Matt Cardle Will Join Beverley Knight in London’s Memphis

first_imgMatt Cardle will turn up that dial! The U.K. X Factor winner has been tapped for the West End production of Memphis the Musical, starring Beverley Knight. Cardle is scheduled to step in as radio DJ Huey Calhoun from July 6, replacing original cast member Killian Donnelly.Memphis will end its engagement at the West End’s Shaftesbury Theatre on October 31. As previously reported, it is expected that Motown will move into the venue in spring 2016.With an original score by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan and a book by Joe DiPietro, Memphis takes place in the segregated ’50s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. The show won four Tony Awards in 2010, including Best Musical. View Commentslast_img read more

Say No to FOMO: Looking for a fun, affordable Winter escape?

first_imgSave 50% on a luxury cabin with hot tub and fireplace in West Virginia’s New River Gorge, plus get the fourth night free through March 31st.Discover history, nature, culture, cuisine and amazing adventures in one of “America’s Coolest Small Towns” – Fayetteville, West Virginia. River Expeditions is the area’s only family-owned adventure outfitter featuring whitewater rafting, float trips, zipline tours, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing, stand-up paddleboarding and more April through October. Their “quiet season” November through March, allows you to reconnect and stay cozy with deep discounts on luxury cabin rentals.Whether you’re planning a romantic rendezvous, a family retreat or a girlfriends getaway, the luxury cabins at River Expeditions will exceed your expectations. Conveniently located just four miles south of the New River Gorge Bridge, you’re close to quaint shops and restaurants, miles of hiking and biking trails in West Virginia’s state and national parklands, as well as nearby ski areas with skiing, snowboarding and tubing.River Expeditions luxury cabins are spacious and well-appointed featuring five queen beds, two full baths, kitchen, gas fireplace, private hot tub, gas grill, fire pit, satellite TV, and Wi-Fi (should you opt to stay connected to the outside world). November through March their cabins go on sale for half off the regular nightly rate, plus you get the fourth consecutive night. We love this deal!Amenities at the Fayetteville resort during rafting season (April – October) include a full service campground with RV sites, cabins ranging from rustic to luxury – again the fourth night lodging is free, zipline course, outdoor pool and deluxe 18-person hot tub, the iconic Red Dog River Saloon & Grill featuring local craft beer and designer cocktails, The Fire Creek Lodge & Conference Center, kids arcade, gift shop, Wi-Fi, sand volleyball, corn hole, horseshoes, disc golf, hiking trails, massage studio and more.Since River Expeditions is family owned and operated, they deliver a level of personal service that only a family can bring to their own business. Owners Rick and Heather Johnson surround themselves with like-minded professionals who are equally passionate about sharing their love of the outdoors with others. The attentive staff is genuinely committed to engaging guests throughout their adventure experience. They especially take pleasure in watching kids learn to love and appreciate adventures in nature that the entire family can enjoy for years to come. Quite simply, River Expeditions doesn’t have shareholders so they are only accountable to their guests. This is just one distinction that sets them apart from other outfitters.Whitewater rafting is the main attraction at River Expeditions, with trips available on the world famous New River and Gauley River daily April through October. The gentle Upper New River offers scenic family float trips which is perfect for multi-generational families with kids age six and up. Kids always raft for half price on the playful section. The New River Gorge is their signature whitewater expedition which is appropriate for beginners, age twelve and up. There are two distinct sections of the Gauley River – each with amazing whitewater and spectacular scenery. Half-day, full-day, multi-day and premium riverside overnight trips are available.Special events and discounts are offered throughout the year, as well as flash sales and deals exclusively for River Expeditions email subscribers and social channels. They even feature fun themed events like the Totally Awesome 80’s Weekend in August and Halloween Party in October, not to mention their Annual Bridge Day Blowout during the final weekend of rafting and West Virginia’s best festival.Connections matter and River Expeditions is connected to their rivers, mountains, communities, environment and especially their guests. Plan your Winter getaway and explore the New River Gorge while you stay cozy in a luxury cabin – on sale through 3/31/19.For more information contact River Expeditions: 800.463.9873 or online at to download their brochure.last_img read more

Heart attack! You are having one!

first_imgHeart attack! You are having one! Heart attack! You are having one! Judge Richard A. Howard Fifth Judicial Circuit I have wondered why attorneys refuse to recognize their risk for a heart attack. I think I’ve found the reason: day-planners. I’ve checked, there’s no section for down time due to heart attack. Whether you are a trial lawyer, office practitioner, government lawyer, or anyone else that the public relies upon to solve its problems, you are at risk. If you are reading these words and think that it will not happen to you, then you could stop now and go no further. Every semester new lawyers graduate to take your place.I write to share a personal experience with everyone, man or woman, who practices law. I am not going to bore you with the usual litany of statistics about heart attacks. Really, who wants to dwell on the fact that tonight there will be 50,000 heart attacks in the United States, one-half of which will be fatal? What woman wants to hear that after menopause the rate of first-time lethal heart attacks matches those of men? So, rather than bore you with statistics, I decided to share my story with you.I had been appointed as counsel, with another lawyer, in a double homicide, death penalty case. On the eve of trial, Monday August 4, 1997, I was handwriting an emergency motion seeking a change of venue, and a motion to dismiss. The two newspapers serving the small rural county not only blanketed the prospective venire with the gory details of the case, but also mentioned two admissions of my client that had been suppressed. The fact that one of the deadliest prosecutors in the state was handling the case really guaranteed my recipe for stress. Really, it was and is no different from a thousand similar scenarios in most lawyers’ daily lives. It was only going to take me 30 minutes to pen these out. Over two hours later I was still writing. Trouble was brewing, but I had to finish my work.In order to finish my work, I ignored what I have since learned are the traditional symptoms of a heart attack. My first response to the heart attack was denial, thinking to myself, “I’ve got no time for this!” Let me make you aware of what was happening.The first thing that I noticed was the sweat. Even for mid-August this was too much. And I thought, “Just drink more water and it will go away.” The next symptoms were much harder to ignore, but being a persistent man, I tried anyway. To understand what happened, imagine this: Take your index finger and place it on your breastbone; move your finger 2 inches to the left and press with all of your might, until you can touch your shoulder blade from the inside. There, you have it! Take the worst leg cramp that you’ve ever had; you know, the ones that split your toes wide apart, and transplant that pain to your chest. It doesn’t go away. No matter how you rub, or stretch, or bend or pray: it won’t go away. In addition to this crushing pain, I noticed that I had a metallic taste in my mouth. Later I was told that this metallic taste could be a result of the iron molecules leaching out of my heart muscle, which was damaged. I still didn’t stop: I finished the motions. I knew that I had turned out some good work. You probably would have done the same thing.That night I couldn’t stop sweating; I couldn’t get cool; the cramping wouldn’t stop. Other symptoms I experienced that night were a need to vomit and void. So there I was: sweating, cramping, “voiding,” all for naught. I thought, “Dying on the toilet like Elvis; what a way to go!” That’s when I knew it was time to go to the hospital.the time that I let my wife take me to the hospital seven hours had elapsed. That’s one hour over the maximum time that blood thinners can effectively be used to possibly dissolve a clot. As I lay on the emergency room gurney, the doctors and nurses diagnosed me even before the blood protein work confirmed the attack. They could tell by the way I walked into the hospital, clutching my left wrist against my chest, that I had suffered an attack. During the ambulance ride to the heart center, the technicians began ripping open all kinds of sealed bags with needles, monitors, patches, and tubes. I imagined how the meds were going to print out.If you’re fortunate enough to be awake for the angioplasty, you will get to observe a scenario something like this one. After they inject you with dye, you can watch the surgeon wind his way through your right femoral artery with a probe, to either open the artery or implant a stent. The five major arteries of your heart look like the roots of a plant. You’re told that you have five arteries, but you can only see four clearly. Where’s the other one? Then the doctor tells you that if he cannot clear the blockage the procedure is over. In my case, he couldn’t, and it was.I was a sole practitioner concentrating on criminal and family law. At the time of the attack I was 44, nonsmoker, slightly over-weight normal guy, married, father of three girls. My total cholesterol was 176 and my blood pressure 120/80. I didn’t fit into the physical indicators for a heart attack, really. However, the doctor told me about a Harvard study from the mid-’70s wherein they found that through unrelenting stress a person can, and probably did in my case, “flex” their heart. That flex dislodged some plaque buildup which formed the clot.Like most lawyers, I took too few vacations and worked at least half-days on the weekends. When you have a heart attack everyone tells you “it’s a wake-up call.” I felt that I didn’t need a wake-up call; I needed more time to get my work done. I needed to solve those problems that had been entrusted to me by my clients. As I lay on the hospital bed feeling totally sorry for myself, someone brought me a cell phone. And I found myself laying in ICU at Bayonet Point Hospital, with an intravenous needle in the back of my right hand, using that cell phone to sign up a new client.That was my wake-up call. What will yours be?For further information about these issues please contact the American Heart Association or call your doctor. Judge Richard A. Howard was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the Fifth Circuit bench in December 2000. Prior to his appointment, Judge Howard had been a prosecutor and defense attorney for 23 years. Since 1997, Judge Howard has lectured extensively on the issues of stress management for lawyers .center_img October 1, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

Ingebrigtsen siblings’ track success driven by ‘dictator’ father’s tough love

first_imgOne of the boys….Filip Ingebrigtsen. PHOTO IAAF ORGDoha, Qatar | AFP | Gjert Ingebrigtsen admits he is a dictator but one who produces results as three of his sons — Jakob, Henrik and Filip — will contest Monday’s 5,000 metres final at the World Athletics Championships.The youngest of the Norwegian family trio, 19-year-old Jakob — who achieved a remarkable 1500m/5,000m double at the European Championships last year — earned a reprieve to join them in the final after winning an appeal against disqualification following his heat in Doha on Friday.Their story is not unique in terms of three brothers succeeding in athletics — the Borlee siblings (Dylan, Jonathan and Kevin), also coached by their father, won European gold last year in the Belgian 4x400m relay team.But the Ingebritsens’ story stands out given that their father had no athletics background whatsoever.The 53-year-old Gjert’s skills appeared to lie elsewhere as he acts as accountant for his wife Tone’s hair salon business and his day job is working for a logistics company.He revels in having been termed a dictator by Filip — who was European 1500m champion in 2016 following in the footsteps of 28-year-old Henrik, who won the title in 2012 — in a reality television series that Gjert agreed to despite the reservations of his sons.In the TV series, Filip objected to his father forcing the 26-year-old to cancel a holiday wth his then girlfriend.– ‘You have to be a dictator’ –Filip’s subsequent move to Oslo with his now wife last year from the family home city of Sandnes was not appreciated by Gjert.“I don’t know anybody from Oslo being good at anything,” Gjert dismissively told the Daily Telegraph. “In sport, a dictatorship is much better than the opposite.“You have a small time of year to be at your best and you cannot have democratic decisions for everything.“You have to be a dictator. You have to take decisions in a short time and have to believe that what you are doing is the best for the boys.”Gjert, who is also the boys’ agent and manager, may have produced results on the track but they are not necessarily approved of by the Norwegian populace as a whole.“They don’t really like the professional mentality in Norway,” Filip told the Daily Telegraph.“They want to be like they are just out for recreational training and suddenly you’re the best. “That’s not how things work. You need to be focused over time. You need to have a different mentality. You can’t be like the rest.”The boys — three of seven children ranging in age from 31 to five — have been ultra-competitive from the early days, even down to which of them would get in or out of the family car first.Super excited to reach my first final in a global championship!! Can’t believe that 3x Ingebrigtsen is ready to race on monday, LET’S GO! 🥰 #Final #Doha2019 #TeamIngebrigtsen @ Khalifa International…— Jakob Ingebrigtsen (@JakobIng) September 28, 2019– ‘To endure me’ –Gjert told the BBC there was no special switch that was suddenly turned on — they were just a normal Norwegian family enjoying outdoor pursuits and he is not “especially interested in sport.”“It might be that I am rather strict in the way I see things,” he said.“The boys come to me and say: ‘I want to be a European champion.’“I say: ‘I want to help you, I can help you, but you have to do everything that I tell you.’“I stand out from other parents. I am very demanding and it is a kind of contract between me and the boys to help them be the best they can be — but they have to endure me following them every day all year.”Filip, who will along with Jakob double up in the 1500m, does despite his “dictator” remark appreciate the end results.“He will always be my father,” he told the BBC. “You can’t take that hat off and say now I am your coach.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Florida Sales Tax Holiday Set to Return for Hurricane Preparations

first_imgMore information can also be found at It’s that time of year again. Hurricane season is just weeks away, which means supplies and other preparations are top-of-mind.The good news is the Florida sales tax holiday, which exempts taxes for certain supplies, will return from May 29 through June 4.“Natural disasters can cause hardship and challenges for Floridians. In the last few years, hurricanes and tropical storms have inflicted severe damage on our state,” said Jim Zingale, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Revenue, in a news release.He continues, “I hope consumers will use the disaster preparedness sales tax holiday to gather supplies. It’s always a good idea to be prepared before disaster strikes.”The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1.Florida’s sales tax holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis.This document provides more information on which purchases apply:See the document below for more information on which purchases apply.last_img read more

Mbala, Ravena lead Mythical Team

first_imgLATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Paul Lee confident he will be back before new season starts Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Mbala ran away with the award after amassing 96.58 total statistical points (SPs) after averaging 26.0 points, 13.08 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 steals.Joining Mbala in the Mythical Team are Ateneo forward Thirdy Ravena (66.50 SPs), NU guard J-Jay Alejandro (63.86 SPs), UE scorer Alvin Pasaol (63.43 SPs), and La Salle high-flyer Ricci Rivero (56.29 SPs).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneUniversity of the Philippines’ Juan Gomez de Liaño has also been cited as this season’s Rookie of the Year after netting 11.61 points, 6.15 rebounds, 2.54 assists, and 1.0 steal in his first year in Diliman.In the women’s division, NU bruiser Jack Animam has also been tabbed as the Season MVP after collecting 77.29 SPs. Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena dunks against University of Santo Tomas in the second round of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBen Mbala has officially been named UAAP Season 80 MVP.The Cameroonian big man led defending champion La Salle to a return trip to the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Completing the women’s Mythical Team are UE’s Love Joy Sto. Domingo (75.64 SPs), NU teammates Rhena Itesi (71.14 SPs) and Ria Nabalan (69.00 SPs), and University of Santo Tomas’ Sai Larosa (61.00 SPs).Marian Justine Domingo of UP has also been named as the Rookie of the Year.The awarding ceremonies will be held before Game 2 of the UAAP Season 80 Finals on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Le patrimoine mondial en Afrique du Sud

first_imgSaviez-vous que le Parc National de Table Mountain possedait plus d’especes vegetales sur ses 22 000 hectares que les Îles Britanniques ou la Nouvelle Zelande. Ou que le Drakensberg possedait a la fois la plus haute chaine de montagne d’Afrique au sud du Kilimandjaro et la concentration d’art rocheux la plus riche du continent ?L’Afrique du Sud abrite huit des sites officiels du patrimoine mondial tel que cela a ete defini par le Comite du Patrimoine Mondial de l’Unesco.Le comite cherche a encourager le reperage, la protection et la preservation du patrimoine culturel et naturel du monde entier considere comme ayant une  valeur exceptionnelle pour l’humanite. De par le monde, il existe 851 sites du Patrimoine Mondial dans 141 pays (en avril 2008). L’Afrique du Sud accueille un total de huit sites : quatre sites culturels, trois sites naturels et un site mixte (culturel et naturel).Le Parc marecageux iSimangalisoL’ile de RobbenLe Berceau de l’HumaniteLe Parc uKhahlamba DrakensbergLe paysage culturel de MapungubweLa Region Florale du CapLe Vredefort DomeLa paysage culturel et botanique du RichtersveldLe Parc marecageux iSimangalisoAnnee d’inscription : 1999Emplacement : KwaZulu-Natal, 27º 50′ 20″ S 32º 33′ EType: Patrimoine naturelLe 1er novembre 2007, le premier Site du Patrimoine Mondial d’Afrique du Sud, le Parc Marecageux Greater St Lucia, a reçu un nouveau nom qui traduit mieux son identite africaine unique : Le Parc marecageux iSimangaliso.Le Parc iSimangaliso Wetland possede a la fois l’un des plus large systeme d’estuaire d’Afrique et les recifs coralliens les plus au sud du continent. En lui accordant le statut de Patrimoine Mondial en 1999, le Comite du Patrimoine Mondial a souligne  l’exceptionnelle biodiversite, rassemblant 521 especes d’oiseaux  du parc.Situe au milieu de la cote du Pays Zoulou au KwaZulu-Natal, le parc se compose de plusieurs zones protegees attenantes pour une surface totale de plus de 230 000 hectares.Situe entre l’Afrique subtropicale et l’Afrique tropicale ainsi que sa position littorale et façonne par l’action de la riviere, la mer et le vent, le paysage d’iSimangaliso presente des habitats cruciaux pour une grande variete d’especes marines, des marais et de la savane d’Afrique. Ses differents types de terrains comprennent des canyons sous marins, des plages de sable, un cordon de dunes forestieres et une mosaique de marais, prairies, forets, lacs et savane.Le Parc iSimangaliso Wetland trouve son origine dans la Reserve Naturelle de St Lucia, declaree en 1895 et composee du grand lac et de ses iles. Le Parc de St Lucia fut proclame en 1939 incluent les terres autour de l’estuaire et une bande d’environ un kilometre autour du bord du lac. En 1971, le Lac de St Lucia et les plages aux tortues et les recifs coralliens de la cote du Maputaland furent repertories par la Convention sur les Marais d’Importance Internationale.La mosaique de terrains et de types d’habitat cree une vue a couper le souffle a souligne le comite lors de son evaluation du parc. La variete morphologique et les grandes inondations ainsi que les tempetes contribuent au processus d’evolution constante de la region.Les phenomenes naturels comprennent la ponte des tortues sur les plages, la migration des baleines, dauphins et requins baleines au large et un large gibier d’eau rassemblant des colonies de pelicans, de cigognes, herons et de sternes.L’ile de RobbenAnnee d’inscription : 1999Emplacement : Province de Western Cape, 33º 48′ S 18º 22′ EType : Patrimoine culturelL’ile de Robben est surtout connue comme etant le lieu ou Nelson Mandela, le premier president d’Afrique du Sud elu democratiquement, a ete emprisonne pendant 18 annees sur les 27 qu’il a passees en prison. L’ile est devenue depuis un symbole du triomphe de la democratie et de la liberte sur l’oppression.À 11 kilometres au large du Cap, la petite ile balayee par le vent accueille aujourd’hui le musee de Robben Island connu dans le monde entier, un temps fort de toute visite de l’Afrique du Sud.L’ile de Robben n’a pas toujours ete une prison et n’a pas toujours ete separee de la peninsule du Cap. Il y a des milliers d’annees, c’etait une region habitee reliee par un bras de terre au Cap.Elle fut transformee en prison pour la premiere fois par les colons neerlandais du Cap qui, depuis leur arrive au milieu du XVIIeme siecle, incarceraient les opposants au regime colonial, y compris les leaders africains et musulmans.L’ile de Robben est ensuite devenue aussi infame qu’une prison haute securite pour activistes anti-apartheid, comme Nelson Mandela, peut l’etre Depuis le milieu du XVIIeme siecle, la prison a detenu de nombreux leaders du Congres National Africain (ANC), y compris Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki et Ahmed Kathrada, ainsi que Robert Sobukwe, le fondateur du Congres Pan Africain.Elle a egalement ete utilisee comme colonie de lepreux et hopital pour malades mentaux de 1846 a 1931 ainsi que comme base d’entrainement et de defense pendant la Deuxieme Guerre Mondiale.Suite a la levee d’interdiction de l’ANC et des autres opposants de l’apartheid en 1990, les prisonniers politiques ont ete liberes de l’ile, le dernier la quittant en mai 1991. Le dernier prisonnier de droit commun partit en 1996 lorsque l’ile cessa d’etre une prison.En 1999, le Comite du Patrimoine Mondial declara l’ile de Robben comme site du Patrimoine Mondial d’importance culturelle.Les batiments de l’ile de Robben sont un temoignage eloquent de sa sombre histoire, a souligne le comite, ajoutant que l’ile symbolisait le triomphe de l’esprit humain, de la liberte et de la democratie sur l’oppression.Le Berceau de l’HumaniteAnnee d’inscription : 1999Emplacement : Les provinces du Gauteng et du Nord Ouest, 25º 55′ 45″ S 27º 47′ 20″ EType : Patrimoine culturelConnue en Afrique du Sud comme le Berceau de l’Humanite, la region de Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai et des environs possede la plus riche concentration au monde de fossiles d’hominides, preuve de l’evolution humaine au cours de ces dernieres 3,5 millions d’annees.Se situant dans les provinces du Gauteng et du Nord Ouest, les sites fossiles couvrent une zone de 47 000 hectares. Les restes d’anciens types d’animaux, plantes et hominides (nos premiers ancetres et leur parents), sont figes dans un lit de dolomite qui s’est depose il y a 2,5 milliards d’annees. Bien que d’autres sites en Afrique australe et orientale possede des restes similaires, le Berceau a produit plus de 959 specimens de fossiles d’hominides.Les sites de cette region fournissent des informations cruciales sur les membres d’un des plus ancien type d’hominides, l’australopitheque, des primates marchant sur leurs deux pieds et possedant un petit cerveau qui sont apparus il y a environ 5 millions d’annees.Les fouilles et les recherches dans les grottes de Sterkfontein ont permis jusqu’ici de retrouver la quasi-totalite du squelette d’un australopitheque age de 3,3 millions d’annees ainsi que 500 specimens de l’Australopithecus africanus datant de 2,8 a 2,6 millions d’annees.D’autres decouvertes majeures dans la region comprennent le squelette le plus complet jamais retrouve d’Australopithecus africanus, un exemple exceptionnel d’une Paranthropus femelle, un australopitheque plus robuste egalement connu sous le nom d’Australopithecus robustus et des fossiles d’especes precoces du type Homo ainsi que des outils en pierre, premiere preuve d’un comportement culturel.En accordant au Berceau le statut de Patrimoine Mondial pour sa signification culturelle, le Comite du Patrimoine Mondial a souligne que les sites  jetaient la lumiere sur les premiers ancetres de l’humanite. Ils constituent une large reserve d’informations scientifiques, dont le potentiel est enorme.Le Parc uKhahlamba DrakensbergAnnee d’inscription : 2000Emplacement : KwaZulu-Natal, 29º 23′ S 29º 32′ 26″ EType: Patrimoine culturel et naturel mixteLe Parc uKhahlamba Drakensberg possede une beaute naturelle exceptionnelle, la chaine de montagne la plus haute d’Afrique au sud du Kilimandjaro et la serie la plus grande et la plus concentree de peintures sur roche en Afrique, ce qui en fait un site du Patrimoine Mondial de signification naturelle et culturelle.Le parc se trouve a l’ouest du KwaZulu-Natal a la frontiere avec le Lesotho. Sa surface atteint 243 000 hectares, s’etendant sur 150 kilometres du Parc National Royal Natal au nord jusqu’a Cobham Forest Station au sud.Les noms Zoulou de uKhahlamba (barriere de lances) et afrikaans de Drakenberg (les montagne du dragon) correspondent bien au formidable horizon cree par la chaine.Un cap en basalte massif pose sur une large base de roches sedimentaires appartenant au Stormberg d’il y a 150 millions d’annees, les montagnes sont la principale ligne de partage des eaux de l’Afrique du Sud.Pendant plus de 4000 ans elles ont accueilli le peuple indigene San qui a cree un large ensemble d’art sur roche, la plus grande collection en Afrique.Vivant dans les grottes de gres et des abris rocheux des vallees du Drakensberg, les San ont realise des peintures decrites par le Comite du Patrimoine Mondial comme etant  celebres dans le monde entier et largement considerees comme une realisation supreme du genre humain…d’une qualite et d’une diversite exceptionnelles dans leurs sujets et leur description des animaux et des etre humains…ce qui met en lumiere leur style de vie et leurs croyances.Lors de sa description du patrimoine naturel, le comite a souligne son  exceptionnelle beaute naturelle se traduisant par ses contreforts en basalte qui s’elancent vers le ciel, ses compressions spectaculaires et ses remparts en gres dore. Les prairies en haute altitude, les vallees etroites et les gorges rocheuses traversees par des rivieres virginales contribuent egalement a la beaute de ce site.La diversite des habitats du site protege une large gamme d’especes endemiques et menacees dans le monde, notamment des oiseaux et des vegetaux.Le paysage culturel de MapungubweAnnee d’inscription : 2003Emplacement : Limpopo, 22º 11′ 33″ S 29º 14′ 20″ EType: Patrimoine culturelMapungubwe, le lieu de la pierre de la sagesse, fut le premier royaume d’Afrique du Sud et est devenu le plus grand domaine royal du sous-continent, d’une duree de 400 ans avant qu’il ne soit abandonne au XIVeme siecle. Son people tres avance faisait commerce d’or et d’ivoire avec la Chine, l’Inde et l’Egypte.Le site se trouve en pleine savane du Parc Naturel de Mapungubwe, au confluent du Limpopo et du Shashe dans la province du Limpopo.Il est contigu a la frontiere nord de l’Afrique du Sud et aux frontieres du Zimbabwe et du Botswana, un carrefour qui explique son passe prospere en tant que centre commercial important, surtout a l’apogee de son pouvoir entre 1220 et 1300 de notre ere environ.Structure independante s’elevant a 30 metres au-dessus des prairies environnantes, le Mapungubwe est surmonte de falaises imprenables.Depuis sa decouverte en 1932, ce site de l’Âge de Fer a ete mis au jour par l’Universite de Pretoria. Cependant, ces decouvertes ont ete tenues a l’ecart du grand public jusqu’en 1993, juste avant les premieres elections democratiques d’Afrique du Sud, car la preuve d’une societe indigene tres avancee existant des siecles avant que le colonialisme europeen ne se propage a travers l’Afrique allait a l’encontre de l’ideologie raciste de l’apartheid.Les restes trouves sur le site culturel de Mapungubwe sont un temoignage complet remarquable de la croissance et du declin qui s’ensuivit de l’etat de Mapungubwe a declare le Comite du Patrimoine Mondial lors de son evaluation.Ce qui survit sont les restes quasiment intacts des palais et de toute la zone d’occupation qui en dependait ainsi que les deux capitales precedentes, le tout formant une image incomparable de l’evolution des structures sociales et politiques sur 400 ans.La Region Florale du CapAnnee d’inscription : 2004Emplacement : Western Cape et Eastern Cape, 34º 10′ S 18º 22′ 30″ EType: Patrimoine naturelLa Region Florale du Cap occupe seulement 0,04 % de la surface terrestre de la planete et rassemble pourtant un surprenant 3 % des especes vegetales mondiales. Cela en fait une des zones vegetales les plus riches au monde et l’un des principaux 18 sites de biodiversite de la planete.Bande de terre et de mer couvrant 90 000 kilometres, la Region Florale du cap de 553 000 hectares comprend huit zones protegees s’etendant de la Peninsule du Cap jusqu’a la province d’Eastern Cape : Table Mountain, la Reserve Naturelle De Hop, le complexe montagneux de Boland, la zone sauvage de Groot Winterhoek, les montagnes de Swartberg, la zone sauvage de Boosmansbos, la zone sauvage de Cederberg et Baviaanskloof.Le Jardin Botanique de Kirstenbosch sur les pentes de Table Mountain fait partie de cette region, ce qui en fait le premier jardin botanique inclus en tant que site du Patrimoine Mondial.La riche diversite de la Region Florale du Cap contribue a ce que l’Afrique du Sud possede le troisieme degre de biodiversite au monde. La Parc National de Table Mountain, par exemple, possede plus d’especes vegetales sur ses 22 000 hectares que les Îles Britanniques ou la Nouvelle Zelande.La Region Florale du cap ne se distingue pas par sa diversite. Le niveau d’endemie de la region, de 31,9 %, est le plus eleve de la planete. Sur 9600 especes de plantes vasculaires (plantes possedant des vaisseaux transportant la seve) que l’on rencontre ici, environ 70 % sont endemiques et ne sont presentes nulle part ailleurs dur terre.La region abrite environ 20 % de la flore africaine bien qu’elle ne represente que 0,5 % de la masse terrestre.La region accueille egalement des especes d’animaux marins, dont 3500 sont endemiques et 560 especes de vertebres, comprenant 142 reptiles, dont 27 sont endemiques.En accordant le statut de Patrimoine Mondial a la Region Florale du Cap en 2004, le Comite du Patrimoine Mondial a souligne :  Les strategies de reproduction vegetale uniques, une adaptation aux incendies, des modeles de dispersion des graines par les insectes ainsi que les modeles de radiation endemique et adaptative trouves dans la flore sont d’une valeur inestimable pour la science.Le Vredefort DomeAnnee d’inscription : 2005Emplacement : Provinces de Free State et du Nord Ouest, 26º 51′ 36″ S 27º 15′ 36″ EType : Patrimoine naturelIl y a environ 2 milliards d’annees, une meteorite de 10 kilometres de diametre a heurte la terre a environ 100km au sud ouest de Johannesburg, creant un enorme cratere d’impact. Cette zone, pres de la ville de Vredefort dans la province de Free State, est connue sous le nom de Vredefort Dome.La meteorite, plus grande que Table Mountain, a provoque une explosion d’energie d’un millier de megatonnes. L’impact aurait pulverise environ 70 kilometres cubes de roche et aurait fait augmenter le taux d’oxygene de la terre a un niveau qui aurait rendu le developpement de la vie multicellulaire possible.Le monde possede environ 130 crateres dont l’origine est probablement un impact. Le Vredefort Dome fait partie des trois impacts de meteorite les plus anciens et les plus grands clairement visibles du monde.Le cratere original, qui est maintenant erode, faisait probablement de 250 a 300 kilometres de diametre. Il etait plus grand que l’impact de Sudbury au Canada, d’environ 200km de diametre.Avec ses 2 milliards d’annees, Vredefort est bien plus ancien que la structure de Chixculub au Mexique qui, agee de 65 millions d’annees, est le site de l’impact qui a conduit a l’extinction des dinosaures.La cicatrice de l’impact original de Vredefort mesure 380km de largeur et se compose de trois cercles concentriques de roche soulevee. Ils ont ete crees par le rebond de la roche en dessous du site de l’impact lorsque l’asteroide est entre en collision. La majorite de ces structures se sont erodees et ne sont plus clairement visibles.Le cercle interne, mesurant 180km, est toujours visible et peut etre vu au milieu des magnifiques collines pres de Parys et Vredefort. C’est cette region qui a ete designee comme site du Patrimoine Mondial.La paysage culturel et botanique du RichtersveldAnnee d’inscription : 2007Emplacement : Northern Cape, 28º 36′ S 17º 12′ 14″ EType : Patrimoine culturelLe paysage culturel et botanique du Richtersveld couvre 160 000 hectares de desert montagneux surprenant dans le nord ouest de l’Afrique du Sud.Une caracteristique unique du site, tant en Afrique du sud que dans le monde, est qu’il appartient et est gere par une communaute qui jusqu’a present possedait tres peu de chose.Caracterise par des temperatures extremes, ce paysage gere par la communaute est un lieu de vie pastorale nomade pour le peuple Nama, les descendants du peuple Khoisan qui occupait avant les terres du sud de la Namibie et la majorite des provinces de Western et Northern Cape en Afrique du Sud.Khoisan est un terme utilise pour decrire deux groupes distincts, physiquement similaires, clairs de peau et de petite taille. Les Khoi, que les Europeens appelaient les Hottentots et qui etaient des pasteurs et ont ete elimines; les San, appeles les Bushmen par les Europeens, qui etaient des chasseurs-cueilleurs. Une petite population de San vit encore en Afrique du Sud.L’histoire humaine moderne dans le Richtersveld a commence il y a un peu plus d’un siecle lorsque les Khoi furent repousses dans une region eloignee par l’avancee des paysans du Cap. Pendant ce temps, le peuple San, fut force de se deplacer dans cette region depuis le nord. D’apres le Conservatoire de la Communaute du Richtersveld, alors que des combats avaient eu lieu au debut, les deux groupes fusionnerent en un seul peuple connu aujourd’hui sous le nom de Nama.Ce qui est special au sujet du site du patrimoine du Richtersveld est que la region a ete rendue au peuple Nama il y a seulement quelques annees dans le cadre du programme de restitution des terres d’Afrique du Sud.Aujourd’hui, les Nama ont reussi a trouver l’equilibre entre le maintien de leur style de vie pastoral ancestral et les besoins de conservation permettant de garder des terres en bonne sante.Ils pratiquent toujours la migration saisonniere entre les points de reserve et utilisent des maisons portables en tapis de construction traditionnelle. Les Nama sont les derniers pratiquants de ce mode de vie millenaire.Les paturages communaux extensifs sont le temoignage des processus de gestion de la terre qui ont assure la protection de la vegetation succulente du Karoo, a releve le Comite du Patrimoine Mondial.  Cela demontre une interaction harmonieuse entre les gens et la nature.Derniere mise a jour de l’article : Aout 2008Article redige par Mary Alexander et SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ivory sale to fund conservation

first_imgSouth African National Parks says that proceeds from the sale of 51 tons of stockpiled ivory will benefit elephant research, conservation and community development. The sale will also improve conservation through the employment of additional game rangers, obtaining more vehicles, erecting elephant proof fences where needed, purchasing of equipment. “There is no argument that this money will go a long way towards enhancing conservation research, boosting our enforcement capabilities and helping communities who share land with elephants,” he said. “As specified by CITES, the proceeds from this sale must be used for elephant conservation programmes and community development, especially those communities in and around the area of elephant habitation,” said SANParks CEO David Mabunda. The money allocated to the specific programmes and projects within the CITES stipulations will be monitored in accordance with the Public Finance Management Act and National Treasury Regulations. CITES guidelines 28 October 2008 CITES guidelines stipulate that a major portion of the money will be earmarked for elephant related research, conservation, anti-poaching measures, monitoring of herds and land expansion. China and Japan have been accredited by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) standing committee to buy the ivory stockpile from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Community development projects will centre on communities affected by the presence of elephants. Extensive planning Mabunda said conservation agencies had planned extensively to ensure that the proceeds of the sale would be used according to the specifications. South Africa will use the proceeds of the sale of ivory within the specific guidelines which were set out at the 14th Conference of Parties to CITES held in July last year. The sale to CITES will take the form of an auction, but there is no prior indication of what price it will be sold for. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

“4 Jan” GC1T8R0 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – November 15, 2010

first_img“4 Jan” (GC1T8R0)The regular sized geocache “4 Jan” (GC1T8R0) hides in Holyrood Park in Edinburgh, Scotland.  But the geocache isn’t “for” someone named Jan.  It has a different meaning altogether.Cache owner C3P4J created “4 Jan” as his first hide. He writes in the cache description that the name of the cache is the anniversary date of his wedding. He and his fiance were married on January 4th.Geocachers discover more than a sentimental geocache.  They are treated to amazing views of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth.The size of this cache makes it easy to trade items, sign the log book or even drop a Travel Bug.Depending on the route that you take, the three star terrain trek may require a bit of steep climbing.  The payoffs also include an unforgettable visit to the ruins of St. Anthony’s Chapel (pictured above and below).The cache has been found more than 150 times since to was placed in June of 2009.Continue your exploration with some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on”4 Jan” in summerShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe Most Found Geocache in the WorldMay 19, 2013In “Community”High energy! — Fission around the bend (GC1NGRD) — Geocache of the WeekMay 28, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Sea Shells – TB Stop & Go GCNWBC GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – February 6, 2012February 6, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

Penashues election spending under fire

first_imgAPTN National NewsQuestions continue to swirl around Ottawa about Labrador MP Peter Penashue’s spending habits during the last federal election.Opposition parties are accusing Penashue of over spending by $20,000. The Liberals have called for an investigation.NDP MP Charlie Angus joined APTN National News.last_img