It’s time to buy cheap bluechip shares, say securities analysts

first_imgBluechip stocks on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) have lost hundreds of trillions of rupiah of their value as the share prices fell to a historic low level as investors dumped their shares during a recent market rout, the exchange’s data indicates.Between March 16 and 20, prices of most bluechip shares, also called big cap stocks, have fallen, such as Bank Central Asia Tbk (BCA) by13.99 percent, Telekomunikasi Indonesia Persero Tbk (Telkom) by 8.86 percent, Unilever Indonesia Tbk by 10.75 percent and PT Astra International Tbk by 17.65 percent.Within the same period, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), the main gauge of the IDX, had declined by 10.57 percent. It saw its lowest point on Thursday at 4,105.42, the lowest seen since October 2015. This month alone, the JCI has lost 20 percent. “The JCI has dropped significantly during the past several days as investors are worried that COVID-19 would significantly reduce business activities in the country,” Mirae Asset Sekuritas Indonesia’s head of research, Hariyanto Wijaya, wrote in his market commentary on Friday, explaining how the worry over the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic was the main factor causing the market rout.If based on their performances since the start of the year, the fall in prices of bluechip shares reached more than 45 percent. BCA’s share price has dropped by 29.22 percent year-to-date (YTD), Telkom by 26.24 percent, Unilever Indonesia by 27.19 percent and Astra International by 45 percent.Read also: Indonesian stocks record first rally in week after series of suspensionsAnugerah Mega Investama director Hans Kwee wrote in a statement said that the price falls were more caused by negative sentiments resulting from noneconomic factors rather than by fundamental factors like their business performances. “The decision to buy and sell is often not based on fundamental factors. Investors often sold their shares following other investors’ actions and the market trend,” Hans wrote in an article in a column on Tuesday.Bluechip shares have suffered a great loss in their value more because of herd behavior than their fundamental condition, he said.According to the IDX 2019 annual statistics, BCA recorded a market capitalization of Rp 815.85 trillion at the end of 2019. As of Friday, its market capitalization stood at Rp 583.7 trillion, which means that its value went down by about Rp 232.15 trillion in the span of a few months.The majority of BCA shares, 54.94 percent of them, are owned by its subsidiary company, PT Dwimuria Investama Andalan, which is owned by the Hartono brothers, Robert Budi Hartono and Michael Bambang Hartono.Based on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the Hartono brothers, who are among the top 150 of the world’s richest people, have lost a total of US$14.73 billion year-to-date, with BCA’s loss of trillions of rupiah contributing to their decline in wealth.Telkom’s market capitalization fell to Rp 285.30 trillion on Friday from Rp 393. 28 trillion at the end of 2019. As up to 52 percent of Telkom shares are owned by the government, it means the value of the government’s holdings in Telkomsel have dropped by Rp 111.98 trillion year to date.Read also: Rupiah at weakest since 1998 crisis as foreign investors pull out amid virus fearsOn the upside of the significant falls bluechip shares are experiencing, this provides investors with an opportunity to buy the stocks at low prices, as noted by Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) Sekuritas head of research Kim Kwie Sjamsudin.“I think this is the time to start buying bluechip stocks because I think the valuation is attractive,” Kim told The Jakarta Post on Friday.Mandiri Investasi deputy chief information officer Aldo Perkasa also explained during his keynote speech in an event earlier this month that the current market condition was attractive for investors to start their “building position”.“If we are talking about mid-to-long-term investment, it is an attractive level to start accumulating [stocks],” Aldo said, adding that today’s investors would have to “embrace that volatility has become part of investment these days”.On Friday, Indonesian stocks rallied upward for the first time in the past week and several bluechip stocks had entered the green zone, while others stayed in the red.Unilever Indonesia rose 10.18 percent from the previous trading day to Rp 6,225, while Astra International slid 2.07 percent to Rp 3,780 at the closing of Friday’s trading. (ydp)Topics :last_img read more

Moose Muzzle: A Nose for News

first_imgCurious about the enigmatic nose structure of the moose, two researchers picked up moose roadkill and decided to study those large, comical Bullwinkle faces, reports Nature.1 Lincoln Tim writes,The moose, Alces alces, is a member of the deer family, but its nasal apparatus is unlike that of any of its relatives. The apparatus overhangs the mouth, and the nostrils are large and laterally sited …. The muzzle contains a long and complex nasal cavity, with a highly complicated muscle and cartilage system.Though the puzzle of the muzzle is not completely solved, the scientists suggested it serves the following functions:Enhances blood and brain cooling.Enhances efficiency of feeding with its mobile and tactile features.Has nostrils that can close while under water.Derives directional information from smell.Andrew B. Clifford and Lawrence M. Witmer reported their results in the Journal of Zoology 262, 339-360; 2004. On May 6, MSNBC News reported on this story and included a handsome moose muzzle portrait. 1Lincoln Tim, “Zoology: Nose of Moose,” Nature 428, 904 (29 April 2004); doi:10.1038/428904a.Now you know. All that and no transitional forms, either.(Visited 48 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Evolutionary Anthropologists Startled by Racial Mixing in Africa

first_img(Visited 74 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 If they didn’t expect recent genetic mixing from Europe into Africa, how certain are they about older human migrations?One thing is clear about early humans: they were a mobile group, often interbreeding with other groups. Ann Gibbons’ latest article in Science talks about a new genome from a human skeleton found in an Ethiopian cave. Dated by radiocarbon to be 4,500 years old, the genome shows unexpected mixing of African stock with Europeans. Gibbons writes about the surprising findings:Africa is the birthplace of our species and the source of ancient migrations that spanned the globe. But it has missed out on a revolution in understanding human origins: the study of ancient DNA….Until now. A paper published online this week in Science reveals the first prehistoric genome from Africa: that of Mota, a hunter-gatherer man who lived 4500 years ago in the highlands of Ethiopia…. And when compared with the genomes of living Africans, it implies something startling. Africa is usually seen as a source of outward migrations, but the genomes suggest a major migration into Africa by farmers from the Middle East, possibly about 3500 years ago. These farmers’ DNA reached deep into the continent, spreading even to groups considered isolated, such as the Khoisan of South Africa and the pygmies of the Congo.Did evolutionary anthropologists expect this? They believe early man evolved much earlier and moved “out of Africa” into Europe and Asia many tens of thousands of years ago. That part of their story is unchanged by the new genome. What they missed with this study, though, implies that they could have missed other “startling” revolutions in the earlier part of the story, since data become progressively less accurate over time.Here was one reaction from a well-known Harvard evolutionist:Population geneticist David Reich of Harvard University is struck by the magnitude of the mixing between Africans and Eurasians. He notes that “a profound migration of farmers moving from Mesopotamia to North Africa has long been speculated.” But, he says, “a western Eurasian migration into every population they study in Africa—into the Mbuti pygmies and the Khoisan? That’s surprising and new.”Gibbons ends by casting doubt on the status of modern theories about human migrations, quoting Jason Hodgson, an anthropological geneticist from Imperial College London:Migrations into and out of Africa were likely complex and ongoing. “This study is significant on its own,” Hodgson says. “But hopefully it is only just the beginning of ancient African genomics.”This implies that ancient African genomics has been more anecdotal than empirical. That may change, now that DNA from African bones is becoming more available (Nature).A related early-man story argues that human languages are “less arbitrary than long assumed” (Science Daily). An international team found that “the sounds and shapes of words can reveal aspects of meaning and grammatical function.”Human history goes back just thousands of years in the Biblical timeframe. Look: 3,500 years to 4,500 years puts this migration into a reasonable post-Flood period. And look where the migration started: Mesopotamia, right where the Bible puts the Tower of Babel.The Table of Nations in Genesis 10 is the most detailed, credible and verifiable account of human migrations in any historical written record. Recorded by Moses around 1440 BC, it most probably includes records known to Moses from his education in Egypt and earlier sources accessible to him. In this amazing record (which flows seamlessly into the time of Abraham, where secular history provides independent corroboration), the sons of Ham migrated to Africa and the far east. The sons of Japheth migrated to Europe and India, forming the Indo-European cultures with their shared languages. The sons of Shem stayed primarily in the middle east. Individual names of the three sons of Noah and their offspring can be traced through extra-Biblical records to places like Egypt, Greece, Ethiopia, Crete, and even as far as China. There’s no reason to reject the Genesis 10 record except for the evolutionary appetite for long ages.But how reasonable are those long ages? Evolutionists have to believe that ancient humans, fully our equivalent in stature and brain size, were too stupid to build a city, ride a horse, or plant a farm until civilization suddenly exploded on the scene inexplicably just a few thousand years ago. The most ancient cultic site found in Turkey, Gobekli Tepe, doesn’t fit their evolutionary narrative at all (3/10/09). One said, “…one has to wonder how these supposed hunter-gatherers had advanced knowledge of masonry and stonework if they were the first civilization.” Evolutionists must believe that tens and even hundreds of thousands of years ago, “hominids” made tools, used fire, and even traveled across continents but were too stupid to make a permanent dwelling. Long ages are a curse to history, not a benefit. The long ages required by their theory makes their story unreasonable, given what we know about human nature.By contrast, the Bible presents a reasonable history we can relate to. It describes mankind as intelligent from the beginning. After Eden, Cain and Abel were shepherds and farmers. Cain built a city, and his grandsons were making musical instruments, forging metals and perfecting agriculture. After the Flood, Noah’s descendants were building a magnificent Tower of Babel within a few centuries (100 to 500 years, as conservative estimates go). The languages were not arbitrary, but intelligently designed by God, who had a purpose for driving the nations to scatter and repopulate the earth. Then people groups with their common languages scattered across the globe within a few centuries, not tens of thousands of years. Wherever we see humanity, we see wanderlust, technology, and intelligence. We still don’t know how they built some ancient monuments of incredible mass and precision.This article by Ann Gibbons points out how surprised the evolutionists continue to be. She mentioned the “revolution in the study of human origins” from genetics that is now just beginning to affect their stories about Africa. It’s like every new finding contradicts their expectations, requiring them to invent new lies to cover up the last ones. The Bible has stood the test of time. It has the ring of truth. Truth doesn’t evolve. It doesn’t need to.last_img read more

Women in Science awards

first_imgWomen were the largest untapped global reservoir of talent, the audience was reminded at the Women in Science awards, where the country’s leading female scientists were recognised for their work.Dr Lephoto Tiisetso is conducting research into natural ways to control pests in agriculture. (Image: Lephoto Tiisetso )Sulaiman PhilipThe full scientific potential of our country would only be realised when all our young women were able to enjoy access to the best facilities and education, said Minister Naledi Pandor.She was speaking at the Department of Science and Technology’s annual Women in Science awards. The awards, presented for the first time in 2003, recognises and rewards leading female researchers and scientists.In her welcome message, Pandor pointed out that the awards showed that women could excel in science and research. The award winners, the minister said, were able to manage the conflict between family and career to become role models to young girls and boys. The ceremony was held on 17 August, in Sandton.This year’s keynote address was delivered by Dr Nolulamo Gwagwa, chief executive of Lereko Investment. Quoting Hillary Clinton, she reminded the audience that women remained the largest untapped global reservoir of talent.The women recognised by the awards, through a nomination or award, were role models for young girls and boys, Gwagwa said. She said the continent’s future depended on young people who followed their role models into innovative and technology driven careers. Turning to her host, Pandor, she joked: “When we talk about radical economic transformation, we should not only talk about race. We must talk about gender as well.”The doctor added that a brighter future for Africa depended on more women becoming involved in sectors linked to technology and innovation. She challenged the audience to encourage young girls not to give up on their dreams of choosing careers based on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). Young girls needed to be encouraged to be ambitious. “We must tell young girls driven by burning ambition that it is okay and natural for women to be ambitious.”WINNERS:Distinguished women researchersNatural and Engineering SciencesWinner: Professor Alta Schutte (North West University): Schutte was the first researcher to investigate the correlation between high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease in black African populations. Her work has influenced health policy across the continent. She is also chair of the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Early Detection and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease programme, funded by the Department of Science and Technology.Runner-up: Professor Resia Pretorius (Stellenbosch University): A professor in the university’s department of physiological sciences, Pretorius developed diagnostic tools that led to the discovery of blood microbiomes in inflammatory conditions. Her research has also led to the discovery of a component of blood membrane that leads to the onset of conditions such as type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.Professor Resia Pretorius research has also led to the discovery of a component of blood membrane that leads to the onset of conditions such as type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson. (Image: Department of Science and Technology)Runner-up: Professor Colleen Downs (University of KwaZulu-Natal): A zoology professor, Downs has a research interest in how changing land use affects the behaviour of land animals and ecosystems. Her research has played an important role in conservation efforts in South Africa. Her findings have been used by national and municipal government to inform their town planning and the development of green spaces.Humanities and Social SciencesWinner: Professor Azwiihangwisi Mavhandu-Muduzi (University of South Africa): A professor in the department of health studies and a nurse, Mavhandu-Muduzi’s research focuses on new HIV infections and improving the quality of life of HIV-positive students at rural universities. She developed new guidelines for advocacy, care and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trangender, intersex and queer students. These new guidelines and the management model she developed have helped to empower HIV-positive women as well as gay and non-gender conforming women in the workplace.Runner-up: Professor Saloshna Vandeyar (University of Pretoria): A professor of of diversity in education, Vandeyar has done research on teaching in culture-rich classrooms and managing teen pregnancies in school environments.Runner-up: Professor Venitha Pillay (University of South Africa): Pillay’s research on women and how gender shapes scholarship is funded by the National Research Foundation. The study is based on her two published books – Academic Mothers (2007) and Academic Mothers in the Developing World: Stories from India, Brazil and South Africa (2017). Her research is guided by the National Development Plan goal of educational empowerment for women.Professor Venitha Pillay’s research is guided by the National Development Plan’s goal of educational empowerment for women. (Image: Department of Science and Technology)Research and Innovation Leading to Socioeconomic ImpactWinner: Professor Henrietta de Kock (University of Pretoria): De Kock’s research into the sensory properties of food and beverages contributes to the wellbeing of African consumers. With a growing urban population to feed, her work looks at ways to use Africa’s biodiversity to create food that is nutritious and appetising.Distinguished Young Woman ResearchersNatural and Engineering SciencesWinner: Dr Philiswa Nomngongo (University of Johannesburg): A lecturer in analytical chemistry, Nomngongo’s nanotechnology research focuses on environmental pollution monitoring, desalination and water treatment.Dr Philiswa Nomngongo is a lecturer in analytical chemistry at UJ. (Image: Department of Science and Technology)Runner-up: Professor Genevieve Langdon (University of Cape Town): The deputy head of the university’s mechanical engineering department, Langdon was nominated for her work on blast protection for structures. She has spent her career mentoring the next generation of South African scientists. To date she has supervised more than 50 honours projects, 10 MSc and three PhD students.Runner-up: Professor Tricia Naicker (University of KwaZulu-Natal): The youngest associate professor in the university’s College of Health Sciences and the youngest academic leader/head of discipline for pharmaceutical sciences, Naicker received her PhD after studying asymmetric organocatalysis, the first time it had been studied in Africa. She was nominated for her patented work on new molecules that target drug resistant bacteria.Humanities and Social SciencesWinner: Professor Roula Roula Inglesi-Lotz (University of Pretoria): An associate professor in the department of economics, Inglesi-Lotz runs a research methodology course for honours students and has supervised 12 MCom students. She sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Energy of Southern Africa and developed the first course on energy and environmental economics at masters level.Runner-up: Dr Nomusa Makhubu (University of Cape Town): A senior lecturer at Michaelis School of Fine Art, Makhubu’s research covers the political role of public art as it relates to gender and class. This month, she begins a tenure at Harvard as a Harvard-UCT Mandela Fellow.Research and Innovation Leading to Socioeconomic ImpactWinner: Dr Lephoto Tiisetso (University of Witwatersrand): Last year Tiisetso was one of 87 women selected to participate in the TechWomen Emerging Leaders programme. She is also one of the Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans to watch. Her research in molecular genetics involves finding insect killing nematodes to naturally control pests in agriculture.TATA Masters scholarshipsNomabhongo Masana (Central University of Technology): Masana’s research focuses on the benefits of cloud-based computing and how the technology can be integrated into the public sector health service.Yonela Mgwebi (University of the Witwatersrand): Mgwebi’s research involves non-corrosive coatings for metals used in power generation. Her research aims to find cost effective ways to produce energy and steel.Emily Muller (University of Cape Town/African Institute for Mathematical Sciences South Africa): Muller is researching how social networks influence student performance with the hope of building predictive models to improve organisational structures.TATA Doctoral scholarshipsMarilize Everts (University of Pretoria): A published researcher, Everts is looking at ways to improve heat transfer in power generation equipment.Loretta Magagula (University of Cape Town): A PhD student, Magagula is researching cancer-causing mutations in African populations. She is concentrating an breast and colorectal cancers, which are widespread in the black African population.Funeka Nkosi (University of Johannesburg/Council for Scientific and Industrial Research): Working from the council’s labs, Nkosi is reasearching ways to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries. She is testing manganese oxide-based metals to find ways to use locally mined minerals.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

New process adds weeks to milk shelf life

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A rapid heating and cooling of milk significantly reduces the amount of harmful bacteria present, extending by several weeks the shelf life of one of the most common refrigerator staples in the world, according to a Purdue University study.Bruce Applegate, Purdue associate professor in the Department of Food Science, and collaborators from Purdue and the University of Tennessee published their findings in the journal SpringerPlus, where they show that increasing the temperature of milk by 10 degrees for less than a second eliminates more than 99% of the bacteria left behind after pasteurization.“It’s an add-on to pasteurization, but it can add shelf life of up to five, six or seven weeks to cold milk,” Applegate said.Pasteurization, which removes significant amounts of harmful pathogens that can cause illness and eventually spoil dairy products, is considered a high-temperature, short-time method. Developed by Louis Pasteur in the 19th century, the treatment gives milk a shelf life of about two to three weeks.The low-temperature, short-time (LTST) method in the Purdue study sprayed tiny droplets of pasteurized milk, which was inoculated with Lactobacillus and Pseudomonas bacteria, through a heated, pressurized chamber, rapidly raising and lowering their temperatures about 10 degrees Celsius but still below the 70-degree Celsius threshold needed for pasteurization. The treatment lowered bacterial levels below detection limits, and extended shelf life to up to 63 days.“With the treatment, you’re taking out almost everything,” Applegate said. “Whatever does survive is at such a low level that it takes much longer for it to multiply to a point at which it damages the quality of the milk.”The LTST chamber technology was developed by Millisecond Technologies, a New-York-based company. Sensory tests compared pasteurized milk with milk that had been pasteurized and run through MST’s process. Panelists did not detect differences in color, aroma, taste or aftertaste between the products.Phillip Myer, an assistant professor of animal science at the University of Tennessee and a co-author of the paper, said the process uses the heat already necessary for pasteurization to rapidly heat milk droplets.“The process significantly reduces the amount of bacteria present and it doesn’t add any extra energy to the system,” Myer said.Myer said the promise of the technology is that it could reduce waste and allow milk to reach distant locations where transport times using only pasteurization would mean that milk would have a short shelf life upon arrival.Applegate said the process could be tested without pasteurization to determine if it could stand alone as a treatment for eliminating harmful bacteria from milk.The study was funded by the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Center for Food Safety Engineering at Purdue University and Millisecond Technologies.last_img read more

Using Open-Web Trusses as Rafters for Superinsulated Roofs

first_imgAlex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. He also recently created the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Last week I wrote about an innovative foundation insulation material, Foamglas, that we used in our new house in Dummerston. This week I’ll talk about the open-web rafters we’re using to achieve a superinsulated roof.First, a little background. There are several approaches to creating highly insulated roofs.When the insulation is installed in the attic floor (creating an unheated attic), it’s easy to obtain very high R-values inexpensively — it’s cheap, that is, as long as you don’t count the cost of the lost living space by creating an unheated attic. Basically, you just dump in a lot of loose-fill cellulose or fiberglass on the attic floor, filling the joist cavity and more.I’ve heard of as much as two feet of cellulose insulation being installed in this manner, achieving about R-80. To make room for a lot of insulation at the roof eaves, it’s usually necessary to install “raised-heel” trusses for the roof framing, so that the insulation thickness at the edges is not significantly compromised. RELATED ARTICLES Insulation optionsWe have not made a final decision about the type of insulation we will use for the roof. We are deciding between dense-packed cellulose and acrylic-stabilized, blown-in fiberglass (probably Johns Manville Spider). With 14 inches of insulation (allowing for the vent space under the sheathing), the difference in weight between cellulose (at about three pounds per cubic foot) and Spider (1.8 pounds per cubic foot) is significant.With either material, we believe that by stapling up mesh-fabric baffle on each rafter we will be able to fill each rafter cavity (up to the vent space) completely — including all the corners where the diagonal struts intersect the chords. The small amount of acrylic adhesive in the JM Spider product may prove to be a significant benefit to us in fully sealing the cavities — so we’re leaning in that direction.The two materials provide similar insulation values: about R-4.1 to 4.2 per inch for the JM Spider fiberglass and about R-3.7 per inch for dense-packed cellulose. With 14 inches of insulation, that would come to about R-58 with JM Spider, vs. R-52 with dense-pack cellulose.From an environmental standpoint, cellulose has a higher recycled content (about 80% recycled newspaper), though fiberglass insulation is now made using a significant amount of recycled glass (mostly from beverage containers). Johns Manville fiberglass is certified to have a minimum 25% recycled glass content (with 80% of that recycled content being post-consumer).Flame retardants are not required in the fiberglass, while borate and ammonium sulfate flame retardants are used in cellulose.Here’s the product listing in our GreenSpec database. Providing a stem wall and roof overhangIn our case, to expand the living area in the upstairs of our compact house, Eli Gould added “raised heels” to the roof trusses. The OSB tails on the Triforce rafters made this fairly straightforward, though it certainly involved some additional labor. The design at the roof eaves also provides for nearly two feet of roof overhang — a high priority in keeping moisture off the wall and away from the windows and foundation.Despite the extra work with the raised heel and overhang, the rafters went up quickly. Eli’s crew worked all day on the Saturday before Superstorm Sandy came through to get the roof up and sheathed with Huber’s Zip sheathing (with joints taped). They were able to keep everything remarkably dry. How to Build an Insulated Cathedral CeilingCreating a Conditioned AtticGBA Encyclopedia: Vented or Unvented Attic?How to Install Cellulose InsulationCellulose InsulationBlown Insulation: Fiberglass vs. Cellulose Finding deep enough raftersTo achieve the 16-inch depth we wanted for insulation and an air space under the sheathing, we used open-web, parallel-chord trusses as the rafters. These trusses, typically used as joists, have diagonal bracing or “struts” and are made in Quebec by Open Joist Triforce.Unlike most parallel-chord trusses, Tri-Force uses solid wood, rather than OSB, and finger-jointed glue joints rather than metal truss plates for attaching chords and webs. Some experts are concerned about the long-term durability of OSB webs in more common I-joists and the metal fasteners in standard roof trusses.The chords on Triforce joists are either 2x3s or 2x4s, and the diagonal struts are solid-wood 2x2s, allowing vent baffles to be attached to the top chord (providing a 1-1/2″ vent space). Connections between the struts and chords are achieved with precision-machined grooves and polyurethane adhesive. The wood is all northern, slow-grown spruce, rather than plantation-grown southern yellow pine or poplar.Triforce joists include a section of OSB at the ends so that the length can be adjusted. This permits manufacturing in standard lengths and keeps the costs down. If you want to insulate the sloped roof, creating living space — as we are doing — you can either install very deep rafters (14 inches or more) that can be filled with cavity-fill insulation, or you can provide more modest roof trusses or rafters and then add a layer of rigid insulation on top of the roof sheathing. An advantage of the latter approach is that the layer of rigid insulation controls the “thermal bridging” through the rafters or top chords of the roof trusses.To keep the insulation costs down and to minimize our use of foam-plastic insulation, we opted for the former option — putting all our insulation in the rafter cavities rather than installing a second layer of outboard insulation.last_img read more

Olympics: Kids to choose Tokyo 2020 mascots

first_imgMore than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Budding designers have a two-week window from August 1 to 14 to submit entries, after which a mascot panel will compile a shortlist in December.Japanese schoolchildren, who could have a better handle on the squidgy mascots than organizers who have hitherto bungled the rollout of the Olympic stadium and official logo, will finish voting on the shortlist in January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe winning designs will be announced in March, with the mascots to be given official names by August 2018.Mascots—often referred to in Japanese as ‘yuru-kyara’ (soft characters)—are big business in Japan and have become part of the cultural landscape. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The market for characters like Kumamon, a giant black bear with red cheeks which represents Kumamoto prefecture, and his bitter rival Funassyi—a hyperactive ‘pear fairy’ with a love for heavy metal—is an eye-watering $30 billion a year, with mascots adorning everything from key-chains to planes.Tokyo organisers are battling to rein in runaway costs for the 2020 Olympics which have cast a shadow over preparations.The city’s bid committee estimated costs of $7 billion and projected an economic windfall in excess of $25 billion.But a panel of experts have warned the overall budget could exceed that without drastic cuts.That warning came after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tore up the original plans for the Olympic stadium over soaring costs and organizers scrapped the first design for the 2020 Games logo after accusations of plagiarism. JBADVERTISEMENT Image: AFP/Toru YamanakaDespite several high-profile gaffes in their 2020 Olympic preparations, Tokyo 2020 organizers reckon choosing the Games mascots will be child’s play—so much so they’re leaving the decision to schoolkids.Japanese organizers announced Monday that the official 2020 mascots would be decided by a nationwide competition, in which members of the public will submit designs before elementary schoolchildren across the country select winners from a shortlist.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Mindanao Children’s Games pushing through in Davao City LATEST STORIES South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF View commentslast_img read more

London Olympics: Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu was a tough challenge for Sushil

first_imgJapan’s Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu is a rising star in the world of wrestling. At 26, he’s three years younger than India’s Sushil Kumar and is considered one of the fastest and quickest wrestlers in the 66kg weight category.Yonemitsu brought all his talent to the table in the final and was a worthy winner in the end.Before this Olympic gold, Yonemitsu had won a bronze medal at the 2009 world championships in the 66kg category. He had followed it up with a gold medal at the Asian Games in 2010 and a silver at the 2011 world championships.Clearly, the gold medal match was tough for Sushil. Yonemitsu also had a far easier draw and wrestled weaker opponents. He was taken the full distance in just one of his three bouts, whereas Sushil was forced to play three periods in all of his matches.Yonemitsu was fresher than Sushil in the final. Further, the Indian was unlucky to suffer a stomach bug before the match that left him dehydrated during the bout.last_img read more

David Attenborough To Host Ape Alliance Gala Dinner

first_imgApe Alliance cordially invites you to a spectacular gala dinner hosted by David Attenborough, celebrating the power of apes on screen – in the company of the world’s leading wildlife film professionals and renowned ape conservationists.The evening includes a celebrity auction and live music and aims to raise awareness and support for the plight of world’s apes.Proceeds from this once in a lifetime event will help raise funds for pedal-power cinemas and education projects in ape range states across Africa and Asia. With your help the organization can take the conservation message to the remotest communities, changing thousands of lives while saving critically endangered species, giving Hope 4 Apes.The event takes place at The Savoy in London on September 27. For more information, click here. The event is now sold out.last_img read more