GORMAN – This gray pit-stop along Interstate 5 on the Grapevine blossoms into a bright, vibrant tapestry once a year in the spring when wildflowers cover its hillsides – a scene that a group of UCLA Extension landscape-architecture students hopes could be protected from future development. These 25 students in the course Advanced Environmental Analysis and Planning compiled a 92-page report aimed at dedicating 2,800 acres along a 5-mile stretch of Gorman Post Road as a wildflower preserve. The proposal, which they plan to present to local property owners, was unveiled Saturday. “You sort of think about Gorman as the place where you have to stop and put (snow) chains on your car,” said Greg Maher, a third-year landscape architecture student and co-manager of the class project. “But it’s more than that. There is just a lot that’s going on around here. “It’s a different kind of planning exercise,” said O’Brien, a city of Los Angeles planner who has taught the course for seven years. “This is more like advocacy planning. You’re advocating that to be done, rather than planning for a site. “That particular area is ecologically valuable. It’s a conjunction of three major ecological areas. The desert, the mountains and the coast all come together right there – it’s unique. We want people to know how great this site is, and how precarious this site is right now.” The students spent eight weeks compiling land use, ecology, geology and environmental data to design a 2,800-acre preserve stretching from the intersection of Interstate 5 and state Route 138 to Gorman’s northeast town limits. They also propose a visitors center and granting Gorman Post Road state scenic highway status. “This is a big-picture sort of thing,” Maher said. “We’re looking at how something can be used 10 to 20 years down the road. We’ve never really dealt with anything like that before.” Whether the proposal takes root depends on the 22 private-property owners who own the 48 parcels covering the preserve site. “We’re not proposing to take away anybody’s land,” Maher said. “It’s at what point do you say, ‘Enough, leave this place alone?”‘ For student planner Meg Sullivan, the project took her studies out of the classroom and into the center of community planning policy. “When we have assignments up to this point, even if it’s designing a park or public place, nobody would’ve heard about it,” she said. “We had a sense that what we’re doing can really matter. “We hope that we could have an impact on this site. We all fell in love with it.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “It’s definitely about the wildflowers. But it’s also about what’s happening to the last vestiges of open space in Southern California.” A sleepy town dotted with a few motels and gas stations, Gorman is the last outpost before the Los Angeles-Kern county line. It was a key stop on the old Ridge Route through the Tehachapi Mountains, though its importance waned with the construction of Interstate 5. Still, the area remains renowned for its natural scenery – local poppies inspired artist Christo to set 1,760 giant umbrellas in 1991 along the Grapevine as part of his “Umbrellas” project. But development is creeping in. A spring-water farm and a small subdivision have been proposed, while The Tejon Ranch Co. is planning the 23,000-home Centennial development to the north. It adds up to a fertile classroom for University of California, Los Angeles, Extension planning instructor Michael O’Brien, a change of pace from the usual parks or public plaza design projects.
You can get involved with television personality Dr Michael Mol, entrepreneur Emmanuel Bonoko and social cohesion activist Yusuf Abramjee, here:Emmanuel Bonoko, founder of E Bonoko Foundation, is one of the guests on episode eight of the Play Your Part television series, broadcast on 28 October 2017. (Images supplied)Brand South AfricaIn episode eight of the Play Your Part television series you’ll hear how Emmanuel Bonoko uses his companies to run a book drive for youth in impoverished communities. He also holds workshops on entrepreneurship and mentorship.The other two guests are Yusuf Abramjee and Dr Michael Mol. The episode of Play Your Part, which will be aired on Saturday, 28 October, is hosted by musician Kabelo Mabalane.Here’s how you can get involved with the guests and their initiatives:Emmanuel BonokoBonoko’s book drive project was founded in 2012 under the E Bonoko Foundation. The books are delivered to schools in impoverished areas, libraries, prisons and community centres. The entrepreneur also hosts various speakers who give talks on leadership, business and youth empowerment under his company, E Bonoko Holdings.Contact detailsWebsite: ebonokofoundation.co.zaEmail: [email protected]: @EMMANUELBONOKOYusuf AbramjeeYusuf AbramjeeAbramjee was Primedia’s Lead SA ambassador, a campaign that spreads news of South Africans doing great work to make the country a better place. This Play Your Part ambassador is involved with several non-governmental organisations. He is also the director of Crime Stoppers International, as well as ambassador of initiatives such as the CEO Sleepout South Africa and #TurnBackCrime.Contact detailsWebsite: abramjee.comEmail: [email protected]: @AbramjeeDr Michael MolDr. Michael MolMol found a way to give every South African access to a doctor via their cellphones by using mobile technology. His passion for medicine also led to two television series, Hello Doctor and The Dr Michael Mol Show, which he produces.Contact detailsWebsite: drmichaelmol.comEmail: [email protected]: @drmichaelmolPlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
With the advent of the paddy transplantation season in Punjab and Haryana, an expected delay in monsoon and the ongoing heatwave have left farmers worried.Monsoon is likely to hit the two States by the first week of July, five-six days later than its usual onset, according to the India Meteorological Department.Water-guzzling crop “Paddy is a water-guzzling crop and hence a delay in the rains would mean an increase in the cost of cultivation for the farmers. Dependency on the groundwater would also rise,” said Surinder Pal, director, IMD-Chandigarh.“Also, this year the temperatures have been slightly higher than previous year. On an average, between mid-April and mid-June, the region has seen a 0.5 degree Celsius rise in temperature against last year. Besides, the summer has been abrupt. The water levels in the dams are good, which could ease the situation,” he added.Fearing adverse impact of the changes in the climatic conditions on the crops, farmers’ unions in Punjab are now demanding an uninterrupted supply of electricity beyond eight hours that the State government has assured to provide.“The eight-hour power supply to run tube wells for paddy won’t help farmers this year. The government needs to provide electricity beyond that. With temperatures on the rise and a delay in the rains, the cost to sustain the crop is all set to go up for the farmers,” said Harmeet Singh of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Kadian).“A minimum of 10 hours of uninterrupted water supply is required, only then would the farmers be able to sustain their crops. In the absence of power supply, the farmers will have to irrigate their fields with diesel-operated generators, which would raise the cost of inputs,” he said.The State government has made arrangements for 14,000 MW, with the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited anticipating the demand to be around 13,500 MW. BKU demandBharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) president Balbir Singh said, “First of all, the government needs to develop a mechanism to provide uninterrupted power supply. There have been instances when as soon as the power demand peaks, the system trips. The government should ensure 10 hours of electricity for the paddy crop otherwise the farmers would suffer losses this season.”
Sushil Kumar assured India of a sixth medal at the London Olympics and his second successive at the Games by powering into the men’s 66kg freestyle wrestling final at the ExCel Arena in London on Sunday.Sushil, bronze medallist in Beijing four years ago, edged out Kazakhstan’s Akzhurek Tanatarov 3-1 in a thrilling semi-final, his third fight of the day. He faces Japanese Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu in the gold medal play-off later on Sunday.With the win, he bettered his Beijing performance and ensured India its second medal from wrestling in London after Yogeshwar Dutt won the bronze in the 60kg freestyle event Saturday.India’s other medallists at the London Games are shooters Vijay Kumar (silver) and Gagan Narang (bronze), boxer M.C. Mary Kom (bronze) and badminton star Saina Nehwal (bronze), contributing in the country’s best medal haul at the Olympics.Tanatarov seemed the likely winner during the third and final period before Sushil fought back through grit and experience.With the Kazakh leading 3-0, Sushil came up with brilliant moves to leave Tanatarov reeling on the mat. The contest ended with the Indian winning the period 6-3 and his opponent bleeding from the right ear.Sushil had won the first period 3-0 and Kazakh levelled the fight in the second with the same scoreline.Earlier, the 2010 World Champion muscled his way into the last four beating Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan 3-1.The Indian could have wrapped up the fight in period 2 but Navruzov turned the tables on him with six seconds remaining.advertisementSushil got the measure of his opponent in period 3, winning it 2-0 to seal the contest.The 29-year-old started the day in a scintillating fashion, dismissing the Beijing gold medallist, Ramazan Sahin, in the opening round.