Shamwari bags two top accolades

first_img“The Shamwari Game Reserve team has set out to continuously elevate the guest experience at the game reserve, creating new benchmarks in delivering complete wildlife and hospitality offerings to our guest and travel industry colleagues.” The World Travel Awards, hailed as the “travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscars” by the Wall Street Journal, are described as “the most comprehensive and the most prestigious awards program in the global travel industry” by numerous media reports. “The challenges of green tourism are the responsibility of every company, organization and individual working in travel and tourism today,” said World Travel Awards chairman Graham Cooke. “Unless we play our part now, there is no denying that we will all be held accountable by future generations.” Setting benchmarks In addition, the first World Travel Green Awards were also held in the Caribbean, with Shamwari being voted as the World’s Leading Conservation Company for 2008. Wilson added that Shamwari would continue to maintain the highest regard for the environment, whilst remaining at the forefront of conservation and hospitality in Africa. SAinfo reporter “The survey is truly global in scale, independent and accountable,” said Cooke. “To be awarded the ‘World’s Leading Safari and Game Reserve’ for an eleventh consecutive year and the Green Award acknowledgement is an outstanding achievement,” James Wilson, CEO of Dubai World Africa, a major shareholder of Shamwari, said in a statement this week. South Africa’s Shamwari Game Reserve is in the spotlight again following this year’s World Travel Awards, held in the Turks and Caicos Islands earlier this month, after it was chosen as the World’s Leading Safari & Game Reserve. “Our goal is to continuously set ecological standards and benchmarks in the green tourism industry of South Africa.” Thousands of travel agents and industry members from around the globe vote for winners of the World Travel Awards, which was launched in 1993 to celebrate excellence in the World’s travel and tourism industry. ‘Travel industry Oscars’ 22 December 2008 The nominations of the first World Travel Green Awards were announced at a ceremony held in Popard, Slovakia in October, when 90 organizations were nominated for the global categories of the first World Travel Green Awards. “We are proud of the achievements and commitment made by all and will continue to promote ecologically sensitive tourism and support the local environments through community development projects and conservation of natural and human resources,” said Adrian Gardiner, CEO of the Mantis Group, which owns Shamwari. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Arsène Wenger burning to win Premier League again before leaving Arsenal

first_imgShare on Messenger Arsenal Share on LinkedIn Arsenal v Swansea City: match preview Arsenal fans’ thirst for change remains unquenched after yet another AGM news Wenger spoke passionately at the meeting about how he valued Arsenal’s identity; the club’s tradition and class; how the weight of the past had to guide the future. But he wondered afterwards whether anybody cared about that any more.Wenger lives in a world where “the weight of the present is the only thing that really matters” and every loss sparks soul-searching and negativity. He will be back on the treadmill at 3pm on Saturday when Swansea City visit the Emirates Stadium and defeat, of course, is unthinkable. Yet, despite the pressures, Wenger remains resolute. The dissenters merely harden his determination.“I was always hungry but I’m more hungry than ever because the demands are higher and because I didn’t win the Premier League for a long time and I want to do that before you get me out of here,” Wenger said. “I have always got something to prove. If I play 4 v 4 with you now, you will see that I will try to win. We can play 1 v 1 if you want.“There are two ways to go – you ignore your age and you live like you live for ever or you think: ‘OK.’ I am born for competition. I don’t know why and what happened to me but it is like that. No matter what I do.“The desire to compete is my real need. It has never been financial. If it was financial, I would not be here.” Share on Pinterest Share via Email Arsène Wenger has described Brexit as an example of knee-jerk British society, in which the heat of the moment is all‑consuming and the longer-term consequences an afterthought. The Arsenal manager made a call for perspective and substance to return to football and society but he fears that his is most likely a voice in the wind.“Five hundred years ago the target for people was to be a saint,” Wenger said. “Fifty years ago it was to be a hero in war. Today it is to be a billionaire or, even more, a celebrity. It is instant and here now. But it has to be sustained by something. Share on Facebookcenter_img Topics Arsène Wenger Share on Twitter “In the modern game we have lost the perspective of what is important and what is not. It is always here and now, and it’s for ever. The now is permanent. The judgment is permanent and for ever. But it is in society, as well.“You have the same example with Brexit. It’s just here now but where do we go from it? Nobody really knows. Maybe it is good; maybe it is bad. I don’t know. But nobody has explained what will happen in the future if we do it. Has Brexit been properly thought through? I don’t know. Is it good or bad? What I mean is these kind of decisions are made here and now.”Wenger’s voice brimmed with frustration and it was not difficult to link his thoughts on society to the twists and turns of the soap opera that is Arsenal. The club enjoyed a high last Sunday when they won 5-2 at Everton but there was further evidence of the dissatisfaction among supporters and their yearning for change at a stormy AGM on Thursday when the chairman, Sir Chips Keswick, and the chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, were heckled. Brexit Share on WhatsApp Read more Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Security Forces Reap Early Success in Denham Town ZOSO

first_imgStory Highlights The Joint Command of the Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) Communications Unit is reporting early success in the security forces’ engagements in Denham Town, West Kingston, which they say are going well since commencing on October 17. The Joint Command of the Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) Communications Unit is reporting early success in the security forces’ engagements in Denham Town, West Kingston, which they say are going well since commencing on October 17.Head of Corporate Communications at the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, who is jointly in charge of the Unit, told JIS News during a press briefing in the community on Thursday (October 19) that 34 rounds of ammunition were recovered during an operation earlier in the day.Meanwhile, her Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) counterpart, Civil Military Cooperation and Media Affairs Officer, Major Basil Jarrett, advised that intelligence efforts are being intensified as the security forces move to ferret out wanted persons who they understand have taken refuge in neighbouring communities.Superintendent Lindsay, while acknowledging inconveniences to residents that would arise, particularly at checkpoints, urged persons to exercise patience during the course of the operations.She reiterated the importance of persons having valid identification to, as best as possible, facilitate their seamless movement in, out and across the community by the security forces, subject to their discretion.Meanwhile, Superintendent Lindsay advised that restrictions have been placed on the staging of fetes and other social events in Denham Town, adding that residents are required to be off the streets by 7:00 p.m.“We will not encourage any gathering or parties during the curfew. We want to create an atmosphere… for people to enjoy peace (and to) give the residents an opportunity to have (a) nightlife,” she said.The senior officer also used the opportunity to again discourage youth from joining gangs and resorting to a life of crime.“We want them to see another alternative. We want to build the resilience of the people, where they can resist the criminals, and (align with) the security forces,” she added.For his part, Major Jarrett maintains that the ZOSO will bring “huge benefits” to the communities where they are implemented, as criminals will be driven out, while noting that the residents’ support for the operations continues to be “overwhelming”.Additionally, he said the social interventions to follow “will be a welcome change for the community” pointing out that inconveniences residents experience would be “a small price” for the gains to come.Denham Town is the second community to be declared a ZOSO by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act, following Mount Salem in St. James in September. Denham Town is the second community to be declared a ZOSO by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act, following Mount Salem in St. James in September. Head of Corporate Communications at the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, who is jointly in charge of the Unit, told JIS News during a press briefing in the community on Thursday (October 19) that 34 rounds of ammunition were recovered during an operation earlier in the day.last_img read more