first_imgRAFAEL BEJARANO, FOREVER DARLING, WINNER: “I had a good position from the beginning. I knew that one of Baffert’s horses would try to go straight to the lead so I just tried to figure out which one. I saw Martin (Garcia) go with Pretty N Cool and I knew she was the horse to beat, so I put us in right behind them and went from there. I knew pressure was coming by the three-eighths pole and I just tried to keep going.“I don’t think she wants to go two turns yet. I think she would like six, six and a half, seven, but the Breeders’ Cup was too tough for her. I thought she was so much better today, running six-and-a-half.” TRAINER QUOTES MANNY BADILLA, CODE WARRIOR, SECOND: “She ran huge. We’re going to hit the (California) Oaks next at Golden Gate (Feb. 6). It’s a mile and a sixteenth and it’s our last shot with those fillies up there. We’ll be back down here again soon, no doubt.” JOCKEY QUOTES center_img RICHARD BALTAS, FOREVER DARLING, WINNER: “We thought she displaced in the Breeders’ Cup and we found she had an ulcer on her soft palate when we did surgery on her. This race didn’t come up as tough as I thought for a Grade II, but I’m so grateful to win, because I own a share of her.“He (Bejarano) had to ride her hard, but she just fought it out. She has a lot of determination and you can’t teach that to a horse. I’m just glad that I own a piece of her and I train her. It’s just a great day for me.” NOTES: The winning owners are Richard Baltas of Los Alamitos; A.C. Hebert of Vinton, LA; and John Manni of Henderson, NV, who runs as J K Racing, LLC. Each owns a third.last_img read more

Sharks’ DeBoer explains why playoff seeding will be especially important this year

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Sharks haven’t had home ice advantage for a first round playoff series since 2014. They haven’t won a regular season Pacific Division title since 2011.Having one or both might be critically important for the Sharks this season if they want to return to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in four years.The red-hot Sharks entered Wednesday in third place in the Pacific with 57 points, one point back of both the Calgary Flames and the Vegas Golden Knights, teams that have …last_img read more

New fox species found at Malapa

first_imgThe specimen found at Malapa consisted of what looked like a piece of jawbone and parts of the skeleton. The researchers had to analyse the fox closely to distinguish it from any living or extinct form of fox, based on the proportions of its teeth and other aspects of its anatomy. (Image: Wits University) The Malapa cave is one of the richest archaeological sites on the continent, and is best known as the resting place of skeletons of a new species of human ancestor known as Australopithecus sediba, found here in 2008 by Prof Lee Berger. (Image: Institute for Human Evolution) MEDIA CONTACTS • Institute for Human Evolution   Wits University  +27 11 717 6695 RELATED ARTICLES • No bedbugs for early humans • Fossils tell the mammal story • A fun approach to science teaching • Maropeng top evotourism destinationWilma den HartighSouth Africa’s renowned Malapa cave at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site in Gauteng has yielded yet another discovery – a two-million-year old previously unknown fossil fox.The Malapa cave is one of the richest archaeological sites on the continent, and is best known as the resting place of skeletons of a new species of human ancestor known as Australopithecus sediba, found here in 2008.The Malapa fox is the second new species, after sediba, to be described from this site.Prof Lee Berger, a palaeoanthropologist from the Institute for Human Evolution (IHE) and School of GeoSciences at Wits University, says the discovery is important for South Africa, and the world.“Malapa continues to reveal this extraordinary record of past life,” Berger says.“Often everyone pays attention to the major hominin discoveries we make, but the discovery of a new species is a very rare thing,” says Berger, who made the discovery of A. sediba.“We find fossils all the time, many of animals that are extinct now but did live at one time. Prior to this discovery, the world didn’t know that this fox existed.”Researchers from Wits and Johannesburg universities and international scientists published the findings in an article in the Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa on 16 January 2013.The cool factorBerger says when the fossil was discovered, carnivore specialists realised it was something that they had never seen before in science.The specimen they found at Malapa consisted of what looked like a piece of jawbone and parts of the skeleton – but the only way to prove it is an entirely new fox was through intensive research.The researchers had to analyse the fox closely to distinguish it from any living or extinct form of fox, based on the proportions of its teeth and other aspects of its anatomy.They named the previously unknown species Vulpes skinneri, in honour of the late world renowned South African mammalogist and ecologist, Prof John Skinner of the University of Pretoria.Berger says the discovery can help scientists answer important evolutionary questions about modern African mammals, but it also reveals more unanswered questions about the origins of small carnivores such as foxes.“It can tell us more about the evolution of modern foxes and gives us insight into the ecology and world of our ancestors,” he says.“Now there is a whole new lineage of foxes out there that scientists can research,” he says.Small carnivores often had much smaller and more localised habitats than larger mammals, and this is very useful to scientists. Berger says it could potentially help researchers learn more about the environment at the time.Mystery surrounds the ancestry of foxesThe IHE’s Dr Brian Kuhn, head of carnivore studies at Malapa, says very little is known about the ancestry of foxes in comparison with other African carnivores such as larger dogs of the Canis group.“It’s wonderful to see a potential ancestral form of living foxes,” Kuhn says.Berger explains that so little is known about foxes because specialists studying small carnivores are very rare. “It is not a field of study often taken up by scientists,” he says.Researchers also tend to focus on the study of “prestige animals” such as large mammals.He says smaller animals are also poorly represented in fossil records because often predators consume them entirely, leaving very little to study.And this is why the world’s newest fox is such an extraordinary discovery – it will inspire scientists to work on lesser known species and discover similar animals.Berger expects that many scientists are going to re-examine their existing fossil collections. If they take a closer look at what they have, they could perhaps uncover another new animal species.“I think we are going to see an explosion of interest in these small and very important mammals,” he says.“Who knows what we will find next?”last_img read more

Road Accident Fund pays out a record R22bn

first_imgThe Road Accident Fund is a social service that supports those whose health, jobs and lives are impaired by traffic accidents.The auditor-general has also recognised the fund’s prudent management of public money in the 2013/14 financial year by giving it with a second consecutive clean audit. (Image: RAF)Brand South Africa ReporterImproved efficiency has allowed South Africa’s Road Accident Fund to pay out a record number of claims to vehicle crash survivors in the 2013/14 financial year, amounting to R22.2-billion.“The number of open claims has reduced year-on-year to what is now less than half of what it was five years ago, indicating that administration is more efficient,” said Eugene Watson, the fund’s CEO.Open and reopened claims were reduced from 212 085 in 2012/13 to 198 140 this year, and the total awaiting compensation or legal cost payments reduced by 47 627 – from 279 912 in 2012/13 to 232 285.“Claims payments grew by 47% to a record high of R22.2-billion, from R15.2- billion in 2012/13,” Watson said.The Road Accident Fund is a social service that supports those whose health, jobs and lives are impaired by traffic accidents.“Reducing the frequency, severity and impact of accidents is the fund’s highest priority, as the estimated cost of road crashes to South Africa’s economy remains staggeringly high at R306-billion per annum,” Watson said.“Despite this, the RAF will continue being the social security safety net for those who are maimed on South Africa’s roads. During the year under review, the RAF continued its departure from a legacy of less than stellar performance, reinvigorating its efforts to make a socioeconomic impact on families, homes and communities.”He said the fund paid over 7 000 funeral claims, more than half of those resulting from the 14 000 road fatalities every year.Watson said the record payout was the result of improved productivity and controls, with the fund deploying cash more efficiently and expanding its geographical footprint to make its services available to road users countrywide.This was due to management interventions to optimise claim payments, improve business processes, the hiring of more staff, and a new claims administration system.Payouts wasted on legal feesWhile the rising number of claims strains the fund’s financial resources, Watson said the organisation was dealing with this by assessing and finalising claims speedily and efficiently.The auditor-general has also recognised the fund’s prudent management of public money in the 2013/14 financial year by giving it with a second consecutive clean audit.The Road Accident Fund board and management have mapped out plans to curb the growing deficit caused by the higher reserves needed for outstanding claims. These include discussions with the National Treasury and Department of Transport to resolve the short-, medium- and long-term funding of the organisation.Watson said a major problem was the high contingency fees – estimated at over 25% – paid to attorneys, which exacerbated the hardship of accident victims. More than this, 21% of payments go to legal fees, with R1.7-billion spent on the fund’s legal costs and R2.9-billion on claimant’s legal costs.“The litigious nature of the adversarial compensation scheme where one needs to prove fault, and the subjectivity in determining loss-of-earnings and support benefits, has seen a claim take between 12 to 60 months to finalise,” he said.New legislation to lower the cost of claimsThe new Road Accident Benefit Scheme Bill will attempt to reduce the amount of money wasted on legal fees by eliminating the need to determine who was at fault, cutting out prolonged and often self-serving lawsuits.Payments will be made directly and on a monthly basis to claimants and healthcare providers. The bill will also provide benefits for medical expenses, income support, family support and funeral benefits.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Premiere Pro CS6 Hover Scrub in the Project Panel

first_imgDiscover how Adobe Premiere’s new “hover scrubbing” feature can save your time in post!One of the really welcome features to Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 is ‘hover scrubbing’ in the project panel. Now when you pass your mouse over any clip in your project panel it is played back in the icon view at a rate that represents where your mouse pointer is over the clip, all without having to select the clip first.New look project panel for CS6 (icon view)For example, if your mouse is at the far right of the icon you get the first frame and as you scrub from left to right the clip plays back as the speed your mouse moves.  So, when your mouse gets to the far right side of the icon the whole clip has played. And, if your mouse starts half way through – that’s the part of the clip you see. Hover scrub will work both forwards and backwards just about as fast as you can move your mouse!While you are hover scrubbing you can also set ‘in and ‘out’ points on the fly by simply hitting the ‘I’ key when you get to a suitable in point and the ‘O’ key when you get to a suitable out point.In and Out points selected – shown by clicking on the clipWhile this is great for shorter clips it can lack precision for longer clips.   In the time it takes to move the pointer of your mouse from one side of the clip to the other the whole clip will have played back.  This means fine tuning isn’t possible unless you double click it to open it up in the source monitor to fine tune your in and out points there.  You can also place rough in and out points in the project panel and finesse the shot in the timeline using the new and powerful timeline editing tools in this CS6 release.Hover scrubbing is a really great way to speed up my workflow, as I am far less likely to finesse shots in the source monitor.  This saves an extra step making my edits more efficient!last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: What Hustlers Do Consistently

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Hustlers consistently hustle.Hustlers consistently take action. It doesn’t matter what their hustle is, they are always doing something to move them closer to one of their goals. If it’s a business venture, they consistently do what is necessary to move the business forward. If it is some artistic venture, like writing or music, they consistently practice their craft and consistently create. If they happen work for someone else, they are consistently doing what needs done—and more than anyone else.The only thing the non-hustler does consistently is wait to respond or react to something someone else prompts them to do. The non-hustler doesn’t take initiative, he doesn’t consistently take action. And his results are far less than the hustler’s because he is inconsistent and passive.Hustlers consistently face their fears. They put themselves in situations where they don’t have the knowledge or the experience so that they can get both. The hustler is comfortable being uncomfortable. Because the hustler is so consistent about facing her fears, she doesn’t fear failure, and she doesn’t carry any of the psychological baggage of impostor syndrome. Fear is something to step into, not something to run away from.The non-hustler seeks comfort. That means he has to avoid his fears. He might fail. He might be embarrassed. People might think he is too far out over his skis and judge him. Most of all, the non-hustler doesn’t want to be discovered to be an impostor.Hustlers consistently take risks. The hustler bets on his or her self. When they see an opportunity, they seize it, even when that opportunity comes with risk. Hustlers take jobs even though they lack what others would perceive to be the necessary experience. Hustlers start businesses, even though they have never started a business before. The hustler knows where there is little or no risk, there is little or no reward.The non-hustler avoids risk. They focus only on what they could lose and never on what they might gain. Because they are so focused on avoiding risk, they refuse to take chances, and bigger and better things evade them.The hustler consistently seeks an edge. They read and study so they know more and develop more ideas. They develop relationships with people that they can help and who might also help them, knowing that’s how things work in the world. They look for gaps, places where they can gain some competitive advantage or capitalize on some opportunity.The non-hustler doesn’t believe that they should seek an edge. They don’t believe that deserve an unfair advantage. When they see something that might look like an opportunity that could be exploited, they assume that if it were useful, someone else would already be doing something.The reason a hustler eventually succeeds is because they are consistent in taking action, facing their fears, taking risks, and seeking some edge.last_img read more

U.P. Law Commission pushes for life term in lynching cases

first_imgTaking cognisance of incidents of mob lynching, including those by cow vigilantes, the Uttar Pradesh Law Commission has submitted a draft Bill recommending up to life imprisonment for the crime.Commission chairman Justice (retired) A.N. Mittal submitted a report on mob lynching, along with the draft Bill, to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday.The 128-page report cited various cases of lynching in the State and recommended immediate enactment of a law as per recommendations made by the Supreme Court in 2018. The commission said the existing laws to combat lynchings were not sufficient.It recommended a punishment ranging from seven years to life imprisonment for the offence.Suggesting that such a law may be called the Uttar Pradesh Combating of Mob Lynching Act, the commission specified the responsibilities of police officers and District Magistrates and spelt out the punishment for failing in their duty.The panel said the law should also provide for compensation to the family of the victim for grievous injury or loss of life and property.There should also be provisions for the rehabilitation of the victims and their families, it said.Suo motu studyAccording to data available from 2012 to 2019, 50 incidents of mob violence have taken place in the State. Eleven of the 50 victims have died in the attacks. Twenty-five of these were cases of major assault, including those by cow vigilantes.“In the backdrop of this situation, the commission took up the study suo motu and accordingly recommended the State government the need for having a comprehensive law to combat lynching,” said Law Commission secretary Sapna Tripathi.The report said only Manipur has made a special law against lynchings and, as per media reports, the Madhya Pradesh government is soon going to enact one.It referred to various cases of lynching and mob violence in the State, including the 2015 killing of Mohammed Akhlaq in Dadri on suspicion of beef consumption.It also mentioned the killing of Inspector Subodh Singh on December 3, 2018, in a clash between police and Hindutva groups in Bulandshahr after cattle carcasses were found in a field.“Incidents of mob violence have taken place in Farrukhabad, Unnao, Kanpur, Hapur and Muzaffarnagar districts. Police are also becoming victims as people have started thinking of them as their enemy,” Justice Mittal said in the report.The panel studied laws of different countries and States, and decisions of the Supreme Court while preparing the draft Bill. It suggested punishment for conspiracy, aid or abetment in such cases, as well as for obstructing the legal process.last_img read more

Kashmir issue will be resolved soon Rajnath Singh

first_imgJammu: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday the Kashmir issue would be resolved soon and no power on earth could stop the final resolution. Addressing a meeting after inaugurating a bridge on the river Ujh in the Kathua district, Singh said, “I am saying this with all responsibility that the Kashmir issue will be resolved soon. I am sure of your (people) support.” The minister said he had invited for talks several times the people who claim to be fighting for the resolution of Kashmir problem. “They didn’t come forward. They have sent their children outside for education, and are forcing 12-14 years children to pelt stones”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “What kind of Azadi do they have in mind? Do they want the type of Azadi Pakistan has. Let me tell you (separatists) whether you talk or not, Kashmir issue will be resolved soon”, Singh said. He urged people to stay united and work for personal and the country’s betterment. “You have many opportunities. You can join the defence forces. You can excel in sports. There is no limit to opportunities to the people of Jammu and Kashmir”, he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAt 1,000 metres, the bridge on the river Ujh is the longest in the state constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO). The minister also paid tribute at the Kargil war memorial in Drass on the 20th anniversary of Kargil victory. He also interacted with soldiers. Union Minister of State (PMO) Jitendra Singh and Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat accompanied Singh during his visit. The Defence Minister is on a day-long visit to the state.last_img read more