There are still untouched areas on our planet. Scientists announced the discovery of a “lost world” of new species of birds and mammals in a remote section of Papua New Guinea with no sign of trails or roads. The news media are all abuzz with the exciting announcement: see MSNBC, National Geographic, BBC News, EurekAlert and LiveScience. Rare mammals found include an egg-laying echidna and a golden-mantled tree kangaroo. Exotic rhododendrons, palms, insects, and frogs round out the dozens of new species found so far. The team was dropped into the remote habitat by helicopter and has only scratched the surface of the diversity of living creatures that call this area home. Not even the native people had seen it.Isn’t it great to know there are still things to discover in the wild? Maybe you would like to visit the area with Google Earth. This is surely one of the most dramatic findings in recent years and should provide biologists with much to study. Notice that these creatures all exist in the present. Tales about their supposed evolution will undoubtedly come later when the Darwin Party storytelling brigade sets up base camp. Despite reporters’ hyperbole, this wasn’t Eden, and this “lost world” was never lost. People are sometimes, but these animals knew exactly where they were. Do you?(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The Agusta A109 Light Utility Helicopter isone of many products of Denel SaabAerostructures, a subsidiaryof Denel. Denel CEO Talib Sadik is confident theparastatal is on the path to self-sufficiency.(Images: Denel)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sinah PhochanaGroup Communications ManagerDenel+27 12 671 2662 or +27 79 511 6257Bongani NkosiAfter returning a profit for the first time in a decade, the state-owned arms manufacturer Denel looks set to turn the tide on financial losses and dependence on the government for capital.Denel announced its R111-million* net profit for the financial year ending March 2011, which is considered a welcome improvement as the group had ended in the red every year since 2001, and posted a loss of R246-million in 2010.“We are pleased with our results, and particularly because the business generated cash from operations of R178-million, compared to last year when we utilised R344-million,” outgoing group CEO Talib Sadik said in a statement.Denel said the annual results, released on 6 June, are encouraging in light of the challenging local and global market environment.The statement also expressed the CEO’s confidence that the company was “firmly on the path to self-sufficiency, prosperity and sustainability”.Management competence is one of the factors that resulted in income gains, noted the group’s financial director, Fikile Mhlontlo.“The results have been influenced by improved efficiencies, cost-containment exercises, improvement of financial performance by associates and significant once-off items,” he said.Denel’s incoming chairman, Zoli Kunene, can already predict profit stability in the group, thanks to the promising results. He said: “During the last five years Denel has seen a steady turnaround, culminating in this year’s operating profit.“The immediate objective must now be to secure the orders that are in the pipeline and move the company towards a position where it is no longer dependent on government financial support,” Kunene added.The group was particularly pleased by the fact that Denel’s marketing strategies and efforts had paid off, said outgoing chairman Dr Sibusiso Sibisi. This resulted in increases on export contracts concluded in the previous year.The public enterprise even scored its largest export ever during the year.Settling debtDenel’s debt funding balance remains high at R1.85-billion, resulting in a staggering annual interest charge of R118-million.The group plans to negotiate settlement options to bring interest down to reasonable levels.“We are engaging the shareholder with a view to restructuring the funding balance in order to reduce the interest burden,” said Mhlontlo.DSA needs to improve The public enterprise’s fortunes are largely dented by losses at its subsidiary Denel Saab Aerostructures (DSA). It incurred a loss of R237-million, which is still a 28% reduction from the previous financial year.The “successful implementation of the turnaround plan” adopted in 2009 helped improve DSA’s expenditure to R104-million, down from R263-million. The plan focused on improving manufacturing competence, among other things.“The narrower loss and improved efficiencies notwithstanding, DSA will still require further shareholder support over the next five years to ensure it becomes self-sustainable,” the group said.DSA is positioned as a leading designer and manufacturer of metallic and component aerostructures for the military and commercial aviation industry. It supplies aircraft manufacturers like Airbus, AgustaWestland, Boeing and Saab with the locally made aerostructures.Had DSA achieved the required results, Denel’s net profit would have at least gone up to R348-million, noted Sadik.DSA should bank on the imminent adoption of the Aerospace Sector Development Plan for profit sustainability.Role in the economyWith about 6 500 employees, Denel is one of the largest employers in the country. It draws some of South Africa’s most talented engineers and artisans, which means that keeping it as a viable entity would certainly be in the nation’s interest.The group estimates that its involvement in the local market resulted in the creation of 30 000 skilled technical jobs recently, through sub-contractor companies.It drew supplies worth over R2-billion from local businesses during the financial year to March 2011, contributing to sustained employment.“Denel’s economic footprint reaches far beyond the financial performance detailed in the group’s financial statements,” said Sadik.“As a significant employer we are making steady progress in human capital development as part of our drive to be a world-class and well respected South African company.”* The South African rand was R6.71 to the US dollar at the time of publishing.
How do I access my Account Settings?See that gear icon in the upper right corner? Click it! You will be magically transported to the new and improved Account Settings tabs page.What happened to my avatar/profile photo?To make life just a little bit simpler, we’ve combined the Avatar and Profile images into one image (to rule them all, ahem) that will display universally across Geocaching.com. In other words, your current Avatar image will become the one image displayed on Geocaching.com and will be referred to as “Profile Image.” Going forward, we will not store images other than the current Profile image. This means that when you upload a new image as your Profile photo, the previous image will no longer be saved on Geocaching.com.Where did all my stored Profile/Avatar images go?Profile/Avatar images stored prior to the Account Settings redesign will be available via the link next to your current Profile image. We suggest that you download these images from Geocaching.com as we may discontinue storing them in the future.How can I display larger images on my Profile now that the Profile image only supports smaller sizes?You can add larger images to your Bio box, located under the Profile Information tab. You will need to use HTML and use tags. Example: Where should information like my name, address, and occupation go, now that it’s removed from the new Account Settings page?To make Account Settings as easy to use as possible, we’re going for simplicity. You are still welcome to display your name, address, occupation, and whatever else you like on your Profile (as long as it’s appropriate of course!). You can do so in the Bio box.Where can I customize my Geocaching.com experience to my location and language?Under the Preferences tab, you can select your preferred language, time zone, and distance units. We’ve added many more time zones and date format options so you can localize your geocaching experience wherever you are in the world. Note: We removed the Daylight Savings Time checkbox, as the time zones now automatically account for this.How can I edit my publicly displayed statistics?Great question. You will now be able to edit statistics as they appear on your Public Profile directly from http://www.geocaching.com/my/statistics.aspx.What happened to List Newest in [state]?Our Account Settings page no longer supports this feature. We are working hard to improve other features on the website that will be able to serve up this information more efficiently. In the meantime, you can go to the Advanced Search page, select “By Country/Province”, and then select the country and province of interest to you. You can bookmark the results to have easy access to the same search. Link to Advanced Search: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspxWhy can’t I see my GPS listed anymore?We have not updated the “Your GPS” section for quite some time. If you would like to see reviews about a GPS or smartphone, there are many other websites out there that specialize in providing this content.How do I add friends on Geocaching.com?You will still be able to add/remove/view friends from the “View Your Friends” link on http://www.geocaching.com/my/default.aspx and “Your Friends” located under “Quick View”Can I update my Account information from my mobile device?Shucks, we’re glad you asked. And the answer is: YES! The Account Settings tabs page was designed to look great in a mobile browser.I don’t want to see other players’ profile images in geocache logs. How do I turn them off?Under the Preferences tab, you will need to uncheck the box “Show other geocachers’ profile images in logs.”Other noteworthy changes:Basic members can now change their Forum titleRemoved Online Presence and Instant MessengerRemoved Forum Signature and Profile previewsRemoved ability to toggle off Recently Viewed CachesView in German. SharePrint RelatedCheck out Geocaching.com’s new look!March 25, 2015In “Geocaching tools”Latest addition to the Dashboard and Profile makes this project a wrapDecember 19, 2017In “News”Inside HQ: Take a Tour of the New Message CenterJuly 7, 2015In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter” Share with your Friends:More
At the White House today, President Obama talked robots, hung out with the guys from MythBusters, and launched a campaign designed to create smarter, techier American kids. “I believe that robotics can inspire students,” he said while introducing a student project designed to collect and throw moon rocks. “I also want to keep an eye on those robots in case they try anything.” We officially love you, Mr. President. And yes, let’s get those kids into labs and in front of glowing screens – for the right reasons this time. And for those of you with an inclination to volunteer, check out this National Lab Day website matching classroom needs to volunteer expertise. American kids apparently need to learn about phone app programming, entrepreneurialism and plain old hardware just as much as they need to focus on engineering robots – a favorite topic of teachers, students and the President, as well. The President doesn’t think so, and he’s directing funds accordingly. He further announced that the $4.35 billion Race to the Top school grant program will give preference to states that commit to improving STEM education. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… “If you win the NCAA champtionships, you get to come to the White House… We’re going to show young people how cool science can be.” Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Check out some of the implementations of the partnerships Obama references above on the Digital Media and Learning Competition website, and look out for Discovery Channel’s commercial-free block of science programming for kids launching next year. Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… In the recent past, we’ve told you about Obama’s financial and moral support for startups, his masterful use of the social web – both as a candidate for the office and as President – and the change, recovery, data, and health care reform initiatives he’s conducted online. He may not personally use Twitter (yet), but he does use a Creative Commons license for his Flickr photos. It seems fairly clear to us that Obama cares about where the country is going technologically, and we hope this focus on STEM education will help us all in the long term. “Reaffirming and strengthening America’s role as the world’s engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation is essential to meeting the challenges of this century,” said Obama.” That’s why I am committed to making the improvement of STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math] education over the next decade a national priority.” The campaign involves key partnerships with organizations from Sesame Street to Sony (whose PlayStation 3 console will be used for strengthening young minds through game design competitions), and it also features help from individuals such as Sally Ride (the first female astronaut) and a handful of digitally focused CEOs. And why do American kids need this level of convincing? Brace yourselves for bad news, patriots: Kids in the U.S. rank in the mid-twenties when scored against 30 other nations for math and science literacy. We are being drastically outperformed in these areas; in a time when technological innovation is the foundation and impetus for a lot of other cultural and economic factors, can we afford to not develop competencies in tech and science? Check out the President’s 18-minute address, which outlines his plan to use the $260 million-valued campaign to bring struggling American students into world domination: jolie odell Obama hopes the campaign will increase STEM literacy for students, improve the quality of teaching in these areas, and promote better education and work opportunities for underrepresented groups – such as women and minorities – in tech. The Geek-In-Chief is also starting an annual science fair at the White House to inspire and promote young geeks who are doing great things in hardware, software, technology, science and robotics. We need, he said, to teach children to “be makers, not consumers.
When they arrived in the Capital on Saturday night from Pune, little did Indian pistol and rifle shooters know that it was going to be a long night for them. After suffering a six-hour delay due to mismanagement by the Games Organising Committee, they finally got to the Games Village and slept, which delayed their planned practice session at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges by a few hours.Finally, the shooters, accompanied by chief national coach Sunny Thomas and Stanislav Lapidus, the foreign coach for rifle shooters, reached the range at around 1: 30pm and got down to the business of acclimatising to the conditions.While Gagan Narang practised for his first event out of the six where he’ll be competing – the 10m air rifle – pistol ace Samaresh Jung warmed up for his 25m standard pistol event.Hariom Singh, who clinched an Olympic quota place for India by finishing sixth in 50m prone rifle at the World Championships in Munich last month, had a light practice session as well.”My ammunition, which my rifle has been attuned to, will arrive tomorrow. So today I had a short session with the ammunition that the organisers are providing here,” Singh told MAIL TODAY . On his part, coach Thomas said he will favour lighter sessions hereon. ” We had very good sessions in Pune and the shooters were given a heavy workload.But now, the workload will be reduced – maximum three hours per day – which will be enough to get a feel of the range,” Thomas told Mail Today . Speaking about the perception that shooting would be India’s biggest medal- winner at the Games, Thomas said: “We won 27 medals in Melbourne (2006), while in Manchester (2002), we had won 24.advertisementTo move from 27 to even 28 will be a very tough task because we have almost come to the maximum we can get out of the Games. Shooting is a sport where you can’t predict because it can depend on your mental condition, the environment etc.We are the reigning champions and on top of that, we are competing on home soil. So that is adding to the tension and the pressure.” However, Thomas said he had full confidence in the team members, who were all in good form at the camp.”Our air rifle team is a dream team because on the one hand you have an Olympic champion (Abhinav Bindra) and on the other, you have the world record holder (Gagan Narang).Abhinav took a break – which he needed – and now he’s coming back into form very well and everyone else is in good form.”In shotgun, we have another dream team in double trap – one senior world record holder (147 out of 150) in Ronjan Sodhi and the junior world record holder in Asher Noria (146).What else can you hope for? Obviously you can look to fine-tune everything before the competitions, but I’m not one who will look for shortcomings everywhere. I am teaching all our shooters to keep a positive frame of mind.”
Asad Shafiq scored an unbeaten 78 as Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 7 wickets (D/L method) in a rain-reduced World Cup Group A match at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on Monday. ScoreChasing 162 in 38 overs – a revised target following heavy showers, Pakistan reached the total with seven wickets and 23 balls to spare.Earlier, Zimbabwe scored 151/7 in 39.4 overs before a seocnd round of shower forced an end to their innings.Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat. A surprising decision considering the overcast weather conditions. And as soon as Zimbabwe took to bat, Pakistan bowlers got busy counting scalps. Brendan Taylor fell to Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq in the first over starting the slide for the Zimbabwe batsmen.Then Umar Gul claimed Regis Chakabva when the Zimbabwe total was 5. He struck again to claim Vusi Sibanda on 13/3. Tatenda Taibu fell to left-arm paceman Wahab Riaz and the Zimbabwe were reduced to 43/4.The spinners too got busy showing their bowling prowess. Skipper Shahid Afridi got the better of Greg Lamb. He took a fine catch off his own bowling and Zimbabwe were five wickets down.Captain Elton Chigumbura and Craig Ervine were at the crease and the score was 96/5 when rain stopped play. The match resumed after more than an hour of heavy showers and wet outfield. But a few minutes later, the game once again came to a halt when fresh showers forced the covers on. Captain Elton Chigumbura was batting on 32 and Umar Gul had claimed his third victim Prosper Utseya when the play was stopped in the 40th over. Zimbabwe score at this stage was 151/7 in 39.4 overs. advertisementThe match resumed again only to see Pakistan batsmen take the field with a revised 162 run target from 38 overs (D/L method).With just over four runs required in an over Pakistan reached the total at ease putting 164 on board on the first ball of the 35th over.Opener Mohammad Hafeez scored a fine 45 to set the pace of things to come. And towards the end Asad Shafiq (78) and Younis Khan (13) put 54 runs for the third wicket to take Pakistan home.Umar Gul won the Man-of-the-Match award for his four-wicket haul.
DefinitionTotal proctocolectomy with ileostomy is surgery to remove all of the colon (large intestine)and rectum.DescriptionYou will receive general anesthesia right before your surgery. This will make you be asleep and unable to feel pain.For your proctocolectomy:Your surgeon will make surgical cut about 6 inches long in your lower belly.Then your surgeon will remove your large intestine and rectum.Your surgeon may also look at your lymph nodes and may remove some of them, if needed.Next your surgeon will create an ileostomy:Your surgeon will make a small surgical cut in your belly. Usually this is made in the lower right part of your belly.The last part of your small intestine (ileum) is pulled through this surgical cut, and sewn onto your belly.This opening in your belly formed by your ileum is called the stoma. Stool will come out of this opening and collect in a drainage bag that will be attached to you.Why the Procedure Is PerformedTotal proctocolectomy with ileostomy surgery is done when other medical treatment does not help problems with your large intestine.It is most commonly done in people who have inflammatory bowel disease, which includes ulcerative colitis or Crohns disease.This surgery may also be done if you have:Colon or rectum cancerFamilial polyposisBleeding in your intestineBirth defects that have damaged your intestinesIntestinal damage from an accident or injuryRisksTotal proctocolectomy with ileostomy is usually safe. Your risk will depend on your general overall health. Ask your doctor about these possible complications:advertisementRisks for any surgery are:Wound infectionsBlood clots in the legs that may travel to the lungsBreathing problemsHeart attack or strokeRisks for this surgery are:Bleeding inside your bellyDamage to nearby organs in the body and to the nerves in the pelvisInfection, including in the lungs, urinary tract, and bellyScar tissue may form in your belly and causes blockage of your intestinesYour wound may break open or heal poorlyPoor absorption of nutrients from foodPhantom rectum, a feeling that your rectum is still there (similar to people who have amputation of a limb)Before the ProcedureAlways tell your doctor or nurse what drugs you are taking, even drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription. Ask your doctor which drugs you should still take on the day of your surgery.Talk with your doctor or nurse about these things before you have surgery:Intimacy and sexualitySportsWorkPregnancyDuring the 2 weeks before your surgery:You may be asked to stop taking drugs that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), clopidogrel (Plavix), Naprosyn (Aleve, Naproxen), and others.If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your doctor for help.Always tell your doctor if you have a cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illnesses before your surgery.Eat high fiber foods and drink 6 to 8 glasses of water every day.The day before your surgery:Eat a light breakfast and lunch.You may be asked to drink only clear liquids, such as broth, clear juice, and water, after noontime.Do NOT drink anything after midnight, including water. Sometimes you will not be able to drink anything for up to 12 hours before surgery.Your doctor or nurse may ask you to use enemas or laxatives to clear out your intestines. They will give you instructions for this.On the day of your surgery:Take your drugs your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital.After the ProcedureYou will be in the hospital for 3 to 7 days. You may have to stay longer if you had this surgery because of an emergency.You may be given ice chips to ease your thirst on the same day as your surgery. By the next day, you will probably be allowed to drink clear liquids. Your doctor or nurse will slowly add thicker fluids and then soft foods as your bowels begin to work again. You may be eating a soft diet 2 days after your surgery.While you are in the hospital, your nurse and doctor will teach you how to care for your ileostomy.You will have an ileostomy pouch that is fitted for you. Drainage into your pouch will be constant. You will need to wear the pouch at all times.Outlook (Prognosis)Most people who have total proctocolectomy with ileostomy are able to do most activities they were doing before their surgery. This includes most sports, travel, gardening, hiking, and other outdoor activities, and most types of work.advertisementIf you have a chronic condition, such as Crohns disease or ulcerative colitis, you may need ongoing medical treatment.ReferencesCima RR, Pemberton JH. Ileostomy, colostomy, and pouches. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Sleisenger MH, eds. Sleisenger & Fordtrans Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2010:chap 113.Cunningham D, Atkin W, Lenz HJ, et al. Colorectal cancer. Lancet. 2010 Mar 20;375(9719):1030-47.Fry RD, Mahmoud N, Maron DJ, Ross HM, Rombeau J. Colon and rectum. In: Townsend CM, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, eds. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 52.Review Date:12/10/2012Reviewed By:Robert A. Cowles, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, and Stephanie Slon.
Valencia coach Marcelino wants to send Batshuayi back to Chelseaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia want to cut short the loan of Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.AS says the decision was made a month ago, with the Belgian failing to convince coach Marcelino and Los Che directors.Batshuayi had joined Valencia on a season-long loan, with a permanent option of €35m. But now VCF want to send him back to Chelsea next month.They paid €3m for the 12-month loan.The decision is being driven by Marcelino, who wants a more mobile and aggressive centre-forward to lead his attack. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville: Pogba best midfielder in Europeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba is the best midfielder in Europe, according to Manchester United legend Gary Neville. Things are looking up for Pobga following the departure of manager Jose Mourinho. The Frenchman looks a different player under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, having scored twice in the 3-1 win over Huddersfield on Boxing Day.And Neville thinks his form will only improve under the Norwegian.He told BBC’s Match of the Day: “You play for Man United and you talk of freedom of expression, exciting football, go out there and score goals, attacking football, play with a smile on your face and it starts with the manager. “Ole over the last couple of games has been really happy, saying the right things. “They had the best player on the pitch and probably the best midfielder in Europe on his day in Paul Pogba who has had a disappointing, horrendous last 18 months at the club because of the fall-out with the manager.”It looked like the shackles were off, playing with that freedom of expression, anything is possible type attitude, playing with arrogance. The passing was back to his best. “Look, he is the best player at the club when he is at his best and with performances like this he should be a 12-15 goal a season person – he hasn’t been that in his career so far but he can be.”
Story Highlights The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation, today (March 13) passed a Resolution in support of the twinning of the City of Kingston with the City of Miramar, Florida, in the United States.According to the Resolution, both cities share deep cultural, creative and historic ties and have agreed to pursue and solidify this relationship through various initiatives such as municipal governance, youth participation and leadership, community empowerment, commercial facilitation and networking, environmental stewardship, alternative energy solutions, and local economic development.The City of Miramar is home to a large Jamaican diaspora, many of whom have contributed in significant ways to the development of the city, particularly in the areas of social development, political leadership, citizen safety and security, and commerce.At the meeting of the Corporation today in downtown Kingston, Councillor for the Stony Hill Division, Tosha Schwapp, who moved the motion, stressed that there are substantial benefits that can accrue from stronger relations with Miramar.“We have so much to share, so much to learn from each other. It will provide us with an opportunity to learn best practices in disaster management and mitigation. It is a way for us to exchange our sporting activities, youth activities, art, culture, food and music,” she said, adding that the opportunities are endless.Councillor for the Papine Division, Venesha Phillips, who seconded the motion, pointed out that integration is critical to remain buoyant in an international competitive environment.The Resolution is to be sent to the Ministry of Local Government and Communality Development for support.During the sitting, newly elected Councillor for the Norman Gardens Division, Jacqueline Lewis, was sworn in. The City of Miramar is home to a large Jamaican diaspora, many of whom have contributed in significant ways to the development of the city, particularly in the areas of social development, political leadership, citizen safety and security, and commerce. The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation, today (March 13) passed a Resolution in support of the twinning of the City of Kingston with the City of Miramar, Florida, in the United States. At the meeting of the Corporation today in downtown Kingston, Councillor for the Stony Hill Division, Tosha Schwapp, who moved the motion, stressed that there are substantial benefits that can accrue from stronger relations with Miramar.