first_imgBTN: Can you tell me a little about the property? What is it that makes it so special?SEW: Bunaken Oasis is the first truly luxurious resort on Bunaken Island, offering stunning views across to the mainland, a five-star dining experience, a panoramic freshwater swimming, purpose-built spa and unparalleled levels of service.  Diving in the Bunaken Marine National Park is wonderful.  – Advertisement – The corals, and marine life – especially the turtles – justify the international reputation of this incredible area. However, at Bunaken Oasis, we are aiming to build on the reputation of the Marine Park even further, offering an exceptional holiday experience for non-divers and divers alike.  We are the first resort on Bunaken to have a truly modern infrastructure. For example with water makers and UV water treatment, meaning all the water in the resort is fresh water – including showers and the swimming pool.  However, beyond the physical design of oasis, it is the staff and their commitment to making every guest feel truly special, that elevates the Bunaken Oasis experience for all of our guests.BTN: How useful are accolades such as the World Travel Awards in promoting the property to a global hospitality audience?SEW: The World Travel Awards are universally recognised as a measure of exceptional standards.  To have won this award for the third year in succession is phenomenal for the team and it will be core to our marketing focus over the next 12 months.  All of our staff are incredibly proud of working for oasis, and receiving this reward for the third year will be valued be each and every one of themBTN: How would you describe the mood in Indonesian hospitality as we move into 2021 – have there been signs of a recovery as we look ahead?SEW: To be honest, internationally, it is all looking a little bleak at the moment.  However, we must assume that the travel industry will begin to return to normal in the next year or so, and we are working to ensure that we will be ready.We are all facing challenging times ahead.  However, we have taken the last few months to ensure that Bunaken Oasis is fit and well to face the coming months.  We all want the travel industry to recover, however, at oasis, our focus has naturally been on the safety of our guests and staff, and training for the “new normal” is the current primary focus at Bunaken Oasis, implementing special measure where necessary into our standard procedures, prior to our re-opening on December 1st.  We are extremely fortunate that, as we are an exclusive resort, we have always offered a distanced experience for all of our guests.  Our cottages, restaurant, bar and, most importantly, the diving or snorkelling experience were all originally designed to offer a spacious and special experienceBunaken Oasis is ready to welcome guests back to this incredible Marine National Park.More InformationBunaken Oasis redefines diving in Indonesia.Positioned very much at the luxury end of the spectrum, the aim of the hotel is to provide a five-star experience while keeping its ecological footprint to a minimum.Find out more on the official website. With Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa having been recognised as among the best in Asia by the World Travel Awards, Breaking Travel News here catches up with owners, Simon and Elaine Wallace, to discover more about this one-of-a-kind propertyBreaking Travel News: Congratulations – Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa has just been honoured with the title of Indonesia’s Leading Dive Resort at the World Travel Awards – how does it feel to have won?- Advertisement – Simon and Elaine Wallace: We are delighted to have won Indonesia’s Leading Dive Resort for the third year in succession.  In recent years, we have tried to raise the profile and reputation of Bunaken and to help to establish this incredible location as a luxury destination for divers and tech-divers, as well as non-divers.  This recognition from the World Travel Awards is fantastic, not just for us, but also for our staff, who are extremely proud of Bunaken Oasis. – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – OlderBreaking Travel News interview: Elena Muntoni, brand manager, Delphina hotels & resortslast_img read more

first_imgGary Player: “I don’t know how far the ball can go, I don’t know what the limit may be, but don’t be surprised if you see them hit it 500 yards because these guys are so big and so strong. It’s frightening” By Keith JacksonLast Updated: 12/11/20 5:46pm – Advertisement – Get Sky Sports Golf for just £10 a month All four days of The Masters exclusively live. Get our £10 golf offer. Find out more here. Gary Player believes that golfers will continue to increase hitting distance and feels we could one day see players hitting the ball 500 yards – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Bryson DeChambeau 'has taken power to a new level' Bryson DeChambeau 'has taken power to a new level'

first_imgPOTSDAM Transport (ViP) ordered a fleet of 48 modular Combino trams from Siemens Verkehrstechnik on December 12. They will be delivered in annual batches of four between 1998 and 2009.The Potsdam version is 30·5m long and 2·3m wide, with 74 seats and room for 110 standees at 4/m2. Powered trucks are fitted at each end and a non-driving truck supports the centre module with pantograph (below). Empty weight will be 31 tonnes. Siemens was bidding against Adtranz, which was offering a 70% low-floor Variobahn, and DWA Bautzen working with MGB and Kiepe Elektrik. The Siemens Combino bid and the offer from DWA were closest, and despite political pressure at the Brandenburg Land level to give preference to cars ‘with a high local content’, the ViP board decided to adhere strictly to European tendering criteria. The final price for the first 12 cars is reported to be DM2·9m each.Berlin Transport will this year complete rebuilding of its 447 Tatra trams. The last Type T6A2 was handed over by Mittenwalder Gerätebau on December 18. olast_img read more

first_imgThe home’s swanky cinema room. The cellar at 17 Ningana St, Fig Tree Pocket, which was bought by Michael PalmerIt’s not the first house Mr Palmer has bought in the street, with the property investor purchasing 10 Ningana St for $1.85 million in early 2016.This is brings the number of properties Mr Palmer owns into double digits, at 10 residential addresses. The pool sits near the Brisbane River.That house was the former home of Linc Energy founder, Peter Bond, and its sale was second only to the suburb record of $8.25 million for 15 Ningana St, which was sold in 2014.The 17 Ningana St riverfront residence has luxury inclusions such as a 6000 bottle temperature controlled wine cellar, a gym, sauna, tennis court and pool.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoAnd the mansion that Clive Palmer bought at 36 Needham St, Fig Tree PocketThe majority of living is across a single level, with four bedrooms, four bathrooms and several swanky living areas.There is also a self-contained unit on a separate level, marketed as, “Ideal for the nanny, au-pair, grandparents or older child”. The property boasts a tennis/basketball court. 17 Ningana St, Fig Tree PocketMICHAEL Palmer, son of embattled businessman and politician Clive Palmer, has tacked on another property to his fast-expanding portfolio.Mr Palmer dropped an eye-watering $5.1 million dollars on 17 Ningana St at Fig Tree Pocket — the second highest sale in the suburb this year. The son of Clive Palmer has dropped $5.1 million on this Fig Tree Pocket houseThe most expensive property sold in Fig Tree Pocket this year was, in fact, bought by his father, with the purchase of 36 Needham St at $7.5 million. Inside the home.That includes two Sunshine Coast properties, three canal and oceanfront Paradise Point homes, and five Brisbane residences.Mr Palmer also co-owns a commercial property at Jandowae, about 300km west of Brisbane, with his sister Emily. The home’s grand entrance. The property’s grand study.last_img read more

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson believes there is no quick fix to improving the standard of youth football in England. However, Ferguson knows the solutions are not easy, with English football still paying the price for what he feels was the ill-conceived academy system, which limited the amount of time clubs were allowed to work with young players. “It is a big challenge,” Ferguson told the BBC. “If you look at the culture of Brazil, kids start playing almost as soon as they are born. “Creating that culture in Britain is important. “The start of the academies was one of the worst things that happened. You could only coach a player for an hour or an hour and a half.” Ferguson cited the example of legendary winger Stanley Matthews, whose professional career extended until he was 50, as evidence of what could be achieved if youngsters were allowed more time to develop their skills. “Stanley Matthews was born in a period where they had the worst diet ever in English life, the 1930s,” the former United boss said. “Yet he played until he was 50. “When he was running up and down the beach at Blackpool with a ball every day for hours and hours, no-one said it was bad for him. “Nowadays, they don’t have enough time with a ball from a very early age. Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has set up a commission aimed at trying to establish the root cause of a dramatic reduction of young English players getting their chance in the Barclays Premier League. It has already come under fire for the lack of ethnic minorities among the names that were initially released last week, although Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has since been added to the list. “If they create that there is no reason to think they cannot become a great nation again.” Ferguson is even more concerned about his native Scotland, whose chances of qualifying for a major tournament appear increasingly remote. Yet he feels hope does exist in the ongoing search for ideas. “I have great concerns about Scotland but they are trying hard to get to the grass roots,” Ferguson said. “They are coming up with a lot of different ideas now but it is going to take time. “The thing about starting something is that you have to see it through. That is what Greg Dyke will need to do.” Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Shaneshill’s rider would relish a rematch on a sounder surface. “I’d say we ran into a very good horse, but it was a little bit disappointing,” Walsh told Racing UK. “No More Heroes is a very good horse, but I wouldn’t mind another crack at him. I would probably make more use of Shaneshill. He ran in my hands all the way, then missed the third-last and I had to get after him sooner than I wanted. “I probably landed in front plenty soon enough, but on another day on better ground it would definitely suit Shaneshill. “I wouldn’t give up on him yet.” Press Association Ruby Walsh believes it is far too early to give up on Shaneshill following his odds-on reverse at Navan last Sunday.center_img Runner-up in last season’s Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival before going one better in the equivalent race at Punchestown, the Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old made the perfect start over hurdles at Fairyhouse last month. He was unsurprisingly a hot favourite to make it two from two in the Navan Novice Hurdle but after hitting the front, was reeled in by Gordon Elliott’s equally exciting novice No More Heroes. last_img read more

first_imgOn Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made an announcement that he will be sending the National Guard to set up a mass COVID-19 testing site in Palm Beach County.“If you look at the numbers in the state of Florida, Dade and Broward far and away, the top two counties for infections. Palm Beach is kind of a distant third,” DeSantis said. “But if you look at Palm Beach’s numbers, they have not had nearly the amount of testing that Dade and Broward have had.”According to the Florida Department of Health, 5,845 people have been tested in Broward County, 5,310 have been tested in Miami-Dade County, and 1,488 have been tested in Palm Beach County. Palm Beach County has 194 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 763 in Miami-Dade County and 596 in Broward County.At the moment it is unclear where the location for mass testing in Palm Beach County will take or when it will began.WATCH NEWS CONFERENCE:last_img read more

first_imgThis year’s Big Ten Indoor Championship in the 60-meter dash was more than just a trophy for junior sprinter Demi Omole.The 6.70-second victory marked an entire season’s comeback attempt.In last season’s Big Ten Indoor Championship, Omole pulled up in the 60-meter dash with a hamstring injury, disqualifying him from the event and allowing then-freshman Anthony Cole of Ohio State to win the event.Omole was still affected by the injury at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2005, causing him to finish in fourth place. Had he been healthy, he feels as though he easily could’ve competed for the top spot.Sure, Omole bounced back in the outdoor season last year and won the Big Ten title in the 100-meter dash, but it was that indoor 60-meter dash event Omole had his eyes on.”The team was giving me a lot of crap about not getting the Big Ten title [last year],” Omole said. “I was just trying to get that hump off of my back.”Now healthy, Omole recaptured the 60-meter event title from Anthony Cole this year, but he felt as though a pair of freshman were really his top competitors.Dominique Worsley of Illinois and Adam Harris of Michigan stepped on the scene this year in their freshman seasons to challenge Omole with times of 6.75 and 6.83 seconds, respectively.But as a junior with plenty of Big Ten Championships under his belt, Omole simply wasn’t having it.”There were two freshmen who were pretty good,” Omole said. “But I had to show them the ropes.”Omole also had a huge advantage on the freshmen, as he has developed his 60-meter technique to near perfection.”It’s all about just getting out hard,” he said. “If you get beat off the block, you’ll never be in contention, but you’ve got to hold on to your acceleration without looking back, too, and get out as far as you can.”In the 200-meter dash, however, his technique didn’t work, as he finished in fourth place at this year’s Big Ten Indoors.”It wasn’t as high as we expected for me to place,” Omole said. “But outdoor I’m much better running the 200.”While Omole will seek to improve his 200-meter dash mark during the outdoor season, all of his work in practice will now be concentrated solely on the 60-meter dash as he begins to prepare for the NCAA Indoor Championships come March 10.”I’m just working on a lot of acceleration stuff because I’m only running the 60 at [National Championships], and I have a pretty good shot at winning,” he said. “So we’re just working on a lot of acceleration and making sure my blocks are on point.”In just his third season on campus, Omole has made quite the name for himself at UW and found himself in a situation he didn’t necessarily see himself being in.Omole originally had decided to attend the University of Florida due its great sprinters’ program, but the Milwaukee, Wis., native decided to transfer after one semester due to being homesick.He even toyed with the idea of going out for the football team when first arriving to Wisconsin.”I went out for [football] the spring of my freshman [year], but they wanted me to put on more weight, and I wasn’t really up for that,” Omole said. “So I decided to focus more on track.”But now, Omole has found his niche alongside track and field head coach Ed Nuttycombe, racking up Big Ten title after Big Ten title.”Being in five Big Ten championships and winning all five, I just don’t know what it’s like to lose in those situations,” Omole said. “I really like this feeling of being a part of a winning tradition here.”last_img read more

first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald photoAfter a season opening sweep over Quinnipiac, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team will host the Syracuse Orange this weekend at the Kohl Center. This will be Syracuse’s first road trip in program history. The program is in its inaugural first year, and the weekend trip to Madison is the first road test of the young campaign.Syracuse joined the CHA conference, along with Mercyhurst, Wayne State, Niagara and Robert Morris. The Orange, in the program’s first ever game, fell 4-3 to Colgate on Wednesday. With only two weeks of practice and one game to date, it remains to be seen how well the Lady Orange will adapt to Division 1 women’s hockey. An early test against the No. 2 ranked Badgers and Erica Lawler, Hillary Knight and company should be a good test for this new team.The roster for the Lady Orange features a lineup of nine freshmen and eight first-year transfer students. A trip to the Kohl Center is the first big step in the program’s history. Syracuse enters the season unranked nationally and as a preseason pick to finish last in the CHA. The Lady Orange are coached by Paul Flanagan.Last weekend, Wisconsin opened its season with comfortable 10-0 and 7-3 victories over visiting Quinnipiac. It was a record-breaking weekend for the Badgers.On Friday night, the team tallied 20 assists, resetting a mark that had stood since 2000. Then Saturday, sophomore forward Hilary Knight lit the lamp five times, a new program record. For the series, Knight finished with seven goals and two assists.?In addition to a highly productive offense, the Badgers displayed an abundance of depth and young talent. Fourteen different players accounted for the team’s 31 total assists, and seven contributed goals. Those marks include eight points coming from freshmen. Forward Carolyne Prevost led the newcomers with two goals and an assist, all of which came on Friday. Also getting in on the action were center Brooke Ammerman, who scored her first career goal Saturday, and defenseman Brittany Haverstock, who recorded four assists over the weekend.Overall, the Badgers outshot the Bobcats 100-31 and won 80 of 114 face-offs.?The offense may have stolen the spotlight, but senior goaltender Jessie Vetter demonstrated she was in midseason form, notching her 26th career shutout in the first game of the series. Vetter was named WCHA goaltending champion last season.?last_img read more

first_img Published on October 2, 2015 at 2:10 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ Men’s SoccerOpponent: at DukeWhere: Durham, North CarolinaWhen: Friday, 7 p.m.Syracuse is on a three-game streak of scoring two or more goals. The Orange, before that, hasn’t been able to record consecutive multi-goal games this season. However, in this stretch of three multi-goal games, Syracuse has scored 10 goals of its 20 goals on 47 shots. It took 93 to score the first 10. There are three key adjustments which made it all possible.More: 3 adjustments boost Syracuse offenseField HockeyOpponent: Monmouth and CornellWhere: J.S. Coyne StadiumWhen: Friday, 4 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.For No. 2 Syracuse, going into halftime trailing two tough opponents was not optimal, but players didn’t worry. In the second half, the work the team members did over the summer showed as the Orange ran Boston College and North Carolina ragged, using its superior fitness to grind down the Eagles and Tar Heels en route to two more wins.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMore: Superior conditioning leads Syracuse to 2nd-half successWomen’s SoccerOpponent: LouisvilleWhere: SU Soccer StadiumWhen: Sunday, noonShortly before practice ended on Tuesday morning at the Hookway Fields Complex, Syracuse players running a drill in the penalty box, but neither a ball nor a goalie were used. Each SU defensive player had to shadow, and track step-for-step, its mark in the penalty box for 10-second intervals. Defending set pieces will be key for the Orange this weekend after allowing three goals to Virginia Tech, all off set pieces.More: Syracuse works on improving set-piece defense ahead of game against LouisvilleVolleyballOpponent: at Louisville and at Notre DameWhere: Louisville, Kentucky and South Bend, IndianaWhen: Friday, 7 p.m. and Sunday, noonSoftballOpponent: Binghamton and Le MoyneWhere: Binghamton, New YorkWhen: Saturday, noonTennisOpponent: Riviera and ITA Women’s All-AmericanWhere: Los AngelesWhen: Saturday, Oct. 3 to Sunday, Oct. 11 Commentslast_img read more