Cape Town targets cruise liners

first_img19 October 2007Already famous for being one of the most beautiful tourist cities in the world, Cape Town has unveiled its ambition to become one of the best passenger cruise liner destinations in the world, in hopes of securing a slice of the lucrative US$29-billion global market.The city seeks to benchmark itself against the likes of Miami, Vancouver, Sydney, Melbourne and even Auckland, which have all developed as favoured cruise liner destinations.“The time could be ripe to re-establish Cape Town as one of the great passenger liner destinations of the world by promoting itself and the southern African region as a base for destination cruises,” said the city councillor in charge of economic development and tourism, Simon Grindrod.He said he was disappointed, however, that Cape Town and southern Africa had largely failed to benefit from the fact that cruise liner operators were seeking new destinations.Areas such as the east coast of Australia and New Zealand have become popular cruise liner destination bases, experiencing 28% annual growth between 2002 and 2004.The advantage of cruise liners, Grindrod said, was that they could berth at ports with limited landside facilities as they were basically equipped like floating resorts. In addition, approximately 50% of passengers expected to return to places that they have visited while on a cruise.“Given this position, areas which have previously been fairly inaccessible to this type of tourists as well as the traditional nodes could also benefit,” he said.Grindrod said that at present, Cape Town and Durban featured on the schedule of “round-the-world” cruises and vessels that are on appropriate repositioning cruises, but that this was a limited market.Multi-purpose terminalsCape Town has been perceived to have the perfect opportunity to develop a multi-use cruise liner terminal, though Grindrod said cruise liner terminals were not profitable investments on their own, but “given this position trend worldwide, would construct a multi-purpose use facility” that can be used as a cruise liner terminal as well as for other use.Durban is also planning to build a cruise liner terminal as part of the re-development of the Point.“If destination-based cruise liner business is to expand in this region, then terminals at the potential home-ports of Cape Town and Durban are probably essential,” he said.“It is stated that in the KwaZulu-Natal commissioned work that more than 85% of cruise passengers believe that cruising is an important vehicle for sampling destinations to which they may return.”Cape Town’s executive director for economics, social development and tourism, Mansoor Mohamed, said a major challenge was that a few major players dominated the industry.“We need to contact the cruise liner operations to market the region to these countries to assess what is required to induce them so that southern Africa can be included on their list of cruise destinations,” Mohamed said.“Our marketing bodies also need to be prominent at the relevant trade shows around the world to promote the region as a cruise liner destination.”The cruise liner industry is the fastest growing global tourism sector, and the average growth rate of the sector has been 8% per annum since 1980. Over 12-million people went cruising in 2006, and the number is expected to grow to 16-million by 2009.The industry is estimated to be worth about US$29-billion and it sustains approximately 559 000 jobs.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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SA economy: recovery in sight

first_img19 August 2009 Fourth-quarter growth expected The main contributors to the second-quarter decrease in economic activity were the manufacturing industry (-1.6 percentage points), and the wholesale and retail trade and hotels and restaurants industry (-0.6 of a percentage point). “It is expected to stabilise next quarter, and move back into growth by the fourth quarter, making it unlikely that the full-year decline will be as bad as the two percent plus that more pessimistic economists had predicted,” the business daily said. “The seasonally adjusted real GDP at market prices for the second quarter of 2009 decreased by an annualised rate of three percent compared to the first quarter’s 6.4%,” Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Tuesday. Business Day said on Wednesday that when the year’s first-half figures were compared with those of last year, economic growth was down by only two percent. This was despite the South African Reserve Bank having cut interest rates by a cumulative five percent since December last year. Consumers ‘reluctant to spend’ Construction, mining growth While South Africans had more disposable income following the rate cuts, they were either still reluctant to spend or were servicing their debts, Stats SA’s Kedibone Mokone told Business Report. South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth contracted by three percent in the second quarter of 2009, indicating that the economy is still in recession, but with signs that a recovery is in sight. Stats SA said the increase in mining and quarrying in the second quarter was due to an increase in the mining of other metal ores, including platinum, and other mining and quarrying, including diamonds. Analysts interviewed by Business Report said the GDP data suggested that South Africa’s economy was still struggling, despite the easing in monetary policy. Industries that contributed to positive second-quarter growth included construction (+0.5% of a percentage point), general government services and mining and quarrying (each contributing +0.3% of a percentage point), as well as personal services (0.1% of a percentage point), Stats SA reported. “The data backs up suggestions from Central Bank governor Tito Mboweni and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan that any recovery in South Africa’s economy will lag others, after several developed countries recorded second-quarter growth,” the paper said. The finance, real estate and business services, and the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries also contributed to the drop in GDP growth. Mining and quarrying were among the main contributors to the first-quarter GDP contraction. Nedbank economist Nicky Weimer told BuaNews that the figure had been expected by the market. “Overall it is still a weak number,” Weimer said. “However, the good news is that the contraction is at a slower pace.” SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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“Guwisti and mom” Geocaching Through the Fog of Alzheimer’s

first_imgShare with your Friends:More A record day for Carol and Kristie (Guwisti and mom) with 52 findsCrumpled geocaching log sheets record simple, even fragile moments. Laughter, singing to classic country music and victorious thumbs-ups roll into three words for a daughter and her best geocaching partner. They sign logbooks with, “Guwisti and mom”.  If you’ve geocached around Arkansas in the United States, you’ve probably read those three words on geocache log sheets for years.But Kristie Boucheer Moore says all those geocaches are becoming flickers of half-remembered moments from her mom. “Her Alzheimer’s began a couple of years ago and has slowly progressed… She has problems remembering recent events and tends to repeat herself. She’ll ask me a question and say, ‘I’ve probably already asked you that, huh?’ And then she laughs. I don’t mind. She has a childlike exuberance which is infectious.”Kristie began geocaching in 2010. The librarian happened upon something called, “geocaching” in an article. Soon she and her husband found their first geocache. She said they’ve been hooked on the outdoor adventure ever since.Carol and KristieAfter her father’s death Kristie searched for ways to spend time with her mom. “My husband and I told her about our new hobby and she thought it sounded silly. We took her to find an ammo can and she found a plastic grasshopper inside as SWAG and has loved it ever since! This was when she was in the very early stages and quite independent. She’d go caching with us every once in awhile, but not as much as she does now.”The more Alzheimer’s becomes part of their lives, the more they find themselves searching for geocaches, “You really have no idea how much my mom means to me or how much we love geocaching together!! I am so happy my mom and I have found ‘our thing’ to do together.”“Guwisti and mom” is now appearing on geocaching log sheets at a record pace. They recently broke their record and found 52 geocaches in one day.“It’s definitely me and her time, my husband will usually go have ‘guy time’ and mom and I go caching. We usually go on weekends, in fact when I call her on Saturday morning she always asks, ‘any new caches?!’ She thinks all caches are a First to Find opportunity.”Carol has also discovered she’s part of a larger community where she’s welcome to just be herself. Kristie says, “She loves all types of caches and she goes to events with us as well, she might not talk much anymore but she loves being around everyone and hearing their stories.”The quiet stops when Kristie and Carol start driving to their next geocache, “Caching has given us a way to connect in the outdoors. My mom has never met a stranger, all her neighbors love her and help look after her. Since developing Alzheimer’s she’s quieter in group situations. But she sure talks a bunch while we’re out caching. I’ve heard more about her childhood than I ever have. She loves to sing and we listen to old classic country and sing while we cache.”It’s the activity of geocaching that Kristie believes builds something stronger than memories. They’re focusing on the moment being lived, not the moments that have been lost, “It’s a great opportunity to spend quality time with a parent who honestly might not even remember your name in another year or so. We’re creating memories out there and while she might not remember exactly what happened, I think she will remember the happy feelings and general good times. I will always treasure the memories made while out caching with my mom. It is also, I suppose, a stress free time for both us. She’s not worried about remembering something she has forgotten and I can step out of the role of caregiver for a few hours. Geocaching has us both looking for something that neither one of us knows where it is. It lets us live in the moment.”Carol and Kristie SharePrint RelatedFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”July Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsJuly 20, 2012In “Community”Kids, Geocaching and Lava – A Parent’s Guide to Geocaching with KidsJuly 9, 2010In “Learn”last_img read more

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A geocachers journey to mental health

first_imgAnn-Kathrin (biotonne88) is a German geocacher who fell in love with the game in 2013. For her, geocaching is not only a hobby but a pillar of mental health. When she was diagnosed with Borderline personality disorder (BPD) three years ago, the game became an essential tool for her to deal with the often intense mood swings typical for BPD. She is allowing us insight into her passion for geocaching, explains the struggles when living with this mental disease, and how geocaching has helped her to find inner peace again. SharePrint RelatedGeocacher Carries Olympic Torch… AgainJuly 18, 2012In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Finding friends at Belgium Mega-EventSeptember 17, 2019In “Community” I’m sitting on my desk and turn to the right where my friend is playing computer games. I’m bored. What should I do on this beautiful autumn day? Then I remember my friend Jessica telling me about this outdoor game. Something like a treasure hunt but modern. I text Jessi and ask her about it. Geocaching. Right, that’s what it’s called. So I go on Geocaching.com and sign up for an account. I read a little bit about it and think, well that doesn’t seem hard. As my curiosity is sparked, I download the app. The map is loading and I see the first green symbol appear. A Traditional Cache which is located right on the street next to mine. I tell my friend, that I’d like to take a look, what I might find and together we go looking. We only have to walk around the block. Only 30 meters and the arrow on the map shows us we’ve arrived. We investigate the guardrail which divides the road here and I discover a magnetically attached container. There we have it: a geocache!When I found my first cache this day six years ago, I was absolutely amazed that many people walk this street without knowing about the existence of this treasure–but that I was part of a small circle of the enlightened. Even though this thought was fascinating to me, I didn’t think that this outdoor game would grow to have so much more importance in my life.Three years ago I was diagnosed with Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and since have learned a lot about myself and my problems. It’s now clear to me why I never had a hobby before geocaching that I pursued for an extended amount of time. Because BPD is characterized by flightiness, not only within the mood of the affected but also their actions. It is difficult for anyone affected to make decisions and we are scared to make mistakes which can lead to negative emotions. Therefore it is something really special for me that I was able to develop such a strong passion for geocaching and since I became aware of this I also realized that it is my way out of this disease.How BPD presents itself often varies. But in most cases the problem is that the affected cannot regulate their emotions appropriately. If the tension becomes too strong and emotions overflow it leads to dysfunctional behavior patterns. Those help reduce the internal tension in the moment but can hurt people with BPD and often also their relationships. Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) teaches alternative methods and skills that regulate the tension in a more functional manner. Since I started geocaching, I have automatically employed the hobby as such a skill. That means, when I feel emotional tension and the pressure threatens to become too much, I get out and geocache. It distracts me and calms me.To conquer BPD long term, everyone suffering from it has to learn to be careful in everyday life. They have to pay attention about how high the tension is, what causes it and how they can confront it. When dealing with other humans mindfulness is very important. I realized it helps my fellow human beings if I explain my affliction and that in turn helps me to deal with some emotions in a more realistic manner. Even though this disease affects (directly or indirectly) many people, many have never heard about it.With my project “biotonne88 goes Europe” I want to call attention to this disease and also confront it myself. I am planning to travel around Europe for six months to knowingly surrender myself to my painful loneliness and inform with frequent videos about my disease and my experiences. Geocaching will lead me and give me strength on this trip.You can follow Ann-Kathrin’s European travels on Instagram or YouTube to experience her exciting geocaching adventures with her.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Azkals foil Tajiks Rally, keep top spot

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide BaliPure, Pocari dispute title View comments MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire But Tajikistan struck twice in quick succession with Parvizchon Umarbaev scoring from the spot in the 57th minute off a questionable foul called on Amani Aguinaldo, and Dilshod Vasiev finishing off a quick counter attack four minutes later after Junior Muñoz lost the ball at midfield.Fil-Japanese leftback Daisuke Sato restored the two-goal cushion for the Azkals with a long range strike with 10 minutes remaining only for Manuchekr Dzaliliov’s late strike off another defensive breakdown giving the Tajiks hope until the end.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe performance was a far cry from the horror show in Guangzhou where the Azkals absorbed a 1-8 defeat to China in a friendly Tuesday last week. Although the Azkals once again scrambled for most of the match and conceded some cheap goals against the Tajiks, they took their chances expertly with Patiño showing his quality.“It’s the perfect way to respond,” said midfielder Iain Ramsay, who played the full 90 minutes. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES A brace from Javier Patiño helped the Philippine Azkals weather a late Tajikistan uprising for a thrilling 4-3 victory Tuesday night that firmed up their grip of the top spot in Group F of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers at Republican Central Stadium in Dushbane.Captain Phil Younghusband gave the Philippines the lead with a sublime free kick in the 28th minute, before Patiño scored in the 41st and 48th minutes off two assists from Mike Ott as the Azkals looked on their way to a comfortable victory before 15,000 fans in the Tajik capital.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

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Nerd HQ Raises 215000 For Operation Smile

first_imgZachary Levi and The Nerd Machine returned to Comic-Con this year bringing with them Nerd HQ.This annual event, now in its third year, provided fans with a home base during the international comic book and entertainment festival. Guests experienced cutting edge technology with hardware provided by Intel & ASUS; gaming showcases including action-packed Neverwinter gameplay; a sneak peak at the all-new, electric FIAT 500e and several exclusive parties including the festival favorite, Levi’s annual Nerd Party.Also back by popular demand was the very popular philanthropic panel series “Conversation for a Cause.” Guest who purchased tickets to these intimate panels of about 250 people enjoyed asking questions of their favorite entertainers in an un-moderated forum. This year’s panels included some of the most talked about films, television shows and celebrities including “Riddick,” “Cast from ‘300: Rise of an Empire,’” “Dr. Who,” “The Maze Runner,” “Haven,” “I, Frankenstein,” “Orphan Black,” “PBS Masterpiece: Sherlock,” “Psych,” “Stoopid Buddy with Seth Green,” “Thrilling Adventure Hour,” “Fannibal Meetup with Bryan Fuller, Hugh Dancy and David Slade,” “Signing with the legendary Jim Lee of DC Entertainment,” “Adult Swim Panel featuring cast members from NTSF and Children’s Hospital,” “Kick Ass 2 Panel and Signing,” “Tiny Commando featuring Ed Helms, Gillian Jacobs, Ryan McFaul and Zachary Levi,” “A Conversation with NASA/JPL Mars Curiosity Rover” and “A Conversation with Zachary Levi and Mystery Guests” and individual panels with Evangeline Lilly, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, Joe Manganiello, Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Richard Madden, Tom Hiddleston, and Nerd HQ Founder Zachary Levi.With the addition several new fundraising efforts, such as photo opportunities with celebrities including Stan Lee, Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, David Giuntoli, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Levi, an exclusive auction on eBay that featured one-of-a-kind artwork from Elevendy, a huge screening of fan-favorite Serenity on Petco Park’s field, and a generous $10,000 donation from event sponsor Intel & ASUS, the event generated a record breaking $215,000 for Operation Smile or as Nerd HQ Founder Zachary Levi put it, 895 smiles.last_img read more

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Hostile Husky takeover bid for MEG Energy now expected to succeed as

first_imgCompanies in this article: (TSX:HSE, TSX:MEG, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:CVE, TSX:CNQ)The Canadian Press CALGARY — A CIBC oil and gas analyst says the recent deterioration in crude oil prices makes it unlikely that a better offer will emerge to force Husky Energy Inc. to sweeten its hostile takeover bid for an oilsands rival.Husky reported Tuesday that it had received all necessary regulatory approvals for the takeover of MEG Energy Corp. and is now waiting for shareholders’ response to its offer which expires in mid-January.Analyst Jon Morrison says in a research report that Investment Canada approval of the proposed deal could at one time have prompted the emergence of a rival bidder — and a higher bid — for MEG, but the weakening macro oil economy of the past couple of months makes it unlikely now.He says he doesn’t expect any of the four most likely competing bidders — Imperial Oil Ltd., Suncor Energy Inc., Cenovus Energy Inc. and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. — to make a bid.CIBC moved its price target for MEG down from $9.50 to $8.30 per share, with the new target matching the current Husky cash-and-shares offer.The takeover was worth about $3.3 billion when proposed in September but has fallen to about $2.5 billion because of deterioration in Husky’s share price.“While we held the view earlier in the year that there was the potential for Husky to modestly bump the bid to get the deal across the line, given the weakening macro market over the last couple months we no longer believe that to be the case,” said Morrison in his report.last_img read more

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Woman reported missing in Fort St John

first_imgBrown is described as First Nations, standing 5’4″ tall, with a slim build, and medium-length brown hair.Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP at (250) 787-8100, or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477 (TIPS). UPDATE – As of 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sadie Brown has been located.  The RCMP would like to thank the public for their help.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are asking for the public’s help in the search for a woman who was reported missing last Friday.54-year-old Sadie Brown was last seen at her home in Fort St. John early Friday morning before her roommate left for work. She requires a walker to get around, and is said to suffer from memory loss stemming from a previous medical incident.last_img

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Northeast BC unemployment rate increased in January 2019

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The unemployment rate in Northeast B.C. saw an increase in January.The unemployment rate in January was 5.5 percent compared to 4.7 percent in December of 2018.January has been the highest recorded unemployment percentage since September 2018 at 5.6 percent, an estimated 39,900 people are employed in a labour force of 42,100. A recent statement made by Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, on the release of the January Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada;“As demonstrated in the newest results, higher wages, low unemployment and good jobs in British Columbia show that people are at the centre of our strong and stable economy.Wages continued to rise in January, with B.C. among the top provinces for year-over-year growth. In the past year, B.C.’s average wages grew by 4.1%, the highest among provinces. In fact, 2018 was B.C.’s highest annual wage growth in the past 10 years.B.C.’s unemployment rate remained the lowest in Canada — for the 17th month in a row — at 4.7%. Private sector jobs have been fuelling employment growth in the province, with an increase of 64,800 in the past year.This means people continue to see the benefit of a high-performing economy following many years of wage stagnation.”B.C.’s economy is expected to outperform the rest of Canada over the next three years. The Economic Forecast Council, a group of bank economists and analysts that are independent of government, estimates that B.C.’s real gross domestic product is expected to grow by 2.6% in both 2019 and 2020. “We’re working hard to nurture a sustainable economy that works for people.”last_img read more

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In highstate of preparedness to deal with threat from Pak

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Air Force on Thursday said it was in a high state of preparedness to pro-actively engage any perceived threat from Pakistan, in clear indication that underlying tension between the two countries remained.Citing a document of Pakistan’s civil aviation authority, the IAF said the neighbouring country has opened its airspace with Oman, Iran, Afghanistan and China only and the 11 entry and exit points located along Indo-Pak airspace were still closed. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”The Indian Air Force is in a high state of preparedness, to pro-actively engage any perceived threat in the present security scenario,” the IAF said in a statement. It said a strict vigil in the skies to detect and thwart any act of aggression from Pakistan Air Force is being maintained. Officials said all the frontline IAF bases along India’s western border have been kept on maximum alert. Tensions between the two countries escalated after Indian fighters bombed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest training camp near Balakot deep inside Pakistan on February 26. Pakistan retaliated by attempting to target Indian military installations on February 27. However, the IAF thwarted their plans. The Indian strike on the JeM camp came 12 days after the terror outfit claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir, killing 40 soldiers.last_img read more

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