Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Alab bolsters semis bid with 38-point rout of CLS Knights Allyn Bulanadi and Ryan Costelo spearheaded the 39-point rout as they combined for six treys as Che’Lu-San Sebastian shot 15-of-37 from downtown.Costelo shot 13 points and had 10 rebounds, while Bulanadi also went for 13 markers on top of five boards, and three dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownVeteran forward Samboy de Leon led the crew in scoring with 15 points to go along with five rebounds, Alfred Batino had 13 markers and eight boards, and Jason David chipped in 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists in the win.Che’Lu-San Sebastian coach Stevenson Tiu admitted that he can finally heave a sigh of relief after his team finally secured a spot in the playoffs with a 7-3 card. LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery MOST READ “At least, we can relax a bit,” he said. “We’ve been preparing for this important game. At least with this win, we’re already assured of the quarters.”After falling behind, 4-0, to start the game, the Revellers retorted with a 9-0 blast before extending their lead to as high as 44, 99-55, late.Cedrick Ablaza carried Batangas-EAC (1-8) with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Cedric de Joya had 10 markers, three boards, and three assists.The scores:CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 99 — De Leon 15, Batino 13, Bulanadi 13, Costelo 13, David 11, Collado 8, Faundo 8, Siruma 8, Capobres 6, Lao 3, Ilagan 1, Jeruta 0, Santos 0.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback BATANGAS-EAC 60 — Ablaza 14, De Joya 10, Garcia 8, Dela Peña 5, J. Mendoza 5, Bugarin 4, E. Mendoza 4, Pate 4, Tampoc 4, Altamirano 2, Corilla 0, Estacio 0, Maguliano 0, Martin 0.Quarters: 25-14, 46-25, 73-40, 99-60.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESChe’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian barged into the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup quarterfinals with an emphatic 99-60 victory over Batangas-EAC Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Revellers took advantage of their 20-day break, pouncing on the also-ran Generals on their way to their fifth straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims
Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Varney A. Sirleaf, has said that Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) and Butaw citizens in Sinoe County have finally resolved to work together.Addressing a press conference yesterday in Monrovia, Minister Sirleaf said the government was pleased with the level of collaboration between citizens and the company.“We are very pleased with the level of intervention and progress we’ve made,” he said. “Today, we can safely say that we are on the road to settlement and more development in Sinoe.”According to him, GVL has never had the backing of citizens in Butaw due to differences or land grapping accusations against the company.Minister Sirleaf, who is the lead negotiator between the people of Butaw and GVL, as well as the Government of Liberia, said from the onset when the investment was put together by the GOL, Butaw citizens were not fully consulted.Based on that, the people of Butaw and GVL have had conflict over the years.Minister Sirleaf indicated that the government, under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is doing everything possible to bring investors in the country and in return provides more jobs for Liberians.The Minister further disclosed that recently he represented the Government of Liberia represented, along with Minister Paul Jallah, Assistant Agriculture Minister and Assistant Labor Minister for regional affairs, Prince M. Korvah, including Butaw citizens and GVL to sign an agreement to increase employment after completing nearly three years of negotiations. Minister Sirleaf maintained that in the agreement, GVL will submit the County Development Fund (CDF) to the committee by July 26 this year; harmonizes its operational area with the citizens of Butaw, particularly with the people of Murryville.“Let me make it clear here that GVL said the money is already available but waiting on the citizens to identify projects that the money will be used for,” said Minister Sirleaf.The agreement brokered by community groups and the Butaw Youth Association set out a new timeline for specific activities to be conducted by the company“With this agreement, the government is happy with the people of Butaw and GVL because both of them are going to work for peace,” he said.Under the agreement, Butaw lands will be surveyed, tentatively scheduled for the later part of this month, along with a review of The Forest Trust assessment report; conduct a Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) process; withdraw the 2012 complaint against GVL by the community, and the drafting and signing of a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the community and GVL later this year, and withdraw its court charges against Butaw citizens.Meanwhile, the Butaw Youth Association (BYA) headed by Chea Blamoh, said Butaw citizens are willing to work with GVL if once it abides by its commitment. “I can assure the public that once that is done, GVL and the people of Butaw will peacefully co-exist,” he said.“With this agreement, we the people of Butaw are very happy to work with GVL because we have come to an agreement, which is good for all of us,” Blamoh noted.The Butaw youth leader also called on GVL to re-survey the land and establish its demarcation with GVL operational area to avoid future embarrassment.He believes that if that is done by the company, then they can work together. “For that, we are grateful to the GVL management because it’s shown to us that it is here for the people of Sinoe,” Blamo said.On the submission of CDF, earlier the GVL said the fund has already been allocated, but wants the county leadership to take ownership of it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
LOS Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Police Chief William Bratton and the City Council can’t be thrilled by the recent report from the Violence Policy Center. The nonprofit public-advocacy group ranked California fourth-worst in the nation in the black homicide rate. Though blacks make up less than 10 percent of the city’s population, they account for more than one-third of its murder victims. The victims are young. The number of those killed under age 18 in Los Angeles is greater than the national average. And judging from the recent killing of 14-year-old Cheryl Green in Harbor Gateway and the many other nameless, faceless young blacks who are gunned down with tormenting regularity on South L.A. and San Fernando Valley streets, they are getting even younger. Villaraigosa and Bratton finger gangs as the cause for much of the violence and scream for more federal funds and law-enforcement help, more gang sweeps and injunctions. They even pay some lip service to the Advancement Project’s recent pitch to the City Council to shell out millions for social programs to attack the gang problem. But tough, enforced gang injunctions, gang sweeps and even an array of new job and education programs wouldn’t totally solve L.A.’s black murder surge. That’s because city officials refuse to put a racial tag on the killings, or make a real effort to understand why so many young blacks in the city kill each other. Many of those who tuck guns in their waistbands and shoot up so many of the city’s neighborhoods hardly flinch at the prospect of doing a long stretch in prison if caught. They have no fear of jail, death or being universally reviled as cowards, predators and urban terrorists. They feel that no one cares whether they live or die. Their belief that their lives are devalued fosters disrespect for the law and forces them to internalize anger and displace aggression onto others. They have become especially adept at acting out their frustrations at white society’s denial of their “manhood” by adopting an exaggerated “tough guy” role. They swagger, boast, curse, fight and commit violent, self-destructive acts. The accessibility of drugs and guns, and the influence of misogynist, violence-laced rap songs also reinforce the deep feeling among many youth that life is cheap and easy to take, and there will be minimal consequences for their action as long as their victims are other young blacks. And as long as the attackers regard their victims as weak, vulnerable and easy pickings, they will continue to kill and maim with impunity. The other powerful ingredient in the deadly mix of black violence is the drug plague. Drug trafficking not only provides illicit profits, but also makes the gunplay even more widespread. Gang members use their arsenals to fend off attacks, protect their profits from hostile predators, and to settle scores with rivals. Then there’s the chronic poverty, joblessness and miserably failing, under-served schools that trap legions of young blacks. California’s Legislative Black Caucus recently released a report which showed that blacks in the state lag far behind whites, Asians and Latinos in income, education and homeownership. Not surprisingly, blacks are more likely to have felony records and are far more likely to be homicide victims than any of the other groups. The black lawmakers vow to push the Legislature and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to do more to help poor blacks. With renewed jitters over looming budget shortfalls, it will be a long and hard-fought battle to get the legislature to take action. Yet, given the worsening poverty and living conditions that slam many blacks in L.A. and throughout the state, it’s a fight the caucus is duty-bound to wage. But a piecemeal job or training program won’t do much to cut down the number of murders, or drop the temperature level of anger that has risen among many residents over the killings. Yet there are some immediate actions that Villaraigosa and the L.A. City Council can take even without the hundreds more cops they need for the streets, or having to scrounge up the millions needed to bankroll new job, education and recreation programs the social reformers demand. They can beef up foot and bicycle patrols in those areas that have been hit hardest by the violence, and bump up spending on violence-prevention and gang-intervention programs. And they can better coordinate the scattered and disjointed job, skills-training, education and drug-treatment programs that are already in play for at-risk youth. The high homicide problem among blacks is hardly a problem that’s unique to L.A. But that’s no consolation to the parents and relatives of the young black men and women who are at mortal risk from violence in this city. It’s a concern that we all must take seriously if California is to shake the dubious tag of being one of America’s highest-ranking murder states. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is a political analyst and a regular contributor to the Daily News. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Arsenal are exploring the free transfer market in a desperate attempt to ease their defensive problems. Diego Lugano and Joseph Yobo are among the names under consideration. (Daily Mail)Arsenal are also plotting a shock return for ex-Chelsea and Real Madrid star Lassana Diarra. (Daily Express)Chelsea and Liverpool are hot on the trail of German starlet Julian Brandt. The Premier League pair have both sent scouts to run the rule over the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder this season. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool and Arsenal could find their attempts to land Pedro thwarted after Juventus dropped their interest in Manchester United’s Juan Mata and joined the race for the Barcelona star’s signature. (Daily Express)Barnsley are considering a loan deal for Fulham striker Marcello Trotta. (Daily Star)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Arsenal and Man United target happy to stay at Aston VillaArsenal target still in favour with Real Madrid coach ZidaneSouthampton striker set to join Wolves on loanArsenal and Man United target’s agent rubbishes Serie A switch reportsEverton set to resurrect interest in Barcelona forwardWarnock to let Crystal Palace stars leave in Championship loan windowExclusive – Former Leeds star admits interest in returning as manager
Monday’s training was the Cranes’ first since losing to Kitara in the Regional tour match played last Saturday. (PHOTOS/File)LUGOGO – Having returned to Kampala on Sunday, July 20th-2019, the Uganda Cranes resumed training ahead of their CHAN 2020 qualifier against Somalia.The Cranes were on Regional tour this past weekend, where they lost 1-0 to Kirara on Saturday.It was their first loss in the Regional tour this year, having won the first two games.In the training on Monday, it was mainly characterized by recovery drills, ball work and transition.During training, Patrick Kaddu withdrew with what looked like a thigh problem although the extent of the injury is yet to be known.The KCCA FC striker fell onto the deck after making a run and after having a doctor attend to him, he walked off and never returned.Once again, only 23 took part in the session with the KCCA FC players who won the CECAFA Kagame cup yet to arrive in the country. However, the 7 players in question are expected to join training on Tuesday.Speaking after Monday’s morning session, assistant coach Livingstone Mbabazi noted that the team is progressing well and will be good to go come Saturday.“We are happy that we are making good progress in terms of preparation. Said Mbabazi.“We played a build-up game on Saturday and although we lost, we are not worried because we played at a very poor pitch and we are optimistic about our chances on Saturday.“We will just keep on trying to better our training so as to execute better come the game.The team will have another session in the evening.They will then continue their preps with a double session on Tuesday before playing Proline FC in another build-up game on Wednesday morning.The Cranes will take on Proline in another build-up game on Wednesday.Uganda is preparing to take on Somalia in the first round first-leg of the CHAN 2020 qualifiers on Saturday, July 27th in Djibouti.The second leg will take place the following week at Lugogo.The players who took part in training on Monday morningGoalkeepersAlitho James (URA FC), Mugabi Yasin (Wakiso Giants Fc), Keni Saidi ( Sc Villa), Mutakubya Joel ( Kyetume FC)DefendersWilla Paul (Police FC), Mustafa Mujuzi (Proline FC), Revita John (Express FC), Awany Timothy (KCCA FC), Mbowa Paul (URA FC), Galiwango Dissan (Express FC), Mandela Ashraf (URA FC)MidfieldersTaddeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Masiko Tom (Vipers SC), Kagimu Shafiq (URA FC), Kayiwa Allan (Vipers SC), Kyambadde Allan (KCCA FC), Owor David ( SC Villa ), Ssozi Yusuf ( Paidha Black Angels), Kigozi Samson Andrew (Kakiri Town Council FC), Bright Anukani (Proline FC).StrikersKaddu Patrick (KCCA FC), Sserunkuma Daniel (Vipers SC), Senkatuka Nelson (Bright Stars FC) and Odong Johnson (Police FC)The technical teamHead coach –Abdallah MubiruAssistant coach – Livingstone MbabaziGoalkeeping coach – Sadiq WassaTeam Coordinator – Geoffrey MassaComments Tags: abdallah mubiruCHAN 2020Kitara RegionLivingstone Mbabazipatrick kadduSomaliatopUganda CranesUganda Cranes Regional Tour
“So, she asked me where I … Who knew that Andre Iguodala had a bit of Rudyard Kipling in him?He’s keeping his sense of humor while all about him is losing theirs.Iggy didn’t ask for the offseason adventure in which he’s trapped. He didn’t wish to be traded from the Golden State Warriors, but he knows how things work in the NBA. In fact, he called the shot.On Monday, NBC Sports Bay Area reported that Iguodala braced his wife (via a text exchange) regarding a potential trade:
Former South African president NelsonMandela addresses the WEF in 1999.Current president Jacob Zuma is expectedto attend a number of sessions and holdbilateral meetings.(Image: Andy Mettler, WEF) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dustin Chick+27 11 235 4322RELATED ARTICLES• SA hosts World Economic Forum• South Africans leading the world• SA, Brazil cement ties• Sasol on Dow sustainability indexJanine ErasmusTeam South Africa is fielding a strong presence, in the form of a private-public partnership headed by Brand South Africa, at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 40th annual meeting.This high-powered gathering of the world’s financial and political leaders takes place in Davos, Switzerland from 27-31 January with the theme Improve the State of the World: Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild.The South African delegation, comprising business and government representatives, aims to position the country as an attractive investment and strong emerging economy in this, Africa’s most important year.The 2010 Fifa World Cup has drawn global attention to the southern tip of the continent, and the team is taking advantage of this massive event to petition for more investment from WEF delegates, as they promote the diverse opportunities available in South Africa under the theme Experience South Africa.“With the rise of China, India, and Brazil among others as economic powerhouses, the global order is fast becoming more democratic,” said Brand South Africa chair Anitha Soni. “South Africa may not rank with these countries in GDP terms, but based on its track record, experience, and position within Africa, its voice is an important and influential one.”Power teamBrand South Africa, the Presidency, Department of Trade and Industry, the Government Communication and Information Service, and Business Leadership South Africa are behind the organisation of the trip to Davos.Other major corporate partners include communications companies Telkom and MTN, financial providers Absa, Investec, Old Mutual, Nedbank, Firstrand and Standard Bank, medical aid scheme Discovery, brewing giant SABMiller, petroleum manufacturer Sasol, and rail and ports company Transnet.The delegation is headed by South African President Jacob Zuma, who will participate in a number of sessions and is expected to hold several bilateral meetings.Other government and public sector representatives include Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, National Planning Commission Minister Trevor Manuel, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, CEO of the World Cup organising committee Danny Jordaan, and Paul Bannister and Anitha Soni of the IMC.From the private sector, delegates include Business Leadership South Africa CEO Michael Spicer, African Rainbow Minerals Executive Chair Patrice Motsepe, Absa Group CE Maria Ramos, successful film producer Anant Singh, Independent Newspapers Group editor-in-chief Peter Sullivan, and top banking executives.There are also a number of participants from civil society – they are the archbishop of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Thabo Makgoba; Civicus secretary-general Ingrid Srinath; vice-chancellor of Cape Town University Max Price; and co-founder and president of NGO mothers2mothers, Gene Falk.These are just a few of the many influential leaders that make up South Africa’s biggest delegation yet to Davos.South Africa – a smart choiceThe country is a strong regional leader and has injected almost US$1.8-billion (R14-billion) into infrastructure and transport upgrades, not only because of the upcoming world football spectacular, but also with a view to the future economic growth of the country and the Southern African region.South Africa has also invested extensively in other African economies, with many private and state-owned enterprises expanding their operations beyond the country’s borders.On a wider level, South Africa participates in a number of global institutions such as the World Bank, the UN network and the International Monetary Fund. As a member of the G20, or Group of Twenty, South Africa is poised to make its mark on global trade and finance, as the balance of economic power shifts towards strong emerging nations such as China and India.“South Africa is playing an increasingly significant leadership role in global decision-making, having recently contributed to easing consensus on pressing global sustainability issues during the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit,” said Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.South Africa’s financial systems have garnered world praise, and its industrial and manufacturing sectors are world-standard. Recognition as a major global financial force came from the World Economic Forum, which in its 2008/2009 Global Competitiveness Report listed South Africa’s banks as the 15th most secure of 134 countries surveyed. In this, South Africa fared considerably better than the US, the UK, Switzerland and Germany.The same report ranked South African auditing and reporting systems fourth on the list, again better than the UK and US.Academically and intellectually, South Africa has many resources to draw on, with world-renowned universities and research institutions situated across the country.The creative industries are a fast-growing and significant part of the country’s economy, and achievements such as the acclaimed film District 9 have earned widespread respect. Davos delegates will experience the best of South African music, arts and cuisine at the Grand Soiree in the Swiss town on 30 January.Here performers such as Freshlyground, the Afrotenors, Sibongele Mngoma, KB, Concord Nkabinde and Shannon Mowday, and a host of award-winning South African chefs will provide a tempting taste of the country’s creative offerings.An exhibition of works from nine major South African contemporary visual artists – among them Norman Catherine, Vusi Khumalo, Willie Bester and Zwelethu Mthethwa – will provide a feast for the eyes for the duration of the conference.
Addo’s African elephants now have more room to roam, with the historic dismantling of a large section of fence.(Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com.) The hefty residents of the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape can now move about more freely after a length of fence was removed between two sections of the park.The 4km-long piece of fence between the Colchester area in the south and the main game area to the immediate north, was enthusiastically brought down in August 2010 by volunteers, rangers and other workers, resulting in a whole new 24 000ha for animals to explore.The historic dismantling will now enable animals to move down to the Colchester area, which has undergone upgrades worth R45-million (US$6.2-million) in total on roads, fencing, wildlife introduction, a new rest camp and other maintenance.The elephants will in effect be returning to the same parcel of land that harboured the original surviving group of 11, before Addo was proclaimed in 1931.The Addo Elephant National Park is an important tourism drawcard for this region, and reported an increase in visitors and occupancy during 2009. Like all but three of South Africa’s other national parks, entry into Addo is free during National Parks Week 2010, which runs from 13 to 17 September.“National Parks Week provides us with that much-needed opportunity to establish a real multicultural visitor profile and also assist in the development of a deep sense of national pride, which will subsequently result in building stronger constituencies and ambassadors of conservation and the environment through affordable local holiday destinations,” said Minister of Environmental Affairs Buyelwa Sonjica, during the launch of the week-long event in Addo earlier in September.Elephant havenAddo, which is located near the Sundays River that runs along its western flank, is managed by the South African National Parks authority (SANParks). It was proclaimed to protect the region’s elephants, which had almost been wiped out by farmers and ivory hunters during the 18th and 19th centuries. By the time the park came into being, only a handful of the magnificent beasts were left.However, confrontations between farmer and elephant continued until the construction of an elephant-proof fence in 1954, which was developed by then park manager Graham Armstrong, and named after him.Interestingly, citrus fruit is forbidden in Addo’s game-viewing areas, as the elephants have developed a craving for them over the years. Because the cruelty of hunting had left the survivors aggressive and frightened, rangers fed them truckloads of oranges in an attempt to pacify them during the park’s early days. Now a single whiff could lead to disaster, as they are powerful enough to destroy a car – and its occupants – in an attempt to reach their favourite fruit.Originally 2 000ha in area and 2 270ha after fencing, today the park extends over 164 000ha. From the initial population of 11, elephant numbers have now risen to more than 450, making this one of the most concentrated populations of African elephant (Loxodonta africana) on the continent.An even bigger expansion of the park is in the planning, and will see the area grow to 360 000ha. An additional 120 000ha marine reserve is also to be proclaimed.Big Seven countryAddo is home not only to the mighty tuskers that give it its name, but also to the industrious Addo flightless dung beetle (Circellium bacchus) which is unique to the area, black-backed jackal, various antelope species, the vulnerable Cape mountain zebra (Equus zebra zebra) and critically endangered black rhino (Diceros bicornis).Like other South African reserves, the park is a natural treasure, with five of the country’s seven biomes found within its borders. These are the Albany Thicket, Fynbos, Forest, Nama Karoo and the Indian Ocean Coastal Belt.With its large stretch of Algoa Bay coastline, marine conservation is a priority. According to Addo management, the park incorporates the largest coastal dune field in the southern hemisphere. The southern right whale and the great white shark, along with the lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant, comprise the so-called Big Seven.The world’s largest breeding population of Cape gannets, and second largest breeding colony of African penguins, are also protected there.Addo has produced a few creature characters over the years. One of them was the 43kg Domkrag, the giant leopard tortoise. Domkrag (Afrikaans, meaning “jack”) was big and strong enough to physically lift up cars by crawling underneath them, hence his name.Another famous Addo animal was Hapoor the elephant, who ruled the reserve for 24 years. Hapoor (Afrikaans, meaning “nicked ear”) was not fond of humans, who are suspected of having caused the hole in his ear with a bullet. He was known for terrorising staff and visitors, and is renowned for being the only elephant to conquer the Armstrong fence.Both are deceased now, and Domkrag’s shell and Hapoor’s head are both on display in the Addo main building. Their names live on in the Domkrag Dam and the Hapoor watering hole.Addo also contains a number of interesting archaeological sites, including rock art in the Zuurberg caves and remains of the nomadic Strandloper (Afrikaans, meaning “beach walker”) people, who roamed the area during the Later Stone Age – between 40 000 and 10 000 years ago.
23 January 2014 Marriott International, the largest publicly traded hotel chain in the United States, has signed agreements to acquire the three brands and management company of South Africa’s Protea Hospitality Holdings, in a transaction that will make Marriott Africa’s biggest hotel company by number of rooms in operation or under construction. Protea has 116 hotels with 10 148 rooms in seven African countries including South Africa. Once the deal is finalised, Marriott will become the largest hotel company in the Middle East and Africa region. Announcing the signing of definitive agreements for the purchase on Wednesday, Marriott said the deal was worth R2.02-billion (approximately US$186-million). The company said in November, when it signed a letter of intent to make the acquisition, that the transaction would nearly double Marriott’s distribution in Africa to more than 23 000 rooms, “and would also provide Marriott with a proven operational platform and leadership team to accelerate Marriott’s expansion plans and solidify its leadership position in the dynamic and growing African hotel market”. Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson said the African continent “has significant untapped potential for travel and tourism, both as a destination and source of new global travellers. “The continent’s GDP is anticipated to grow at over five percent annually over the next several years, which we expect will raise more people into the emerging middle class,” Sorenson said. “With the Protea Hotels acquisition, our expanded footprint should allow us to become the first choice of Africa’s rapidly growing population of young, sophisticated travelers, and drive loyalty to our Marriott Rewards programme both within Africa and globally.” Protea Hospitality Group CEO Arthur Gillis said Protea Hotels had “grown organically to become the largest and leading hotel group in sub-Saharan Africa … In Marriott we have found a perfect fit across culture, values and commitment to industry leadership which will ensure that we remain at the forefront of African hospitality”. SAinfo reporter
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