The land that gave birth to the first great civilization needs no introduction. The pyramids, minarets, the Nile – Egypt’s scope is magnificent.
Visitors are surprised to discover that these legendary pyramids are only the tip of the iceberg archeology. Pharaonic Nations, the ancient Greeks, Romans, Christians, and Arab dynasties have played a role in shaping the shame of Egypt’s rich architecture.
Zumba chaos of Cairo around a medieval core has remained unchanged since the days of the founding of Islam. Upstream Luxor, the site of ancient Thebes, is aligned with the labyrinths of burial chambers opulent and boasts some of the most imposing monuments of all antiquity. Further south of Aswan, even more impressive temples geometrically write a testimony to the power of gods and pharaohs archaic omnipotent. This is where the Nile is best explored on ancient sailing in a felucca (Egyptian sailboat) at the hands of the currents and prevailing winds.
To the west, the ocean of sand of Egypt extends infinitely in the Sahara, with a handful of isolated islands oasis of green power. Hivelike medieval fortresses, shrink here, interspersed with fountains and bubbles ghostly rock formations. Meanwhile, deep, clear waters of the Red Sea are awash in bright coral, surrounded by a frenzy of underwater aquatic life. In the deserts of the interior of the Sinai, visitors can climb the mountain where God was speaking with Moses, and spend his last days in happiness idyllic coastal backpacker in Dahab Shangri-La.
Although one of the most politically stable countries in the region, Egypt today is not without conflict. Thirty years of authoritarian rule, a shadow economy and rising cost of living fan the flames of social discontent. However, the Egyptians are a tough lot, and visitors make the trip here is ancient history until modern hospitality.
The rate that employers pay for California workers compensation rates is computed on a variety of things. Two major things are the companies’ total salaries paid and the number of claims filed by that particular company.
The Ca workers comp rates are also computed by the state to define when base rates need to be adjusted. Often this decision combines the increasing cost of providing medical services to workers injured on the job and the total number of claims filed from throughout the state.
It is in any company’s best interest to strongly encourage safety in the workplace to keep the number of injuries with Ca workers comp claims down. The more claims the higher the California workers compensation rates are for the individual company.
In April of 2012 it was reported that the commission would recommend base rates rise 7.7% above the rate that the group proposed just six months ago. This would mean that the Ca workers comp rates would increase for all companies state wide regardless of their safety record (how few claim were filed).
What this will mean is that policies that renew on July 1st an average pure premium rate will be two dollars and fifty-one cents per every one hundred of payroll. The San Francisco based Rating Bureau is making the rate increase due to the worsening claim results and forecasts of lower wage growth throughout California.
There are companies that are offering an alternative to standard state mandated Ca workers comp. They say that they can offer basically the same coverage at a savings of a great deal.
NCCI or the National Council on Compensation requires employers to have liability insurance to cover employees that are injured at work. They are not required to have the insurance sponsored by the state though. As long as they have liability insurance equal to the level of coverage the Ca workers comp the state mandates.
If a company can get liability insurance from an independent company at reduced rates, it will meet the mandate for employee coverage. It does companies good to shop around for the best rates they can find. As long as the coverage meets the standard the state requires, then the California workers compensation rates can save companies literally thousands of dollars every year.
Travel to areas of northeast Uganda, is not recommended – seek specific advice if you are trying to travel to Kidepo Valley National Park.
Uganda is Africa condensed, with the best the continent has to offer packed into a small but stunning destination. Uganda is home to the highest mountain range in Africa, the Mountains of the Moon in the Ruwenzori National Park. It is the source of the River Nile and around Jinja offers the best rafting in the world. It has the highest concentration of primates on earth, including the majestic mountain gorilla, one of the rarest animals on the planet. Head of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for a chance to approach these great apes.
Above all, the scenery is so stunning that looks like an oil painting, beautiful national parks to see far fewer visitors than in neighboring Kenya and Tanzania, and the capital, Kampala, is safer and friendlier than most in Africa. In 1907, a pioneer in tourism Winston Churchill called the “Pearl of Africa”. He was right.
The mention of Uganda for most people today and the first thing they will think of is the brutality of Idi Amin. His naivete is the loss which, fortunately for Uganda, the great man died in exile in 2003. The reality is very different. Stability has returned to most parts of the country and tourists are welcomed with open arms (in some areas, particularly in the north, remain unsafe for travelers: see more in the Health and Safety section). Despite the trials and tribulations of the past, Ugandans have weathered the storm quite well. People offering comforting hospitality across the country, accompanied by his ever present smile ‘Hello mzungus’. They are truly some of the best popular on the continent.
Take the plunge now, before the world wakes up to this magical microcosm of Africa.
Enthusiastically taking his place among the world’s travel destinations top, especially since Beijing took center stage at the 2008 Olympics, China is an epic adventure. From the wide open and empty panoramas of Tibet to the push and pull of Shànghǎi from volcanic Sichuan dishes to beer to the bag Qīngdǎo sea, a journey through this colossus of a country is a fascinating encounter with the most populated, perhaps most culturally idiosyncratic nation on earth.
The great diversity of land to China takes him from the noisy cities fizzing with the energy of isolated mountaintop-Ming Dynasty villages where you can hear a pin drop. Pǔdōng ambitious skyline is a triumphant statement, but could not be further from worldly renunciation acted in remote monasteries of Tibet.
Curator of the oldest continuous civilization in the world, China will encounter history at every turn. It is not just a museum of imperial relics: the frisson of development that has left China coast with some of the brightest cities up to the minute in the world is the engine of the earth with a dynamic visionary.
And people – inevitable in their vast numbers – provided by the incessant drama and entertainment. Thinking out loud, talkative and quick, you will see Chinese pushing on the dangerous-looking bus, walk in pajamas all Shànghǎi or invite others to sit in one of the most varied cuisines in the world. Encouraged by a palpable sense of pride, the Chinese delight in descent of his country. Everyone is talking about China, why not find out what all the fuss?