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Van Gaal back under scrutiny

first_img ASSIST KING MANCHESTER, England (AP): It speaks volumes about Manchester United’s current plight that a 0-0 draw at home against a team languishing just above the Premier League’s relegation zone represents an encouraging sign of progress. That’s how far a mighty club has fallen, with the stalemate with Chelsea on Monday appearing to give some breathing space for under-pressure manager Louis van Gaal. Lose to manager-less and relegation-threatened Swansea at Old Trafford on Saturday, though, and United will put Van Gaal even closer to the brink. The record 20-time English champions are winless in their last eight games in all competitions, marking their worst run of form since 1990, and have collected only three points from their last six league games. Almost as worrying for United is that the team has scored only one goal in its last four home games. Van Gaal may say he enjoys the backing of the United board, and has backtracked on previous comments that he could quit as manager, but there might be no way back if Swansea leave Old Trafford with three points. Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has 16 assists so far this season, and is only four off the Premier League record held by Thierry Henry. Ozil must like his chances of getting even closer on Saturday when his table-topping side hosts Newcastle at Emirates Stadium. Henry, one of Arsenal’s greatest players, set the record in the 2002-03 season and believes it will get broken by Ozil. “The guy is just amazing,” Henry said. “Finally we’re starting to see what type of player he can be. It’s his vision, he always puts the ball where you need it. He sees everything, and when you play with a player like that, anything can happen at any time.” Arsenal are ahead of Leicester on goal difference, with Man City three points back in third place. PLAYING FOR OUR FUTURE Put simply, 2016 has to start better than 2015 ended for the Dutchman. “If anything, we are all playing for our own futures as well,” United defender Chris Smalling said, with the team having fallen five places adrift of the Champions League places. On paper, Swansea looks the ideal opponents for United to get back to winning ways: No manager following Garry Monk’s firing on December 9, one place above the bottom three, only one away win – against last-place Aston Villa – this campaign. Yet the Welsh club has won its last three games against United, all 2-1, including a home-and-away league double last season. What Van Gaal must ensure is that United play the same way as against Chelsea, when his players were more positive, took more risks with their passing and looked to play more forward. United’s fans could see the team was trying and seemed to warm to Van Gaal and his players. But how long will the goodwill last? “Inside of the club, the players are willing to fight for every metre, the manager is willing to fight, the members of staff are willing to fight and the board is very confident in the staff and the manager,” Van Gaal said. Above sixth-place United, the top four is separated by just four points heading into the second half of the season. It is the most unpredictable of title races, with surely few predicting that Leicester and Tottenham would be in the Champions League positions at the turn of the year.last_img read more

5 Sent to Court for ‘Killing’ Theo Weeks’ Mother

first_imgFrom left: Alphonso Egan, Amadu S. Dolleh, Jah Walker and Lawrenzo Robinson are held for the murder of footballer Theo Weeks’ mother, Lydia Lewis WeeksThe Liberia National Police (LNP) has forwarded to court five suspects for their alleged connection to the brutal murder of Madam Lydia Lewis Weeks, mother of Liberia national football team player, Theo Weeks.Prior to being murdered a fortnight ago, Madam Weeks resided at the R-2 Community in Margibi County, but reportedly became the victim of  armed robbery. Her assailants allegedly shot her death.In a press release on Wednesday, April 14, 2019, the LNP said suspects Alphonso Egan, 19, and Amadu S. Dolleh, 38, were charged with criminal facilitation, having aided the consummation of the crime of murder, while suspects Jah Walker,  23, Tito David, 24, and Lawrenzo Robinson, 35, were charged with criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, and murder, following an investigation into each of the factors associated with their alleged involvement in the death of Madam Weeks.“Three of the suspects gained entry through the victim’s kitchen window; shot her before they made away with one black flat screen Samsung TV, valued at US$1,500; one black Microsoft phone valued US$520, one HP Laptop, and an unspecified amount of cash (United States and Liberian dollars),” the release, signed by the LNP director of communications, H. Moses Carter said.Carter said during investigation, it was established that suspect Alphonso Egan, alias ‘Teddy-Ride,’ provided a pistol, which was used in the commission of the crime, while suspect Amadu S. Dolleh, alias Adebayor, admitted to purchasing of the black flat screen Samsung TV, and the black Microsoft phone from the suspects.“During the investigation conducted with suspects Jah Walker, alias ‘Jah,’ Tito David, alias ‘petit marine’ and Lawrenzo Robinson, alias ‘Power More’, they also admitted to the commission of the armed robbery and murder. As such, they have been sent to the Margibi Magisterial court for prosecution,” Carter said.He said Madam Weeks was pronounced dead on arrival at the ELWA Hospital shortly after the incident occurred at 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.Criminal facilitation and aiding in commission of crime are in violation of Chapters 10 and 12, section 10.2 and section 12.5 of the revised penal code of Liberia, while criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and murder are in violation of chapter 10. 15 and 14, section 10.4, sub-chapter C, section 15.32 and section 14.1 of the revised penal code of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gunman robs customer at drinking bar

first_imgTwenty-four-year-old Ray Samaroo of 36 New Hope, East Bank Demerara was on Thursday evening imbibing at a bar at Friendship, Public Road, East Bank Demerara with his friend Safraz Intizam when a lone gunman whipped out a handgun and threatened to shoot Samaroo if he did not hand over his valuables.Guyana Times understands that Samaroo took off a gold chain he was wearing and handed it over to the armed man, but the bandit grabbed Samaroo’s wallet — containing his ID card, Scotia Bank card, driver’s licence and $20,000 in cash — and made good his escape on a motorcycle. The matter was reported to the Police and an investigation has been launched. No arrest has as yet been made.last_img read more

Police on hunt for hit-and-run driver

first_imgMassy security guard’s deathPolice are on the hunt for the driver of a dark coloured pick-up vehicle which struck down a 60-year-old security guard and drove away, leaving her on the roadway to die.Dead: Mona LondonDead is Mona London, called “Baby,” of Paradise, East Coast Demerara. She was attached to the Massy Security Service, and was stationed at the Movietowne Complex which is currently being constructed at Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown.According to reports, the accident occurred at about 19:00h on Tuesday, shortly after the woman and another female colleague had finished work and were about to cross the road from the southern to the northern side. Guyana Times understands that London was ahead of her colleague when she was struck by the speeding vehicle that was heading in the direction of the city, and she was dragged about 100 feet away, where she was left lying on the road while the pick-up sped off.The dead woman’s sister, Louis, related to this newspaper how she learnt of the accident.“I was at the road head last night and one of the security guards called me, but I couldn’t hear, so I asked someone next to me to take the call; and then she tell me that the person said, ‘Baby get knock down and deh pon the road; and if we don’t go fast, she gonna die’.”However, by the time Louis got to the scene, it was already too late.“When I reach, I see she lie down in the corner and cover up with a plastic and the Police them were there. So I asked what really happened, and they said some tundra [hit her] but nobody see it, and so they don’t know [is who],” the grieving sister said.Guyana Times understands that the 60-year-old security guard’s legs were broken, and she also sustained a gaping wound to her head. The woman was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), where she was pronounced dead on arrival (DOA). Her body was then handed over to the Lyken Funeral Parlour.Meanwhile, this publication was told that an individual was at the hospital following the accident, enquiring about the condition of the victim. This led relatives to believe that he had some connection to the driver of the vehicle that killed the mother of one.Investigators are following information obtained with the hope that it would lead them to the perpetrator.London was described as a “quiet and peaceful” individual, and her family and friends are calling for justice.last_img read more

Update – Moose FM’s Better than Chocolate Giveaway

first_imgMoose FM has the chance for you to win something special for your Valentine.  Valentines Day is only a few days away and you can win a $900 prize pack.  All you have to do is listen to Moose FM from February 2nd until the 12th.All you have to do is listen for the Valentines Day Cue to Call.  Be caller number 3 when you hear it at 250-787-2222 and you’ll qualify for the grand prize draw.  We’ll give you at least 3 chances a day to enter.- Advertisement -Kelly Doiron will then make the grand prize draw February 12th at 8:20am on Moose FMThe prize pack includes a $100 gift certificate to the following places….Hi Performance Motor Sports and Gifts for Girls, Isabelle’s Boutique, the Sew it your self shop, Frontier Jewelers, Needful Things and Labelle Fashions.  JD Fitzgeralds will also throw in a $200 gift certificate for the winner.Plus thanks to the Sunrise Rotary Club, we have added another prize, two tickets to the Sweethearts Ball on February 13th, 2010.  The tickets are worth $75 each.  An Evening of Elegance – live band, fantastic meal and the chance to win a .5 carat Canadian Diamond! Dig out your suits and your ball gowns and bring your sweetheart to the Sunrise Rotary Club’s Annual Sweetheart’s Ball.Funds raised support our annual Children’s Christmas Party for the underprivileged children of our area – a day of Christmas festivity with crafts, games, carols and lunch, and of course a visit from Santa with a special gift for every child.Advertisement Good luck and happy Valentines Day from Moose FM. Tickets are $75.00 each and are available at the Visitor Centre.last_img read more

Arsenal’s new adidas pre-match kit leaked

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s pre-match kit for next season was leaked by Footy Headlines on Thursday. Photo/DAILY MAILLONDON, United Kingdom, May 2 – Arsenal’s apparent pre-match shirt for next season has been leaked ahead of the club’s imminent switch to adidas.The Premier League outfit will move from Puma to manufacturing giants adidas next season, which has proved a universally popular decision with the club’s supporters. And on Thursday, Footy Headlines – who specialise in the early release of new football attire – revealed several images of the club’s pre-match kit that has been created by adidas as part of their collaboration with recycling company Parley.READ: Arsenal’s new adidas pre-match kit leaked but Gunners supporters aren’t best pleased with designThe pre-match shirt is predominantly navy with splashes of teal dotted around it. Photo/DAILY MAILThe daring strip is predominantly navy with splashes of teal dotted all over, while the club crest on the front is white and teal.The Gunners last donned adidas back in the 1993-94 season as Nike took over from the German company the following campaign.But Arsenal fans don’t appear best pleased with the new design of their training top that will be worn ahead of games next season.One Arsenal supporter slammed the design, saying on Twitter: ‘Thank God it’s just a pre-match shirt. Horrible this one.’Another social media user joked: ‘Has it been mixed in the wash or something’, while one Arsenal fan said: ‘The effects of bleach when it catches your fav shirt’.Finally, one Arsenal fan likened the shirt to Arsenal’s poor run of form: ‘Sums up Arsenal lately – a mess.’-By Daily Mail-0Shares0000(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

4 candidates seek 3 Saugus board seats

first_img The 47-year-old Bryce has worked in the aerospace industry for 20 years. He served on the school board from 1994-1998, has two children and lives in Saugus. Teachers and their resources weigh on the mind of Paul De La Cerda. The 30-year-old Saugus resident said the district attracts high-quality teachers, but he wants to make sure these skilled professionals are retained. The teaching industry is a competitive business and there are many other opportunities that are attractive to teachers, De La Cerda said. He wants to create an environment where teachers could make lifelong careers at the district. De La Cerda also wants to get more creative with funding for school materials. With eight years of grant-writing experience, he wants to help the district find more resources. In addition, De La Cerda hopes to focus on physical education in the district. He said there’s not enough of it at schools, and in the end, students lose out. “I see how athletics, when coupled with academics, can really shape a child to succeed,” said De La Cerda, who has identical twin girls in kindergarten. Fred Tazartes is concerned that costly housing in the area prevents teachers from living where they work. He said commuting takes a toll on teachers, especially those who have to fight traffic to get to school. To change that, Tazartes is considering programs that other cities have that give housing incentives to teachers, firefighters and police. He also wants to review school boundaries and student population to create more community-based schools, so students aren’t riding buses to other schools miles away because the ones nearby are overcrowded. “We have to work with developers and work on growth,” Tazartes said. “I think Saugus has done a good job, but I just want to make sure they keep doing it.” After his wife died in April from a five-year battle with cancer, Tazartes quit his full-time information technology job to be home for his two children, ages 9 and 6. He’s pursuing a real estate license and doing eBay sales. Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We’re torn between having classes at capacity, which is fiscally responsible, but we’re still addressing the need for community schools,” Umeck said. In addition, Umeck wants to focus on children with special needs and school funding. Parental participation in schools has Doug Bryce fired up. He wants to make sure that parents have a voice in their children’s education and can speak with the district about it. He said the relationship between parents and the district already exists, but he wants to make sure it continues. “Parents are very influential in classrooms and have a lot of say about what goes on in them,” Bryce said. “That’s a good thing because it keeps them involved in their kids’ education.” Bryce also is concerned about what will happen to school funding when the area’s real estate boom slows down. The flood of new homes has contributed to the district’s budget and Bryce wants to make sure the school district is prepared when construction comes to an end. SANTA CLARITA – Teachers, parents and funding are high on the radar with four candidates vying for three seats on the Saugus Union School District board. But the hopefuls also have their own school issues – from special education to physical education – that they want to bring to the five-member board if elected. Two-time incumbent Judy Umeck, 48, of Valencia, director of admissions at Providence High School in Burbank, has her eyes on community schools. The facilities would be within walking distance of students’ homes and ideally would mean the end of school busing. But Umeck said her vision is a challenge in today’s world, because of where students live throughout the district. In some cases, children have to take the bus because facilities aren’t close by in their neighborhoods. In other situations, schools have plenty of room but not enough students to fill it, so pupils are bused in to fill the desks. last_img read more

Another Strange Chinese Fossil Found: Dinosaur or Bird?

first_imgFeathers and wings are among the most distinguishing characteristics of birds.  “Integumenary features” have been found on some dinosaur fossils, and true feathers have been found on some strange-looking extinct birds.  The news media often try to marry the two into a committed relationship using exaggerated artwork.  They have been found imagining feathers on fossils where the data are dubious or even missing (09/29/2008, 06/13/2007).  What makes a structure a true feather?  When does it support linking an unknown species into an evolutionary relationship to birds?    The latest case involves a strange fossil from China reported in Nature.1  Dated Middle to Late Jurassic in age, it is one of the earliest species to sport integumentary structures (see 10/06/2004, 10/12/2005), but it was nearly contemporary with early birds having true feathers.  The media reports typically announce a “feathered dinosaur” has been found (e.g., BBC News “New feathered dinosaur discovered” and National Geographic “First Dinosaur Feathers for Show, Not for Flight?”) though some titles leave other interpretations open (e.g., Live Science, “Bird-Like Dinosaur Sported Bizarre Tail Feathers”).    Instead of allowing for the possibility that unrelated species had similarities, the articles often state matter-of-factly that birds evolved from dinosaurs.  The BBC article was the most blatant in this regard, referring to the “critical transition from dinosaurs to birds” and quoting a paleontologist at London’s Natural History Museum stating, “It provides fascinating evidence of evolutionary experiments with feathers that were going on before small dinosaurs finally took to the air and became birds.”    The original paper did use the word feathers for the structures in the fossil of the new pigeon-sized creature from the Middle or Late Jurassic they named Epidexipteryx, but a closer look shows some findings that may not help the evolutionary scenario.None of the structures were pennate feathers, that is, with barbs and barbules from a central vane.  The integumentary structures fell into two categories:“Shafted feathers” – Connected to the last ten tail vertebra were found two “membranous structures” consisting of parallel shafts that each branch once.  Each shaft has a thin unbranched vane of material, like a coating, along a central rachis.  The result appears as four long nearly-parallel rods that join at the base.  Collectively they are nearly as long as the skeleton of the creature.  Mark Norell (American Museum of Natural History) commented, “These seem to lack that main shaft down the middle and are just a really long collection of very long, filamentous-like structures.”“Non-shafted feathers” – These are rows of integument found outside the outline of skeleton, presumably from the skin.  They all end in parallel rows of barbs, nothing like the cross-cutting structure of bird feathers; the BBC article calls it a “fluffy, down-like covering.”  The authors stated, “the free distal barbs of Epidexipteryx arise from the edge of a membranous structure (Fig. 2b, c, d, d’), an arrangement that has never previously been reported.” Some of the structures bear similarities to those on Jeholornis, a creature interpreted as being capable of powered flight (see 07/24/2002).The authors allowed for the possibility that this creature was “secondarily flightless” – i.e., that it once had feathers like a bird, but lost them; if so, it was not evolving from a dinosaur into a bird.The authors suggested that the feathers on Epidexipteryx were used for display, not for flight, but the LiveScience article hypothesized they “likely helped the creature balance on tree branches.”The animal had a curious mosaic of traits.  National Geographic remarked, “Epidexipteryx’s anatomy seems to be a hodgepodge of features taken from a variety of animals.”  It seems to have been the “platypus” of the Jurassic – an improbable mixture of traits from different groups.Since the creature had a “surprising combination of physical features” (BBC News), it should not be envisioned as a transitional form from one lineage to another.  The BBC News article complicated the evolutionary story by stating, “The discovery adds yet more complexity to the early history of the era when small meat-eating bipedal dinosaurs evolved into birds.”  The evidence, therefore, makes the explanation more complex, not simpler, in contradiction to Occam’s Razor.The evolutionary date is too late to represent a pre-bird.  The BBC article said, “whereas other feathered dinosaurs [sic] date from after the appearance of the first known bird, this fossil appears to be much closer in age, so it opens a new window on the evolutionary events at the critical transition from dinosaurs to birds.”  Live Science says that the dates are uncertain; at best it was “slightly older” than Archaeopteryx.  If it was nearly contemporaneous with a fully-feathered bird that was most likely capable of powered flight, it could not be a pre-bird, bird ancestor or missing link.The evolutionary link to birds is only inferential.  Live Science quoted one of the authors saying, “Although this dinosaur cannot be the direct ancestor for birds, it is one of the dinosaurs that have the closest phylogenetic relationship to birds.”Mark Norell hinted that this fossil has more to say about diversity, not evolution.  “Things more primitive than this have fully formed feathers” he said.  “This is just some weirdo kind of thing this animal has.”The Live Science article elaborated on Mark Norell’s comments about diversity within groups:As scientists and others discover more and more dinosaur fossils with bird-like features, the picture of such creatures is becoming more complex, said Norell, who was not involved in the current study.    “Just like the bird diversity we have living today goes all the way from hummingbirds to ostriches to toucans, it’s incredibly diverse,” Norell said during a telephone interview.  “Now we’re starting to see that sort of diversity extends not only in birds but also in the close bird relatives [which] were just as physically diverse as modern birds are.”To infer evolutionary relationships, scientists conduct two kinds of studies.  One is the cladistic study, that measures the number of specific characteristics in a fossil or creature, like the angle of its pelvic bone or ratio of skull length to skull width, and scores it in relation to other similar creatures.  The other, when possible, is the genetic study of DNA similarities and differences.  Assuming that common descent is true, they produce phylogenetic diagrams of ancestral relationships based on degree of similarity.  Norell’s comments suggest that among a highly diverse set of organisms, the possibility of subjective inferences to ancestry is high – meaning that other inferences are legitimate, depending on which similarities are measured, and the relative weights assigned them by human minds.1.  Zhang et al, “A bizarre Jurassic maniraptoran from China with elongate ribbon-like feathers,” Nature 455, 1105-1108 (23 October 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature07447.The artists’ renditions go far beyond the evidence: they’ve put vibrant colors on the alleged feathers and given the creature a whole life and personality.  The structures cannot be called feathers except by stretching the definition of the term.  The tail structures look like long rods.  The “down-like coating” could be flayed skin, given that the creature was exceptionally well preserved.  It may represent a mutant dodo-line of ancient birds that went extinct, or a member of a subclass of dinosaurs that shared the most similarities with birds without being related to them.    Scientists should be very careful about making inferences about any complex set of data.  The bones do not jump up and announce that they were evolving into birds.  The supplementary data in the paper show nearly 300 traits that had to be compared to make a cladistic analysis.  The significance of any one of them requires a human judgment.  Which traits are you going to focus on?  Humans share traits with this fossil, too: vertebrae, teeth, radius and ulna, and many organs not visible from the bones.  It is conceivable that the scientists in another civilization might consider size, habitat, lifestyle or some other characteristic to be the overriding concern in their way of classifying things.  What kind of inferences would they draw?  Complexity, diversity and “mosaics” of traits throw simplistic schemes into disarray.  How would you rearrange your Evolutionary Tree of Tools if somebody handed you a Leatherman tool with a knife, screwdriver, pliers and scissors in a leather pouch?    Even granting, for the sake of argument, the most generous leeway to the evolutionists and calling the structures on this thing feathers does not help their story.  Other feathered birds were nearly contemporaries.  If this was an “evolutionary dead end,” where is the highway?  A collection of dead ends may keep you busy, but is not going to get you anywhere.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Weekend Digest, May 6, 2017

first_imgHere’s a collection of quick takes on interesting developments in the science news. Cassini Grand Finale underwaySATURN: “The Big Empty” — that’s what Cassini scientists are calling the surprising gap between Saturn’s D-ring and the planet. Cassini has completed two high-dives through the gap and has 20 more to go before it finally dives into the planet on September 15. (Phys.org) See a dramatic movie of the first ring dive at JPL’s official Cassini site.DINOSAUR: Our contributing scientist Jerry Bergman was consulted by World Magazine for expert opinion on the row about dinosaur taxonomy. See his article on CEH here.PILTDOWN: Samuel Redman writes on The Conversation about “what the Piltdown hoax can teach us today.” The hoax flourished because much of the discussion 1912-1952 was behind closed doors. Redman thinks the rise of open science, faster communication and better popular media can help prevent a recurrence.ELITISM: We need to break science out of its ivory tower, says Max Liboiron at The Conversation. His solution: more open science and local science instead of uniformity in academia. Let the public get involved in science projects.NEANDERTHALS: Did Neanderthals reach America? Colin Barras considers that controversial possibility at New Scientist, based on alleged 130,000-year-old mammoth kills.COSMOLOGY: Since the lack of dark matter still perplexes astronomers (The Conversation), it’s “time to keep an open mind on dark matter and rivals that do away with it,” opines New Scientist. One team reported by Science Daily explains the acceleration of the universe without dark energy.MALARIA: A natural cure for malaria from a common weed? Science Daily reports that a clinical trial in Congo cured 18 people of malaria in just 5 days after treatment via pills of an extract from Artemisia annua, “sweet wormwood”. All 18 were dying from severe cases, but responded completely. The plant grows locally, so extraction of the ingredient “can be owned, operated, and distributed by Africans for Africans,” helping the economy as well.DINO-BIRD: Is this Chinese chicken with modern feathers a dinosaur? Live Science says so, but admits it could have been a flying bird. Brian Thomas at ICR gives some cautions about interpreting evolution from feathers.BIO-INSPIRATION: Hate dandelions? Give them to your local science lab. Science Daily says that the tips of the parachute-like seeds make perfect tips for pipettes.BODY: The liver increases in size by half in a natural daily rhythm, says Science Daily. This doesn’t happen with other organs, except maybe the stomach at hot dog eating contests.CELL: “Our body temperature might not ever get much hotter than 37°C,” says New Scientist. “But it turns out that the insides of our cells can reach a scorching 50°C,” (122 °F), due to the rapidly spinning ATP synthase motors in mitochondria. And yet those motors run at 100% perfect efficiency, according to a paper in PNAS.BRAIN: Mammal brains (including human brains) contain circuitry that enables split-second decisions when cues conflict, says Medical Xpress.SUNDAY FUNNIES (Compliments of Brett Miller): (Visited 441 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Knysna hotel joins Hilton Worldwide

first_img29 June 2012 One of South Africa’s leading resorts, Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa, is set to join the luxury portfolio of Conrad Hotels & Resorts – part of the Hilton Worldwide brand – following the signing of a management agreement this week with resort owners, Alderney Establishment. Conrad Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa, which is expected to re-brand in November, is located in Knysna in the Western Cape. “We sought an internationally recognised brand that matches our strategy to provide world-class facilities and service,” Keith Stewart of Alderney Establishment said in a statement on Wednesday. “Conrad’s established global credentials makes for a compelling partnership and will help us to deliver a truly exceptional guest experience.” Global head of luxury and lifestyle brands for Hilton Worldwide, John Vanderslice, agreed: “By combining Conrad’s signature style and service standards with such a superior resort property and location, we will create an exceptional and memorable guest experience. “For 25 years, Conrad has epitomised the definition of smart luxury, and our arrival in South Africa represents a key milestone in the brand’s ongoing global expansion,” Vanderslice said. Hilton Worldwide owns three other hotels in South Africa: the Hilton Sandton in Johannesburg, the Hilton Durban and the Hilton Cape Town. ‘A valuable addition to Hilton portfolio’ The Pezula resort offers sweeping views of Knysna lagoon and the Indian Ocean and also features an abundance of amenities for hotel guests. This includes a championship golf course and a “Field of Dreams” sports complex – boasting four tennis courts, archery, a sports oval and golf range. Guests can also enjoy horse riding, nature trails through the estate’s indigenous forest, canoe trips on the clear waters of the Noetzie River, as well as the peaceful seclusion of Noetzie’s exclusive beach, recently voted one of the top three beaches in South Africa. “I’m very excited at the prospect of our luxury Conrad brand making its debut in South Africa with such an outstanding and well known resort property,” said Hilton Worldwide’s senior vice-president of development in Europe and Africa, Patrick Fitzgibbon. “Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa will be a valuable addition to our growing international hotel portfolio and helps to underline our position as one of the leading hospitality providers in the continent.” The hotel will host 78 stylish suites housed in detached villas and five larger, architecturally designed family villas, linked by short landscaped pathways to the main building. One unique addition to the resort accommodation is Pezula’s award-winning private castle, built into the cliff face and overlooking Noetzie Beach. It has been described as one of the most exclusive destinations in Africa. Further guest amenities at Pezula include executive boardrooms, a business centre, a spa and health club, and the hotel’s main restaurant, Zachary’s – which is a winner of 12 different awards and also features one of the area’s largest wine cellars. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more