Michael Johnson, a man who lives in South Island, New Zealand has spotted giant footprints of a bird which apparently measured 12 inches long. Johnson saw the bizarre sighting when he was walking along the bank of the Kyeburn River with his pets. After witnessing the strange marks, Johnson soon took the pictures and sent them to the Otago Museum. After analyzing the photos, experts revealed that the strange marks could have been inflicted on the wet soil by Moa, a giant ostrich-like bird that lived in New Zealand until the 15th century. "Today we are on the Kyeburn river and we've set up a temporary diversion of the river around the swimming hole and we're currently pumping that swimming hole out as there are a set of moa footprints," Kane Fleury, an assistant curator at the natural science at Otago Museum told TVNZ. Fleury added that these prints might have been there imprinted in the island for at least a million years. He also lauded Michael Johnson for informing about the … [Read more...] about New Zealand resident spots giant ancient footprints of Moa
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PARIS: Major tech firms on Wednesday (May 15) pledged to come up with new measures for stamping out violent extremist content on the internet, amid growing pressure from governments pushing for action in the wake of the massacres at two New Zealand mosques in March.Executives from Google, Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft met with the leaders of France, New Zealand and other countries in Paris to unveil the "Christchurch Call" of voluntary commitments for online platforms.It was named for the city where a gunman killed 51 people at two New Zealand mosques two months ago while broadcasting his rampage live on Facebook via a head-mounted camera.The social networking giant has faced withering criticism since the attack, after the horrific footage was uploaded and shared millions of times despite efforts to remove it."The call is a roadmap to action," New Zealand Premier Jacinda Ardern said at a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron."It commits us all to build a more … [Read more...] about Tech giants vow to step up fight against online extremism
A few months ago when tickets for the annual Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) went on sale, a critic colleague, who covers both film and theatre for an online magazine, told me with sheer delight that he managed to book, while in a taxi, a ticket to internationally acclaimed Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto’s concert “Fragments” before they sold out less than an hour later. And with a good number of flights between Bangkok and Singapore, this is another day trip for him. Meanwhile, a group of Thai graduate students in theatre are currently on a study trip with their professor at SIFA to watch another Japanese master Tadashi Suzuki’s “Dionysus” on which he collaborates with Indonesia Purtani as well as the festival’s curtain raiser, “Beware of Pity” by Germany’s Schaubuhne Berlin and UK’s Complicite, which shows tonight at the Esplanade Theatre. In a city that’s home to many international … [Read more...] about Groundbreaking and game-changing
SYDNEY: Asian markets marked time on Thursday with two major centers: Japan and China: shut for holidays while the dollar held on to overnight gains after the U.S. central bank poured cold water on rate cut expectations.MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was off 0.1 percent, trading in a tight band. Australian shares slipped 0.7 percent while New Zealand was up 0.4 percent and South Korea's KOSPI index added 0.1 percent.E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 were unchanged.Trading in Japan will resume next Tuesday while China will be back in action on Monday.Global equities markets have scaled new highs since the start of the year largely on expectations of easy monetary policies around the world while a positive tone on U.S.-China trade negotiations has also aided sentiment.But analysts are now wondering whether this strong run can continue."Coming into May, the search for the next catalyst becomes an obvious necessary condition to give an answer to the traditional … [Read more...] about Asian shares trade sideways as investors await fresh cues
By Judith Timson Life Columnist Mon., April 29, 2019 I have a close friend in her late 60’s, who delivers a deadpan line at social gatherings that never fails to elicit rueful laughs: “My husband and I have decided not to have grandchildren.” If you don’t know why that’s funny –as well as poignant—then you’re not an aging baby boomer yearning for grandchildren to arrive. And deeply fearing they may never show up. And you’re certainly not their millennial offspring – like my friend’s two 30-something sons—feeling no rush to produce adorable grandchildren no matter how much their parents want them. Millennials not having kids. It might be a thing. It might not. For a variety of reasons—economic and personal-- they are waiting longer to settle down and when they do, they are not reproducing at the same rate as previous generations. But as Nora Spinks, Chief Executive Officer of the … [Read more...] about Baby boomers angst over childless millennials, but whose biological clock is really ticking?