NLSIU Notifies Proctoring Protocols For NLAT 2020 To Monitor The Examination Process [Read Notification]

first_imgNews UpdatesNLSIU Notifies Proctoring Protocols For NLAT 2020 To Monitor The Examination Process [Read Notification] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK9 Sep 2020 7:52 AMShare This – xNLSIU Bangalore has released the Proctoring Protocols for NLAT 2020, to monitor the examination process. NLAT 2020 is a home-based online examination (with an option to appear through limited physical centres) and it will be proctored through a combination of technological, AI-based proctoring and human proctoring, in the following manner: 1. The proctor will not allow the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginNLSIU Bangalore has released the Proctoring Protocols for NLAT 2020, to monitor the examination process. NLAT 2020 is a home-based online examination (with an option to appear through limited physical centres) and it will be proctored through a combination of technological, AI-based proctoring and human proctoring, in the following manner: 1. The proctor will not allow the impersonator to start the examination. 2. Candidate will be logged out of the examination after 5 attempts to Switch Window. 3. In case a candidate is suspected to have external help/ appears from inappropriate surroundings: Proctors will send a message to such candidates to sweep the camera in a circle around the place where the candidate is taking the assessment/ tilt the device/ keyboard candidate is using for the assessment.If any unauthorised person or unauthorised device is observed in the candidate’s vicinity, proctors will terminate the candidate’s examination attempt immediatelyAny candidate who fails to comply with the proctor’s instruction within 45 seconds will be logged out of the examination. 4. In case a candidate is Talking/Speaking/Making Gestures: Proctor will send two warnings to the candidate and if such behaviour persists, the proctor shall inform the Super Proctor, who may recommend that candidate should be contacted through the system for clarification, or be disqualified. 5. In case a Candidate’s Face not Detected: Proctor will send one warning to the candidate and if he/ she does not return within 45 seconds, the candidate’s examination attempt shall be terminated immediately. 6. In case Multiple persons detected: Proctor will send one warning to the candidate; If the other person does not leave immediately, the candidate’s examination attempt will be terminated immediately. 7. In case a candidate is observed wearing Earphones/ Headphones/Bluetooth Audio devices: Proctor will send one warning to the candidate and if the candidate does not comply with the proctor’s instructions, his/ her examination attempt shall be terminated immediately. (Proctor will check if the candidate is only using it for microphones purposes (i.e. device plugged into system as an external/ attached microphone, but candidate is not wearing earpiece/ headset)) 8. In case of simultaneous login attempts from multiple devices: Proctors will observe the pictures of candidates from all such devices; If it is observed that someone other than the candidate is using such other devices, proctor to terminate the exam immediately. Click Here To Download Notification Next Storylast_img read more

Senior citizens facing discrimination by some minibus operators

first_img…urged to report matter to PoliceSenior citizens are now forced to wait long hours on the public roads owing to some minibuses refusing to transport them.Minibuses in GuyanaIt has now become overly irritating that some of these elderly persons are beginning to sound their voices.Speaking with Guyana Times, one senior citizen of Dazzle Housing Scheme, East Coast Demerara, explained that she is tired of having to wait for long hours on the public road since the East Coast Demerara buses (Route 44) are refusing to take her to Georgetown.“I am very tired; you know how long I have to wait before one of them old buses feel sorry for me and take me to Georgetown? If I have to reach to Georgetown for nine in the morning, I best reach on the road since five because these buses will never pick me up,” she said.Another elder of Kitty, Georgetown said, “Watch me foot ain even good, I get crutches to help me walk. I know people might say I should be catching taxi but where I finding all that money from every week to go and dress my foot, me in like everybody, me don’t have all them money,” he said.Furthermore, another challenge they have indicated is the loud music on the buses that become unbearable during their travel.“I think one of the reasons they don’t pick up old people up is because we complain about the music. I can’t understand why the music has to be so loud, they always have the music hard, hard in the bus to deaf people and when we talk they either put us out of the bus or just to avoid everything – they don’t pick us up at all,” another retiree explained.Commenting on the situation, United Minibus Union (UMU) President Eon Andrews said that the Union has been persistently receiving reports on the situation.“We’ve been always getting that kind of reports where certain buses refusing to pick up elderly persons, differently-abled persons, and even some foreigners. That is why we’ve had to come up with our code of conduct that was coined between the Ministry of Business, the Road Safety Council and the Police, and the Union”.The association’s President said that even though it is against the law, it is very difficult to monitor every minibus.“As much as we have outlined that it should not be so, more or less monitoring is kind of very difficult. These older persons might not have the time and fatigue to report it to the station, the number of the bus and so on”, he vocalised.However, Andrews said that in the case where a bus refuses to transport the elderly, if they are accompanied by a family member, they are advised to take the registration number of the bus and report it to the nearest Police station.In the Minibus Code of Conduct, Clause 3:3 clearly states that “no passenger shall be discriminated against on the grounds of gender, age, ethnicity, religion, disability, or nationality”.“It is catered for but in many instances where the road people are violating or buses are violating, a lot of these things are in the 5102 Road Vehicle and Traffic Act. It is a matter of the Police enforcing”.Andrews even pointed out that Police Officers have now reached the stage where they are mocking persons when they go to make reports.“It clearly indicates to me that as much as people would like to go and have their matters addressed, whether legally or otherwise at the Police station, sometimes the Police don’t pay them any mind,” he pointed out.Meanwhile, Andrews said that he wishes that some of these manners be taken to the court where the culprits will face severe charges.Traffic Chief Linden Isles, however, said that the Police have not received any complaints on these issues but if persons are experiencing such challenges it should be reported to the nearest Police station.“If a person refuses to carry a senior citizen, once that bus stops and is working and they refuse to carry that person, it’s an offence which the Police can deal with. You cannot refuse to carry a passenger only on circumstances, which must be really extreme if the person is under the influence of alcohol and behaving badly, is smelly… you can’t just refuse to carry an elderly person,” he explained.last_img read more

Hotels in South Africa

first_imgA number of South Africa’s top-end hotels feature regularly in some of the best known “world’s best” lists, such as the World Travel Awards, Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice survey, and Travel & Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Awards.These include the Cape Grace, ArabellaSheraton Grand, Table Bay and Mount Nelson hotels in Cape Town; the Grande Roche in Paarl outside Cape Town; The Plettenberg on the Western Cape Garden Route; and the Grace in Rosebank, Michelangelo, Saxon and Westcliff hotels in Johannesburg.For more on these and others, see below‘Rainbow’ accommodationWhile such establishments cater for business people and the high-end luxury market, there is a diversity of hotels available across the “Rainbow Nation”, ranging from family-centred establishments to international chains, and a growing selection of conference hotels, casino resorts and “golf hotels”.There are also spa resorts, numerous options for the budget traveller, and a charming array of bed-and-breakfast accommodation and guesthouses. Facilities range from the ultra-luxury to the rustic, but most are noted for their high-quality, personalised service and warm hospitality. Many have restaurants on site.Star-graded establishmentsThe Tourism Grading Council of South Africa is responsible for the quality control of hotels in the country. It employs a five-star grading system and, to ensure credibility and independence, a feedback mechanism to monitor customer expectations.Tourism Grading Council of SAStar gradings are displayed on most advertising material and at hotel entrances. Participation by hotels is voluntary and indicates a commitment to providing good service and regularly upgrading facilities.Star-graded establishment undergo annual quality checks to ensure that standards are maintained.More than 8 000 establishments in South Africa have been star-graded.Star grading definitionsGraded establishments, including interactive mapAA quality-assured establishmentsAA Travel Guides offers another quality check for visitors to South Africa. The AA stamp of approval badge on promotional material indicates that a venue is highly recommended. Since 1994, the organisation has also run an annual awards programme based on consumer feedback on some 1 200 AA quality-assured establishments. High-scoring establishments are visited by qualified assessors to verify their scores.AA Travel GuidesTravel Guides and American Express Accommodation AwardsA SELECT LIST OF SOUTH AFRICA’S TOP HOTELSNote: this is not an official or definitive list.EASTERN CAPE PROVINCEThe Paxton HotelPort ElizabethThe 4-star Paxton provides superb accommodation and service for the more discerning tourist. It overlooks the stunning Algoa Bay, with vistas of the Indian Ocean beyond, and is five minutes’ drive from some of Port Elizabeth’s finest beaches, the city centre and popular shopping amenities. There is accommodation for quadriplegic and paraplegic guests.WebsiteGAUTENG PROVINCEThe GraceJohannesburgThe 5-star Grace in Rosebank is a fine, independent city hotel which combines luxury with that personal charm found only in smaller establishments. A child-friendly establishment, it prides itself on being a “gracious home”. Set in the heart of stylish Rosebank – a secure, leafy suburb that is both cosmopolitan and tranquil – the hotel is within easy walking distance of shopping malls, cinemas, restaurants, an African craft market and other cultural amenities.WebsiteInterContinental Johannesburg Airport SunJohannesburgThe InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport is the only luxury hotel at an airport in South Africa. It draws its inspiration from the African continent, capturing the culture and spirit of Africa through the use of simple shapes and symbolic artefacts to create an African environment in a contemporary setting. It’s within walking distance of all terminals at South Africa’s biggest and busiest airport and is well geared to host both holiday makers and business guests. The hotel includes a Camelot Health Spa, which offers a full vareity of treatments and massage facilities, as well as steam rooms and a fully-equipped gymnasium. There is a heated indoor swimming pool, which offers a panoramic view across Johannesburg.WebsiteInterContinental Johannesburg Sandton TowersJohannesburgThe InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers is located in the upmarket suburb of Johannesburg and linked to two of South Africa’s most exclusive shopping malls, Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square. It is also right next to the spectacular Sandton Convention Centre, the largest convention centre in the country, which can accommodate up to 10 000 delegates at any one time. The Atrium Restaurant and Bar, has received an award of Excellence from Diners Club, while the facilities include a Fitness Centre, a secluded swimming pool, and a Business Centre.WebsiteThe Michelangelo TowersJohannesburgThe 135-metre Michelangelo Towers offers panoramic views of the city and the Gauteng skyline, stretching all the way to the Magaliesberg Mountains. Located in the heart of Africa’s corporate capital, the hotel adjoins the Sandton Convention Centre, has its own shopping mall, and boasts A-grade finishes and a range of decor choices. For dining, 8 offers a contemporary take on classical dishes in a convivial atmosphere; Pigalles – the epitome of baroque sophistication – specialises in traditional Portuguese cuisine and seafood; and The Raj focuses on Indian flavours and aromas.WebsiteThe Palazzo MontecasinoJohannesburgThe 5-star Palazzo Montecasino is a replica of a 300-year-old Tuscan village, complete with terracotta yellow-and-red hues. It is one of Johannesburg’s most luxurious hotels, situated in the Montecasino shopping, entertainment and casino complex. It boasts an extravagant ambience, typified by the grand reception area and landscaped gardens. The restaurant offers an a la carte menu with choices of international and South African cuisine, as well as an extensive wine list. A cocktail bar serves pastries and coffee. The hotel is 20 minutes’ drive from the glitzy shopping and business area of Sandton, and 42 minutes from both the city centre and OR Tambo International Airport.WebsitePark Hyatt JohannesburgJohannesburgThe Hyatt Regency Johannesburg is located in upmarket Rosebank, in the north of Joburg. It’s a “happening” suburb, with excellent shopping and dining. A health club, saunas, steam rooms, and a 24-hour business centre are among the available amenities. The Phumula Spa offers health and beauty services, including body treatments, massage, facial and skin care, and a beauty salon. A state-of-the-art Business Centre takes care of all business needs, while other offerings include a 24-hour babysitting, as well as health club facilities, which are complimentary to all guests. Should it be required, a butler service will also be provided. By using the E-Concierge Internet service, visitors can plan their upcoming visits to ensure that they run as smoothly as possible.WebsiteThe SaxonJohanesburgThe 5-star Saxon is so exclusive that it does not advertise. It is a multiple award winner in the boutique hotel category of the World Travel Awards, and in 2002 won the Harpers and Queen “Best Boutique Hotel on Earth” award. A boutique hotel has a smaller number of rooms, but all with full-suite facilities such as a lounge and kitchen. The Saxon is famed for the peaceful ambience created by its rambling lawns, patios, water features and 920 square metre swimming pool, cushioning its guests from Johannesburg’s frenetic pace. All rooms have a balcony and French doors opening onto the six-acre garden. The interior was designed by Stephen Falcke, who opted for an African theme masterfully blended with Eastern decor.WebsiteThe WestcliffJohannesburgSituated in an exclusive residential suburb, the Westcliff’s hillside setting, with cascading gardens and opulent accommodation, evoke a bygone era of leisure and refinement. All the packages offer luxurious indulgence, from fine champagne to handmade Belgian chocolates to sumptuous marble bathrooms. Gourmet meals are available in the La Belle Terrasse restaurant, the celebrated Polo Lounge offers drinks, and breakfasts are served on the terrace overlooking the sparkling “infinity pool”. Barrel-vaulted ceilings, columned spaces, a large fireplace and dramatic double-height windows entrench the splendour of the Ballroom, which leads out onto a wide alfresco balcony terrace. Business travellers can make use of the Jacaranda Hill conference centre next to the Business Wing, a self-contained, multi-tiered building with its own kitchen.WebsiteKWAZULU-NATAL PROVINCELynton HallSouth CoastThe 5-star Lynton Hall was named one of the world’s top 80 hotels by Conde Nast Traveller in 2003. An exquisite Victorian building complete with turrets and wide verandas – and an interior decorated in Indian Colonial style – the hotel stands at the head of a picturesque golf course, with grounds that meander through pristine coastal forest down to the Indian Ocean.WebsiteCathedral Peak HotelDrakensberg MountainsSet in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, a World Heritage Site, this famous hotel is surrounded by majestic mountains with velvety green slopes. Voted “most requested destination” by South Africa’s Getaway Magazine, it is luxurious while retaining a warm hospitality and excellent cuisine. On site is a quaint stone and thatch chapel that seats 80 and is often reserved for weddings.WebsiteBeverly Hills HotelDurbanThe reception area of the 5-star Beverly Hills Hotel has an ocean backdrop that sets the tone for a grand old establishment exuding grace and elegance. Situated in the upmarket suburb of Umhlanga Rocks, the hotel is within easy walking distance of numerous galleries, coffee shops and shopping malls. The Sugar Club restaurant opens onto the terrace above the beach, and its breakfasts are highly recommended.WebsiteThe Royal HotelDurban5 stars. Centrally situated across the road from Durban’s city hall, the 5-star Royal Hotel is a long-standing, sumptuous establishment adorned with spectacular African tapestries. The refurbished Royal Grill restaurant offers silver service, the Coffeeshop serves superb cakes and pastries, and the Sunday lunch buffet at the Top o’ the Royal is a feast with 360-degree views of the city.WebsiteAlbany HotelDurbanThe elegant art deco-styled hotel Albany Hotel is situated within three blocks of Durban’s International Convention Centre. It is also close to the yacht marina, the many restaurants and shops of Wilson’s Wharf, the Bat Centre – and arts and culture community centre in the small craft harbour off Durban’s Victoria Embankment – and the spectacular Ushaka Marine World.WebsiteMPUMALANGAWalkersons Hotel and SpaDullstroomJust outside of the fly-fishing hotspot of Dullstroom in Mpumalanga lies Walkersons Hotel and Spa on an 800 hectare Scottish Highlands style estate. It boasts 15 dams, including one just metres from the rooms, of which there are 28. They range from luxury suites to a panoramic honeymoon suite. The scenery is spectacular and the rooms are romantic, refined and individually decorated.WebsiteNORTH WEST PROVINCEThe Palace Of The Lost CitySun CityThe Palace of the Lost City offers stunning five-star accommodation in the middle of the African bush, bordering on the Pilanesberg National Park, which includes the ‘Big Five” on its 55 000 hectares. It features the Valley of the Waves, one of the most advanced water parks in the world, which is dominated by the Roaring Lagoon wave pool, with a palm-fringed beach. There are a number of rides, ranging from exhilarating to gentle, and an island, which boasts an ethinic village. The foliage is magnificent , including the Botanical Garden Trails, which feature rare plant varieties. There are two world class golf courses – the Gary Player Golf Course and Lost City Golf Course – both of which have hosted professional tournaments.WebsiteSun City HotelSun CityThe internationally-renowned Sun City is located about two hours from Johannesburg in an ancient volcano, surrounded by rugged African bush. It might be in the bush, but the casino resort offers fantastic luxury and entertainment options, both indoors and outdoors. It has played host to many top singers in the past and continues to still do so. And, although it is bushveld country, the Valley of the Waves allows for a coastal experience in a climate that is ideal for lounging on a beach. Two world class golf courses, including the Gary Player Country Club, home to the Nedbank Challenge, offers tough but eye-catching challenges.WebsiteWESTERN CAPE PROVINCEArabella Western Cape Hotel and SpaHermanusThe Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa overlooks the largest natural lagoon in South Africa, just 20 minutes from the whale watching hot spot of Hermanus. It boasts a wonderful spa, an award-winning championship golf course, and it located in a region of rich bio-diversity, filled with beautiful flora and fauna. The hotel has received recognition by picking up awards in the World Luxury Hotel Awards.WebsiteCape GraceCape TownThis sumptuous 5-star hotel in Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is located on a private quay overlooking the yacht marina on one side and Table Mountain on the other. It exudes elegance throughout, with plush reception rooms, handpicked artefacts and a sophisticated atmosphere that retains an intimate ambience. Its restaurant – one.waterfront – offers classical-inspired cuisine with uniquely South African touches. The Bascule whisky bar and wine cellar is famed for its selection of over 420 whiskies of the world and the finest of Cape wines, and regularly features some of the city’s top music acts.WebsiteThe Cellars HohenortConstantia, Western CapeAgainst a backdrop of mountains and surrounded by wine farms, the 5-star Cellars Hohenort hotel is situated in the heart of the Constantia Valley. It has an understated elegance and charm, and the luxurious rooms and suites offer expansive views across gardens and vineyards, making it a haven of peace and quiet. The hotel is famed for its magnificent restoration of the 18th Century Klaasenbosch wine cellars and the splendid manor house of the Hohenort. On-site amenities include two outdoor swimming pools, one of which is heated, the Carchele Beauty Spa, two restaurants, a bar, a wine cellar, and two conference rooms. It is now “proudly non-smoking”.WebsiteGrande Roche HotelPaarlAfrica’s only Relais Gourmand hotel is situated in the Drakenstein valley of Paarl. It is a manor house dating back to the 1770s, in the Cape Dutch tradition. Renovations have transformed the national monument into a luxury hotel. Today Grande Roche is a celebrated international hotel, famous for its plush, cosmopolitan accommodation and award-winning cuisine. It has a sumptuous health centre offering gym and massage facilities as well as an outdoor heated swimming pool, sauna and steam room. There is an in-house masseur, and body treatments can be arranged. The Bosman’s Restaurant features a fusion of cuisines and, as Africa’s first Relais Gourmand restaurant, it will appeal to discerning palates. There are regular culinary events featuring food and wine connoisseurs, and five-course dinners and wines selected by both the hosts and the hotel cellar master.WebsiteHotel Le VendomeCape TownHotel Le Vendome, a five-star luxury boutique hotel, boasts picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean from its location in Sea Point, Cape Town. It’s ideally situated: only minutes away from Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Clifton Beach, Table Mountain and the central business district. Dining may be done at the poolside or overlooking the pool and, for indoor comfort, Le Salon Chantilly, the hotel’s classic lounge, offers memorable high teas, and pre-dinner aperatifs or connoisseur cognac and cigar. There are start-of-the-art conference and banqueting spaces, featuring three multi-purpose interconnecting rooms that accommodate up to 220 guests theatre-style – or up to 190 guests for a gala dinner. The hotel’s Business Centre offers guests the further convenience of full secretarial services; in-room internet and facsimile connectivity, plus a Guest Link system with on-screen messaging, is ideal for the business executive.WebsiteMount Nelson HotelCape TownThe “Nellie” occupies a breathtaking site on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. It is a member of Orient-Express Hotels, Trains and Cruises. Its nine acres of landscaped gardens offer a tranquil setting in the heart of Cape Town, and it is renowned for its afternoon teas with towers of cakes and pastries, as well as its sundowners on the veranda. Its signature Cape Colony Restaurant is sought after for its Cape Malay-influenced dishes, augmented by a classical menu as well as a contemporary menu of Asian fusion. Development of a new spa is due to be completed by December 2007.WebsiteOne&Only Cape TownCape TownHotel magnate Sol Kerzner, the man behind the world famous Sun City and Atlantis resorts, has added his style to Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in the form of the One&Only Cape Town. It incorporates a chic island design and African flair. The seven-storey Marina Rise features 91 rooms and suites with superb views of Table Mountain and Signal Hill. In addition, two lushly landscaped islands feature 40 island suites and the One&Only Spa. Dining is a special treat at the One&Only, with two Michelin-starred chefs headlining the choices, with Nobu Matsuhisa and Gordon Ramsay both opening their first venues in Africa.WebsiteTable Bay HotelCape TownLocated on Cape Town’s working harbour, the 5-star Table Bay Hotel straddles the antique breakwater in the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The gracious building blends Victorian elegance with contemporary flair. The international business centre is fully equipped. The ballroom, with its crystal chandeliers and beautiful decor, is appropriate for formal occasions or conferences. It can convert to cinema-style (with two screens) to accommodate 300 people. A range of dining options are available: the Atlantic Restaurant, the Conservatory with a la carte meals, the Lounge offering teas, light snacks & drinks, the Conservatory Bar, and a Pool Bar for drinks, snacks and health food.WebsiteTownhouseCape TownLocated in the heart of Cape Town, this 4-star hotel is in a historical 12-storey building. This charm is further enhanced with its 1970s-styled decor, and the ground floor affords a view of the city centre. It’s a comfortable stay with good facilities, including a small gym and indoor pool.WebsiteThe Turbine Hotel and SpaKnysnaIn the picturesque town of Knysna in the beautiful Southern Cape, the Turbine Hotel and Spa is a superb boutique hotel. Formerly a power station (!), it comprises 24 individually-decorated bedrooms and suites which reflect the rich cultural, historical and geographic diversity of Knysna. Its features include the Amani African Spa, Island Cafe and The Turbine Tapas Bar, as well as conference facilities, pool deck, a jetty for motorized pontoon cruises and a host of modern facilities which tastefully complement the refurbished facilities and equipment which have been bought back to life around the property.WebsiteTwelve Apostles Hotel and SpaCape TownVoted the number one City Hotel and number one Hotel Spa in Africa and the Middle East by Travel + Leisure Magazine for 2009, the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa offers a stunning setting. Located almost four kilometres from Camps Bay, with the sparkling Atlantic Ocean on its right and unspoilt fynbos, typical of the Western Cape, on its left, it makes a superb getaway spot that is still within easy reach of the conveniences of Cape Town. As one of Africa’s leading spa resorts, The Twelve Apostles offers numerous wonderful ways for visitors to pamper themselves and recharge. The heated infinity pool looks out over the ocean and there is also a smaller secluded rock pool with mountain views. Swimming in the ocean is a short walk away, while golf, fishing, and wreck diving are also available. The Sanctuary Spa offers hot and cold plunge pools, a Rasul (mud) chamber, a sauna, and a hydrotherapy bath. A wide variety of treatments is available in seven treatment rooms. Alternately, treatments can be applied in a shady gazebo.WebsiteThe Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella QuaysCape TownThe 5-star ArabellaSheraton was rated one of the top five hotels in Africa in the 2006 Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards. Situated alongside the Cape Town International Convention Centre, all rooms overlook either the harbour or Table Mountain, both of which can also be viewed from the AltiraSPA on the 19th floor, making for a spectacular accompaniment to the holistic rejuvenation services on offer. The AltiraSPA was voted eighth best overseas hotel spa in the 2006 Conde Nast Traveller Magazine (UK) Readers’ Travel Awards. The hotel is within easy walking distance of several restaurants, bars, nightclubs, monuments, museums, shopping centres and the central business district.WebsiteWESTERN CAPE GARDEN ROUTEThe PlettenbergPlettenberg BayA five-star Relais & Chateaux Hotel built on a rocky headland, The Plettenberg offers breathtaking views of the sea, mountains and beaches. A mix of ocean colours and textures throughout create a relaxing atmosphere, with dark stained floors and sisal carpeting completing the cosy ambience. There is a range of premier suites and rooms, individually decorated, all with sea views and most with balconies. The Carchele Beauty Spa stocks top-of-the-range beauty products. Dining options include The Sand, which blends a relaxed mood with modern South African food. Keep an eye open for the chef’s special “cooked breakfast” selection. The Sandbar offers a more glamorous experience, and is notable for its range of cocktails. The more intimate Wine Cellar boast an award-winning wine list and a resident sommelier to help you with your selection.WebsitePlettenberg Park HotelPlettenberg BayThis is a hotel for the nature lover who appreciates sophistication. Perched on the magnificent cliffs of a private nature reserve, the 5-star Plettenberg Park overlooks an exquisite coastline. Every room has a striking views, and the Lake House with its wall-to-wall windows and wide terraces overlooks the serene lake shore of an inland wild duck sanctuary. The decor understated, using natural materials in neutral earthy tones and crisp whites in an Afro-colonial style. Cuisine is first-class and service is personalised. The hotel has a private beach where you can swim and snorkel in a rock pools and advantage of other marine sports, with walks and trails on offer in the adjoining nature reserve.WebsiteSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Industrial IoT: Think of it as a May-December romance

first_img5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Michael Kanellos Related Posts How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Tags:#IIoT#Industrial IoT#Internet of Things#IoT center_img The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… Is industrial IoT new or old?It’s a more complex question than you think. If you’ve experienced the advertising barrage of the past decade, you might have concluded that large industrial companies are just discovering the power of data. Ports are being rigged with sensors and software to optimize boat traffic. Cities are saving millions by switching to smart LEDs that cut energy and reduce maintenance demands. People are scurrying up and down escalators in an artsy blur.The underlying message is that the 19th century has suddenly discovered the 21st.But when you dig into it, you’ll soon discover that data—and systems animated by data—have been an essential player on the factory floor for decades. The first industrial robot, Unimate, went live in a General Motors facility in 1959. SCADA systems for controlling industrial equipment have been around so long many have forgotten, or never learned, what the acronym stands for. Oil and gas producers played a big part in bringing technologies like GPS and data visualization to the mainstream.Here’s another fun fact: the average age of a transformer in the U.S. is now around 43 years and some are 70, or well beyond the 35-year length of their warranties. (The picture you’re looking at is a collection of pipes and pumping equipment from a wastewater treatment center in San Francisco. The equipment dates back to the 1950s. It’s no longer in use but it’s still in place.)So what’s the right answer? Both.See also: Industrial IoT set to turbocharge lean manufacturingWhat we are seeing in industrial IoT is a marriage of young and old. Manufacturers aren’t racing out to replace aging equipment with intelligent new models. Instead, they are grafting on IoT gateways and wireless radios to effectively get the same (or better) results with far fewer headaches. Old becomes young again.Take, for example, J.D. Irving. The 135-year old Canadian conglomerate is the fourth largest supplier of frozen French fries, produces paper for magazines like Vogue and plants approximately 20 million trees a year in Canada’s largest reforestation project.It also makes toilet tissue. At its factories, a large roll of luxuriously soft paper goes in one end of a piece of equipment called a log saw and out comes a cascade of identical six-inch rolls. Even though they are located in factories, however, logs saws are “remote,” i.e. the information inside the control system is effectively landlocked. Replacing the existing system to would have cost close to $31,500, mostly due to labor and cabling.Adding wireless sensors ran $9,600, says Keith Flynn of RtTech Software, which collaborated with J.D. Irving on the project. As a result, the company can now do things like vibration analysis, preventative maintenance or peak power management. Wireless also opens up options for things like managing traffic for the automated forklifts.Likewise, rail operators are looking at ways of rigging rugged wireless sensors onto freight cars to prevent mishaps and conduct forensics better.Not everything is a retrofitNot every situation is a retrofit. Dell monitors power consumption and equipment health of its micro-modular data centers with IoT gateways. Think of the micro modular as your neighborhood Netflix outlet. Carriers and content providers will install these to locate the most popular videos (or business documents) closer to users to cut down lag time and telecommunications costs.Are retrofits the answer to everything? No. Many of these assets were put into place decades before computer viruses were weaponized. Installing gateways means reviewing and tightening security policies. Companies will also have to go through the process of determining whether they want to keep and analyze most of these data locally and in-house, or whether to outsource it.Still, the declining cost and increasing sophistication of sensors and algorithms, along with the growing portfolio of analysis platforms, mean that wireless upgrade will increasingly become the de facto choice. It’s simply an easier way to experiment.And that means that a lot of equipment nearing retirement age will get a new lease on life.The author is a technical analyst at OSIsoft. Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…last_img read more

PH targets 27 golds in 2017 ASEAN Para Games

first_img“I think its important that you’re able to motivate yourself. We always believe in the triumph of the competitive spirit. Now that we’re getting support from the government, it’s important for us to give back to those who help us,” he said. “We’ll try our hardest, and if not, we’ll still try to achieve sporting excellence, inspire our countrymen, and bring honor to God and country.”RELATED VIDEOPH targets 27 golds in 2017 ASEAN Para Games222 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games The Filipinos will compete in archery, athletics, badminton, boccia, chess, cycling, goalball, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis, tenpin bowling, and wheelchair basketball in the regional games set from September 17 to 23.Woodpusher Menandro Redor will serve as the country’s flagbrearer after winning four gold medals in the visually impaired 2 division, which is for partially blind participants for chess in the 2015 ASEAN Para Games.He will also spearhead the chess team’s quest for seven golds in Kuala Lumpur as they gun to improve the six-gold harvest from Singapore.Also expected to strike gold are Paralympic bronze medalists Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta of powerlifting and Josephine Medina of table tennis.Though still lacking in support, Barredo believes that the paraathletes are more than ready to  make the country proud.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The 164-man strong Philippine team will feature 111 athletes competing in 12 sports with the goal of faring better than the country’s the 16 gold medal haul in Singapore two years back.The paraathletes also have a chance to turn things around for Philippine sports, after the country just managed 24 golds—way below its target of 50—in the 2017 SEA Games last month.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 shutoutPhilippine Paralympic Committee president Mike Barredo is proud of how differently abled athletes have grown through the years since the association’s inception in 1997.“It’s been 20 years and we’ve had participation in five Paralympic games, five Asian Paragames, and this is the ninth edition of our ASEAN Para Games. If you could see, this might be our biggest contingent that will join outside of our country. We’re getting bigger and it’s because we’re showing our might,” he said. Blazing Indians extend win streak to 19 straight MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Josephine Medina wins the bronze medal in the women’s individual table tennis – Class 8 at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Photo by ITTF websiteLooking to surpass the gold medal haul of the country’s able athletes, the Philippine delegation is settingthe bar high for the 2017 ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.“The team is in high spirits, and if our estimation is correct, we have a strong chance of winning 27 golds, perhaps more,” said chef de mission Ral Rosario during the sendoff at the Dad’s in Mandaluyong City on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Open Trans-Tasman Mixed Open Game 2 Report

first_imgThe Kiwis have levelled the three game Trans-Tasman Series with a comprehensive three try victory in the Open Mixed test at Rotorua International Stadium.The hosts handled the cold and wet conditions far better than the Australians and with the weather set to continue for the remainder of the series the visitors will need to adjust quickly if they are to bounce back from today’s loss.The Aussies got off to a better start than they did in the first test with Elin Mortimer scoring the opening try to continue her stellar series and the visitors controlled the game from in front early.It took the Kiwis some time to get on the score board but they eventually levelled the scores after 8 minutes. The Aussies kicked clear again after debutant Justin Cridland found Tim Glazebrook to score but that would the last time the visitors played from in front.The Touch Blacks tied it up at 2 apiece and when Nat Turner scored a runaway try the locals took a lead into half time which they extended immediately after the break to 6-3.Elin Mortimer celebrated her 28th birthday with her second of the day and when Hoch found an open Leah Opie-Lukins the Aussies gave themselves a chance. A chance that was quickly dismissed through back to back Kiwi tries who ran out 9-6 winners keeping the series alive heading into the third test.last_img read more

New Sesame Muppet Gives Support To World Toilet Day

first_imgSource:United Nations Foundation November 19 is World Toilet Day, a day to raise awareness about all people who do not have access to a toilet – despite the human right to water and sanitation – and a new Sesame Street Muppet is inviting children to help.Raya and ElmoCredit/Copyright: John Barrett“As the world’s largest informal educator of children (reaching over 150 million children every month in 150 countries) and a pioneer in using media as a tool for education, nonprofit Sesame Workshop made a commitment in 2012 to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child effort to do more in global health,” blogged Sesame Workshop VP Stephen Sobhani for the United Nations Foundation. “Since then, we have enthusiastically entered the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) space with Raya, Sesame’s newest and first Muppet friend specifically developed to address a pressing health issue in multiple countries across multiple platforms. Raya has the potential to significantly impact the global WASH crisis in an effort to end childhood illness from preventable disease.“Raya, a neat 6-year-old, aqua-green girl Muppet, was originally created to teach children how to pee and poop in a sanitary manner. We know that if Raya can instill these fundamental messages to children in their formative years, they will be equipped with the knowledge to make smarter decisions for a stronger, healthier future. A multi-country curriculum fueled with generous support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is already reaching children in Bangladesh, India, and Nigeria through schools and community partnerships.“At the global level, Raya has been busy delivering her sanitation messages through major platforms and events. She appeared in a video for the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General’s “End Open Defecation” campaign and joined Elmo in talking about sanitation with world leaders at September’s Global Citizen Festival. These advocacy messages help raise critical awareness and build political will towards WASH, serving as a valuable complement to Raya’s child education efforts.“To access and educate the hardest-to-reach children, we need new and innovative collaborations. Sesame Workshop is in active conversations with international organizations that can bring Raya’s lessons to scale helping kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder. We provide the critical “software” (e.g. hygiene education) that, combined with “hardware” such as toilets and other infrastructure, can lead to lasting and sustainable change. Stay tuned for key partnership announcements coming out in the next couple of months.”Read the full blog here.last_img read more

LOréal Paris Canadas The Worth It Show celebrates the power of women

first_img Facebook TORONTO, ON – On Friday, Sept. 7th, L’Oréal Paris Canada, the Official Beauty Sponsor for the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), debuted the #WorthIt Show in Canada. First launched at the Cannes International Film Festival, the #WorthIt Show is an inspiring platform to give voice to women in the film industry. L’Oréal Paris spokeswomen Andie MacDowell and Amber Heard, joined TIFF Share Her Journey Ambassador Shohreh Aghdashloo and ET Canada host Sangita Patel at the Globe and Mail Centre this afternoon to discuss the current climate of women in film.The show also drove awareness for the #WorthSaying campaign, in support of TIFF’s Share Her Journey program, that reinforces the values of inclusivity and empowerment. Throughout the duration of TIFF, consumers can take part in the conversation on social media, where L’Oréal Paris Canada will donate $0.25 to TIFF’s Share Her Journey for each #WorthSaying mention. Amber Heard Amber Heard Amber Heard and Andie MacDowell Amber Heard and Andie MacDowell Amber Heard and Andie MacDowell Amber Heard and Andie MacDowell Andie MacDowell Andie MacDowell Amber Heard Amber Heard, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Andie MacDowell Amber Heard Amber Heard . Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement About L’Oréal ParisL’Oréal Paris, the world’s no.1 beauty brand, is dedicated to empowering women and men by offering the most luxurious and innovative products and services available in the mass market. For most, the name “L’Oréal” is immediately evocative of the brand’s signature phrase, “Because I’m Worth It.”— the tagline behind the legendary advertising campaign for the Superior Preference® hair colour launch in 1973. Today, it represents the essence of the L’Oréal Paris brand as a whole, a spirit which is about helping every woman – and man – embrace their unique beauty while reinforcing their inner sense of self-worth. For more than 100 years, L’Oréal Paris has held an unparalleled commitment to advancement in technology, innovation and research, providing ground-breaking, high-quality products for women, men, and children of all ages and ethnicities in five major beauty categories:  cosmetics, skincare, hair color, haircare, and men’s grooming.Twitter: @lorealparisCANFacebook: @lorealpariscanada    Instagram: @lorealmakeup @lorealhair @lorealskin & @lorealmenWebsite: www.lorealparis.caHashtags: #WorthSaying, #LOREALTIFFPhoto credit: Ryan EmberleyAbout TIFF Share Her JourneyTIFF has made a five-year commitment to increasing participation, skills and opportunities for women behind and in front of the camera through the Share Her Journey campaign. Learn more at tiff.net/shareherjourney. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

PM Modi used hatred in elections, we used love: Rahul Gandhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi Sunday cast his vote in Lok Sabha polls here and hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he “used hatred” during the elections but the grand old party “used love”. Asserting that this elections saw a “good fight” between the two rival parties, Gandhi said he thought that “love is going to win”. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi used hatred, we (Congress) love. And, I think love is going to win,” he told reporters, soon after exercising his franchise. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Clad in his trademark kurta-pyjama, he was accompanied by party’s New Delhi candidate Ajay Maken on way to the polling booth, a walking distance from his Tughlaq Lane residence. “There are four issues in this election, these are not our issues but people’s issues. And most important among these is of unemployment. Then, condition of farmers, demonetisation, Gabbar Singh Tax (mocking GST), corruption and the Rafale issue,” he said.last_img read more

Like It or Not ESPN Resigns the Provocative Stephen

Stephen A. Smith signed a new deal with ESPN to continue providing commentary that enrages, excites, illuminates and generates conversation. And for that, it’s a good thing he will be on sports television’s largest platform at least for a few more years.Smith is good for TV.There are a lot of talking heads on the “idiot box,” a lot of people offering bluster and shallow views or perspectives that are right down the middle, with no edge. Unmemorable.And then there is Stephen A.Love him or dislike him, he provides the kind of perspective that comes from a place of authenticity and always with his heritage in mind.What Smith shares on First Take or SportsCenter are views and arguments you might hear in the barbershop, only more sophisticated because he has access to information and sources most people, including other journalists, do not have.When he pontificates on social issues and on racial concerns, you might not agree with him, but he’s always worth a listen.“Stephen A. is one of the strongest and most distinct voices in sports commentary today, and he will continue to enliven a wide variety of ESPN television and audio offerings with his thought-provoking takes on the news of the day and topical issues where sports and culture intersect,” said John Wildhack, EVP Programming and Production at ESPN.In other words, the network needs him.Several years ago, Smith spoke to a group of young men at Morehouse College. It was interesting to watch because at breakfast before the talk, Smith never mentioned the hour-long meeting.Rather, he talked about life and family and sports and travel. And when he walked into the room on campus, the dynamics of the room changed. The young men sat up, grateful to be in Smith’s presence, and he basked in it.Smith embraced the unique experience of an HBCU as a student at Winston Salem State and was infused with the cultural pride that comes with it. Being back on a Black college campus mattered to him, and he let his bright-eyed audience know it.Speaking with no notes, he gave the students what they wanted: humor, insight, inspiration, hope. Smith recounted his road to ESPN, from the Winston Salem Journal to high-school sports reporter at the New York Daily News to covering the Philadelphia 76ers to long-defunct CNN/SI to ESPN.“I told Spike Lee I was coming to speak to you all and he told me to get on your butts,” Smith started that day. “I told him, ‘I got you.’ So I will start by saying everything I got, I earned. And trust me, it’s going to be harder for you than it was for me, and it was hard for me. You can’t expect anything to be handed to you. You’re young and Black. So, you can’t be average. You can’t be good. You have to be great.“Remember that you don’t just represent yourself. In everything you do, you’re representing your family, this prestigious college, people who love you. When you see me on TV,  you can believe I am aware that I represent my mother and family, my friends and Black people. If you don’t have that mindset, you’ll be selling yourself short.”Smith has gotten the most of his career, with more to get. The springboard to his ascension might have occurred about 18 years ago, when he covered the 76ers. Superstar guard Allen Iverson did not like something Smith wrote and they did not speak for several days. Finally, Iverson arranged to talk to Smith and they hashed out their difference because Smith had earned Iverson’s respect by not caving in to him. Smith has displayed that kind of strength ever since.You can find a Smith detractor—many of them, actually—who disagree with his opinions and take his confidence for arrogance or are just rubbed the wrong way by him. Some simply consider him offensive. Ultra-sensitive, Smith continues to learn to listen to the detractors but to not digest their hate.The reality is that Stephen A. Smith is good for TV.  There is no phony in him, no compromising, which has gotten him into some dicey situations. He is provocative, even during these times of extreme political correctness. read more