Community News Register to Participate in Latino Heritage Parade and Festival By Oct. 19, 2015 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | 11:35 am Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website More Cool Stuff 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Free registration is open through Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, for community members interested in participating in the 17th annual Latino Heritage Parade and “jamaica” (celebration) set for Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Contact Rozanne Adanto, Community Services Supervisor, at (626) 744-6530 for more information.The free community event celebrating Latino history, arts and culture begins with a lively and colorful parade at 11:00 a.m., followed by the festival from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Oct. 24 at La Pintoresca Park, 1415 N. Raymond Ave. Read more about the Latino Heritage Parade and jamaica at www.cityofpasadena.net/LatinoHeritage.An estimated 1,500 people are expected to attend the event sponsored by the City of Pasadena and produced by Latino Heritage, a local community-based organization dedicated to promoting Latino culture in the greater Pasadena area.The parade begins on Los Robles Avenue at Howard Street, turns west on Washington Boulevard and ends at La Pintoresca Park, 1415 N. Raymond Ave., where the jamaica is held. The jamaica features live entertainment, art exhibits, educational and historical displays, community booths and for-sale food.This year’s Grand Marshal is screenwriter Josefina Lopez, best known for co-writing the Pasadena Playhouse-featured screenplay “Real Women Have Curves” and the 2002 Sundance award-winning film of the same name. The Community Grand Marshal is longtime Pasadena resident, author, local historian and community activist Roberta Martinez.Parade participants include Folklorico groups, community organizations, equestrians, La Reina de Las Fiestas Patrias and Court, and the PUSD All-District Middle School Marching Band and students from Pasadena and Marshall high schools.Free arts and crafts workshops are being provided by the Armory Center for the Arts and the City’s Human Services and Recreation Department. The Latino Heritage Parade and jamaica are underwritten by private donations and sponsors, including the City.Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit the City of Pasadena online at www.cityofpasadena.net; follow the city on Twitter @PasadenaGov, www.twitter.com/pasadenagov, and like the City on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofpasadena. Or call the Citizen Service Center, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (626) 744-7311. Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
The Ministry of Tourism held a working meeting in Rovinj with representatives of the tourist system of the Republic of Croatia in order to get direct information on the current situation and activities related to the continuation of the tourist 2018 in the run-up to the main part of the tourist year.The meeting was attended by numerous stakeholders of the tourism public and private sector of the Republic of Croatia, ie representatives of tourism associations, travel agencies, airports, hoteliers, private accommodation, caterers, public institutions, representatives of chambers, county tourist boards, emergency medicine associations, protection and rescue as well as representatives of the Ministries of Environmental Protection and Energy, Interior and Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure who work together all year round for the purpose of a quality and safe tourist year.”We are facing another challenging, but I am sure, successful tourist year in which we will confirm that Croatia has become one of the world’s tourism leaders. According to previous announcements from the field, ie based on talks with domestic and foreign representatives of airlines, tour operators, Croatia is again in the focus of interest of tourists from around the world and the demand is growing. The perception and motives for the arrival of guests have changed significantly in recent years, so Croatia has become recognizable not only as a destination of sun and sea, beautiful nature, but rich gastronomy, diverse and quality offers and tourist products. This success is due to all tourism workers and stakeholders in Croatian tourism who make a great contribution to creating the overall tourist story in our destinations. ” pointed out Minister Cappelli.A short report on the current situation in its scope of work and activities was presented by the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Tourism, Trade and Finance, Josip Zaher; President of the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies Tomislav Fain; President of the Croatian Hotel Employers’ Association Ronald Korotaj; Assistant Director of Police Krunoslav Borovec; State Secretary at the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure Maja Mrakovčić Kostelac; President of the Croatian Camping Association Tihomir Nikolaš; President of the Guild of Caterers and Tourist Workers of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts Nenad Šepak; Director of Pula Airport Svemir Radmilo; Director of the Croatian Institute of Emergency Medicine Maja Grba-Bujević; Vinko Prizmić, head of the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service and many others. “When compared to other countries, Croatia has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe, and therefore our guests are less exposed to crime than elsewhere and feel safer. This year, 18 countries will be included in the “Safe Tourist Season” program, which is the most so far. This is an action that is extremely important to us because of the quality of police service in terms of speed, courtesy and obtaining information. We are glad that this year we will be joined for the first time by police officers from China who will be staying in Split, Dubrovnik and Plitvice. Also, this year, for the first time, a headquarters based in Zadar will be formed, which will function as a communication point with other services.” said Assistant Police Director Krunoslav Borovec.The importance of joint cooperation was emphasized by the director of the Croatian Institute of Emergency Medicine, Maja Grba-Bujević, emphasizing that in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior, they had provided a helicopter and police service. “The availability of ambulance teams is extremely important in order to save the lives of locals and tourists especially during the summer months when there is a larger influx of guests. In order to increase the availability on the islands, we have also started the procurement of six ships for the medical service, which I believe will significantly contribute to increasing the efficiency of interventions.. ” “The tourist year started well, and it is certain that the good announcements are the result of numerous activities of the Croatian Tourist Board, from appearances at the world’s largest fairs, to the implementation of key marketing and PR campaigns. The focus is on positioning Croatia in distant markets through the opening of new representative offices in the markets of China, South Korea and the USA, and also a significant increase in airlines, which are one of the basic prerequisites for positioning our country as a quality year-round destination.” said after the meeting the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić.After the meeting with the representatives of the tourism sector in Croatia, a meeting was held with the directors of foreign missions of the Croatian Tourist Board who presented the situation in the markets in which they operate and briefly outlined the projects and challenges they face in their work. Also, tomorrow in Ruvinj will be held the 33rd session of the Tourist Board of the Croatian National Tourist Board, which will discuss the adoption of proposals for decisions on marketing cooperation with Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor, as well as marketing and PR activities within the project “Sports Croatia”. Also, council members will adopt the proposal Decisions on announcing vacancies for managerial positions in representative offices in the markets of Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden and China.
Congratulations to the girls Batesville High School Cross Country team as they expanded their undefeated season to 41-0, winning the 8 team South Dearborn Invitational on Saturday with a score of 40. Ryle came in 2nd with 73 and Greensburg had 76.All the Bulldogs crossed the line in 18th place or better. Leading the way for the Dogs were Kelsey Gausman running a personal best of 19:59 and coming in 3rd. She was followed by teammates Sarah Poltrack, 6th at 21:12, Maria Wessel, 9th at 21:20, Mary Poltrack, 10th at 21:31 and all running personal bests-Emma Gausman, 12th at 21:46, Katie Baumer, 17th at 21:56 and Kylie Lehman, 18th at 21:57.All of the JV runners also received awards and finished in the top 11. Leading the way for Batesville was Madeleine Robben, 2nd, Bre Hartman, 5th, Jamie Day, 7th, Mary Catherine Barnett, 8th, Candice Roell, 9th, Sarah Canady, 10th and Heidi Shaw, 11th.Batesville travels to Connersville to compete in their invitational Tuesday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.
(BBC) – THE League One and League Two seasons have both been ended early after a formal vote by clubs yesterday.Both tables will be settled on points per game, while promotion, relegation and the play-offs all remain.Coventry and Rotherham go up from League One, while Wycombe replace Peterborough in the play-off places.Swindon are League Two champions, but “ongoing disciplinary matters” mean it is not yet certain who will drop out of the EFL and into the National League.Stevenage are bottom, but they could yet be reprieved after Macclesfield Town were handed a fresh EFL misconduct charge on June 1.The Silkmen, who are three points above Stevenage, have already had 11 points deducted for previous rule breaches this season and have a further suspended two-point penalty hanging over them if they transgress again.Both votes were passed by an “overwhelming majority”, according to the EFL, who also confirmed that the League Two play-off final would be held at Wembley on June 29.No dates have yet been confirmed for the League One play-offs.Elite football in England has been suspended since March 13 because of coronavirus, with only the Premier League and Championship so far committing to resuming their seasons later this month.Clubs in League One had previously been divided over whether or not to bring the season to an early conclusion.Initial talks stalled after at least six sides, including Sunderland, Portsmouth and Ipswich Town, said they wanted to continue the campaign.However, the new regulations – proposed by the EFL board and approved by the 71 member clubs earlier yesterday – meant just 51% of teams in any given division needed to agree on ending a season early.The points-per-game system does throw up one significant change to the League One table, with eighth-placed Wycombe Wanderers replacing sixth-placed Peterborough United in the play-offs.Wycombe will move up to third because they have at least one game in hand on each of their play-off rivals.What’s the situation in League Two?While the top half of League Two is largely unaffected, Swindon Town have been named champions after leapfrogging Crewe Alexandra because the Robins have a game in hand.The situation at the bottom has been complicated by the Macclesfield charge, however, which relates to late payment of wages in March and for “failing to act with utmost good faith in respect of matters with the EFL and for breaching an order, requirement, direction or instruction of the league”.Wembley to host League Two play-off finalFollowing yesterday’s vote, it was announced that the League Two play-off semi-finals are to begin on Thursday, June 18 – two days before the Championship season is set to resume.The final, which will take place on Monday, June 29, is to be held at Wembley as originally planned. All games will be held behind closed doors.
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Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The Wellington girls track team placed second at the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV track meet held at Wichita Collegiate Friday.A strength in numbers proved to be Andaleâ€™s calling card as it accumulated 213 points. Wellington finished second with a 125. Circle was third at 107. Collegiate scored 48, Clearwater 38, and Augusta 23.On the boys side, Wellington finished in sixth place with 49 points. Andale had 210, Collegiate 94, Circle 82, Augusta 64, and Clearwater 55.Colin Reichenberger in the 110 hurdles Friday.Junior Colin Reichenberger continues to break records in the 300 meter hurdles. For the fifth time this season, Reichenberger set a school record with a 39.46 time. He also broke the AV-CTL 300 meter record set by Ed Bugner of Andaleâ€™s mark of 39.5.â€œWeather wise it was really poor conditions in that it was wet, windy and rainy,â€ said Wellington head track coach Tyler Ryan. â€œI told Colin before the race not to worry about the time thinking that the race being FAT (Fully Automatic Time) and the conditions as they were his time wouldn’t be that good. He showed me!”Reichenberger has now bested his personal time on five consecutive track meets.On the girls side, Wellington came home with seven first-place finishes.â€¢Jaycee Schettler placed first in both the 100 meters with a 12.93 time and a the 200 meters with a 26.75 time.â€¢Leah Nelson finished first in the 400 meters with a 1:01.6 time.â€¢Jaedyn Ledesma won the 800 meters with a 2:30.2 time.â€¢Cajen Shore earned the top mark in the triple jump with a 32-8 leap.â€¢Avery Lewellen finished first in the high jump with a 5â€™4â€ leap.â€¢Shore, Schettler, Dietra Sober and Holly Wright won the 4×100 meter relay with a 50.80 time.â€œI was very, very happy on the girls side,â€ Ryan said. â€œWinning the 100, 200, 400, 800, high jump, triple jump and the 4×100 meter relay was great. Winning all of those and finishing second is a testament to the depth that Andale has.â€The complete results of the AV-CTL DIV track meet can be found here: http://stats.catchitkansas.com/user/file/game_results-129426.pdfTop three placers:GirlsTeam â€“ Andale 213, Wellington 125, Circle 107, W. Collegiate 48, Clearwater 38, Augusta 23.100 â€“ 1. Schettler, W, 12.93; 2. Tolbert, WC, 13.24; 3. Sober, W, 13.39. 200 â€“ 1. Schettler, W, 26.75; 2. Bolden, WC, 27.05; 3. Eck, And., 27.43. 400 â€“ 1. Nelson, W, 1:01.62; 2. Emberson, And., 1:03.37; 3. Hiatt, Cle., 1:05.03. 800 â€“ 1. Ledesma, W, 2:30.2; 2. Spencer, And., 2:39.5; 3. Davis, Cir., 2:41.0. 1600 â€“ 1. Derry, Cir., 5:39.9; 2. Lane, And., 5:47.7; 3. Jocobson, Cir., 5:54.5. 3200 â€“ 1. Lane, And., 12:25; 2. Derry, Cir., 12:34; 3. Jacobson, Cir., 12:59. 100 Hurdles â€“ 1. Bolden, WC, 15.25; 2. Highbarger, Cir., 15:52; 3. Riechenberger, And., 16.32. 300 Hurdles â€“ 1. Reichenberger, And., 46.54; 2. Maxwell, And., 47.27; 3. Wright, W, 48.70. 400 Relay â€“ 1. Wellington, 50.80; 2. Andale, 50.93; 3. Wichita Collegiate, 52.0. 1600 Relay â€“1. Andale, 4:08.20; 2. Wellington, 4:14.55; 3. Augusta, 4:26.65. 3200 Relay â€“ 1. Circle, 10:38.0; 2. Andale, 10:56.6; 3. Clearwater, 11:16.0. High jump â€“ 1. Lewellan, W, 5-4; 2. Rowland, And., 5-4; 3. Wright, W, 5-2. Pole vault â€“ 1. Eck, And., 10-3; 2. Smarsh, And., 9-6; 3. Heimerman, And., 9-6. Long jump â€“ 1. Bolden, WC, 17-11 1/2; 2. Hadley, Cir., 15-6; 3. Shore, W, 15- 5 1/2. Triple jump â€“1. Shore, W, 52-8; 2. Rowland, And., 32-5; 3. Hadley, Cir., 31-1. Shot put â€“ 1. Bergkamp, And., 34-3; 2. VenJohn, And., 32-4; 3. Walls, Cir., 30- 9 1/2. Discus â€“ 1. VenJohn, And., 107-5; 2. Hunter, And., 99-2; 3. Orth, And., 98-1. Javelin â€“1. Orth, And., 124-6; 2. Dennison, Cir., 111-3; 3. VenJohn, And., 107-0.BoysTeam â€“ Andale 210, Collegiate 94, Circle, 82, Augusta 65, Clearwater 55, Wellington 49.100 â€“ 1. Carter, Aug., 11.29; 2. Aldag, WC, 11.60; 3. Simms, WC, 11.62. 200 â€“ 1. Carter, Aug., 22.82; 2. Clark, WC, 23.11; 3. Vestering, And., 23.37. 400 â€“ 1. Knoblauch, And., 52.12; 2. Morrow, Cle., 52.27; 3. Newlin, WC, 52.45. 800 â€“1. Pfalzgraf, W, 2:10.1; 2. Camp, And., 2:10.6; 3. Meyer, WC, 2:10.7. 1600 â€“ 1. Meyer, WC, 4:49.7; 2. Gibbs, Cir., 4:51.4; 3. Dye, And., 4:52.6. 110 Hurdles â€“ 1. Reichenberger, W, 15.15; 2. Barrett, WC, 15.42; 3. Wright, Cir., 15.88. 300 Hurdles â€“ 1. Reichenberger, W, 39.46; 2. Eck, And., 40.65; 3. Smarsh, And., 41.55. 400 Relay â€“ 1. Wichita Collegiate, 43.83; 2. Andale, 43.91; 3. Augusta, 44.84. 1600 Relay â€“1. Andale, 3:34.15; 2. Circle, 3:38.21; 3. Wellington, 3:39.27. 3200 Relay â€“ 1. Andale, 8:52.38; 2. Circle, 8:57.47; 3. Augusta, 9:21.71. High jump â€“ 1. Eastridge, Cir., 6-4; 2. Graham, Cle., 6-2; 3. Knoblauch, And., 6-2. Pole vault â€“ 1. Bugner, And., 13-6; 2. Meyer, And., 13-6; 3. Horsch, And., 12-6. Long jump â€“ 1. Chaplin, Cir., 19-11 1/2/ 2. Wright, Cir., 19-8 3/4; 3. Winter, And., 19-8 1/2. Triple jump â€“ 1. B. Smith, Aug., 38-7; 2. Winter, And., 38-6; 3. Schwartz, And., 38-6. Shot put â€“ 1. Buckner, And., 51-11 1/2; 2. Ehm, WC, 50-8; 3. Carder, WC, 46-4. Discus â€“1. Ehm, WC, 148-0; 2. Ast, And, 131-3; 3. Kroeker, Aug., 125-2. Javelin â€“1. Ast, And., 185-7; 2. Walstad, And., 177-0; 3. Omo, And., 175-9.Follow us on Twitter.
51; The word evolve gets used in funny ways. As Paul Nelson has noted, it often becomes a Designer substitute. Look how an article in New Scientist employed it: Could a 3D printer help to create in minutes what nature took millions of years to evolve – the perfect insect wing?Tiny robotic insects would make the perfect fly-on-the-wall snooping devices.Duncan Graham-Rowe gets the SEQOTW award for failing to distinguish between evolution – a blind, unguided, purposeless process – and the intelligent design used by robotics engineers. Later in the article he did it again: “Lipson and Richter plan to use their 3D printing approach to cycle through and analyse the performance of a broad range of different wing designs and plug the information into a computer model, which incorporates a genetic algorithm that can then use the data to evolve the perfect set of wings.” The rest of the article talked about human designers attempting, with limited success, to reverse-engineer the elegant flapping flight of butterflies. That’s biomimetics – an application of intelligent design. For more on genetic algorithms and “computer evolution,” see the 07/11/2010 entry.If you enjoyed the comic relief, you need some respite to get your mind back into the mood of awe and wonder at creation. Watch this trailer about a new film being produced by Illustra Media.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Those who thought stem cell research was about helping people afflicted with disease may become alarmed over Stanford’s latest experiment, reported by the UK News Telegraph: the creation of a lab rat with all human brain cells. The article quotes Wesley Smith of Centre for Bioethics and Culture warning, “biotechnology is becoming dangerously close to raging out of control,” and writing, “Scientists are engaging in increasingly macabre experiments that threaten to mutate nature and the human condition.” Actor Michael J. Fox uses a mouse puppet to encourage popular support for Stanford stem cell research. Irving Weissman, the leader of the research team, promised that he would “monitor the experiment closely and destroy them at the slightest suggestion of human-like brain patterns.” The stem cells for the experiment are to be taken from aborted human fetuses. The article quotes William Cheshire, a neurology professor at the Mayo Clinic and a Christian activist, preaching, “We must be careful not to violate the integrity of humanity or of animal life. Research projects that create human-animal chimeras risk disturbing fragile ecosystems, endanger health and affront species integrity” But such sermons are likely to fall on deaf ears in the modern biotech lab, which long ago jettisoned the Judeo-Christian foundation for ethics, and now views protestors as a mere nuisance (see 02/11/2005 entry). Since there is no ban on this kind of research, and since the Darwinists view all life as clumps of cells, which are in turn clumps of chemicals, there is no stopping their tinkering with human life in the same manner as they would mix reagents in a test tube. The thought of a human-mouse mixture will undoubtedly be fodder for jokes and cartoons in some quarters, but it is deadly serious. We are well on the way into a Darwinian brave new world, treating human flesh as a commodity, with eager labs racing to outdo each other, well funded from government and taxpayer largesse (see 02/18/2005 entry). Proponents tantalize onlookers with promises of miracle cures, but what horrors this uncontrolled, values-free enterprise will produce can only be imagined.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
It would be hard to see how evolution would deal with a story about skin development. Maybe that’s why it was barely mentioned.The story on Medical Xpress begins,The surface of your skin, called the epidermis, is a complex mixture of many different cell types—each with a very specific job. The production, or differentiation, of such a sophisticated tissue requires an immense amount of coordination at the cellular level, and glitches in the process can have disastrous consequences. Now, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have identified a master regulator of this differentiation process.Dr. Paul Khavari at Stanford described TINCR, the master regulator, as a traffic copy directing precursor cells to their proper developmental fates like a traffic cop directing cars to parking spaces in a crowded lot. In this “entirely unique” system, the molecule is not a protein but a long, noncoding RNA (lncRNA). It works by stabilizing messenger RNA transcripts to “fine-tune gene expression.” The article said, “In this way TINCR may serve as a scaffold for many mRNAs involved in epidermal differentiation.”The only mention of evolution was near the end:“This effect is quite specific for epidermal tissue,” said Khavari, “and it suggests that nature has evolved a simple mechanism to control the tissue-specific expression of a large number of genes.”Needless to say, such a statement merely assumes evolution instead of explaining how a finely-tuned master control could have arisen by a blind, unguided process.Evolutionists, please tell us how Darwinian ideology helps in any way explain this phenomenon. Dr. Khavari appears to have been more intrigued by the complex, orderly process that looks designed: it involves sophisticated parts, it requires an immense amount of coordination, and it usually works well—otherwise there would be disastrous consequences. Assuming a purpose and finding it provides a better approach to biology than weaving imaginary tales about an assumed unobservable past. (Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
What is the most complex and costly search in aviation history is set to resume in a new area in the Indian Ocean further south after the operation to find MH370 was suspended late last month.As first revealed by AirlineRatings.com last week the search for MH370, which disappeared on March 8, with 239 passengers and crew will be in a 60,000 square kilometers zone in an area previously searched in late March.The search area is 1900km due west of Perth and is 650km long by 93 kms wide.Yesterday Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said that investigators from the US, U.K. and Australia and representatives of Boeing, and Inmarsat analysed satellite and plane data to define an area with the highest probability of finding the missing aircraft after operations were put on hold May 28.AirlineRatings.com understands that there were four independent groups formed and all came up with the same search area.Australia’s crash investigator –the Australian Transport Safety Bureau – which is leading the search said that “refinements to the analysis of both the flight and satellite data have been continuous since the loss of MH370.” Backing up the shift in search ATSB yesterday issued a comprehensive 64-page report detailing its analysis.The revised search area was the subject of a surface search from day 21-26 in late March.However, erroneous intelligence from Malaysia sent the searchers further north where apparent black box pings were detected.The first stage of the new search involves the Chinese naval ship Zhu Kezhen and the MV Fugro Equator which are now mapping 60,000 square kilometers of the sea bed. That mapping is essential before a deep sea towed side scan sonar operation is undertaken.The mapping ships use multi beam sonar, which is capable of collecting high quality data to water depths of up to 6,000 m.Multibeam sonar is a common offshore surveying tool that uses multiple sound signals to detect the seafloor. The Australia’s government is receiving bids from private companies by the end of June for this deep-sea search that will start in August and could take as long as a year.Aim of the search is to locate the aircraft and any crucial evidence such as aircraft wreckage and flight recorders to assist with the Malaysian investigation.As part of the search, the ATSB will contract experts to localise, positively identify and map the debris field of MH370 using specialist equipment.
With thousands of blooms in eye-catching displays, the Addo Rose and Garden Show provides a sensory feast for visitors. MEDIA CONTACTS • Addo Rose and Garden Show (9-10 October) Nita Tayler-Smith +27 42 234 0422 • Grahamstown Flower Festival (23-24 October) Sharon Richner +27 72 244 3863 • Bedford Garden Festival (29-31 October) Catherine Knox +27 082 932 8864RELATED ARTICLES • Eastern Cape: essential oils hub • Greening it up in Cape Town • An infusion of innovation • R28bn boost for Garden RouteFiona McRaeEverything will be coming up roses – and a host of other blooms – in the Eastern Cape this spring with a line-up of spectacular flower and garden shows.The floral feast blossoms with the well-known Addo Rose and Garden Show, which takes place on 9 and 10 October 2010. It will see the small town celebrating the flowering of the famed Sundays River Valley roses for the 28th consecutive year.More than a quarter-century since the first show was held in the town’s historic Valentine Hall, the event – designed each year around a different theme – has developed into one of South Africa’s premier floral displays and an internationally respected drawcard, even being described by a former world president of the Federation of Rose Societies as “the best in the world”.This year’s theme is “Through the Garden Gate” and visitors can expect to be overwhelmed by the sights and scents of more than 20 000 roses of 40 different varieties as they pass through gates of different styles to reach displays reflecting formal, romantic, Karoo and English cottage gardens.Unlike in previous years, when the roses on display were almost exclusively grown in the valley, many of the blooms will be flown in from Johannesburg in a massive and finely planned logistical operation.According to organising committee chairperson Nita Tayler-Smith, there are not many commercial rose-growers left in the valley that was once as famous for these flowers as for its elephants and citrus fruit. She attributes this to rising production and marketing costs, which have eaten into growers’ profits over the years.However, the plentiful cut flowers for sale at the show will be fresh from local gardens – and Tayler-Smith promises they will be spectacular. “The Sundays River Valley is perfect for rose-growing,” she says. “The ground is fertile, the climate excellent and, unlike many other parts of the country, we are very fortunate to have no shortage of water.”For the love of rosesA project of the Sundays River Women’s Institute, the Addo Rose and Garden Show has been held annually as a fundraiser for local charities since its inception in 1983, after an enthusiastically received suggestion from a member of holding a non-competitive show dedicated to “the love of the rose”.With up to 8 000 visitors flocking to previous shows, the institute is hoping the 2010 version will raise as much as R100 000 (US$14 387) to help local charities fight rural poverty. Projects that have benefited over the years include creches, libraries, community vegetable gardens, wheelchairs for the aged, and assistance to those living with HIV/Aids.With Addo being an easy drive of less than 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth on a newly upgraded road, the show makes for a perfect family day out. It will also offer music and other entertainment, crafts and plenty of good, old-fashioned country hospitality and farm fare – not least of which are the succulent strawberries and cream that rank just below the roses as the show’s top attraction.The rose show officially gets under way on Friday 8 October with the traditional preview dinner for ticket-holders, which this year takes the form of an elegant “Cabaret and Canapés” evening among the roses, giving guests an opportunity to view the displays at their leisure, without the crowds of the weekend.While some show visitors will simply soak up the beauty and fragrances of the vast rose displays, the fundis will be able to view 200 different rose species exhibited in a special “variety tent”, where local experts will be available to share information and answer questions.With favourable comparisons having been made with London’s famous Royal Chelsea Flower Show, the Addo Rose and Garden Show has previously attracted visitors from the Royal Horticultural Society of London, and closer to home, the South African Flower Union.Flower and garden clubs from around the country also visit the renowned event each year.Frontier country delightsTwo weeks later, the Grahamstown Flower Festival will provide a weekend of horticultural, botanical and environmental interest and education in the Makana Botanical Gardens, the country’s second-oldest such establishment, at the foot of the historical Frontier town’s Gunfire Hill.In addition to enjoying the many plants, flowers, garden products, ornaments and furniture on display, visitors will be able to get their hands dirty at several workshops with intriguing themes such as “Handprints for Change”.The local Albany branch of the Botanical Society will host a sale of unusual indigenous plants, with the proceeds being used to support an outreach project to expose underprivileged pupils to biodiversity and provide opportunities for them to experience local flora and fauna. The funds raised will also be used to support the society’s hack programme to remove alien plants in the region.Prize specimens of a flower competition will be on display, while the gardens of the winners and runners-up in the Gardens of Grahamstown competition – which includes a township gardens section – will be open to the public over the weekend.In addition, some of historic Grahamstown’s elegant homes will be on show, also in support of charity.Vibey musical entertainment over the weekend will be provided by pipe, marimba and jazz bands from local schools.High-profile guest speakers at the festival will be Tanya Visser, editor of The Gardener magazine and presenter of the TV show of the same name, and popular London-based Irish garden designer and TV personality Diarmuid Gavin.Visser will discuss “Good gardening practices to make you a better gardener: recycling, water saving, worms, veggies and much more mulch”, while Gavin will share his experiences of creating gardens at six Chelsea Flower Shows.Bedford in bloomRounding off the trio of Eastern Cape shows this month is the Bedford Garden Festival, taking place from 29 to 31 October in the charming British Settler village nestled at the foot of the Kaga Mountain.Just a few years old and already one of the Eastern Cape’s most popular rural lifestyle experiences, which draws visitors from near and far, the festival offers a range of gardens to visit on self-drive itineraries.The selection includes vast, park-like expanses on farms, as well as village and township gardens. Plenty of plants will be on sale, and visitors are advised to keep an eye out for Bedford’s famous scarecrows which pop up all over the place in fun examples of the villagers’ creativity and sense of humour.An outing to Bedford takes one through beautiful Eastern Cape landscapes of golden grasslands, indigenous bush and dramatic mountains. And in a village famous for its hospitality, festival visitors are assured of a warm welcome and delicious country fare.Twitchers will have a field day – literally – as local wildlife expert and registered guide Mark Whitehead leads three birding trips over the festival weekend. Birdlife in the area is abundant and the local bird list stands at 257 species.A craft market will be held under the trees in the grounds of a charming local church, which itself will be filled with roses to provide an added attraction.So if picturesque villages, flowers and gardens, browsing and buying, talks and teas, delicious and decadent food, inspired country creativity and warm-hearted rural entrepreneurs are your thing, the Eastern Cape’s famous floral festivals are not to be missed.