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
25 April 2014 South Africa’s celebration of 20 years of democracy is hard earned and well deserved, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said at a ceremony to mark the historic occasion at South Africa House in London on Thursday. “My gut reaction to this celebration is that we deserve it. We have earned it in many remarkable ways,” Motlanthe said. “We have earned this historic moment through the epochal struggles we launched to free the South African population from the clutches of a backward and indeed inhuman ideology.” Deputy President Motlanthe, who is on a three-day working visit to the UK, said that South Africa was a different nation to what it was two decades ago: “We are a shining example of what humanity can do to bring about a better world.”Big task The biggest task facing the country was to ensure a growing and prosperous economy to ensure a better life for all South Africans, especially those coming from a background of historic exclusion, he told the audience at South Africa House. “Without a growing economy to extricate South Africans from the abyss of poverty, unemployment and inequality, democracy holds no meaning. In fact, no democracy can survive under conditions of want, penury and social bleakness,” he said. Motlanthe said the legacy of former President Nelson Mandela, who passed away in December last year, was underscored by the preamble of the Constitution: that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white. This should not be seen as a facile slogan, he said. Instead, South Africa was a microcosm of the world, where people from all corners had chosen to live. “Similarly our anti-apartheid struggle was a broad front comprising members of all sections of our society.”Support All South Africans had a good reason to celebrate the benefits attained through freedom – and so do the people of the world as a whole, he said. The celebrations, however, did not represent the end of the journey but a start to address the challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequity. Deputy President Motlanthe thanked the UK for joining in the celebrations of 20 years of freedom. He acknowledged the role played by the international community in the struggle for equality – as well as the importance of continued bilateral relations. The day 27 April 2014 will mark two decades since South Africans of all races voted in the country’s first free and fair election in 1994, ushering in a new democratic dispensation. Source: SAnews.gov
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar on Monday claimed that his statement on destruction of terror camps in Pak Occupied Kashmir using air strike was misconstrued by the media. He also denied having said this.“I did not advise in the all-party meeting, instead all party leaders, including me, had supported the Centre’s position on this issue,” Mr. Pawar said in a statement issued on Monday. As per reports in several Marathi newspapers, Mr. Pawar had said that it was his advise to conduct air strike in Pakistan after Pulwama terror attacks. He said this, according to the reports, while addressing an election campaign rally in Chakan on Sunday. “The central government had called an all-party meeting after the Pulwama terror attack. The meeting unanimously passed a resolution supporting Indian armed forces. I was a part of it,” Mr. Pawar said. The NCP chief added that the entire world knows the strength of Indian armed forces. “Our power was visible for all to see in Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971 and later in the Kargil war. Therefore I am not in favor of discussing how many terrorists were killed in the air strike on terror camps in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir,” he said, adding that he feels politics should not be played over defence-related issues.“Neither the Prime Minister nor the Defence Minister was present at the meeting. We got to know that the PM was in Maharashtra and campaigning for his party’s candidates,” Mr. Pawar said in Chakan.He said, “On the one hand, Mr. Modi boasts he is the chowkidar (guardian), the country’s security is safe in his hands, and that he has a 56-inch chest. Then, what was he doing in Yavatmal, issuing these statements in the aftermath of the terror strike?”
Sixteen people, including five women and three children, were killed on Tuesday when a passenger vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district, police said.Doda Senior Superintendent of Police Mumtaz Ahmad said one more person was rescued from the accident site near Marmat area in a critical condition and admitted to hospital. Twelve people were killed on the spot and four more succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment, the SSP said. Officials said the SUV was headed for Gowa village of Marmat from Kleeni when its driver lost control while negotiating a blind curve and the vehicle fell into the 700-metre-deep gorge around 3.25 p.m. The condition of the only survivor is critical, they said. Meanwhile, a minor boy was crushed to death by a speeding truck near Miran Sahib at the outskirts of Jammu on Tuesday. Sumit Kumar was crossing a road outside when he was hit by the truck, police said.
The exclusive lanes for Commonwealth Games vehicles are likely to be fully operational from Monday as the athletes and delegates are expected to check-in by then, a senior officer said on Friday.”As most of the athletes and officials are expected to check in by September 26, from Monday the Games Lane is likely to be fully operational excluding other traffic on these lanes,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg said.He advised people to take alternative to the roads having Games lanes from Monday.On Saturday, the lane restrictions between international airport and Games Village will be between 9:30 am to 10:30 am.There will be restrictions on traffic to facilitate movement of athletes to practice venues. Other than these, there will not be any restriction on other stretches earmarked as Games Lane till Monday, Garg said.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ “I know Tabi for a long, long time because he’s my player from Rizal Tech University and to me, he plays like a veteran.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss CJ Perez with Columbian coach John Cardel. Photo by Mark GiongcoColumbian has a lot of reasons to feel giddy with the arrival of CJ Perez, who is poised to provide the struggling franchise the jolt it needs to snap out of its longstanding funk.But the former Lyceum ace and one-time NCAA MVP isn’t the only rookie the Dyip are raving about heading into the 44th Season of the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Faundo was actually picked by Magnolia in the second round but the former University of Santo Tomas center was left unsigned.“I got a call from Alvin Patrimonio and he asked me if I need Jeepy Faundo. I said yes, I need a big man so we got him here,” Cardel said.“I like what I see from the rookies. CJ, his slashing ability, his defensive ability, also JP he’s a very smart player and also Jeepy I like what I see with his rebounding and his toughness on the inside,” said guard Rashawn McCarthy, one of Columbian’s main options.Tabi, meanwhile, was a relative unknown but not to Cardel.Cardel knew exactly what he’s going to get from Tabi, whom he coached at Rizal Technological University.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion While Perez has all the makings of a future PBA star, his fellow newcomers JP Calvo, Jeepy Faundo and Cyrus Tabi have also drawn praise from Columbian.“With the rookies, CJ, Calvo, Faundo and Tabi are great additions to our team. We got a pure point guard in Calvo and another guard in Tabi then, we have another big man in Jeepy,” said Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I told the guys this is a different team from the one that I handled last conference. The way the rookies are playing and practicing, it’s like they’re not rookies.”The Dyip chose Calvo as the 11th overall pick while the Tabi was a surprise selection in the second round. Columbian determined not be just another ‘checkmark’ for other PBA teams SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte
March 18, 2013The annual meeting for horse enthusiast ‘Caballeros Del Sol Trail Ride’ returns to Arcosanti for the third time.This week-long meeting includes daily trail rides for charity. The group donates proceeds to worthy causes like Rainbow Acres in Camp Verde, a facility for developmentally challenged adults.[A view of the camp from east, you can see Arcosanti on the second mesa above the camp; photo by Chihiro Saito][View of the camp from the mesa south of it; photo by Chihiro Saito][Construction volunteer Scott Neigut and visiting alumnus Patrick Doyle have a conversation; photo by Chihiro Saito]Their self-sufficient camp in Arcosanti’s ‘second field’ includes a large tent with a kitchen, where all the meals are catered. There is also evening entertainment, singing and dancing.[Chihiro took a peak inside of the community tent; photo by Chihiro Saito]You can see reports of previous visits at2007 CABALLEROS DEL SOL BENEFIT TRAIL RIDE2004 CABALLEROS DEL SOL BENEFIT TRAIL RIDE
State Rep. Daniela García, R-Holland, has announced two students from the 90th District have been selected as her “Representatives for a Day.”As winners, Lydia and Katriya are invited with their families to tour the state Capitol and be sworn in as junior representatives with Rep. García.Lydia VanderMolen of Hudsonville Christian School and Katriya Murphy, a homeschool student from Holland, each participated in a summer reading contest that challenged elementary school-age students to fill out an entry form for every 10 books read from May to September. Multiple entries were submitted from collection boxes at the Gary Byker Memorial Library in Hudsonville, Howard Miller Public Library in Zeeland and Herrick District Library in Holland.“It was wonderful to have so many students commit themselves to reading over the summer for the opportunity to visit Lansing,” said Rep. García. “I look forward to hosting Lydia and Katriya at the State Capitol to give both a front row seat to our state government.”Rep. García will host both students in early 2017.A video of Rep. Garcia’s selecting the Rep for a Day honorees can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqXqTXOpA6g 09Nov Rep. Garcia names Hudsonville, Holland students as ‘Reps for a Day’ Categories: Garcia News,News
Apple is planning to sell subscriptions to some video services direct via its TV app rather than have users subscribe via apps individually, according to a report by Bloomberg.According to the report, which cites unnamed sources, Apple plans to roll out direct subscriptions next year as part of an attempt to boost its content subscription business.Bloomberg compared Apple’s strategy to the service offered by Amazon Channels, which enables users to sign up for premium video services by paying an annual subscription fee on top of their Amazon Prime subscription.Apple launched its TV app a couple of years ago after various stalled attempts to break into the subscription TV world. The company reportedly dropped plans to launch a live OTT TV service after failing to strike deals with potential media partners.The app currently presents a unified view of content that users can access, but they need to exit the Apple app and enter the ecosystem of the relevant third-party provider to subscribe to or purchase shows.The consumer electronics giant has struggled to break into the TV world in a big way. While sales of content via the iTunes store make it a major player in this market, it has failed to create a subscription offering to match that of rivals such as Amazon. Sales of its Apple TV box meanwhile trail those of rivals including Roku, Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV in the US.Apple is planning to release a range of family-friendly original TV shows next year, following meetings with producers and TV executives. However, the company has yet to confirm how it will distribute the shows.
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 11 2018A new study led by York University researchers has found that fluoride levels in urine are twice as high for pregnant women living in Canadian cities where fluoride is added to public drinking water as for those living in cities that do not add fluoride to public water supplies.The study “Community Water Fluoridation and Urinary Fluoride Concentrations in a National Sample of Pregnant Women in Canada” was published today in Environmental Health Perspectives. It is the first study in North America to examine how fluoride in water contributes to urinary fluoride levels in pregnant women. The research was conducted as part of a larger study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) investigating whether early life exposure to fluoride affects the developing brain.”We found that fluoride in drinking water was the major source of exposure for pregnant women living in Canada. Women living in fluoridated communities have two times the amount of fluoride in their urine as women living in non-fluoridated communities,” said Christine Till, an associate professor of Psychology in York’s Faculty of Health and lead author on the study.The Maternal Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals (MIREC) study recruited 2,001 pregnant women between 2008 and 2011. The women lived in 10 large cities across Canada. Seven of the cities (Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Sudbury, Halifax, Edmonton and Winnipeg) added fluoride to municipal water while three (Vancouver, Montreal and Kingston) did not.Urine samples were collected during each trimester of pregnancy for over 1,500 women. Fluoride levels in municipal water treatment plants that provided water to each women’s home were obtained. Information about each woman’s demographics, lifestyle and medical history was also collected.Related StoriesResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussionStudy offers clues about how to prevent brain inflammation in Alzheimer’sStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingIn addition to fluoridated water, sources of fluoride can include toothpastes, mouth rinses, as well as processed beverages and food, especially those made with fluoridated water. Beyond water, products such as tea have previously been found to have high concentrations of natural fluoride.In this study, fluoride level in water was the main determinant of fluoride level in the women’s urine. Higher consumption of black tea was also correlated with higher levels of urinary fluoride in pregnant women.The levels of fluoride among pregnant women living in fluoridated communities in Canada were similar with levels reported in a prior study of pregnant women living in Mexico City where fluoride is added to table salt.”This finding is concerning because prenatal exposure to fluoride in the Mexican sample has been associated with lower IQ in children. New evidence published today in Environment International also reported an association between higher levels of fluoride in pregnancy and inattentive behaviours among children in the same Mexican sample,” said Till.The research team, including experts from Simon Fraser University, Université Laval, Indiana University, University of Montreal and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, is investigating whether prenatal exposure to fluoride in Canadian children results in IQ deficits, similar to the Mexican study.Fluoride has been added to public drinking water in Canadian and American communities since the 1940s as a means of preventing tooth decay. Today, about 40 per cent of Canadians and 74 percent of the U.S. population on public water supplies receive fluoridated water. Source:https://www.yorku.ca/