect system. The change allows for increased liquidity and more high-frequency traders. Regulation The JSE currently acts as the frontline regulator, setting listing requirements and enforcing trading rules. The Financial Services Board (FSB) supervises the JSE in the commission of its regulatory duties and, as the JSE has no criminal or civil jurisdiction, processes any cases where statutory legislation has been contravened. The regulatory landscape is set to change significantly in the near future, as South Africa looks to implement a twin peaks model of oversight. Under the new system, prudential supervision will be transferred to the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and market conduct regulation will be led by a bolstered FSB. The JSE will continue to act as frontline regulator while it will report to the FSB as the lead regulator, a concept endorsed in 2012 to avoid overlaps in jurisdiction between the FSB and the Reserve Bank. South Africa is currently ranked 1st in the world in terms of regulation of securities exchanges in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Survey for 2012- 2013. This is an accolade for both the JSE its regulators. last_img read more

Philippi Village builds business

first_imgThe Phillippi Village offers locals job opportunities and means residents will not have to travel long distances in search of work. (Image and Video: Future Cape Town)An old cement factory in Philippi has been turned into a thriving entrepreneurial complex where the region’s start-ups and growing businesses can build a future.Philippi is a predominantly low income township of more than 200 000 people on the outskirts of Cape Town. Only 62% of the labour force aged 15 to 64 is employed, and 78% of households have a monthly income of R3 200 or less. The area also has a very large percentage of young people, with 50% of residents aged 24 or younger.But Philippi Village brings hope to the area. The large entrepreneurial development provides a space where entrepreneurs and businesses can grow and where residents can develop skills and increase their employability.Its primary aim is to provide the infrastructure to house local businesses. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to cluster and collaborate to strengthen their businesses, stimulating local entrepreneurship and creating promising economic futures within Philippi, according to the village.It stands to reason that setting up businesses locally will bring local job opportunities, and mean residents will not have to travel long distances in search of work.The village consists of: The Hub, Village Square, The Container Walk and The Shed.The Hub is the centre of the village. It is a R120-million development that is designed as a creative and dynamic place that provides secure, accessible and affordable infrastructure where people can meet, host events collaborate and, importantly, locate their businesses locally.Watch how Philippi Village works:As its name suggests, the Village Square is an outdoors area designed as a place to spend leisure time, after hours or for small meetings during the day. It is open to recreation, art, music and there is a big screen.The Container Walk uses reclaimed shipping containers as business premises to help grow start-ups and small businesses. This way, it offers cost effective solutions with the added bonus of full business support and mentoring.Philippi Village has taken a phased approach and roll out. The entire project and its revenues are for community benefit and for re-investment into future phases of the development. If you are interested in partnering or becoming a social investor, contact the village.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Almost 3M netizens illegally streamed Mayweather vs. McGregor fight—report

first_imgFloyd Mayweather Jr. (right) throws a punch at Conor McGregor during their super welterweight boxing match on Aug. 26, 2017, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPThe fight of the century went down over the weekend, as boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. kept his record unblemished at 50-0, turning back a very game adversary in Conor McGregor.READ: 50-0: Floyd Mayweather stops Conor McGregor in 10th roundADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Williams wins at US Open to stay in No. 1 hunt; Konta out Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Nextcenter_img However, not every sports fan managed to watch the fight on pay per view (PPV) and resorted to illegal streams online.According to a report form Forbes, digital platform security company Irdeto estimated that 2,930,598 people illegally watched the fight on various social media platforms via 239 illegal streams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPlenty of unwarranted videos were shared on Facebook, YouTube, Periscope and Twitch last Saturday (Sunday in Manila), while ads for the illegal streams were promoted on sites like Alibaba, eBay and Amazon.Other viewers, meanwhile, depended on “digital Robin Hoods”—or generous fans who purchased the fight and videotaped it live through their television or computers. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension On the other hand, Facebook did its part to stop videos from spreading by taking down live streams of the fight.However, the social platform still could not keep up with the number of users, as some videos managed to be streamed live up until the end of the fight.Despite the massive number of illegal streams, the Mayweather versus McGregor fight is still expected to break PPV sales. As of this writing, official PPV numbers have yet to be released.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Canelo-GGG to MayMac fans: We’ve got a real show for youADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:21‘Bato’ says Robredo has to toughen up: ‘This is war…hindi ka pwedeng pa-cute cute dito’00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Arsenal beats Chelsea 2-1 to seal League Cup final with City

first_img“We might have got our formation wrong … but we came back into it and showed great character,” Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere. “We showed our quality going forward.”Unlike Chelsea. A recovery rarely looked on the cards from Antonio Conte’s disjointed side in a derby that exposed the visitors’ shortages in the squad.Chelsea’s attacking threat was sapped by the loss of Willian in the first half with a hamstring problem, and Conte was forced to bring on Ross Barkley for his debut.The new recruit from Everton was lacking sharpness in his first match since being injured May. But Conte was forced to deploy the midfielder as a “false nine” at times. It was little wonder the goal threat was so lacking from a side that won the Premier League last season.Chelsea’s hopes of defending that title faded long ago, with Man City 15 points ahead of the third-place champions. Arsenal is languishing in sixth place but Wenger is still through to a fourth domestic final in five seasons.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For once, it’s not the FA Cup providing cover for Wenger. Arsenal’s defense of the more prestigious domestic cup ended at the first hurdle in an embarrassing loss to Nottingham Forest earlier this month. But a first trip to the League Cup final since 2011 gives Wenger a chance on Feb. 25 to add the only piece of domestic silverware missing in more than 21 years at Arsenal. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi controls the ball during the English League Cup semifinal second leg soccer match between Chelsea and Arsenal at the Emirates stadium in London, Wednesday, Jan.24, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON — Two fortuitous goals helped Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 on Wednesday and seal a League Cup final meeting with Manchester City, providing a glimmer of joy in a gloomy domestic campaign.Both Arsenal goals received a helping hand from Chelsea defender Antonio Ruediger as the semifinal meeting of London rivals came to life after a sterile, scoreless first leg two weeks ago.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Antetokounmpo says Kidd helped him grow into dominant player NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Chelsea raced into a seventh-minute lead through Eden Hazard but Arsenal quickly fought back. Nacho Monreal’s free header from a corner ricocheted off the heads of Chelsea duo Marcos Alonso and Ruediger before flying into the net in the 12th minute.Arsenal took the lead on the hour when Alexandre Lacazette’s cross was inadvertently diverted by Ruediger into the path of Granit Xhaka, who poked the ball past goalkeeper Willy Caballero.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“In the first half we gave them too much respect, maybe, and we suffered from that,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “In the second half we rectified that.”In part thanks to Wenger’s shift to a three-man defense in the second half.last_img read more

World Cup Highlights On YouTube

first_imgFrom match highlights to interviews to ‘play of the day’s’, this is one way you can catch up with how the Australian teams are progressing in the World Cup. To view, please click on the following link:www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img

Rail joint cracks led to Saskatchewan potash train derailment TSB

first_imgWINNIPEG – An investigation has concluded that cracks in a rail joint ultimately led to the derailment of a freight train carrying potash east of Saskatoon last fall.A Transportation Safety Board report says the cracks made the rail joint weak and it ruptured under the weight of the Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) train.Some 37 cars derailed just west of the Rural Municipality of Blucher on Sept. 15.The report says many of the derailed cars spilled potash, but no dangerous goods were involved and no one was hurt.About 760 metres of track was damaged or destroyed.The TSB says all required track inspections had been performed, including three in the previous year that showed some minor defects not needing immediate attention under CP maintenance standards.The train had just passed through a switch at Blucher when the crew felt the locomotive dip and heard a banging sound. An engineer applied the brakes to slow the train and four seconds later an automatic emergency brake was activated.Half a rail joint was recovered during cleanup and had “rail-end batter on the east-end rail head and fatigue cracking in the joint bars.”Potash consists of minerals containing potassium and is used as an agricultural fertilizer.last_img read more

Humboldt Broncos to end GoFundMe fundraiser this Wednesday

first_imgHUMBOLDT, S.K. – The Humboldt Bronco’s and GoFundMe will shut down their online fundraiser this Wednesday.The GoFundMe campaign will end on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. MST.  In a press release posted to the team website, the organization thanked everyone for their generosity. As of Monday evening, over $12 million has been donated through the website.“First and foremost, the Broncos’ volunteer board of directors would like to express their tremendous love and sincere gratitude to everyone who has generously donated time and money to support our organization and its families, as we navigate through this dark and heart-wrenching time.The strain on the Broncos’ organization’s limited resources has been immense. Our priority currently remains focused – as it has been since day one – on working with our families, especially now as they lay their loved ones to rest, as well as on all our families and players struggling to heal, physically and mentally, in the wake of this devastating event.”Money from the GoFundMe campaign will be transferred to a newly created non-profit corporation known as “Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund Inc.” to be allocated for their intended purpose. An advisory committee will be established to make recommendations for the allocations of all funds that will be held in trust.Any other fundraisers held after the GoFundMe campaign is closed can be donated to the HumboldtStrong Community Foundation.  The mission of the new foundation will be to support employees, families and volunteers connected to the Bronco’s team.For more information about how you can donate to the team, after the GoFundMe closes, visit www.humboldtstrong.infoOn April 12, Fort St. John residents came together and donated over $5,60o towards the campaign.last_img read more

Hudsons Hope RCMP publishes policing report for May

first_imgHUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. — Cst. William McKenna with the Hudson’s Hope RCMP has published a policing report which says that police responded to approximately 32 calls for service over the last four weeks. During the month of April, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP issued 58 Motor Vehicle Act Warnings and Violation Tickets. One impaired driver was stopped and charged during this period.   Four check stops were conducted in an effort to combat impaired driving. Cst. McKenna said that the Hudson’s Hope Speed Watch program is progressing and expected to implemented in the next few weeks, and that the detachment is still welcoming volunteers to help with the program. The Hudson’s Hope RCMP was assisted by officers from Fort St John, Chetwynd, and North Peace Traffic Services during an enforcement campaign over the May long weekend. Extra police presence on the highway, on ATVs, and on the water was focused in historically busy areas in an effort to prevent offences and injuries to outdoor enthusiasts.The Hudson’s Hope RCMP Positive Ticketing program has begun and will continue until fall.  Several youths have been “caught in the act” being safe or acting in a positive way such as wearing a bike helmet, using a crosswalk to safely cross the road, or wearing a seatbelt. When officers witness this, the youth can be issued a free ice cream positive ticket. Cst. McKenna extended a big thank you to Belinda Karlin and the staff at Marg’s Mini Mart for partnering with the local RCMP in promoting safety and positivity in our community.  On April 24th, officers responded to a complaint of a shoplifting theft from the Sportsman Inn Liquor store. The suspect was described as a First Nations woman, approximately 20-30 years old, standing 5’5” tall, with a stocky build. She had bleached hair with an orange tint. Anyone with information can contact the RCMP locally or Crime stoppers.   On May 20th, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP were called out to a home on Twelve Mile road for a possible domestic assault. A man was arrested and lodged in cells for a few hours to sober up and was released later in the day.  The file is still being monitored.  On May 20th, the RCMP located a vehicle parked at a local business with expired insurance.  The driver eventually returned to the vehicle and was issued seven violation tickets for multiple infractions. The vehicle was also towed.  Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations can contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP directly at 250-783-5241 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Visit http://crimestoppersnebc.ca/  for advice on submitting tips online and to browse the area’s “most wanted” page.last_img read more

HC directs CBI to recall LOC against businessman in corruption case involving

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court has directed CBI to recall the Look-Out Circular (LOC) issued against a Hyderabad-based businessman who is an accused in a corruption case involving meat exporter Moin Akhtar Qureshi and the agency’s ex-director A P Singh. Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal said since Pradeep Koneru, the businessman, has been regularly joining the investigation, there is no justification in keeping alive the LOC which was issued on May 16 last year. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder “Since the petitioner (Koneru) has been regularly joining investigation, there is no justification in keeping the present Look-Out Circular dated May 16, 2018, alive. The same be recalled by the issuing authority,” the court said. The court also imposed certain conditions on Koneru, including that he has to join the probe as and when called by the investigating officer (IO) and cooperate with the CBI. It also said that in case he has to travel abroad, he has to furnish to the IO the details of the country where is proposes to go, one week prior to the visit. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings “The petitioner shall not travel abroad for more than two weeks in one month… The amount of Rs six crore deposited by the petitioner in the court shall be kept in the form of FDR till March 31, 2021 on auto renewal basis,” the court said. In case of any violation of the conditions by Koneru, the FDR will be forfeited and the CBI is at liberty to take appropriate recourse in accordance with the law, it said. It asked the trial court to return his passport and directed the high court registry to communicate a copy of this order to the FRRO. The high court passed the order on Koneru’s plea seeking quashing of the LOC issued against him by the CBI in the corruption case. The FIR, in connection with which Koneru was being questioned, was filed in 2017 by CBI after ED and Income Tax department’s probe into money laundering and black money allegations against Qureshi allegedly revealed involvement of senior public servants. The ED had written a letter to the CBI in this regard and it had in 2017 lodged an FIR against the meat exporter as well as its former director A P Singh, Koneru and several others. Another Hyderabad-based businessman, Sathish Babu Sana, on whose complaint a bribery case was filed against then CBI special director Rakesh Asthana, is also a witness in this case. Koneru is a prosecution witness in the ED case. During the arguments earlier, the CBI counsel had admitted in the court that Koneru was an accused in the corruption case and a division bench of the high court had on February 5, directed that no coercive steps be taken against him, which direction is still continuing. The court, in its order, noted that the record revealed that Koneru has joined the investigation in the case prior to issuance of the LOC. The businessman’s counsel had submitted that Koneru would record his undertaking to the court that he will continue to cooperate in the investigation and will not tamper with evidence or influence any witness. In this regard, the judge also recorded the statement of Koneru, who was present in the court.last_img read more