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first_imgAuction house maven Lydia Fenet has taken the art market by storm. As the global head of strategic partnerships and the lead benefit auctioneer at Christie’s, Fenet is a familiar face to anyone who attends the auction house’s lively galas.She effortlessly commands the room with the kind of easygoing, friendly confidence that few auctioneers can hope to achieve and now, with her new book, The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You, she is sharing the secrets to her success with a new generation of women.AdChoicesADVERTISINGinRead invented by TeadsWe caught up with Fenet to find out which works of art from artnet Galleries currently top her own personal wishlist—and a few of her other favorite things. Mountain StreamIsca Greenfield-SandersIsca Greenfield-Sanders, Mountain Stream. Courtesy of Galerie Frank Fluegel. Red HorizonErik BulatovErik Bulatov, Red Horizon. Courtesy of New York Academy of Art.Lydia’s Favorite ThingsNew artist: Mallory PageParty favor: Monogrammed Clé de Peau lipstickBreakfast food: I have never been much of a breakfast eater—breakfast is usually a venti skim latte from Starbucks.Way to celebrate a success: Dinner in the private room at Legacy Records with my closest friendsWay to spend a Sunday: Breakfast at the Standard Grill, kids day at the Whitney Museum followed by a walk on the High LineShow to binge watch: The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselItem to take on a long flight: Lingua Franca cashmere travel setJob she’s ever had: The one I have right now Want to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward. I Can Feel You EverywhereTracey EminTracey Emin, I Can Feel You Everywhere. Courtesy of Lehmann Maupin. Waterfall BluePat SteirPat Steir, Waterfall Blue. Courtesy of F.L. Braswell Fine Art.center_img Lydia’s Dream Artworks Seven StonesUgo RondinoneUgo Rondinone, Seven Stones. Courtesy of Vogtle Contemporary. Find your own favorites by browsing artnet Galleries and finding the next addition to your collection. Follow artnet News on Facebook: Prince, Untitled (from Cowboys & Girlfriends)Richard PrinceRichard Prince, Prince, Untitled (from Cowboys & Girlfriends). Courtesy of Kenneth A. Friedman & Co.last_img read more

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first_imgThe video below is 6mb. The Gazette was out and about, and recorded some of Ladysmith’s young ones starting out at school. This included some first-day blues and tears… WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite center_img WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

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first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Two staff at a local car sales dealership were injured when they lost control of a top-range Mercedes Benz today.They were taking the vehicle on a test-drive when the driver of the vehicle lost control.The reason for the accident is unknown at this stage.Both staff members were taken to hospital for treatment.last_img

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first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/25b8e/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Turkish Airlines announced this week its purchase of 30 aircraft from Airbus’s A320 family as part of its fleet expansion.The carrier’s Board of Directors said 20 of those jets would be definite and included 14 A321-200 jets and 6 A319-100 jets. The remaining 10 A319/A321 jets will be optional and will be delivered in 2013.Airbus will deliver the aircraft to Turkish Airlines between 2011 and 2012, making Turkish Airlines fleet comprise of a total of 168 aircraft by the end of 2012. Turkish Airlines chief executive Temel Kotil said last August in Sydney that the carrier plans to start flying into Australia from 2011. However, he said that the carrier would use a Boeing 777-300 aircraft to serve the Australian route from Istanbul via Jakarta. center_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.Llast_img read more

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L Bangkok this morning from the Chaophya Park Hotel Black smoke has spread across central Bangkok this morning as anti-government protesters refuse to back down after army troops stormed their encampment yesterday afternoon.Red Shirt protesters, who had been camped in Rajprasong, the capital’s premier shopping and office district, for more than six weeks, were dispersed yesterday after being raided by government troops who were ordered to “shoot on site”.And while most of the 2000 protesters surrendered and hopped onto buses heading home, militant gangs continued to clash with troops well into the night resulting in a death toll of at least six.It prompted Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to impose a 10-hour curfew in the capital and 23 other provinces in order to “end the problems and return the country to peace and order once again.”However, government troops were unable to control militants who set fire to more than two dozen buildings including the city’s largest shopping centre – Central World, the stock exchange, electricity headquarters, a movie theatre, banks and government headquarters.”All this area will burn and wherever I go I am okay because the army is fighting ghosts far behind me,” a Red Shirt commander told the Telegraph yesterday.”They are attacking the Red Shirt stage but all of Bangkok is supporting our effort.”Several countries have already warned its citizens not to travel to Bangkok, with the Australian DFAT yesterday upgrading its travel warning for the capital city to “Do Not Travel”.But the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has continued to tell the world that the city is safe.“PATA emphasises that travel to Thailand is still safe” said PATA CEO Greg Duffell.“The major part of Bangkok remains open and accessible for tourists and business travelers with hotels, shops and tourist sites open for business.” PATA said it would assist the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in shaping a recovery plan for tourism in Thailand, which has reportedly lost more than half of its tourist arrivals in recent weeks.last_img read more

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first_imgAirline Announces Two Further Sponsorships Targeting Corporate Market It was celebrations all round when Qatar Airways presented the coveted main prize at the illustrious 2010 Australian Private Banking Awards to Macquarie Private Bank.Jared Lee, Qatar Airways’ Regional Manager Pacific Rim, presented the Qatar Airways Outstanding Institution UHNW Service Offering ($30M+ segment) Award for private banks supporting ultra high net worth clients (UHNW). The Private Banking Awards, the only awards voted on by high net worth clients, are hosted by specialist finance intelligence firm RFi and featured more than 150 of Australia’s leading banking figures. Distinguished guests included The Hon. Andrew Robb AO MP, Shadow Minister for Finance and Debt Reduction, Peter Flavel, Global Head for Standard Chartered Private Bank, and Jan Swinhoe, General Manager for Westpac Private Bank. Executives from all Big Four banks were at the ceremony.“The Qatar Airways Outstanding Institution Award recognises a stable and consistently-over-performing bank that combines highly satisfied customers with good brand affinity and strong advocacy. On behalf of Qatar Airways, we are pleased to present this year’s Outstanding Institution Award to Macquarie Bank,” Mr Lee said. As a Platinum Sponsor, Qatar Airways provided RFi, hosts of the event, with three return Business Class tickets from Australia to any of its more than 80 destinations worldwide. Qatar Airways’ Business Class was recently named the World’s Best at the 2010 Skytrax Awards last month, one of several accolades the five-star airline received. This was Qatar Airways’ first sponsorship of a major business / corporate event in Australia since it commenced services to Melbourne in 2009, and the airline hopes to continue targeting this important segment of the market. Additionally, as the airline seeks to further enhance its reputation for five-star service in Australia, it has announced two event sponsorships in July. The airline will be a Supporting Partner of Guy Grossi and Luke Mangan’s In the Raw, a black-tie show featuring the two celebrated Australian chefs from 9-10 July at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne. Three weeks later, Qatar Airways will co-sponsor the second top prize in the Lexus Premium Raffle at The Million Dollar Lunch at the Crown on 31 July. The Million Dollar Lunch is Australia’s premium fundraising event supporting Victoria’s paediatrics community.Offering a superb experience in all class categories, Qatar Airways is renowned for its internationally acclaimed five-star service, superior cuisine and in-flight entertainment options. Qatar Airways flies daily from Melbourne to the airline’s operational hub in Doha, where passengers can connect to over 80 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and North America. Flights from Melbourne to Doha are on brand new Boeing 777-200 Long Range aircraft in a two-class configuration, with 42 Business Class and 217 Economy Class seats. Business Class seats offer a pitch of 78 inches and convert into 180-degree fully flat horizontal beds. The Business Class seats also feature 17 inch seat-back TV screens with more than 900 entertainment options. The airline commences non-stop flights from Doha to Barcelona on 7 June and enters the South American market for the first time on 24 June with non-stop daily services between the Qatari capital and Sao Paulo in Brazil and the Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires. Source = Qatar Airways <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1d051/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Malaysia Airlines have bounced back in the third quarter of 2010 to post a net profit of RM233 million; a significant improvement on last year’s figures. The airline recorded third quarter losses of RM77 million during the third quarter of 2009, while at the close of 30 September 2010, reported profits of RM123 million. Managing Director and CEO, Azmil Zahruddin was decisively pleased with the recent results. “We are delighted to be returning to profitability this quarter with both passenger and cargo segments performing well,” he said. Mr. Zahruddin is looking forward to future propriety for the Malaysian national carrier. “Moving forward to 2011, we are positioning ourselves for profitable growth by taking delivery of new aircraft, identifying new growth areas and maximising revenues through aggressive sales and marketing,” he added. Malaysian Airlines also recorded its highest seat factor in 15 years. “Amidst a tough operating environment, we have managed to increase passenger load factors and yield. This is due to aggressive domestic and global sales campaigns, competitive pricing coupled with the economic recovery in Asia Pacific,” said Mr. Zahruddin. In related news, Firefly, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysian Airlines, recently announced it would be launching operations out of Kuala Lumpur International Airport, targeting the ‘value’ demographic and establishing clear market segmentation between the two carriers. last_img read more

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J. Showcasing generosity, one in two Aussies said they are likely to travel to New Zealand or Japan in order to assist help their tourism industries. An independent consumer survey conducted by Canstar Cannex found 51 percent of Australians were willing to visit the countries and stimulate their economy. Canstar Cannex head of research Steve Mickenbecker said the majority of respondents eager to support tourism in Japan and New Zealand were from Generation Y, highlighting that stereotypes of the younger generation may be off.  “Generation Y cops a lot of flack for being self-centred, yet our results showed they are the generation most likely to support Japan and New Zealand, with 62% of Gen Y respondents considering travelling to these countries to play a part in their rebuilding efforts,” Mr Mickenbecker said. “This compares to 54% of Generation X and 45% of Baby Boomers.”The survey also found that the number of Aussie booking vacations online has bumped up to 44 percent, with Generation Y leading the way again with 50 percent using online sites compared to 47 percent of Gen X and 38 percent of Baby Boomers.  Hotels.com.au and Expedia.com.au managing to outrank their competition, with Aussies preferring to book using the two sites.Expedia also topped the charts of customer satisfaction in the categories of booking fees, range of accommodation available and ease of use. last_img read more

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first_imgCrossing capacious ColombiaImage Source: Paul McNamara A new marketing campaign set to launch later this year, has been developed by tourism leaders in Argentina, Chile and Colombia to draw in Australian visitors. The national tourism offices of the three countries will be responsible for the project which will take advantage of the recent positive growth in visitor numbers. The three tourist bureaus will visit Australian shores in August 2012; staging events in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, advocating tourism opportunities and hosting key industry representatives. “In 2012 Australia is a growth market for us and one which will continue to build,” Turismo Chile long haul market manager Carolina Valenzuela said. “We are coming to Australia in response to demand from Australian wholesalers and travel agents now seeking more and different information about how to package and sell travel opportunities to more of South America.” Ms Valenzuela cited value and affordability as the leading factors encouraging Australian visitation to South America. “With greater air access, we see significant inbound potential for our countries and that also means business opportunities for the Australian trade.” Argentina is currently the leading destination for international visitors to South America, posting eight percent annual tourist growth last year. “We expect continued growth from the Australian market and together with Aerolineas Argentinas we are making a strong campaign to promote our destination and the airline’s new Airbus services direct from Buenos Aires to Sydney,” Instituto Nacional de Promocion Turista market coordinator for Asia Pacific and Middle East Mariano Vila said. Ms Valenzuela said Chile has never been more accessible for Australians, with LAN and Qantas operating regular flights between Sydney and Santiago. “Expanding air connectivity between Australia and Chile now allows Australians to travel easily to Chile and to deeper South America due to great regional connectivity and frequent daily domestic connections.” Colombia also displays one of the highest annual growth rates in Australian arrivals.“In 2011 we welcomed 10,363 Australians to Colombia, an increase of 15.4 percent from 2010 so Australia is a fast growing source market for Colombia,” President of Proexport Colombia Maria Claudia Lacouture said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

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first_imgCondé Nast Johansens, the international luxury travel guide, have announced the winners of the 2013Awards for Excellence. The winners of these prestigious awards were chosen as the top properties withintheir regions. This year The Havannah was named as finalist for Most Excellent Romantic Hideaway andMost Excellent Small Resort in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific Islands. This is a major achievement forThe Havannah as the only Vanuatu property featured, and one of only two in the entire Pacific region,especially given the size and investment in the Caribbean properties.Lesley O’Malley-Keyes, Vice President & Publishing Director, The Americas noted, “The Awards forExcellence winners represent the very best of the best. Our readers are discerning and experienced travellerswho know what they want when they travel – exceptional accommodations, outstanding service and goodvalue for money. Condé Nast Johansens only recommends properties that meet these very specificstandards.”Frederick Maclean, The Havannah’s General Manager says “The staff at the Havannah have workedexceptionally well and are all to be commended for our nomination in two categories, as to be finalistglobally is still an outstanding achievement that we can all be proud of. Now we need to work smarter to bethe winner in one, if not two categories next year.”The Havannah is Vanuatu’s newest boutique retreat, a place where romance meets affordable luxury. Itcombines a breath taking beachfront location with luxurious comfort to create the ultimate romantic andsecluded resort experience. Offering just 16 superbly appointed individual bungalows, some with their ownplunge pool, a stunning infinity edge swimming pool with suspended day beds and superb service withexquisite cuisine, The Havannah is an oasis of relaxation, cultural experiences and soft adventure. Source = The Havannahlast_img read more

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first_imgBBC Worldwide sells Lonely Planetto American company. BBC Wordwide has sold its travel guide business, Lonely Planet, to US-based digital development company, NC2 Media for a near AU$116 million loss.The sale transaction of up to AU$75 million is expected to occur from 31 March 2013, with AU$60 million paid on completion and AUD$15 million paid in twelve months’ time, The Next Web reported.BBC Worldwide chief executive Paul Dempsey said the decision to sell the travel guide business comes after a review of the company’s strategy to focus on BBC brands and assured the digital company was “better placed to build” the business.As part of the transaction, NC2 Media executive director Daniel Houghton will also step in as Lonely Planet chief operating officer and said the company would ensure the guidebook company is modernized “with the limitless potential of 21st century digital technology”.“If we can do this, and I believe we can, we can build a business that, while remaining true to the things that made Lonely Planet great in the past, promises to make it even greater in the future,” he said.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J.last_img read more

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first_imgQantas is currently in negotiations with The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) to ensure a program of voluntary redundancies put in place for Qantas pilots is fair and reasonable. The negotiations come following the announcement up to 300 pilots are facing redundancies associated with the airline’s retirement of the 747 and 767 fleet, and AIPA is working closely with Qantas to ensure the process is managed with “as little pain to individual pilots as possible”. “We believe the quality and reputation of Qantas pilots is a core part of what has set this airline apart for over 93 years, so we think it is important that their contributions to the airline are respected and treated accordingly.” Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich “Obviously from AIPA’s perspective, it is far better to see fleet reductions managed with older pilots stepping out on their own terms, rather than younger pilots being made redundant compulsorily and given that the fleet reduction is happening, the vital thing for us is to ensure that the redundancy packages offered are reasonable and the entire process is handled without surprises,” AIPA president Nathan Safe said.last_img read more

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first_imgSouth Sea Cruises announced as Best Tour and Transport OperatorSouth Sea Cruises announced as Best Tour and Transport OperatorFiji’s leading maritime cruise operator, South Sea Cruises, was awarded Best Tour & Transport Operator at the 2016 ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards, held on Saturday night.“This award is a tribute to all staff who on a daily basis provide our customers with the best possible service and safety and an experience to remember,” said CEO Brad Rutherford.South Sea Cruises operate a range of Day Cruises and Island Resort Connections as well as an array of tailor-made events for the Conference and Incentive market. A fleet of high speed catamarans cruise throughout Fiji’s Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, making some of the most remote islands accessible to visitors of Fiji.Also part of the South Sea Cruises portfolio is Fiji’s premier small ship cruising experience, Blue Lagoon Cruises, offering three, four and seven night cruises; Awesome Adventures Fiji, catering to backpackers and independent travellers; Yasawa Islands Holidays, specialising in couples and family holiday experiences in the Yasawa Islands; and Vinaka Fiji, a voluntourism experience focused on building sustainable communities, education and marine conservation.The latest addition to the portfolio is the recently announced – Malamala Beach Club Fiji – Fiji’s first island beach club opening mid-2017, located just 30 minutes from Port Denarau.The Port Denarau based company employs 240 people and is owned by Fijian Holdings Ltd, a well-known Fijian investment company.For further information visit:www.ssc.com.fjwww.bluelagooncruises.comwww.awesomefiji.comwww.vinakafiji.org.fjwww.malamalabeachclub.comSource = South Sea Cruiseslast_img read more

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first_imgWyndham Grand Cam Ranh in Vietnam is slated to be the brand’s first hotel in Vietnam.Wyndham Grand to debut in six new destinations in 2019Wyndham Grand, the upper-upscale brand of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH), the world’s largest hotel company with more than 9,000 hotels in more than 80 countries, is slated to debut in six new destinations around the world in 2019: California, U.S.; Cam Ranh, Vietnam; Mexico City, Mexico; Kayseri, Turkey; Tblisi, Georgia; and Crete, Greece.Two of the new hotels – located in Cam Ranh, Vietnam and Mexico City, Mexico – will be managed by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ growing management company, adding to the more than 400 hotels operated by the company globally and expanding its upscale managed capabilities into new countries.Wyndham Grand is an ensemble of distinctive hotels that are approachable by design, representing one-of-a-kind experiences with sophisticated elegance. The new hotels will join the brand’s 39 existing awe-inspiring locations including Istanbul; Chicago; Shanghai; and Manama, where the first Wyndham Grand in Bahrain, also managed by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, opened in 2017.“Travelers are seeking out new destinations and crossing borders more than ever before; in the last two decades alone the number of international travelers around the world has more than doubled to nearly 1.3 billion,” said Bob Loewen, Chief Operating Officer for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. “We’re strategically expanding Wyndham Grand’s presence around the world in the destinations travelers so eagerly want to explore, whether it’s the shores of Greek Isles, a unique pocket of culture in Southern California, the centuries-old historic capital of Georgia or wherever their bucket list takes them.”In addition to the hotels planned for 2019, the brand’s pipeline comprises approximately 25 hotels including new destinations in St. Kitts and Nevis, Barbados, Belize and a new dual-branded Wyndham Grand and TRYP by Wyndham® hotel in Miami, Florida.Westminster California, U.S.Slated to be part of multi-use development, Wyndham Grand in Westminster will be the brand’s first hotel in California. The hotel will offer 144 guestrooms – making it the largest and only full-service hotel in Westminster — in addition to flexible meeting and event space and a full-service restaurant. Steps away from Westminster’s Little Saigon Tourist Commercial District on Bolsa Avenue, the hotel empowers travelers to explore the hub of Vietnamese dining and culture in the largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam.The hotel is also situated near the city of Garden Grove, California State Route 22 (Garden Grove Freeway) and just seven miles from Disneyland. It’s also a short drive from Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and the Pacific Ocean.Wyndham Grand Cam Ranh, VietnamWyndham Grand Cam Ranh is situated on a 27-hole golf course overlooking the nearby ocean designed by renowned Australian golfer Greg Norman. The hotel offers luxurious accommodation options as well as multiple restaurants and bars, swimming pools, spa and wellness facilities and a convention centre. Cam Ranh, with pristine beaches and deep waters, is a growing tourist destination thanks to the recent expansion of Cam Ranh International Airport and increasing numbers of international flights.Vietnam is an increasingly popular destination for international travelers. Named one of Travel + Leisure’s 50 Best Places to Travel in 2019, Vietnam welcomed more than 14 million visitors in 2018 – a staggering 21% increase over last year.Wyndham Grand Mexico City La Condesa, MexicoThe 400-room Wyndham Grand Mexico City La Condesa is the first Wyndham Grand in Mexico. The hotel is situated within the unique Roma-Condesa neighborhood boasting more than 1,500 buildings classified as architectural heritage – including the hotel itself, which will conserve the original architecture while applying contemporary interior design and modern amenities including unique dining and flexible meeting space.Mexico welcomed nearly 40 million travelers in 2017, a record number of visitors and a nearly 12% increase from the prior year. Mexico City, the heart of the country and a thriving historic destination, is the perfect new home for Wyndham Grand’s unique take on approachable luxury for both families and business travelers.Wyndham Grand Kayseri, TurkeyOpened in mid-January, Wyndham Grand Kayseri boasts 205 guest rooms and eight meeting rooms, accommodating up to 1,185 people. The hotel also offers traditional Turkish cuisine in its Kale Roof restaurant, complemented by drinks in the lobby lounge or onsite City Pub. Guests also have access to a fitness center and a relaxing spa with a sauna, steam bath and pool.The hotel is the fifth Wyndham Grand in Turkey and the first in Kayseri, a city with a strong commercial draw for business travelers and a popular ski destination. The hotel is situated near the 60,000-acre Sultan Sazligi National Park which houses more than 300 species of birds.Wyndham Grand Tbilisi, GeorgiaWyndham Grand Tbilisi, in the heart of Georgia’s capital, is expected to open during the summer and will be managed by McInerney Hospitality International Georgia. The hotel will be located centrally on Freedom Square, adjacent to the National Museum of Georgia and close to a host of other attractions. Set across eight floors, the hotel has been designed by renowned Georgian architect Paata Jgarkava and will include 161 stylish guest rooms and suites.Tourism is one of the largest economic sectors in the country, with 8 million travelers expected to visit Georgia this year. Wyndham Grand Tbilisi is the latest addition to the company’s overall footprint in Georgia, including Ramada Encore Tbilisi, which opened earlier this year, as well as Wyndham Batumi. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts plans to add four more hotels in Georgia over the next three years.Wyndham Grand Crete Mirabello Bay, GreeceWyndham will enter the Greek islands with its first upper-upscale hotel in Crete, Wyndham Grand Crete Mirabello Bay, adding the renowned Mirabello Beach & Village Resort to the Wyndham Grand brand.  The seaside resort and meetings destination is located minutes from Agios Nikolaos in the famed Elounda region of Crete.Wyndham Grand Mirabello will offer 311 guest rooms, more than 6,000 square feet (520 square meters) of meeting space, five restaurants and bars and a variety of leisure facilities spread across two of the region’s most popular beaches for sunning, swimming and boating.Greece has seen the largest increase in visitor numbers of any European destination in this decade, expecting to total a record 32 million foreign travelers in 2018. The addition to Wyndham Grand Crete Mirabello Bay expands on Wyndham’s partnership with Zeus International, a consulting, hotel management and development services company in Greece. The companies are also partnering to bring the first upscale Wyndham® branded hotel to Cyprus, Wyndham Nicosia, and have an ongoing partnership to develop 20 hotels over 10 years across Greece, Cyprus, Italy and the Balkans.About Wyndham GrandTravel is the best excuse to enjoy the grand things in life. With locations in some of the world’s most sought after vacation destinations – including Shanghai, Istanbul, Doha, Salzburg and Orlando – Wyndham Grand® hotels transform ordinary moments into unforgettable experiences. Decidedly not stuffy, but approachable by design, this upper-upscale hotel brand helps travelers make every moment count. Follow @WyndhamGrand on Facebook and Instagram.About Wyndham Hotels & ResortsWyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH) is the world’s largest hotel franchising company, with more than 9,000 hotels across more than 80 countries on six continents.  Through its network of over 798,000 rooms appealing to the everyday traveler, Wyndham commands a leading presence in both the economy and midscale segments of the lodging industry.  The Company operates a portfolio of 20 hotel brands, including Super 8®, Days Inn®, Ramada®, Microtel Inn & Suites®, La Quinta®, Wingate®, AmericInn®, Hawthorn Suites®, The Trademark Collection®, and Wyndham®.  Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is also a leading provider of hotel management services, with more than 400 properties under management.  The Company’s award-winning Wyndham Rewards loyalty program offers over 59 million enrolled members the opportunity to redeem points at thousands of hotels, condominiums and holiday homes globally.  For more information, visit www.wyndhamhotels.com.Source = Wyndham Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

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first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The decision has been made to keep the road closed for the night, as police fear for the safety of motorists.RTI officers are diverting traffic away from the area.As night approaches, police have begun to withdraw from Roosboom.More police are expected to be deployed tomorrow in an effort to restore control. Running battles between rock-throwing protesters and police have continued throughout the day. Efforts to clear the protesters from the R103 road have mostly been in vain.When graders were used to move barricades, mobs stoned them, forcing police to open fire on the crowd.last_img read more

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first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Firefighters are battling to control a fire that swept through Hansa’s Scrap Yard this afternoon (Thursday).More than 20 scrap cars have been destroyed in the inferno, as firefighters did their best to extinguish the flames. The fire swept from one vehicle to another, and explosions resounded as vehicles blew up after catching alight.A crowd of onlookers gathered to see what was going on.Public Safety officers, together with firefighters, assisted in controlling the fierce flames. Officers also helped to control traffic, while firemen battled the blaze.“The fire looked like something you would see in a movie. We were shocked and concerned,” said one resident.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.Related stories:Fire in Centenary Road 20 cars destroyed so far in blazelast_img read more

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first_imgIt was about 10am on Tuesday morning when municipal employees working in the area allegedly lit the fire on open veld between Third Lane and Shepstone Road. They later moved further down the road without extinguishing the flames. Three vehicles were parked underneath the carport at the time. The domestic believes that the workers were negligent and put people’s lives at risk.“I was outside when I saw them starting the fire. I was picking up papers and suddenly saw the tree on fire and no one even monitoring the situation,” she explains. A Ladysmith Gazette journalist went to the house this morning (Wednesday) and took photos of the damaged carport. The domestic worker told the Gazette that the owner of the house is very angry with the municipality. The municipality was contacted for comment regarding the matter and said that an investigation will be carried out. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A carport caught alight in Third Avenue yesterday morning (Tuesday) after municipal workers allegedly started a fire on the pavement and then left it unattended.Dry veld was set on fire outside the boundary wall of a house on the corner of Third Lane and Shepstone Road. The flames spread up a tree and then leapt across to a carport in the yard. A domestic worker on the property noticed that the fire was getting out of hand, but says it just burnt itself out before causing any more damage. However, she says it could have been much worse and they were just lucky that the blaze stopped on its own.last_img read more

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first_imgA journalist from the Ladysmith Gazette set out to find which dog breeds are most popular in Ladysmith.With the help of the Animal Anti-Cruelty League and some residents, we have composed a list of the top ten breeds you are likely to see in yards around Ladysmith.1.  Jack Russell TerrierWith their cute little faces and human-like mannerisms, it’s no doubt that this small breed is at the top of our list! Jack Russells were originally bred to hunt rats. If you are an owner, you will know that they will often catch birds and other small animals. They also make good pets for children and are good guard dogs, as they also like to bark. 8. DachshundThe Dachshund or ‘Sausage Dog’ is a very sweet little dog to have. Again, pet owners are advised to watch what they feed their dogs, as this breed is also prone to obesity and it can be particularly damaging due to their long backs and short legs. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 2. Great DaneAs anyone who attended the 2014 Dog-A-Thon  will know, the Great Dane is a very popular breed in Siege Town! Due to its size, it definitely appears frightening, and you sure wouldn’t want to be on the wrong side of one of these dogs! However, they are mostly gentle giants who are very loyal to their family members. 10. RottweilerThis breed also has a reputation as an excellent guard dog, but can also make a very friendly companion. The ‘docking’ or cutting of their tails is a thing of the past, which you may find makes them appear “strange” as we are used to seeing them with docked tails. 9. DobermanThe Doberman is increasing in popularity at an alarming rate. Now that their ears and tails do not get ‘docked’ or cut, they have a softer apperance while retaining their reputation as being an intimidating guard dog. When raised with children, they will do well as family dogs. However, if your Doberman doesn’t know children, make sure they are supervised if a child is visiting. 3. Staffordshire Bull TerrierCommonly referred to as a ‘Staffie’, this medium-sized breed is a loyal and protective companion and is very popular in the Aloe Park area. This breed was made famous by ‘Jock of the Bushveld’. 4. PoodlesThe Poodle is a cute and cuddly breed that is a very popular choice as a family dog. The more common kinds of Poodles in Ladysmith are the Maltese Poodle and Toy Poodle. Things to think about:When choosing a dog, you should take into consideration the size of your property, as well as your budget. If you have a large dog, your fence should be at least 6 foot high. For medium and small breeds, your fence should be at least 4 feet high.  Dogs need space to run around and as social animals, they require love and attention as a basic need. All pets must have access to clean water and fresh food, and will require visits to the local vet every now and then.While purebreds are popular, crossbreeds are just as popular. Whether you choose to adopt a pet from the local shelter or buy from a breeder, a pet, especially a dog, is something you should not rush into and need to consider carefully before you make a decision. 5. LabradorThe Labrador is a popular choice among dog owners everywhere. They are gentle and friendly and make great family pets. If you are an owner of one of these dogs, you will need to be careful what you feed your friend, as this breed is prone to obesity. The ‘Yorkie’ is a small breed which can be high maintenance due to its long hair. They require regular brushing, but luckily they are very small and this does not take long. They often attach themselves to one or two people so if you have a large family, a different breed may be better for you. 6. The Yorkshire Terrier 7. German ShepherdAlso known as an ‘Alsatian’, these dogs are popular with people looking for a good guard dog. Many people associate this breed of dog with a police dog, and that makes most people more wary of them.last_img read more

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first_imgThe driver of a bakkie was taken to the police station for questioning after his bakkie slammed into the back of an ER24 ambulance in Murchison Street this evening (Saturday).The exact cause of the accident is unknown at this stage, but both vehicles were travelling in the same direction at the time. No one was injured.Public Safety officers were at the scene to control traffic. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

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first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Rampoker is a patrol dog that helps police catch suspects. He will chase after suspects in nearly any terrain, including buildings, as well as out in the bush. The bond between Rampoker and Const Msomi is a very special one, as Rampoker will put his life on the line in order to protect his partner and apprehend suspects. This takes trust and a strong bond between handler and dog.Both handlers and dogs spent three months doing a shortened course to strengthen the bond between them. It was a refresher course, as they have been through extensive training before.WO Meyer and Const Msomi joined the police force because of a passion they have for fighting crime. Const Msomi has been with the SAPS for eight years and worked in the charge office before joining the K9 Unit. WO Meyer has been with the SAPS for 20 years and has been working in the K9 Unit for 18 of those years. They are both very happy to have new dogs, and started working with them on Friday. There are two new dogs to help fight crime at the Ladysmith K9 Unit. Warrant Officer Jacques Meyer’s new dog is a Belgium Shepherd called Jiesse, and Constable Msomi has a new German Shepherd called Rampoker.Both Rampoker and Jiesse are three years old and join the K9 Unit fully trained. Jiesse comes from the Roordeplaat breeding programme and is being used as a search and rescue dog. This means she helps police find people who have gone missing, and sometimes dead people. She is able to track them in open bush, mountains, and even rivers and dams. She is very playful and full of life, as she has to have a lot of energy when searching for missing persons. She was trained using a playful method so that she stays enthusiastic about her work and is always enjoying herself when helping the police.last_img read more