With September being National Tourism Month, we look at how South Africa fairs in the industry against other countries. Using the 2015 World Economic Forum (WEF) Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report as a guideline, we track South Africa’s rise in the industry and what it is doing to attract the curious traveller.For more on travel and tourism, check out:Durban: A place to visitGlobal travellers rate South Africa tops in Condé Nast awardsWatch: Nelson Mandela Bay New Year timelapseWatch: A drone’s-eye view of Cape Town Click to view larger image
If you’re a users of the open source Gantt Project, or just need a simple Gantt chart app for the iPad, Project Planner HD is worth a look. It can import and export Gannt Project files, export PDFs, and manage tasks and multiple projects.Projector Related Posts Projector is a popular and slick looking project management app for both OSX and iOS. Macintosh users starting fresh might want to give it a try.SG Project Trackerbot is an iOS client for the popular Pivotal Tracker agile project management SaaS. Trackerbot is a project of Vulpine Labs and is not related to Pivotal Labs, the makers of Pivotal Tracker.Trackerbot lets uses create, edit, reject, delete and comment on Pivotal Tracker stories. Attachments are supported. Vulpine Labs claims the app will support large projects.Which Is the Best? Tags:#enterprise#mobile 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair SG Project 2 and SG Project Pro are some of the most fully featured project management apps available for the iPad. SG Project can import and export Microsoft Project files.Trackerbot Project management seems like an obvious use case for iPads, so we were surprised to see a relatively small number of professional project management applications. But we found a few. For this article we decided to focus only on native iPad applications – we’ll look at tablet-optimized Web apps another time.Which of these is your favorite? Are there any you think we should have included?Project Planner HD Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Thanks to the readers who suggested iPad project management apps via Twitter! klint finley Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
Opportunities for builders to obtain building science education may seem scant, but opportunities for people who own and operate buildings — particularly homeowners — are even rarer. About two years ago, this lack led to my developing a class for homeowners called “How (Older) Homes Work” (HOHW). My good friend and colleague, Steve Snider, really got got the ball rolling when he suggested that I come to his community (Newton, Massachusetts) to do this training as a two-evening seminar through a group called Historic Newton. The students were members of Historic Newton who owned and (frankly) needed help with their older homes. We intentionally set the two sessions a week apart, giving attendees a chance to digest the basics of building science and building performance, and to come back the next week with key questions and even their own projects for discussion.RELATED ARTICLESDo Homeowners Need to Understand Home Performance?Embarking on the Building Science Learning CurveGreen Building for BeginnersEnergy Upgrades for Beginners Building science basics for homeowners I have now done about a half dozen HOHWs in Vermont and Massachusetts. Most recently, the Western Massachusetts Green Consortium hosted HOHW at the World War II Club in Northampton, drawing over 60 people the first night with about 45 returning the following week. Here’s how the educational sessions were described in a Northampton HOHW press release: “Session 1, February 27, examines how heat and moisture interact in buildings, and looks at some building science ‘puzzles.’ As we make our homes more energy efficient, we shift the energy-moisture balance and potentially damage that building or compromise the health of occupants. Session 2, March 6, is an opportunity to bring your own building science puzzles and questions and will conclude with a survey of the tools and techniques used to diagnose building issues and energy efficiency.” The homeowner interest and demand for building performance knowledge is there. Here are some post-event survey comments from Northampton attendees: “Lots of good in-depth information.” “Very eye-opening; thank you!” “Could have used a third session!” “Excellent delivery of this information – so fundamental – so interesting!” “I understand some things that are going on in my home now.” Rules for this type of educational session Here is what I have learned from the How Older Homes Work events so far: We need to ensure that home inspectors, building performance auditors, and high-performance remodelers are all up-to-date on their building science knowledge so that homeowners can connect the results from the work of each. The internet is a double-edged sword for homeowners; they have access to a tidal wave of information about buildings, but the information generally overwhelms them rather than informing or guiding them. Scheduling a week between the two 2.5-hour sessions is really important. Everyone needs time to chew on so much new information. Start with simple, basic information, but don’t eliminate technical content; attendees will find their own level of understanding, which changes over time and with further study. Start with basic rules and then build to more complex examples. For example: Manage building performance in this order: water leaks, air leaks, drying, heat. Existing building performance is more complicated than new; with existing buildings, you need to assess and understand historical performance and current performance before you can improve building performance. There are three sources of moisture in buildings: the enclosure, the mechanical systems, and the occupants. They interact, so improving building performance almost always involves all three. Avoid building industry jargon and acronyms. (This is one I struggle with.) Homeowners only? Are “How (Older) Homes Work” events for building industry professionals as well as homeowners? I do encourage homeowners who are working with a builder or architect to bring the builder or architect with them. I also encourage building industry professionals to bring clients or prospective clients. But take care: this event is for homeowners, not the industry. On the second night of the Northampton HOHW, I let detailed technical questions from building professionals drive too much of the discussion and ran out of time for covering homeowner questions or an epic case study that one homeowner brought. Homeowners can use a questionnaire when interviewing designers or builders For the GBA community, one element introduced at the HOHW sessions is worth considering: a questionnaire for homeowners to use as they interview prospective building professionals for their project. Here is a link to the questionnaire. This is a draft document, and I am sure we can improve and sharpen this tool. I believe it is a tool for both homeowners and building professionals to use. For both, it is a way to distinguish high performance building in the marketplace. Author’s note: Many thanks to the Sustainable Energy Outreach Network and its staff (Guy Payne and Theresa Spear) for working with Building-Wright to make more of the HOHW events available to New England communities. Peter Yost is GBA’s technical director. He is also the founder of a consulting company in Brattleboro, Vermont, called Building-Wright. He routinely consults on the design and construction of both new homes and retrofit projects. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than twenty years, and he’s been recognized as NAHB Educator of the Year. Do you have a building science puzzle? Contact Pete here.
A youth on Tuesday threw ink at Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwani Kumar Choubey when he was about to board his SUV after meeting dengue patients at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH).The youth, Nishant Jha, however, managed to escape.“The ink was thrown on public, democracy and the pillar of democracy,” said Mr. Choubey. “I condemn this act done by some lumpen elements nursing political ambition… the ink was thrown at journalists also”, he said while coming out. His SUV and the bodyguard too had sprinkles of ink. Later, the youth told a private news channel that he belonged to the Jan Adhikar Party (Secular) of former MP from Madhepura Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav. “But, I threw ink at the Minister in my personal capacity as I was perturbed over the rising number of Dengue patients in the city and the government’s apathy to contain it”, he said.Mr. Yadav said later, “I have come from Delhi only this morning… and this incident should not be linked with my party as we do not know Nishant Jha. But this reflects the public outrage against the government”.After prolonged waterlogging in some areas of Patna from September 28 to October 6, the number of patients of dengue and gastro-enteritis had increased manifold at the government-run PMCH. On Monday, a seven-year-old died of dengue and several policemen at the policeline are said to be suffering from it. Sanjiv Chaurasia, a local BJP MLA, too is recuperating from the disease. The local civic and health department are engaged in fogging and sprinkling of bleaching powder to check spread of dengue but local residents said these were proving to be inadequate.
China on Tuesday launched its first aircraft carrier, propelling its fast expanding navy’s blue-water capability beyond its territorial waters at a time when the neighbourhood is witnessing high-voltage tensions in Sino-Japan ties.The 60,000 tonne carrier, a former Soviet ship brought from Ukraine and later refurbished locally is named Liaoning, after a Chinese province liberated from Japanese occupation in 1945, in what can be seen as another symbolic warning to Tokyo.After the commission ceremony, President Hu boarded Liaoning and inspected the Navy’s guard of honour.China’s ties with Japan have plunged over an escalating diplomatic row over disputed islands in the East China Sea, and the country remains embroiled in a number of disputes with countries like the Philippines and Vietnam in the resource-rich South China Sea.The 300-metre carrier would raise the overall operational strength of the Chinese navy and help China to effectively protect national sovereignty, security and development interests, the defence ministry said in a statement.The carrier is capable of accommodating 33 fixed wing aircraft, according to the official media in Beijing.China says it is an experimental carrier and plans to construct three more.According to earlier reports, China will be deploying J-15 fighters, stated to be a home made variant of Russia’s Su-33 to operate from the carrier.Military officers stand onboard China’s aircraft carrier Liaoning in Dalian.The carrier, formerly known as the Soviet ship Varyag, underwent about seven years of refitting efforts to install engines, weapons, as well as a year-long sea trial.With its commencement China has become the tenth country in the world and the last among the five permanent members of the UN Security Council to have an aircraft carrier in active service.advertisementThe defence ministry said the vessel will increase China’s capacity to defend itself and “cooperate on the high seas in dealing with non-traditional security threats”.The handing over ceremony was overseen by President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao at a naval base in northeast China’s city of Dalian. Both the leaders will be retiring by the end of this year.Hu, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), endorsed a PLA flag and naming certificate to the naval unit that received the carrier.The aircraft carrier Liaoning is a landmark in China’s modernisation of armed forces.The ship will “be of great and far-reaching significance in inspiring patriotism, national spirit and driving national defence technologies,” Wen said, according to state-run Xinhua news agency.”It will also be of great significance in enhancing national defence power and the country’s comprehensive strength,” Wen said.”China’s development of an aircraft carrier was an important strategic decision made by the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, the State Council and the Central Military Commission,” Wen said.”The delivery and commission of the first carrier is a milestone in the PLA’s history and embodies a major achievement of China’s weaponry and equipment development, as well as its national defense modernisation,” he said.After the commission ceremony, Hu boarded the Liaoning, which was in full dress, and inspected the Navy’s guard of honour.The two leaders later came to the carrier’s flight deck and went around cabins where they interacted with sailors, scientists and engineers who developed the carrier.According to the CMC, after being commissioned to the Navy, the Liaoning will continue to serve for scientific research purposes as well as military training.In a separate commentary, Xinhua said the carrier poses no threat to world peace.The aircraft carrier, ‘Liaoning’, is a landmark in the country’s modernisation of armed forces and national defence and poses no threat to other countries, it said.The commentary pointed out that China had more than 18,000 km of coastline and three million square km of territorial waters and the carrier was a reasonable choice.China will not join any arms race, pose a threat to other countries or exceed its national and economic strength to develop arms, it said.”There is no need of panic about whether China has an aircraft carrier or how many aircraft carriers it will have,” the commentary said.
Congratulations to the following athletes and referees who have been selected to represent Australia in the Open Divisions at the 2017 Trans Tasman.Men’s OpenDaniel Barton NSW – Parramatta District Touch AssociationStuart Brierty WA – Southern District Touch AssociationSam Brisby NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationScott Buckley NSW – Penrith Touch AssociationScott Bundy NSW – Doyalson Touch AssociationShaun Francis QLD – Townsville Castle Hill Touch AssociationNick Good NSW – Penrith Touch AssociationCody Green QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch AssociationDylan Hennessey NSW – Hornsby Touch AssociationCormac Hoch QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch AssociationJordan Marshall NSW – Paramatta District Touch AssociationBen Moylan NSW – Penrith Touch AssociationPeter Norman QLD – Gold Coast Touch AssociationJonathan Palau NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationMatt Prowse NSW – Canterbury Touch AssociationCiaran Toner NSW – Hornsby Touch AssociationCoach: Tony TradAssistant Coach: Paul SfeirAssistant Coach: Phil Gyemore Women’s OpenElizabeth Campbell QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch AssociationTayla Clifford NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationMadison Crowe NSW – Central Coast Touch AssociationDanielle Davis NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationRachelle Davis NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationHannah Dyball NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationEmily Hennessey QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch AssociationAshleigh Kearney QLD – Ipswich Touch AssociationHayley Maddick QLD – Caboolture Touch AssociationPatricia Michaelopoulos NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football AssociationLaura Peattie NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationSamantha Rodgers NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationCatherine Sargent QLD – Caboolture Touch AssociationKimberley Sue See QLD – Caboolture Touch AssociationTamika Upton QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch AssociationMarikki Watego QLD – Gold Coast Touch AssociationCoach: Swain RovelliAssistant Coach: Craig MorrowManager: Kim Solman Mixed OpenJayden Benbow QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch AssociationJames Blackwood NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football AssociationJustin Costello NT – Darwin Touch AssociationTim Glazebrook SA – City Touch Touch AssociationSimon Lang NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationJackson Mills NSW – Parramatta District Touch AssociationCameron Nicholls NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football AssociationAdam Pryde QLD – Redlands Touch AssociationMichael Singh QLD – Labrador Touch AssociationJared Townson QLD – Townsville Castle Hill Touch AssociationElin Mortimer NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football AssociationZara Nicholas NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationLeah Opie NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football AssociationPaige Parker QLD – Caboolture Touch AssociationLeah Percy VIC – Melbourne City Lions Touch AssociationKatherine Stevens QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch AssociationCoach: Mick LovettAssistant Coach: Justin CreightonAssistant Coach: Dave NolanManager: Mark Harrington Referee Contingent Dave Baggio NSW – Wagga Wagga Touch AssociationRob Bowen NSW – Berkley Vale Touch AssociationBrett Freshwater QLD – Redcliffe Touch AssociationLuke McKenzie QLD – Wagga Wagga Touch AssociationKim Skelly NSW – Central Coast Touch Association
Watford midfielder Doucoure rules out Marseille moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has ruled out a move to Olympique Marseille.Doucoure has talked up a January move to PSG in the last 24 hours.But asked about Marseille, Doucoure told RMC: “No OM no, it does not interest me at all. “Marseille already contacted me at the time with my agent, there were some tracks, it did not really interest me at the time, because I really wanted to move to England. “Marseille, it’s still a big French club, but as I said, my heart club is PSG and then that’s it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@bobarcher1We’re still over six months away from the start of the 2015 college football season, but it’s never too early to start debating which teams have the best shot at reaching the second College Football Playoff. While most fans believe that Ohio State has a great shot at repeating as national champion, there will be plenty of challengers. ESPN has already put together its Preseason FPI Ratings – which is basically an estimate of team strength (more on that here). Not surprisingly, the Buckeyes check in at No. 1, with Alabama sitting at No. 2. It may shock some fans to see LSU at No. 3 and Baylor at No. 4, however. Here are the top 25 schools, per ESPN. You can see the entire list here – all 128 teams are ranked.1. Ohio State 2. Alabama 3. LSU 4. Baylor 5. Oregon 6. TCU 7. Notre Dame 8. Ole Miss 9. Georgia 10. Arkansas 11. Texas A&M 12. UCLA 13. USC 14. Tennessee 15. Oklahoma 16. Michigan State 17. Stanford 18. Auburn 19. Clemson 20. Arizona State 21. Florida State 22. Mississippi State 23. Georgia Tech 24. Missouri 25. Virginia TechSome other surprises? Notre Dame, despite a quarterback controversy, sits at No. 7. Arkansas and Texas A&M – two teams that did not finish with winning records in the SEC West – come in at No. 10 and No. 11. And in total, there are 10 SEC teams in the top 25.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 19: Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines leaves the field after a 20-10 win over the Indiana Hoosiers on November 19, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jabrill Peppers arrived at Michigan last year as one of the most heralded recruits in the country. However, his freshman season was cut short due to injury, and he ended up taking a medical redshirt.Michigan began spring drills this week, and judging by this video Peppers posted on Twitter, he’s 100 percent healthy and very fired up to be on the field.TURNT‼️ pic.twitter.com/GrnGLVUX6N— Breez (@JabrillPeppers) February 25, 2015That backflip was in the middle of special teams drills. Imagine how excited Peppers will be when he gets to play in the secondary.It will be interesting to see how Peppers looks in 2015, assuming he stays healthy. He has the ability to be a breakout player for the Wolverines.
The entertainment industry has once again joined together to lend support to the MDA Show of Strength Telethon, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association.The 49th broadcast of the television fundraising event will air in primetime on ABC, Sunday, Aug. 31 (9 p.m. ET /PT, 8 p.m. CT/MT).Delivering one-of-a-kind performances of their new, hit or classic songs are Grammy winners Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes, plus Aloe Blacc, American Authors, Bret Michaels, Fall Out Boy, Jason Derulo, Matt Nathanson, R5 and Sara Evans.The long-standing Labor Day weekend tradition combines performances and celebrity presenters to engage viewers with powerful “stories of strength” and moving calls-to-action to help families affected by muscle diseases.Celebrity presenters on the telethon include Alyssa Milano, Brad Paisley, Chip Esten, Chris Powell, Jann Carl, Jordin Sparks, Josh Groban, Ke$ha, Kevin Frazier, Laila Ali, Ludacris, Nancy O’Dell, Pete Wentz, ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser, Susan Lucci, Terry Fator, Tom Bergeron and Victor Ortiz.“MDA’s telethon gives us a chance to celebrate the compassionate support of our celebrity friends, sponsors and individuals in communities across the country who give generously to help save and improve lives of those fighting muscle disease,” said MDA President and CEO Steven M. Derks. “With clinical trials of potential new therapies underway, this is a time of hope and progress for the children and adults we serve. We urge families and friends to gather together on Aug. 31 to watch, whether via broadcast or online, and see the fantastic performers and inspiring stories of those who are fighting muscle disease with grace and courage.”Next week, telethon premiere parties will take place in communities in every state in the nation to rally MDA families, sponsors and volunteers, as well as to engage new supporters. Public service and promotional campaigns to help promote the show have already started to air.While the telethon has consistently enjoyed robust support from some of the biggest celebrities in show business, MDA says the real stars on the broadcast are the individuals and families served by MDA, including five families who will share their stories and give the public a glimpse of what it means to live with a muscle disease during the 2014 broadcast.MDA supporters are encouraged to visit mda.org/showofstrength to enhance their telethon viewing experience. On Sunday, Aug. 31, the site will have an online telethon tote board keeping track of all donations associated with the televised fundraiser, including those made by national sponsors, direct marketing donors and through calls, texts and online donations made during the broadcast.New this year, site visitors can submit their favorite MDA memories by sharing favorite stories and remembrances of how MDA and its telethon have touched their lives throughout the decades and years. The campaign is being tracked by the hashtag #MDAmemories and is being shared on MDA’s Instagram page and on mda.org.Additionally, visitors also can check out and share exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the telethon with celebrities and MDA families and sign on to be a “Muscle Maker” for $11 a month. MDA social channels include Facebook at facebook.com/MDANational, Twitter at twitter.com/MDAnews, Google+ at mda.org/plus, Instagram at instagram/mda_usa and Pinterest at pinterest/mdanational.