Nile Rodgers We Are Family Foundation To Honor Jimmy Carter

first_imgOn Friday, April 29, 2016, the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF), a not-for-profit organization founded by legendary GRAMMY Award winning musician, Nile Rodgers, will honor President Jimmy Carter at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.President Jimmy Carter will receive the distinguished Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award which honors a person who has made a significant contribution towards promoting a peaceful society. Jimmy Carter served as the thirty-ninth President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. In 1982 President Carter became University Distinguished Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and founded The Carter Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that actively addresses international and national issues of public policy. He is the author of twenty-eight books and numerous articles. In 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Previous honorees include, Dr. Maya Angelou, Desmond Tutu and Paul Simon.The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award was named in honor of the late 13-year old best-selling poet and peacemaker, Mattie J.T. Stepanek. “From the age of 7, Mattie viewed Jimmy Carter as a role model. After the two began interacting when Mattie was 10, President Carter served as a mentor to Mattie as he pursued his own peace endeavors. These two peacemakers collaborated on a book, and grew a bond of mutual respect and love. Today, their book, “Just Peace: A Message of Hope” serves as the curriculum foundation for global youth seeking to improve our world by tending to basic human needs. I am beyond excited that Mattie’s friend, and mine, Jimmy Carter, will be accepting the 2016 Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker award from WAFF. This award is truly a celebration of Mattie’s legacy, which was indeed shaped by this amazing humanitarian and peacemaker,” remarked Dr. Jeni Stepanek, “Mattie’s Mom”. Bono will also be honored at the Gala and receive the We Are Family Foundation Humanitarian Award, which honors a person in the public eye who has made tremendous efforts and inroads into making the human condition better throughout the world. The lead singer of the iconic and award-winning band U2, Bono is also a long-time activist in the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa. He is the cofounder of ONE, a global advocacy and campaigning organization and (RED) which works with companies to raise awareness and funds for the fight against AIDS. Previous recipients of the WAFF Humanitarian Award have included Sir Elton John, Sting & Trudie Styler, Steve Van Zandt, Nile Rodgers, Jackson Browne and Peter Gabriel.The funds raised will support WAFF’s mission and programs including WAFF’s signature program, Three Dot Dash, which identifies, supports and mentors Global Teen Leaders actively working on programs that address basic human needs and promoting a more peaceful world; and TEDxTeen, a global educational platform for extraordinary teenagers to share their ideas, stories and inspire millions.To purchase tickets, or to make a contribution to the We Are Family Foundation, please visit wearefamilyfoundation.org. Contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.Arrivals and reception begin at 6:30pm on Friday, April 29, 2016 followed by the awards ceremony, dinner and live concert with Nile Rodgers & CHIC and Bono beginning at 7:30pm at the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom located at 311 West 34th Street in New York City.Find more info here.last_img read more

Solar power used to create hydrogen fuel from seawater

first_imgBoston: Stanford scientists have devised a way to generate hydrogen fuel from seawater using solar power, an advance that may help pave the way for a novel sustainable source of energy. The findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, demonstrate a new way of separating hydrogen and oxygen gas from salt water. The technology could also be used for purposes beyond generating energy. Since the process also produces breathable oxygen, divers or submarines could bring devices into the ocean and generate oxygen down below without having to surface for air. Existing water-splitting methods rely on highly purified water, which is a precious resource and costly to produce. Theoretically, to power cities and cars, “you need so much hydrogen it is not conceivable to use purified water,” said Hongjie Dai, professor at Stanford University in US. Hydrogen is an appealing option for fuel because it does not emit carbon dioxide, Dai said. Burning hydrogen produces only water and should ease worsening climate change problems. Researchers showed proof-of-concept with a demo, but the researchers will leave it up to manufacturers to scale and mass produce the design. As a concept, splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen with electricity — called electrolysis — is a simple and old idea: a power source connects to two electrodes placed in water. When power turns on, hydrogen gas bubbles out of the negative end — called the cathode — and breathable oxygen emerges at the positive end — the anode. However, negatively charged chloride in seawater salt can corrode the positive end, limiting the system’s lifespan. Researchers wanted to find a way to stop those seawater components from breaking down the submerged anodes. They discovered that if they coated the anode with layers that were rich in negative charges, the layers repelled chloride and slowed down the decay of the underlying metal. They layered nickel-iron hydroxide on top of nickel sulphide, which covers a nickel foam core. The nickel foam acts as a conductor — transporting electricity from the power source — and the nickel-iron hydroxide sparks the electrolysis, separating water into oxygen and hydrogen. During electrolysis, the nickel sulphide evolves into a negatively charged layer that protects the anode. Just as the negative ends of two magnets push against one another, the negatively charged layer repels chloride and prevents it from reaching the core metal.last_img read more

OMP to become fully operational during first quarter of 2018

Tittawella made these remarks at the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission in New York. Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam, joined by the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Indrajit Coomaraswamy also spoke. “A budget and organizational framework are already in place and we are working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), among other international entities to provide training and expertise to the OMP to help it become operational to the highest professional standards,” he said. “The co-sponsorship of UNHRC resolutions 30/1 of 2015, extended by UNHRC 34/1 earlier this year, set an extremely ambitious reform agenda including the establishment of four transitional justice mechanisms. These mechanisms are in the process of being established with Sri Lankan leadership and participation. The process was enriched by the work of the Consultative Task Force, which in turn drew from broad civil society-led national consultations that were held in our country for the very first time. It also benefitted from shared international expertise and assistance,” Tittawella said.He said that a draft law on reparations has been prepared and is presently being discussed with experts, but ongoing reparations work by the Government is continuing under the Rehabilitation of Persons, Properties and Industries Authority (REPPIA), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is helping the Government to lay the groundwork for an enhanced reparations process that draws upon international best practice. The Office of Missing Persons (OMP), will become fully operational during the first quarter of 2018, Mano Tittawella, Secretary-General of the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms (SCRM) said.He says the Constitutional Council will begin interviewing suitable candidates for OMP commissioners very soon. The public application deadline closed 10 days ago. He also said that draft legislation for a Truth Seeking Commission (TSC) is also complete and similarly under further discussion and consultation with experts before being presented to the Cabinet of Ministers. The civil society led drafting committee drew upon international best practices, while ensuring that the TSC model tailored to the unique Sri Lankan context while also drawing from recommendations made by the Consultation Task Force.“Our Government has benefited from insights shared by international experts on both Truth Commissions and Accountability mechanisms, most recently from Colombia, who were able to undertake a mission to Sri Lanka thanks to PBF support. We are also making headway on the design of an Accountability mechanism, while trying to focus as a priority, at the earliest possible, on consultations and capacity building initiatives in forensics, investigations, and prosecutorial strategies, while also carrying out awareness raising programmes that the transitional justice processes, especially the judicial  mechanism, will not unfairly target any community or the security forces but benefit all, equally. We are especially thankful in this context to the Government of Japan and to Judge Motoo Noguchi for sharing his experience and ideas on Accountability mechanisms, during his mission to Sri Lanka last month and look forward to remaining engaged,” he said.Tittawella said that while in 2017, Sri Lanka has made slow, steady progress, much of that progress is not yet visible. He noted that Sri Lanka had benefited from the support of many bilateral partners, the UN family, and the PBF in particular. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Annan urges African countries to join digital revolution

Underscoring the rising importance of communications technologies, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today encouraged the world’s poorest countries to embrace the digital revolution in a message marking Africa Industrialization Day. “Information technologies are a fundamental part of industrial development,” said Mr. Annan, in emphasizing this year’s theme, “The Industrialization of Africa and the New Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).” ICT, he said, can increase productivity and bring distant locations together by reducing communications and transportation costs. In addition, ICTs can simultaneously make valuable market information available to African producers and improve the ability of Africans to market their products by “linking African industrial and trade centres with their counterparts in the rest of the world,” said Mr. Annan. He urged African governments to do their utmost to help their peoples to seize opportunities offered by the digital revolution and assured that the “UN system and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will likewise do their part to ensure that ICTs serve the continent’s efforts towards industrial development and the wider quest for progress and peace.” For his part, the President of the General Assembly, Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic, said that since by the year 2025 it is expected that more than half of the African population will be living in cities, new ICT is the key to rapid sustainable development. “ICT would facilitate human development, accelerate intra-African trade and improve access to the markets of developed countries,” Mr. Kavan said, calling for a renewal of the commitments by all parties –including the African Union, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, the Conference of African Ministers for Industry and specific public and private partnerships – to the sustainable development of the continent. read more

UN mission in Haiti defeats first effort to infiltrate a base

At a post manned by Brazilian troops in the Bel-Air district of the capital, Port-au-Prince, at about 4:30 a.m., local time, “the bandits tried to infiltrate the MINUSTAH soldiers’ base, recently established on Rue Tiremasse,” it said. “The ‘blue helmets’ reacted efficiently to this criminal effort. One bandit was killed, one gun seized, and the other three people succeeded in running away.”MINUSTAH’s report came the day after the head of UN peacekeeping, Under-Secretary-General Jean-Marie Guéhenno, told journalists at UN Headquarters in New York that the mission needed troops with specialized training for its raids in the Bel-Air and Cité Soleil shantytowns, where he said gangs were victimizing the poor. read more

New Rodman Hall director getting hands on with art

“I really missed curatorial work and being aligned with the artistic process,” Stuart Reid says. Rodman Hall Art Centre’s new director is aware that he has a nicer office than most.Stuart Reid works in a spacious room near the front of the historic mansion on St. Paul Crescent. The floors are hardwood. The office ceilings stretch high.“I feel very fortunate to work in an office like this,” he said in an interview during his first month on the job. He became the new director on Jan. 1.Reid is no stranger to new locations. A native of Scotland, he grew up in the Chatham area and studied art and art history at York University. His first job in the industry was as associate curator of The Craft Gallery of the Ontario Crafts Council in Toronto. He went on to work at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, and served as director and curator of the Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery in Owen Sound. At his most recent post, the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Sask., he spent two and a half years as executive director.At the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Reid oversaw a staff of 45. He’s looking forward to getting more hands on with Rodman Hall’s exhibitions and art collection.“I really missed curatorial work and being aligned with the artistic process, working with artists and handling work.”Reid is an internationally recognized art curator and writer. He is past president of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. He is an alumnus of the J. Paul Getty Trust’s Museum Leadership Institute at the University of California at Berkeley, and is also an elected member of the International Curators of Contemporary Art Network based in Luxenbourg.The arts are a lifelong interest for the new director. He is an artist himself, although “when you develop a critical eye, you tend to levy that against yourself.” His partner is a singer, songwriter and recording artist. Reid also enjoys cooking and travel.His goal, he says, is for Rodman Hall “to continue to be a leader in the field and an important contemporary arts centre,” he said.“I see potential for the arts centre to be a portal for Brock to develop new conversations with the community,” he said.The mansion itself and its spacious botanical gardens are also a touchstone in Niagara, he said. Rodman Hall was built in 1853 by Thomas Rodman Merritt. He was the son of William Hamilton Merritt, who built the first Welland Canal.“This year is the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812,” Reid said. “We’ll all be celebrating the history of the Niagara Region and I know that Rodman Hall is intricately linked to our storytelling.” read more

Gardaí catch armed robbers as they leave the filling station they had

first_imgTHREE PEOPLE ARE being questioned at Blanchardstown tonight after they were caught leaving the filling station they had just raided.At about 9pm today, two men wearing balaclavas and armed with a knife and handgun entered the shop at the petrol station on Clonsilla Road, threatened staff and stole a quantity of cash.As they exited the store, they were intercepted by gardaí who were on patrol in the area.The third person – a woman in her 40s who was driving the car used in the raid – was also arrested at the scene.The firearm, knife and stolen money were all recovered. The men are aged in their late teens and early 20s.Local councillor David McGuinness welcomed the arrests, noting that the area had been the target of numerous robbers in recent times.“Tonight’s arrests will sent out a strong message to would-be criminals,” he said.“I also wish to extend my thoughts to the brave workers in the station who must be absolutely traumatised following tonight’s robbery,” he added.Read: Man released as part of investigation into murder of 3-year-old boyMore: Pilot arrested at English airport on suspicion of being drunkToday: Pedestrian in his 70s killed in crash outside Mullingar hospitallast_img read more

Australia among Greeks popular destinations in 2018

first_imgMore and more Greeks have been traveling abroad, according to data provided by the National Bank of Greece.During the last 13 years, flights and cruises outside Greece have seen an increase of 240 per cent; from 3,6 million trips in 2005 hitting 7,96 trips in 2018.Of those trips a whopping 7,3 million tickets belong to individual travelers while 700.000 were booked through travel agencies.Greece’s most favourite – or popular – destination for 2018 was Bulgaria with 2,37 million trips, while Turkey came second with 967.000 arrivals from Greece. Within the European Union, Germany was the most preferred destination receiving 499.000 Greeks; neighbouring Italy received 405.000 visitors.ALSO READ: Souvlaki prices increase to 3 euros in Greece this summerMany are those who chose Easter to visit foreign destinations, 15 per cent more than last year according to FedHATTAn affiliated travel agencies.With Israel and Jerusalem at the top of the list around this time of year, mainly for religious reasons, Jordan, Dubai, Morocco and Egypt are also high on the list, usually as an additional stop before or after Jerusalem.Constantinople, Italy, France and Spain are also very popular in Spring especially among younger travelers. Meanwhile, Russia, Romania and Central Europe or the Balkans seem to be high on the list when it comes to organised tours.In the last two years, however, there has also been a surge in distant and more costly destinations such as Peru, Africa, the US, Latin America and Australia.Even though the Greek economy appears to be recuperating from the crisis, travel agents are yet to make up for the loss they suffered during the last decade, Lyssandros Tsilidis, President of Greece’s Travel Agents Association told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA).ALSO READ: Australian citizens applying for partner visas also under scrutiny as of 17 April Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Hongrie la boue rouge toujours présente

first_imgHongrie : la boue rouge toujours présente Après l’accident industriel qui avait frappé la Hongrie en octobre dernier, entraînant une énorme quantité de boue rouge toxique dans plusieurs villages de l’ouest du pays, les dégâts causés restent visibles. Certaines maisons attendent d’être démolies et le chômage de la région atteint aujourd’hui les 20%.   Le 4 octobre 2010, l’usine de bauxite-aluminium d’Ajka, située à l’ouest de la Hongrie, voyait un de ses réservoirs se fissurer. Environ 700.000 mètres cubes de boue rouge toxique s’étaient alors déversés sur une dizaine de kilomètres carrés, polluant tous les cours d’eau environnants et atteignant même le Danube. Six mois après la catastrophe, les villages qui avaient été inondés restaient encore interdits d’accès. L’état d’urgence reste en vigueur jusqu’au 30 juin, indique l’AFP.  À lire aussiDes polluants détectés dans l’eau, même en bouteilleCertaines villes sont devenues des villages fantômes, à l’image de Devecser, où 20 rues ont été touchées. Les gens partent car ils craignent pour leur santé et celle de leurs enfants. Les commerces ont fermé et 102 des 261 maisons inondées ont déjà été démolies. Le gouvernement hongrois évalue à 80 millions d’euros le montant des travaux de nettoyage et de reconstruction de nouveaux logements. Le chef de chantier, Arpad Muhoray, explique que la terre que les engins ont récoltée sera “transportée dans des réservoirs où elle sera recouverte et recultivée”. A peu près 480.000 mètres cubes ont ainsi été décapés. Cette terre, remise en culture, ne permettra pas “de cultiver des plantes pour la consommation pendant les dix prochaines années, nous pensons plutôt semer des plantes industrielles pour des énergies alternatives” (bioéthanol par exemple) a expliqué le maire de Devecser.  Une pétition a été adressée au gouvernement par 1.500 personnes souhaitant que “des laboratoires étrangers indépendants” fassent des études pour évaluer les conséquences à long terme de l’exposition à cette boue toxique. Janos Almasi, le porte-parole de ces personnes a expliqué qu’ils voulaient “savoir comment cette crasse omniprésente” les affecterait, rapporte 20 minutes.  Pour l’heure, la question de la responsabilité de l’accident n’a toujours pas été réglée. La société MAL exploitant l’usine de bauxite et d’aluminium est mise en cause mais les experts indiquent également que les autorités n’ont pas joué leur rôle en délivrant certains permis qui n’auraient normalement pas dû l’être.     Le 25 avril 2011 à 12:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Man rescued after catamaran capsizes off Hobie Beach

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Crews came to the rescue of a boater after a catamaran capsized near Hobie Beach.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, City of Miami Fire Rescue units and the U.S. Coast Guard scoured the water until they spotted the victim and the vessel near Stiltsville.Officials said the victim, named Patrick, had rented the vessel. After the catamaran capsized, he was adrift for some time off the Rickenbacker Causeway before he was found.The boater was hoisted onto a rescue chopper and airlifted to an area near the Miami Seaquarium, and an ambulance took him back to his vehicle.The victim refused treatment.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Drying fish and having trouble with flies A local biologist wants to

first_imgBug webbing hangs around John McIntyre’s drying rack near Bethel on the Kuskokwim River. (Photo courtesy of John McIntyre)As fishing restrictions push salmon harvests on the Kuskokwim River later into the wet part of summer, families are seeking new ways to dry their fish and keep bugs away. A local fish biologist has a possible solution and is seeking volunteers to test it out.Listen nowLast summer, stories of spoiled fish traveled along the Kuskokwim River. The rain seemed constant and the flies relentless. Families lost catches from entire fishing openings to rot and maggots. Aaron Moses is a federal fishery biologist at the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. He saw what was happening and wanted to help.Moses grew up in Toksook Bay and now lives in Bethel. He watched as families hung mosquito netting around their fish racks to keep the flies away. The netting kept the bugs out, but it also kept out something that the rows of salmon slabs and strips needed to dry: air flow.“A lot of that mosquito netting only allows five to 15 percent of air to flow through it,” Moses explained, “and so it caused a lot of the fish to spoil.”Fish racks may need more airflow than before. In recent years, restrictions aimed at conserving king salmon have changed how people fish. Fishery managers have restricted subsistence salmon fishing to brief windows, six to 24 hours long, as the kings pass through the lower and middle river. As a result, people try to catch as many fish as they can at once, and they pack their fish racks more densely than they used to.“In the past, people would go out and catch 15 to 20 [fish] at a time and be like, ‘Okay, we’re done for the day,’” Moses said. “Now with these openings, people are trying to get 50 to 100 fish at one time, and so it takes a lot more work to make sure that every single one of them is going to be able to dry properly.”Moses is a scientist, so he started researching and looking for a webbing that would keep flies out while allowing air to flow in. The answer came while he was catching up with an old friend who lives on a fruit farm in Oregon.“And he showed me this netting that keeps the bugs out, and he said it’s been very successful. I thought I’d give it a try,” Moses said. “And it’s actually worked out a lot better than I even imagined it would.”The difference is that the webbing is woven into triangles, rather than squares, and the design allows 85 percent or more of the air to flow through it. It’s also made from PVC and highly durable.“We were just pulling on it, but we were also cutting it and trying to see if it would rip like other things do when you make a little nick on it,” Moses described. “But it’s interwoven, so even if you put a little puncture hole in it, the way it’s woven won’t allow it to rip.”Moses will send out the webbing to anyone who wants to try it in the region. For elders living nearby, he’ll hang it up himself. The netting is free, and so far 15 families have taken him up on his offer.“From the pictures I’ve gotten, a lot of these fish camps look really nice and the bug netting has been very successful,” Moses said, laughing. “I got a comment yesterday saying that, ‘This is the first time there’s no bugs on the backbones of my salmon.’”The webbing has also kept away another pest that has plagued fish dryers no matter what season they’re working in: the many birds that peck at the hanging fish.Distributing the webbing is one piece of a larger project. Moses is also interviewing subsistence families along the Kuskokwim river and nearby coastal communities to learn how different areas preserve fish and what we can all learn from each other. He plans to release his results in the spring.You can contact Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge fish biologist Aaron Moses at 907-545-3620 or at aaron_moses@fws.gov.last_img read more

PlayStation Now streaming The Last of Us to the PS Vita looks

first_imgYesterday at CES 2014, Sony announced PlayStation Now, the result of the company’s purchase of Gaikai’s game streaming technology back in 2012. For a long time, everyone wondered when Sony would show off the fruits of its Gaikai labors, and we all assumed the streaming tech would be used to put a form of backwards compatibility into current-gen consoles. Rather than show off something desirable but expected — such as streaming an original PlayStation game that isn’t resource intensive — Sony went right after our heartstrings and streamed the PS3 masterpiece, The Last of Us, which is arguably the best-looking last-gen console game. Not ready to call it day, Sony streamed that PS3 game to the PS Vita, and now thanks to sister site IGN, we have a clear view of what PlayStation Now can be.Along with Vita streaming, Sony revealed that PlayStation Now will not only come to the PS4 and PS3, but certain models of Bravia TVs as well, allowing you to play video games on your TV without the need for a game console. However, as people that remember OnLive will note, it’s impossible to play a streamed game when there’s even a small bit of latency. In any game that requires precision actions (meaning, most games), if your button press isn’t delivered to the streaming servers right when you press it, it can and will ruin the experience. As we can see from the video below, latency is barely noticeable — if noticeable at all.Of course, streaming high-end games shouldn’t be difficult for a game streaming service — after all, the company would have the hardware powerful enough to run the game. The reason why a TLOU stream is exciting is because it hints that Sony won’t just relegate PlayStation Now to streaming forgotten games from old consoles. Instead, it’s streaming one of Sony’s premier titles, which isn’t even a year old.We don’t yet know what the pricing — or even the full library — will look like, but Sony did say that the a subscription fee will be offered, as well as a rent-a-title structure. PlayStation Now is targeted to release this summer, and if it can run games without latency in a common household with standard internet speeds, it could be a giant hit.last_img read more

More than 30000 sea turtle eggs confiscated in Oaxaca loot bust

first_imgSantiago Astata, Oaxaca — More than 30,000 sea turtle eggs were confiscated by environmental officials in Oaxaca after federal police discovered a group of men selling them.The arrests were made after an investigation by members from La Unidad Especializada en Investigación de Delitos contra el Ambiente (the specialized unit for crimes against the environment) in Mexico City. The special laws division implemented an operation which resulted in the seizure of more than 30,000 olive ridley turtle eggs.The specialized investigators report that five men were arrested in the municipality of Santiago Astata in the stretch known as La Pozolita during their operation. The arrest was made by federal police on the Huatulco-Salina Cruz highway.The arrests came after the five men in two cars were trying to sell the sea turtle eggs. They were on their way to Salina Cruz to market them.Photo: La Unidad Especializada en Investigación de Delitos contra el AmbienteThere are only two sea turtle sanctuaries along the coast of Oaxaca for the olive ridley turtle. One is located in Playa Ventanilla and the other in Morro Ayuta. Both beaches are reportedly protected by the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas and the Secretariat of the Navy.However, in the more than 30 kilometers of beach where the sea turtles lay eggs, the locals are their main predator in the area of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec where they consume turtle eggas are part of the traditional diet.The news of the sea turtle egg looting comes at the same time as the death of more than 100 sea turtles along the coast of Oaxaca.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tourism INDABA 2016 Bringing Africa under one sky

first_imgBy June Mukherjee, Durban, South AfricaIf tourism is a sector of progress for the people of Africa, then INDABA was its embodiment. With exhibitors from 17 countries like Egypt, Madagascar, Botswana, Mauritius, Seychelles, Namibia, Tanzania, Benin, Lesotho, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Swaziland, Malawi, Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Mozambique and of course South Africa – Indaba showcased more exhibitors from the continent under one roof than ever, with over nine of the continent’s Tourism Ministers present. INDABA, the premier African travel and tourism show in the world concluded with 14,000 business meetings, 1,050 exhibitors, 1,856 buyers and 724 media.The theme for INDABA this year was ‘Putting you at the forefront of business success’ and it was South African Tourism’s promise to its exhibitors on show at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, Durban from May 7 to 9.Derek Hanekom, Tourism Minister, South Africa, said, “INDABA expresses what the soul of Africa is all about. We are bound together by our common past, and our future is intertwined. We feel a powerful sense of belonging when we come together to move tourism forward. It starts with the people who partner with SA Tourism to put on this great show. And after the stands have been packed away, it will be about how our governments throughout the continent partner with industry and communities, and how we join forces to receive the next wave of tourists. All indications are that 2016 will be a bumper year for tourism in South Africa. Tourist arrivals in Africa are expected to reach 130 million by 2030. This is more than double the 50 million arrivals we are currently receiving. In South Africa, we are investing in our key sites, and training our people to enhance the visitor experience at these destinations. As we build our destination, we are also adjusting our marketing efforts to keep pace with global trends. A successful Indaba contributes to the success of tourism in all our countries.”Indaba 2016 delivered better business results and more meaningful interactions with key buyers from across the globe – again demonstrating the growth and potential of African tourism sector. For established companies Indaba offered the opportunity to connect with loyal existing clients and the potential to develop new business.Sthembiso Dlamini, Acting Chief Executive Officer, South African Tourism, said, “As South African Tourism we are delighted to once again to bring the latest edition of INDABA. This is where all our delegates experience some of the best of what Africa has to offer in the travel and tourism industry under the same roof. We showcase new products and services that attest to the variety of experiences that we have.”About 40 Tanzanian tourism stakeholders, including national conservation agencies, Ngorongoro crater and Tanapa led by the Tanzania Tourist Board, participated at INDABA. “While we expect a significant growth of International arrivals this year, regional markets remain a potential segment that we are happy with the response of the Indaba trade show,” said Devota Mdachi, Managing Director, Tanzania Tourist Board.“INDABA is where we finalise contracts with our clients and consolidate our brand with operators we’ve developed relationships with over the year,” says Belinda Pedersen, General Manager, International Sales, Tsogo Sun.“Our primary objective is to showcase the significance of Freedom Park (Pretoria) as liberation heritage product at this prestigious event whilst keeping abreast with global trends and new developments within the tourism and travel industry,” says Jane Mufamadi, Chief Executive Officer, Freedom Park, the heritage destination of South Africa.Last year, the Travel and Tourism Competitive Report, presented by the World Economic Forum, confirmed that tourism constitutes nine percent of Africa’s overall economy and that some African nations were well positioned to benefit from the projected 4.9% growth in the continent’s travel and tourism business. Tourism arrivals to the continent are projected to reach 130 million travellers by 2030, over double the current 50 million arrivals.Open skies, interdepartmental collaboration and trust between government and industry were some of the topics discussed at the Ministerial Media Talk facilitated by CNN anchor Richard Quest.Hanneli Slabber, Country Manager – India, South African Tourism, added, “INDABA 2016 was one of the most successful trade engagements for us. This year saw a total of 7,292 delegates in attendance with 17 countries from across the African continent who exhibited. In total 14,000 quality meetings were held over the three days of the show. INDABA is the largest platform for our trade partners to learn about the great products and iconic experiences that South Africa has to offer. As more and more Indians put South Africa on their itinerary, it is essential that our travel partners have access to resources that will enable to deepen their destination knowledge and hone their expertise. South Africa offers visitors numerous activities and experiences, and there’s something for everyone, right from wildlife to adventure, culture & lifestyle to indulgent luxury. INDABA is really the best place for our partners to witness the breadth and depth of our offerings. We’re certain that INDABA will equip our partners to better sell South Africa by providing tailor-made packages to Indian tourists.”No other initiative gives South African travel and tourism exhibitors the most lucrative platform, to sell their products and services to buyers from across the world than INDABA’s speed marketing sessions. In just five minutes, exhibitors demonstrated to between 170 and 200 global buyers, that as entrepreneurs they understand, how to operate, market and package, their offerings in line with local and global trends. Three days were dedicated to three themes – a) World Heritage Sites & Culture, b) Safari and c) Adventure.For the first time, INDABA had a Hidden Gems Zone, built to showcase products and services from South African Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs). For three days of the exhibition, SMMEs enjoyed networking opportunities with buyers from around the world; attended workshops facilitated to provide knowledge and tools on how to access the market and shared their stories with global media.South African Tourism India office took the initiative to take an Indian delegation with a good mix of travel agents, tour operators working in African sector, mainline as well as travel trade media and bloggers. The delegation was given a taste of African wildlife with pre and post familiarisation tours that included select property inspections, private safaris and game drives.last_img read more

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The ruling party is reacting to a legal suit filed at a federal High Court, Tinubu added that Yasmin’s death was not only a loss to her grieving parents, I hope I get deposed: http://s.t. policy director for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. APC, We were arrested and kept completely away from Russians so we couldn’t give them any outside information. Shows how unbalanced & unfair trade is, Neither shall we be intimidated by executive maladministration.India,including Delhi on Thursday The National Capital received rains as monsoon arrived a day ahead of its schedule The showers in parts of the city brought the mercury down even as humidity levels shot up — oscillating between 100 percent and 60 percent The maximum temperature was recorded at 352 degrees Celsius two notches below the season’s average while the minimum temperature settled at 242 degrees Celsius four notches below the season’s average a weather official told PTI The Safdarjung observatory recording of which is considered the official figure for the city recorded 204 millimetres of rainfall till 830 am It received traces of rainfall till 530 pm and later in the evening as well In 2018 monsoon reached Kerala three days ahead of its normal onset date It battered the western coast in the first half of the month The IMD has predicted that the Southwest Monsoon will cover the entire country in two to three days from Thursday The normal onset date for monsoon in Delhi is 29 June while it usually reaches Sriganganagar in west Rajasthan its last outpost in the country on15 July Meanwhile monsoon arrived a week ahead of its schedule this year in Jammu and Kashmir as intermittent light rains lashed several parts of the state much to the respite of people reeling under sweltering heat The day temperature in the Jammu city fell by five notches to settle at 280 degrees Celsius 97 notches below normal for this part of the season an official of the Met department was quoted as saying by PTI However the downpour delayed the commencement of annual Amaranth Yatra to the cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas from Pahalgam and Baltal base camps Skymet Weather vice-president Mahesh Palawat said that heavy rains will continue overJammu and Kashmir for the next 24 hours while the rain intensity will increase over Uttarakhand from Saturday Heavy #rains to continue over #J&K for next 24 hours Rain intensity will increase over #Uttarakhand from tomorrow One or two extremely heavy spells are expected #Land slides and #flashfloods are also possible #UttarakhandRains @SkymetWeather — Mahesh Palawat (@Mpalawat) June 29 2018 With inputs from PTI The governor was recently indecisive on whether the death penalty should apply to kidnappers who commit murder during the act and those who engage in the illicit business.

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are also trying to leverage this type of data to sell targeted political ads. Prof Chris Bode who disclosed this,com.D. artist behind the project"The bricks are individual but when you put them together it’s the community they’re the world" he said "They’re diverse and yet when they come together they form a whole"The exhibition is the second part of a years-long collaboration between NDMOA and six regional artists including Jelsing to capture the sights and sounds of Spirit Lake cultureFunded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration grant the first "Songs for Spirit Lake" exhibition was unveiled in 2013 at the foundation’s gallery in Chelsea NYArtists Bill Harbort of Minot and Tim Schouten of Winnipeg will speak along with Jelsing about their work during the 5-7 pm opening Their exhibition is the first of three to be shown throughout 2016Director Laurel Reuter said she would call the new exhibition "Horses Skins and Basketball/Wishes Lies and Dreams""It’s very much about the landscape at Spirit Lake" she said "When I look at this exhibition compared to the last one this is much stronger and it’s more closely aligned with the people of Spirit Lake"The new exhibition will be on display until Feb 29Dan Riddle a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks said such fire hazard ratings are based on criteria including the percentage of green up in the area and humidity values Although wind is a factor that determines the fire’s growth Riddle said it is not a factor in determining the risk or likelihood of a fireThis level of fire risk is normal for the time of year and even tame compared to last year he said"Typically this is a time of the year when risk starts increasing because the snow melt is now gone the fields have dried out" he saidPeak fire hazard weather strikes North Dakota from April to late May and Minnesota’s fire season occurs later in the middle of the summer monthsWhen asked how residents can prevent starting wildfires Riddle pointed to the fact that few wildfires are started by lightning an unpreventable force The majority of wildfires are started by human error he said But fortunately the steps to prevent starting fires are simple Riddle said the most effective ways are by following any county burn bans extinguishing fires completely before leaving it unattended and refraining from throwing cigarettes or other lit products on the groundBurn ban in effectAround 2 pm Friday the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office issued a burn ban in effect until Tuesday Sheriff Bob Rost said the ban could be extended beyond Tuesday if the Grand Forks County Commission deems it necessary He cited especially dry conditions and high winds as the basis for the ban noting that a couple of fires broke out in Larimore on Thursday partly due to the windViolating the burn ban is a Class B Misdemeanor and carries a fine of $1500 in addition to the cost of fire maintenance and suppressionCorrection appended Aug 16 4:26 pm ET Years before he arrived in Ferguson Mo to defuse the violence following the killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ronald S Johnson ran over a mailbox with his car He was sixteen and had only just gotten his driver’s license his mother Annie Johnson says and he was rushing home to meet his midnight curfew “He came into the house and woke us up and he said ‘Mom Dad I got something to tell you’” she said “‘I was driving and I knocked this man’s mailbox over But I got out and I left a note in the guy’s mailbox It said ‘I am sorry I knocked over your mailbox but I will be back in the morning to fix it’” The note also included his name his father’s name his address and phone number When Johnson and his dad arrived the next day to fix the mailbox the homeowner was so impressed that he helped them put it back together and refused any money for the damages That’s why Annie Johnson 72 isn’t surprised that her son has been able to help reduce the tension in Ferguson at least at first “Ron wants peace” she said “And he’s for right He’s always been from a child up” Ronald S Johnson 51 was born in St Louis to a father who worked in campus security for St Louis University and a mother who worked as a chemical receiving clerk His mother says he wanted to be a police officer almost as soon as he learned to read He joined the Highway Patrol in 1987 shortly after graduating from college and was quickly promoted through the ranks before becoming a Captain in 2002 He lives in Florissant Mo, Lopez Obrador’s designated chief NAFTA negotiator,) Auger maintains that shoveling is probably the main reason why the risk of heart attack increases after a snowstorm. read more

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