Blues Traveler has announced their annual 4th of July celebration at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO with support from Leftover Salmon, as well as Jackie Greene.In October, Blues Traveler released a brand-new studio album dubbed Hurry Up & Hang Around, marking the band’s 13th studio album. Hurry Up & Hang Around was written and recorded by Grammy-winning producer Matt Rollings. The iconic five-piece composed of John Popper, Chan Kinchla, Tad Kinchla, Ben Wilson, and Brendan Hill recorded the twelve-song album in Nashville.Tickets for Blues Traveler’s 4th of July celebration go on sale this Friday, February 1st at 10 a.m. (MST) here.For a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to Blues Traveler’s website here.
Firefighters work at the site of a building leveled by a gas explosion in Szczyrk, Poland on Dec. 4. AGENCJA GAZETA/GRZEGORZ CELEJEWSKI/VIA REUTERS Around 100 firemen and 50 policeofficers were on the scene, a state broadcaster said.(Reuters) The bodies of three adults and twochildren have been found in the rubble so far, they added. Poland – Five people died after a three-story building in the southernPolish ski resort of Szczyrk collapsed on Wednesday following a gas explosion,local authorities said. Up to eight people could have been inthe building and firemen are continuing to search for other victims, accordingto authorities.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUEBayern Munich’s relentless march through this season’s Champions League continued last night as they brushed aside Lyon to book an 11th appearance in the final of the competition and a showdown with Paris St-Germain.The German champions have barely had a glove laid on them in Europe this season, with this their 10th straight Champions League win as part of a 28-game unbeaten run stretching back to December. And Lyon simply did not have ability or approach over the 90 minutes to buck that trend.The French side will be left to rue two missed opportunities in the opening quarter, though, with Memphis Depay shooting wide after running clear before Karl Toko Ekambi struck the upright from close range after cutting in from the right.Moments after the latter effort, Serge Gnabry moved infield and fired a stunning opener for Bayern, who never looked back.Gnabry also scored the second, with a much simpler finish, following up to tap in after Anthony Lopes had blocked Robert Lewandowski’s scuffed effort from point-blank range.Ekambi could have made matters interesting had he been able to find a way past Manuel Neuer after being set up by Houssem Aouar, but the chance went begging and Lyon’s belief with it.Philippe Coutinho saw a finish ruled out for offside before Lewandowski had the final word, scoring for the ninth European game on the bounce with a header – his 15th in the competition this season.Bayern’s win ends their run of having lost the previous four Champions League semi-finals in which they had appeared. It also keeps them on course for a treble of trophies in Hansi Flick’s stellar debut campaign as coach.Sunday’s final promises to be a thriller, pitting arguably the best side in world football against one of the planet’s finest forward lines.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 3, 2013 at 11:45 pm Contact Kevin: [email protected] On the road against South Florida on Feb. 23, on the heels of a six-game winning streak, Syracuse took a 13-point lead in the second half and looked poised to hit the 11-win mark in Big East play. But the Bulls made a late run and ended SU’s winning streak with a 68-66 win.At No. 2 Notre Dame three days later, the Orange squandered a 15-point lead and dropped a second consecutive decision. Saturday, Syracuse allowed a game-tying layup with less than two seconds left in regulation, missed potential game-winning shots in the final moments of the first two overtimes, and fell 77-75 in triple overtime.Just like that, the Orange’s 10-2 start has morphed into a 10-5 conference mark, leaving the team openly questioning its NCAA tournament placement.“You definitely think about it, because we needed this ‘W’, I felt,” senior center and all-time SU scoring leader Kayla Alexander said. “And I feel like we have to come out with these next couple of games and get it done, because our NCAA tournament future is on the line.”Syracuse (22-6, 10-5 Big East) faces No. 16 Louisville (23-6, 11-4) at 9 p.m. Monday at the Carrier Dome in the season finale for both teams before the conference tournament in Hartford, Conn., starts March 8. The contest marks the final regular-season home game for Alexander, along with fellow key contributors Elashier Hall and Carmen Tyson-Thomas. A win would likely secure the first NCAA bid for the No. 22 Orange in five years, while a loss would open the door for a season-ending five-game losing streak if the team makes an early exit in Hartford.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen asked if Saturday’s triple-overtime thriller could help the team prepare for tournament situations, SU head coach Quentin Hillsman quickly disagreed. He said tired legs couldn’t be a benefit. After the Villanova contest ended at about 5:10 p.m. Saturday, the team will have had just more than two full days to prepare for Louisville, which has not played since defeating Seton Hall 72-62 on Wednesday.Still, considering the Senior Night context and desire to snap a three-game losing streak, all of which featured squandered Syracuse leads, SU doesn’t envision a problem finding motivation for Monday’s contest.“We’re just worried about winning the next game,” Tyson-Thomas said. “We’re not looking too far ahead, we’re never skipping opponents. I feel like we’re just looking at do-or-die.”The 55-minute battle against Villanova drained energy from both sides. All three seniors, along with Brianna Butler, saw 40-plus minutes of action, with Alexander and Hall leading the way at 48 and 46 minutes, respectively.In a season with just one overtime game, players and coaches alike expressed amazement at what transpired down the stretch. Hillsman said he couldn’t remember taking part in as memorable a game in his career, aside from arcade-like games he played as a kid.Against a solid Louisville squad Monday night, a win could alleviate all concerns regarding the NCAA bid that has eluded SU’s senior class. Although 35th-year Villanova head coach Harry Perretta expressed confidence after Saturday’s game that the Orange is “in the tournament, no question,” Hillsman has his doubts, pointing to past seasons like the 22-9 2010-11 campaign that led to a WNIT berth.While the team has hit a rough patch in the past week, SU carries plenty of confidence for a turnaround.A win in the regular-season finale would be a definitive start.“Obviously, we have that sense of urgency right now,” Alexander said. “So we’ve got to finish it up.” Comments
A former Prime Minister and a former Justice Minister have been barred from leaving Haiti as the authorities conduct a corruption probe that has led to the arrest of 12 people.According to Haiti’s prosecutor Clame-Ocnam Dameus, former Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, who served from 2009 to 2011, and former justice minister Camille Edouard Jr., who served in 2016, cannot travel abroad while the investigation proceeds into corruption-related charges.Bellerive, who was Prime Minister during a catastrophic earthquake, was ordered to remain within Haiti by a judge who is investigating the 2009 disappearance of a public procurement official and the 2012 death of a construction manager allegedly connected to the case.Bellerive denied any connection to either incident, or to other acts of corruption.Dameus said Edouard could potentially face charges of money laundering as well as misappropriation of public funds and properties.He added that the others – mainly government officials who arrested between November and December could face corruption charges that include the misappropriation of public funds.
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The Enceladus problem – accounting for the heat source of a tiny moon of Saturn – just jumped by more than an order of magnitude. “Cassini Finds Enceladus Is a Powerhouse,” reported Jet Propulsion Laboratory today. “Heat output from the south polar region of Saturn’s moon Enceladus is much greater than was previously thought possible,” the press release said; “….15.8 gigawatts, approximately 2.6 times the power output of all the hot springs in the Yellowstone region, or comparable to 20 coal-fueled power stations.” That’s “more than an order of magnitude higher than scientists had predicted” based on a re-analysis of infrared data taken in 2008. Previous estimates were 1.1 to 1.4 gigawatts. The results were published in the Journal of Geophysical Research on March 4. Lead author of the study, Carly Howett [Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado] was dumbfounded by the results. “The mechanism capable of producing the much higher observed internal power remains a mystery and challenges the currently proposed models of long-term heat production,” she remarked. The only suggestion for a way out of the problem was to propose episodic outbursts. “A possible explanation of the high heat flow observed is that Enceladus’ orbital relationship to Saturn and Dione changes with time, allowing periods of more intensive tidal heating, separated by more quiescent periods,” the article suggested. That proposal, however, has the bad philosophical side effect of making our observations a special time: “This means Cassini might be lucky enough to be seeing Enceladus when it’s unusually active.” Since extra heat might melt the ice, an appeal to life was predictable: “The possibility of liquid water, a tidal energy source and the observation of organic (carbon-rich) chemicals in the plume of Enceladus make the satellite a site of strong astrobiological interest,” Howett said.Quick! Look over there! The use of the L-word is a tactic similar to the used car salesman pointing to a hired streaker when the prospective buyer is about to look under the hood (04/27/2009, 06/26/2009). A persistent buyer might not be distracted. Then the salesman tries another tactic: “That’s strange; it was working before. Every time I tried it the engine ran fine. You just happened to come by at a bad time.” Among all the other Saturn surprises (12/07/2010, 02/02/2009), Enceladus was already a big problem for the assumed age of the solar system (A.S.S.) (08/30/2005, 03/13/2007, 01/28/2011 bullet 2). Now it is a BIG problem (pronounce it beeeeeg; señor. But señorita: Encéladus is not pronounced like enchilada). Darwin skeptics who nevertheless cling to Lyell’s myth of millions and billions of years should take note of observations like these (08/04/2007). The two moyboys (03/31/2007 commentary), Charlie & Charlie (Lyell & Darwin), were part of the same radical movement Peter warned about (II Peter 3:3-6). (Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Prof Anastassios Pouris, director of the Institute for Technological Innovation at the University of Pretoria. (Image: University of Pretoria) Prof Doug Rawlings, acting vice-rector for research at Stellenbosch University. (Image: Stellenbosch University) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Anastassios Pouris University of Pretoria +27 12 420 3843 RELATED ARTICLES • New mining industry centre launched • SA academic gets top science award • Top award for local invasion biologist • SA academic elected to top councilWilma den HartighFindings of a recent analysis of South Africa’s scientific performance show that the country increased its research output between 2000 and 2010.South Africa has also more than doubled its publication numbers in this period, improved its international publications ranking by two positions, and was ranked 33rd in the world.These findings were published in a research paper by Professor Anastassios Pouris, director of the Institute for Technological Innovation at the University of Pretoria, in the South African Journal of Science.In his paper, Science in South Africa: The dawn of a new renaissance? figures for the 10-year period between 2000 and 2010 show that the country has more than doubled its paper publication numbers, from 3 617 in 2000, to 7 468 in 2010.However, publishing South Africa’s achievements in the area of research isn’t just about flaunting impressive numbers. Our growing publication profile has important implications and numerous benefits for the country.Many benefits“Rising research output is an indicator of economic growth and development of the country,” Pouris says.He explains that there is a relationship between the research output of academics and economic growth, which can influence policies aimed at improving a country’s research performance.In another study investigating this connection, also co-authored by Pouris, he points out that knowledge accumulation is considered one of the key factors affecting the productive capacity of a country, and its capacity for international competitiveness.This is where South Africans can benefit.The results of his study show that if research undertaken in a country can promote economic growth, it is an incentive for the science and technology community to motivate for more resources and funding.Increasing the country’s academic output means universities have more postgraduate students, and as these numbers grow tertiary institutions can employ more academics. He says it also indicates that the education level of employees in South Africa is improving.The role of government fundingGovernment-led interventions are one of the main reasons for the upward trend in South Africa’s published research figures.Pouris suggests that the Department of Education’s new funding formula, implemented in the 2004/05 financial year, has proved successful in encouraging South African academics to publish more research. The new formula has increased financial support to higher education institutions according to postgraduate numbers and publication output. For each peer reviewed article produced by a staff member, the university would receive about R120 000 (US$14 500).Prof Doug Rawlings, acting vice-rector for research at Stellenbosch University, agrees that research output has increased as a result of this incentive.“This is a huge incentive for universities,” Rawlings says. “It also makes a major contribution to our funding.”Although this particular funding model has its flaws, Pouris’s study notes that South African universities are transferring some of those financial incentives to individual researchers.His paper argues that while the funding formula fails to recognise differences in publication patterns among disciplines, it has the potential to become an effective funding method, if some changes can be made to the policy.He also recommends that the government relooks at the issue of possible disproportionate support to research-weak universities in the form of development grants.Other government interventions that were introduced during the decade under review, which are likely to have made a valuable contribution to research productivity, include the Department of Science and Technology’s (DST) 10-year innovation plan in 2007 and the promulgation of intellectual property laws to encourage entrepreneurship and research activities in public universities.The DST also established the Technology Innovation Agency and the South African National Space Agency in 2008.Other funding sourcesAlthough corporate support for research is aimed primarily at targeted projects rather than an investment in science generally, it is an important source of funding nonetheless.Funding from international donors is also on the rise. “Funding to research global issues is growing,” says Rawlings.He explains that research priorities focussing on issues highlighted by the millennium development goals attract funding from organisations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Ford Foundation.Tweaking the country’s research focusPouris says there is a need to improve research in certain fields. “We argue that there are particular disciplines where we can do better – such as engineering and technology – which are still underemphasised research areas.”Research in these disciplines is often neglected and the entry barrier is high as researchers need more resources such as expensive technology and equipment.He added that to bolster research even further, it is important to increase the number of students who enrol for tertiary education. Internationally, 50% to 60% of all students between the ages of 18 and 24 complete higher education, whereas in South Africa this figure is only 18%.“We have to expand the number of students going to university,” he says.Research prioritiesRawlings says it is important to balance research priorities in South Africa to ensure that both local and international research is prioritised.In South Africa there is a pressing need to continue local research into issues that are unique to the country, such as the conservation of fynbos in the Cape regions, and HIV/Aids.“We are very strong in these areas,” he says.Research to support the country’s key industries such as mining or agriculture is also on-going.South Africa’s growing research output and participation in international research is also important to boost the country’s credibility as a participant in the global research arena.“If South Africa has credibility in multinational projects we can play a greater role,” he says.Rawlings anticipates that South Africa’s role in multinational research initiatives with global significance such as fresh water resources, global warming and energy will expand.Programmes such as the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope, which was recently jointly awarded to South Africa and Australia, as well as the Southern African Large Telescope in Sutherland are both multinational projects where local research talent have a strong presence.What the research paper makes clear is the importance of funding to sustain the momentum behind the country’s research productivity.• Image courtesy of blogs.sun.ac.za
Brand South Africa joins Business Engage to host the Centenary Business Summit in Honour of Nelson Mandela
Johannesburg, Monday 16 July 2018 – Brand South Africa collaborated with Business Engage, and other business stakeholders to host an interactive dialogue in commemoration of Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, under the theme ‘The Centenary Business Summit – South Africa Open for Business.’ The business summit saw a delegation of U.S business leaders, and some of South Africa’s prominent leaders in the business community share thought leadership around globalisation, corporate social responsibility, diversity, technology, doing business in Southern Africa and much more. The Centenary Business Summit “South Africa Open For Business”, was developed jointly by India Gary-Martin and Colleen Larsen, CEO of Business Engage and President of the 30% club in conjunction with Sneha Shah, Managing Director for Africa at Thomson Reuters, the summit’s anchor sponsor. Colleen Larsen, CEO of Business Engage, President of the 30% Club said: “The purpose of the delegation was to engage in thoughtful conversation with business leaders about the vision, business operating environment and challenges in attracting direct foreign investment to Southern Africa. The cohort constituted of senior executives with global responsibilities at some of the world’s largest and most well respected firms. They are widely recognised as business leaders, subject matter experts and trailblazers across their respective sectors.”Co-organiser of the Centenary Business Summit, and Founder of Leadership For Life (LFL), India Gary-Martin, who is a 25 year veteran of financial services and a proponent of the globalisation of African brands, explained that the platform has provided an opportunity for U.S based C-Suite executives to unpack the opportunities presented by South Africa. Gary-Martin said: “Our influence as business leaders is extremely important. We want to explore the opportunities that exist within purpose driven leadership. This is about leader to leader exchange, and interrogating best practice.” Key note speaker, Colin Coleman, who is the Managing Director and Head of Africa at Goldman Sachs shared insights on how South Africa and the world can live up to the values and principles of the late statesman Nelson Mandela – through concerted efforts that aim to positively impact society. “Let us not forget where we come from as a nation. In the 25 years since 1994, significant developments have been made for our society which have been enabled by our Constitution and democratic society. We see an increase in the creation of the black middle class, the country’s social welfare system provides support in the form of an to over 17 million South Africans – a system which also benefits corporates. “We aren’t without our challenges as a society. We have high levels of unemployment with the vast majority of those impacted being the youth. The structural design of the apartheid system still persists to this day which sees the mass of rural and peri-urban citizens being marginalized. “However, we are in a ‘new dawn’ – guided by the Ramaphosa administration and it is our responsibility collectively with government, business and civil society to unwind the racial divides in the economy and to maintain and further strengthen social cohesion in South Africa and in the rest of the continent,” said Coleman.
Man Utd ace Mata: Why I like Bournemouthby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Juan Mata says there can’t be any underestimating Bournemouth.Mata says they will have learned from their 2-1 win against Bournemouth last month.He said, “That until the end we fight to score like Marcus showed. It was a nice end to a difficult game.“But I like Bournemouth, they have a good manager, they’ve played in a certain way for the last few seasons and they have players who know what they can produce for the team. They play in a very structured way, they like to have the ball and they’re a very good team.“We play again at Old Trafford and we will try to show again how strong we can be at our home, respecting of course their manager and their team. I’m looking forward again to trying to get the three points.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say