Greetings And Welcome To 2013 What Does This Season Promise The Convention Business?}

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Article written by Rosalie Howard

We’ve conversed with a variety of users from the hospitality business lately, all of whom have shared precisely the same story with me … that they have experienced bumper seasons with 100% occupancy all through December into January with extra holidays booked and confirmed for next Xmas season, resulting in full houses all over again!

This tells me that there is cash flow once again and I celebrate this information that if South Africans and visitors from foreign lands have vacation money, the congress trade may also have the experience in this 12 months of turning a page … leaving the past behind except for the happenings which serve us and moving forward right into a new paradigm, both personally and in trade – a time of reaping.

It’s generally sensible advice to make long term strategies where likely, in Jan, as this really is often the time that hotels and symposium centers offer reduced costs particularly within the first quarter of the 12 months.

In the Western Cape, summer season as you all know is the perfect time to visit the fair Cape when the weather conditions is far better than anyplace else (whilst they too have had a handful of heat-waves not long ago); the Kwazulu Midlands where the local weather is well balanced and with decent rainfall, the greenest province in South Africa; the Eastern Cape, which while windy boasts many of the most attractive beaches alongside the entire coastline; inland at our plenty of Game reserves and Country Retreats and in Gauteng in the picturesque Magalies region, Muldersdrift, alongside the Vaal River or for restricted schedules, the few 4-5 star, superb hotels on the East Rand.

What’s up that’s big this year?


• The African Mining Indaba in Cape Town 4-7 February

• The Microsoft Tech-Ed Conference at the I.C.C. Durban 10-14 February

• Enterprise Risk Management Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Johannesburg 12-15 February

• The Core Banking Solutions Conference at the Indaba Hotel in Johannesburg 13-14 February

• The 6th World Congress on Paediatric, Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery at the I.C.C in Cape Town 17-22 February

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• Future Bank World Africa Congress at Sandton Convention Centre Johannesburg 11-12 March

• The 12th World Federation of Chiropractic Congress at the I.C.C. Durban 10-13 April

And the calendar for the rest of the year continues over many pages … this is a mere handful of what to expect in the first quarter of the year.

Should any of you have block accommodation bookings you wish to make, we can assist you with these … contact us on or make your enquiries on (

Special Days and celebrations coming up …

BURNS NICHT is on Friday 25 January … Being a Friday, all the Scots among us can celebrate in grand style, without considering tomorrow … order your Haggis now; start planning the Athol Brose for which has published a delicious recipe:

Pear and Haggis Salad with Athol Brose Dressing

Athol brose is a sweet Scottish dessert of cream, whisky, honey and oatmeal.


Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Serves: 6


• 3 tbsp blended malt whisky, or our Buyer’s recommendation: Isle of Jura 10-year-old whisky

• 4 tbsp half-fat crème fraîche

• 2 tsp Dijon mustard

• 1 tsp Scottish heather honey

• 120g pack Waitrose Aromatic Baby Leaf Herb Salad

• 6 Perfectly Ripe Conference Pears

• ½ x 454g pack Macsween Vegetarian Haggis


1. Preheat the oven to 190°C, gas mark 5. Cut the pears in half lengthways. Remove the cores with a teaspoon to leave a cavity for the filling, but leave the stems intact. Put the pears into a shallow, ovenproof dish just large enough to fit them in a single layer.

2. Divide the haggis between the pears, filling each cavity with a generous mound of the mixture. Drizzle 100ml of cold water and the whisky around the pears.

3. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes, until the pears are tender. Uncover and bake for a further 5 minutes, until the haggis is golden. Meanwhile, blend the crème fraîche, mustard and honey together in a bowl.

4. Serve the cooked pears with the salad leaves. Pour the juices from the baking dish into the dressing, season to taste and mix well. Drizzle over before serving with oatcakes.

VALENTINE’S DAY … 14TH February. Wine and dine your loved one in a romantic setting with roses and chocolates …

EASTER SUNDAY 31 March. Plan and book your weekend away ahead of the rush at your favourite get-away or try a venue you have never been to before

Start your conference planning well ahead this year as this is the year when venues will book up earlier than in the past three or four years. For a comprehensive list of venues throughout South Africa, visit our website on

We wish you a successful, happy and abundant 2013!

About the Author: The author completed studying a National Diploma in Cost and Management Accounting at DUT previously known as Technikon Natal in 1992. He then practised as an accountant for 5 years following which he started up a Conference Organising Corporation in South Africa sourcing venues and arranging seminars for quite a few blue chip firms, governement and NGOs. He’s lectured at Damelin College on the topic and has served on many different committees of SAACI (The Southern African Association for the Conference Industry).


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Reuters retracts image; suspends employee due to threat

Reuters retracts image; suspends employee due to threat
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Sunday, August 6, 2006

The Reuters news agency has retracted a photograph of Beirut, Lebanon, after finding out that it was altered. Reuters released a statement saying: “Photo editing software was improperly used on this image. A corrected version will immediately follow this advisory. We are sorry for any inconvience.” The photograph had shown two plumes of black smoke rising out of buildings in Beirut.

Meanwhile a Reuters employee was suspended after using Reuters internet access to issue a threat saying, “I look forward to the day when you pigs get your throats cut.” The e-mail was sent to Charles Johnson, who maintains the Little Green Footballs blog. Johnson said: “This particular death threat is a bit different from the run of the mill hate mail we get around here, because an IP lookup on the sender reveals that he/she/it was using an account at none other than Reuters News. I think it’s more than fair to say that Reuters has a big problem.”

Reuters spokesman Ed Williams said: “I can confirm that an employee has been suspended pending further investigation. The individual was not an employee of Reuters’ news division.”

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News briefs:June 8, 2010

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Ralph Nader calls out Democrats for financial bailout

Ralph Nader calls out Democrats for financial bailout
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 Correction — Aug 2, 2010 Nader referred to the 1999 repeal of the 1933 Glass-Steagal Act. The Wikinews article omitted the word “repeal” from the account of Nader’s speech. 

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Independent U.S. presidential candidate Ralph Nader had harsh words for the Democrats who engineered yesterday’s passage of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, a bailout of the U.S. financial system. At a campaign stop in Waterbury, Connecticut on Saturday, Nader said that Democrats passed up a chance to enact re-regulation of the financial system and instead gave Wall Street everything it wanted.

According to Nader, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Representative Barney Frank (D-MA), and other Democrats considered but rejected measures such as a tax on transactions of derivatives (a “speculation tax”) because of their financial ties to Wall Street and its lobbyists. He said that Representative Chris Murphy (D-CT), who represents Waterbury, had “become a toady” of Nancy Pelosi. He drew enthusiastic applause by calling Murphy “a dynamic fraud”, and referred to Senator Joe Lieberman as “the Hermaphrodite of American Politics”. For Murphy and Representative Chris Shays (R-CT), Nader said, supporting the bailout despite the opposition of constituents was a “profile in betrayal”. Because there were no public hearings where taxpayers and experts could weigh in on the bailout, Nader characterized it as a return to “taxation without representation“—under “King George IV” 225 years after the 13 colonies were taxed under King George III.

Asked about causes of the financial crisis, Nader pointed to the deregulation of the financial sector with the 1999 Glass-Steagall Act and further deregulation in 2000, as well as the rise of overly complex financial derivatives. He outlined a four-part reform plan:

  1. Re-regulation of financial markets
  2. Increasing shareholder control of corporations
  3. Taxpayer equity as part of any bailout, as in the 1979 bailout of Chrysler Corporation
  4. Making speculators pay by enacting a 0.1% tax on derivatives transactions (which Nader said will amount to over $500 trillion this year)

Regarding the equity warrants included in the passed bailout, Nader relayed word from an unnamed source that Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson had told Wall Street executives “don’t worry, it’s not enforceable”.

Nader told reporters that he had abandoned the Green Party because “Greens are not disciplined, and they’re not mature”, and also lack the fund-raising capabilities to break into mainstream political discussions. “They bicker and bicker,” he said, pushing out their best people. However, he endorsed several local Green Party candidates, including Chris Murphy’s opponent Harold Burbank.

The virtual media blackout for third party campaigns by national newspapers and networks has been a source of continual frustration for the Nader campaign, as well as the campaigns of Libertarian Bob Barr and Green Cynthia McKinney and the post-campaign activities of Republican Ron Paul. According to Nader, reporters tell him that editors of national media are “very bigoted against third party and independent candidacies”. Even journalists for taxpayer-supported media, such as National Public Radio‘s Terry Gross and the Public Broadcasting Service‘s Jim Lehrer, have shut him out during this campaign. Debates, he lamented, are controlled by corporate interests through the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Nader spoke to a supportive crowd of about 60 people and his campaign raised over $2000 at the event, their third visit to Waterbury. The event took place in the former building of a closed-down bank.

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Hp Laser Jet 4 Printer The Best Solution For Large Company Needs}

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HP LaserJet 4 Printer – The Best Solution For Large Company Needs


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The HP LaserJet 4 printer delivers great quality and will become an indisputable asset for the work-group environment which it was designed for. It is one of the best black and white printers out there with a price tag well bellow the standard for such an equipment. It is a heavy and durable machine with measurements of 18.1×20 by 6×12.5 inches and a weight of 51.4 lbs.

The materials that this machine can output materials of great quality. Prints will be generated at a rate of 8 ppm with a resolution of 600 by 600 dpi. Small text will be visible in the smallest of detail while larger fonts will show no signs of grain or noise. The average quality is exceeded when graphics and gray-scale images are produced, with a very slight white area left uncovered. The printer uses by default 35 scalable Intellifont outlines, a TrueType font rasterizer and also it features 35 Windows TrueType fonts that are included in the package. Additional fonts are available as downloads should one need them.

One feature is extremely important for this device, that is it’s capacity to host an additional paper tray with the capacity of 350 sheet, so that it will work for longer periods of time without the need for a refill for longer periods of time.

However a major disadvantage could be considered the inability to do double sided prints. Also if it is fed manually it will require the push of a button for every new feed.

The printer will accommodate most types of media, from plain paper to envelopes, labels and transparencies as well. In terms of size it can house most formats from A4, Legal,Executive, Letter A, Commercial 10, Monarch, International, C5, and others as well.

The printer is issued with the standard 1 year warranty that is handed at the moment of purchase and it also includes coverage for parts and labor as well.

The printer comes with 4 toner cartridges but those will need to be replaced after only a few hundred prints. The standard cartridges will however have a life cycle of around 6800 pages if the coverage doesn’t exceed 5 percent while it’s duty cycle may be of up to 20 000 pages per month.

The HP LaserJet 4 printer is one of the best pieces of equipment in it’s range, designed for the larger corporate spaces to which it responds with great expertise and stature. No matter how much work has to be done it will always do it with great accuracy and speed.

If used properly and with adequate maintenance, together with it’s designed LaserJet 4 toner, it will always exceed expectations regarding quality and preciseness. It’s speed in particular as well as the other built in specifications mark it as one of the greatest printers on the market. It will certainly inspire both employees as well as customers or owners as well. The printer is also a user friendly machine and it has a short and gentle learning curve sot that it’s handling remains care free and easy.hewlett packard laserjet


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City to sue owner of partially collapsed 19th century livery in Buffalo, New York

City to sue owner of partially collapsed 19th century livery in Buffalo, New York
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Buffalo, New York — Two weeks after a 19th century stable and livery on Jersey Street partially collapsed and caused 15 homes to be evacuated in Buffalo, New York, residents still do not have answers from the city despite a court order to work with them and come to an agreement on a way to save some or all of the building, Wikinews has learned. Despite the frustration from residents, the city is planning on suing the building’s owner. A rally was held at the stable’s site where residents are hoping to bring more awareness to the situation and gain more support to save the building.

On June 11, a significant portion of the stable’s right side wall collapsed into the yard of a resident’s home. Authorities, including the Buffalo Fire Department were called to the scene to evaluate the collapse and evacuate 15 homes of residents surrounding the stable as a precautionary measure. The following day, the city ordered an emergency demolition on the building, which was stopped by a restraining order residents with Save The Livery ( won on June 14. Two weeks later, five homes are still evacuated and residents don’t know when they will be able to return.

On June 19, Judge Justice Christopher Burns of the New York State Supreme Court ordered a halt to the emergency demolition and ordered the city and residents to come to an agreement to save the building, or at least a significant portion of it. Despite a court date today, no agreement has yet been reached between the two parties.

“It is in the interest of the city to have a safe environment–but also important to maintain a sense of historical preservation,” stated Burns in his June 19th ruling. The court ruled that a limited demolition could take place and that the city was only allowed to remove material in immediate danger to residents and pedestrians, but stated that the demolition could only be performed with “hand tools.” The court also ordered that any rubble which had fallen into neighboring yards when the building collapsed, to be removed. Since then, most of not all the significantly damaged portions of the building or portions in immediate danger of falling have been demolished. The roof has also been removed to put less stress on the stable’s walls.

“Its been over three years since we have been having problems with part of the livery falling down. There was an implosion two weeks ago and suddenly the city wanted to have an emergency demolition,” said Catherine Herrick who lives on Summer Street immediately behind the stable and is the main plaintiff in the lawsuit against the city. Many homes on Summer are small cottages which were used as servants quarters when the stable was in operation, many of which were built in the 1820’s. At least seven homes on Summer border the stable’s back walls. Residents in those homes have significant gardens which have been planted against the building and growing for decades.

“Both parties are to continue to work together to see how we can meet everybody’s needs. This is the third time we have been in that courtroom, and that is what we were basically told to do,” added Herrick who said the rally was held today because this “is Buffalo’s history. Buffalo is a wonderful place to live because of its history and this is a historical, beautiful building and we need to keep those beautiful buildings.”

Herrick states that the city is working with residents, but also believes that its “slow moving” and they are allowing the owner to get away with neglect on the property.

“I believe right now that they are letting the owner get off. The owner was negligent for 20 years, and hasn’t done anything to it despite what he has claimed to say. Now that this is an emergency situation, the city has a lot to say about it,” added Herrick.

Currently the building is owned by Bob Freudenheim who has several building violations against him because its poor condition. He has received at least five violations in three months and residents who live near the building state that Freudenheim should be “100% responsible” for his actions.

Freudenheim gave the city permission to demolish the building on June 12 during an emergency Preservation Board meeting, because he would not be “rehabilitating the building anytime soon.” Freudenheim, along with his wife Nina, were part-owners of the Hotel Lenox at 140 North Street in Buffalo and were advocates to stop the Elmwood Village Hotel from being built on the Southeast corner of Forest and Elmwood Avenues. They also financially supported a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the hotel from being built. Though it is not known exactly how long Freudenheim has owned the stable, Wikinews has learned that he was the owner while fighting to stop the hotel from being built. Residents say that he has been the owner for at least 22 years. Attorneys for Freudenheim confirm that the city is starting proceedings against him for his violations beginning as early as Wednesday June 25. Freudenheim has not released a statement and could not be reached for comment.

Many residents want the building preserved and Herrick states that their engineer can have it stable in “four days” as opposed to the 14-30 days it would take to demolish the building and “at a lesser cost than what it costs to demolish it.”

It will cost the city nearly US$300,000 to demolish the building which is paid for with tax money collected from residents in the city. The Buffalo News reports that fees are approaching $700,000. Though reports say there is a potential buyer of the stable, Wikinews cannot independently confirm those reports.

Residents say the stable was designed by Richard A. Waite, a 19th century architect, and was first owned by a company called White Bros., used as a stable and housed at least 30 horses at any given time. It also stored “coaches, coupes, broughams, Victorias and everything in the line of light livery,” stated an article from the West Side Topics dated 1906. According to the article, The company first opened in 1881 on Thirteenth Street, now Normal Avenue, and later moved into the Jersey building in 1892. The Buffalo Fire Department believes the building was built around 1814, while the city property database states it was built in 1870. It is believed to be only one of three stables of this kind still standing in the country.

At about 1950, the stable was converted into an automobile body shop and gasoline station.A property record search showed that in 1950 at least four fuel storage tanks were installed on the property. Two are listed as 550 square feet while the other two are 2,000 square feet. All of the tanks are designated as a TK4, which New York State says is used for “below ground horizontal bulk fuel storage.” The cost of installing a tank of that nature according to the state, at that time, included the tank itself, “excavation and backfill,” but did not include “the piping, ballast, or hold-down slab orring.” It is not known if the tanks are still on the property, but residents are concerned the city was not taking the precautions to find out.

Wikinews has called the city along with the Mayor’s office several times, but both have yet to return our calls. There are conflicting reports as to the date of the next hearing. According to Herrick, the next hearing is July 1, 2008 though the Buffalo News states the next hearing is July 8. The News also states that Burns will make a final ruling on the stable at this time.

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Northern lights may appear across Canada and northern U.S. late Tuesday night

Northern lights may appear across Canada and northern U.S. late Tuesday night
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Forecasters predict that northern lights could be visible to the naked eye late tonight and early tomorrow morning across Canada, northern parts of the U.S., and possibly the United Kingdom.

Solar storms caused a large ejection of plasma from the Sun’s surface on Sunday, and the plasma is heading directly towards Earth. The plasma, a cloud of rapidly moving hydrogen gas atoms and subatomic particles, is expected to reach us late Tuesday. The plasma will interact with the Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere, which will cause northern lights, or aurora borealis, to be visible much further south than is usual. Northern lights usually appear as green or red rivers of lights across the sky.

“It’s the first major Earth-directed eruption in quite some time” said astronomer Leon Golub of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The eruption was detected by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which was launched in February 2010, and is currently orbiting the Earth.

The Sun goes through approximately eleven-year long activity cycles, with the last maximum occurring in 2001. Sunday’s eruption is a sign that the many years of inactivity is over, and the Sun is heading towards another maximum.

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Japanese researchers create smell sensor using genetically engineered frog eggs

Japanese researchers create smell sensor using genetically engineered frog eggs
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Sunday, August 29, 2010

A University of Tokyo group of researchers, led by bioengineer Shoji Takeuchi, has made an electronic sensor capable of smelling gases. The sensor uses genetically engineered frog cells. Since previous sensors were not very accurate, the scientist decided to try a biological approach. The invention was revealed in a US scientific journal yesterday, and is supposed to be used to design better machines to detect polluting gases in the atmosphere.

Previous smell sensors were based on quartz rods, which vibrate when a substance binds to them. The gases are distinguished by their molar masses, which can be similar for molecules with different structure, thus relatively often triggering a false positive. Trying to find a more accurate solution, Takeuchi decided to follow an example from insect world. As he explained, “when you think about the mosquito, it is able to find people because of carbon dioxide from the human. So the mosquito has CO2 receptors. When we can (extract) DNA (from the mosquito) we can put this DNA into the frog eggs to detect CO2.”

Genes of several insects (the silk moth, diamondback moth and fruit fly), injected into African clawed frog Xenopus laevis eggs, allowed them to produce relatively inexpensive and useful sensors. The choice of the species was caused by their widely studied and well-understood protein expression mechanism.

The modified cells responded to three kinds of pheromones and one odourant, which have similar chemical properties. When a molecule of an odorous substance adhered to the receptor on the membrane protein, ion channels opened for a certain period of time, and a current was generated. Its magnitude was clearly different for all four tested substances, allowing to distinguish between them accurately.

The colleagues embedded the sensor into a mannequin, so that it could shake its head when a gas was detected. It was easier to observe. Pheromones and molecules with quite similar molecule structure produced clearly distinguishable reaction, with higher accuracy than other biological or human-made sensors. As the research group said, the detection sensitivity of the odor sensor is several tens of parts per billion (ppb), and it is as high as the sensitivity of an existing odor sensor that uses an oxide semiconductor. The distinctive feature of the new sensor is its capability to selectively detect some odorous substances, rather than its sensitivity. Very few false positives were possible due to the biological mechanism involved.

At normal temperature, the sensor lifetime is about 12 hours, which can be extended by putting it into a refrigerator before first use.

Shoji Takeuchi says has a great hope for research use in future, since the frog eggs are very practical for genetic engineering, and can be conveniently used to develop smell sensors for a wide range of gases. He said, “The X. laevis oocyte has high versatility for the development of chemical sensors for various odorants. We believe that a shared ability to smell might open a new relationship between man and robot. .. The research will have wide implications… If the sensor is embedded in a nursing robot, it will be able to identify certain mouth odors or body odors. Also, it can be used for detecting CO2, air pollution, water pollution and food. It’s very important for the environment.”

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Hawaii Private Yacht Charters}

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Submitted by: Eric Petersen

One of the often overlooked ways to enjoy a vacation to the Islands of Aloha is to charter a private yacht in Hawaii for an unforgettable cruise.

There are many options for boat rentals in Hawaii, but they are typically old, rusty tubs that are jam packed with tourists. Not exactly the best way to enjoy a vacation in paradise.

Luckily, there is an alternative. There are a number of luxury yachts in Hawaii (especially on the island of Oahu) that can take you for a private cruise far away from the sunburned hordes. Once the exclusive domain of the super rich, luxury boats can now be rented by the hour for a lot less money than you might think.

There is a large range of yachts available for charter ranging from luxury sail boats to vintage motor yachts. A yacht charter broker can help you find the perfect boat to meet your needs, based on the size of your group, your budget and what you would like to do. Some luxury boats book months in advance, so don’t wait until you are in Hawaii to book your charter or your boat may alreaddy be booked. Typically, one half of the total charter price is required to reserve a yacht charter.

When you book a private yacht charter, you’re the boss. The departure time and itinerary are completely up to you. Plan your own sightseeing charters, Hawaii sunset cruise or even a private Hawaii dinner cruise with a private chef. Most boats have a two hour charter minimum, which is about the right amount of time for most people. If you are a seasoned sailor or want to enjoy a more leisurely dinner cruise, book your boat for a three hour charter. With a little imagination you can create an adventure that will be one of the most memorable highlights of your vacation in Hawaii.

For a real adventure you can book a an inter-island cruise. The tradewinds in Hawaii generally blow from east to west, so this is the preferred direction to travel for the smoothest sailing. As a rule of thumb, it takes about 12 hours to travel between neighboring islands; from Big Island to Maui, Maui to Oahu, and Oahu to Kauai. The Maui to Oahu yacht charter journey is the best, as it is smooth sailing and can travel (upon your specification) down the dramatic north shore of Molokai. This unpopulated shoreline features the tallest sea cliffs in the world, with lush valleys and waterfalls flowing into the sea. A true unspoiled paradise.

Yachts have also become increasingly popular as a location for a destination wedding in Hawaii. Wedding ceremonies and receptions can be held on luxury boats for a unique venue option. A private charter provides an unforgettable alternative to the hotel banquet room routine, and the largest boats can accomodate up to eighty passengers. The shared experience of being together on a unique, private charter is a great way for people to bond with each other away from the tourist crowds, traffic and towering hotels.

Vacations are all about creating lasting memories. For a little extra money and imagination you can experience the beautiful waters of Hawaii away from the crowds and have another great story to tell when you get back home.

About the Author: Eric Petersen is the owner of Hawaii Yacht Charters, which is based in Honolulu on the island of Oahu. Visit


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Pirates seize tourist yacht near Seychelles, troops deployed

Pirates seize tourist yacht near Seychelles, troops deployed
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Thursday, April 2, 2009

According to officials, Somali pirates have seized a luxury boat named the Ocean Explorer off the coast of the Seychelles archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Seven Seychellois crew members are believed to be on board. The boat is thought to be headed for Somalia.

Patrick Pillay, the Foreign Affairs Minister, said that the Seychelles government had contacted local naval forces who had pledged to “track down the boat.”

“The Indian Ocean Explorer has been seized by pirates about 600 miles west of the capital. What I’ve been told is they believe this has been taken to the Somali coast,” said Fergus Cochrane-Dyet, the British High Commissioner the Seychelles.

“As far as we know there were no foreign nationals on board. The vast majority of tourists come to the inner island resorts but a small number are more intrepid and visit the outer islands. I believe this yacht was used for visiting Aldabra,” she said.

This is not the first time Somali pirates have frequented the area: the Seychelles police chief stated that pirates held hostage three Seychellois sailors after their catamaran was hijacked in February.

Somali pirates, usually looking for a ransom, attacked over 130 merchant ships in the area in 2008. The International Maritime Bureau reports that number of attacks has increased by over 200% since 2007.

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