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49ers buzz: What’s happening Friday at HQ

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Marquise Goodwin reserved comment Friday on what personal issue kept him out the past two games, but he’s happy to return for the 49ers’ game Sunday when the Denver Broncos visit, and one aspect that excites him is teaming up with red-hot receiver Dante Pettis.“I’m very excited for the opportunity to be on the same field at the same time with him,” Goodwin said. “We’ve dealt with a lot of injuries, a lot of mishaps.”Pettis accounted for all three of the 49ers’ touchdowns in …last_img read more

Wolfgat howls loudest on the global stage and wins big at the World Restaurant Awards

first_imgPaternoster, one of the oldest fishing villages on the West Coast of the Western Cape province, serenely sits a 20 diners a night Restaurant, called Wolfgat.  Unknown to the world, until this intimate, seashore restaurant was awarded ‘off-map destination and restaurant of the year’ at the first edition of the World Restaurant Awards on 18 February 2019 in Paris.This two-year old restaurant, is not only now an award winner, but is an eatery of remarkable coastal history. A 130-year-old building, located on the Wolfgat cave, Archaeologist John Parkington, affirms it as “a substantial chamber lying under an unusually large calcrete shelf”. Almost certainly, the chamber, and passages leading into it, owe their origin to underground stream erosion that has removed softer sand from below the cemented shelf”, according to their website.The menu is customised in Chef Kobus van der Merwe’s signature beach vegetation foods. Imagine for a second, homemade bread and butter, local seafood, lamb and/or venison, married with handpicked wild herbs, seaweeds from the local rock pools. The Chef teams up with his six mostly female staff, to prepare the food with some of the features taking weeks of preparation.Sharing his excitement, following his win, Van der Merwe was quoted by @worldrestawards  saying; “I’m really proud to bring something like this back to our continent and beautiful country. I’m very proud to be working in a team of mostly women.”Not only has Wolfgat become a trailblazer in the culinary industry, but is now a conversation starter on the global stage, for its exclusive scenery, a stone throw away from the tranquil, yet rippling Atlantic Ocean and a contributor to South Africa’s Nation brand image and reputation. Wolfgat has strengthened and reaffirmed South Africa as a country that inspires new ways of excellence and has remained authentic to its diverse cultures and true to its robust history.“Just making the longlist was incredibly overwhelming, because I look up to all of the other restaurants that were nominated with us, and we certainly didn’t feel worthy of being there, so this is a few steps of insanity above this, so I can’t quite put it in words. I think it willl all sink in.” said  Kobus van der Merwe of @wolfgat on winning #RestaurantoftheYear and #OffMapDestination at the #worldrestaurantawards.We only book 20 diners per sitting – by keeping it small, we keep it sustainable. Brand South Africa congratulates Wolfgat for the incredible win which has elevated the country brand to new heights. To book a seat at the award winning restaurant  go to – Wolfgat BookingFun facts about Paternoster, home to this incredible restaurantPaternoster, meaning “Our Father” derives its name from the prayers of ship-wrecked Portuguese sailorsFamous for its abundance of crayfishEnjoys ten months of the year watching of whales and dolphins, frolicking in the oceanA breeding ground for over 250 species of birds with seabirds (seagulls, cormorants, sacred ibis and the oystercatcher)Five kilometres outside of the fishing village of Paternoster the last manned lighthouse constructed in 1963, rests on a windswept coastline within the Columbine Nature Reserve, the Cape Columbine LighthouseSource: SA-Venues.comImage: Wolfgat on Instagram.last_img read more

Modeling the future of soybeans in the Midwest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest How will the rising temperatures expected to occur with global climate change affect soybean growth in the Midwest? Rather than wait and see, researchers at the University of Illinois will use real crop data and computer modeling to better predict future impacts of higher temperatures on agricultural production and identify promising targets for adaptation.The project is being funded with a $420,000 USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture grant. U of I environmental scientist Kaiyu Guan is the project director. Carl Bernacchi and Elizabeth Ainsworth are co-project directors. Both are plant physiologists in the U of I Department of Plant Biology and Department of Crop Sciences.The project will look at how temperature affects major plant processes such as photosynthesis and respiration.“Higher temperatures in the future may result in accelerated crop growth rate and shorter growing seasons,” Guan said. “There will likely be direct heat stress effects on the various stages in plant reproduction, including number of flowers and pods produced and aborted and the higher temps may increase the plants’ demand for water. All of these factors will play a role in soybean crop yield.”Guan says the team will combine the temperature free-air controlled enhancement (T-FACE) experiment and a newly developed crop modeling framework (CLM-APSIM).  Infrared heating arrays will be used to heat three soybean varieties, representing the major groups planted across the Midwest for two growing seasons, and multiple physiological and biochemical measurements will be taken simultaneously.“We will then use the experiment results to improve and calibrate the model at the site level,” Guan said. “Using the calibrated model, we will attribute the historical yield loss due to increase temperature to different physiological mechanisms. Ultimately, we will project crop yield for the whole Corn Belt under the various climate scenarios, and quantify the contribution of each mechanism.”In addition to being an assistant professor in ecohydrology and geoinformatics in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at U of I, Guan has a joint appointment as a Blue Waters professor affiliated with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).last_img read more

Quick fix

first_imgTurkey in a weekWe are making a trip to Turkey, but we are limited to one week. I want three full days in Istanbul. Please suggest if we should do Ephesus next or Cappadocia? -Tanaaz Bhasin, MumbaiIstanbul by itself is a fabulous city to spend time in and thereafter a visit to Cappadocia gives you the following benefits over Ephesus. En route you can make multiple stops to enjoy the beauty of the Black Sea region. This route is also great for some window shopping. For instance, you can buy figs, pickled vegetables, tahini and nectar from Sapanca. While continuing your journey take a break at Abant and take a walking or horse cart tour of Lake Abant. Alternatively, you could even continue onwards to Ankara, but Abant is recommended over Ankara.Thereafter spend two nights in Cappadocia. Vsit the famous volcanic valleys, old Christian monasteries and troglodyte villages. Stop at the old Greek village of Sinasos, which is full of elegant stone houses and the old churches. Visit Avanos to purchase handicrafts. And keep some time for visit of Kaymakli Caves and Uchisar castles.A visit to Cappadocia is incomplete without a stop at the Goreme open air museum. Time permitting you could visit Konya, the birthplace for Sufism, which is also the city of Whirling Dervishes.Please remember that you have to travel mostly by road. Though the drives are quite comfortable, the journey to and fro is going to be pretty long.Walking LondonI have two days in London in October during which I would like to take as many walking tours as possible. Could you please give me some of the best options for someone with an interest in history, culture and sports?-Raghu Vishwa, ChandigarhLondon is a fun place to walk in and the city offers plenty of walking tours, where one can take in the moods and moments of the metropolis at a sedentary pace. In fact, the city has thousands of professional companies that organise walking tours and these can be booked online. Some of the popular walking tours that may interest you are as follows:Tower of London and London Bridge: This allows you to explore London’s wealth of historyJack the Ripper’s walking tourThe London East End walk, for art, fashion and cultureTrafalgar Square Sights Walk that includes many attractions such as the Nelson’s Column and The National Gallery.There is really a lot to see on foot in London, therefore we would recommend that you refer to some of the following to make a selection: www.londonwalks.com, www.viator.com.If you would like to cover more of London try the Bigbus Company, the open-top double deck buses for their hop-on hop-off day pass tours; www.bigbustours.com-Arun Khanna, National Head-Business Development, Club Mahindra TravelSend your queries to Quick Fix, India Today Travel Plus, 9th Floor, Videocon Tower, E-1 Jhandewalan Extn, New Delhi-55, or e-mail: [email protected]last_img read more

Byzantine Maritime Orders LR2 Tanker in South Korea

first_imgzoom Greek ship owner and operator Byzantine Maritime Corp. has decided to enter the tanker market as it placed an order for an LR2 tanker at South Korean shipbuilder Daehan Shipbuilding, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Featuring 114,900 dwt, the ECO tanker is scheduled to join its owner in 2017.Byzantine Maritime, which ordered the vessel for a price of USD 45 million, has an option for a second LR2 tanker at the same yard.If exercised, the second ship would be added to the company’s fleet in 2018.The shipowner operates a fleet of 11 Supramax bulk carriers, each of which feature around 56,000 dwt.Built between 2008 and 2014, the company’s bulkers have a total market value of some USD 145.2 million, according to VesselsValue.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more