5 May 2011 President Jacob Zuma gave the promotion of South Africa’s burgeoning tourism industry a boost by signing “The Golden Book”, a campaign by global tourism pacesetters, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town on Wednesday. Zuma became the first African head of state to make an entry in the book, which is a joint initiative by the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) to position travel and tourism higher in the global agenda. The campaign seeks to mobilise recognition and support for travel and tourism from world leaders by demonstrating its crucial role in economic growth, job creation and development. “We take tourism very seriously in this country, given its job creation potential,” Zuma said. “That is why we have identified tourism as one of the six job drivers in our New Growth Path framework. “Tourism’s contribution to the GDP of our economy has increased from just less than five percent in 1994 to an estimated 7.7 percent in 2010.” Zuma said the country’s tourism sector was well placed to address unemployment “given its labour-intensive nature.” The President said tourism jobs were not only created in the travel and tourism industry, but also in the manufacturing, financial services, agriculture, healthcare and others areas of the economy. South Africa aims to increase the number of foreign arrivals from 7-million in 2009 to 15-million by 2020. “We plan to increase tourism’s total contribution to the economy from R189-billion in 2009 to R499-billion by 2020,” Zuma said. “Most importantly, we want to create 325 000 new tourism jobs by 2020. We will do everything possible to promote and grow the tourism sector so that we can achieve these developmental goals.” Among those who attended the signing ceremony were WTTC President David Scowsill, UNWTO ethics committee president Dawid de Villiers, and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk. The signing took place on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Africa conference being held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Source: BuaNews
ROME—On Saturday, Massimo Inguscio will take over from engineer Luigi Nicolais as president of Italy’s largest research organization, the National Research Council (CNR). Inguscio, a well-known optical physicist at the University of Florence, has experience leading smaller research bodies, most recently Italy’s National Institute of Metrological Research, but heading the multidisciplinary CNR will be a step up. He will have an annual budget of about €1 billion and more than 8000 employees in his charge, many of whom are unhappy at being continually handed short-term contracts.“Inguscio is an excellent scientist and also a very good manager,” says Giovanni Bignami, a former president of Italy’s National Institute for Astrophysics here. “But he will have his hands full dealing with personnel. He will have to talk to the unions while also making himself heard in the ministry.”ScienceInsider talked to Inguscio on Tuesday, a day after research minister Stefania Giannini had tapped him for the new job. 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Q: Italy spends only about 1.25% of its gross domestic product on research. Does CNR struggle for funding?A: Almost all of the CNR’s budget is used to pay salaries and basic expenses such as electricity, which means there are virtually zero funds for research. Twenty years ago there was money to upgrade existing facilities or to buy new equipment, be it a new magnet or modern tools for nanotechnology. But now we can’t do that.Q: The government’s 2016 budget contains €100 million for about 850 new university researchers. Is that a good sign?A: It is a welcome, if small, reversal compared to the general trend of decreasing finances. But these resources must be used wisely. In Italy there is no multiyear strategy. Hirings can be blocked for many years and then unfrozen suddenly. That leads to people being recruited just because they are on a temporary contract, and not necessarily because they are the best person for the job. In fact, current employment law stipulates that new jobs must be filled by people who have previously won a place on a public waiting list, even if they did so 10 years ago. That has nothing to do with research.Q: What do you intend to do about that?A: Research managers must be free to choose people on the basis of merit. The presidents of research institutions are asking the government to start up a process of tenure track, as happens in other countries. New recruits would go through a trial period, and if they prove themselves good enough [they] would then gain a permanent position. We need to have a serious hiring policy that doesn’t rely on personal contacts.Q: Many Italian scientists work abroad. Is that a serious problem?A: I am not worried about the brain drain, it is normal that people go overseas to work. The problem is that researchers don’t come to Italy. The movement is only in one direction.Q: Can the flow be reversed?A: Three years ago I became director of the CNR’s physical sciences department. While there, new efforts were made to attract foreign winners of Consolidator Grants awarded by the European Research Council, but of about 10 people that we hoped to recruit only one came. Someone comes not only because there is a place and a wage but also because they can hire postdocs and get projects up and running. I hope that the government can restart Italian research on the basis of excellence and meritocracy.Q: There have been protests against the second round of a nationwide research assessment program known as the VQR. Some scientists say the procedures penalize those, for example, who favor teaching over research. How do you view this issue? A: I think the VQR is of fundamental importance. It allows us to allocate funds to places that merit them and therefore to hire good people. It is a new methodology and there are bound to be errors, but some people are trying to sabotage the system by withholding their research papers from the evaluation. That doesn’t seem a very intelligent thing to do because they will be deemed to be inactive and so reduce funding for their institutes. If the system has problems, we have to try and fix it. Vittorio Tulli
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona chief Abidal: Murillo deal won’t hurt our kidsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona chief Eric Abidal insists the arrival of Jeison Murillo will not work against their youth policy.Murillo has arrived on-loan from Valencia.Abidal said, “Our bet on the juniors is still the same, it does not change anything.”Now it’s time to compete and here the coach is happy to welcome him. I hope that in the future players continue to rise as they have done so far.”We are always attentive to what happens in the market.”
Man City boss Guardiola: We must seduce fans about Champions Leagueby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says the fans need to be “seduced” after club polls showed supporters would prefer to win the Premier League than the Champions League.City open their ninth successive home campaign in the competition on Tuesday when they host Croatia’s Dinamo Zagreb.”I know for fans the Premier League is most exciting. But this competition is nice too,” said City boss Guardiola.”We are going to try and seduce our fans and say: ‘We can do it.'”The best they have managed during Guardiola’s three campaigns is two quarter-finals, which ended in defeats by Liverpool and Tottenham.”We have done polls and people prefer, by far, to win the Premier League rather than the Champions League,” said Guardiola.”I don’t know why but that is the reality of our club and we have to accept it. I think it is because, in the past, they were not in this competition.”We were at home in the bars, drinking beer watching Liverpool and [Manchester] United. That’s the culture of the club.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Clemson FansClemson didn’t win the national title on Monday night, but the Tigers still proved themselves worthy, pushing Alabama to the brink in a 45-40 loss. Clemson fans in attendance at the game, despite the loss, appear to have recognized that fact.According to a number of fans at the contest, Clemson supporters did the program’s “cadence count” as they left the stadium. Pretty cool.Doing the cadence count on the way out of the #NationalChampionship is what the #ClemsonFamily is all about. C u in Tampa next year! #ALLIN— Murphy Andrews (@murphy_and) January 12, 2016Clemson fans doing the cadence count walking out. Love that passion !— Clemson Tom (@ClemsonTom) January 12, 2016The cadence count from the crowd put me over. The tears are coming but I am so incredibly proud of this team. #ClemsonFamily #AllIn— Callie Hahn (@CallieHahndro) January 12, 2016This will be tough for Clemson fans to swallow, but there’s no doubt that the program is in good shape. Dabo Swinney will have the Tigers back in the title game sooner rather than later.
According to Mr. Samuda, the three-day international trade show, conceptualised and executed by the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) in Montego Bay, was not only a huge success but provided an opportunity for many local businesses to access the global marketplace. In the meantime, President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, T’Shura Gibbs, said the event was remarkable. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, says the recently held Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE) was a major boost for manufacturing and the services sector.According to Mr. Samuda, the three-day international trade show, conceptualised and executed by the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) in Montego Bay, was not only a huge success but provided an opportunity for many local businesses to access the global marketplace.“This was a remarkable expo. This is the kind of trade show that our country needs and where our local business owners get to rub shoulders with their overseas counterparts,” the Minister told JIS News.Mr. Samuda said he knew that the JMA and its team had put in a lot of work to make the event a reality, but he was a “little surprised at how extraordinarily well the turnout was, especially for an inaugural event”.The Minister, who also toured and interacted with all the booth holders on June 2, said that not only was the JIE a big breakthrough for a number of local businesses, “it also provided another opportunity for brand Jamaica to be showcased in an international forum and one befitting of its status as a global powerhouse”.“The JIE has not only opened doors; it has also created the opening where local businesses can now build on the contacts they have made, ensuring that, from now on, they will know where to go and who to call on, as it relates to doing business on the global front,” Mr. Samuda said.In the meantime, President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, T’Shura Gibbs, said the event was remarkable.“The JMA and all who assisted in making this a reality must be commended for what they have done. As a first-time event, this is simply amazing. What it also shows is that the opportunities for economic growth and prosperity are real and are there for us to take full advantage of. This is what the JIE is about… to bring businesses together in an up-close and personal manner, where deals can be made,” she said.The JIE, which ran for three days (June1-3) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, had more than 200 buyers and suppliers from 11 countries, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, participating.It also saw a wide cross section of participants from both local and international companies, including tourism, construction, business process outsourcing, agriculture and manufacturing. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, says the recently held Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE) was a major boost for manufacturing and the services sector. Story Highlights
OTTAWA – In a chilling videotape confession played for a jury in an Ottawa courtroom on Friday, Basil Borutski detailed how he methodically drove around Renfrew County on a clear, September day two years ago, and killed three women in a little over an hour.“I killed them because they were not innocent,” Borutski said in the confession given to police the day after the killings in September 2015.“They were guilty. I was innocent. I’ve done nothing wrong.”Borutski, 59, is on trial for first degree murder in the deaths of 66-year-old Carol Culleton, 36-year-old Anastasia Kuzyk and 48-year-old Nathalie Warmerdam.They were all killed in their homes in the Ottawa Valley northwest of Ottawa.Borutski sat still and silent as the tape was played. He is representing himself, but refuses to participate, ignoring the judge and lawyers completely, staring straight ahead, often with his eyes closed.That demeanour is in stark contrast to the video confession, where he yells and curses one moment and then sobs quietly as he weaves a terrifying narrative of the events of the fatal day.His confession was difficult to follow at times, as he manoeuvred back and forth between the details of the killings and events that occurred in the days and even years leading up to them.He screams as he accuses the police of harassment, threatening to shoot them if they come to his house again. He rails against crisis lines and lawyers that refuse to help him, yelling that he knew he was going to “explode” after years of people lying and having him thrown in jail for crimes he didn’t commit.“Nobody (expletive) listens to me,” he shouts. “Nobody helps me. Nobody. And I was not lying. Ever.”As he gets to the details of how he killed Culleton, who was the first to die that day, his voice softens and he buries his head in his hands.The night before the murders, he said, he went to see Culleton, who he claims to have dated, at her cottage on Kamaniskeg Lake, where he said she and her new boyfriend laughed at him.Then he returned to his home, about 24 km away in Palmer Rapids, Ont., and drank rye with a neighbour while they discussed the Bible, before falling asleep on the couch.The next morning, he borrowed a friend’s car, stopped for gas and then drove back to Culleton’s cottage.“I remember thinking that God is really helping me because when I went to Carol’s, Carol walked right outside,” he says, so quietly it is at times difficult to hear, with long pauses between sentences.“And then I asked her, I said, ‘Why do you hate me, why are you doing this to me?’ And then she closed the door, I was right there, and then I broke the window with my elbow and I reached in and I unlocked the door. And she said, ‘This isn’t you, Basil, this is not you’.”He said Culleton then told him a man was coming over to fix the electricity and he told her she was lying.“There was a, a cable, a TV coil, I picked it up and I hit her with it and I wrapped it around her head. She just kept saying ‘this is not you Basil, this is not you.’ And then, then I walked around the cottage.”He said he found her purse and took her keys and phone and car. He threw the phone out the window as he drove so nobody could see the text message conversation they’d had.He drove to Kuzyk’s house, about 20 kilometres away in Wilno, Ont., and she too walked outside before going back into her home after seeing him. He followed.“I asked Anastasia ‘why did you lie in court?’ and she said ‘I didn’t,’ and the gun went off. Because it’s just lies.”He said God then told him to get back in the car so he did and drove to Warmerdam’s home, about 30 kilometres west in Cormac, Ont.“What happened? I just drove in, walked in the door, she was sitting there, she went around the corner, I followed her. Boom. That was it and I walked out. It was funny, like I wasn’t even pulling the trigger on the gun, the gun was just going off. Boop.”Borutski at one point said the Bible makes a distinction between killing and murder and only murder is wrong because it is taking the life of someone who is innocent. That’s why, he said, he didn’t shoot himself that day, because it would have been like murdering himself.He said that throughout much of the day he experienced an out-of-body experience and described himself repeatedly as a “zombie.”The trial resumes Tuesday.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.
VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province says that it is accepting comments on a discussion paper that is part of a review of the Fort Nelson Timber Supply Area.Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester until Tuesday, September 11th, before a new allowable annual cut limit is set.The government says that the discussion paper provides the results of the timber supply analysis, including a base-case harvest forecast. It describes the geography, natural resources and current forest management practices in the Fort Nelson Timber Supply Area. The Fort Nelson Timber Supply Area covers nearly 9.9 million hectares in northeast B.C., with almost 706,000 hectares available for timber harvesting.To download a copy of the discussion paper, visit the following Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Timber Supply Review & Allowable Annual Cut webpage: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/forestry/managing-our-forest-resources/timber-supply-review-and-allowable-annual-cut/allowable-annual-cut-timber-supply-areas/fort-nelson-tsa
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the economy has become such a mess under the Liberals that it would take a Conservative government five years to clean it up.He accused the Liberal government of embarking on a “deficit spree” and spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds since 2017, adding balancing the budget in the short-term is “impossible.”Scheer says even the most optimistic projections don’t have the Liberals doing so for 20 more years _ but the Conservatives would do so in a quarter of that time. “The longer a return to balance is delayed, the more debt will accumulate and the longer Canadians will see billions wasted on interest payments.” He made the remarks in a speech to members of the Canadian Club at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, where he also said he was pleased with a court ruling today that blocked British Columbia from restricting oil shipments into the province.The B.C. Court of Appeal ruled that the province doesn’t have the authority to create a permitting regime for companies that wish to increase their flow of diluted bitumen, in a ruling widely considered a win for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and Alberta’s efforts to get its resources to overseas markets.But while he called it a “helpful” ruling, Scheer added that a climate of uncertainty remains for investors in the resource sector and called on the Liberal government to put the brakes on a bill to enact new environmental assessment legislation and fast-track any judicial reviews to the Supreme Court of Canada.“Obviously the Conservative party is pleased with this decision. However there still is a great deal of uncertainty as it relates to future court processes,” he said.The Canadian Taxpayers Federation accused Scheer of breaking his word on his previous budget promise, saying in a statement that he signed a pledge in April 2017 with the federation’s youth organization promising to balance the budget within two years if he were elected.“Canadians are already suffering the consequences of breaking a balanced budget promise: Justin Trudeau’s fiscal recklessness will mean at least $100 billion in additional debt piled on the backs of our children and grandchildren,” the statement says.
New Delhi: It was a different time and a different India. The year, 1989. Nine years after it was established, the BJP with 85 seats was now one of the largest parties in the house. The Left Front government in Bengal seemed invincible and its sway over the state was unquestionable. L.K. Advani, the former deputy Prime Minister, had taken charge of the party. I was on my way to Kolkata for the BJP’s national executive meeting in the Kalka Mail, along with former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. At the time, the BJP would book an entire railway coach and all senior leaders and correspondents would travel together. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers