SA in line for new luxury hotels

first_img6 March 2007A US-German joint venture could see as many as eight new luxury hotels being built in South Africa over the next few years, with at least two expected to be up and running in time for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Business Day reports that Germany’s Arabella Hotel Holdings International and US-based Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide have already identified sites in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.According to Arabella South Africa’s chief operating officer, Heinz Grub, they are also looking at Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein and Kimberley for future development. There is also the possibility of one hotel in Namibia.This is the first time the two companies will work together in South Africa, following joint operations in Germany, Switzerland and the Balearic Islands, and they are in for the long term.“This means the Sheraton Pretoria is now part of Arabella-Starwood’s portfolio and all future projects in SA and Namibia will form part of the joint venture,” Grub told Business Day.According to the Starwood website, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts is the group’s largest and second-oldest brand.Grub told Business Report that the venture would invest between R1-million and R2-million per room on average, while the opening of six hotels could create up to 12 000 new jobs in the country.Going ‘super-luxury’Arabella-Starwood is already active in South Africa, owning and operating the Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel opposite the Cape Town International Convention Centre and the Western Cape Hotel and Spa, a luxury resort hotel on the Arabella Golf Estate near Hermanus.It also owns the Blaauwklippen Agricultural Estate in Stellenbosch and the Paulaner Brauhaus in the V&A Waterfront.Grub also told Business Day that the Arabella Sheraton in Cape Town would be upgraded to a Westin, considered one of Arabella-Starwood’s “super-luxury” hotel brands.Being next to the convention centre, the hotels caters more for foreigners than for South Africans, and the group hopes the upgrade will attract the growing numbers of American business and leisure tourists.Grub said the group had full confidence in the South African economy, and though crime was a challenge that needed to be addressed, they were forging ahead.“Crime is still a bit of a stumbling block, but we try to put the issue of crime in perspective with other world cities such as New York,” he told Business Day.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

A little kindness gives plenty to be thankful for

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ralph, a “Food for Thought” groupie, recently requested I write about being kind. Nothing says kindness better than a surprise homemade treat or meal. Have you heard of “Random acts of kindness?” Random acts of kindness all started in 1982. Anne Herbert scrawled the words “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a place mat in a restaurant in Sausalito, California. This kindness trend took off slow with bumper stickers, radio and even a movie in 2000 called “Pay It Forward.” It has continued to spread like wildfire, hitting college campuses, social media and even organizations such as randomactsofkindness.org. There is even a week designated Random Acts of Kindness week and February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day. I’m not really sure how random it is if we all do it on one day, but how can you go wrong with spreading a touch of kindness throughout your day any day of the year? The holidays become so commercialized these days that maybe Random Acts of Christmas Kindness (RACKs) can bring back the true meaning of Christmas and Thanksgiving. Sprinkling acts of kindness during the advent season can help us shower our blessings on the community around us. Here are 24 ways you can share your joy for the season and spread kindness. Holiday mail and socks for heroes.Make a treat for a nursing home resident.Help someone load their groceries.Bake a cake or cookies and like a flash mob hand out samples at the local mall.Shovel snow for a neighbor.Candy cane bombing — stick a candy cane and a note to windshields in a parking lot.Let someone else ahead of you in line.Make a treat for the local police and fire station.Pay for someone else’s coffeeBuy dessert for a stranger.Take a bag of cat or dog food to the shelter.Fill out a comment card with positive comments.Give a hot drink to Salvation Army bell ringer.Leave a treat for the garbage and mailman. Play board games with a senior citizen.Leave a bonus tip to your server.Make dinner for an older neighbor couple/single.Volunteer in a soup kitchen.Clean the bathroom at a state park. (This was Paul’s idea! Not for me.)Babysit for a young couple so they can have date night.Give someone a dozen eggs.Open and hold the door open for someone.Give $5 McDonald’s gift card to homeless.Make an anonymous donation to a local charity. Food gifts and treats make great RACKs. Deliver your treats anonymously. Leave treats on porches, hanging from doorknobs or car doors. These are great ways to add an extra spark to your deliveries. One of our neighbors loves to bake and share cookies. They have delivered a plate of assorted cookies to friends and neighbors for years during the Christmas season. These treats may have started out as random, but after years of receiving them, we now look forward to their sweet treats! Think what this country would be like if these Random Acts of Kindness become every day? Have a blessed Christmas, be kind and share through your giving spirit to others.Eat Well & Healthy!Shelly Double Chocolate Peppermint Bark 2-12 oz. packages milk chocolate chips2 -12 oz. packages dark chocolate chips1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract7-8 peppermint candy canes, crushed, divided  Line a 12×18 inch jelly roll pan with aluminum foil.Melt the dark chocolate in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, for 1 to 5 minutes (depending on your microwave). Do not overheat or chocolate will scorch. Stir in the peppermint extract. Spread the chocolate evenly in the prepared pan; chill until set, about 30 minutes.Meanwhile, melt the milk chocolate in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, for 1 to 5 minutes. Spread the milk chocolate mixture evenly over the dark chocolate. Sprinkle the candy cane pieces evenly over the milk chocolate layer. Chill until set, about 1 hour. Break into small pieces to serve. Bacon Brittle www.ohbiteit.com/Just sounds interesting with the bacon craze. Room Temp Butter, just to coat the Baking Sheet1 1/2 cups Sugar1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup3/4 cup cold WaterPinch of Salt1 lb thin cut, crispy & crumbled bacon1 tsp. Vanilla Extract1 tsp. Baking SodaA hammer!  Directions:Brush a 9×13″ Baking Sheet with butter and set aside.Combine the Sugar, Corn Syrup, Water and Salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Cook, swirling occasionally, until mixture reaches the softball stage on a candy thermometer (238 degrees). Stir in the crispy and crumbled Bacon, continue to cook, stirring often so the Bacon doesn’t burn, until the mixture is amber in color!Carefully stir in the Vanilla and Baking Soda. The mixture will foam up in the pan.Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and quickly spread it evenly. Set aside until it’s completely cool.Gather everyone around and take turns breaking the Brittle into pieces with a hammer. Giggle, Eat. Repeat! ~Enjoy! Gift in a Jar: Spicy Three-Bean Soup midwestliving.comTop of FormBottom of FormOur Spicy Three-Bean Soup makes dinner in a jar, the perfect present for busy people. Give along with a bag of corn chips or tortilla chips. 1 1/2 c dehydrated mixed vegetables(1/4 cup) dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)2 Tbsp. instant chicken bouillon granules1 tablespoon dried minced onion1 tablespoon dried parsley1 -2 teaspoons Mexican, fajita, Jamaican jerk or Cajun seasoning3/4 teaspoon garlic powder1/2-3/4 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper, cayenne pepper or ground black pepper2 bay leaves1/2 cup dried pinto beans1/2 cup dried red kidney or black beans or dry cranberry beans1/2 cup dried navy beans or dry great Northern beansCorn chipsShredded sharp cheddar cheese (optional) For seasoning mix, in a small plastic bag, combine dehydrated mixed vegetables, tomatoes, bouillon granules, dried onion, parsley, Mexican seasoning, garlic powder, chipotle chile pepper and bay leaves. Seal; set aside. For soup mix, layer in a 1-quart glass jar or a 32-ounce canister or container with a tight-fitting lid the following ingredients, adding each ingredient at a time in this order: the pinto beans, kidney, beans and navy beans. Tap jar gently on the counter to settle each layer before adding the next. Place bag of seasoning mix in jar. Cover the jar.Give as a gift (or store the layered jar of soup ingredients at room temperature up to 1 month) and attach a recipe card with the following instructions:1. Before using, remove seasoning mix; set aside.2. Rinse beans. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine beans and 4 cups water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover; let stand for 1 hour. (Or place beans in water in pan. Cover; let soak in a cool place overnight.) Drain and rinse beans.3. In the same saucepan or Dutch oven combine beans, 6 cups fresh water and seasoning mix. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until beans are tender. Discard bay leaves.4. For slow cooker: Rinse beans. Place in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Add 4 cups cold water to cover. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover; let stand 1 hour. Rinse and drain beans. Transfer beans to a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Add 6 cups fresh water and seasoning mix. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. Discard bay leaves. Stir before serving.5. Serve soup topped with corn chips. If you like, sprinkle each serving with shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Makes 6 servings. Grandpa Paul’s Caramel Corn Paula Deen www.foodnetwork.com 1 cup butter 2 cups packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1 teaspoon baking soda 8 cups popped popcorn Preheat oven to 200°F. Over medium heat, combine first 4 ingredients and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda. Stir well. Pour over the popcorn. Stir to coat well. Bake in large roaster or pan for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on waxed paper to dry. Recipe courtesy of Paula Deenlast_img read more

Why You Look for Unconventional Advice

first_imgThere is a whole cottage industry that has cropped up around providing unconventional advice.Much of the “advice” comes from social science research that the advice-givers believe can be applied to ordinary, everyday life outside of a science experiment. Regardless of context.Still other “advice” is really a contrarian point of view, things like suggesting that people’s flaws are the reason they succeeded, this while ignoring hundreds of other factors that would suggest otherwise.There are a few reasons this unconventional advice appeals to you.You want things to be easier. The reason you want unconventional advice is because the conventional ways of doing things are difficult. You’d rather not do the things that are necessary, so you look for some way to circumvent what is necessary and get the results you want without the effort.The truth is that mastery takes enormous effort and energy. The results that you want only accrue to those who put in the hours. The reason the master make something look easy is because he has practiced for decades.You want something now. You know the one about the best time to plant a tree being a century ago, the second best time being now? You could likely have had what you want right now, but you would have had to start a long time ago. That’s when the people who have what you want started, with few exceptions.If you want something now, you are looking for unconventional advice because you are trying to compress time. If you are trying to compress time, it means you are trying to cram for results.You love the lie. You want to be seduced. You want to be told that you are perfect and that you can have what you want. You want to believe that you deserve what you want without being required to do what is necessary to have it. You want the secret, the hack.There are some fundamental principles that can’t be broken. Like Charlton Heston’s Moses in the movie The Ten Commandments said, “You can’t break the laws. You can only break yourself against them.”Things like character and principles will serve you better than unconventional advice. Being someone worth doing business with, something worth knowing, counts for a lot more when playing the long game than does any unconventional advice.There is a reason the fundamentals stand the test of time. There is a reason they’re conventional. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Celebrities get slice of action in Ironman Cebu

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ford Forza Triathlon team. Photo by Mark GiongcoStars will be converging in Cebu this weekend, not just to grace the event, but also partake in the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines.Celebrity triathletes Matteo Guidicelli, Paul Jake Castillo, Bubbles Paraiso, Dyan Castillejo and Kim Atienza will all be participating in the 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21km run event.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Joining the men’s fray are Regent 5150 Subic winner Sam Betten, Tim Van Berkel, David Mainwaring, Alexander Polizzi and Luke Bell of Australia, Mauricio Mendez of Mexico, Brent McMahon of Canada, Kiwis Cameron Brown, Braden Currie, Eddie Rawles and Callum Millward of New Zealand, Americans Brad Williams and Iain Alexandridis, Czech Jakub Langhammer, Johan Stofberg of South Africa, Italian Jonathan Ciavatella, and Eric Watson of Bahrain.Meanwhile, the women’s race is emerging to be a crowded one, with Jacqueline Thisleton, Alise Selsmark, Kirra Seidel, Monica Juhart and Kerry Mulholland, Hungarian Anna Eberhardt, New Zealand’s Amelia Watkinson and Filipina bet Kim Kilgroe all out to claim the tiara.The weekend is going to be an action-packed one, with the staging of the IronGirl, a 5km fun run for females 12 years old and above, scheduled on Friday and the Alaska IronKids on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIEScenter_img MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Other stars like Piolo Pascual (bike), Gerald Anderson (bike), Jake Cuenca (bike), Enchong Dee (swim), Gretchen Fullido (swim), and Kim Chiu (run) will be engaging in individual legs as part of their relay teams.The celebrities, who took the time out of their hectic schedules and become ambassadors for healthy lifestyle, are just part of more than 2,600 triathletes from a record 51 countries who applied and will race on Sunday which will start and end at Shangrila-La Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTim Reed and Dimity-Lee Duke, both from Australia, lead the elite pro side which are out for the top purse of $5,000 each in the men’s and women’s divisions.Reed clocked 3:51:46 to win the Cebu tilt last year. Blackwater not in a rush to find new import National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Gameslast_img read more

10 months agoPSG goalkeeper Areola: With or without Mourinho Man Utd dangerous

first_imgPSG goalkeeper Areola: With or without Mourinho Man Utd dangerousby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola says they’ll be ready for Manchester United in their Champions League round of 16 tie.However, Areola also recognises they cannot underestimate United after the sacking of Jose Mourinho.He stated, “Manchester is a very big club with or without Mourinho.”They are back, they have a story, they know how to handle those moments. “We had difficulties during this group phase, we came out even bigger and we will be ready on the day.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Rising boxing star killed in Edmonton

first_imgAPTN National NewsA rising First Nations boxing star was killed in a car accident Sunday night.Jonathan Andre, who is originally from Fort McPherson, NT., was killed after he was struck by a car in Edmonton.Andre, 30, was a two-time Alberta amateur champion.He made his professional debut last year. He was 2-0 as a pro.Police said the vehicle that hit Andre may have been racing.No charges have yet been laid.last_img

IPL Delhi edge out Sunrisers Hyd in thriller

first_imgVisakhapatnam: If the first qualifier of IPL 2019 on Tuesday was a damp squib, the eliminator on Wednesday in Visakhapatnam was a real humdinger. Chasing Sunrisers Hyderabad’s 162, Delhi were in cruise control after Risabh Pant’s blistering 21-ball 49. However, there were a few nervy moments before Keemo Paul smacked a four off Khaleel Ahmed to seal the deal for Delhi. The Delhi boys will now face Chennai Super Kings in the second qualifier.last_img

Quarterback play in focus for Buckeyes Bearcats

Left: Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett scores a touchdown during a game against Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorRight:Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel celebrates during a game against Toledo on Sept. 12 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. The Bearcats won, 58-34.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe matchup everyone seems to be talking about heading into Ohio State’s game against Cincinnati is the Bearcat pass offense against the revamped Buckeye defense.And while the Buckeye offense has briefly been discussed, it has been the high-flying aerial assault of the Bearcats and Cincinnati redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel getting the attention.Kiel, who was the No. 3-rated quarterback by ESPN coming out of high school, has the Cincinnati offense ranked ninth in the country in pass offense.Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville classified his wide receiving corps as the best he has ever coached.But OSU coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that any quarterback is can succeed with talented teammates.“You put a great offensive line and good receivers and a quarterback becomes great,” Meyer said. “You put that same quarterback with a makeshift offense line and some struggling receivers, and there’s a really bad quarterback, so a quarterback is the product of those around him.”Kiel has been exceptional in his first two games, averaging 344.5 pass yards per game to go along with 10 passing scores. Not only has he tossed 10 touchdowns, but he’s spread those passes out to seven different receivers.In that respect, Kiel has out-distributed  “the distributor,” OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, who was given the nickname by his coaches earlier in the season. Just five different Buckeyes have been on the receiving end of Barrett’s nine passing touchdowns.One of the receivers on the end of Barrett’s passes has been redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall, who said Wednesday that he, along with the rest of the Buckeye offense, is capable of producing more for Barrett.“Of course we want to do more,” Marshall said Wednesday. “Being a playmaker, you always want to make plays for the team. I feel like we have practiced hard this last bye week and this week. I feel like we have more opportunity to make plays this week.”Marshall, who scored his first collegiate touchdown against Kent State on Sept. 13, said he was recruited by the Bearcats to play quarterback, a position he excelled at in high school.“I was recruited by Cincinnati, Tennessee and UCLA, schools like that but that kind of dropped off as I committed here to play receiver,” Marshall said. “I was looking at the bigger picture, it (OSU) is a great university.”Marshall even alluded to the possibility that Buckeye fans could see him take snaps at the quarterback position on Saturday in Ohio Stadium.“We have done a little bit of it,” Marshall said in regards to him playing quarterback in practice. “Hopefully on Saturday we can start some of it.”While Marshall teased the idea of taking the snaps from center, Barrett seems to have control of the Buckeye offense. He is averaging 252.3 passing yards per game and has been, for the most part, consistent in replacing senior Braxton Miller, who is out for the season after tearing the labrum in his throwing shoulder during fall camp.Junior offensive lineman Jacoby Boren said Wednesday that he believes Barrett has played well since taking over for Miller.“J.T. is a great quarterback. He stepped up big time, I think, since week one. Everybody has their bumps in the road but he is a great quarterback,” Boren said. “(He has) great leadership. He is an awesome leader on this team. He is a really smart guy.”Despite Barrett and Kiel being relatively inexperienced, Meyer stood firm on his belief that a quarterback’s play hinges on his surrounding teammates.“I think it is all relative. Who’s the best quarterback usually has the best players around him,” he said.Which quarterback has the best supporting cast remains to be seen Saturday, as the Buckeyes and Bearcats are scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Chicharito aiming for second Mexico win

first_imgChicharito is targeting a victory over South Korea on today’s match in order to maintain their perfect start to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.After defeating title-holders Germany 1-0 in their first game of the tournament, in which Chicharito assisted Hirving Lozano’s winner, El Tri will seek to reach six points to stay at the top of Group F, against a Korean side that lost 1-0 in its opener against Sweden.But it is expected that, after playing against the World Champions, Chicharito will again be present in the starting XI as the Hammer will be looking to score his first goal of the tournament, and his third in FIFA World Cups, after netting one against France in South Africa 2010 and another against Croatia in Brazil 2014.At the press conference before the match, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio expressed his confidence for his team to get the win, and not be overconfident in a match where they are considered heavy favourites.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“I feel that the team is not going to fall into the comfort zone,” he said via club’s website“We know the challenge that we will face and we are very confident that we will get a victory. The team played a good game against Germany and we want to repeat it this time.”The match will be played in Rostov-on-Don at 6pm local time.last_img read more

Ukraine footballer dies during APMG

first_imgUkraine footballer Oleksandr Shcherbinin has died of heart attack during Asia Pacific Masters Games (APMG) 2018.The 57-year-old had complained of heart attack to his roommate before his attack, and despite the fact that an ambulance was called to the hotel after he collapsed, all attempts to resuscitate him failed.Shcherbinin died in his hotel room at 6:55 am on Thursday as confirmed by the doctors, who also revealed the cause of death to be a heart attack.Linda Geh, who is the chief executive officer of the APMG also revealed that Shcherbinin’s family in Ukraine have been informed of his death.“We are working closely with the authorities including the Ukraine embassy in Malaysia for arrangements to transport his body to Kiev,” said Geh in a statement, according to The Star.serbiaReport: Euro 2020 qualifying Group B George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group B sees Portugal and Serbia play catch up with Ukraine.While Cristiano Ronaldo broke records and his Portugal side ran out…APMG media and publicity director Loganath Velloo said the late Ukrainian played as a goalkeeper for the Kharkiv Masters team in the APMG’s Football 55 years and above category.The 57-year-old shot stopper hails from Kharkiv and leaves behind a wife and two daughters.Players and officials all observed one-minute silence during the games played on Thursday as a sign of respect for the late Oleksandr Shcherbinin.last_img read more