SA landscape display takes root in UK

first_imgThe main entrance of the British Museum peeks over a display of Strelitzia reginae, the bird-of-paradise flower. The South Africa landscape takes shape. (Images: Kew) MEDIA CONTACTS • Steve RuddyKew head of garden development+44 20 8332 5000RELATED ARTICLES • Kew shows Africa’s plant wealth • SA scientists find plant barcode • Adopt a tree in Africa • World honour for SA botanistJanine ErasmusA recreated South African landscape, on show at the British Museum until October 2010, is giving Londoners a taste of the country’s rich biodiversity, and expats a taste of home.A joint project of the museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the landscape is designed as a celebration of South Africa’s wealth of natural treasures. It coincides with the International Year of Biodiversity as well as the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which gets underway in Johannesburg in just under one month.The two institutions are aiming to promote understanding and respect for various cultures, and to heighten awareness of the need for biodiversity conservation around the world.The exhibit – which has a desert-like feel with sand, rocks and plants adapted for arid conditions – has been set up in the forecourt of the renowned historical and cultural institution and runs throughout the European summer, from the end of April until 10 October.Sponsored by Barclays, it’s open from 9h30 to 17h30 every day, and is free.Visitors will be able to wander among the indigenous plants and trees before moving inside and learning more about the country through the museum’s extensive South African and African galleries.Indigenous plantsAll plants and trees included in the display are native to South Africa.Highlights are the magnificent bird-of-paradise flower (Strelitzia reginae) – popular in flower arrangements, the prolific and dainty blue marguerite daisy (Felicia amelloides), and the quiver tree (Aloe dichotoma) – which grows in dry areas of South Africa and is favoured by the San Bushmen as quivers for their arrows.Other inclusions are the strange-looking bottle tree (Pachypodium lealii), the elephant’s foot yam (Dioscerea elephantipes), the mountain aloe (Aloe marlothii), hop bush (Dodonaea viscosa), red hot poker (Kniphofia caulescens), sweet thorn (Acacia karroo), and the cheerful yellow “Star of the Veldt” (Osteospermum hyoseroides), also a member of the daisy family.These curiosities are interspersed with a colourful display of popular South African plants, such as the African lily or agapanthus, the pelargonium or South Africa geranium – not to be confused with flowers of the geranium genus – and the prolific grower Carpobrotus, popularly known as sour fig. This plant has bright pink flowers and succulent triangle-shaped leaves, whose juice has a multitude of medicinal uses.Selected related items, such as rock art recreations and restios, which are part of the fynbos kingdom along with proteas and ericas, are scattered among the foliage.Careful planningKew’s Garden Development Unit head, Steve Ruddy, supervised the installation. All plants were shipped with the necessary permits and were sourced with the help of nurseries in South Africa. They underwent a strict examination to eliminate the risk of transporting insects or diseases, and were then wrapped with great care before being shipped to the UK in a temperature-controlled container.The journey by sea took a little less than the anticipated three weeks and the plants arrived in late March. Landscaping, which began on 29 March, took four weeks to complete.While construction was still underway, the UK weather threatened to turn frosty, forcing botanical staff to protect the ill-adapted plants with a cover of fleecy cloth.Once the landscape is dismantled, the plants will be given to the council of Camden, the London borough where the British Museum is located, to be planted in the area. Kew, meanwhile, will take in any specimens that may not survive the notoriously gloomy UK winter.A number of events have been planned to add value to the exhibition, including talks by Kew and British Museum experts on rock art, traditional uses of plants, conservation and more.African plant wealthEarlier in 2010 Kew reported that East and tropical Southern Africa were treasure troves of the botanical world, yielding more new species in 2009 than anywhere else. Of the 292 new species, two were discovered in South Africa. The greatest number – 67 – came from Tanzania.The botanical institution has a number of projects running in Southern Africa, with the cooperation of partners in the region. These include the Millennium Seed Bank project – which is helping to save endangered plants in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia by conserving seed, ongoing research into propagation of threatened plants, and a database of South Africa plant DNA.One of Kew’s most significant projects is one based near Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape province, which is promoting the sustainable use of plants for traditional purposes such as medicine, clothing, food and craft.The communities in this area have been hard hit by HIV/Aids and the demand for traditional medicine, to complement antiretroviral treatment, is high. Careful management of resources will ensure that there are enough plants to meet the needs of every patient.last_img read more

Chooks-to-Go 3×3 league set to kick off with 12 city-based teams

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—The country’s bid of sending a three-on-three basketball team to the Olympics got its head start after Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 was launched on Friday at Bar One in Crowne Plaza along Ortigas Avenue.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The league’s preseason starts on January 14 at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The Olympics requires participating countries to accumulate points under tournaments that basketball governing body Fiba has sanctioned.“Though the point system of Fiba is complicated, it all starts by having a league,” said Altamirano. “Then when we have a league, we can now join the World Tour which comprises of 40 events and that’s where all the points come from.”There will be six legs in the first conference and the games, which are put on a round-robin format, will be played in SM Malls and each leg will also have a champion.The champions of the respective legs will be awarded and the top four will be automatically seeded.After the teams get their points and seeds, it will now play in a knockout tournament with the overall champion winning P1,000,000.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion After another finals loss for Alaska, Alex Compton left feeling ‘sick to the stomach’ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño A total of 12 city-based teams will compete in the league with Chooks-to-Go aiming to help the Philippines accumulate points needed to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.“We are very excited with this 3×3 league backed by Chooks-to-Go, and this is the chance we’ve been waiting for to build a league specifically for 3×3,” said league commissioner Eric Altamirano. “We will have teams from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefClub teams from the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Manila Stars, Go for Gold-San Juan Knights, Bataan Risers, Bacoor Strikers, Valenzuela Classic, Marikina Shoemasters, and Bulacan Kuyas have signed to be part of the league.The Zark’s Burger-backed Quezon City, a Dondon Hontiveros-owned Cebu team, and teams from Davao Occidental and Pasig also committed to join.last_img read more

Labour Ministry to Spearhead Productivity Campaign

first_img The campiagn is slated to begin in November of this year. Story Highlights Portfolio Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier was speaking at conference, organized by the Ministry’s agency, the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC). The Ministry of Labour and Social Security will spearhead a 12-month islandwide public education campaign, aimed at promoting the importance of focus on productivity. Beginning November, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security will spearhead a 12-month islandwide public education campaign, aimed at promoting the importance of productivity as a national priority focus.Dubbed: ‘Productivity is Our Priority: Get in the Know!’, the campaign will seek to heighten public awareness about the social and economic benefits of productivity growth, and its impact on individuals, entities, and the country, in general.The initiative is consistent with the government’s 2013/14 strategic priority focusing on job creation and economic growth.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, who made the announcement during the closing ceremony of the National Productivity Awareness Week Conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in New Kingston, on October 9, said the campaign will incorporate a combination of communication and public relations tools and initiatives, utilizing print, electronic and outdoor advertising media to channel tailored messages to a wide cross section of Jamaicans.“The campaign will feature community meetings, school tours, stakeholder sessions, public service announcements, print and electronic advertising, brochures, newsletters, radio and TV features, social media activities, and a productivity jingle. The campaign messages will focus on the need for productivity to be viewed as a pre-requisite to prosperity, therefore it is necessary to build the productivity-consciousness among Jamaicans,” he outlined.Conference participants were given a preview of the jingle during the Minister’s presentation.Mr. Kellier underscored the need for “every Jamaican to understand what this ‘productivity business is about’, and what it means for us.” This, he added, is against the background of the country’s long-term National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica, which seeks to position the nation to achieve developed country status and, in the process, make it the ‘place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business’.“The bottomline is that productivity improvement requires the participation of people. Therefore, people must understand what productivity is, what it means to us in our capacities as consumers, workers, business owners/entrepreneurs, and tax payers,” the Minister argued.Mr. Kellier expressed the hope that the campaign will have an “indelible impact” in transforming the nation’s mindset, “so that we will seek to continually improve what exists.”Commenting on the conference, organized by the Ministry’s agency, the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) under the theme: ‘Productivity – Pathway to Competitiveness and Growth’, Mr. Kellier noted that the presentations over the three days were “of the highest quality.”“We have looked at productivity strategies that can transform the Jamaican economy. Companies have shared with us their experiences in improving their productivity culture, and the value of measuring productivity to improve profitability. They represented a willingness to move from this confab to action at all levels of the society,” he outlined, while thanking the participants for their inputs.The Minister said the conference’s activities and the participants’ inputs indicated that the Ministry, through the JPC, “can rely on your support in starting the engine of Jamaica’s ‘productivity revolution.”“The message that your partnership imparts is that you understand the role of public-private co-operation for productivity growth and economic and social development. I also hope that the achievements made in shaping the productivity culture will continue to be championed by all, taking us one step closer to making Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families (and do business),” Mr. Kellier said.last_img read more

Woman tells trial Toronto cop raped her says she was afraid of

first_imgTORONTO – A woman who accused a Toronto police officer of raping her told his sexual assault trial Monday that she was afraid of being hurt if she didn’t comply with his demands.The woman, who cannot be identified, told Const. Vincenzo Bonazza’s trial the alleged incident took place nearly a decade ago during what was supposed to be a casual encounter at her apartment.“He didn’t take my words, didn’t take my body language,” she said. “I was afraid he was going to hurt me.”Bonazza has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault at the judge-alone trial.Court heard that the woman only reported the incident in 2015, after becoming a police officer herself.“Now I can write that a Toronto cop raped me, no problem, but I couldn’t write that then,” she testified, noting that working on a sexual assault case as an officer made her decide to go forward with her own allegations.The woman told her supervisor about the alleged incident and then contacted Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, which examines allegations of sexual assault involving police. Bonazza was charged in 2016.Court heard the woman first met Bonazza in September 2008, while he was in his squad car near her home and she was looking for help dealing with an ex-boyfriend.The woman said she thought she had seen her ex-boyfriend, who had been charged with criminally harassing her, and asked Bonazza to track the licence plate of what she thought was his car. She said Bonazza told her he couldn’t do that.The woman then ran into Bonazza the next day, when he was out on a bicycle patrol, court heard. A day or two later, the officer called her, the woman testified.“I didn’t remember giving him my phone number,” she told the court. But, she testified, the officer said he had sushi for her and wanted to drop it off.The woman thought the situation was strange, but wondered if Bonazza was just making “a kind gesture as a kind police officer,” she said.The two met at her place where he gave her the food and asked to use the washroom, she testified. On the way out, the woman, a former actress, said she noticed a package containing a DVD of a movie she had appeared in.“He said ‘maybe we could watch it together sometime,’” she told court, adding that she thought the officer was making small talk.Bonazza called a day or two later, the woman testified, and asked if she wanted to watch that movie. He also said he wasn’t looking for a romantic relationship, the woman said.The officer came over on Sept. 11, the woman said, and while the pair watched the movie, Bonazza kissed her, then unbuttoned her jeans.“Woah, woah, woah, I don’t do this with anyone who isn’t my boyfriend,” she recalled telling Bonazza.The woman said Bonazza went on to have sex with her without her consent and later forced her to perform oral sex.“This is a police officer, nobody would believe me and he’s trained to fight people,” she said. “I think, ‘it’s going to be worse if I fight this.’”Bonazza’s lawyer, Gary Clewley, focused on inconsistencies in the woman’s previous statements to police and her testimony at a preliminary hearing about her state of undress and other details of the night.Clewley grilled the woman about her memory “flashes” that helped form her testimony.“There are snapshot moments of this event that are clear as day,” the woman said.last_img read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse with four games left to earn spot in

With just four games remaining in the regular season, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team sits one game behind Bellarmine for the fourth and final Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament spot heading into this weekend’s matchup against Hobart. A loss to Loyola (Md.) last weekend dropped Buckeyes’ conference record to 1-2 on the year. Hobart sits at 4-5 overall on the year but is tied with OSU for fifth in the ECAC with a 1-2 conference record. Senior midfielder Dominique Alexander knows that the season is coming to an end but isn’t worried about potentially being left out of the postseason. “We’re not necessarily worried, we’re just going to take it one game at a time,” Alexander said. “Our focus is completely on Hobart right now and getting this win.” Recent matchups have seen the Buckeyes struggle to find offensive production, only scoring eight goals total in contests against Notre Dame and Loyola (Md.). A matchup with Hobart could be exactly what the Buckeyes need to get back on track. On the year, Hobart is allowing nearly 12 goals a game. Coach Nick Myers said he’s not concerned about OSU’s offensive well-being. “We’ve proven that we can score goals, we have confidence in the guys that we have,” Myers said. “We’re sharing the ball well offensively. We just have to generate more quality shots and be more mindful of some of the turnovers.” Senior attacker Nick Liddil said he’s noticed the offensive issues but thinks there’s an easy solution. “We just have to play like a team,” Liddil said. “Play Buckeye lacrosse and play like we know how to. Hopefully we can have a better offensive output than last week.” OSU is set to play the bottom two teams in the ECAC, Air Force and Michigan, on the road before finishing the season at home against Fairfield. Saturday’s game against Hobart is set for noon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Mens Basketball Guard CJ Jackson overcomes early struggles against Radford to put

Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) talks with head coach Chris Holtmann during a timeout in the first half of the game against Radford on Nov. 12. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorZero points, zero assists, four turnovers. Ohio State junior point guard C.J. Jackson’s statline was not good when he sat on the bench with head coach Chris Holtmann in his ear early in the first half.“At the beginning my mind was sped up a little bit,” Jackson said. “I was trying to make the home-run play and once [Holtmann] pulled me to the side he just told me to hit singles. And that’s what I tried to do once I came back in.”Jackson slowed his mind down and found his rhythm to overcome his rough start. The 6-foot-1 point guard helped lead Ohio State to an 82-72 victory against Radford at the Schottenstein Center Sunday. He finished with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Holtmann wants his point guards to be able to facilitate for others while avoiding turnovers. Jackson began the Buckeyes’ matchup with the Highlanders turning the ball over on the opening possession. Jackson proceeded to commit three more turnovers in the first seven minutes of the game before Holtmann subbed him out with 13:21 remaining in the first half.Senior forward Jae’Sean Tate said he and Jackson both have to work on reducing turnovers as the team’s primary ball-handlers, but praised his teammate’s ability to respond to adversity.“Once coach pulled him out I went over to him like, ‘Look bro, there’s a lot of basketball to be played,’” Tate said. “And once he got out there and saw a couple shots going in and hit the singles like coach said, then he just took over the game — more aggressive, he found his rhythm and he made everybody around him better too.”Holtmann only sat his starting point guard for 3:18 before calling his number to check back into the game. Despite leading 15-14, the Buckeyes had already committed seven turnovers while converting on only five shot attempts.After a two-minute lull in scoring for the Buckeyes, Jackson hit a 3-pointer to give Ohio State a 18-14 lead with 15:14 remaining in the first half. Jackson’s 3-point basket sparked a 13-0 Ohio State run and the Highlanders did not come within eight points for the remainder of the game.Holtmann said Jackson has been making great strides at the point guard position and commended his coachability and willingness to improve.“I thought he responded well,” Holtmann said. “Obviously outside of his turnovers, I thought he was pretty good defensively and I thought he — he can make shots, he can really shoot the ball.”The Eastern Florida State transfer played his first season at Ohio State last year, but only started nine games, primarily serving as Jaquon Lyle’s backup. Jackson’s stats were unimpressive. He shot below 40 percent and averaged less than six points per game. However, he came on strong to finish the season, averaging 10.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game in his final seven games.After Lyle quit the team in April and transferred to New Mexico, Jackson became the sole point guard on Ohio State’s roster. In his second season at Ohio State, Jackson has been thrust into a much larger role as the team’s floor general at the Division I level. Holtmann admitted there will be some growing pains for the JUCO transfer.“He’s got a big load, right,” Holtmann said. “He’s against pressure, he’s our primary ball-handler. We’re going to live through his mistakes. I’ve been really pleased with a lot of his growth.”Jackson hopes he’ll be able to avoid early statlines like he had Sunday and find his rhythm from the opening tip. read more

Suarez got the right mindset for this World Cup Uruguay

first_imgBarcelona forward Luis Suarez who was suspended from all football-related activity for four months after the incident in Brazil four years ago will face Egypt on Friday.“What happened in Brazil is part of real life and of course it’s been a lesson for him to achieve greater maturity,” said Tabarez, according to BBC.Even though Suarez escaped being given a red card for the bite, he did not feature in Uruguay’s next game, a 2-0 defeat to Colombia in the last 16. Four years before the infamous bite, Suarez was also at the centre of the goal-line handball that earned him a sending-off in the quarter-final against GhanaHowever, Tabarez is confident the 31-year-old will let his quality shine as Uruguay look to make an impression in Russia.samuel umtiti, barcelonaBarca’s Umtiti out for weeks with broken bone George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken bone in his foot.Last week, Samuel Umtiti withdrew from…“He’s prepared a lot, he’s got the right mindset for this World Cup, and I do believe he’s meeting all my expectations,” added the Uruguay boss.“In addition to being a great player, he’s very smart, very intelligent, and he comes to the World Cup with a great deal of maturity so we are going to really capitalise on him.”Suarez is Uruguay’s all-time leading scorer and, with strike partner Edinson Cavani, is expected to pose the biggest threat to Egypt’s defence in Yekaterinburg.last_img read more

Friday Noon Update Fire Activity Remains High On Swan Lake Fire

first_imgIf smoke becomes hazardous on the highway, the Alaska Department of Transportation and the Alaska State Troopers evaluate the driving conditions to determine the need for traffic control. McLean: “Fuels are really drying further, and firefighters are seeing fire behavior unusual for Alaska.  The perimeter is good and secure closest to Sterling and along the highway.” The fire is continuing to see hot dry conditions. It was active yesterday and is expected to be active again today. Heather McLean with the State Division of Forestry: “Temperatures are going to be in the 90s and there will be light winds on the fire this morning, moving smoke around.” All suppression efforts are based on firefighter and public safety principles. Fire behavior continues to be active, with hot and dry conditions and low humidity. Additional resources continue to arrive daily to support suppression efforts for the Swan Lake Fire. On the east end of the fire, multiple indirect containment opportunities are identified to minimize impacts to the Sterling Highway. Existing containment lines continue to hold.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake fire is estimated at 89,700 acres with roughly 480 crew members and is currently at 14% containment. A Community meeting will be held on Friday, at 6:00pm, at the Cooper Landing School. Heavy smoke impacts in Cooper Landing, Primrose, Seward, and along the Sterling Highway is expected throughout Friday and most of the weekend. A dense smoke advisory has been issued for the Kenai Peninsula.  The Sterling Highway south and east of the fire will continue to be a concern, according to smoke forecast from AKfireinfo.comlast_img read more