4 x 4 x Kruger Park

first_img3 November 2003The Kruger National Park has introduced four additional adventure trails for offroad vehicle enthusiasts who wish to explore some of the famous game reserve’s more inaccessible areas.The four trails, which take between four and five hours to complete, take guests as close as possible to the different wilderness areas in the park, but are not intended to be-off road “tests” for 4×4 vehicles; rather, these vehicles are used exclusively due to river crossings and dongas on the routes.The park’s five-day Lebombo Adventure Trail along the Mozambican border has proved to be extremely popular since its establishment two years ago.The new routes are the Northern Plains Adventure Trail (north of Shingwedzi), the Nonokani Adventure Trail (between Phalaborwa and Letaba), the Mananga Adventure Trail (east of Satara), and the Madlabantu Adventure Trail (near Pretoriuskop).“In all cases, the routes were carefully chosen from the existing range of firebreak and other management roads, and comply with the Kruger National Park recreation opportunity zoning (ROZ) plan,” said park spokesman Raymond Travers.The ROZ plan is a systematic mapping of people’s activities in the park, designed to keep wilderness areas intact but to identify and develop opportunities for tourism in footprints already exploited by park operations.“The development of the routes required a comprehensive environmental operational and management study, to ensure that the activity was managed within the framework of environmental best practice guidelines,” Travers said.Only six vehicles will be allowed on each trail daily in order to minimise environmental damage, Travers said, adding that guests would be urged to use ablution facilities at nearby camps before the start of the trail.Management at the park has also introduced mountain bike trails operating from the Olifants Tourist Camp, in the central region.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Makeover for Durban harbour

first_imgOne of Durban harbour’s tugs guidesa container ship out of port. (Image: Transnet Port Terminals) The newly widened harbour mouth. (Image: Pixman image gallery)Janine ErasmusPlans are underway to further expand the port of Durban, with the addition of a new US$8-million (R70-million) rail facility attached to the container terminal, the widening of the harbour mouth, and other major projects.The rail terminal is to be commissioned at the end of June and is part of a multi-billion capital investment programme by the port’s operator Transnet Port Terminals.Construction is already underway on a $20-million (R164-million) expansion of the historic 15-berth Maydon Wharf, which handles bulk goods such as sugar, grain, fruit and fertiliser. The improvements include storage for 80 000 tons of maize.Other improvements already completed include the $18-million (R140-million) truck staging area at the six-berth Durban container terminal, which alleviates the problem of queuing, and the $250-million (R2-billion) first stage of the conversion of the Bayhead Pier One into a container terminal, adding extra capacity of 720 000 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) to Durban’s port.The TEU is not an exact measurement but is based on the volume of a standard 20-foot long container. Because not all containers are the same height, the measurement cannot be standardised.Phase two of the Pier One project is at the feasibility stage and involves the conversion of the former naval base Salisbury Island, resulting in an additional capacity of 800 000 TEUs. Pier One is expected to be fully operational by July 2010.The Durban harbour widening project is at an advanced stage. From its present 122m width, the entrance channel will span 220m at its narrowest point. The current depth of 12.8m will sink to between 18m and 19m, allowing modern container super-ships to enter the harbour.The harbour mouth is being widened to the north, which means that a new north breakwater is under construction, and at the same time workers are raising and strengthening the southern breakwater in anticipation of more powerful waves from bigger ships. The project is scheduled for completion in March 2010.Contribution to GDPFigures from the City of Durban say that maritime industries contribute an estimated 20% at least to Durban’s GDP. The City accounts for about 55% of KwaZulu-Natal province’s GDP, and with that standing at about 15% of the country’s GDP, it is clear that the port and its related industries are responsible for between 1.5% and 2% of South Africa’s GDP.Over the last two years, according to Transnet Port Terminals, the port has experienced a drop in volumes handled, but the ports operator is confident that the situation is transitory and that within the next two years volume will once again rise to pre-2007 levels. The port currently handles a massive 1 475 000 container movements, on average, per year.Key areasTransnet’s investment in the Durban port covers a number of other key areas – upgrading the staff car park, resurfacing the quaysides and relocating staff facilities and workshops, increasing container stacking capacity from 13 691 to 17 262 ground slots, and upgrading the seats of the container terminal’s 120 straddle carriers – this is a vehicle used for stacking containers.A $80-million (R648-million) expansion of the car terminal is also on the cards. Durban’s car terminal handles two thirds of South Africa’s motor vehicle imports and exports. The current allocation of 13 200 bays is to be increased to 14 000, of which 4 500 will be under cover.With the dip in the country’s economy and the resultant effect on the automotive industry, volumes at the car terminal have declined over the last year but are also predicted to bounce back within two years.Port cityDurban’s port is the busiest on the African continent, and the biggest in terms of container capacity. It serves South Africa’s industrial hub of Gauteng and is well positioned as a point of entry for goods to other countries in the region.While the port has 6 000 employees on site, about 30 000 others in related services depend directly on it for their income.The port is served by various private and public terminals, located in Transnet’s five business units – the Durban container terminal, the new Pier One container terminal, the multipurpose terminal, the car terminal, and Maydon Wharf.Other privately-operated terminals include the Island View oil and petroleum complex which is connected directly to petrol refineries via pipeline, the Rennies bulk terminal, and the massive sugar terminal on Maydon Wharf, one of the largest of its kind in the world.During the 2008/09 financial year the combined container terminals handled 2 560 366 TEUs. The larger part of this volume came from exports.As with all South African ports, Durban’s fleet of seven tugs is owned and operated by the Transnet National Ports Authority. All tugs are maintained to the South African Maritime Safety Authority’s class eight standards and are also able to assist with fire-fighting and salvage. During 2008/09 the port of Durban handled a total of 4 554 ships.Pilotage services, which are compulsory once ships come within three nautical miles of the harbour entrance, are provided through the port’s Agusta eight-seater helicopter, and when the helicopter is not available, the Tsitsikama pilot boat takes over.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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If You Think It’s Hard to Sell with a Higher Price, Try Selling a Low Price

first_imgYou may believe that one of the primary challenges you have when selling is your higher price. Because you invariably get questions around your higher price, and because you are continually compared with your lower-priced competitors, it’s easy to conclude that your higher price makes selling more difficult.This is categorically untrue. Your higher price makes it easier to sell, and a lower price makes it more difficult.Less Than ZeroThe fact that you have a low price in your category is an indication that what you sell is something worth less than its higher-priced competitors. If what you sell was better than your competitors, it would be worth paying more to obtain. The lower price is an indication of a lack of value.If what you sold at a lower price would create greater outcomes, it would be worth paying more for. If what you sold eliminated risk and ensured those outcomes it would be worth paying more for. When it does neither, it isn’t easy to sell.If the outcomes your dream clients need could be obtained at a lower price, there would be no reason for anyone to provide those services at a higher price. The fact that some of your dream clients know that something better is available makes your offering look inferior. This too makes selling difficult.When you sell with a lower price, you lack the ability to differentiate on anything other than price. That is, in fact, the model.The truth of the matter is, when you sell the lowest price, you are settling for clients who are settling for you. Your clients want more value but are only willing to pay for good enough, and you want clients who are willing to pay more for better without the ability to offer them “better.” Selling is hard when what you sell doesn’t create value for the clients you want.There is a reason so few sales organizations are good enough to execute “good enough.” It’s difficult. Selling to people who don’t want to invest enough to get the outcomes they really want is easier, but the execution is much more difficult.Higher GroundIt’s easier to sell with a higher price. First, the price itself is an indication of quality. It’s a shortcut that indicates you are investing more in generating better outcomes, whether that be a better product, a better service, or a better solution.A higher price also means that you are doing something different that makes a difference worth paying for. That difference, that ability to solve your perspective client’s challenge and give them what they really want or need is what is worth paying more to obtain. When you sell at a higher price, you are compared to competitors at all price points, which allows your prospective client to look for differentiation worth paying for.At a higher price, you have something to sell. At a lower price, the only thing you have to sell is a lower price. If delivering greater value at a lower price was easier, more sales organizations would choose that strategy. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

After booksbuffaloes Azam now booked for stealing goats

first_imgRampur: After being accused of stealing land, books, statues and buffaloes, now Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan has been booked for stealing goats. An FIR against him has been lodged on a complaint filed in October 2016 by one Naseema Khatoon, 50, a resident of Yateem Khan Sarai Gate, Rampur Public Gate. The complainant has alleged that Azam Khan, along with seven cohorts and some 25 other unidentified people barged into her house on October 15, 2016, vandalised her residence and stole her jewellery and three buffaloes, a cow and four goats. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ She said that she had been living as a bona fide tenant on the Waqf Board property for the past two decades and that Khan and his team members asked her to vacate the premises as the land was required for a school. Prominent among those named in the FIR include Waseem Rizvi, chairman of the Shia Waqf Board, Zufar Ahmed Farooqui, chairman of the Sunni Central Waqf Board and former circle officer, Aaley Hasan. The Rampur Police has also registered an FIR against Azam Khan’ wife Tanzeen Fatima, also a SP MP, for electricity theft. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K With this FIR, Khan, who has been declared a “land mafia” by the state government, now has 82 cases registered against him, 50 of which relate to land grabbing. Another 28 cases have been registered against him on the complaint of farmers of Aliyaganj. His anticipatory bail application has already been rejected by a local court. The Rampur MP has a warrant against him issued by ACJM (I) after he failed to appear before the court in a case registered against him in 2010 under section 171 G, related to giving a false statement during election. Another case in which arrest warrant has been issued includes one in which Khan made derogatory remarks against BJP candidate Jaya Prada during the Lok Sabha elections 2019. The SP MP has been denied anticipatory bail in five other cases earlier.last_img read more

Kanesatakes MoccasinJo beats them all

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Kanesatake coffee company has been awarded for brewing up something special.Moccasin-Jo Coffee beat 15 other competitors last week in the international SIAL competition for best coffee.Owners Lise and Walter David have been operating in Kanesatake for several years.The SIAL competition is one of the largest and most important food competitions in the world.last_img

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Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s lawyer would not disclose who is paying the quarterback’s legal bills, but he did tell The Lantern on Thursday that he does not anticipate any further sanctions for his client regarding the cars he has driven during his time at OSU. Larry James, a Columbus attorney who represents Pryor, explained the quarterback’s vehicle history and said his client did not commit any infractions. “In order to have infractions, he would have to receive something of a benefit that other students or the public would not normally receive,” James said. James said Pryor’s mother, Thomasina Pryor, purchased a Hyundai Sonata in 2008 for her son, then a high school senior in Jeanette, Pa. James said the car died sometime during the first year and a half, and was traded in for a Dodge Charger, for which Thomasina also paid. When the Charger began having problems, Pryor traded it in for about $7,800, and purchased a Nissan 350Z for about $11,000 after the trade-in. “The monthly payments are $289 a month,” James said. “That is about a nickel difference between the Charger and the 350Z.” Pryor drove three or four loaner cars during the times the Charger was being serviced, James said. “The idea of getting a loaner when your car is being serviced is pretty standard,” he said. James would not identify who is paying for his client’s legal bills. “I can’t tell you and wouldn’t tell you, and it’s inappropriate to tell you,” James said. “The public does not get to know that.” James said Pryor had his license reinstated since receiving a ticket for running a stop sign Feb. 17. “He has his license as we speak,” James said. “He went down today to show proof of insurance.” James said he doesn’t understand the current media scrutiny. “Particularly for a young student-athlete, I think it’s been awful,” James said. “If you look at allegations about the cars, they have been anything but factual. It has been punitive and I don’t get that.” read more

Jury continues deliberating in trial of navy man charged in fatal bridge

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Jury deliberations will continue for a third day Tuesday in the trial of a Navy petty officer accused of driving drunk on a transition ramp to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and plummeting over the side and into Chicano Park below, killing four people.Richard Sepolio, 27, is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI and reckless driving for the Oct. 15, 2016, deaths of Annamarie Contreras, 50, and Cruz Contreras, 52, a married couple from Chandler, Arizona; and Hacienda Heights residents Andre Banks, 49, and Francine Jiminez, 46. Seven other people were seriously injured.Closing arguments concluded last Thursday in Sepolio’s trial.Attorney and true crime writer Aleida Wahn attended the Sepolio trial and said she is currently writing a story about the case. Wahn stopped by Good Morning San Diego to discuss the trail.Deputy District Attorney Cally Bright told jurors during closing arguments that Sepolio chose “to drive irritated, impaired and impatient,” leading up to the crash. Prosecutors argue that in addition to having drinks prior to getting behind the wheel, Sepolio was arguing with his girlfriend over the phone just moments before losing control of his truck on the bridge.Sepolio testified he was driving on the transition ramp — a route back to Coronado that he had driven more than 90 times before — when he sped up to merge in front of another car and lost control.The defendant said he remembered being on top of a freeway barrier looking down, then waking up in the park and being pulled out of his truck. Sepolio said his memory was mostly “cloudy” about what happened after his truck plunged into the crowd below.On the stand, he denied arguing with his then-girlfriend on the phone just before the crash, but admitted on cross-examination that he’d just left from a lunch with a female Navy colleague where “the idea was to go out and have a good time.” Sepolio testified he had a glass of alcoholic cider and a glass of wine at lunch before heading back to Coronado.As his closing argument began, defense attorney Paul Pfingst said multiple breath and blood tests showed that Sepolio was not under the influence of alcohol the day of the crash. One blood sample was taken to a California Highway Patrol office and wasn’t tested for a year, Pfingst told the jury.“They took his blood and they destroyed it … and they say it’s no big deal,” the defense attorney said.Sepolio faces at least 23 years and eight months in prison if convicted of all charges. Updated: 8:59 AM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 5, 2019 Jury continues deliberating in trial of navy man charged in fatal bridge crashcenter_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 5, 2019last_img read more