Game park facelift to boost tourism

first_imgZebras grazing in Madikwe Game Reserve,on which Manyeleti is being modelled.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)  The Manyeleti Nature Reserve in Mpumalanga is set to become one of South Africa’s premier ecotourism destinations, following an investment of R400-million (US$54.9-million) to upgrade the facility.This was announced by the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) at a press briefing in Johannesburg on 6 September 2010.MTPA will officially introduce the project on 26 September at a ceremony expected to attract big names in the tourism industry, government officials and journalists.The development of Manyeleti, which means “place of the stars” in the local Xitsonga language, is being funded by both the public and private sectors.The 23000ha park is already home to the big five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – as well as a variety of other wildlife. It shares fenceless borders with the famed Kruger National Park and the private Sabi Sands and the Timbavati reserves, which enables game to move freely over a vast area.The Manyeleti project is being modelled on the successful Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West province, whose development empowered surrounding communities.MTPA said Manyeleti will “improve the province’s long-term revenue stream from tourism” and create about 600 permanent jobs over the next two years.Top-class lodgesThe new plans have been endorsed by the Manyeleti Conservation Trust, which owns the land. The trust represents land claim beneficiaries, mostly of the Mnisi clan, who stand to benefit from increased businesses at the reserve.Manyeleti is one of four reserves in Mpumalanga where the MTPA has settled claims and co-management agreements with land owners in 2010. The others are Mdala Nature Reserve, the SS Skosana Nature Reserve and the Mabusa Game Reserve, according to the agency’s chief executive Charles Ndabeni.About R350-million ($48-million) will be channelled into developing four new lodges to complement the existing three at Manyeleti. Each of the seven facilities will offer 48 or more beds, which will help MTPA to reach its target of accommodating 350 people at the reserve.The three existing accommodation establishments – the five-star Tintswalo Safari Lodge and the three-star Honeyguide Camp and Khoka Moya Camp – are all specialists in safari tours.MTPA will spend R21-million ($2.9-million) upgrading Manyeleti’s infrastructure, while the remaining funds will be used to establish an empowerment company that will offer game drives at the lodges.The marketing of Manyeleti and the other reserves in Mpumalanga is still a financial challenge, though, according to Ndabeni. “Our biggest challenge, unfortunately, is lack of budget for marketing,” he said.World Cup drives tourismAn additional R9-million ($1.2-million) was used to partially upgrade Manyeleti before the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The revamp was among other projects which MTPA undertook to beef up the province’s tourism offerings ahead of the tournament. One of the other facilities set up was a visitor information centre worth R8.5-million ($1.1-million).Mpumalanga is aware that the World Cup success could have a lasting effect on its tourism sector. “We’re hoping that having delivered one of the best World Cups, there will be a boom of tourism in the province,” said Economic Development, Environment and Tourism MEC Jabu Mahlangu.The province hosted some of the World Cup matches at the 46 000-capacity Mbombela Stadium, which “we’ll be using for our mega-tourism initiatives”, Mahlangu said.Tri-national relationsDuring and after the tournament Mpumalanga saw a growing number of tourists from Swaziland and Mozambique, its neighbouring countries.  “We’ve already seen an increase of tourists in our province,” according to the MEC.“We have an advantage of being neighbours to two countries,” Mahlangu said, adding that the healthy relationship with Swaziland and Mozambique will soon enable all three regions to be launched as a single tourism destination.last_img read more

Losing Isn’t a Sales Style

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now What does it mean to have a “style” of selling?Most of the time, the word “style” indicates an unwillingness to do what is necessary and instead do what is easier, something that can’t easily be called a “style” as much as ineffective choices. Other times, the person who suggests they have a “style” communicates the idea that they believe that the general principles and good practices don’t apply to them or their industry, often saying that their client or industry is so different that none of what works in sales would work for them.Not At All a StyleNot prospecting isn’t a “style” decision. Suggesting that your clients don’t want to speak to a salesperson unless and until they are interested in buying from them is to believe that those same clients already know what they don’t know and are already making the right decision in every area of their business. Waiting like a rain barrel isn’t a style.Not scheduling meetings because prospects don’t like to meet with salespeople and using email as your primary sales communication channel isn’t a “style,” it’s mostly a weak and ineffective decision. Why would someone who won’t even meet with you decide to buy from you?Not possessing enough business acumen to command a conversation with the contacts who make decisions around your category isn’t a “style.” It’s an inability to create value for your clients. Maybe it is your style to start with eight slides that pitch your company’s history, your client’s logos, and your solutions, but that style is how you prove you are selling a commodity and you believe you lack the depth to consult.Might Be a StyleIf by “style” you mean being authentic, that might be another thing. Maybe you have a great sense of humor, and your ability to bring levity to the sales conversations compels your clients to prefer to work with you.Maybe “style” means that you have deep insights and are excellent at creating a conversation around change that causes people to explore doing something different. Perhaps your style is serious in a vertical where serious works.Maybe you have fast rapport skills, and your ability to connect is what allows you to help people explore new ideas because they immediately trust you (I have a sister who has this ability and uses it to great effect, while also being directive and consultative).What is not a style is refusing to accept reality or the general principles of good salesmanship. If what you do doesn’t work, change it.last_img read more

Sachin can play for 2 more years, says Lara

first_imgLegendary West Indian batsman Brian Lara has said that Sachin Tendulkar still has two years of cricket left in him and feels that all Indians should be proud of his achievements.In an interview to Kapil Dev, and aired on HEADLINES TODAY, Lara said that Tendulkars class and longevity makes him different from any other cricketers.”Sachin has done a great job. He started at the age of 15-16, two years before me and is still playing five years after my retirement. This is something every Indian should be proud of,” he said. “I’ve played with him many times and he is a real gentleman. He has stopped playing T20 and I don’t know how many ODIs he’ll play, but I think he’ll play Tests for a couple of years. But whenever he’ll take retirement, world cricket will miss him.”Lara, 43, singled out his favourites to win the ongoing World T20 in Sri Lanka. “India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka [not in that order] are the favourites, according to me. Pakistan is a terrific team, I saw the practice match in which they defeated India. Sri Lanka is very dangerous team, and also India. Anyone of them have the ability to win the title,” he said.The left-handed batsman said that West Indies also have a good chance of winning the tournament because of the unpredictable nature of the format.”West Indies is a very good team but they are good in pieces. They have some very good players in their ranks but they need to perform collectively. As a group they are really dangerous and are worthy favourites,” he averred.advertisementOn Dhoni, he said that the India skipper has done a remarkable job and he should be allowed to decide his future. “In the last few years, he has done well. I know questions are being asked of him but only he knows when he has to go. No captain wants to be sacked, so we should allow him to decide his future,” he said.Lara supported the T20 format, saying that it is an important factor in the growing popularity of the game. “T20 is a very interesting format; cricket needs it right now. We have seen so many exciting players in this format. I would also love to play it, but now I’m enjoying it as a spectator,” he said.On his own decision to quit cricket, Lara said he did not do so because he was not enjoying the game, but and because he wanted to make way for youngsters.”I left cricket not because I was not enjoying, but because I thought West Indies needed young players to lead them. But today’s cricketers are very different. I only see them with their headphones on when they sit in the bus and go to the stadium or hotel,” he pointed out.”We used to watch great players like Sobers, Sir Viv etc. and that is how we could evolve ourselves. I want to see that thing in current players also.”last_img read more

Jerwin Ancajas puts on show in TKO win over Japanese challenger

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Crucial outing Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated The Filipino boxing star put on a show eight months after a subpar performance against Mexico’s Alejandro Santiago in a fight that ended in a split draw.The 27-year-old Ancajas (31-1-2, 21 KOs) successfully defended his IBF super flyweight crown for the seventh time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel PLAY LIST 01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles01:00Duterte to fly to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Photo from Top Rank Boxing Twitter accountMANILA, Philippines—Jerwin Ancajas redeemed himself in style after delivering a brutal beatdown of Japanese challenger Ryuichi Funai in their world title fight Sunday (Manila time) at Stockton Arena in Stockton, California.Ancajas gave Funai a master class en route to a seven-round stoppage.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Cal Fire experiencing shortage of firefighting pilots

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Cal Fire is having to periodically ground some of its firefighting aircraft because of a pilot shortage.Some of the reasons for the shortage include the strains on pilots fighting massive fires in Northern California this summer. Those pilots obviously need days off to keep them sharp.Another reason is other aviation companies poaching the Cal Fire pilots away….pilots who are highly skilled in making retardant/water drops while flying through smoke and flames in mountainous terrain…not to mention having to watch out for power lines and other aircraft.Cal Fire assures the public it will be able respond and deal with any fires that break out in spite of this situation. September 5, 2018 John Soderman Cal Fire experiencing shortage of firefighting pilots John Soderman, Posted: September 5, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

4 including mastermind held over pretext of offering US dollars

first_imgKolkata: The Detective department of Bidhannagar Police has arrested four persons in connection with the cheating case of selling dollars in front of Paribesh Bhavan near Beleghata.Sources said among the arrested persons, one was the mastermind behind the whole operation.The duo arrested earlier were given the task to identify such people who could be there target. The four identified as Iliyas Hossain, Mohammad Robiul Mir, alias Musha, Sobahan Howladar and Melon Shaikh. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAll of them were arrested from Mahammadpur in Rajarahat area. All of them were remanded to 4-day police custody.According to the police, on the morning of August 30, a person named Abdul Halim, a resident of Karaya lodged a complaint with Bidhannagar South Police Station.He informed he has been duped of Rs 1 lakh. Two persons promise to sell him hundred notes of 20 US dollar.Halim said he met a person at Chittaran National Medical College hospital on August 30, who claimed that his name is Kabil. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAt that moment, Kabil was collecting help saying he needs money for his father’s heart operation. Hearing the poverty issue, Halim gave him a hundred rupee note. Just after that, Bilal took out a 20 US dollar note and asked Halim to exchange it. Halim took the dollar and later exchanged it from Park Street. After Rs 950 was handed over to Kabil and his father near Paribesh Bhavan crossing, Kabil asked Halim that he is in dire need of Rs 1 lakh for his father’s operation.If Halim provides him with the money, then he would give him the 100 notes of 20 US dollar. On September 4, Kabil’s brother Musha and his father handed over a packet wrapped in a towel.After the money and packet got exchanged, Musha asked Halim to open the packet to verify the dollars. When Halim was unpacking it, both Musha and his father fled. On opening the packet, Halim found some folded newspapers and a dishwashing soap bar.Police informed Mir is the principal accused, who is the mastermind. Rest three were given the task to identify and approach persons who could be there possible targets.last_img read more

Water may help you curb appetite

first_imgLooking for ways to shed those extra kilos around your waistline? Worry not, according to a study, drinking water along with a meal can fill the stomach and signal the brain to stop eating.The findings showed that the brain listens to the stomach during eating. Drinking more water can alter messages from the stomach which can be interpreted as fullness by the brain. Further, intake of water along with a meal can increase stomach distension, curb appetite in the short term as well as increase the regional brain activity. This means anyone who is looking to lose weight or cut down on eating would benefit from a large drink with their meals. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For the study, the team collected data from 19 participants during two separate sessions with different consumption procedures. In the experiment, participants drank a milk-shake on an empty stomach, which was followed by a small (50 mL) or large glass of water (350 mL). The large glass of water doubled the content in the stomach compared to the small glass. Those who drank the large glass also felt less hungry and felt fuller. The real time data of the brain, the stomach, and people’s feelings of satiety was measured simultaneously during the meal.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMagnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) images were used to see how the different amounts of water affected stretching of the stomach– the large glass of water doubled the stomach content as compared to the small glass. “Combining these types of measurements is difficult, because MRI scanners are usually set-up to perform only one type of scan,” said lead author Guido Camps from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. “We’ve been able to very quickly switch the scanner from one functionality to another to do this type of research,” Camps added.last_img read more

Girl kills self after parents refuse to buy her new phone

first_imgKolkata: A 12-year-old girl from Panskura in East Midnapore committed suicide by consuming poison on Sunday night.The family members of the girl told the police that the victim, Moumita Murmu, (12) took the drastic step after they refused to give her a new mobile phone. Police have started a detailed probe into the incident. The body of the girl has been sent to the Tomluk Hospital for an autopsy. Murmu was a resident of Arjunda village of Panskura. The police said the victim had asked her parents — Biren Murmu and Monu Murmu —to buy her a mobile phone. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThey told her that they would not be able to fulfill her demand as they did not have enough money to buy a new phone. But the girl refused to listen to them and insisted on buying a mobile phone.Her parents could never imagine that she might commit suicide following the incident. On late Sunday night, the parents heard the girl screaming in pain inside her room. They rushed her to the Panskura Superspecialty Hospital. The doctors at the hospital tried their best but failed to save her life. According to the hospital sources the victim consumed poison in sufficient quantity. A family member of the victim told the police that the girl was rebuked by her parents. The police have initiated a probe in this regard.last_img read more