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Durban in Lonely Planet top 10

first_img4 August 2009Durban has been listed as one of the top 10 family beach holiday cities in the world by travel publishing heavyweight Lonely Planet.The South African east coast city shares the prestigious list with the likes of Kauai in Hawaii, Cottlesloe in Australia, Karon Beach in Thailand, Portugal’s Tavira, Mexico’s Sayulita and Bali’s Sanur in the latest edition of Lonely Planet’s “Travel with Children”. The new book, which hit US bookstores last week, is the fifth in the popular series first published in 1985.“Durban resembles a gigantic resort holiday paradise, raised for the sole purpose of entertaining families,” the Lonely Planet publication says of the city in its section on South Africa. “Lined with safe beaches watched over by lifeguards, the Golden Mile is great for swimming, snorkelling and water sports.”Durban Tourism’s Perry Moodley was delighted with the news. “After our multimillion-rand beachfront upgrade is completed next year, and after the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Durban will have cemented its place as one of the top beach and sports destinations in the world.South African Tourism marketing boss Roshene Singh said the country, in particular the city of Durban and province of KwaZulu-Natal, was still a relatively undiscovered year-round beach holiday destination in world terms, “and being featured in this prestigious travel publication will help get the message out there.“South Africans have already long discovered Durban as a wonderful and safe family beach holiday destination,” Singh said. “Being featured amongst one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 list will now help international tourists to discover our country’s domestic holiday hotspot.”Tourism KwaZulu-Natal CEO Ndabo Khoza said Lonely Planet’s listing “speaks volumes for what a great year-round beach paradise we have along KwaZulu-Natal’s coast, that we sometimes take for granted.“The World Cup is around the corner,” Khoza said, “and this is valuable free marketing of the city for international people to discover our great balmy winter weather.“We will be the hottest place during the 2010 World Cup.”This article was first published in The Mercury. Republished here with kind permission.last_img read more

Disaster Strikes BlackBerry—Huge Job Cuts, $1 Billion Net Loss

first_imgdan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Disaster has finally struck for smartphone pioneer BlackBerry.Today, trading of BlackBerry’s stock was halted with “news pending.” That news turned out to be tragic: the company is reporting a net loss of $950 million for its last financial quarter and has confirmed that it is laying off 4,500 people, nearly 40% of its entire workforce. BlackBerry will have 7,000 jobs remaining after the cuts. The layoffs come as BlackBerry tries to reduce expenses by at least 50% heading into 2015. BlackBerry’s announcement comes a week before it was supposed to give its latest quarterly earnings statement. BlackBerry has been treading water this year, hovering around $3 billion in quarterly revenue for the last two quarters with a marginal profit in the fourth quarter and a small loss last quarter of about $63 million. This quarter, the long-awaited disaster has finally brought BlackBerry to its knees with a whopping $1 billion in net losses as its BlackBerry 10 devices go unsold. BlackBerry said that it sold 3.7 million smartphones last quarter, most of which were its older BlackBerry 7 devices. BlackBerry revenue for the second fiscal quarter of 2014 was $1.6 billion, down from $3.1 billion in the first quarter. BlackBerry estimates that nearly half of that revenue is from services and not from its hardware division. BlackBerry said that its total amount of remaining cash (and cash equivalents) is $2.6 billion, down from $3.1 billion last quarter.The news comes two days after BlackBerry announced a brand new flagship smartphone, the BlackBerry Z30. BlackBerry has failed to gain traction this year against its top competitors like Apple and manufacturers using the Android operating system like Samsung, LG and HTC. BlackBerry sold about 6 million smartphones in the last two quarters, with almost all of the models being BlackBerry’s legacy devices and not its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones. BlackBerry is not alone in its struggle to remain profitable among smartphone manufacturers, as companies like HTC have also seen profits drop considerably in the last two years. Nokia, once the biggest cellphone manufacturer in the world, faced enough economic difficulty that it sold to Microsoft earlier this month for $7.2 billion.If BlackBerry keeps on burning cash at its current rate, it will not be able to last past much past the beginning of 2014. Its consumer marketshare is invisible while its enterprise marketshare to large corporations and governments remains small, but steady. “Our enterprise business continues to reflect the trust that governments and businesses have placed in the BlackBerry platform,” said BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins in a press release. “Security matters and enterprises know the gold standard in enterprise mobility is BlackBerry.”The BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES 10) remains the company’s only consistent division with 25,000 installs (up from 19,000 in July). The revenue from BES accounts for BlackBerry’s “service” revenue that now makes up half of the company’s cash flow.  Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#BlackBerry last_img read more

With a heart for old people, Richardson twins hope to run to golden finish

first_imgThey also don’t put pressure on themselves even though they are expected to bring in honors in the track and field competitions.“Dr. (Philip) Juico (track and field president) told us not to be bothered by pressure, because when we are relaxed, success is on our side,” said Kayla. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “We are very close to them (maternal grandparents), we take care of them as much as we can,” added Kayla.Kyla said the gerontology, a course that deals with the scientific study of old age, the process of aging, and the particular problems of old people, is a growing field and a new major at USC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Plus people will get old eventually, they would need people to help them,” said Kayla.At the moment, Kyla and Kayla said their lives, all 18 years of them, revolve around running. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago “We just love running,” said Kyla who is a minute older than sprints queen Kayla. Kyla is entered in the relay events.They even run to get away from the stress of competition.No wonder the 18-year-olds are the “marked women” in the Southeast Asian Games sprints and relay events, which start on Tuesday.Kayla, the reigning century dash champion and silver winner in 200 meters, said they also enjoy watching TV series like Grey’s Anatomy and Food Network shows, and going to the beach.The Richardsons said they were not bothered by jet lags as they spent five days in Manila to train.ADVERTISEMENT Stage parents: Malditas have someone to watch over them during SEA Games campaign WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Sprints twins Kayla and Kyla Richardson. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—The Richardson twins, Kayla and Kyla, share the same passions: Running, watching TV series and taking care of their grandparents.In fact, both are gerontology sophomores at University of Southern California.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

10 months agoSporting CP midfielder Nani: Mourinho right manager for Man Utd

first_imgSporting CP midfielder Nani: Mourinho right manager for Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSporting CP midfielder Nani insists Jose Mourinho is the right manager for Manchester United.Nani won everything in the game at United.“Obviously the goal is to be Premier League champions, but the competition is fierce,” Nani told Goal.“Although last year United managed to finish in second place, this year isn’t going as expected. I’m sure though that if there is a coach able to turn things around and put the club on the right path it’s José.“Like Sir Alex, he has charisma and a very strong character. Those elements are key for success.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

14 days agoNorwich defender Klose provides positive injury update

first_imgNorwich defender Klose provides positive injury updateby Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTimm Klose has provided a positive update for Norwich City supporters.The German says he is recovering well from a knee injury sustained in late August.”It feels very good,” Klose said. “I don’t want to fool anyone here, it’s still going to be a long recovery time but I am not too sure how long it is going to take, it would be wrong for me to say anything about the timeline or to give hope to the fans.”That’s why I’m going day by day and hoping for the best.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Newcastle has equaled their worst EPL start

first_imgCoach Rafa Benitez believes the Magpies have had a very bad start because of the difficult schedule the team was drawn onNewcastle United lost 2-1 against Arsenal and now have equaled their worst start in English Premier League history.The Magpies have yet to win a single match after 5 Weeks of the 2018-2019 season.They have lost four and tied one game, leaving them at the bottom of the standings.“The fans, they can see from the beginning the fixtures and say, ‘Hmmm…’. I remember reading your comments, ‘Hopefully, we can win against Cardiff because it’s an (important) game’,” Benitez told The Chronicle Live.“We drew against Cardiff, we could have won.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“But to lose against the top sides and to lose by this margin is something that everybody could have expected. But still, we are not happy with that, for sure.”“It’s something that we have to manage now and be sure that we keep the confidence and we keep working like we did in the first half,” he added.“I will not talk about just possession because it’s not an issue.”“For us, it’s to be sure that you can be there, you can create chances and if you miss the last pass in the final third or this kind of situation, fine, but at least you are there and we were there,” he continued.“That is the main thing for me and the positive for the future, to try to manage the games and approach the games like we did in the first half.”“The second half, like I have said so many times, as soon as you make mistakes against the top sides, if you are a little bit wide, they can kill you on the counter-attack,” he concluded.last_img read more

For Rafa Mir his spell with Wolves was difficult

first_imgThe 21-year-old forward is currently very happy to be back in the Spanish La Liga, playing with Las Palmas on loanSpanish forward Rafa Mir started his professional career with Valencia B in 2015, and the same year he played for the first team in the Spanish La Liga.But after only two matches in the first division, he didn’t see any more action and was sold in 2018 to the Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Premier League.And history repeated itself.Two matches with the Wolves made him very frustrated, so he was loaned to Las Palmas in the Spanish La Liga.“It was a very hard time for me and my family, what hurt the most was not having the minutes I wanted,” he was quoted by the Birmingham Mail.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“If I had had the time I would have adapted better, it was a period of adaptation and it is not easy to enter mid-year.”“In the end, it was the decision that was made and I am happy on the one hand,” he added.“When a big club looks at you, every player thinks of moving to that side.”“It is true that depends on others because there are advisors or sports directors,” he commented.“It could not be and I am left with the positive that I got from England, we have to keep working and why not go [to Real Madrid] someday?”last_img read more

ALL GUILTY PLEAS IN THE JUNE 14 2016 OCEAN VIEW BAR ROBBERY

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThree children and a boy barely an adult could spend time in jail for a cruel robbery in Grand Turk, where a barmaid was struck in her head with a baseball bat and money was stolen.  If our juvenile center never before had long term tenants, it seems poised to now get some.  Sadly, Police today report that a 14 year old, two 17 year olds and an 18 year old all say they are guilty of the incident from June 14, 2016 when shortly after midnight, the four entered the Ocean View Bar on West Road in Grand Turk and robbed it, but not before violently attacking the female attendant.  She was struck in her head and about her arms with a bat by these boys, who now offer no challenge on the crime and have to see what a judge says about the time they will spend in prison.  The four – including Jerry Dossou and Tashawn Higgs, both 17 and Brian Blenman, 18 – were arrested and charged four days after the armed robbery, where Police say they dressed the part – all in black and took the cash register earnings and the woman’s handbag before running off.  The four will be sentenced on October 7, 2016. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:4 boys rob bar in Grand Turk, Ocean View bar robbery, woman violently attacked in Grand Turk bar robberylast_img read more