South African Tourism partners with Visa

first_img15 November 2012South African Tourism (SA Tourism) and global payments technology company Visa have signed an agreement that will see the two organisations working closely together to promote the country’s tourist attractions to an international audience.The “South Africa and Visa Welcomes You” campaign will seek to amplify SA Tourism’s existing efforts to promote South Africa as a travel destination for tourists and promote the use of Visa cards by visitors.The agreement was a natural progression in the company’s existing role in the global tourism industry, Visa South Africa’s country manager, Mandy Lamb, said in a statement on Wednesday.“South Africa remains a firm favourite among tourists from various parts of the world because of the country’s diverse tourist attractions.‘Tourism key to unlocking growth’“As a major contributor to South Africa’s gross domestic product, the tourism sector is key to unlocking economic growth and our aim is to put efforts behind articulating South Africa’s advanced electronic payment network, which supports payments by Visa cards,” Lamb said.Visa’s latest Tourism Outlook on South Africa report – released in September – showed that tourist arrivals to South Africa rose 3% in 2011, despite tough global economic conditions.The country also recorded an increase of 10.5% in the number of arrivals during the first six months of 2012 compared to the same period last year.There has been a notable increase in the number of tourist inflows from neighbouring African countries such Angola, Mozambique and one of Africa’s economic powerhouses, Nigeria.The alliance would see the two organisations combining their strengths to promote South Africa as the destination of choice and provide useful tips to tourists on how to manage their travel expenses safely and conveniently, said SA Tourism’s regional director for Africa, Phumi Dhlomo.“Our relationship with Visa is of a symbiotic nature and we see it as a long-term venture that will benefit the South African economy and position the country as Africa’s prime tourist destination,” he said.Over the coming months, Visa and SA Tourism will embark on a variety of activities geared towards promoting tourism and showing the convenience of card usage while in South Africa.The two entities plan to support the retailers’ end-of-year sales in January 2013 with point-of-sales visibility and card activation campaigns to drive visitors’ in-store. This will be used as a platform to promote the South African retail sector during the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).The Visa and SA Tourism alliance will also look at further strengthening inflows from emerging markets such as China and India and traditional markets like the United Kingdom, United States and Germany.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Africa pushes for commitment at COP20

first_imgCOP20 is taking place in Lima now, among the topics under discussion is how to help Africa deal with the effects of a changing global climate. (Image credit:350.org) Sulaiman PhilipA rise in greenhouse gases means temperatures across the globe get hotter, causing sea levels to climb, floods, droughts, super storms and heat waves. Changing the planet’s weather patterns affects everyone, but the disruption in food production and destruction of habitats and ecosystems will have the greatest impact on Africa.Today – 10 December 2014 – is Africa Day at COP20 in Lima and the African delegation is pushing all delegate countries to “put more on the table” if they expect to leave Peru with a successful agreement on the reduction of greenhouse emissions after 2020.The meeting in the Peruvian capital is meant to set the agenda for Paris 2015, where a new set of binding protocols will be adopted to reduce emissions. Paris 2015 will replace the historic, but not universally embraced, Kyoto Protocol of 1997 and for the first time will apply to rich, poor and developing nations.African nations are hoping for, in the words of the African Development Bank, “an agreement that is open, transparent and inclusive so that confidence [can] be restored to a process that many in Africa and elsewhere now see as little more than occasions for endless testing of creative ambiguities”. Biggest loserThe continent stands to lose the most from the gradual change in weather patterns. Extreme weather will have a direct impact on Africa’s ability to grow the continental economy. Flooding in Mozambique in 2000 cost the country $550-million and shrank gross domestic product by 1.5%. Without change, 90 million more Africans will be exposed to malaria by 2030.South African temperatures have risen steadily; by 2050, the coastal temperatures will rise a further 2°C. A rise that steep will result in a 5% reduction in per capita consumption, and the slow death of the country’s economy.South Africa has the continent’s largest industrial base so it’s no surprise that it produces the largest percentage of Africa’s total greenhouse gas emissions. In 2013, the country produced 40% of Africa’s total, but Africa produces less than 3% of the annual global total of 42 669.72 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. A 2° increase in temperatures could result in the destruction of up 80 % of Africa’s arable land. (Image: CGIAR)Assigning, or accepting, responsibility has been the sticking point since the signing of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change in 1997. The developing world has been arguing that richer developed economies should be given tougher reduction targets, while they in turn have laid responsibility at the door of fast developing economies like China and India. Caught in the middle, Africa is the grass being hurt as these elephants fight. Intended national contributionsAt COP19 in Warsaw, countries agreed to determine their “intended nationally determined contributions” or INDCs. These are the proposed steps that each country will take to reduce its emissions, how they will deal with the impact of climate change, and what support they will offer other countries.Discussion in Paris at COP21, and any agreement that comes out of that meeting, will be based on these lists. The problem for Africa, for all poorer countries, is the cost of research required to develop a comprehensive, meaningful list. It was agreed in 2013 that developed countries would fund the costs of reporting, a commitment that most have not met. For Africa, Lima is an opportunity to remind the world of this commitment.From the Kyoto Protocol onwards, discussions about climate change have been based on the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and historical obligation. Augustine Njamnshi, a co-ordinator for a Cameroonian NGO working on climate change issues, puts it succinctly: “If people have contributed less to a problem and are suffering the most, that is inequity. So for any negotiations to be effective, these factors have to be included.”Through the World Bank, developed economies have been funding programmes and research to help Africa adapt to a changing climate in a way that will not hamstring economic development. Its $7-billion investment fund has been financing programmes in Africa since 2006. Cyclone-prone Madagascar, where cyclones have been building in intensity over the years, has benefitted from funding for research into mitigating the effects on agriculture and updating infrastructure.A $100-million loan to Nigeria allowed it to improve the Lagos Bus Rapid Transit system into an efficient, job creating service that has reduced its carbon emissions by 20%. The Ethiopian Humbo Community-Based Natural Regeneration Project is restoring 3 000 hectares of bio diverse forest with funding from the bank. A pilot project with Kenyan farmers will enhance the storage of carbon in agricultural soils through the adoption of sustainable land management.According to Idah Pswarayi-Riddihough, World Bank’s sector manager for environment and natural resources management within the Africa region, adapting to climate change is no different from development for Africa. “With additional financing made available to countries and all of the different facets of this work coming together, I believe that we can begin to see a very different Africa in terms of climate change. We can remain hopeful that something positive is going to come out of this.”last_img read more

Memorial to Polish refugees to be unveiled in Kolhapur

first_imgWhen Poland was caught between Adolf Hitler’s Germany and Josef Stalin’s Russia during the Second World War, a stream of refugees made their way to Valivade village in Kolhapur district, 235 km from Pune.Here, they tasted freedom after having endured the living hell of Soviet camps following their deportation by the dreaded NKVD or the Soviet secret police.On Saturday, a commemorative pillar in memory of these Polish families and individuals who lived in Valivade between 1942 and 1948 will be unveiled by Deputy Foreign Minister of the Polish Republic Marcin Przydacz, Polish Ambassador to India Adam Burakowski and Guardian Minister of Kolhapur Chandrakant Patil, said Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Parliament from Kolhapur, Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje.“At a time when the world was torn apart by war, Europe was ravaged and parts of India were in the grip of a terrible famine, the Chhatrapatis of Kolhapur adopted these Polish families on humanitarian grounds. We want to keep this sentiment alive through the memorial and the museum, which will strengthen Indo-Polish ties,” said Mr. Sambhaji Raje.A permanent museum dedicated to the memory of the 5,000 Polish people who lived in the Valivade camp will come up within a year, he said.A 29-member Polish delegation, which included those who had lived at the camp as well as their relatives, recalled their association with Kolhapur after 72 years during a tour of the historic Panhala fort. They reminisced, too, their journey to India through Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan from the Soviet camps in Siberia and the Urals. They first reached Jamnagar in Gujarat, where the ruler, Jam Saheb Digvijayasinhji Jadeja, in a noble gesture, took the refugees under his wing. From there, some of the migrants proceeded to Kolhapur. Wanda Nowicka was among those who stayed on in Valivade even after the others left. She married a local, Vasant Kashikar and bore five children. “One of the early camps for the Polish migrants was set up up in Karachi in 1946,” says Umesh Kashikar, one of the sons of the late Nowicka nee Kashikar. “From there, some of them went to Jamnagar and then to Valiwade. It was here that our parents met and were united for life,” said Mr. Kashikar, who works with a Mumbai-based cooperative bank.Ludmila Jakutowicz, now in her eighties, came to the Valivade camp in 1943. “I left in February 1948. My mother brought me a Kolhapuri bangle in Christmas of 1947 and I have never taken it off since then. After 72 years, this bangle is my fond memory of Kolhapur and India and of the ties that bind Poland and India,” she said.Poland was dismembered by the 1939 Nazi-Soviet Union pact or ‘the Devil’s Alliance’, with the cream of Poland’s officer corps, which included several members of the country’s intelligentsia, massacred by the NKVD in the Katyn Forest in 1940.The refugees, who were deported and lodged in Stalin’s camps and finally made it to India, were the fortunate ones to flee Europe’s bloodlands after Hitler invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941. “I was four years old when I was deported from Poland to the camps in the Soviet Union. India gave me my first fond memories,” said Lancucka Labus, now nudging 80.With the cooperation and affection of the citizens of Kolhapur, Valivade soon transformed into a ‘mini Poland’, with its own church, schools and even a cinema.Today, several members of the delegation recalled their visits to the Panhala fort, their swim in the nearby river and the warmth of the people of Kolhapur.last_img read more

UFC: Trilogy bout with Nate Diaz should happen at 155 lbs, McGregor insists

first_imgBut if Diaz is indeed interested in a trilogy bout, McGregor insists that it has to be in the 155-lb. division, which the Irish superstar currently lords over.“I’m the 155-pound champion, I faced him at 170, he beat me, then I rematched him at 170, I beat him,” he was quoted as saying in a BBC News report. “Now I’m the 155-pound world champion. If he wants that fight, he must come down”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter fighting above his weight class for their first two matches, “The Notorious” believes it’s only natural that the third match take place under his stipulations.“That’s a fair trade. I didn’t ask for the rematch at a lower weight, I asked for the rematch at the exact same weight,” he explained. “I thought that was a fair play move on my half and then I came in and I won. So now I won that, then I won the 155-pound title after that. If he wants to fight, he’s got to make that 155-pound limit.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH #KicksStalker: Jordan’s second shoe gets new life UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown PLAY LIST 01:52UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Meanwhile, McGregor is expected to take some time off fighting after competing in the biggest fight of his life against undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.He also made it clear that he is open to taking another boxing match if the right fight comes along.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORIES:Olympic medalist Michael Phelps challenges Conor McGregor to swimming raceLOOK: McGregor congratulates Mayweather, says he has ‘strong tools’ for MMAADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Read Next UFC fighters Nate Diaz (left) and Conor McGregor. AP File photoNow that Conor McGregor’s tenure inside the boxing ring has passed, it’s time to get back to the UFC and settle some unfinished business inside the octagon.Perhaps high on the UFC Lightweight Champion’s list is a grudge match against Nate Diaz, whom he engaged in two thrilling welterweight bouts last year.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

a month agoNuno disappointed with Wolves wastefulness for Braga defeat

first_imgNuno disappointed with Wolves wastefulness for Braga defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNuno was disappointed in Wolves’ wastefulness in the 1-0 loss to Braga on Thursday night.Patrick Cutrone, Ruben Neves and Willy Boly all had chances to opening the scoring for the hosts, but it was ultimately Ricardo Horta’s 72nd-minute strike that sealed a win for the Portuguese club.”We are all disappointed. It was a tough game, but I think we did enough,” Nuno said.”We did not perform perfectly, but we created many chances.”Braga had one chance, were very organised, and they scored.”That is the story of the game.”The boys worked hard, but that is football.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Jamalco Hands Over Titles

first_imgThirty-one families were presented with titles by Jamalco on June 23, as the company seeks to bring closure to its land settlement agreements with persons in several communities in Clarendon.          Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, congratulated the bauxite mining company for the initiative, which saw persons who had been resettled as a result of mining activities receiving their titles.  Mr. Henry, who is also  Chairman of the Bauxite Lands Land Titling Committee, was guest speaker at the handing over ceremony, held at the  Halse Hall Great House in Clarendon on June 23.“Over the last two years, Jamalco has successfully transferred approximately 99 titles to occupants in ten subdivisions, namely New Bowens, Phases One, Two and Three; Sheckles One and Two; New Wales; Burke and Belle Plain. While this is a good start I want more to be done. A 100 per cent increase in the number of titles issued annually is not an impossible dream, so this is my challenge to Jamalco,” the Minister said.  In response to the need to fulfil its titling obligations, Jamalco established a Land Closure Team in 2015 and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP).  Jamalco’s Land Closure Administrator, Mrs. Tamara Grant-Bogle, said  the association with LAMP has made the process smoother and speedier, in terms of processing time and cost savings.           She reported that Jamalco has transferred 177 titles to persons since the process of acquiring land began.According to Mrs. Grant-Bogle, titling obligations have also been closed out for two sub-divisions, namely New Wales and Burke in Knockpatrick, Manchester.   Jamalco now has the distinction of being the first bauxite company to hand over 232 titles to the Commissioner of Lands.last_img read more

Keita BatesDiop leads Ohio State mens basketball to victory in final nonconference

Correction 12/28: The score has been updated to reflect the correct final score. OSU sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) dribbles the ball during a game against Northern Illinois on Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorPowered by a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds from sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop, the Ohio State men’s basketball team defeated the South Carolina State Bulldogs 73-57 on Sunday night in Columbus.Bates-Diop scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half, including five 3-pointers, which powered the Buckeyes to a 34-21 halftime lead that they never looked back from.Bates-Diop said it felt great to see so many of his shots fall in after several rattled out the previous game against Mercer.“My teammates got me in the right spots, I was really open most of the time and I just knocked down shots,” he said.OSU coach Thad Matta said although the team earned its fourth win in a row, he wasn’t happy with the number of turnovers in the first half.“The first half we weren’t very sharp at all, of the eight turnovers, five or six were unforced,” Matta said. “We’re not a very good offensive team when we’re not taking care of the ball.” Matta commended freshman guard A.J. Harris for getting the ball rolling.“A.J. really came in and kinda lit the wick for us,” Matta said.South Carolina State coach Murray Garvin said Harris’ play was the difference in the game.“He changed the tempo of the game,” Garvin said. “He’s so quick (that) he can turn off the lights and be in the bed before it gets dark.” Harris accounted for six of OSU’s 19 assists on the night, which were highlighted by five alley-oops. The Dayton native said things are finally starting to click for him in his debut campaign.“My goal is to just share the ball more,” Harris said. “So that’s all we’ve been practicing, is just sharing the ball more, making the extra pass to our teammates that are open. Just making the extra pass. I was seeing the floor really well and my big man was running, my two and three guards were running, so it really opened up the floor for me.”The Buckeyes’ next game is scheduled against the Minnesota on Wednesday, the first of the Big Ten season. Bates-Diop said the conference season brings on a whole new mentality, one that the team should be ready for come next Wednesday.“I think we’re finally hitting our stride,” Bates-Diop said. “Going into the Big Ten, that’s going to be huge for us.”The Buckeyes saw improved performance from its 3-point shooters, as OSU shot 36 percent from three after shooting just 13.6 percent against Mercer.Matta said he knows his team has to be more consistent for it to be able to compete in the Big Ten.“We’ve shown that we can play some really good basketball, and we’ve shown we can play some really bad basketball,” Matta said. “We’re a team that has to be dialed in to everything that we’re doing. The thing that excites me is we’ve seen one through 12, guys can play some really high-level basketball. Finding that consistency is going to be what the next 10 weeks is about.” Game notesFreshman forward Mickey Mitchell scored his first points as a Buckeye in his second game after being declared eligible by the NCAA.OSU’s largest lead was 24 points.OSU outrebounded South Carolina State 50-32.OSU had nine blocked shots while the Bulldogs failed to register one. read more

Football 2019 wide receiver Jameson Williams commits to Ohio State

Ohio State added the second wide receiver to its 2019 recruiting class Friday as four-star receiver Jameson Williams committed to the Buckeyes. Williams is the No. 24 wide receiver in the 2019 recruiting class and is the No. 2 recruit in the state of Missouri according to the 247Sports composite rankings, coming from Cardinal Ritter College Prep in St. Louis. Williams will join five-star 2019 recruit Garrett Wilson, the No. 2 receiver in the class, in Ohio State’s recruiting class. With Williams being commitment No. 15 for the Buckeyes, Ohio State, according to 247Sports, has the second-best recruiting class in the Big Ten and the No. 15 2019 recruiting class in the country. Williams is one of 10 four-star recruits in Ohio State’s 2019 class, joining Wilson and offensive lineman Harry Miller, the two five-star 2019 recruits. read more

Study shows proximity to industrial facilities does not translate to better jobs

first_img Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain Citation: Study shows proximity to industrial facilities does not translate to better jobs for minorities (2018, October 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-proximity-industrial-facilities-jobs-minorities.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In the United States, as in other parts of the world, government officials are often faced with deciding whether the harm caused by industrial polluters is worth the jobs they provide. In such cases, it is often argued that such facilities will offer more or better jobs to people who live in the area. In this new effort, Ash and Boyce argue that such claims may not be true for minorities. To learn more about how minorities fare in such situations, they pulled information from the U.S. Environmental Agency and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission databases and sorted the data by the amount of pollution emitted, job opportunities and race.They found that living near facilities such as oil and gas refineries or coal processing plants did not significantly bolster minority employment. Instead, they found that while minorities are more likely to be exposed to pollutants from such facilities, they could not count on them for jobs.More specifically, after looking at data from 712 heavily polluting industrial facilities, they found that just 10.8 percent of the jobs at such facilities were held by black people. Also, only 9.8 percent of such jobs were held by Hispanic people. They also found that people of color held less than 7 percent of jobs that were considered to be higher paying across all of the industrial sites listed. Sadly, they also found that black people experienced 17.4 percent of exposure to air pollutants from the facilities, and Hispanics experienced 15 percent.The researchers noted that the oil and gas industry, which includes some of the worst polluters, offered very few opportunities for minorities—just 9 percent of the workforce was black. Even worse, black people were paid 23 percent less on average than white people. Meanwhile, twice as many black people as white people were found to be exposed to pollutants from such plants.The researchers conclude by claiming their data shows that black and Hispanic people are exposed to a larger share of pollutants than non-minorities, compared to the number of jobs they hold in the facilities they studied. More information: Michael Ash et al. Racial disparities in pollution exposure and employment at US industrial facilities, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1721640115center_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2018 Phys.org A pair of researchers at the University of Massachusetts has found that minorities living close to industrial facilities do not necessarily gain an employment advantage. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Michael Ash and James Boyce describe their study and comparison of environmental and job data from government agencies and what they found. Searching for diversity in Silicon Valley tech firms – and finding somelast_img read more

More care should be taken while planting trees Experts

first_imgKolkata: City based ecologists feel that the state Forest department, as well as the Parks and Squares department of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, should strictly adhere to some basic theories of urban plantation when they go for planting trees in the city. The observation comes in the wake of nearly 150 trees toppling in the city on Tuesday evening.”Rapid urbanisation in the city is emerging as a bane for the trees. Work for underground sewerage, underground telephone cables and underground electric wires are taking place on a regular basis, which is often destroying the roots of the trees, making them vulnerable to storms and squalls,” feels noted ecologist Nandadulal Parui. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to Parui, trees that usually follow a lateral growth pattern can withstand greater wind velocity than those that have a vertical growth pattern. “Trees like Bakul, Jarul, Gulmohar and Shirish have a lateral growth pattern. They grow to a medium height and have the capacity to withstand high wind velocity, which trees with vertical growth pattern cannot. In urban areas, taking care of the nature of trees before plantation is of utmost importance. There are trees whose wood is tough enough to withstand the velocity of wind,” he maintained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSoumitra Paul, Assistant Professor of the Botany department of Calcutta University, however, feels that the state Forest department and KMC plants trees in a much more scientific manner than what was done ten-twelve years ago. “Trees are not getting proper space to expand because of rapid urbanisation. The soil is losing its strength to hold the trees, resulting in their felling,” Paul said. He feels that putting concrete, cement or any sort of barrier at the bottom of the tree allows it to absorb rain water or precipitation of similar nature in a better way and is favourable factor for its growth. “If a tree is situated at an upward or sloping level, the water flows downwards and the trees fail to absorb water properly. We should remember that a tree uproots because of problems in its roots that lie below the ground. It has nothing to do with cement or concrete surrounding the tree above the ground,” Paul said.It may be mentioned that in well-planned cities, especially in Europe, a minimum of 50 cubic feet of soil is provided for a tree’s root system to expand. However, in the city, hardly 10 cubic feet of soil is available on an average for a tree’s root system to grow and therefore, toppling of trees during squalls and thunderstorms is becoming a common phenomenon every year, according to the environmental experts.last_img read more