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Lesedi Cultural Village

first_img7 February 2006If you are at a loose end on what to do, why not take the family on a unique cultural experience at Lesedi Cultural Village, less than an hour’s drive from Johannesburg.Developed in 1995 as a tourist attraction, Lesedi – a seSotho word meaning “light” – now features five traditional homesteads, each representing a different culture: Pedi, Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho and Ndebele.You can visit for the day or stay overnight. Overnight visitors who wish to experience the magic and traditions of the people of South Africa can spend a night in one of the villages.On arrival, guests are welcomed by the families, who then take them to their homestead and show them where they will be staying. The head of the home then becomes their personal escort for the rest of their stay.Day visitors are just as welcome, and the village provides a fabulous cultural experience for families looking for something to do. There is an option of just lunch, or the whole Lesedi experience. Day tours start at 11.30am and at 4.30pm.Lesedi has also opened a new restaurant, the Nile Room, complete with hookah pipes, which serves fabulous cuisine from North Africa. It is available to be booked for private parties, and entertainment – such as belly dancing – can be organised.Current culinary facilities at Lesedi are the Nyama Choma, a 200-seater restaurant decorated in true African style and divided into three sections – North Africa seating 40 people, East Africa seating 60 people, and South Africa seating 100 people.There are also two bomas: the traditional Ingoma, a huge indoor hut used for buffet or barbecue style functions, and the outdoor boma used for informal functions. Both bomas accommodate 120 people.Lesedi is situated on the R512 en route to Sun City, just 10km north of Lanseria Airport. Access from Pretoria and Johannesburg is easy.For reservations call (012) 205-1394 or e-mail Lesedi MarketingSource: Lesedi Cultural Villagelast_img read more

African tusker now two species

first_imgThe savannah elephant roams the bush ofSouthern and East Africa.(Image: Luke Harwood) The forest elephant is found in thetropical regions of West Africa.(Image: Thomas Breuer, The Animal Files)MEDIA CONTACTS • Diane SkinnerIUCN African Elephant Specialist Group+254 20 890 506Janine ErasmusA debate that has raged for a decade could soon be put to bed, with the publication in the peer-reviewed biology journal Public Library of Science (PLoS) of a study confirming that Africa has two species of elephant, both occurring within the genus Loxodonta (Greek, meaning “oblique-sided tooth”).Previously the two types, known as savannah and forest elephants, were considered to be sub-species of Loxodonta africana. Researchers are now proposing that the savannah elephant be officially classified as L. africana and the forest elephant as L. cyclotis.An international team of scientists from both sides of the Atlantic analysed the nuclear DNA of modern elephants from Asia and Africa, comparing the samples with the ancient American mastodon (Mammut americanum) and woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius). Both of these large mammals roamed the earth for thousands of years, disappearing for ever about 11 000 years ago.The open access PLos published the research article – titled Genomic DNA Sequences from Mastodon and Woolly Mammoth Reveal Deep Speciation of Forest and Savanna Elephants – in December 2010.Divergent speciesThe study revealed that the Asian elephant is the mammoth’s closest living relative, and began to separate genetically from its ancestor about 2.6- to 5.4-million years ago.The team found that the two African species of elephants began to diverge at around the same time, probably because of an increasingly warm and dry climate on the continent that drove some animals out of the forests and onto the grasslands.Because the mammoth and its relative are deemed to be genetically distinct, the research team is confident that the same ancient divergence between the two African types should lead to their classification as two species.“You can no more call African elephants the same species than you can Asian elephants and the mammoth,” said Harvard Medical School population geneticist David Reich, one of the study’s lead authors.It is now up to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) African Elephant Specialist Group, based in Nairobi, to decide if these conclusions are valid. If so, L. africana africana and L. africana cyclotis will lose their middle names.The IUCN currently views all African elephants as one species, which is classified as vulnerable on the IUSN Red List of endangered animals.Controversial studyThe study that started it all was published in Science journal in 2001. Titled Genetic Evidence for Two Species of Elephant in Africa, it analysed the DNA of 195 free-ranging elephants from different populations, and was the first to propose the theory of two species.Much of the argument was based on morphological differences such as overall size, tusk and ear size and shape, and number of toenails.Most likely because of its wide-open habitat, the savannah elephant stands about 1m higher at the shoulder than the forest elephant, and can weigh up to seven tons, twice as much as its smaller relative, which also has rounder ears. The savannah elephant normally has four toenails on the front foot and three on the hind foot, while the forest elephant normally has five toenails on the front foot and four on the hind.Also, the forest elephants, found in West Africa’s tropical areas, were seen to live in much smaller groups than the savannah variety, which live on the plains of Southern and East Africa.Taxonomists argued, however, that even such distinct physical characteristics don’t necessarily mean the tuskers are two different species.Other studies then cast doubt on these controversial findings by showing that a small number of savannah elephants shared their mitochondrial DNA with forest elephants, which suggested a common maternal ancestor about half a million years ago.Found in the cell’s power pack or mitochondrion, mitochondrial DNA is passed down from female to female. A study of an animal’s nuclear genome gives a broader and more accurate view of its genetic history.Introduction of ancient DNAThe latest study could be the one that convinces the sceptics. Key to the project was the introduction of the ancient mammoth and mastodon genetic material, which allowed researchers to pin-point the time at which the animals began to diverge genetically.“We had a major challenge to extract DNA sequences from the two mammoth and mastodon fossils,” said team member and evolutionary geneticist Nadin Rohland of Harvard Medical School’s Department of Genetics, “and line them up with DNA from modern elephants over hundreds of sections of the genome.”The study featured the first-ever sequencing of the mastodon’s nuclear genome.The researchers also found that the split between the two elephant species went back as far as that between humans and chimpanzees.In terms of conserving the elephants, since each type now has a smaller population than first thought and may face different pressures, more specific conservation measures are needed. The forest elephant, said the team, is under threat from deforestation and human settlement and should be prioritised.“This work has immediate consequences for the conservation of elephants,” said conservation geneticist Sergios-Orestis Kolokotronis of the American Museum of Natural History.last_img read more

De Ocampo jokes as challenge on LeBron goes viral: I made him popular

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PBA: San Miguel snaps skid, downs Rain or Shine Even de Ocampo’s former longtime teammate with TNT, Jimmy Alapag made fun out of it. Aside from the video that was shared by top websites in the US, a photo taken by the Inquirer’s Sherwin Vardeleon also made rounds on social media.Almost got it Del!!😂 @jutaca33 https://t.co/ZzfkDS0Ltg— Jimmy Alapag (@JAlapag3) September 2, 2017The picture appears to show de Ocampo mirroring James from behind as the three-time NBA champion went for lift off.ADVERTISEMENT INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonRanidel de Ocampo is already a household name in basketball crazy Philippines.Then he went global over the weekend after taking part in LeBron James’ highlight video during his Strive For Greatness Show in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad center_img Read Next MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments “If you look at it, I made a lot of people laugh. I’m sure my face was able to reach different places in the world and I think I made LeBron popular,” De Ocampo added in jest. In the video that went viral, de Ocampo was seen trying to give James a dose of his own medicine as he attempted a chasedown block on the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar’s patented Statue-of-Liberty dunk during an exhibition game.“Actually, I really wanted to challenge him, but I had already jumped when I realized that I won’t be able to get to him. But at the same time, I was okay to be included on his poster,” said the veteran forward.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutlast_img read more

Eagles Edge Cowboys, 33-27

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy had a sack and two penalties, including an unsportsmanlike conduct call, a day after he tweeted “regret” in response to the release of pictures of his bruised ex-girlfriend from his domestic violence case.“Greg has a commitment to us,” Jones said. “He has a commitment to do the right thing. We expect him to do the right thing.” Hardy wasn’t available in the locker room after the game.(SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer) ARLINGTON, Texas — DeMarco Murray shared a hug with Dallas owner Jerry Jones before the Philadelphia running back’s first game on his old home field, and with coach Jason Garrett afterward.In between, Sam Bradford threw a winning 41-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews in overtime. So the normally stoic Murray had to admit it was a special night.Murray put the Eagles in position with a 20-yard run on the first possession of the extra period, and Matthews’ score sent the Cowboys to their longest losing streak in 26 years with a 33-27 Philadelphia victory Nov. 8.“It was electrifying,” said Murray, who broke Emmitt Smith’s Dallas franchise record with an NFL-best 1,845 yards rushing last season and is starting to churn out yardage after a slow start this year. “They’re like family to me. I wish those guys nothing but the best. This one’s special. A lot of emotion.”Jordan Hicks had a 67-yard interception return for a touchdown for the Eagles (4-4).Murray had his most productive game in Philadelphia, finishing 161 total yards — 83 rushing with a 1-yard score and 78 receiving. He had a 44-yard catch on a 95-yard drive for the Eagles’ first lead at 14-7 on their opening possession of the second half.“I’m sure he had a little more fire in his belly tonight, but we knew this was a big game for us,” Bradford said. “Coming off the bye week, a divisional game on the road, we needed this one.”Matthews, who had nine catches for 133 yards, broke away from rookie defensive back Byron Jones and ran past safety J.J. Wilcox on the first possession of overtime.Dallas (2-6) lost its sixth straight — all without quarterback Tony Romo — despite Dez Bryant’s first touchdown catch of the season in his second game after missing five with a broken right foot.The Cowboys dropped their first eight in 1989, when they finished 1-15 the year Jones bought the team.The defending NFC East champion Cowboys are two losses behind the division-leading New York Giants (5-4), who beat Tampa Bay 32-18.“We can add and subtract,” Jones said. “We all know the job we have ahead of us.”last_img read more

Wake Forest transfer John Kuchno grows into Division I pitcher

With two outs in the fourth inning and a runner on first base, John Kuchno toed the rubber on the mound Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium. Kuchno quickly stepped off the rubber, fired the ball to first and picked off Oklahoma State’s Devin Shines to end the inning, capping off his best start of the season. This was not a situation Kuchno imagined he would be in two years ago. Back then, he was playing his first year of high school baseball as a senior for St. Paul’s in Maryland. The next year he attended Wake Forest. Kuchno was a 6-foot pitcher who planned to walk on to the baseball team, but he failed to earn a spot. The Ellicott City native grew four inches in his first year at Wake Forest, and his luck began to turn last summer. His new height helped him add speed to his fastball, which is about 92 mph now, and he played well in a showcase event in Indianapolis, attended by new Ohio State pitching coach Mike Stafford. Kuchno said he got the call from Stafford while in a hotel room with his best friend. “He pulled up the Ohio State website, and there’s a picture of Nick Swisher on it, and I was like, ‘Nick Swisher did not go there,’ like, this is not happening,” Kuchno said. “It was a great moment, and I’ll hold it for my life.” Now, as a full-time Division I pitcher, Kuchno is coming off his best start of the season. He held the No. 19 Oklahoma State Cowboys — who hold a team batting average of .302 — to one run in five innings. “Wednesday you saw a step in the right direction,” Stafford said. “He has come a long way. Last year, he was just a student without playing baseball at Wake Forest, and now he is in a Buckeye uniform, pitching quality innings for us in midweek games.” Coach Greg Beals said that outing was exactly what he was looking for. “That’s the potential we saw in John, and hopefully he can build on that,” he said. “He could have a bright future ahead of him if he keeps pitching like that.” Kuchno has has his struggles this season and with that outing he reduced his ERA by almost a point, moving it to 6.68 from 7.62. He said he worked on his mechanics late the night before his start against the Cowboys and that Stafford suggested he adjust parts of his delivery. “Me and my teammate Jacob Hayes came up and just (kept) working on mechanics,” Kuchno said. “I changed something. Coach Stafford had the idea, and my delivery went over the head from the wind up and just moved my hands down in the stretch.” Stafford said Kuchno’s ability to keep his pitches low in the strike zone was the reason he succeeded. “I give all the credit to Greg Solomon,” Kuchno said. “He tells me to work below his shoulders all the time in warm-up pitches, and that’s really helped me out a lot recently.” As of now, the Buckeyes would be the fourth seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Beals said Kuchno would be more likely to get a start if the Buckeyes fell into the losers’ bracket. The way the tournament is set up, a team would have to win four to five games to make it to the end. “John, with that outing today, starting to show something, may be that fourth-game starter in the tournament,” Beals said. “That will be a big game when we get there too.” Stafford said Kuchno likely will be the starter in today’s matchup against Toledo in the Buckeyes’ last home game of the season. This year, Kuchno has appeared in 10 games, starting in seven, and holds a 1-4 record with 31 innings pitched. “I kind of imagined it, but it was more of my friends who were always telling me: ‘You can do it. You’re going to be good someday,’” Kuchno said. “It’s just a great opportunity to be here, and I’m really blessed to have it.” read more

Ohio State mens hockey focused on the little things in weekend series

Junior forward Ryan Dzingel (18) attempts to get open during a game against Michigan State Jan. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternA week after going on the road to face the No. 1 team in the nation, the Ohio State men’s hockey team is traveling again, this time to Madison, Wis., to face No. 9-ranked Wisconsin.The Buckeyes (11-8-1, 1-4-1) fell in both games against top-ranked Minnesota last weekend, while the Badgers (13-6-1, 4-2-0-0), are coming off two wins against No. 14 Michigan Jan. 10 and 11.Freshman goalie Matt Tomkins, who made 26 saves in Friday night’s loss, said the way the Buckeyes competed against a team like Minnesota demonstrates just how small the gap between success and failure is in the Big Ten.“It shows how close the league is as a whole, and how close we are to being one of the top teams in the nation,” Tomkins said. “We just need to focus on the little things to put us that much higher up in the standings.”Like his teammate Tomkins, sophomore forward Anthony Greco said the key thing the Buckeyes must do in order to overcome the Badgers this weekend is look within themselves.“Our focus is really on us, and what we need to do better,” Greco said. “We’ve got to play as best we can and hopefully get two wins out of it.”The Badgers — much like the Gophers — are an elite team. They enter this weekend having lost only once at home in 14 games and averaging 3.55 goals per game, tied with the Buckeyes for second in the Big Ten.The two games against the Badgers this weekend will hold some added significance for OSU head coach and Wisconsin alumnus Steve Rohlik as he returns to the school where he won a national championship as a player. But despite Madison being “a special place” for him, Rohlik said his only focus is preparing his team to play a Badgers squad that has multiple strengths.“They’re as well coached as any team in college hockey. They stick to their systems and they’re very disciplined,” Rohlik said. “You’ve got to earn every inch on the ice against these guys.”After the disappointment of last weekend, Tomkins said getting positive results in Wisconsin would be “huge” for the Buckeyes, but he knows they’ll have to pass a demanding test to achieve that goal.“We’re expecting a hard-nosed, skilled, and fast team,” Tomkins said. “They’re ranked pretty highly for a reason, so we’ve got to come ready to play.”Puck drop for this weekend is set for 9 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday. read more

Ohio State baseball player diagnosed with leukemia set to miss rest of

Freshman pitcher Zach Farmer, throws a pitch. OSU won against Toledo, 7-2, April 2.Credit: Elliot Schall / Lantern photographerOhio State freshman pitcher Zach Farmer will miss the remainder of the 2014 season after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia this week.According to the National Cancer Institute, acute myeloid leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow.“I met with Zach this morning and he is in good spirits in the company of family, friends and teammates,” OSU baseball coach Greg Beals said in a released statement Thursday. “Zach is strong, and otherwise healthy, and is a great candidate to beat this diagnosis.”Farmer is set to begin a treatment process Monday at the Wexner Medical Center James Comprehensive Cancer Center. He and his family found out about the illness earlier this week, and the rest of the team was notified Tuesday before its trip to Louisville, Ky., for a game against Louisville Wednesday.OSU lost that game, 7-3.Farmer appeared in 10 games this season for the Buckeyes and had a 6-4 record to go along with a 3.28 ERA. He was second to senior pitcher Greg Greve with nine starts this season, while Greve has made 11 starts.“The team as a whole is obviously concerned about their brother, but we will forge on in our mission,” Beals said.OSU (25-20, 6-9) is scheduled to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes (25-15, 7-8) Saturday at Bill Davis Stadium. First pitch is set for 3:05 p.m. read more

Mexico forward Hirving Lozano backed for Premier League

first_imgMexico’s goalscoring man of the moment Hirving Lozano has been backed to play in the Premier League by manager Juan Carlos Osorio, Sky Sports reports.Lozano has been linked with a transfer to Everton. Being the man of the match as Mexico pulled off a shock victory against defending world champions Germany in Moscow, grabbing all three points to make an early march in Group F.The manager believes Lozano has all it takes to play in the English top flight and maintains any team willing to take a chance on the 22-year-old will be rewarded.“I think Hirving since he moved to PSV Eindhoven, I think he has made the next step up. He’s an unbelievable prospect,” Osorio told Sky Sports News.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“His pace, his ability to take people on makes me believe that he is a player that will go very far, hopefully, he can show that in the next game.“I just think that whoever takes a chance on him will do well. His pace and again his ability to take people on, he can play in any league and any place.“I think he will be able to – and he has the tools to play – in the Premier League.”last_img read more

David Silva admits that this will likely be his last World

first_imgDavid Silva has admitted that this will likely be his final World Cup ahead of making his 122nd appearance for Spain against Iran on WednesdayThe Manchester City playmaker has represented Spain at international level since his debut in the 1–0 friendly home defeat to Romania in November 2006 and has continued to rank in the number of games after having contributed effectively over the past 11 years.Silva was a member of Spain’s “Golden Generation” that saw the likes of David Villa, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez spectacularly win three successive major tournaments between 2008 and 2012.Heading into his third World Cup appearance, the 32-year-old admits that time is running out for him now and doubts that he will feature for his country at football’s biggest stage again.“Do you see me in another World Cup? I’m enjoying playing football with the team at this moment but I don’t believe I’ll play at another World Cup,” he told Marca.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Despite his age, Silva played a key role in Spain’s qualification campaign for the World Cup by scoring nine times in 12 matches under the now-departed Julen Lopetegui.And the former Valencia star feels that he is a much better all-around player nowadays due to the experience he has gained over the years.“I think I’m a better footballer now for all of my experience. You gain know-how from playing matches because every moment of a football match has its own rhythm. Knowing how to handle that is crucial, the more you play then the better you read games. I prefer the David Silva of 2018 because he’s experienced a lot of top-level football. The peace of mind that this brings is fundamental to success and I’ve played more than 120 matches with the national team.”Spain ended their first game of the World Cup with a 3-3 draw against Portugal last Friday.last_img read more