first_imgEnter the elephant, a towering colossus, gigantic in strength, lording over the beasts of the forest. Enter his opponent: the bee, a piddling nonentity. The expression ‘squashed like a bug’ was devised for such moments. Yet Lucy King, a DPhil student from Oxford University, has shown that in the combat between elephant and bee, it is the latter which will claim the laurels. The bee is our biblical David. His insectile slingshot? His ‘buzz’.Oxford researchers made this groundbreaking discovery after installing hidden loudspeakers in trees where elephants regularly find shade. They played either buzzing sounds recorded at beehives or a control sound of white noise. While the white noise affected only under a third of elephants, within just eighty seconds of implementing the buzzing noises as much as eighty four percent of the elephant families had fled, many at a run. How do we explain the elephant’s terrifying fear of bees? Although elephants cannot be stung through their thick hides, the water around their eyes is vulnerable to stings, as is the sensitive inside of their trunks. The age old aphorism raises its trunk again: the elephant never forgets, so once stung, he will never risk battle with the bee again. But why are researchers wasting their time driving off elephants with imitation bees, if not for the comedy value? How can we benefit through this unveiling of the elephant’s Achilles Heel? Although, in Africa, elephants are a major asset, they also regularly embark on crop raids on local farms, and the economic damage caused to small-scale farmers can be crippling. Meanwhile, farmers, often resort to the shooting, spearing or poisoning of elephants. There is thus a real urgency in finding a practical solution. It is here that Lucy King, Oxford and the bees step in. Bees may just provide the perfect low cost deterrent method and a successful step towards achieving peaceful human-elephant relations. Thank science for Katie Duvallast_img read more

first_imgKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox. In December, blogger Theodore Shoebat recorded himself calling 13 “pro-gay” bakeries to ask if they would make a cake with the words “Gay marriage is wrong.” Shoebat says all 13 bakeries refused to cooperate. Some simply hung up the phone as soon as he made his request. Others called him names and used obscenities when confronted by Shoebat over the perceived double-standard. Shoebat contrasted his own experience with that of a baker in Ireland who suffered “tremendous loss to his business” after resisting attempts by gay activists and the Irish state to force him to create a cake featuring the words “Support Gay Marriage”. Christian bakeries that refuse to make pro-homosexual marriage cakes are getting sued left, right, and center,” Shoebat wrote in a blog post explaining the motivation behind his videos, which he called a “social experiment. They get fined, they get death threats, and they lose their businesses. This experiment proves beyond doubt that the gay agenda is not just about their freedom to practice a sexual orientation, but the suppression of free speech,” he said.Last year, Bill Jack filed a discrimination complaint against Denver’s Azucar Bakery, claiming the owner violated his religious rights by refusing to decorate Bible-shaped cakes with the words “God hates sin. Psalm 45:7″ and “Homosexuality is a detestable sin. Leviticus 18:22.” He also wanted one cake to feature an image of two men holding hands in front of a cross with a red “X” overlaid on the image. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission rejected Jack’s claim early this week, ruling that the bakery owner rejected his message because it violated an established policy of refusing to decorate cakes with “derogatory language and imagery,” not because of his faith. LifeSiteNews 9 April 2015Family First Comment: You know the scenario. It’s happened a number of times, where a same-sex couple want a baker to bake their ‘wedding’ cake but the baker says they can’t because of their conscientious objection and faith. Freedom of religion. Freedom of choice. So what happens when the shoes on the other foot? i.e. a baker who’s gay and doesn’t want to bake the cake. Turns out it’s a COMPLETELY different issue, and is treated completely different! Is this the new tolerance? Diversity and Tolerance – but only if they agree with you – and if it’s a Christian basis for your belief, you can be sure they won’t. Here’s three recent examples…  You know the scenario. It’s happened a number of times, where a same-sex couple want a baker to bake their ‘wedding’ cake but the baker says they can’t because of their conscientious objection and faith. Or a florist. Freedom of religion. Freedom of choice.So what happens when the shoes on the other foot? i.e. a baker who’s gay and doesn’t want to bake the cake. Turns out it’s a COMPLETELY different issue, and is treated completely different! Is this the new tolerance? Diversity and Tolerance – but only if they agree with you – and if it’s a Christian basis for your belief, you can be sure they won’t.Here’s three recent examplesJoshua Feuerstein, an internet evangelist, decided to see if pro-gay business owners would give him the same deference as a Christian that homosexual activists are demanding Christian business owners give to same-sex couples, even if they disagreed with his worldview.He made a tape of himself calling Florida-based bakery “Cut the Cake” and asking them to make a cake decorated with the words, “We do not support gay marriage.” As Feuerstein expected, the bakery – which calls itself LGBT-friendly and advertises same-sex “wedding” services in gay publications – refused and hung up the phone. “We wanted to see if a pro-LGBT bakery would bake a cake for something that it was opposed to what they believed in,” Feuerstein told Florida’s WESH 2 News, “and you know what, I actually believe that Cut the Cake has every right as an American to refuse to print that on a cake.”Feuerstein posted video of the phone call to YouTube with commentary explaining his position. “Cut the Cake[‘s owner]…refuses to make an anti-gay ‘marriage’ cake, so it obviously violates her principles, and so she doesn’t feel like she should be forced to make the cake,” Feuerstein said in the video. “And yet…there’s all of this hoopla going around because Christian bakeries think that they shouldn’t be forced.”“Look, this is not about discrimination,” Feuerstein said. “This is about them having the freedom.” But Cut the Cake’s owner, Sharon Haller, didn’t appreciate being made an example of by Feuerstein. She claims that as soon as Feuerstein’s video was posted, she began receiving dozens of phone calls from his fans and followers placing “fake orders” and telling her and the rest of her bakery staff to “kill ourselves.” “I’m just afraid because of the type of calls that we were getting that someone is going to attack me in my home,” Haller told News 13. Feuerstein took down his video as soon as he became aware that Haller was receiving harassing phone calls. “I never asked people to call, be hateful or boycott them,” Feuerstein told WKMG 6. But Haller quickly reposted the video to YouTube, along with a description classifying Feuerstein’s phone call as an “attack.” She asked people to “put a stop to people like Joshua Feuerstein” by donating to her GoFundMe page, which has raised more than $14,000. Haller is also threatening to press charges, saying Feuerstein’s recording of the phone call without her consent violates Florida law. She has reached out to the FBI and is considering pursuing a criminal case.last_img read more

first_img1 Juan Mata is looking forward to playing his part in West Ham’s farewell to Upton Park – a place the Manchester United man says ‘breathes English football’.Louis van Gaal takes his United side to face the Hammers on Tuesday night in what will be the last-ever official game at Upton Park before their summer relocation into the Olympic Stadium.While it will be an emotional night for all those involved with West Ham, United go there knowing victories in their final two league games will guarantee them a place in the Barclays Premier League top four and a Champions League spot.Last month, United won the last-ever FA Cup match to be played at Upton Park, with a 2-1 sixth-round replay win setting them up for a semi-final victory over Everton.But this time the emotions will run even higher, and Mata – who scored the only goal in Saturday’s gritty win at lowly Norwich – knows it will be no ordinary night in east London.“It’s going to be special,” he wrote in his weekly blog.“The last official game at the Boleyn Ground, where West Ham has been playing for 112 years. With that image of Bobby Moore, it’s a place that breathes English football… it will be an honour to be there and try to get the last win.“West Ham has been a tough opponent this season. We know them well because we’ve played against them in the FA Cup too. They are in the seventh position by a combination of effort and talent, not by chance.“It (the win at Norwich) was a very important win to keep us in the fight for the Champions League, even more after the draw between (Manchester) City and Arsenal.” Juan Mata netted in Manchester United’s weekend win at Norwich last_img read more

first_imgThe San Francisco Giants may have to wait a couple extra hours to take the field at the renamed Oracle Park Friday afternoon.With a weather system moving through the Bay Area late this week, there’s rain in the forecast for Friday morning, and that may continue throughout the day as the Giants plan to take on the Rays at 1:35 p.m.In a Thursday release acknowledging the possibility of a delay, the team affirmed that gates will open at 11:05 a.m. Friday regardless of what time the first pitch …last_img

first_imgThis is South Africa in the 21st century: modern, vibrant and productive, rooted in Africa – and in close touch with the world at large.A minibus taxi rank in Johannesburg. In order to get rid of unsafe taxis on the roads, the Department of Transport is implementing its R7.7-billion taxi recapitalisation programme. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa ReporterThe southernmost tip of Africa is home to a nation on the rise – a place where a warm-spirited and inventive people, great natural wealth and breathtaking landscapes come together to create fresh opportunities and new ways of doing things.This is South Africa in the 21st century: modern, vibrant and productive, rooted in Africa – and in close touch with the world at large.Since the end of apartheid in 1994, the consolidation of democracy and enviable economic stability has created both a new set of opportunities, and challenges all aimed at social transformation.Taking local conditions and international best practice into account, South Africa has launched a range of strategic initiatives to accelerate development and growth that will benefit the entire population and defeat poverty and the legacy of under-development.The programme of reconstruction and development complements its vision of a world characterised by democracy, peace, prosperity and social progress for all.Economic growthSouth Africa is now entering the ninth year of the longest economic upswing since national accounts have been recorded, and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) now ranks the country among the E7 – or Emerging 7 – group of nations comprising the strongest economies of the South.National income has risen by 22% per person since 1999, with increases across all income groups.Employment is rising faster than at any point since the 1960s. Fixed investment has increased sharply since 2002, by over 10% a year.The economy is expected to grow by 4.5% in 2008, before returning to about 5% a year in 2009 and 2010.South Africa is committed to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad). The continent is a key trading partner for South Africa.South African trade with Africa has grown by roughly 659% since 1994. Exports to the continent increased from Us$1.3-billion in 1994 to $7.6-billion in 2006, while imports increased from a low base of $0.4-billion to $4.2-billion.South Africa is the single largest source of foreign direct investment in Africa.Domestically, investment as a percentage of GDP has already risen above 21%, from 15% in 2002. This is a result of fixed investment growing by well over the 10% target set by the national economic plan known as the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA).Government infrastructure expenditure and spending on preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup – the first football World Cup to take place in Africa – has made a significant contribution to domestic investment.2010-related investments make up less than 10% of government expenditure, which means investment acceleration is intrinsic to but not monopolised by the 2010 Fifa World Cup.It is the most sustained, broadest and greatest investment surge in South Africa’s recorded economic history, and it will continue long after the biggest sporting event in the world in 2010.For South Africa, hosting the best ever World Cup will be part of building a nation united in its diversity, living the values of equality, non-racialism, non-sexism and human solidarity.2010 World Cup and beyondThe government has invested in the 2010 Fifa World Cup because doing so will build a better life for all. In the 2007/08 Budget, the government allocated $1.3-billion for transport and supporting infrastructure for the World Cup. A further $1.25-billion will be used for stadiums. The Budget also provides for sports and recreation programmes, volunteers, arts and culture programmes, costs associated with safety and security, and emergency medical services.This investment in 2010 projects will ensure that the government fulfils its guarantees to Fifa, and allow the country to take advantage of the opportunity to leave a developmental legacy, speed up economic growth and halve poverty and unemployment by 2014.Between 2006 and 2010 the government will invest more than $59-billion in infrastructure, from rail freight services and energy production to communications, airports and upgrading of ports of entry. It will also spend more on health, housing, safety and security and education.An important element of the 2010 legacy for South Africans and post-World Cup visitors to the country is a range of public transport systems that will benefit major urban centres and communities that need to access such centres.Priority has been given to World Cup-related projects, with the public and private sectors currently collaborating on a range of projects, including:Inner-city mobility systems;Links between airports and city centres, and the integration of different modes of transport;Bus Rapid Transit systems;Preferential facilities for high-occupancy vehicles; andCall centre services and information technology and telecommunications systems to support the planned infrastructure.Between the government and the private sector, the transport sector is committed to ensuring that the event in 2010 takes place in a seamless and error-free transport system.In November 2007, South Africa made a strong, positive impression on the Fifa family and the world’s media as it hosted the Preliminary Draw for 2010.Staged in the Indian Ocean city of Durban, the Preliminary Draw was the first official Fifa event connected to Africa’s historic first World Cup, and showcased South Africa’s organisational and logistics capacity, as well as its ability to work efficiently with international partners in various sectors.Attracting investmentWhile South Africa pursues its growth objectives, a growing number of foreign investors share South Africans’ own confidence in the growing economy.South Africa ranks 52nd out of 157 countries in the world in terms of economic freedom, according to the Index of Economic Freedom 2007, while global management consulting firm AT Kearney regards the country as the 18th most attractive foreign direct investment destination worldwide.Public spending has doubled in real terms since 1994, at an annual rate of 9.4%.Foreign investment has grown robustly in recent years. 2007 produced China’s largest foreign investment in the banking sector – a 20% stake in South Africa’s Standard Bank bought by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the largest single FDI deal ever done by China. This follows an earlier investment in a major South African banking group by the UK’s Barclays Bank.The economy also attracted investment in the automotive, hospitality and business processing sectors during the last 12 months.Tackling povertyCreating more jobs is the central challenge in reducing poverty. South Africa therefore takes pride in the fact that unemployment has fallen by about 6% between March 2003 and March 2007. This marks the strongest job creation performance since 1994.In terms of social transformation and creating a better life for all its people, South Africa faces significant challenges but has also recorded significant successes.Rising employment, rising wages and tax relief for lower income earners due to efficient tax collection are among the factors responsible for reduced poverty. This is alongside the provision of social grants to 12-million vulnerable South Africans. This is four times the number of grants provided just eight years ago.As life has improved for the poor, the proportion of households who use electricity increased from 56% in 1996 to 80% in 2007.The proportion of households who have access to piped water in their homes or on site increased from 61% in 1996 to 70% in 2007.South Africa’s investment in education has tripled since the end of apartheid in 1994. As a percentage of total government spending, the country’s education budget is among the highest in the world.Of South Africa’s over 12-million potential learners, more than 90% are in school – a far higher enrolment rate than in most developing countries.Overcoming skills shortagesProfessional skills in engineering, science, finance and management, as well as technical and artisan skills, are critically needed as the South African economy expands.The government, business and labour unions have come together to identify how to overcome skills shortages. This collaboration has identified key measures such as mentoring, fast-tracking trainees with overseas job placement, special training programmes, re-employing retired persons and expatriate South Africans, and drawing in immigrants.Targeted interventions in the key areas of mathematics and science have steadily been recording good progress. Five hundred and thirty schools have been targeted to double the maths and science graduate output to 50 000 this year.Other challengesSouth Africa’s economic growth demands a healthy population and workforce. To address the challenge created by HIV/Aids, the government has a comprehensive plan that is the largest programme of its kind in the world.Providing safety and security for citizens, visitors and investors is another major priority for South Africa, with the police service building and revitalising partnerships with all sectors of society to combat crime.The South African Police Service budget has grown by 58% since 2003, enabling reductions in certain key categories of serious crime.Currently, the police service has a personnel of just over 160 000, which will grow by more than 30 000 by 2010. This will ensure safe communities in South Africa and create a secure environment for the football World Cup.In the sports, social and cultural arena, South Africa’s victory in the 2007 Rugby World Cup and other achievements in these areas have built an enormous sense of national pride, supported by business confidence.South Africa’s performance in recent years has yielded an emerging economy and force for good in the world that offers opportunity at home and to those around the world in search of new horizons and markets.South Africa is a nation where opportunity outstrips challenge, but where challenges are clearly understood, faced and solutions are found.South Africa is Alive With Possibility.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_img20 March 2014 South African Davis Cup tennis captain John-Laffnie de Jager has been appointed president of the Global Professional Tennis Coaches Association (GPTCA). The organisation, which is affiliated to the ATP World Tour, is dedicated to improving the performance of tennis coaches to enable them to help aspiring pro players and take world-class tennis to an even a higher level. ‘A career highlight’ “To be chosen by such peers as their president is indeed a career highlight and something of which I am extremely proud,” De Jager told the South African Press Association (Sapa) on Tuesday. He is the first South African to be elected GPTCA president. “De Jager’s vast knowledge of tennis at a professional and grass-roots level, his experience as a Davis Cup captain and ability as a past player of note were all products of his passion and dedication to the game,” the GPTCA said in a statement. “His admirable and enthusiastic attitude regarding all aspects of tennis are recognised by colleagues and players alike. “The main goal of the GPTCA is to expose coaches and players to developments of the game at the highest level – and, with this in mind, De Jager has been in the forefront.”Coaching roles Apart from being South Africa’s Davis Cup captain, De Jager coaches two of the world’s leading doubles teams, Poland’s Marcin Matkowski and Mariusz Fyrstenburg and the Dutch-Romanian pair of Julien Rojer and Horia Tecan. He also coaches the Springfield Lasers in the United States’ World Team Tennis event. In 2013, he helped them reach the final of the competition.Career De Jager excelled as a doubles player on the ATP World Tour, reaching a career high ranking of number 11. In mixed doubles, he contested the 1995 French Open and the 1997 Australian Open finals. In total, he won seven career doubles titles and finished as a runner-up 12 times. In the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, De Jager and his partner David Adams made it to the semi-finals where they lost to the Canadian pair of Sebastien Lareau and Daniel Nestor, whom they had beaten earlier in the competition. In the end the South African pair narrowly missed out on a medal, losing to Alex Corretja and Albert Costa of Spain in three sets in the playoff for the bronze medal.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Laura Lindsey and Raj Shrestha, Ohio State University ExtensionDue to growing interest in winter malting barley, we conducted a nitrogen rate and seeding rate trial during the 2017-2018 growing season. The trials were conducted at the Northwest Agricultural Research Station (NWARS) in Wood County, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wayne County, and the Western Agricultural Research Station (WARS) in Clark County. The first-year research reports and Malting Barley Production Guide can be found here: of nitrogen rate resultsWe evaluated the effect of four spring N application rates: 0, 40, 80, and 120 pounds of N per acre. (Each field received approximately 20 lb N per acre in the fall and cultivar ‘Puffin’ was planted.) Nitrogen was applied at Feekes 5 growth stage. The agronomic optimum N rate (N rate where grain yield was greatest) ranged from 100-119 lb N per acre depending on the location.However, protein content of the grain is extremely important, which is influenced by N application rate. For the malting industry, grain protein should be 9.5% to 12.5% on a dry weight basis. In our trials, grain protein content increased with increasing N application rate. At the Wood County location (NWARS), average grain protein was ≤ 12.5% regardless of spring N application rate. At the Clark County (WARS) and Wayne County location (OARDC), average grain protein content exceeded 12.5% when 80 pounds of N per acre or more was applied.Summary of seeding rate resultsWe evaluated the effect of five seeding rates: 0.75, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, and 2.5 million seeds per acre on the cultivar ‘Puffin.’ Barley was planted Sept. 29, Oct. 7, and Oct. 19 at the Northwest Agricultural Research Station (NWARS) in Wood County, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wayne County, and Western Agricultural Research Station (WARS) in Clark County, respectively. Overall, there was a poor relationship between seeding rate and grain yield. However, the agronomic optimum seeding rate (seeding rate where grain yield was greatest) was 1.6-1.8 million seeds per acre. Barley should be planted based on the number of seeds per acre. Planting by pounds per acre or bushels per acre is inaccurate due to variability in seed size. Keep in mind, barley seed is often large (fewer seeds per pound). In our trials, “Puffin” had ~10,000 seeds per pound.This research was funded by the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program.last_img read more

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:kingsley been, united airlines Fly direct to TCI from Chicago, another new flight for Provo TCI now linked to world’s largest with Chicago Flight added Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Hotel Association names enhanced communication as vital to health and tourism strategy Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Jan 2015 – United Airlines is adding a flight to Providenciales by June this year; announced this morning at the opening of that workshop being held jointly with the TCI Tourist Board. Chairman of the Board, Kingsley Been explained that it is pivotal the country ensure the health standards are up to par with the increased interest in the country as a destination. Kingsley Been, Chairman, TCI Tourist Board: “As we continue to expand and diversify from our traditional source markets such as North America and into new and emerging markets such as the BRIC countries our numbers can only and will only continue to expand and increase in arrivals. With that increase in tourism arrivals, so too is the increasing exposure and vulnerability of this destination to some disease. AS we talk about expansion, as we sit here this morning it was just a matter of hours ago that United Airlines has announced additional flights, or a new flight to the Turks and Caicos Islands from Houston, Texas commencing 6th of June this year.”Currently, United flies into the Turks and Caicos from Newark/New Jersey and those seasonal flights from the Newark Liberty International Airport begin in February and can cost a traveller anywhere from $352 round trip to $1,000 plus. Those new flights come in from Houston, Texas.last_img read more