At the show…

first_imgDCA Kerry will be showcasing the exciting new Sanomat fresh cream machine, which has the dual innovations of being a self-creaming system as well as being self-cleaning. “It basically aerates fresh cream and does away with manual, open-bowl mixing,” explains Robert Forster of Kerry. “Historically, cream machines have tended to be a bit complex in terms of cleaning and disassembly. With this, you just press a button and it cleans itself. That means it’s got applications from traditional bakery right through to coffee shops where fresh cream is being used.”If you’re looking to develop or change the packaging you use, then bakery packaging specialists Reynards will be on hand to guide you through the options. “We’re looking to get new and existing customers on to our stand to show them our new products and how they can use them in their businesses,” says Reynards’ Ian Bennett. On its stand, Reynards will be launching new cardboard pack sandwich containers, as well as promoting its catering packaging such as coffee cups. “Everybody is trying to make cost savings right now, so we’ll be exploring the alternative packaging options available to visitors,” he says. “We’ll also have sustainable and environmental packaging on show and we’ll be looking to promote that.”Bakery Conservation Systems will be on site, showcasing the benefits of its retarder/provers, blast freezers and refrigeration. UK manager Richard Lyon says, “Some of our equipment is big, so it would be daunting to bring it all to the show. Instead, we’ll be able to talk through what we do and what we’re all about. I’ll be presenting what we can offer bakers with regard to retarder/provers, freezers, blast freezers and cabinets – all tailored for the craft bakery market, so it’s well worth coming along to have a look.”Renshaw’s Nicola Hemming says the cake decoration ingredients expert will be displaying novelty designs with commercial, eye-catching appeal, and incorporating Renshaw’s Regalice and marzipan. “There will also be sweet treats, free sampling of marzipan and luxury chocolate sugarpaste available on our stand,” she adds.Visitors to the fair will get a free cake and tea or coffee, courtesy of refreshment sponsor Dawn Foods, which will showcase lines from its Adore and Sweet Bakery Snacks ranges. “This is a great regional event, as decision- makers visit the show to make their final buying decisions for 2009 and we are making sure that everyone who attends is refreshed and ready to do business,” said Dave Roberts, Dawn Foods’ national accounts controller UK. “With tea or coffee and one of our sweet bakery products, visitors can take time to recharge and plan their day.”Rank Hovis will be sponsors of the Bakers’ Fair North stage area, which, this year, will include HR advice from a top lawyer, plus live bakery and sandwich-making demonstrations (see below).As well as offering a wealth of valuable business advice, the stage will also host the Richemont Club of Great Britain’s annual prize-giving, following the competition held during the fair. Furthermore, you can pop along to the Rank Hovis stand to speak to representatives about its extensive range of flours and the latest products and applications, as well as gleaning advice on harvest and pricing.California Raisins will be demonstrating the many bakery applications of raisins and raisin products. A spokesperson says, “Relatively new and unknown, raisin paste or juice concentrate made solely from 100% natural California Raisins, will not only add flavour, colour and texture, but can also significantly extend shelf-life to various baked products.”Jiffy will be showcasing its range of food and snack delivery trucks. Its latest model, the Jiffy Mezze truck, will be on display outside the main hall. The truck has an increased stock-holding capacity and has all the latest, improved LED illumination, with additional safety and security.Make sure you drop by British Baker’s stand to be in with a chance to win a mini TV. Legal buff Ray Silverstein will also be on hand, after leaving the stage, to give visitors advice on aspects of employment. There will also be a special subscription offer available on the day, so be sure to ask a member of the team for details.—-=== THE VENUE ===Don Valley Stadium offers a variety of function spaces and team-building areas indoors and out, together with a variety of seminar rooms. Ample free car parking, good accessibility for other parts of the UK, and excellent motorway access, make it an ideal venue for access.== By Car ==Leave the M1 motorway at junction 34 (Sheffield Meadowhall). At the roundabout follow signs A6178 city centre & Attercliffe. Go past Meadowhall shopping centre on your right. Keep straight on this road. Pick up local signs to Attercliffe & Don Valley Stadium and Sheffield Arena. Go past the stadium to traffic lights and turn left. The VIP entrance and stadium car park is the second road on the left. Reception areas are located at both ’C’ & ’K’ doors.== By Bus ==A large number of bus routes serve the stadium from the Sheffield Transport Interchange. Route numbers include: 2, 69, 130, 287.== By Tram ==Sheffield’s multi-million pound light rail system has a dedicated stop within 100 metres of the stadium. Trams connect to the stadium from various locations in the city, including the city centre & Meadowhall.Don Valley Stadium, Main Reception (C) DoorWorksop Road, SheffieldSouth Yorkshire S9 3TL[http://www.donvalleystadium.co.uk]—-=== THE STAGE AREA, ===supported by Rank Hovis, will show you how to take your sandwich trade to the next level. Mark Owen of food ingredients experts Leathams will demonstrate how to boost sales for mornings, lunchtime and beyond, using innovative ideas and ingredients. BB columnist Wayne Caddy and baker Richard North will also be on hand to demonstrate how to make a wheat-sheaf, as well as answering your baking questions. Any legal queries? Then ask BB’s employment expert Ray Silverstein, who will be on hand to offer free advice.last_img read more

Chief of Colombian Drug Trafficking Organization Captured in Ecuador

first_img Domínguez, one of the leaders of ‘Los Rastrojos’, was arrested in the northeastern town of Manta, by counter-drug police, according to the official. Ecuadorean authorities did not give any further details about the arrest. “He is one of Colombia’s most wanted, and will be immediately extradited,” said the Minister of Interior, José Serrano, via Twitter. By Dialogo August 22, 2013 ‘Palustre’ has been identified as the former leader of the gunmen for a powerful drug trafficking gang known as the Comba brothers, whose main leaders surrendered to U.S. Justice. Jorge Domínguez (aka ‘Palustre’), leader of extreme-right wing criminal gang‘Los Rastrojos’, was captured, the Ecuadorean government announced on August 21. ‘Los Rastrojos’, originally a criminal gang, strengthened after the disarmament and demobilization of the United Self-Defenses of Colombia (AUC), and is now also dedicated to drug trafficking as well as the main extreme right wing armed organization in the South American nation. ‘Los Rastrojos’ operate in a vast area in south and southwest Colombia, and it is considered the main criminal gang in the country, along with ‘Los Urabeños’ fighting a bloody turf war over control of drug trafficking routes.last_img read more

Uruguayan Air Force Evaluates its Capabilities on Brazilian Border

first_imgBy Carlos Maggi/Diálogo December 01, 2017 In accordance with its annual training plan, on November 6th–10th, Air Squadron No. 2 (Fighter) of the Uruguayan Air Force (FAU, per its Spanish acronym) deployed three A-37B aircraft, along with pilots, technicians, military police, and support assets to the department of Rocha, along the Brazilian border. The operation’s goal—on aerodromes and runways far from air bases—was to evaluate the flight squadrons’ capacities at the crew’s operational level and its logistical support in a different environment. This type of training requires the presence of different specialists, who make the flight missions possible. FAU routinely deploys squadrons for evaluation operations in aerodromes and runways at different locations around the country. This operation took place on a Uruguayan route with an area large enough for aircraft to descend and ascend. “The basic idea of this deployment is to operate in a rarely-used aerodrome, where we have few mechanics, to allow pilots and technicians to solve situations with ingenuity, which would be easier with the resources on our base,” FAU Major Richard Bruno, commander of the Air Squadron No. 2 (Fighter), told Diálogo. “It’s also important to operate in areas of the country we are not very used to, such as the east, where attacks on land targets are simulated, along with interception training with radar in conjunction with the air operations center.” With these operations, FAU seeks to increase the number of missions in the country’s eastern zone to deter illicit or irregular flights from entering the area. “As long as Air Force planes fly in the area, there is going to be a deterrent effect, just like a police patrol generates on the street; the effect is going to be the same,” Maj. Bruno said. Although the Air Squadron No. 2 (Fighter) executed the deployment, the mission involved other units from the force. In addition to three A-37B Dragonfly combat aircraft, a Cessna U-206H was mobilized for liaison flights, a Bell UH-1H helicopter supported search-and-rescue missions, and a C-212 Aviocar transferred personnel. Throughout the year, missions with similar characteristics are conducted in western Uruguay, which shares a border with Argentina. “It’s common throughout the year for FAU to deploy its different units far from its bases and operate with only the bare minimum,” explained FAU Colonel Hugo Parentini, commander of Air Brigade No. 2. “That’s the case for Air Squadron No. 2 (Fighter). In November it deployed on the Route Nine runway to conduct airspace control missions and missions to preserve national sovereignty—one of the Uruguayan Air Force’s main missions is to collaborate with the other forces like the Army and the Navy on defense,” he added. These deployments are not based on any threat scenario against the country. They also bring the FAU assets closer to civilian populations, who have the opportunity to see different aircraft in operation. Authorities from FAU and the Ministry of National Defense are assessing the potential upgrade of the combat aircraft fleet. In 2017, A-58 Pucará aircraft were deactivated due to a lack of spare parts. These aircraft were assigned to Air Squadron No. 1 (Attack) since 1981. Until new equipment can be incorporated, airspace defense is under Air Squadron No. 2 (Fighter)—which counts 12 U.S.-made A-37B Dragonfly—and the Advanced Flight Squadron, which has five Pilatus PC-7U Turbo Trainers. In accordance with its annual training plan, on November 6th–10th, Air Squadron No. 2 (Fighter) of the Uruguayan Air Force (FAU, per its Spanish acronym) deployed three A-37B aircraft, along with pilots, technicians, military police, and support assets to the department of Rocha, along the Brazilian border. The operation’s goal—on aerodromes and runways far from air bases—was to evaluate the flight squadrons’ capacities at the crew’s operational level and its logistical support in a different environment. This type of training requires the presence of different specialists, who make the flight missions possible. FAU routinely deploys squadrons for evaluation operations in aerodromes and runways at different locations around the country. This operation took place on a Uruguayan route with an area large enough for aircraft to descend and ascend. “The basic idea of this deployment is to operate in a rarely-used aerodrome, where we have few mechanics, to allow pilots and technicians to solve situations with ingenuity, which would be easier with the resources on our base,” FAU Major Richard Bruno, commander of the Air Squadron No. 2 (Fighter), told Diálogo. “It’s also important to operate in areas of the country we are not very used to, such as the east, where attacks on land targets are simulated, along with interception training with radar in conjunction with the air operations center.” With these operations, FAU seeks to increase the number of missions in the country’s eastern zone to deter illicit or irregular flights from entering the area. “As long as Air Force planes fly in the area, there is going to be a deterrent effect, just like a police patrol generates on the street; the effect is going to be the same,” Maj. Bruno said. Although the Air Squadron No. 2 (Fighter) executed the deployment, the mission involved other units from the force. In addition to three A-37B Dragonfly combat aircraft, a Cessna U-206H was mobilized for liaison flights, a Bell UH-1H helicopter supported search-and-rescue missions, and a C-212 Aviocar transferred personnel. Throughout the year, missions with similar characteristics are conducted in western Uruguay, which shares a border with Argentina. “It’s common throughout the year for FAU to deploy its different units far from its bases and operate with only the bare minimum,” explained FAU Colonel Hugo Parentini, commander of Air Brigade No. 2. “That’s the case for Air Squadron No. 2 (Fighter). In November it deployed on the Route Nine runway to conduct airspace control missions and missions to preserve national sovereignty—one of the Uruguayan Air Force’s main missions is to collaborate with the other forces like the Army and the Navy on defense,” he added. These deployments are not based on any threat scenario against the country. They also bring the FAU assets closer to civilian populations, who have the opportunity to see different aircraft in operation. Authorities from FAU and the Ministry of National Defense are assessing the potential upgrade of the combat aircraft fleet. In 2017, A-58 Pucará aircraft were deactivated due to a lack of spare parts. These aircraft were assigned to Air Squadron No. 1 (Attack) since 1981. Until new equipment can be incorporated, airspace defense is under Air Squadron No. 2 (Fighter)—which counts 12 U.S.-made A-37B Dragonfly—and the Advanced Flight Squadron, which has five Pilatus PC-7U Turbo Trainers.last_img read more

Hundreds of Indonesian ‘tabligh’ attendees, 14 with COVID-19, stuck in locked down India

first_imgThe Tabligh-e-Jamaat’s Markaz in Nizamuddin West in Delhi, held last month, has emerged as a major COVID-19 hot spot with at least 128 positive cases across the country.The center for Nizamuddin events has advised all states and union territories to “immediately trace, screen and quarantine” the estimated 2,000 foreigners who attended the religious gathering, The Statesman reported.Fifty tested positive in Tamil Nadu, 24 in New Delhi, 21 in Telangana, 21 in Andhra Pradesh, 10 in Andamans and one each in Assam and Jammu and Kashmir after attending the gathering.Judha said among the 14 participants from Indonesia who tested positive for the coronavirus, 10 had recovered, while four others were still in treatment. The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that hundreds of Indonesian citizens who recently participated in a tabligh event – an Islamic mass gathering — in New Delhi remain stuck in India as the South Asian country imposed a three-week lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.Fourteen Indonesians who were among the participants have tested positive for COVID-19, the ministry’s director for citizen’s protection, Judha Nugraha, said.“As of March 30, at least 731 Indonesian citizens, the participants of a tabligh, are across Indian states. They are those who have been affected by the lockdown imposed by the Indian government until April 14,” Judha said in a virtual press briefing on Wednesday. “Our envoy in New Delhi, together with the Indonesian Embassy’s task force for COVID-19, met with the Indonesian tabligh participants in New Delhi on Tuesday to give moral support. They also called on [the citizens] to obey the call from authorities there,” Judha said.The Indian Home Ministry, in a letter addressed to state chief secretaries and police chiefs, has said that if any foreigner tests negative for the deadly coronavirus, they should be “immediately deported on the first available flight”.“Till that time, such person must be confined and quarantined by their host organization, ” the government said in its advisory as quoted by The Statesman.“Our missions in New Delhi and Mumbai will help the Indonesian citizens, especially the tabligh participants, process their permit extensions with Indian immigration if their visa is close to expiring,” Judha said.According to Worldometer, India had recorded 1,998 cases of COVID-19 and 58 fatalities as of Thursday.Topics :last_img read more

Hong Kong postpones elections over virus as China crackdown deepens

first_imgThe ensuing weeks have sent a chill through a city used to speaking its mind and supposedly guaranteed certain freedoms and autonomy in a “One Country, Two Systems” deal agreed ahead of its 1997 handover from Britain.On Friday evening chief executive Carrie Lam, a pro-Beijing appointee, announced that September elections for the financial hub’s legislature would be delayed for a year using emergency anti-virus powers.She denied the move was a political decision to hobble the city’s opposition.”I am only paying attention to the current pandemic situation,” she said. Hong Kong’s democracy supporters were dealt a huge blow Friday as authorities postponed local elections for a year because of the coronavirus, capping a devastating month of political disqualifications, arrests for social media posts and activists fleeing overseas.Chinese state media reported late Friday that Hong Kong police have ordered the arrest of six pro-democracy activists living in exile on suspicion of violating a new national security law.The city’s democracy camp has come under sustained attack since Beijing imposed the sweeping security law last month — a move China’s leaders described as a “sword” hanging over the head of its critics. Beijing welcomed the move as “necessary, reasonable and legal”.But the decision infuriated democracy supporters who had warned against any move to delay the polls, accusing authorities of using the COVID-19 pandemic to avoid a drubbing at the ballot box.”This is a sleazy, contemptible political act to help thwart any victory on the part of the democrats in the original election,” opposition lawmaker Claudia Mo told AFP, warning that public anger could explode.The postponement came a day after a dozen prominent democracy activists were barred from standing for election because their political views were deemed unacceptable.”Beyond any doubt (this) is the most scandalous election fraud era in Hong Kong history,” Joshua Wong, one of the city’s most recognisable democracy figures, told reporters Friday before the elections were postponed.Wong was one of those disqualified, along with other young firebrand activists and some older, more moderate democracy campaigners.The White House condemned the election delay and the disqualification of opposition candidates.”This action undermines the democratic processes and freedoms that have underpinned Hong Kong’s prosperity,” President Donald Trump’s press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said.Germany also said Friday it was suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong over the former British colony’s decision to push back the local elections.”The Hong Kong government’s decision to disqualify a dozen opposition candidates for the election and to postpone the elections … is a further encroachment on the rights of Hong Kong citizens,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement.”Given the current developments, we have decided to suspend the extradition treaty with Hong Kong.”Banned political views Hong Kong is not a democracy — its leader is chosen by pro-Beijing committees. But half of its legislature’s 70 seats are directly elected, offering the city’s 7.5 million residents a rare chance to have their voices heard at the ballot box.Planning to capitalise on last year’s huge and often violent anti-Beijing protests, democracy activists had been hoping to win their first-ever majority in September.But officials have begun scrubbing ballot lists of candidates.Examples given by authorities of unacceptable political views have included criticizing the new security law, campaigning to win a legislation-blocking majority and refusing to recognise China’s sovereignty.Earlier in the day a coalition of democracy parties warned any bid to delay the elections would herald “the complete collapse of our constitutional system”.Around half of Hong Kong’s nearly 3,300 COVID-19 cases have been detected in the past month alone and authorities fear hospitals are on the verge of being overwhelmed.According to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, at least 68 elections worldwide have been postponed because of the virus, while 49 went ahead.Read also: Hong Kong opens makeshift hospital for COVID-19 patientsNew security law Hong Kong is going through its most politically turbulent period since its return to Chinese rule, and last year seven straight months of pro-democracy protests swept the city.The pandemic and mass arrests have helped throttle the movement, but anger towards Beijing still seethes.In response, China imposed its security law on June 30, bypassing the legislature and keeping the contents of the law secret until it was enacted.Beijing said the law would restore stability and not impact political freedoms.It targets four types of crime — subversion, secession, terrorism and colluding with foreign forces — with up to life in prison.But the broadly worded law instantly outlawed certain political views such as promoting independence or greater autonomy for Hong Kong.One provision bans “inciting hatred” towards the government.Critics, including many Western nations, say it has demolished the “One Country, Two Systems” model.Since it came into force, some political parties have disbanded while at least three prominent Beijing critics have fled overseas.Libraries and schools have pulled books deemed to be in breach of the new law.At least 15 arrests have been made so far.Prominent campaigner Nathan Law, 27, who recently relocated to Britain after fleeing Hong Kong, was among “six trouble-makers” sought by the police, the Chinese state media report said. The force refused to comment.On Wednesday four students were arrested under the new law for “inciting secession” through posts on social media.Others have been arrested for shouting pro-independence and other protest slogans, or possessing objects emblazoned with them.Topics :last_img read more

Bouncy Conditions Suited Me: James Neesham

first_imgTaunton: New Zealand’s James Neesham said that the bouncy conditions on offer in Taunton suited him in the match against Afghanistan. James Neesham was man of the match for his bowling figures of 5/31 as he and Lockie Ferguson (4/37) combined force to dismiss Afghanistan for 172. “Our home conditions are lower and slower, but the bouncy conditions suited me personally to be honest. I let a few external voices affect my bowling, and I went back to my forte today — hitting the deck hard, and not trying to swing the ball too much,” said Neesham in the post match presentation ceremony on Saturday.Afghanistan batted first and openers Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zadran put up 66 runs to lay a good foundation for their side. But Neesham said that the Kiwis were confident of making a comeback in the middle overs. “Afghanistan put us under pressure very early with the bat, but we knew we had the ability to dent them even after the start they got. The chase was clinical, obviously,” he said. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

SU looks to expand on a ten-game winning streak against pair of Big East opponents

first_imgThe Syracuse tennis team is riding high. After winning its last 10 matches, losing just isn’t an option for the Orange. This weekend the Orange will face Georgetown and Seton Hall, two Big East teams. Instead of letting conference play put more pressure on the team, these opponents simply serve to get SU more excited. Especially against Georgetown, Syracuse is looking to come in with a lot of energy and annihilate the Hoyas. ‘When you play Georgetown and you’re Syracuse, it’s just not another match,’ head coach Luke Jensen said. ‘Unless you’re playing UConn, it’s the match. We’ve never lost to them. We don’t plan on losing to them. We want to win every single point, game, set. We want to absolutely bury them.’In the past 10 years, Syracuse and Georgetown have played five times. Not only did Syracuse win every one of those matches, it didn’t drop a team point in doing so. This year the Orange is on track to do the same. It is 5-0 in the Big East. Georgetown is 1-4. All four of its losses came to teams that SU beat. Seton Hall is struggling in the Big East as well, with a record of 0-2. Again, Syracuse beat both of the teams the Pirates lost to. Seton Hall has also not beaten the Orange in the past 10 years, although its losses haven’t been as drastic as Georgetown’s.As far as scouting reports go, Georgetown in particular is going to do whatever it can to bring down Syracuse. Co-captain Simone Kalhorn anticipates both teams will try to psych out the confident Syracuse team.‘We know that they’re going to bring out really big crowds to try and counter our Orange energy, so we’ll be ready for that,’ she said.It is precisely this energy that has brought about the rivalry between Syracuse and Georgetown. Jensen demands a positive attitude from his players, regardless of how they’re playing. This has translated into a team that is constantly cheering for its teammates — whether they are simply watching or in the middle of a match six courts down, there is never a moment of silence.‘I think (the rivalry is) just because we bring so much energy wherever we go, whether it’s a home match or an away match,’ assistant coach Shelley George said. ‘Other teams tend to pick that up, and they look at that as a challenge sometimes, so that’s probably where it all started.’Although this rivalry is based off personal battles instead of close matches, it is still important for Syracuse to establish itself as the Big East powerhouse it is shaping up to be. With the Big East championship just three weeks away, these matches give the Orange a chance to test out possible opponents. It is also an opportunity to show these teams exactly how good Syracuse tennis is.Facing a team before the tournament lets the coaches compile in-depth scouting reports as well. No SU player will be surprised by an opponent that the team has already faced. Even if the individuals have not already met in a match, someone on the team has faced them.Sophomore Emily Harman expects a good fight from the weekend’s adversaries. She doesn’t expect them to just roll over and die. But she also knows that as long as the team plays the way it has been for the past few weeks, there is nothing to worry about.‘Georgetown and Seton Hall are good teams,’ Harman said. ‘We’re better. As long as we go in with the mindset that we did (against Army Wednesday), we’re not going to lose.’[email protected]  Published on March 31, 2010 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

PE launches heritage walk

first_imgThe Voting Line features metal cutoutsof real people who stood in the longqueues to vote in South Africa’s firstdemocratic elections between 26 and 29 April 1994. A colourful mosaic, depicting scenes fromPort Elizabeth’s history, leads up to theDonkin memorial and lighthouse.(Images: Emily van Rijswijck) MEDIA CONTACTS • Chuma Myoli  MBDA communications and marketing  +27 41 501 8300 RELATED ARTICLES • Local Xhosa heritage goes global • Celebrate SA on Braai Day • Mandela’s old offices restored • Biko’s legacy lives on• Celebrating Soweto’s heritageEmily van RijswijckNelson Mandela Bay Municipality in the Eastern Cape province celebrated National Heritage Day on 24 September with the launch of a magnificent new heritage walk within its inner city precinct. The walk commemorates the public life of former president Nelson Mandela and is known as Route 67. The number 67 is significant because it is the number of years spent by Mandela in public service, as a lawyer, then a freedom fighter and finally a politician.The walk sets off from the Campanile in Strand Street, a well-known Port Elizabeth landmark commemorating the arrival of British settlers on city shores in 1820. Built in 1923, the Campanile, or bell tower, has been given a facelift and now boasts the addition of a public art piece in the form of a kraal with stories of the city’s past depicted on ceramic tiles.Crossing the Settlers Highway, visitors wend their way up a set of stairs past a new water feature and an impressive fishbone sculpture, before arriving at the old market square, now the Vuyisile Mini square. Mini was one of the first activists to be executed for his involvement in the fight for freedom.Port Elizabeth’s Victorian past still holds sway in the square, with Queen Victoria’s statue keeping a stern eye on proceedings in front of the old public library, built in 1901. The majestic City Hall buildings across the square also date back to that era. In time the queen will be forced to mingle with the likes of political stalwarts Nelson Mandela, Ray Mhlaba and Govan Mbeki, all of whom will have statues erected in close proximity.Other great figures from local history, including Robert Sobukwe, Steve Biko and Mahatma Gandhi, will also take their place on the square in future.  Once fully completed, Route 67 will have 67 artworks, done by 67 local artists.The Donkin ReserveFrom there, the route winds past the quaint St Mary’s Church to the 67 steps, beautifully decorated with mosaic tiles by local craftsman, which lead up to the Donkin Reserve. At the top, visitors are rewarded with a spectacular view over Algoa Bay from the “balcony of the city”. The Donkin Reserve was proclaimed as a public open space by Sir Rufane Donkin, who established the town of Port Elizabeth in 1820 with 4 000 other settlers. He chose to build a stone pyramid structure in memory of his late wife, on whose memorial he inscribed “the most perfect of human beings who has given her name to the town”. The adjacent lighthouse, built in 1861, is now the home of the Port Elizabeth tourist information office.In addition to its romantic past, the reserve is now also home to the biggest flag in South Africa, standing as proud witness to the country’s great democratic achievement.At the height of urban decay in the inner city, the Donkin Reserve became a desolate area filled with gravel and stone. Now revitalised, the park-like atmosphere encourages a longer stay with beautiful landscaping and public art pieces. Among these is the striking Voting Line – metal cutout figures of real people waiting to vote during South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. Nelson Mandela himself leads the way in familiar stance – captured with his right fist raised as he leaves the Victor Verster prison in 1990. The artwork also plays on South African stereotypes with a humorous touch, light-heartedly paying homage to the country’s cultural diversity. Other pieces to be seen are an unusual 3.8m-high fish-bird, and a large mosaic celebrating Port Elizabeth’s history, colourfully juxtaposed against the backdrop of the white lighthouse. At night, the walkway turns into a fairy land with 34 lights strategically placed to lead the way. The entire walk is wheelchair friendly.  “The environmental upgrading of the Donkin Reserve has been about creating an activity space that means something to all residents of the city,” said  Dorelle Sapere, planning and development manager for the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), the drivers of the project. First Urban RunTo create greater awareness around the project, and to enhance the idea of a shared heritage, the City also hosted its first Urban Run on 25 September. Starting and ending at the Donkin, more than 350 runners participated in a 12km obstacle race through the inner city. This included crossing the Baakens River with ropes, traversing various log-built obstacles, running through a stationary train at the Port Elizabeth harbour, and racing up a six-storey parking garage.Participants were unanimous in their enjoyment of the race.Nicolas Moolman, third over the line in the men’s division, said he was impressed by the skill and creativity of the various obstacles, some of which were designed by the local Boy Scouts movement.“It was a very good, well thought out race. The obstacles were excellent and very creative, and next year, I will be back to win the race,” he promised.A vision becomes realityA project that was two years in the making, the Donkin Reserve and Route 67 development centred strongly on Nelson Mandela, the municipality’s namesake and former Eastern Cape resident, and his significant role in South Africa. The agency worked hand in hand with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to ensure that all intellectual property rights were honoured.  It was the foundation’s idea to call the development Route 67.In addition the project also had to work from a social, tourism and economic perspective, an important prerogative for all MBDA developments.“We realised we needed to get people to stop, spend time here in Port Elizabeth and spend money in our shops and restaurants,” said Sapere.   The Donkin upgrade cost R17-million and was funded through the National Lotto. The MBDA is the development arm of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, and acts on its behalf to implement urban regeneration projects. Since 2003 it has completed two other projects successfully: the first was a revamp to the entire Govan Mbeki Avenue and Parliament Road to make it more pedestrian friendly; this was followed by the Uitenhage Market Square upgrade.  Says Pierre Voges, the agency’s COO: “We are trying to create spaces for people. The idea is to reverse the urban decay and in so doing, bring people and businesses back into the city.” The MBDA has just started with its latest project, a R42-million upgrade to Kings Beach, once Port Elizabeth’s premier beachfront area. The upgrade will include extensive landscaping, incorporating the use of water features and re-development of the existing skate park.last_img read more

SA tourism looks to emerging markets

first_img South Africa’s tourism sector contributes 9% to the country’s gross domestic product, with 12-million international arrivals annually. Van Schalkwyk announced that it is the government’s goal to increase this number to 15-million by 2020. “The new growth will depend heavily on our marketing investment in China, Brazil and India.” China, in particular, represents a growing market for South Africa, with double-digit growth in tourist arrivals in 2011. “When the tourism industry talks about emerging destinations and source markets, Africa is often ignored,” Van Schalkwyk said. “As a destination, the splendour of [the] continent’s natural riches and the warmth of [the] people create many truly unique experiences.” SAinfo reporter It is predicted that in the next decade, emerging-market economies will contribute more to global economic growth than developed economies. “This global re-balancing, together with the spread of low-cost airlines, air space liberalisation, the removal of visa requirements and the growing popularity of online bookings, underscores that the extensive BRICS cooperation and partnership on travel and tourism among not only businesses but also governments offers boundless opportunities,” he said. 11 September 2012 South Africa’s tourism sector is looking to emerging markets to boost arrivals and drive growth, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said at the Global Tourism Economy Forum in Macau, China on Monday. The sector will focus specifically on attracting visitors from its BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India and China) partners as traditional tourism markets are still suffering the backlash of the global economic crisis. “While Europe stagnates, we in the emerging-market economies are boosting global tourism flows and outbound spend,” Van Schalkwyk said. “By 2015, the emerging economies are expected to account for 40% of all global departures.”last_img read more

Apple’s iOS 8: What You Need To Know About Its New Features

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Tags:#Apple#iOS 8#Tim Cook#WWDC#WWDC 2014 center_img Apple today announced iOS 8 beta, the newest operating system that runs iPhones and iPads. The release of iOS 8 starts a summer of building for Apple developers, culminating in the release of the new iPhone later this fall.See also: What Apple Announced At WWDC 2014: iOS 8, Mac OS X Yosemite, HealthKit And MoreiOS 8 is full of new features and functions for users and developers centered around health and fitness, messages and notifications and iCloud integration.HealthKit And FitnessSee also: Apple Launches HealthKit To Share Vital Stats With Nike, Mayo CliniciOS 8 includes a bevy of new health and fitness features for consumers. Health is a single place on an iDevice that is a composite of all your health activity. The Healthkit comes with a new iOS app called “Health” that aggregates all of your health data, including third-party fitness apps like RunKeeper or Nike. Apple has also teamed with the Mayo ClinicNotification Center And MailThe dropdown notifications in iOS 8 now work in the lockscreen on iPhones and iPads as well as in-line reply straight from the Notification Center from any app that you are using at the time. Apple described the new user experience as “actionable notifications.” Frequently used contacts will also be shown in the new Notification Center.Apple also changed the Mail app so that you can both compose a mail and see the rest of your inbox at the same time. New mail experiences include the ability to swipe to delete or mark as read as well as an easier email delete function.MessagesSee also: 6 Things Apple Should Fix In iOS 8Group messaging has been improved in iOS 8 with the ability to name messaging threads and the ability to kick somebody off a messaging thread. Messages also has a “Do Not Disturb” mode for specific threads.Messages will be able to know your location and will be able to show images from those specific threads. Messages also has new push-to-talk Walkie Talkie-like audio message capability along with video and “selfie” messaging capabilities. SpotlightSpotlight—traditionally a Mac OS X feature—is not much more robust on iOS 8. Spotlight “suggestions” are now available iOS 8.iCloud DriveSee also: Apple Introduces iCloud Drive With Document Sync And StorageApple’s new iCloud Drive personal online storage feature comes to iOS 8 in addition to Mac OS X Yosemite. Users can save documents from apps across Macs, iOS devices and Windows devices. Keyboard QuickTypeSee also: Apple To Support Third Party Widgets, Keyboards For The First TimeThe keyboard in iOS 8 has been improved with a new predictive typing suggestion feature. QuickType will be able to suggestion responses to questions in your messages. QuickType learns how you type and how you respond to specific individuals and will suggest certain words for certain people.Enterprise Device Enrollment ProgramApple has introduced a new authentication program for enterprise business users that will automatically set up all your corporate accounts and apps when unboxing new iOS devices. iOS now supports S/MIME messaging, third party device management.Family SharingiOS 8 now has the ability to share content like apps, books and movies between family members. So, if you buy an app once, you can share it among up to six family members (that all share a common credit card). Family sharing also allows for parents to track their kids devices and integrates the “Find My Friends” feature introduced in earlier versions of iOS.PhotosSee also: Apple Unveils OS X Yosemite, Uniting iOS And The Mac At LastApple is bringing its Photos app to iCloud so that you can share your pictures among your other Apple devices like a Mac or an iPad. If you edit a photo on an iPhone, that edit will be saved through iCloud to your Mac as well. New editing controls like cropping, straightening and lighting are also available in iOS 8 Photos.Photos also has new search capabilities for time, location and albums. SiriSiri has new voice-activated car capabilities as well as new voice streaming recognition. Siri now has 22 new dictation languages along with Shazam music streaming recognition.SafariMobile Safari now has a new browser tab user interface that is much like the new card-like tabs introduced in Mac OS X Yosemite. Airdrop, Handoff And ContinuityApple’s wireless document sharing function is now compatible between Mac computers and iOS devices like iPads and iPhones. If you are working on one device, like an iPad, you can swipe and send it to your Mac and keep working from exactly where you were. Apple also announced a similar feature called Handoff that will switch mail, documents and phone calls from an iOS device to a Mac.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinskilast_img read more