A former student of Queen’s College and the University of Guyana was on Saturday morning killed after he reportedly lost control of his motorcar and crashed into a fence at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown.Dead is 20-year-old Ryan Reynolds of Ogle, East Coast Demerara; the son of Justice Brassington Reynolds.Reports are the young man was heading home when he reportedly lost control of his motorcar bearing registration number PJJ 2706, and slammed into a fence,Dead: Ryan Reynoldstoppling several times before ending up in a nearby trench.Guyana Times understands that the young man was ejected from the vehicle while it was toppling, resulting in him receiving severe head injuries. He was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.When contacted, the dead man’s mother told this publication that the family is in mourning and wished not to comment on the accident. However, Guyana Times was told that after the young man did not return home, his parents attempted to contact him but their calls went unanswered. It was not until the Police contacted them informing them about the accident that they became aware that their son was dead. It is unclear where the young man was coming from when he met his demise.The Police have launched an investigation into the fatal accident. Messages of condolences to his parents have been flooding the young man’s facebook page.
The Grande Prairie RCMP continues to investigate the suspicious death of a 46 year old woman.The body of Laurie Wyley was found in the Wapiti River on Thursday, September 17th by people quadding in the area.Police say they have received more than 20 tips related to the investigation. Officers continue to work with Peace River Major Crimes Unit and other detachments.- Advertisement -Mounties continue to look for anyone who had contact with Wyley between September 15th to 17th.If you have any information relating to this investigation, contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers heaped praise on his under-fire shot-stopper Simon Mignolet after the Reds brushed aside struggling Aston Villa at Villa Park.Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert bagged the game’s only goals as the Anfield club eased past the hosts in a 2-0 win.The Belgian number one has come under pressure for his performances this season, with pundits critical of his poor handling from crosses and set pieces, but against his compatriot Christian Benteke, Mignolet guarded his net with confidence.And Reds boss Rodgers claimed his goalkeeper looked like a Liverpool goalkeeper on Saturday after keeping a clean sheet in the Midlands.“Hopefully today is the turning point for him,” the Northern Irishman told talkSPORT. “He looked like a Liverpool goalkeeper.“It was difficult for him because he had to play against Christian Benteke, who is a real handful in the air.“He came and collected crosses though, and his hands were good.“He’s always been a very good shot-stopper. Today what he had to do, he did well.“He looked a real dominate goalkeeper and I’m very pleased for him.”
Former Tottenham midfielder Gus Poyet believes Spurs have the quality to turn things around after a difficult start to the season.The north Londoners, who failed to make any summer additions, have suffered three consecutive defeats for the first time under Mauricio Pochettino. “When the confidence is down you need something to happen. You need something special from the top players to change this situation very quickly.“Everyone was expecting Tottenham to get a few players. It was a shock to many of the fans, the players and probably the staff as well. So it was very important for Spurs to start well to finish that situation of not bringing in any players. But it’s the opposite.“It’s the first time that Mauricio has lost three games in a row and that brings something into the players. They need to perform. 3 “They need to go down there today and show that they are a very good team, because they are still a very good team and I think they will turn things around.”Poyet, who managed Brighton for four years between 2009 and 2013, expects the Seagulls to make life very difficult for Tottenham on Saturday evening.He added: “At Southampton it looked like the game was over, but they always find something to come back and somehow they got a good result.“So they’re going to be up for it.” Inter Milan’s late winner in the Champions League on Tuesday compounded their misery after league defeats to Watford and Liverpool.Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Brighton, Poyet admits his former club Spurs are experiencing a crisis but has no doubt they will get it right eventually.He told talkSPORT: “The quality is there, it’s the same squad as last year. But that word that we use a lot in football, confidence, at the moment it’s really down. 3 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Tottenham are in a difficult period LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS silverware RANKED BEST OF Pochettino desperately needs a result Poyet made 82 league appearances for Spurs Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade impact Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 3 smart causal Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MONEY REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions
Scientific jargon is like a foreign language to most lay people, but anyone stumbling across a paper on “altruism through beard chromodynamics” in Nature1 this week must surely wonder what on earth Vincent Jansen and Minus van Baalen were talking about. Let’s see if their introduction can explain, or if Nature has printed a grown-up version of Dr. Seuss:The evolution of altruism, a behaviour that benefits others at one’s own fitness expense, poses a darwinian paradox. The paradox is resolved if many interactions are with related individuals so that the benefits of altruism are reaped by copies of the altruistic gene in other individuals, a mechanism called kin selection. However, recognition of altruists could provide an alternative route towards the evolution of altruism. Arguably the simplest recognition system is a conspicuous, heritable tag, such as a green beard. Despite the fact that such genes have been reported, the ‘green beard effect’ has often been dismissed because it is unlikely that a single gene can code for altruism and a recognizable tag. Here we model the green beard effect and find that if recognition and altruism are always inherited together, the dynamics are highly unstable, leading to the loss of altruism. In contrast, if the effect is caused by loosely coupled separate genes, altruism is facilitated through beard chromodynamics in which many beard colours co-occur. This allows altruism to persist even in weakly structured populations and implies that the green beard effect, in the form of a fluid association of altruistic traits with a recognition tag, can be much more prevalent than hitherto assumed. (Emphasis added.)Evolutionists sometimes employ fairy-tale metaphors for effect, such as the “red queen” hypothesis to explain the origin of sex, “prisoner’s dilemma” to explain group dynamics, and the “tinkerer” who cobbles together whatever parts are around to describe evolutionary innovation. (Perhaps astronomers contribute to the fun with their talk of “red giants” and “white dwarfs.”) Ladies might contribute to the scientific research of this particular hypothesis and decide which beard colors belong to the most unselfish men. The guys could further test the idea by going to the paint store and experimenting with beard chromodynamics (samples).1Jansen and van Baalen, “Altruism through beard chromodynamics,” Nature Nature 440, 663-666 (30 March 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature04387.Need we say anything more? Do you get the picture that evolutionary theorists have gone totally wacko? Thanks, Jansen and van Baalen; keep up the good work. Anti-evolutionists appreciate the free ammunition. The most egregious dumb idea in this story is not the fairy tale of the “green beard effect.” It is their belief that altruism might actually evolve by a mutation in a gene. The second most egregious aspect of this story is that Nature would print such balderdash with a straight fuzzy face. It’s not even April Fool’s Day yet. “Beard chromodynamics.” Sad. Funny, but sad.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Wildthing Adventures, based in Gauteng, specialises in both soft adventures for all age groups – from eight years and older – and more adrenaline-pumping activities. These include canoeing, rafting, bridge jumping, mountain biking, abseiling and overland rafting expeditions. SA offers world-class climbing, surfing, diving, hiking, horseback safaris, mountain biking, river rafting – and just about any other extreme activity you can name, all supported by dedicated operators. Executive Adventures SA specialises in a wide variety of adventure sports, as well as in other areas, such as Wine and Garden route tours, tours of South Africa’s World Heritage sites, historical battle tours, cruise ship tours and sports tours. They present a tantalising smorgasbord of choices, on land, motorised and non-motorised, in the sea, and in the African skies. The Adrenaline Adventure Activity Guide lists stuff adventurers can do on the KwaZulu- Natal South Coast: abseiling, archery, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, hiking, microlighting, kayaking, whitewater rafting and more. There are over a hundred listed paragliding or hang gliding launch sites – and many more less well known – with schools in every centre. Also up in the air, there are many opportunities for helicopter rides, balloon flights, aerobatics, skydiving and microlight flights. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The SA Orienteering Federation is the controlling body for the sport of orienteering in South Africa, with a number of affiliated clubs. Ashanti Travel Centre , based in Cape Town, offers a wide range of packages for adventure junkies, including kloofing, scuba diving, bridge and bungi jumping, great white shark diving, kite boarding, paragliding, sandboarding, skydiving and abseils off Table Mountain. Townsend Adventure Lifestyles offer customised tours which can include lloofing/canyoneering, rock climbing, abseiling, hiking, caving, mountain biking, 4×4 trips, team building, corporate team building, and schools tours. They operate mostly in the Magoebaskloof in Limpopo. Extreme Scene operates out of Cape Town and offers a sensational number of options, on land, sea, and air. Unusual options including taking a flip in a jet fighter, or taking it more slowly in a Tiger Moth. Crocodile cage diving, which uses the same principles as shark cage diving (also available), is also on offer, as is whale watching and shark breaching. But there is much more, which a visit to the website will reveal. Active Africa Adventure Tours offers Western Cape-based adventure tours covering the full adrenaline spectrum. Otters Den, a river lodge on an island in the Blyde River at the foot of the Drakensberg near the Kruger Park, offers whitewater rafting, hot air ballooning, kayaking and abseiling. SAinfo reporter and South African Tourism Oribi Gorge Resort near Port Shepstone in KwaZulu-Natal has the Wild Five: abseiling, whitewater rafting, the Wild Slide (a foofy slide 120m along a steel cable 160m above the ground), the Wild Swing 100m into a gorge, and hiking and mountain biking. Adventure Purists offer various adventure package tours which include a variety of activities across South Africa. Adventure tour operators: multi-activity Abseiling, rapp jumpingBungee jumping, bridge swingingCanoeing, rafting, kayakingFishingHikingHorseback safaris and trailsMountain bikingParaglidingRock climbingScuba divingSkydivingSport & recreational flyingSurfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing Eden Adventures, located in the heart of the Wilderness National Park, offers canoe hire, kloofing, abseiling and a combination of both in the beautiful Kaaimans Gorge on the magnificent Garden Route. Another option is abseiling at Robberg in Plettenberg Bay, another spectacular site. Teambuilding and specialised tours can also be arranged. Felix Unite Adventure Travel is a comprehensive adventure tour operator, providing trips throughout Africa. Adventure South Africa Thousands of kilometres of hiking trails wind around the country in desert, forest, mountain or coastal terrain, many with mountain bike trails adjacent. Cape Sports Centre on the Langebaan Lagoon caters for kitesurfers, windsurfers, mountain bikers and kayakers. They sell and rent equipment, offer lessons and tips, and provide various adventure packages. Downhill Adventures offers a wide variety of exciting experiences. Take your pick: sandboarding, mountain biking and cycling, surf school and surfing lessons, tandem skydiving, shark cage diving, quad biking, kite surfing, paragliding, abseiling, sea kayaking, helicopter rides, kloofing, hiking, team building and corporate incentive groups. The Exploration Society of Southern Africa – A non-profit organisation founded in 1988, Essa provides a platform for “the conceptual and physical exploration of the Southern African landscape”. The society organises expeditions, holds discussions and presentations by world-class adventurers – and throws good parties. Travel Unite is a Cape Town-based adventure tour company operating in southern Africa. Kamala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape offers the Sheercliff Adventure Centre, with a wide range of adventure sports: a gorge glide, abseiling, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, paragliding and the 4×4 Samil mountain ascent. Stormsriver Adventures operates a wonderful, somewhat strenuous trip called the Stormsriver Challenge: abseiling, tubing and mountain biking. AR.co.za is the website for South African enthusiasts of adventure racing – a new sport made popular by the Eco Challenge television series. The site offers news, upcoming events, advice, features and more. And if it’s a very quick high you’re after, the 216 metre Bloukrans bridge on the border of the Eastern and Western Cape has the highest commercial bungee jump in the world. Or you can abseil over crashing waves at the western head at Knysna, hang out a kilometre high over Cape Town, do a combination abseiling and canyoning trip on the Storms River Gorge, or rapp jump down buildings in Durban or Johannesburg. Gravity pulls in spectacular fashion in South Africa! River trips range from mostly scenic to grade five whitewater washing machines. The art of canyoning – known as kloofing in South Africa – is another hot favourite, with both self-guided and escorted trips on offer. We’ve got some of the best, and most diverse, rock climbing in the world. The cliffs are big, wild – and still being discovered. Cape Town is particularly well endowed, but the action is far from limited to the Western Cape. South Africa offers 3 000 kilometres of coastline along with breathtaking mountains – often side by side. The country’s diverse terrain, together with an ideal climate for outdoor activities, make it a rich hunting ground for adrenaline seekers. There are wonderful easy horse trails through vineyards, on the beach or in the mountains and – for the more adventurous – horseback safaris in big game country. Mazda Adventure Zone offers information on numerous adventure activities – on land, sea, and in the air – including by region, and also provides accommodation links.
7 November 2014Moody’s decision to downgrade South Africa’s credit rating confirms the need for the country to implement growth-inducing initiatives.Responding to credit rating agency Moody’s Investor Services decision on Thursday, 6 November to downgrade South Africa’s credit rating from Baa1 to Baa2, National Treasury said the slowdown in the economy has spurred government to come up with measures to revive the economy.The Medium Term Strategic Framework, announced by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in his 2014 Medium Term budget, is one such measure. The framework prioritises initiatives that will boost investment including major projects in rail, energy and ports.“Furthermore, focus in the medium term will be on accelerating the structural changes that are already underway and whose impact will support economic growth,’ said Treasury in a statement.Moody’s also revised the credit outlook for South Africa from negative to stable, retaining South Africa’s rating in investment grade. The agency said several factors informed its decision to assign the country a stable outlook and these include: South Africa’s position as the most developed country in Africa, offering by far the deepest capital marketThe country possesses one of the most sophisticated financial systems among emerging countriesIt has an economy that has a diversified productive base, with substantial value-added from domestic sourcesSouth Africa has highly advanced infrastructure compared with most emerging marketsIts institutions, especially the judiciary, are stronger than many of its peersHas recorded important milestones in the past 20 years which include the early establishment of macroeconomic policy credibility, expansion of services, housing and utilities and the emergence of the black middle class.In addition to the above, Moody’s said South Africa is committed to reigning in government debt growth over the medium term. The support that the National Development Plan (NDP) has received from the political sphere, introduction of tighter monetary policy and fiscal restraint will help stabilize the debt burden over the medium term, according to Moody’s.“The rating agency’s decision to assign a stable outlook to the current ratings affirms government’s commitment to fiscal discipline, which was reinforced by the recently published Medium Term Budget Policy Statement,’ said Treasury, adding that South Africa is committed to narrowing the budget deficit, stabilising debt and rebuilding the fiscal space that enabled the country to extricate itself out of the debilitating 2008/9 global economic crisis.Adding Treasury said South Africa will continue to implement “prudent’ macroeconomic policies which have been the hallmark of government since 1994.“Government will continue to make tough decisions that are necessary to address out challenges so we can build on the gains we have made over the past 20 years to improve the lives of our people,’ said Treasury.SAinfo reporter
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9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#mobile#Multimedia#Trends#Video Services#web sarah perez 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Did you see the latest Jude Law movie? The film, a murder mystery from art house director Sally Potter takes place in Manhattan’s fashion world and features other famous actors including Dame Judi Dench, Steve Buscemi, John Leguizamo, and Dianne Wiest. “Rage,” as the film is called, isn’t all that remarkable in and of itself, but the way it’s being distributed is: via mobile phones. Choosing to forgo the typical theatrical release, Potter went an entirely different route for her new indie flick: Rage premiered exclusively on the iPhone.Released last week through the iPhone/iPod Touch mobile application Babelgum (iTunes link), the film represents the first ever attempt to distribute a feature film for free by way of mobile phones. In fact, the mobile platform didn’t just serve as the place for the film to make its debut – it was the primary distribution channel as well. The only theatrical showings of the movie were two red-carpet events – one at New York’s The Box theater and another in London, both of which took place last week. Not only does the film embrace the mobile as the core piece of its release pattern – a pattern which also includes simultaneous launches on DVD and the web – it embraces the mobile platform as a way to tell the story, too. Instead of offering up a large video download, Rage was released in seven parts throughout the week through the streaming media application, Babelgum, which has now climbed to #16 on the list of top free Entertainment-based iPhone apps. The film’s style is also well suited to the mobile with a minimalist look and feel where the story is told through exclusively through close-up interviews of fourteen people who witnessed an event at a New York fashion show. There are no nuanced details or special effects here – it’s a perfect fit for a mobile audience who often half-watches videos while killing time or driving to work. According to filmmaker Potter, this experimental distribution for her new movie is actually an attempt to fight the digital piracy problem faced by the movie industry today. And yes, she’s doing it by by offering up her film for free…albeit in a way that ensures the film can only be viewed, not recorded. However, after watching the iPhone release, those interested in owning the movie can immediately purchase a DVD which includes 21 unused scenes by way of the film’s online site for $24.95. That, too, represents, a major change to the usual release pattern for films. Typically, the movie-DVD release window involves several months of waiting where the only way to watch the movie is through illegal means such as using the peer-to-peer technology known as BitTorrent. Will this rethinking of movie distribution pay off? It’s too soon to tell, but industry insiders are watching with deep curiosity. Jim Shomos, an Australian writer-producer known for mobile video series, for example, thinks using the mobile platform is a more direct way of getting the film to the target market – that is, people under 35. Others are more skeptical. After all, does anyone really want to watch a full-length film on their mobile phone? Oh that’s right, they do. Apple’s iTunes store is proof of that. Now if we could only get studios to release really good films this way… Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
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