Kerzner back with new hotel

first_imgAn outside view of the majestic One&Only Cape Town hotel overlooking the V&A waterfront. A luxury suite with a classical yet modern,contemporary feel. Each room at the hotel boasts a colourful ensemble of interesting décor. The giant sized pool can accommodate the needs of both social and avid swimmers. (Images: One&Only Resorts)Khanyi MagubaneHotel mogul Sol Kerzner is set to open the South African chapter of his One&Only international luxury hotel chain on 3 April.The hotel, the One&Only Cape Town at the V&A Waterfront, which cost about R1-billion (US$100-million) to build, will be officially opened at a glittering affair with about 400 hand-picked guests and celebrities in attendance.The hotel will be one of South Africa’s most expensive, with rates ranging between R6 000 ($600) and R50 000 ($5 000) a night.The hotel chain prides itself on offering pure opulence to guests, all of which naturally come at a price.For the grand opening of the One&Only Cape Town, Kerzner has left nothing to chance. Hotel staff uniforms have been designed by top South African fashion designer Jenni Button and are made of pure silk, to ensure that the standard of the hotel is maintained on all levels.A little piece of heavenThe hotel, designed by distinguished architectural firm, Dennis Fabian & Berman and Ruben Reddy, is a seven-storey construction of luxury. It will offer an exclusive wine selection that promises to satisfy even the most discerning wine lovers. The 6 000-bottle wine cellar is affectionately called The Wine Loft and boasts glass walls and designer trimmings.For avid swimmers, the hotel has a 350m² infinity-edge swimming pool.Other features include luxury suites – some of which have their own en-suite spa treatment rooms.All of the suites overlook either the V&A Waterfront marina or panoramic views across to Table Mountain, and are said to be generous in size – ranging from 63m² for a basic suite to 383m² for the presidential suite.Kerzner travelled to South Africa last week to supervise the finishing touches to his hotel, which is expected to attract a flurry of the rich and famous.A night to rememberIn traditional Kerzner-style, the opening ceremony for the One&Only Cape Town will be graced by some of the world’s most famous celebrities and influential business moguls.The star-studded event will be Kerzner’s first in 17 years in South Africa after he opened his grand R300-million ($30-million) Palace of the Lost City – an add on to the Sun City casino and resort in 1992.Speaking to journalists on his arrival, the tycoon said he was not all nervous about opening night, “There’s no pressure. Sure, this is by far one of the biggest events I’ve done in South Africa, but it doesn’t help to get nervous.”The guest list for the event, described as a cocktail party, will include US actors Sharon Stone and Robert De Niro. UK-based actress Thandie Newton and supermodel Naomi Campbell will also be in attendance.Each guest will be provided with a personal butler who will be at their back and call.This event will also be a much smaller one than the November 2008 extravaganza at the opening of Kerzner’s Atlantis hotel in Dubai.The one night celebration, co-ordinated by party planner to the stars Colin Cowie, will be a “relatively low-key” event.Guests at this year’s party will be treated to a feast created by 79 local and international chefs, who will be creating the scrumptious dishes from the hotel’s modern-state-of the-art kitchen.  A passion for the hotel industrySol Kerzner’s rise to the top of the hotel industry was not just one of luck, but of calculated risk and right timing.Often described as the “Sun King” or the Donald Trump of South Africa, Kerzner is secretive about how much his worth, and at one stage even claimed that he didn’t know the grand total of his fortune.Kerzner was born in Johannesburg on August 23 1935, the youngest and only son of four children to Russian parents who had immigrated to South Africa six years earlier.Although he grew up poor in the downtown suburb of Doornfontein in Johannesburg, Kerzner had a happy childhood, and love for classical music.After he graduated as a chartered accountant from the University of Witwatersrand, Kerzner quickly rose up the ranks of one of the largest accounting firms in Durban, and at the age of 26, he became partner.But his spirit was elsewhere. He found number crunching boring and it was then that he decided to turn his attention to the hotel trade. He leased a hotel, which he managed at night and on weekends, while still continuing with his day-job. His hard work paid off when it became a flourishing establishment.In 1963, with borrowed venture capital and no previous track record in the industry, he set out to build South Africa’s first five-star hotel, despite never having seen one or ever having travelled out of the country.Speaking of those trying times Kerzner says he remembers what it feels like to convince people to have confidence in him, “I had no capital of my own, no track record and many people were sceptical about what I was doing. I remember sitting around the reception rooms of finance houses, trying to convince them what I wanted to do was financially viable.”After a fact-finding mission in America, he started building the Beverly Hills Hotel.The hotel was a runaway success and he went on to build the 450-room Elangeni Hotel on Durban’s southern beachfront.His newfound success prompted him in 1969, to establish the Southern Sun hotel chain in partnership with South African Breweries.By 1983, the chain was operating 31 luxury hotels with more than 5 000 rooms.In 1979, he built Sun City in the North-West province, after striking what has been described as an allegedly controversial deal with Bophuthatswana homeland leader, Lucas Mangope, for exclusive gambling rights.After his success on home soil, Kerzner ventured overseas where he has built his One&Only hotel resorts in several countries including Mexico, The Bahamas, Mauritius, Maldives and Dubai.Speaking to UK newspaper, The Telegraph, Kerzner said he really loves his work, “I have always said that the thing that drives me is not the money – although there are obviously advantages to living like this – but it’s the excitement of the business, the thrill of creating.”And a rich lifestyle he does have.His properties include a private estate in Hout Bay, a R10.5-million ($1.5-million) four-bedroom penthouse he bought for his daughter, Beverly, in New York, a portfolio of residences in London’s posh Chelsea suburb and a villa set on 2.8ha of Mediterranean cliff side in Monaco, as well as a home in the south of France.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comRelated articlesHolidays that save the world Life’s a beach in South Africa Tourism in South Africa SA tops for business travel Cape Town “best city in the world” Useful linksOne&Only resortsKerzner internationalSun City Southern Sun hotelslast_img read more

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Meet the #SHRM15 Bloggers

first_imgWhy do so many people get so excited over an HR conference?   Because SHRM is known for producing some of the most informative and engaging conferences in the world, and the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition, which starts at the end of June, is on every HR professional’s bucket list. As thousands of excited attendees prepare to travel to Las Vegas for the conference, June 28-July 1, the Society is working hard to deliver another amazing experience. Once again, SHRM will have a robust social media presence during the conference under the #SHRM15 hashtag and has invited an influential group of HR bloggers to cover the highlights through daily blog posts, tweets, “likes” and photos.The theme for the #SHRM15 Bloggers Lounge is “What happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas!” so be prepared for an outpouring of news and information from the conference.Whether you’ll be at the conference in person or watching via social media, you’ll want to follow the #SHRM15 bloggers for all the highlights from the conference.  The #SHRM15 BloggersAnish Aravind        @anisharavindSabrina Baker         @SabrinaLBakerMeghan Biro           @MeghanMBiroBill Boorman           @BillBoormanDawn Burke             @dawnhburkeMatt Charney           @mattcharneyAndrea Devers          @thegirlinhrSarah Duke               @SarahMaeDukeBen Eubanks             @beneubanksRachelle Falls            @CorporateHRgirlCraig Fisher              @FishdogsBradley Galin             @bradgalinFranz Gilbert             @franzgilbertJoan Ginsberg           @JoanGinsbergKevin Grossman         @KevinWGrossmanMichael Haberman     @MikeHabermanMaren Hogan             @marenhoganChanel Jackson          @Chanel_JacksonTeela Jackson             @TeelaJacksonJohn Jorgensen           @jkjhrHeather Kinzie            @LeadingSolutionDavid Kovacovich        @DavidKovacovichTiffany Kuehl               @TiffanyKuehlJay Kuhns                    @jrkuhnsElizabeth Lalli Reese   @TXStrategicHRSharlyn Lauby              @sharlyn_laubyDwane Lay                   @DwaneLayMollie Lombardi           @MollieLombardiBlake McCammon        @rblakeCrystal Miller                @TheOneCrystalJessica Miller-Merrell    @jmillermerrellKristina Minyard           @HRecruitJohn Nykolaiszyn         @CigarSPHRCigdem Ozdemir Evren @CigdemmOEJennifer Payne              @JennyJensHRJoel Peterson                @joelyohJosh Rock                     @jrock96Dominique Rodgers      @hrgalfridayDave Ryan                     @DaveTheHRCzarRobin Schooling            @RobinSchoolingMatthew Stollak             @akaBrunoWilliam Tincup               @williamtincupJanine Truitt                  @CzarinaofHRMichael VanDervort      @MikeVanDervort Bryan Wempen             @BryanWempenMike “Woody” Woodward @DrWoodyCallie Zipple                  @CallieZipplelast_img read more

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Us Weekly Editor James Heidenry Out at American Media Inc

first_imgJames HeidenrySix months after taking over as editor of Us Weekly, James Heidenry — who also edited OK! and Star magazine — is out at American Media Inc., the company announced today.Effective immediately, taking over editorial duties at Us Weekly will be managing editor Jennifer Peros, who returned to the brand in August after a two-year stint as senior news editor at Entertainment Tonight.As for OK!, James Robertson, who joined AMI a year ago as the magazine’s associate editor and national correspondent before being promoted to executive editor, will succeed Heidenry as editor.Both appointments were made by chief content officer Dylan Howard, who in addition to his current duties overseeing The National Enquirer, Radar Online, and Globe as well as AMI’s branded content studio, will now assume editorial oversight of Us Weekly and OK!. Howard’s elevation is the latest in a string of promotions since he first joined AMI as editor of RadarOnline.com in 2013, including being named editor-in-chief of The National Enquirer the following year.Jennifer Peros“Jennifer and James represent the best journalistic values and traditions that will carry Us Weekly and OK! into a bright future,” said Howard in a statement. “By leveraging the strengths, talents, and commitment of the staffs and the collaborative insights of our newly established editors we are positioned to continue to establish ourselves as one of the innovative and strategic leaders in the category.”AMI had installed Heidenry as editor of Us Weekly shortly after acquiring the title from Wenner Media in April. He replaced Michael Steele, who had run the title at Wenner since 2009. Heidenry originally joined AMI in 2012 as editor of Star, following a long tenure at Maxim and a shorter stint as editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury’s Manhattan magazine.last_img read more

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4yrold girl killed in gas cylinder blast

first_imgA four year-old girl was killed in a gas cylinder explosion at Pathbari here on FridayThe deceased was Toha Khatun, daughter of Badsha Mia of the area.The gas cylinder went off with a big bang when Toha was playing in the kitchen, leaving her burn injured, said family members.Later she was taken to a private hospital in the district town where the physicians declared her dead.last_img

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Indian village sees religious tensions as election nears

first_imgA relative of Yogesh Raj, a Hindu activist, cries after Raj got arrested for leading the protests in which two people died on Monday, in Nayabans village in Bulandshahr district, Uttar Pradesh, India, on 5 December 2018. — Photo: ReutersNayabans isn’t remarkable as northern Indian villages go. Sugar cane grows in surrounding fields, women carry animal feed in bullock carts through narrow lanes, people chatter outside a store, and cows loiter.But this week, the village in Uttar Pradesh state became a symbol of the deepening communal divide in India as some Hindu men from the area complained they had seen a group of Muslims slaughtering cows in a mango orchard a couple of miles away.That infuriated Hindus, who regard the cow as a sacred animal. Anger against Muslims turned into outrage that police had not stopped an illegal practice, and a Hindu mob blocked a highway, threw stones, burned vehicles and eventually two people were shot and killed – including a police officer.The events throw a spotlight on the religious strains in places like Nayabans since prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power at the national level in 2014 and in Uttar Pradesh in 2017. Tensions are ratcheting up ahead of the next general election, due to be held by May.The BJP said it was “bizarre” to assume the party would benefit from any religious disharmony, dismissing suggestions that its supporters were largely responsible for the tensions.“In a large country like India nobody can ensure that nothing will go wrong, but it’s our responsibility to maintain law and order and we understand that,” party spokesman Gopal Krishna Agarwal said. “But people are trying to politicise these issues.”Nayabans, just about three hour’s drive from Delhi, has about 400 Muslims out of a population of 4,000, the rest are Hindu. Relations between the communities began deteriorating around the Muslim holy month of Ramadan last year when Hindus in the village demanded that loudspeakers used to call for prayer at a makeshift mosque be removed, local Muslims said.“For 40 years mikes were used in the mosque, calls for prayer were made five times a day, but no one objected,” said Waseem Khan, a 28-year-old Muslim community leader in Nayabans.“We resisted initially but then we thought it’s better to live in peace then create a dispute over a mike,” he said. “We don’t want to give them a chance to fan communal tensions.”Reuters spoke with more than a dozen Muslims from the village but except for Khan, no one else wanted to be named for fear of angering the Hindu population.Several among a group of Muslim women and girls standing outside the mosque said they have been living in fear since the BJP came to power in the state in 2017.They said that Hindu groups now hold provocative processions through the village during every Hindu festival, loudspeakers blaring, something that used to happen rarely before. They said they felt “terrorised” by Hindu activists.“While passing through our areas during their religious rallies, they chant ‘Pakistan murdabad’ (down with Pakistan) as if we have some connection to Pakistan just because we are Muslims,” Khan said.HINDU PRIEST CHIEF MINISTERThe subcontinent was divided into Muslim Pakistan and Hindu-majority India at the time of independence from British colonial rule in 1947.During the violence on Monday, many Muslims in Nayabans locked themselves in their homes fearing attacks. Some who had attended a three-day Muslim religious congregation some miles away stayed outside the area that night to avoid making themselves targets for the mob.Muslim villagers say they are particularly fearful of the top elected official in Uttar Pradesh, chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who is a Hindu priest and senior BJP figure. Hindu hardliners started asserting themselves more in the village after he was elected, they say.Uttar Pradesh sends 80 lawmakers to the lower house of parliament, the largest of any state in the country.Considered the county’s political crucible, it has also been the scene for spiraling Hindu-Muslim tensions.Adityanath said the lead up to the rioting in Nayabans was a “big conspiracy”, but did not elaborate.In the only statement from his office on the incident, Adityanath ordered police to arrest those directly or indirectly involved in the slaughter of cows and made no mention of the death of the police inspector. He announced 1 million rupees ($14,110) as compensation for the family of the other dead man, a local who is among those accused by police for the violence.Both men were Hindus and died of bullet wounds, although police said it was not yet clear who shot whom.Police say they have arrested up to five people for the cow slaughter but have not given their religion. Locals say all the arrested people are Muslims. Four Hindu men have been arrested for the violence leading to the deaths.“All invidious elements who may have conspired to vitiate the situation will be exposed through a fair and transparent investigation,” Anand Kumar, the second highest police official in Uttar Pradesh, told Reuters.Asked if there was any bias against Muslims, Uttar Pradesh government spokesman Sidharth Nath Singh – who is also the state’s health minister – told Reuters: “We believe in equality and our motto is sabka saath, sabka vikas”, using a Hindi phrase often used by Modi that means “collective effort, inclusive growth”.RELATIVE HARMONYThe two communities in Nayabans have lived in relative harmony for years, residents from both groups said.But now Hindus in the village, who mostly say they support Yogi, accuse the Muslims of trying to turn themselves into the victims when they weren’t.“Can’t believe they are raising our processions with journalists!” said Daulat, a Hindu daily wage laborer who goes by one name. “They are making it a Hindu-Muslim issue, we are not. Their people have been accused of killing cows, so they are playing the victim.”At a middle school, meters from the police outpost near where the two men got killed, two women teachers, sitting on a veranda soaking in the winter sun, said its 66 students stopped coming for classes in the first few days after the violence.“We worship cows and their slaughter can’t be accepted,” said one of the teachers, Uma Rani. “Two Hindus died here but nothing happened to the cow killers.”Both teachers were Hindus.Political analysts say relations between the two communities are likely to stay tense ahead of the national vote, particularly in polarized states such as Uttar Pradesh.The BJP made a near-clean sweep in Uttar Pradesh in 2014, helping Modi win the country’s biggest parliamentary mandate in three decades, but pollsters predict a tighter contest next year because of a lack of jobs and low farm prices.“Facing economic headwinds and lackluster job growth, Modi will rally his conservative base by selectively resorting to Hindu nationalism,” global security consultancy Stratfor said last month.Muslims say they increasingly feel like second-class citizens in their own country.“The BJP will definitely benefit from such incidents,” said Tahir Saifi, a Muslim community leader a few miles from the area of violence who supports a regional opposition party in Uttar Pradesh. “They want all Hindus to unite, and when religion comes into the picture, other issues like development take a back seat.”last_img read more

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This Is Not Going To Be Easy El Paso Students Start School

first_img Share Mallory Falk/KERANearly 60,000 public school students in El Paso, Texas, begin school on Monday.On Monday, nearly 60,000 public school students in El Paso, Texas, will start the school year amid an air of mourning, fear and resilience.The first day of school in El Paso’s largest district comes more than a week after a mass shooting at a local Walmart left 22 people dead. According to a police affidavit, the suspect charged in the attack later said he had intentionally targeted “Mexicans.”“It’s not at all, in any way, a typical start of school,” says Juan Cabrera, the superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD). “This is not going to be easy. This is going to be difficult and we are really taking this very seriously.”According to Cabrera, the school district has been contacting families affected by the shooting in order to connect them to support services. No EPISD students were killed, but Cabrera says El Paso is a close-knit community and some students have family members who were directly involved, or know people who were at the Walmart during the attack.Others — like Genesis Contreras, 7 — witnessed the shooting themselves.Genesis starts second grade on Monday. She and her family were in the store when the gunman opened fire. They escaped, but Genesis’ mom, Erika Contreras, says the experience has rattled them.“That first night, she kept telling me, ‘I don’t want to go to sleep,’ ” Contreras recalls. “I had to sleep with her and she cuddled me so hard because she was so scared and I knew that she was gonna have nightmares.”Genesis has slept with her mom every night since the shooting.Contreras says Genesis’ school knows about what she experienced, and it will have counselors available to provide support on Monday if Genesis needs it.The district says its counseling office has provided teachers guidance for how to support students who were affected by the shooting.“Having a week in between before the start of the school has really helped us,” explains Manuel Castruita, who heads the district’s counseling and advising department. He says all last week, teachers and administrators were in professional development, talking through what happened, and brainstorming ways to help students.“The first day of school, it’s a new start, a new beginning. So we have an opportunity to really set the tempo.”Castruita says on Monday some school administrators will hold a moment of silence, “acknowledging the tragedy that took place.” But he notes it’s a delicate balance: You want to be open about what happened, without retraumatizing students. He says the district will rely heavily on the social/emotional learning tools it has been implementing over the past several years.According to Castruita, the district also has strong support services, thanks to partnerships with outside organizations and a number of licensed professional counselors.“We’re not starting from ground zero or from scratch,” he says.In a video address to parents on Saturday, Superintendent Cabrera talked directly to those who felt uncertain about heading back to school: “We know your concern is genuine, but so is our commitment to provide safe learning spaces for our students,” he said. “EPISD schools are safe and we sincerely hope you feel reassured that when your kids are with us, they are our No. 1 priority.”The district’s job, according to Cabrera, is “to make sure [students] are safe, happy, sound mentally and physically, and to make sure they’re prepared for learning.”In some cases, that may mean talking about the shooting. “Kids know this is happening around them,” Cabrera says. “The worst thing we can do is not let them speak or not let them talk about what’s going on.”Genesis — who loves science and is excited to do experiments and learn about tornadoes — is more focused on starting a new year of school with a new teacher.“I’m really scared,” she says. “I know it’s gonna be a lot harder.”Her mom is also nervous. “I just wish and I pray that no matter what, she’s strong,” Contreras says. “I know she’s a child, and at any moment, she could decide that this is the moment where she breaks and wants to cry.”Contreras is glad that Genesis’ teachers and counselors will be there with her, and she trusts they will be looking out for her daughter. And with Genesis back in school, Contreras says she’ll be able to turn her attention to another pressing matter: her own mental health, after witnessing a mass shooting.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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YouTube Stars Alisha Marie Remi Cruz Launch Dishy New Podcast EXCLUSIVE

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety It’s another case of career digital creators launching brand extensions, to diversify their income and also to expand their audience reach with different content formats on multiple platforms.“We have kept ‘Pretty Basic’ a secret for so long and I can’t believe we can finally share the news with our fans,” Alisha Marie said in a statement. “I’ve been obsessed with podcasts lately, and it is crazy to think that I now have one with my best friend. I can’t wait for everyone to hear the episodes we have recorded so far and get to know a different side of Remi and me.”Cruz commented, “Alisha and I have put so much time and energy into making ‘Pretty Basic’ perfect and it’s finally time to share with everyone. I am so excited for everyone listening to hear stories we’ve never shared in our videos and get a different perspective of what goes on behind the scenes with of a little bit of gossip.”Alisha Marie, who’s been posting YouTube videos for 10 years, this summer took a two-month hiatus from her channel after feeling burned out and creatively exhausted. Among other projects, in 2017 she was tapped for Disney’s “Club Mickey Mouse,” a reboot of the classic “Mickey Mouse Club” franchise, to serve as a mentor to the cast.Remi Cruz’s videos for her YouTube channel span DIY projects, cooking tutorials, makeup and fashion videos and even dance music videos. She recently launched a skincare product line, HoneyPop, and has begun incorporating health and wellness videos into her channel. As she’s been cutting out junk food and working out, Cruz has lost more than 50 pounds and has worked with an array of brands on sponsored content.Alisha Marie, whose full name is Alisha Marie McDonal, is managed by Matter Media Group and repped by UTA and attorney Jon Pfeiffer at Pfeiffer Thigpen Fitzgibbon & Ziontz.Remi Cruz is managed by Expand Entertainment and repped by UTA and attorney Jessica Marlow at Weintraub Tobin.Pictured above: Remi Cruz (l.), Alisha Mariecenter_img Alisha Marie and Remi Cruz, top digital influencers and best friends, are collaborating on a new weekly podcast — which the duo promise will be like having a sleepover with your BFFs.The pair have a combined fanbase of over 28 million followers across YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and other platforms. In their “Pretty Basic” podcast, Alisha Marie and Remi will dish on their daily lives, chatting about what it’s really like to be a YouTuber, sharing behind-the-scenes stories from their video shoots — and spilling the tea on boy drama.“Pretty Basic” is produced and distributed by Cadence13’s Ramble podcast division, formed in partnership with UTA (which reps both Alisha Marie and Cruz). The podcast is available on Spotify and Apple’s iTunes; the premiere episode, which launched Wednesday, is sponsored by stock-trading platform Robinhood.last_img read more

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