By Dialogo April 21, 2009 Navies from the United States and 10 other countries launched two weeks of war exercises off Florida’s Atlantic coast that will include training in combating piracy and drug smuggling. Several Latin American countries, Canada and Germany are taking part in UNITAS Gold, which is now in its 50th year and is the Navy’s longest-running yearly exercise. Hundreds of white-uniformed officers held a starting ceremony before embarking on ships, submarines and aircraft to begin training meant to foster naval cooperation throughout the Americas. Sailors, Marines and other military forces will perform live-fire exercises, undersea warfare, helicopter and amphibious operations, among other training. More than 25 ships, four submarines, 6,500 sailors and 50 aircraft are taking part in the exercise hosted by the U.S. Navy’s 4th Fleet, based at Mayport Naval Station just north of Jacksonville. U.S. ships participating in the $7 million exercise are the amphibious transport dock ship, the USS Mesa Verde, the guided missile destroyer the USS Donald Cook; guided missile frigates, USS Doyle and USS Kauffman, and the U.S. Coast Guard ship Thetis. Rear Adm. Joseph Kernan, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and of the U.S. 4th Fleet, opened the exercises Monday. It was the first time that UNITAS was being held off the mainland United States, although the Navy has hosted the annual event in Puerto Rico. Kernan noted that multi-national forces are combating piracy off Somalia and said exercises such as UNITAS will help nations coordinate efforts to oppose that scourge. “If piracy proliferates into the region, my belief is that exercises of this nature will allow us to address it effectively,” he said. Other countries involved in UNITAS exercises are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay. “As we move forward together, I am confident that future opportunities to work with our partners will not only strengthen our ability to operate together and provide for our nations’ security, but will also build personal respect and friendships,” he told them. Kernan said he expected individual sailors and junior officers to benefit the most from the training. Several countries are also trading sailors so they can observe operations of their respective navies, officials said. read more
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Kildangan manager Johnny Kelly says it will be the first time that the team’s path will have crossed under him and admits the sides won’t know that much about each other. The eight teams left standing in the County Senior Hurling Championship are continuing their preparations for this weekend’s Quarter-Finals.Semple Stadium plays host to all four games, with double-headers on both Saturday and Sunday.The first of two games on the Saturday sees Mullinahone taking on Kildangan.
Lakers lost LeBron James in the third quarter at Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night The LA Lakers lost LeBron James in the third quarter to a strained left groin before going on to beat the two-time defending champions Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day.King James scored 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists before the injury concern hit in a surprising 127-101 rout of their Californian opponents.James grabbed at his left groin area with 7:51 left in the third after slipping under the Warriors’ basket while trying for a loose ball. He tried to stretch it out, awkwardly walked toward the Lakers bench trying to loosen up before leaving on his own though gingerly out the tunnel for the locker room.It’s pretty rare for me to have an injury, period,’ he said. ‘It happens and we’ve got a great medical staff here, I’ve got a great trainer. ‘I wasn’t able to go back into the game, obviously. I’ll get an MRI tomorrow and see what’s up. With me with injuries, I’m never too concerned about them. I was able to walk off on my own power. I felt a pop, see if I could stretch it a few times, see if it would relieve but it didn’t. I did a couple exercises to see if I could continue to go but I didn’t feel like it would benefit my team or me. So I came back and got a jump start on the rehab.’James has played in 156 games in a row and 116 in the regular season.‘I take a lot of pride in it,’ James said. ‘That’s why it (angered me) not to be able to go back into the game. It’s more than anything being available to my team-mates, being available to my coaching staff. That’s something I take more personal than anything. Hopefully it’s not a long thing.’Stephen Curry made consecutive three-pointers shortly after James departed, and the Warriors got within 78-76 at the 2:48 mark of the third – but Kyle Kuzma and the persistent Lakers continued their momentum. Curry wound up with 15 points but the home fans had seen enough well before the final buzzer and left to celebrate Christmas.Kuzma contributed 19 points, Ivica Zubac had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Rajon Rondo added 15 points and 10 assists off the bench as the Lakers ended an 11-game losing streak at the Warriors since a 118-115 overtime win in 2012. The Lakers also ended a seven-game losing streak in the rivalry with their first win in the series since March 2016.James made it look easy early on shooting over Jonas Jerebko and Kevon Looney. He then hit a turnaround jumper at the 4:39 mark of the second quarter to put the Lakers ahead 52-37 and they led 65-50 at the break.It was James’ second straight Christmas game at Oracle Arena after playing here with the Cleveland Cavaliers last year, where he lost 99-92.Kevin Durant, playing on a tender left ankle, scored 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Andre Iguodala came off the bench and made his initial five shots on the way to a season-high 23 points.Golden State shot just nine for 36 from deep with Curry going two of eight and Durant three from eight.LeBron James left Los Angeles’ 127-101 win against Golden State midway through the third quarter with a strained left groin, and the Lakers expected to know more about his status following an MRI exam Wednesday.The Lakers star grabbed at his left groin after slipping under the Warriors basket at the 7:51 mark of the third trying for a loose ball. He said he has had the injury before but ‘not in a long time.’Elsewhere on Christmas Day, Utah Jazz defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 117-96, the Boston Celtics overcame the Philadelphia 76ers 121-114, Houston Rockets narrowly beat Oklahoma City Thunder 113-109 and the Milwaukee Bucks saw off the New York Knicks 109-95 at Madison Square Garden.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
Here’s another unclassified assortment of news stories readers can follow and evaluate on their own (cf. 10/18/2010). Take your Baloney Detector along and discern the Amazing from the Dumb.Fast Lane: Nick Lane explains how life became complex: cells invented mitochondria (Science Daily). Gem from his paper in Nature:1 “If evolution works like a tinkerer, evolution with mitochondria works like a corps of engineers.” For this he gets a royal prize (The Guardian, New Scientist).The Code Delusion: Steve Talbott tries to wean biology away from the metaphor of codes (The New Atlantis).Why, chromosome? Nature News struggles with the apparent rapid evolution of the Y chromosome; or are they overlooking the possibility that humans did not evolve from chimps?Pick your poison: Nature News does some head-scratching about convergent evolution of toxins in animals, but recommends we pick a platypus to find useful ingredients for drug design because that animal is an evolutionary newcomer. Heart patients might like scorpions better, says PhysOrg.Dawkins talkin’: Richard Dawkins is still worried about America becoming a theocracy, likes Obama, and is worried about Islam (Houston News Chronicle.But is it science? Why is PhysOrg worried about the perception America is a Christian nation?Moon water: Where did the moon get all that water? Ask the BBC News and National Geographic, who reported on LCROSS crash test results. Be amazed as Space.com tells us “Moon Crater Has More Water Than Parts of Earth.”Times Are a-Changing: Check out the equatorial clouds photographed by Cassini at Titan, reported by PhysOrg and JPL.Oil remedy: Forgotten about the Gulf oil spill already? Maybe because microbes have cleaned up more than expected, reported Science Daily.Cool imagery: New microscopic techniques are allowing scientists to culture cells in 3-D (Science Daily).Archaeolo-gee: Soon you will be able to view the Dead Sea Scrolls online, reported National Geographic.Edge of space: The most distant galaxy ever seen has been announced (BBC News), already bright at just 600,000 years after the big bang, 13 billion light-years away (redshift 8.55).Stuff Happens: It’s official: evolutionary theory is equal to the Stuff Happens Law. “100-million-year-old mistake provides snapshot of evolution,” PhysOrg claims.The Kipling sloth: Science Daily tells us “How sloths got their long neck.”Jaws and Jawless: “Jawless evolution explained,” announced The Scientist triumphantly. But was it?Evolve or perish: New Scientist brings together two leftist favorites: global warming and human evolution. “Past climate change influenced human evolution,” the article claimed, but then Steve Jones was not sure that’s encouraging. Arguing like a male chauvinist, he said “We’re not going to evolve our way out of trouble. The answer lies in our skulls, not our testicles.”Left face: David Horowitz described the beautiful world of academia and its open marketplace of ideas on TownHall.com. And you thought we were serious.ALH 84001 won’t die: Mars meteorite supporters are at it again. PhysOrg is keeping the controversy about life in the Martian rock alive.PhysOrg, wants us to “Get off Chuck’s back!” (that’s Chuck Darwin). While wanting to clear up a few misconceptions about Darwin and evolution, she may have introduced a few of her own. Trying to explain why humans are not descended from apes, but rather from a common ancestor, though “Brandt acknowledges that the last common ancestor of humans and apes must have been ape-like,” she blurted out, “Humans are humans and apes are apes; there’s no transmogrifying one into another. That train left the station 7 million years ago when the last ancestor common to humans and chimps climbed down from the trees and took up knitting.”1. Nick Lane and William Martin, “The energetics of genome complexity,” Nature 467, pp. 929?934, 21 October 2010, doi:10.1038/nature09486.More to report than time permits. Are you a skilled and knowledgeable reporter who likes this site? Want to report, or help in some other way? Write our Feedback line. Reward: ridicule and hate from the leftist radical bigoted foam-at-the-mouth Darwin dobermans. It brings a kind of satisfaction.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more
South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company has won a Tony Award for making life-size horse puppets for a successful West End and Broadway play.The Handspring Puppet Company designed and built the award winning War Horse puppets. (Image: Handspring Puppet Company)Ray MaotaThe Cape Town-based Handspring Puppet Company has already accepted the honour for the 2011 Tony Awards taking place later this year. The award was an exclusive one, meaning that no other puppet-making companies were eligible for it.Basil Jones, Handspring co-founder, said: “It was wonderful to be able to announce it on the factory floor.” The award will be presented to the company on 12 June 2011 at the 65th Annual Tony Awards ceremony.Another South African export, world-renowned playwright Athol Fugard, will be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the ceremony.Horses at warThe life-size cane and plywood horses used for the play, War Horse, have earned the puppet company kudos for its contribution to the creative industry. The play received five nominations – Best Play; Best direction of a play; Best scenic design of a play; Best lighting design of a play and Best sound design of a play.The play, which premiered at London’s National Theatre in 2007 and started its Broadway run in April 2011, depicts the story of a boy’s horse taken by the British cavalry to participate in World War One. It is based on the 1982 novel of the same name, written by British poet, playwright and children’s author Michael Morpurgo.Jones said: “The roots of War Horse were in a production called Tall Horse that Handspring did with a Malian puppet company and which a National Theatre creative team saw in South Africa.”“We had hoped the National Theatre would take Tall Horse, which featured a giraffe, to London, but instead they came to Handspring with a proposal to do work based on animals and war,” added Jones.The horses were made by a team of 12 craftsmen using durable material to make sure the wear and tear of the horses didn’t affect the play during its running.The horses lasted for 1 000 performances and didn’t need professional puppeteers to work them, although Handspring sent a puppeteer to help during the first season of the play.For its use of these magnificent creations, the London run of War Horse won an Olivier Award, an Evening Standard Theatre Award and the London Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for design.Creative collaborationThe 30-year-old puppet company has collaborated with many innovative South Africans in the creative industry, including theatre directors Malcolm Purkey and Barney Simon and renowned painter, filmmaker and director William Kentridge.Kentridge, who has worked closely with the company, said: “Audiences see the puppeteers at work in pieces like War Horse but you can’t stop yourself believing the reality of those horses, it’s kind of magical.“I think it’s fantastic that their years of work and their extraordinary skill get this recognition.”Kentridge and Handspring first collaborated in 1992 on a play based on German playwright Georg Buchner’s Woyzeck on the Highveld.Awarding theatrical excellenceThe Tony Awards were established in 1947 after the American Theatre Wing sought a way to award those who excelled in theatre.The Tony Award is regarded in the arts industry as theatre’s most prestigious accolade.The awards were named after Antoinette Perry, an actress, director, producer and philanthropist, who was the leader of the American Theatre Wing during World War Two and had recently passed.Although the Tonys were established in 1947, for the first two years of the awards there was no medallion to go with the award.The medallion was design by Herman Rosse in 1949, after the designers union, United Scenic Artists, sponsored a medallion design contest and has been used ever since.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material. read more
Bikers for Mandela Day spend a week visiting communities to help out in various ways.(Image: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory) Known for his special fondness for children, Mandela is seen here kissing the hand of an infant. On Mandela Day 2012, staff from the UN Secretariat and the South African Permanent Mission and Consulate General served homeless people at the Bowery Mission in New York.(Images: Nelson Mandela International Day) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang CEO and spokesperson Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory +27 011 547 5600 RELATED ARTICLES • Nelson Mandela: a timeline • Mandela around the world • Mandela in film • Travelling the Mandela Route • Jazz inspired by Mandela MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterWith just days to go until 18 July, Nelson Mandela International Day, and as Mandela himself enters his second month in hospital, people have been urged to make the day memorable in 2013.The event was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly on 10 November 2009 in recognition of the statesman’s contribution to peace and freedom and his tireless fight for democracy. It falls on his birthday, and this year he turns a venerable 95.The idea behind Mandela Day is that people should devote at least 67 minutes to helping others, as a tribute to Mandela’s 67 years of service to his country in his various roles – a lawyer, a high-profile prisoner, a peacemaker and humanitarian, and South Africa’s first democratically elected president.In General Assembly resolution A/RES/64/13, it states that the organisation welcomed “the international campaign initiated by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and related organisations to each year observe 18 July, his birthday, as Mandela Day” and that it decided to “designate 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day, to be observed each year beginning in 2010”.The assembly invited all member states, other organisations within the UN, international organisations, and civil society to “observe Nelson Mandela International Day in an appropriate manner”.This manner can take many forms, whether it involves serving the community or donating to a charity. If people don’t have anything specific in mind, they can simply join one of the many organisations which have already planned their activities for the day.Take action, inspire changeThe theme for this year’s event is Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day, and initiatives are focusing on matters such as food security, literacy and shelter, according to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory.Organisations taking part include retailer Pick n Pay, South African Airways, Meals on Wheels, Bikers for Mandela Day, Lead SA, food manufacturer Tiger Brands, and more.Tiger Brands, for instance, will distribute food parcels to underprivileged schools in Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, in partnership with the centre and the Department of Basic Education. Employees from executives to factory workers will hand out the parcels, and will also do gardening and painting where needed.Pick n Pay invites people to contribute to its book drive, and shoppers can drop off books and DVDs into collection points in stores.South African Airways, as in previous years, will be carrying Mandela’s message to the world in branded aircraft during July and the three months following.Support from around the worldMeanwhile, messages of support have come from global leaders such as Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama and Richard Branson.“I would like to express my admiration about this great man, Nelson Mandela,” said the Dalai Lama.“You’re an example to us all of perseverance, strength, wisdom, forgiveness and grace,” was Branson’s message.“We have all equally been awed by his dedication to others, and by his inspiration to serve as he did,” said Clinton, “working to build a more just and peaceful world.” read more
2 August 2013 The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) is moving to attract more high-frequency traders to South Africa’s bourse with the construction of a co-location centre that, on completion in the first half of 2014, will offer clients access to the JSE at unprecedented speeds. The co-location centre will enable clients to rent server space at the bourse, allowing them to reduce the time delay, or latency, of their trades. “Clients demand faster execution speeds, and exchanges need to offer these in order to compete,” Leanne Parsons, director of the JSE’s equity market, said in a statement on Friday. “Co-location potentially offers huge benefits for our market in terms of volumes and liquidity, which in turn could lead to better price discovery,” Parsons said, adding that the JSE’s latency levels already compared “very favourably” with international latencies offered by other exchanges. According to the JSE, co-location will offer 24 times faster access into the equity market, with a latency of 100 microseconds compared to 2 400 microseconds, which is the current fastest latency of JSE members located in Sandton, Johannesburg. Parsons said demand for co-location had come from JSE members, as well as clients, software providers and data vendors both local and international – particularly from firms based in the UK. The JSE said the co-location facility would initially provide space, power, cooling, and physical security for 35 racks for clients’ computers. “The racks will be placed in a hot and cold isle layout, a design which is proven to conserve energy and lower cooling costs by managing air flow. “The room is configured so that all clients experience the same speeds. The JSE will make use of an internationally recognised vendor to monitor latency, and clients will also have access to a centralised portal to view latency updates.” The JSE’s equity trading platform runs on the London Stock Exchange Group’s MillenniumIT software, using ultra-low latency network equipment and a robust yet simple network design supporting low latency. In the first year since implementing the system on 2 July 2012, the JSE received almost 1.5-billion orders – the highest on a single day being the 9.3-million orders handled on 20 June 2013. The JSE completed almost 140 000 average daily trades over this period, compared to 158 000 trades per month in the first year of the JSE’s previous electronic trading system, implemented in 1996. SAinfo reporter read more
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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said the BJP-led government at the Centre has doubled the allocation of funds for developmental projects in Mizoram than what the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had done. Mr. Shah was speaking at the inauguration of the North East Handloom and Handicraft Exhibition, organised by the North East Council, in the Mizoram capital. “While the UPA government had allocated over ₹19,900 crore to Mizoram through the 13th Finance Commission, the Modi government has already allocated ₹42,970 crore to the State through the 14th Finance Commission,” Mr. Shah, who is visiting the State for the first time after assuming the charge of Home Minister, said. Mr. Shah, also the North Eastern Council (NEC) chairman, assured Chief Minister Zoramthanga of working towards the development of the State. If Mizoram, the most disturbed State in the country, could become the most peaceful State, it can also become the most developed State in the country, he said. The State had witnessed a two decade-long insurgency since 1966, which ended with signing of a peace accord between the Mizo National Front and the Government of India in 1986. The Union Home Minister also promised the Chief Minister that he would do “everything possible to make the beautiful State develop, prosper and become more beautiful”. The State has great potential in bamboo cultivation and its residents can become self-sufficient through the manufacture and sale of handicraft items. “The massive wealth of bamboo in the State can be utilised for development of handicraft items. Self-sufficiency could be achieved through manufacture and sale of bamboo products,” he said. CM Zoramthanga expressed hope that with assistance from the Centre, Mizoram, that has a high potential for growth, will have the highest Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) in the country. Though the powerful NGO Coordination Committee, an umbrella organisation of major civil society organisations and student bodies had withdrawn its decision to organise a protest by wearing black shawls during Mr. Shah’s visit, some groups staged a protest by carrying placards. The groups, which included Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC) and People’s Right to Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) gathered in front of Vanapa Hall, were opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB). A few people wearing black shawls near the Government High School playground, the venue of the North East Handloom and Handicraft Exhibition were, however, dispersed by the police. The CAB had been passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8, 2019, but could not be placed in the Rajya Sabha. The legislation seeks to accord Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Christians, and Parsis from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh after seven years of residence in India instead of 12 years, which is the norm currently, even if they do not possess any document. After inaugurating the exhibition, Mr. Shah is scheduled to speak with leaders of the NGO Coordination Committee on the CAB. read more