Cape Town launches reserves guide

first_img18 December 2008The Cape Town municipality has launched a user-friendly booklet to help residents and visitors find and explore the metropolitan area’s 24 nature reserves with ease.City of Cape Town’s Julia Wood said the booklet was produced as many people were unaware that there were a number of small reserves and natural areas spread right across the city, which were all easily accessible to visitors.The booklet contains at least one page on each of the reserves, with a photo, as well as details of opening hours, entry fees, activities at the reserve, and the types flora and fauna to be found there.She added that while the booklet focused on 24 of the city’s reserves, it was also packed with other information, including management challenges associated with reserves and natural areas, and details of various conservation organisations.“The contact details for the local friends’ groups associated with the nature reserves are included, and residents of Cape Town are encouraged to become actively involved by joining such groups,” Wood said in Cape Town this week.Cape Floristic RegionWood noted that more than 3.5-million people lived in Cape Town and within the Cape Floristic Region, and enormous pressure was being placed on the natural environment, with more and more land being used for housing and farming.“The City of Cape Town, as the local government responsible for this region, is determined to preserve this biodiversity to meet national and local conservation targets through a Biodiversity Network, a representative set of sites with core conservation areas linked by corridors,” she said, adding that the municipality’s nature reserves formed an integral part of the network.The booklet is available for R5 from the Rietvlei, Rondvlei and Helderberg Nature Reserves, as well as from the Botanical Society Bookshop at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.Alternatively, a free digital copy of the booklet, titled Cape Town Nature Reserves Booklet, can be downloaded from the City of Cape Town website.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Future of long-range flying – no economy seats?

first_imgIs the future of long-range flying no economy seats. That is the question when Singapore Airlines re-launches its Singapore to New York non-stop this Thursday as there are no economy seats on the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight.And on many other airlines, economy seats are being reduced on long-range aircraft as more premium economy seats are added with passengers demanding more comfort as fares drop relative to earnings.The cost of an economy fare in 2000 now buys premium economy with all its comforts and frills.And more and more airlines are installing Economy X or Economy plus to cater for travelers desires for more comfort.Airbus specially developed its A350-900 for the Singapore to New York route, and it is fitted with a luxurious interior with only 67 business class seats and 94 premium economy seats.The A350-900ULR will cover the 16,700km from Changi Airport to Newark Liberty International airport in New Jersey in 18hr 45 minutes.READ more on the future of flyingSEE our video “Dispelling the myths of flying.”LEARN about 747’s 50 wonderful yearsThat flight is 2,230km longer than the Qantas Perth to London non-stop route launched in March this year.The first flight, SQ 22 takes off on October 11 at 11.35pm and arrives in New Jersey at 6am Friday morning.The route will initially be served three times a week, departing Singapore on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.FutureSingapore Airlines premium economy on the A380Daily operations will commence a week later after an additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service.Travel agents are reporting that the service is popular, which follows on from Qantas’s experience on the Perth to London non-stop which is 92 percent full and 94 percent in the premium cabins.Singapore Airlines has teamed up with Canyon Ranch, one of the world’s premier integrative wellness brands, to create special cuisines and rest and relaxation programs, to enhance the long flight.Canyon Ranch has developed science-based strategies for improved sleep, exercise and stretching, as well as new, nutrition-focused menus for the ultra-long flight.The A350 is similar to the Boeing 787 used by Qantas is being made of a composite structure which enables a lower cabin altitude and higher humidity to reduce the impact of jet lag.For the long flight there are two sets of pilots and after the arrival in the US, they have three days off before the return flight. And before the A350 sets off from Singapore they must have had 48 hours off.Looking after the passengers will be 13 cabin crew and these crews get four hours off during the flight.And to ensure everyone is entertained Singapore Airlines has added 200 hours of movies and TV content to its over 1000 hours of content.In premium economy, passengers will get three meals during the flight, while business class will get two larger meals and a non-stop refreshment menu throughout the flight.last_img read more

Read/WriteWeb Weekly Highlights

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img In case your RSS Reader got the better of you over the working week, here’s a snapshotof last week’s Read/WriteWeb posts. The big web tech stories were Times Reader, Zune,Yahoo Mail Beta, iTV. Here are summaries of all our posts this week:New YorkTimes Reader Launches – NY Times releases the beta of its new desktop app, promising a better Webreading experience. Built with Microsoft WPF technology.NetvibesClaims 5 Million Users – despite Netvibe’s 5M user base (is that return users?),we’re still a way off start pages being mainstream tools.Zune –Social Networking Differentiates It From iPod – while the new Microsoft iPod-like device will offer social music sharing viaWiFi, questions remain over its DRM.Yahoo!Mail Beta Release – Exclusive Podcast With Ethan Diamond – Yahoo opens up the betafor its Ajax-powered web email, which has desktop-like user experience and great featuressuch as calendar and RSS Reader integration.Apple’s iPodSuccess Won’t Be Repeated With iTV – 30 people commented on this, most of them makinggood cases for Apple succeeding with iTV.The Web VCChart – Alex Iskold’s well-researched and beautifully designed chart of Web VCinvestments. Keep the comments coming in, because we’re going to do an update realsoon on the chart.Poll:Do Personalized Start Pages have a viable future? – 52% say yes, 46% no and 2% don’tknow what start pages are.VCs onWeb Technology: Judy Gibbons from Accel – this is well worth a read if you’re abudding entrepreneur in the Web space. Judy has 25 years experience in the computerindustry, so her advice should be noted.What NewWeb Technology Has Apple Unveiled? – a wrap of Apple’s announcements this week,including movies on iTunes and an as-yet unreleased device (currently named iTV) thatwill enable you to view video content on your television.Sharpcast’sDesktop/Web Synchronization – Soon For All Types Of Files – this is what NextGeneration Web Technology is all about; solving a big pain point (synching files/data between PC, mobileand other devices) and making it all seem easy.Smartpox: BarCodes For The Web – Read/WriteWeb was the first publication to cover the oddly namedSmartpox, which offers barcoding technology to connect the online and offline worlds.Top Web Appsin Brazil – continuing our very popular series on international Web markets, wediscovered that Brazil Internet users are very community-minded and social. And yes, alot of them use Orkut.WorldInternet Penetration Now 16% – Asia Growing Fast! – China and Asia in general aremaking great progress in Internet penetration. Despite the US and countries such as myown being above 65% penetration, much of the world is closer to 10-15% or lower. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Flock To Developers: We’re Using Firefox Add-Ons Now

first_imgTags:#Product Reviews#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting On Tuesday, Flock revealed the new version of their social browser, Flock 2.0. At the time, the company made a point to mention that most Firefox extensions would work in their browser, too, including one of our favorites, Greasemonkey. However, yesterday, Flock Community Ambassador Evan Hamilton sent out an email to all Flock developers about some changes the company had decided to make. The email made it clear that Flock had not just decided to support Firefox add-ons, they were killing all the Flock-specific add-ons, too.According to Evan’s email:Extensions.flock.com has had a bumpy history. There’s a fundamental issue here: there are very few Flock-specific extensions, and a great many Firefox extensions that are already hosted on addons.mozilla.org. The architecture behind extensions.flock.com is not mature, and we have historically been unable to devote valuable developer resources to this.  It’s unrealistic (and doesn’t make a lot of sense) to try to create our own system on the level of addons.mozilla.org until we have more Flock-specific extensions. Our admiration for the work Mozilla has done extends to addons.mozilla.org…AMO really is the best experience for getting extensions. With that in mind, we have cut the fat that is our unwieldy extensions system.Sorry Developers, We Took Down Your Flock Extensions The email goes on to inform the developers that the company had removed all the extensions from the site that are not Flock-specific – that is, any extensions that take advantage of some unique feature within the Flock browser itself. In addition, the Drupal back-end from extensions.flock.com has been removed which means no more comments or ratings on posts and no more automatic submission system. Any developer wanting to submit an extension going forward will need to email extension-submission@flock.com instead.For visitors to the Flock web site, the new extensions page will point them directly to addons.mozilla.org. sarah perez A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… According to Flock, the changes will allow the company to move forward focusing only on Flock-specific extensions, and finally, themes. As we noted earlier, customization is an important aspect to the browser experience. Something as simple as being able to skin Flock could make the transition easier for those making the switch. Flock’s Real Message: We’re Just A Version Of FirefoxWe think Flock’s decision to separate their extensions from Firefox’s extensions is a good one. Although their email promoted the idea that this just freed up time for Flock to focus on other aspects of their project, that’s probably not the whole story here. Flock wants to appeal to the social media crowd, a group that typically includes a large number of Firefox users. But in the past, Flock had set themselves too far apart from the Firefox community and gave off the impression they were really an alternative browser. Now that Flock has upgraded to the Firefox 3 codebase and lets you use nearly all the Firefox extensions, the message they’re sending is that they aren’t that different after all, they’re just a version of Firefox 3 with nifty social features. In other words, you get the best of both worlds: Firefox 3 and social media integration.Will this change in direction work and help Flock pick up some steam? It’s possible. If you can move to a new browser which works like your old one and take all your extensions with you, the experience is much less painful. Now all they need is some sort of extension import wizard and we’ll be all set. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more