Shoreham Crash Leaves Woman Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 38-year-old Ridge woman was killed when the minivan she was riding in crashed in Shoreham on Thursday.Suffolk County police said Grace Quinones, 20, also of Ridge, was driving a Dodge Caravan northbound on Randall Road when she lost control and crashed into a tree north of Whiskey Road at 1:15 p.m.Quinones was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she is listed in critical condition. Her passenger, Deidre Bifulco, was pronounced dead at the scene.Seventh Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-852-8752.last_img

Osimhen talks tough after sealing €50m Napoli switch

first_imgSuper Eagles forward Victor Osimhen has reacted to his switch to Serie A side Napoli  from Ligue 1 campaigners Lille in a deal reportedly valued at €50 million (£45m/$59m). The Nigerian international, who netted 18 times in 38 appearances for the Ligue 1 side in the 2019-20 season, took to his official Twitter handle on Friday, July 31, to confirm the juicy move with a short statement. President of Nigerian football, Amaju Pinnick believes the 21-year-old, Osimhen is capable of making a similar impact at Napoli as Diego Maradona once did. Read Also: Ex-agent: How Koulibaly convinced Osimhen to sign for Napoli “I think Victor Osimhen is an excellent signing for Napoli. I’ve followed them from when they had Maradona. Naples is a proud city and also in football terms. “Osimhen’ is a source of pride for African football. He’s someone who is disciplined but focused on objectives, and if he wants something, he knows how to get it. He made the right decision for his career. I already believe he’ll receive the right support from the club and its fans,” Pinnick was quoted as saying to Radio Kiss Kiss last week. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day27 Breathtakingly Beautiful Albino Animals7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morecenter_img Interestingly, Osimhen had been repeatedly linked with several top European clubs after his impressive goal scoring season, including Arsenal and Liverpool, however he will appear in Serie A during the 2020-21 campaign. The 10-cap international – who has scored four goals for Nigeria – first moved to Europe in 2017 with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, before moving to Charleroi in Belgium, initially on loan and then in a permanent transfer. Osimhen hugely impressed in Belgium with 36 goals in 37 appearances, earning him a €14m (£12.5m/$16.5m) move to Ligue 1, where his impressive scoring form continued. “Can’t wait to put on this iconic jersey, thank you for the warm welcome,” Osimhen tweeted. Meanwhile, former club Lille took to the social media to wish Osimhen well in his adventure with Napoli, “We’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to @victorosimhen9 and wish this Super Eagle Flag of Nigeria the very best of #LOSC luck in his new adventure with @en_sscnapoli.”last_img read more

European Champion Mesud Pezer Brought Home the Brightest Medal

first_imgBiH athlete and member of the Athletic Club Zenica, Mesud Pezer, arrived today in Zenica, with the brightest medal from the European Championships for younger seniors held in Rijetij.Immediately upon returning to Zenica, he continued with his regular training, but impressions are still fresh.“This year I achieved my goal and my dream, all the efforts and hard work has paid off and I am more than pleased that I am a European Champion. It was hard at the tournament, I had a mental burden because I was the favorite, and I could not even sleep the night before the championship. When the match started the God gave me the strength to throw the winning shot, and I achieved what I always wanted “, stated Pezer, adding that the competition was strong and there were better prepared than he was.Mesud was standing on the podium of the top-ranked while the national anthem was on.“The feeling was amazing. Everyone would want to stand on that podium if he only knew what it was like, when all of Europe stands up on the anthem of your country“, concluded Pezer.(Source: read more

A Hot Meal And A Job Too: JBJ Soul Kitchen Expands…

first_imgCarrick helps connect the kitchen’s volunteers to other foundation volunteers who are experts in financial, legal and employment advisement.In Carl’s case, these volunteer coaches helped him formulate a résumé, secure a position at a local supermarket and worked with local partners like Lunch Break and Second Life Bikes to ensure he had appropriate clothing and a means of transportation. With a success rate of nearly 87 percent in securing job offers, Carl is not the only success story to emerge from the work being done by the Employment and Empowerment Team. According to Carrick, the organization is closing in on a milestone as the group is expecting to receive its 100th job offer for a Soul Kitchen volunteer in the coming weeks, an impressive mark for an outfit founded just five years ago. “There’s really no words to describe how we feel,” Carrick said. “It’s a passion of ours and I know all of our coaches couldn’t be happier to be part of this organization, because we’re helping our neighbors. We’re helping fellow human beings.” “We learned that he was down to his last $10 and had nowhere to turn,” Bongiovi explained in her address.Learning of his situation, the Soul Kitchen connected Carl to the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation’s Employment and Empowerment Team, a group of volunteer coaches and human resources professionals dedicated to helping their own volunteers find gainful employment.“Our vision and our mission is to help unemployed and underemployed JBJ Soul Kitchen volunteers find opportunities,” said Lisa Brodeth Carrick, who serves as the Employment and Empowerment Team program manager. “When we’re able to help somebody, you can physically see the weight lifted off their shoulders,” Carrick added. “They come to us and walk away feeling motivated and empowered, with dignity and confidence.”An individual must first volunteer for five shifts at the Soul Kitchen to be eligible to receive counsel from the Employment and Empowerment Team and access the group’s vast employment resources.Carrick says the organization has helped all types of people facing all sorts of hurdles earn job offers, including individuals with disabilities, those who have no prior working experience, former mid-level employees and even ex-executives.“Regardless of what your past may be and what hard times may be present, we work together to provide people with support and with hope,” Carrick said. “And we’re humbled each time a new volunteer comes to us to share their story and ask for help. It takes such courage to do that and we hope they will, because we want to help them and we have the resources to do it.The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation expanded in October 2011 by opening the Soul Kitchen in Red Bank. The nonprofit restaurant offers nutritious, farm-to-table dishes in a restaurant setting that allows diners to contribute volunteer hours or a monetary donation for their meals.Paying customers are encouraged to pay for their meal and then buy a “Pay it Forward” card to help the cost of the volunteer meal, which allows each customer to have the same dining experience and choose from the same menu. To date, the Soul Kitchen has served nearly 80,000 meals.This article first appeared in the March 8-15, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. By Chris Rotolo | RED BANK – In September of 2017, Dorothea Bongiovi stepped to a podium in front of 500 spectators representing 25 community service providers in Red Bank, and proceeded to chronicle the tale of a Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen volunteer named Carl.This local resident lived with his parents in the borough and had recently watched his mother pass away while serving as a caregiver for his father, who was battling cancer.For Carl, the Soul Kitchen was an oasis that provided him with charity as well as a hot meal, but it was during a simple conversation that his personal strife was revealed.last_img read more

Nagamootoo usurps authority of GNNL board, reinstates Duncan as GM

first_imgAFC crisis deepensJust over two months after he was fired over a series of financial irregularities, embattled General Manager of the Guyana Chronicle, Sherod Duncan has been reinstated – a move which has resulted in the resignation of the Chairman and at least one Director of the Guyana National Newspaper Limited (GNNL).Sherod DuncanGeeta Chandan-EdmondMervyn WilliamsPrime Minister Moses NagamootooThe decision to have Duncan, an Alliance For Change (AFC) party member, back on the job was taken by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, an AFC executive member.In a letter dated May 31, 2019, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo “instructed” the Chair of the Guyana National Newspaper Limited, Geeta Chandan-Edmond, to rescind the decision taken by the Board two months ago.Back in April, Chandan-Edmond had reportedly broken a deadlock and voted to have Duncan dismissed following recommendations from an audit which found 20 transactions in which he breached several financial regulations.In a statement at the time, the GNNL Board had disclosed that one Director recommended a one-month suspension and an extension of probation for Duncan while two other Directors recommended an extension in the probation period while three other Directors held the view that Duncan’s services should be terminated with immediate effect for gross misconduct.It was noted that a vote was then put on the matter and there was a tie which Chandan-Edmond broke.However, in the correspondence to the GNNL Chair, the Prime Minister, who has responsibility for State media, pointed out that he was informed by Directors that there was, in fact, no vote put to the table.“What now remains is a glaring question of procedural irregularity in arriving at the decision to terminate Mr Duncan. It should be clear that asking members of the Board their views on a situation does not amount to a vote,” Nagamootoo stated.Calling the decision to fire Duncan “arbitrary, capricious, unlawful and in excess of the jurisdiction of the Board,” the Prime Minister further stated in the missive that the Chair sought to mislead his office into thinking that the Board made the decision.“It is clear that you deliberately sought to terminate Mr Duncan without following prescribed procedures and further, misleading this Office. In this premises, I cannot rely on your advice that the termination of the service of Mr Duncan accords with due process and procedural fairness, and instruct that that decision be rescinded.”Guyana Times understands that the management and staff of the Guyana Chronicle were informed of this decision by acting General Manager Donna Todd on Tuesday in an emergency meeting.The staff had previously indicated to management that they do not want to have Duncan return at the State’s newspaper after seeing reports that he had challenged his termination in court.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s decision was not welcomed by certain Board members, who felt that it was an attack on their integrity as professionals. In fact, this newspaper has learnt that Chandan-Edmond has submitted her resignation along with Director Mervyn Williams.This publication was further told that Directors Hilbert Foster and Aaron Fraser have also indicated their intention to follow suit and resign in light of this decision by the Prime Minister.Guyana Times saw a copy of Chandan-Edmond’s resignation letter, dated June 4, 2019, in which she responded to the Prime Minister’s “insults” to her and the other Directors’ integrity. She sought to remind him that Duncan was accused of financial impropriety and mismanagement, which warranted the involvement of the Auditor General.Pointing out that Duncan was afforded all tenets of natural justice including a Board hearing during which he was allowed to be accompanied by his lawyer, Chandan-Edmond contended that not only was the process that led to Duncan’s dismissal exceedingly thorough in terms of due process but it came under the express jurisdiction of the Board of Directors.“When I accepted the position of Chair of the Board of Directors of Guyana National Newspapers Limited, it was with the understanding that my professionalism and integrity would not be unfairly assailed. I find that your letter not only calls into question my professionalism but the professionalism of fellow members of the Board of GNNL. In light of this, I hereby submit my resignation as Chairman of the Board of Directors, with immediate effect, since I believe I cannot continue to act at the level of ethics that you clearly require of the position,” Chandan-Edmond stated in the correspondence.The April 2, 2019, decision to dismiss Duncan came after a five-hour long meeting at the company’s office where Duncan, in the company Attorney James Bond, was given the opportunity to provide an explanation in response to the findings of the audit report, which was dated March 18, 2019, and answer questions posed by the Directors as to why he should not be disciplined in accordance with the recommendations of the report, which was presented by the Office of the Auditor General.There are over 20 transactions conducted under Duncan’s watch or by Duncan himself which were in blatant violation of financial regulations. A special audit ordered by the Office of the Auditor General found numerous violations during the short three-month period under Duncan’s stewardship of the company.The audit – conducted by auditing firm Chateram Ramdihal Chartered Accountants on the State newspaper’s operations from June 1, 2018, to September 10, 2018 – found that tender rules were violated, services were procured without contracts and approvals were given for payments without the regular procedure of company stamp or signature.Further, cash advances were given to Duncan to travel overseas but he did not clear the amounts. It was also found that the company’s personnel policy and procedures manual were ignored during the recruitment, termination and dismissal of employees.Guyana Chronicle has a Management Tender Committee, which approves transactions ranging from $100,000 to $300,000 before payments are made. But during the stipulated time examined, no approval was given for nine such transactions valued at $1.6 million.Duncan took an overseas trip with the marketing coordinator for the resuscitation of the publication’s New York edition. This trip cost in excess of $736,028, but there was no approval for such an event and to date, no relevant documents were brought forward to support these expenditures, the audit found.Efforts to contact Duncan for a comment on the issue proved futile.last_img read more

Predicting the 2019 A’s 25-man roster: version 3.0

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — The A’s starting rotation is still not completely set but we now have a pretty good idea of how it might shape out.Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn will not be part of that rotation. Mengden was thought to have a lock on a rotation spot and Blackburn was in the mix for the final slot. But both were sent down over the past couple of days.There was also a battle brewing for the starting catcher job, but that position also changed from our last roster projection after Chris …last_img

Archaeopteryx: The Rock Star of Dino-Birds?

first_imgSee Dr Bergman’s book Fossil Forensics for more details on the evidence for a transition between reptiles and birds.Dr Jonathan Wells included a chapter on Archaeopteryx in his 2000 book Icons of Evolution. In his 2017 update, Zombie Science, he provided updated information about alleged feathered dinosaurs. by Jerry Bergman Ph. D.A recent article in the BBC News announces that “One of the true ‘rock stars’ of the fossil world is going on tour for the first time”. The fossil is Archaeopteryx, and it’s taking the first trip in its history to Japan.[i] Furthermore, the article added, “The limestone slabs that contain the bones of this pivotal creature on the evolutionary line from dinosaurs to birds are considered priceless.” The adulation given this “very delicate” slab of stone is almost like that bestowed on a venerated religious statue. The very fragile stone containing this putative 150-million-year-old icon has been housed in a museum and guarded carefully, so to travel to Japan is unprecedented. Just why is this old rock so valuable? What is the story behind it? Briefly, Archaeopteryx, an extinct bird about the size of a crow, is one of the most well-known “icons of evolution” today.[ii]The name Archaeopteryx is a combination of two Greek words, archaīos, ancient, and ptéryx, feather or wing.[iii] Although the name means “ancient feather,” because it has several features that are more typical of reptiles, many evolutionists claim it is an evolutionary ‘link’ between birds and reptiles.  This avian curiosity was first discovered in 1860 in the limestone rocks in Bavaria, Germany, a little over a year after Darwin’s classic book on evolution titled The Origin of Species was published. The most complete skeleton found so far, called the Berlin Specimen, named because of where it is housed, was discovered around 15 years later near Eichstatt, Germany by Jakob Niemeyer.[iv]Archaeopteryx was immediately seized on by Darwinists as critical evidence of evolution. A feather imprint was discovered first and, later, in a nearby quarry, an almost complete skeletal imprint was found. Both fossils are now housed in the British museum. It is one of the 12 known fossil specimens and one feather that are part of the Archaeopteryx family so far discovered. The Thermopolis specimen (photo) was discovered in 2005. The eleventh specimen was discovered in 2011, and number twelve in 2014.[v] Several fossils show its wings outstretched when it died, producing clear imprints of its fully modern feathers.Specimen of Archaeopteryx discovered in 2005 in Eichstadt, Germany, now housed in the Wyoming Dinosaur Center in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Photos by David CoppedgeThe major claim to fame of this interesting creature is that, although it is very birdlike, it possesses certain features that some interpret as being more ‘primitive’—meaning reptilian—than most of today’s birds.[vi] What these features mean has been a fertile field for conjecture, and they have produced more then their fair share of controversy down to today. Hitching argues that “every one of its supposed reptilian features can be found in various species of undoubted birds,” casting doubt on claims it represents a transitional form.[vii]Another problem is no evidence exists that Archaeopteryx was losing reptile traits and developing bird features, because both its putative reptile and bird features were both fully developed. It has a long bony tail like a reptile on which feathers grew, but some birds have a similar feature—the present-day swan is one example. The difference between bird and reptile tails is due primarily, not to the number of vertebrae, but the greater elongation of the caudal vertebrae in the latter. In the embryonic stage, some living birds feature tails with more vertebrae bones than the tails of Archaeopteryx.Description of the Thermopolis Specimen in the Wyoming Dinosaur Center.The ostrich, the largest extant bird known today, provides a useful example for comparisons with fossil birds because it has many features in common with Archaeopteryx. For example, both are non-flyers, with claws on their wings. In fact, some claim that the ostrich has more reptilian features than the Archaeopteryx, but nobody considers the ostrich a transitional form.[viii] Half of the ostrich’s height consists of its neck. It is obviously a bird, and though it cannot fly, it can run as fast as a horse. To be defined as a bird, an animal need not be able to fly (most do) but it must have true feathers: all creatures with true modern feathers are birds, and all those without are not birds.The so-called feathered dinosaurs have not disrupted this classical definition because none of them have true feathers. A recent examination of Archaeopteryx feathers by the Smithsonian Institution concluded that they are the same as those belonging to many modern flying birds. Thus, the Archaeopteryx in many ways is closer to modern-day birds than an ostrich. The ostrich has non-flight down feathers.Another feature of Archaeopteryx is that it possessed three claws on each wing—an interesting, but not a unique trait. Juveniles of the South American hoatzin, the African touraco and the ostrich all have claws on both of their ‘feathered forelimbs’ or wings. Archaeopteryx also had bony jaws lined with teeth, not an uncommon feature of ancient birds, particularly those found in Mesozoic strata.[ix] One could just as well argue that Archaeopteryx was nothing more than an extinct bird with teeth.Archaeopteryx also had a shallow breastbone that would have given it a feeble wing beat and, as a result, some believe, poor flight.  The hoatzin has a similar shallow breastbone, and many bird species now exist that are incapable of flight and they evidently always have been.Bones of flying birds are hollow and air-filled, with girders and struts for strength. Courtesy Illustra Media, Flight.Birds must be very light in order to fly. The low-weight requirement is the main reason why the bones of both large and small flying birds are very thin and hollow. Although some researchers have concluded that the Archaeopteryx bones were both thin and hollow, no fossil bones exist, only their impressions. For now, the conclusion that Archaeopteryx bones were solid like a reptile’s—not thin or hollow like a bird’s—must remain an assumption. It is still debated, though, whether or not they are pneumatized as are most bird’s wings. The pneumatized (air-filled) bones of true birds have a frame structure that resembles a house truss. They contain many air sacs, giving the bones both strength and lightness.It was assumed for decades that Archaeopteryx was a unique animal in the fossil strata in which it was found. More knowledge about the natural world has rendered that assumption obsolete. Brigham Young University (BYU) scientists have discovered the fossil of an unequivocal bird in Western Colorado rocks that is reported to be from the same geological era as those that Archaeopteryx was found. If true, Archaeopteryx could not be a link between reptiles and birds in that, according to this evidence, the latter were already present.Various recent discoveries such as this by BYU “weakens the case for Archaeopteryx as an [fossil] intermediate, and makes it that much more likely that the creature was just one of a number of strange birds living at that time.”[x] The fact that Archaeopteryx has features of both birds and reptiles does not make it a transitional animal any more than a mammal with bird features, such as a duck-billed platypus, makes it a link between mammals and birds. Nilsson concluded, “they are no more reptiles than the present-day penguins with their wing-fin are transitional forms to fish.”[xi]We would expect the fossil record to show gradual development of bird-like features, but the first confirmed bird, Archaeopteryx, had feathers that were perfectly developed, teeth that were perfectly functional, and a jaw and breastbones that were not intermediate between birds and reptiles but, so far as can be known from the bone impressions, were perfectly functioning jaws and breastbones.Archaeopteryx is clearly a mosaic, similar to taking several different makes of cars and removing the fenders from one, and welding them on another different model, making the necessary modifications so that all of the parts fit together. When the required modifications are complete, it is still apparent to a knowledgeable observer that different makes of automobiles went into the final product— but the parts were modified so that they function properly in the new creation. Hundreds of such mosaic animals exist—so many that one researcher commented “they seem to be created as if their design was decided by a committee.”Some like the late astronomer Fred Hoyle have tried to argue that the feathers of the London fossil may be a forgery. Now, however, so many extinct animals exist, with so much incredible variety between both the extinct and living types, that a mosaic such as Archaeopteryx does not produce problems for the creation model.[xii]  I believe that the Archaeopteryx fossils should be looked at more carefully using modern technology such as CT scans and MRI. The critiques of Fred Hoyle’s work are hardly conclusive. Doubt exists about the forgery claim, but evolutionists have “good reason” to argue for its validity, not so much for science and fact reasons, but for its propaganda value. They are motivated to maintain Archaeopteryx as the most important missing link ever discovered.How the Wyoming Dinosaur Center uses its Archaeopteryx specimen for evolutionary propaganda. Notice the use of bandwagon, card stacking, visualization and suggestion tactics, ending with homage to Charles Darwin.The scientific evidence for forgery cannot be fully evaluated if the British Museum continues to refuse to allow critics the right to do research on its fossils, as is currently the case. So far, of the 12 Archaeopteryx examples that exist, several contain good feather imprints and a separate feather also exists, creating severe problems for the forgery hypothesis.[xiii] Nonetheless, it has been clear for some time that Archaeopteryx needs more careful evaluation before it can be determined to be a link between reptiles and birds.[xiv] The transitional status of this creature has been controversial from when it was first discovered till today. Also controversial are many details of the entire bird fossil family.[xv] For example, transversely-running fracture faces in the bones have a circumferential fabric which is characteristic, not of reptiles, but of dense lamellar or parallel-fibered bones typical of living non-dinosaurian reptiles.[xvi] [i] Amos, Jonathan. 2017. ‘Rock star’ Archaeopteryx fossil heads for Japan.[ii] Wellnhofer, Peter. 2010. Archaeopteryx: The Icon of Evolution. München, Germany: Friedrich Pfeil Verlag.[iii] Castro, Joseph. 2016. Archaeopteryx: The Transitional Fossil. Live Science.[iv] Castro, 2016[v] Castro, 2016.[vi] Stanley, Steven. 1987.  Extinction.  New York: Scientific American Library, p. 121[vii] Hitching, Francis. 1982.  The Neck of the Giraffe; Where Darwin Went Wrong.  New Haven, CT: Ticknor & Fields. p. 34[viii] Hitching, 1982, p. 35[ix] Duffett, Gerald. 1983.   Archaeopteryx Lithographia Reconsidered.  Glasgow, BCS, 1983[x] Hitching, 1982, p. 35[xi] quoted in Hitching, 1982, p. 36.[xii] Hoyle, Fred and Chandra Wickramasinghe.  1986.  Archaeopteryx: The Primordial Bird. A Case of Fossil Forgery.  Swansea, SA2 9BE: Christopher Davies.[xiii] Wellnhofer, 2010 p. 133[xiv] Brown, C. 1980. “Another Look at Archaeopteryx” Creation Research Society Quarterly.  Vol. 17(2):87, 109, September, p. 87.[xv] Bergman, J. 2017. Fossil Forensics, ch. 11. (See link below.)[xvi] Erickson, Gregory M. et al., 2016. Was Dinosaurian Physiology Inherited by Birds? Reconciling Slow Growth in Archaeopteryx. Dr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See his Author Profile for his previous articles. Leading creation organizations like CMI, ICR and AiG have articles about Archaeopteryx searchable online.(Visited 769 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA scenery the best in the world

first_img13 December 2006The locals have long known it, and now UK visitors agree: South Africa is the most beautiful country on earth. In the 2006 Reader’s Travel Awards by UK magazine Conde Nast Traveller, South Africa’s scenery scored 97.8% – the highest in the world – with the country being voted the world’s fifth-best tourist destination.Now in their ninth year, the awards come out of a comprehensive survey of readers’ favourite hotels, spas, cities, countries and more, based on a range of criteria that are then compiled into a score out of 100. In the country category, South Africa’s overall score was 94.2% – putting it ahead of other destinations such as Thailand, France, the US, Greece and Malaysia.This is the sixth year in a row that South Africa has been ranked as one of the world’s top 20 destinations. In 2005 the country came in at ninth place, up from 13th place in 2004. The top country in 2006 was Italy, with a score of 95.57%, followed by New Zealand (94.81%), Australia (94.44%) and India (94.42%).South Africa’s hotels and spas were also rated among the best in the world, with six establishments making it onto the top 20 list of leisure hotels in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. Clinching second position in this category was the multi-award-winning Singita Private Game Reserve, with an overall score of 95.6% and a top score of 97.95% for service and staff.“Singita provides the ultimate sophisticated safari experience,” Conde Nast says of the reserve. “Three ultra-luxurious safari lodges (colonial Ebony, Afro-chic Boulders and converted farmhouse Castleton) are situated on an 18 500-hectare concession in Sabi Sand Reserve, bordering the Kruger National Park. Sophisticated, pan-African cuisine and a 35 000-bottle wine cellar bring civility to the bush. The goal-orientated game-viewing with knowledgeable, likeable rangers is excellent.”The other top South African hotels in this category, according to position and score, were:5 (94.2%) – Londolozi Private Game Reserve, Mpumalanga 9 (92.02%) – The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town 13 (86.36%) – The Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town 18 (82.89%) – Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, Mpumalanga 20 (81.45%) – Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa, KnysnaThree South African establishments also made it onto the list of the world’s top 15 hotel spas outside the UK. These were the Sanctuary Spa at the Twelve Apostles Hotel in Cape Town, in sixth position with a score of 88.67%, the Altiraspa at the Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel in Cape Town (eighth position, 87.25%), and the Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa in Knysna (13th position, 83.67%). The Altiraspa was also singled out for its amenities and products (97.5%), and service and staff (95%).In the Top 100 category of the Readers’ Travel Awards, Conde Nast ranks the overall winners in all categories by their scores. Again, South Africa and its hospitality industry did well, with Singita Private Game Reserve in fourth position.The country’s other winners, according to position and score, were: 21 (94.2%) – South Africa (country) 22 (94.2%) – Londolozi Private Game Reserve, South Africa (hotel) 48 (92.02%) – The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town (hotel) Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

A List to Love

first_img SharePrint Presents: 20 Unforgettable Geocache Destinations (in 40 seconds)May 17, 2012In “Community”116 Geocaches an Hour and AliensNovember 1, 2013In “Community”Australia’s deaf geocaching communityFebruary 1, 2018In “Community” Caching for 14 years, Annie Love (username Love) has enjoyed caching adventures and meeting community members all over the world. She began working at Geocaching HQ in 2007, working at the front desk before there even was a front desk. Nowadays, Annie manages the API and Trackables programs and is known for caching in flip flops whenever the conditions allow!Travel is one of Annie’s biggest passions which pairs perfectly with geocaching! She’s traveled to over 30 countries and has found some amazing geocaches. Here are her ten most memorable geocaches from around the world.1 – Ape Cave, Washington, USA underground to do some spelunking through a lava tube in the Pacific Northwest. This was a special one for me as I got to share the experience of walking through the 2.5 mile tube with my dad.2 – Atlantic Whirlpool, Ireland one takes you off the beaten tourist path in Ireland, through a muddy sheep field, over fences and ends at a an incredible viewpoint to watch the crashing waves. I found this geocache in my search for Ireland’s top 10 geocaches and it’s now one of my favorite spots in Ireland.3 – Asakusa Kaminarimon, Japan cleverly hidden urban geocache in a picturesque tourist spot in Tokyo. Caching my way around Japan was a great way to discover a new country.4 – Welcome to Eildon, Australia good test of your fears to put on a harness and climb to a bright blue ammo can cache 15 meters up a tree! I had the help from some amazing local cachers to try my first tree climb and sign my name in the logbook.5 – Castelo dos Mouros, Portugal walk up through the magical Sintra hillside to a Moorish castle from the 9th century. I felt like I stepped into a fairy tale while adventuring to this cache.6 – Cumil :: Man at Work, Slovakia fun urban cache at a very busy tourist spot in Bratislava – the trick is not being spotted by muggles when you find this one! My caching friends I found the best way to put this one back was to have someone lean down next to the sculpture and pose for a picture.7 – Emerald Lakes (Central Plateau), New Zealand into Lord of the Rings on a hike that leads you up the side of Mt. Doom and takes you past the brilliantly colored Emerald Lakes. This is not a hike for solitude, but I can assure you the stunning views on a clear day are worth it.8 – Na’ili’ili-haele WaterFalls Cache, Hawaii, USA ultimate caching adventure in paradise – scramble over rocks, climb up waterfalls and swim your way toward ground zero of this geocache! I loved the adventure to this cache so much that I recently made the trek a second time and picked up a new EarthCache smiley on the way!9 – First Hütte, Switzerland friends with local cows amid stunning views of the Swiss Alps. I’ve done this hike twice and I’d definitely do it again as it’s one of the most amazing hikes I’ve been on.10 – Huterlaner, Austria roped in klettersteig adventure up the side of a mountain in Austria. Two friends from Germany helped me challenge my fears to grab this T5 geocache.Feeling inspired by Annie’s travels? We made a List with these ten geocaches so you can start your ultimate geocaching list off on the right foot! Premium members can copy this List to their own Listhub and continue to add to it.What are some of the most memorable places geocaching has taken you? Share your memories in the comments below!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

New “Internet Meter” will Officially Measure Web TV Audience

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Trends#Video Services#web Yesterday, Nielsen announced that they will make their new “Internet Meter” available by year’s end to measure the online television viewing audience. Until now, this ever-increasing demographic has been left out of U.S. television ratings as Nielsen currently focuses only on live and time-shifted (i.e. DVR) TV viewings. Says the company, the Internet Meter software will be deployed by the end of 2009 to their “People Meter” households – the chosen few whose TV-viewing habits function as the representative sample for measuring a show’s success. This new addition to the ratings game is bound to have a major impact on TV monetization efforts as both networks and advertisers will see, officially, how many viewers have tuned in to watch this “2nd screen.” The Internet Changes Everything, TV Just One Example The internet leaves no business model untouched and unchanged, especially when it comes to media consumption. Whether music, movies, journalism, publishing, or TV, the impact of having high-speed, always-on connectivity has revolutionized how we interact and entertain ourselves. But in the wake of these changes, media companies are left struggling to monetize their efforts, all of sudden discovering that their old business model now looks like a square peg getting hammered into a very round hole.TV viewing habits are just one example of this change. Not only are companies like Comcast and Time Warner experimenting with on-demand online viewing initiatives, the networks themselves now post their top shows to the web. The major TV networks have featured streaming video on their websites for years. Meanwhile, several networks and studios, including NBC Universal, FOX, and ABC, have banded together to offer Hulu, a popular destination for commercial-supported streaming video.But putting shows online has its drawbacks, as networks are finding out. Without solid measurement tools, making the shows available on other platforms is, in the short term, hurting the bottom line. In a recent issue of TV Guide magazine, for example, it was noted that networks are specifically facing problems with re-runs. Where before a second airing of an episode from a popular show could make decent money, they’re now finding less viewers tuning in thanks to on-demand offerings and online viewings. According to one unnamed network exec, this presents a huge challenge for the networks. “We’re not like cable, which has a second revenue stream from subscribers,” the exec said. “We need to amortize these very expensive shows.”Measuring the Web TV Audience: A Tricky Prospect Through anecdotal evidence, we know that more people are watching TV online these days. It comes up in conversation among friends, especially when someone laments how they “forgot to record” a program. They now know they can go online and get caught up. Others find themselves relaxing in front of their laptop’s screen nearly as often as they hang out in their living room to watch the big screen. In fact, thanks to the recession, more people than ever have decided to cancel their cable TV subscriptions to save money, realizing that many of their favorite programs are available through alternative methods, including online streams. Need proof? Just look at the Google Insights chart for the term “cancel cable.” Then there are the recent statistics from the nonprofit Conference Board that show how online viewing is on the rise. According to their findings, nearly a quarter of U.S. households now watch TV online, up 20% from last year. New shows are most popular, watched by 43% of viewers followed by 35% of viewers who watch sitcoms, dramas, and comedies. And 90% of the viewings take place at home. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a good way to effectively monitor and measure the online TV viewing audience. When Nielsen previously reported on Hulu’s viewing numbers for instance, Hulu lashed out at the company claiming the numbers were wildly inaccurate. At the time, Nielsen was using a combination of web beacons to determine when streams started and stopped while also measuring the web use of a panel of 200,000 online users. Hulu themselves, however, preferred to quote numbers from measurement firm comScore, especially since that company reported a much higher reach even as Nielsen noticed a slight decline. The problem here, as we noted at the time, is that online measurements aren’t standardized, making it difficult to accurately determine audience counts. A brand, whether Hulu or any other online video provider, could look at the measurements from major firms like comScore, Compete, or Quantcast, and then pick the company whose estimates were the highest when crafting their “look at us grow!” type press releases. In all honesty, it’s probably better that Nielsen gets involved to more objectively report the online traffic through their representative sample methodology. It may not be entirely accurate either, but at least you know that it’s coming from an unbiased third party. The “Internet Meter” Will Deliver Hard DataAt the moment, the Internet Meter software resides in a test group of 375 People Meter households, which has allowed the company to evaluate its capabilities before rolling it out to the remaining group. In addition, the software has been deployed to the company’s online panel (as mentioned above) which now measures over 230,000 individuals. Installation of the software will be completed in 2010 but full implementation won’t be seen until the following year. If that seems like too slow of a pace, it’s only because the company is being very careful, fully knowledgeable of the major impact this technology will have on the TV industry. According to Sara Erichson, President, Media Client Services in North America, Nielsen will not take “any actions that would dilute the reliability of the core television ratings data.”Once the Nielsen data goes live, it will reveal a plethora of information regarding not just viewing numbers but also the demographics of who watches what and when. The information can then be used by advertisers and marketers who want to target niche audiences like the hip crowd who watches sci-fi shows but never stays home on Fridays to view them live on TV when they air. Or the group of people who are too embarrassed to set their DVRs to record “Ugly Betty,” but sneak in the guilty pleasure online in their free time. Expect the online ads interspersed with the online content to soon become more precise and more targeted than they are now, thanks to these sorts of reveals. Perhaps the networks will even be able to charge more for ads, once they have numbers to back them up. That would be a good thing for the industry as a whole as well as consumers, since it could lead to more shows being put online. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll even be able to purchase online-only cable TV subscriptions, too. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts sarah perezlast_img read more