9 March 2010 Kameel Kalyan, who went up the SkyCar, said the view made him feel proud to live in Durban. The SkyCar operates daily, running from 09:00 to 18:00 from Monday to Friday, and on Sunday. Mcleod says that there has been a healthy mix of local and tourist patrons to the SkyCar. The beauty of Durban “The view from above puts together the pieces that make up the puzzle that is Durban,” Kalyan said. “It makes you feel proud to live in Durban, and definitely shifted my idea of Durban.” Mcleod said the SkyCar itself has attracted around 44 000 guests since it opened on 30 November, making it a key tourist attraction in the city. The cost is R50 for adults and R25 for children under the age of 12. Mcleod says that the view at the top is unparalleled. “If you want to truly understand the beauty that is Durban and admire the amazing view, then this is a must-see attraction for all, both locals and tourists.” “One gets to see the entire city from the top. To the east there is the Indian Ocean, to the west the city suburbs, the north the Umgeni River, and one can even see the Bluff to the south. There is nothing quite like it.” “The view is beautiful, with the ocean on one side and the city skyline on the other,” Kharsany said. “Perhaps umbrellas are needed on the top when it is blistering hot, like the day we went up. My favourite view has to be the Golden Mile from a different vantage point,” she added. Mounted on an undercarriage, the SkyCar is a single cabin that runs up steel tracks on the northern arch of the stadium. The design is impeccable, with the SkyCar built to descend under its own gravity, enabling it to return to the lower station even in the event of a power failure. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee “It is the only stadium in the world that has a sky-car or an adventure walk. Of course, stadiums have tours, but there is nothing in the world that compares to these activities.” According to Lara Mcleod, the stadium’s public relations officer, the stadium is proving to be a nucleus of activity as visitors flock to experience the adventure walk, stadium tour, or to ride the most popular attraction – the SkyCar. Zahira Kharsany, a keen football fan from Durban who completed the adventure walk, couldn’t agree more. Public response“More than 60 000 people have taken part in at least one of the facilities at the stadium in just 12 weeks, and we are extremely pleased with how the public has responded,” she said. ‘One gets to see the entire city’ Operating hours The SkyCar leaves every five minutes to ferry up to 20 visitors at a time to the highest point of the arch, providing its passengers with a panoramic 360-degree view of Durban and the Indian Ocean coastline. For those after more of an adventure, and a fair bit of exercise, there is the option of walking up the arch’s steps to get to the top. With their World Cup stadium now complete and already hosting football matches, Durban residents cannot seem to get enough of the one-of-a-kind SkyCar that travels up and down the now famous arch of the Moses Mabhida Stadium. On Saturday, visitors have the opportunity the chance to view Durban at night, with operating hours running from 07:00 to 22:00.
Three months ago we reported that Ads Had Come to Twitter and it was a pretty big deal – until Twitter promptly said the word “sponsored” was only appearing on the site in error. Now the “sponsored definitions” of certain Twitter “concepts” have appeared on the site again – and they sure look legit this time.These first ads probably aren’t going to bring in enough cash to fuel a micro-app acquisition spree by Twitter, but this is the first clear public indication of one way the company is bringing in revenue. It’s funny – the ads have been live for about a week now and no one but a fewsmall, alertblogs has written about them. (Seth Simonds in particular caught a really interesting international angle on the story.) It was big news three months ago and we believe it’s still important. So far the only two sponsored links we’ve seen cycle through our sidebars have been to the ad network Federated Media’s Microsoft microsite ExecTweets.com (aggregating Twitter messages from corporate executives) and Universal Studios’ CinemaTweets.com, promoting the allegedly offensive forthcoming gay-face movie Bruno. The ads only appear on the home page of Twitter when a user is logged in, not when looking at another user’s profile page. Also included in the cycle is a link to a joint Twitter and Threadless.com microsite where visitors can buy Threadless t-shirts about Twitter. Apparently that doesn’t constitute a sponsored link, but presumably money is changing hands somewhere. The whole world of Twitter is a green-field when it comes to rules of disclosure.Perhaps these sources of revenue will help Twitter remain a viable company long enough for all kinds of questions about this brand new medium to be explored.Dave Winer argued this Spring that people want to know how Twitter is going to make money because they might not like it. He told a story about learning while in college that Domino’s Pizza used profits to fight Planned Parenthood. With all the time, energy and content people are investing in Twitter – many want to know how the company will monetize so they can decide whether it’s an organization they want to continue investing in.And so it has begun. There are ads on Twitter. What do you think?Disclosure: Federated Media is also the ad network for ReadWriteWeb.You can find ReadWriteWeb on Twitter, as well as the entire RWW Team: Marshall Kirkpatrick, Bernard Lunn, Alex Iskold, Sarah Perez, Frederic Lardinois, Doug Coleman, Jolie O’Dell, Dana Oshiro , Lidija Davis and Steven Walling. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#advertising#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market read more
Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google just launched an interesting update to its Google Local Business Center that makes Place Pages more interesting and interactive. After claiming their business through the Google Local Business Center, business owners can now easily post short updates about their companies on their respective Place Page. In addition, businesses that have been claimed by their owners will now feature a badge that highlights the fact that the actual owner of this business has claimed and improved the page.With Place Pages, Google aims to offer “a webpage for every place in the world.” Most users access these pages through searches on Google Maps. As Google points out in today’s announcement, business owners can use the new “post to your place page” feature to post updates about their businesses directly from their dashboards. This gives local businesses the ability to send out updates about new products or – in the case of local restaurants – to highlight daily specials and new menu items.It’s also good to see that Google is now giving local business owners the ability to make it clear that they have claimed their Place Pages and improved them with updated information (opening hours, phone numbers, etc.). Even though Google is quite good at generating this information automatically, getting the information directly from the business owners is likely to improve the quality of these listings and will make the information more trustworthy. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#news#Product Reviews#web frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… read more
The reflection of the flood-lit facade of the resort in the poolDrunk on the scent of Frangipani; drenched with the rubescent hues of the Masai and overgrown with friendly locals, Kenya is the Dark Continent’s favourite bedtime story. More feet-on-the-ground than head-in-the clouds, Kenya unfurls on the edge of the,The reflection of the flood-lit facade of the resort in the poolDrunk on the scent of Frangipani; drenched with the rubescent hues of the Masai and overgrown with friendly locals, Kenya is the Dark Continent’s favourite bedtime story. More feet-on-the-ground than head-in-the clouds, Kenya unfurls on the edge of the exotic: 700 km of coastline, broken only by white silken beaches, sheltered lagoons, remote islands, and uncharted mangrove swamps. A beach bum’s paradiseSuitably furtive despite an overt endorsement of the National Geographic brand of tourism, it is this sliver of magical realism that makes its wild seem tame and its exotica almost homy.Nothing captures this spirit of dichotomy better than the sun-kissed Diani Reef Beach Resort, nestled enviably on Diani beach, 25 miles south of Mombassa (Kenya’s largest port). The recently renovated resort (flagship property of the Zuri Hotels chain) is a whimsical blend of modern boutique hotel, African decor and beach languor.The Zebra and Piano Bar and LoungeThe living areas are airy, spacious and flirt with the elements. From the high rafted ceilings at the entrance to the khoi pond visible through the transparent glass floor of the reception to the 300-year-old Baobab tree that frames the courtyard, the outdoors seamlessly conjoins with the inhabited spaces.While the jewelled setting of the Indian Ocean, the backdrop of a coral reef and 30 acres of lush environs, are bait enough, it’s the sheer magnificence of the hospitality and service that is overwhelming. Exemplary service is best complimented by exceptional food; with three restaurants serving diverse cuisines and five bars, choice is clearly plentiful at Diani.A married couple takes a walk on the beachThe Coral Rock Cafe puts out an extravagant buffet, which includes live cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner; while the Oriental Restaurant, Sake, specialises in Indian, Chinese and Japanese cuisine with a Tepenyaki table. The Fins Seafood Restaurant & Grill serves up the catch of the day with a tantalising array of sizzling fresh fish and meat as well as Mediterranean dishes.The Coral Bar, situated on the deck of the Coral Rock Cafe, is the perfect perch for sundowners and sunset watching since it overlooks the pool as well as the beach. For water babies, the Pool Bar, located in an island at the pool, serves exotic cocktails that set the mood for the evening and the anticipation of heightened pleasures. The Coral Bar at sunsetThe Dune’s Night Spot Bar, adjacent to the Fins Seafood & Grill, is the twilight zone that breeds party with a live band and a swinging crowd. The Piano Lounge and Zebra Bar centred in the heart of the property has a vantage view of the pool, the beach and most of the public areas; it includes a library facility as well as well as a cigar and liqueur’s corner. Better still, it’s the only WiFi zone in the hotel and thus plays host to all creatures who can’t seem to disconnect.The Sports Bar, equipped with live satellite television, is ideal for those who prefer games to real sport. The hotel also organises exciting theme nights in the garden areas and along the beachfront. The jewelled tone of the ocean, viewed from the Fins Sea Food and Grill restaurantFridays, for instance, is reserved for the Masai flea market on the front lawns. Be prepared to bargain, for survival techniques aren’t the only skill the Masai have honed over the years. For those with an eye for beauty and a whimsical taste for handcrafted curios are likely to go bankrupt.Those who feel compelled to explore beyond the depths of their credit card can fish for excitement in the glistening aquamarine of the Indian Ocean. Once you sign up, remember, relaxation is reserved only for the afterlife. Sunbathing touristTempt fate on an elaborate sailing trip on the high seas in an Arab dhow or skim the waves on jetskis. Enjoy the gush of the warm seas and the beautiful coral reefs by snorkelling or scuba diving up close and personal with the deep blue or simply cruise in a glass bottomed boat for the same view with lesser effort.Prefer your entertainment on terra firma? Try the safari to the Shimba Hills which is a picturesque drive and a great way to encounter the endangered Sable antelope. Culture vultures can visit bordering villages, watch demonstrations of food preparations and savour creekside barbecue lunches. For history enthusiasts of course, there are plenty of old forts and ruins to get gritty with.The Khoi pond distracts from beneath the transparent glass floors of the receptionIf the grime of ancient quarters and lost cities exacts a toll, rejuvenate, refresh and relax at Diani’s famed Maya Spa. From basic relaxation with sauna, jacuzzi spa baths and floatation pools, its expansive therapies include baths, massages, hydrotherapy and aromatherapy. Go on a soul vacation with their bodywraps, skin-care treatments and extensive range of sea-salt peels and sea-weed wraps; bliss is just two doors away.A junior suiteWith exclusivity and enigma as its mapping address, romance is the most obvious byproduct and Diani’s imprimatur. For mooning couples, the hotel has set up a private island that transforms into a wedding Xanadu for those with a penchant for panache. Idyllic and imaginative, marriages aren’t the only bonds you forge here. Fact fileadvertisementadvertisementRooms and suites: 143Location: 34 km from MombasaClosest airhead: UkundaGetting there: Daily charters from Nairobi to UkundaTariff: Kshs 20,000-26,000 (Standard to deluxe room)Penthouse suite: Kshs 125,000 all all rates are calculated on the basis of double occupancy read more