The just concluded, Tourism Indaba 2017 has been deemed a tremendous success. The event which held in the Kwazulu Natal province of South Africa from the 16th to the 18th of May saw a growth in visitors by a whopping 20%. This year’s African Travel Indaba attracted about 7000 delegates, including 1449 local and international buyers, as well as more than 1000 exhibiting businesses from 18 African countries showcasing a diverse array of travel and tourism offerings. A total of 692 registered media representatives attended the show, an 8% increase over 2016. Welcome to Indaba video:
Sisa Ntshona, CEO of South African Tourism mentioned while speaking at the launch, “All signs point to Africa being the new tourism frontier”. He further went on to speak about the global increase in international arrivals of 3.9% which exceeded the global increase in international arrivals overall. “So Africa is definitely the happening place to be, with vast untapped tourism potential that could buoy the greater African economy and contribute its prosperity”, he said. Mr Ntshona’s statement was further reinforced by South African President Jacob Zuma who, in officially opening this year’s travel show on Tuesday 16 May, referred to it as “a wonderful way to celebrate Africa Month and to showcase the beauty of our country and our continent. This week we bring Africa and the world together at this home-grown trade show where Africa markets itself to the world.” With an air of satisfaction, Zuma revealed that more than a billion people now travel around the world every year, and world international tourist arrivals grew by 4% on average with Africa enjoying an 8% increase in international tourist arrivals to reach 58 million arrivals. This meant that Africa is growing at twice the rate of the global average. In this spirit, the president urged that Africa ought to work together as global partners. West Africa is firmly carried along, as SAT West Africa further strengths partnership and collaboration by hosting 28 Nigerian Tourism delegates that at this year’s Indaba. The West African team were also treated to an especially engaging media session with SAT’s CEO Ntshona and Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa where the discussion revolved around promoting tourism in Africa as a whole. During the 2-day travel show, the delegates were able to interact with top international buyers. In addition to the partnership, for the first time ever in Nigeria’s history, the Director General of National Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) in his office as DG visited the indaba. He was joined by three trade associations, NANTA, TOUGHA and NATOP. CEO of Tour Operators Union of Ghana, Mrs Nancy Quartey-Sam said, “Every time I come to the indaba, there is something new. The Indaba is an important platform to promote African tourism to Africa.” While the DG of NTDC, Mr Folorunsho Coker spoke of the travel show being for Africa as a whole. “It is setting the pace for a Pan-African gathering where eventually every African country will be represented”, he motioned. With exhibitor opportunities now being extended to West Africa, we can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store. Indaba opens up channels for Nigeria and Ghana to further develop the growing tourism industry, meet with top international buyers, in turn showcasing unique products and tourism experiences here in West Africa. 2017 Indaba also saw the launch of South Africa’s “I Do Tourism” marketing campaign, which will highlight how tourism, a rapidly growing sector, has the potential to change people’s lives for the better by making a direct and tangible contribution to inclusive economic growth. This statement by Bankole Bernard,the president of National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies sums it all up: “My perspective this year on indaba is totally different from last year. Last year was my first indaba and we came to observe. This year, I see how the event is no longer a South African one but an African one that is seeking to gather the entire continent together and showcase its products, anchored and hosted by South Africa.” Post Indaba, the West African delegates continue on enjoying the beautiful sights and experiences South Africa has to offer. Indaba was significant in uniting Africans for a cause that may well put Africa on the map as a continent known for something other than her obsoleteness as is often depicted. Africa is a treasury that must be exhibited. Let’s all do tourism and work to unfolding its road map! “ If tourism wins, we all win,” Ntshona said. Follow us on Instagram @Travel2sa Twitter: Travel2SA1 Facebook – Travel to Southafrica INDABA: www.indaba-southafrica.co.za South African Tourism: www.southafrica.net ]]>
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Your Guide To The “Changing-Color” Gemstone, The Alexandrite
Alexandrite is one of the rarest gemstones and exhibits colour change with the light source. It is a rare form of chrysoberyl with the chemical formula Al2BeO4. Chrysoberyl is a rare mineral itself, and since the number of chrysoberyl that show colour change is very small, there is a very small chance of finding alexandrite.
It is almost impossible to find two alexandrites showing the same colours under the same light conditions. Some exhibit a shade of green in daylight, while others show a reddish shade under incandescent light. This is why it is described as “emerald by day, ruby by night.”
History of Alexandrite
It is recorded that the first samples of alexandrite were discovered by a Finnish mineralogist, Nils Gustaf Nordenskjold. These were found in Russian emerald mines close to the Tokovaya River in the Urals.
The stone itself is named after the Russian tsar Alexander II. The legend says that the gem was first discovered on his 16th birthday. Because of the vibrant green and red colours that the gem shows, the alexandrite was named as the official stone of the Tsardom of Russia. This was because red and green were the major colours of the old Imperial Russia.
Alexandrites of very high quality are extremely beautiful, and they are hardly used for making jewellery. An in-depth look into antique Russian jewellery may yield results, though, since the best Russian jewellers fell in love with the gemstone.
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George Frederick Kunz, the master gemologist at Tiffany’s, also loved the alexandrite. As a result, a number of rings were made during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Victorian jewellery from England also possessed some small alexandrites.
What is the Meaning of Alexandrite?
Alexandrite is the birthstone for the month of June. According to Russian legends, the wearers will have good luck and good fortune. It is also generally believed that the stone brings excellence by helping its wearer to have concentration, self-control, and discipline.
Alexandrite is associated with the Gemini zodiac sign. It is also known as the “stone of Mercury.” Because it represents the planet Mercury, it is said to possess the healing power of the messenger god.
The gem is also known as a rejuvenating one. It would pick you up if you are feeling down. It is also said to possess emotional healing ability, and be able to provide comfort.
How Does Alexandrite Form?
Alexandrite is simply a chrysoberyl. It is a mineral that consists of colourless or yellow chrysoberyl, chrysoberyl cat’s eye, and colour changing alexandrite cat’s eye. It is different from other chrysoberyl because it contains chromium as a major impurity.
The colour-change phenomenon that Alexandrite exhibits is rare because of its chemical composition. It can only be formed when aluminium and beryllium combine with chromium, iron, and titanium. There are rare occasions when vanadium is contained in the make-up.
The probability of chromium combining with aluminium and beryllium under the appropriate conditions to form alexandrite is extremely small. This is a major reason why alexandrite is so rare and valuable.
Alexandrites are now mined in Brazil, Tanzania, India, Myanmar, and Madagascar. Some of the finest stones have been mined in Sri Lanka, including the world’s largest faceted alexandrite which was 65.7 carats.
Recently, lab-grown or synthetic alexandrite became a popular choice for alternative to natural alexandrite. BIRON® Gems is a good place to start with such gemstones. They grow from the same chemical ingredients under the same conditions as the natural counterpart, resulting in more affordable.
The Colour of Alexandrite
Colour change is the main characteristic that differentiates alexandrite from other varieties of chrysoberyl. Although there are other minerals that exhibit colour change, only a few show a clear change in colour saturation like the alexandrite. The colour-change phenomenon that it shows is called the “alexandrite effect.” This unique characteristic makes it very valuable, especially in fine qualities.
The best alexandrites are blue-green, greenish blue, vanadium green, or teal under fluorescent or daylight. They change colour to red or purple-red under incandescent light. The more visible the change in colour and the more vivid the colour, the more valuable the gem.
The colour change effect is because the alexandrite transmits green and red light equally. The light sources (incandescent and daylight) are rich in wavelengths, and this affects the colour of the gemstone.
They are also noted for their ability to show different colours when checked in different directions, which is called “pleochroism.” The pleochroic colours in alexandrite are green, orange, and purple-red.
A natural alexandrite that is transparent, of good quality and has a good colour change can be quite pricey. But if any gemstone is worth breaking the bank for, it is an alexandrite. It is simply a unique and spectacular stone.
Appzforpc Announces a Blink App for PC
Technology is influencing every aspect of human civilization. Security is one of the issues that has received vehement support from technology; the introduction of blink cameras in building security management has been among the greatest breakthroughs in the security docket. Blink cameras have aided in the investigation of gruesome security issues. However, technological advancement has not stopped its influence in most sectors. Blink camera app management has also come.
These are web-based applications that are compatible with mobile phones and used in managing the blink apps. By configuring these apps with personal computers, the house managers and owners can follow the activities recorded by the blink cameras even when they are far from the buildings.
Therefore, it is easier for the managers to track the activities in their houses and buildings for their information. Therefore, on the premises, managers can follow their employees and understand the status of the performance when far away.
Appzforpc site has been unleashing most of the web-based applications that are mobile compatible that add to the convenience of the human lifestyle. The site has announced the release of the blink app for pc used to manage the blink cameras. The site has also unleashed the features of the blink camera app. Among them is the ability to send and receive voices and video recordings with the people ta the premises. Therefore, employees can talk to their managers through a video recording through the blink cameras.
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Managers and building owners have never had an easy time than this before. They can communicate with their employees with video recording through the blink cameras. Additionally, the blink app can also record voice recordings and motions within the premises covered by the blink cameras. It is thus becoming easier for the managers to detect even the slightest occurrences in their premises environments, even when they are far away.
The blink app requires a stable internet connection to send clear video and sound recordings. Therefore, the users are only required to ensure that they have a stable network to access better services with the blink apps. Moreover, the blink apps also have a stylish modern interface that is user-friendly. Therefore, users should not mind the usability of the apps as they are easy to install and use both on the PC and compatible with mobile phones.
The iOS and the android processors can support the blink apps for the user’s convenience. The blink camera app is also compatible with the Siri and Alexa virtual artificial intelligence assistant. Therefore, you can achieve much more with the blink app as it is compatible with most other virtual assistants.
Moreover, the blink app is also capable of tilting, zooming, and also pan. Therefore, the users can also manipulate the blinking camera to ensure they get the maximum coverage view to convince them. Therefore, with the blink app, users can monitor their premises virtually.
In the light of the covid 19 pandemic, the introduction of the blink app for the cameras has been such a breakthrough. When everyone shuts their offices and works remotely, the blink app enables office users to monitor their offices from home. It is essential for the security of the premises.
Additionally, in the case where the managers are working away from the office, they can also be able to monitor the employees remotely. Appzforpc site maintains updated information on the mobile and computer compatible applications that can be used to convince the human civilization. Therefore, users can always find amazing apps on the appzforpc site. The site is always updated with relevant information for the visitors.
Novachill Prides the Best Flower Refrigerator in the Market
Like most other energy-intensive electrical appliances, Fridges require attention to select and choose. Having the right fridge goes a long way in ensuring that users get the best quality cooling and preservative for their products. Moreover, flowers, like many other fresh products, require effective cooling. Any slight compromise on the quality of the colling can lead to the gem products going bad. Therefore, having the right fridge for the right products is essential. Flower fridges require more space and efficiency. Therefore, clients cannot just use any fridges to tear flowers.
There is a time when the flowers will be ready for harvest but with no immediate market. In such cases, flower farmers and business people would require high-capacity flower fridge to keep the flowers as newly as on the farm. However, these fridges must be energy efficient as they would run on until the flowers are sold. Therefore, Novachill has been in the business for over forty years, providing the best quality flower fridges. The company has established a huge brand name in the market with various fridges. Clients can choose the single, double and triple door fridges depending on their needs. However, each of the fridges from Novachill comes with the same quality. The definition is the capacity only.
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However, the fridges come with a heated door to ensure that the products in the fridges can remain visible as crystals. Therefore, regardless of the fingerprint market and other dirt that can stick to the door, the self-heated doors would clear from time to tie to ensure that visibility is given. The Novachill fridge doors are glass doors to ensure that the produced store is visible. Therefore, the fridges are ideal for flower sellers and supermarkets. Customers can inspect the flowers even without having to open the doors. Nonetheless, if the doors are opened, the self-closing mechanism ensures that there are no leaks in between that can compromise the freshness of the flowers stored therein.
Novachill promises a four years warranty period for all their fridge parts to their customers. They are confident in the products they deliver to their customers. However, the warranty also covered a labor warranty of two years. This means that clients can enjoy agreeing on labor service on the fridges for years. In most of the products sold in the past, most of the warranty goes unclaimed from the quality of the Novachill fridges. Therefore. Clients can be sure that they can bet on the Novachill fridges.
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Additionally, the fridge comes with adjustable metal shelves. This means that users can disorient the arrangement to the pattern that suits them. The adjustable shelves are developed deliberately to ensure that the users can adjust the flowers’ storage depending on the flowers’ sizes. Moreover, the fridges are energy efficient. They are rated as energy efficient by the manufacturer and thus do not consume much power. Users can save more on energy bills with Novachill fridges than from most other electrical appliances.
Novachill provides flexible payments on its products. Clients can choose to make a deposit and complete the rest of the payments in installments. Moreover, they can also get a quote on the fridges online just by completing the online required form. The Novachill fridge site is supported by customer service that is always available. Therefore, if Novachill fridge users develop challenges with their products, they can always communicate and have the repairs done soonest. Users should not worry about the repair of the Novachill fridges they purchase as that is organized by the company regardless of their location.
Humanitarian Awards Global Announces 2022 Honorary Awardees
In the quest to inspire the next generation of change-makers, who are passionate about impacting lives and changing the narrative,the highly anticipated awards ceremony is expected to host Honorees/Awardees from about a dozen different countries on 27th August 2022 at the plush Labadi Beach Hotel.
The third edition of the ceremony to be held under the theme ‘Celebrating change makers’, is organised annually to recognize, honor, and celebrate change-makers, volunteer leaders, NGOs, philanthropists, corporations, and professionals to advance the importance of their incredible contributions to society. The project also provides a platform for them to tell their stories, share their impact as well as network with others in the field.
“Through this initiative, we are presented with another opportunity not only to celebrate change makers but showcase the individual and collective works of people who are earnestly inspiring the next generation of leaders in and beyond”.
The Honorary Award is given to honor distinctive works of service and lifetime achievements.
This year’s list has a broad representation including diplomats, board chairs, CEOs, scholars, chancellors, professors, and philanthropists who have influenced society positively.
Below is the list of Honorees to be celebrated this year at The Humanitarian Awards Global 2022
H.E. Anne Sophie Ave || Ambassador of France to Ghana- Ambassador
Sister Elizabeth Newman. (Director, Catholic Orthopedic Center) – Humanitarian-Ghana
Lisa Jones – C.E.O/Co-Founder, Global Goodwill Ambassadors Foundation; Founder/President, GGAF Learning Institute; Founder/Publisher ‘The Ambassadors’ Magazine – Humanitarian-USA
Carolyn Seaman ||Founder & Creative Director, Girls Voices Initiative -Humanitarian-Nigeria
Ibrahim Mahama|| Artist/Humanitarian – Ghana
Prof. Elsie Effah Kaufmann (First Female Dean of University of Ghana School of Engineering Sciences) – Education- Ghana
Mrs Creseldah Cassandra Ndlovu|| Innovative Social Entrepreneur -Humanitarian -South Africa
Richard Dipilla – Founder/Chairman, Global Goodwill Ambassadors Foundation – Humanitarian -USA
Dentaa Amoateng MBE ||Ghanaian Entrepreneur, Actress, TV Presenter, Philanthropist – Creativity- Ghana
Alex Favor Devine Jr. ||Founder, Youth for Change /Certified Consultant -Humanitarian-Liberia
Dr Hazel Berrard Amuah (CEO, Prudential Life Insurance) -HR-Ghana
Farida Yahya ||Founder of The Brief Academy/Social Entrepreneur/Published author -Humanitarian -Nigeria
Dzigbordi Kwaku-Dosoo ||Certified High-Performance Coach and Philanthropist – Performance Coach- Ghana
Mary-Jane Bopape, PhD || MD, South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON)- South Africa- Scientist
Chrissy Sykes – Creator, My Body-is-My-Body; GGAF President of Child Advocacy; Co-Founder/Provost, GGAF Learning Institute; Co-Publisher ‘The Ambassadors’ Magazine -Child Protections- UK.
Seth Kwame Boateng|| Humanitarian/Journalist- Ghana
Adekemi Adeniyan||Executive Director of Dentalcare Foundation – Humanitarian- Nigeria
Menaye Donkor ||Businesswoman, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist -Entrepreneur- Ghana
Glanis changachirere || Human Right Activist/Feminist – Activist- Zimbabwe
Amanda Obidike || Goldman Sachs Winner/Techwomen100 Global Achiever – Technology- Nigeria
Nana Esi Idun-Arkhurst’s || Retail Director-Fidelity Bank-Ghana -Retail Banking-Ghana
Amanda Obidike || Goldman Sachs Winner/Techwomen100 Global Achiever – Technology- Nigeria
Dr. Caryn Agyeman Prempeh ||Medical Doctor,Advocate For Cervical Cancer – Humanitarian– Ghana
Satta F. Sheriff || Executive Director – Action for Justice and Human Rights (AJHR) – Activist- Liberia
Nelson Kwaje ||Director, Defy Hate Now – Activist-South Sudan
Christian Atsu || Prison Advocate -Prison Advocate- Ghana
Nisreen Elsaim (Chair of Sudan Youth Organization on Climate Change (SYOCC) which youth-led organization – Climate Change Activist- Sudan.
Prof. Richard Ansah ||Senior Lecturer of Philosophy University of Cape Coast- Education- Ghana
Ethel Cofie || CEO and Director of Edel Technology Consulting -Technology- Ghana
Amb. Temitayo Adigun – Founder/President, Wheel of Hope Rising; Country Chair, GGAF – Humanitarian-Nigeria
Tucci Goka Ivowi ||CEO, Ghana Commodity Exchanges – Business- Ghana
Charles Kwame Frimpong ||Philanthropist and Entrepreneur -Philanthropist- Ghana
Dr Hawa Malechi ||Medical Doctor and Philanthropist – Health- Ghana
Amb. Marina Osoba – La Roche Leadership Foundation; Co-Chair, GGAF – Humanitarian- Nigeria
Irene Asare ||BBC HR Director -HR-Ghana
Mandy Olowu – President/Founder, Hope Ambassadors and Childcare Organisation; Co-Chair, GGAF – Humanitarian- Nigeria.
Wendy Boatemaa Ofori ||Nurse/Philanthropist -Health- Ghana
Taiwo Olowu – Executive Chairman/Co-Founder, Hope Ambassadors and Childcare Organisation; GGAF VP – Africa Affairs, Serial Entrepreneur/Philantroprenuer – Humanitarian- Nigeria
Rev Steve Mensay (Pastor/Humanitarian – Humanitarian- Ghana
Dr. Tomasz Zaleski – Chairman, Royal Office UAE, Dubai- Humanitarian- Dubai
Brian Amoateng|| Philanthropist/Entrepreneur – Humanitarian- Ghana
Adisa Amanor-Wilks|| Founder/CEO of Abjel Communications, Social Entrepreneur-Ghana
Dr Yemisi Akinbobola-Media Entrepreneur, Academic and winner of CNN Journalist of the year 2016-Media-Nigeria
H.E Amb. Dr Samuel Ben Owusu. (United Nations Eminent Peace Ambassador and the Country Director) -Peace Advocate- Ghana
Yawa Hansen-Quao || Social Entrepreneur /Feminist – Social Entrepreneur-Ghana
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