STATUE OF LIBERTY STANDS ALONE

Thousands of frustrated tourists had the choice of a one-hour boat trip around New York harbor or their money back, with one of the most iconic monuments in the United States closed. Dozens of people working on the boats taking people to and from Liberty Island, run by US National Parks, were on hand with infinite patience and multiple languages to help marshall the baffled tourists.

Statue of Liberty

"No statue today, nobody is going on the island," said A Statue official, who works at the Battery Park pier in southern Manhattan. "But you can join a one-hour harbor cruise that goes by the Statue, Ellis Island, Ground Zero, the Brooklyn bridge," he added. Large notice boards everywhere repeated the same information.

"The government has temporarily shut both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Please join our one hour sightseeing tour and see the magnificent sights of New York harbor." But many visitors were reluctant to be fobbed off with a boat trip.

"I just arrived yesterday from Seattle, I bought my tickets yesterday, they could have suspended the sales, or sent notifications," said, a 26-year-old engineer. He was uninterested in the cause of the shutdown -- the latest ideological skirmish between President Barack Obama and House Republicans over the scope of the US government. "It is a very bad political system, the opposition has such strong power," he said.

Another retired visitor from Arizona, and his wife had planned their trip to New York for six months.

Instead, she was left in tears at what she said should be the last thing to close. "The Statue of Liberty is such a strong symbol for so many people. It is America, it symbolizes freedom, jobs, a government you can trust," she said. Her husband said he was fed up. "I am really unhappy with Washington, by the executive power and Congress, they cannot get anything done," he said.

Golf Course Planned for Rwanda

The proposed golf resort which according to some information will also be home to Rwanda’s first marina development, is expected to meet championship standards which would see the land of a thousand hills qualify to host Africa championship events besides a series of local events in which golfers can take part. Presently there is a golf course in Kigali but with the sport gaining in popularity, more courses are needed to meet the growing demand.

Golf Ball

Rica Rwigamba, Head of Department for Tourism and Conservation at RDB, confirmed that such plans were at an advanced stage.

Rwanda last year embarked on a new zoning exercise for the Lake Kivu shores, identifying island and mainland areas of particular touristic value, which can be developed under a national tourism master plan to add further attractions to the country’s already impressive range of sights which span from Akagera over Nyungwe to the Volcanoes national parks, birding areas and national forests like Gishwati, and of course the lake side of Kivu.

No specific time frame was given for the golf resort development which is however already shown on the RDB’s map for the Karongi area which is part of the available printed information about the country and one of ten such maps covering all parks as well as Kigali, cultural highlights and monuments as well as birding across the country.

Kigali Becomes Another Rear Hotspot

The world get another hot spot and this time round that happens in East Africa in Rwanda which has in recent years become not only a very popular a gorilla trekking and tracking destination but a travellers favorite for tourists and businessmen.

Wifi Hotspot

In the course of the week some of the key centers in the city will have the free hot spot in place among them; hotels, popular restaurants, the main Amaharo Stadium, the public library, and even the international airport from the information gathered.

Rwanda is progressively seeking to take the lead as East Africa’s primary ICT destination and has made some positive progress with their “One Laptop A Child” project, which has seen the introduction of laptops and information technology already in primary school to have the next generation fully computer savvy.

The Rwanda Development Board in the past few weeks entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Korean Company: Korea Telecom to bring 4G LTE technology to Rwanda to propel the country firmly into the latest technological standards.

“Tourism at large is the main beneficiary at the moment as visitors will get their Visa processed online, they book RwandAir flights online, and they can even construct their own itinerary and make it a reality by choosing a licensed tour operator online. Being online showcases the country’s attractions to the global web community and the rising visitor numbers are in large part a result of such initiatives,” said a member of the RDB Tourism and conservation staff.