Seacom: new era for SA internet

first_imgStarting from France and England, the Seacom cable runs across the Mediterranean and Red Sea, around the Horn of Africa, and then down the African east coast to make its final landfall at Mtunzini in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. Along the way it connects to land stations in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar and Mozambique. (Image: Seacom)Wilma den Hartigh After years of anticipation, broadband internet connectivity in Africa is set to boom as the 15 000km Seacom undersea fibre-optic cable connecting the continent to Europe, the Middle East and Asia has finally come onstream.The cable, which went live on 23 July, is now the second of its kind linking South Africa to the world, and a boon for the country’s information technology infrastructure, benefiting consumers and business, and stimulating economic growth. Laid at a reported total cost of R5-billion (US$ 637-million), the Seacom cable is also the first of its kind to connect East Africa to the internet.Starting from France and England it runs across the Mediterranean and Red Sea, around the Horn of Africa, and then down the African east coast to make its final landfall at Mtunzini in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. Along the way it connects to land stations in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar and Mozambique. At the Horn of Africa, on the coast of Somalia, the cable also branches off to head for Mumbai in India. In April and May this year Somali pirate activity disrupted Seacom operations, delaying the launch by about a month. The cable will not only speed up internet access for South African users, it will also cut costs. Stephen Davies, chief technology officer of telecommunications service provider Connection Telecom, said this cost-saving will apply to both fixed-line and mobile internet users.“As more broadband becomes available more applications will become accessible, making the digital highway a reality,” he said. Rob Gilmour, managing director of RSA Web, agreed that these benefits would change the way South Africans interact with the internet. “Seacom is incredibly exciting for the South African internet landscape. Bandwidth prices have been monopolised in South Africa and, with only one undersea cable at present, consumers are being held by a stranglehold.” Gilmour said South Africans won’t experience real savings immediately, but consumers won’t have to wait too long before they can cheaply access media-rich applications such as audio and video. “Consumers will change from limited web browsing and checking email to enjoying more internet content,” he said. “They will spend more time on the internet and not have to be so cautious about what they do.” Money on the net Matthew Tagg, managing director of internet service provider Web Africa, predicts that the higher bandwidth provided by Seacom will encourage the increased commercialisation of the South African internet. He said a report released at the recent Internet Governance Forum indicates that South Africa has fallen way behind its African counterparts in terms of “internet adoption rates”. In 2000, the country had 2.4-million subscribers, representing 53% of internet users across the continent. In 2009, South Africa made up only 9% of Africa’s total internet subscriber base, with 5.1-million users. Tagg said South Africa would be able to reverse this trend in a deregulated market with an excess of cheap international bandwidth. Provided that the licensing costs currently under discussion are not too high, this development could radically increase internet penetration rates. “The internet will start to become a utility just like any other,” he said. According to Tagg, the market’s current complexity of product and service offers will disappear. And consumers will be able to participate in online gaming, check email or download videos more easily. “They will not need to check if their connection supports this functionality, or go through the hassle of switching to another product,” he said. “They will be automatically connected to any and all services the Internet has to offer.” Business benefits According to Gilmour, South African business would also benefit. The international community already viewed South Africa as the hub of Africa in many areas, he said, and improved internet infrastructure could only enhance the country’s status. “For a country at the bottom tip of Africa this is great news and will allow us to compete globally like never before. South Africa is more and more becoming the IT hub of Africa and cables and initiatives like this further enhance this reality.” Davies agreed that the country’s reputation for business would be enhanced. “There is now no reason why African and international businesses should not look to South Africa for business opportunities and investment ventures.” Trade Invest SA has reported that the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector – call centres and the like – had been calling for cheaper telecommunications costs for some time, as the high cost of telecoms is a deterrent to potential investors. Some operators claimed that telecommunications could be as much as 500% more expensive in South Africa than in other emerging countries in the BPO sector, making the country far less attractive. In a media report, Ajay Pandey, managing director of Neotel, the country’s second national operator, said the launch of Seacom – as well as other cables such as WACS and EASSy – could start a “new wave” of growth in the IT and BPO industries. EASSy is the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System, linking East and Southern Africa to the rest of the world. WACS, the West African Cable System, is reported to be the biggest of all the cable systems in development, and will link Southern and West African countries to Europe. Economic growth Cheaper telecoms costs will have a profound impact on the South African economy and infrastructure development. Davies pointed out that the major driving force behind global economic growth is new technologies, particularly those that provide innovation and stimulate development. A new World Bank report, Information and Communications for Development 2009: Extending Reach and Increasing Impact, confirms that broadband capacity boosts economic growth. It argues that every 10% increase in high-speed internet connections in developing countries leads to a 1.3% increase in economic growth. The report also claims that access to ICT services is vital for economic and social development of sub-Saharan Africa. The World Bank has already cited that capacity is one of the biggest constraints holding back the region’s development of broadband connectivity. Davies agreed that there is a correlation between broadband growth and economic development. With the new cables, South Africa will be in a position to take advantage of innovation and local production. This will in turn contribute to growth of the country’s GDP, help new businesses establish itself, and stimulate the infrastructure development needed for public and private initiatives. He pointed out that a lot of the continent’s current internet traffic is dependent on expensive satellite connections, due to the lack of fixed-line infrastructure. But with new undersea cables under construction or in the planning process, the continent’s predicament may well change. “Between African governments and private companies wanting to invest in the continent, billions of rands have been allocated to the various undersea cable projects to get the continent’s broadband up to par,” Davies said. There is even market speculation that once these projects are complete, Africa will have an excess of bandwidth capacity – a positive boost for business, infrastructure and ultimately the economy. But he warned that these benefits were also dependent on the regulatory environment. “The undersea cables will provide the necessary means for increased bandwidth. The deciding factor, however, will be the way in which these cables are managed and regulated.” Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.comRelated articlesSouth Africa onlineBroadband boom brings freer speechSA web users to double by 2014Better broadband for AfricaBroadband centre launches in SAUseful linksSeacomEASSy – Eastern Africa Submarine Cable SystemConnection TelecomRSA WebWeb AfricaNeotelInternet Governance ForumWorld Bank: Information and Communications for Development 2009last_img read more

Introduce Friends to Geocaching with this 1 Free App

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching on the Go – Geocaching.com Weekly NewsletterAugust 15, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”So Long “Intro” — Meet the Geocaching® AppMarch 9, 2016In “News”DIY “Wow Power” for Your Next LogJune 8, 2014In “Geocaching Quizzes” Geocaching has never been easier to share or take along on a spontaneous adventure.The official Geocaching Intro apps for Android, iPhone and Windows Phone serve up beginner geocaches. The app is loaded with helpful advice, tips and videos to turn muggles into geocachers in just a few clicks. The apps offer your friends everything they need to launch on a geocaching adventure. Use the app to search for Traditional geocaches, navigate to their locations and log finds. Now when friends ask about geocaching, you can say, “download the official Geocaching intro app, and I’ll show you all about it.” Or say something even wittier, maybe even add a joke. Your friends like jokes.If you’re a Geocaching Premium Member the intro app offers even more features, like access to all Traditional geocaches regardless of terrain or difficulty, including Premium Member Only Traditional caches. Download the app for your phone now, and begin a geocaching adventure anywhere.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Space & Time Disruption: Understanding the PCS Experience

first_imgWritten By: Christopher Plein, Ph.D. West Virginia University and MFLN Military Caregiving Team Return to article. Long DescriptionFor most of us in civilian world, the promise of a new move brings both excitement and apprehension. The same can be said for military families.  However, what is distinct in the military context is that moving from place to place is not an option so much as it is a job requirement. The PCS process is necessary for force preparedness and flexibility.The report inventories the many different military-related and DoD sponsored programs and support systems that exist for families. Because of this robust system, the report does not call for new policies, programs and services, but instead concentrates on how these might be more closely coordinated and enhanced.  The military branches and the DoD have long embraced the concept of a “warm hand-off” for a family moving from one location to another, this report helps to highlight new opportunities for improving this process.The report not only sheds light on how space, that is moving across distance, affects military personnel and their families, it provides very helpful analysis on how families deal with the PCS process over time (pp. 20-25). The report uses survey data to show how service member and spouse attitudes towards PCS vary in the months prior and after a move.  The general finding is that stress intensifies in the weeks ahead of a move, but that families are resilient on the backend of the move.  This finding alone should remind us that families may have different needs and concerns throughout the PCS process.The work of the MFLN emphasizes providing support to those helping military families in transition.  Indeed, our colleagues in the MFLN Personal Finance and the MFLN Family Transition teams have hosted a three-part webinar series on the PCS process.  Their most recent webinar in this series focuses specifically on the Enhancing Family Stability during Permanent Change of Station report.The work of our MFLN Caregiving team also helps to complement our understanding of issues associated with moving to a new state and community.  For example, our various webinars and blogs on policies and systems across the U.S. contribute to our understanding how education, family, and healthcare services may be quite different from place to place.Across time and space, the journey can be exciting but also challenging.  A better understanding of the PCS process allows those who help military families to acquire new knowledge and resources. This image was purchased by MFLNMC from iStock.com under member ID 8085767. This image was purchased by MFLNMC from iStock.com under member ID 8085767. Return to article. Long DescriptionAs a professor, I am fortunate that I am able to rub elbows and interact with colleagues from many different academic disciplines. I am intrigued with the work of astrophysicists. Much of what they do involves exploring the mysteries of space and time and how it shapes our universe. Curiosity being what it is, I sometimes pick up a book or two on the subject.  Much attention is focused on the expansion of the universe. The big take away is that this movement, so to speak, is not always smooth and uniform.  Some explain that this helps to account for the formation of stars and galaxies. So clearly, some good comes out of this disruption.After a long cross-country flight spent reading about the cosmos, the echo of these thoughts remained as I read a recent report on the Permanent Change of Station (PCS) experience for military families. Produced by the Rand Corporation for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, the report, Enhancing Family Stability during a Permanent Change of Station, explores how PCS disrupts the lives of military personnel and their families.  This disruption need not necessarily be negative, but it does create challenges and stresses that are bound by both space and time.The report is provides insight on the tempo and dynamics of the PCS process. On average, in any year about one-third of active duty military personnel go through the PCS process and are relocated to a new assignment and community the report notes (page ix).  Another way to look at this is that the typical military family faces a move every three years or so.last_img read more

Information Minister pays tribute to life and work of Winnie Mandela

first_imgInformation Minister, Senator Ruel Reid  has expressed sadness at the death today at the age of 81 of Mrs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid campaigner and former wife of the late President Nelson Mandela.In a statement, Senator Reid said Mrs. Madikizela-Mandela was a courageous and valiantly fighter against the apartheid state and whose struggle for justice in South Africa served as an inspiration to hundreds of millions around the world.The people of Jamaica will long remember her for her grace in the face of great adversity especially when she became the public face of the anti-apartheid struggle during the 27 years when her then husband Nelson, was imprisoned by the South African regime. Her tenacity and great courage will not be forgotten, Senator Reid said.last_img

Duke Of Cambridge Meets Mens Mental Health Campaigners

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge recently visited ‘Campaign Against Living Miserably’ (CALM), a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, to lend his support to their ‘Best Man Project’.The Duke of Cambridge meets men’s mental health campaignersCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukOn arrival His Royal Highness met staff, volunteers and supporters from CALM, before joining a group of men who are taking part in filming ‘Best Man Project’ videos, where they chat about the importance of friendship and issues around mental wellbeing.CALM delivers services for men in crisis or distress, supporting people around them and those bereaved by suicide. You access their support HERE.The Best Man Project was launched by CALM to promote the idea that you don’t have to wait for a wedding to be a great friend, and because male friendships can be instrumental in men looking after their mental health.With male suicide the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK and social isolation becoming an issue, having good friends that recognise the signs of mental illness is increasingly important.The Duke is a keen mental health campaigner, and in 2016, together with The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, he created Heads Together Campaign, which created a national conversation about mental health.Retired footballer Rio Ferdinand and friend Jamie have been making a video for the Project – they previously took part in a Heads Together #oktosay video.His Royal Highness then joined a roundtable discussion, chaired by Ronan Kemp, where participants had the chance to share what they’ve been through and why male friendship is important to mental wellbeing.Participants included Carl Anka, who is a writer, podcaster and journalist who writes about mental health – the CALM helpline helped Carl in his darkest hour on more than one occasion.CALM also campaign for long-term culture change to redefine and open up masculinity, so that over time fewer men will need support at crisis point.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more

Lego Movie 2 not as awesome as the first but its pretty

first_imgCulture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers.  2019 movies to geek out over Post a comment 2:14 1:46 Movie reviews Lego Tags TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: 77 Photos 0 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice The characters and sets still come complete with scarred and pitted texture on their surfaces, just like real plastic, for an authentic stop-motion look. But whether it’s a space battle between various kinds of Lego or a vampire DJ with the voice of Noel Fielding or a startling detour into crayon, the humour is completely unfettered by such boring adult concerns as logic or physics. The result is a trippy treat for kids and adults.In the first film, everything was awesome for a young boy playing in his basement with Lego bricks. But now everything’s been ruined by the arrival of his sister and her Duplo blocks. Anyone with kids will recognise the younger one’s unstoppable urge to be up in the older sibling’s business, and the ructions that can cause. The older brother asserts himself against his sister’s childish ways by adopting a tough, cynical tone, complete with dark, gritty brooding — so much brooding. Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, loves this darker tone, but it’s clear all is not right in Lego world.Enlarge ImageChris Pratt, who starred alongside velociraptors in Jurassic World, encounters familiar chums in The Lego Movie 2. It’s just that kind of flick. Eric Charbonneau The only ray of sunshine in this blasted heckscape is Emmet, the perennially cheerful hero of the first movie with the bouncy voice of Chris Pratt. His fellow adventurer, Lucy Wyldstyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks) has taken to the darker tone like a goth to mascara, but Emmet won’t give up his sunny disposition. Until sinister aliens kidnap his friends, that is, and he blasts off into space determined to toughen up and get grim ‘n’ gritty too.lego-movie-2-rev-1-lg2-t2-2707-high-res-jpegEnlarge ImageBatman, Wyldstyle and the gang return. Eric Charbonneau Right from the off, the action is as colourful and epic as the first movie. It’s dizzyingly kinetic, zapping along at breakneck speed as hilarious gags fly thick and fast. None of the songs quite measure up to the first movie’s earworm anthem “Everything is Awesome” — even the self-consciously needy “This Song’s Gonna Get Stuck Inside Your Head” — but they’re upbeat and fun. And if in all the chaos you miss a joke, or a song doesn’t connect, there’ll be another one along in about a millisecond.In his quest to break through the Stairgate to the Systar system, Emmet is aided in his quest by Rex Dangervest, an action hero so masculine his crew are velociraptors and his spaceship is shaped like a literal fist. Unlike Emmet, Rex doesn’t build — he breaks. And Emmet begins to think he’ll have to break stuff to save the day.lego-movie-2-rev-1-lg2-fp-0097r-high-res-jpegEnlarge ImageRex Dangervest, action hero, gives Emmet a new role model. Warner Bros. He’s wrong, of course, which might be a level of dramatic irony too far for younger viewers. But this is one semiotically complex movie. In the past, you might have a kid getting sucked into Lego world and trying to get back. But this is 2019, where movies operate on a whole other level of meta-textual sophistication. The Lego Movie 2 works as a meta-narrative switching between the “real” world and the Lego world, which also includes characters from other pop culture narratives, who are both unaware of the real world and yet somehow also aware of their position in the zeitgeist. And it’s a musical. With time travel. On top of that, the film is based on a real-life children’s toy, and then the characters and vehicles created for the film become real-life toys, in shops now.Seriously, the whole endeavour is a crazy moebius strip of postmodern recursive metatextuality. With songs.Jeez, just because kids can work an iPad at six months old, apparently they’re expected to get Baudrillardian simulation theory. But whether the youngsters parse the postmodern juxtaposition or just dig the tunes, there’s also a pretty clear message about getting along with people and staying positive even when things look bleak. As the young boy from the first movie ages into a teenager, it’s suggested he should resist cynicism. In fact, you don’t have to squint very hard to see the film address boys on the verge of being radicalised into cynical or extremist beliefs. Listen to the Lego Movie, kids, and don’t swallow the red pill. Life lessons, jokes, celebrity cameos — it’s all here. The Lego flick schtick is such catchy pop fun you’re guaranteed to have a great time. Sure, the Lego Movie 2 might not be as innovative as the first part, but it never lets you catch your breath long enough to realise that. Yup, this is how you build a sequel. Lego Movie 2: Everything to know The Lego Movie 2 builds a dizzying, gloriously silly… Remember when everything was awesome? The first Lego Movie from 2014 was a colourful — well, mostly yellow —  and giddy explosion of enthusiasm, humour and spectacular animation. Now The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part has arrived, and things are a lot more complicated.One thing the first movie had was novelty. Five years and two spin-offs later, the sequel doesn’t pop with quite the same freshness. It doesn’t help that the opening act is set in a parody of Mad Max: Fury Road, which isn’t the freshest gag in the world. But The Second Part does have the trademark Lego movie combination: It’s exuberant, dynamic, eye-popping and, above all, gloriously, unrestrainedly bonkers.last_img read more

Revenge After Amitabh Bachchans Twitter account hack Indian hackers put actors image

first_imgIndian hackers take revenge of Amitabh Bachchan’s Twitter account hackVarinder ChawlaAfter Amitabh Bachchan’s Twitter account was hacked by Turkish hackers called Ayyildiz Tim, a group of Indian hackers apparently took revenge by hacking one Turkish website on Tuesday.A Twitter handle named Indian Cyber Soldiers, which claims to be a group of Indian hackers tweeted out a screenshot of a website page that shows Bachchan holding the national flag. The image also has “Feel the power of India” and “Hindustan Zindabad” written on it.The group claims to have hacked the Turkish website and replaced the official page with the picture showing Big B. Although it is not clear if it was actually a Turkish website, and if at all it was hacked by the group, many Indians have shared screenshot congratulating the Indian hackers for the revenge. The same Twitter page has a few other old tweets, claiming to have hacked Bangladeshi and Pakistani websites in the past.Bachchan’s Twitter account was hacked on Monday night, by which, the hackers replaced the actor’s display picture with that of Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan. Turkish hackers Ayyildiz Tim had claimed to have done that in the tweets made from Bachchan’s handle.The hackers had made some pro-Pakistan and anti-India tweets from the hacked account. The first tweet that was made from it read, “This is an important call to the whole world! We do condemn the irrespective behaviours of Iceland republic towards Turkish footballers. We speak softly but carry a big stick and inform you about the big Cyber attack here. As Ayyıldız Tim Turkish Cyber Army +++”.”The Indian State, who mercilessly attacks the Muslims fasting in the month of Ramadan, is attacking the Ummah Muhammad in this age! Indian Muslims are entrusted to us by Abdulhamid,” this was the second tweet made by the hackers.While this incident remained a major topic on social media on Tuesday, Bachchan’s Twitter account was soon restored.last_img read more

Black Panther Continues Reign Atop DVD Bluray Disc Sales Charts

first_imgMarvel’s “Black Panther,” distributed by Walt Disney Studios, held back a pair of newcomers to handily top the home video sales charts for a second consecutive week.The top new release on NPD VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended May 26 was 20th Century Fox’s spy thriller “Red Sparrow,” which debuted at No. 2 selling 22% as many discs as the returning superhero actioner.“Sparrow” stars Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballerina who is forced into becoming a seductive secret agent after her dancing career is cut short due to injury. It earned $46.9 million at the domestic box office.No. 3 on both charts was Warner’s “Game Night,” a comedy about a group of friends who are caught up in a life-and-death caper that they believe is an elaborate role-playing game. It took in $68.9 million at U.S. theaters. Top 10 Media Play News rental chart for the week ended 5/27/18:1. Game Night (new)2. Black Panther3. 12 Strong4. Peter Rabbit5. Den of Thieves6. Fifty Shades Freed7. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle8. The Greatest Showman9. Maze Runner: The Death Cure10. Early Man (new)For complete sales and rental charts, visit MediaPlayNews.com ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Rounding out the top five on both charts were Universal Pictures’ “Fifty Shades Freed” at No. 4 and Fox’s “The Greatest Showman” at No. 5.Three other new releases managed to crack the top 20, led by Warner’s “The 15:17 to Paris,” which bowed at No. 6 overall and No. 8 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart. The Clint Eastwood-directed docudrama, which earned $36.3 million domestically, tells the story of the three American servicemen (playing themselves) who foiled a terrorist attack on a European train in 2015.Debuting at No. 11 (No. 14 on the Blu-ray Disc Sales chart) was the Image Entertainment fantasy “I Kill Giants,” followed by Lionsgate’s “Early Man,” a stop-motion animated film from the creators of “Wallace and Gromit,” at No. 12 (No. 13 on the Blu-ray chart).Universal’s re-release of the four “Jurassic Park” films in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray boxed set pushed the “Jurassic Park Collection” back onto the charts at No. 15 overall and No. 11 on the Blu-ray charts. The new 4K edition accounted for 73% of total unit sales of the four-movie set. A fifth film, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” is slated for theaters June 22.Among the new releases, “Red Sparrow” saw 62% of its total copies sold in the Blu-ray format, with 12% of the total being in the UHD format. Blu-ray accounted for 48% of “Game Night” and “I Kill Giants” sales, 45% for “15:17 to Paris,” and 50% for “Early Man.”For the second week of “Black Panther,” Blu-ray contributed 68% to its total copies sold, with 11% from UHD Blu-ray.On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended May 27, “Game Night” debuted at No. 1, with “Black Panther” slipping a spot to No. 2.Warner’s “12 Strong” dropped to No. 3, while Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit and Universal’s Den of Thieves held onto No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.“Early Man” entered the rental chart at No. 10.John Latchem is executive editor of Media Play News.Top 20 NPD VideoScan First Alert chart for the week ended 5/26/18:1. Black Panther2. Red Sparrow (new)3. Game Night (new)4. Fifty Shades Freed5. The Greatest Showman6. The 15:17 to Paris (new)7. Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi8. Peter Rabbit9. Deadpool10. Thor: Ragnarok11. I Kill Giants (new)12. Early Man (new)13. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle14. 12 Strong15. Jurassic Park Collection16. Coco17. Maze Runner: The Death Cure18. Rick and Morty: Season 319. Spider-Man: Homecoming20. Justice League Popular on Variety last_img read more

After Irma and Harvey wreak havoc here come Katia and Jose

first_imgWith file from The Associated Press. Tags: Travel Alert Travelweek Group Posted by SAN JUAN — As Hurricane Irma continues to roar across the Caribbean on a path toward Florida, a new tropical storm has formed in the Gulf of Mexico.Tropical Storm Katia formed early Wednesday off the coast of Mexico.The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Katia’s maximum sustained winds are near 65 kph with some strengthening forecast over the next two days. But the hurricane centre says Katia is expected to stay offshore through Friday morning.Credit: nhc.noaa.govThe storm is centred about 165 kilometres east of Tampico, Mexico, and is moving east-southeast near 4 kph.Tropical Storm Jose has formed in the open Atlantic far from land.Jose is located to the east of Hurricane Irma, which is a powerful and dangerous storm heading toward Antigua and perhaps the U.S.Jose is the 10th tropical storm of the season. It has maximum sustained winds of 65 kph and is about 2,420 kilometres east of the Lesser Antilles.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksIn August, Travelweek reported that 2017 was primed to be the worst hurricane season in years. The U.S.-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) re-issued its scheduled update for its 2017 hurricane season outlook with a jump in the predicted number of named storms and major hurricanes. After Irma and Harvey wreak havoc, here come Katia and Jose Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Connect With Locals on Trafalgars NEW 2019 Europe Britain Program

first_img Trafalgar, a world leader in travel for over 72 years is excited for clients to ‘Connect With Locals’ with the launch of their 2019 Europe & Britain program. Canadians clients can now experience ‘The Good Life’ and discover the vibrant cultures across the continent and the fascinating people of these incredible place along with some “locals only” hidden gems.No matter which trips clients choose to explore, they will be introduced to the local people for a first-hand cultural immersion. From local artisans, family-run establishments or Trafalgar’s exclusive ‘Be My Guest’ dining experiences in local’s homes, guests will uncover the real, rich soul of Europe and Britain.Clients can truly connect with the areas and people they are visiting during the following ‘Connect With Locals’ trip highlights:Best of Switzerland During Trafalgar’s 9-day Best of Switzerland trip, clients will enjoy Swiss hospitality with local, Claudine Conne of Domaine Champ de Clos and her daughter on the vine-clad hills slopping down to Lake Geneva. They will share stories of the many years they have tended their vines, sample their harvested wines that are never exported and produced only for locals and get to taste iconic Swiss cheeses and cured meats that have been handmade directly from farm to table. Irish Highlights Throughout Trafalgar’s 7-day Irish Highlights adventure, clients will have the incredible experience of meeting Catherine Fulvio of Glenealy Farmhouse, a local Irish cooking icon and discover her three-generation historic family home. She has written four cookbooks, won Cookbook of the Year in Ireland, and made three cooking series, along with cooking on NBC’s Today Show in the USA. They will enjoy her culinary expertise as they devour some of her traditional Irish fare ending in a slow baked apple and carrot cake signature dessert.Scenic Scandinavia and its FjordsEmbarking on Trafalgar’s 14-day Scenic Scandinavia and its Fjords guided holiday, clients can enjoy the Øvre-Eide family on their livestock farm in Bergen, Norway dating back to the 1500s. They will enjoy a guided walking tour of the farm, learning about their farming region and farm’s history, before enjoying a delicious meal of typical Norwegian cuisine.For more information on Trafalgar’s ‘Connect With Locals’ experiences, please contact your local Sales Manager or visit Trafalgar.com/en-ca and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and, Twitter. Posted by Tags: Trafalgar, Trafalgar Spotlight ‘Connect With Locals’ on Trafalgar’s NEW 2019 Europe & Britain Program Sharecenter_img Saturday, October 6, 2018 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more