Cape Town voted in world top 10

first_img17 July 2007Cape Town has beaten off competition from a host of cities to be ranked by the USA’s prestigious Travel and Leisure magazine as the number one city in Africa and the Middle East, as well as claiming tenth spot in the “Best city in the world” category.Cape Town’s mayoral committee member in charge of tourism, Simon Grindrod, expressed his delight at the city’s performance following the announcement at the Travel and Leisure World’s Best awards 2007 this week.“Our vision for Cape Town is to be a world class city not only for all our citizens but also as a tourist destination. To achieve this we must strive to improve every aspect of what Cape Town has to offer,” he said.He added that such awards increased interest in the city as a tourist destination and “will thus have a direct and positive effect on job creation and growth in the economy for the residents of Cape Town.”The director of the city’s tourism department, Mansoor Mohamed, highlighted the fact that Cape Town beat a number of very popular European and Middle Eastern cities including Dubai and Paris.This, he said, illustrated Cape Town’s strength in natural beauty, cultural diversity and arts and culture.Cape Town is famed for its renowned flat-topped Table Mountain, which rises to 1 086 metres at its highest point, and the area’s rich mix of biodiversity and Fauna and Flora including some 8 500 endemic flowering plant species.The city, which was evaluated according to criteria such as natural beauty and cultural diversity, cuisine and value for money, has been ranked as number one on the Africa and Middle East region and in the top ten best tourist destinations since 2004.Winners of the Travel and Leisure World’s Best Awards will be honoured at an awards ceremony in New York City on 23 July.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Video: Africa’s first electric car

first_imgThe zero-emission Joule was designed by Cape Town-based Optimal Energy in association with legendary South African-born automotive designer Keith Helfet. The Joule was unveiled in Cape Town in September 2008 – when this video was made – and at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. It’s clean, it’s mean – and it’s good-looking, to boot! Click arrow to play video.last_img

Another Top-Tier Apple Fanboy – Andy Ihnatko – Jumps To Android

first_imgOne by one, many of Apple’s biggest, loudest, best-known fans are jumping ship. First came Guy Kawasaki, who has become not only an Android fan but now is consulting for Motorola. Then Robert Scoble made the leap. Now Andy Ihnatko, a tech reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, has switched to Android. Moreover, he’s writing a series of articles for TechHive explaining, in great detail, all the reasons for his move.Frankly, on this one, I’m kind of stunned. I know Andy and I like his work. He’s one of the best Apple reporters out there, and a guy I’d kill to have writing for us at ReadWrite. He’s also about as rabid an Apple fanboy as anyone I’ve ever known. Ihnatko cops to that love of Apple in his article, writing that, “My positive reviews of new iPhones and new editions of iOS have always been sincere… Sometimes they’ve been downright florid. I’ve been so enthusiastic that I’ve often been accused of saying those things because I’m an Apple fanboy.”It’s Just BetterBut now Ihnatko has switched to a Samsung Galaxy S3 (the same phone I use and love, by the way) and he says he’s not going back. Why the switch?“Here’s what changed: Android got great. The OS got great, and the hardware got great,” he writes.I encourage you to read the whole article, but to summarize, Ihnatko cites a couple of big advantages:Better keyboards, like SwiftKey and Swype, that let you type by dragging your finger from one letter to the next. I’m with Andy on this. Once I started using Swype there was no going back. Big screens. Again, I’m with Andy. Once you go to the GS3, it’s really hard to go back. Writes Ihnatko: “People whom I know, and respect, and even consider to be friends have dismissed large phone screens as a cheap marketing gimmick that targets gullible consumers in the showroom, and which doesn’t offer any practical benefits. Yikes. That’s so incorrect, so far out of whack with reality as I experience it… that I can’t even mount an argument against it. I can’t think of anything to say other than, `Nope. Wrong.’” Why This MattersAmong the kind of people who take this stuff seriously, Ihnatko’s defection is a big deal. This is the kind of thing that invites abuse. I know that sounds sad and pathetic, and it is. But look at the comment string under his article. Or look at this article on MacDailyNews, which includes the following:“Andy’s lack of patriotism and morality aside (really, Andy, rewarding blatant thieves?), this sort of thing should be a wakeup call to Apple that iOS 7 and future iOS hardware should be not just a step, but a leap forward.”And little by little, the circle of Apple fanboys who remain in denial grows smaller and smaller …   Related Posts dan lyons The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Android#Apple#Galaxy S3#iPhone#Samsung center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img

#KicksStalker: Irving debuts Kyrie 3 ‘Celtics’ in season-opener

first_imgIrving donned what happened to be the first Celtics-inspired colorway of his third Nike sneaker and it featured shamrocks on the green toebox.Kyrie Irving laces up the “Shamrock” Nike Kyrie 3 PE during @celtics shootaroundFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout🎥 @NBA pic.twitter.com/tP0DRdeWcs— B/R Kicks (@br_kicks) October 17, 2017 CLEVELAND, OH – OCTOBER 17: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics tries to get around Derrick Rose #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPKyrie Irving has fully embraced the Boston lore.In the Celtics’ season opener against Irving’s former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, a new player exclusive of the Nike Kyrie 3 emerged.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president San Sebastian forces three-way tie for last Final 4 berth BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNPcenter_img View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City A gold Swoosh brings the pop on the primarily black shoe while electric green pods appear on the outsole.Irving once said that Boston is a “real, live sports city” as per the Associated Press.“A lot of different cultures, food, and people. You get it all, especially in Boston. You would go to Cleveland, and it would be at nighttime, and things would be going on, but you just see a vast difference.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Jarin takes blame for NU’s failed Final Four bid

first_imgMissing out on the Final Four, however, doesn’t bother Jarin that much.“Actually I never thought of that,” said Jarin. “I just did my job, be a coach for two-and-a-half hours. After that I’ll be a friend, a brother, a father to these young men. But of course every time you lose it hurts.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Unfortunately for Jarin, it was UP that got the lucky ticket with Paul Desiderio going unconscious for 30 points to lead the Fighting Maroons.“I’ll be lying if I’m not disappointed, not just me, but also the coaching staff, the entire team,” said Jarin. “But, I’m just proud of all these 16 players we have, it’s just sad that this is the final year of J-Jay [Alejandro] and Matt [Salem].”“How I’d wish we could’ve been together a little longer.”READ: Jarin wants less Alejandro-centric offense from BulldogsJarin, a multi-title coach in the UAAP juniors division and a one-time NCAA champion with San Beda, hasn’t missed the Final Four in his coaching career and this would be the first time in his professional life that he’ll be on the outside looking in.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA As Jarin puffed away on his cigarette, he knew whose fault it was why NU isn’t in the semifinals.“I want to take full responsibility for not barging into the Final Four,” said Jarin Saturday. “People kept saying we were the dark horse, we were almost there, and if you look at it we were one game away from a playoff.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: UP dumps NU in last elims game, but Final 4 status still in limboNU and UP had identical 5-8 records going into Saturday, and the victor would then have the chance to battle for a potential playoff with Far Eastern University for the fourth spot. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Lady Bulldogs get another elims sweep in UAAP women’s hoops Read Next MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJamike Jarin made his way to the back of Smart Araneta Coliseum with his first year as head coach of National University just coming to an end.The Bulldogs lost, 106-81, to University of the Philippines in their final game in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament and finished as the no. 6 team in the standings.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

House Approves First Supplementary Estimates

first_imgStory Highlights The Estimates shows an increase in the Recurrent (housekeeping) expenses from $493.7 billion to $515.4 billion, while Capital (development) spending moved from $221.8 billion to $290 billion. The First Supplementary Estimates for the 2017/18 financial year, which reflect an increase of $89.9 billion, was approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday (December 6).Tabled in the House by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, on Tuesday (December 5), the Budget for this fiscal year was increased from $715.6 billion to $805.4 billion.The Estimates shows an increase in the Recurrent (housekeeping) expenses from $493.7 billion to $515.4 billion, while Capital (development) spending moved from$221.8 billion to $290 billion.Outlining areas which accounted for the increase, Mr. Shaw told the House during Wednesday’s sitting that the Government provided a loan of US$100 million ($12.7 billion) to Petrojam Limited.The Minister noted, as well, that there was an increase in non-debt expenditure of $8.7 billion, which will serve to address a number of critical issues that have come to the fore during the financial year.Among them is the severe structural damage to roads as a result of heavy rainfall over the past several months. A sum of $2 billion has been allocated to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to undertake islandwide rehabilitation of parish council, farm and main roads.Other areas accounting for the increase include national security issues; payment for judgement debts; the West Kingston compensation of $220 million; and a sum of $800 million for the Jamaica Tourist Board.Additionally, more funds were provided for the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), the Government pensioners’ health scheme as well as the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC). Tabled in the House by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, on Tuesday (December 5), the Budget for this fiscal year was increased from $715.6 billion to $805.4 billion. The First Supplementary Estimates for the 2017/18 financial year, which reflect an increase of $89.9 billion, was approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday (December 6).last_img read more

RGD Conducting E-Registration of Births at Eight Hospitals

first_imgStory Highlights “The information collected is verified by the mother, after which that data is uploaded to the RGD’s database,” Mrs. English Gosse explained. The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) has commenced electronic registration (e-registration) of births at eight hospitals across the island. Speaking with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer at the RGD, Deirdre English Gosse, informed that registration officers and assistants who are stationed at the hospitals are equipped with tablets to collect information from new mothers. The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) has commenced electronic registration (e-registration) of births at eight hospitals across the island.They are Spanish Town, St. Catherine; Mandeville, Manchester; St. Ann’s Bay, St. Ann; Cornwall Regional, St. James; Victoria Jubilee, Kingston; Princess Margaret, St. Thomas; Annotto Bay, Portland; and May Pen, Clarendon..Speaking with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer at the RGD, Deirdre English Gosse, informed that registration officers and assistants who are stationed at the hospitals are equipped with tablets to collect information from new mothers.The tablets were provided through support from the Universal Service Fund (USF).“The information collected is verified by the mother, after which that data is uploaded to the RGD’s database,” Mrs. English Gosse explained.Highlighting the benefits of e-registration, she noted that it will improve data collection and turnaround time for the processing of information as well as ensure greater accuracy of birth certificate data.She further indicated that the transition from registration books to tablets to collect and enter information will result in savings to the agency.Mrs. English Gosse told JIS News that the e-registration process, which was officially launched in 2016 following pilot projects, is being well received.She informed that the RGD is looking to reach four additional hospitals by the end of the year based on key factors, including the availability of secure Wi-Fi access in order to facilitate the uploading of information.“Upon completion of a full roll-out of e-registration islandwide, the agency will be able to capture information of all live births into its database in a more efficient and accurate fashion,” Mrs. English Gosse noted.The RGD has made submission to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel (CPC) to amend the legislation governing the registration of births and deaths in order to facilitate e-registration.While the necessary amendments are being awaited, the agency is conducting e-registration simultaneously with manual registration.last_img read more

Gov’t Intends to Transform NHT into Well-Run Financial Institution – PM

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that the Government intends to transform the National Housing Trust (NHT) into a well-run financial institution that can adequately support the provision of affordable housing solutions.He was speaking at the ceremony to break ground for the Maxfield Park Development Project in St. Andrew on Wednesday (October 3), where he announced that the strategic review of the NHT is to be debated in Parliament before the end of the year.“It is already a very packed Parliamentary agenda, but I believe we should go into next year with a decided vision, both Government and Opposition, as to what will be the future of the NHT,” the Prime Minister said.The strategic review, which was commissioned by the Prime Minister in July 2016 and completed in November 2017, aimed to assess and improve the operations of the agency.“That report has in it many proposals as to how we can reform the NHT so that it can both support the national agenda items such as the economic programmes, but also how to expand its true mandate, which is to increase homeownership in Jamaica,” Mr. Holness said.The review will form part of the strategic National Housing Policy and Implementation Plan to provide the enabling framework within which the Government can realise its goal of access to affordable, safe and legal housing solutions for all Jamaicans by 2030 in keeping with the National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica.The assessment is expected to assist the entity in satisfying the demand for housing in a coordinated and economical manner and to respond to the diverse needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable persons within the society. Story Highlights He was speaking at the ceremony to break ground for the Maxfield Park Development Project in St. Andrew on Wednesday (October 3), where he announced that the strategic review of the NHT is to be debated in Parliament before the end of the year. center_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that the Government intends to transform the National Housing Trust (NHT) into a well-run financial institution that can adequately support the provision of affordable housing solutions. last_img read more

Body cameras on chicken catchers not reasonable BC privacy commissioner

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s privacy commissioner says a chicken-catching company was not authorized to use video surveillance on staff in response to an animal cruelty investigation.Elite Services in Chilliwack said in June it would require one supervisor and two staff members to wear cameras on their vests after an animal advocacy group released an undercover video that allegedly showed workers hitting, kicking and throwing chickens.Drew McArthur, the province’s acting information and privacy commissioner, says he launched an investigation following media coverage of the case over concerns the video surveillance was being used as a “quick fix” and could violate privacy rights.The investigation found that Elite Services implemented the video surveillance to prevent employee misconduct and restore the company’s reputation.“But video surveillance should only be used as a last resort, not as a substitute for ineffective recruitment and training protocols,” McArthur says in the report released Wednesday.He says the company did not consider the privacy risks involved in collecting the video, and the employees who were under surveillance were not the same workers who were allegedly responsible for the original misconduct.Elite Services said in June that six staff members were fired as a result of the undercover video, including two who were let go before the footage was released.The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but McArthur’s report says it stopped video recording its employees once it was aware of the privacy commissioner’s investigation. McArthur’s report recommends the company stop using the video cameras.McArthur says his office found the company was collecting personal information from individuals without consent, including from farmers, truckers and contractors.The investigation found the collection and use of the personal information was not reasonable.“Too often, organizations like this one turn to surveillance believing it will fix their crisis or problem. Organizations need to understand the privacy risks associated with surveillance and take all reasonable efforts to avoid them,” the report says.McArthur’s report makes seven recommendations, including that the company destroy all existing surveillance video and develop formal procedures to make sure personal information is protected in the future.last_img read more

HBC posts lower Q3 loss as Saks Fifth Avenue drives improvement in

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:HBC)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Co. says it had a smaller overall third-quarter loss than last year as sales increased by 5.6 per cent to $2.2 billion, with its Saks Fifth Avenue brand of luxury retail stores continuing to show improvements.The Toronto-based retailer’s net loss was $164 million or 69 cents per share, including discontinued operationsThat’s down from last year’s net loss $243 million or $1.33 per share in last year’s third quarter, including discontinued operations.HBC listed its European arm as a discontinued operation after agreeing to sell its controlling interest during the second quarter.HBC Europe had $974 million of sales in the third quarter and a net loss of $41 million, down from $107 million.HBC’s continuing operations had a loss of $124 million or 52 cents per share, compared with $116 million or 64 cents per share last year.Comparable-store sales from continuing operations increased 2.9 per cent overall, with Saks Fifth Avenue up 7.3 per cent and the Saks OFF 5th off-price brand down 2.3 per cent on a comparable-sales basis.Comparable-store sales at the group that includes Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor and Home Outfitters were up 0.9 per cent before adjusting for the timing of an annual promotional event.last_img read more