São Tomé Tourism – Turismo STP http://turismo-stp.org/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 12:05:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://turismo-stp.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default.png São Tomé Tourism – Turismo STP http://turismo-stp.org/ 32 32 Ex-Bok coach criticizes Eben referee’s decision https://turismo-stp.org/ex-bok-coach-criticizes-eben-referees-decision/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 04:52:30 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/ex-bok-coach-criticizes-eben-referees-decision/ The Bok team managed to secure a 38-21 victory in a crowded Kings Park in Durban on Saturday, but it was ultimately a bittersweet result as the Springboks eventually finished second in the Rugby League. It was also another weekend with a series of controversial decisions by of the rugby world referees and televised match […]]]>

The Bok team managed to secure a 38-21 victory in a crowded Kings Park in Durban on Saturday, but it was ultimately a bittersweet result as the Springboks eventually finished second in the Rugby League.

It was also another weekend with a series of controversial decisions by of the rugby world referees and televised match officials (TMO).

In the Springboks against Argentina clash at Hollywoodbets Kings Park on Saturday, Australian referee Damon Murphy handed over 38 penalties in a game that dragged on – and on – for two hours and 11 minutes.

READ ALSO | SPRINGBOKS ARE POSITIVE AFTER WAY INTO RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

Argentina were penalized 22 times while the Springboks were penalized 16 times in a test which also saw six yellow cards handed out.

One of the Boks’ penalties came early on when they were penalized for obstruction, just as it looked like Eben Etzebeth had managed to score what would have been a crucial first try.

Officials felt that Etzebeth had been ahead of skipper Siya Kolisi, but replays actually showed that Etzebeth never let go of the ball and therefore caused no obstruction.

Speaking on SuperSport Final whistle programme, Swys de Bruin insisted that a trial should have been given.

“Eben, not for a second, took his hands off the ball. TMO said filibuster…that’s a terrible, pathetic call. It’s a trial,” De Bruin said.

READ ALSO | PLAYER EVALUATIONS: WHO SHINED, WHO FAILED?

Meanwhile, getting the double against Pumas, while also picking up wins over New Zealand and Australia was progress according to coach Jacques Nienaber, although he also admitted key improvements were still needed.

“We had a plan to go all out to win the championship. We were on task until minute 35, then they got a penalty and the score before halftime changed the dynamic.

“I don’t think we can fault the effort of the players. We all sat down and decided to give it a shot as best we could. Unfortunately we didn’t make it, but you should never take a win in the Bok shirt for granted and we won’t. It is special…”

READ ALSO | RASSIE ERASMUS RETURNS TO SPRINGBOKS AS WORLD RUGBY BAN ENDS

The Bok team are next in action against Ireland, the world’s No.1 ranked team, in Dublin in November when Nienaber said they would have an even better idea of ​​the team’s progress.

“We are not yet where we want to be. We need consistency, and we’ll probably have a pretty good idea on our end-of-year tour. We play No 1 and No 2 [France] teams around the world and we have an SA A team, and it’s going to be a tough tour. But it will give us some nice answers as to where we are.

Springboks captain Siya Kolisi said “we had some really good times in the rugby league, and we had some weak times as well.”

“We know we can win against anyone in the world today, but today was a big step forward as it was a third win in a row and we want to take that momentum with us on the tour of end of the year,” added Captain Bok.

The Bok team finished one point behind New Zealand in the final standings

Nienaber noted that he used 34 players in the tournament and that some questions were answered about the depth of the position.

“We have built some depth as a team. Some players gained experience, but that wasn’t the main objective – which was to win the Rugby Championship and we didn’t achieve that. But there were positives to be taken from it,” he said.

“We are now in a better position to learn certain positions than we were when we started. There was always this big issue around the fly half and if Damian (Willemse) could play there and hats off to Frans (Steyn) today, in a very short time he had to slot in and he will just improve in that regard.

“We also had Kurt-Lee (Arendse) and Canan (Moodie) and now Cheslin (Kolbe) has to play if he wants to come back – but we know he’s quality and we can’t wait to welcome him. return.”

WATCH | HIGHLIGHTS: SPRINGBOKS V ARGENTINA

The Springbok team: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Canan Moodie, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Frans Steyn, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Duane Vermeulen, 21 Kwagga Smith, 22 Faf de Klerk, 23 Kurt-Lee Arendse.

Argentina team: 15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Emiliano Boffelli, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Santiago Carreras, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Pablo Matera, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matias Alemanno, 3 Eduardo Bello, 2 Julian Montoya (c), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.

Subs: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Joel Sclavi, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Pedro Rubiolo, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 23 Bautista Delguy.

]]>
We are not where we want to be! https://turismo-stp.org/we-are-not-where-we-want-to-be/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 11:43:01 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/we-are-not-where-we-want-to-be/ The Bok team managed to secure a 38-21 victory in a crowded Kings Park in Durban on Saturday, but it was ultimately a bittersweet result as the Springboks eventually finished second in the Rugby League. READ ALSO | PLAYER EVALUATIONS: WHO SHINED, WHO FAILED? Doing the double against Pumas, while picking up wins over New […]]]>

The Bok team managed to secure a 38-21 victory in a crowded Kings Park in Durban on Saturday, but it was ultimately a bittersweet result as the Springboks eventually finished second in the Rugby League.

READ ALSO | PLAYER EVALUATIONS: WHO SHINED, WHO FAILED?

Doing the double against Pumas, while picking up wins over New Zealand and Australia, was progress according to coach Jacques Nienaber, although he also admitted key improvements were still needed.

“We had a plan to go all out to win the championship. We were on task until minute 35, then they got a penalty and the score before halftime changed the dynamic.

“I don’t think we can fault the effort of the players. We all sat down and decided to give it a shot as best we could. Unfortunately we didn’t make it, but you should never take a win in the Bok shirt for granted and we won’t. It is special…”

READ ALSO | RASSIE ERASMUS RETURNS TO SPRINGBOKS AS WORLD RUGBY BAN ENDS

The Bok team are next in action against Ireland, the world’s No.1 ranked team, in Dublin in November when Nienaber said they would have an even better idea of ​​the team’s progress.

“We are not yet where we want to be. We need consistency, and we’ll probably have a pretty good idea on our end-of-year tour. We play No 1 and No 2 [France] teams around the world and we have an SA A team, and it’s going to be a tough tour. But it will give us some nice answers as to where we are.

Springboks captain Siya Kolisi said “we had some really good times in the rugby league, and we had some weak times as well.”

“We know we can win against anyone in the world today, but today was a big step forward as it was a third win in a row and we want to take that momentum with us on the tour of end of the year,” added Captain Bok.

The Bok team finished one point behind New Zealand in the final standings

Nienaber noted that he used 34 players in the tournament and that some questions were answered about the depth of the position.

“We have built some depth as a team. Some players gained experience, but that wasn’t the main objective – which was to win the Rugby Championship and we didn’t achieve that. But there were positives to be taken from it,” he said.

“We are now in a better position to learn certain positions than we were when we started. There was always this big issue around the fly half and if Damian (Willemse) could play there and hats off to Frans (Steyn) today, in a very short time he had to slot in and he will just improve in that regard.

“We also had Kurt-Lee (Arendse) and Canan (Moodie) and now Cheslin (Kolbe) has to play if he wants to come back – but we know he’s quality and we can’t wait to welcome him. return.”

WATCH | HIGHLIGHTS: SPRINGBOKS V ARGENTINA

The Springbok team: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Canan Moodie, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Frans Steyn, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Duane Vermeulen, 21 Kwagga Smith, 22 Faf de Klerk, 23 Kurt-Lee Arendse.

Argentina team: 15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Emiliano Boffelli, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Santiago Carreras, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Pablo Matera, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matias Alemanno, 3 Eduardo Bello, 2 Julian Montoya (c), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.

Subs: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Joel Sclavi, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Pedro Rubiolo, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 23 Bautista Delguy.

]]>
Drummer Gerry Gibbs — headliner of this year’s Jazz’SAlive — returns to San Antonio | Music Stories and Interviews | San Antonio https://turismo-stp.org/drummer-gerry-gibbs-headliner-of-this-years-jazzsalive-returns-to-san-antonio-music-stories-and-interviews-san-antonio/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/drummer-gerry-gibbs-headliner-of-this-years-jazzsalive-returns-to-san-antonio-music-stories-and-interviews-san-antonio/ Click to enlarge Courtesy Photo/Thrasher People Thrasher People is made up of players from San Antonio and Austin, including singer Michelle Garibay-Carey. In addition to its usual roster of out-of-town performers, this year’s Jazz’SAlive represents a homecoming for drummer and bandleader Gerry Gibbs, whose time in the city in the 2000s helped […]]]>

Click to enlarge

Courtesy Photo/Thrasher People

Thrasher People is made up of players from San Antonio and Austin, including singer Michelle Garibay-Carey.

In addition to its usual roster of out-of-town performers, this year’s Jazz’SAlive represents a homecoming for drummer and bandleader Gerry Gibbs, whose time in the city in the 2000s helped to shape its contemporary jazz scene.

The two-time Grammy nominee lived here from 2000 to 2005, performing weekly at Carmen’s tapas bar on the Calle. During this time he also helped shape the jazz format of Trinity University radio station KRTU, recorded a live album at local club Luna and booked gigs for legendary artists such as Larry Coryell, Ravi Coltrane and Sam Rivers.

Now, Gibbs and his sextet Thrasher People are set to take the main stage at Jazz’SAlive on Friday, September 23. The 7 p.m. performance will mark his first appearance at the free two-day festival since leaving Alamo City for New York.

While Gibbs still maintains his residence on the East Coast, he has once again put down roots in San Antonio, making it his primary residence. When the pandemic dried up his gig opportunities, he returned to the Lone Star State for what he thought was a temporary retirement.

“I hadn’t planned to stay, but I ended up finding the right group of musicians,” Gibbs said. “Turns out I was looking for something.”

That fine group of musicians was Thrasher People, made up of players from San Antonio and Austin, including vocalist Michelle Garibay-Carey, daughter of the late and legendary Chicano bluesman Randy Garibay. The band is recording a new album next year and plans to hit the road for extensive touring.

Also contributing to his decision to stay in South Africa, Gibbs is working with a Texas-based film producer on film scores, which – true to Hollywood form – he is unable to discuss in detail.

Like Garibay-Carey, Gibbs is also the offspring of an iconic musician. His father, vibraphonist Terry Gibbs, is an influential jazz player whose career spanned the big band and bebop eras and beyond.

Indeed, young Gibbs’ Grammy-nominated 2021 album My Father’s Songs, is a tribute to the 97-year-old musician that includes collaborations with jazz heavyweights such as Ron Carter, Patrice Rushen and Kenny Barron. The release also includes the latest performance from the late keyboard virtuoso and fusion pioneer Chick Corea.

Upon its release, My Father’s Songs reached the top of the jazz charts, as did four of Gibbs’ other 13 albums for East Coast label Whaling City Sound.

It’s something the drummer hopes to repeat with Thrasher People’s next album. The set is not just a collection of sidemen committed to its star, but a group of collaborators with a passion for the long haul, he said.

While Garibay-Carey’s dynamic and soulful vocals provide an easy entry point for Thrasher People, the group is anything but a traditional vocal-jazz combo. The dense yet upbeat music ranges from bebop to fusion, R&B to avant-garde—sometimes within a single song. And it’s all powered by Gibbs’ propelling battery.

“When we play, you’ll hear anything from Charlie Parker to Weather Report to Louie Armstrong to Nirvana to Earth Wind & Fire,” Gibbs said.

Part of the musical appeal of Gibbs — including Thrasher People — is that for all the complexity he brings to the table, it’s not heavy listening. As a composer and bandleader, he understands how to be accessible without drifting into fluid jazz.

Part of that likely stems from Gibbs’ desire to play in a variety of jazz styles, KRTU music director Kory Cook said.

“Every time I talk to Gerry I learn something about him,” Cook added. “Whether it’s someone he’s played with over the years or another part of the jazz spectrum he’s explored.”

Members of Thrasher People share a similar artistic restlessness, Gibbs said. Most jazz fans appreciate a wide range of music and are eager to hear musicians explore outside of the genre. Additionally, the band’s R&B, hip-hop, and rock influences provide an on-ramp for listeners not deeply immersed in jazz.

“We play music that’s an extension of us,” Gibbs said. “We’re all from a generation where we’ve been exposed to just about everything in music, not just jazz or any genre. So I wanted to put myself in a position where I play with people who can say, ‘I want everyone in music to be in this group.'”

Other artists lined up for Jazz’SAlive this year include upbeat New York jazz collective Sammy Miller and the Congregation, Grammy-nominated Latin jazz ensemble Pedrito Martinez, and Austin-based soul purveyors Tomar and the FCs. A complete program is available online.

Jazz’SAlive, free (special packages available online), 5-11 p.m. Friday, September 23 and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, September 24, Travis Park, 301 E. Travis St., saparksfoundation.org/event /jazzsaliva.

Get our top picks for the best events in San Antonio every Thursday morning. Sign up for our events newsletter.

]]>
Final round schedule, table and results, and how to watch on TV https://turismo-stp.org/final-round-schedule-table-and-results-and-how-to-watch-on-tv/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/final-round-schedule-table-and-results-and-how-to-watch-on-tv/ Argentina coach Michael Cheika said the first half of their 36-20 loss to South Africa was “one of the worst I can remember”, but vowed to keep faith with the players to their last game against the Springboks in Durban on Saturday. The visitors dominated the opening 40 minutes in Buenos Aires and could have […]]]>

Argentina coach Michael Cheika said the first half of their 36-20 loss to South Africa was “one of the worst I can remember”, but vowed to keep faith with the players to their last game against the Springboks in Durban on Saturday.

The visitors dominated the opening 40 minutes in Buenos Aires and could have led by a margin greater than 22-6 at halftime, their relentless pressure forcing Argentina to concede several penalties, many inside their 22 .

But the home side came back to contention with a much improved second-half display and brought the scoreboard back to 22-20 before two late tries for the Boks sealed their bonus points win.

Meanwhile, New Zealand won the Bledisloe Cup for a 20th straight year after Jordie Barrett’s try following a controversial late refereeing decision gave the All Blacks victory over Australia on Thursday .

In a controversial final at Docklands Stadium, French referee Mathieu Raynal stripped the ball from Australian scrum-half Nic White for wasting time as he was about to clear the ball away from the defense with the Australia holding a three point lead.

Gifted possession, the All Blacks cleared the ball to Barrett who crossed into the left corner as a crowd of 53,245 at Docklands Stadium gasped.

How to watch the games on TV

(Every hour BST)

Round 1

2nd round

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Round 6

  • New Zealand vs Australia (Eden Park, Auckland) 8.05am on Saturday September 24 – Sky Sports
  • South Africa vs Argentina (Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban) 4.05pm on Saturday September 24 – Sky Sports

When is the final round?

The final round will take place on Saturday, September 24. New Zealand will host Australia in Auckland, while Argentina travel to Durban to face South Africa.

Recent news

Rugby Australia has written to the sport’s world governing body to reiterate concerns over refereeing after the Rugby Championship Test against New Zealand in Melbourne was marred by a controversial time-wasting decision.

French referee Mathieu Raynal penalized Bernard Foley for delaying the game at Docklands last Thursday as the fly-half prepared to kick the ball in to hit the Wallabies 22 with a minute left in the test.

As New Zealand were awarded a five-yard scrum past the posts, Jordie Barrett scored a try after the siren to snatch a 39-37 win for the All Blacks.

Raynal’s decision, virtually unheard of in elite rugby, was criticized by Australian coach Dave Rennie as well as pundits around the world.

A spokesperson for Rugby Australia confirmed on Monday that it had urged World Rugby to take concerns about officiating in general seriously.

“It’s not unusual, we’ve been lobbying World Rugby for some time on this,” the spokesperson said.

What are the latest rankings?

]]>
Roger Federer announces his retirement from tennis https://turismo-stp.org/roger-federer-announces-his-retirement-from-tennis/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 16:18:00 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/roger-federer-announces-his-retirement-from-tennis/ Roger Federer said next week’s Laver Cup in London will be his final ATP tennis event. “I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but not in Grand Slams or on the circuit,” he said on the 41-year-old’s social media. “It’s a bittersweet decision as I will miss everything the tour has given […]]]>

Roger Federer said next week’s Laver Cup in London will be his final ATP tennis event.

“I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but not in Grand Slams or on the circuit,” he said on the 41-year-old’s social media. “It’s a bittersweet decision as I will miss everything the tour has given me. But at the same time there is so much to celebrate.

Federer retires with 20 Grand Slam singles titles, third all-time for men behind rivals Rafael Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21), which are still active. His eight Wimbledon titles are the most in men’s history, although Djokovic could match it next year.

Federer hasn’t played tournament tennis since undergoing a third knee surgery in 18 months following a quarter-final exit at Wimbledon last year.

“The past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,” he wrote. “I worked hard to get back to full competitive form. But I also know the capabilities and limitations of my body, and its message to me lately has been clear. I’m 41 years old. I have played over 1500 games in 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever dreamed of, and now I have to recognize when it’s time to end my competitive career.

Before Thursday’s announcement, he was due to take part in the Swiss Indoors, his home tournament, in October, and possibly at least Wimbledon next year.

“I knew a few weeks ago that his rehabilitation with his knee was not going as well as he had hoped. A few weeks after Wimbledon he informed me that the knee was not responding as well as it should and that he was considering finding a way to end his career. Tony GodsickFederer’s agent since 2005, said in a phone interview Thursday.

“I had suggested to him years ago that he should quit. Few tennis players of his level reach their forties. But he was always interested in challenging himself,” Godsick said. “And at the end of the day, after more than 1,500 games, the tires have finally worn out. And he has things to do in his next stage.

Federer called his 24 years on tour “an incredible adventure”.

“While sometimes it felt like it happened in 24 hours, it was also so profound and magical that it feels like I’ve already lived a lifetime,” he posted. . “I was blessed to play so many epic matches that I will never forget.”

Nadal tweeted three hours after the announcement: “I wish this day had never come. It’s a sad day for me personally and for sports around the world. It’s been a pleasure but also an honor and a privilege to share all these years with you, to live so many incredible moments on and off the pitch.

Federer has a special connection with the Olympics. It was there that in 2000 he met his future wife and fellow Swiss Olympic tennis player. Mirka Vavrinec and kissed her on the last day of the Games. They now have two sets of twins.

He did well to reach the semi-finals at the Sydney Games in 2000, falling to Tommy Haas so what Arnaud DiPasquale in the bronze medal match, but said in 2016 that losing two medal matches was “the most disappointed I’ve ever been in my tennis life”.

Federer entered the Athens Games in 2004 ranked No. 1 but was upset in the second round by 79th Tomas Berdych (who went on to a solid career and retired in 2019).

At Beijing 2008, Federer was stunned by the American James Blake in the quarters and ended a record 237-week run as world No. Nadal won gold and first place. Federer, however, walked away with an Olympic gold medal in doubles with Stan Wawrinka.

Federer looked set for a singles gold medal at the London 2012 Games, given that they were played at Wimbledon, where he has won seven titles over the past 10 years. But he was swept away in the final by Andy Murraywhom he beat in four sets in the Wimbledon final a month earlier.

“Don’t feel too bad for me,” Federer said that day. “It’s not my main concern. But, of course, I would like an Olympic gold medal in singles. But I’m very happy with an Olympic silver medal in singles.

It would be his last Olympic tennis match. He withdrew before the Games in Rio and Tokyo due to injuries.

“It’s not my No. 1 goal or my No. 2 goal,” Federer said of an Olympic singles title in 2016, four months before retiring from Rio. “It’s just something I said, maybe I can reach this tournament and then see how it goes.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

OlympicTalk is enabled Apple News. Promote us!

]]>
Exit visas for Nepalese | Nepali time https://turismo-stp.org/exit-visas-for-nepalese-nepali-time/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 02:45:22 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/exit-visas-for-nepalese-nepali-time/ It is because of the supreme sacrifice of the Mosquito Militia that Nepal has never been colonized by aliens. But since the eradication of malaria in the Tarai, we no longer have a forward line of defense and must find a new strategic depth. Fortunately, the Nepalese army’s clandestine biological warfare drone division recently deployed […]]]>

It is because of the supreme sacrifice of the Mosquito Militia that Nepal has never been colonized by aliens. But since the eradication of malaria in the Tarai, we no longer have a forward line of defense and must find a new strategic depth.

Fortunately, the Nepalese army’s clandestine biological warfare drone division recently deployed genetically modified Aedes aegypti to inject dengue fever on all fifth column suspects in the society.

They increase Vibrio cholerae and bio-engineered Giardia lamblia which have managed to burst the gastrointestinal tubes of Nepal’s sworn enemies.

The two bacteria have already foiled a tourist invasion of Nepal. Secretly seeping into the endoplastic reticulum, the germs wreak havoc in the digestive tracts of would-be conquerors and make them think twice before re-entering Nepal’s toilet-less buffer zone.

Advances in genetic engineering mean that these microorganisms can be cloned to protect Nepal’s indigenous population from weapons of mass destruction.

Last week, the Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Vermiculture bravely defended the honor of Nepal against a security guard while being fingerprinted for a Canadian visa. His message was clear and clear: a Nepalese will no longer bear such insults lying down, we will bear him standing with outstretched hands. Our national slogan will henceforth be “Canada, come home!” And take us with you on Junkets! »

The visa fight exposed another insult to Nepal’s sovereignty: Nepalese passports must travel to Delhi to be stamped. As the oldest self-respecting nation-state in South Asia that has never been colonized, we should fight back.

The Ministry of Irritation would cancel visas on arrival and require Canadians to obtain their Nepali visas from Honduras. Australians will need to apply in Tonga and Italians will need to go to the Nepalese Embassy in Addis. What is that? Nepal does not have an embassy in Addis? Good point. Serves Italians well. And the French who wish to go to Nepal must apply in São Tomé and Príncipe.

Read also : off-road signage, the ass

]]>
Thessaloniki will host the Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum 2023 https://turismo-stp.org/thessaloniki-will-host-the-posidonia-sea-tourism-forum-2023/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 14:15:36 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/thessaloniki-will-host-the-posidonia-sea-tourism-forum-2023/ The Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum (PSTF) 2023 will be held in Thessaloniki next spring, the organizers of Greece’s premier cruise and yachting conference, Posidonia Exhibitions SA, announced on Friday. This will be the first volume that the biennial has moved away from Athens since its inception 11 years ago. The 7th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum […]]]>

The Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum (PSTF) 2023 will be held in Thessaloniki next spring, the organizers of Greece’s premier cruise and yachting conference, Posidonia Exhibitions SA, announced on Friday.

This will be the first volume that the biennial has moved away from Athens since its inception 11 years ago.

The 7th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum will take place at the Makedonia Palace Hotel in Thessaloniki during April 25-26.

Photo source: Makedonia Palace Hotel

According to the organiser, the decision to move the 7th edition of the PSTF to Thessaloniki was created as Greece’s second largest port (after Piraeus) is rapidly evolving into a North Aegean seasonal hub with the ambition to become an important regional home port for an extended season for all brands cruisers who decide to settle in Greece.

“The decision is in line with the realization that all stakeholders in the region need to work closely with cruise lines to create more itinerary options that will help dilute call density, overtourism, and tourism. ‘crowding in high season in renowned ports’, Posidonia Exhibitions SA Managing Director Theodore Vokos said.

Additionally, Volos said that one of the goals of the forum will be to promote new destinationsboth in Greece and in the region, as the cruise industry needs more options to move forward.

Thessaloniki sees 60 cruise ship arrivals in 2022

Cruise ship at “Macedonia” cruise passenger terminal, Thessaloniki.

According to official statistics from the Hellenic Association of Ports (ELIME), the port of Thessaloniki is expected to close in the year 2022 with a total of 60 cruise ship arrivals against only six calls in 2019, one multiply.

Speaking at a Thessaloniki Port Authority (ThPA SA) event on Friday, the Minister of Tourism Vassilis Kikilias said the tenfold increase in cruise ship arrivals to the city this year follows improvements to the port.

According to the minister, half of cruise ship arrivals are attributed to home deliverywhich adds even more value to the Greek destination.

“It reflects an upgrade of the city’s tourism product and boosts the local economy,” he said, adding that Thessaloniki deserved and should benefit from a leading position in maritime tourism.

PSTF 2023 will attract influential decision makers

Photo source: Municipality of Thessaloniki

The 7th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum (PSTF) will attract some of the most influential decision makers in the international cruise and maritime tourism industry.

“During their stay here, they will have first-hand experience of Thessaloniki’s exciting, highly dynamic and ever-changing tourism product, which includes unimpeded air, rail and road accessibility from all parts of Greece and Europe, l “rapidly improving state-of-the-art transport infrastructure and strategic location of a city known as a crossroads of culture and culinary excellence steeped in Byzantine history,” said said the president of the Thessaloniki Port Authority (ThPA). Athanasius Liagkos said at the event.

The PSTF 2023 is sponsored by ThPA SA, as diamond sponsor, and organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Island Policy and the Ministry of Tourism and is supported by the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the Mediterranean Cruise Ports Association and the Union of Cruise Ship Owners and Associate Members.


Follow GTP headlines on Google News to keep up to date with all the latest news on tourism and travel in Greece.

]]>
The quiet revolution of women in Sao Tome — Transcontinental Times https://turismo-stp.org/the-quiet-revolution-of-women-in-sao-tome-transcontinental-times/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/the-quiet-revolution-of-women-in-sao-tome-transcontinental-times/ Sao Tome and Principe : If living on a sweet island can evoke images of idyllic life, it is clear that Sao Tome and Principe is fragile. Women in São Tomé and Príncipe face societal and structural obstacles to their development, just like in other developing countries, particularly in Africa. Although the constitution of Sao […]]]>

Sao Tome and Principe : If living on a sweet island can evoke images of idyllic life, it is clear that Sao Tome and Principe is fragile. Women in São Tomé and Príncipe face societal and structural obstacles to their development, just like in other developing countries, particularly in Africa.

Although the constitution of Sao Tome and Principe guarantees equal rights for men and women in key areas such as political participation, access to basic education and commercial and entrepreneurial activity, the average Sao Tomean woman still faces discrimination from the wider community.

– Advertising –

Descendants of white settlers and the African slave-trading population who settled the then uninhabited islands in the late 15th century, the minority descendants of African plantation workers in the first half of the 20th century largely assimilated into the creole culture.

On the other hand, the Angolares, descendants of a Maroon community of the 16th century, constitute a distinct socio-cultural group.

– Advertising –

Societal mores and traditional conventions drawn from their origins continue to prevent many women from reporting incidents of abuse or seeking legal action.

Exposing injustice and discrimination within families is still largely taboo. After its independence from Portugal in 1975, Sao Tome was unable to establish university education institutions, which had a chilling effect on the empowerment of women.

– Advertising –

Many cultural norms from their colonial past still influence their current societal orientation. Even though Christianity accounts for 80% of the population, African tribal beliefs frequently coexist with Christianity.

In the kinship system, descent and inheritance are transmitted through both father and mother, but remain distinct.

Polygamy in Sao Tome and Principe

The conventional marital bond is the customary union, but formal marriages are not common in Sao Tome and are practiced only by the educated elite.

Polygamy is a common practice where a man’s many wives never live together in the same residence. Local society tends to regard polygamy as an almost normal condition.

It is quite common for a legally married man to have a romantic relationship with several other women as well. The man ends up financially strained and unable to take care of his own family. Consequently, we see several female-headed households.

Family law in São Tomé and Príncipe sets the minimum legal age to become an adult at 18, but still around 20% are married by the age of 15, mostly with men who are at least ten years old. years older. Only half of the female students go on to higher education, while the rest marry and become mothers at an early age.

On average, a woman has five children, but it is interesting to note that a high status is attached to women who have children, regardless of their paternity. Co-parenting with the active participation of godparents is not uncommon.

Although Sao Tome society is not matriarchal, mothers play a guiding role in ensuring that a parent or relative raises children during an economic crisis.

Older men and women tend to be treated with great respect, especially if they have many children and grandchildren. Entry into a person’s home is a privilege. Acquaintances often converse in the street or through a garden hedge rather than entering a house or yard.

After the 1990s, several governmental and non-governmental campaigns and liberal government legislation guaranteed legal equality between the sexes and officially promoted the emancipation of women. As a result, women in Sao Tome and Principe enjoy a relatively better position in society compared to women in other parts of Africa.

Women agents of social and economic change

Over the past 50 years, the female population of Sao Tome and Principe has multiplied by several to reach 111,585 people (half the population of Sao Tome), which is significantly higher than in 1978, when it was only 40,000. The sex ratio of the population is almost equal.

But what has largely gone unnoticed is that the women of Sao Tome have been driving social and economic change in Africa’s smallest nation over the past two decades. Although São Tomé and Príncipe is a male-dominated society, women are increasingly playing key roles in all major formal and informal institutions.

For several years after independence, the President of the National Assembly and the Minister of Foreign Affairs were women. In 2002, Maria das Neves was appointed Prime Minister of the country. She held the post from October 7, 2002 to September 18, 2004 and was the country’s first female head of government. The country also has many women in ministerial positions.

Maria das Neves. Photo credit: multiple sources

Nearly 17% of the total population of São Tomé and Príncipe is involved in the fish trade, where women are involved in several activities, such as unloading boats, direct purchases from fishermen and fish processing. .

Women working in the fishing village of Sao Tome. Photo credit: Twitter

More women than men are engaged in socio-economic activities such as conservation, the fight against poverty or the fight against tropical diseases.

In a typical household, women manage their money independently of their husbands. Marriage to a woman who owns land or other assets does not give the husband automatic access or control over these resources. The country has more than 30% of female jobs relative to the population, while women make up 41% of the workforce.

Several factors contribute to this continuous positive transformation of the daily life of women in Sao Tome. One of the main reasons is due to intermarriage with foreigners. They gave birth to a mestizo generation with no unique cultural heritage. This led to liberal cultural perspectives resulting in a broader mental outlook, including towards the role of women in their society.

The role of social media in the country has also helped catalyze this trend. The gradual opening up of the tourism sector has seen more arrivals of foreign visitors, which has had a positive impact on the local economy as well as the mental makeup of society.

Another factor is Sao Tome’s growing engagement and integration into the global economic system, with the help of international organizations.

A critical development is that the increased participation of women in local politics has added good value to the democratization of national politics in the country.

As a result, it is encouraging to see more and more women entering fields such as politics, business, culture, hospitality, tourism, entrepreneurship, etc.

Progressive legislation enacted by the government of Sao Tome in July 2022 allocates a minimum of 40% of seats to women in elected bodies and the cabinet. It’s a breath of fresh air for the hardworking women of Sao Tome.

Read also: Ilhéu das Rolas: the equatorial island of Sao Tomé

]]>
IMF Executive Board Completes Fifth Review of the Extended Credit Facility for São Tomé and Príncipe https://turismo-stp.org/imf-executive-board-completes-fifth-review-of-the-extended-credit-facility-for-sao-tome-and-principe/ Wed, 31 Aug 2022 21:56:52 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/imf-executive-board-completes-fifth-review-of-the-extended-credit-facility-for-sao-tome-and-principe/ IMF Executive Board Completes Fifth Review of the Extended Credit Facility for São Tomé and Príncipe August 31, 2022 The IMF Executive Board decision authorizes an immediate disbursement of approximately $2.48 million to São […]]]>

IMF Executive Board Completes Fifth Review of the Extended Credit Facility for São Tomé and Príncipe







August 31, 2022











  • The IMF Executive Board decision authorizes an immediate disbursement of approximately $2.48 million to São Tomé and Príncipe to help meet the country’s financing needs, support social spending and post-pandemic recovery.
  • São Tomé and Príncipe faced many challenges, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the floods in late 2021. Despite these difficulties, the performance of the program under the Extended (ECF) has been broadly satisfactory, although some structural reforms have been delayed.
  • Prompt actions by the authorities and timely international financial support have helped address the country’s socio-economic challenges.





Washington D.C.:
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the fifth review of the ECF arrangement with São Tomé and Príncipe. The Board’s decision allows for the immediate disbursement of 1.90 million SDRs (approximately US$2.48 million

[1]

). This brings São Tomé and Príncipe’s total disbursements under the arrangement to SDR 12.90 million (about US$16.79 million).

In completing the fifth review, the Executive Board also approved the authorities’ request for a waiver for nonobservance of the continuous performance criterion on the non-accumulation of external arrears, based on corrective actions taken by authorities.

São Tomé and Príncipe’s 40-month ECF arrangement was approved on October 2, 2019 for SDR 13.32 million (about US$18.15 million, or about 90 percent of the country’s quota) (see press release no. 19/363). The program aims to support the government’s economic reform agenda to restore macroeconomic stability, reduce debt vulnerabilities, ease balance of payments pressures, and lay the foundations for stronger and more inclusive growth.

Following the Board discussion, Mr. Bo Li, Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chairman, made the following statement

[2]

:

“The performance of São Tomé and Príncipe under the program supported by the IMF’s Extended Credit Facility arrangement has been generally satisfactory. Macroeconomic stability has been maintained despite multiple challenges. However, the near-term macroeconomic outlook is clouded by significant uncertainty and downside risks from the fallout from rising international food and fuel prices, which could dampen economic activity, worsen power outages and inflation, and have a negative impact on revenues and implicit subsidies. Accelerating the implementation of major infrastructure projects and structural reforms and maintaining a strong and flexible engagement of the Fund will be key to boosting growth over the medium term.

“Implementing growth-friendly fiscal consolidation and strengthening expenditure controls are key to achieving the authorities’ fiscal targets. Efforts to boost domestic revenue, including the implementation of the VAT in 2022, and streamline spending would support growth-enhancing social development and infrastructure programs and put public debt on a downward trajectory.

“Maintaining a tighter monetary policy would help fight rising inflation, strengthen safety reserves and support the exchange rate peg. In the short term, this needs to be complemented by continued mobilization external grant inflows and the implementation of other project financing commitments In the medium term, continued fiscal consolidation would help ease demand pressures, increase fiscal space and build a larger reserve cushion.

“Efforts to further strengthen the implementation of the monetary policy and financial legislative framework should remain a priority and focus on the approval of the new Central Bank Law and the Financial Institutions Law, and on the implementation of the remaining safeguard recommendations Further efforts are also needed to strengthen monitoring capacity.

“A more comprehensive approach to the implementation of structural reforms is essential. These should aim to develop tourism services, including a comprehensive approach focusing on human capital development through education programs, building climate-resilient infrastructure, expanding transport links and l improvement of the business environment. Efforts should also focus on improving the efficiency of the energy sector, improving the governance of public enterprises and supporting targeted social transfer programs.



[1]

US dollar amounts have been calculated using today’s exchange rate: (1 USD = SDR 0.768436).

[2]

At the end of the discussion, the Managing Director, as Chairman of the Board of Directors, summarizes the points of view of the Executive Directors, and this summary is transmitted to the authorities of the country. An explanation of all qualifiers used in the summaries can be found here: http://www.IMF.org/external/np/sec/misc/qualifiers.htm.


IMF Communications Department
MEDIA RELATIONS

PRESS OFFICER: Nico Mombrial

Call: +1 202 623-7100E-mail: MEDIA@IMF.org

@IMF Spokesperson




]]>
Sao Tome’s agricultural dilemma — Transcontinental Times https://turismo-stp.org/sao-tomes-agricultural-dilemma-transcontinental-times/ Sun, 28 Aug 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/sao-tomes-agricultural-dilemma-transcontinental-times/ Sao Tome and Principe : The islands of Sao Tome and Principe, off the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa, are blessed with some of the most fertile tropical soils in the world. The agricultural sector plays a central role in the economic destiny of these islands, accounting for around 20% of the country’s GDP, […]]]>

Sao Tome and Principe : The islands of Sao Tome and Principe, off the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa, are blessed with some of the most fertile tropical soils in the world. The agricultural sector plays a central role in the economic destiny of these islands, accounting for around 20% of the country’s GDP, 70% of its export earnings and employing 50% of the population.

The Prime Minister of Sao Tome once said: “Agriculture is at the very heart of São Tomé and Príncipe; it is not only economic, it is also cultural, cocoa remaining the most important export product.

Lack of sustainable agriculture in Sao Tome

– Advertising –

Historically dependent on its agricultural sector, these volcanic islands produce a variety of high quality agricultural products, such as cocoa, coffee, fruits, vanilla, pepper and palm oil.

Although endowed with excellent conditions for tropical agriculture such as fertile volcanic soil, plenty of running water, a favorable year-round climate and a long growing season, Sao Tome’s agricultural economy is still mainly limited to plantation agriculture, especially cocoa.

– Advertising –

Sao Tome pursues a policy of actively promoting the production and export of a handful of its quality products. As a country that depends mainly on foreign aid and has a small production base, it has relied on its high-end products, especially cocoa. Other niche products are coconut oil, palm oil, pepper and vanilla, all of which are exported.

Over the years, as part of a conscious policy, Sao Tome has allowed a few select foreign companies to invest in plantations of these crops. The results, however, have been mixed.

– Advertising –

Foreign companies such as AGRIPALMA (palm), Efraim (coffee), Valúdo (coconut), Claudio Corallo (cocoa) and vanilla (vanilla) have followed a unique policy of developing a chain of local producers and farmers to harvest high quality products.

Photo credit: Pexels

Since the emphasis is not so much on volumes and expansion of plantations, this has allowed farming communities to increase their standard of living, makes cash crops sustainable and simultaneously preserves the natural wealth of the islands.

under this “local and solidarity manufacturing”, factories were built on the plantations themselves to produce products on site from freshly harvested crops. They believe that this production chain was developed to create high quality products such as chocolates, coconut oil, vanilla sticks, palm oil or coffee while respecting their sharing objectives wealth and preservation of nature.

Sao Tome exports around US$8 million worth of cocoa products, mainly premium chocolates and cocoa powder, to the West. This figure is tiny, but it represents nearly 50% of the country’s total merchandise exports.

Sao Tome and Principe is nicknamed the “chocolate islands”. Photo credit: Pixabay

Having lived in Sao Tomé for over a year, I can say with conviction that Sao Tomé cocoa is of unrivaled quality and highly sought after by major chocolate manufacturers in the USA and Europe, including Cadburys. Their local chocolates are also of exceptional quality. Fully aware of its high quality, the local government is betting on the production of organic cocoa for a niche market. In a sense, cocoa exports have become the cornerstone of a country’s trade policy, thus dependent on foreign currency to finance its imports.

Sao Tome’s organic coffee is also of exquisite quality and produced as a family business. Their smooth Arabica is second to none, great value, but pricey. Like cocoa, high quality coffee is only processed on a limited scale.

A Franco-Belgian company produces various coconut products, including oil, flour, soap and dried fruit, but only in a limited and sustainable way. I used local coconut oil in daily cooking; its quality and flavor are of the highest quality.

Palm oil is becoming Sao Tome’s new main export product, accounting for around 30% of the country’s exports. Pepper and tropical flowers are also increasingly produced in minute quantities for export to Europe.

Palm oil is becoming Sao Tome’s new main export product. Photo credit: Pexels

An Italian company collaborates with a handful of local farmers and uses high technology and the generational knowledge of locals to cultivate vanilla. Launched in 2019, exports of vanilla beans, vanilla essence and vanilla rum are on the rise.

There is potential for processing local products from local tropical fruits such as jackfruit, guava, pineapple, bananas, breadfruit, taro and cassava.
There is no doubt that Sao Tome’s organic coffee and cocoa command a premium due to their perceived high quality. But despite the hype, Sao Tome’s agricultural opportunities are largely untapped. There is no tradition or precedent for mass production in this country. It’s all about quality and durability.

Much of the agricultural land is state owned. About two-fifths of the total land area is cultivated, of which 2/3 is used for planting cocoa trees. Coconut and coffee plantations occupy the rest. Large areas of plantations continue to be poorly maintained, except during the harvest period. Other challenges are high levels of unemployment as well as critical labor shortages.

The seaport and the only airport lack adequate cold storage facilities to maximize exports. Small market size and profitability issues are further challenges. All these factors have contributed to the decline in agricultural production on these islands. Ironically, for a country trying to position itself as a high-end source market for its niche products, Sao Tome has never been self-sufficient in basic foodstuffs like rice, sugar, edible oils, etc. ., which it continues to import.

But one cannot ignore the fact that the land is very fertile and the climate is conducive to the harvesting of tropical products. Together with the tourism sector, the agricultural sector has the potential to become the main engine of the economy of Sao Tome and Principe.

The question for policymakers would be: should they persist with low-volume, high-end export products for precious dollars to finance their imports, or switch to traditional farming of staples like food grains to become self-sufficient?

Also Read: Exploring Sao Tome’s Unique Culinary Traditions

]]>