Cape Town on world’s top 10 cities list

first_img8 July 2013Cape Town has once again been crowned one of the top 10 cities in the world, coming fourth in Travel and Leisure magazine’s annual “World’s Best Awards” and claiming a spot in the magazine’s hall of fame.It was also ranked the world’s top city in the Africa and Middle East category.Travel and Leisure readers determined the best destinations, hotels, cruises and companies in the 18th annual poll designed by the magazine’s editors.“Cape Town has consistently featured in the Travel and Lesiure line-up, and we are proud to maintain a top of mind position with the world’s most avid travel lovers,” Cape Town Tourism chief executive officer, Mariette du Toit-Helmbold, said in a statement last week.Five of the city’s hotels also appeared on the list, with the Cape Grace claiming the highest spot in 26th position, up from 44 in the 2012 awards. This earned the hotel a spot in the hall of fame.The hotel also claimed pole position in the top city hotels in Africa and the Middle East category. The Mount Nelson was ranked sixth, the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa came in 10th, the One&Only Cape Town eleventh and theVictoria&Alfred Hotel was named thirteenth.Safari lodges around South Africa also claimed numerous spots on the list, with Singita Kruger National Park taking the top spot at third, up from seventh in 2012.Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve and Singita Sabi Sand, both at the Kruger National Park, took 10th and 11th position respectively.Du Toit-Helmbold believed the success of the safari lodges would contribute to the success of Cape Town’s tourism. “The prevalence of these exclusive hotels bodes well for the luxury market in Cape Town as many high-end safari travellers include a trip to Cape Town on their itinerary,” she said.“The fact that they continue their journey in Cape Town in some of the continent’s – and the world’s – best hotels means Cape Town remains firmly on the luxury travel map.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Big Day for LivingSocial, with $10 Off a $20 Amazon Gift Card

first_imgTags:#Amazon#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Today looks to be a record-breaking day for the daily deal site LivingSocial. It’s offering a nationwide deal: a $20 Amazon gift card for $10. In just the first few hours of the sale, users have already purchased over 243,000 coupons. Some are predicting the deal is on a course to outperform the previous blockbuster daily deal, when Groupon offered $25 off a $50 purchase at the Gap. That resulted in some $13 million worth of coupons being sold. The LivingSocial deal still has 22 hours to go and has already sold over $2 million worth of coupons. Of course, Amazon isn’t simply just another major retailer dabbling in the daily deal business. It’s also a major investor in LivingSocial, having put $175 million into the company in December. Lightspeed Venture Partners’ Jeremy Lew calls today’s deal “the first step of operational integration from that investment.” If so, this deal may be less about selling Amazon wares than introducing Amazon customers to the daily deal company.Any predictions on how many $10 off coupons will be sold by the time the deal ends this time tomorrow?last_img read more

Robin Catalan eyes KO win over hometown bet in ONE Jakarta card

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño But he knows it won’t be easy with a determined Catalan standing in his way.“We have always been training to utilize all aspects needed in mixed martial arts, whoever the opponent is. We prepare ourselves to be in any type of position – good or bad, as we do not train based solely on our analysis of our opponent,” said Rahardian.“However, I am familiar with his strengths, which are in his technique. He is one of the well-rounded athletes on ONE Championship’s roster.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Manny Pacquiao arrives in Las Vegas for Adrien Broner fight Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Robin Catalan. CONTRIBUTED PHOTORobin Catalan hopes to build on to his decent campaign in 2018 this year beginning on Saturday against Indonesian bet Stefer Rahardian in ONE: Eternal Glory in Jakarta, Indonesia.Catalan (8-4) went 2-1 last year and he’s looking to open the new year with a bang.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I think there’s equal amount of pressure for the both of us,” Catalan said. “I just need to follow the game plan that we have. I’m hoping to win by knockout this time around.”The 28-year-old Catalan also said one of his goals this year is to be a more well-rounded fighter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I still want to improve my grappling and wrestling,” said Catalan. “Those are areas that we, as a team, feel that we lack, so that would be our focus for the year.”Rahardian, meanwhile, wants no more than to snap out of his funk, having lost his last two fights. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Islanders Hang On, Beat Sabres, 3-2

first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. — This time, the New York Islanders made a 3-0 lead stick in Buffalo. Barely.Mikhail Grabovski’s snap shot from the slot midway through the second period stood up as the difference for the Islanders, who built a three-goal edge and then hung on for a 3-2 victory Feb. 8.That was a switch from New York’s previous visit on Dec. 27, when the Sabres won 4-3 in a shootout by overcoming a 3-0 third-period deficit.The stinging memories of that last outcome briefly started filtering back after Buffalo rallied for two goals in a 2:24 span late in the second period.“We’ve got a clear-cut 3-on-2 and (Casey) Cizikas walks right down the gut and could’ve made it 4-1, and at that time you’re thinking, ‘Can you bury that one?’” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “We know what happened here last time, but we didn’t give them that much in that period.”Nor all game, for that matter.Playing their third game in four nights and after losing three regulars to injuries in a 2-1 loss at Boston on Feb. 7, the Islanders regrouped by relying on their defense. They limited the Sabres to two shots over the final 25 minutes in a game New York outshot Buffalo 31-10.“I don’t think there was any panic,” Islanders captain John Tavares said. “When you’re faced with a little adversity, you’ve just got to find a way to overcome it.”Rookie Anders Lee and Colin McDonald also scored. Travis Hamonic had two assists in helping New York (34-18-1) earn its second win in six games and vault into first place in the Metropolitan Division.McDonald scored after he and Harry Zolnierczyk were called up from AHL Bridgeport. They filled in after forwards Michael Grabner and Cal Clutterbuck (both upper-body injuries) and defenseman Calvin de Haan (cut to the forehead) were hurt against Boston.Marcus Foligno had a goal and assist in his first game after missing 19 with a hand injury. Drew Stafford also scored for Buffalo (16-35-3), which was also playing its third game in three days. Buffalo was coming off a 3-2 win over Dallas on Feb. 7, and dropped to 2-16 in its past 18.The inability to generate any offensive momentum cost a team that’s averaging a league-worst 1.7 goals per game.“A 2-0 lead would’ve been something that we could’ve battled back from,” Foligno said. “When it gets to three goals, it’s a little bit tougher.”And yet the Sabres were in the game after Foligno scored at the 12:33 mark of the second period by crashing the net after goalie Jaroslav Halak was unable to control a rebound off Nikita Zadorov’s shot from the left wing.Foligno then set up Stafford by chipping the puck at the Islanders blue line to send in Stafford on a breakaway.The Sabres squandered an opportunity to tie the game in the opening minute of the third period, when they failed to get a shot on net during a 33-second two-man advantage.Defenseman Thomas Hickey played a key role on the penalty kill by blocking Tyler Ennis’ one-timer from the right circle, and then breaking up a pass through the middle.The Islanders appeared in full control when Hamonic set up Grabovski alone in the slot 11:22 into the second period.He scored 62 seconds after Lee stuffed in a loose puck into the left side — and after Hamonic missed just wide on tap-in attempt at the right post.McDonald opened the scoring 16:19 into the game by converting Cizikas’ pass through the middle.“I was waiting for my opportunity, and you just never really know when you’re going to get it,” said McDonald, who appeared in just his third NHL game this season after having eight goals and 10 assists in 70 games last year.(JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Conte: Abramovich visit normal

first_imgChelsea Abramovich visit to Cobham ‘normal’, says Chelsea boss Conte Peter Hanson Last updated 2 years ago 22:31 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) abramovich - Cropped Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Manchester United Chelsea v Manchester United Antonio Conte The Blues owner spoke with the manager, but he insists such a conversation is merely routine Antonio Conte has confirmed that he was visited by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich last Sunday, but described the meeting as “normal”.Blues 6/4 for defeat to Man UReports in the media have continually suggested that all is not well between Conte and Chelsea’s hierarchy, particularly over the club’s transfer policy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The relationship between Abramovich and Conte is said to be at an all-time low, with suggestions the Italian may be removed from his post.A 3-0 defeat at Roma in the Champions League in midweek has only exacerbated rumours of a rift, but Conte insists there was nothing untoward about Abramovich’s trip to Cobham.”Yeah, Mr Abramovich was in Cobham on Sunday after the Bournemouth game to watch training, to speak, but this is normal,” he told a media briefing ahead of Sunday’s Premier League contest against title rivals Manchester United.”Honestly, we spoke about the Bournemouth game [last weekend], then the first game with Roma. We spoke about this.”Conte repeats that the second half v Roma was bad in many aspects but that is the past and it is important now to prepare well for Sunday.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 3, 2017Conte stated after the Rome horror show that Chelsea lacked “hunger”, but the former Juventus boss says such an occurrence can happen during the course of a season.”Honestly, I think that the second half against Roma was bad in many different aspects. But I think sometimes this can happen,” he added. “The most important thing is you don’t see this type of situation again. We played a really good first half and we were 2-0 down but, honestly, I was more worried after the first half at Stamford Bridge when we were winning 2-1 but didn’t have the control of the game. “Instead, after the first half, I was more confident in our second half. But, instead, the second half was very negative. But now it’s the past. “Now it’s important to prepare very well this game against Manchester United and try to do our best on Sunday.”He added: “For sure, I’m happy. I’m happy to work with my players. Because, I repeat, the commitment is always good. “This season we are struggling. We are struggling a lot because we are facing a lot of important problems. And to solve these problems is not simple. “But I think, in this moment, you can see if you are winners or losers. You understand? This is very important, this moment. “When the period is positive, it’s very simple for everyone to play well, to have great confidence. In this moment, when you’re struggling, it’s important to show our character, to be strong, to face the problems in the right way. “But I’m used, in my life, to doing this. I struggled a lot in my life, as a player and then as a coach also. My history, my story, tells you this.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

PM Says Athletes Performance in Moscow Beyond Expectations

first_imgStory Highlights The Jamaican team was once again able to stamp its authority as the sprint capital of the world My heartiest congratulations on a performance which went beyond our wildest expectations Let us as a people continue to give all the necessary support to our athletes From China, where Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is now on an official visit and with the Jamaican athletes returning home from the 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, the Prime Minister has issued the following congratulatory message:“I wish to extend to the entire team, the coaches and management staff, on behalf of a most grateful nation, my heartiest congratulations on a performance which went beyond our wildest expectations.Let us not forget that when the team departed Jamaica the discussion, at home and abroad, largely centered around the unfortunate and regrettable developments involving some of our senior athletes.Despite such developments the Jamaican team was once again able to stamp its authority as the sprint capital of the world at the World Championships, indicating the fierce determination, competitive spirit and never say die attitude of our people.As I commend the entire team for their proud and commendable representation of Jamaica at these Championships, I wish, without taking away from the contribution of all the athletes, to single out the superhuman efforts of Usain Bolt, Shelly- Ann Fraser-Pryce and the young Javon Francis.Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce between them were largely responsible for Jamaica’s six gold medals. In both the male and female sprint categories they were the performers at the Championships, once again demonstrating that Jamaica has the capacity and capability to outperform larger and more powerful countries at this level.From a Jamaican perspective, it would be difficult not to rank Javon Francis’ unbelievable 400m run at the Championships, with that of some of the Jamaican greats, in whose footsteps he now follows.Let us as a people continue to give all the necessary support to our athletes and use their performances as a motivation in our personal lives. As they donned the black, green and gold colours on the track at the World Championships it was clear that they were not only about personal success, but also about representing their country proudly and passionately.As a Government, we will continue to play our part in ensuring that, in keeping with available resources, track and field is given the attention and support it deserves, as we pursue policies and programmes  to further develop the country’s rich sport programme”.last_img read more

All Jamaicans who Requested Evacuation Help are Home

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says all Jamaicans who requested evacuation assistance from hurricane-ravaged Eastern Caribbean islands have returned home.He told the House of Representatives on September 26 that 200 Jamaicans were airlifted home from the affected territories where they were based, including the Turks and Caicos, and the British Virgin Islands, at a cost of $50 million.Mr. Holness said several persons opted to remain in those countries to assist with recovery and rebuilding efforts, citing the gesture as “commendable” and reflective of the “Jamaican spirit”.He informed that they have, however, sent their children back to Jamaica to continue their education, consequent on the resulting disruption in the education system.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness said the Government is exploring what additional assistance can be extended to affected Eastern Caribbean islands, particularly Antigua and Barbuda, and Dominica, for which Jamaica has already committed financial resources and personnel to assist with recovery and rebuilding efforts.The Prime Minister, who was responding to a query from Central St. Mary Member of Parliament, Dr. Morais Guy, cited the provision of accommodation and educational support services for students whose schools have a similar curriculum to Jamaica’s, particularly those preparing for the 2017/18 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).Additionally, he said consequent on discussions with Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, the Government will explore the possibility of completing a bridge, construction of which the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) commenced following extensive flood rains previously impacting that island.“My understanding is that we went, did some assessments and started (work), but did not complete it,” he indicated.Mr. Holness said the Government will determine whether the JDF’s 120-man Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), being deployed to Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria following Prime Minister Skerrit’s request for support, can assist with that and other infrastructure repairs after assessments of damage and dislocation sustained are completed.The DART’s deployment is among the assistance which Mr. Holness advised the House that the Government has committed to Dominica’s recovery efforts.He indicated that the deployment is being done in three phases, with the first team having been dispatched on September 26. The remaining two teams are scheduled to land in Dominica on September 27.The team will be assisting with security and distribution of relief supplies; the provision of limited medical care; conducting damage assessments; recovery planning; basic engineering work; and logistics management.Additionally, Mr. Holness said the Government has committed to providing Dominica with a four-man technical and advisory support team to be led by the JDF’s Colonel, Jamie Ogilvie.This intervention, he said, is intended to assist with efforts to restore the integrity of Dominica’s national security systems and develop a plan for the recovery and rebuilding of that nation.The Government has also committed the equivalent of US$100,000 each to the redevelopment funds for Antigua and Barbuda, and Dominica.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness said members of the JDF were also deployed as part of the CARICOM Disaster Response Unit to provide immediate relief in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.He advised that they remain in that territory “working tirelessly” on behalf of Jamaica and CARICOM.Mr. Holness said the latest information he has received puts the death toll at 160, and the overall value of damage sustained in the Caribbean and United States at some US$100 billion.“We again extend our sympathies to all countries that were impacted by what has been described as the ‘ferocity and brutality’ of these recent hurricanes, which left a trail of destruction never before seen in the Caribbean. I have great confidence that, as a region, we will rebuild and not just replicate what was there before,” he said.The Prime Minister pointed out that this approach will be one of systematic renewal, with planned, structured development; with stronger homes and supporting amenities; and infrastructure that is strong, resilient and sustainable.“We pray for our brothers and sisters and remind them that out of adversity will come opportunity,” Mr. Holness said. Additionally, he said consequent on discussions with Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, the Government will explore the possibility of completing a bridge, construction of which the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) commenced following extensive flood rains previously impacting that island. Mr. Holness said several persons opted to remain in those countries to assist with recovery and rebuilding efforts, citing the gesture as “commendable” and reflective of the “Jamaican spirit”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says all Jamaicans who requested evacuation assistance from hurricane-ravaged Eastern Caribbean islands have returned home. Story Highlightslast_img read more