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Published on SouthAfrica.info on 9 March 2010. Click arrow to play video. Five lions escaped appalling living conditions in Europe to retire to South Africa. They arrived in December. Three months later, Times LIVE decided to visit the lions in the Free State to see how their conditions have improved.
20 March 2015Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden was recently announced as winner of the garden of the year award at the 2015 International Garden Tourism Awards, the South African Botanical Institute (Sanbi) announced on Wednesday.The award was presented by the International Garden Tourism Network (IGTN) in Toronto, Canada.The Garden Tourism Awards are presented to organisations and individuals “who have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of the garden experience as a tourism attraction,” IGTN said in a statement on Tuesday.In consultation with a global jury network, nine awards were announced by the IGTN, and garden tourism related events from Japan, UK, Thailand, Brussels, British Columbia, Dubai, Netherlands, USA as well as South Africa were honoured.“Scooping the garden of the year award has once more underlined the important role that Kirstenbosch plays in contributing to the country’s tourism figures and, having hit the one million visitors in a year in 2014, this award is a further boost for potential visitors,” Sanbi said on its website.‘Flagship garden’Kirstenbosch is high on the list of “must visit” attractions for both local and international tourists.“We strive to offer visitors a unique experience at Kirstenbosch,” curator Philip le Roux said. “As the flagship garden of Sanbi we are proud to be recognised at these prestigious awards. Our garden offers many unusual experiences and showcases the diverse Cape Floral kingdom in a very accessible way.“The addition of the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway [known as “the Boomslang”] has added to the attractions of the garden. More recently, Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom acknowledged that Kirstenbosch is one of the country’s most important tourist attractions.“We are also very proud to announce that we exceeded 1-million visitors in one year for the first time in the garden’s history in 2014. This represented an increase of 27% on the previous year.”‘Garden tourists’With tourism the world’s fourth-largest industry and garden tourism a significant part of it, the awards were inaugurated in 2011. Garden tourism awards are presented annually to organisations and individuals who have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of the garden experience as a tourism attraction.“It is estimated that there are 250-million ‘garden tourists’ worldwide and significantly more if garden festivals, events and garden shows were included,” said Dr Richard Benfield, chair of the International Garden Tourism Network. “These awards highlight the world’s most dynamic garden experiences and garden tourism’s limitless potential.”International Garden Tourism award winnersGarden of the Year: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, South AfricaGarden Festival of the Year: Hokkaido Garden Show Daisetsu and Related Garden Movement of Hokkaido, JapanGarden Event of the Year: RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, United KingdomFlower Festival of the Year: Chiang Mai Flower Festival, ThailandFlower Event of the Year: Tapis de Fleur, Visit Brussels, BelgiumDestination of the Year: Victoria, British Columbia, CanadaNew Garden Experience of the Year – The Moselle Award: Dubai Miracle Garden, United Arab EmiratesMedia of the Year: GardenTours.com, The NetherlandsPerson of the Year: Paul Redman Executive Director, Longwood Gardens, USASAinfo reporter
Press release: South Africa’s FDI profile positions the country as a highly attractive investment destination
The EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa, measures the FDI attractiveness of 46 African markets and moreover indicates that South Africa experienced an increase of 6.9% in FDI flows to the market in 2016. (Image:EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa)Johannesburg, Monday 22 May 2017 – The South African Nation Brand continues to be the largest recipient of FDI on the African continent, and is the largest source of intra-regional investment – this is in addition to having recently made a comeback in the top 25 most attractive global investment destinations.This is according to findings from the EY Attractiveness Programme Africa 2017, the AT Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index, as well as the Brand South Africa’s Investor Perceptions Research.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Research – Dr Petrus de Kock says the findings on South Africa’s FDI profile underlines the fact that global investors have confidence in the market, and see the country as an attractive investment destination. “Opportunities identified in these respective indices should be vigorously pursued through a collaborative approach between business and government in South Africa – especially after the credit ratings downgrade,” adds Dr de Kock..Major findings from these indices are that South Africa attracted 20.6% of all FDI projects on the African continent in 2016 with an increase of 6.9% on 2015; the country is the 6th largest source of FDI in the African economy; and the diversified economy, geographical location, infrastructure (hard and soft) and logistical capabilities – play a major role in attracting investment, trade and related global economic activity.“South Africa continues to attract the bulk of FDI projects destined for the continent with a share of 20.6%, Egypt at 11.7%, Morocco at 12%, Nigeria at 7.5%, and Kenya at 5.9%. Notable in this regard is that EY indicates investment flows favoured Africa’s more diversified markets. This means South Africa’s economic profile and diversification remains a key attractiveness feature. The EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa further notes that even as its economy remains under pressure, South Africa retains its appeal as a launchpad for growth across the continent,” said Dr de Kock.The EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa, measures the FDI attractiveness of 46 African markets and moreover indicates that South Africa experienced an increase of 6.9% in FDI flows to the market in 2016. The sectors that dominated include: Consumer Products and Retail – projects more than doubled from 19 in 2015 to 41 in 2016.The 2017 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index is characterised by a perception of safety in developed markets – Europe in particular. However, the 2017 Index marked the emergence of newcomers UAE, New Zealand, and South Africa – a clear sign of slight increase in investment intentions in emerging markets according to Dr de Kock.“According to the AT Kearney FDI Confidence Index, South Africa GDP growth is expected to reach 0.8% in 2017 and double to 1.6% in 2018, A.T. Kearney notes that with the country’s improvements in infrastructure and education, investors view South Africa as being poised to lead one of the world’s next major manufacturing hubs,” concluded Dr de Kock.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrand
dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Everyone knows the smartphone is killing the point-and-shoot digital camera. Who wants to carry a digital camera as a separate device when your smartphone already takes good-enough pictures and makes them easy to share with your friends? Sure, a good point-and-shoot takes better pictures than a smartphone does. On the other hand, digital cameras can’t use mobile apps, a cellular connection or a smart operating system. Until now.Samsung Galaxy CameraThe Samsung Galaxy Camera is an Android-based digital point-and-shoot that will be available from AT&T on Nov. 16 for $499. The Galaxy Camera has a 16 megapixel backside illuminated CMOS sensor screen, a 21x optical zoom lens (note, optical zoom, not digital) and a 4.8-inch touchscreen panel. It runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a quad-core processor. Its cellular connection will run over AT&T’s HSPA+ network and can be added to a shared data plan or use a separate individual data plan from the carrier. The device will be Wi-Fi equipped as well.Is there a place in the consumer market for such a device? I do not know about its widespread appeal, but I want one. I have always wanted a digital camera that can take better pictures than my smartphone and automatically upload all those high-quality photos to Flickr, Picasa (Google+) or other social networks without a USB cable and intimate knowledge of iPhoto or Photoshop. And I’d be willing pay good money and carry a separate device to do that. Samsung is not the only company to attach a mobile operating system to a high-quality camera. Nokia released the 808 PureView earlier this year, a smartphone with a 41-megapixel camera with the vaunted Carl Zeiss optics. The difference is that the 808 PureView remains, at its most fundamental level, a smartphone. The Galaxy Camera is essentially a Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone with the phone stripped away and a quality digital camera bolted to the front. Nokia 808 PureViewA Mainstream Step Into The Internet Of ThingsThe Galaxy Camera is a camera first, cell phone… never. This is an intriguing poduct, and not just because it is a camera that can use social apps like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and others from wherever you are. When we think of mobile operating systems like Android or iOS, the first thing that pops into our minds are smartphones and tablets. That makes sense, considering that 99% of devices built on these operating systems are one or the other. But think about what these devices actually are. We call them smartphones, but they are really small, powerful digital computers that happen to be able to make phone calls. The mobile operating systems evolved into phone-centric devices because that is what the consumer market wanted. Yet to think that iOS, Android, Windows Phone or BlackBerry are limited to smartphones and tablets gives them short shrift. They clearly have the potential to run myriad other devices. Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement For instance, Android was built in such a way that it could be deployed everywhere. Want an Android-powered thermostat? Somebody can build that. A toaster? A car? Research In Motion wants to put BlackBerry into everything, including automobiles and infrastructure.What we are talking about here is the Internet Of Things, where all kinds of machines and devices can connect to the Internet and can be interfaced through mobile systems. The backbone of the infrastructure of the Internet Of Things will be mobile operating systems such as Android, and the Galaxy Camera is one of the first mainstream devices to show its possibilities. Tags:#Android#Internet of Things#photography#Samsung Galaxy The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Liverpool striker Origi earns praise from Genk chief: The perfect squad playerby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenk technical director Dimitri de Conde believes that Liverpool have the perfect squad player in Divock Origi.The young striker may not be first choice at the Anfield club, but he is a key member of the squad.He proved his worth last season, scoring key goals for the team throughout the season.The 24-year-old scored two in the Champions League semi final second leg, and in the final against Tottenham.”He is a fantastic person,” Genk director de Conde said about Origi to the Mirror. “I played with his father Mike and he has the same respect for the game.”He puts so much effort in, he is a team player and, even though he doesn’t start every game, he is just as determined as every other player.”That is the perfect quality to have in your squad and that is why he deserved his chance in the Champions League last season and the reason that he scored in the final. He gives everything for the team.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
No basketball player had ever won four Big Ten Player of the Year awards before Jantel Lavender. The 6-foot-4 Cleveland native ended what might be the most productive career the Ohio State women’s basketball program ever has seen. Before she received her diploma on March 20, she was busy rewriting both school and conference record books. Lavender holds OSU records in points (2,818), rebounds (1,422), field goals made (1,142), field goals attempted (2,156), consecutive games started (135), single-season points (769 in 2009–10), single-season rebounds (374 in 2008–09) and was the first player to score 2,000 career points (in her junior season). In her final game in scarlet and gray on Saturday, Lavender’s 19-point performance capped a career in which she never registered fewer than 10 points in a game. She holds the NCAA record for most double-digit scoring performances in history, with 136. “I’ve been fortunate enough to coach six All-American centers,” coach Jim Foster said. “The numbers Jantel put up in her career speak for themselves — (she was a) model of consistency, day in and day out.” Aside from holding records, Lavender was the backbone of a team that excelled in a halfcourt offense because of its ability to play from the inside out. Her effectiveness in the post opened up the floor for OSU’s outside shooters. Tennessee coach Pat Summitt recruited Lavender out of Cleveland Central Catholic High School, and even made an unusual lineup change to compensate for her skills on the block when the two teams squared off on Saturday. Kelley Cain, a player who had only made 17 starts on the season for the Lady Volunteers, was called on because Summitt needed her 6-foot-6 frame to slow down the NCAA’s best player. Cain scored 16 points, but only collected two rebounds to Lavender’s 10. Lavender went to Knoxville, Tenn., on an official recruiting visit in high school, but said it wasn’t the right fit, despite it being one of the most prestigious programs in college basketball. “She’s truly one of the best post players that we’ve faced,” Summitt said. “She’s got great skill set. She obviously is very tough-minded, and has done a great job for this Ohio State team and obviously been an impact player throughout her career.” Lavender’s all-time mark for double-digit scoring performances is nothing new. Even in high school, she never had a game in which she scored fewer than 10 points. Foster, a veteran coach of 33 years who’s seen many great players, was in no way surprised at the type of career Lavender put together. “I thought she would come in and be able to do the things that (former center Jessica) Davenport had done. It’s a great run,” Foster said. “I think probably just the way the league was and what our need was, you have to be a little surprised that she was Player of the Year as a freshman, but I don’t think anything she’s done in the three years since then would surprise you, relative to the Player of the Year deal.” Lavender was not outwardly emotional about the end of her career after Saturday’s loss. She said she was unsure whether she would ever take time to reflect on her four years at OSU. “I haven’t really thought about it yet,” Lavender said, “but I don’t know.” Foster chimed in, “Maybe at dinner.”
Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) points to the crowd after making a three pointer in the second half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Dakich made three of four three point attempts in the first half aiding Ohio State to a 91-69 win. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 22 Ohio State (16-4, 7-0 Big Ten) staved off a late comeback attempt by Northwestern (11-9, 2-5 Big Ten) on the road to win 71-65 Wednesday.The Wildcats trailed the Buckeyes by as much as 15 points with 13 minutes left in the game, but a 10-2 run by Northwestern drew the game to within three with 43.2 seconds left. But junior guard C.J. Jackson made three free throws to push Ohio State’s lead to six and ice the game.The Buckeyes outrebounded the Wildcats 38-25. Ohio State shot 47 percent from the field compared to 45 percent by Northwestern. A key difference between the two teams came in free-throw shooting, with Ohio State making 13-of-17 and Northwestern struggling at the line, going just 5-of-10.Ohio State sophomore center Micah Potter led the team in points with 13. He was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field with a 3 and two made free throws. Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop scored just 10 points, his second-lowest total of the season.Northwestern redshirt junior forward Vic Law led all players with 14 points, but struggled from the 3, making just 25 percent. Northwestern got off to a fast start, grabbing the 12-6 lead with 14:14 left in the first half. But from that point on, Ohio State went on a 22-5 run to take the 28-17 lead. Freshman center Kaleb Wesson scored six points during the run. During the first half, Northwestern had production from just four players. Senior forward Gavin Skelly had nine points, senior guard Scottie Lindsey had eight points, Law had seven points and freshman guard Anthony Gaines made a free throw. The rest of the team shot a combined 0-for-5 from the field.