Lady Chiefs forge strong start to title defense; undermanned Lady Stags open campaign with win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Arellano head coach Obet Javier said he wanted his team to make a strong statement at the onset.“Every time I meet with the players I always tell them that in Season 92, we were the champions, and that’s okay, but this year we have to defend this,” said Javier. “If we worked hard [last season], this Season 93, we have to push through even harder.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSan Sebastian also got off to an impressive start despite a depleted lineup and hacked out a 25-16, 25-19, 25-16 win over Emilio Aguinaldo College.The Lady Stags, who began life without three-time MVP Grethcel Soltones, played just seven of their eight players but showed a lot of resiliency. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Dangie Encarnacion scored on back-to-back check balls that sent San Sebastian to match point at 24-16 before Daurene Santos finished it all off with an ace.San Sebastian coach Roger Gorayeb said Soltones’ graduation should push the remaining members of the team to come out of their shells.“I always tell them that with Grethcel gone they should be able to stand on their own feet,” said Gorayeb in Filipino.“When Grethcel was still here, the offense went through her for like 70 percent of the time so the players would tend to sit back instead of stepping up. Now that Grethcel’s gone, maybe they will start performing better.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES NCAA Ladies Volleyball Mary Anne Esguerra of Arellano U misses the ball off Mapua’s Nicole Frando , at the Filoil arena . INQUIRER PHOTO/AUGUST DELA CRUZArellano University launched a strong start to its title defense in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament after dismantling Mapua in straight sets, 25-10, 25-17, 25-13, Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Regine Arocha led Arellano with 12 points while Andrea Marzan added nine as the Lady Chiefs overwhelmed the Lady Cardinals all game.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Marcial assures Nat’l 5 support, forms ‘trade body’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

EcoBank-Liberia Supports Love A Child Orphanage

first_imgMr. Asante cuts the ribbon to the newly constructed dining hall.On the occasion marking this year’s “Ecobank Day,” employees and management of Ecobank-Liberia on Saturday, November 24, put smiles on the faces of children at Love A Child Orphanage, located in Rehab, Paynesville, outside Monrovia, when they donated 15 new bunk beds and 50 mattresses to the Orphanage administration.“Ecobank Day” is a day set aside every year across all 33 locations of the bank in Africa to “give back to society.”Employees of the bank volunteered their time to work with locals and support the financial contribution the bank made to improve the lives of “vulnerable members” of communities in which they operate.Activities of this year’s “EcoBank Day” was under the theme, “Supporting Young Lives.”George Mensah-Asante, Ecobank-Liberia Managing Director, who led a team of dedicated employees, donated the items to Love A Child Orphanage administration.Asante said besides the mattresses and bunk beds, Ecobank-Liberia also constructed for the orphans a fully electrified dining hall with chairs and tables.He added, “We chose this project to buttress the effort made by Mother Rebecca B. Wreh, who had the vision many years ago to cater to less fortunate and homeless children in society.”Following an assessment visit of the Home by members of Ecobank Day Committee, Asante said the management selected to demolish the make-shift structure dining hall that was previously being used by the orphans, and then construct a new concrete structure.Mr. Asante commended Mother Wreh and her entire team for the initiative to cater to the orphans and also for the tireless effort to ensure that the needs of the children are met.“We the Ecobankers believe that one must not cater to their needs alone, and it was for this reason that we choose to mark our sixth Ecobank Day today,” Mr. Asante said.He said that many Ecobankers have given up their time to be at the Love A Child Orphanage to support the activities.Mr. Asante with the children along with Ecobank staff, after presenting the donated items.“While our strategic focus is very much positively reshaping the African banking landscape, and servicing our customers with cost effective and convenient financial products, we also deeply care about people in our local communities,” Asante said.He continued, “I am sure you will agree with me that this shows how strongly we all feel about giving back to our local communities. It makes me very proud of both Banks I represent, and the lifeblood — our staff.”According to Asante, lots of children rights and well-being are jeopardized and many developed negative survival strategic such as stealing, fighting and engaging in unsavory activities that no child should be exposed to because of their young age, many orphans are unable to find steady income.The bank, he said, saw the intervention as important, because Africa had over a third of the world’s orphans, a phenomenon that rendered them vulnerable.With tears steaming down her cheeks, Mother Rebecca B. Wreh, thanked Ecobank for the support, saying the donation will go a long way to meet the needs of the children in such a difficult time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police working to bring down “criminal network” in Berbice

first_img…shot bandits found with freshly cooked food – sourceLaw enforcement officials in Regions Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) are inve“B” Division Police Commander Paul LangevineDead: Ramnarine JagmohanDead: Pix saved as Kelvin Shivgobin called “Kelly”stigating what has been reported as a “criminal network” in the county of Berbice.This is according to Commander of “B” Division, Paul Langevine, who told Guyana Times on Monday that the recent deaths of three bandits during a shootout with Police suggest that there is a networking system.He explained that while this incident can help residents breathe sighs of relief, they must still be alert, since some of the recent gun-related robberies were reported to have more than three persons involved.Commander Langevine said the success of the Police on Sunday was due to intelligence gathering.“It all happened that way because of the intelligence information mainly. We got the information, we checked it out and confirmed that. We worked on it, and that’s what led to the incident where the three suspects were shot and killed after they engaged in a shootout with our ranks,” Langevine said.He added that the SWAT team was not in that area at that time.The Guyana Police Force reported that, on Sunday, ranks under the command of a senior officer ventured into the Mibicuri, Black Bush Polder area after receiving reports that “strange persons” were seen in those backlands. As the team approached the area, they came under rapid gunfire. This led to a return of fire, and the exchange lasted for about five minutes and resulted in the deaths of the three men.Three haversacks containing jewellery, two bullet proof vests, five cellular phones, a solar charger, torch lights, a crowbar, knife, cutlass, flash drive, duct tape, gloves, toques, a mask, tights with “eye holes”, 200 grams of cannabis, and $609,330 along with two foreign currency notes were found.Also, near the bodies of the dead men, the Police discovered a pistol, two revolvers, a rifle, three magazines, 253 rounds of live ammunition and seven spent shells.With regard to where the trio would have sourced the bullet proof vests and rifle from, Commander Langevine noted that it is too soon to conclude, but investigations into the matter are underway.“We are not certain as to where they would have gotten them from. We collected two vests, but we don’t know if they are Police vests or not, but we are investigating. We will also check the firearms to see where they originated from as well. But for now it is too soon, and the work for us starts now,” he declared.In relation to the jewellery and other items discovered in the haversacks, Langevine noted that the robbery victims can visit the Police station(s) to claim their properties, but they would have to be able to “properly identify them.”Men being assistedMeanwhile, a senior Police source told this newspaper that it appears as though the three dead suspects were being assisted in their attempts to evade the Police.“You know, when the ranks got there, they also discovered fresh food there. It was warm…someone cooked chowmein; so it appears as if they were getting food,” the source added.The three men, who were believed to be the executioners of the daring robberies on the Corentyne over the past weeks, were on Sunday afternoon shot dead during an exchange of gunfire in the backdam of Johanna, Black Bush Polder, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).The three men have been identified as: wanted murder suspect 32-year-old Kelvin Shivgobin, called “Kelly”; acquitted murder accused Ramnarine Jagmohan; and Sewchand Sewdat, called One Eye Pappy, all of Belvedere Village, Corentyne, Berbice.Bandits have been reigning terror on residents of Berbice for months now, and have been successfully evading law enforcement officials. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

Council treated to Site-C update

first_imgConway says the crown corporation is now moving into stage three of the Site-C dam process, with the Environmental Assessment process to begin in early 2011. He says stage three meetings will begin this June, and B.C. Hydro is planning ongoing public and stakeholder consultations.He also says 42 properties would be affected by the flooding and realignment of Highway 29, 81% of which are owned by the crown, 12% by B.C. Hydro, and 7% by private landowners.Conway also addressed a question posed by Mayor Bruce Lantz, essentially asking why the dam needs to be built here, and why a hydro-electric dam is the best choice, as opposed to tidal power. Conway says in terms of location, B.C. has had a ‘two-river policy’ (the Peace and the Columbia) dating back to the 1950’s, which no government has challenged. As regards other power sources, Conway says tidal power is simply too expensive to cover B.C.’s needs. He added that B.C. Hydro may soon change all power meters in the province to ‘smart meters,’ which would be able to show customers how much power they are using and when. ‘Smart Meters’ would also allow Hydro to move to ‘time of day rates,’ which would charge customers more for power used during peak hours, and less for power used off-peak.The entire B.C. Hydro report, ‘Stage 2 Report: Consultation and Technical Review’, along with 35 appended studies and reports, is available at: By Jon Zacks The Site-C dam wouldn’t cover British Columbia’s power deficit.- Advertisement -At Tuesday’s regular council meeting, representatives from B.C. Hydro presented council with an update on the findings from stage two of the Site-C dam project, along with a preview of what’s to come in stage three.Dave Conway and Siobhan Jackson began by telling council the project would produce around 4,600 gigawatt hours of electricity each year, which is enough to power roughly 410,000 homes. Conway says the project would generate roughly 1/3 of the electricity produced by the WAC Bennett Dam, but at 1/10 of the environmental impact. In fact, Jackson says that Site-C would create about 11 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions per GW/hr, which she says is comparable to other renewable resources, including wind power.However, Conway stated that B.C. Hydro’s current generating capacity isn’t enough to power the province during peak capacity times, especially during the winter. He says B.C. Hydro actually trades power with the U.S. on a daily basis, importing power at peak times, and exporting it when there is a surplus. But, because the power purchased at peak hours is more expensive, he admits the province is ‘buying high’ and ‘selling low.’While the $5 – 6.6 billion project wouldn’t be enough to make up for the province’s power deficit, Conway says it, along with conservation (particularly at peak hours), could help make energy cheaper and more reliable for all British Columbians.Advertisementlast_img read more

Jackets all over the Kings

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio – Just when the Kings seemed to have an advantage, they found a way to give it back. David Vyborny scored twice – including a power-play goal with 21.4seconds left in overtime – to rally the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-2 victory over the Kings on Wednesday. The Kings, had a 4-on-3 power-play opportunity with 2:39 left in overtime after the Blue Jackets’ Sergei Federov was called for high sticking Dustin Brown. But 41 seconds later, Alexander Frolov took a slashing penalty, which eventually gave Columbus a power play the rest of the way. , who dropped their third straight Garon thought Hainsey was going to take the shot. “They had time to set up 4 on 3,” he said. “I was expecting a shot from Hainsey at the point and he passed. So it caught me by surprise.” The victory was the Blue Jackets’ third in a row. Kevin Dallman scored his first goal in almost a year for the Kings, and Jamie Heward added a power-play goal. The Kings came back with two goals in the second period. Dallman scored his first goal in 51 games when his wrister from the left wing slipped by Norrena. Dallman hadn’t scored since April 8, 2006. center_img Just 10 seconds after Platt went to the penalty box for hooking, the Kings took the lead. Michael Cammalleri skated toward the net along the goal line and slipped a pass under the stick of Hainsey for a one-timer by Heward for his fifth of the season. “Frolov has to be smarter than that,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said. “I’m not going to bench him or anything like that. He’s one of our best players, if not our best player, but those are hopefully the type of lessons we learn. You want to make intelligent decisions in overtime: don’t slash a guy’s stick on a 4-on-3.” In overtime, the Blue Jackets were on the power play when Ron Hainsey skated to the top of the left circle and passed across the ice to Vyborny on the right wing. Vyborny’s quick snapper beat Kings goalie Mathieu Garon inside the near post. Geoff The Blue Jackets trailed 2-1 but earned their fifth victory after being down through two periods. Vyborny’s 15th goal tied it 2-2 at 5:02 of the third period when he had an open net in front of him after two Kings and Columbus’ Gilbert Brule bowled over Garon. Platt scored his first NHL goal and added an assist, giving him four points in two games. Vyborny assisted on Platt’s goal. Rick Nash came down the right wing and traded passes with Vyborny in the middle. Nash sent a centering pass to Platt, who was upended and flew through the air as he tipped the pass into the net. Anze Kopitar missed his third game for the Kings because of a strained muscle in his upper body. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Batoto ba Mungu sign Rwandese midfielder

first_img“He is a very good addition to the team because he can play virtually anywhere across the midfield. He has very good attacking play and I think he will be helpful for us in that number 10 role,” Sofapaka head coach John Baraza said.Baraza believes that the addition of four new players into the squad will inject some much needed competition and the team will now be able to fully compete for the KPL crown with Gor Mahia as well as challenge for their fourth Shield title.“I think we now have a very good team because looking at all departments, there is nowhere we are short. People should now start looking at us very seriously and we will not be easy to beat in the second leg,” the tactician further added.-Tusker sign GateriDavid Gateri after being unveiled as a Tusker FC player. PHOTO/Tusker FCMeanwhile, Robert Matano has continued with his revamp mission at Tusker FC with the acquisition of utility left footer David Gateri.The former Kenyan international has had unsuccessful stints at Bandari and Nakumatt and will be looking to resuscitate his career with the brewers.Matano has already brought on board Faraj Ominde from Chemelil Sugar and goalkeepers Patrick Matasi from Posta Rangers and Robert Mboya from Mathare United as he looks to lift the side from a poor campaign.Elsewhere, AFC Leopards who on Thursday signed Nigerian striker Alex Orotomal from Rwandese Premier League side Sunrise FC. This follows the acquisition of Saad Musa, Said Tsuma and Eugene Mukangula from Thika United.Head coach John Baraza believes with the four additions, the club will now be in place to challenge for at least one trophy and has warned they will be a tough team to beat in the second leg.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Rwandese Midfielder Justin Mico in action for Police during a past league match. PHOTO/Rwanda TimesNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 29- Three-time Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield champions Sofapaka have completed the signing of attacking midfielder Justin Mico on a three year deal from Rwandese Premier League side Police FC.Mico becomes Sofapaka’s fourth signing of the mid-season transfer window with the club having already signed Piston Mutamba from Wazito FC, Dennis Odhiambo from Thika United and Wycliffe Kasaya from Mathare.last_img read more

‘Raheem Sterling to Real Madrid would be BAD move for starlet AND Spanish giants’

first_imgRaheem Sterling to Real Madrid would be a bad move for the winger AND the Spanish giants, talkSPORT have been told.Real are reportedly lining up a £45million swoop for the Liverpool starlet, who is refusing to sign a new contract at Anfield.But, according to former Reds star Ray Houghton, the 20-year-old must resist the temptation to join the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale at the Bernabeu.Houghton feels that Sterling is not ready to take such a big step up, and claims the England international would be better served staying at Liverpool for the foreseeable future.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Raheem Sterling is someone a lot of clubs will be looking at because potentially he could be a fantastic player. But it is only potential at the moment.“It is a risk [for Real Madrid] signing someone like that. You don’t know how they adapt to the country, you don’t know what they are going to be like in training, you don’t know whether you are going to be good enough for the league you are playing in.“I still think Raheem would be better served staying at Liverpool for another couple of years. He is still a young man, he is still learning his trade, and he has still got a long way to go to be the finished article.“He would get more game time at Liverpool than some of the clubs looking at him.”last_img read more


first_imgBhí oíche ar dóigh ag Girseach Ghaoth Dobhair. Bhí slua mhór i láthair agus rinne na girseachaí jab ar dóigh. Comhghairdeas leis an lucht eagraithe, Maeve, Bríd, Anne agus Georgina agus tá moladh mór tuillte ag na fir uilig a ghlac páirt. Comhghairdeas le achan nduine a bhí páirteach agus buíochas do achan duine a chuidigh ar dhóigh ar bith.Bingo Mór ar an 28ú Iúil ag 8.30in.Duaiseanna €2400. Leabhair Mór €15. Leabhair Beag €10. Bileog €2. Ádh mór ar Kevin, Neil , Eamon agus foireann Dún na nGall tráthnóna Dé Sathairn. Is féidir libh!Dioscónna ar siúil gach oíche Dhéardaoin i rith an tsamhraidh.Crannchur CLG Gaoth Dobhair, ticéid €10.Díoltóirí agus tiománaithe ag fágáil an Club Theach gach Luain, Céadaoin agus Aoine ag 6.00in. Tá tuilleadh cuidiú de dhíth ó na baill agus ó thuismitheoirí Bhord na nÓg. 5 seachtainí fágtha go dtí an crannchur. GAA: NÓTAÍ GHAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: July 26th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: NÓTAÍ GHAOTH DOBHAIRlast_img read more


first_imgThe Swilly in front of Rathmullan was a swirl of colour and movement on the Bank Holiday Monday as dinghies, Class 1 and Class 2 keel boats took to the water in exciting races all around.Ten dinghies took part in the three dinghy races, which were held over an Olympic-style triangular course to the south of the pier and ran for almost 3 hours.First prize was won by David Hogan and Pauline Gallagher in the Bahia, second place was Dan Little in his laser and third place was Eithne Boyle in a Pico. Congratulations go to all the competitors for the skill and enthusiasm they showed in sometimes gusty conditions. Club members also enjoyed an overnight camping trip to Mullaghmore Sailing club on the last Saturday in July, which fortunately was one of the hottest days of the summer so far.Mullaghmore were wonderfully hospitable hosts, providing refreshments and a barbeque for the visitors in their well-equipped club house.On Sunday morning more than forty boats took to the water, despite difficult wind conditions, for a friendly regatta between the two clubs. RWSC would like to express their thanks to Mullaghmore Sailing Club for a very enjoyable weekend.The club’s busy summer schedule continues as usual with Sunday morning open sails, Thursday evening adult sails, and junior racing sessions on Friday evenings. Sea kayaking is also on offer, with sessions on Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings. Anyone ( adult or child) who would like to get a flavour of what sailing offers can avail of the taster sessions run by the skilled instructors of Rathmullan Sailing School (to book contact the school mobile number 086 0303607; the website is For more information on the club and the activities planned for the coming weeks, check out our web site SAILING – RATHMULLAN REGATTA A HUGE SUCCESS was last modified: August 14th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Rathmullanregattasailinglast_img read more

A tour guide in your pocket

first_imgRobben Island, a barren 2-kilometre-longpiece of rock in Table Bay off the coast ofCape Town, is world-famous as the placewhere Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for18 of his 27 years in jail.(Image: South African Tourism)Janine ErasmusVisitors to South Africa now have their own personal tour guide permanently on call, with the launch of the innovative new Mobiguide – a service that allows tourists to download multimedia tour guides to popular destinations onto their mobile phones, laptops and other portable media players.From its official inception in October 2007 to the launch at popular tourist destination Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town in March this year, Mobiguide has already generated much interest.For R30 (about $8 or €12 at current exchange rates), plus service provider charges, visitors can download audiovisual tourism guides that enhance the experience of visiting some of South Africa’s most popular destinations. Content ranges from the Stellenbosch wine route, Robben Island and Kirstenbosch in Cape Town to Soweto, Newtown and Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. There are also guides on South Africa’s famous Big Five safari experience.On average the clips run for around four minutes and feature original footage and historical clips from national archives, as well as narrative and music. Clips can be previewed and downloaded at the tourist destinations themselves, from the Mobiguide website, or by going to on a mobile browser.The guides are currently available in several languages, including English, French, German and Mandarin. These were specifically chosen, says Mobiguide’s IT director Dan Seidman, based on statistics of tourists to South Africa.“We actually found that Dutch is the second most commonly spoken language among South African visitors,” says Seidman, “but Dutch people generally speak very good English and are not averse to using English-language products. French covers not only France but also the Francophone countries in Africa. The Asian tourist market is growing very quickly, and we found that tourists speaking Mandarin Chinese often don’t have a fluent grasp of English – they indicated that they would like the product to be made available in their own language.”Seidman says that new languages are in the pipeline, among them Portuguese, Italian and Spanish, and local languages Zulu, Sotho and Xhosa. This is because Mobiguides are not only targeted at tourists, but there is also a goal to get South Africans more interested in their heritage too, as locals make up a large percentage of the tourism sector.However, the production of new guides in other languages must be balanced with the need for guides covering new sites. Seidman says they may well end up taking both options, depending on what the production budget allows.The mobile generationDownloading audio and video clips to a mobile phone is by now an everyday occurrence, and Mobiguide is capitalising on that by offering its guides in popular formats that are accessible to most media devices. The formats include mp3, mp4, avi and 3gp.Popular South African artists such as award-winning instrumental group DNA Strings, and musician/songwriter Riku Lätti, perform the backing tracks on Mobiguides – these may also be downloaded individually.The idea for Mobiguides was born, says founder and MD Amanda Forsythe, during her years as a French interpreter working for the French embassy. Her job often entailed taking VIPs to tourist destinations around South Africa. She found that general information about South Africa’s culture, history and development was not always available at sites of interest, and even less so in languages other than English.“I simply wanted people to be able to cross the language barriers that often prevent us from really understanding one another,” she says on her blog. “And I wanted people to really understand this extraordinary country, South Africa. I wanted them to see the beauty of this land and its people, as well as the passion and pain that form the foundations of the new South Africa.”A little research revealed that the costs of introducing audio guides, and the equipment required such as headsets, would be too expensive. Consequently the idea had to be temporarily shelved but when Forsythe met her current business partner Dan Seidman in 2006 the two put their heads together, enabling Forsythe to turn her passion for languages and travel into the Mobiguide concept. This, she claims, is a first for Africa and possibly the world.To date Forsythe has produced all the Mobiguides herself, from taking photos and shooting footage to research and writing, voice-overs, translations, and more.Canadian-born programmer, entrepreneur and former derivatives trader Dan Seidman is also well travelled and has lived in various countries around the world. Between them Seidman and Forsythe have degrees in history, languages and philosophy.Showing off what South Africa has to offerMobiguide is registered with tourism authorities in the Western Cape and Gauteng, and works closely with South Africa’s national archives, local municipalities and world heritage sites.“Tourists don’t always realise exactly what is on offer in areas other than Cape Town,” says Seidman. “The most visited place in South Africa, by far, is the V&A Waterfront shopping centre which welcomes 1.8-million tourists annually. Robben Island is a distant second with 600 000 visitors. We’re hoping that when tourists visit the Mobiguide website to download clips on Cape Town they’ll notice that there are also interesting destinations in, say, Johannesburg, and will decide to extend their stay to explore these options.“A lot of stakeholders are realising that multi-lingual information is a must and some are interested in investing with us to produce a Mobiguide on their destination. For instance, we’ve received inquiries from places like Maropeng, the Cradle of Humankind.”The company is always looking to expand its offerings and invites users to get in touch through the website if they feel their location, no matter where in the world it is, would make an interesting addition to the Mobiguide portfolio.Mobiguide has also introduced the Mobitalk mobile application, which is also expected to be of great use to travellers. This offers e-mail, SMS and chat services at a fraction of the normal cost – but only to another device that has Mobitalk installed. A VOIP facility will go live in June, enabling users to make low-cost voice calls using the internet. Mobitalk also provides instant access to the Mobiguide system. The application can be downloaded free of charge from the Mobiguide website.Useful linksMobiguideMobitalk – Gateway to the NationGauteng TourismCape TourismSouth African National ArchivesWorld heritage sites in South AfricaSouth African Tourismlast_img read more