5 FTSE 100 stocks I bought for my ISA this week

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images Edward Sheldon, CFA | Friday, 13th March, 2020 5 FTSE 100 stocks I bought for my ISA this week Edward Sheldon owns shares in Diageo, Hargreaves Lansdown, Smith & Nephew, Legal & General Group, and Sage Group. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo, Hargreaves Lansdown, and Sage Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFAcenter_img While many investors panic when stocks fall, I tend to see market weakness as a buying opportunity. This week, as markets have crashed, I’ve made a number of purchases for my ISA, taking advantage of the lower share prices on offer. Here are five FTSE 100 stocks I’ve bought.SageMy first purchase was Sage, a leading provider of cloud-based accounting and payroll solutions. Its share price has fallen significantly and I believe the stock now has an attractive valuation.  5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…My thinking is Sage should be relatively insulated from the impact of the coronavirus. While the illness is likely to cause disruption for many businesses, they’re unlikely to cancel their accounting systems, in my view. It’s also worth noting CEO Steve Hare bought some shares recently. That suggests the insider is confident about the future. Legal & GeneralMy next purchase was Legal & General. Its share price has been hammered recently and I believe the stock now looks far too cheap.Aside from the low valuation, one of the main reasons I bought more LGEN shares was the massive dividend yield. With analysts forecasting a payout of 18.7p per share this year, the prospective yield on offer when I bought was over 8%.Recent full-year results here were good with earnings per share up 16%. Management said: “We are well-positioned for the future and we remain ambitious.” This leads me to believe the shares have the potential to rebound.Hargreaves LansdownI also took advantage of the FTSE 100 sell-off to add to my position in Hargreaves Lansdown. It was down 10%+ on Monday and I picked up some shares at a price not seen since 2017.Hargreaves is a stock that tends to divide opinion. Some investors believe that increasing competition from the likes of Vanguard adds risk. However, my view is that the company offers a world-class investment platform and that as the market leader in the UK investment space, it’s well placed to continue growing.DiageoAnother stock I added to was alcoholic drinks champion Diageo. Its P/E ratio had dropped below 20, which you don’t see often.Diageo’s near-term sales and profits could certainly be impacted by the coronavirus. Recently, the company advised it was expecting a $260m hit to 2020 profits as a result of the outbreak.However, the long-term growth story associated with rising income in the world’s emerging markets remains intact. As such, I see the current share price weakness as an opportunity.Smith & NephewFinally, I added a new stock to my portfolio – Smith & Nephew, which specialises in hip and knee implants. This is a stock I’ve had my eye on for a while. With the share price falling more than 20% in recent weeks, I took the plunge and purchased it.In the short term, Smith & Nephew could be impacted by the coronavirus. In China, elective medical procedures have been well down recently. However, with the global population ageing at a rapid rate (meaning higher demand for hip and knee replacements), I believe the long-term story here remains attractive. This is a stock I plan to hold for the long term.Of course, I realise that shares could fall further. So, I only bought a small amount of each stock. However, I’m confident that, in the long run, I should be rewarded.  Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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Finnish Navy Receives MHC Katanpaa

first_img Training & Education View post tag: Navy View post tag: receives View post tag: News by topic May 8, 2012 View post tag: MHC Katanpaa View post tag: Finnishcenter_img Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Finnish Navy Receives MHC Katanpaa View post tag: Naval The first one of the three mine countermeasure vessels ordered by the Finnish Navy, MHC (Mine Hunter Coastal) Katanpää was handed over to the Finnish Navy.The vessel was accepted by the Commander of the Finnish Navy, Rear Admiral Veli-Jukka Pennala at the Intermarine shipyard in La Spezia, Italy.The vessel will be shipped to its home base in Turku, where it is expected to arrive at the end of May.The vessel will be presented to the public for the first time on July 9th, during the anniversary of the Navy celebrations.New class of vesselThe Katanpää class vessels will provide the Finnish Navy with a new kind of mine countermeasure capacity, which will, in addition to the present contact mine and influence mine clearing capacity, enable the Navy to conduct mine hunting and mine demolition tasks.The Katanpää class vessels are mainly aimed for domestic use. The vessels’ systems can also be used in executive assistance, for e.g. in mapping the seabed, under-water searches and identification and in defusing under-water explosives.The vessels are EU and NATO interoperable, and, therefore, improve Finland’s chances of participating in international crisis management operations.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, May 08, 2012; Image: puolustusvoimat Finnish Navy Receives MHC Katanpaalast_img read more

Harris+Hoole adds buy ahead function to app

first_imgCustomers of Harris+Hoole, the Tesco-backed coffee shop chain, are now able to pre-order their drinks via the company’s app.The app’s new capability is only available to users who load their prepaid account before entering a location. The app then communicates with the cash register to confirm the order.Harris+Hoole said all of its 36 outlets would be able to accept payments via the app by 1 July.PaymentDanielle Anderson, director of digital experience for Harris+Hoole, said: “The mobile payment removes the cold formality of an anonymous transaction and better reflects the kind of friendly exchange you’d expect from your local coffee shop.”For the first time anywhere in the UK, a customer can walk into any H+H shop, order their usual from a barista who knows their name and how they like their coffee, and pay, all from just one tap on their mobile.”last_img read more

Vermont First Tee Grants 37 Additional Vermont Elementary Schools

first_img(Rutland, Vermont, 8 January 2009) The First Tee National School Program and the Vermont Golf Association, Vermont Golf Association Scholarship Fund, Vermont Golf Course Superintendent’s Association, Vermont Golf Industry Committee, Vermont Professional Golfers Association, Vermont Senior Golf Association, and the Vermont State Women’s Golf Association, have today announced that 37 additional local elementary school physical education programs will participate in the 2009 The First Tee National School Program. The 37 new schools join the 15 schools that entered into the program in 2008.2009 schools: Allen Brook School (Williston), Beeman Elementary (New Haven), Bradford Elementary & Graded School (Bradford), Bridgewater Village (Bridgewater), Champlain Elementary (Burlington), Clarendon Elementary (North Clarendon), Dover Elementary School (Dover), Dummerston School (East Dummerston), Elm Hill Elementary (North Springfield), Georgia Middle School (St. Albans), Grafton Elementary School (Grafton), J.J. Flynn Elementary (Burlington), Kurn Hattin Homes (Westminster), Lothrop Elementary School (Pittsford), Manchester Elementary (Manchester Center), Mettawee Community School (West Pawlet), Mt. Holly School (Mt. Holly), Newbury Elementary School (Newbury), Northfield Elementary (Northfield), Oak Grove School (Brattleboro), Orange Center School (East Barre), Orchard Elementary School (South Burlington), Plymouth Elementary (Plymouth), Rochester School (Rochester), Rumney Elementary School (Middlesex), Stockbridge Elementary School (Stockbridge), Warren Elementary School (Warren), and Williston Central (Williston).2008 schools: Barnard Elementary School, Bristol Elementary School, Cavendish Town Elementary School, Chester-Andover Elementary School, East Montpelier Elementary School, Ludlow Elementary School, Lyndon Town School, Milton Elementary School, Mountain View Community School (Rutland), Pomfret Elementary School, Proctor Elementary School, Reading Elementary School, Rutland Town School, Sherburne Elementary School, and State Street School (Windsor).The National School Program curriculum is based on national physical education standards (www.aahperd.com(link is external)), and utilizes equipment that is designed to be developmentally appropriate, safe and fun for children and beginners. The statewide Vermont golf collaborative partners, corporate sponsors, and individual donors are funding up to 75% of the cost to the schools.The golf community and physical education teachers know it is important for kids to learn activities that provide lifetime benefits while integrating strong character values. The National School Program emphasizes The First Tee Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, respect, confidence, responsibility, courtesy, sportsmanship, perseverance and judgment.Community support is integral to this program and the statewide golf associations and Vermont PGA teaching professionals will provide the school with information on a variety of instructional and play opportunities for interested students and families. Parents may also check the junior golf Web site: www.juniorlinks.com(link is external) or www.thefirsttee.org(link is external) for more information.”The National School Program is structured to present a quality, school golf curriculum that develops competency, understanding and progression through movement and physical skills,” said Benna Cawthorn, Director of The First Tee National School Program. “Through this program, children as young as five will be exposed to the motor patterns associated with golf, along with the inherent values of the game.”Richard H. Mihlrad, President of the Vermont Golf Association said, “The statewide associations for golf in Vermont are excited to expand The First Tee National School Program into the elementary schools throughout the state. We know the results of our efforts will reap great benefits to the children of Vermont.”About The First TeeThe First Tee (www.thefirsttee.org(link is external)) is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in St. Augustine, FL at World Golf Village, home of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Its mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to over 1.5 million participants and students in 48 states and four international locations – Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and Singapore. Former President George Bush serves as honorary chairman.For more information, contact Richard H. Mihlrad, President, Vermont Golf Association, by phone (802) 645-1907 or e-mail ([email protected](link sends e-mail)).Vermont Golf AssociationPost Office Box 1612, Station ARutland, Vermont 05701(800) 924-0418 ▪ (802) 773-7180www.vtga.org(link is external) ▪ [email protected](link sends e-mail)last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgHome sweet home: Rebensburg gets 1st downhill win in GermanyGARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg has her first career win in a women’s World Cup downhill, and it came on a slope just over 40 miles from her home as family and friends looked on.After two months of rather disappointing results, Rebensburg had a near-flawless run Saturday to beat Italy’s Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) by 0.61 seconds. Ester Ledecka, the Czech athlete competing on both the Alpine skiing and snowboarding World Cup circuits, finished 0.83 behind in third.Brignone’s third straight podium finish in a downhill helped her close the gap on leader Mikaela Shiffrin in the overall standings to 190 points. The American three-time overall champion is taking a break from ski racing since the death of her father, Jeff Shiffrin, last week.FRANCE-RAPE ACCUSATIONS An investigative update released Friday by the National Transportation Safety Board says there wasn’t any sign of engine failure in the Jan. 26 crash northwest of Los Angeles. The update doesn’t say what caused the crash, but it indicates the pilot was only 100 feet from the cloud tops when he suddenly descended. The update reinforces the notion that the pilot became disoriented while trying to get to clear skies.Investigators also believe that since a tree branch at the crash site was cut, the twin engines were working and the rotors turning at the time of impact. All four of the helicopter’s blades had similar damage.TENNIS-FED CUP-US-LATVIAWilliams remains perfect in Fed Cup; US leads Latvia 2-0EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Serena Williams remains unbeaten in Fed Cup singles matches. Nearly five years after she last played singles in a Fed Cup competition, Williams defeated Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets Friday night to give the United States a 2-0 lead over Latvia. She is now14-0 in Fed Cup singles matches.Williams’ 7-6, 7-6 victory put the U.S. on the cusp of advancing to the Fed Cup Finals in Budapest, Hungary, in April. The U.S. needs just one victory in the best-of-five matchup to advance.Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin gave the U.S. an early advantage with a dominant 6-2, 6-2 win over Anastasija Sevastova in last night’s first match.PGA-PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AMTaylor still leads after 36 holes Update on the latest sports Sagstsrom falls 1 stroke behind at LPGA’s Vic OpenBARWON HEADS, Australia (AP) — Ayean Cho shot a 2-under 70 on a difficult day for scoring to take a one-stroke lead over Madelene Sagstrom after three rounds of the LPGA’s Vic Open in Australia.Choi had a three-round total of 12-under 205. Canada’s Alena Sharp was in third, two strokes behind Cho after a 70.The tournament at the 13th Beach Golf Links also features a European Tour men’s tournament running alongside the women’s event. In the men’s event, Min Woo Lee eagled the 18th hole for 4-under 68 to take a three-stroke lead over three-time European Tour winner Marcus Fraser and fellow Australian Travis Smyth.WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S DOWNHILL Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditKOBE BRYANT-HELICOPTER CRASHKobe Bryant helicopter had nearly cleared blinding cloudsLOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators say the helicopter that crashed and killed Kobe Bryant and eight others was almost out of blinding clouds when it plunged and slammed into a Southern California hillside. February 8, 2020 PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Canadian Nick Taylor remains the leader heading into the third round of the PGA’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Taylor birdied four of his last five holes at Pebble Beach Friday for a 66 to take his first 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour. He is at 14-under 129.Jason Day is two shots back after an 8-under 64. Day made two long birdie putts across the green, holed a 40-yard wedge for eagle on the dangerous par-5 14th and made a couple of big par saves to move into contention.Defending champion Phil Mickelson also got in the mix with a burst of four straight birdies after the turn at Monterey Peninsula. He made bogey on the long par-3 ninth to finish his round of 7-under. He was three shots behind.LPGA-VIC OPEN French skating chief resigns amid sexual abuse scandalPARIS (AP) — The long-serving head of France’s skating federation resigned Saturday amid suspicions that he covered up for a coach accused of rape and sexual abuse by former figure skaters.Announcing his resignation today, Didier Gailhaguet denied protecting the coach and cast blame on a former sports minister. He said no one at the federation was aware of alleged wrongdoing.Paris prosecutors opened a criminal investigation this week into accusations from 10-time French champion Sarah Abitbol that she was raped by skating coach Gilles Beyer from 1990-1992, when she was a teen.Two other former skaters have also accused Beyer, and denounced a lack of support from the federation. Associated Press DOPING-SCHOEMANEx-Olympic swim champ blames contamination for failed testUNDATED (AP) — Former Olympic swimming champion Roland Schoeman is blaming contaminated supplements for a failed doping test last year. The South African claims that he didn’t knowingly take the banned substance (GW501516), which failed medical trials and is considered a cancer risk.Schoeman was banned for a year by world swimming body FINA (FEE’-nuh). His ban ends on May 17 and he says he’s still aiming to compete at the Tokyo Olympics. He won three medals at the 2004 Athens Games including gold in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. He’s also a three-time world champion.last_img read more

Ex-Leaf named assistant captain with Trail Smoke Eaters

first_imgThe 18-year-old Wheeldon spent 2010-11 season in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League with Nelson.Trail broke camp Sunday and now prepares for a handful of exhibition games beginning Tuesday in Chase against the Prince George Spruce Kings.The two teams also play Wednesday in Chase before Trail travels to Merritt to face the Centennials Friday.The only home preseason game for Trail is Saturday, September 1 against Merritt at the Cominco Arena. Game time is 7:30 p.m.Trail opens the 2012-12 BCHL season at 2012 Showcase Tournament September 7-9 at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack against the Cowichan Valley Capitals.Trail also plays Merritt Sunday, September 9 at 2:30 p.m.The 2012 Showcase tournament is a three-day event designed for the league to showcase all of its’ 16 teams in one venue for College and Pro scouts.The Penticton Vees open up defence of the 2012 RBC Cup title in the final of four games on opening day against host Chilliwack in the rematch of last season’s Semi-Final playoff series. The Nelson Daily has learned that former Nelson Leaf winger Adam Wheeldon has been named one of the assistant captains of the Trail Smoke Eaters for the 2012-13 B.C. Hockey League season.Wheeldon, entering his second campaign in the Silver City, is joined by Tyler Berkholtz as two of the three assistant captains on the club.The final assistant captain will be voted on by the players.The news comes after the Smokies announced forward Garrett McMullen as team captain during training camp.During his first season of Tier II Junior A hockey, the 5’10”, 185 Wheeldon scored three goals while adding 10 assists in 47 games.last_img read more

CALIFORNIA DIAMOND KEEPS TO HIS TASK & PREVAILS BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH IN THE $125,000 SANTA ANITA JUVENILE STAKES; MALDONADO & BROCKLEBANK TEAM FOR 5 ½ FURLONG TALLY IN 1:03.54

first_img                ARCADIA, Calif. (July 9, 2016)–A close third, two lengths off the lead with a quarter mile to run, aptly named California Diamond wheeled three-wide turning for home and kept to his task in game fashion en route to a three quarter length upset win in Saturday’s $125,000 Santa Anita Juvenile Stakes for 2-year-olds at 5 ½ furlongs. Ridden by Edwin Maldonado and trained by John Brocklebank, the California-bred colt by Harbor the Gold got the distance in 1:03.54.“He’s very game, this horse,” said Brocklebank, who registered his first Santa Anita stakes win. “We love California Diamond, but he is for sale (Barretts/Del Mar Paddock, next Friday). Today, he was sharper than in his last out. He trained sharp all week. We didn’t do a whole lot with him after his first win. Luis Mendez, my assistant, has done a great job with him.”A first-out maiden winner going five furlongs versus statebreds here on June 17, California Diamond, who broke sharply from the far outside in a field of six, was off at 6-1 and paid $15.20, $5.00 and $3.00. Owned by the Brocklebank family’s Twin V Farm, California Diamond is now perfect in two starts and with the winner’s take of $75,000, he increased his earnings to $108,600.“The minute he left the gate like that, I knew I had a great shot to win,” said Maldonado. “I want to thank John for doing a great job…He broke a little slow in his first out, so I kind of had to rush him, but today, he was push button.”Ridden by Flavien Prat, California-bred Green With Eddie, who broke from post position two, dueled with Right Hand Man from the break, shook loose a furlong out but couldn’t withstand the late surge of the winner and finished second, 2 ½ lengths clear of Silver Assault.Off as the 2-1 favorite, Green With Eddie completed the Cal-bred exacta and paid $3.80 and $2.60.“He tried real hard and he ran a good race,” said Prat. “I wish I could’ve waited a little longer, but that’s the way the race set up.”The third choice at 5-2, unlucky Silver Assault broke a bit slow from his number four post and was last by about eight lengths turning for home, but rallied wide-out to finish third by a neck over Secret House in a big effort.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Silver Assault paid $2.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.68, 44.62 and 57 flat.With a Pick Six carryover of $75,126 awaiting fans, first post time on Sunday, closing day of the 40-day Spring Meet, is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. GREEN WITH EDDIE RUNS SECOND AS CAL-BREDS FINISH 1-2 IN CLOSING WEEKEND FEATURElast_img read more

Wednesday’s QPR quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five QPR-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-102] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Stone Tools May Be Crocodile Stomach Stones

first_img“Were crocodiles responsible for the stones we call tools?” is the title of a surprising letter to the editor in Nature last week.1  Patrick Dempsey (the archaeologist, not the actor) raised a possibility that paleoanthropologists and the journals have been making a big mistake for a long time.  He asked, “Could Nature have been unknowingly publishing papers for the past 80 years about crocodilian gastroliths (stomach stones) instead of stones concluded to be 2.5-million-year-old hominid tools?”    Surely anthropologists have thought of this and know how to tell the difference, right?  “Palaeontologists use a simple eyeball test to distinguish stone tools from gastroliths,” Dempsey said.  If there are only wear marks on the outer surface, it’s a gastrolith.  “But wear on both inner and outer surfaces indicates that it has been used for some sort of pounding or battering and can confidently be considered a tool.”  That’s the thinking, but Dempsey stared at photographs from a recent paper in Nature by 18 scientists claiming stones from Africa were tools,2 and noticed the stones only had wear on extended surfaces.  These were not tools.  According to him, they had been tumbling inside some crocodile stomach for awhile.  How could so many scientists be mistaken?Identification of the Oldowan specimens as tools is based on the fact that the soft relict sands of Olduvai Gorge contain no natural stones of their own, so any stone found there must have been moved from distant river beds by some unknown animal transporter – concluded by high science to be Homo habilis.  But crocodiles have the curious habit of swallowing rocks: these account for 1% of their body weight, so for a 1-tonne crocodile that’s 10 kg of stones in its stomach at all times.  Surprisingly, science has never even considered the crocodile as transporter.Homo habilis is nicknamed “Handy man” by evolutionary anthropologists because of assumed evidence he was a toolmaker.  Dempsey’s scenario for the tool evidence, however, pictures crocs on ancient riverbeds vomiting up their gastroliths with no handymen in sight.  “Hippo herds would naturally trample riverside gravel stones into the shape of Oldowan cutting tools, quantities of which the crocodile would then swallow and transport to other places.”  The stones were deposited at the river edge where the crocodiles lived and died.So far, all East African Oldowan specimens have come from the same waterside environments where crocodiles are known to have dwelt.  Millions, perhaps trillions, of transported crocodile stomach stones must remain where the old crocodiles left them, deep in relict East African sediments, though none has ever been reported.A quick Google search does not reveal any response to this letter yet.  A future issue of Nature will undoubtedly contain rebuttals – probably from the 18 anthropologists accused of misidentifying the Oldowan stones.  The point is that science needs to be open to alternative interpretations of mute historical evidence.  The fact that Nature published this letter and even dressed it up with a Sidney Harris cartoon of a croc ordering stones at a fast-food counter indicates that the editors felt Dempsey’s letter deserves a response.  We’ll have to wait and see if that comes after awhile, crocodile.1.  Patrick Dempsey, “Were crocodiles responsible for the stones we call tools?” Correspondence, Nature 461, 341 (17 September 2009) | doi:10.1038/461341a; Published online 16 September 2009.2.  Haslam et al, “Primate archaeology,” Nature 460, 339-344 (16 July 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature08188.3.    Recently, Dempsey also questioned interpretations of “stone tools” in the California desert by the late great Louis Leakey.  His publication by the SCA Society alleges they were products of lightning spalls at the same location that had been reported in a scientific paper 25 years earlier.  The fact that a famous scientist could be so mistaken is what led him to also question the stone tool interpretation at Olduvai Gorge.We’re not taking sides till the rebuttals are in, but wouldn’t it be funny if the paleoanthropologists in “high science” have been goofing for 80 years?  Actually, it’s not so funny if our children have been told falsehoods about Homo habilis for the last four generations.  The evolutionary storytellers are likely to be upset with this upstart “Great Basin avocationalist” throwing stones into their glass house.  They will need to preserve their reputations as much as the evolutionary Myth of Handy Man evolving into Man the Wise.    What can we learn from this story?  For one, stones do not interpret themselves.  It takes a fallible human to put them into an artificial explanatory framework.  Other fallible humans can look at the framework to see how well the evidence fits, but fallible humans make mistakes (by definition).  Second, scientists sometimes get on bandwagons.  They train each other and learn how to interpret the evidence according to the reigning paradigm.  The paradigm can become self-reinforcing.  Science needs observers outside the box who aren’t affected by bluffing and peer pressure.  Third, evolutionists have been caught again using design detection principles in spite of themselves, but this time, they may have reported a false positive.  Fourth, where indeed are the trillions of gastroliths that should be there if this site was inhabited by crocs and hippos for millions of years?    Finally, some paradigms can become so intransigent that contrary evidence may not dislodge them.  In the cartoon strip Peanuts, Lucy was showing Charlie Brown a butterfly on the sidewalk one day.  She explained that butterflies this large usually are found in Brazil.  Looking closer, Charlie Brown exclaimed, “That’s no butterfly, it’s a potato chip!” to which Lucy responded, “Well I’ll be, you’re right, Charlie Brown.  I wonder how a potato chip got all the way here from Brazil?”    If the paleoanthropologists come to agree with Dempsey that the Oldowan stones are indeed gastroliths, they will not likely apologize for 80 years of mythology about Homo habilis.  They will just merge the antithesis into a new synthesis.  They will claim that the Handy Men were so handy, they even kept crocodiles as pets and harvested their gastroliths to use as tools.  An alternative interpretation might be the classification of a new genus, Crocodylus habilis.  Irrefutable complicity; 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Cape Argus Cycle Tour at 35 000 entrants and counting

first_imgCyclists take in the beautiful views around the peninsula on their way back to Cape Town. (Image: Cape Argus Cycle Tour)• Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour+27 21 686 [email protected] DavieThere can’t be many races in the world that attract 35 000 riders each year, with bikers ranging in age from 13 years to 90-somethings. The Cape Argus Cycle Tour is held every year in Cape Town, when the city stops, pulls out its deck chairs, and watches the riders go flashing by.The 109km Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour starts and ends in the city’s CBD, with riders taking in some spectacular backdrops of the Atlantic and Indian oceans.Billed as “the world’s largest timed cycle race”, the 37-year-old race traces its history back to 1977, when Bill Mylrea and John Stegmann organised the Big Ride-In to draw attention to the need for cycle paths in the city. It attracted hundreds of cyclists, who met on the Grand Parade and rode down Adderley Street to the foreshore. The following year the Argus Cycle Tour was born, attracting 525 entrants, with 14 cyclists finishing under three hours and 30 minutes. It started outside the Castle in Strand Street, took in the peninsula, and finished in Camps Bay, a distance of 104km.The 1979 race saw the record time drop to two hours, 52 minutes and 38 seconds, with the top woman coming in at three hours, 36 minutes and 46 seconds. By 1980 the race was attracting top riders, like Springbok cyclist Hennie Wentzel, who won in three hours, two minutes and 18 seconds.Jump to 1994 and the entries passed the 20 000 mark, with 400 international riders. In near-perfect weather conditions in 1995 the records tumbled: Swede Michael Andersson set a new record of two hours, 22 minutes and 56 seconds. That year saw the number of entries jump to over 25 000, 21% of whom were women.In 1997 the 20th tour attracted over 30 000 entrants, and by 2006 there were 500 entrants from the UK. The 30th tour attracted big Tour de France names – Jan Ullrich, Greg LeMond and Steven Rooks. By this stage international entries topped the 2 000 mark.In 2011, on a windless day, Walter Hein, 87, finished in five hours, seven minutes and one second, with 75-year-old Marie-Louise Swoboda coming in in five hours, 32 minutes and 33 seconds.In 2012 Tour de France legends – Stephen Roche, Miguel Indurain and Eddy Merckx – returned to do the race, and were joined by several politicians – the minister of sport and recreation, Fikile Mbalula, and the Western Cape premier Helen Zille. Japie Malan, 92, reclaimed his title as the oldest participant, finishing on a tandem with his son in five hours, 50 minutes and 40 seconds. And the oldest woman to finish, 76-year-old Maisie Swoboda, finished her 28th tour with a sprained ankle. Her record has subsequently been surpassed by 84-year-old Clare Graaff.In 2013 just over 3 000 international riders turned up in Cape Town for the race.Cape Argus LegendsThe race has its own legends too. Gareth Holmes, Neil Bramwell, Stephen Stefano, Steph du Toit, Louis de Wall, Alex Stewart, and Neville Yeo have completed all 37 Argus Cycle Races and are called the Magnificent Seven.Bramwell, the oldest at 77 years, says his best time was two hours and 50 minutes, completed in 1985 when he was in his mid-40s. He only started the race at the age of 40. He says that the seven don’t train together, but about two weeks before the race, they get together for a braai, and discuss the past year of training and riding.“We always start the race in the DD batch, at 7.40am,” he explains. But because the groups are made up of 1 000 riders each, they soon lose each other. His main challenge these days is to “keep out of trouble” during the ride. By that he means keep his distance from other riders, so that if an accident happens, he doesn’t crash into a tangle of riders on the tar. “I enjoy the ride very much. It is a magnificent circuit, with a lot of variety of views.” He says he has never had an accident and no mechanical problems except one puncture in 37 years.His time in 2014 was six hours and three minutes. “I was disappointed at how slow I was.” But this won’t deter him – he doesn’t see himself giving up the race. “I will keep going as long as my health allows me.”The Cape Argus Cycle Tour is one of a number of endurance races that South Africans are famous for. Others are the Comrades Marathon, the Dusi Canoe Marathon, the Freedom Challenge, the Midmar Mile, the Berg River Race, and the Cape Epic mountain bike race.last_img read more