Sandton to get Park Inn by 2010

first_img28 January 2008Belgium-based Rezidor Hotel Group has announced plans to build a Park Inn hotel in Johannesburg’s financial centre of Sandton by 2010 to complement the group’s existing Radisson Hotel Sandton, which is due to open later this year.The Park Inn Sandton will feature 192 rooms and is expected to welcome its first guests in April 2010 – in time for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.“South Africa is an upcoming destination for business and leisure travellers,” Rezidor Hotel Group CEO Kurt Ritter said in a statement last week. “The government has prioritised tourism as a key economic sector, and international arrivals increase continuously – we are expecting new heights in 2010 when the country hosts the Fifa World Cup.”Consisting of leading brands like Radisson SAS, Country Inn, Hotel Missoni, Park Inn and Regent, the Rezidor Hotel Group features almost 300 hotels in operation and under development in 47 countries worldwide.The Park Inn Sandton will be situated directly across the road from the Gautrain station, and will have the benefit of being the closest hotel to the underground station that will link commuters on South Africa’s first underground railway system directly to the OR Tambo International Airport, Rosebank and Pretoria.The new hotel will also be in close proximity to the JSE, headquarters of many multinational corporations, and the Sandton Convention Centre, and only a few hundred metres away from Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square – two of the country’s finest shopping meccas.According to Rezidor, Park Inn is their fastest growing brand, with more than 100 hotels in operation and under development in Europe, Africa and the Middle East since the brand was launched in early 2003.The Park Inn brand is said to represent a young, dynamic and colourful mid-market brand, promising “the best sleep in town”.“With the existing Radisson and Park Inn hotels in Cape Town, as well as the recently signed Radisson hotels in Port Elizabeth and Sandton, this marks another milestone of the development and commitment of The Rezidor Hotel Group in South Africa,” the group said.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA cracks down on social grant fraud

first_img Source: BuaNews 21 September 2010 Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has called on people involved in social grant fraud to surrender to the police or face being tracked down, following the arrest of seven people believed to be part of a syndicate that defrauded the Mpumalanga and Limpopo provincial governments of R174 000 in social grants. “Those scoundrels who may still be involved in such illegal practices and corruption, they better surrender to police immediately, or we will hunt and find them,” Mthethwa said in Pretoria on Tuesday. According to the Police Ministry, more than a thousand people, who also face arrest, benefited from the scam, which involved the sale of fraudulent child birth charts and people claiming social grants for children that did not exist. On Friday, the police tracked down and arrested the syndicate that had been operating in the Bushbuckridge and surrounding areas. The ministry identified the two kingpins of the syndicate as a 41-year-old and 46-year-old man who allegedly defrauded the provinces’ South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) through illegal possession of and trading in child birth charts. Investigating Officer Colonel Fanie Molapo said doctors, nurses and SASSA officials were working in cahoots with the syndicate. Molapo added that one of the men had confessed to selling 130 child birth charts. “In essence this would, in some cases, translate to people buying more than one chart, thereby claiming social grants for children who are non-existent,” the ministry added. The other man, who works at Bushbuckridge Hospital’s pharmacy section, confessed to buying the charts for R10 each and selling them for R120 each. During his arrest, police confiscated 15 blank child birth charts, dated with the Bushbuckridge hospital’s official stamp. Four other suspects who were in possession of the fraudulent charts, and a nurse at clinic in the area, were later arrested. Mthethwa applauded the police’s Crime Intelligence Team for the arrests, adding that the police viewed these “despicable practices” in a serious light. “We are particularly incensed in that such criminal acts are compromising the integrity of a legitimate programme aimed at poverty alleviation by government. We shall not allow that,” he said.last_img read more

South African horse goes for glory in Hong Kong

first_imgRay Maota JJ being taken through the paces duringtraining before race day.(Image:Singapore Turf Club) Cathay Pacific Airlines is the sponsor ofThe Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint.(Image:Cathay Pacific)MEDIA CONTACTS• Cathay Pacific South Africa+27 11 394 0905RELATED ARTICLES• The adventure starts here• Zip Zap circus school teaches life skills• SA explorer to circle world via poles• Hiking across South Africa to find ubuntu South African champion racehorse JJ the Jet Plane recently won the prestigious Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint, smashing over a decade of domination by Australian-bred steeds.The 1 200m race, which took place on 12 December 2010 at the Sha Tin Racecourse, has been won by Australian-bred horses for the past 11 years, since the sprint’s inception.This year’s event saw a supreme battle between what experts rate the three fastest horses in the world: JJ, Singapore champion Rocket Man and Hong Kong’s Sacred Kingdom. Rocket Man came in second with Sacred Kingdom close behind.The race was a closely contested affair with only an inch between JJ and Rocket Man. Sacred Kingdom settled for a comfortable third place after having won the last two Hong Kong sprints.With a winning time of 1:08.84, JJ secured his owners US$1.8-million (R12.2-million) in prize money.Pierre Strydom, JJ’s jockey said: “We had a great run, always travelling well. When we eased out on the straight, I was happy to go after Rocket Man early as I didn’t want him to get away.“My bloke gave me everything and we got there on the line. It’s brilliant to win and I really want to thank the owners for being loyal to me, as there are plenty of good jockeys here they could have chosen,” he added.Sacred Kingdom’s jockey Brett Prebble said: “Fantastic effort again, but it’s hard to stay on top forever. He probably can’t quite push himself through the pain barrier like he once could, but he ran super and there’s plenty … left in him.”Top-notch event on racing calendarThe Hong Kong Sprint was added to the former British colony’s international race roster in 1999 and became a listed race. However, in 2000 the race was awarded grade three status and then grade two status in 2001. It finally acquired grade one status in 2002. A listed race is slightly less superior than graded races, but still has a good reputation due to the standard of horses involved.In a grade one championship race, the weight carried by each horse is determined by its age and sex, with no penalties for previous wins. These are generally the top races and attract the best horses and biggest prizes.Grade two races are the same as grade ones, but have penalties for previous wins and limited handicaps for certain weight ranges.In grade three events, the weight carried is determined by a horse’s handicap rating.Other previous winners of the sprint include Fairy King Prawn; Falvelon; All Thrills Too; Silent Witness; Natural Blitz; Absolute Champion and Inspiration.Sprint sponsorsThe event is sponsored by Cathay Pacific Airlines, which was founded in Hong Kong on 24 September 1946 by Roy C Farrell, an American, and Australian Sydney H de Kantzow.It originally operated passenger flights to Manila, Bangkok, Singapore and Shanghai.In 1948 one of Hong Kong’s leading companies Butterfield & Swire, which today is known as the Swire Group, acquired a 45% stake in Cathay Pacific and later became wholly responsible for the management of the airline.The airline celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2006, with recent major shareholders being Swire Pacific and Air China.Horse racing in South AfricaThis sport boasts a long and interesting history in South Africa, going back as far as 1797. The first recorded race club meeting took place in 1802.The National Horse Racing Authority was founded in 1882, but it initially operated under the name of The Jockey Club of South Africa.Today racing in South Africa is controlled by two bodies: Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Limited, and Gold Circle. Phumelela controls racing in the Free State, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng; while Gold Circle holds the reins in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.There are three major races that stand out above the rest in South Africa – and, quite fittingly, they are hosted in the country’s three biggest cities. Turffontein in Johannesburg hosts The Summer Cup, while Cape Town’s star attraction is the J&B Met. Durban’s primary event is the Vodacom July, which was first run in 1897 at its present home, Greyville.last_img read more

Jobs, education top youth challenges

first_img7 June 2012 Young South Africans are most concerned about unemployment and education, a national survey released on Monday has found. Consumer insights company Pondering Panda said the survey was done to test reaction to development problems identified by the National Planning Commission (NPC) earlier this year. “The survey was to gauge the reaction of South Africa’s youth between the ages of 15 and 34 years old to the questions facing South Africa,” said Shirley Wakefield from Pondering Panda. She said 5 814 respondents were interviewed using mobile phones and that the results were representative of the national population in the relevant age groups. Unemployment and education were identified as being of significantly higher importance than any other problems, irrespective of age, gender or race. About two-thirds of respondents chose them as the country’s most pressing problems. The survey also showed that education was more important to younger respondents, while unemployment became more important as the respondents’ ages increased. Health and medical care were of major importance to 36% of respondents. Transport was the least important issue, with only eight percent of respondents identifying it as a problem. “These results should be noted by our national government, as they provide a very clear picture of where South Africa’s youth feel the government should prioritise their strategic efforts,” said Wakefield. It was important to note that the concern of the youth about the future was felt across all demographic groups, she said. The aim was to reach and engage with a youth audience which do not have easy access to traditional computers and the internet. The NPC created a portal on Mxit in April and the survey was conducted from 11 to 14 May. Over 50,000 people had since interacted with the NPC service on Mxit. Sapalast_img read more

Two doctors to face action for denial of ambulance

first_imgGopichand, a resident of the Sambhal district in Uttar Pradesh, had to carry his dead cousin home on his shoulders after a hospital in Behjoi denied him an ambulance last week. The incident would have remained unknown but for his heartbreaking pictures going viral, after which District Magistrate Anand Kumar Singh ordered action against the erring medical personnel. A probe conducted by Deputy Collector Preet Pal Singh found that two doctors and a pharmacist working with the government hospital in Behjoi showed carelessness and did not provide Mr. Gopichand an ambulance to transfer the body of his cousin to Sadatbadi, his village, which is 5 km away. Senior district officials told The Hindu that the incident was unfortunate, but it also revealed the lack of sufficient ambulances and hearse vans in every hospital. A hearse van was parked outside the Sambhal district hospital, 15 km away from the Behjoi hospital. “It was a complete nightmare at the hospital. My cousin, Surajpal, was a labourer who got seriously injured while working. He was declared dead by the doctors at the Behjoi hospital. Let alone an ambulance, the hospital authorities did not even care to provide me with a stretcher. They just asked me to take away the body,” Mr. Gopichand told The Hindu.‘Complete apathy’“I was alone at the time in the hospital. So, without the stretcher, I took the dead body out of the hospital and asked for the ambulance. But there was complete apathy again. So I carried him on my shoulders. Later, I somehow arranged for a motorcycle and took the body home,” he added. “I have directed the chief medical officer, Amita Singh, to take action against the doctors and the pharmacist,” Mr. Singh told the media, adding that he has asked for one more hearse van for the district.last_img read more

Dembele arrives with potential to step into Neymar’s shoes

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games “He didn’t choose to be in one of the biggest transfers in the history of football, but I think that he is strong enough mentally to bear this burden,” Stephan said. “We will continue to follow his evolution with great attention and pleasure.” “He is a player who generates a lot of excitement and a lot of expectations,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “We expect a lot from him.”Dembele has already shown signs that he has the potential to shine and one day reach the same heights of someone like Neymar.He scored the winner when France defeated England 3-2 in a friendly back in June, in what was his seventh appearance with the French national team. One dazzling moment in that game gave fans a glimpse of Dembele’s talent. Early in the second half, he picked up a loose ball on defense and flicked it past England defender Kyle Walker — one of the quickest in the Premier League — and left him trailing on a pulsating 60-meter run toward the goal.Although slight in build, Dembele has huge upper-body strength, enabling him to ride heavy challenges and use his body to hold off opponents running alongside him. He is a constant threat with his assists, and can play well on both flanks of the field and through the middle.“You can’t tell if he’s right-footed or left-footed, he can strike with both feet,” Julien Stephan, Dembele’s coach in Rennes’ reserve team, said in an interview on the club’s website. “He’s a great competitor and he is not bothered by the pressure. He plays naturally whether it’s in front of 3,000, 30,000 or 100,000 people.”ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dortmund’s French midfielder Ousmane Dembele walks over the pitch during a press event of German first division Bundesliga football club Borussia Dortmund on August 9, 2017 in Dortmund, western Germany. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZMADRID, Spain—Only two years ago, Ousmane Dembele was playing in France’s lower divisions with modest club Rennes.On Friday, he became the second-most expensive player in soccer history when Barcelona picked him to replace Neymar in a deal that could reach 147 million euros ($173 million).ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding It’s been a rapid rise for the lean forward since he was first spotted by a Rennes scout as an 8-year-old in the northern city of Evreux. The club monitored him closely and brought him to its youth academy by the time he was 13.Coaches were quickly impressed, and he was promoted to Rennes’ reserve team in the beginning of the 2014-15 season.“Everyone was talking to me about another player his age, but I only saw him,” said Armand Djire, the Rennes recruiter who got a first look at Dembele. “We brought the family to Rennes and took care of their professional and personal needs. We did everything possible so Ousmane could arrive at (main team) in the best possible conditions.”By the time he was 17, Dembele had already made his first-team debut in the French league, scoring his first goal as a professional in a match against Girondins only two weeks after his debut.In his two seasons as a professional in with the club from northern France, Dembele played 78 matches, scoring 22 goals and setting up 25 others.He became a top prospect for European clubs, and Borussia Dortmund signed him last year in a transfer worth 15 million euros (about $16.7 at the time). He scored six goals and set up 13 others in 32 Bundesliga games, turning into Barcelona’s top target the moment Neymar left for Paris Saint-Germain in a deal worth more than 220 million euros ($260 million).Neymar had arrived as a possible successor to Messi, and when he left, the club had to find someone else to take on that difficult desk.Dembele, who will wear Neymar’s former No. 11 jersey, became Barcelona’s most expensive transfer ever, costing 105 million euros ($124 million) plus possible add-ons that could increase the value up to 40 percent of the original fee. Rennes will be entitled to about 40 million euros ($47.2 million) of the amount paid to Dortmund, meaning he’s also the club’s biggest transfer all-time.“The market has been shooting up in the last few days. It seems that every club will be signing their most expensive player from now on. The prices have gone up a lot since Neymar’s buyout clause was paid,” Valverde said, adding that he hopes Dembele “will be prepared” to handle the pressure that comes with a move of this magnitude.Dembele, whose mother is from Mauritania and his father is from Mali, was making his professional debut only 21 months ago, and now all eyes will be on him every time he steps on the field. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img View comments MOST READ The talented 20-year-old French forward suddenly turned into a star by joining the Spanish powerhouse in a transfer surpassed only by the Brazilian star’s recent move to Paris Saint-Germain.Now the pressure is on Dembele to prove his worth and show that Barcelona did the right thing by choosing him to play alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBarcelona is hoping to re-establish its successful attacking trio, so it’s probably no coincidence that there is a lot of Neymar in the young Dembele — from the quickness to the nifty skills to the audacity to the ability to dazzle.Barcelona is already calling him the “prince of the dribble,” someone who can amaze fans with his “sublime skill and gutsy flair.” The club boasted Dembele as one of the “most promising young stars in European football,” a player who has a “golden future.” And it praised him as being “versatile, spectacular and efficient,” someone “almost impossible” to be stopped by the rival defenses. 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World Cup 2018: France have lot more potential to show, says coach Deschamps

first_imgFrance have dispatched two former World Cup winners in the knockout stage but are still far from a polished product and only getting better, suggested coach Didier Deschamps in an ominous warning to semi-final opponents Belgium.After a sluggish first round, the French team exploded to life in a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina at the start of the knockout phase and further verified impressive credentials with a workman-like 2-0 victory over plucky Uruguay in Friday’s quarter-final at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.”We had a complicated first round, without being flamboyant but realistic and effective. We did not break our stride. But from the match against Argentina, we have grown in strength,” said the France coach.France and Belgium in historic World Cup semi-final: Stats and facts”We were the better team against Uruguay but there are still some imperfections. We have a lot more potential to show.”Deschamps was most pleased by the fact a relatively young squad “showed their maturity” albeit scenes of petulance near the end could have cost one of two of the French a semi-final suspension.World Cup 2018: Mbappe trolled for Neymar-like antics on the fieldWith an average age of 26, France came into the World Cup in Russia with the second youngest 23-man squad.”I have a young squad who are now working as a team and becoming more and more resolute. You can see their state of mind is positive and there has been a lot of progress,” the coach said.REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSadvertisementAdvancing to the semi-finals allows Deschamps, who broke the record as France’s longest serving coach during the first round, another chance to emulate his playing success with a major title. Deschamps was the midfield enforcer in France’s 1998 World Cup winning side.World Cup 2018: Griezmann elegant in victory as France reach semi-finalsFrance were knocked out in the World Cup quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago and beaten in Paris in the final of the 2016 European Championship.Asked if he had now achieved his goal for this tournament by making the final four, Deschamps has given little away.World Cup 2018 Quarter-Final Highlights: France beat Uruguay 2-0 to reach semis”I like to reach objectives but I’m not looking at it from a personal point of view. My pride is in my squad and my coaching staff.”And can they go all the way to next weekend’s final? “We are in the semi-finals,” he smiled.France take on their Belgian neighbours in St Petersburg on Tuesday.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer on hefty bonuses at Man Utd

first_imgSolskjaer on hefty bonuses at Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on hefty bonuses if he can lead the team to success.Solskjaer is on-loan at United from Molde.And the Mirror says according to sources in Norway, Solskjaer will be in the money if he delivers silverware or qualifies for Europe.He is earning £1m, but qualification for either the Champions League or Europa League will net him a seven-figure bonus, while winning a cup will earn a £1m payday.However, should he become the next permanent boss at Old Trafford Molde are set to benefit to the tune of £8m in a managerial transfer fee. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Cincinnati Apparel Company Has Hysterical New Ohio State Shirt Featuring Depressed Michigan Fan

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Michigan State fans are not the only ones delerious with joy after Michigan’s last play collapse on Saturday. Ohio State fans aren’t afraid to revel in any loss by the “Team Up North.” “Cincy Shirts,” an Ohio apparel company, printed a new shirt called “The Disappointment Up North” after the game, featuring the depressed Michigan fan that went viral after the Wolverines’ loss. It is pretty perfect.Sorry folks, but we had to! Depressed Michigan Fan shirt now available!Get yours here –> by Cincy Shirts on Saturday, October 17, 2015The shirts are available for order at We expect a few Buckeye fans will be interested in them.[]last_img read more