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Martin Dean, Go-Ahead Managing Director – Bus Development and CPT President, discussed the recent research by KPMG – commissioned by the CPT – in the first seminar.Martin Dean was the first speaker of the showThe seminar highlighted that while patronage has fallen, those operators who have met the demands of customers have been very successful. Another point raised was that some of the reasons behind the decline were out of the industry’s control. “Our detractors will say ‘if you know your market so well, why has there been continued patronage decline?’,” Mr Dean says.“My first answer would be that those operators that have been most responsive to customer demand have been very successful and have buck the trend of customer decline. My second response is that so much of the decline needs to be normalised for factors outside of our control and this leads me nicely to the research.”The research, described by Mr Dean as “fascinating”, has provided a comprehensive analysis of the factors that are driving demand for bus travel in England [routeone/News/24 October].“One of the reasons this research is so important, and I’d go as far as saying it’s a game-changer, is that it lays bare what we already know in the industry: So much of patronage decline is due to factors beyond our control,” he says.Mr Dean says that that doesn’t mean the industry should be complacent and “just shrug our shoulders”, but that it shows the importance of working in partnership with key stakeholders as so many factors influencing demand are only actionable through co-operation.The seminar closed with Mr Dean urging people to use research, saying that it quantifies some of the issues the industry has.“Despite the challenges before us, I think we’ve got a bright future if we’re prepared to adapt,” he adds.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInStranraer Development Trust is set to launch a campaign to encourage people to Support Stranraer after being awarded funding from the ‘Towns and Business Improvement Districts Resilience and Recovery Fund’ which was financed by the Scottish Government and administered by Scotland’s Towns Partnership.Stranraer Development Trust’s application was supported by Dumfries & Galloway Council which resulted in them being awarded £12,500 to develop local activity to tie in with the national “Scotland Loves Local” campaign. The Trust plan to launch the Support Stranraer campaign in the next few weeks. The aim of the campaign is to build back confidence in the community by encouraging local people to support each other and to feel confident enjoying local facilities and buying from local businesses. The campaign will also invite people and local businesses to love local and invest in each other’s success by encouraging spend within the local community The campaign will include a range of marketing materials which will be made available to local businesses, and a series of promotional videos which are being produced by local film creator Mark Simpson of Scarlett Visuals.Allan Jenkins of Stranraer Development Trust said:“We wanted our local campaign to be about more than shopping locally, because being part of a community is about more than just where you shop. The people of Stranraer and the surrounding areas were absolute stars during lockdown, and the way our folk rallied round to look after each other and keep each other safe during lockdown is something we should all be rightly proud of.“The Support Stranraer campaign is about remembering that community spirit as we move into the autumn and winter months. It’s about reminding ourselves how lucky we are to live here, showcasing everything our town has to offer and encouraging each other to support the local shops, cafes, activity providers, restaurants, sports facilities and essential services that keep our town going and support so many local jobs. We are delighted to have been awarded funding from this covid recovery fund, and we are looking forward to launching this new campaign very soon.” Chairman of Stranraer Development Trust Romano Petrucci said:“We have come a long way over the past few years in changing the story of Stranraer, particularly through our Oyster Festival which is sorely missed this year. Our festival shows that when the people and businesses of Stranraer pull together we can achieve amazing things. That’s the thinking behind this campaign. We will work together to create a positive story of economic recovery from covid, and then we’ll share that story with the world.” The Support Stranraer campaign will launch in late-September. Local businesses who want to take part are encouraged to contact Stranraer Development Trust on [email protected] for more information.
Maersk Drilling has secured contracts for a two-well project for the drillship Maersk Valiant with Repsol Exploración Mexico, S.A. de C.V. for work in Block 10 and 29 offshore Mexico in the Gulf of Mexico. The contracts have an expected duration of 138 days and are set to commence in March 2020. In addition to the firm workscope, the contracts include two one-well options. The Maersk Valiant is a high-specification 7th generation drillship with integrated MPD capability which was delivered in 2013. It is currently warm-stacked in Port Fourchon, Louisiana. Author: Baibhav Mishra Sea News, June 26 “We are very pleased to expand our working relationship with Repsol through this commitment, which also adds to our presence in the exciting Mexican deepwater market following the recently disclosed contract for Mærsk Developer. In addition, it’s worth noting that Maersk Drilling’s entire floater fleet is now signed up for current or future work, meaning that all floaters are now activated and can be available for additional contracts with limited to no stacking period,” says CCIO Morten Kelstrup of Maersk Drilling.
Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph was carried off the field Sunday after being knocked out by Ravens safety Earl Thomas, due largely in part because the medical cart at Heinz Field wasn’t working.But the NFL claimed Rudolph didn’t need the cart anyway. Mason Rudolph knocked unconscious. #BALvsPIT pic.twitter.com/rWkF1YfZRT— Rob Lowder (@Rob_Lowder) October 6, 2019Rudolph was ruled out for the rest of the game with a concussion and taken to a local hospital for further evaluation but has since been released. ESPN reported Rudolph is “doing well” now that he’s resting comfortably at home.His status will be closely monitored this week after the Steelers turned to third-string quarterback Devlin Hodges. The team already lost Ben Roethlisberger to a season-ending elbow injury in Week 2.Pittsburgh will next face the Chargers (2-3) in Week 6 action before its Week 7 bye. Earl Thomas ‘worried’ about Mason Rudolph: ‘I didn’t intentionally try to hurt him’ Steelers, Mike Tomlin come up short vs. Ravens after rare coin-toss decision Rudolph was attempting to make a throw when Thomas hit him in the chin before he got the pass off. It was a scary scene as Rudolph laid motionless on his back for several minutes while the team’s medical staff attended to him and removed his facemask. He was later seen telling trainers, “I’m good” as he was helped to the locker room. “A cart was brought on the field in the event it was needed,” the league said in a statement, per ProFootballTalk. “After evaluating the player, medical staff determined a cart was not necessary in this instance. Had one been needed, there was a backup cart on the other sideline which was immediately available. He received appropriate medical care per gameday protocols, and is now in the concussion protocol.”According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which cited an unidentified stadium source, the cart did not break down and instead failed because of operator error. The report also noted Rudolph wanted to walk off the field rather than use the cart. Related News Mason Rudolph injury update: Steelers QB (concussion) leaves hospital after scary hit
Rose Hill High School 6:00PM Basketball: Girls Varsity Game Friday, Jan 12, 2018 7:30PM 9:00AM 6:00PM Away vs. Clearwater Grade Augusta Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017 Friday, Dec 15, 2017 Wellington High School Basketball: Girls Varsity Game 10 4:15PM Name Basketball: Girls JV Game 4:15PM Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 12 Basketball: Girls JV Game 5’3″ Basketball: Girls Varsity Game 4:15PM 10 Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018 El Dorado High School 5’3″ Cheney Eric Adams Away vs. Tba 2 Basketball: Girls JV Game 11 Andale Rylee Rusk Samantha Brown Basketball: Girls JV Game 4:15PM The roster: Away at Ark City. 5’9″ Basketball: Girls Varsity Game Draven Warnock Basketball: Girls JV Game Basketball: Girls Varsity Tournament Away vs. Hutch Trinity 4:15PM Winfield High School 21 5’7″ Delaney Parkey Away vs. Kingman, TBD Tba Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018 4:15PM Away vs. Clearwater Away at Ark City Andale Randy Strothman Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Clearwater High School Chaparral Wellington High School 13 4 Away vs. Mulvane Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 Natalie Henning Basketball: Girls JV Game 5’6″ Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018 Rose Hill Cheney High School Basketball: Girls Varsity Game 11 3:45PM Haven High School Away vs. Wichita Collegiate Basketball: Girls JV Tournament Wichita Collegiate School 11 5’6″ Basketball: Girls JV Game Basketball: Girls Varsity Tournament Wellington High School 12 Tba Away vs. Mulvane 6:00PM Arkansas City School 22 6:00PM Wellington High School Basketball: Girls JV Game Buhler Tba Thursday, Jan 25, 2018 Tuesday, Jan 2, 2018 2017 Wellington girls basketball team (click on picture for larger version)by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the past two years, Wellington has wracked up such a resume that when preseason prognosticators are picking the team to finish third – it is considered a rebuilding year.“I think we you have been the hunter for as long as we have, a lot of teams are looking forward to you becoming the hunted,” said Eric Adams, Wellington head girls basketball coach. “We are really going to have to up our game defensively and rebounding.”It will be hard to duplicate the past two seasons. After going 24-1 in 2015-16, the Crusaders came back and posted a 17-6 record and a second straight trip to the Class 4A Div. 1 state basketball tournament. Wellington has been 41-7 over the past two seasons for a 85.4 winning percentage. That’s pretty good.This year, life may not be as rosy. Wellington has lost 24.8 of its 51.6 point per game average from a year ago. Lauryn Snipes, a four-year starter, was a 15.3 ppg player. She is now playing at Florida International University in Miami and doing quite well (see her college stats here).You just don’t replace talent like that.Then there is Tayland French, who averaged 7.3 ppg and was the team’s leading rebounder with 7.3 rpg. She is now playing in Neodesha Community College.Wellington also learned it lost a key player, who was expected to play the post: Chloe Wilson, who moved to southeast Kansas.“We don’t have a post player,” Adams said. “So that is going to be interesting.”What Wellington is returning is still significant enough to keep the Crusaders in the upper echelon of the league, provided they don’t have significant injuries.Wellington will return three starters who are multi-year seasoned veterans.Avery Rusk will return after posting 11.5 ppg. S. French will be joining her after scoring 9 ppg. She was also the second leading rebounder with 6.3 rpg.MeKenna Adams will be the point guard, having started her freshman and junior years and being a key starter off the bench.The big negative is there are only 16 players out this year including three juniors and two sophomores. There are six freshman from that dominating eighth grade group.So the Wellington girls basketball program is most certainly a team in transition. Adams will need to decide just how young he wants to have the team.Look for at least Rylee Rusk, at 5-9, to play significantly in the varsity lineup as a freshman.Overall, the team is short. A. Rusk is tallest player at 5-10.As stated Wellington opens the season in the Cheney tournament. Then Wellington has two critical Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League games with Andale and Rose Hill. The Indians are slated to win the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV championship. Rose Hill is second. Wellington will eventually play in the very competitive Haven Tournament in January before going through a second stint of league games.Wellington is playing in the Arkansas City sub-state which will include Winfield and Coffeyville.The schedule: Basketball: Girls JV Game Basketball: Girls JV Game Basketball: Girls Varsity Game Clearwater 6:00PM Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Z 9 Basketball: Girls JV Tournament Goddard, 4:15PM Away vs. Winfield Wellington High School Rose Hill High School Away vs. El Dorado Andale High School Head coach: Hutchinson, KS Away vs. El Dorado Salina Bicentennial Center Friday, Feb 2, 2018 Basketball: Girls Varsity Game 11 Buhler Wellington High School TBD 6:00PM Augusta Wellington High School Avery Rusk Kingman High School 4:15PM Away vs. Andale Basketball: Girls Varsity Tournament Alexus Clift Wellington High School Away vs. Andale Mulvane High School Away vs. Hutch Trinity Friday, Mar 2, 2018 Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 Wichita Collegiate 4:15PM 5’5″ Friday, Feb 16, 2018 Arkansas City School. TBD Basketball: Girls Varsity Game Friday, Feb 23, 2018 Andale High School Kylie Aufdengarten Mulvane High School Away vs. Tba 6:00PM Basketball: Girls JV Tournament Basketball: Girls Varsity Game Wellington High School El Dorado High School Mulvane Friday, Feb 9, 2018 Wellington High School Wellington High School 6:00PM Rose Hill Friday, Jan 5, 2018 Chaparral 10 12 6:00PM Wichita Collegiate School Basketball: Girls Varsity Game 5’10” Away vs. Wichita Collegiate Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018 9 5’1″ 12 2:00PM 15 5’4″ 5’9″ Basketball: Girls Varsity Tournament Saturday, Mar 3, 2018 6:00PM 4:15PM Away vs. Winfield Basketball: Girls Varsity 4A Sub-State Championship Basketball: Girls Varsity 4A State Tournament 3 Haven High School Basketball: Girls Varsity Tournament Away vs. Tba, 6:00PM Away vs. Rose Hill 23 No. 5’7″ Ht. 20 Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018 5’3″ 6:00PM 3:00PM 6:00PM Jacelyn Buck 12 5 McKenna Jones Clearwater High School Away vs. Tba Wichita Collegiate Shayland French WHS Girls Basketball 9 Wellington High School Rose Hill Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017 9 Jaedyn Ledesma Clearwater 4:15PM Basketball: Girls Varsity Game Wellington High School Winfield High School Mulvane Assistants: Basketball: Girls Varsity Game Basketball: Girls Varsity Tournament Wellington High School 25 TBD 9 TBD 4:15PM TBD Gracie Fink Kadin Brown Myrland French 1 9 Basketball: Girls Varsity Game Basketball: Girls Varsity Game Basketball: Girls JV Game Basketball: Girls Varsity 4A Sub-State Playoffs Taylor Meyer Wellington High School 5’6″ Mykiland French Basketball: Girls JV Game 10 Thursday, Mar 8, 2018 6:00PM 5’3″ Basketball: Girls JV Game 24 Cheney 4:15PM Basketball: Girls JV Tournament Haven High School Hutchinson, KS 6:00PM Wellington High School Cheney High School Mekenna Adams 5’5″ Basketball: Girls JV Game Away vs. Rose Hill Friday, Jan 26, 2018 6:00PM 4:15PM
Share This!I came of age in the era of TripTiks–anyone else remember those? My how times have changed! These days, I can’t imagine traveling without a smartphone. Specifically, there are three must-have apps that should be on your phone if you’re traveling by car to Walt Disney World–or any other location.WazeIf you haven’t tried Waze, you’re probably thinking “But I already have at least one map navigation app on my phone. Why would I need another?” Simply put, Waze will save you time, although it may feel like you’ll be driving through someone’s living room to shave off a minute or two. Using real-time data, Waze finds the fastest route to your destination and updates it as you drive along. This can be extremely helpful when a major interstate is shut down. You’ll be rerouted along some itty bitty roads, but you’ll keep moving instead of being stuck for who knows how long.iExitAs reviewed here on the TouringPlans blog, this app is a lifesaver when it comes to travel on major highways around the country. Easily see where that next rest area is. Find food that your family can agree on. Locate gas and lodging. With so many features, this app should be on the phone of anyone who travels more than a few miles from their house.Hotel-Specific AppsIf you are a loyal customer of a particular brand of hotel, installing the hotel brand-specific app can be extremely useful. Brands like Hilton, Marriott, IHG (Holiday Inn, Candlewood, Staybridge, etc.), and more have their own apps. Features vary by brand, but include things like checking in and out through the app, ordering extras for your room before you arrive (for instance, extra pillows or towels), tracking reward point status, viewing your bill, making reservations, and providing a room key on your smartphone so you can go directly to your room and skip the check-in desk. This can save you a lot of headaches when all you want to do is drop your stuff in the room and collapse in bed after a long day driving.That’s my top three, but what do you think? Are there any apps that are a must-have when you’re on the road? Let us know in the comments.
South Africa’s National Development Plan Vision 2030 is drafted with the aim, among others, to eliminate poverty and create 11-million jobs by the year 2030.Schoolchildren at Ngidini Senior Primary School. The National Development Plan states that young people “deserve better educational and economic opportunities”. (Image: GovernmentZA, Flickr)Yvonne Fonteyn and Lucille DavieSixteen years. In that time South Africa will be a very different country, if the goals of Vision 2030, as set out in the National Development Plan (NDP), are met. The aim, among others, is to eliminate poverty and create 11-million jobs by the year 2030.“By 2030 we must be able to declare that no South African lives below a poverty line and we can fix that line,” Trevor Manuel, minister in the presidency for the National Planning Commission, said in the introduction to the NDP.Drafted by Manuel and 26 other commissioners, the plan aims to reduce inequality by 2030. It states: “South Africa can realise these goals by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.”According to the NDP, the peaceful transition from apartheid to democracy must be taken further. The government has already started to align the long-term aims of national departments with the plan, identifying where policy change is necessary for this alignment.“The NDP is a plan for the whole country,” the plan reads. “Government will engage with all sectors to understand how they are contributing to implementation, and particularly to identify any obstacles to them fulfilling their role effectively.”The plan starts with the president and deputy president, who will lead the change, setting an example for provincial premiers and local government mayors to follow.“This plan envisions a South Africa where everyone feels free yet bounded to others; where everyone embraces their full potential, a country where opportunity is determined not by birth, but by ability, education and hard work,” says the plan. “Realising such a society will require transformation of the economy and focused efforts to build the country’s capabilities. To eliminate poverty and reduce inequality, the economy must grow faster and in ways that benefit all South Africans.”Opportunities for young peopleYoung people will be a special focus – they “deserve better educational and economic opportunities”. More than this, “focused efforts are required to eliminate gender inequality”. “Promoting gender equality and greater opportunities for young people are integrated themes that run throughout this plan.”The commission noted that long-term shifts in global trade and investment were reshaping the world economy and international politics. Chief among these developments was the emergence of the rapidly growing economies of the Brics countries – China, India and Brazil in particular – as well as the increased growth in Africa.Globalisation presented additional risk for emerging markets, while climate change was another factor affecting development in South Africa. The country stands to benefit significantly from regional cooperation.Origins of the planPresident Jacob Zuma appointed the National Planning Commission in May 2010 to draft the NDP. An advisory body consisting of 26 people, the commission was drawn largely from outside the government, with members being selected for their expertise in key areas. It is chaired by Manuel, with ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa as deputy chairman.The commission’s Diagnostic Report, released in June 2011, set out South Africa’s achievements and shortcomings since 1994. It identified a failure to implement policies and an absence of broad partnerships as the main reasons for slow progress. And it set out nine primary challenges:Too few people work.The quality of school education for black people is poor.Infrastructure is poorly located, inadequate and under-maintained.Spatial divides hobble inclusive development.The economy is unsustainably resource-intensive.The public health system cannot meet demand or sustain quality.Public services are uneven and often of poor quality.Corruption levels are high.South Africa remains a divided society.DemographicsThe commission had to take into account the demographics of South Africa, including:The birth rate, which is at 1% now and is dropping, and is predicted to stand at 0.5% by 2030.About 60% of the population live in urban areas; by 2030 it is predicted to be 70%.The effects of immigration, which will add 0.1% to 0.2% to the population by 2030.The effects of HIV and Aids, which has stabilised at 10% of the population being HIV-positive.To maximise the benefits of this “demographic dividend”, says the commission, the country requires better nutrition and health care, improved educational standards, increased access to further and higher education, easier entry into the labour market and greater labour mobility, which is the ability to move to where jobs are on offer. All of these factors need to be taken into account in national planning.Goals of the NDPBy 2030 the country needs to eliminate income poverty. In other words, it must reduce the proportion of households with a monthly income of below R419 (US$42.2) a person (in 2009 prices) from 39% to 0%.And secondly, it must reduce inequality – the Gini coefficient, a measure of income disparity, should fall from 0.69 to 0.6.This will be achieved by increasing employment from 13-million in 2010 to 24-million in 2030; raising per capita income from R50 000 ($5 000) in 2010 to R120 000 ($12 100) by 2030; increasing the share of national income of the bottom 40% from 6% to 10%; establishing a competitive base of infrastructure, human resources and regulatory frameworks; ensuring that skilled, technical, professional and managerial posts better reflect the country’s racial, gender and disability makeup, and many other goals.An important focus of the NDP is to unite South Africans around a common programme that will enhance the Constitution’s vision of a united, prosperous, non-racial and non-sexist society. “Although progress has been made to improve the lives of women; discrimination, patriarchal attitudes and poor access to quality education persists.The plan deals with these factors holistically, recognising that key priorities such as education or rural development will have the biggest impact on poor women,” indicates the NDP.In addition, citizens should be encouraged to be active in their own development. The document says that while the state “must actively support and incentivise citizen engagement”, citizens should: actively seek opportunities for advancement, learning, experience and opportunity; work together with others in the community to advance development, resolve problems and raise the concerns of the voiceless and marginalised; and, hold the government, business and all leaders in society accountable for their actions.“The country we seek to build by 2030 is just, fair, prosperous and equitable. Most of all, it is a country that each and every South African can proudly call home. It is up to all South Africans to play a role in fixing the future.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Tour operator Andulela Experience offers visitors to Cape Town an interactive trip through the Cape jazz scene, which reflects life in the Mother City. (Image: Andulela Experience)• Monique Le RouxAndulela Experience+27 82 695 4 [email protected] KearneyFresh from another spectacularly successful Cape Town International Jazz Festival, the Mother City is plunging into Jazz Appreciation Month, and as always, it is offering a good, jazzy night out.There are, of course, the various clubs and pubs, led by the notable The Crypt at St George’s Cathedral and Straight No Chaser in the city bowl, as well as the veteran spots like Swingers in Wetton. But for something more intimate, try a jazz safari for size.The 15th annual jazz festival took place on 28 and 29 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), and all tickets were sold out by 3 March, according to organisers ESPAfrika; the two-day passes for the entire festival were sold out by 7 January. It’s a popular weekend indeed.On the programme were national and international maestros, with the likes of Abdullah Ibrahim; Erykah Badu; Jonas Gwangwa; Mike Rossi Project; Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra, allowing virtuoso Marcus Wyatt to pay tribute to the original South African sextet, whose compositions they played on Saturday night; Shane Cooper Quintet; and, Jimmy Nevis among them. At 87, pianist Randy Weston led his trio towards the sublime at 2.30am on Saturday morning. But for many, the standout performance was Kyle Shepherd and Bokani Dyer.And there was the Sounds Fringe Cape Town. Though not officially part of the festival, it added to the atmosphere. There were also workshops for musicians, producers and journalists, and performances at venues around Green Market Square and at various hotels. At least 15 000 people were at the opening night, as always held in Greenmarket Square. At the main stage at the CTICC – there were five stages in all at the venue – 20 000 people turned out for the shows. On Sunday, venues in Paarl and Wynberg were included.It kicked off a good month: April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), recognised around the world, culminating in International Jazz Day on April 30.The American Jazz Museum explains that JAM highlights the glories of jazz as both “a historical and a living treasure. Here is one special month to draw greater public attention to the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz… The story of America is embedded in the spirit and rhythms of jazz; captured in beats that have travelled through the African Diaspora and a spirit of freedom that has impassioned slave and free born, immigrant and migrant since America’s founding.”Indeed, the African diaspora has brought jazz to all corners of the world, and April 30 was declared International Jazz Day by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) in 2011. It is led by Unesco Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, the jazz muso. Osaka, Japan is the 2014 global host city. Presented each year in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the day “encourages and highlights intercultural dialogue and understanding through jazz, uniting people in all corners of the globe. The celebration is recognised on the official calendars of both Unesco and the United Nations,” says the organisation. On safariThis all makes April the best time to book a Cape Town Jazz Safari, run by Andulela Experience. Cape Town’s jazz is a special sound. Andulela explains that South African jazz was forged in a climate of rebellion. “In the Johannesburg of the forties and fifties, the swaggering, cosmopolitan sophistication of African American bebop culture was adopted wholesale by the township youth; its style and lingo becoming a form of defiance against oppression. Artists, journalists and political activists came together around the music in the shebeens of Sophiatown, where the pioneers of northern ‘marabi’ jazz were making their names.”Down south in Cape Town, meanwhile, a different sound was emerging as American sailors brought the new jazz into harbour with them. “Somewhere between the docks and the Cape Flats, it was infused with the Mother City’s own charismatic melange of musical traditions, cross-pollinating with the carnival music of the “Cape Coons” and drawing on the rhythms of Europe, Asia, and all Africa. Thus Cape Jazz came into being.”In the 1960s and seventies, many local musicians fled oppression at home, going into exile, and much of South Africa’s jazz was better known abroad. Even after the 1994 democratic elections, the Cape jazz scene remained an elusive subculture. But in the past few years, with the exiled musicians returning, it has been claiming its place in the sun.Andulela co-founder Monique le Roux says the idea is to give to travellers something they would not usually get. “We are interested in real life stories, in visiting and getting to know people in their homes and working spaces,” she explains. The company began a decade ago, offering Malay cooking safaris – essentially tours of the historical heart of the Bo Kaap and its stores, notable the spice emporium, ending with a cookery lesson led by a local woman, in her home. Then, about nine years ago, it began offering jazz tours too, taking visitors “right into the fabric of the city’s musical spirit, at the same time giving back to the local music scene”. Mac McKenzie’s goema sound was a major contributor to Cape jazz. Mac McKenzie is “a guardian of goema music and its greatest innovator to date, re-imaging the boundaries of this style”. (Image: Andulela Experience) What’s onThe first visit is to the home of a professional musician, such as well-known pianist Hilton Schilder. Dinner, drinks, and exclusive performances in their homes are followed by a trip into the city to enjoy live jazz at a nightspot, or a saunter across town for a nightcap at the home of a second musician.“We deal in universal themes – music, food, the arts. If you have something in common, it is easier to exchange,” Le Roux explains. The company has Fairtrade certification, and 80% of its business is done with families in need. “Responsible tourism is a personal passion. We try to look at how to access another culture from a different socio-economic community in a realistic way. It is a delicate balance between contributing financially and cultural interest.”The walking tour component allows the visitor to feel, smell and listen more closely. The emphasis is on fun, real-life inspirational stories: the musician also talks about life and culture. And while it is primarily a listening experience, musicians on the tour are welcome to join in and jam. Responsible experienceThe jazz safaris operate on Fairtrade principles. It has several hosts who rotate the tours between them so that work is created over a wider area. The tours take a maximum of 12 people, but the ideal for a more intimate experience is eight. Taking place in the evening, from 7pm to 11pm, they cost R895 per person.Included in the price are dinner, transport and a guide, as well as wine – though you can bring your own too. “It is even interesting for non-jazz lovers,” Le Roux points out. “You can look at it as a specialised music experience, or as a cultural experience.”The hosts are icons of jazz in South Africa, she emphasizes. As the name Andulela stresses – it is a classical isiXhosa term for “to be the first” or “pioneer” – the company is offering a first in Cape Town, while punting the idea of responsible tourism. “The tours not only benefit the hosts financially, but there is also a cultural exchange. Seeing the world through their visitors’ eyes also broadens their horizons. It is an enriching, diverse experience from many sides.“Tourism as an experience is growing in popularity, with more and more people wanting more than simply to go somewhere to lie on a beach,” she concludes.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Now that I’m part ofthe new Silicon Valley Watcher network, reportingon RSS, I’ve got to thinking about how I fit into this new world ofblog-journalism. Here’s the beginnings of my theory on this…Back in the 70’s Tom Wolfe coined a style of news writing called New Journalism, which was veryinfluential for me growing up. Although I never did formally train to be a journalist, Ialways identified with Wolfe as a writer. The title of this post, btw, is a resultof combining the name of Tom Wolfe’s manifesto and the title of Michael Lewis’ classic 90’s Internet non-fiction book: The New New Thing. Witty huh? 🙂 Lewis is another of my favourite authors, btw.So I’ve been reading a lot of great stuff on the Web about howjournalists are adapting to the New Media world of the Web, in particular how theyare adjusting to bloggers and blogging technologies. This post I’m writing, off-the-cuff,approaches the topic from the other side: a blogger adapting to the world ofjournalism. I’m just a blogger, yet I’m now doing reporting on Silicon Valley Watcher with my new colleagues who are ‘real journalists’ (my phrase).Here’s the piece of insight I was searching for, in pondering this post:Specialization will come via niche, not skill.Terry Heaton wrote that in the comments section of Jay Rosen’s blog – notethat both come from the world of journalism.Terry’s practical point was that journalists need to be “multimedia skilled” thesedays. I imagine in the same way that so-called ‘Generation M’ (or ‘C’) are “mediamultitaskers”, to quote a recent report bythe Kaiser Family Foundation.The main point though is that being a Specialist in the 21st century is increasingly aboutfocusing on a niche – moreso than having specialist skills, such as (for example)reporting and editing. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying specialist skills aren’t stillimportant. Obviously they are. But I do think that specialist skills will no longer be the keydifferentiators in 21st century journalism.What will make quality journalism stand out in this century is the specialistknowledge that the reporter/writer brings to it – which includes being close to thenews source (ideally being what we in the IT industry call a ‘user’) and being able todrill deeper than someone outside that niche can do.Of course being multi-skilled means to be skilled in reporting and editing – as well.But it’s no longer enough *just* to have those skills. Those people who focus on a nichewill be able to build up a deeper, and hence potentially more valuable, store of knowledge than those whoskim across dozens of niches.Having said that, Michael Lewis (the author I mentioned above) is a great example ofsomeone who is able to insert him or herself into a niche topic for a period of timeand come out with a compelling story. So there is still room for a highly skilledreporter/writer to inject themselves into a variety of niche situations and report on them as well as –or better than – people already in those niches. I can’t imagine anyone else writing abetter and more insightful story about baseball than what Micheal Lewis did in 2003.So in some cases specialist skills (reporting andwriting in Lewis’ case) are more important than specializing in a niche. I wonder whether that will be the norm in this century though, as it was in the last? I don’t think it will.This is all forward-looking for blogs and journalism in the 21st century. Sometimesthough it pays to look back to the Good Old Days. When thinking about what makes a goodjournalist, I like this traditional(romantic?) definition:“The ideal newsroom protagonist, judging by fiction and film from the first half ofthe twentieth century, brought reporter and detective together in one person. Thereporter and the detective both were considered hard-working and highly moral, even whenbreaking the law. Both insisted on remaining loners and working by their ownidiosyncratic rules. And both mixed with high-hatters and hoi polloi; they, like theheroes of Vern Partlow’s song ‘Newspapermen,’ reveled in ‘corruption, crime andgore.’”Well apart from reveling in corruption, crime and gore – that describes me, on my Web 2.0 and RSS beat. Perhaps Iwill get to revel in gore when the next phase of the RSS FormatWars hits. 🙂I suspect this is just the start of an ongoing series of posts on this topic, bythis reporter. I haven’t finished my train of thought and I will probably changemy mind later… but in the new new tradition of blogging, I’ll post what I have now andsee who continues the conversation.NB: Just discovered some author has already used the term “The New New Journalism”. Oh well, nothing is ever new in thisworld… 😉 Tags:#New Media#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus