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Victory for bakery worker

first_imgMorima Ortiz and others had been picketing Kenny’s Bakery in northern Manhattan for over a year. Ortiz worked there for eight years and says she experienced wage theft and verbal and physical abuse while being paid below the minimum wage. With the help of the Laundry Workers Center, Ortiz won her legal claim. Supporters celebrated her victory on April 13 in front of Liberato restaurant, whose workers are still fighting for their rights.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Businesses face hard decisions on whether, when to hire

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — As the U.S. economy undergoes an uneven recovery from the coronavirus, many small business owners face a tough decision on whether and when to take on employees.  Many owners rebuilding or starting anew after losing companies don’t plan robust hiring anytime soon. Owners who laid off workers can’t make commitments because of uncertainty about when the pandemic will end. For many owners, it’s a question of how comfortable customers will feel about gathering in enclosed spaces like restaurants, stores and gyms. For owners who lost businesses and started over, it’s too soon to know if their brand-new companies will succeed.last_img read more

England Golf plans new County Rules Schools

first_img England Golf will run two County Rules Schools in early 2015, in Cumbria and on the Channel Island of Guernsey. Further rules schools will take place in other regions later in the year. Since 2011, England Golf has run 14 rules schools across the country, all proving very popular and attracting a total of over 400 people. Successful delegates qualify as county referees and can assist at county tournaments. The Guernsey school will be the first of these courses to take place off the mainland and is being run at the request of the Jersey and Guernsey Golf Unions. Successful delegates will be qualified to officiate at the 2015 Island Games, which are being held in Jersey from 27 June to 3 July and will attract competitors from 24 islands. The Cumbria school is also being held at the request of county officials and Toby Thorne, England Golf Championship Manager, said: “We are delighted by the interest in our rules schools and the invitations we receive from across the country. We are very pleased to provide opportunities for people to attend a school on their doorstep.” The County Rules Schools are open to all members of golf clubs affiliated to England Golf and delegates should have at least a basic understanding of the Rules of Golf before attending. The format of the school is a mix of outdoor practical demonstrations, refereeing role-play scenarios and some indoor tutorials. There is an exam on the second day of the course. The details for the events are as follows: St Pierre Park Hotel and Golf Resort, Guernsey Day 1: Saturday 11th April, 2015 Day 2 (inc exam): Sunday 12th April, 2015 Entry deadline: Friday 20th February, 2015 Penrith Golf Club, Cumbria Day 1:    Wednesday 1st April, 2015 Day 2 (inc exam): Wednesday 13th May, 2015 Entry deadline: Friday 27th February, 2015 The fee for attending an England Golf County Rules School is £50, which includes tuition, lunch, teas and coffees.  Priority will be given to applicants from the host counties but delegates from other counties are welcome to apply and will be accommodated where possible. For more information regarding the England Golf County Rules Schools and how to register your interest, please click here Image © Leaderboard Photography -ENDS- 15 Dec 2014 England Golf plans new County Rules Schools last_img read more

England Golf Awards 2018: Five great reasons to nominate now!

first_img14 Nov 2017 England Golf Awards 2018: Five great reasons to nominate now! The categories are:Club of the Year sponsored by HowDidIDoThe stand-out club, recognised for its inspiring, forward-thinking approachMost Welcoming Golf Club sponsored by American GolfFor the club which goes above and beyond to reach out to allCounty of the YearThe county which does its best for its players and clubsVolunteer of the YearSomeone whose commitment and contribution has a huge impact in golfYoung Ambassador of the YearA young person, aged under 25 on the day of the Awards, who represents the very best of their generationCoach of the YearA PGA-accredited coach whose passion and commitment helps to grow the gameLifetime Service AwardSomeone who has made a remarkable contribution to golf over many yearsCaption: 2017 Young Ambassador of the Year, Emma Anderson of Sherwood Forest Golf Club, Nottinghamshire (image copyright Leaderboard Photography). Tags: Award, Nominationscenter_img Have you made your nominations for the England Golf Awards 2018? Here’s five great reasons why you should!1 It’s a fantastic way to honour the people who really do make a difference in our sport, such as the dedicated coach and the volunteers who always find time.2 It’s a great shout-out for your golf club. If your club is setting new standards for the way it looks after its members and visitors then it deserves a huge pat on the back.3 It puts your county on the map. If you think your county is doing the best for its players and clubs then it’s time to tell the rest of the country about it.4 It’s a chance to tell inspirational stories about all the unsung heroes who make a fantastic contribution to golf, simply for the love of the game.5 It’s the ideal way to say ‘thank you’ to all the people and organisations who have made 2017 such a memorable year and who are creating a bright future for golf.We’re seeking nominations for seven award categories and the deadline is midnight on 30 November 2017 Click here for more details and to nominate.last_img read more

Oceanic Bridge To Close for 3 Weeks Following Memorial Day

first_imgRUMSON – The 70-year old Oceanic Bridge, which engineers say is in advanced disrepair, is going to need an estimated $653,650 in additional work and will be closed for three weeks immediately after the Memorial Day weekend.After undergoing repair work and having been closed overnights since earlier this month, the bridge will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic—but not marine traffic—from Tuesday, May 26 through Tuesday, June 12, according to Laura Kirkpatrick, Monmouth County spokeswoman.Officials decided to wait until after the Memorial Day weekend before proceeding with the three-week project.In addition, preparation work will require the bridge’s closing from 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. from Wednesday, May 13 through Friday, May 15 and Monday, May 18 through Thursday, May 21, according to the county.The overall cost of the bridge repair is an estimated $2.7 million.The work that was being done involved repairing concrete and steel structures on the aging and badly deteriorating drawbridge that spans the Navesink River, connecting Rumson to the Locust section of Middletown. The workers were cleaning and removing structural plates and steel angles when they uncovered two of the bridge’s four main bearings were damaged, which wouldn’t have been discovered otherwise, according to Ettore.The issue with these bearings, the engineer said, is that it supports the bridge’s bascule span and flanking span on the bridge approaches. These bearings “support all of the weight from the main girders,” for the spans, he said. “They carry a tremendous amount of load for these two spans and carry that load down to the foundation,” Ettore said.This most recent needed work is essential given the bridge’s condition, Ettore stressed, when he addressed the Board of Chosen Freeholders at the board’s workshop, April 22. “In my opinion it is in an advanced stage of disrepair,” the engineer told the freeholders.Ettore explained the strategy is to do sufficient work to the structure so it will be able to last for another five to seven years, as county officials work with federal transportation representatives to formulate a plan for a future bridge replacement project.Steve Bidgood is the managing partner of the Salt Creek Grille, a Bingham Avenue restaurant that literally backs up to the Oceanic Bridge. “It’s never an opportune time for them to close it obviously,” Bidgood said, with a nod to the protracted closure that occurred in fall 2011-spring 2012 for extensive repair work that caused considerable anxiety for business owners in both sides of the Navesink River as well as drivers who were detoured through either Red Bank or Sea Bright. “But it’s not the full swing of summer yet,” and the busy warm weather, Bidgood observed. “And it’s better to be closed for a few weeks now than it be down for a lot longer if something breaks or if anybody gets hurt.”The Oceanic Bridge, officially Monmouth County Bridge S31, at 2,752-feet-long is the county’s largest drawbridge.— By John Burtonlast_img read more

Southeast Asian countries pledge to tackle marine plastic waste crisis

first_imgMember states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including some of the biggest producers of the plastic waste in the oceans, have declared their commitment to addressing the trash crisis.Together with China, the ASEAN members Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand account for half of the 8 million tons of plastic waste that ends up in the oceans each year.Any meaningful action to tackle the problem should focus on reducing the production of plastic to begin with, rather than dealing with the waste after the fact, an environmental activist says.A growing refusal by Southeast Asian countries to take in plastic waste from developed countries for processing could provide the impetus for action by the global community to cut back on plastic production. Some of the countries most responsible for the plastic waste that ends up in the oceans have pledged to tackle the problem together, but activists say they’re focusing on the wrong end of the production chain.The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) adopted a declaration at the close of its twice-yearly summit on June 24 to “prevent and significantly reduce marine debris, particularly from land-based activities.” The commitment, the first of its kind in the region, is expected to complement policies and actions already being taken by individual member states to manage their plastic waste.More than half of the 8 million tons of plastic waste that ends up in the oceans every year comes from five Asian countries. Four of them are ASEAN members — Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand — according to a 2017 report by the nonprofit NGO Ocean Conservancy. China, not an ASEAN member, tops the list as the largest polluter.At the regional summit in Bangkok over the weekend, ASEAN also published a framework of actions to address the problem, including policy planning, conducting research, raising public awareness and engaging the private sector.“Marine debris is a transboundary issue which requires integrated regional cooperation,” the bloc said in a statement. “Without immediate action, marine debris pollution may negatively impact marine biodiversity, environment, health, society and economy.”Leaders of ASEAN member states gathered in Bangkok for the bloc’s biannual meeting to address a range of issues affecting the region. Image courtesy of ASEAN.But environmental activists in Southeast Asia say the declaration and accompanying framework of actions fall short of addressing the plastic crisis. They say the suggested efforts have a misplaced focus on managing waste, when they should instead go further up the production chain and focus on reducing the production of plastics, particularly single-use packaging.“Plastics is a pollution problem, not a litter problem, and must be addressed throughout its life cycle, from production to end of life,” Tara Buakamsri, the country director for Greenpeace Thailand, said in a statement.“The issue is not how to manage plastic waste so they don’t end up as marine debris, but how all nations must focus upstream, and drastically reduce plastic production,” he added.Buakamsari also noted that ASEAN had failed to set any target or timeline for the actions, or to address the problem of waste imports.In the past two years, imports of plastic waste into Southeast Asia from developed countries, including Canada and the U.S., increased by 171 percent. This has far outpaced the countries’ capacity to handle the waste, much of which has wound up in unlicensed dumps and incinerators in places like Malaysia, resulting in environmental problems and a growing public outcry.The ongoing crisis is largely due to a 2018 ban on waste imports by China, which had previously taken in the most foreign waste. While many Southeast Asian countries also imported waste prior to the ban, they did so at a much smaller scale. With the trickle of waste turning into a torrent, the affected countries have begun to restrict imports, culminating in May and June this year with announcements by the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia that they would start sending waste shipments back where they came from.“The framework doesn’t mention [a] ban on single-use plastic simply because it is up to circumstances (and political will) of each member state,” Buakamsri told Mongabay in an email. “It doesn’t include plastic waste imports because of [the] issue around trade.”Single-use consumer product packaging comprised the bulk of the waste collected during a garbage audit at Freedom Island in Metro Manila last year. Image courtesy of Greenpeace.Though ASEAN’s framework to deal with plastic waste is well-intentioned, Buakamsri said, a harder-line approach that builds on the growing refusal to take in other countries’ waste may be the more effective path.“In fact, by stopping waste imports and implementing strong plastic reduction policies, the ASEAN region is in an ideal position to help spur a transformation of the global economy, forcing the West to rethink their waste generation and end all waste exports,” Buakamsri.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Basten Gokkon Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Conservation, Environment, Environmental Policy, Government, Marine Conservation, Ocean Crisis, Oceans, Plastic, Pollution, Sustainability, Waste, Water Pollution last_img read more

Japan resumes commercial whale hunting

first_imgFor years, Japan exploited a loophole in international rules to continue hunting whales despite being a member of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) bound by the commercial whaling moratorium that went into effect in 1986. The country has now quit the IWC altogether and resumed commercial whaling.The first minke whale caught under the country’s new commercial whaling program was landed yesterday at Kushiro port in northern Japan, according to the Environmental Investigation Agency, a London-based NGO.IWC members Norway and Iceland are the only other countries on Earth that currently hunt whales commercially. But Iceland’s two whaling companies have announced that they’ll be sitting out the summer 2019 whaling season, meaning that, for the first time in 17 years, no whales will be caught in Iceland’s waters. For years, Japan exploited a loophole in international rules to continue hunting whales despite being a member of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) bound by the commercial whaling moratorium that went into effect in 1986.The country has now quit the IWC altogether and resumed commercial whaling.IWC members are allowed to issue whaling permits for scientific purposes. Of the nearly 18,000 fin, sperm, sei, Bryde’s, and minke whales that have been taken under these special permits since 1986, the vast majority were caught by Japan’s whaling fleet in Antarctic, Northwest Pacific, or Japanese waters. Japan’s whaling industry was known to frequently disregard the international commercial ban on whaling, selling the whale meat harvested in the name of scientific research in Japanese markets.After the legitimacy of Japan’s whaling industry suffered a number of setbacks — including a 2014 ruling by the International Court of Justice that the country’s Antarctic hunts had no scientific basis, the 2015 rejection by the IWC of an amended proposal submitted by Japan for scientific research, and a 2018 finding that Japan had broken the rules of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) by taking sei whale meat from international waters — Japan left the IWC late last year and announced it would resume commercial whale hunting.The first minke whale caught under the country’s new commercial whaling program was landed yesterday at Kushiro port in northern Japan, according to the Environmental Investigation Agency, a London-based NGO. Japan’s Fisheries Agency has set 2019 commercial catch quotas of 52 minke whales, 150 Bryde’s whales, and 25 sei whales.The first whale, a minke, killed in Japan’s first commercial whaling hunt in 30 years. Photo © EIAimage.“It’s a profoundly depressing spectacle to see the first victim of Japan’s first openly commercial whaling hunt in 30 years — landed for sale in restaurants and markets, despite an almost total lack of demand,” Juliet Phillips, an ocean campaigner with EIA who witnessed the landing of the minke whale firsthand, said in a statement. The whale hunt is targeting internationally protected species and is being carried out without the expert oversight of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) — the only international body with the mandate to manage whaling.”The New York Times reports that there is reason to doubt that whaling will ultimately be a commercial success. The Japanese government is looking to reduce the $46 million in annual subsidies it supplies to prop up its whaling industry, but the appetite for whale meat, even in Japan, might not be able to sustain the hunts: “For the whaling industry to stand on its own two feet without government subsidies, it will have to find more lucrative markets for its product. But Japanese consumers’ interest in the meat has dwindled.”IWC members Norway and Iceland are the only other countries on Earth that currently hunt whales commercially, which they do “either under objection to the moratorium decision, or under reservation to it,” according to the IWC. The countries therefore establish their own hunting quotas, but are required to provide information on their catches to the IWC. To date, more than 26,300 whales have been caught under objection or reservation. (Russia has also registered its objection to the moratorium, but so far does not hunt whales commercially under that objection.)Iceland takes North Atlantic common minke whales and North Atlantic fin whales within the waters that make up its exclusive economic zone. But Iceland’s two whaling companies have announced that they’ll be sitting out the summer 2019 whaling season, meaning that, for the first time in 17 years, no whales will be caught in Iceland’s waters.Whaling vessel number CB2 85220, the Sumitomo Maru, owned by Gaibo Hogei Ltd, based in Chiba prefecture, lands the first whale, a minke, killed in Japan’s first commercial whaling hunt in 30 years. Photo © EIAimage.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Animals, Environment, Fishing, Hunting, Mammals, Marine Animals, Marine Mammals, Oceans, Whales, Whaling, Wildlife Article published by Mike Gaworeckicenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Mapungubwe National Park

first_img23 December 2004Following months of preparations and construction, South African National Parks (SANParks) officially opened South Africa’s newest park to the public on Heritage Day, 24 September 2004.Previously known as Vhembe Dongola National Park, Mapungubwe National Park is situated in Musina, north-east of Polokwane, the capital of Limpopo. It is found at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers.The new park comprises the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape and the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site in an area covering well over 28 000 hectares. Tourist offerings at the park The park forms part of an ambitious project to develop a major transfrontier conservation area, the Limpopo/Shashe Transfrontier Park, which will cross the borders of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe, linking the Mapungubwe National Park with Botswana’s Tuli Block and Zimbabwe’s Tuli Safari area.Blown away by MapungubweLucille Davie pays a visit to the “place of the stone of wisdom”, home to South Africa’s first kingdom – and finds herself unprepared for its historical potency and natural beauty.Speaking at Tourism Indaba 2004 in Durban in May, SANParks chief executive David Mabunda said the decision to develop Mapungubwe National Park was based on the rich biodiversity, scenic beauty and immense cultural and historical significance of the area.The archaeological treasures discovered at Mapungubwe “rank among the most important pieces of ancient art yet found in sub-Saharan Africa”, Mabunda said. “They also document the rise of the Zimbabwe culture.”Until its demise at the end of the 13th century AD, Mapungubwe – “place of the stone of wisdom” – was the most important inland settlement in the sub-continent, extending over an area of about 30 000 square kilometres on either side of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers.Declared a National Heritage Site in 2001, Mapungubwe was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in 2003, bringing to five the number of South African sites that have been awarded World Heritage status.SA’s World Heritage sites: see box down right.The findings of gold artefacts, beads, burial grounds and other remains indicate that Mapungubwe was one of the major centres of this culture, and bear testimony to the way of life of African people more than 1 000 years ago.The whole area around Mapungubwe National Park boasts a substantial amount of San Rock Art sites dating from 15 000 years back.“Together with its surrounding areas, Mapungubwe National Park has a potential to be a sanctuary for viable populations of some of the most threatened large mammals on earth, such as the black and white rhinoceros, wild dog, and the continent’s flagship species, the African elephant”, Mabunda said.SANParks believes the development of the park, due to its positioning on the international border of Botswana, South African and Zimbabwe, will also serve as a southern African growth point for tourism and conservation.Tourist offerings the parkMajor infrastructure development in the area in the last couple of months, with substantial funding from the department of environmental affairs and tourism, saw the establishment of a new road network allowing sedan vehicle access to all the sites mentioned below, the Leokwe Rest Camp, the Limpopo Forest Tented Camp, and the Vhembe Trails Camp.The entrance to Mapungubwe National Park is situated on the Musina-Pondrift Road. The park’s tourist facilities include:Leokwe Rest Camp. The park’s main rest camp is situated in a valley flanked by sandstone ridges. The camp’s theme is based on the rich history of the area, with the design derived from the typical Venda village. Facilities on offer include:A reception complex with swimming pool, kitchen and small convenience store.Fourteen two-bed cottages with open-plan kitchens.Two four-bed family cottages with open-plan kitchens.Two two-bed cottages with shower and toilet for physically disabled persons.Limpopo Forest Tented Camp. Situated within the riverine forest of the Limpopo River, this tented camp offers spacious rooms and outdoor areas catering for 16 people, with eight two-bed self-catering units. It also boasts seven semi-luxury forest tents each with a two-bed bedroom, kitchen, shower and toilet. Physically disabled people are catered for with one semi-luxury forest tent with two bed-bedroom, kitchen, shower and toilet.Tshugulu Lodge. This luxury lodge sleeps 14, with six bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a swimming pool and an exclusive eco-trail.Vhembe Trails Camp. Based on the successful wilderness trails offered in the Kruger National Park, the Vhembe Trails Camp is situated on the perimeter of the Mapungubwe Valley. Trailists will be able to explore the rich archaeology of the area on foot with a guide, and will visit the famous Mapungubwe mountain where the golden rhinoceros was found. Visitors will be based at the camp for the duration of the three-day trail. The camp can accommodate eight people – two people per unit, each with its own ablutions.Viewpoint, tree-top walks, bird hide. In addition to the above, the park boasts a viewpoint offering breathtaking views of the Limpopo-Shashe Rivers confluence, tree-top walks allowing access to the Limpopo River, and a bird hide at Manoutswa pan.Museum & interpretation centre. The archaeological site at Mapungubwe Mountain will soon have a museum detailing the rich culture of the people who once lived in a major African trading post pre-dating Great Zimbabwe. The museum will display artefacts showing how African people lived more than 1 000 years ago, and will form part of a cultural interpretation centre whose staff will narrate the history of Mapungubwe to visitors.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Weekly Wrap-Up: BitTorrent Booming, Social Books, Smart Traveling Without A Smart Phone

first_imgFile sharing lives on despite multiple attempts to terminate with extreme prejudice, how the Web is affecting just about everything we do with books, and the benefits of traveling overseas without a smartphone. All of this and more in the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-up.After the jump you’ll find more of this week’s top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web – Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web – plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.BitTorrent Downloads Booming – And Benefitting MusiciansA new report from UK analytics firm Musicmetric pegged the U.S. as the world’s leading downloader of music via BitTorrent. It’s the stuff of Recording Industry Association of America nightmares: Despite industry efforts to shut down BitTorrent tracker sites, the frenzy of file sharing continues. And – surprise! – recording artists are embracing illegal downloads as just another way to do business. BitTorrent Downloads Booming – And Benefitting Musicians.More Top Posts:The Social Library: How Public Libraries Are Using Social MediaLike many of you, I’m connected to the Internet virtually every waking hour of my day – via computer, tablet and mobile phone. Yet I still regularly visit my local public library to borrow books, CDs and DVDs. Which made me wonder: are these two worlds disconnected, or is the social Web being integrated into our public libraries? The Social Library: How Public Libraries Are Using Social Media.Smart Traveling Without A SmartphoneMy friend Matteo thinks I’m crazy for what I’m not carrying. “Deficiente,” the 31-year-old engineer from Parma, Italy, says. “Man, how can you not have a phone? You must be the only person in Italy without one.” I’m traveling overseas without a phone, smart or otherwise. Many would say it’s not smart. Maybe even dumb. I say it’s one of the best ways to truly get to know a country, despite the inherent communication challenges. Smart Traveling Without A Smartphone.How The Big Six Book Publishers Are Using Social MediaIn the fifth and final part of our series, Social Books, we explore how the “big six” book publishers use social media. So far in the series we’ve looked at the largest social network for book lovers (Goodreads), a new social network for book writers (Writer’s Bloq), how public libraries use social media, and whether book highlights are being successfully socialized. We’ve learned so far that almost everything to do with books – writing them, reading them, borrowing them, making highlights in them – has been impacted by Web technologies. How The Big Six Book Publishers Are Using Social Media.Why Wikipedia Does Belong in the ClassroomWikipedia remains misunderstood because many educators have yet to recognize the distinction between Wikipedia as a tool for teaching and Wikipedia as a tool for research. Unfortunately, fear of the latter has blinded most to the possibilities of the former. I believe Wikipedia to be an effective tool for both. Why Wikipedia Does Belong in the Classroom.Update: Microsoft Patches Internet Explorer Security Bug That Could Have Affected MillionsMicrosoft said it was investigating a new zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer that could affect millions of users running the latest versions of Internet Explorer on Microsoft’s most popular operating systems. Update: Microsoft Patches Internet Explorer Security Bug That Could Have Affected Millions.Finding The Perfect Startup Co-FounderThe ideal startup partner can be as elusive as a compatible mate. And like millions of people have put their love lives in the hands of technology, you can now find your business soul mate online. Finding The Perfect Startup Co-Founder.15 YouTube Videos That Changed The World“The Innocence of Muslims,” a trailer for an anti-Islamic film that has served as both an excuse and a spur for the latest round of unrest in the Middle East, is only the latest example of a longstanding YouTube tradition. The Google-owned company has been redefining activism, for better or for worse, since its inception. Here are 15 similarly Earth-shaking videos: 15 YouTube Videos That Changed The World.Facebook’s 2012 Slide Looks A Lot Like MySpace’s 2008 DemiseShareholders pushed Facebook’s stock up slightly last week after reassuring comments from CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In the process, they overlooked a significant decline in two key areas reported by comScore: U.S. desktop usage, where Facebook has traditionally sold most of its ads, is down 12 percent among younger users (12 to 24 years old), who have always been seen as Facebook’s core users. Could Facebook be heading into a MySpace-like dive? Facebook’s 2012 Slide Looks A Lot Like MySpace’s 2008 Demise.Apple’s iOS 6 Maps App Falls Short In Early ReviewsApple made headlines earlier this year when it was confirmed that Google Maps would no longer be the default app for mapping and navigation on iOS devices. That years-old partnership crumbled amid rising tensions between the two companies, mostly due to Google’s entry into the smartphone market. To fill in the gap, Apple acquired C3 Technologies, a company that specialized in building 3D mapping software. At its Worldwide Developers Conference last summer, Apple showed off the slick, immersive result. “Apple’s iOS 6 Maps App Falls Short In Early Reviews.ReadWriteWeb ChannelsEnterpriseTake My Facebook Password? Over My Dead BodyIs Microsoft Challenging Google on HTTP 2.0 with WebSocket?[Infographic] Social Media Security Basics MobileFacebook Friends: How Many Is Too Many?Fuzebox, the iPad and the Reality of Simple Unified CommunicationsSquashing Bugs: The Many Layered Approach to Mobile App TestingCloud (follow ReadWriteCloud on Twitter and join the ReadWriteCloud LinkedIn Group)Red Hat Sets a Date for OpenShift Source ReleaseBox Launches Its Own Enterprise Cloud Operating EcosystemGoogle’s Go Programming Language Grows Up: Now What?Hack (follow ReadWriteHack on Twitter)Google Adds New Toys to OAuth PlaygroundTrello: Online Collaboration Software at Its FinestRevenge of the DevOps: Microsoft Targets Next Visual Studio for Admins TooReadWriteWeb Community: You can find ReadWriteWeb in many places online, a few of which are below.ReadWriteWeb on FacebookReadWriteWeb on TwitterReadWriteWeb on Google+ReadWriteWeb on LinkedInReadWriteWeb on PinterestReadWriteWeb on StorifySubscribe to the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-upWant to have this wrap up delivered to you automagically? 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