See Cape Town before you die!

first_img12 November 2002That’s the vote from viewers of the popular BBC travel programme “Holiday’. And on the other side of the Atlantic, readers of the biggest travel magazine in the US gave the thumbs-up to four of South Africa’s premier tourist destinations.It’s been a good week for SA tourism “products’. On Sunday night, “Holiday’ placed Cape Town fifth in its rundown of top destinations, “50 Places To See Before You Die’.Cape Town was the only city to be named in the top five, beating Sydney, New York, Venice and Paris – not to mention famed attractions like India’s Taj Mahal, Egypt’s Pyramids and Australia’s Ayers Rock.Over 20 000 BBC viewers named their “dream destination that both surprises and inspires’, with most votes going to the Grand Canyon, followed by Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Florida’s Walt Disney World, and New Zealand’s South Island.For the BBC’s full report on Cape Town, along with country facts, tourist info and links, and reports on the full range of things to see and do in the city, click here.Conde Nast TravelerIn the same week, on the other side of the Atlantic, some 30 000 readers of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler (US) voted in the magazine’s Top 100 Readers’ Choice Awards 2002, rating cities, resorts, islands, hotels and cruises according to criteria such as standard of rooms, service, food, location and service – and placed four of South Africa’s leading properties on its Top 25 list.The luxury Singita Private Game Reserve bordering the Kruger National Park scored top honours for the second consecutive year, and was named best resort in Africa and the Middle East, also sharing the World No 1 position as “The Best of the Best 2002′ with a luxury French hotel.Sun International’s five-star Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town was placed fourth, the exclusive Londolozi Game Reserve – also bordering the Kruger Park – was ranked 12th, and the Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town came in at 24th position.Nor are these the only accolades South African tourism has received of late. In the Conde Nast Traveller UK Readers’ Awards, announced in September, South Africa ranked 10th overall in the world as a preferred travel destination, coming in first place for value for money.And in the same month, South Africa was rated as a preferred tourist destination by the French travel industry, with over 21 000 tour operators and retail agents giving the country the thumbs-up at TOP RESA, the annual travel and tourism trade show held in Deauville, France.The latest official tourism statistics also bear out the success of South Africa’s tourism strategy, confirming the country’s position as one of the best-performing destinations in the world.South African Tourism’s chief executive officer, Cheryl Carolus, described the awards as “well-deserved recognition of the immense commitment, made by all winners, to the continued growth and success of South Africa’s tourism industry, and clearly indicate the wealth of quality, value-for-money experiences that we as a country can offer visitors.’SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

African swine fever struggles continue in China as virus found in feed ingredients

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As of early 2019, China has reported more than 100 cases of African swine fever (ASF) in 19 provinces and four municipalities, including Beijing, for a total of 23 distinct geographic areas. Recent outbreaks have been reported in Guangdong and Fujian provinces. However, a new case in the north’s Heilongjiang province has affected a farm with 73,000 pigs, the largest farm yet to report a case of the deadly disease.On Dec. 25, Chinese officials announced the detection of ASF virus in some protein powders made using pork blood manufactured by a Tianjin-based company. The raw materials for the batches were from 12 slaughter and processing plants in Tianjin. The new ASF case occurred despite the farm banning of the use of food waste and pig blood as raw materials in the production of feed for pigs, in a bid to halt the spread of the disease.In a related move, China recently announced that slaughterhouses will need to run a test for ASF virus on pig products before selling them. Slaughterhouses must slaughter the pigs from different origins separately. They can only sell the products if blood of the same batch of pigs is tested negative for African swine fever virus. If an ASF outbreak is found, slaughterhouses must cull all pigs to be slaughtered and suspend operations for at least 48 hours, according to the regulation, which will go into effect Feb. 1.last_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – August 19, 2010

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 18, 2012January 18, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 5, 2011January 5, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”10/10/10 – Be Part of a Worldwide Geocaching Record AttemptOctober 6, 2010In “Community” Plan to Go Geocaching on 10-10-10We want to see how many geocachers can go geocaching on a single day! We’ve chosen 10-10-10, since the date represents 10 years of geocaching and 10 years of Groundspeak in 2010. Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your worst enemy (if that’s what it takes) and let’s see if we can beat the previous record of 56,654 accounts logging on April 18, 2010. Even one log counts since we are counting how many accounts log a cache rather than the number of caches logged.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

CourseSmart Brings Textbooks to Android

first_imgTags:#E-Books#E-Learning#web The future of textbooks is digital and a growing part of the digital economy resides with Android. CourseSmart, one of the largest providers of digital learning material, released an Android application April 19 to make e-textbooks more ubiquitous in the market.CourseSmart for Android 1.0 brings access to 90% of all core higher education textbooks in use in colleges and universities to Android users. Users can search for topics within a single book or by collection, add and edit notes and can be read in portrait or landscape modes. The Android version of CourseSmart comes a year-and-a-half after the iPhone version of the app came out and a year after the iPad version. The company looks to expand and add graduate degrees. It has been certified by TRUSTe, a leading Internet privacy service provider.CourseSmart is one of the biggest digital textbook providers in the game, but it is by no means alone. Inkling, a digital textbook startup, received a round of funding in late March with backing coming from legacy publishers McGraw-Hill and Pearson. Inkling is currently only available on the iPad.The elephant on the doorstep in anything e-publishing related though is Amazon. The online commerce giant announced today that users will soon be able to check out e-books from their local libraries and take notes in the margins. If Amazon, with its platform ubiquity across iOS, Android and Kindle devices, were to turn its full strength on the topic of digital textbooks and electronic inter-library loans it could be very disruptive to the model of any up-and-coming digital textbook suppliers.A recent study said that currently only 3% of all textbooks are digital but that the number is increasing, up to a possible 25% by 2015. dan rowinski Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Green Multifamily Projects in the Neighborhood Stabilization Program

first_imgRecently, I was talking with another Neighborhood Stabililization Program technical advisor (NSP-TA) and he said that he heard somewhere that multifamily projects made up 30% of all NSP. I was shocked. I guess because so much of the work I do, day-to-day, is single-family oriented, it hadn’t even occurred to me that multifamily had such a stake in the NSP game!New resources — EGC 2011 criteria: single-family AND multifamilyA few weeks back, I wrote about the release of the Enterprise Green Communities 2011 Criteria. The response has been amazing. We have heard wonderful feedback from all of the faithful users and some new ones out there. Thanks to you all.Well, the technical team is back — and they are heavy-hitting around multifamily. All you multifamily NSP-ers out there…check this out! It’s a new resource to bring to your next meeting with your architect…Enterprise Green Communities just released a sample set of multifamily specifications that align with the 2011 Criteria. They are impressive. I know, I know… I may be a little biased — especially considering I know how hard my fellow team members worked on producing them (along with our faithful expert TA providers) — but they really are good.New EGC MF webinarAlso — check out the webinar EGC just conducted on the new MF criteria (oops for the late notice!).Enterprise Multifamily Mortgage FinanceAlso — a note for those of you working on multifamily mortgage financing: Enterprise Investment has a department that focuses totally on permanent debt financing. They are an impressive – and growing – group! Check them out here: Enterprise Multifamily Mortgage Finance.Tell me about your multifamily NSP projects. Let’s compare notes. I have one I am working one, but I am only talking about it if someone asks…last_img read more

Money Monday

first_imgBy Dr. Barbara O’NeillI just discovered I’m the victim of identity theft. What do I do now?If you suspect that your personal information has been used to commit fraud or theft, you should take the following four steps right away.1. Contact the fraud department of one of the three major credit bureaus. Request that a “fraud alert” be placed on your file, and include a statement that creditors must get your permission before any new accounts are opened in your name. Once the credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, the other two credit bureaus will automatically be notified to place fraud alerts on your credit report, and all three reports will be sent to you free of charge so that you can dispute any inaccurate information.The three major credit bureaus are:Equifax: To report fraud, call 1-800-525-6285, and write: P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241. Web site: www.equifax.com.Experian: To report fraud, call 1-888-397-3742, and write P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013. Web site: www.experian.com.TransUnion: To report fraud, call 1-800-680-7289, and write: Fraud Victims Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790. Web site: www.transunion.com.Once you receive your credit reports, review them carefully for any inaccuracies. Notify the credit bureau as soon as possible by telephone and in writing should you find any errors. You should check your reports periodically, especially in the first year after you’ve discovered the theft, to make sure no fraudulent activity has occurred.2. Contact all creditors involved. Credit accounts include all accounts with banks, credit card companies and other lenders, phone companies, utilities, and other service providers. Let them know that your accounts may have been used without your permission or that new accounts have been opened in your name. If your accounts have been used fraudulently, close those accounts, and ask that new cards and account numbers be issued to you.Be sure to use new Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) and passwords. Check your billing statements carefully, and report any fraudulent activity immediately. Many banks and creditors will accept the “ID Theft Affidavit” available at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft to dispute the fraudulent charges. If they don’t, ask them to send you the company’s fraud dispute forms.3. File a report with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft occurred. Keep a copy of the report. Your creditors may want a copy to validate your claims. If you can’t get a copy, at least get the report number.4. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC provides useful information to identity theft victims and maintains a database of identity theft cases for use by law enforcement agencies. To file a report with the FTC, call their Identity Theft Hotline at 1-877-IDTHEFT (438-4338); by mail at, Identity Theft Clearinghouse, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580; or online at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft//.You may also want to request a copy of the publication, “ID Theft: When Bad Things Happen to Your Good Name.” Remember to keep a record of all of your contacts. Start a file with copies of your credit reports, the police report, any correspondence, and copies of disputed bills. You may also want to keep a log of your conversations with creditors, law enforcement officials, and any other relevant contacts. Be sure to follow up all phone calls in writing, and send all correspondence certified mail, return receipt requested.Military personnel can also have their credit “frozen” during deployment. This ensures that any attempts to open new credit cards or to increase a credit limit under the service member’s name is carefully scrutinized by lenders. This freeze can be put in place for 1 year, and will remove the service member from pre-screened credit card offers for up to 2 years. Active Duty Alerts also help service members by protecting their credit report for 1 year. For more information on both options, visit the N.C. Department of Justice’s ID Theft Tips for Military Personnel.Browse more military personal finance webinars and articles by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on July 22, 2013last_img read more