Oceania winners at the World Travel Awards unveiled | News

first_img– Advertisement – World Travel Awards has unveiled its Oceania 2020 winners to coincide with its inaugural Oceania Winners Day.The untamed wilderness, golden beaches and laid-back charms of New Zealand helped it lift the title of ‘Oceania’s Leading Destination’, with its adrenaline hub Queenstown voted ‘Oceania’s Leading City Destination’.- Advertisement – French Polynesia, with its mesmerising atolls and marine life, was named ‘Oceania’s Leading Dive Destination’. Australia cemented its reputation as the definitive thrill-seekers paradise to secure ‘Oceania’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination’. Melbourne won ‘Oceania’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination’.In the hospitality sector, Millbrook Resort, New Zealand fended off a tough field to emerge as ‘Oceania’s Leading Hotel’ whilst Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Cook Islands claimed ‘Oceania’s Leading Resort’. – Advertisement – In the aviation sector, Air New Zealand lifted ‘Oceania’s Leading Airline’, whilst ‘Oceania’s Leading Airport’ went to Melbourne Airport.The results follow a year-long search for the world’s top travel, tourism and hospitality brands. Votes were cast by travel industry professionals and the public, with the nominee gaining the most votes in a category named as the winner.Graham Cooke, founder, World Travel Awards, said: “Our winners represent the very best of Oceania’s travel and tourism sector and my congratulations to each of them. “They have all demonstrated remarkable resilience in a year of unprecedented challenges.”He added: “The World Travel Awards 2020 programme received a record number of votes cast by the public. “This shows that the appetite for travel and tourism has never been stronger and bodes well for the industry’s future as the global recovery begins.”Other winners include Royal Caribbean International (‘Oceania’s Leading Cruise Line’); Hertz (‘Oceania’s Leading Car Rental Company’); Abercrombie & Kent (‘Oceania’s Leading Tour Operator’); Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (‘Oceania’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’); Eagles Nest, New Zealand (‘Oceania’s Leading Villa Resort’); Pacific Resort Rarotonga (‘Oceania’s Leading Family Resort’); and Laucala Island, Fiji (‘Oceania’s Leading Private Island Resort’).More InformationFor a full list of winners from the Oceanian World Travel Awards click here. World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognize and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.For more information about WTA visit the official website.center_img OlderPalm Fountain to celebrate Diwali this year Sydney’s über-hip Ovolo Woolloomooloo took ‘Oceania’s Leading Boutique Hotel’, whilst Samoa’s Seabreeze Resort was acknowledged with the title for ‘Oceania’s Most Romantic Resort’.New arrival on Oceania’s luxury hospitality scene, the Ritz-Carlton, Perth was named ‘Oceania’s Leading New Hotel’. Meanwhile InterContinental Hotels & Resorts claimed the title for ‘Oceania’s Leading Hotel Brand’, and the eco credentials of InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, French Polynesia were recognised with ‘Oceania’s Leading Green Hotel’.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Custom living in rainbow tower offers sweeping ocean views

first_imgThe apartment is on level nine at 16-18 Eden Ave, Coolangatta.A BUILDING contractor made a few of his own changes when he bought this luxury, ultra-modern apartment in a Rainbow Bay tower. Owner Noel Armstrong said he was able to add his own taste to the design of the level nine apartment, at 16-18 Eden Ave, when he bought it in 2012. “I was very fortunate to be able to get a unit off-the-plan in this tower,” the father-of-two said. “My wife Marion and I really loved the layout and the ocean views but we wanted to tweak it to fit our style.”The couple removed the spa bath to make way for a bigger dressing room, and reworked the kitchen. “We didn’t need a spa and my wife preferred more wardrobe space anyway,” Mr Armstrong said.“We also made the island bench in the kitchen bigger.”The couple added granite bench tops in the kitchen and louvres on the balcony.“Since we bought it off-the-plan we were able to make little changes before it was built which was really lucky,” Mr Armstrong said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoHandy to the beach with ocean views.“I have built quite a few buildings on the Gold Coast highway and my wife has always been in charge of the interior design.“We have always gone for the modern coastal look and this unit is no exception.”The couple who moved from Victoria in 1981 to Mermaid Beach said this unit fit all their requirements. “My wife wanted to by the beach and this unit has been so handy,” Mr Armstrong said.“We walk to the cafes and Tweed is on the other side of us. The area has really come of age since we first moved here.” The apartment has three bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as a modern kitchen and sweeping ocean views.It is priced at offers over $1.55 million and available through Maria Hobbs, McGrath, Palm Beach.last_img read more

Street frontage drives interest in dual property

first_img518-520 Logan Rd, Greenslopes.Two properties on a 1600sq m block at Greenslopes have sold for $2 million.LJ Hooker Commercial Brisbane North’s Wes Woodroffe said the property at 518-520 Logan Rd, was centrally located with outstanding street frontage to Logan Rd and was the main driver of inquiries.“With childcare and medical spaces proving to be hot options right now, sites like this are extremely favourable,” Mr Woodroffe said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“The vendor was looking to sell the properties that have been in her family for over 40 years … It was great to see such a fantastic result for them in the end.” 518-520 Logan Rd, Greenslopes.Offering the possibility of mixed used zoning on the corner block, selling agent Ben Hackett from Elders Commercial said the new owner purchased the site with the vision to build a medical centre in four to five years.The property which sold on March 9, has a high exposure to the arterial road site and is 4.5km from Brisbane’s CBD.Mr Woodroffe the first contract on the property fell through and was later placed back on the market.He said Mr Hackett’s contact saw the site and was determined to buy it.last_img read more

Bulimba bidding war ends with $1.675m sale

first_imgREAL ESTATE: 64 Byron St, BulimbaA FAMILY bought this home at Bulimba under the hammer for $1.675 million.Harcourts Inner East sales consultant Annie Abra said there had been strong interest in the 64 Byron St home, with 60 groups through the property and three registered bidders on the day.She said bidding between parties was “competitive” before it was won by the family, who had two young children.Ms Abra said although the home was 13 years old, prospective buyers loved the quality of the build as well as its spaciousness.“It had high ceilings both upstairs and down,” Ms Abra said.“People loved the position and the breezes off the river, which is right there.”More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The kitchen at 64 Byron St, Bulimba.According to CoreLogic data the Bulimba median house price is $1.285 million.At Morningside, another two-level home sold for $790,000 at 45 Oberon St.Ms Abra said the market was “standard” and supply was balanced with demand.“It’s not a hot or cold market,” Ms Abra said. “It’s not easy pickings but it’s a very standard market.“We’re working hard but we’re getting results.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:43Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:43 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenPrestige property with Elizabeth Tilley13:44last_img read more

UK bakery’s refusal to bake pro same-sex marriage cake did not discriminate – court

first_imgNewsHub 11 October 2018Family First Comment:  Superb decision in the UK “The court said the situation was more akin to a Christian printing business being required to print leaflets promoting an atheist message.” #FreeToBelieve www.ProtectMarriage.nz Britain’s highest court on Wednesday said a Northern Irish bakery’s refusal to make a cake bearing a pro-gay slogan was not discriminatory in a ruling condemned by the customer, a gay rights activist, but hailed by the province’s main conservative party.Ashers Baking in Belfast was found guilty of discrimination in 2015 for refusing to make a cake for a customer iced with the words “Support Gay Marriage” because of the owners’ Christian beliefs.It failed in an appeal to the local courts in 2016 but the Supreme Court, the UK’s highest judicial body, overturned that decision on Wednesday, saying the bakers’ objection was to the message on the cake, not to any personal characteristics of the messenger, or anyone with whom he was associated.“The objection was to being required to promote the message on the cake,” said Brenda Hale, President of the Supreme Court, adding that the conclusion would not in any way diminish the need to protect gay people and people who support gay marriage.“The less favourable treatment was afforded to the message not to the man. It was not as if he were being refused a job, or accommodation, or baked goods in general, because of his political opinion. The evidence was that they were quite prepared to serve him in other ways.”READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2018/10/uk-bakery-s-refusal-to-bake-pro-same-sex-marriage-cake-did-not-discriminate-court.htmllast_img read more

Amnesty International again calls on Haiti to bring former dictator to justice

first_img Tweet 17 Views   one comment Share Share Jean Claude Duvalier. Photo credit: repeatingislands.comLONDON, England — On Monday, on the first anniversary of the return to Haiti of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, Amnesty International reiterated its call for the case to be seriously investigated and to bring to justice in a fair trial meeting international standards those responsible for the past human rights violations. Days after his return last year on 16 January, several victims of human rights violations during Jean-Claude Duvalier’s government (1971-1986) filled complaints against the former dictator and an investigation was opened by the Haitian judicial authorities. Amnesty International supported the process by providing to the Haitian authorities hundreds of documents from the archives of the organisation, which document the serious human rights violations that happened in Haiti during Duvalier’s government and which amount to crimes against humanity. Based on those documents, a report was issued by Amnesty International in September 2011 calling for the end of the impunity for the crimes committed by Jean-Claude Duvalier: “You cannot kill the truth: The case against Jean-Claude Duvalier.” “One year on, the victims of the former dictator are still waiting for justice more than 25 years after the events. The Haitian authorities are failing to bring Jean-Claude Duvalier to justice and to end the impunity,” Amnesty International said.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share NewsRegional Amnesty International again calls on Haiti to bring former dictator to justice by: – January 17, 2012 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Hall of Fame

first_imgThis years Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame banquet was held Saturday night at the Middle School Commons in Batesville.  There were 140 guests to welcome in the latest inductees.  Some interesting highlights of the acceptance speeches include David Bradshaw, long-time baseball and basketball coach at Jac-Cen-Del, who reminisced about his encounters with Randy Combs and Scott Holdsworth who were also inductees.  David played professional baseball in both the Montreal Expo and Pittsburgh Pirate organizations before embarking on his teaching and coaching career.  He topped off his basketball career with a state championship at JCD.  Randy Combs of Milan was on a state basketball championship team while a student at Vincennes High School.  He and his brother were both long-time basketball coaches in Indiana.  Randy is still coaching football at Milan and his brother is now a principal at Vincennes High School.Thomas Buck of Batesville revealed a couple funny incidents that kept him from being able to participate in his first two high school games.  In one incident his mom packed his freshmen uniform instead of the reserve because she thought he looked better in te freshmen uniform.  This resulted in a technical foul that cost the Bulldogs the game.Scott Holdsworth, a member of the Greensburg coaching staff, was inducted for his playing prowess while at South Ripley High School.  He is currently an alternative school administrator in Greensburg and the head coach of their baseball program.  He also was a varsity assistant for the two straight state championship Greensburg basketball teams.In tomorrow’s article I will list tidbits about the other inductees from this 2014 class.last_img read more

Marcia Batterton, 94

first_imgMarcia Standley Batterton, 94, passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Aspen Place Health Campus.She was born to George O. Standley and Charlotte (Lee) Westhafer Standley on April 12, 1923 in Perry County, Indiana.She graduated from Greensburg High School in 1941 and from Miami University of Oxford in 1945. She belonged to Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. After graduation she worked as a book keeper for McCoy and Douglas. She was a homemaker until her youngest son was in junior high school. She then worked for the Greensburg Daily News and retired from the Decatur County Welfare Department. Marcia was a member of the Kingston Presbyterian Church, PEO, and Tri Kappa.She was married to John H. Batterton on December 22, 1946 in Greensburg.Survivors include a brother-in-law, Dr. Thomas D. Batterton of Philadelphia, sons, James Betterton, Davies Batterton (Patricia Cooper), and Thomas L. Batterton (Katha), grandsons, Ryan Batterton, Daniel Batterton (Mia), and John D. Batterton, step grandchildren, Andrew Oaldon, Chris Oaldon (Kirsten), Nona King, eight great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brothers, George L. Standley and Alden Westhafer.Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 7:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg and Wednesday from 10 to 11:00 a.m. at the Kingston Presbyterian Church.Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the Kingston Presbyterian Church with Rev. Shannon Burford and Rev. Margaret Lowe officiating.Interment will be held in the Kingston Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the Kingston Presbyterian Church or PEO.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Leighton drives Dylan Smith’s ride to victory in Tiny Lund Memorial at Harlan

first_imgBy Ryan Clark HARLAN, Iowa (Sept. 13-14) – Different driver, same result. That’s the story for Dylan Smith’s IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified. Just one week after Smith raced his way to victory in the 31st annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, Smith loaned his car to Bill Leighton for the Tiny Lund Memorial at Shelby County Speedway.Leighton started inside of row two, which was also to the inside of Smith, who was driving a different car for the 22nd annual event.Smith took the lead a handful of laps into the 30-lapper while Leighton ran back in fourth and fifth until the caution flag waved at the midway point.Leighton went to work on the high side when racing resumed and started to challenge Smith before caution slowed action one more time with six laps to go.Again working the top groove, Leighton pulled even with Smith as the two ran side-by-side over the final laps. Leighton raced the top side to victory a couple car-lengths ahead of Smith. The $3,000 victory put him on the ballot for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Mike Nichols drove to his fourth Tiny Lund title in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division.The winner in 1996, 2004 and 2012, Nichols started inside of row three and ran much of the 25-lapper last in a five-car breakaway at the front of the pack. Nichols started his charge to the front following a lap 15 caution when he was the lone front-runner working off the bottom groove. Racing one lane above his competitors, Nichols worked past Donavon Smith and Lance Borgman for third a short time later.Another restart in the waning laps allowed Nichols to work to the outside of Keith Knop before pulling alongside leader Bill Osbahr. Nichols inched ahead of Osbahr at the line when the caution flag waved a final time with two to go. On the restart, Nichols pulled away from the pack to score the win. From his pole position start, Doug Smith led all 25 laps on his way to victory in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.Smith was pestered by Tim Rupp throughout the event and lost the lead to Rupp when the leaders encountered lapped traffic with seven laps to go.A caution at the same time negated the pass and returned Smith to the point for the restart. When racing resumed, Smith drove away from the pack to score the win.After winning the pole dash from a 12th place start on Friday, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock driver Shannon Anderson survived a handful of cautions to win that division’s 20-lapper Saturday night.Anderson ran the low side while Dusty Van Horn raced the top groove to second. Despite numerous cautions that kept the field bunched together, Anderson survived to take the win by a comfortable 10 car-length margin.Both the Stock Car and Northern SportMod features paid $2,000 to win. Anderson’s checkers were good for $1,000.Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Bill Leighton; 2. Dylan Smith; 3. Luke Wanninger; 4. Tim Ward; 5. Jared Hoefelman; 6. Jesse Sobbing; 7. Travis Dickes; 8. Ricky Stephan; 9. Hunter Marriott; 10. Bub Lerette; 11. Chis Abelson; 12. Bob Moore; 13. Brian Foote; 14. Dustin Andersen; 15. Brandon Monson; 16. Taimon Wehr; 17. Kevin Larkins; 18. Jesse Dennis; 19. Travis Hatcher; 20. Andy Miller; 21. Jacob Murray; 22. Dale Ransom; 23. Jeff Stephens; 24. Mike Johnson; 25. Kyle Wahlert; 26. Ryan Webb.Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols; 2. Bill Osbahr; 3. Keith Knop; 4. Lance Borgman; 5. Donavon Smith; 6. J.J. Baumli; 7. Allan Schmidt; 8. Chris Ullrich; 9. Marcus Hansen; 10. Joe Zadina; 11. Clay Mercer; 12. Todd Mabbit; 13. Tony Ritterbush; 14. Jason Rold; 15. Jeff Anderson; 16. Dale Woodard; 17. Ryan Harris; 18. Bryan Snell; 19. Nick Steier; 20. Justin Bromert; 21. Mike Stapleton; 22. Jim Hendricks; 23. Brian Blessington; 24. Nick Hermsen; 25. Bob Staiert.Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson; 2. Dusty Van Horn; 3. Chuck Madden Jr.; 4. Corey Madden; 5. Devin Smith; 6. Jason Kohl; 7. Jeremy Auten; 8. Craig Graham; 9. Ty Griffith; 10. Jason Fusselman; 11. Cory Roe; 12. Jeff Fink; 13. Tom Myers; 14. Dave Riley; 15. Shane Schneider; 16. Kurt Hansen; 17. Donnie Gustoff; 18. Willie Ransom; 19. Jesse Totten; 20. Cody Gustoff; 21. Derek Husted; 22. Sterling Sorensen; 23. Rick Bradley; 24. Kevin Bruck; 25. August Bach.Northern SportMods – 1. Doug Smith; 2. Tim Rupp; 3. Cody Olsen; 4. Kyle Prauner; 5. Jared Hansen; 6. Dennis Cook; 7. Mick King; 8. Matt Webb; 9. Karl Brewer; 10. Glenn Gladson Jr.; 11. Randy Archer; 12. Carter VanDenBerg; 13. Rusty Montagne; 14. Joshua Sink; 15. Todd Boulware; 16. Tyler Ringle; 17. A.J. Johnson; 18. Allan Hopp; 19. Jerod Weston; 20. Matt Herring; 21. Dan Kline; 22. Dylan Petersen; 23. Brian Efkamp; 24. Austin Kaplan; 25. Max Harder; 26. Jim Lampe.last_img read more

Al Fayed agrees sale of Fulham

first_img Press Association Mohamed Al Fayed’s 16-year association with Fulham has come to an end after the Egyptian agreed a deal for the sale of the club with Shahid Khan. “My time of serving as the custodian of Fulham Football Club would one day come to an end, and I feel that time has now arrived,” Al Fayed said in a statement released to Press Association Sport. “The time is right because I have found a very good man in Shahid Khan to accept the responsibility and privilege that I have enjoyed at Fulham since 1997. “Fulham will be in very good hands with Shahid, whose success in business and passion for sport is very evident. “I ask everyone who loves Fulham and our Craven Cottage home to welcome Shahid as he begins his journey as the next guardian of Fulham Football Club.” Khan is worth £1.9billion, according to Forbes, making him the 490th richest man in the world. Born in Pakistan, the 62-year-old moved to the United States aged 16 for college and secured an engineering degree from the University of Illinois. Khan went onto create an auto parts empire and such riches allowed him to buy NFL franchise Jacksonville Jaguars, who will play one regular season game a season at Wembley for the next four years. He said: “I was recently very fortunate to have been introduced to Mohamed Al Fayed, a man I respect and admire immensely for what he has accomplished in his life and – above all – what he has given others. “Today, he is giving me the privilege and responsibility of serving as the next custodian of Fulham Football Club. “I am extremely honoured to accept and want to thank him, on behalf of everyone who loves Fulham, for 16 years of exceptional service to the club. “Mr Al Fayed rescued the club in its hour of need and has led it to a sustained place within the Premier League. “Fulham is the perfect club at the perfect time for me. “I want to be clear, I do not view myself so much as the owner of Fulham, but a custodian of the club on behalf of its fans. “My priority is to ensure the club and Craven Cottage each have a viable and sustainable Premier League future that fans of present and future generations can be proud of. “We will manage the club’s financial and operational affairs with prudence and care, with youth development and community programmes as fundamentally important elements of Fulham’s future.” Khan has big boots to fill, with Al Fayed leaving an extremely popular figure after transforming the club on and off the field. Fulham reached the Europa League final three years ago and last season finished 12th in the league under the guidance of Martin Jol. Off the field, the club is effectively debt-free after Al Fayed converted previous loans into equity earlier this year. Training facilities have improved markedly and Craven Cottage has been revamped, with planning permission in place to redevelop the Riverside Stand and increase the stadium’s capacity to 30,000. Such is his popularity that more than 1,000 Fulham fans have already signed a petition to rename the Riverside Stand the Mohamed Al Fayed Stand. Al Fayed: “Now is the right time for me to retire and spend time playing football with my grandchildren. “I am sad but proud of our achievements. I am very grateful to Fulham’s fans, the most incredible fans in the world. “They have given me their support and affection whenever they have seen me at home games. “I would never let them down. I have passed the club to a talented, honest and highly capable man who respects Fulham and its traditions. He is a great sportsman.” The 84-year-old former Harrods owner has transformed the west Londoners from a third-tier outfit to an established Barclays Premier League side since taking over in 1997. Sustained reports this week suggested Al Fayed would now sell the club and the Cottagers have confirmed a deal has been struck with Khan, billionaire owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars. last_img read more