Moths hold El Alamein Dinner

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Siegetown Moths held their annual El Alamein dinner on Saturday evening at the Shellhole.The annual parade, dinner and dance is a commemoration of a battle in which thousands of soldiers laid down their lives in 1942. The Moths started the proceedings with the parade, where youth pastor Darryl Davie shared an inspiring message. The parade was concluded by piper Doug McMaster playing a moving piece on his bagpipes. Toasts were made, speeches delivered and awards given to outstanding Moth members.The Siegetown ladies did an outstanding job of preparing a mouth-watering three-course meal.last_img

Truck on fire on the N3 outside LadysmithTruck on fire on the

first_imgTwo trucks collided on the N3 close to the Bergville Plaza off-ramp at around 2am. One of the trucks was carrying flammable chemicals which ignited, resulting in the truck bursting into flames. The N3 was closed at Bergville, both southbound and northbound lanes. A single lane has, however, since been opened. Emergency services are on scene. Drums of chemicals were burning on the road. We will update this story. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

Suspected rhino poachers appear in Ladysmith court

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Two suspects appeared in the Ladysmith Regional Court this morning (September 16) on charges of threatening a protected species.  The case against Confidence  Mlambo and Nokwanda Khumalo has been remanded until Thursday, September 18, for trial.The two were allegedly caught with a high-powered rifle in a game park.They are the first women in the province to be facing charges linked to rhino poaching. They were caught after skillful intervention by the Newcastle Organised Crime Unit yielded a triumphant breakthrough in the relentless battle against rhino poaching. It is alleged that the women were preparing to have two rhinos at Weenen Game Reserve killed and de-horned for the princely sum of R500,000.center_img Abrie de Klerk, a member of the Newcastle Organised Crime Unit and an integral part of the investigation, said that members of the public had informed them that the women were offering rhino horns for sale in early April. An undercover police officer was tasked with meeting the suspects and negotiating to purchase the horns. Three weeks of engaging with them led to the recovery of a rifle with two rounds of ammunition, and both were charged with illegal possession of a firearm and conspiracy to hunt rhinos. The women who hatched up the ‘get rich quick’ plan to kill the rhinos were apparently neighbours in the Weenen area and otherwise unemployed.Numerous incidents of rhino poaching have taken place in and around Ladysmith.Rhino poaching is a serious problem in South Africa.last_img read more

Badly burned by boiling water

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A 43-year-old man sustained serious burn wounds to his body this morning (Sunday) in Gazza Place.It is alleged that the man suffered a fit / seizure while carrying a kettle full of boiling water. He dropped the kettle and the water splashed all over him, scalding his flesh.Sharaj Ambulance Services responded and treated the man at the scene. He was then transported to hospital for further treatment.last_img

Driefontein residents destroy municipal buildings

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite After attacking the mayor yesterday, the day and night in Driefontein and Burford turned into an orgy of violence and destruction as mobs went on the rampage.A community hall, a councillor’s office, a municipal tanker and a newly-built stadium were all destroyed in fires last night.The mayor, together with municipal officials, plans to address the community later on today in an attempt to end the wanton destruction of municipal buildings and equipment.File photo of the mayor addressing Roosboom residents in earlier service delivery protests.last_img

Swissport to pay Tiger S47 million in damages

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Tiger Airways Singapore said on Friday it had been awarded S$4.7 million in a lawsuit against Swissport Singapore.Tiger had filed for the damages after Swissport prematurely terminated a ground handling contract with the carrier.Swissport told the carrier in January last year it was unilaterally terminating its ground handling service agreement with Tiger, effective 1 April 2009 – two years earlier than the stated expiration date of the agreement.In March, Tiger commenced legal action against Swissport, arguing that the breach of contract forced the carrier to renegotiate a new and more expensive deal with another ground-handler.The High Court of Singapore ruled in favour of Tiger awarded the full claim of S$4.7 million to the carrier.last_img read more

Another Qantas flight forced to turn back

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T QF17 has returned safely to Sydney Airport after an electrical problem with the aircraft. The plane departed Sydney Airport at 11:11am this morning with 119 passengers aboard, bound for Argentina before tracking back to Sydney after just one hour. “The flight crew operating the service acted appropriately in line with their training and with Qantas’ safety-first approach,” a spokesperson for Qantas said.Engineers are currently inspecting the aircraft to determine the cause of the problem. The incident has been reported to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. A similar incident took place last Friday involving a Qantas Boeing 767 bound for Melbourne from Perth.Click here to read more about Qantas’ recent troubles. last_img read more

BESydney aiming for record year

first_imgBESydney has already secured 34 events for this financial year Sydney’s convention bureau, Business Events Sydney (BESydney) says it is well on its way to delivering 2011/12 results “above and beyond” the AU$186.5 million earned by the company the year before.Just two months into the new fiscal year, BESydney has secured 34 events estimated to be worth AU$69 million to the New South Wales economy. BESydney acting chief executive Lyn Lewis-Smith said the company’s strategies were “definitely paying off”.“Aligning our bid focus to the NSW Government’s priority growth sectors and increasing our efforts within the Asian market have seen Sydney enjoy a very strong start to the financial year,” Ms Lewis-Smith commented.As well as highlighting the economic benefits events brought to NSW, the acting BESydney boss pointed to the “opportunities for knowledge sharing and networking, and trade and investment” successful tenders produced. “Business events bring like-minded professionals, often at the pinnacle of their field, to our doorstep and help to raise awareness of Australia’s intellectual capital,” she said. “Beyond the tally of tourism receipts, business events deliver far-reaching legacies across sectors that will help to grow NSW’s future prosperity.”BESydney head of bidding Virginia Loyola said the team was working towards “a record year”, calling the early results “really inspiring”.“Hard work, coupled with a strong, clear vision, has resulted in good wins to date and there are more to come,” Ms Loyola remarked. “Whether it’s securing international conferences, national conventions and symposiums, or incentive travel from the Asian market, Sydney is competing strongly as a global city and a leading business events destination.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

Canada Training Day a hit with Personal Travel Managers

first_imgSource = TravelManagers Australia (left to right) TravelManagers’ Michelle Schulze (left), Kim Mason (4th from left) with Doina Nicutescu and Stephanie Fung (at right) with Dianna Schinella from Rocky Mountaineer, Neil Ford from Air Canada and Ed Smith from Canada & Alaska Specialist Holidays (left to right)Canada Training Day a hit with Personal Travel ManagersWhether it’s a week-long cruise up the Inside Passage or a month-long odyssey from coast to coast, Canada offers a diversity of experience and landscape that can be overwhelming for both clients and travel professionals. Thirteen of TravelManagers’ Sydney-based personal travel managers (PTMs) were recently fortunate enough to be brought up to date on what Canada has to offer by some of the its tourism industry’s top representatives.The updates took the form of two Masterclass sessions that were held at TravelManagers’ National Partnership Office (NPO) in Sydney. The sessions each lasted ninety minutes and included presentations from Canada & Alaska Specialist Holidays, Rocky Mountaineer and Air Canada.TravelManagers’ representative for Five Dock in Sydney’s Inner West, Sandii Pink, was one of the attendees. Despite having more than seventeen years’ experience in the travel industry and having travelled extensively herself, Pink says the Masterclass session was still highly beneficial.“It was great and I was so glad to hear from Canada/Alaska wholesalers who know their stuff.”Executive General Manager – Michael GazalTravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, agrees that the sessions were very well received.“Masterclass sessions like these are not just useful in building on the impressive product and destinational knowledge our PTMs already have,” explains Gazal. “They also serve to strengthen the strong relationships we have with our key suppliers, both at a national level, and for individual PTMs.”Air Canada was one of the participating suppliers; Sales Executive Neil Ford used his time to showcase the airline’s new product for 2016, which includes the new Premium Economy and Business Class services on the 787 Dreamliner.Rocky Mountaineer’s Sale Manager for Asia Pacific, Dianna Schinella, updated attendees on their new Silverleaf and Goldleaf options, while Ed Smith from Canada and Alaska Specialist Holidays provided a look at some of the amazing destinations within Canada and an overview of FIT journeys that could be tailor-made for individual clients.Kim Mason, representative for Cronulla, has travelled extensively in Canada herself, but agrees that the training will benefit both her and her clients.“I have done lots of training on Canada previously as well; however, this was a really good way to catch up on any changes. The extra knowledge will definitely help me get a few new bookings across the line.”Gazal says the feedback from suppliers and PTMs alike has been both positive and enthusiastic, making it a certainty that similar sessions will take place in the future.“We will continue to strive to ensure that our PTMs maintain the best possible product knowledge, whether it’s by more sessions like these, by webinar or by other means such as social media. The better-informed our PTMs can be, the better service they will be able to provide to their clients… and that’s good for everyone.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.About TravelManagers TravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 480 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases. Join TravelManagersbecome a Personal Travel Managerlast_img read more

Discover Los Angeles hosts Flight Centre winning agents

first_imgDiscover Los Angeles hosts Flight Centre winning agentsDiscover Los Angeles hosts Flight Centre winning agentsDiscover Los Angeles recently hosted 10 top selling travel agents from Flight Centre, Australia as part of an incentive rewards program. The selected winners were those with the highest sales of Los Angeles hotels during the 4-week period of 1-31 August, 2017.While in Los Angeles, the agents had the opportunity to experience the city’s cultural offerings with visits to LACMA, La Brea Tar Pits and The Broad. They also had the chance to explore some of L.A.’s diverse neighbourhoods including: Koreatown, Hollywood, the Valley, the Arts District, Downtown and Venice. The agents split their stay between two boutique properties in different parts of the city, Hotel Normandie in the heart of Koreatown and The Garland in the Valley.Over the course of five days, the group visited several new hotels around the city including the uber-hip Freehand Hotel offering spectacular skyline views of Downtown from its rooftop bar, Broken Shaker and the laid-back Kimpton Everly, which offers stunning views of the Hollywood sign. Both properties serve as a reminder of the incredible revitalisation that is underway in Downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood.Additional highlights from the trip included visits to Universal Studios Hollywood, doing the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood and attending a L.A. Kings Game at Staples Center like a true local.For more information on Los Angeles, please visit = Discover Los Angeleslast_img read more

Improvements in Phuket boat safety gets Chinese media attention

first_imgImprovements in Phuket boat safety gets Chinese media attentionImprovements in Phuket boat safety gets Chinese media attentionPhuket – Thailand’s Tourist Police Bureau recently took Chinese media members to Phuket to see first-hand how improved Phuket tour boat safety measures and shipyard standards are being implemented and enforced.The one-day trip on Friday, 3 August, 2018, was also joined by national experts on shipbuilding quality standards and officials from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). This is to re-build tourism to assure confidence among tourists that the necessary measures are moving forward.The Chinese media inspected Chalong Pier, its dock and its procedures before allowing vessels to leave for sea tours and diving.In the latest attempt to uplift Phuket’s tour boat safety, there have been improvements of Thai tour boat rules and regulations. The captain and helmsman must register each boat’s name and specification, plus the exact number of passengers and tour route must be submitted to the responsible officials including Phuket’s Marine Office, Tourist Police and Provincial Administrator before leaving port each time.Source = Tourism Authority of Thailandlast_img read more

Rocks thrown at AACL kennels

first_imgAnnamarie Koen of the league said that, “At about 10.30pm last night, I heard the dogs barking and then one of the dogs was crying. I went to have a look and saw someone with a flashlight wearing a yellow bib. There was also a train that had stopped there. This is now the second time that this has happened. Last time, we collected half an HTH bucket full of these rocks. The stones could only come from the railway line, so we think it might be the security there.”All the dogs on that side of the kennels were checked for injuries, but they are all fine.Transnet were contacted for comment, but were unavailable. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) has complained about rocks being thrown at the kennels at night.AACL workers got hold of the Ladysmith Gazette to inform us that someone has been throwing stones at the cages where the dogs are kept.last_img read more

Hindu devotees celebrate the Golden Avatar

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Devotees of the Hare Krishna Movement celebrated the ‘Golden Avatar’ this morning (Sunday).  Today is the day Lord Krishna Himself appeared as his own devotee, the ‘Golden Avatar’, to teach mankind how to love and serve God.This day is celebrated in honour of Lord Krishna for his humble lessons and  teachings.Fruit and milk offerings were made to the Lord.last_img

Generators solve loadshedding woesGenerators solve loadshedding woes

first_imgWith power cuts due to load-shedding disrupting people’s lives at the moment, many are purchasing generators so their homes are not left without electricity at inopportune times.Being creatures of habit, just about everyone sticks to a set routine when it comes to their jobs and meal times, etc, so having their electricity disconnected can be a crippling and infuriating event to deal with. A generator kicking in, in the event of a blackout, is the perfect answer! Load-shedding has been put on hold for now, but should it be brought back, the schedule will see Ladysmith being divided into four areas and each area being disconnected for a period of three hours at a time. The time of the power cuts will vary from area to area on a daily basis.This morning alone (Friday), Mica Quality Hardware & Paintshop reported that they sold three generators. A generator, according to Mica, costs R7199. So, while this might cost you a pretty penny, people will weigh it against the inconvenience of sitting at home in the dark with no power to cook any food for the family! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more


first_imgWhy do supermarkets make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions, while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?Why do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries and a diet Coke?Why do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters?Why do we leave cars worth thousands of rands in our driveways and put our useless junk in the garage?Why does the sun lighten our hair, but darken our skin?Why can’t women put on mascara with their mouths closed?Why don’t you ever see the headline ‘Psychic Wins Lottery’?Why is ‘abbreviated’ such a long word? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Why is it that doctors and attorneys call what they do ‘practice’?Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavouring, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?Why isn’t there mouse-flavoured cat food?Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?You know that indestructible black box that is used on air planes? Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff?Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?last_img read more

Macau announces collaboration with JeanClaude Biguine Salon for promotion in India

first_imgThe Macau Government Tourism Office has collaborated with Jean-Claude Biguine Salon and Spa in its bid to present the multiple and stylish facets of Macau to the Indian audience.The French luxe chain will be promoting Macau as the ideal holiday destination through souvenirs and props placed in select outlets. Customers availing services over Rs 15,000 will be gifted special Macau souvenirs that perfectly complement the beautiful marvels of Macau. A four-week contest has been activated on Facebook for the residents of Mumbai to win Jean Claude Biguine Salon voucher worth Rs 2500 every week by choosing the ‘Most Beautiful Selfie Spot’ in Macau.Arzan Khambtta, Head, India Representative Office, Macau Government Tourism Office said, “We are very pleased to be associated with one of the best brands in the salon industry- Jean Claude Biguine. Like Macao, Jean-Claude Biguine Salon & Spa redefines indulgence so we are looking forward to present Macau to the Indian audience in an all new style. We also have an exciting contest running on the social media handles of Macau Tourism where all Mumbaikars can sign-in and pick their favourite from the wide-array of stunning destinations in Macau that is perfect to be titled as the ‘Most Beautiful Selfie Spot’ and win a special prize.”last_img read more

ASEAN gears up to welcome Indian tourists

first_imgThe ASEAN Promotional Chapter for Tourism (APCT) India got together in New Delhi to launch the VISIT ASEAN @ 50 celebrations that endorses ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) as a single and collective tourism destination to the Indian audience. ASEAN will attain 50 years in 2017 and the campaign is in commemoration of the golden jubilee of the association. APCT was conceived by the member countries of the ASEAN as part of its efforts to leverage the tremendous tourism potential of the region.Speaking on behalf of APCT India, His Excellency Datuk Naimun Ashakli Mohammad, High Commissioner of Malaysia, said, “India has consistently been one of the top 10 tourist generating markets to South East Asia. Visit ASEAN @50 covers a series of selected products and offers, one of which is ASEAN Tourism Packages. They are offered by travel agents from the ten ASEAN countries and made available on the ASEAN Tourism website ( and consists of attractive tour packages that promote dual and triple destinations in a single package.”Around 150 members of the trade fraternity, media and high level officials attended the meet. Malaysian High Commissioner handed over the APCT Chairmanship to Singapore High Commissioner. Go ASEAN video was also shown to the audience.Officials at APCT India opined that accessibility is a key requirement for the success of tourism and it would be imperative to connect every tourist destination in ASEAN into the overall integrated transport and communications network that moves people, information and goods swiftly. Smaller schemes such as the Cambodia-Thailand single visa have already been implemented and they have proven successful.Visit ASEAN @ 50 campaign hopes to attract more than 121 million tourist arrivals to the region and increase tourism receipts to USD 83 billion. Last year the ASEAN region saw close to 109 million visitors with Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam, being the top five visited countries.last_img read more

Peru becomes one of the preferred outbound destinations for Indians

first_imgWith record-breaking tourists arrivals from India, Peru is gaining momentum amongst the Indian travellers who are evolving in their tastes, and who are on the look-out for exclusive experiences.According to the statistics received from the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR) of Peru, in the first two months of the year 2018, the tourist arrivals of Indians in the country has grown by 36.9%, in comparison to the same period in 2017. Similarly, the growth of the number of Indian tourists arriving in Peru, for the period of January to December 2017, in comparison to 2016, has been a promising 22%.“Since 2014, when the Commercial Office of Peru in India opened its doors and started promoting Peru as a tourist destination in the Indian market, the numbers have grown 36.77%. 2017 has also been an outstanding year with a growth of 22% and to add to that, our growth in January and February 2018 has been a whopping 36.9%. Our office will continue with aggressive promotions in the B2B and B2C segments and hopes to improve our numbers even more in the coming years,” said Luis Cabello, Commercial Counsellor of Peru in India.Recognising the potential of India as a key partner for trade and tourism opportunities, the government of Peru has relaxed visa requirements for Indians in March 2017 facilitating both trade and tourism. According to the new guidelines, an Indian passport holder with at least validity of visa from United States, United Kingdom, any of the Schengen countries, Canada or Australia is exempted from the requirement of a tourist visa.“I am convinced that, the signing of the Trade agreement too, will be the reason for another sharp rise in the figures of Indian arrivals in Peru,” added Cabello.last_img read more

Mauritius organises a conference on digitalisation and sustainable tourism

first_imgMauritius Ministry of Tourism organised the International Conference on Digitalisation and Sustainable Tourism that addressed the current status, trends, challenges and growth opportunities of the broader tourism sector digitalisation. It took place at Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa, Flic en Flac from May 23 – 24.The Mauritius Ministry proposed that the symposium aimed to provide high-level policymakers, including ministers of tourism, tourism board CEOs, specialists, academics and experts to reflect on the challenges and opportunities of digitalisation for the tourism industry.The itinerary included sessions on technology transformation and tourism; redefining destination marketing strategy in the digital era; challenges to the digitalisation of the tourism sector; fostering sustainable tourism development in today’s high-tech globalised world; technology, climate change and sustainable tourism; and the future orientation of the tourism industry.The conference coincided with the 50th anniversary of the independence of Mauritius.last_img read more