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  • Drew Remenda on the Sharks: This could really happen

    first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile deviceThis playoff run by the Sharks, which continues to grow in promise, was encapsulated by one play in one period of one game.In the first period of Game 1 Saturday against the St. Louis Blues, Timo Meier pressed Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo in the neutral zone and knocked him to the ice, creating a loose puck. Gustav Nyquist supported the puck quickly — something the Sharks did very well in Game 1. With a …last_img read more

  • Music Out of Range of Darwin’s Instrument

    first_imgIn Science this week,1 Michael Balter reported on a Montreal meeting of the Brain, Music and Sound Research Center (BRAMS).  The center is gaining attention for its renewed interest in the biology of music, and why human beings are so good at this skill with its dubious survival value.  The topic came up about how music might have evolved.  Balter reported about his conversation with Isabelle Peretz, a neuropsychologist at the University of Montreal and co-director of BRAMS.Yet whereas work on musical learning is showing progress, “music remains a mystery,” Peretz says.  “The biggest question is what it is for.”  Researchers have suggested many scenarios for why musical abilities might have evolved, such as enhancement of social solidarity and increasing communication between mothers and children (Science, 12 November 2004, p.  1120).  But Peretz is cautious about such speculations.  Although she has long argued against claims by researchers such as Harvard University cognitive scientist Steven Pinker that music is just “auditory cheesecake” with no adaptive function, she conceded in a recent review in Cognition that most hypotheses about music’s role in human evolution are inherently untestable.  “I believe that music is in our genes, but belief is not science”–more evidence is needed, she says.See also the 03/07/2002 and 12/09/2004 entries on music and evolutionary theory.  A new, detailed article by a medical doctor on the intricate design and construction of the human ear can be found on Apologetics Press.1Michael Balter, “Study of Music and the Mind Hits a High Note in Montreal,” Science 9 February 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5813, pp. 758 – 759, DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5813.758.A scientist gets a little closer to singing on pitch (compare 11/12/2004).  Hallelujah.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

  • Investing in the Western Cape

    first_imgEconomic development in the Western Cape is characterised by a broad sector base, with good growth potential in several major sectors, a range of significant niche sectors and a number of large new investment projects.Cape Town International Airport in the Western Cape (Image: Brand South Africa)Rapidly decreasing communication cost levels mean the disadvantages of Cape Town’s distance of 1 500 kilometres south of the economic hub of Gauteng and several thousand kilometres from European, American and Asian centres is less and less significant.In line with worldwide trends, South Africa’s export-oriented industries tend to shift towards port cities and coastal industrial belts – the drop in import duties and the establishment of Saldanha Steel as a basis for Western Cape heavy industry add more momentum to this shift.The Western Cape has an open economy with foreign trade making up close to 30% of the gross regional product. The province’s exports have traditionally been dominated by primary products such as fruit, fish and vegetables, but with beneficiation adding increasingly higher value.Western Cape overviewWesgroWestern Cape governmentWestern Cape Provincial ParliamentWesgroWesgro is the official investment and trade promotion agency for the Western Cape, the first point of contact for foreign importers, local exporters and investors wanting to take advantage of the business potential of Cape Town and the province as a whole.The agency works closely with key players such as the South African government, business, labour, the City of Cape Town, district municipalities and rural local authorities. Its key objectives are:To market the economic potential, the advantages and investment opportunities of the Western Cape, both within South Africa and internationally.To maintain and increase economic momentum and confidence in the Western Cape.To gain recognition for the Western Cape as a dynamic development region.WesgroKey projectsIn the regional development of the Western Cape a number of large investment projects have lately played an important role in maintaining growth and employment momentum.Some major projects are currently in the process of implementation, with ample opportunities for further investments in each of these cases. These include the Cape Town International airport, Cape Town central station, jewellery emporium, Kudu Gas (Cape Power Project), perlemoen (abalone) project, Philippi east town centre, refrigerated container plant, Robben Island gateway centre, Roggebaai canal, Sandy Cove and the Zeconi optical fibre plant.TourismThe Western Cape’s beauty is unsurpassed and it is a top international tourist destination. Some 50% of international tourists arriving in South Africa visit the Western Cape, while the overall share of the region in South Africa’s tourism market is approximately 24% by gross expenditure.Estimates for the different components of the Western Cape’s 8-million annual tourists clearly show the dominance of local tourists – 46% from other provinces and 39% from inside the Western Cape – as compared to 14.3% foreign tourists. In the latter category, tourists from elsewhere in Africa have reached about half the number of foreign arrivals.The tourism industry is a major growth sector in terms of investment, employment and the diversification of services. Less directly, tourism stimulates the property market – especially prime residential and cluster projects – and strengthens business contacts, often are the forerunners of trade, joint ventures and immigration plans.Agriculture and fishingThe sheltered valleys between mountains are ideal for the cultivation of export-grade fruit such as apples, table grapes, olives, peaches and oranges. A variety of vegetables is cultivated in the eastern part of the Western Cape, while the wheat- growing Swartland and Overberg districts are the country’s breadbasket.The agricultural sector is critical for the Western Cape economy, accounting for 60% of regional exports. Since the 1990s the sector has steadily expanded, with only moderate fluctuations due to late winter rains, shifting world market prices and other unforeseeable factors related to specific product segments.South Africa’s 300-year-oldwine industry is based in the south of the province. The region produces 3.1% of the world’s wine and ranks as number nine in overall volume production, with 100 200 hectares under vines for wine production.Some 75% of all South African fishing taking place along the Western Cape coastline. The rich fishing grounds on the west coast are protected from exploitation by a 200km commercial fishing zone and a strict quota system. Snoek, Cape lobster, abalone, calamari, octopus, oysters and mussels are among the delicacies produced in these waters.Key exports are also fruit, wine, wool and ostrich. The high quality of exports, combined with the relative weakness of the local currency, makes the products some of the most affordable high quality exports in the world.ManufacturingIn the past the strength of Cape manufacturing largely depended on the performance of the food processing sector as well as clothing and textile industries. Several other segments made relatively small, yet significant contributions to the sector, like the petrochemical and plastics industry, furniture, printing and publishing.The establishment of the R9-billion Saldanha Steel Project (SSP) is expected to gradually expand the base of Western Cape industry, helping create downstream processing plants. The rise of information technology, telecommunications, medical and research equipment and other hi-tech processes will further broaden the industrial core of the Western Cape. The Capricorn Science and Industrial Park in the beach town of Muizenberg one of a number of catalysts.Financial servicesCape Town is the second largest financial centre in the country. The province has in the past relied largely on the insurance industry as the backbone of this sector.While this sector still expands, a stronger momentum seems to come from the establishment of new, specialised financial service suppliers in the area, either as branches of Gauteng head office, or as a shift of certain of the activities to the more attractive working environment of the Cape. This trend includes foreign firms, and new investment groups focusing on the local investment scene.Parallel to the steady expansion of financial services and retailing, dominated by the expansion of a few retail mega-centres, there is also a boom in professional, business, property and personal services. In particular the property services sector has experienced dramatic growth.Business process outsourcingA rapidly expanding sector showing good potential in the Western Cape in particular is business process outsourcing, which includes the processing of accounts and claims, as well as front office activities such as call centres. This growth is fuelled by world- class service levels of call centre staff, time-zone compatibility with Europe, high rates of fluency in English coupled with neutral English accents, a favourable exchange rate and an advanced telecommunications industry.Investment agency Calling the Cape has facilitated call centre deals in the Western Cape worth R933-million since the beginning of 2004, with investments in 2005 up by 19% over 2004. Some 79% of this investment originated from the UK, with companies from Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the US also represented.Companies running call centres in the Western Cape include Barclays, JP Morgan, Lufthansa, the Budget Group, Merchants/Asda, Dialogue and STA Travel.Research published in November 2004 by independent analysts Datamonitor predicted that South African call centre numbers would double by 2008 – and rated Cape Town ahead of India for quality of service.Brand South Africa reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

  • Active citizens ‘key to Development Plan’

    first_img17 November 2011A key aspect of South Africa’s new National Development Plan, a blueprint for creating sustainable growth and development in the country over the next two decades, is its emphasis on active citizenry, says Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola.According to Matola, the plan – which seeks to create a “virtuous cycle of growth and development” by removing the most pressing constraints to investment and job creation – is set to improve South Africa’s international reputation and competitiveness.“In these fraught times, with Europe hovering on the brink and America’s economic recovery under threat, having a coherent vision for the country through 2030 could do much to improve South Africa’s competitiveness,” Matola said in a statement on Thursday.“International experiences suggests that trade, tourism and particularly investment respond well to the kind of long-term policy planning we as a nation are doing.”The National Development Plan, which will be refined through public engagement before going to Cabinet, was presented to President Jacob Zuma by Trevor Manuel, chairman of the National Planning Commission, in Pretoria on Friday.The wide-ranging draft plan aims to eliminate poverty and sharply reduce inequality in the country by 2030.It intends doing this by concentrating on, among other things, expanding infrastructure, building a capable state, moving to inclusive planning, creating jobs and uniting the nation.Citizens who Play their PartThe call to get citizens to Play their Part is already an essential ingredient of South Africa’s national debate.For many years, ordinary South Africans have found ways to strengthen society, democracy and the economy. From creating employment opportunities, to mentoring young students, to starting up small and medium enterprises, South Africans have been pursuing sustainable means to make their society and local communities better for all.Matola says that a fundamental shift the National Development Plan (NDP) proposes – from passive to active citizenry – will be the basis on which the whole approach will be built.“What needs to happen now, as highlighted by the NDP, is that as South Africans we take accountability, and make it our responsibility to have a say in our democracy, development and prosperity,” Matola said. “It is about taking things back to basics – involved citizenship and participation.‘We can no longer afford to be ambivalent’“From understanding the Constitution, to pursuing ventures to better the lives of our children and future generations, and being accountable for our environment and surroundings in the midst of climate change, we can no longer afford to be ambivalent about meeting these challenges.”Another notable aspect of the NDP, says Matola, is the call to build a capable state. This will mean that the best people must work for the state – and not just to pursue a good career opportunity but also because they want to serve the people of the country.“The best condition for an improved public service is to encourage especially younger professionals to enter the public sector and build and maintain the capacity required for better service delivery for all,” Matola said.“We all need to play our part, contribute to the National Plan and make sure that the milestones we achieve translate into better functioning communities and a better society.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

  • SA women in science honoured

    first_img27 August 2012 South African women whose work in the scientific field has helped change their communities were acknowledged by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor at the Women in Science Awards in Pretoria on Friday. Winners were presented with certificates and prize money of up to R170 000. The Women in Science Awards seek to honour and acknowledge the country’s women’s achievements in the field of science and research and the department has hosted the event since 2003. The categories include Fellowship for Masters and doctorate students, distinguished women scientists and distinguished young women scientists. Speaking at the awards ceremony in Centurion on Friday night, Pandor said the awards have become a feature of South Africa’s celebration of Women’s Month and the achievement made by women in the predominantly male-dominated field of science. “Many of us have a very esoteric view of science and really do not always make the link that it definitely has answers to many of the challenges that our societies have to address,” Pandor said. She called on women scientists to focus on rural areas and use science to make a difference to women who are vulnerable. Assisting women in rural areas through science “For our part as government, we really are centering science and technology in the thought of policy action of South Africa, so we are really thrilled we have been able to recognise remarkable women who are doing research and innovation, which has begun to make a significant contribution to the development of rural women,” Pandor said. Professor Relebohile Moletsane walked away with the Distinguished Woman Scientist Award. She has published several articles and book chapters on using digital technology and digital story-telling in rural communities, with a focus on HIV/Aids education. She said her goal was to ensure that vulnerable societies had all the necessary information about HIV/Aids and how the disease operates. Dr Rapela Maphanga from the University of Limpopo won the Distinguished Young Women Scientist Award for her research on computer simulations of energy-storage device materials. She has published her research findings in high profile scientific journals and is a junior associate at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Italy. Maphanga has supervised to completion one PhD student, four masters and six honours students. “I believe that the solution for most of our problems lies in science so my aim is to make the little contribution that I can to achieve change and development in our communities,” she said. In the students’ category, seven of the 10 awards in this category went to University of Cape Town science students, with prize money ranging from R20 000 to R30 000. The students were required to use the money towards research work or buying a laptop for research purposes. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

  • Cold wet weather and seed viability concerns

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The week starting April 24th saw a great deal of planting progress for both corn and soybeans. In some areas, planters were rolling up until Friday April 28th, when a period of cold, wet weather arrived. Some parts of the Eastern Corn Belt experienced 3 or more inches of rain in a short amount of time with temperatures that dropped into the 40s. Many growers have expressed concern about the viability of their seed after experiencing such adverse conditions.In his article, Early-Planted Corn & Cold Weather, Purdue’s Bob Nielsen states “One of the risks that newly planted corn faces is that of imbibitional chilling injury due to cold soil temperatures during the initial 24 to 36 hours after seeding when the kernels imbibe water and begin the germination process. If the cell tissues of the kernel are too cold, they become less elastic and may rupture during the swelling process. Symptoms of imbibitional chilling injury include swollen kernels that fail to germinate or arrested growth of the radicle root and/or coleoptile following the start of germination. ” Just like corn, soybean seed is sensitive to injury during the 24 to 36 hour period as well. Understanding this critical period following planting, there is cause for concern, especially for any fields that were planted April 27th and 28th, right before the pattern of cold wet weather started. Pictured above is a corn seedling that was taken on Friday, May 5. This corn was planted midday on April 28 with soil temperature at seeding depth of 71 degrees F. As of May 5, the field where this corn was planted had experienced:• Accumulation of approximately 4.5 inches of rain • A drop in soil temperatures from 71 degrees F to 54 degrees F • Temperatures mostly in the 50s and 60s during the day • Only 64 Growing Degree Days • Multiple days where we did not accumulate any heat units(GDDS) • Continually saturated soilsThe corn pictured above has experienced severely adverse conditions from the day it was planted, but, it has sent out a radicle root as well as a shoot, is still hard, and is still viable. Current soil temperatures (54 degrees as of Friday May 5th) are still warm enough for both corn and soybeans to germinate and grow. While growers aren’t out of the woods yet, it’s not time to panic. Yes, we desperately need sunny weather and heat, but we still have adequate soil temps and viable seed that is growing. It will be critical to continue to monitor seedling development and assess stands as plants start to emerge to determine how much seed was impacted by the cold, wet weather.last_img read more

  • SEA Games: Archery instructor collects bronze in men’s compound

    first_img“It was overwhelming. I was very nervous,” said Dela Cruz, who fired a 10 while the hugely favorite Malaysian had a nine.Dela Cruz started in recurve — the Olympic archery event — in 2003 but shifted to compound. He is an instructor at FR Sevilla Archery Range, home of the Philippine Team.The Philippines will have more chances of nailing a gold in the next few days in compound event with team competitions for men’s and women’s on tap.The rest of the individual compound archers, including former champion Amaya Paz-Cojuangco, faltered in the round robin matches.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Paul Marton De La Cruz bags the bronze medal in men’s individual compound archery in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR — Under gathering darkness, Paul Marton Dela Cruz came away with a bronze medal for Philippines in archery Wednesday.The 30-year-old Dela Cruz, a full-time archery and instructor, said he didn’t expect to make it to the bronze medal match because of his dismal performance in the first two ends.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony “I just told myself not to give up and continue to fight,” said Dela Cruz as he tried to calm his nerves for his first individual medal in the Southeast Asian Games in this verdant, humid city.He matched up with top-ranked Mohd Juwaidi Mazuki of Malaysia in the semifinals, lost and fell in the bronze medal match against yet another strong hometown bet Ruslan ZulfadhliFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“He showed determination and I was happy that on Day 1 we were able to medal,” said head coach Clint Sayo. “It was a good fight in the bronze medal round.”Indeed, Dela Cruz finished at the same score as Zulfadhli (144-144), forcing a nerve-wracking shootout for the medal at the Synthetic Turf Field inside National Sports Council KL Sports City. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH absorbs first loss in men’s water polo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

  • IPL: Pune Warriors beat Deccan Chargers by 6 wickets

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  • 8 days agoWest Ham defender Ogbonna eager to snap form slump against Everton

    first_imgWest Ham defender Ogbonna eager to snap form slump against Evertonby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna is eager to snap their form slump against Everton.The Hammers are without a victory in their last three matches in all competitions, including disappointing defeats at the hands of Oxford United in the Carabao Cup and Crystal Palace in the Premier League.“I am looking forward to this game, but every game in the Premier League can see your fortunes change, and games like this, like Burnley away, like Crystal Palace, like Brighton away, are tough games,” he told whufc.com.“They will prepare for us and sometimes you have to wear the armour to keep your place in the table.“For us, it is a good chance to step up, but it will not be easy and just because we talk, it does not mean things will happen. We have to wait, find our place and then take our chance.”He added: “They have good attacking players like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Alex Iwobi, [Dominic] Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and a young player I heard a lot about when I was in Juventus and he was in the Academy, Moise Kean, who has a lot of skills and is very strong. But we just have to focus on our jobs and getting the three points.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • Just For Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon resigns over abuse allegations

    first_imgMONTREAL – Gilbert Rozon, the impresario behind Montreal’s world-famous Just for Laughs (JFL) Festival, has quit the entertainment company over unspecified allegations of abuse.He made the announcement on his Facebook page Wednesday evening. It was confirmed as authentic by a spokesperson for the festival as well as the organizing committee of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations, where Rozon was a commissioner. Twitter Facebook “I looked at politicians here and abroad, like Bill Clinton, and I asked myself, “Does power go with the obligation to seduce and conquer?”After pleading guilty to fondling a 19-year-old woman at a party, Rozon received a $1,100 fine and one year of probation, according to published reports. In 1999, he received a controversial unconditional discharge after a judge ruled that having a criminal record for sexual assault might prevent Rozon from travelling internationally, affect his business and hamper Montreal’s economy, the CBC reported at the time. Rozon had also been charged with unlawful confinement involving a 31-year-old woman, but the charge was withdrawn by police due to lack of evidence.On Wednesday, a young Quebec actor, Guillaume Wagner, said he ceased working with Rozon’s festival despite the lure of generous contracts.READ MORE Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Gilbert Rozon, the man behind world-famous comedy festival Just For Laughs, has resigned his position over unspecified allegations of abuse. (DENIS BEAUMONT / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO) Advertisement “I am resigning out of respect for the employees and the families that work for these organizations as well as all our partners. I certainly don’t want to overshadow their activities,” Rozon wrote in what he titled an official declaration.“Shaken by the allegations against me, I want to dedicate all my time to review the matter. To all those who I may have offended in my life, I’m sincerely sorry.”Rozon was convicted of sexual assault involving a young woman in 1998, an incident that he has acknowledged as a mistake and one for which he told an interviewer that he sought therapy.last_img read more