A giant corpse flower at the Cibodas Botanical Garden in West Java has bloomed for the second time since 2017, without going through its typical dormancy phase.Destri, a researcher at the botanical garden, said that the 3.5-meter-tall Amorphophallus titanum, also known as a titan arum, blossomed on Sunday, less than three years after its last bloom in 2017. The flower, which only grows in the wild in the rainforests of Sumatra, usually blooms in four-year intervals.This particular titan arum was moved to the Cibodas Botanical Garden from its initial habitat in Kerinci Seblat National Park in West Sumatra in the year 2000. It has bloomed six times since, Destri said, with its first bloom occurring in 2003. One of the garden’s other titan arums bloomed in March. Unfortunately, the flowers are not available for public viewing since the Indonesian Institute of Sciences has closed the four botanical gardens under its management in Cibodas, Bogor, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.Titan arums are often referred to as corpse flowers because of their distinctly foul odor, described as a mix of rotting fish and strong cheese.First discovered in 1878 by Italian botanist Odoardo Beccari, the titan arum is cultivated by botanical gardens and private collectors around the world. According to the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BCGI) database, at least 70 gardens worldwide have a titan arum, most of them in the United States and Europe. (vny)Topics :
Four burglaries struck the Orsini Apartments in Downtown Los Angeles this week, according to KPCC.The incidents, which occurred between Friday night and Monday, totaled approximately $40,000 worth of items, including three laptops, several high-end hand bags and $1,800 in cash.All four incidents occurred in units where residents had left their windows open, the LAPD told KPCC. Orsini, though a popular luxury housing option for many USC students, has long had a reputation for property crime. Two suspects in 2008 were taken into custody in connection with nine burglaries of the complex, according to a report by Curbed LA.According to police, officers are currently investigating two suspects in connection to the crimes. As the complex has 24-hour doorman security and a gated parking garage, police suspect the burglaries to be an “inside job,” KPCC reported.Though burglaries and car break-ins are nothing new at the Orsini, increased security detail and efforts by the LAPD to educate residents on basic precautionary security have contributed to increased crime control.
The Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index aims to promote the sustainable growth of international meeting destinations, highlighting best practices and responsible business tourism. In a world increasingly focused on responsible business and environmental impact, the GDS-Index helps destinations to engage clients with sustainability align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and drive the adoption, promotion and recognition of sustainable practices in their city.Cities are measured on their environmental, social, supplier and Convention Bureau performance. Copenhagen was given a total GDS-index of 79% just four percent after 1st ranked Gothenburg but well above the GDS-index average of 55%. Copenhagen scored a perfect 100% in social performance. Compared to the index average of 39% on the Convention Bureau performance, Copenhagen CVB scored a satisfying 75% but with room for improvements.