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Gallery: Lindfield Victorian House Museum

first_imgThe Lindfield Victorian House Museum is a time capsule of the Victorian and Edwardian periods, in the heart of leafy Johannesburg. It has received a second accolade from the travel website, TripAdvisor, to the delight of museum owner Katharine Love. Stepping into the Lindfield Victorian House Museum in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, is like stepping into the past. (Image: Priya Pitamber)Priya PitamberStepping into the Lindfield Victorian House Museum in Auckland Park, Johannesburg is like stepping on to the set of British period drama TV series Downton Abbey. Visitors are jolted from modern times into the past.But very current is its receiving another accolade, a Certificate of Excellence, from the global travel website, TripAdvisor.“I am delighted to have received the acknowledgement for the second time and would like to thank my visitors for their continued support,” said Katharine Love, owner of the museum.Love is hands-on at the museum and when guests arrive, she opens the door dressed as a Victorian maid and gives a tour of the premises. It has an entrance hall, a magnificent dining area, a kitchen with a coal stove, a library, children’s nursery area with a large dollhouse and other bedrooms.According to the museum’s website, the house was built in 1910; it was bought by Love’s grandmother in 1967. By 1996, Love had opened the house as a museum to “proudly display a vast collection of 19th and 20th century furniture, art, decorative and utilitarian objects representative of the entire Victorian and Edwardian periods,” reads the museum website.The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality and quantity of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period.In order to qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers,” said Heather Leisman, vice president of industry marketing at TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travellers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service.”TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest online travel community in the world, with more than 315 million unique monthly visitors, and more than 200 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.5 million accommodations, restaurants, and attractions, operating in 45 countries worldwide.See images of the Lindfield Victorian House Museum:(Images: Priya Pitamber)For more information, visit the museum’s website.last_img read more

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Commando killed, 19 injured in landmine blast in Gadchiroli

first_imgA commando of Maharashtra police’s special anti-Maoist unit, C-60, was killed and 19 others suffered injuries when an improvised explosive device (IED) triggered by Maoists hit their armoured vehicle in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on Wednesday night. Commando Suresh Talami (26) from Bhamragad succumbed to his injuries. The injured have been shifted to Nagpur from Gadchiroli. The incident is the fourth Maoist attack in Gadchiroli district, which borders Chhattisgarh, in the past 48 hours.Shivaji Bodkhe, Inspector General of Maharashtra Police, said, “The Maoists attacked the mine protecting vehicle in which the C-60 commandos were travelling in. One jawan was killed and 19 suffered injuries. The incident took place seven kilometres away from Bhamragad town [of Gadchiroli]. Most of the injured commandos have suffered injuries below the waist and to the spine. Five men have been brought to Nagpur for treatment. Seven more commandos will be admitted for treatment soon.” The incident took place when 20 C-60 commandos were on their way to Koaprsi village of Bhamragad, where an encounter between Maoists and the police took place earlier on Wednesday. A CRPF jawan and two Maharashtra Police personnel were injured in the encounter. A senior police official said in Gadchiroli that the landmine went off when the commandos were carrying out a combing operation. A press statement issued by Gadchiroli police said, “The Maoists triggered the landmine blast on the road between Hemalkasa and Karampalli village. Despite sustaining injuries, the C-60 team retaliated and forced the Maoists to flee into the forest.” CM condoles deathMaharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis condoled the killing of the jawan in the attack. In a series of tweets Mr. Fadnavis said, “Saddened and pained to know about the landmine blast near Bhamragad in Gadchiroli in which one jawan from special C-60 force got martyred.”“My deepest condolences to the family of brave Jawan Suresh Linga Telaami. Wishing speedy recovery to the injured soldiers. State government firmly stands with their family. All required help and support will be provided.”Wednesday night’s IED explosion was the biggest attempt by the Maoists to target the security forces in the restive district of Maharashtra since May 2014 when the rebels killed seven cops in a blast. The district, which has witnessed a drop in Maoist activities since 2014, saw a spurt in Maoist violence this year with back to back attacks on personnel and killing of informers.The rebels torched more than 80 mining vehicles in Surjagad area of Gadchiroli in the last week of December 2016 signalling their return to the district. On April 24, 25 CRPF personnel were killed and six wounded in a dastardly attack in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Conte defends Morata after misses

first_imgChelsea Conte asks for patience for Morata after misses Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 07:28 10/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Morata - Cropped Getty Images Chelsea Antonio Conte AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea AFC Bournemouth Premier League The Chelsea boss insists he is happy with the forward’s performances, stressing the 25-year-old is not yet fully fit Alvaro Morata is still recovering from injury and needs more time to return to top form after his missed chances against Bournemouth, according to Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.Chelsea striker Morata missed the target on a glorious one-on-one opportunity, had a goal controversially disallowed for offside and saw another effort impressively saved by Asmir Begovic in the first half of his side’s 1-0 away Premier League victory on Saturday.Chelsea 18/1 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Spain international went on to set up Eden Hazard’s second-half winner and Conte insists he was happy with his performance.Conte believes the fact his club-record signing suffered a hamstring strain in the home defeat to Manchester City before the international break is still having an impact.Morata, 25, was not involved as the champions suffered a shock 2-1 loss at bottom side Crystal Palace earlier this month, but has played in the four matches since without scoring. “Honestly, I’m happy with his commitment, his desire, his will to fight,” Conte said of Morata at his post-match media conference.”For sure, he can do better but, don’t forget, he is recovering from a muscular problem. “When you have this type of problem, it needs a bit of time to come back to the best physical condition. “But I’m very happy with his performance. He recovered very important balls a lot of times in transition.”Good job guys!!pic.twitter.com/aaUWwpovW2— Álvaro Morata (@AlvaroMorata) October 28, 2017Conte is hopeful N’Golo Kante will be fit for a big upcoming week of action that sees Chelsea play away to Roma in the Champions League before hosting Manchester United in the Premier League.Kante has not played for Chelsea for a month having sustained a hamstring injury on international duty with France. Asked if the midfielder could face Roma, Conte said: “I hope. I hope. He could be ready. “But you know very well the importance of this player. I want to be sure he is ready. “Honestly, I hope to have him in this game. But I’d prefer not to take a risk. If he’s ready, he plays.”last_img read more

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Support for Social Safety Net

first_imgThe Government has received an additional US$140-million World Bank loan support that will further bolster three key economic safeguards for Jamaica.The provision will enable the Administration to boost the country’s resilience against natural-disaster risks, support human-capital development and strengthen the social safety net for the society’s most vulnerable.A formal agreement was reached on Tuesday (April 30), following discussions led by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness; Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, and the World Bank Group delegation headed by newly appointed Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, Axel van Trostenburg.The meeting was held at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), following which the announcement was made during a media briefing.Mr. Holness underscored the importance of the focus areas, noting that the Administration’s sound fiscal management policies must incorporate the likelihood of all possible risks, particularly those that are weather-related.He said data indicate that Jamaica experienced an estimated 26 natural disasters between 1993 and 2003, resulting in economic losses totalling J$2.2 billion, which wiped out about 1.5 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP).Mr. Holness said the Government, mindful of this and other climate change developments that pose potential risks to Jamaica, has been proactive in taking steps to develop financial instruments, in tandem with the World Bank and other international development partners, to provide safeguards.These, he indicated, could include catastrophe bonds and certain insurance products, adding that the latest World Bank provision “will further help us to be prepared for these eventualities”.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness said in building resilience and protecting the country’s economic gains, “we must never forget that there is still a high level of poverty in Jamaica”.“So a part of our partnership with the World Bank is to figure out how we can improve the delivery systems… not just for social safety net services but for general public services,” he indicated.The Prime Minister said the country will be advised of how this will be undertaken, “so that we can, actually, in a very targeted way, drive benefits to those who need them”.In relation to human capital development, Mr. Holness argued that part of the thrust to attain higher levels of sustainable growth and eradicate poverty, “is improving the knowledge and information that people have”.“What you want to be able to do is take that knowledge and transform it into human capital. That has to come through your education system, your training systems, and other mechanisms that translate knowledge into skills and attitudes,” he added.In his remarks, Mr. Van Trostenburg, who was making his first visit to Jamaica in his new capacity, described climate change and resilience to the associated risks as “very difficult areas” for many countries globally, noting that there is major work to be done in effectively addressing these.Regarding human capital, the World Bank Vice President said this is the “most precious resource” that any country possesses.“The challenge is how do we actually nurture, develop and translate it, ultimately, into jobs and into prosperity. We see this as a core mission of the World Bank, and we are quite excited to work with Jamaica on this long-term agenda,” he added.For his part, Dr. Clarke noted that the World Bank has been an “excellent partner” of Jamaica over the past 55 years, which “during the course of that time, has contributed to many signal achievements”.“We look forward to working with you for decades to come,” the Minister said.last_img read more

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