New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments Share Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) – Russia’s parliament on Tuesday ratified a long-awaited agreement with the United States regulating the adoption of Russian children by Americans.The ratification by a 244-96-2 vote in the State Duma came a year after the two countries worked out the pact.Key questions and answers about the agreement:HOW DID THE AGREEMENT COME ABOUT?Russian officials had long complained about the abuse and even killings of children by their adoptive parents _ saying at least 19 Russian adoptive children have died at their American parents’ hands. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories The issue came to a head in April 2010 when an American adoptive mother sent her 7-year-old boy back to Russia on a one-way ticket, saying he had behavioral problems.In the wake of that case, some Russian officials called for adoptions by Americans to be halted altogether. That never happened, but some adoption agencies working in Russia said their applications were frozen for several months.Russian and U.S. officials signed an agreement aimed at ending the dispute in 2011, but the Russian parliament waited nearly a year to ratify it due to technicalities.WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR AMERICANS WHO WANT TO ADOPT RUSSIAN CHILDRENRatification should end the strife and allow adoptions to resume efficiently.All adoptions would have to be processed through adoption agencies registered in Russia. The agreement requires the agencies to monitor the child’s upbringing, schedule visits by a social worker and send reports to Russian authorities.The deal makes sure that prospective American parents would have better information about the social and medical histories of Russian children.HOW WILL IT IMPACT RUSSIA?By providing monitoring, the agreement is likely to reassure a public angered by the abuse and deaths. It also could undercut complaints by nationalists that Russian children are being “sold.” RECENT ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE OF RUSSIAN ADOPTED CHILDRENMichael and Nanette Craver from Pennsylvania were sentenced in 2011 to up to four years in prison for involuntary manslaughter of their adoptive 7-year-old Russian son. A jury acquitted them of murder charges, but concluded they were negligent and responsible for the death.Jessica Beagley from Alaska was convicted in 2011 of child abuse for pouring hot sauce into her adopted Russian son’s mouth.In May, Martin and Kathleen O’Brien from Wisconsin were charged with an array of counts connected to allegations they systematically punished their four adopted Russian children, including beatings with sticks and belts. Their trial is ongoing.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories The poorly controlled flow of Russian adoptions highlighted sensitivity over the loss of children as Russia faces a demographic crisis due to low birth rates.Full resumption of adoptions will mean increased opportunity for Russian orphans to leave underfunded and crowded orphanages. There are more than 740,000 children without parental custody in Russia, according to UNICEF. Russians historically have been less inclined to adopt children than in many other cultures.WHY IS THE DEAL IMPORTANT FOR AMERICANS?Russia has been a major source of adopted children in the U.S. for two decades.In the 2011 fiscal year, Russia was the third-largest source of foreign adoption by Americans with 970 adoptions, trailing China and Ethiopia.Adoptions from Russia peaked in 2004 at 5,862 adoptions, according to the State Department. Their number was 1,586 in 2009 _ a year before Russia demanded an agreement regulating adoptions.More than 60,000 Russian orphans have been adopted in the U.S., according to the National Council For Adoption, a U.S. advocacy nonprofit group. Russian children rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov insists that the number could be as high as 100,000. The discrepancy could be due to the Russian government’s virtual absence of adoption records before 1996. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 How men can have a healthy 2019 Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates
King, who has been governor since 2003, and will retire on June 30 next year.The bank sets interest rates and will soon win new powers to act as regulator of Britain’s financial industry.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments Share Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories LONDON (AP) – British Treasury chief George Osborne says he will be advertising a major job for the first time ever: governor of the Bank of England.Osborne told the House of Commons on Tuesday that adverts would be placed in the press this week calling for applications to succeed Mervyn King as head of the central bank.“The appointment of his successor will be conducted through a fair and open competition,” Osborne said. “For the first time in history the post will be advertised and the advertisement will appear in the press later this week.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Four benefits of having a wireless security system
Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up A navy official said the boat could be raised at such depths, but that any decision to do so rested with Sicilian prosecutors who are conducting the criminal investigation into the deaths and requested the navy try to locate the wreck.Survivors reported that up to 800 people were locked into two levels of the hold by the smugglers. The boat capsized when its captain mistakenly rammed it into the freighter that had come to its rescue. It was further destabilized when the migrants on deck then rushed to one side hoping to get off first.The capsizing prompted renewed calls for Europe to help Italy shoulder the burden of rescuing and caring for migrants, and to find new ways to prevent the migrants from setting off in the first place. At an EU summit in the days that followed, EU leaders pledged new funding and resources to beef up its border patrol mission and diplomatic initiatives gained steam to target the traffickers.On Thursday, the Italian navy announced it had placed a 3.5 billion euro ($3.9 billion) order for six patrol boats capable of high seas rescues as it upgrades its fleet to take on a greater role in the Mediterranean.There remains increasing debate about what to do with the migrants once they arrive in Italy. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Migrants wait to disembark from the Iceland Coast Guard vessel Tyr, at the Messina harbor, Sicily, southern Italy, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. The weekend saw a dramatic increase in rescues as smugglers in Libya took advantage of calm seas and warm weather to send thousands of would-be refugees out into the Mediterranean in overloaded rubber boats and fishing vessels. The coast guard reported that nearly 7,000 people were rescued in the three days ending Sunday. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) Four benefits of having a wireless security system New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments Share The interior ministry has told prefects in each of Italy’s regions that it needs between 8,000 and 9,000 beds in the coming days to host all the newly-arrived asylum-seekers. Sicily was exempted from the request since its migrant reception centers are already filled beyond capacity.Many regions, particularly in the north, have declined to take them in.An interior ministry official, Mario Morcone, told a conference on the migrant crisis Thursday that so far about 33,000 people had arrived in 2015, a 15-percent increase over the same period in 2014. If the pace continues, he said, this year will likely overtake the record 170,000 migrants who arrived in 2014.Pope Francis chimed in on the debate Thursday, telling Christian leaders from across Europe that their churches “have the duty to work together to provide solidarity and welcome.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ROME (AP) — Italian navy ships on Thursday located what is believed to be the fishing boat that capsized April 18 with an estimated 800 migrants aboard, a tragedy that spurred Italy and Europe into a new round of soul-searching over how to cope with the record waves of migrants coming ashore from Libya.Using sonar and a submarine, the navy said Thursday it had located a blue, 25-meter (82-foot) vessel matching the description of the doomed boat about 85 miles (135 kilometers) northeast of the Libyan coast. It was resting on the seabed at a depth of around 375 meters (1,230 feet), a statement said. Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019
“Puerto Rico’s fiscal situation is urgent, and I believe it requires the immediate attention of Congress,” Lew said in a two-page letter addressed to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. “Without our collective action, I am deeply concerned that a protracted and disorderly restructuring process will cause long-term damage to the health, safety, and financial well-being of the families living and working in Puerto Rico.”Lew was responding to a July 17 request from Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, who wondered what action if any President Barack Obama’s administration was taking on Puerto Rico’s financial crisis.In his letter, Lew said the federal government does have a critical role to play in Puerto Rico’s situation.“A central element of any federal response should include a tested legal bankruptcy regime that enables Puerto Rico to manage its financial challenges in an orderly way,” he said.Puerto Rico is entering its ninth year in recession, and the administration of Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla has been pushing for the right of its public agencies to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 9, but the proposal has not drawn any Republican co-sponsors. Leading House Republicans have said they worry that allowing such access would not solve Puerto Rico’s financial difficulties, and Garcia traveled to the U.S. to meet with legislators and Lew on the issue. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Check your body, save your life Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Pedro Pierluisi, the island’s representative in Congress, praised Lew’s letter.“I will continue to do everything in my power, working with my allies on both sides of the aisle, to move this legislation forward in Congress on an expeditious timeline,” he said.U.S. investors are waiting to see whether Puerto Rico’s government might default on a couple of multimillion-dollar payments due by the end of the week.Victor Suarez, Puerto Rico’s gubernatorial chief of staff, said Monday the government is analyzing which of its responsibilities it will prioritize.“It will depend on the cash flow and liquidity that the government has to meet each one of its obligations,” he said. “The priority will always be essential services such as security, health and education.”Suarez rejected a report prepared by Centennial Group International for a group of hedge funds that hold a large number of Puerto Rico bonds. The report released Monday calls for laying off teachers, cutting excess Medicaid benefits and pursuing more public-private partnerships.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Tuesday that creating a path as soon as possible to allow Puerto Rico’s government to file for bankruptcy would help the U.S. territory recover from its economic crisis.Lew also stressed that no federal bailout is planned for Puerto Rico despite concerns its government might default on several upcoming payments as it struggles with $72 billion of public debt. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona
Call the rollers of big rounds,The well-capitalized ones, and have them backmakers of rooms themed like concupiscent curds.Let the influencers gather in the stylesthey love to wear, and let other startupsthrow away their term sheets like last month’s newspapers.Let be be finale of seem.The only museum is the Museum of Ice Cream.Take from the dresser of deala term sheet for $40 million,to give a $200 million valuation to Figure8“an experience-first development company”created to commercialize backdrop boudoirs.Museums displayed art onceBut now that achievement isa backdrop for a human face.All aesthetics ignored, they comeTo show how bold they are, and stunned.Let investors likeElizabeth Street Ventures, Maywic Select Investment, and OCV Partners beam.The only museum will be the Museum of Ice Cream.
The 2019 Audi e-tron has become the first battery-electric vehicle to earn a top safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an achievement that Tesla and other electric models like the Chevy Bolt have not been able to capture.Scoring an IIHS top safety award isn’t easy. A vehicle has to earn good ratings in six crashworthiness evaluations, as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good headlight rating.IIHS said Wednesday that the e-tron fulfills the criteria to earn a top safety rating with standard equipment. The vehicle performed well in crashworthiness testing, earning good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, according to IIHS.The SUV’s standard front crash prevention system rated superior in IIHS track tests. It avoided a collision in the 25 mph test and reduced its impact speed by an average of 11 mph in the 12 mph test. Its forward collision warning component meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.The award provides a much needed boost to the e-tron. There’s a lot riding on the e-tron, the German automaker’s first mass-produced electric vehicle. And while TechCrunch’s Matt Burns found it quick, comfortable and familiar, the vehicle has had a rocky start that included a voluntary recall in the U.S. due to the risk of battery fire.Tesla has gotten close to the top safety pick designation. A Tesla Model S was tested in 2017 and performed well, but fell short of earning the top score due to poor headlights and an “acceptable” score in the small overlap crash test. The IIHS has never tested the Tesla Model X.The electric automaker does have another chance. This time, it’s with the Tesla Model 3, which IIHS is currently testing, according to a recent tweet from the organization.Tests of the 2019 Tesla Model 3 commence next week with the side crash test. pic.twitter.com/yXtbGDC9h9— IIHS (@IIHS_autosafety) August 7, 2019The Model 3 has already achieved an all-around five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Despite the high marks, NHTSA and Tesla have tussled over how the automaker has characterized the rating in an October 7 blog post when it said the Model 3 had achieved the lowest probability of injury of any vehicle the agency ever tested.Earlier this month, Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel cell SUV, the Nexo, became the first fuel cell vehicle to be tested and to earn IIHS’s top safety award.
For a couple of years now Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America was more aspirational than functional, but now it’s been built out with the necessaries for commercial spaceflight — mainly coffee. The company just showed off the newly redesigned space from which it plans to launch flights… sometime.Much of the undulating, aesthetically rusted building, located deep in the desert of New Mexico, is dedicated to housing the carrier craft and rocket planes that the company has been testing for the last few years.That was almost certainly the hard part, in fact: relocating the infrastructure necessary to support the spacefaring vehicles, including engineers, equipment and supply chain people, as Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides told me in May.Virgin Galactic is ‘coming home’ to Spaceport America in New MexicoBut the spaceport itself must also become a place for humans to arrive, park at, nervously sip coffee and have a pre-flight meal — if that’s really a good idea for your first trip to space. Maybe stick to coffee.The “first phase” of the consumer-side build-out includes an elegantly appointed little restaurant and cafe, and upstairs can be found “mission control,” which looks more like a conference room than a spaceplane pilot staging area.Gaia Lounge Dinning AreaWalkwayGaia Lounge Dinning Area at The Gateway To SpaceView 7 PhotosThere are a number of little lounge areas for passengers and others to congregate in, and if the scale seems a little small, keep in mind that this isn’t an airport food court. These flights are going to be full, but they’re also going to be six passengers at a time.Jeremy Brown, design director for Spaceport America, explains that the choice of materials and terraced surfaces, leading up to the lighter, airier second story, is meant to evoke the landscape outside, which nearly all the seating faces, and draw the attention outwards and upwards.Although Virgin Galactic has had several successful test flights, there’s no indication when its first actual commercial flight will be.“The last flight we did, we basically demonstrated a full commercial profile, including the interior of the vehicle,” Whitesides said in May. “Not only did we, you know, go up to space and come down, but because Beth was in the back — Beth Moses, our flight instructor — she was sort of our mock passenger. She got up a couple times and moved around, she was able to verify our cabin conditions.”The paperwork is in order and the spaceport itself is now equipped with a cafe, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw the first flight from Virgin Galactic before the end of the year.Virgin Galactic touches the edge of space with Mach 2.9 test flight of SpaceShipTwo
Transsion Future Hub, a subsidiary of Chinese mobile-phone and device maker Transsion, is teaming up with Kenya’s Wapi Capital to source and fund early-stage African fintech startups.Headquartered in Shenzhen, Transsion is a top-seller of smartphones in Africa that recently confirmed its imminent IPO. In 2019 it opened and financed Future Hub, an incubator and seed fund for African startups.Wapi Capital is the venture fund of Kenyan fintech startup Wapi Pay — a Nairobi-based company that facilitates digital payments between African and Asia via mobile money or bank accounts.Starting in September 2019, Transsion Future Hub will work with Wapi Capital to select early-stage African fintech companies for equity-based investments of up to $100,000, Transsion Future Hub Senior Investor Laura Li told TechCrunch via email.Wapi Capital won’t contribute funds to Future Hub’s Africa investments, but will help determine the viability and scale of the startups, including due diligence and deal flow, according to Wapi Pay co-founder Eddie Ndichu.Wapi Pay and Transsion Future Hub will consider ventures from all 54 African countries; interested startups can reach out directly to either organization, Ndichu and Li confirmed.The Wapi Capital fintech partnership is not Transsion’s sole VC activity in Africa. Though an exact fund size hasn’t been disclosed, the Transsion Future Hub will also make startup investments on the continent in adtech, fintech, e-commerce, logistics and media and entertainment, according to Li.Future Hub’s existing portfolio includes Africa-focused browser company Phoenix, content aggregator Scoop and music service Boomplay.Boomplay, a Spotify-style music and video streaming service for African music and Africa, raises $20MWapi Capital adds to the list of African-located and run venture funds — which have been growing in recent years — according to a 2018 study by TechCrunch and Crunchbase. Wapi Capital will also start making its own investments and is looking to raise $1 million this year and $10 million over the next three years, according to Ndichu, who co-founded the fund and Wapi Pay with his twin brother Paul.Transsion’s commitment to African startup investments—through funding to Future Hub—comes as the company is on the verge of listing on China’s new Nasdaq-style STAR Market tech exchange. Transsion confirmed to TechCrunch this month the IPO is in process and that it could raise up to 3 billion yuan (or $426 million).Transsion sold 124 million phones globally in 2018, per company data. In Africa, Transsion holds 54% of the feature phone market — through its brands Tecno, Infinix and Itel — and in smartphone sales is second to Samsung and ahead of Huawei, according to International Data Corporation stats.Transsion has R&D centers in Nigeria and Kenya, and its sales network in Africa includes retail shops in Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Egypt. The company also has a manufacturing facility in Ethiopia.Transsion’s move into venture investing tracks greater influence from China in African tech.China’s engagement with African startups has been light compared to China’s deal-making on infrastructure and commodities.Transsion’s Wapi Pay partnership is the second recent event — after Chinese-owned Opera’s big venture spending in Nigeria — to reflect greater Chinese influence and investment in the continent’s digital scene.Update: This article has been updated to reflect that Future Hub is a subsidiary of Transsion and the source of the investments for the Wapi Capital partnership. Opera founded startup OPay raises $50M for mobile finance in Nigeria
Tyler EllistonContributor Tyler Elliston is the founder of Right Side Up, a collective of growth marketers that primarily helps early to mid-stage companies scale. B2B clients include Faire, Kabbage, Yelp, Gusto, Crunchbase, Entelo, Farmer’s Business Network, Formswift and many more. Tyler is based on San Francisco and can be reached at email@example.com. Kevin BarryContributor Kevin Barry is the co-founder of Right Percent, a B2B-only performance marketing agency that develops tailored acquisition strategies for early to mid-stage companies. Companies Kevin has helped scale include OnDeck, Zenefits, Segment, Hemlane, Brightwheel, and many more. Kevin is based in New York and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of B2B companies apply ineffective demand generation strategies to their startup. If you’re a B2B founder trying to grow your business, this guide is for you.Rule #1: B2B is not B2C. We are often dealing with considered purchases, multiple stakeholders, long decision cycles, and massive LTVs. These unique attributes matter when developing a growth strategy. We’ll share B2B best practices we’ve employed while working with awesome B2B companies like Zenefits, Crunchbase, Segment, OnDeck, Yelp, Kabbage, Farmers Business Network, and many more. Topics covered include:Descriptions of growth stages you can use to determine your company’s statusTactics for each stage with specific examplesWhich advertising channels work bestOptimization of your ad copy to maximize CTR and conversionsOptimization of your sales funnelMeasuring the ROI of your advertising spendWe often crack growth for companies that didn’t think it was possible, based on their prior experience with agencies and/or internal resources. There are many misconceptions out there about B2B growth, rooted in the misapplication of B2C strategies and leading to poor performance. Study the differences and you’ll develop a filter for all the advice you get that’s good for one context (ex: B2C) but bad for another (ex: B2B). This guide will get you off on the right foot.Table of ContentsWhat growth stage is your B2B startup?How do you find B2B customers?When do you use which channels?What kind of marketing messaging should you use?How do you build your sales funnel?How should you calculate and use the ROI of your marketing budget?In summaryWhat growth stage is your B2B startup?The best growth strategy for your company ultimately depends on whether you’re in an incubation, iteration, or scale stage. One of the most common mistakes we see is a company acting like they’re in the scale phase when they’re actually in the iteration phase. As a result, many of them end up developing inefficient growth strategies that lead to exorbitant monthly ad spends, extraneous acquisition channels, hiring (and later firing) ineffective team members, and de-emphasizing critical customer feedback. There is often an intense pressure to grow, but believing your own hype before it’s real can kill early-stage ventures. Here’s a breakdown of each stage:Incubation is when you are building your minimum viable product (MVP). This should be done in close partnership with potential customers to ensure you are solving a real problem with a credible solution. Typically a founder is a voice of the customer, as someone who experienced the problem and sought out the solution s/he is now building. Other times, founders enter a new space and build a panel of prospective buyers to participate in the product development process. The endpoint of this phase is a working MVP.Iteration is when you have customers using your MVP and you are rapidly improving the product. Success at this stage is rooted in customer insights – both qualitative and quantitative – not marketing excellence. It’s valuable to include in this iterative process customers with whom the founder(s) have no prior relationship. You want to test the product’s appeal, not friends’ willingness to help you out. We want a customer set that is an accurate sample of a much larger population you will later sell to. The endpoint of the iteration phase is product/market fit.Scale is when you have product/market fit and are trying to grow your customer base. The goal of this phase is to build a portfolio of tactics that maximize market penetration with minimal – or at least profitable – cost. Success is rooted in growing lifetime value through retention and margin, maximizing funnel conversion to efficiently convert leads to customers, and finding repeatable tactics to drive prospective buyers’ awareness and consideration of your product. The endpoint of this phase is ultimately market saturation, leading to the incubation and iteration of new features, customer segments, and geographies.How do you find B2B customers? Here’s a list of B2B customer acquisition tactics we commonly employ and recommend. Later in this article, we’ll connect each channel to the growth stage it’s best used in. This list is generally sorted by early stage to later stage:1. Leverage your network. This is particularly valuable for founders who are building a product based on their own past experience.Reach out to old colleagues you know have the same problem you had (and are solving).Leverage the startup ecosystem. If your startup is in YCombinator, for instance, other companies in your batch may be prospects, along with alumni who will take your call simply because of your affiliation.Example: If you’re building an app for marketers, ask past marketing colleagues you’ve worked with to try out your product is a no brainer.
If there is one company at the top of everyone’s mind this year, it is Slack.The now-ubiquitous workplace messaging tool began trading on the New York Stock Exchange in June after taking an unusual route to the public markets, known as a direct listing. Slack bypassed the typical IPO process in favor of putting its current stock on the NYSE without doing an additional raise or bringing on underwriter banking partners.Slack co-founder and chief technology officer Cal Henderson and Slack investor and Spark Capital general partner Megan Quinn will join us onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF to give a behind the scenes look at Slack’s banner year, the company’s origin story and what convinced Quinn to participate in the business’s funding round years ago.Early in his career, Henderson was the technical director of Special Web Projects at Emap, a U.K. media company. Later, he became the head of engineering for Flickr, the photo-sharing tool co-founded by Slack chief Stewart Butterfield. In April 2009, he was reported to be starting a new stealth social gaming company with Butterfield, a project that would ultimately become Slack.Quinn, for her part, invested in Slack before joining Spark Capital (Updated: 8/16/19 at 3:25 p.m.). Spark became an investor in Slack in 2015, participating in the company’s $160 million Series E at a valuation of $2.8 billion. No small startup at the time, Slack already had 750,000 daily users and backing from Accel, Andreessen Horowitz, Social Capital, GV and Kleiner Perkins.Quinn is a seasoned investor, known for striking deals with Coinbase, Glossier, Rover and Wealthfront, among others. She first entered the venture capital scene in 2012 as an investment partner at Kleiner Perkins (where she first invested in Slack and other early to mid-stage consumer tech startups). Quinn joined Spark Capital in 2015 to make growth-stage investments in companies across the board.Before trying her hand at VC, she spent seven years in product management and strategic partnership development at Google and one year as the head of product at payments company Square.Disrupt SF runs October 2 to October 4 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Tickets are available here.
Want to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward. A family vacation in Ohio’s picturesque Amish country gave one boy a surprising glimpse of a far-off past, a time when glaciers covered North America. Last week, Jackson Hepner, age 12, discovered a massive woolly mammoth tooth, dating to the Ice Age, in the creek that runs through the Inn at Honey Run in Millersville, Ohio.“It’s just a neat find,” innkeeper Jason Nies told local news outlet WEWS. “It’s not every day you get to touch and feel and see a mammoth tooth!”AdChoicesADVERTISINGinRead invented by TeadsHepner, a relative of Nies, knew he had spotted something unusual when he saw the tooth partially buried in the creek, slightly upstream from the bridge where they had been taking photos during a family reunion.“His dad and his uncle are both really into natural history and understanding nature,” Nies said. “They quickly jumped online and were Googling it, and that’s when we quickly found out this might be a mammoth or a mastodon tooth.”Jackson Hepner, Age 12, found this wooly mammoth trip during a vacation at the Inn at Honey Run in Millersburg, Ohio. Photos courtesy of the Inn at Honey Run in Millersburg, Ohio.The family reached out to local experts, including Dale Gnidovec of Ohio State University’s Orton Geological Museum, Nigel Brush of Ashland University’s geology department, and P. Nick Kardulias of the archaeology program at the College of Wooster, who all confirmed that the ancient fossil was a mammoth tooth—an upper third molar, to be precise.The woolly mammoth lived in the region between 110,000 and 12,000 years ago and used their massive ridged teeth to grind grass and seeds.The mammoth tooth. Photo courtesy of the Inn at Honey Run in Millersburg, Ohio.“We’re thrilled to be the site of a unique and special find that proves there could be some hidden treasures among the rolling hills of Ohio’s Amish Country still waiting to be uncovered,” wrote the inn on its blog.“I would like to have my tooth back in my hands as soon as possible,” Hepner wrote in a note accompanying a hand-drawn map showing the spot he found the tooth. “I want to show my friends.”Jackson Hepner, age 12, found this wooly mammoth trip during a vacation at the Inn at Honey Run in Millersburg, Ohio. Photo courtesy of the Inn at Honey Run in Millersburg, Ohio.Follow artnet News on Facebook:
A collision between two light motor vehicles took place at the intersection of Kandahar Avenue and Delhi Road yesterday (Friday) evening.One person was slightly injured, and was treated and stabilised by Sharaj Ambulance Services. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
One of the accident victims, a two-year-old baby, later passed away in hospital in ‘High Care’ due to the extensive injuries sustained.Traffic could continue to flow, albeit with caution, as the vehicles involved in the accident occupied the emergency lane.N3TC, RTI, police and ambulance services responded to the scene.This accident took place about 200m away from the crash involving a bus and a truck in the early hours of this morning. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A toddler has died after a rear-end collision between a light motor vehicle and a truck on the N3 close to the Tugela River this morning (December 3).There were 4 occupants in the car at the time of the collision. Two of the occupants sustained serious injuries.All of the injured were transported to hospital by emergency personnel.
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Thick black smoke billowed into the air as tyres and rubble burned at MC Varman School yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, November 19). It is alleged that a groundsman at the school started burning papers in waste disposal drums when the tyres caught alight, and he couldn’t stop them burning.Public Safety and the Ladysmith Fire Department were on scene to put out the fire. The first fire hydrant they tried (after using up the water in the fire truck) was empty, forcing them to find another hydrant. The second hydrant worked and they successfully put out the blaze.Public Safety officer AR Badri is to be complimented on bravely pulling the burning tyres and drums apart so as to more easily extinguish the flames.
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite BBM becomes very “munchy”, as screen shots of timed messages on android phones and iPhones can be taken. The contact that sends you the message is, however, notified in red that a screenshot (munch) has been taken of the message.So if you think that your timed message only lasts for that specific time period, think again – you will be caught napping if you’re not aware that your friends can still take screen shots of your disappearing message. The only warning you get is a friendly notification that your once-trusted friend took a screen shot of your timed message.To “munch” is a slang term used by the younger generation for “taking a screen shot on a cell-phone”.
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Towing services, Ladysmith Fire & Rescue, police and Public Safety officers were on scene, and the road has been closed. Traffic is being redirected via Carbineer Road while clean-up operations take place.Diesel from the truck flowed into the creek in the middle section of the road, but this was effectively stopped by Fire & Rescue workers before the diesel seeped into the Klip River.According to Public Safety, the road is expected to be closed for most of today. They will be diverting traffic onto the other side of Poort Road. A truck overturned, losing its load on Poort Road earlier this morning (Saturday).It is unclear at this stage what caused the accident. The driver was lucky to escape with minor injuries.No other vehicles were involved in the incident.The truck is believed to have been travelling to Port Elizabeth.
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The inaugural ‘Dunlop Hamba’ kicked off on Saturday (September 20) from Gauteng, making a first stop in Ladysmith.This is an epic eight-day journey through South Africa, visiting renowned destinations and initiating community outreach projects, before ending off at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town this Saturday (27th). Dunlop is the proud sponsor of this heritage rally.The travel extravaganza will see participants visiting a number of on- and off-road South African stop-overs, while giving back to local communities along the way. A gripping combination of adventure and upliftment all rolled into one epic road trip that will build a lifetime of memories. The Dunlop Hamba is a true celebration of South Africa’s history, culture, people and sport, all while embarking on a campaign of goodwill. Conceptualised by MountainShak Adventures, who created and run the Put Foot Rally, Dunlop Hamba is a self-drive tour through five provinces with a number of unique experiences along the way, including visiting the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu, learning how to make boerewors on National Heritage Day, cave exploring, and ostrich riding in Oudtshoorn.The Dunlop Hamba team will participate in upliftment programmes with impoverished, rural schools – such as sport development with the SA Rugby Legends, book and library donations, shoe drops and planting sustainable vegetable gardens. Day one (Saturday, September 20) saw the first stop in Ladysmith and a visit to the Siege Museum, before heading through to Dunlop Zone Mark’s Tyres for ‘padkos’ packs and tyre checks.Then on to Weenen to play a 20-a-side soccer game with Weenen Primary School and judge the children’s Rhino Art Competition run by Project Rhino. The rally teams then visited the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick and went on to Midmar for the night.
As expected, it was all glitz and glamour at the 2014 Ladysmith High School (LHS) matric farewell last night (Friday). WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Crowds of people turned up at the school in Farquhar Road in the afternoon to see the couples arrive in a variety of flashy ‘rides’, including a Ferrari and a horse and carriage. The matriculants were then taken by bus out to Naunton’s Thandana Conference Centre, where the actual farewell was held.Booming music added to the festive atmosphere in the afternoon, making for a great build-up to the evening’s activities.It was smiles and socialising at Naunton’s, as the Grade 12’s ‘oohed” and “aahed” over each other’s outfits and shared stories of their schooling careers. Then it was sitting down to a delicious meal, followed by dancing the night away.Definitely a night to be remembered by the ‘Class of 2014’!
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Young and old alike took part in the annual Gandhi Walk on Sunday morning.The 5km walk started in Azalea Drive and then snaked its way to the finish in Forbes Street.Water tables were set up at different points along the route so that the participants could keep hydrated with some welcome refreshments.All those who took part had an enjoyable morning of good exercise, keeping in mind that they were walking in the footsteps of a great man.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Four months have past since the explosion of Iceland’s volcano, Eyjafjallajokull, led to massive air travel disruptions but passengers still await airline refunds which may not be forthcoming.April’s volcanic ash cloud caused more than 30,000 flights to be grounded, stranding thousands of passengers across the globe and forcing many to face unexpected out-of-pocket expenses – all with the expectation they would be compensated.According to European Commission regulation 261, airlines have a duty of care to stranded passengers and must reimburse them for any expenses incurred, however some airlines have argued the ruling is too tough and have been slow to offer compensation to their passengers, reported The Wall Street Journal. The European Commission was compelled to intervene upon the realisation that KLM was reimbursing passengers only for the first 24 hours of their stranding, the Commission threatening legal action should the airline not bring its policy into line with European Union law, the newspaper said.”If [KLM do not change their policy] then further steps that can be taken include legal action at national or EU level to ensure the EU law is fully respected,” a spokesman for the European Commission said.A KLM spokesperson told the newspaper that the airline would not alter its reimbursement policy until a European Union Transport Council review of compensation laws was complete.Consumer watchdog the Air Transport Users Council received numerous passenger complaints in regards to airline compensation but claimed complaints were “across the board” and were not focused on a particular airline, reported the Guardian.”The complaints show that the airlines are dragging their heels,” Air Transport Users Council industry affairs manager James Fremantle said.“But there is no reason why [passengers] won’t get their money back.”The financial toll on airlines because of the volcanic eruption has been palpable, said the newspaper, with Ryanair claiming a loss of £41.5 million as a direct result of Eyjafjallajokull, EasyJet losing £65 million and British Airways reporting a £164 million loss, including strike action losses.