A type of galaxy that should have only existed long ago is alive and well nearby, astronomers from Swinburne University are claiming. “The Swinburne researchers have likened the galaxies to the ‘living dinosaurs’ or Wollemi Pines of space – galaxies you just wouldn’t expect to find in today’s world,” said Science Daily. Very turbulent galaxies were thought to represent early stages in the evolution of our universe, the article claimed. Something’s wrong, then. “Their existence has changed our ideas about how star formation is fuelled and understanding star formation is important,“ Professor Karl Glazeburg said. “Just look at the Big Bang, which is how we all got here.”Maybe that is how he got here, but the rest of us think we got here by design. Prof. Glazeburg and the biological Darwinists lose credibility when data that should have falsified their notions get recast in new rhetorical schemes, like “living fossils” – a contradiction in terms. If they’re alive, maybe they were never dead as long as claimed. Would you trust an antique dealer who guaranteed that a certain grandfather clock was only made in 1789, but then you find a Sony part number on the back, and he exclaims, “Well, I’ll be darned! A living fossil!”? Then why do we grant the time of day to these evolutionary salesmen? A lot of things have gone terribly wrong with their scenarios, but they never repent, never come clean, never admit they have no idea what they are talking about. So when you read that the universe “likes to form galaxies similar to the Milky Way” (Science Daily) or that rapid star formation was a teenybopper thing (PhysOrg), have a little skepticism, OK? Data are one thing; interpretations are something else; cute stories are sales gimmicks.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
This year marks the 86th year of theComrades Marathon, and has attracted19 617 runners.(Image: southafrica.net)MEDIA CONTACTS• Peter ProctorComrades Marathon Association+27 33 897 8650RELATED ARTICLES• Search on for top thrill-seekers• Epic run to put smiles on faces• Sport in South Africa• SA women conquers the Seven SummitsNosimilo RamelaThe 2011 Comrades Marathon taking place on 29 May promises to be the most competitive edition yet. For the first time in the history of the race, top Ethiopian runners have entered and are set to pose a great threat to defending champions. The race has also seen an increase in entrants from the UK, US, Australia and Brazil.Now in its 86th year, the 89km ultra marathon – dubbed the Ultimate Human Race – has attracted an overwhelming number of entries from all around the world, resulting in a field of 19 617 competitors. This year’s entrants are 78% male and 22% female.Chairperson of the Comrades Marathon Association Peter Proctor said this year’s success is a result of the country’s successful hosting of the first African Fifa World Cup.“After the excitement of the Fifa World Soccer Cup last year, the Comrades Marathon also celebrated a great year.”Proctor said it is exciting to see that the 2011 race has attracted so many entrants. “The Comrades Marathon’s ability to attract runners from all walks of life firmly attests to its domination of the South African road-running calendar.”This year’s race will be run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal’s two major cities. This is known as the “up run” as it has more climbs from the coast inland. As this route is more challenging, it’s 2km shorter than the 89km “down run” from Pietermaritzburg to Durban – the route followed every alternate year.This year’s runners will face five major hills along the way, popularly known as the “Big Five”. Cowies Hill is the first one, about 14km from the start. It is a moderately difficult climb, rising about 137m in the space of 1.5km.Fields Hill is the second one, about 22km from Durban, and rises 213m over a distance of 3km.Botha’s Hill follows with a gentler altitude rise of about 150m and covering a distance of 2.4km. At the top of this hill there is a human landmark well-known to all veteran Comrades runners. Every year since the marathon began, boys from local high school Kearsney College have gathered in numbers outside the school gates on the hilltop to cheer on and hand out refreshments to the tired runners.In the 7km stretch from the top of Botha’s Hill, there is a steep but sharp descent known as Alverstone.Shortly after that, runners encounter the Wall of Honour on the right hand side of the road, overlooking the Valley of 1 000 Hills. This wall was created as a permanent landmark to honour the achievements of runners who have completed the epic journey between the two cities.A few 100m past this is the halfway mark, which is immediately followed by the fourth “Big Five” hill, Inchanga. Here runners are confronted by a tough 2.5km hill that rises to 150m in altitude.At 870m, Umlaas Road is the highest point on the route and situated about 19km from Pietermaritzburg. This point is largely unnoticed by most runners, as it is not a recognisable hill. The only landmark here is a concrete water tower.The ultimate hill is next, Polly Shorts. It lies in wait 80km away from Durban and is often the make-or-break point for even the top contenders. The climb is 1.8km in length with the peak at an altitude of 737m.Founded by First World War veteran Vic Clapham, the Comrades Marathon is one of the greatest ultra marathons in the world. It is one of South Africa’s enchanting national treasures and attracts thousands of runners, spectators and television viewers every year.Runners of all talents and ages come together on the day in a gruelling display of mind and body strength.
29 November 2012US acting secretary of commerce Rebecca Blank on Wednesday launched the Doing Business in Africa campaign, which aims to help American businesses identify and seize opportunities that will further the country’s commercial, trade and investment relationship with the continent.Blank is currently visiting South Africa to advance elements of US President Barack Obama’s “Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa”, launched in June.“Overall, the campaign is about finding new ways to form stronger partnerships for prosperity,” Blank said at Wednesday’s launch in Johannesburg.Blank, who has been acting secretary of commerce since June, said that the campaign covers the entire sub-Saharan region. “We expect to be working in many countries as we possibly can on this. There are no exclusions at all,” she said.She said US agencies would work to encourage US companies and African diaspora owned businesses to trade with and invest in Africa through expanded trade promotion programmes tailored towards Africa.Clean Energy Development and Finance CenterBlank added that the US government recognised that financing assistance was vital to increasing trade and investment in sub-Saharan Africa.As part of the campaign, agencies like the Overseas Private Investment Agency Corporation (OPIC) will assist with the the establishment of the US-Africa Clean Energy Development and Finance Center in Johannesburg.The centre aims to provide a coordinated approach to clean energy project development in the region. Specifically, the centre will also coordinate its resources with those of the US private sector, local development banks and private banks.Blank said that energy was crucial for development, and lauded the South African government for working towards universal access to electricity.The acting secretary expressed concern at the recent labour unrest in South Africa.“Any business leader will tell you that their investment and commitment to an area is very strongly related to their sense of political and economic stability in that area. South Africa has been a gateway to the rest of the continent in part because it has had a growing and stable economy.“Certainly the recent labour issues that have arisen are a great concern,” Blank said. “From my perspective, my main concern is that you want to create a sense of stability … US businesses watch these things on the news and it affects their view of whether South Africa looks like a place to bring their next investment.”Africa Growth and Opportunity ActBlank said that Obama’s administration had stated its strong support for ongoing access to Agoa to be re-signed in 2015.On a recent visit to South Africa, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said that the US had committed to include South Africa as it prepared to extend the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) beyond 2015.Agoa is a unilateral trade preference programme enacted by the United States in 2000. The programme also has a Third Country Fabric Provision (TCFP) from which South Africa has been excluded since its inception.Inclusion of South Africa in the TCFP would enable South African exporters to enjoy Agoa benefits for clothing and to source clothing inputs from countries outside Africa.Blank noted, however, that re-signing Agoa in 2015 would require “not just administration support but also congressional support.“There’s no question that Congress will look to see whether American business appear to be operating on a level playing field, whether they have access to procurement and to investment opportunities the same as other businesses, and if they feel the answer to that is no, there might well be hesitations in Congress.“I have every faith that the solid investment in business opportunities will continue to unfold and we will be in a position to strongly support the renewal of Agoa come 2015.”In 2011, US exports to sub-Saharan Africa totalled $21.3-billion, while imports were $74.3-billion, an increase from $17.1-billion and $65-billion in 2010, respectively.Total trade between the US and Sub-Saharan Africa increased by 16% between 2010 and 2011, while US goods exports to Sub-Saharan Africa were up 4.6% in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.SANews.gov.za and SAinfo reporter
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Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “This year, I’m taking a break from college basketball just because of residency and I really plan on trying out for Gilas,” he said.Paras recently transferred from Creighton to Cal State Northridge, where he will sit out for a year before being able to play competitive college basketball in the United States.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingWith his basketball schedule on a minimum, the second-generation star seeks to get a look from coach Chot Reyes and possibly, see action in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.“I’m not the type of person who receives a call or text from a coach and plays right away. I wanna be fair and have an equal opportunity with everyone so I don’t really care if I’m famous enough. I care to try out before to even entering the team,” he said. Kobe Paras. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Joaqui FloresIs Gilas Pilipinas the next destination for Kobe Paras?The 19-year-old prodigy would love for it to be as he expressed his intentions to represent the country in the international stage.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes For the meantime, Paras will join forces with Jeron Teng, Kiefer Ravena, and JR Quiñahan with Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 as they represent the country in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France from June 17 to 21.Being the youngest in the four-team crew, the 6-foot-6 forward is eyeing to absorb every lesson he can get from seasoned teammates.“Just being able to team up with Kiefer and Jeron is just really great. I’ve been keeping up with Kiefer and Jeron, just seeing them play, learning form them, it’s a great experience. Hopefully, we’ll show what we can do,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Consecutive losses put concern on Meralco’s playoff push Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments