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first_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea’s outgoing president has granted special pardons to political allies despite criticism from his successor.The Justice Ministry says President Lee Myung-bak ordered pardons for more than 50 people at a Cabinet meeting Tuesday.They include a friend from college and an aide seen as his political mentor. Both were convicted of bribery.The list also includes former ruling party lawmakers and business executives. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix President-elect Park Geun-hye’s spokespeople have criticized the pardons as an abuse of power. Lee’s office denies it.Park will replace Lee in late February. The two belong to the same conservative party.Special pardons in the final months of presidential terms are common in South Korean politics.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Quick workouts for men Comments   Share   last_img read more

first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Comments   Share   Many economists have worried that the eurozone may be about to suffer a debilitating bout of deflation, which Japan has experienced for the best part of two decades. Falling prices can hurt an economy as consumers postpone spending in the hope of getting cheaper deals in the future while businesses fail to innovate and invest.Lagarde said the IMF thinks there’s 15 to 20 percent chance that the eurozone may suffer deflation.“The risk is that longer term expectations are anchored at a much lower level that it is currently associated with,” Lagarde said.Getting out of a deflationary spiral can be hugely difficult. Japan is now undertaking a major policy experiment _ dubbed “Abenomics” after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe _ involving a massive monetary stimulus, more government spending and big structural reforms. The hope is to get inflation up at 2 percent.The country’s finance minister, Haruhiko Kuroda, said the early signs were positive and he voiced some optimism over the country’s growth.“We are only half way,” he said. “There’s still a long way to go.”(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 ways to recognize low testosterone DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) – The International Monetary Fund’s managing director warned Saturday of the risks posed to global economic recovery from the reduction of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary stimulus and falling prices in the eurozone.Despite growing evidence the global economy is faring better than it has for years, Christine Lagarde said policymakers around the world have to be alert to the potential repercussions from the Fed’s “tapering,” a policy change it decided to embark upon in December. Top Stories So far, the move has been minimal _ it has reduced the amount of bonds it buys each month by $10 billion to $75 billion _ but many economists think that it could end this year if the U.S. economic recovery gains steam.Over the past few years, the Fed’s stimulus, in its various guises has had a big impact on financial markets. As well as shoring up stock markets around the world, the new money created by the stimulus has flown to emerging economies as investors sought out better returns. Currencies, such as the Indian rupee and the Brazilian real, have been beneficiaries. The withdrawal could prompt a reverse in those flows and see their currencies come under pressure.“This is a new risk on the horizon and really needs to be watched,” Lagarde said in a discussion about the global economic outlook at the World Economic Forum.Though the shockwaves that have hit Argentina this week weren’t specifically about tapering, the turmoil the country’s currency experienced _ it fell by nearly 15 percent on Thursday alone _ was felt throughout the world, prompting stock markets to post broad-based declines.Lagarde also cautioned about the outlook for the 18-country eurozone. Though the eurozone has emerged from its longest-ever recession and many of the bailed-out countries appear headed for modest growth, inflation has fallen sharply. At last count, it was down at 0.8 percent in the year to December, way below the European Central Bank’s target to keep price rises just below 2 percent. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Amtrak crash What investigators can learn from black boxes

first_img Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health too Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities will look at a variety of evidence as they try to pinpoint the cause of Tuesday night’s derailment in Philadelphia of Amtrak Train 188, which killed at least seven people and injured 200. A former head of railroad accident investigations at the National Transportation Safety Board, Bob Chipkevich, says they’ll focus on several things:DATA RECORDER: The train’s event data recorder, also known as its “black box,” records train speed, throttle position, whether the brakes were applied and what degree of pressure was used, and whether the horn was sounded. Emergency personnel gather near the scene of a deadly train wreck, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, after a fatal Amtrak derailment Tuesday night, in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. Federal investigators arrived Wednesday to determine why an Amtrak train jumped the tracks in a wreck that killed at least six people, and injured dozens. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) VIDEO RECORDER: The train’s forward-facing video camera on the exterior of the cab may also yield key evidence such as whether anything was on the tracks before the derailment or whether there were kinks in the track caused by excessive heat. The video cameras often record sound as well. The sound a train’s wheels make can help reveal broken track.EQUIPMENT CONDITION: The condition of the rails and rail ties will be examined along with the inspection history of the track. The mechanical condition of the cars will be examined, including the wheels and the axles. Investigators will also look at how well — or how poorly — the cars withstood the crash. And they’ll also look at how passengers were injured and whether there are any design components of the cars or lack of safety features that contributed to those injuries.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Rebuilding Nepal is expected to take years and will need sustained international support. The country’s annual per capital income before the quake was just $712. Corruption was rife, and the country remains deeply divided along ethnic and political lines nearly a decade after a bloody Maoist insurgency ended with a 2006 peace accord.The resolution stressed “the massive destruction” caused by the magnitude-7.8 quake that hit April 25, killing more than 8,200 people. That was followed by another magnitude-7.3 quake on Tuesday that killed 117 people and injured 2,800.The U.N. says more than 8 million people have been affected.Ban said it is urgent to get aid, including shelter, clean water and sanitation supplies, to all those in need before the monsoon season starts in June, which will increase the danger of cholera and other water-borne diseases.“Heavy rain and hail are already affecting people living in tents,” he said, adding that nearly 500,000 people need emergency shelter.The monsoon season is also the planting season, and Ban warned that if farmers are unable to plant their fields, “next year’s harvest will be severely affected.” 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches The resolution stressed the need to restore historic, cultural and archaeological sites that were destroyed or damaged in the quakes. According to UNESCO, the U.N. cultural agency, three of the seven locations in the World Heritage site in the Kathmandu Valley have been severely damaged.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top holiday drink recipes Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly called Friday for urgent assistance to help Nepal earthquake survivors and to rebuild the impoverished Himalayan nation so it can better survive future disasters.A resolution approved by the 193-member world body by consensus urged the international community to support the U.N. appeal for $423 million to meet essential needs over the next three months.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the assembly that just 14 percent of that appeal has been funded. “Let us resolve to do more and better,” he said. 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology The prosecution is asking for a prison term. Hewitt’s lawyer, Terry Price, is arguing for a more lenient sentence.Judge Bert Bam found Hewitt guilty of the offenses committed in the 1980s and 1990s, when Hewitt’s three accusers were minors. Australian-born Hewitt has denied all the charges.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top holiday drink recipes Comments   Share   PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Former doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt, who was convicted of rape and sexual assault, has testified at his sentence hearing in a South African court.Hewitt, 75, told the court on Monday that he suffers from poor health. He also said he had received anonymous threatening letters, warning of possible assault in prison.Hewitt’s wife Delaille broke down during her testimony, describing how her family was harassed throughout the trial. She said production on their citrus farm will halt if Hewitt is jailed.last_img read more

first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Aleppo-based activist Nazeer al-Khatib said about 2 meters (yards) of the wall collapsed. He said government forces control the citadel and that he had no information who caused Sunday’s blast.Syria’s state-run news agency SANA said “terrorists” blew up a tunnel, causing a wall of the citadel to collapse.Aleppo’s medieval citadel is an imposing city landmark that once swarmed with tourists. The rebels have detonated several tunnels since last year, including one that destroyed the Carlton Hotel, known for its elegant architecture and its proximity to the 13th century citadel.Archaeological sites in Aleppo have been damaged in the past in Syria’s civil war, now in its fifth year. The war has killed more than 220,000 people. Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, has been contested since July 2012.In May, the Islamic State group captured the historic central town of Palmyra, raising concerns that extremists might destroy its nearby UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its 2,000-year-old Roman colonnades and priceless artifacts. Islamic State fighters have destroyed other pre-Islamic ancient monuments elsewhere in Syria and Iraq.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories BEIRUT (AP) — A tunnel explosion in the northern city of Aleppo lightly damaged the wall of its famous citadel Sunday, the latest archaeological site to be ravaged in Syria’s civil war, activists and state media said.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the tunnel was dug by rebels before it was discovered by troops who detonated it. The Observatory said part of the sprawling citadel’s wall collapsed.last_img read more

first_imgWARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Lufthansa plane approaching Warsaw’s international airport nearly collided with what appeared to be a drone, the first such incident involving the German airline, officials said Tuesday.The near-collision occurred Monday afternoon when a drone passed within 100 meters (300 feet) of the plane arriving from Munich, according to Przemyslaw Przybylski, the spokesman for Warsaw’s airport. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Drones, unmanned flying aircraft operated by remote control, have been growing increasingly popular across the world, posing a threat to planes. In New York, a commercial airliner narrowly missed colliding midair with a drone as it neared LaGuardia airport in May.The biggest risk to planes from a drone is if it gets sucked into an engine and causes a stall, similar to the possible effects from a bird strike. Other threats to planes from a drone collision could be damage to critical flight equipment.Przybylski said the incident in Poland didn’t occur at the Warsaw Chopin Airport itself, but five kilometers (3 miles) away near Piaseczno, a town south of the capital.Police were investigating to determine who operated the drone, which shouldn’t have been where it was. It wasn’t clear how large the object was.In Poland, drones are inexpensive and easily available. Regulations largely ban them in a 20-kilometer (12-mile) radius around airports. But Przybylski, speaking on TVN24, said airport authorities aren’t able to check whether “some idiot does not suddenly decide to fly a drone in front of a landing plane.”Lufthansa spokeswoman Bettina Rittberger was more hesitant about declaring the object a drone. She said that “a black object appeared on the right side of the plane,” an Embraer 195, at an altitude of 2,500 feet (760 meters) and that the crew “supposed that this object could be a drone.” She said she couldn’t give more details until the investigation produces more results. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   “Lufthansa had not encountered a similar situation before,” she told The Associated Press in an email.Mikolaj Karpinski, with the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, told the TVN24 broadcaster that the pilots immediately reported the drone to air traffic controllers, who redirected the plane’s path. Karpinski said he considered the incident serious.The agency said that after the incident it redirected more than 20 other arriving planes. It said helicopters and an air force plane flew over the area where the drone appeared but didn’t find it.____Monika Scislowska contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

Kitty Hawks Flyer personal VTOL has now flown over 25000 times

first_imgFlying cars, or at least their functional equivalent, edge closer to reality every day — and startup Kitty Hawk wants you to know it’s putting in the flying time to make it happen. The company, led by former Google self-driving car visionary Sebastian Thrun, has now flown its first aircraft, the one-person Flyer, more than 25,000 times. That includes both its excursions as a prototype that resembled a flying motorcycle or ATV, and its current, more refined, mostly enclosed cockpit design.Flyer is now one of two aircraft that Kitty Hawk is working on bringing to market, alongside its Cora two-person, autonomous taxi built in collaboration with Boeing. Flyer is a one-person, human-piloted aircraft designed primarily for recreational use, and Kitty Hawk has said it has refined the vehicle to the point where someone with no experience can learn to fly it in 15 minutes. The company is currently looking for applications for potential partners who want to deploy it in their communities, and it does seem like the type of thing that might do well as an organized excursion activity at a travel destination or resort.From prototype, to vehicle that has traveled more than 25,000+ times, Flyer is working on making the dream a reality. pic.twitter.com/sBb2kZ7vNw— Kitty Hawk (@kittyhawkcorp) August 14, 2019There’s no info on pricing or actual availability yet, but there was a limited Founder Series pre-order for individual purchasers with deep pockets. The aircraft features pontoons and is designed for use over water, and it can fly between three and 10 feet above the surface with vertical take-off and landing capabilities.Personally, I’d probably opt for the flying jet-ski over paragliding if it was on offer at a vacation spot, so here’s hoping this actually finds a path to commercialization somewhat soon.last_img read more

ClearBrain launches analytics tools focused on connecting cause and effect

first_imgBusinesses need to understand cause and effect: Someone did X and it increased sales, or they did Y and it hurt sales. That’s why many of them turn to analytics — but Bilal Mahmood, co-founder and CEO of ClearBrain, said existing analytics platforms can’t answer that question accurately.“Every analytics platform today is still based on a fundamental correlation model,” Mahmood said. It’s the classic correlation-versus-causation problem — you can use the data to suggest that an action and a result are related, but you can’t draw a direct cause-and-effect relationship.That’s the problem that ClearBrain is trying to solve with its new “causal analytics” tool. As the company put it in a blog post, “Our goal was to automate this process [of running statistical studies] and build the first large-scale causal inference engine to allow growth teams to measure the causal effect of every action.”You can read the post for (many) more details, but the gist is that Mahmood and his team claim they can draw accurate causal relationships where others can’t.The idea is to use this in conjunction with A/B testing — customers look at the data to prioritize what to test next, and to make estimates about the impact of things that can’t be tested. Otherwise, Mahmood said, “If you wanted to measure the actual impact of every variable on your website and your app — the actual impact it has on conversation — it could take you years.”When I wrote about ClearBrain last year, it was using artificial intelligence to improve ad targeting, but Mahmood said the company built the new analytics technology in response to customer demand: “People didn’t just want to know who was going to convert, they wanted to know why, and what caused them to do so.”The causal analytics tool is currently available to early access users, with plans for a full launch in October. Mahmood said there will be a number of pricing tiers, but they’ll be structured to make the product free for many startups.In addition to launching the analytics tool in early access, ClearBrain also announced this week that it’s raised an additional $2 million in funding from Harrison Metal and Menlo Ventures.ClearBrain uses AI to help advertisers target the right userslast_img read more

Update Taxi hits cow on Harrismith road

first_imgA Toyota Quantum minibus taxi travelling along the Harrismith road in the early hours of Sunday morning hit a cow near the Peacetown turn-off.There were no passengers in the taxi at the time, with the driver being alone in the vehicle. The taxi was heading towards Ladysmith at the time. The driver sustained injuries to his legs and was trapped in the wreckage after the crash. However, before paramedics arrived, the injured driver was removed from the taxi by other people and also other taxi drivers who stopped to help. Onlookers used a large steel pole to push away the steering column that was pinning the driver in his seat. He was treated by paramedics and transported to hospital.The cow was still alive after the accident and had to be shot by RTI officers due to injuries sustained from the impact. Opportunistic passersby stopped and started cutting up the dead animal at roadside, taking the meat home to eat.SAPS, RTI, EMRS and ER24 responded to the scene. One lane was closed while clean-up operations were carried out. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Herbalist scams woman out of her pension

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Beware of spiritual healers (herbalists), says a woman who was recently scammed out of her pension payout of half a million rand. The 49-year-old African woman, who is a single mother of three, learned her lesson the hard way after consulting a herbalist to help her business venture prosper.“They mislead and promise the world, but in actual fact, they rip you off and steal your last cent,” said the traumatised woman (who would like to remain anonymous) during an exclusive interview with the Ladysmith Gazette.As a former Department of Education employee, she resigned from her job and wanted to start up her own business. She was prompted to consult a local herbalist after reading his advert in which he said he could make a business prosper. With the advertisement in mind, she decided to visit his business premises in the CBD. It is believed that during the consultation with the herbalist, the woman explained her situation, her pension payout and wanting to get her own business off the ground. The herbalist allegedly prophesied that her ancestors were blessing her with luck and that the luck was heading her way. The woman then claims she heard a “spirit voice” asking if she wanted to see the gift from her ancestors. Suddenly, money appeared in a crate. The disembodied voice, that seemed to be coming out of thin air, then said that the money (in the crate) had to be brought to her home and kept in a suitcase.The following day, a man arrived at her house with a suitcase.“He opened it and money was neatly stacked from top to bottom. We both counted it and it amounted to R6 million. The suitcase was locked and I was given the key.”As per the instructions from the herbalist and the spirit voice, the woman had to withdraw her money once her pension was paid out and add that money to the cash in the suitcase.“I maxed my limit at the bank every day and placed my withdrawal in the suitcase,” explains the woman.During this time, prayers and rituals were conducted. Upon her last cash withdrawal, she had to contact the herbalist, as he said they needed to do a final prayer in order for her business to prosper.After the last withdrawal, the woman unsuccessfully tried to contact him. After three attempts failed telephonically, the woman became annoyed and decided to open the suitcase, as she was in need of money.“When I opened the suitcase, I was horrified to see that instead of my hard-earned cash, the suitcase was full of photocopy paper cut into the size of bank notes and wrapped in white cloth,” she explains.What happened to the money she was locking away on a daily basis is still a mystery.A case has been opened at Ladysmith police station and SAPS are investigating.last_img read more

Police urge everyone to party safely this festive season

first_imgYour blood may not have an alcohol content of more than 0.05% (in the case of someone with a PDP, the percentage is even lower at 0.02%). This means that even after what you may think is a “small drink”, you could be over the limit. If you have more than 350ml of beer, OR if you have more than a single tot of brandy or other spirit, you may already be over the limit. Remember that these levels of alcohol will remain in your system for up to EIGHT hours after consumption!Do not take chances – rather stay where you are until you have sobered up, or arrange for alternative transport home from wherever you plan to drink, and make plans in advance to ensure that you are not left stranded. Make use of a designated driver system where possible.Police will be conducting roadblocks and manning other checkpoints to discourage people from drinking and driving. If you are stopped at a roadblock and if it is determined that you have consumed more than the legal limit of alcohol that you may legally consume while driving, you will be arrested and charged with driving under the influence of liquor.During this time, it is also the ’16 Days of Activism’ campaign for “no violence against women and children”. Keep children safe by not supplying or selling liquor to children under 18 and by not drinking during pregnancy. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite In the interests of having a safe festive season, police wish to advise the public to take precautions to secure their personal safety during end-of-year functions and parties. Schoolchildren sometimes hold house parties and these should always be under the supervision of a responsible parent.While at these parties, do not allow anyone to touch you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable; do not leave a party or social event with someone you do not know or have just met; and do not leave your cold drinks or drinks unattended. Only accept tightly-sealed containers you have bought yourself. Do not consume alcohol if you are under 18!Remember that there is zero tolerance when it comes to drinking and driving. The SAPS are committed to reducing this crime, particularly over festive periods such as the Christmas holidays. No one is trying to stop you from having a good time – just be responsible!This includes not supporting illegal liquor outlets, and do not drink in public places.center_img WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Shooting in Iris Crescent leaves one injured

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite It is alleged that a heated argument stemming from a family feud led to an assault and the shooting of a local resident this evening (Tuesday) in Iris Crescent.A group of men arrived in a car at the victim’s house. They then allegedly assaulted and ended up shooting the victim twice in the leg with a gas- operated gun.Sharaj Ambulance Services responded within minutes of receiving the call.The patient was stabilised and transported to hospital for further treatment.The suspects are evidently known to the victim, and police are expected to make arrests soon.We will update this story as we receive more information.last_img read more

One in four South Africans is hungry

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite TODAY, October 16 is World Food Day. As the 20th World Food Day since the establishment of democracy in South Africa, a grim shadow of hunger and malnutrition hangs over the gains of the democratic era.A growing body of research on access to sufficient and nutritious food shows that this most basic of rights remains far from being fulfilled for millions of South Africans.Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) has developed a set of indicators to monitor and track progressive realisation of the right to food since the Constitution came into force in 1996. The 22 indicators cover multiple dimensions of the right to food and draw upon a range of South African and international data sources.The indicators provide a picture of food security in our country today, while showing how this picture has evolved (or regressed) over the past two decades.The good news is that there are fewer food insecure households today than in 1999 or 2005. Moreover, at a national level, there is a sufficient and growing supply of food for all in South Africa. The average supply of food available for individual consumption rose by 6% to 3007 kilocalories per person per day between 1999 and 2011.The bad news is that, despite this availability of food, over a quarter of the population still live in food insecure households, which regularly experience hunger. A further quarter of the population live in households, which are at risk of hunger. That’s over 26 million people who are either experiencing or at risk of experiencing hunger.This awful statistic is mainly due not to a lack of food availability, but to limited economic access to food among the poor. For example, annual inflation on food and non-alcoholic beverages has been higher than CPI inflation in all but one year since 2002. Between 2008 and 2014, the cost of a basic food basket rose from R336 to R480 per month.  Households in the bottom three income deciles spend on average over a quarter of their consumption expenditure on food, making them highly vulnerable to these price hikes.In relation to nutrition, over half of rural households and almost half of urban informal households have a poor dietary diversity score. As a result of this lack of access to nutritious food, South Africa is experiencing a double crisis of both underweight and overweight adults. In 2012, 4.2% of women and 12.8% of men were found to be underweight, while 24.8% of women and 20.1% of men were overweight. These figures have changed very little since 1998.Some of the most alarming statistics relate to children. While more children are benefitting from school feeding and vitamin supplementation programmes than ever before, the percentage of children stunted by age 4 has increased from 21.6% in 1999 to 26.5% in 2012. The percentage of children with severe stunting by age 4 has also increased.Stunting is caused by prolonged inadequacy of food intake, repeated episodes of infections and/or repeated episodes of acute undernutrition, and has serious impacts on both physical and cognitive health and development. In other words, the full potential of over one in four children born in South Africa today is being limited and denied by a lack of access to sufficient and nutritious food.On this World Food Day, we urge the government to urgently reflect on its responsibility – and constitutional obligations – to the most vulnerable members of our society. Hunger and malnutrition must be consigned to the dustbin of history. The fruits of democracy must be enjoyed by all. * Article supplied by  SACSIS – the South African Civil Society Information Service. SACSIS is a nonprofit news agency that promotes social justice commentary.last_img read more

Delightful spring and summer fashion show at the Oval

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The spring and summer clothing collections of various stores were displayed through the efforts of Oval Shopping Centre management on Saturday. Stores such as Woolworths, Selfast and John Craig promoted their fashion range for the current spring and upcoming summer wardrobe.The programme included modelling of both women’s and men’s clothing by models from Fabulosity Dance Academy, and there was also a dance routine by dancers from the Fabulosity Dance Academy that had the audience applauding. In addition to this, there was also an arts and crafts exhibition from the Travel and Tourism branch of Ladysmith.It was a lovely morning for many who are eagerly anticipating summer and the festivities that arrive along with it.last_img read more

first_imgThe World Travel Awards Africa and Indian Ocean Ceremony is taking place in July – but the fight is just beginning to make it on to the coveted winners’ platform. Described as the ultimate achievement for any African company, more than 400 travel brands are competing to be the best. Voting has opened and nominees are now campaigning hard with agents and industry executives to win support. Regional winners will go forward to compete in World Travel Awards 2010 final in London, when they will be up against some of the finest travel operators in the world, consistently demonstrating excellence in every aspect of their business. World Travel Awards, now in its 17th year, is a major driver of supreme quality standards within the global travel and tourism industry, encouraging excellence in everything from product innovation, creativity and staff training to customer service and overall performanceThe African nominees are among 5, 000 nominated companies, spread across more than 1, 000 categories, including airlines, cruise companies, destinations, resorts and hotels in 162 countries. Graham E. Cooke, Founder and President, World Travel Awards, said: “We have been overwhelmed with the tremendous response to self nominations this year, which have grown a phenomenal 50% on 2009.””The surge in nominations, in the face of a global recession, demonstrates the vital role that World Travel Awards now plays within the travel industry. More multinational companies than ever, ranging from Etihad Airways and TAP Portugal to InterContinental Hotels, Universal Studios and Disney, are spearheading their global marketing campaigns with their award victories,” he added. “African operators in particular are up against stiff competition in the regional awards this year”, said Cooke. “The quality of African travel and tourism has improved greatly in recent years, which means that leading authorities believe the region has considerable potential for the future. Africa is expected to achieve a higher travel and tourism growth ratio of around 5%, rather than the global average of just over 4%. Forecasters also say that Africa could benefit from the expected increase in long haul travel up to 2020. “These developments are extremely encouraging and mean that World Travel Awards and its drive to help improve customer service and overall business performance in Africa is more important than ever. Inevitably, the region’s first big test is about to begin as the FIFA World Cup gets under way.“Africa will be an incredibly exciting place to be this summer and we are very much looking forward to bringing the World Travel Awards back to South Africa in July,” he added.Winners of the Africa & Indian Ocean Ceremony will be announced at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday 7th July 2010. One of the most impressive meetings venues in the country and selected to be a nominee in the new 2010 category, ‘Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’, The Sandton Convention centre is a perfect fit for this years hotly contested awards. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/20810/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = World Travel Awardslast_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J South Africa is still reaping the benefits of hosting the World Cup earlier this year, experiencing a 12 percent increase in visitors during September 2010 compared to last year. According to a Ministry of Tourism World Cup survey there was a nine percent increase in perceptions of South Africa with World Cup attendees classing it as a safe travel destination, Mail and Guardian said. Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said two thirds of World Cup visitors rated the country as an extremely good host while the further third said it was a good country. “More than half the tourists who had attended the other World Cup events in the past also felt that South Africa was a better host than other countries they had experienced,” he said. Firm Grant Thornton director of auditing Gillian Saunders said hosting the World Cup was “definitely worth it”. According to the survey hosting the World Cup would boost tourism into the country for the next three to four years. Mr Schalkwyk said the event also promoted the country as a good destination for business travel. The Minister added the government was preparing to launch a National Conventions Bureau to host international conferences and conventions. South Africa welcomed 309,000 tourists during the World Cup.Close to 40 percent of visitors to South Africa during the World Cup period between 11 June 2010 and 11 July 2010 were from other parts of Africa, 24 percent came from Europe, 13 percent visited from Central and South America while 11 percent of visitors were from North America.last_img read more

Travellers research online book with agents

first_imgAustralians may be using the internet to research holidays but a majority still purchase their trips through retail travel agents, according to recent studies.South America as a destination is becoming more popular, with internet research on the destination increased by 50 percent as revealed by Chile-based eco-adventure operator explora.Higher than the international average, more than half of Australian internet browsers to the destination are first time visitors. Increased internet activity coupled with wholesaler initiatives is believed to be driving the growth.The South American operator added that numbers of Australian visitors grew by 20 to 50 percent over last year.The highly informative website is angled at the Australian market and better informs wholesalers and retail travel agents across Australia. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Researching a holiday onlinelast_img read more

Tigers new base valuable to Syd Airport TIC

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Launching Tiger’s second Sydney base last week is a reiteration of the value of Sydney Airport, according to industry leaders. The Tourism Industry Council NSW general manager Andrew Jefferies said the low-cost carrier’s decision to move more of its operations into the city’s gateway underscores its “importance” to the state’s economy with an additional 150 jobs and possibility of further flights and frequencies. “It [Tiger’s second base] underscores the vital role that Sydney Airport plays in creating new employment and investment opportunities for the state of New South Wales and the nation,” he said.Generating up to $8 billion of NSW’s economic activity, Mr Jefferies said the figure could be higher if the 80 flights an hour cap were lifted and allow the Airport to operate at full capacity. “It is the state’s critical piece of infrastructure and it’s absurd to think that an outdated piece of federal legislation continues to hold back the ability to build and develop our state’s industry into the future,” he concluded.last_img read more

Aussies chase summer in Europe

first_imgNew data released from travel search engine Skyscanner has highlighted Australia’s 2015 top destinations for winter travel,The report revealed that Aussies are chasing summer’s warmth as the chill approaches.While it is of no surprise that domestic travel remains the most popular choice, the list sees European countries like Italy, Germany and Ireland gaining increasing popularity amongst Aussies.Bali, Rome and Athens also recorded significant growth in travel from the land down under.Winter breaks on the slopes are still popular amongst Aussies with Melbourne and Sydney remaining on the list.Travel from Australian cities also revealed shifts in destination preferences for example travel from Sydney and Melbourne to Bali saw a 17 percent and 26 per cent increase respectively.Dublin and Honolulu are also becoming increasingly popular winter getaway destinations for Sydney-siders.The week commencing 29 June was also the most popular week for Australian travel and with increasing travel to Italy.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more