Ethane and propane have been detected in ocean depths near the Galapagos, reported EurekAlert. These heavy energy-rich hydrocarbons may be widespread in ocean sediments. The authors of a paper in PNAS1 believe it is formed by bacteria metabolizing acetate from organic material in the sediment, and that this “upsets the general belief that hydrocarbons larger than methane derive only from thermal degradation of fossil organic material.” Though the paper discusses only the C2 and C3 hydrocarbons ethane and propane specifically, this surprise announcement includes the possibility that heavier hydrocarbons could be formed by processes not yet understood. The end of the paper says cryptically, “Specifically, they signal the presence of an additional process, probably significant in many environments, for extending the terminal degradation of organic material.”1Hinrichs et al., “Biological formation of ethane and propane in the deep marine subsurface,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print September 21, 2006, 10.1073/pnas.0606535103.Maybe lowly bacteria, not decaying dinosaurs, will keep our automobiles (or barbecues) running for the foreseeable future. This announcement could have ripple effects on astrobiology as well as geopolitics. It also illustrates how little we still know about some of the most basic processes on our own planet occurring today. Remain doubtful, therefore, about what some scientists claim was going on billions of years ago.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
23 August 2010Johannesburg visitors and residents who are keen on seeing the architectural masterpiece that is Africa’s biggest stadium – known as Soccer City during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, since renamed FNB Stadium – can now take a guided tour of the city’s famous “African calabash”.Soccer City was the flagship stadium for the World Cup, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies and the first and final games.It is the largest sports stadium in Africa, with a seating capacity of up to 94 700. Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt is the second-largest, with a seating capacity of 86 000, followed by Stade des Martyrs in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, which can seat 80 000.The original stadium was called FNB Stadium. It was demolished and rebuilt at a cost of R3.8-billion, designed to resemble an African calabash sitting on a pit of fire, for the World Cup.During that tournament, it was called Soccer City, as Fifa does not allow brand names other than official cup sponsors at World Cup venues. The stadium has now reverted to its original name of FNB Stadium until 2014.A number of major events have already been held at the stadium since the end of the World Cup on 11 July, including the Telkom Charity Cup and a friendly international between Bafana Bafana and Ghana. The Springboks began the home leg of their Vodacom Tri-Nations rugby campaign at the stadium, playing New Zealand on Saturday, 21 August.Stadium Management South Africa (SMSA), managers of the venue, has been conducting tours of the stadium since the beginning of the year. By 20 May, about 35 000 people had toured the stadium, with the demand increasing since the World Cup ended.“We intend to offer completely enjoyable, comfortable and informative tours that will ensure that customers are thoroughly satisfied and appreciative at the end of their trip,” said SMSA spokesperson Brescia Bianco-Badenhorst.Tours are conducted by professional, well-informed tour guides. A tour is 60 to 90 minutes long, with one tour guide accommodating up to 30 guests. Groups of more than 30 people are split up into smaller groups.On the tour, visitors see scale models of the Nasrec precinct and the stadium; the walkway; the concourses and seated areas; pitch level and the players’ tunnel; the change rooms; and warm-up areas.They are also taken to the mixed zone areas and the western side of the stadium, where the VIP and VVIP areas, suites and private suites are situated; the venue operations centre; as well as the upper concourses and the upper seated level.Tours cost R80 per person, with family packages available at R160. The family packages are for three children under the age of 16 years accompanied by two adults.Bookings can be made e-mailing email@example.com or by calling +27 (0)11 247 5300. Tours run from Monday to Friday at 9am, 10.30am, 12 noon, 1.30pm and 3pm. Weekend tours are at 12 noon and 1.30pm. Payment must be made in cash on the day of the tour.Source: City of Johannesburg
Ray Maota Lebogang Ledwaba, Kgotso Mothoa, Siphesihle Madlala, and Tessy Odiley, display their solar lamp prototype, the Emu Lamp. (Image: Junior Achievement) MEDIA CONTACTS • Junior Achievement South Africa +27 11 331 3150 RELATED ARTICLES • Up-cycling for a better community • Take-away content to help pupils • Rewarding youth excellence • Grooming future leaders: pricelessInspired by recurring power outages and countless fires in informal settlements that disrupt the lives of many families every winter in South Africa, a group of high school pupils from Johannesburg developed an innovative source of light to replace candles and paraffin lamps.Their concept won them the top prize in the Global Social Innovation Relay, earning them the title “Best Innovation 2012”. The young pioneers also won laptops provided by electronics company Hewlett Packard (HP).The challenge was for high school pupils around the world to create new business concepts intended to have a positive social and environmental impact in their communities, culminating in the final announcement of the winners at an event in Brussels in July.Bright ideaTeam Emulsified Environmentalists, which consists of Lebogang Ledwaba, Kgotso Mothoa, Siphesihle Madlala, and Tessy Odiley from Sandtonview High School, developed the Emu-Lamp, a solar-powered lamp made from recycled cardboard and foil.“The lamp absorbs light energy from the sun through the use of photovoltaic (PV) cells. The PV cells convert it into electricity, which is used to power the lamp,” explained Odiley.Mothoa added: “The solar panels also work with artificial lighting. You can charge it for eight hours and the light will last for 100 hours. You don’t have to charge it every day. The solar panels have a life of 25 years.”The relay, now its second year, was born out of a collaboration between HP and global youth skills development organisation Junior Achievement.Although the two organisations have worked together over 20 years, the first relay was in 2010, and the aim was to close the gap in the job market between young people who have opportunities to learn about technology from a young age and those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.Linda McClure, managing director of Junior Achievement South Africa, said they often come across incredible ideas from South African pupils.“We would like to congratulate Emulsified Environmentalists for their win. They have made us very proud,” she said, adding that it is a great opportunity for the country to receive recognition.The first and second runners-up were Team Flower and Egalite from China and Slovakia respectively. Team Flower developed a programme that trains young volunteers to work with the elderly population to document their life stories and help them overcome their loneliness. Egalite’s educational DVD, on the other hand, was designed to raise awareness around issues related to migration.For the Emulsified team, the win means they have achieved their main goal – to help local communities, they said, while on the other hand they also earned their school recognition in the science field, not to mention improving their social awareness skills.The competitionOne of the largest educational initiatives of its kind in the world, the relay has had over 20 000 pupils from 13 countries having participated since its inception. Over 1 500 teams from around the world registered for the 2012 contest.The participating pupils start off with a three-hour workshop, where they learn about social innovation and then complete an online quiz.Following that, they group themselves into teams of three to five members, and are required to develop a socially innovative business idea that would alleviate a problem affecting their communities.Against the backdrop of the contest, a mentorship programme also takes shape as each of the top 20 teams is assigned a coach, usually employed by HP, who serves as a support system. The process continues in the next round, when the 20 teams are cut down to 13 for the final leg of the contest.Jeannette Weisschuh, director of global education programmes, sustainability and social innovation at HP, commented on the good quality of innovative, socially-orientated business ideas that came out of the competition, especially with the help of mentors.“The relay is part of HP’s commitment in applying our expertise and technology to help students everywhere gain vital IT and business skills to solve societal issues,” she said.Making technology accessibleThrough the relay, Junior Achievement aims to bridge the technology gap by bringing innovative ideas and hands-on educational programmes to schools. In this way they equip pupils with technological and entrepreneurial skills for the future.Caroline Jenner, CEO of Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Europe, said this is necessary for the 21st century economy.“This year’s exceptional entries prove that with the right education and resources, today’s youth has the power to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges,” she said.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As a new round of NAFTA talks begins, public support for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is growing. According to a Pew Research poll, a majority of Americans (56%) now support the NAFTA, an increase from 33% based on previous surveys.A bipartisan group of 76 House members challenged a Trump administration proposal to create a new U.S. content requirement for automobiles to qualify for tariff cuts. In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the members said the proposal would “eliminate the competitive advantages provided to the U.S. auto industry under the current NAFTA rules” and hamper the sector’s ability to compete globally.There were 150 food and agriculture organizations that signed a letter to U.S. governors, urging them to express their support for NAFTA to President Trump. The letter detailed the economic benefits of NAFTA realized by livestock agriculture, crops, dairy, spirits, beverages and a wide range of other products. Ag groups also joined a letter to Lighthizer encouraging him to maintain current trucking provisions that facilitate agriculture trade between the United States and Mexico.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a public speaking appearance made comments reflecting the administration’s stance on the NAFTA renegotiation. He characterized the president’s position by saying, “His general point of view is no deal is better than a terrible deal.” Ross also asserted that aggressive public advocacy from industry sectors, such as agriculture, is complicating the renegotiation discussions.Mexico’s Economy Minister, Ildefonso Guajardo, said that Mexico will propose a review of NAFTA every five years. Unlike the Trump administration “sunset” proposal, the five-year review proposed by Mexico would not lead to an automatic withdrawal of the agreement if the countries don’t explicitly agree to extend it. He cited the importance of providing more investor certainty as the rationale for Mexico’s proposal.
LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES The four-time NBA MVP reacted to a video posted by Twitter user @tony_hartmann, who instead of burning Irving’s jersey—like what other fans had done in the past when players jump ship—left a note thanking the four-time NBA All-star for his years with the Cavaliers.“That’s the only way to be to the kid! Special talent/guy! Nothing but respect and what a ride it was our 3 years together Young Gode #Filayy,” James said in the tweet.Kyrie Irving #2 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate after a play in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPContrary to the past few weeks since the news broke that Irving wanted out of Cleveland, James and Irving’s partnership didn’t seem in disarray on the surface in the three years since James returned to his hometown.Together, they steered the Cavaliers to three straight finals appearances–all against the Golden State Warriors—and helped the city of Cleveland put an end to more than five decades of championship drought in major league sports.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Last 3 Filipino boxers standing vow all-out finals stand SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension But after the loss to the Warriors last July in the finals, Irving reportedly wanted to play out of James’ shadow and requested for a trade. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC That’s the only way to be to the kid! Special talent/guy! Nothing but respect and what a ride it was our 3 years together Young Gode #Filayy https://t.co/wKYmYsmdgG— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 23, 2017It may have seemed from reports that their relationship was in turmoil but Cleveland Cavaliers’ star LeBron James said he has “nothing but respect” for former teammate Kyrie Irving, who had just been shipped to the Boston Celtics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames finally spoke about Irving directly shorty after the star guard got his wish to be traded and was sent to the Cavaliers’ Eastern conference rival Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and a 2018 first round pick.ADVERTISEMENT READ: On Basketball: Kyrie gets a new address, but Cavs win trade Read Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Nothing wrong with raids on offices of progressive groups—Palace PLAY LIST 01:07Nothing wrong with raids on offices of progressive groups—Palace00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games
By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Cleveland Indians professional baseball team could soon face a $9 billion lawsuit for 100 years of “dispossession and racism,” says the head of a Native American organization in the city.Robert Roche, a Chiricahua Apache who is part of the People Not Mascots organization, says the lawsuit will be launched in U.S. federal court next month.“It is disparaging, it’s racism,” said Roche, 67, about the Cleveland team’s name and logo of Chief Wahoo.The planned lawsuit comes as the Washington Redskins football team fights a decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to strip the NFL franchise of its trademark on the grounds it is a “racial slur.”The Cleveland Indians could also be facing a trademark challenge on the same grounds. The legal action is also expected to move on two fronts.One front will argue that Native Americans are “hindered from using the public accommodations of the stadium” because of the team’s racist name, said James Patrick Meissner, one of the lawyers involved in the case.“You wouldn’t allow stadiums to put up Nazi paraphernalia and say Jews shouldn’t take offense,” said Meissner.Meissner said they will also be suing for libel and slander.“The Native Americans feel that the appropriate damages from this team that has made money off it would be $9 billion,” he said.Roche said that should they win, the money would go toward the many underfunded services for Native Americans in Cleveland and the rest of Ohio.“Health issues, employment training for job skills, for furthering education,” said Roche. “We have the highest drop-out rate in Cleveland and type 2 diabetes is epidemic.”Roche said times are changing and the general public is now more aware of the racism faced by Indigenous people in the U.S.“The public is more aware of racism and the inhumanity of it,” said Roche, in an interview Wednesday with APTN National News. “Before, people weren’t willing to look at it.”The Cleveland Plain Dealer also recently called for the name to be changed in an editorial.“It’s time to acknowledge once and for all that the caricature represents a racially insensitive stereotype of Native Americans,” wrote the newspaper in its February 28 editorial.Roche said the Cleveland Indian’s current stadium, which was completed in 1994, is also built on a burial ground.This is not the first time the Cleveland Indians faced a lawsuit of this kind. Meissner was involved in another case dating back to 1971 that involved famed American Indian Movement leader Russell Means and nine other people.The case resulted in an undisclosed settlement, but the team kept on using its name and logo.The Cleveland Indians name dates back to 1915 and there is some dispute as to its origins.The team claims the name was chosen in honour of Louis Sockalexis who played in 94 major league games for the Cleveland Spiders. He was signed in 1897, according to the Society for American Baseball Research. A member of the Penobscot Indian Tribe in Maine, Sockalexis faced racial taunts during his appearances on the field.Team historians, however, say the name had little to do with honouring Sockalexis, but was the result of a contest held by the Plain Dealer.A spokesperson said the Cleveland baseball team would not be commenting on the firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera
Tom Fennario APTN National NewsThe number of Indigenous people moving to Montreal has increased steadily for the last decade.Some face housing issues, such as affordable prices and rental discrimination.One Native friendship centre is trying to help out.
CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Premier Rachel Notley has announced Alberta’s support for a major expansion of the BMO Centre.“East Victoria Park, which includes Stampede Park and BMO Centre, has long stood as the city’s cultural epicentre. With this announcement, we are going to kick-start urban renewal in Calgary’s downtown, create thousands of jobs, and increase tourism, business development and investment in Calgary,” Notley said Tuesday afternoon.City council has already approved its portion of the $550 million expansion of the BMO, with the mayor saying the doubling of the facility will move Calgary into the top tier of convention cities, similar to venues in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.READ MORE: Calgary BMO Centre to get a $500M expansion“This Community Revitalization Levy has been one of the most successful in the world, and the new vibrancy of the East Village is testament to that. Extending it for a further 20 years after 2026 will allow us to craft even better neighbourhoods, particularly south of the tracks in East Victoria Park where we are crafting a great cultural and entertainment district for Calgary,” Naheed Nenshi explained.In addition to the expansion of the BMO Centre on Stampede Park, the Calgary Rivers District CRL extension will allow for $140 million in infrastructure upgrades in Victoria Park, and future transformation of Arts Commons, which includes the Jack Singer Concert Hall, Max Bell Theatre, Martha Cohen Theatre, Big Secret Theatre and the Engineered Air Theatre.The province says the investment in the BMO Centre will create 2,250 jobs and contribute $223 million annually to Alberta’s economy.It’s hoped shovels can be in the ground by early next year.
BC Hydro continues to work to restore power with BC Hydro crews on scene, there is no estimated time of restoration of service, shared Gammer.To stay up to date with the progress of restoration Gammer directs customers to visit the BC Hydro website under ‘Power Outage’ then continue to either the ‘View List’ by clicking; HERE. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Since 6 am there have been multiple power outages in Fort St. John and surrounding areas.As of 12:47 pm, there are now 15 outages from the 22 that were listed at 9:57 am. Customers that are currently affected are now at 530 down from 8600 customers a couple of hours ago, shared Bob, Gammer, Community Relations for BC Hydro.
Patna: Four passengers were injured on Sunday after 13 coaches of Chapra-Surat Tapti Ganga Express derailed in Bihar’s Saran district. The accident took place near Gautam Asthan railway station in Varanasi division at 9.45 am, minutes after the Surat-bound train left Chapra Junction, the Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of North Eastern Railway (NER), Sanjay Yadav, said. No casualty has been reported so far, the CPRO told PTI over phone. The accident spot is 10 km away from Chapra town of the district, the CPRO said. The CPRO also said, “The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained.” All the four injured have been admitted to a local hospital, he added.