West Ham boss furious with Nolan

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce was angry with Kevin Nolan after he was needlessly sent off in the defeat at Fulham.The Hammers captain was shown a straight red card just before half-time after he appeared to kick out at Fernando Amorebieta in a clash off the ball.Allardyce says Nolan was entirely to blame for the 2-1 loss to their relegation rivals, and admits he is concerned about the 31-year-old’s mentality after his second dismissal in four matches.“I’m going to have to find out what’s wrong with him because there’s something wrong with his mentality at the minute,” Allardyce said.“He’s probably responsible for us losing the game – his sending-off cost us massively.“I don’t understand it. The indiscretion of what he’s done is straight after what he did at Liverpool.“At his age and with his experience, and in the many years I’ve known him, I haven’t seen this type of reaction and this type of situation that he’s put himself into.“I don’t understand why he’s lost his cool and why it’s happened. I know the centre-half obstructed him and jumped in front of him but it’s not an excuse for what Kevin did.”Allardyce added: “You can expect it from a youngster trying to find his way in the game, occasionally, but not Kevin.“I don’t know what I will do about the captaincy yet – I’m disappointed enough with what he’s done.“Time will tell and we will deal with the situation internally as we always do.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Protea hotspot under scrutiny

first_imgThe magnificent King protea, South Africa’s national flower. (Image: Fine Bush People) Fynbos in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, with the Franschhoek mountains as backdrop. (Image: Franschhoek Wine Route)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa’s national plant, the protea, is creating a stir in botanical circles. An international team of scientists studying the magnificent plant and its habitat have discovered that new species of proteas, and other plants that exist with it, are appearing at a rate three times faster than anywhere else in the world, except Australia.Living up to its name, which was given in 1735 by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus after the shape-shifting Greek sea god Proteus, new species of protea are bursting onto the scene at a rate that has the scientific world agog. The plant is found in both South Africa and Australia.This super-fast evolution is creating a hotspot brimming with species richness, according to a recent report published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and titled Contrasted patterns of hyperdiversification in Mediterranean hotspots.The team consists of botanists affiliated with renowned institutions in the UK, Australia, Sweden and the US. These include the world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and its similarly-named counterpart in Melbourne, the Swedish Museum of Natural History, the National Herbariums of New South Wales and Victoria, Uppsala University, Florida State University, and South Africa’s Rhodes University.Hyper-diversificationThe protea occurs abundantly in South Africa’s Cape Floristic Region, also known as the Cape Floral Kingdom. This area is one of just five on earth which enjoy a temperate Mediterranean-like climate and have been designated as biodiversity hotspots by Conservation International, a non-profit organisation that works to protect these high-biodiversity areas.South Western Australia is another hotspot, and the other three are located in central Chile, California, and the Mediterranean basin.According to biologist Vincent Savolainen of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, species other than proteas, also occurring in the two regions, are very likely experiencing the same phenomenon.“This study proves that the abundance of different kinds of proteas in these two areas isn’t simply due to normal rates of species diversification occurring over a long period of time,” he said. “This is the first step towards understanding why some parts of the planet with a Mediterranean-style climate have become species-rich biodiversity hotspots.”Previously there had been no explanation for the existence of biodiversity hotspots, but the new research has led the team to believe that that climatic changes millions of years ago could have sparked the so-called hyper-diversification of proteas in Australia and South Africa.“As these two regions became hotter, dryer, and prone to seasonal fires,” explained Savolainen, “proteas – which are drought-resistant and able to re-grow easily after a fire – would have survived, thrived and diversified into new species when faced with less competition for resources from less hardy plants.”Today both areas are environmentally sensitive and need careful conserving, he added, and understanding more about their evolutionary history can help make conservation efforts more efficient.Floral abundanceThe Cape Floristic Region is one of only two that encompass an entire floral kingdom – the other is New Caledonia in Canada. It has the greatest extratropical (outside of the tropics) concentration of plant species in the world, with 9 000 plant species. Some 6 200 of these are endemic.All of this biological wonder is found in an area of just 78 555km2. In fact, the region has the highest concentration of plant species found anywhere – 1 300 per 10 000 km2, compared to the 400 per 10 000km2 of its closest rival, the South American rain forest.The most prevalent type of vegetation in the Cape Floristic Region is the fynbos (Afrikaans, meaning “fine bush”, referring to the tough, needle-like leaves of so many of its specimens). There are four major plant types within the fynbos classification – bulbs, restioids, ericoids and proteoids. The latter consists of the Proteaceae family, which includes the king protea (Protea cynaroides), South Africa’s national flower.Proteas originated 300-million years on the vast continent of Gondwanaland. The Proteaceae family comprises two subfamilies: the Proteoideae of southern Africa, and the Grevilleoideae of Australia and South America. These two continents were also part of the great mass of Gondwanaland, which started to break up about 167-million years ago during the Jurassic period.The bulb section of fynbos includes more than 1 500 familiar species such as freesias, agapanthus, gladioli, and ixias, which have become popular around the world.Other biodiversity hotspots in South Africa are Succulent Karoo and Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus on [email protected] articlesWorld honour for SA botanistAfrican herbs’ healing potentialGeography of South AfricaUseful linksConservation InternationalProceedings of the National Academy of SciencesCape Floristic RegionCape Action for People and the EnvironmentFynbosProtea atlas projectThe King protealast_img read more

Press release: Brand South Africa saddened at passing of actor Joe Mafela

first_imgSouth African actor Joe Mafela’s contribution to the arts has effectively improved the country’s image says Brand South Africa. (Youtube: Expresso Show)Johannesburg, Wednesday 22 March 2017 – “Joe Mafela will always be remembered as a legendary actor, songwriter, and producer who made momentous contributions to the nations arts and culture sector, and thereby effectively improving a country’s image,” said Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela on the passing of Mafela.Renowned actor Joe Mafela died in a car accident on Saturday night. The death of the beloved entertainer in a car crash on Saturday night has continued to prompt great reaction from the nation.Born in 1942 in Sibasa, Limpopo Province Mafela made his acting debut in 1964, when he starred in the feature film “Real News” directed by Peter Hunt, but he is well known for playing the role of Sdumo on SABC 1’s Sgudi ‘Snaysi.Popularly known for his acting and comedy – Mafela has been in the South African entertainment industry for over 50 years. In 1974 Mafela co-starred in South Africa’s first black feature film, “Udeliwe”.With the advent of television in South Africa in 1976, Mafela worked almost continuously in that medium, and 1986 he was cast as the unemployed lodger S’dumo in the Zulu language comedy series ‘Sgudi ‘Snaysi. The success of ‘Sgudi ‘Snaysi (“Is Good, Is Nice”) – which ran to 78 episodes on SABC – led to roles in other series, often produced by Mafela’s own production company Penguin Films.Mafela’s career in the entertainment industry included the release of his debut music album Shebeleza Fela in 1996 with the popular hit “Shebeleza (Congo Mama)”, which became the theme song during the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996.Dr Makhubela concluded: “His presence in the entertainment industry will be sorely missed. We express our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Mr Mafela. We share in your mourning.”last_img read more

Ohio hosts American Dairy Goat Association national show

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Dairy Goat Association‘s 2018 National Show has been running this week at the Ohio State Fairgrounds, continuing through Saturday. Ohio Ag Net’s Lea Kimley caught up with the ADGA president Robin Saum from Fairfield County and Kirt Schnipke, of Ober-Boerd Dairy Goats, (who had the Reserve Grand Champion Oberhasli at the competition) to talk about the unique aspects of the dairy goat world. This among the largest national dairy goat shows ever with over 3,200 animals pre-registered and nine breeds represented.last_img

Google Research Shows How Online Ads Drive Offline Sales

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#biz#tips center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The relationship between online search advertising and online sales can be easily quantified, and that’s part of what makes Web advertising so powerful compared to its print and broadcast counterparts. But can online ads lead to sales in the offline, bricks-and-mortar world? Google says yes.The search giant, which has both an obsession with empirical data and a vested interest in proving the effectiveness of its own advertising products, combined those two things and produced a series of experiments with some of its advertisers.The results were positive enough that Google produced a promotional video touting them. According to the video, advertisers saw an increase in in-store sales thanks to online advertising and some saw a return on their ad spend as high as fifteen times. Have you noticed a relationship between online advertising and offline sales? Let us know in the comments. john paul titlowlast_img read more