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Mon Repos Market closed for “cleaning only” not repairs – Communities Ministry

first_imgmon Repos Market vendors are complaining that one week after the facility was shut down to facilitate repairs, there were no visible signs of any restoration done.However, Guyana Times was informed by the Communities Ministry that the Market was closed only to facilitate cleaning and sanitation of the premises and not repairs.It was reported that the Mon Repos Market was shut down for one week to allow repairs to be done and merchants were asked to remove themselves from the retail section. While some persons relocated across the Market, independently, to continue their vending, others waited for the restoration to be completed.However, when this publication visited the Mon Repos Market on Wednesday last, to view the repairs done, there was no discernible improvement. According to vendors, upon resuming their vending on Saturday, the employees of the Market Office were unable to answer questions that were posed to them as to why there was no significant change within the Market after so many days.Numerous vendors voiced that losses were incurred during the one week that they were not allowed to vend in their normal area. They highlighted that they were awaiting a response about the Market being shut down for ‘’insignificant reasons.’’‘’Look, you see anything in this market change? Is the same shabby conditions. Why they shut down the market last week? I suffer a huge loss last week ,man. Over the road barely gat space for couple people so the rest ah we had to sit and wait. You know how much customers I lose already because of this? Them locking down the market for some real stupid, stupid and insignificant reasons,’’ one angry merchant said.Another vendor said that after persons began questioning the actual reason for the Market being inactive for a week, the supervisor of the Market Office highlighted to them that they were given that time to sanitise and mend within their stalls. The merchant indicated that this was ‘’news’’ to them, since no one had so informedThe Mon Repos Market fencethem.‘’So after we start asking the supervisor why the Market shut down if they didn’t intend to do anything to it, she turn and said that the Market was shut down, so we could go in and clean and repair we stalls. This was news to all ah we ‘cause they never told us that. They said that we got to remove from the Market for a week cause they got to do repairs. And is not me alone hear that, is majority ah the Market.’’Meanwhile, when this publication met with an employee of the Mon Repos Market Office, she indicated that she was not allowed to speak to the media and refused to give any comment on the matter. The supervisor of this office is said to be on ‘’medical’’ leave.On Monday, it was highlighted by the Assistant of Minister of Communities, Raphael Hazel who spoke on behalf of the Minister, Ronald Bulkan, that according to the Works Committee Chairman of the Mon Repos Neighbourhood Democratic Council, Raghoo, the market was shut down to only facilitate cleaning.Hazel said that Raghoo relayed that no repairs were intended to be done at the Market during that time. He added that complaints were made by Raghoo that some vendors who had relocated across the road, refused to comply; hence, parts of the drains were not cleaned.“I spoke to the Works Committee Chairman of the NDC, Raghoo, and he said that it was a project undertaken by them from the 8th May to the 13th and it was just to clean the market. His exact words were “it was stink”. So they basically asked the vendors to be away from that Sunday to Friday just to clean it, wash it out and so,” the Business Minister’s Assistant said.last_img read more

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Schumi ‘stable’ as he enters new year in coma

first_imgThe seven-time world champion’s fight for survival after he fell and slammed his head on a rock Sunday has shocked legions of fans used to seeing him cheat death on the racing tracks.“At the moment, he is stable,” the 44-year-old’s manager Sabine Kehm told reporters massed outside the hospital in Grenoble on Wednesday.Schumacher was helicoptered off the slopes at the upmarket Meribel resort on Sunday and it quickly emerged he was fighting for his life as doctors reported he had undergone emergency brain surgery.On Tuesday, they said a slight improvement in his condition had allowed them to perform a second nearly two-hour long procedure to remove bleeding in the brain, but warned he was “not out of danger” yet.“We cannot speculate on the future,” said Jean-Francois Payen, head of the intensive care unit at the hospital. “We cannot say he is out of danger but we have gained some time.”Doctors have pointed out that Schumacher, due to turn 45 on January 3, has age and physical fitness on his side.He has been put in a medically induced coma to spur recovery, and his temperature has been reduced to around 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) to reduce swelling.Schumacher’s accident has prompted an outpouring of sympathy from racing stars and fans alike.Former Formula One champion Niki Lauda, who himself suffered severe injuries in a 1976 racing crash, has also come out in support of the man known fondly as “Schumi”.“I think there is someone up there who is trying to help him in this situation. At the time, I could help myself. Michael, though, cannot do anything for the moment,” he said in an interview with the Die Zeit weekly.Players from Premier League leaders Arsenal also sent Schumacher a get well message.Following a match on Wednesday Arsenal’s German forward Lukas Podolski posted a picture on Facebook of him and several of his team-mates holding an under-shirt bearing the message ‘GET WELL SOON SCHUMI’.Schumacher was skiing in a small, off-piste section of Meribel located in between two slopes, full of half-buried rocks, when the accident happened.A source close to a probe into the incident told AFP that his helmet, which medics say saved his life, had been smashed “in two” by the impact.Kehm told journalists Tuesday that Schumacher was skiing “with a small group of friends” as well as his son.She said he was not skiing at high speed when the accident happened. “He seems to have hit a rock as he took a turn. It was a chain of unfortunate circumstances.”Media from around the world are camped out on the parking lot outside the hospital.Schumacher towered over Formula One from his debut in 1991, winning more world titles and races than any other driver.He first retired aged 37 but was unable to resist the lure of the track and in 2010, he came out of retirement, signing a deal with Mercedes before quitting for good in 2012.As an F1 racer, Schumacher was known for his daring overtaking manoeuvres, his at-times almost reckless abandon in the pursuit of victory and his mastery of the tricky conditions presented by rain.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Grenoble, France 2nd January 2014 – Formula One legend Michael Schumacher remained “stable” but was still in a critical condition Thursday after four nights in hospital battling severe brain injuries following a skiing accident in France.The German racing great remained in an induced coma and a critical condition, with his wife Corinna, 16-year-old daughter Gina-Maria and 14-year-old son Mick at his bedside in the French Alpine city of Grenoble.last_img read more

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Boateng hat-trick inspires Milan comeback

first_imgBut Boateng came off the bench to fire a 14-minute treble and Yepes headed home seven minutes from time to earn Massimiliano Allegri’s team an unlikely victory.“It was very important that we could win this game, it was unbelievable, we came back, I scored three goals,” said the man-of-the-match.“It’s a very good day for me, I will take this ball home and put it in an important place in my house.“I was a bit injured on the knee and I think the coach wanted to give me a bit of a rest but we didn’t play well in the first half so he told me to go out and try my best.“I’m very happy we won the game because it hasn’t been easy for us this season but this win shows we can come back and we worked very hard.“I just try to work and play well, there are always negative people but I just look forwards. What’s in the past is in the past, I don’t think about this any more.”The champions were without centre-back Thiago Silva and had Philippe Mexes on the bench having played just a few minutes since his return from a knee injury following six months on the sidelines.And the champions could not have missed the pair more as they were a defensive shambles in the first period.Milan’s backline was nowhwere to be seen after just four minutes as Giacomazzi managed to head home Grossmuller’s cross from inside the six yard box, beating hesitant goalkeeper Christian Abbiati to the ball.Lecce were more than matching their listless visitors and soon extended their advantage.The second came from the penalty spot after Abbiati was adjudged to have brought down Daniele Corvia as Milan failed in their attempts to clear a corner.Television replays suggested the referee got that decision wrong as Corvia was on his way down before any contact with Abbiati happened.But up stepped Oddo, who was released by Milan in the summer, to smash the spot-kick high past his former teammate on the half hour.Milan looked to respond and Massimiliano Benassi had to tip a dipping volley from Antonio Nocerino over the bar.And yet Milan’s defence still could not shut up shop and Lecce added a third before half-time.First Mark van Bommel lost out in a 50-50 challenge, then Yepes dived in when he should have stayed on his feet and finally Luca Antonini inadvertently teed up Grossmuller, who would otherwise have been in an offside position, to prod the ball past Abbiati.Milan’s defence may have been at sixes and sevens but it was the midfield that paid the price at half-time.Alberto Aquilani was brought on for veteran captain Massimo Ambrosini while Robinho made way for Boateng in the trequartista role between forwards and midfield.That move paid instant dividends as Boateng had pulled back two goals within 10 minutes.He had already come close with two lashed efforts when Lecce failed to clear a corner and Aquilani clipped the ball back into the danger zone where Boateng fired home left footed into the top corner.Minutes later he took aim again, this time from outside the box, and sent a missile into the opposite top corner.The Ghana international completed his 14-minute hat-trick when Lecce again failed to clear their lines and he fired home inside Benassi’s near post from the edge of the six-yard box.It was the fastest triple since David Trezeguet score a 10-minute hat-trick for Juventus 10 years ago.The winner came in the dying moments as Lecce’s frail backline crumbled again and Antonio Cassano lofted the ball to the back post where Yepes outjumped Christian Obodo.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000ROME, Italy, October 23- Kevin-Prince Boateng scored the fastest hat-trick in 10 years and Mario Yepes notched a late winner as AC Milan came back from 3-0 down to beat Lecce 4-3 on Sunday.Milan were in disarray during a calamitous first 45 minutes and came into the break 3-0 down following goals from Guillermo Giacomazzi, a Massimo Oddo penalty and Carlos Grossmuller.last_img read more

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Rooney ‘not for sale’ scream United

first_imgHowever, United dismissed the idea, with a spokesman saying: “Wayne Rooney is not for sale.”The story threatens to derail Rooney’s reunion with his former manager at Everton, David Moyes, who was on Thursday expected to be formally appointed as Ferguson’s successor at Old Trafford.Rooney was handed his Everton debut by Moyes in 2002 and joined United two years later in a £27 million ($42 million, 31.9 million euros) transfer that made him the world’s most expensive teenage player.The striker’s position at United has fallen under scrutiny in recent weeks after he was left on the bench for a vital Champions League knockout game at home to Real Madrid.The 27-year-old previously issued a transfer request in 2010, only to change his mind and sign a new five-year contract with United.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, May 09 – Manchester United reacted to rumours about Wayne Rooney’s future at the club by insisting on Thursday that the England striker is “not for sale”.After Alex Ferguson announced his shock retirement as United manager on Wednesday, reports emerged that Rooney had informed the Scot of his desire to leave the club in an informal conversation two weeks ago.last_img read more

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TEAM NEWS – Barca vs Arsenal: Mertesacker dropped, Welbeck starts

first_imgThe teams are in for Arsenal’s Champions League crunch match in Barcelona. Arsene Wenger’s Gunners head into the Nou Camp clash trailing by two goals and they face an uphill task if they want to make the last eight. The match is live on talkSPORT (7:45 kick-off) – click here to listen live – and here are tonight’s starting XIs: Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Alba, Mathieu, Mascherano, Alves, Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitic, Messi, Suarez, Neymar.Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Koscielny, Gabriel, Monreal, Elneny, Flamini, Iwobi, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck.Alternatively, you can listen to Bayern Munich vs Juventus, live on talkSPORT2, as the tie is currently levelled at 2-2. 1 Arsene Wenger’s men trail by two goals last_img

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Fed leaves key interest rate unchaged

first_imgThe Federal Reserve on Tuesday left a key interest rate unchanged, marking at least a temporary pause in what had been the longest unbroken stretch of Fed rate increases in recent history. The Fed’s rate-setting committee voted 9 to 1 to leave the federal funds rate, the interest banks charge on overnight loans, at 5.25 percent. It was the first time the Fed had met and not raised rates in more than two years.However, the relief for millions of business and consumer borrowers could be only temporary. The central bank said that “some inflation risks remains,” holding out the possibility that it could resume raising rates at future meetings.The Fed decision means that banks’ prime lending rate, the benchmark for various consumer and business loans, will remain at 8.25 percent. Before the Fed started raising rates in June 2004, the prime had been at 4 percent, its lowest point since 1958. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.In 17 consecutive meetings stretching from June 2004 through June 2006, the Fed boosted the funds rate from a 46-year low of 1 percent to the current 5.25 percent, all in an effort to slow the economy enough to keep inflation under control.The Fed’s decision to finally pause had been widely anticipated given the signs of a spreading economic slowdown, in part reflecting the impact of the Fed’s long string of rate hikes.Overall economic growth slowed in the spring to a rate of just 2.5 percent, less than half the pace of the first three months of the year, and on Friday the government reported that the unemployment rate in July rose from 4.6 percent to 4.8 percent. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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High winds cause disruption across Donegal

first_imgHigh winds across Donegal are causing commuter problems this morning.The Harry Blaney Bridge is closed for a number of hours while the Arranmore Ferry has also cancelled sailings this morning.Met Eireann say winds will increase and temperatures will plunge into tomorrow. There is also a strong chance of sleet and snow in many places including lower ground.Gardai have asked people to drive with extra care and attention.High winds cause disruption across Donegal was last modified: January 11th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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More Johannesburg conference venues

first_imgSee also: Johannesburg’s top four venuesFor the rest of the province, see: Gauteng venuesAfrica Centre Airport Leisure HotelWebsiteThe Africa Centre Airport Leisure Hotel is also attached to the Africa Centre Guest Lodge and Africa Centre Safari Tours. Located close to OR Tambo International Airport, it can be accessed by free shuttle.The hotel offers business facilities and professional secretarial services among a host of other services. It has two conference rooms for small conferences. Both rooms are equipped with white board, flip charts, digital/overhead projectors, and TV, video and DVD equipment.Amakoekoe Guest House/LodgeWebsiteLocated in Honeydew, Amakoekoe features beautifully maintained gardens and lively birdlife, which make for a convenient and peaceful conference venue.There are three conference rooms, the largest of which is capable of hosting up to 100 delegates. Basic equipment, including a whiteboard, flipchart and screen is provided, along with catering that includes, apart from the main meals, tea and coffee on arrival, mid-morning and afternoon tea, and snacks and pastries.A shuttle service is available from the OR Tambo and Lanseria airports, as well as to outside venues.Astrotech Conference CentreWebsiteLocated in Parktown, and easily accessible from Johannesburg’s airports, major highways, and the city centre, the Astrotech Conference Centre is to found in a gracious mansion. It is able to host up to 300 people.It offers state-of-the-art conference equipment, including data projectors, electronic screens, video recording facilities, television, video, DSTV and DVD.The facilities also feature laptop connectivity; five-star meals that accomodate dietary preferences; secure parking; 24-hour security; a business centre for photocopying, Internet and telephones; a bar for after work cocktails; and indoor and outdoor relaxation areas.Bergvallei EstatesWebsiteBergvallei Estates in Muldersdrift, north of Johannesburg, caters for conferences of up to 100 people and also hosts weddings and functions.Catering is provided and the venue can sleep up to 19 people.Numerous leisure activities are available, including hot air ballooning, swimming, hiking, horse riding, golf, game drives and trout fishing, and there is also an art gallery.Cabanga Conference CentreWebsiteThe Cabanga Conference Centre, situated just behind the Northgate Shopping Centre and the Coca Cola Dome in Northriding, caters for groups as large as 300 people and provides, among other things, for business breakfasts, weddings and engagement parties, birthday bashes, cocktail parties, Christmas and year-end functions.There are seven rooms available, as well as breakaway areas.Menus with a wide variety of themes are available, including those requiring halaal and kosher food.Cedar Park Hotel & Conference CentreWebsiteCedar Park, in Woodmead, Sandton, has two conference halls hosting 350 people and up to 900 for cocktail receptions, while smaller conference rooms can host parties of 20, 40 or 100 delegates.There are extensive catering facilities, and the hotel has 55 rooms and 10 junior suites.Eagles Crest Conference and Function CentreWebsiteEagles Crest Conference and Function Centre is located in Muldersdrift within the beautiful Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. It caters for conferences, weddings, and various other functions.Conferences for from 10 to 60 people are catered for, although larger groups can be accommodated. Standard equipment includes a data projector, PA system, amplifier and surround sound, pull down screen and flip chart stand.Conference packages include morning and afternoon tea, lunch, water and sweets on the tables, flip chart paper and markers, and pens and paper.Emperor’s PalaceWebsiteEmperor’s Palace, located next to the OR Tambo International Airport, is a versatile venue able to deal with large conferences.The Centre Court can accommodate 3 000 people cinema-style, while the Circus Maximus caters for 900 people with theatre-style seating. The North Wing accommodates 1 200 people banquet-style, the South Wing 400 delegates in theatre style, and the Senate Rooms approximately 400 people per room.Besides these venues ,there are also breakaway rooms for think-tanks and planning sessions.Focus RoomsWebsiteSituated in Sunninghill, just off Rivonia road, Focus Rooms has 10 rooms ranging from minimum 4 people to maximum 300 cinema style and includes an executive Boardroom for business meetings.The decor is fresh with bright coloured walls and modern interiors and certain rooms have stunning views of Sunninghill. Each conference room has state of the art audio visual technology and wireless connectivity with an onsite IT professional. There are two Conference co-ordinators on site and an operations manager to ensure that conferences runs smoothly from start to finish. Parking is free with 24-hour security.Other services include training, launches, end of year functions, team building, gala events and exhibitions.Garden Lodge & Conference CentreWebsiteThe Garden Lodge and Conference Centre, situated close to the Cradle of Humankind in the Swartkops hills near Muldersdrift, and a 35-minute drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria, has three fully equipped conference rooms seating 80, 30 and 15 people. There are also four breakaway rooms.The hotel can also arrange team-building activities such as fondue and potjie competitions, English pub games, a mini obstacle course, go-kart racing, game drives, golf and hot air ballooning.Griffin EstateWebsiteGriffin’s Estate is a smaller-sized venue located on the West Rand, close to Randfontein and Krugersdorp. It’s a beautiful venue with a lovely country setting.The air-conditioned conference venue accommodates up to 60 delegates and standard audi-visual and technical equipment is provided. Full-day packages include tea, coffee and muffins; mid-morning tea, coffee, biscuits, and snack platters; a buffet lunch; mid-afternoon tea, coffee and biscuits; mineral waters and mints.The Estate also hosts weddings and other functions.The Hertford HotelWebsiteThe four-star Hertford Country Hotel, on the Pelindaba Road, Lanseria, is set on a 23-hectare estate. It features four conference venues and can host from 30 to 200 delegates.Early-morning, mid-morning, and afternoon tea and a three-course lunch are provided along with standard equipment.Conferences are tailor-made to suit requirements and the Hertford offers a list of professional service providers who will ensure a memomorable event.It’s also a great venue for weddings and features 21 large en-suite rooms and two honeymoon suites.There are many leisure activities available nearby, including action cricket, fishing, game drives, golf, hiking, gym, horse riding, safaris, a casino and a boma.Houghton BoardroomWebsiteFormerly a private home, the Houghton Boardroom is centrally located in the Houghton Estate. It was built in 1935 as a Cape Dutch homestead.The venue offers three conference-style options: boardroom, stables and boma.It can accommodate from 80 to 100 people in its beautiful gardens for reception parties, and up to 40 people for formal dinners.Tsogo Sun InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton TowersWebsiteThe Meeting Place at the Tsogo Sun InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers offers facilities catering for groups from 10 to 800 delegates, and advanced technology capabilities are available. There is also an in-house meeting co-ordinator.Besides this, the hotel is linked to the Sandton Convention Centre, which is able to host up to 3 500 delegates as well as special events for 4 000 seated guests.Michelangelo HotelWebsiteThe Samsung Business Centre in the Michelangelo Hotel, located on Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, hosts up to 242 people.The conference facilities accommodate up to 150 people theatre-style and 160 banquet-style.The hotel also provides a number of leisure options, including a gym, wine tasting, beauty therapy and a hydro/spa.Mintek Conference ServicesWebsiteConveniently located in Randburg, Mintek Conference Services offers four conference rooms, including an impressive 400-seat auditorium.There is also a reception area, foyer and exhibition area.Parking is no problem and catering and equipment is supplied.Although Mintek Conference Services do not offer accommodation there are many choices very near by.OR Tambo International Airport Conference CentreWebsiteLocated on the Mezzanine Level of the Domestic Arrivals Terminal is a 10-room conference facility catering to roups ranging from very small to up to 150 delegates.Equipment is supplied, and for those travelling to the airport by car, free and secure parking is offered.SAB World of BeerWebsiteLocated in the vibrant area of Newtown, in the centre of Johannesburg, the SAB World of Beer was built to celebrate the brewer’s centenary in 1995.It offers two conference venues and is able to accommodate up to 150 people in The Gallery.In-house caterers serve a wide variety of meals and standard equipment is supplied.Conference packages include a tour of the history of beer that finishes in The Nonesuch Tavern with two complimentary drinks and snacks.The Sheiks Club and Conference CentreWebsiteThe Sheiks Club and Conference Centre is located in Woodmead, Johannesburg. It is a versatile venue, available for all forms of business get-togethers and private functions.There are five conference venues, able to accommodate from 20 to 900 people.Catering is available and packages can be tailor-made to suit clients, including special sound and lighting, stages and dance floors, classic and themed decor, speakers and entertainers, registration management, accommodation, and travel services.The ForumWebsiteThe Forum Company offers conferences and events with style and pizzazz. Its stated aim is to “consistently deliver world class food and gatherings management with unique South African personality and style”.The Campus is located in Bryanston in Johannesburg and is a five-star-graded Association of South African Travel Agents conference venue and features state-of-the-art technology, as well impressive South African art and architecture.The Turbine Hall is home to Johannesburg’s first coal-fired power station and is also a top quality conference and events venue boasting the same high standards as The Campus. It is located in funky Newtown, home to many cultural attractions and landmarks.Catering services include corporate and private catering, as well as fresh office restaurants.The Newlife Conference CentreWebsiteLocated in Bryanston, the Newlife Conference Centre is a large multi-faceted facility with many modern conveniences. It is easily accessible from the N1 Highway, going east and west, and nicely situated near shopping centres, restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, and B&Bs. There is plenty of parrking.The Main Auditorium seats 1 380 people on the ground floor and an additional 1158 in the galleries providing for 2538 seats in total. The Minor Auditorium is also a sizable venue, able to accomodate 750 people seated cinema style, while the North Wing can host up to 150 people, and the East and West Wings can accomodate up to 112 conference-goers.All of the venues offer the facilities needed to enable speakers to give dynamic presentations. Each room has a digital projector and screen, a modern multichannel sound system, as well as a DVD player and a computer with a LCD monitor.Catering, incorporating light refreshments and finger food is also on offer. The New Life Centre is also available for larger functions and gala dinners.The Palazzo MontecasinoWebsiteThis upmarket Tuscan Villa-themed hotel in Fourways, Sandton has two presidential suites, 10 suites, 21 deluxe rooms and 213 standard rooms.For conferences, the “Soare Room” accommodates 34 delegates theatre-style, while the “Castello Room” hosts 35 people theatre-style, 60 for receptions and 50 banquet-style.For larger groups, three luxury N-Metro cinemas are available, able to host up to 500 people.As part of the conference package a working lunch is served in the Medeo Restaurant, while three tea and coffee breaks are provided for, as well as water, mineral water, cordials and mints.Standard equipment is included in the package, as well as ISDN lines and outdoor broadcast capabilities, and other equipment is also available for hire.Southern Sun OR Tambo InternationalWebsiteNo need to worry about transport from OR Tambo International Airport, the Holiday Inn is a mere 500 metres from the airport and a shuttle leaves every 15 minutes.The hotel has 366 bedrooms and five conference venues, largest of which, the Orly Suite, can host 540 delegates.Standard equipment is supplied and there is a business centre as well as onsite technical assistance.An outdoor swimming pool and in-house gymnasium is available on site for fitness enthusiasts.Technikon SA Conference CentreWebsiteThe Technikon SA Conference Centre, located in Johannesburg’s CBD, has three conference venues able to host up to 3 000 people.Accommodation is also available in the form of 48 bedrooms.Standard equipment is supplied and telephones, fax and photocopying facilities, and specialised equipment are also available.For leisure time, there is a swimming pool, volleyball, squash, tennis, table tennis and pool.The FairlawnsWebsiteThe Fairlawns, in Sandton, has two conference venues: the La Scala Room, which accommodates 42 people schoolroom-style, and The Boardroom, which is more intimate and hosts 12 people.Apart from equipment, tea, coffee and pastries are provided on arrival, while there is a buffet lunch, afternoon tea and coffee and savouries, as well as mints and mineral water.The Parktonian Hotel & Conference CentreWebsiteCentrally located in Braamfontein, The Parktonian Hotel and Conference Centre is centrally located and offers flexible conference facilities for up to 850 people and exhibition space of 900 square metres.Nearby are many restaurants and entertainment venues, as well as a gym, sauna and squash courts next door.The Pyramid Conference & Venue CentreWebsiteLocated close to Johannesburg’s CBD, the Pyramid Conference and Venue Centre is within easy reach from OR Tambo International Airport. It is a day venue, but many fine hotels are located nearby.It boasts five rooms, with the biggest able to accommodate 1 000 people.Standard equipment is supplied, as well DVD players, and secretarial and business support services, if required.The Pyramid is conveniently located for any leisure time entertainment, with numerous facilities, including Gold Reef City, close by.The SaxonWebsiteThe Saxon, in upmarket Sandhurst, near Sandton, has been voted the world’s leading boutique hotel on multiple occasions. It served as Nelson Mandela’s home when he was released from prison and he used his time there to edit his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.A highly exclusive venue, the Saxon’s Dining Library hosts boardroom-style conferences, while two other rooms are available for executive conferences for up to 30 people.Built-in computer technology is provided, and trained technical management is on standby to assist with conferences.The Westcliff HotelWebsiteLocated near the Johannesburg Zoo, the upmarket Westcliff Hotel offers a Business Wing, which is a fully equipped facility offering full business services, including translation services and laptop hire, in addition to highly trained IT personnel.There are four rooms available for conferencing, and conference packages include catering and equipment.Leisure facilities include two heated swimming pools and two plunge pools, a floodlit tennis court and gym. The Health Spa offers a wide range of treatments.Tres JolieWebsiteTres Jolie is a beautiful country estate in the Ruimsig area. The manicured gardens include a chapel and the venue is ideal for weddings, conferences and children’s parties, where the kids have access to a touch and feed animal farm.There are two conference venues: Petit Fleur and Fountain Court, accommodating up to 50 and 200 delegates respectively. Both venues can also be used for corporate launches.Catering is top class, and conference packages include, on arrival, tea, coffee and muffins; at mid-morning, tea, coffee, and pizza slices; at lunch, a buffet or braai; at mid-afternoon, tea, coffee, and biscuits.Wanderers ClubWebsiteThe Wanderers Club, in the suburb of Illovo, offers five venues for hosting conferences, allowing for groups of up to 1 050 people in the Ballroom and Main Lounge.Configured in cinema style, the Ballroom is the largest venue for conferences, able to host 600 delegates, while groups as small as 30 people can be accommodated.Catering is provided, including vegetarian, halaal and kosher food, and full bar facilities are available.Standard equipment is supplied, and the venues are easily arranged in the style required.See also: Johannesburg’s top four venuesFor the rest of the province, see: Gauteng venuesSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Twitter Tales: Highlighting the Exception, More Than the Rule?

first_imgTwitter, the microblogging platform thought by many to be a megaphone for egomaniacs and narcissists worldwide, launched a Twitter Tales blog today in what looks like an attempt to convince the non-adopters that the service is for much more than just relating lunch menus and daily minutiae. The blog follows in the footsteps of other big players, like Facebook Stories and Google Stories, and will serve as “a growing set of articles that highlights creative individuals and businesses from all corners of the world that help make Twitter awesome.” So far, the blog highlights three use cases. First, there’s @natashabadhwar, the New Delhi-based filmmaker and mother of three, who uses Twitter as a medium for self-expression and creativity. Then, there’s @caltrain, the innovative crowdsourced Twitter account for Silicon Valley commuters, “where people can help others avoid pitfalls on their daily commute.” Finally, @thebloggess shows us how Twitter can offer a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process we might not otherwise witness. While we’re the last ones that need convincing that Twitter is for much more than mundane self-absorption, we can’t help but wonder if stories like these are far more the exception than the rule. Twitter is a great tool for breaking news, for crowdsourcing information and for real-time connection. It can be an indispensable tool during times of crisis and, at the same time, it can be a mental vacuum, containing primarily those empty, vapid messages it is best known for. What do you think? Will you be emailing tales@twitter.com with a story of how Twitter has changed your life in profound ways? Or is Twitter merely your latest replacement for feed readers, constantly streaming breaking news and LOL cat links?If you fall into the latter category, then hopefully Twitter Tales will help to point out some accounts you should be following and, as the company says in its blog, potentially inspire you and others “to use the service in innovative and interesting ways”. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Tags:#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification mike melanson Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

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Amazon Beats Google to a Cloud Search Offering

first_imgAnother day, another feature added to Amazon Web Services (AWS). This time around, it’s a managed search service called CloudSearch that delivers search results in JSON or XML. According to Amazon, the service will cost less than $100 a month for the lowest tier of usage. Oddly enough, Amazon has beaten Google to the punch.Search can be a problem for a lot of applications. Amazon’s hoping it can simplify life for developers by offering a streamlined search service that’s based on its A9 technologies, not to mention earning a few more bucks off of AWS customers in the process.Amazon’s CTO, Werner Vogels, says that CloudSearch scales up and out gracefully to handle an increasing load. “Amazon CloudSearch supports both horizontal and vertical scaling. The main search index is kept in memory to ensure that requests can be served at very high rates. As developers add data, CloudSearch increases either the size of your underlying node or it increases the number of nodes in the cluster. To handle growing request rates, the service autoscales the number of instances handling queries.”PricingLike Amazon’s EC2 instances, the CloudSearch instances are offered by resource sizes. Right now, Amazon only offers a small, large and extra large instance. The small instance is suggested for up to one million documents, large is rated for about four million documents, and extra large is supposed to handle eight million documents.The pricing for Amazon’s CloudSearch is a little complex. The final price per month depends on four factors:Search instances: Instances start at $0.12 per hour for a Small Search Instance.Batch uploads: Customers are charged by upload requests, at $0.10 per 1,000 requests. There’s a 5MB limit on the batch size.Indexing: Each time the search index needs to be rebuilt, there’s a cost of $0.98 per GB.Data transfer: Transferring data in is free. Out, on the other hand, costs you – $0.12 per GB for the first 10TB to as little as $0.070/GB after 50TB per month. Plus, if you’re using this much data, there’s probably a little plaque above a router somewhere with your name on it. What’s missing, so far, is any pricing for Reserved Instances. If you’re building out an application that depends heavily on search, and you’re buying EC2 Reserved Instances, it would stand to reason that you’d want to do the same with CloudSearch instances.According to the AWS blog post about CloudSearch, it’s already being used by ex.fm, NewsRight and SmugMug, among others.Looking at the steps required to set up a search domain and get started, Amazon has simplified search significantly. However, it still requires some content wrangling and tweaking to get the kind of results most developers will want.Why CloudSearch MattersCloudSearch is yet another offering on top of Amazon’s formidable set of cloud services. It gives the company a leg up over a lot of other cloud services by providing a drop-in service for search.It also demonstrates just how much muscle Amazon is putting behind its cloud options. The fact that Amazon has delivered a search offering well before Google (you know, the company that’s supposed to be pretty authoritative in this area) shows that it’s moving ahead full steam.Google has been talking about full text search since 2010, and it’s on the Google App Engine roadmap. But, as of yet, it hasn’t even made it to the experimental feature stage.Is search a roadblock for your cloud-based apps? Will CloudSearch be a killer feature for Amazon or just a nice-to-have? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting joe brockmeier 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#cloud#news last_img read more