first_imgOC CON SUPER HERO 1 Mile Run – 10:00AM1 MILE RUN – Run Super Fast! Dress Super Fantastic! Or Stroll! (On the Boardwalk) Check in & day of registration 9am – 9:45am $15 – (Includes Race Shirt and OC Con Show admission) $20 – Race Day Registration $10 – 12 yrs & Under – (Includes OC CON Super Hero T-Shirt and OC Con Admission) Also come back for the Super Hero Dash! Registration includes both eventsSUPER HERO OBSTACLE DASH – 11:00AMCheck in & day of registration 10:15am – 10:45am Show off your Superhero skills. Dash! Fly! Jump! To rescue everyone from the evil villian! (On the Beach) $10 – 12 yrs & Under – (Includes OC CON Super Hero T-Shirt and OC Con Admission)Pre-Race or Race Day sign up!Registration Opens Feb. 1, 2017 – Register Now Race Event Details: We hope you are ready for some Super Fun!!If you are participating in the 10am – 1 Mile Super Hero Run please check in at the Music Pier between 9AM – 9:45AM. You will receive your race #, OC CON Super Hero shirt and wrist band for entry into Saturday’s OC CON Convention! Race Start is 10AM on the boardwalk in front of the Music Pier. The top 5 male & 5 female 13 & over and 12 & under will be awarded prizes. Also the top 5 Costumed runners. The awards ceremony is 10:30am inside the Music Pier on the stage at the OC CON Convention,. Everyone come in and cheer for the front of the pack Super runners!!Your 1 mile entry entitles you to participate in the 11AM Super Hero Obstacle Dash also! You do not have to check in twice. Wear your 1 mile #.11:00AM – Super Hero Obstacle Dash. Check in between 10:15AM – 10:45AM. You will receive your race #, OC CON Super Hero shirt and wrist band for entry into Saturday’s OC CON Convention! Obstacle Dash will start at 11AM on the beach at the Music Pier. Super Hero’s will be sent off to save the people and animals of OCNJ in age group waves.2016 1 Mile Race Results  – Timed by RuntheDay.comFor more OC CON information check out WWW.OCNJCON.COM Any race questions: [email protected] or (609) 525-9317Avengers Assemble, April 1st!! – Register Now More Information about OC CON Event Details – Click Here  Vendor Info & Registration – Click Here Visit www.oceancityvacation.com  or www.oceancitylibrary.orglast_img read more

SA scientists win AU awards

first_imgScience in Africa is to come under the spotlight through the AU Scientific Awards. (Image: Nasa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof. Jean-Pierre Ezin AU Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology+251 11 551 7700RELATED ARTICLES • SA hosts world science meet • African science reporting shapes up • Open access to SA journals • SA scientist lauded for polar workJanine ErasmusTwo South African scientists have walked off with top honours at the inaugural African Union Scientific Awards. The awards programme was launched in September 2009, and the laureates were announced earlier in 2010.Witwatersrand University’s (Wits) Professor Diane Hildebrandt and Professor Patrick Eriksson of Pretoria University were singled out for the prestigious honour from 48 entries sent in from all over Africa.Two categories were judged – Life and Earth Sciences, which Eriksson won; and Basic Science, Technology and Innovation, which Hindebrandt won. Each received a prize worth US$100 000 (R731 061).President Jacob Zuma was quick to applaud the achievement of the two scientists during the awards ceremony, which took place in Addis Ababa during the 14th AU summit.“I say with pride that South Africans continue to display excellence in various fields in the international arena,” said the president.“On behalf of the South African people I wish to congratulate Professor Hildebrandt and Professor Eriksson, and wish them well in their endeavours to make Africa and the world a better place to live.”Top achieverHildebrandt, one of South Africa’s top chemical engineers, is a professor of sustainable process engineering in the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, and is also co-director at the university’s Centre for Optimisation Modelling and Process Synthesis.She started her career as a process engineer at South Africa’s fuel giant Sasol and obtained her BSc, MSc and PhD in chemical engineering from Wits University. Her career at her alma mater now spans more than 20 years.Hildebrandt was the first woman chemical engineer to earn an A rating from the National Research Foundation. A prolific author, she has more than 50 papers to her name.Winning awards is not a novelty for her – she’s already been honoured with the Vice-Chancellor’s Researcher of the Year Award in 2002; the Bill Neale-May Gold Medal of the South African Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2000; the Meiring Naudé medal of the Royal Society of South Africa in 1997; the Distinguished Researcher Award of the University of the Witwatersrand in 1996; and the President’s Award of the Foundation for Research and Development in 1996 and 2010.“I’m grateful for the award and look forward to making further contributions to Africa and its development,” she said in an interview with University World News, adding that there are many scientists who strive to improve conditions for all Africans, often under difficult circumstances.Internationally respectedEriksson is head of Pretoria University’s Geology Department, a post he has held since 2006. He joined the department as a lecturer in 1982 and rose to a professorship 12 years later. Eriksson completed his PhD in 1984 and obtained a higher doctorate from Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich in 1998.He lectures in sedimentology and his research focuses on the evolution of Precambrian (sedimentary) basins. He is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Geological Society of Africa, and still finds time to act as editor-in-chief of the Journal of African Earth Sciences.The National Research Foundation gave him an A research rating in 2007.Well respected on an international level, he founded the Global Precambrian Sedimentation Syndicate in 1997, an informal working group comprising 16 eminent scientists from South Africa, the US, UK, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Brazil, Australia, and India.Accepting the AU award, Eriksson paid tribute to his peers on the continent.Boosting African scienceThe AU Scientific Awards programme is aimed at inspiring the continent’s best minds to bigger and better achievements, and also celebrates their efforts to boost entrepreneurship in science and research, attract investment into African science, and establish scientific centres of excellence in Africa.The African Academy of Sciences, Twas (formerly the Third World Academy of Sciences) bureau in Africa, and the Network of African Science Academies adjudicated the awards.Winners are selected according to several criteria, including the number of publications they have written or co-written, the number of graduate research students they have mentored, and the relevance of their work in tackling the challenges facing the African continent as well as the ease of application.Besides the AU Science Award, also up for grabs are the AU Young Scientist Award, handed out on a national level to promising researchers under 35 years of age, and the AU Woman Scientist Award, which is region-based. These prizes fall into the same two categories as the main accolade.last_img read more

East Cape entrepreneurs define nation brand

first_imgFrom left, Sybert Liebenberg and Vuyo Zitumane of the Eastern Cape Tourism Agency, Dr Garth Cambray, Brand South Africa trustee Neela Hoosain, Ben Nyaumwe and Iggy Sathekge at the Port Elizabeth stakeholder summit.The second Brand South Africa Stakeholder Summit kicked off in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape on 12 July 2011 with a host of representatives from government, business and civil society gathering to discuss ways to grow the nation’s reputation and competitive spirit.Initiated by the Brand South Africa and taking place in each of the nine provinces, the summits aim to increase provincial participation in the nation-branding effort and encourage active citizenship – which, in turn, will help position the country as a top investment and tourism destination.The first session was held in Johannesburg in May, with similar events taking place soon in the remaining seven provinces.“The South African brand is about the promise we are making,” said Iggy Sathekge, Brand South Africa director for stakeholder relations.“If investment communities come here are see that we do not have what we promised, there will be a gap. There’s a gap because we are not being brand ambassadors ourselves – we have to start creating these internally before we can expect other people to see us in a particular way.”Brand South Africa believes that by getting South Africans to become passionate about what the country represents, each citizen becomes an embodiment of the brand promise.“If each South African becomes excited about this, we will have 49-million ambassadors who are pushing for this particular brand,” Sathekge added.Each summit presents South Africans who, through their work and community initiatives, are already active ambassadors. These individuals epitomise the unique characteristics, or pillars, of the South African brand – ubuntu, diversity, sustainability, possibility and innovation.‘If you do it, you’ve got to do it right’Having brought the world-class Radisson hotel group to South Africa, Port Elizabeth property mogul Ben Nyaumwe is one such man.“I believe that if we have entrepreneurs in this country, we will attract investors. Here’s an example: the Radisson didn’t come and choose Port Elizabeth … there was a local entrepreneur, Ben Nyaumwe, who went to group’s operators in Brussels and said ‘hey, come and look at this amazing city of Port Elizabeth’. And they came and saw and they said ‘yes, we will partner with you’.”Nyaumwe believes this approach is an example of thinking globally, acting local. “Our products cannot be inferior, if you do it, you’ve got to do it right – or stay home.“When I started talking about establishing a five-star hotel in Port Elizabeth about six years ago, many people were sceptical. But look where we are now: we’re sitting with a hotel group in the city that operates with 80% occupancy levels right throughout the week.”Although the Radisson is now the biggest international hotel group in South Africa with branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town and the Eastern Cape, there wasn’t a single establishment in the country before Nyaumwe stepped in.“We were the pioneers. Through local innovation coming out of Port Elizabeth, and growing out of this investment, we managed to ensure that the Radisson came to Johannesburg and got a presence right opposite the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Gautrain in Sandton. That says a lot about Port Elizabeth and the potential we have. The Radisson group came here before it went to Sandton – that’s important.”Local effort leads to top global brand Dr Garth Cambray, managing director of Makana Meadery in Grahamstown, is another brand ambassador in the Eastern Cape with a local approach and global vision.Like the name suggests, his company makes wine from fermented honey, also known as mead, which is the oldest known fermented beverage on earth having been invented in Africa 20 000 years ago.Founded in 2001 with only 15 employees, the meadery now produces up to 15 000 bottles of the drink a year, as well as stocks of mead vinegar, honey mead mustard, conventional honey and honey-based jams and marmalades.Cambray has also established a similar facility in the US, which produces 66 000 bottles of award-winning mead a year that’s sold across 38 states.But he’s making sure that the benefits of the innovation remain right where mead first came from.Through several empowerment initiatives, Makana Meadery has trained over 400 unemployed people – some as far away as the Congo – to keep bees, without which mead would never exist, and sell their honey for profit.The meadery has also helped develop the local economy of Grahamstown by ensuring that previously disadvantaged residents have a 50% stake in the venture.“In terms of the global growth of the mead industry, we’re seeing that more and more brands are available – so with that, there is an increased availability of the mead product. This is growing our local brand too. We just have to help other people make mead – like we do in the US – and they grow our brand for us. It’s a very non-aggressive marketing style, but it works. It’s all about ubuntu.”Gold was the first resource in South Africa which made the country globally competitive – the next will be the “gold in our biodiversity”, Cambray said, “and the things that symbolise this are our bees and the beverage they hep produce”.last_img read more

Stress task force offering help to struggling Ohio farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dairy farmers grapple with slumps in milk prices while the cost of feeding their cows keeps rising. For crop farmers, prices for corn and soybeans remain low, and many growers couldn’t plant either crop this year.The persistent spring rain created the state’s worst planting year on record and has contributed to a near-record low level of hay to feed livestock in Ohio and across the Midwest.So much is out of a farmer’s control — weather, commodity and feed prices, a hike in international tariffs on American agricultural goods that has diminished demand for them.When rain this past spring kept farmers from planting, among the comments that circulated on Facebook was one offering a phone number for a suicide hotline.Now, perhaps more than ever, farmers might need help with how to keep their businesses afloat, how to find jobs off the farm, how to find clinicians to help deal with mounting frustration or despair that might come with running a business farming the land.Out of this tremendous need, staff with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) hope to offer assistance through their newly formed Rural and Farm Stress Task Force. The task force is made up of people who can help connect farmers and their families with specialists either within Ohio State University Extension or within the community.CFAES will be collaborating with Ohio State’s College of Social Work to know how to best respond to individuals who might be in need of emotional support, including knowing which mental health providers those individuals can seek out, regardless of where they live in the state.Across Ohio, some farmers face difficult decisions.“Nobody wants to be the one in a family to stop farming, especially if it’s been going on for generation after generation,” said Emily Marrison, a member of the task force and an educator with OSU Extension, the outreach arm of CFAES. “I don’t think we could ever make the assumption that the reason a farm closes down is because of poor management.”Many farms will be able to weather the financial storm, but some growers are seeking work off the farm or additional sources of income from their farm. The task force and all OSU Extension staff can point farmers toward resources to assist their businesses or to find new work or a counselor. In providing this help, the hope is to reassure and empower farmers.“Farmers are so resilient, or they wouldn’t be doing the job they’re doing,” said Dee Jepsen, co-chair of the task force and state safety leader for OSU Extension.For decades, farmers have dealt with weather challenges as well as shifts in markets and prices, and they have persevered. Sometimes with that strong will to persevere comes a resistance to seek help, Jepsen said.“They’re tough. They may not want to talk about their problems,” Jepsen said.Some might see their struggles to keep their farm viable as a sign of failure — personal failure.Even just admitting that or asking for help can be challenging, but that can also lead someone closer to a solution.In talking to farmers and their families in southeast Ohio, Amanda Bohlen, an OSU Extension educator in Washington County, has noticed a difference recently. She can see the toll on people’s faces. They look tired, worn down. They’re a little abrupt, more pessimistic, distant.Bohlen can easily empathize with them. Her husband, Kurt, grew up working his family’s dairy farm. This past April, they had to sell off the herd.“It had gotten to a point that it would have been cheaper for us to buy a gallon of milk from the grocery store, dump it into our tank, and resell it rather than produce our own,” Bohlen said.Kurt had to find another job, which led to a grieving process of relinquishing a profession that was all he knew.“It was the last of everything. The last time you were shutting off the milk pump. The last time you were closing the barn door,” she said.After a stint in excavation work and another on a dairy farm that later closed, Kurt accepted a job as an agriculture teacher. The job will be a change, for sure, so he’s nervous but also tremendously grateful.For more information on the Rural and Farm Stress Task force as well as a list of resources for those in the agriculture community, visit go.osu.edu/agcrisis.last_img read more

Butt faces seven-year ban in spot-fixing case: Sources

first_imgPakistan’s suspended Test captain Salman Butt is facing a seven-year ban while his teammates Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir could escape with two-year bans after next month’s hearing of the ICC anti-corruption tribunal in Doha.A well-placed source said Butt was likely to be banned and slapped with a heavy financial penalty.”The way things are going for him the frequent change of lawyers and his abrasive relationship with the ICC, he does not appear to be in a position to plead his case effectively against the allegations against him,” the source said.”And apparently the ICC ACU have prepared a long list of evidences against him based on the fact that he was captain and responsible for the conduct of the team,” the source said.The source said the fact that Butt was captain would entail the longest ban on him.”As far as Asif and Aamir are concerned, they are likely to escape with shorter bans of around two years each for their role in the spot-fixing allegations,” the source said.”These two pace bowlers are in a position to plead that they were ordered by their captain to do what they did and apparently they are being more cooperative and have a better relationship with the ICC ACU,” the source said.The source said the ICC had been given plenty of evidence and extended video footage of interviews with Pakistani bookmaker Mazhar Majeed by the News of the World tabloid which first broke the story that implicated the three players in the spot-fixing allegations.advertisementThe three were provisionally suspended by the ICC in early September after it emerged that Mazhar Majeed had bribed them to deliberately bowl no-balls during the fourth Test against England at Lord’s.Butt’s position, the source said, appeared to be the weakest and could be one of the reasons for at least three prominent Pakistani lawyers, after agreeing to represent him, quietly disengaging themselves from representing him in the case.”Right now Butt only has Yasin Patel a lawyer of Indian origin in London representing him and representing the best chance of getting the minimum punishment for him.”The source said as things stood, the best the suspended captain could hope was for his lawyer to convince the ICC tribunal to impose minimum punishment on him.”It would be better than being banned for life like former captain Salim Malik was in 2000 by the Justice Qayyum tribunal which has meant that Malik has been forced to totally break all his links with cricket,” he said.To complicate matters, Scotland Yard has also been building up a case against the suspended trio while investigating the allegations made by the News of the World.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Thalassemic to move SC to realise his civil services dream

first_imgThis is the story of a youth who dreamt big, achieved what he wanted to, but was cheated of it all by a rare genetic blood disorder. Twenty-five-year-old Sukhsohit Singh of Panchkula in Haryana was denied admission to the civil services. He was declared medically unfit, because he is a thalassemia major patient. He will now move the Supreme Court. Sukhsohit Singh is probably the first person with the rare genetic disorder to clear the civil services examination. He cleared the tough multi-level test in 2008.  But his dreams now lie shattered. The medical board constituted to test Singh declared him unfit to join any branch of the civil services, attributing thalassemia major as the reason.  Sukhsohit had appealed against the decision to deny him an entry into the civil services. The government has constituted a new medical board at Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia hospital. That board has examined Singh and a decision is awaited.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

PVP Films’ bid for Deccan Chargers ownership rejected

first_imgPutting a question mark over the future of Deccan Chargers in the IPL league, the debt-ridden club failed to find any takers in Thursday’s auction in Chennai, forcing the BCCI to step in. The sole bidder, interestingly from Hyderabad, was rejected by the current owners, Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited (DCHL), as there was no convergence either on price or on the terms of payment. Already neck-deep in debt with banks and other lenders having formed a consortium to recover dues to the tune of Rs 4000 crores, this auction was expected to provide a lifeline to the company, the publishers of the daily Deccan Chronicle. But, it was not to be with the sole bid being turned down. While maintaining that DCHL was still the franchisee of the team, BCCI President N. Srinivasan left the question about its future wide open. “They are still in charge, franchise is on,” was all that he would say. “One bidder was eligible from the BCCI’s point of view. But, after opening the price bid, Deccan Chronicles decided that the price, as well as, the terms of payment were not acceptable. So, they rejected the bid,” said Srinivasan, emerging out of the auction. The lone bidder, film production firm PVP Ventures of Potluri Vara Prasad, reportedly quoted Rs 900 crore for the IPL team. The company was the producer of the recent block-buster, ‘Nann E’, a bi-lingual movie depicting the exploits of a hero turned into a house-fly. The production house also has a major upcoming release in ‘Viswaroopam’, the new Kamal Hassan starrer. “The tender was issued by them. We are not involved but only assisted them in examining the eligibility and suitability criteria. After that, it was up to them, between Deccan Chargers and the bidder,” the BCCI chief added. Without committing himself on the future course of action, Srinivasan, owner of the Chennai Super Kings, merely said the Board had issued a notice to Deccan Chargers to ‘cure certain defects’. “But, that’s between the BCCI and the franchisee,” he remarked. Team Hyderabad has not been able to pay players’ or coach fees for the last edition of the IPL tournament. Though there were reports of media mogul Kalanidhi Maran of Sun TV evincing an interest in buying the team, Sun TV network has denied them. Later some prospective bidders, including the RPG group, too backed out. After the failed auction BCCI came out with a statement making it clear that the Board had no role in rejection of the bid. According to the release by BCCI Honorary Secretary Sanjay Jagdale, DCHL has rejected the bid on its discretion. Now, the issue is back on the agenda of the BCCI and cricket body will have to take the final call on the Deccan Chargers at its working committee meeting on September 15.advertisementlast_img read more

7 days agoLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum: We could go through unbeaten

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum: We could go through unbeatenby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum claims says they could stay unbeaten for the whole Premier League campaign.Wijnaldum admits it is possible Liverpool could remain unbeaten, but claims they are not thinking about matching Arsenal’s Invincibles.”It is possible,” said the Dutch midfielder.“Nobody knows how it’s going to be. We have had some luck up to now, but we have also put a lot of hard work in.“We don’t think about the fact that Arsenal did not lose in that season. We just try to give everything in every game.” last_img

Australian trader pleads guilty to spoofing in Chicago

first_imgCHICAGO — An Australian commodities trader has pleaded guilty in Chicago federal court to manipulating market prices by placing orders in the millions of dollars and cancelling them within milliseconds to sell smaller orders at a profit.Jiongsheng “Jim” Zhao pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of spoofing. Prosecutors say the 31-year-old executed trades on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange online from Sydney.His arrest in January was part of what the U.S. Justice Department said at the time was part of “the largest futures-market criminal enforcement action” in department history. At least seven others were charged around the same time.Zhao’s Chicago lawyer, Theodore Poulos, told the judge his client made just $21,000 from the illegal trades. He said he and prosecutors would recommend a one-year prison sentence. Sentencing is July 19.The Associated Presslast_img read more