SA’s ninth botanical garden

first_img28 September 2007South Africa’s ninth national botanical garden, the Nieuwoudtville National Botanical Garden, has been officially unveiled in the Northern Cape, where it will serve as a centre for biodiversity research in the world-renowned Bokkeveld Plateau.Speaking at the unveiling in August, Environmental Affairs Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said the SA National Biodiversity Institute would use the garden “to promote nature-based tourism, the conservation of the area’s unique biodiversity, environmental education opportunities and long-term ecological research in this botanical hotspot of global significance.”Located on the farm Glenlyon, the garden covers over 6 300 hectares of land on the Bokkeveld Plateau, which is famous for its range and density of bulbous plants, to the extent that Nieuwoudtville is often referred to as the “bulb capital of the world”.Some 40% of the local flora consists of bulbs that create spectacular displays every autumn and spring. The garden also incorporates large natural patches of renosterveld fynbos and succulent karoo vegetation.Almost a third of the species endemic to the Bokkeveld Plateau are threatened with extinction.The purchase of the farm Glenlyon was made possible by funding from the SA government, Conservation International through the Global Conservation Fund, and the Leslie Hill Succulent Karoo Trust through the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF South Africa).South Africa’s first national botanical garden, Kirstenbosch, was established in 1913; its eighth, the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in Roodepoort/Mogale City, Gauteng province, was established in 1982.National botanical gardens have been defined internationally as institutions holding documented collections of living plants for the purposes of scientific research, conservation, display and education.The Nieuwoudtville National Botanical Garden will open to the public from January 2008.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Beermen coach Leo Austria rues missed free throws in Game 3 loss

first_imgSan Miguel also missed 17 out of their 39 free throws attempts, including five in the fourth quarter.The Beermen also could not find the range hitting just 10-of-47 from deep for 23 percent which was a far cry from their 40% conversion during the eliminations.“You have to give credit to them, they really wanted to win,” said Austria of the Fuel Masters. “We missed a lot of free throws, we missed a lot of three-pointers, and we gave up a lot of rebounds.”Despite all of those, San Miguel came just a Chris Ross 3-pointer away from stealing Game 4. Ross misfired on a potential game-wining triple as time was running out.“Next time, we’ll have to stick to what our game plan is because we played their game tonight. We’re not able to make those shots that should be winning shots. I know everybody wants to win but we just came up short.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Fabio Fognini realizes boyhood dream to win Monte Carlo Masters Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Leo Austria. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austra knows what it takes to win and he can also feel a sense of urgency from anyone when the situation calls for it.Austria is a six-time champion in the PBA, including four straight Philippine Cups, so when the Beermen faced Phoenix in Game 3 of the semifinals in the all-Filipino Conference the multi-titled tactician knew they will be in a dogfight.ADVERTISEMENT The Beermen had a chance to take a commanding 3-0 series lead but the Fuel Masters had other plans and held on to a 92-90 win and Austria expected Phoenix to bring the fight to them.“Before the start of the game, I told the team that it will be difficult to beat Phoenix today because they know what’s their situation right now,” said Austria Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“If they get down 3-0 then that’s going to be tough. I think we’re the only ones who came back from a 0-3 series deficit,” added Austria, pertaining to the Beermen’s improbable rally in the 2016 Philippine Cup where they climbed out of a 0-3 hole to beat the Alaska Aces.The Fuel Masters enjoyed an absurd rebounding advantage over the Beermen, 71-49, including 28-15 on the offensive glass.center_img View comments MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

VT Halter Marine Splashes Crowleys 2nd LNGFueled ConRo

first_imgzoom Pascagoula-based shipbuilder VT Halter Marine has launched Crowley Maritime Corp.’s second Commitment Class container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) ship, Taíno.The LNG-powered ConRo will now proceed through the final topside construction and testing phase before beginning service in the U.S. Jones Act trade in 2018.Taíno, will join its sister ship, El Coquí, which was launched in March this year and is now in final testing prior to entering service in early 2018.Once delivered, the duo will replace tugs and triple-deck Roll-on/Roll-off barges currently sailing between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico.“Monday’s launch represents another momentous achievement for the men and women at Crowley, VT Halter Marine and other partners, who have dedicated themselves to designing and building this pioneering ship as well as sister ship, El Coquí,” the company’s CEO Tom Crowley said.Based on their design specifications, the ConRo pair will be able to transport up to 2,400 TEU and a mix of nearly 400 cars and larger vehicles in the enclosed Ro/Ro decks respectively. According to Crowley, the ships will be able to accommodate container sizes ranging from 20-foot standard, to 53-foot by 102-inch-wide, high-capacity units, as well as up to 300 refrigerated containers.VT Halter Marine, part of ST Engineering, and Crowley signed the construction contract for the duo in November 2013. The U.S. shipbuilder started building the LNG-fueled ships in October 2014.Image Courtesy: Crowley; Video Courtesy: VT Halter Marinelast_img read more

Exit Survey for TCI Visitors

first_img Three armed attacks in Provo, all in Blue Hills Related Items:exit survey, Gary Brough, KPMG, Tourist TCI: Savory favors investor residency status, heralds KPMG economic report, says Caicos link is economic lifeline Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Oct 2014 — An exit survey for visitors to the country to report on their Turks and Caicos experience is just days away from starting now as the National Tourism Strategy consultant company, KPMG explains they are on the hunt for a tangible understanding of where the Turks and Caicos is, so that they can deliver on an overarching long term plan for tourism for the nation. Gary Brough, KPMG managing Director explained that since the launch of the project, KPMG’s team has been busy reviewing and critiquing previous studies and plans, researching and benchmarking the TCI against other jurisdictions and accumulating data and statistics. Add to this, Brough, who is also the leader for KPMG in Travel, Leisure and Tourism practice in the Caribbean explained that they want to hear from the general public on ideas for an enhanced tourism product. Consultation meetings are planned for this month also; those exit surveys will be for both airline and cruise departures. Recommended for you Local Atty says Govt going against public consultation; says NO to taller resort plan Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more