Redwoods downs Napa Valley in OT, punches ticket to Kris Kringle championship

first_imgMen’s junior college basketball: Redwoods 94 Napa Valley 88 (OT)Drew Gillette made a layup as regulation time expired to force overtime, Zac Claus led the way for the Corsairs with 21 points and the College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team clinched a berth in the championship-round of the Kris Kringle Tournament with a 94-88 win over Napa Valley, Friday night at Santa Rosa Junior College.Down five points with 15 seconds to play Claus connected on a 3-pointer to set up Gillette’s …last_img

Talking Plants and Secret Networks

first_img(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 There was a time when talking plants was mythology.  Now, it’s science.Hidden Messages in Plain SightPlants don’t speak English, obviously.  Somehow, though, they communicate through channels scientists are only beginning to understand.  No less than Science Magazine, the most respected journal in America, said this: “Shhh, the Plants are Talking.”  In the “Science Shot” article, reporter Andrew Porterfield described controlled experiments in Australia that showed chilis grow better when basil is nearby.  Somehow, the basil coaxes the chili plants through a hidden mechanism:Because light, touch, and chemical “smell” were ruled out, the team proposes that the finding points to a new type of communication between plants, possibly involving nanoscale sound waves, traveling through the dirt to bring encouraging “words” to the growing seeds. Understanding this novel communication could help growers boost crop yields and increase global food supplies. How neighborly.Live Science put it this way: “Even in the plant world, babies fail to thrive without a friendly community chattering nearby, according to a new study.”  We weren’t kidding about talking plants.  Reporter Becky Olson headlined her article, “Plants Talk: Seedlings Thrive with Encouraging ‘Words’.”The Underground Fungal RailroadMore evidence is arising that plants communicate throughout ecological communities through a network of fungal threads in the soil.  The fungi reward the plants for sharing nutrients by passing messages along, in a symbiotic relationship.  The BBC News featured more discoveries about the underground network, as did PhysOrg.  The BBC article claims that work in the UK is the first to show plant communication via the fungal railroad.The research appears to show that a bean plant under attack by aphids can send out a warning through the underground communication channels.  Plants getting the message set up defenses, but plants without the fungal network do not.  One of the researchers was delighted at this “abject surprise that it was just so powerful – just such a fantastic signalling system.”The BBC called this an “evolutionary role” for the fungus without explaining how a blind, purposeless process could discover any role in complex communications systems.Some day soon we may decipher the language of plants.  Here are some predictions.  Favorite joke: that some humans think the underground railroad evolved.  Favorite saint: Basil.  Weather report: Chili today and hot tamale.  Favorite pastime: sending intelligently designed signals.  Favorite cowboy line: Where never is heard a discouraging word.  Favorite hymn: Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.last_img read more

E Cape: big sky, big fish, Big Five!

first_img5 May 2003The Eastern Cape’s tourism sector is pitching to align its Big Five game reserves with the popular Cape Town and Garden Route international tourist destinations.The Eastern Cape, still the poorest part of South Africa, has experienced massive growth in the tourism sector. Tourism MEC Enoch Godongwana announced last week that the sector netted the province a staggering R4-billion last year, ascribing the success to the government and the Eastern Cape Tourism’s marketing drive abroad.The success can also be linked to positive contributions from the private sector, and the department of health’s effort to keep the province a malaria- and bilharzia-free zone.Tourism operators say tourism infrastructure in the Eastern Cape has grown to take advantage of the province’s newfound status as a “happening” international destination.Emergence of world-class game reservesOne critical area of change has been the rapid amalgamation of stock farms into massive game-viewing reserves or hunting and game-producing farms.Johannesburg-based Lodge Logistics MD Keith Stannard said the emergence of world-class reserves like Shamwari and Kwandwe has placed the province “within striking distance” for international tourists visiting Cape Town and touring the Garden Route.Cape Town is one of the world’s top tourism destinations, and the Garden Route is regarded as a prime self-drive option.One tourism observer said tourists seeking the Big Five game experience to complete their trip to South Africa are often forced to fly or drive to KwaZulu-Natal or Mpumalanga reserves. According to this observer, the Eastern Cape’s bite of the Cape Town-Garden Route package has grown by 3% in the last two years, up from 8% in 2001 to 11% last year.According to local operators, tourists are saying that their Eastern Cape add-on tour was “very convenient”, “cost-efficient”, “saved time”.Big Five? How about the Big Seven!Frontier Country Marketing Association chairperson Peter Repinz says the Eastern Cape, once the “forgotten jewel of tourism in southern Africa”, has been building up its infrastructure for over a decade.There are now at least 12 game reserves in the market, some more advanced than others, but soon most will be offering the Big Five – and a cheeky extension of the formula, the “Big Seven”, that includes southern right whales and great white sharks.Inspired by the world-class Shamwari reserve, and then the Kwandwe on banks of the Great Fish River, Repinz said new reserves like Amakhala, Kariega and Lalibela had expanded the market to offer great opportunities to international operations.While Shamwari has captured the world’s top awards and the patronage of British royalty, Kwandwe’s elephants, lions and leopards are also packing in top-paying clients. Since Kwandwe opened its doors in 2001, not a single bed has gone empty.Kwandwe managing director Angus Sholto-Douglas said Desantis, an American eco-tourism investor, has invested R100-million in the 20-farm reserve, creating 140 jobs.From ‘soft’ to ‘extreme’ adventure sportsUnspoilt landscape is a strong point cited by most role players, who say that such landscapes attract both “soft” and “extreme” adventure sport lovers interested in activities like 4×4 trail riding, mountain biking, fly-fishing, surfing, windsurfing, diving, sailing and, lately, even government-sponsored bolted rock-climbing, one of Europe’s huge pursuits.Mountain tourism routes have shot up around Hogsback in the Amatola range, Barkley East, Rhodes Village, Nieu-Bethesda’s Owl House and historic Graaff-Reinet, all of which offer a baseline benefit of simple tranquillity under big blue skies.Local promoters add that the Eastern Cape can also trade on its controversial frontier history. Europeans, particularly, are fascinated about how their Dutch, British and German colonial ancestors struggled and prospered on the turbulent Eastern Cape frontier – or met a grim fate on the battlefields during the 100-year war against the Xhosa (1779-1878).Big drawcards for such visitors are the well-maintained settler architecture of farmsteads, homes and public buildings in places like Bathurst, Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth and East London; eateries and historic pubs; and African arts and crafts.With its growth in infrastructure, rapid market repositioning, and unspoilt landscape, the Eastern Cape is starting to offer a winning tourism package.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Foreign envoys to visit Golden Temple on Oct. 22

first_imgAround 90 foreign envoys based in India will visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar on October 22, said the Ministry of External Affairs on Saturday.The decision is part of the celebrations to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism.“Following the decision by the Union Cabinet to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji throughout the country and across the globe, in a grand and befitting manner, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations has invited Heads of Foreign Missions in New Delhi to visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. Over 90 resident Heads of Missions in New Delhi are expected to travel to Amritsar,” a statement from the Ministry said on Saturday.ICCR organising visitThe visit will be organised by ICCR in collaboration with the Punjab government and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.The Ministry declared that the envoys will be accompanied by Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Civil Aviation, Housing and Urban Affairs and Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, and Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, president, ICCR.The event comes days ahead of the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor that will connect Indian pilgrims with the gurdwara in Kartarpur in Pakistan where Guru Nanak spent the last years of his life.last_img read more