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The Polynesian islands of Bora Bora are the top destination of choice for Romantic South Africans according to a survey conducted by the country’s biggest online travel agency Travelstart

Posted on 14 February 2013 by Africa Business

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, February 14, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ In a spot poll on Facebook for Valentine’s Day, Travelstart (http://www.travelstart.co.za), asked its 80,000 followers which destinations they thought were the most romantic in the world. The list included local hotspot Cape Town as well far flung destinations like Bora Bora and Rio de Janeiro.

From a list that includes firm favourites for romantics, like Paris and Venice, 35 per cent of voters selected Bora Bora as their favourite choice.

Bora Bora is unique as it’s quite possibly one of the furthest destinations for travellers to get to from South Africa.

It takes over 50 hours to reach the islands and is one of the most expensive trips on earth for South Africans to make. The trip would easily set a couple back over R80,000 .

But when it comes down to it the travel agency found that staying within budget was key.

Travelstart said that most South Africans tend to opt for more affordable beach destinations closer to home like Mauritius, Mozambique, Zanzibar and the Seychelles.

An obvious runner up to Bora Bora was Thailand, a long time favourite for South Africans due its breathtaking scenery, cheap prices and the fact that it’s visa-free for SA passport holders.

Voted at the bottom of the poll was a trip to Las Vegas to tie the knot.

A visit to arguably one of the world’s most romantic buildings, India’s Taj Mahal also featured as a favorite among facebook followers of the site.

As the largest online travel agency in South Africa, Travelstart also has the widest and most active travel community on Facebook in S.A. and regularly posts interesting travel inspiration and advice on its page. Visit their page to see more.


See the destination pictures here: http://on.fb.me/Z02zAu

Travelstart (http://www.travelstart.co.za) is South Africa’s largest online travel agency.

 

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Chicago Replaces Cincinnati As Orkin’s Number One Bed Bug City

Posted on 17 January 2013 by Africa Business

Bed bug business up more than 32 percent nationwide

 

ATLANTA, Jan., 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Pest control leader Orkin announced its top 50 bed bug cities for 2012. Last year, Orkin’s parent company, Rollins, which operates eight pest control brands nationwide, saw a nearly 33 percent increase in bed bug business compared to 2011. The following cities are ranked in order of the number of bed bug treatments Orkin performed from January to December 2012 along with their shift, if any, in ranking compared to January to December 2011.

Bed bugs continue to be a problem throughout the U.S., and we need to be vigilant wherever we are and take the proper precautions when traveling for business or pleasure. Adult bed bugs resemble apple seeds in size and color, while newly-hatched babies can be about the size of a pinhead and pale in color. Check mattress seams, sheets and furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates and picture frames. (PRNewsFoto/Rollins Inc.)

1.     Chicago (+1) 26. Hartford/New Haven, Conn. (+10)
2.     Detroit (+1) 27. Knoxville, Tenn. (+11)
3.     Los Angeles (+2) 28. Buffalo, N.Y. (+1)
4.     Denver 29. Atlanta (-8)
5.     Cincinnati (-4) 30. Louisville, Ky. (+5)
6.     Columbus, Ohio 31. Charleston/Huntington, W. Va. (+18)
7.     Washington, D.C. (+1) 32. San Diego, Calif. (-6)
8.     Cleveland/Akron/Canton (+5) 33. Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa (+12)
9.     Dallas/Ft. Worth (-2) 34. Minneapolis/St. Paul (+12)
10.  New York (-1) 35. Phoenix (-1)
11.  Dayton, Ohio (+4) 36. Pittsburgh (-6)
12.  Richmond/Petersburg, Va. (-2) 37. Honolulu (-19)
13.  Seattle/Tacoma (+14) 38. Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, Mich. (+1)
14.  San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose (-2) 39. Grand Junction/Montrose, Colo. (-1)
15.  Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C. (+4) 40. Nashville, Tenn.
16.  Indianapolis (+15) 41. Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Neb. (+7)
17.  Omaha, Neb. (+11) 42. Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y. (+2)
18.  Houston (-7) 43. Charlotte (-10)
19.  Milwaukee (+13) 44. Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.
20.  Baltimore (-2) 45. Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto, Calif. (-4)
21.  Syracuse, N.Y. (+2) 46. Las Vegas (-30)
22.  Boston (-8) 47. Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, S.C.
23.  Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo. (+2) 48. Champaign/Springfield, Ill.
24.  Lexington, Ky. (-2) 49. Portland, Or.
25.  Miami/Ft. Lauderdale (-1) 50. Sioux City, Iowa

Seattle/Tacoma jumped 14 spots in 2012. Other cities making significant jumps include Indianapolis, Omaha, Milwaukee, Hartford/New Haven, Knoxville, Charleston/Huntington, Cedar Rapids/Waterloo and Minneapolis.  Atlanta, Honolulu, Charlotte and Las Vegas all dropped significantly. The Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. area was not on Orkin’s top 50 bed bug cities list last year, and neither were Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, Champaign/Springfield, Portland or Sioux City. Philadelphia; Des Moines/Ames, Iowa; Salisbury, Md.; Salt Lake City and West Palm Beach/Fort Pierce, Fla. were on the 2011 list, but are no longer in the 2012 top 50 bed bug cities.

“This list shows that bed bugs continue to be a problem throughout the U.S.,” said Orkin entomologist and Technical Services Director Ron Harrison , Ph.D. “Based on the diversity of cities on the list, we all need to be very cautious when we travel—whether it is business or pleasure, or to visit family, friends or vacation. We need to be vigilant wherever we are and take the proper precautions.”

Sanitation is not a factor when it comes to the development of the tiny bloodsuckers. Other common misconceptions are that they can only be found in bedrooms, when, in fact, in your home they can be found in kitchens and bathrooms. Not only are residential homes a potential risk, but they can be found in hospitals, movie theaters, planes and gyms. People may believe bed bugs transmit diseases, but according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, bed bugs can carry more than 30 different human pathogens, but there is no evidence that bed bugs can transmit diseases.

New research from the University of Minnesota has also suggested bed bugs are attracted to dirty clothes, so keep them in a sealed bag or container when you travel.

Bed bugs can multiply quickly, so early detection is critical to preventing a larger infestation. And since infestations can be difficult to control, Orkin advises vigilance.

“Education and prevention are key,” said Dr. Harrison. “Inspect your bedroom regularly, and be cautious when traveling. Adult bed bugs resemble apple seeds in size and color, while newly-hatched babies can be about the size of a pinhead and pale in color. Check mattress seams, sheets and furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates and picture frames.”

Finally, while you may want to take on a bed bug infestation yourself, it is a complicated process and not recommended for do-it-yourselfers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Pest Management Association advise you hire a pest control company that has a great deal of experience treating bed bug infestations to treat your home for a bed bug problem.

About Orkin, LLC
Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean and Africa. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

About Rollins
Rollins Inc. is a premier North American consumer and commercial services company. Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Orkin LLC, Orkin Canada, HomeTeam Pest Defense, Western Pest Services, The Industrial Fumigant Company, Waltham Services LLC, Crane Pest Control and Trutech LLC, the company provides essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects to more than 2 million customers in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean, Africa and Mexico from more than 500 locations. You can learn more about our subsidiaries by visiting our web sites at http://orkin.com, http://orkincanada.ca,  http://pestdefense.com,  http://westernpest.com,  http://indfumco.com,  http://walthamservices.com,  http://cranepestcontrol.com,  http://trutechinc.com and http://rollins.com. You can also find this and other news releases at http://rollins.com by accessing the news releases button.

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Nevada Litigation Firm Named Among Best Law Firms in America

Posted on 02 November 2012 by Africa Business

Bailey Kennedy and Three Partners Recognized by U.S. News-Best Lawyers

Las Vegas, NV, November 02, 2012 –(PR.com)– The law firm of Bailey Kennedy, LLP has received a Tier 1 ranking in U.S. News – Best Lawyers Best Law Firms list for 2013. Best Lawyers has also listed three of the firm’s partners-John R. Bailey, Dennis L. Kennedy and Joshua M. Dickey among its Best Lawyers In America.

The firm’s Best Law Firms Tier 1 ranking, the highest available from U.S. News-Best Lawyers, was determined through an overall evaluation that included a combination of client feedback, feedback from attorneys at other firms in the same practice areas and information provided by the firm.

Bailey Kennedy, LLP, is a Nevada-based law firm focusing on litigation, appellate advocacy, administrative and gaming law, hospital and healthcare law, ethics and professional responsibility law and business and corporate law. Las Vegas native John Bailey founded the firm in 2001 and serves as its managing partner. It was the only law firm in Nevada in the Inc.5000 list of fastest growing companies in the United States for both 2010 and 2011.

Bailey was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for 2013 in the field of Healthcare Law. He has also been named Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” for Las Vegas Healthcare Law in 2013. He has been practicing law in Nevada for nearly 30 years with an emphasis on commercial and corporate litigation, healthcare law and gaming law.

Bailey is one of Southern Nevada’s top civic leaders. He serves as chairman of the governing board at the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy and a director of Nevada’s Public Education Foundation. He is also a member of the Council for a Better Nevada and director at SHFL entertainment (formerly Shuffle Master Inc) as well as a two-time former Chairman and Commissioner on the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Bailey has been a member of the Nevada State Bar Association’s Moral Character and Fitness Committee for more than 15 years and was recommended to the President of the United States for a Judgeship on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by Senators John Ensign and Harry Reid.

Shareholder Dennis Kennedy was selected among the Best Lawyers in America for 2013, in Appellate Practice, Bet-The-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law and Healthcare Law. He has been listed with Best Lawyers since 1991 and in 2012 was named Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” for Las Vegas Healthcare Law.

Kennedy is known as one of Nevada’s top commercial litigators and has represented many of the country’s leading drug, food, health care, insurance, tobacco, hotel-casino, and other companies in both the enforcement and defense of their rights. His legal practice emphasizes legal ethics in addition to complex commercial litigation, class-action lawsuits, hospital and healthcare law and anti-trust law. He is a former adjunct professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law and co-editor of the Nevada Civil Practice Manual.

And shareholder Joshua Dickey was selected among the Best Lawyers in America for 2013 in Appellate Practice. His legal practice focuses on business litigation, including disputes in such areas as commercial law, trade secrets, covenants not to compete, corporate law and healthcare law. In addition, he advises clients on matters concerning corporate governance, trade secrets, and covenants not to compete. He is a member of the Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board of the State Bar of Nevada and is on the editorial staff of the Nevada Civil Practice Manual.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Bailey Kennedy, LLP has been named among the “Best Places to Work” in Las Vegas and Nevada by Las Vegas Business Press, In Business Las Vegas and Nevada Business magazine. The firm focuses on litigation, appellate work, healthcare law and administrative law. Its dynamic team of professionals represents, among others, top healthcare facilities, publicly traded corporations, gaming companies, financial institutions, travel and tourism leaders, public entities, real estate developers, entertainment concerns, and entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.BaileyKennedy.com or call 702.562.8820.

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*AREVA Solar Leaders Speak on the Concentrated Solar Power Industry’s Outlook in the U.S. and International Markets at CSP Today USA 2012*

Posted on 23 June 2012 by AfricaBusiness.com

Will Highlight Growing Utility Demand for Dispatchable CSP Solutions

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — AREVA Solar thought leaders Milton Venetos (SVP Product Development) and Jean-Paul Crouzoulon (SVP Global Manufacturing) will join other concentrated solar power (CSP) industry leaders across the value chain to discuss key opportunities and strategies for the sector in the United States and internationally, and the role that CSP technologies, like AREVA Solar’s Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR), play in it during CSP Today USA 2012 — the 6th Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Conference and Exhibition on Wednesday, June 27 and Thursday, June 28 during.

During their sessions, Mr. Venetos and Mr. Crouzoulon will highlight the increased interest and growing demand by utilities for dispatchable CSP solutions, including solar augmentation to existing fossil-fired power stations (such as Tucson Electric Power’s Sundt Solar Boost Project using AREVA’s CLFR technology:
http://www.areva.com/arevasolar/liblocal/docs/TEP-Sundt_Solar_Boost_%20Project-Keyfact.pdf)
and solar-natural gas hybrid power plants.

To schedule a time to interview Mr. Venetos or Mr. Crouzoulon prior to or during the conference, please contact Katherine Potter at katherine.potter@areva.com or Mark Sokolove at mark@tigercomm.us. Images of AREVA’s CLFR high-pressure, superheated solar steam generators (SSGs) and projects can be found here: http://enterprisenewsgroup.com/areva.

More information on the four panels can be found below or at CSP Today’s
website: http://www.csptoday.com/usa/conference-agenda.php.

Panel on Securing a CSP Stronghold — An Industry Goal Explored

WHO: Milton Venetos, SVP Product Development, AREVA Solar

WHEN: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 — 9:20 a.m. (PDT)

WHERE: CSP Today USA 2012
Caesars Palace
3570 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Lunch workshop on Opportunities: International markets

WHO: Milton Venetos, SVP Product Development, AREVA Solar

WHEN: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 — 1:10 p.m. (PDT)

WHERE: CSP Today USA 2012

Panel on Securing Energy Giants Investments in CSP

WHO: Jean-Paul Crouzoulon, SVP, Global Manufacturing,
AREVA Solar

WHEN: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 — 5:45 p.m. (PDT)

WHERE: CSP Today USA 2012

Presentation on Trough, Tower and Fresnel Technology Today and Tomorrow and subsequent panel sessions on Solar Field Collectors, Tubes & Central Receivers, and Wet & Dry Cooling Strategies

WHO: Milton Venetos, SVP Product Development, AREVA Solar

WHEN: Thursday, June 28, 2012 — 8:30 a.m. (PDT)

WHERE: CSP Today USA 2012

More about:

AREVA Solar, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., is a subsidiary of the AREVA Group and specializes in the design manufacture and installation of steam generating solar systems for its global power generation and industrial customers in a dependable, competitive and environmentally responsible manner. Please visit http://www.solar.areva.com for additional information on AREVA’s global
energy solutions.
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Media Contacts:
Katherine Potter
Vice President, Communications
AREVA Solar
650-963-8645
katherine.potter @ areva.com

Mark Sokolove
Tigercomm
424-208-3558
mark @ tigercomm.us

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