29 November 2006Cape Town was voted the top city in Africa and the Middle East and the eighth best city in the world in the 2006 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice survey, while two lodges in South Africa’s Singita Private Game Reserve were together rated the second best resort in the world.According to the readers of the highly regarded US travel magazine, South Africa also has seven of the top 15 hotels in Africa, nine of the top 25 resorts in Africa and the Middle East – and four properties in the world’s 100 “best of the best” list.The 19th annual Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards, published in the November issue of the magazine, are based on the travel experiences of the 21 000 readers who voted in the 2006 survey.Triumph for SingitaThe Ebony and Boulders Lodges at Singita Private Game Reserve in Mpumalanga province stood out with a score of 98.0.Conde Nast Traveler scores represent the percentage of “excellent” or “very good” ratings received by a resort, hotel, city, island, cruise line, airline or car rental agency.Singita’s score put the two lodges in top spot for resorts in Africa and the Middle East, in second spot for resorts overall, and in fourth spot on Conde Nast Traveler’s 100 “best of the best” list – the only properties in the world to score higher were the Four Seasons Bali at Sayan, England’s Buckland Manor hotel and the Four Seasons Gresham Palace in Budapest.Two other Singita lodges, the Lebombo and Sweni Lodges, scored 92.8, making them the eighth best resort in Africa and the Middle East and 29th best resort in the world, and putting them in 89th place on the 100 “best of the best” list.Cape Town scoresCape Town, with a score of 82.8, was voted top city in Africa and the Middle East – ahead of Marrakech in Morocco and Jerusalem in Israel – and eighth best city in the world.According to Conde Nast Traveler’s readers – based on the criteria of ambience, culture and tourist sites, friendliness, lodging, restaurants and shopping – Sydney is the top city in the world, followed by Florence and San Francisco.Four Cape Town hotels were ranked among the top 15 in Africa, with the Cape Grace being rated the second best hotel on the continent – after the Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza – and the 32nd best hotel in the world. The Cape Grace’s score of 94.5 also put it at 49th spot on the 100 “best of the best” list.SA hotels in the surveySouth African hotels that placed in “top 15 hotels in Africa” category of the 2006 Conde Nast Traveler survey were: Cape Grace, Cape Town (2nd place, score of 94.5) The Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays, Cape Town (4th, 91.1) Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town (7th, 87.8) Grace in Rosebank, Johannesburg (9th, 82.8) The Michelangelo, Johannesburg (10th, 81.5) Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town (11th, 80.8) The Westcliff, Johannesburg (14th, 76.4) SA resorts in the surveySouth African resorts that placed in “top 25 resorts in Africa and the Middle East” category of the 2006 Conde Nast Traveler survey were: Singita: Ebony & Boulders Lodges (1st, 98) MalaMala Game Reserve (7th, 92.9) Singita: Lebombo and Sweni Lodges (8th, 92.8) Sabi Sabi Private Game Lodge (10th, 91.9) Londolozi Private Game Reserve (11th, 91.7) Phinda Forest Lodge (12th, 91.0) Sun City Hotel (15th, 86.2) Palace of the Lost City (18th, 84.9) Ngala Private Game Reserve (21st, 84.7) SA among the ‘best of the best’South African properties that placed in 100 “best of the best” category of the 2006 Conde Nast Traveler survey were: Singita: Ebony & Boulders Lodges (4th, 98) Cape Grace, Cape Town (49th, 94.5) MalaMala Game Reserve (88th, 92.9) Singita: Lebombo and Sweni Lodges (89th, 92.8) SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Insisting that it gets the worm, Twitter has now launched @earlybird, a Tweet-only deal service, which we wrote about a few days ago. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos “Twitter @earlybird Exclusive Offers are special time-bound deals, sneak-peeks, and events that are promoted by the official Twitter @earlybird account. We partner with select advertisers and retweet offers that they have crafted only for the Twitter community.” It’s a nicely poetic slide into second base when it comes to Twitter advertising. @earlybird focuses on the “you saw it first” experience that is one of the main attractors of users to the Twitter service. If this is another arguable Twitter ad success story, the thought occurs, what other types of accounts could Twitter launch in this arena? As of Tuesday afternoon, no deals are up on the @earlybird account, but that could change at any moment. Related Posts curt hopkins Tags:#advertising#twitter#web
Twitter/@fractologistUniversity of Connecticut professor of mathematics Joe Chen certainly knows how to craft a math problem from the school’s basketball program. Earlier this year, after the Huskies suffered a shocking loss to Chen’s alma mater Yale, he gave his students a problem about the likelihood that the Huskies would lose to another Ivy League program. Now, with UConn at 15-11 and squarely off the NCAA Tournament bubble, Chen has designed a set of problems designed to find the probability of the team making a run in the AAC Tournament and making it to the Big Dance.A timely @UConnMBB exam problem. I make no claims to the accuracy of the probabilities involved. @NoEscalators pic.twitter.com/W5HINKViSU— Joe (@fractologist) February 25, 2015Chen’s math class was probably more fun for the UConn basketball fans in his class last spring semester, but at least he tries to keep things interesting for the students.
Myles JackMyles Jack was once thought of as a lock to go in the top 10 of the 2016 NFL Draft, but the former UCLA linebacker was not one of the 31 players who heard their names called during the first round Thursday night. The former Bruins’ star admitted before the draft that he might need microfracture surgery on his knee. Jack missed most of the 2015 college football season after tearing his lateral meniscus during a September practice. Jack is considered one of the top prospects remaining in the draft. He tweeted out the following video, an apparent message to any of his doubters. pic.twitter.com/lwXRusQyp1— Myles Jack (@MylesJack) April 29, 2016The second round of the NFL Draft starts at 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.
TOKYO — The Latest on Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co.’s chairman Carlos Ghosn and allegations of financial violations against him (all times local):6:15 p.m.Tokyo prosecutors have offered few details into their case against Nissan Motor Co. chairman Carlos Ghosn.At a news conference Thursday, the deputy chief prosecutor Shin Kukimoto, told reporters Ghosn has been allowed to meet with officials from the French Embassy and with a lawyer, though his counsel is not permitted to attend questioning.Ghosn and another Nissan executive, Greg Kelly, were arrested Monday on suspicion of violating financial reporting laws and other alleged misconduct.Kukimoto said Ghosn was being treated just like any other detainee, with three meals a day and eight hours of sleep.He said the allegations of falsification of financial reporting carry heavy penalties because they distort markets and violate listed company’s requirements for transparency.___1:40 p.m.Nissan’s board will meet Thursday to decide whether to dismiss its chairman Carlos Ghosn following his arrest on suspicion of underreporting his income.Earlier this week, alliance partner Renault voted to keep him as its chief executive but appointed an interim chief.Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa appears determined to oust Ghosn, who is suspected of under-reporting $44.6 million in income from 2011 to 2015.Nissan’s board consists of nine members, including Ghosn and a representative director named Greg Kelly, who also was arrested Monday on suspicion he collaborated with Ghosn in false financial reporting.Ghosn is being held at a detention centre in Tokyo. Prosecutors sought permission Wednesday to detain him for at least 10 more days as they investigate his case.The Associated Press
Last March, the Province and the First Nation signed an agreement which included that the two parties work together to recommend that a conservancy be established in an area of high cultural significance to the community. The Province is seeking to understand how this proposal may impact third parties and the public.An open house will be held on Wednesday, April 25, in Room 202 at Northern Lights College in Fort St. John from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m..Written comments can also be mailed or emailed to:Lisa BrockMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development100 – 10003 110th Ave.Fort St. John, B.C.V1J 6M7Email: Lisa.Brock@gov.bc.caComments will be accepted until May 25th. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The provincial government said today that it will be accepting comments from the public on the proposed new Tsaa Nuna conservancy, located next to the Halfwat River First Nation, until May 25th.The proposed Tsaa Nuna conservancy is located 65 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John and 35 kilometres northeast of Butler Ridge Provincial Park, and would cover an area of 5,975 hectares along the southern shore of Halfway River.The conservancy is intended to protect the high cultural values and wildlife habitats of the area. The land within the proposed conservancy is of historic and continuing significance for the practice of Treaty Rights by members of the Halfway River First Nation.
During the summer of 2018, the project working group initiated field sampling and site-specific prescriptions.OGC says earth work followed in the early fall and was completed by the FNFN’s contractor and employees.According to OGC, Native plant seeds collected during the early fall were provided to a local nursery in preparation for spring planting.FNFN Chief, Curtis Dickie, says these projects show that the First Nations are taking environmental responsibilities to the next level, adding that these projects are a great source of employment.“This opportunity is an example of First Nation’s people taking our environmental responsibilities to the next level. These projects will provide our people with employment and with the state of the local economy the partnership is very uplifting and we hope this partnership can be used as an example and create other opportunities to collaborate with the Commission going forward.”Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, says this type of restoration work is part of the reconciliation process with First Nations to build a better future. “Our government is dedicated to reconciliation, and we are working with First Nations to build a better future. With this initiative, we are partnering with the Fort Nelson First Nation to make sure to protect the environment and restore oil and gas sites.”OGC is also working with other Treaty 8 First Nations to launch pilot projects, funded through OGRIS and the Orphan Site Reclamation Fund, to jointly explore restoration practices on orphan oil and gas well sites in their territories. FORT NELSON, B.C. – The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission will be restoring former oil and gas industry sites to their natural state, as part of a partnership with First Nations of Northeastern B.C.The OGC will be restoring former sites by utilizing funding from the B.C. Oil and Gas Research and Innovation Society and will be working with the Fort Nelson First Nation to restore borrow pits in the Clarke Lake area.According to the Commission, they will be restoring the former industry sites by using ecologically suitable and culturally appropriate restoration techniques.
The grant could provide up to $1,925,462 in funding for the project, but there is no guarantee that the grant will be approved. The City has yet to announce what the total cost of the project would be.The project was originally scheduled to start in the spring of 2019 and was to be completed by the fall.The Festival Plaza will be located on the northwest corner of Centennial Park on the grounds next to 100th street and 96 Avenue. The Plaza will act as a visual entrance to the City of Fort St. John when travelling in from the south. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a recent City of Fort St. John Council meeting, Council has decided to postpone the Festival Plaza project until 2020.The decision to postpone the project was made due to the uncertainty of funding.The City was going to apply to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to fund 75 percent of the construction costs. Unfortunately, the City won’t know if they receive the grant until the fall of this year and construction can’t start before the grant is awarded.
Kentucky freshman center Nerlens Noel will undergo surgery on his left knee – injured Feb. 12 at Florida – on Tuesday by renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.James will operate on Noel to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament, which will take Noel six to eight months to fully recover. Scott Mair of University of Kentucky Sports Medicine will observe and coordinate Noel’s rehabilitation process, according to ESPN.com.Before Noel suffered the injury against the Florida Gators, the 6-foot-10 freshman was projected as a lottery pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, which influenced his decision when to have the surgery. He was leading the nation with 106 blocks before getting hurt.“Due to the unique timetable for Nerlens’ recovery in regards to the NBA Draft deadline, the University of Kentucky and Noel’s family thought it was in his best interest to have his surgery performed by Dr. Andrews in Florida,” Kentucky athletic department spokesman DeWayne Peevy said in a statement.Having Andrews to perform the surgery allows Andrews the accessibility to communicate with NBA personnel regarding his post-surgery recovery since Andrews has strong ties to NBA franchises. Kentucky is prohibited from speaking with NBA teams.Wildcats coach John Calipari declined to comment on Noel’s return to the team when asked during a teleconference on Monday.Noel, who was initially expected to have to surgery within two to three weeks of the incident, will not be with team at the Southeastern Conference tournament beginning Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn.“After talking with my family, I decided to schedule my surgery over spring break so I wouldn’t miss as much class,” Noel said in a statement. “I wish all my teammates luck in the SEC tournament and look forward to getting back to Lexington as soon as I can to begin my rehab and finish my school work.”The Wildcats have been inconsistent without Noel in their starting rotation, going 4-3 without him. They are currently 21-10 overall and 12-6 in SEC in play. They suffered a 30-point drilling to Tennessee in their first game without Noel, losing 88-58. But they managed to pull off three consecutive wins after the loss.Their inconsistent play had the reigning national champions on the bubble to reach the NCAA tournament until they defeated the Gators Saturday 61-57, which earned them a No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. But they cannot afford a bad loss in the SEC tournament if they want to make it back NCAA tournament.
Ever since Thad Matta took over as coach for the Ohio State men’s basketball team, the program hasn’t been accustomed to losing. Over the past two seasons, the Buckeyes have compiled a 48-5 record with every loss coming against a ranked opponent. One of those five losses came Friday when OSU blew a double-digit lead and fell at Indiana. The loss didn’t sit well with the players and coaches, and conjured up some memories of the team’s Sweet 16 loss to Kentucky in last year’s NCAA tournament. Like the Kentucky loss, the game ended with a missed 3-pointer by William Buford that would have won the game. “We gave up that game against Indiana,” said sophomore forward Jared Sullinger. “Not taking anything away from Indiana, but there was a couple possessions when we watched film and realized that that’s not us.” Matta hopes his team uses the loss as a lesson for the rest of the season. “I think that nobody likes to lose more than we do,” Matta said. “It’s like I told our guys last year, I think we learned a great lesson in the Kentucky game, but the season was over. We have the ability to learn a lesson here at the end of December and continue to move forward.” Matta is known for being a players’ coach and normally doesn’t employ an in-your-face style of coaching. But according to the players, the Indiana loss particularly rubbed Matta the wrong way and he was a little more animated than normal. “(Matta) wasn’t very polite,” Sullinger said. “But that’s what we needed. We needed someone to put a fire under us. After that tough loss it was only right that he had to do that.” Matta described Monday’s practice as “challenging” and “tough,” and said he really harped on the focus of the team. “We’ve probably practiced this team harder than most teams we’ve had,” Matta said. “A lot of that has to do with the youthfulness and immaturity of the team and not quite understanding the level they must compete at. One of the messages yesterday was competing and a mindset carries over to the game. There was a couple moments where I had to refocus them a couple times, but for the most part I thought they did a pretty good job.” The team responded Tuesday, beating a battered Nebraska team, 71-40, at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes committed 19 turnovers against the Cornhuskers, but Matta and his players felt they came out ready to play. “Last week at Indiana we was careless with the ball and we didn’t value every possession,” Buford said. “For the most part I think we did that today.” With the win against Nebraska, OSU raised its record to 14-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten conference. At about the midpoint in the season, the team made it clear that while the team wasn’t going to dwell on the loss, they weren’t going to forget it. “It was a life lesson as far as the game period,” Sullinger said. “We gave up 17 layups against Indiana. They got whatever shot they wanted in the second half. As you can see, we turned up our defensive intensity in this game. We were just ready to play basketball.”