Hague Convention Conference participants treated to cultural extravaganza

first_imgLegal luminaries from the Caribbean region and further afield participated in the Hague Convention Conference on International Family Law, Legal Cooperation and Commerce held in Guyana from July 13 through 16.Indigenous Wedding DanceThe conference which was hosted by Guyana in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) culminated with a cultural reception for participants at the Umana Yana.All the performances by the artistes depicted Guyanese culture – a diverse culture of a country with many ethnicities and religions.Some of the Attorney Generals that participated in the Conference are: Hon Adriel Brathwaite of Barbados, Hon Vanessa Retreage of Belize; Hon Fernilia Felix of Dominica; Hon Anthony Hood of Grenada; H.E. Dr Jennifer Van Dijk Silos of Suriname; Hon Marlene Malahoo Forte Q.C. of Jamaica; and Hon. Judith Morgan of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.Chief Justices and other Judges who participated include: Hon Sir Charles Dennis Byron- President of the Caribbean Court of Justice; Justice Lorraine Williams and Justice Gertel Thom, Representatives of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court; Hon. Justice Carolyn Tie, Puisne Judge of Jamaica; Hon. Winston Anderson of the Caribbean Court of Justice; Justice Allyson Ramkerrysingh of Trinidad and Tobago and Justice Dinesh Sewratan of Suriname.last_img read more

Inside DeMarcus Cousins’ dominant performance against Denver

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – Just as DeMarcus Cousins walked off the floor, the Warriors’ center stared down toward the Nuggets’ bench.He placed his right hand above his eyes. He squinted. He shook his head dismissively.Cousins had just spent an entire evening devouring the Nuggets in every way possible. So minutes before the Warriors’ officially cemented a 116-102 victory over …last_img read more

Wine tourism network grows

first_imgStellenbosch is just one of thebreathtakingly beautiful wine-makingareas to be found in the Cape winelands.By Vuyiseka GezaSouth Africa’s wine lands located in the Cape floral kingdom boast the most beautiful geographical surroundings. It is this natural beauty that has boosted wine tourism in the Western Cape. Famous for producing new-world wines, a rather peculiar term for an industry that has been around for more than three centuries, the Cape wine lands rank among the best in the world, and so do the wines they produce.The secret to these flavoursome wines lies in the diversity of soils along with that of climate, forming the perfect “terroir”. It is for this natural gift that the wine routes have incorporated hospitality into winemaking, creating a combination of natural beauty, upmarket accommodation and world-class restaurants.“Our wineries are diverse, offering many different wines and experiences and we work on each member’s strengths. There is a lot of sharing of information and knowledge,” says Bonita Malherbe, manager of the Robertson Wine Valley.Linking-up with the Great Wine Capitals Network, the Cape wineries have mixed traditional with cutting-edge technology. Quoted in Winescape magazine, Clarence Johnson, Cape Winelands District Municipality Mayor, says, “The network provides an important forum for the public and private sectors to explore business and investment opportunities. Through the exchange of information and expertise, we can enhance not only wine tourism, but also South Africa’s global competitiveness.”Unique ambienceDue to soil, climate and cultural diversity, the Cape wine lands are a combination of Bilbao-Rioja (cultural sites, cuisine and food), Florence (scenery, olive groves and art galleries), Melbourne (seaside resorts, mountains and diverse climate), and San Franscisco (golf resorts, food and wine festivals) all in one. They are purely for you to enjoy, relax and be inspired.The winemakers have taken responsibility for land conservation by supporting the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative to conserve over 50 000 hectares of land. This will be achieved by conserving one hectare as a natural habitat for every hectare of vineyard farmed by 2010.Lush vineyards surrounding first-world wine cellars at the foot of the mountains, sea views and the beautiful valleys all create a unique ambience. And each of the destinations makes a unique contribution to wine tourism.Where to stop on the wine routeAt the Robertson Wine Valley you can enjoy the half marathon mountain biking challenge, boat cruises, sunset game drives, live music, wine tastings, children’s activities, hiking, picnics and wine museum tours. The Robertson Wacky Wine Weekend, at the beginning of June, is already booked out for this year – but don’t miss it next year. In 2010 the festival will take place from 4- June before the World Cup.Only 10 years ago Durbanville Hills celebrated its first wines, and they now constitute one of the most popular premium ranges in the country – for those with expensive taste. This is no surprise, as their chardonnay was awarded a gold medal at Veritas.At Tulbagh you can look forward to experiencing the heritage and magnificent country living, tranquillity being the operative word. They host the most beautiful and memorable country weddings. You can also indulge in cheese, chocolate and olive tastings, enjoy cape cuisine and see art museums.The Wonderful Wines of Darling is what the wine evenings are called at Darling Wines, where you can enjoy the wines with gourmet braais.South African brandy is made from distilled wine, so it makes sense that the wine routes would comprise of brandy routes as well, which make a different contribution to the panorama. Brandy and chocolate complement each other, which is why the Western Cape and R62 Brandy Routes offer exclusive brandy and chocolate tastings.In Stellenbosch, South Africa’s first dedicated house of sparkling wines – JC Le Roux – situated in the heart of the picturesque Devon Valley, has reopened its doors after extensive refurbishments. Here you can expect insightful cellar tours and tastings in the ultra-modern cellar, fun-filled picnics in the sun and mouth-watering meals at the deli-style restaurant. The new oyster bar, with sea-fresh oysters and the finest bubblies, is the ultimate hotspot for a pick-me-up pampering.At Santé Wineland Estate you will be pampered at their wellness centre with vinotherapy (using products made from grapes).With all this on offer, what more could one ask for? Lest you forget! After the Winter Season festivals, Springtime is Sauvignon Blanc time and you know the Western Cape is where it’s at. A toast – to variety!Useful linksGreat Wine Capitals NetworkCape WinelandsWines of South AfricaRobertson Wine ValleyDurbanville HillsTulbaghStellenboschSouth African Tourismlast_img read more

Music with a message on Mandela Day

first_img20 July 2009 Some of the world’s top musical talent gathered in New York on Saturday night, 18 July 2009, to put on a three-hour spectacle celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday and life as well as the launch of the Mandela Day initiative. Putting on a string of incredible performances at New York’s Radio City Music Hall to officially launch the Mandela Day initiative were Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Chris Chameleon, Will.i.am, Jesse Clegg, Gloria Gaynor, Dave Stewart, Aretha Franklin, the Soweto Gospel Choir, Wyclef Jean, Cyndi Lauper, Queen Latifah, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Josh Groban, Angelique Kidjo, Freshlyground, Baaba Maal, Jesse McCartney, Loyiso, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Vusi Mahlasela, Thandiswa Mazwai, Lil’ Kim, and Suzanna Owiyo The campaign is supported by the Nelson Mandela charities as well as a number of other philanthropists and charitable organisations, and encourages people to continue Mandela’s legacy by “making an imprint” and getting involved in their own communities – ultimately creating a better world for all. In short, Mandela Day celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an imprint. Presented by Paul Gambaccini, assisted by a host of Hollywood stars, the inaugural Mandela Day concert played to a sold-out and enthusiastic audience at Radio City Music Hall.New Yorkers turn out for Mandela “I really like Jesse McCartney,” said concert-goer Natasha Levy, “and we really support Nelson Mandela. We don’t like discrimination. All people are equal irrespective of their skin colour or religion.” “I just came to support Nelson Mandela,” said Steven McMillan. “He’s done so much.” “He’s a great humanitarian,” added BJ Frazier. “We saw the adverts in the paper and we thought it looked really interesting,” said Rainer Nurnberger and his wife, Chantel. “We really like what Nelson Mandela stands for, and we’re very excited to be here. It’s wonderful to be participating in this.”‘The world’s classiest man’ Actress Whoopi Goldberg introduced the concert, thanking the audience for attending such an important event. “You turned out to support the world’s classiest man. Happy 91st birthday, Mr Mandela,” Goldberg said, before explaining what 46664 does and the significance of Mandela Day. “46664 is a charity to continue Nelson Mandela’s work, in particular, his fight against HIV/Aids,” she said. If Mandela could tackle the world’s problems, so could we, she pointed out, explaining the message behind Mandela Day, which is for each and every person to contribute to the creation of a just society. “Make Mandela Day an annual part of your life and your country’s life,” she said. Following performances by the African artists performing Eddy Grant’s “Give Me Hope Joanna”, Gloria Gaynor and Yvonne Chaka Chaka, who was joined onstage by her son Themba, US President Barack Obama spoke to the audience.Message from Obama Speaking via video, Obama spoke about how he had been inspired by Nelson Mandela and how it was time for people to take up the challenges the world still faces. “This,” Obama said, “is the greatest gift that we can give this great man.” After performances from Will.i.am, Lil’ Kim and Cyndi Lauper performing a version of “Time After Time”, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and Suzanna Owiyo introduced actor Forest Whitaker, who in turn introduced Dave Stewart. Whitaker thanked Stewart for all his hard work in helping the 46664 charity before Stewart and Cala Bruni-Sarkozy performed together. The show’s next act, Jesse McCartney, spoke about the impact that Mandela had not only on his own generation, but on every generation. “He hasn’t only inspired his contemporaries,” McCartney said, “he’s a multi-generational inspiration. Sixty-seven years he’s put in, let’s put in 67 minutes and see what we can do.”Message from Mandela Actor Morgan Freeman was next on stage. Freeman spoke about Mandela’s life in prison, and how Mandela had not sought revenge for his incarceration, before introducing a the surprise of the evening – a video message to the audience from Mandela. “We are humbled by the call to create a Mandela Day,” Mandela said. “It is not a holiday, instead it is a day dedicated to service. We thank you for participating in Mandela Day,” he said to rapturous applause. “I honour to honour Mandela Day every year,” said Freeman, “and I hope you will too.” After performances by actor and singer Queen Latifah, Chris Chameleon, and Baaba Maal performing the Mandela Day theme tune “With My Own Two Hands”, Zucchero introduced Billie Jean King, who in turn introduced Josh Groban, telling the audience how Groban’s meeting with Madiba had inspired him to raise over US$2-million for needy children.‘You Raise Me Up’ Groban performed a track on his own before Vusi Mahlasela joined him on stage to perform “Weeping”. Mahlasela then performed “When You Come Back”, before Loyiso and then Thandiswa Mazwai graced the stage. Actor Tim Robbins introduced Wyclef Jean, hailing him as someone who had adopted the selfless attitude and commitment to helping his community that was the message of Mandela Day. Jean was followed by Jesse Clegg, who together with Freshlyground performed “Asimbonanga”. Radio host Tom Joynor introduced Aretha Franklin, who was joined on stage by Groban to perform “You Raise Me Up”. Actor Susan Sarandon introduced Alicia Keys and Angelique Kidjo, who were followed by the Soweto Gospel Choir, before Stevie Wonder became the last artist to be part of the inaugural Mandela Day concert. Wonder was joined on stage by the entire cast, who sang Happy Birthday, bringing down the curtain on what was described by 46664’s head of content, Cosmo Caddy, as a “fantastic success”. Source: 46664.comlast_img read more

The Great Debate: Nikon vs Canon DSLRs

first_imgThe age old DSLR debate is rekindled in this extensive video analysis.The Canon vs. Nikon debate has been an ongoing dialogue in the DSLR world for years. Just when you think one company is pulling ahead, a camera, lens, or accessory is released making the race wide open again. This uncertainty can be frustrating if you’ve already stocked up on lenses in another brand, so my approach has always been just stick with what I have.Generally speaking there is no bad decision when choosing between Canon or Nikon, but on a technical level there is some key differences that might be the tipping point when it comes to picking your next camera.The following video by photography expert Tony Northrup is an in-depth look at the key differences between the two leading DSLR manufacturers. Tony’s analysis is extensive and covers a variety of criteria, including:SensorsSharpnessDynamic RangeNoiseAuto FocusPriceLensesAccessoriesMarket Trends It’s important to take into account all of these things when picking your next camera. In the video Tony draws some very scientific information from DxO Mark. If you’re looking for some of the most extensive equipment reviews on the ‘net we highly recommend checking them out.Tony suggests that if you are planning on shooting video with your DSLR, you should consider a Panasonic camera. We couldn’t agree more. With the release of the GH4 Panasonic has changed the game for DSLR filmmakers (we’re currently Panasonic lovers).Do you use Canon or Nikon?Share in the comments below!last_img read more

UAAP jrs basketball: NU ends UST’s dream run, books Finals date vs Ateneo

first_imgView comments Fortea had eight of his 17 points off the bench as he served as the sparkplug for NU to set up the best-of-three championship duel against Ateneo.Oczon chipped 16 markers, while Pao Javillonar dominated the paint with 13 points, 16 boards and two blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRhayyan Amsali contributed 12 points and nine rebounds as Matthew Manalang and Winderich Coyoca combined for 19 points built on four triples in the final stage of the stepladder semifinals for the twice-to-beat Bullpups.NU now shifts its focus against the unbeaten Ateneo, with the series set to open on Friday. D-League: Ebondo’s 33 guides unbeaten CEU to third straight win For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding RJ Baquial and Jezreel Villapando carried the fight for the Tiger Cubs with 16 points each as UAAP Season 80 Juniors MVP CJ Cansino was largely checked by the Bullpups defense and could only muster 10 markers on a 4-of-14 shooting, alongside 16 rebounds, and seven assists against four turnovers.The Scores:NU 91 — Fortea 17, Oczon 16, Javillonar 13, Amsali 12, Manalang 11, Coyoca 8, Gonzales 4, Pangilinan 4, Minerva 2, Malonzo 2, Vinoya 2, Dayrit 0, Felicida 0.UST 72 — Baquial 16, Villapando 16, Lina 10, Cansino 10, Narvasa 10, Anunciacion 6, Palencia 2, Dolendo 0, Manabat 0, Relucio 0, Estrella 0, Dela Cruz 0, Benzonan 0.Quarters: 21-17, 45-31, 67-51, 91-72.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Nazareth School of National University drew contributions from all fronts to trample University of Santo Tomas, 91-72, and book a return trip to the UAAP Season 80 juniors basketball Finals Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Terrence Fortea and Miguel Oczon teamed up in helping the Bullpups break away in the  killer 17-1 first half blast to establish the commanding 32-17 advantage and go on cruise control from that point on.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more