Studies carried out on stranded whale outside Ramelton

first_imgAn analysis has been carried out on a dead whale which was stranded outside Ramelton this week. Locals discovered the huge beached creature at Aughnish on Thursday.Many questions were raised over the species of the whale and the cause of death. The whale washed up on the shore near Ramelton. (North West Newspix)A representative of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group has visited the site to carry out studies and take samples from the carcass.They determined that the whale was a male juvenile fin whale. The body measured 16ft 8inches in length, which shows that it is a very young animal.Some fin whales can life up to 140 years. “Fin Whales are second largest animal on the planet can reach lengths of 27m, and one of the fastest. Reaching speeds of 30 miles an hour,” said an update from the Donegal Irish Whale and Dolphin Group Facebook page.However, the cause of death is still unknown.The external analysis showed no sign of a cause of death. Scientific investigations are due to be carried out on samples from the whale to look at its genetic make-up and if any contaminants were present in the body.The Donegal IWDG spokesperson said: “Remember to report standings to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group website. As well as sightings so we can better protect these beautiful creatures.”Studies carried out on stranded whale outside Ramelton was last modified: August 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:whalelast_img read more

SA ‘becoming a knowledge economy’

first_img31 July 2012 The focus of 2012 National Science Week is on South Africa’s move towards a “knowledge economy”, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said at the launch of the week at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus on Monday. Also at the launch was the German Ambassador to South Africa, Dr Horst Freitag; Swiss Ambassador to South Africa, Christian Meuwly; the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Ihron Rensburg; and about 6 000 learners from schools in Gauteng. Running from 30 July to 4 August under the theme “The Role of Science & Technology in Economic Development”, National Science Week confirms the department’s contribution to the gradual transformation of South Africa’s resource-based economy to a knowledge economy, Pandor said. “It’s no doubt that science and technology have changed the world tremendously and countries that excel in the sector become powerful players in the economy of the world,” she said. “The onus is therefore on every country to establish how it wants to positions itself. Recent developments, such as the bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), as well as the collaboration with the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) generated a worldwide interest in science and the possibilities it offers for humanity.” She believed South Africa and its other eight African partner countries, who will host the majority of the SKA dishes, will soon get to a place where they can provide answers about the early history of the universe, dark matter and gravity.Science as an enabler of economic development Rensburg said science and technology were the differentiators between countries that were able to tackle poverty effectively by growing and developing the economy, and those that were not. “The extent to which developing economies emerge as economic powerhouses depends on their ability to grasp and apply insights from science and technology and use them creatively. Innovation is the primary driver of technological growth and living standards,” he said. Rensburg said the university was proud to partner with the Department of Science and Technology in this regard. “In biomedical engineering, we have developed advanced image processing techniques to better diagnose tuberculosis.” He said UJ engineers had also developed advanced artificial intelligence techniques that used microarray data for diagnosis of leukaemia, as well as a rapid prototyping infrastructure used in the design and manufacture of an operational aircraft engine for Adept Technology. “Our Laser Research Centre is leading efforts to investigate the field of phototherapy with specific emphasis on Low Intensity Laser Irradiation as applied to diabetic wound healing, Photodynamic Therapy used as a therapeutic modality for cancer and the augmentation of stem cells as applied to regenerative medicine,” he said. National Science Week 2012 celebrations will be conducted in collaboration with higher education institutions and science councils countrywide. For those wishing to participate in the activities, information is available on the department’s Facebook page or they can follow @ScienceWeekSA on Twitter using the hashtag #NSW2012. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

South Africa turns to cinema to build young entrepreneurs

first_imgIt seems impossible until it’s done – this was one of the key messages remembered by schoolchildren who were part of Step Up 2 a Start Up II event.The learners were given a toolkit and were encouraged to combine their theatre learning with their classroom learning. (Image: Primestars Marketing Facebook)Brand South Africa ReporterIt seems impossible until it’s done – this was one of the key messages remembered by schoolchildren who were part of Step Up 2 a Start Up II event, held countrywide on 12 September.Step Up 2 a Start Up II ran over five weeks on Saturdays, from 15 August to 12 September. About 300 learners gathered at specific cinemas each Saturday, where they learned how to start their own businesses. About 15 000 learners across the country were reached.All five sessions ran simultaneously in 15 Ster-Kinekor cinemas across the country, including The Boardwalk in Richards Bay, Gateway Commercial in Umhlanga, North Cape Mall in Kimberly, and Sandton City in Johannesburg. All of the events began at the same time, at 9am.Facilitated by PrimeStars Marketing and endorsed by Proudly South African, the initiative celebrates youth entrepreneurship on the big screen. Step Up 2 a Start Up II is mainly sponsored by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Absa, MTN, Sasol and Putco.Brand South Africa contributed as well under its Play Your Part initiative. Play Your Part is a national campaign that encourages all South Africans to contribute to positive change. Step Up 2 a Start Up II is a perfect example of that because it encourages young people to identify and solve problems in their communities through entrepreneurship.The learners were given a toolkit and were encouraged to combine their theatre learning with their classroom learning. Step Up 2 a Start Up II, said the organisers, also showcased role models and prepared learners for entry into the Maker-preneur of the Year Competition.InspiredSpeaking on Saturday, Contrak Molewa of Bokgoni Technical School in Atteridgeville, Tshwane said that before watching the movie his ideas to start a business were scattered. “I have so many ideas. And I now know which direction I want to go to.”The 17-year-old said the film taught him that it was okay to fail in order to succeed. “The film was inspiring. I found out that Steve Jobs also failed a few times. Another thing I learned was that networking was important.”Moses Mhlwana, a 16-year-old learned from Bokgoni Technical School, said he realised that entrepreneurs must have ideas that would help Africans. People must benefit from your idea. “As an entrepreneur you should think about how you can improve life [of those around you].”Vanessa Sibanda said she did not know that starting a business would be so easy. “I learned [from the film] that we can get ideas from adults around us,” said the 13-year-old, who attends Sunrise Secondary School in Diepsloot, Johannesburg.The competitionIn addition, the Maker-preneur of the Year Competition is open to learners in grades 9 to 12 who have participated in the Step Up 2 a Start Up II cinema programme. Schools attending were chosen by the Department of Basic Education. Other schools wanting to join the programme should contact the NYDA.In the competition, the students need to adhere to the credo: “Design it, make it, sell it.” Competition prizes include bursaries and electronic goods. The competition closes on 30 October. The finalists will be notified between 16 and 20 November.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: India leads opening ceremony parade

first_imgVijay Kumar leads the Indian contingent during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, July 23, 2014. Photo by Phil Noble(Reuters)The opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games kicked off with a glittering start on Wednesday with India leading the parade by virtue of being the hosts in the previous edition.The Indian contingent was led by London Olympics silver-medallist shooter Vijay Kumar around the Celtic Park.India’s female athletes were dressed in green sarees and sported the team blazer, the males proudly flaunted the red turbans.India were followed by Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Malaysia, Pakistan and Brunei.This year, 71 nations will compete in 18 disciplines at 13 venues of the games from July 23 – August 3.In the previous edition of the games in Delhi, India won a total of 101 medals – 38 gold, 27 silver, 36 bronze, and finished second behind Australia.The ceremony will also celebrate the diversity of Glasgow and what the city and Scotland have in common with the 70 other competing nations.From whisky, golf, Dolly the Sheep, marmalade, fountain pens and the Kelvin Scale, some of Scotland’s finest exports will be exhibited during the opening ceremony at the Celtic Park, which is the home of Celtic Football Club.last_img read more