In this paper we examine the claim that the power law distribution of burst lifetimes in the AE index is evidence that the magnetosphere is a Self‐Organized Critical (SOC) system. To do this we compare the burst lifetime distributions of the AU and |AL| indices with those of the υBs and ε solar wind input functions. We show for the first time that both the υBs and ε burst lifetime distributions are of power law form with an exponential cut‐off, consistent with the solar wind being an SOC system. Furthermore, the power law of the ε burst lifetime distribution is not significantly different to that of the AU and |AL| indices, indicating that this scale‐free property of the AE indices could arise from the solar wind input and may not be an intrinsic property of the magnetospheric system. We discuss the implications of this result for SOC theories of the magnetosphere.
ONE man has been arrested and a second man is on the run after a sickening attack in which a man in his 80s was carjacked.Two men – who had their Subara car seized by gardai at Lisfannon beach yesterday afternoon – were suspected of attacking the man near Buncrana around two hours later.Members of the public raised the alarm and helped gardai detain one of the thugs. The would-be thieves failed to get the pensioner’s car.However the second man escaped on foot.We understand that gardai know his identity having interviewed him in relation to the incident on the beach earlier.The pensioner was left frightened and shaken after the incident and suffered some bruising. However gardai say he wasn’t seriously injured.Anyone with any further information can call gardai on 074 93 20002. SUSPECT HELD AFTER SICKENING ATTACK ON PENSIONER DURING CARJACKING was last modified: April 11th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:attackbeachcarevil bastardsLisfannonPENSIONERseized
27 June 2011 All pupils from Mvezo village, Nelson Mandela’s birthplace, leave home after completing grade seven – usually at the age of 12. Because there is no secondary school in the area, they have to travel as far as Mthatha, least 80km away, to continue their education. But that’s about to change. Mvezo will soon have its own high school, a state-of-the-art specialised public institution that’s to become the pride of the nation and reflect the legacy of the Mandela family. Members of the rural, sparsely populated village turned out in numbers on 17 June 2011 to witness the sod-turning ceremony at the spot where the secondary school will be built. In honour of South Africa’s most famous doyen of freedom, the first high school in Mvezo will be named the Mandela School of Science and Technology. The school is the brainchild of Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, who became chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council in 2007. Since his appointment, Mandla has travelled extensively with colleagues from the Mvezo Development Trust to raise funds for the project. “The community identified a need for a high school because we didn’t have one. We then formulated a fund-raising initiative,” said the young Mandela, who’s also a member of Parliament. The Mandela school will be able to accommodate up to 700 pupils. Mvezo children will be prioritised, but places will also be open to pupils from across the Eastern Cape and the rest of the country. The high school will be built on the site which currently accommodates Inkwenkwezi, one of two primary schools in Mvezo. Once transformed, the hi-tech science and technology institute will boast a top-class boarding school and sophisticated facilities ranging from sports pitches to laboratories and tailor-made lecture rooms. The rondavel, which was the original Inkwenkwezi teaching facility, will not be destroyed “to preserve it as a memory of where we come from”, said Mandla. Inkwenkwezi was built by community members in 1995. The government only introduced makeshift classrooms at the school in 2006.Siemens on board Siemens will provide funds for the construction of the Mandela high school, promising to equip it with some of the most advanced technology. There are plans to include a sophisticated solar-energy generation scheme at the school so that it’s independent from the Eskom power grid. The extent of Siemens’ financial contribution has not yet been revealed, with the group saying that the completion of the project remains the most critical aspect. “It’s not important how much it will cost. “It’s important that we finish the project. It will happen; this is the commitment from Siemens,” said Peter Loescher, the company’s CEO. It isn’t clear when construction will start, but Loescher said his team were ready and that design plans had been finalised. The Mvezo Development Trust had already raised R3.2-million (US$470 000) with the help of the KwaZulu-Natal-based Thanda Foundation before Siemens came on board. The funds were accumulated in Sweden.Lessons to be learnt Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said only the best educators would be selected for the Mandela school. With a 58% matric pass achieved in 2010, the Eastern Cape’s public education sector is mostly affected by poor infrastructure, not the quality of teachers – according to Motshekga. “Backlogs in school infrastructure are daunting,” she said. “The initiative of our people (in building the Mandela school) is very encouraging.” Derek Hanekom, deputy minister of science and technology, believes the institution could provide lessons for the character of specialised schools that could emerge in the country in future. He promised that his department would provide any expertise required by the new institute. A well-developed school in an underprivileged village such as Mvezo is necessary to help bridge the gap between livelihood standards of rural and urban dwellers, said Mandla. He challenged traditional leaders to improve development in rural areas. “Traditional leaders need to play a role to ensure that we better the lives of our people,” he added.Problems of boarding Boarding at a public school 80km or more away from home has its own problems for Mvezo’s teenagers. Mvezo’s Mjikelelo Mabhoza, 24, is unhappy with the situation. He’s in favour of high schools being located within the village, as is the case in most other areas. Studying in far-flung high schools compounds social problems for Mvezo’s youngsters. “There are no parents there,” Mabhoza pointed out. “Our peers are drawn to drugs and others fall pregnant.” Mabhoza matriculated at a high school in Mthatha and went on to enrol at a college in Welkom, a town in the Free State province. He’s graduating with a travel and tourism diploma in July and is hoping to land a job soon. “The new school will be a huge improvement for Mvezo. We’re struggling here,” he said. The excitement about the Mandela School of Science of Technology is shared by all community members. “We say never and never again shall the children of this area be deprived of their constitutional right to education,” said Gqirha Madasa from the Mvezo Development Trust. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
By Anne Taylor20 August 2013A project led by the University of Cape Town has given new impetus to the race to find a single-dose cure for malaria. An antimalarial compound – known as MMV390048 – has been developed by by an international collaboration headed by a team of scientists at UCT’s Drug Development and Research Centre (H3-D). It is the first of its kind to be researched on African soil.Dr Kelly Chibale (centre) and his team. Photo: UCTThe project was recently named the 2012 Project of the Year by the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV). The award was given in recognition of the potential of the compound to become part of a single-dose cure for malaria.“The development of MMV390048 shows once again that African scientists are rising to the challenge and taking the lead in malaria drug research,” said Dr Timothy Wells, chief scientific officer at the MMV.Professor Kelly Chibale, founder and director of the H3-D drug discovery and development centre, told UCT’s Monday Monthly: “UCT launched H3-D to focus drug discovery research on the development of an African solution to this largely African problem. Working with MMV and partners from around the world, we have been able to develop MMV390048 into a clinical candidate in record time and provide excellent, world-class training for the next generation of African scientists.”The compound has entered pre-clinical trials and will be ready for human testing in March 2014.Malaria kills between 600 000 and a million people a year. Of those affected, more than 90% are from sub-Saharan Africa and 86% are below the age of five. As the malaria parasite is beginning to display signs of drug resistance, there is an urgent need to develop new drugs to treat the disease effectively.Sources: MMV and UCT’s Monday MonthlyRead more on SA.info: UCT in global deal to develop medicines
With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 5. Jaycee Marcelino – G, Lyceum Pirates13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assistsLast Week: N/AJaycee Marcelino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSpeaking of sharing the spotlight, Jaycee Marcelino was one of the few players who took advantage of Perez taking a bit of a backseat for Lyceum.The 21-year-old transferee has turned heads in the preseason and has definitely made his mark in his first year in the NCAA.Marcelino’s numbers may not speak much, but he and his brother Jayvee’s pesky defense on lead Chief Kent Salado should be credited largely for the Pirates’ runaway win last Tuesday.6. Juju Bautista – F, EAC Generals 12 points, 11 reboundsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShowing that EAC is more than just a team dependent on its top three guys, Juju Bautista has sprung up to be one of the lead contributors for the team through the first four games.The Fil-Samoan banger racked a double-double this past week, giving coach Ariel Sison another valuable contributor in his rotation for the Generals.If the transferee can keep it up, Bautista might just solidify his partnership with Hamadou Laminou as a terror combination for teams to watch out for.7. Bong Quinto – F, Letran Knights 19 points, 15 reboundsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe lone entry in the list to come from a losing team, Bong Quinto deserves commendation for the work he showed in Letran’s defeat to San Beda. Tropical storm Gorio wiped out two gamedays this week, robbing us of what would have been four-action packed games in the NCAA.But don’t fret as the Tuesday triple-header all delivered, with heroes from all six teams who saw action emerging and giving us this week’s lean list of best performers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHere’s the list of the best seven players from this past week in the NCAA.1. Robert Bolick – G, San Beda Red Lions 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assistsLast Week: 3 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Undersized and all, the 6-foot-2 forward made everyone witness that he can do more than just score as he grabbed 15 rebounds against the towers of the Red Lions.Quinto’s efforts, though, would be better if the Knights can have a more well-rounded contribution from their bench, which, in turn, could lead up to wins.RELATED STORIESNCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 1 NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 2 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ But Onwubere’s offensive game isn’t all of it, as he maintained his defensive drive to level EAC’s record through four games.3. Javee Mocon – F, San Beda Red Lions17 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assistsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWeeks on the fringe, Javee Mocon finally got the nod to appear for the first time in the week’s best this season, largely thanks to his stupendous play for San Beda in its win against Letran.With Bolick taking much of the spotlight for the Red Lions, the fourth-year forward has made the most of his opportunities as he develops another facet of his game: his playmaking.And the results have been promising, as Mocon almost registered a triple-double this past week.It won’t surprise us if he reaches the feat this year and if that happens, expect him to last longer in this list.4. CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 stealLast Week: 2Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGoing down to four may be a downer for CJ Perez, but that doesn’t discount the impact he’s doing for Lyceum through the first three weeks.Coach Topex Robinson was elated that the energetic forward allowed his fellow Pirates to shine, resulting to his team’s dominating 99-65 rout of Arellano.Still, Lyceum knows where to go when it wants to finish the job, and this week, it’s not shocking that they still went to Perez to wrap up the commanding W. IN PHOTOS: Kuala Lumpur Sports City ready for 2017 Southeast Asian Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter weeks of treading in the water, Robert Bolick has finally claimed the pole position in our list.Arguably the best two-way player in the amateur ranks today, the hardworking guard showed his worth on both ends this past week.Without any frills, Bolick defended Letran ace Rey Nambatac and forced him to commit seven turnovers, before finishing the job on the offensive end to help San Beda come away with the 81-74 win over its fierce rival.2. Sidney Onwubere – F, EAC Generals 22 points (4/10 3PT), 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocksLast Week: N/ASidney Onwubere. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSidney Onwubere finally unveiled his improved outside sniping as he drained all four treys in the second half of EAC’s 77-72 conquest of Mapua.The Fil-Nigerian’s three-point barrage was a huge reason why the Generals didn’t seem to have missed the presence of senior playmaker Francis Munsayac, who is still nursing a sprained ankle.ADVERTISEMENT
India, who broke open the gold medal chest with a haul of five yellow metals on Tuesday, once again would look up to their star-packed shooting squad and lifters to boost their medals tally in the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.The Games hosts looked well on way to achieve their target in the multi-sport spectacle as the second-best country on day two, Tuesday, when shooters and grapplers combined to give them five gold medals as well as two silver medals for a two-day tally of 5 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze.Australia, as projected before the Games, are leading the bunch with a 8-9-4 medal haul going into the third day’s competitions. They ended the day with 9-9-5.After grabbing the pairs gold, top marksmen Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang would compete against each other for the individual title in the 10m air rifle.Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang will compete against each other for individual title in 10m air rifle event. Photo: PTISimilar would be the predicament faced by women pistol shooters Rahi Sarnobat and Anisa Sayyed who nailed the gold in the 25m pairs event as they will line up as opponents at the Dr Karni Singh range.Deepak Sharma and Omkar Singh would also be fighting against one another for the individual medals in the 50m pistol after clinching the silver in the pairs event yesterday.Top-notch trap shooter Ronjan Sondhi is to combine forces with Asher Noria in the men’s double trap pairs contest.In weightlifting, Renu Bala Chanu (women’s 58 kg) and Ravi Kumar Kutulu (men’s 69 kg) would be in the thick of action.advertisementThe opening day of athletics action at the showpiece Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium has a few Indian athletes ready for action, including women quarter milers Mandeep and Manjit Kaur, shot putters Om Prakash Singh and Sourabh Vij and long distance runners Sandip Kumar and Sunil Kumar (men’s 5000m).Indians’ campaign would continue in team events of badminton, table tennis and archery as well as in tennis (singles and doubles) and boxing (Jai Bhagwan – 60kg, Dilbag Singh – 69kg preliminary rounds).In women’s hockey India would be up against formidable Australia in their second Group A match.–with PTI inputs
APTN National NewsA traditional man in northern Alberta is claiming the RCMP tore apart his sweatlodge, accusing him of being a drug dealer.The man says he’s done nothing wrong and wants the harassment to stop.As APTN’s Keith Laboucan found out, the chief and council of his reserve aren’t so sure who to believe.
Unproven welterweight Josesito Lopez made former welterweight champion Victor Ortiz quit on his stool Saturday night, breaking Ortiz’s jaw en-route to a miraculous upset victory.As he leaped onto the top rope, Lopez (30-4, 18 KOs) showed his surprise at Ortiz’s decision to quit, shrugging his shoulders and smiling at the Staples Center crowd. Lopez was a last minute replacement for Andre Berto, who failed a drug test in the months leading up to the fight.“I knew I had to fight the fight of my life to win,” said Lopez, a native of Riverside, California. “I knew the longer it went, the better chance I’d have. He hits hard, but I was never going to quit. I knew it was a close fight on the scorecards, and I knew I could press him more and more if I continued. He’s like a tree. I had to chop him down.”Ortiz came out strong, using his superior power and overall boxing skills to keep Lopez on the retreat. Despite his obvious disadvantages Lopez conterpunched Ortiz, who is subpar defensively, landing power punches in return.“I’m a man, and I’m not intimidated by anything, I have a big heart. He tried to intimidate me, but it didn’t work. Victor has no heart.”The upset put Ortiz’s career in flux. His showdown with Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was abruptly cancelled after his defeat, and the boxer has lost his last two fights.
The Ohio State football team wears throwback jerseys for their game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorA dominating performance Saturday against then No. 10 Nebraska and a stunning loss by then No. 4 Texas A&M has thrust the Ohio State football team back into the College Football Playoff picture, as the Buckeyes find themselves at No. 5 with the latest playoff poll on Tuesday night.Alabama remained in the top spot, with Clemson and Michigan following behind, respectively. In a shake-up of the top four spots, Washington has now moved up to fourth.Texas A&M has now dropped behind OSU, finding themselves at No. 8. As for the rest of the Big Ten, Wisconsin jumped to No. 7, while Nebraska dropped to No. 19. Penn State now finds itself at No. 10 after posting 41 points Saturday against Iowa.OSU will be traveling to College Park, Maryland, to face the Maryland Terrapins at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN. OSU is 2-0 all-time against Maryland, winning 49-28 in Columbus. With just three weeks remaining in the regular season, OSU needs to bank on Michigan winning the next two games or a Penn State loss to keep its title contention hopes alive.
The former Italian national team manager was presented with Lega Serie A club Chievo Verona and talks about his motivation for taking this jobGian Piero Ventura has managed teams since 1976. He knows most of the Italian Lega Serie A clubs.He even managed to coach Italy from 2016 to 2017.And now, he’s been selected to be the new Chievo Verona boss.Juventus and Bayern Munich chasing Ibrahim Karamoko Taimoor Khan – June 26, 2019 Ibrahim Karamoko is getting a lot of attention from the likes of Juventus and Bayern Munich following some excellent displays for Chievo Verona.Aged just…“I have a ferocious desire to start again. It wasn’t hard to say yes to Campedelli, I know this isn’t an easy challenge but I have a lot of adrenaline,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.“I live this beginning with the enthusiasm of a child. Will we use a three-man defense? It’s possible, we’ll try to find the formation that gets the most out of the players”“After a defeat, it wasn’t possible to keep going with my work. Too bad, now I look forward. I have a big regret since I wasn’t able to do what I set out to do,” he answered when he was questioned about his time managing the national team.