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Survey: South Africa is ‘extremely friendly’

first_imgTourists found the South African hospitalityindustry welcoming. Sakhumzi, a restaurant in Soweto, isa favourite tourist destination.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Department of TourismTrevor BloemChief Director: Communications+27 12 310 3631 or +27 82 771 6729• Democratic AllianceRoss van der LindeChief Operations Officer: Parliament+27 76 543 7254RELATED ARTICLES• Tourism to cash in on 2010 boom• World Cup driving SA tourism• World Cup tourists paint SA red• Game park facelift to boost tourism• Kruger Park booked out for 2010Bongani NkosiAlmost 90% of visitors who came to South Africa during the 2010 Fifa World Cup found locals to be very friendly and hospitable, according to a recent survey which highlighted the economic potential of the local tourism industry.The survey was run by the Democratic Alliance (DA), the official opposition party to the ruling African National Congress.The results, released on 19 September, showed that 89% of tourists found South Africans to be “extremely welcoming”.The 98 face-to-face interviews, conducted by the party during the month-long football spectacle, took place in and around host stadiums and near shuttle services. The survey covered the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Free State and Mpumalanga provinces.According to the results, not one of the interviewees found South Africans to be unfriendly, and only 11% found locals to be “friendly”, as opposed to “very friendly”.This research indicates that the impressions of the estimated 383 000 World Cup tourists are more positive than what has been reported in the media, the party said in a statement.“The results are a ringing endorsement of our successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup and a testament to the successful rebranding of our country that occurred during this period,” said DA shadow minister of tourism and member of parliament, Greg Krumbock.The survey also focused on related areas of interest, such as safety, personal experiences, public transport facilities and hospitality-industry prices.Most visitors ‘felt safe’About 70% of tourists felt safe in South Africa, while 26.4% believed they were very safe. Only 3.8% felt they were somewhat unsafe.“A number indicated that their actual experiences were completely different to what they had been led to expect,” Krumbock said.The party, which governs the Western Cape province, attributed the feelings of safety to the visibility of police officers. The government deployed more than 40 000 police men and women for World Cup operations.Prices fair“Fears that World Cup tourists would be overcharged proved unfounded,” Krumbock said.Competition in the hospitality industry resulted in tourists being charged fairly. The survey revealed that 48% of tourists found prices to be reasonable and similar to those in their own countries.Some 45% found prices, especially at restaurants, to be cheaper than in their own countries. Only 6.8% of tourists thought prices were higher in South Africa, “with most of these respondents finding taxi fares or accommodation more expensive”.Best experiences outside stadiumsAlthough World Cup tourists came to South Africa to watch their favourite teams play, most said their best experiences were had while touring the country – according to the survey.Only 23.5% of the visitors found watching their national team and the general World Cup experience to be the highlight of their trip, said the DA.About 31.5% found activities such as whale-watching and game drives to be “their most memorable experience during the tournament”. The highly rated Kruger Park National Park was one of the most popular tourist destinations for game-spotting.More than 75% of respondents said South Africa needs to improve its public transport systems, with related complaints being the potholes in certain roads, untarred routes, congested traffic in Johannesburg and expensive private taxi fares.World Cup proved country’s potentialThe survey shows that the potential of South Africa’s tourism sector to spur economic growth remains impressive, the DA said, adding that this was “due to the significant gap between actual experiences in our country and some negative perceptions that exist abroad”.South Africa needs to embark on more aggressive marketing abroad, said Krumbock. More needs to be invested in the industry to “unlock this potential” and enable the country to compete effectively with destinations like Australia, he added.“The World Cup has proved that this potential is far greater than previously realised, and single-minded determination is needed to take advantage of that.”last_img read more

What To Do When You Are Interrupted

first_imgWhen you are speaking and someone interrupts you, stop speaking. Don’t be insulted. Don’t be angry that you didn’t get to finish your thought. And don’t talk over them. Stop speaking and let the person you are speaking with have the floor.If someone interrupts you, it could be that they are so excited to share something that they can’t restrain themselves. Let them share what they want to share.The person interrupting you may not agree with what you are saying. They may interrupt you so that they can disagree. Yield the floor and let them share their disagreement. They may not be able to really listen until they speak their mind.The person that decides to speak over you may not really be interested in what you are saying. They may interrupt you so that they can move forward to something that interests them. Let them say what they need to say.Sometimes you may be being interrupted because the person to whom you are speaking simply fears that they won’t have an opportunity to respond, or that they’ll forget what they wanted to say.The best thing you can do when interrupted is to allow the other person to talk. When they finish speaking, you can pick up right where you left off and finish your thought. Or, you can simply move on to some other topic.The answer to someone talking over you isn’t talking over them. The answer is listening.last_img read more

Video: A Charged Up Carmelo Anthony Screams DJ Khaled Quotes At His TV After Syracuse’s Dramatic Win

first_imgcarmelo anthony warms up during a game against the lakersLOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 20: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Houston Rockets warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Many didn’t believe Syracuse should even be included in this year’s NCAA Tournament. All the Orange have done since receiving that fateful bid is run through the bottom of the Midwest Region, knocking off a very game Gonzaga squad in last night’s Sweet 16 to set up a date with ACC rival Virginia for a chance at the Final Four.If SU somehow crashes the party as a 10-seed, expect to see plenty of the program’s alumni supporting the program. The most famous—2003 national champion Carmelo Anthony—was incredibly fired up after watching Tyler Lydon end Gonzaga’s night with his huge block. His wife, Lala, recorded him screaming DJ Khaled quotes at the TV.  Anthony wasn’t the only former Orange forward with a big reaction to the finish. Terrance Roberts, who played at SU from 2003-2007, had a more NSFW take on Lydon’s big play. LETS G !!!!!!!!! @Tyler_Lydon14 pic.twitter.com/QDqecgRG3S— Terrence Roberts (@TjR_16) March 26, 2016Combining Syracuse’s low seed, last year’s self-imposed tournament ban and Jim Boeheim’s suspension this season, and the continued assertion by some that this SU team is not deserving, expect Syracuse fans to bunker down even more, especially if the team knocks off Virginia on Sunday.More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Bracket >>>last_img read more

FSIN chief shows support for Saskatchewan legislature teepee protest

first_imgThe Canadian PressThe organization that represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan says it supports a decision by a group of protesters not to remove their teepees from the grounds of the provincial legislature.On Monday the protesters met with a group of cabinet ministers to discuss concerns about racial injustice and the disproportionate number of First Nations children apprehended by child-welfare workers.On Tuesday, Justice Minister Don Morgan said he won’t consider a second meeting with the protest camp until the teepees are taken down.The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations says it will support the protesters any way it.Federation Chief Bobby Cameron says the organization is happy and humbled about what the camp is trying to achieve.Cameron says he doesn’t see the teepees leaving any time soon.“We’ll sit together with our people here, in a circle, and they’ll decide when and if the teepees will come down,” Cameron said Thursday.He says there is a lot of work still ahead to make systematic changes to the justice and social services systems.Last week, Premier Scott Moe backed calls for Regina police to remove the protest teepees.Regina police have said there has been no need for them to step in.last_img read more

BC set to introduce pot laws but years of fine tuning likely

first_imgVICTORIA – Incoming marijuana legislation heralds momentous change for the approach to pot, but British Columbia Premier John Horgan questions if everyone will buy into the new legal system this summer.Legislation regulating recreational marijuana in B.C. is expected to be introduced Thursday. The province is one of the last in Canada to table its marijuana rules as the country adapts to legalized pot.Horgan said he expects the country to go through an extensive marijuana learning curve that will see some embracing the ability to purchase pot legally at private or government stores while others may stick to illegal suppliers.“This is a massive change in how the people of B.C. and the people of Canada, in this case, interact with what has been to this point in time a controlled substance,” said Horgan.He said he expects the government will have to amend and modify its regulations as people get used to the new legal marijuana market.Horgan said he’s curious to see if people accept the new regulations and buy from government-sanctioned suppliers or if they continue to seek out local dealers, making a reference to a fictional character who sells pot named Betty.He said some people may say “I’d prefer to support Betty rather than Shoppers Drug Mart or the dispensary X or Y. There are going to be people who hold fast to their traditional ways.”Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said the province’s legislation will not be set in stone.“This is not something that is going to end with the introduction and passage of legislation, but rather is going to be an ongoing evolutionary issue for quite some time to come,” he said.Farnworth said the marijuana regulations will require periods of fine tuning.The B.C. government has already announced that marijuana sales will be allowed through both public and private stores to buyers who are at least 19 years old. Retailers will be prohibited from selling marijuana in stores that also sell alcohol and cigarettes.Farnworth said the legislation in B.C. will not include a definitive pricing policy.last_img read more

Bluegreen algae blooms popping up in Charlie Lake

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Residents in the North Peace are being advised about the presence of algae blooms that have appeared in Charlie Lake.Blooms of algae were photographed earlier this week by staff members at Poor Boy Trucking, who spotted a turquoise-coloured slime on the lake’s surface.A photo of a blue-green algae bloom taken by Tim Toews of Poor Boy Trucking. Submitted photo Blue-green algae – or cyanobacteria – is naturally occurring and can look like scum, grass clippings, fuzz or globs on the surface of the water.The blooms can be blue-green, greenish-brown, brown, or pinkish-red, and often smell musty or grassy.Bruce Kosugi, who is a director on the Board of the Charlie Lake Conservation Society, said that algal blooms are an annual occurrence on the surface of Charlie Lake since the lake’s hydrology is well-suited for the algae to thrive.“It’s nothing new. There’s evidence of it going back hundreds of years from the sediment studies that have been done. It’s a shallow lake and it’s nutrient-rich. The summer conditions lend to the formation of different algae, but at this time of year, the blue-green algae does start to bloom.”At the beginning of July, Northern Health issued a bulletin reminding residents of precautions they need to take if they encounter blue-green algae.Kosugi said that the main issue with the algae occurs when it begins to die off, during which some species of the algae releases toxins as the algae’s cells break down. People who come in contact with visible blue-green algae, or who ingest water containing blue-green algae, may experience skin irritation, a rash, a sore throat, sore red eyes, swollen lips, and potentially develop a fever, nausea and vomiting, or diarrhea. Symptoms usually appear within one to three hours and resolve in one to two days.“You can still boat in it, but you don’t want to swim where there are these obviously thick blooms of algae, and you want to keep your pets out of there,” added Kosugi.Residents living near the shores of lakes, as well as visitors and those making day-use of lakes, are advised to take the following precautions:Avoid all contact with blue-green algae blooms. If contact occurs, wash with tap water as soon as possible.Do not swim or wade (or allow your pets to swim or wade) in any areas where blue-green algae are visible.As a reminder, Northern Health recommends that visitors and residents do not drink or cook with untreated water directly from any lake at any time. Boiling lake water will not remove the toxins produced by blue-green algae.An alternate source of drinking water should also be provided for pets and livestock.  Pet owners should be wary of allowing pets to walk off-leash where they may be able to drink lake water – illnesses are a common outcome.Anyone who suspects a problem related to blue-green algae can connect with the Ministry of Environment at EnvironmentalComplaints@gov.bc.ca. If you require further information on health concerns, please call Environmental Health at 250-565-2150. Additional information is also available at http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile47.stm.last_img read more

Travel Advisory expands to the South Peace Region due to freezing rain

first_imgTransit buses have started to run again in FSJ while School buses have been cancelled. Both school buses and the City buses have been cancelled in Dawson Creek today due to the poor driving conditions.Work crews are out sanding and salting roads to improve the driving condition. People are being asked not to travel until conditions get better. Road crews are asking for extra room while they are working.Please check Drive BC for current conditions.Update from Drivebc.ca;Highway 2  SOUTH PEACE REGION, B.C. – Freezing rain overnight has compromised the safety of travel on the roads in the North Peace Region, now expanding to the South Peace Region.The advisory has been issued due to freezing rain in these areas.  With the roads being icy and very slick the Fort St. John RCMP are asking residents to slow down and leave adequate space between vehicles while travelling.Dawson Creek Highways 97 from Taylor to East Pine, Highway 2 and Highway 49 all have a travel advisory on. Taylor Hill remains closed. Highway 49 Highway 49. Travel advisory in effect between Highway 2 and 201 Rd for 13.8 km (Dawson Creek to 1 km west of British Columbia and Alberta Border). For the next two hours. Next update time Mon Nov 26 at 11:00 AM MST. Last updated Mon Nov 26 at 9:28 AM MST. (DBC-3540)Highway 97 Highway 97. Travel advisory in effect between Highway 2 and Big Bam Rd for 52.7 km (Dawson Creek to 1 km south of Taylor). For the next two hours. Next update time Mon Nov 26 at 11:00 AM MST. Last updated Mon Nov 26 at 9:29 AM MST. (DBC-3541)center_img     Highway 2. Travel advisory in effect between 201 Rd and Highway 97 for 41.2 km (Dawson Creek to 1 km north of British Columbia and Alberta Border). For the next two hours. Next update time Mon Nov 26 at 11:00 AM MST. Last updated Mon Nov 26 at 9:28 AM MST. (DBC-3539)last_img read more

Government of Canada invests in safety at North Peace Airport

first_img“Our Government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities. In addition to supporting travel and tourism, local airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. These investments will improve access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada.”The funding for the new grader comes from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program and to date, the North Peace Airport has received more than $16.7 million in ACAP funding for 15 safety projects.For more information on the ACAP funding, you can visit the Government of Canada’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Government of Canada has announced that it will be making an investment in safety at the North Peace Regional Airport.According to the Government, it will be purchasing a grader for the Airport, valued at $223,728, which will assist with the essential clearing of ice and snow from runways, taxiways and the apron.Federal Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, says his Government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to economic growth, adding that these investments will allow access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options.last_img read more

Traffic movement unhindered in city despite PMs rally

first_imgKolkata: Traffic movement in the city was more or less normal with the Kolkata Police making arrangements in advance to restore normalcy in traffic, keeping in mind Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally at Brigade Parade Ground. “The movement of goods vehicles in the city from 12 noon to 8 pm, along with some restrictions in parking in and around the meeting venue augured well for us and traffic flow was more or less normal,” a senior police officer of the Traffic department of Kolkata Police said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe police did not allow any sort of parking in and around Victoria Memorial, Kidderpore Road, Hospital Road, Queens way, Cathedral Road, Casuarina Avenue and Lovers Lane. Senior officials of Kolkata Police were on the road and made necessary diversions as and when required. Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma had instructed the traffic wing to make all necessary arrangements to ensure that common people are not inconvenienced by any means.last_img read more

Price of the good life

first_imgManual labour has become a thing of the past for most of us. This indicates better living, lesser wear and tear of the body and sometimes the mind, better use of our cerebral senses and diminishing psychological pressure of targets and deadlines. Nevertheless, the fatigue continues as there is constant pressure to excel and work harder to achieve the best of what life has to offer. In all this, what we tend to forget is the fact that the body goes through a deluge of ups and downs, owing to our sedentary lifestyle and lack of proper relaxation. A recent survey shows how visits to doctor clinics increased to 3.2 times a year in 2018, highlighting a rise in lifestyle ailments in India by almost 2.7 times compared to the previous year. Correspondingly, the sale of medicines has increased too. The first-ever mapping indicates most visits were to gynaecologists, dermatologists and paediatricians. This states that women and children’s issues demand more attention along with skin problems. The study also shows four out of 10 medicines ordered were to treat Vitamin D and calcium deficiencies, while two were for diabetes. Another research points out that sedentary lifestyle may be a risk factor for early mortality as well. For those who get the least amount of physical exercise, replacing half an hour of sitting time with physical activity was associated with up to nearly 50 per cent reduction in the mortality rate. The study suggested that replacing the modest amount of sitting time with even light physical activity may have the potential to reduce the risk of premature deaths among less active adults. Yet another analysis revealed that prolonged sedentary time significantly increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer, high blood pressure, obesity, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes, regardless of physical exercise. The health risk associated with prolonged sitting is not cancelled out by exercise. Further, the longer one sits, the higher the risk of chronic diseases. In some countries, employers are trying to come up with innovative and useful wellness strategies for their employees who form the core machinery of their organisations. Thus, the irony lies in the fact that we all work for better living but in the process, we cause much harm to our own body. People do travel to places in order to rejuvenate and keep their body and mind calm, relaxed and fresh but they tend to lead a sedentary lifestyle for days and months relentlessly, inflicting self-sabotage on something which they so dearly want to protect.last_img read more