Beetle Pulls 1,141 Times Its Weight

first_imgEver watch those contest shows for the World’s Strongest Man?  Compared to dung beetles, they’re wimps.  Scientists at Queen Mary, University of London found that the strongest beetle tested could pull an astonishing 1,141 times its own weight – “the equivalent of a 70kg person lifting 80 tonnes (the same as six full double-decker buses),” reported PhysOrg.    The strength of an individual beetle was found to be a function of diet and exercise, just as with humans: “Even the strongest beetles were reduced to feeble weaklings when put on a poor diet for a few days.”  From there, the article descended into a lurid story of how this super strength is all due to sexual games.The stuff at the end of the article about beetles battling for sex in tunnels of dung should be understood in context.  For one thing, it is not their dung.  Their environment, to them, is no worse than gardeners handling fertilizer or plants imbibing our exhaled carbon dioxide.  The stuff about sex games is typical evolutionary personification.  It commits the fallacy making dumb insects capable of intrigue and selfish strategies.  None of it explains their amazing feats of strength and complex organs.  Animals and plants need to be understood on their own terms.  We do not disparage human strong men by comparing them to beetles.  We do not expect them to lift six full double-decker buses.  Given their environment and genes, their feats are impressive and honorable in a human context.  Be the best you can be with what you were given.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

No sex for sale, Court rules

first_img10 October 2002The Constitutional Court has ruled that prostitution and running brothels are still illegal. The ruling, made on Wednesday, dashed the hopes of brothel owner Ellen Jordan, who spent millions of rands in her court bids to get the laws thrown out.When Jordan, one of her employees and a sex worker were arrested for contravening the Sexual Offences Act of 1957 in 1996, Jordan took the case to the High Court. The High Court found firstly that sections of the law that render sex for money a crime were unconstitutional, and secondly that the legislation outlawing the managing of brothels should be upheld.Jordan took the rulings to the Constitutional Court to have the first one confirmed and the second overturned.However, the Constitutional Court upheld both rulings, the first outlawing prostitution, the second outlawing and brothel-keeping. The Court found that outlawing prostitution did not infringe on the rights to human dignity and economic activity.Judges in the Court were however divided over whether the ban on prostitution amounts to gender discrimination or not.Sexual double standardsOne judge, Sandile Ngcobo, arguing the majority position, said that the ban did not discriminate against women in particular, since both male and female prostitution is illegal.However, judges Kate O’Regan and Albie Sachs argued that by making the prostitute the main offender and the client the accomplice, the law “reinforces sexual double standards and perpetuates gender stereotypes in a manner impermissible in a society committed to advancing gender equality’, according to a Constitutional Court summary of the judgement.There were mixed reactions to the judgement, with some arguing that the ruling would consolidate efforts to close down brothels, and others maintaining that the ruling would not curb prostitution but would simply send it further underground, rendering any attempts to regulate the industry and improve the health and safety of sex workers more difficult.According to the Star newspaper, National Director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka was pleased with the judgement and warned brothels to “Close down, or we will do it for you’.Spread of HIV/AidsDoctors for Life International, called by the state as a witness, argued that prostitution “encouraged international trafficking in women, led to child prostitution, intensified the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, especially HIV/Aids, and was often accompanied by a high degree of drug abuse’, The Star reported.However, some have cautioned that the ruling will send the industry even further underground, without curbing it at all. The director of the Reproductive Health Research Unit, Helen Rees, said that the ruling would make it difficult to help protect sex workers against risks like HIV/Aids. “How to you access (sex workers) when you criminalise them?’ she asked.The Commission on Gender Equality also expressed disappointment over the reporterlast_img read more

Soybeans bullish to neutral, corn neutral

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Prior to the report corn was at $3.47 up 1.5 cents. Soybeans were $9.53 down one cent. At 12:20 pm corn was down 3 cents, soybeans up 6 cents, and wheat was up 2 cents. The corn yield was estimated at 173.4 bushels per acre, right in line with trade expectations.  Corn production was 15.057 billion bushels. Corn harvested acres increased by 200,000 acres. Ending stocks for corn declined to 2.320 billion bushels, down from last month at 2.384 billion bushels.The soybean yield was estimated at 51.4 bushels per acres and again right at the trader estimate. Soybean production was 4.269 billion bushel, up from last month at 4.201 billion bushels.  Soybean harvested acres were unchanged. Ending stocks were higher by 30 million bushels at 395 million bushels. Some could call the report bullish for soybeans as ending stocks did increase but came in below the trade estimate of 413 million bushels. It could be bullish since the number was something less than 400 million bushels.The Brazil soybean production was estimated at 102 million tons. Last month it was 101 million tons. Soybean production in Argentina was pegged at 57 million tons, unchanged from last month. The Brazil corn production estimate of 83.5 million tons is up one million tons from last month. The Argentina corn production at 36.5 million tons is unchanged from last month.Traders will focus heavily on two numbers today, the US corn yield and the U.S. soybean yield. The market looks for the corn yield to move lower while the soybean yield increases. That thought has permeated the market since the Sept. 12 report. The corn yield is expected to decline compared to the September yield of 174.4. Trader estimates put the US corn yield at 173.5. While corn yield estimates are coming down the reduction has been tempered in recent weeks due to yield reports of better than expected in Illinois and westward. Trader estimates put the US soybean yield at 51.5, the September yield was 50.6.Today is a day of reckoning for soybeans on two fronts. Huge yields head butts massive demand. The increased soybean yield seems to be a forgone conclusion. It is just a matter of how much it increases.  A point to bring out is that the farmer participation in USDA surveys for this report is record low with a response rate at 66.5% compared to the normal rate of 79%. Not sure what that means other than to just point it out. Long forgotten is that the September yield at 51.5 bushels was above the high end of expectations with November CBOT soybeans closing 16 cents lower on Sept. 12. Bottom line, there are lots of moving parts for today’s USDA report, especially for soybeans. Higher yields, increased harvested acres, and the low farmer participation in the surveys all add to the uncertainty. It would seem a surprise is certainly possible in today’s reports.Moving on to corn, in the last 20 years the October corn yield compared to September has decreased in just five of those years. Prior to the report December CBOT corn was $3.47 up 1.5 cents for the day. The contract low of $3.14.75 was made on Aug. 31. A forgotten aspect ahead of this report will be corn and soybean harvested acres. While it is not getting much traction many are expecting both corn and soybean harvested acres to increase 50,000-100,000 acres. Ideas of higher acres come from FSA enrollment acres being higher than expected from earlier reports this summer.China has been very active the last few days buying eight cargoes of US soybeans. They were on a week long holiday earlier this month. It appears they are making up for lost time.  Current USDA estimates have China importing 82.5 million tons of soybeans. Five years ago they imported just 52 million tons of soybeans, an increase of 58%.This week’s weekly crop progress report put the U.S. corn harvest at 35%, below trade estimates of 40% to 45%. The five year average is 38%. The U.S. soybean harvest was pegged at 44% completed with trade estimates of 50% to 55%. The five year average is 47%. Corn yield reports continue to be widely varied with very few producers seeing record yields in Ohio. While many corn yields will be above average, they rate as “disappointing” by many producers. Ohio is experiencing some outstanding soybean yields with many reports of 55 to 80 bushels per acre. Corn harvest in Ohio is 23% done while the soybean harvest is 31% completed. The farmer sell rate, harvest progress, and elevator lines will be important factors the next two weeks. Weather looks great for harvest the next four days. Don’t forget to pay attention to the close for grain prices.last_img read more

You Are Teaching. But Are You Also Learning?

first_imgOne of the ways you create value for your clients is by having the business acumen and the situational knowledge to help them do better business. Having a teachable insight is all the rage, even though I don’t believe it’s easy to get real chops (and I don’t believe we’re doing what is really required).But as important as it is to be able to share your insight in a meaningful way, using your insight to create value for your customer, it’s equally important that you learn.I’m reflecting on my own business experience. In the industry in which I grew up, I spent time with literally thousands of different businesses. I dealt with hundreds of different types of businesses. I worked with companies in all kinds of verticals, with all kinds of strategies, and with very different business needs. By working with these different companies, I got a first rate business education. I was taught how their businesses worked. I was taught how they thought about their businesses. And working with them to solve some of their greatest challenges, I picked up insights and ideas that I could then use to help other clients in different industries.I’m naturally curious. I’m interested in other people, and I am interested in their businesses. It’s fascinating. In a lot of cases I asked business leaders who had knowledge that I didn’t to share their ideas with me. Not only did I learn a lot, but it made these leaders much more open for me to share my thoughts and ideas with them.Having business acumen, situational knowledge, or “insight” if you must, levels the playing field. It makes you a peer when you’re speaking with decision-makers and decision-influencers.But where you going to get all the ideas you need? How are you going to know what works and what doesn’t work? What experience are going to leverage when you haven’t yet had some the experiences you need? How are you going to know how different business leaders in different verticals think about the problems and challenges they are facing?Teaching is good. But you’ll have a lot more to teach if you are also a perpetual student and if you remember that you still have much to learn.The more open you are to learning, the faster you become valuable for your clients.QuestionsHow much emphasis are you placing on really learning versus learning to teach?How many insights should you have? How many insights do you need to really be valuable for your clients?What do you teach when your teachable insight doesn’t resonate with your dream client? Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

IPL 2011: Deccan Chargers vs Royal Challengers Bangalore- DC win by 33 runs

first_imgHyderabad beat Bangalore by 33 runs in their IPL match at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday. Score | PhotosSri Lankan danger man Tillakaratne Dilshan could not contribute much to the Bangalore innings as he failed to perform against superb bowling attack by Hyderabad. Dilshan scored only 7 off 8 balls when he was caught out by Sangakkara on Ishant Sharma’s delivery.Soon after Dilshan headed to pavillion Dale Steyn bowled out promoted Zaheer Khan on a swinging full toss which hit the middle wicket. Zak got out on a duck. Mayank Agarwal, who was looking confident, played a lose shot on a shot pitch delivery by Manpreet Gony and was caught out by Amit Mishra. Gony also ended AB de Villiers’ innings on a duck.Playing under pressure, Saurabh Tiwary in order to score quick runs fell victim to Amit Mishra’s delivery, which turned to get the top edge and Sangakkara made no mistake.Cheteshwar Pujara and Johan van der Wath fell to Steyn when he dismissed both in the 17th over of the match and he was also the pick of the bowlers for DC with figures of 4-0-24-3.For Bangalore Virat Kohli scored a brilliant 71 off just 51 balls before falling to Gony.Ryan Ninan was the last man out for Bangalore, who just scored 3 runs before he was dismissed by Daniel Christian.Hyderabad inningsEarlier, Hyderabad scored 175/5 in 20 overs against Bangalore in their IPL match at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday. advertisementBangalore captain Daniel Vettori won the toss and chose to bowl against Hyderabad. A fine decision considering that Bangalore lost one quick wicket early in the innings.Zaheer Khan send Shikhar Dhawan back to give Bangalore their early breakthrough. Dhawan mis-timed his shot giving an easy catch to RCB captain Daniel Vettori.Just as Dhawan walked back to the pavilion, Kumar Sangakkara took the crease to support Sunny and began to steady the innings.Sunny Sohal fell prey to Ryan Ninan’s delivery. Misplacing the shot he was caught by Saurabh Tiway at the long on for 38 runs.Johan van der Wath got rid of DC’s skipper Kumar Sangakkara when he was looking to consolidate and help his team pose a big total on the scoreboard.With his ballistic performance, right-hand batsman Bharat Chipli completed his 50 off 29 balls. Chipli and JP Duminy shared 50 runs partnership for the 4th wicket. Duminy who was playing well against the RCB bowling attack was taken out by Zaheer Khan.Hyderabad star batsman Bharat Chipli, who scored 64 off 35 balls, was not-out as DC puts a mammoth target for the Bangalore.Dale Steyn was awarded the Man-of-the-Match award for his brilliant figures of 4-0-24-3.last_img read more

India vs Pakistan (IND vs PAK) Innings Summary, ICC World Cup 2019: Rohit and Kohli bully Pakistan attack

first_imgIndia rode on Rohit Sharma’s 140 and Virat Kohli’s 77 to post a mammoth 336/5 off 50 overs against Pakistan in their 4th match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup at Old Trafford on Sunday. KL Rahul, who was promoted to open the innings with Rohit Sharma, hit 57.The rain had interrupted the play in the 47th over and continued for about the next 20 minutes. Mohammad Amir struck to dismiss Virat Kohli immediately after the play resumed post short rain break.Kedhar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar then took the responsibility to score quick runs at the end of innings. Mohammad Amir contained the run rate and both Indian batsmen could add only 22 runs in the next 19 balls.Pakistan was poor and sloppy on the field after electing to bowl in overcast conditions. Mohammad Amir was tight upfront but Hassan Ali was unable to build any pressure as Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul got off to a strong start. They became the first Indian opening pair to hit a 100+ stand against Pakistan in World Cup history.KL Rahul was the more watchful of the two while Rohit Sharma smashed his third 50+ score in the 2019 World Cup. Rohit Sharma had started the 2019 World Cup with a bang – he had hit a hundred against South Africa before scoring a fifty against Australia. On Sunday, Rohit Sharma hit a classy 140 and was gutted when he got out – who knows, he could have hit another double hundred!Virat Kohli meanwhile, was happy to play second fiddle as long as Rohit Sharma played those sensational shots. Once he got out, Kohli upped the ante and hit his 2nd fifty of the World Cup. He also smashed Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest to 11,000 ODI runs.advertisementHardik Pandya played a nice cameo but MS Dhoni was out for 1 before rain forced the players off the field. Meanwhile, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz were both warned twice for stepping on the protected area of the pitch.Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was left frustrated with his bowlers and fielders. Apart from Amir and Hassan in his second spell, the other Pakistani bowlers did not look like they were up for a fight against India’s star batsmen.Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Injured Shikhar Dhawan helps teammates out with drinksAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Virat Kohli fastest to 11,000 ODI runsAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma 2nd Indian after Virat Kohli to hit World Cup hundred vs PakistanAlso See:last_img read more