Palo Cedro >> The Red Bluff Lady Spartans continued their winning ways Thursday evening, beating the Foothill Cougars 3 sets to 2 in a non-league match.The Cougars took the first set 28-26 but the Spartans bounced back to take the next two sets, 25-20 and 25-21. The Cougars rebounded to win the fourth set 25-23 but Red Bluff took the tie-breaker 15-6.Ashley Tignore racked up 26 digs in the win and was named player of the match by coach Kelli Mustaine.Logan Wheeler had 24 kills, 2 aces, 9 …
A short drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria and only 10 kilometres from the remarkable Sterkfontein Caves in the Cradle of Humankind world heritage site, a state-of-the-art visitors’ facility has risen from the red Gauteng dust.Named Maropeng, Setswana for “the place where we once lived”, the centre is designed to help tourists, schoolchildren and others explore the rich fossil heritage of the area.The Cradle of Humankind, encompassing the region of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai and environs, has one of the world’s richest concentrations of hominid fossils, evidence of human evolution over the last 3.5-million years.Found in the provinces of Gauteng and North West, the fossil sites cover an area of 47 000 hectares. The remains of ancient forms of animals, plants and hominids – our early ancestors and their relatives – are captured in a bed of dolomite deposited around 2.5-billion years ago.Although other sites in south and east Africa have similar remains, the Cradle has produced more than 950 hominid fossil specimens.Attracting fossil touristsLying in the centre of the Cradle area, Maropeng brings to life the history of humankind in an entertaining and educative way. It offers interactive displays, restaurants, a marketplace, an outdoor amphitheatre and, from March 2006, a 24-bedroom five-star hotel.One of the innovative fossil displays at the Maropeng visitors’ centre (Image: Mary Alexander)The R347-million Cradle of Humankind development is an initiative by Blue IQ and the Gauteng government and the first public-private partnership of its kind in South Africa. The aim is to develop and manage the world heritage site as a premier tourist destination. Other partners include the University of the Witwatersrand, which owns the Sterkfontein Caves and is the major excavator of the Cradle site, while Standard Bank donated 100 hectares of land for Maropeng.Even before construction was complete, Maropeng had garnered major awards. In early November it won the British Guild of Travel Writers award for the best new tourism project worldwide, and later in November the consortium behind the project was named Best Civil Engineering and Building Contractors and Best Public-Private Partnership at Construction World’s premier annual Best Projects Awards event.From Tumulus to underground lakeMaropeng’s interpretation centre enables visitors to explore, by means of zones, the history of the earth and humankind. It lies on the side of a hill, where ancient rocky outcrops will mark the setting of a huge tear-shaped burial mound, referred to as the Tumulus: a partly disguised grassy mound 20m high and 35m wide.A boat ride on an underground lake transports visitors to Maropeng’s remarkable exhibition on human origins (Image: Mary Alexander)The first of its kind in the world, the Tumulus is designed to look like an ancient burial mound from the front and, when exiting on the other side, a very modern structure from the rear. The architecture aims to symbolise the journey through time from our ancient origins to today.On a day’s outing, the visitor approaches the Tumulus along a walkway that covers the significance of Africa and the Cradle of Humankind.Inside the building, a welcome area explains the orientation of the Cradle area and other attractions on offer, and position the world heritage site in context of other South African sites.The journey continues to an underground lake, where a boat ride takes the visitor back 4-billion years in geological time through the basic of elements that make up our world: water, air, fire and earth. Dipping through waterfalls and icebergs, into the eye of a storm, past erupting volcanoes and through the depths of the earth, the visitor then emerges at the beginning of the world.The space-age design of the back view of the Tumulus building contrasts with the ancient and organic feel of the front view (Image: Mary Alexander)Exploring humanity’s historyFrom here, the journey continues through an experience highlighting the history of our world and humankind as a species, brought to life via audiovisual techniques, sound effects, theme-park technology and theatrical displays.The Birth of the Cradle exhibit explains how the caves were formed, the emergence of life on earth and the concept of evolution as a science. The Path to Humanity explores human evolution, with models of five hominid types on display: the Homo florensiensis, Homo habilis and Homo heidelbergensis species, and the Australopithecus and Paranthropus genera.What it Means to be Human looks at how humanity has changed over the course of evolution, how we came to be as we are now and the characteristics we all share. The Science Zone explains how we have arrived at the conclusions we have and, finally, Sustainability examines how we have modified our environment to suit us and the danger we face of actively contributing to our own destruction.Also on display will be original fossils made available by various institutions.Kids’ digs and conferencesOnce through the centre, the visitor exits at the crest of the hill to relax with a picnic basket, taking in a view of the Magaliesberg.At this point there’ll be a children’s cave where the kids can set up their own dig. The cave is built with local stone in a jagged wall, representing shards of broken bone.Maropeng is also ideal for conferences, with three venues in the Tumulus building with a combined seating capacity of up to 500 delegates. There is also a 5 000-seater outdoor amphitheatre and a 150m2 temporary exhibition space within the Tumulus. Some 3 000 people are expected to visit the centre every day.Maropeng’s main attractions include:Visitors’ centre.Conference facilities for up to 350 delegates.Three restaurants.Luxury boutique hotel with views over a private game farm.Outdoor 5 000-seat events amphitheatre.Accommodation for 120 schoolchildren.Retail food outlets.Destination retail store.Visitor information points.Arts and crafts marketplace.Observation deck.Ample parking for cars and coaches.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
2 October 2012 The South African government will roll out a programme in an effort to stop corruption in the transport system, Transport Minister Dikobe Ben Martins announced at the launch of Transport Month in Soweto, Johannesburg on Monday. The transport month campaign, which was officially declared in 2005 at the Transport Lekgotla, is commemorated annually during the month of October. This year’s theme is “Working together to provide a safe and reliable transport system”. It is aimed at raising awareness on the important role of transport in the economy, to solicit participation from civil society and business in providing a more affordable, safer, accessible and reliable transport system. Through the campaign, the department highlights the role and successes of all stakeholders in creating safe modes of transport and contributions towards socio- economic development innovations.‘Getting rid of the scourge of corruption’ “We are going to enforce a major programme pertaining to [fighting] corruption. We want to get rid of the scourge of corrupt traffic officers on the side of our roads who are accepting bribes,” Martins said. “People involved in corruption should be arrested and sent straight to prison. We can’t tolerate corruption in our ranks. We must deal with corruption without fear or favour. “Those people who pass unroadworthy vehicles and put them on our roads will also face the full might of the law. Those who accept bribes by empowering people who are not well trained or not trained at all to drive by providing them with fraudulent drivers’ licences will be exposed,” he said. Martins said those who were buying fraudulent drivers’ licences were contributing to road fatalities in the country. Through this transport month, Martins said they want to emphasise safety in all modes of transport in the country.Road safety ‘cannot be restricted to one month’ “We want to emphasise the importance of safety in the air, on the roads, as well as on sea. October is declared transport month, but road safety should not and cannot be restricted to this month, but throughout the year,” he said. “Unfortunately, in our country, November and December is a period that we experience the greatest number of road fatalities on our roads. “Our responsibility today is to highlight the importance of road safety throughout the year, each and every day of the year should be dedicated to road safety and awareness for road safety, which is the shared responsibility between pedestrians and motorists as well as authorities.” The transport department and all its provincial departments are embarking on a major programme to enforce road safety. Deputy Transport Minister Lydia Chikunga said: “Our transport system needs to be continuously revamped in order to transport our people smoothly and safe[ly]”. Chairperson of the Transport Portfolio, Ruth Bhengu praised Gauteng for moving with speed in transforming the transport system in the province. “When we took over this government in 1994, we inherited the transport system that was never linked to each other, but today, all modes of transport in the province are linked. We have the Gautrain which is linked to the OR Tambo Airport, linked to Metrorail and the BRT system,” she said. Source: SANews.gov.za
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Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari has confirmed that Karim Benzema fractured his finger during the win over Real Betis, according to FourFourTwo.The Frenchman picked up the injury during Sunday’s 2-1 victory at the Benito Villamarin, which was sealed by a late free-kick from former Betis star Dani Ceballos.Benzema landed heavily on his right hand and was in obvious discomfort as he was taken off shortly before the end of the first-half.The former France international did not return for the second half with youngster, Cristo Gonzalez coming on in his place for his LaLiga debut.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Solari confirmed Benzema fractured his finger during his post-match conference but gave no timescale on the striker’s expected time out on the sidelines.Madrid find themselves in a mini-injury crisis with forwards Gareth Bale and Mariano Diaz both injured while midfielders Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio and Marcos Llorente all missed the trip to Betis.The European champions are in Copa del Rey action away to Leganes on Wednesday, after winning the first leg 3–0 last week.Los Blancos then host third placed Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu next weekend, looking to overtake them in the league standings.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Florida Public Service Commission on Thursday approved Gulf Power’s plans to build a total of 120 megawatts of solar power at three military facilities on the tip of the Florida Panhandle — Eglin Air Force Base and the Navy’s Holley and Saufley fields.Construction by the project’s developer, HelioSage Energy, is scheduled to begin in February 2016, with the three plants expected to come online by December 2016, reported the Northwest Florida Daily News.“Adding solar energy to our portfolio is another step in further diversifying our energy mix,” said Stan Connally, Gulf Power president and CEO. “Through careful planning, we’ve been able to work alongside our military partners to help provide cost-effective renewable energy — and all our customers will reap the benefit.”The planned capacity for each of the solar farms is:Eglin AFB in Fort Walton Beach — 30 megawatts;Outlying Landing Field Holley in Navarre (Naval Air Station Whiting Field) — 40 megawatts; andOutlying Landing Field Saufley in Pensacola (NAS Pensacola) — 50 megawatts.Gulf Power, a subsidiary of Georgia-based Southern Co., will serve its customers across Northwest Florida with power from the new solar facilities. The solar farms will not replace the utility’s generation plants but, instead, will allow it to diversify the power supply and provide a cost-effective alternative during peak energy usage, according to the story.