Dakar: cosmopolitan capital

first_imgA view of the Dakar skyline from GoreeIsland, once the last African stopover fornewly abducted slaves before they weretaken across the Atlantic Ocean to theAmericas. The iconic symbol of Senegal are thepirogues, the colorful wooden fishingboats that have plied the Atlantic coastfrom time immemorial, providing alivelihood for generations ofcoast-dwelling Senegalese. A hawker on the streets of Dakar.(Images: Wikipedia)Samson Mulugeta For decades, the Senegalese capital of Dakar has stood out as a vibrant, cosmopolitan centre in West Africa, an intoxicating mix of Africa, Islamic influences and French sophistication.It’s the birthplace of Negritude, the philosophy of black pride and ideas whose strongest champion was Leopold Sedar Senghor, Senegal’s first president. Senghor, the nation’s philosopher-king for nearly 20 years, gave up power willingly, ensuring a democratic tradition that has made Senegal a model of orderly transition in the continent.The port city is a place that manages to balance a deep Islamic piety with an African joy de vivre that splashes a dash of magnanimity into the sterner version of the faith practiced further north and east.Dakar was the place chosen by Thabo Mbeki and the African National Congress in the late 1980s for secret meetings with South African business leaders, a step on the road towards the peaceful negotiated transition from apartheid rule in the early 1990s.To visit Dakar today is to see a city in a rush. Construction is everywhere, and the city seems to be in constant upheaval as it firmly takes the mantle of de facto capital of Francophone West Africa away from neighboring Abidjan, in Cote D’Ivoire. Since the once mighty Abidjan fell victim to a festering civil war, Dakar has experienced an economic boom – and accompanying inflation – as international organisations flock to the city to relocate their headquarters.The expatriates who now make Dakar home have added to the vibrancy of the city’s nightlife.But while the night beckons, the legendary Goree Island is not to be missed for a proper tour of West Africa’s most beguiling and cosmopolitan city. A stroll down the leafy alleyways of the island’s colonial buildings, covered in vibrant bougainvillea, belies Goree’s painful history as the final African stopover in the North Atlantic slave trade.Although only some thousands of the more than 20-million slaves shipped to the New World passed through Goree, the island and its “room of no return” are testament to the inhumanity of the trade that changed the course of history.Cafes abound in Dakar, and it’s easy to find exquisite coffee and a decent baguette in any neighborhood.The city also attracts art from across Africa. The Dak’Art Biennale festival, held every two years in May, turns the whole of Dakar into a gallery, from Isle de Goree to the Galerie National – whose year-round displays are also worth checking out.Marche’ Sandaga in the city centre is the classic sprawling African market – noisy and colourful, with a cacophony of hooting horns and shouting hawkers.The beach is where young men draped in loincloths head to practice the ancient Senegalese tradition of wrestling, a national obsession. Major wrestling bouts fill 60 000-seat stadiums and champions are lionised by praise singers and showered with money.The iconic symbol of Senegal are the pirogues, the colorful wooden fishing boats that have plied the Atlantic coast from time immemorial, providing a livelihood for generations of coast-dwelling Senegalese. The best time to catch the beehive of activity is when the pirogues return from their day’s labour at around 6pm at Soumbedioune Beach. An array of fish is on display, as you rub shoulders with housewives bargaining for the evening’s dinner.November to February is the cool and dry season in Dakar, and the best time to visit. From the June to October rainy season the city turns and hot and humid. Senegal’s currency is the CFA franc used across Francophone Africa. The US dollar is still accepted as foreign currency, but with its current weakness the euro is preferable. Subject to fluctuations, $1 is about 700 CFA.No visa is required for South Africans, Europeans and North Americans, but is required for Australians and New Zealanders. Malaria precautions are essential, especially if you are planning to travel outside Dakar. A yellow fever certificate must be supplied if you are travelling from endemic areas.Security is not a major issue in Dakar. But you’re likely to be approached by scam artists who will regale you with a long and genuine-sounding story. At the end, they’ll offer you a small gift, such as a shiny necklace, and ask for something in return. Politely say no and walk away.South African Airways flies regularly to Dakar.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesReturn to Zimbabwe Ethiopia beckons intrepid travellers A holiday – in Zimbabwe? Useful linkslast_img read more

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SA sees 10 percent increase in visitors

first_img2 November 2012 Travel and tourism in South Africa is booming, with the country recording an increase of 10.5% in the number of arrivals during the first six months of 2012 compared to the same period last year. A total of 4 416 373 visitors arrived in South Africa between January and June this year. This figure represents an increase of 419 613 more visitors than the 3 996 760 tourists who stepped onto South Africa’s shores in the same period last year, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk told the Cape Town Press Club on Thursday. “This local growth figure is double the global growth figure recorded for the same period.”Global tourism outlook optimistic “With regard to overseas markets, tourist arrivals registered a staggering growth of 17.1 percent during the same period under review,” Van Schalkwyk said. China has overtaken France and the Netherlands as South Africa’s fourth biggest sources of visitors, while the United Kingdom remains unsurpassed as the biggest traditional market for South Africa. “This was a growth from 993 364 during the first six months of 2011, to 1 163 4777 during the same period in 2012.” Globally the outlook for tourism and travel was also fairly optimistic, with the United Nation’s World Tourism Organisation indicating an increase of 5% in the number of international tourists worldwide. “This was an increase from 445-million in 2011 to 467-million in 2012. It is estimated that by the end of 2012, total global tourists will surpass 1-billion, recording a growth of between 3 and 4%,” the minister said. However it was anticipated that there might be a slowdown in the last six months of this year. Van Schalkwyk said the World Travel and Tourism Council believed tourism and travel in South Africa directly employed more people in the country than mining, communication services, automotive and chemical manufacturing. “Tourism’s direct and indirect contribution to employment was estimated at 1.2- million jobs in South Africa in 2012.” He said that Africa was the main sources of tourists for South Africa. “Arrivals from the continent from January to June 2012 recorded a growth of 8.3 percent. The growth experience from the continent confirms the importance of this market for long-term sustainability of the South African tourism industry which is a global trend.” Next year’s African Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament, to be hosted by South Africa, also presented “an opportunity to further position South Africa’s destination brand in the continent”. “In this regard, South African Tourism will run an extensive marketing campaign in the qualifying participating countries,” Van Schalkwyk said. Visitor numbers from other BRICS countries were also up, with Brazil and China showing growth of 68.3% and 21.2% respectively. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Family Development Webinar: Working with LGBT Military Families

first_imgNeeds & Supportive Strategies for Working with LGBT Military FamiliesNeeds and Supportive Strategies for Professionals Working with LGBT Military FamiliesIn this webinar, Lori Hensic, Director of Educational Affairs for the American Military Partner Association (AMPA), presents on the unique needs of LGBT military families and supportive strategies professionals can implement in their work with these families.last_img

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If You Are Being Out-Hustled

first_img 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 Now If there is one thing that is 100 percent within your control, it is your effort.You control how hard you work. Not your manager. Not your leader. Not anyone else. No one can or will stop you from working hard. The effort you make here is yours alone. If it isn’t enough, it’s all you.You control how many hours you work, too. The time you invest in work each day has nothing to do with your scheduled hours. It has nothing to do with whether you are paid hourly, salary, or straight commission. You can work as much as you want—or as little.The work that you decide to do is all up to you. This is true even if you have a day job. You can do your life’s work at 5:00 AM in the morning, when there is no one on earth who wants your time. You can work at 10:00 PM when other people are going to sleep. Like effort and time, the work you do is all you.If you are being out-hustled, it’s because you are allowing it.If someone is working harder than you are, they’re likely to produce more and better results. Even if they aren’t as smart, talented, educated, or well-connected as you.That someone who is working more hours doesn’t have one single hour more than you do each day. It’s just that they are investing their hours differently. Everyone has things that they have to do. And they always find time for the things they believe are most important. Right now, how you are spending your time is an indication of what is most important.There are very few things in life that are 100 percent within your control. Your belief system is one of them. Your attitude is another. What kind of effort you make is also one of the few things you can control.last_img read more

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Steph Curry scores 28, carries Warriors over 76ers

first_imgWith Curry back in the lineup in the fourth, the Warriors squashed Philly’s upset bid in front of a sellout crowd that included plenty of Philadelphia Eagles and the first appearances of Philadelphia Phillies Bryce Harper jerseys. Curry buried a 3-pointer for a 111-109 lead, the Sixers tied it, then Curry scored the next six points over the final 2:35 of the game to do what he does best — carry the Warriors in the clutch.“We’re getting on this six-hour flight with smiles on our faces,” Curry said. “These feel good, these games where you figure out how to win in a playoff atmosphere.”The Sixers had one last shot to at least tie but Tobias Harris lost the ball out of bounds with 1.7 seconds left. It was the final fumble in a series of miscues down the stretch, including Ben Simmons missing the rim on an intentional miss at the free-throw line.“I think there is a little bit of confusion because we have a whole new team and we’re trying to get guys in places,” Simmons said.Kevin Durant scored 34 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 25 to help the Warriors snap a two-game road losing streak.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Each team played without a franchise star: 76ers center Joel Embiid missed his fifth straight game with a sore left knee. Embiid, averaging 27.3 points and 13.5 rebounds in 54 games for the Sixers, said he expected to return next week. Golden State’s Klay Thompson sat out with a sore right knee suffered in Thursday’s loss at Orlando.Without Embiid, Mike Scott scored 22 points and was a surprise star for the Sixers, until he botched a late intentional foul that gave Golden State life. Simmons had his second straight triple-double and 22nd of his two-year career with 25 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists. He also had nine turnovers.Curry picked up his fourth foul with 8:15 left in the third and sat the rest of the quarter.“It was disappointing just because he got himself vulnerable,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We need him out there, especially with no Klay. I think he knows that and he was kind of disappointed in himself.”The game got wild without him. Damion Lee, former star at nearby Drexel, hit a pair of 3s in Curry’s absence that kept it a one-point game. Considered a throw-in as part of the Harris trade with the Clippers, Scott hit a pair of 3s that stretched Philly’s lead to five.Golden State’s stars put them ahead to close the quarter. Durant hit a step-back jumper and Iguodala, the once-popular former Sixer, connected on a 3 for a 93-90 lead to close the third.Curry took over for the Warriors in the fourth.“He’s the second-best point guard ever. Argue that,” Iguoudala said.TIP-INSWarriors: Big man Kevon Looney sat out because of right pelvic soreness. Alfonzo McKinnie left the game with a left hip contusion. … Kerr enjoyed Golden State’s only visit of the season to Philly. He apologized before he met the media for wiping his mouth after the final bite of a cheesesteak. 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We welcome him,” Simmons said.COMEBACK KIDZhaire Smith, a 2018 first-round pick acquired from Phoenix on draft night, made his return to basketball this week in the G League. He suffered a broken left foot, and he had a severe reaction to food allergies that dropped his weight to 164 pounds. Smith is up 206 pounds and will finish the Blue Coats season before it’s decided if he’ll play this season for the Sixers.WILT’S 100It was the 57th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game for the Philadelphia Warriors. Chamberlain shot 36 of 63 from the floor and an un-Wilt like 28 of 32 from the free-throw line to hit 100 in Philadelphia’s 169-147 win over the Knicks.UP NEXTThe Warriors play Tuesday at Boston. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policycenter_img P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry reacts after a foul was called against him during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Stephen Curry has done it all in the NBA, so when he shook off foul trouble to score the decisive points down the stretch to again rally Golden State, the feat was met with not much more than a shrug.It’s what Curry does.ADVERTISEMENT Sixers host Orlando on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But maybe that greatness is sometimes taken for granted.“It’s interesting, because I think he’s still underrated,” Warriors teammate Andre Iguodala said. “I still think he doesn’t really get the respect he deserves.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesCurry got the 76ers’ attention with five 3-pointers and 28 points to rally the Warriors to a 120-117 win over Philadelphia on Saturday night.Curry seemed invisible in long stretches, especially in the third when he played just 3:45 of the quarter and watched the 76ers keep competitive in his absence. 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