Maropeng top evotourism destination

first_imgScientists believe that the Sterkfontein Caves at the Cradle of Humankind are critical for the understanding of the history of human development. (Image: www.amtravelimages.com) “Mrs Ples”, a 2.1-million-year-old Australopithecus skull, was found at Sterkfontein in 1947. (Image: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nicolle Kairuz  Cathy Findley Public Relations  +27 11 463 6372RELATED ARTICLES • SA unearths new human ancestor • Chair to unleash South African dreams • African eyes on the universe • SA’s mammal-like croc discovery • SA varsity leads way in geosciences Wilma den HartighLocal World Heritage site, The Cradle of Humankind, has been ranked as one of the top 12 evotourism destinations in the world, making it the only site in sub-Saharan Africa to have made the list.Evotourism is a new term, coined by The Smithsonian, to describe travel intended to promote awareness of evolution.The Smithsonian museum publishes its own internationally recognised magazine that provides in-depth coverage of history, science, nature, the arts, travel, world culture and technology.The publication’s Evotourism initiative functions as a travel information service to direct tourists to places and discoveries that have evolutionary significance.As part of the initiative, 12 world-class must-see Evotourism destinations were identified. Every site on the list was selected independently.According to Charles Kimberlin Brain, a South African palaeontologist and curator emeritus at the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History (formerly known as the Transvaal Museum), South African caves have played a major role in the development of the world’s understanding of human evolution.The Cradle of HumankindBeing listed as one of the top 12 Evotourism destinations in the world is a great honour for South Africa. It also highlights the country’s contribution to research in the field of evolution.The Cradle of Humankind, which was declared a world heritage site by Unesco in 1999, is one of eight World Heritage sites in South Africa, and the only one in Gauteng province.Tony Rubin, MD of Maropeng, the visitors’ centre situated in the Cradle of Humankind, says the listing has given Maropeng great international exposure.“It has highlighted the importance of the Cradle of Humankind’s fossil record and what it tells us about our evolution,” Ruben says. “I believe we have a unique and world-class interpretation centre at Maropeng.”The Sterkfontein Caves, also situated in the Cradle of Humankind, are believed to have produced more than a third of all early hominid fossils ever found.The most important and well-known of these fossils are “Mrs Ples”, a 2.1-million-year-old Australopithecus skull, and “Little Foot”, an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton that is more than three-million years old.Scientists believe that these finds, along with other important archaeological discoveries at the Sterkfontein caves, are critical for the understanding of the history of human development.Evotourism gaining momentumIn recent years, Rubin has noticed that travellers are showing more interest in heritage, sustainability and evolution.Initiatives such as the Evotourism listing play an important part in encouraging people to be curious about evolution.“Listings such as these help to teach the general public about our past and the planet as a whole, thereby creating more interest in visiting places such as Maropeng,” he says.“Since Maropeng’s opening, I believe the public is far more informed about our palaeo-heritage, and constantly expresses an interest to know and find out more.”Other Evotourism sites in the listing include: Kangeroo Island in Australia; the Foraminifera Sculpture Park min China; Isle Royale in Michigan; Valley of the Whales in Egypt; the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador; Mount St. Helens in Washington; England’s Jurassic Coast; Mendel’s Garden in the Czech Republic; Ashfall Fossil Beds in Nebraska; the La Brea Tar Pits in California and The Burgess Shale, a crumbling slope in Canada’s Rocky Mountains.last_img read more

SC dismisses plea against sports complex in Ahmedabad

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 27 (PTI) The Supreme Court today junked a PIL challenging a resolution passed by the Gujarat government allotting land for the construction of a sports complex in Ahmedabad.A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra dismissed the plea filed by a former minister seeking quashing and setting aside of the resolution, which had earmarked a 4,02,294 square feet plot to a private firm for sports stadium.While dismissing the plea, the bench said “you are a political personality. Why didnt you challenge it when the work order for construction of stadium was given.”The bench considered the fact that the stadium has already been built and said the delay in challenging such actions of the state cannot be condoned in PIL jurisdiction.The apex court was hearing a plea filed by Congress leader and former minister Babubhai Meghaji Shah who had moved against the Gujarat High Court order. The High Court had rejected his PIL on the ground of unexplained delay of over six years in approaching the court.Shah, in his plea through advocate Anjana Chandrashekhar, had opposed the construction of the sports complex on the land where Abad Dairy existed near Kankaria Lake in the city.He had alleged Rs 1,000 crore scam in the deal of the prime land which was handed over to a company on lease to develop the sports complex at a “throw away” price.Shah had also alleged that the government had handed over the land, valued at Rs 144.5 crore in 2011, without following proper procedure to the company on a token rent of one rupee per square foot for the next 35 years. PTI PKS ABA MNL SJK RKS ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

20 days agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson: VAR is what it is. I can understand the manager who’s ‘suffered’

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson: VAR is what it is. I can understand the manager who’s ‘suffered’by Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson focused on his players ‘in his post-match press conference following ‘s impressive comeback against West Ham United.The Palace manager was first asked about VAR, which had a hand to play in Palace’s second goal of their 2-1 win.However, he was keen to turn his attention away from English football’s hottest topic and instead discuss his side’s convincing display.”It works when it works in your favour of course,” the Palace boss said. “My major disappointment is going to be that that’s what you [the journalists at the press conference] are going to write about. I’d have preferred it if you write about the quality of our performance, that would give me more encouragement. “VAR is what it is. I can quite understand the manager who’s ‘suffered’ the decision as it were because it was unbelievably close, that’s pretty obvious. That was pretty obvious I think when it took so long for the screen to show everybody the linesman at the game was right or wrong.”And on this occasion, I’d say we came out on the right side of it. But I thought our performance over the 90 minutes meant that we don’t need to apologise to anyone for the fact that we won here today. I thought we were good value for it.”He added: “It’s a victory I think the players not only deserve but they certainly worked unbelievably hard for it and got it against a good West Ham team. We didn’t win because West Ham were bad. We were lucky enough to get the decisions we got but good enough to give the quality of performance we gave.” last_img read more

Ohio State softball loses weekend series against Purdue despite seasonhigh attendance

Ohio State shortstop Caitlin Conrad (11) slides into 3rd base as Purdue’s Tori Chiodo (22) covers the bag during the seventh inning of an April 13 game at Buckeye Field. Purdue defeated OSU, 5-4. Credit: Jason Morrow / Lantern photographerA season-high 1,598 fans packed themselves inside Buckeye Field to watch the Ohio State softball team try and win its third Big Ten series of the season.After splitting game one and two of its weekend series against Purdue on Friday and Saturday, the crowd was roaring and the bleachers were shaking throughout all of Sunday’s exciting rubber match.But despite a late rally by OSU (20-20, 6-6) against the Boilermakers (21-21-1, 9-3), the Buckeyes came up just short, losing the game, 5-4. OSU lost both games to Purdue by one-run margins.With junior pitcher Olivia O’Reilly in the circle for the Buckeyes in the rubber match, Purdue stormed ahead to a 5-0 lead through four and a half innings.In the bottom of the fifth, OSU redshirt-sophomore pinch-hitter Erika Leonard got the Buckeyes on the scoreboard with an RBI double. The Buckeyes continued their comeback in the next inning, as a groundout by senior second baseman Melaina Saafeld scored a run for OSU. With one runner left on base, senior pinch-hitter Leesa Gresham hit a two-run home run to cut the deficit to one heading into the final inning.“I was just thinking it was my time to come through, I’ve had chances the last few games I haven’t come through for the team when there was runners in scoring position so I knew it was my time,” Gresham said after the loss.With one out in the seventh, junior outfielder Caitlin Conrad raced around the bases for a triple after her hit smacked off the top of the wall, nearly clearing the fence. However, the Buckeyes’ next two hitters were unable to send Conrad home and OSU’s rally would come up short.It was a busy week for O’Reilly, pitching in both games of a doubleheader Wednesday against Ohio and starting all three games against the Boilermakers. In that span O’Reilly pitched 25.2 innings with three complete games, two shutouts and just six earned runs.Despite the recent heavy workload, OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said O’Reilly’s 103.1 innings pitched so far this season is on the low side for a number one pitcher at this point in the season.“I think Olivia is just putting her heart out on the field for us and I couldn’t ask for anything more,” Schoenly said. “She just wants to help anyway she can, she knows she’s not going to strike people out every time but she gives us a chance by just not letting them hit it that hard.”Saturday was a different story, as 11 hits for OSU coupled with four errors by the Boilermakers set the tone. The Buckeyes went on to win, 8-0, in five innings.Junior outfielder Taylor Watkins and sophomore outfielder Cammi Prantl led the team at the plate, going a combined 6-for-7 with three RBI and four runs scored in the win.“We attacked their pitchers early and often to keep that a short game, so I was definitely proud of that,” Schoenly said on the win after Sunday’s game.Dominant pitching from both teams was on display in game one of the series Friday. O’Reilly threw a complete game, giving up one run, four hits and four strikeouts. However, that one run would prove to be too much for OSU’s offense to overcome, as Purdue went on to win the game 1-0.OSU threatened early in the first inning with bases loaded and only one out, but a pair of swinging strikeouts sent the Buckeyes back into its dugout with nothing to show for it. Boilermaker starting pitcher Lilly Fecho had nine strikeouts and no walks in her complete-game shutout. Fecho was also the winning pitcher on Sunday, however, OSU was able to adjust and produce four runs in the loss.“I was disappointed with Friday because we didn’t make our adjustments to hit (Fecho) better,” Schoenly said after Sunday’s game. “But to show that they could come back and do what they did today against that pitcher, I thought they did a nice job of letting Friday go and coming back and attacking her again.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to hit the road Tuesday for a game against Wright State in Dayton. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. read more

Kesto testifies on plan to help victims report crime

first_img Categories: Kesto News,Kesto Photos,News,Photos 18Apr Kesto testifies on plan to help victims report crime PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Commitee, today testified before the panel on his plan to prohibit anyone in a position of authority from preventing an individual from reporting a crime, including criminal sexual conduct. The legislation was submitted in response to the recent Larry Nassar scandal.#####last_img