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  • Lois Maxwell, 80, Bond’s Moneypenny

    first_img“It’s rather a shock,” Moore, who had known her since they were students at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1944, told BBC radio. “She was always fun, and she was wonderful to be with,” he said. Born Lois Hooker in Ontario, Canada, in 1927, she began her acting on radio before moving to Britain with the Entertainment Corps of the Canadian army at the age of 15, the BBC said. In the late 1940s, she moved to Hollywood and won a Golden Globe for her part in the Shirley Temple comedy “That Hagen Girl.” After working in Italy, she returned to Britain in the mid-1950s. In addition to her 14 appearances as Miss Moneypenny, she also acted in Stanley Kubrick’s “Lolita” and worked on BBC television shows including “The Saint,” “The Baron, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)” and “The Persuaders!” She was 58 when she appeared in her final Bond film, 1985’s “A View To A Kill.” She was replaced by 26-year-old Caroline Bliss for “The Living Daylights.” Her last film was a 2001 thriller called “The Fourth Angel,” alongside Jeremy Irons.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – Lois Maxwell, who starred as Miss Moneypenny in 14 James Bond movies, has died, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported Sunday. She was 80. The Canadian-born actress starred alongside Sean Connery in the first James Bond movie, “Dr. No,” in 1962 as the secretary to M, the head of the secret service. She died Saturday night at Fremantle Hospital near her home in Perth, Australia, the BBC cited a hospital official as saying. Bond star Roger Moore said she was suffering from cancer. last_img read more

  • Qunu museum gives life to Mandela’s legacy

    first_imgTourists have been streaming into the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu in the Eastern Cape this week, underlining the institution’s worth as a catalyst for the upliftment of the local community – something Mandela insisted on when he opened the facility in February 2000, 10 years after his release from prison.(Image: Nelson Mandela Museum, Qunu)Brand South Africa reporterSituated on a hill top near Mbashe River in his home town of Qunu, the building honours Mandela’s wish that a museum be built at his birthplace to safeguard and preserve the gifts that he received from all over the world and make them accessible to all South Africans and its visitors.“Mandela insisted it was not just to be a static collection and tribute to him, but a living memorial to his values and vision,” the museum explains on its website. “It was to inspire and enrich all who visit it, serve as a catalyst for development, and should share the heritage resources linked to him.”The museum’s collections and multimedia exhibitions, including a comic display of Mandela’s life-long struggle for freedom, give visitors insight into the road Mandela walked to lead South Africa to democracy.“Through the museum, we promote the values of ubuntu [human kindness] and the rich history of our country for the benefit of many generations to come,” Nokuzola Tetani, the museum’s marketing manager, told SANews recently.Mandela, who died last week aged 95, is to be buried in Qunu on Sunday, 15 December.Message of condolenceThe number of visitors to the museum has doubled since the former president’s death. While the museum usually receives about 100 visitors a day, the number had doubled since last Friday, Fumanekile Wisani, a spokesman for the museum, said on Thursday. “There’s quite a number of people who are also coming here to write their messages of condolences.”Wisani said visitors were “feeling very sad as they viewed our exhibitions, but they were still keen to see those exhibitions, especially the ones about Mandela and [Albert] Luthuli in conversation”. Luthuli was the leader of the African National Congress and the first South African to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.There was also a lot of interest in the Sisulu exhibition. “We always explain to our visitors that the role played by Walter and Albertina Sisulu in the life of Nelson Mandela cannot be forgotten, because they are the ones who welcomed Madiba when he first arrived in Johannesburg.”The stone-and-wood museum in Qunu survived a big tornado earlier this year that destroyed houses and schools in the area.UpliftmentAccording to Tetani, the museum has been central to the socio-economic development of the area since its inception. “The majority of people in this area are poor and unemployed, and what the museum has done and continues to do is to bring business closer. And we always ensure that only locals are employed where possible.”Since 2008, the museum has been operating on two sites, in Qunu and at the Bhunga Building in nearby Mthatha, which is about 30 kilometres away.Through its youth and heritage centre, it trains young people in arts, tourism and farming. Visitors can join a local village tour to experience the authentic landscape of Madiba’s birthplace.Visitors are also taken to the small hut that Mandela slept in during his teenage years in Mqekezweni and shown the remains of his mother’s hut in Qunu.Monde Mgodlana, one of the beneficiaries of the programme, said the museum had changed his life. “I first started here as a caretaker and moved on to become a tour guide. I’m grateful for all the opportunities.”Source: SAnews.govWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

  • Global travellers rate South Africa tops in Condé Nast awards

    first_imgGuests get a close-up look at a strolling giraffe at South Africa’s Londolozi private game reserve, voted the best of the world’s top 100 resorts and hotels by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine. (Image: Chris Kane-Berman, Londolozi) • What makes South African cities competitive? • Join the 2014 South African Competitiveness Forum • Strong showing in global competitiveness • Joburg, South Africa’s Empire City, strikes back • Cape Town’s Open Streets bring the people out to playMary AlexanderThat South Africa punches well above its weight in the global luxury travel market was again confirmed with the release of this year’s prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards: the country garnered the top spot in the best 100 hotels and resorts, and Cape Town was voted fourth out of the world’s 25 must-see cities.Londolozi private game reserve at Sabi Sands in Mpumalanga was voted the best place in the world to stay by some 77 000 readers of the luxury travel magazine, who gave the resort a near-perfect score of 98.96 out of 100. The Singita reserve, also at Sabi Sand, came in at fourth on the list, scoring 98.1. The two reserves beat out such iconic global hotels as the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah in Dubai, Palazzo Avino in Ravello, Mystique in Santorini and Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, India.“This five-camp preserve in a riverine forest offers the vacation of a lifetime – everything is fabulous,” Condé Nast said of Londolozi when the award results were published on 20 October.“In a perfect-scoring location on the Sand River, accommodations include Pioneer Camp, with three private suites decorated in Ralph Lauren style, and Varty Camp, where chalets in earth tones have private pools. Enjoy freshly baked muffins on the deck at sunrise while watching the elephants below – an absolutely incredible experience.”A view over the river and bushveld at Singita Sabi Sand, number four on the top-100 list. (Image: Singita)Foreign travellers are coming to South Africa in larger numbers every year, according to Statistics South Africa’s latest tourism report, released on Monday. In 2013, the total number of foreigners visiting the country rose to 12.1-million, up from 13.7-million in 2012.Altogether, seven South African hotels and resorts made the top 100, including Lion Sands at Sabi Sand, in 24th place, Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve in the Cederberg (41), Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve (54), &Beyond Lodges Sabi Sand (55) and Singita Kruger National Park (69). Including South Africa, 14 African resorts – in Tanzania, Botswana and Rwanda – got the nod in the top 100 list.South Africa’s coastal city of Cape Town came in at fourth place in Condé Nast readers’ choice of the best 25 cities in the world, ahead of Rome, Barcelona and San Francisco.Flowery performers at the 2014 Cape Town Carnival. (Image: Cape Town World Design Capital)“Cape Town is the best city in the world for blending urban culture with the great outdoors,” wrote Maria Shollenbarger, the magazine’s editor at large. “They’re literally a five-minute drive from each other. There’s an exploding food scene, with vegetables, wine, and cheese coming from the gorgeous Cape Winelands; and then there’s the top of Table Mountain which, on the right day, can feel as pristine and empty as when the Dutch first pitched up in the early 17th century.”The city also swept the board for the Condé Nast list of the best 15 hotels in Africa. The One&Only, Ellerman House, Mount Nelson, Twelve Apostles and Cape Cadogan hotels grabbed the first five positions, the Cape Grace ninth place, the Table Bay Hotel 10th and the Victoria & Alfred Hotel 15th. South African hotels in total took up 11 places on the list of 15, including the Saxon Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg (7), and Le Quartier Francais (11) and La Residence (14), both in Franschhoek near Cape Town.The corkscrew-shaped wine repository by industrial designer Brian Steinhobel in the Ellerman House wine cellar is moulded from carbon fibre and holds more than 1 500 bottles of the hotel’s collection of more than 7 500 South African wines. (Image: Ellerman House)Condé Nast Traveler Best Hotels in Africa: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014#1 – One&Only Cape Town – Cape Town, South Africa#2 – Ellerman House – Cape Town, South Africa#3 – Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel – Cape Town, South Africa#4 – Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa – Cape Town, South Africa#5 – Cape Cadogan Hotel – Cape Town, South AfricaThe view of Table Mountain and Cape Town from One&Only Cape Town, voted the best hotel in Africa. (Image: One&Only Cape Town)#6 – Gibb’s Farm – Ngorongoro, Tanzania#7 – Saxon Boutique Hotel – Johannesburg, South Africa#8 – Royal Livingstone Hotel – Livingstone, Zambia#9 – Cape Grace – Cape Town, South AfricaThe terrace and pool at the Saxon Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg, voted seventh-best in Africa. (Image: Saxon Hotel)#10 – Table Bay Hotel – Cape Town, South Africa#11 – Le Quartier Francais – Franschhoek, South Africa#12 – Giraffe Manor – Nairobi, Kenya#13 – The Stanley and Livingstone at Victoria Falls – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe#14 – La Residence – Franschhoek, South Africa#15 – Victoria & Alfred Hotel – Cape Town, South AfricaLa Quartier Francais in Franschhoek in the Western Cape come in at 11th place on the list of top African hotels. (Image: La Quartier Francais)Condé Nast Traveler Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World 2014#1 – Londolozi Private Game Reserve and Camps – Sabi Sand, South Africa#2 – Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch – Saratoga, Wyoming, USA#3 – The Mulia – Bali, Indonesia#4 – Singita Sabi Sand – Sabi Sand, South Africa#5 – Triple Creek Ranch – Darby, Montana, USA#6 – Nayara Springs – Arenal, Costa Rica#7 – Singita Grumeti Reserves – Serengeti, Tanzania#8 – Aro Ha – Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand#9 – Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai, Thailand#10 – Southern Ocean Lodge – Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia#11 – One&Only The Palm – Dubai, United Arab Emirates#12 – Gateway Canyons Resort – Gateway, Colorado, USA#13 – Cal-A-Vie – Vista, California, USA#14 – Casa Palmero – Pebble Beach, California, USA#15 – Viceroy Riviera Maya – Playa del Carmen, Mexico#16 – The Lodge – Sea Island, Georgia, USA#17 – Qualia – Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia#18 – Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens – Arenal, Costa Rica#19 – Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge – Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda#20 – Mii Amo – Sedona, Arizona, ArizonaA bath with a view at Lion Sands River Lodge in Sabi Sand, voted the 24th best hotel or resort in the world. (Image: Lion Sands)#21 – Lake Austin Spa Resort – Austin, Texas, Texas#22 – XV Beacon – Boston, Massachusetts, USA#23 – Il Salviatino – Fiesole, Italy#24 – Lion Sands, Sabi Sand – Sabi Sand, South Africa#25 – Rancho Valencia Resort – San Diego, California, USA#26 – Castello di Casole – Casole D’elsa, Italy#27 – Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge – Telluride, Colorado, USA#28 – Burj Al Arab Jumeirah – Dubai, United Arab Emirates#29 – 21c Museum Hotel, Cincinnati – Cincinnati, Ohio, USA#30 – The Langham, Chicago – Chicago, Illinois, USA#31 – C Lazy U Ranch – Granby, Colorado, USA#32 – Palazzo Avino – Ravello, Italy#33 – Primland Resort – Meadows of Dan, Virginia, USA#34 – Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan – Bali, Indonesia#35 – The Point – Upper Saranac Lake, New York, USA#36 – Rancho La Puerta – Tecate, Mexico#37 – Jade Mountain – St. Lucia, St. Lucia#38 – St. Regis Punta Mita Resort – Punta de Mita, Mexico#39 – Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong – Shanghai, China#40 – Summer Lodge – Evershot, Dorset, England Bushmans Klook in the remote Cederberg Mountains is ranked at 41. (Image: Bushmans Kloof)#41 – Bushmans Kloof – Cederberg Mountains, South Africa#42 – Guana Island Resort – Guana Island, British Virgin Islands#43 – Las Alcobas – Mexico City, D.F., Mexico#44 – Oberoi Udaivilas – Udaipur, India#45 – Old Edwards Inn and Spa – Highlands, North Carolina, USA#46 – Mystique (Luxury Collection) – Santorini, Greece#47 – Waldorf Astoria Hotel at Shanghai on the Bund – Shanghai, China#48 – Mombo and Little Mombo Camps – Moremi, Botswana#49 – Waldorf Astoria Chicago – Chicago, Illinois, USA#50 – Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti – Serengeti, Tanzania#51 – Wailea Beach Villas – Maui, Hawaii, USA#52 – Four Seasons Resort Langkawi – Langkawi, Malaysia#53 – Madden’s on Gull Lake – Brainerd, Minnesota, USA#54 – Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve – Sabi Sand, South Africa#55 – &Beyond Lodges – Sabi Sand, South Africa#56 – Wequassett Resort and Golf Club – Harwich, Massachusetts, USA#57 – Kings Pool Camp – Linyanti, Botswana#58 – Raffles Dubai – Dubai, United Arab Emirates#59 – The Pitcher Inn – Warren, Vermont, USA#60 – Canoe Bay Resort – Chetek, Wisconsin, USAThe Earth Lodge at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, ranked at 54th place. (Image: Sabi Sabi)#61 – Twin Farms – Barnard, Vermont, USA#62 – Weekapaug Inn – Weekapaug, Rhode Island, USA#63 – The Cloister – Sea Island, Georgia, USA#64 – Taj Lake Palace – Udaipur, India#65 – The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort – Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA#66 – The Wauwinet – Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA#67 – Hotel Astoria – St. Petersburg, Russia#68 – Palm Island Resort – Palm Island, St. Vincent & the Grenadines#69 – Singita Kruger National Park – Kruger National Park, South Africa#70 – Stein Eriksen Lodge – Park City, Utah, USA#71 – Hotel Matilda – San Miguel de Allende, Mexico#72 – Hotel Alfonso XIII (Luxury Collection) – Seville, Spain#73 – Amandari – Bali, Indonesia#74 – Hotel Sorella CityCentre – Houston, Texas, USA#75 – Winvian – Litchfield, Connecticut, USA#76 – St. Regis Lhasa Resort – Lhasa, China#77 – Chewton Glen – New Milton, Hampshire, England#78 – Saffire Freycinet – Coles Bay, Tasmania, Australia#79 – Curtain Bluff – Antigua, Antigua & Barbuda#80 – Thompson Chicago – Chicago, Illinois, USASweni Lodge at Singita Kruger National Park, at 69th place. (Image: Singita)#81 – Loden Vancouver – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada#82 – Sheen Falls Lodge – Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland#83 – St. Regis Bora Bora Resort – Bora Bora, French Polynesia#84 – Colonial Houses – Williamsburg, Virginia, USA#85 – Chateau du Sureau – Oakhurst, California, USA#86 – Montage Laguna Beach – Laguna Beach, California, USA#87 – Lodge at Kauri Cliffs – Matauri Bay, North Island, New Zealand#88 – Ocean House – Watch Hill, Rhode Island, USA#89 – Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora – Bora Bora, French Polynesia#90 – River Inn of Harbor Town – Memphis, Tennessee, USA#91 – Nisbet Plantation Beach Club – Nevis, St. Kitts & Nevis#92 – Dunton Hot Springs – Dolores, Colorado, USA#93 – Esperanza – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico#94 – Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo – Tokyo, Japan#95 – Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa – Da Nang, Vietnam#96 – Excellence Playa Mujeres – Playa Mujeres, Mexico#97 – Ashford Castle Hotel – Cong, Co. Mayo, Ireland#98 – Serengeti Migration Camp – Serengeti, Tanzania#99 – Savute Elephant Camp – Chobe, Botswana#100 – Four Seasons Hotel Prague – Prague, Czech RepublicCondé Nast Traveler Top 20 Safari Lodges and Camps in Africa 2014#1 – Londolozi Private Game Reserve and Camps – Sabi Sand, South Africa#2 – Singita Sabi Sand – Sabi Sand, South Africa#3 – Singita Grumeti Reserves – Serengeti, Tanzania#4 – Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge – Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda#5 – Lion Sands, Sabi Sand – Sabi Sand, South Africa#6 – Bushmans Kloof – Cederberg Mountains, South Africa#7 – Mombo and Little Mombo Camps – Moremi, Botswana#8 – Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti – Serengeti, Tanzania#9 – Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve – Sabi Sand, South Africa#10 – &Beyond Lodges – Sabi Sand, South Africa#11 – Kings Pool Camp – Linyanti, Botswana#12 – Singita Kruger National Park – Kruger National Park, South Africa#13 – Savute Elephant Camp – Chobe, Botswana#14 – Thornybush Game Lodge – Kruger National Park, South Africa#15 – &Beyond Bateleur and Kichwa Tembo Camps – Masai Mara, Kenya#16 – ol Donyo Lodge – Mbirikani Group Ranch, Kenya#17 – MalaMala Game Reserve – Sabi Sand, South Africa#18 – Camp Okavango – Okavango Delta, Botswana#19 – &Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp – Okavango Delta, Botswana#20 – Little Vumbura Camp – Okavango Delta, BotswanaBrand South Africa will host its second South African Competitiveness Forum in Johannesburg on 4 and 5 November 2014 under the theme “Active citizenship and its role in changing the South African brand reality”. Top minds from business, government, civil society and the academic world will come together to discuss our position in the world, and uncover ways to give South Africa a competitive edge on the global stage. Click here to find out more. Follow the conversation on Twitter via #CompetitiveSA.last_img read more

  • Migrating to Windows 7? Virtualization Can Make it a Bit Easier

    first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair The virtualization technology means every application works on Windows 7 just like on Windows XP.ZInstall supports two main scenarios:Migration between two personal computers from one with Windows XP to a new one with Windows 7.Migration to Windows 7 on an existing personal computer.Virtualization is proving to be highly popular in the enterprise. Companies such as Citrix and VMWare are making small fortunes selling virtualization technologies. ZInstall is banking on this trend with its virtualization technology designed to take the headache out of switching from Windows XP to Windows 7. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#Products It’s not easy to migrate to Windows 7 from Windows XP. Core incompatibilities just make it inherently difficult.In the next year, it is likely that the enterprise will face the challenges of this migration, especially as new work stations are purchased. The challenge is compounded by the fact that Microsoft does not offer a clear migration path to Windows 7. Further, a number of legacy applications will not work in Windows 7, no matter how well the software is moved.Virtualization software such as ZInstall can make the process of switching to Windows 7 a bit easier. ZInstall offers two “TV stations,” meaning the company uses virtualization so the user may see both Windows 7 and Windows XP on the desktop. This gives the user the ability to move to Windows 7 at their own pace.ZInstall migrates all applications, settings and files from the old system to the new one, with no reinstalls. alex williamslast_img read more

  • Study hints that wearables are terrible at counting calories, just like their users

    first_imgHow Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Ryan Matthew Pierson Tags:#Apple#Basis Peak#Fitbit#fitness trackers#Internet of Things#IoT#wearables Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health… Related Posts center_img 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… A new study out of Stanford measured the accuracy of seven wristband activity monitors and found that while six out of seven wearables measured heart rate accurately, none of them were able to accurately measure calories burned.The study involved 60 volunteers from a larger pool, selected specifically to represent a diverse set of subjects. These participants included 31 women and 29 men of various skin color, body type, etc.Participants were asked to wear these various wrist-mounted devices while undergoing tasks such as walking, running, cycling, and sitting.How fitness trackers are good…The fitness trackers examined in the study include:Apple WatchBasis PeakFitbit SurgeMicrosoft BandMio Alpha 2PulseOnSamsung Gear S2The devices in this study did a fairly good job of monitoring the participant’s heart rate. In fact, six of the devices measured heart rates to under a 5% median error rate during walking and cycling while the Samsung Gear S2 scored a slightly less stunning 5.1%.A 5% variance is something medical professionals can work with. “For a lay user, in a non-medical setting, we want to keep that error under 10 percent,” Anna Shcherbina, one of the authors of the paper, said.…and how fitness trackers are badWhile the seven fitness trackers featured in the study did a pretty good job at keeping up with participant’s heart rate, the error rate in calculating caloric expenditure was a different story.Out of the seven devices tested, the most accurate one was off by 27.4%. That honor went to the Fitbit Surge.The least accurate device of the bunch was the PulseOn which with a stunning error rate of 92.6%.This study shows that fitness trackers, as much as we rely on them to give us at least mostly accurate data, may not be giving us a true account of our activity at all. Users rely on these devices to let them know when they have hit their goals on steps, heart rate, and caloric burn.If this research is accurate, at least one of these three measurements should be taken with a grain of salt.last_img read more