Full confidence in PPP’s presidential candidate

first_imgDear Editor,Some people seem to feel that running a Government is a sole proprietor business – a one-man business – but this is so far from the truth.It is a known fact that a Party goes into an election with a manifesto which sells the party to the electorate. If the party wins, then it is a team effort comprised of persons who should have the ability to deliver on those promises. In addition, there are many advisors who are strategically appointed to assist these persons. The presidential elect not only gives guidance but takes guidance.In Guyana the coalition and the new kids on the block with their handful of supporters, some claiming to be disgruntled PPP members and supporters, are hammering away at the election of Mr Irfaan Ali as the PPP’s presidential candidate, making their repetitive rounds of personal attacks while claiming that he is “Jagdeo’s third term”.Bharrat Jagdeo has always been the focus of attack in and out of Office; his salary, his pension, his “mansion” as is claimed. Yet even the Prime Minister is now earning more than him and living the “Cadillac” lifestyle. This Government utilised great efforts and massive financial resources to ensure that he does not get a third term as President since they are mortally afraid of his sharp intellect and his topnotch statesmanship. The decision of the Caribbean did not deter or daunt his spirit. It must be recalled by Guyanese that after the PPP’s defeat by a one-seat majority, he rose from the ashes like the proverbial Phoenix and began a political crusade that was unrelenting in exposing the corruption and thievery of the coalition. His weekly press conferences were just as eagerly looked forward to as “Days of Our Lives”!Jagdeo’s relentless pursuit bore fruit and gave hope to the hopeless in this country which had begun to fall into the abyss of social and economic degradation. But while he did the Herculean task, some were waiting like hyenas to partake from the kill of the lion. A few of these were in the media headlines for all the wrong reasons! Now he is being vilified once again by those heartless opportunists who never even bat an eyelid for their country. But I know that it will never derail his focus of ensuring the good life for his people!As I recall, when Donald Ramotar became the presidential candidate twice for the PPP, there were no cries, wails and gnashing of teeth. He was not seen as the surrogate or puppet of Jagdeo.It was acceptable because they knew that they could outmanoeuvre him at any time. In fact, they dubbed him the “Lame Duck”!The then Opposition took full advantage of this and Nagamootoo tabled a no-confidence motion which saw his Government’s downfall.Ramotar was the ‘perfect’ opponent and the coalition wants another one. However, when one listened to the debates and presentations of Irfaan Ali, it is evident that he has what it takes not only to run this country but to destroy the corruption posse and thwart the efforts of the APNU/AFC to bring down his Government. He has that charisma, courage and competence and enough has been said about his achievements as a Minister. Let them call it what they want but Irfaan Ali is no Donald Ramotar and will never be an easy walkover!As a member of the PPP, I am in total agreement with the election of any presidential candidate since I have full confidence in the ability of my Party to choose the best candidate.The Central Committee has 35 potential candidates from which one must be chosen. When I was with the Alliance for Change I had no problem with either Trotman of Ramjattan being the presidential candidate.When I joined the PPP I had no problem with Ramotar being the presidential candidate twice and today I have no problem with Irfaan Ali being the presidential candidate. Let us put Guyana first and focus on the removal of this corrupt Government. God Bless our presidential candidate and God Bless Guyana!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC CouncillorRegion Sixlast_img read more

Steven Duggar’s injury creates a new challenge for Giants’ front office

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — When Steven Duggar jammed his left shoulder into the outfield grass while making a diving catch on Wednesday, the Giants outfielder feared the worst.“When I landed, I kind of felt like it was something a little bit serious,” Duggar said. “It was a Grade 3 (sprain) and we’re still deciding what to do.”Duggar did not damage his rotator cuff or the labrum he tore last August that required season-ending surgery, but he did suffer a significant sprain of the AC joint in his left …last_img

Zuma to take up issues with Mugabe

first_img5 August 2009South African President Jacob Zuma indicated on Monday that he would be contacting Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to discuss tensions in that country’s unity government, following a meeting with Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.“Given this situation, I will be contacting President Robert Mugabe on the matters raised by Tsvangirai,” Zuma told reporters in Johannesburg after meeting with Tsvangirai.Zuma said he would also contact other Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders to “brief them on how we can continue working together to make quick progress in Zimbabwe.”Tsvangirai told reporters that it was “five months since the formation of the unity government, so I was updating Zuma, as the chairperson of the Southern African Development Community, on the progress and areas of slow progress.”Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change claims there has been a recent crackdown on its members.While the issues that Zuma and Tsvangirai discussed were not mentioned, Tsvangirai said he was pleased by Zuma’s willingness to intervene.Zuma said he was confident that agreement on outstanding issues would be reached, adding that former president Thabo Mbeki, who mediated the agreement of the unity government, had also been briefed on the situation via a letter.Zuma said the problems in neighbouring Zimbabwe were “weighty”, but could be resolved. Tsvangirai had “indicated few deadlocks that we still need to look at, but I am confident that they will be sorted out.”The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has claimed a recent crackdown on its members, following the arrests of several lawmakers which it says are aimed at robbing the party of its slim parliamentary majority.Key appointments, including the appointment of Zimbabwe’s central bank chief and attorney-general, have been referred to the SADC for regional mediation.Tsvangirai is frustrated by the lack of progress in resolving the thorniest issues in the agreement, after Mugabe apparently refused to budge on his re-appointment of Gideon Gono as Reserve Bank governor and Johannes Tomana as attorney-general.The MDC also says scores of party legislators, students, activists, lawyers and ordinary party members have been arrested or are missing, while there reports that farm invasions are continuing in the country.The MDC holds a slim majority in Zimbabwe’s parliament, but some MDC members of parliament are awaiting trial or have been convicted of political crimes and have been suspended from parliament. The MDC says the claims against its members are politically motivated.The MDC joined Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party in a fragile coalition government set up in February, nearly a year after disputed elections, in an agreement brokered by the SADC.The unity government was created to end the violence that erupted after disputed election results led to a political deadlock, crippling the country’s economy and prompting millions of Zimbabweans to flee into South Africa.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

6 Climate Change Resources

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Lists#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshirocenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Excuse the pun, but while climate change isn’t usually a hot topic during the winter months, a number of companies have released environmental resources in conjunction with this week’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. World leaders are currently convening in Copenhagen to tackle our toughest environmental issues and provide positive solutions to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Below are just some of the resources netizens can consult to learn about the issues.1. COP15 Twitter and Facebook Pages: Those interested in following regular updates from the United Nations Climate Change Conference can track the official Twitter feed and Facebook page. Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to post conference proceedings as events take place. 2. OneClimate.net: This service offers a live stream of Copenhagen conference interviews via a Justin.tv channel entitled Copenhagen Live 24/7. Viewers can also join the service’s social network and create blog posts, comments and groups. 3. America.gov’s YouTube Channel: For a look at the on-the-ground videos coming from Copenhagen, America.gov is uploading a range of YouTube videos featuring the citizen-driven street action currently taking place. 4. Google Earth Tours: Google Earth released a series of six new tours that inform users about human health, renewable energy, wildlife and ocean conservation. From looking at meningitis in Africa, to renewable wind farms in the Appalachians, to wildlife corridors and migration patterns, Google is offering users information on how global warming affects all aspects of our lives. Members can check out the tour page to view narrated videos and download the Google Earth tours. You can also visit ReadWriteWeb’s list of climate change mapping resources. 5. In My Backyard: The National Energy Laboratory created an online tool to measure the amount of electricity you can produce through solar and wind power in your backyard. Using a Google Maps mashup, the service allows you to gain a rough estimate on your off-the-grid power generating capabilities by measuring your roof and yard size and calculating your estimated output. 6.Junfrau Climate Guide: The Jungfrau Climate Guide offers users a chance to explore the Jungfrau region of the Bernese Oberland and the effects of climate change on the region. Those hiking the Alps receive audio alerts when their phone GPS indicates that they’ve reached one of 43 hotspots. The hotspot alerts trigger information about climate change, natural hazards and the recession of glaciers. If you’ve got more services to add to our list of climate change resources, let us know in the comments below. last_img read more

Product Release: Panasonic 4K Varicam 35

first_imgChroma Subsampling4:4:4 Recording CodecAVC Ultra Codec or RAW View FinderOLED Frame RateUp to 240fps in 1080p, Flexible frame-rate while recording Panasonic releases the 4K Varicam 35, a serious competitor to Arri Alexa and Red Epic.Panasonic’s announcement of the new Varicam 35 is shaking up the high-end camera world. The camera, which is set to be officially unveiled at NAB in Las Vegas, is boasting awesome features including over 14 stops of dynamic range and 240 fps. The sleek, small design of the Varicam 35 also makes it easy to mount and transport.Panasonic Product Manager Steve Cooperman stated that “Building on the esteemed VariCam legacy of breathtaking image rendition and versatile off-speed effects, this next-generation modular design will deliver unprecedented flexibility to users, who can move between the worlds of sports, documentary, and other content creation with extraordinary ease and efficiencies.” Panasonic’s focus on flexibility makes it uniquely different from Arri and Red but no less a serious competitor for professional filmmakers.Photo Courtesy of FDT TimesThe following illustrates the known specs for the 4K Varicam 35. As stated above, The camera is set to official unveil at the NAB conference in LAS Vegas April 7 – 10.Panasonic Varicam 35 Known Specs Reference OutputSimultaneous 2K/HD with Proxy Recording capabilities. Dynamic Range14+ Stopscenter_img Sensor35mm MOS image sensor RecordingCardsExpress P2 Cards Video4K(4096×2160), 2k, and HD Recording Audio24 bit Linear PCM Pricing and Release DateThe price of the Varicam 35 has not been set, but it’s safe to say it will probably be too expensive for most Indie-film productions. The comparable Arri Alexa is priced at $80,000 dollars. The release date of the Varicam 35 is not set either, but rumors state that it will probably be released in the fall.The Varicam 35 is just one of the awesome cameras that Panasonic is set to debut at the NAB conference this year. More affordable camera’s such as the Lumix GH4 and the AJ-PX270 make Panasonic a serious competitor to popular camera brands such as Canon and Nikon.What do you think of the 4k Varicam 35? Is it really an awesome alternative to the Arri Alexa and Red Epic or will it fall short? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Reaching the Clients You Are Meant to Serve with Michael Port – Episode 11

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 34:26 — 16.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSWhen it comes to making any kind of presentation, from a keynote address to a crowded hall to the one on one sales presentation that could push your sales numbers over the top of your annual goals, you’ve got to know what you’re doing if you want to be effective. On this episode of In The Arena Anthony taps the experience and knowledge of one of the best presenters in the business, Michael Port. Michael is a classically trained actor who’s moved into the entrepreneurial world by authoring some incredible books and creating incredibly helpful tools to equip those who speak or present for impact. You’re going to enjoy this refreshing interview.Overcoming dyslexia to build his own entrepreneurial business, with Michael PortClick To TweetOvercoming dyslexia to build his own entrepreneurial business.When you first hear that Michael Port was a successful classically trained actor before he became an entrepreneur and speaking coach, you may think that he had all the advantages he needed to make that transition happen successfully. But you would be wrong. His struggle with dyslexia made it difficult for him to learn anything new in rapid fashion but it was his determination to overcome the voice of his inner critic and bring something of value to the world that enabled him to push forward. If you have that struggle against your inner critic you will learn a lot from Michael in this conversation as he talks about how to encourage the “inner hero” who can help you get moving in your best direction. Be sure to listen.What is marketing – really.When it comes to marketing most people feel that the tried and true definitions and approaches are what they need to adopt. But Michael Port says that when he began studying the marketing approaches of the last century he felt a bit uneasy taking it all in wholesale. He discovered the source of that feeling of unease when he realized that many of the tactics we follow in modern marketing were created by crooks who only wanted to manipulate people into purchasing things that weren’t always good for them. Michael talks about his departure from traditional marketing and how he’s forged a new path for himself on this episode, so be sure you listen to learn what marketing with integrity really looks like.What is marketing – really, on this episode with Michael PortClick To TweetHow to find your ideal clients using the “Red Velvet Rope.”Michael Port realizes that every beginning business or entrepreneur has to build a client base so that revenue can begin coming in. It’s natural and it’s part of the process. But over time it’s important to narrow your focus to serve your ideal client, the one you are able to serve with the highest degree of output and integrity, AND the one who brings you the most life and energy through your interaction with them. He calls this the process of establishing a “red velvet rope” policy that excludes some potential clients and invites others into the exclusive club of what you offer. You can learn how he fashioned this approach and how it could translate into your business endeavors, on this episode.How you can improve your next sales presentation.Any time you are presenting to others your goal is to make a connection on an emotional level. It’s not touchy-feely stuff, it’s the normal way that human beings establish rapport and build trust. If you can’t do that you’ll have a very difficult time making the sale, even if you know all the facts and features of your newest service or widget backwards and forwards. Michael Port says that the emotional and vulnerable aspects of what he learned from acting are what make up the vital aspects of every presentation, whether on the stage or in the sales office, and on this episode he gives some important tips for how you can build the kind of emotional connection that will increase your sales numbers over time.How you can dramatically improve your next sales presentationClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction to Michael Port and this episode. The harsh reality Michael was faced with when he began in business. What marketing really is – and how you have to approach it. Michael’s story of building his own entrepreneurial business in spite of obstacles. What is the “Red Velvet Rope” policy. How to deal with the “What if I can’t get enough clients?’ voice. Why people are ruled by an inner critic rather than their inner hero. How Michael replaces the traditional sales tactics with something different (and more effective). How someone can improve as a speaker or presenter. How Michael prepares for his speeches. Michael’s newest book: Book Yourself Solid IllustratedResources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.BookYourselfSolidIllustrated.comwww.MichaelPort.com111849542X 0470643471054455518XThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeStand for something, share it, and be comfortable in that place ~ Michael PortClick To TweetHow to find your ideal clients using Michael Port’s “Red Velvet Rope” conceptClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

You Have a Choice to Make

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Producing better results requires that you make a fundamental choice. You have to decide whether you want to change your beliefs and the actions that you are taking, or whether you want to continue to produce the results you are producing now.It is actually quite simple: You can’t have both. You can’t keep your limiting beliefs and the accompanying actions and have the better results you want. If you decide to keep your limiting beliefs and actions, then you have to change your desired outcome, which means you must accept your current state.This is a recipe for mediocrity, an unfulfilled life, and a life that is less than exceptional.If you would like to be thin and fit, you have to change your beliefs around nutrition and exercise. Refusing to change your beliefs and your current actions is a commitment to your present state.You might want to double your sales. To do so you are going to have to change what you believe about client acquisition, and you’re going to have to take the actions necessary to produce double the results you are producing now. Not changing means accepting the results you are producing now. It means settling.You can have anything you want, provided you are willing to pay in advance for that result. The bigger your desired outcome, the more factors you will have to change in order to achieve those results.It is within your power to decide whether you would rather change your beliefs and your actions or whether you will settle for the status quo. But you cannot have your desired outcome and maintain your current beliefs and behaviors. If that was possible you would already be producing the better results you want. You have a choice to make; change your behaviors and beliefs and get where you say you want to go, or accept where you are by continuing to believe and do the things you’ve always done.Choose.last_img read more

Rain or Shine banks on Cruz, deals Star its 1st loss

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next Cruz came off the bench and fired 18 points, three rebounds, and three assists in the win.Rain or Shine, though, had to gut it out in the end as the pesky Star refused to die late, trimming what was once an 11-point lead, 88-77, in the final 1:29, to as low as five, 92-87, after an Allein Maliksi floater with nine seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCruz had a chance to seal the game shut in the end, but uncharacteristically muffed both freebies and even fouled Malcolm Hill with four ticks remaining.Luckily for the Elasto Painters, Hill could only muster a split as Gabe Norwood secured the rebound to end the game. View comments J’Nathan Bullock also poured 18 markers, 11 boards, five assists, and two blocks as his side remained unbeaten since his entry for first-choice import JD Weatherspoon.Fresh from their stint with Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, Norwood contributed 15 points, 11 rebounds, and four dimes, while Raymond Almazan had 13 markers and 14 boards in the victory.“Finally, we were able to beat Star this season. I thought we’ll never win against them (this season),” said coach Caloy Garcia, as his side rose to a 4-2 record. “It’s all defense. It started in the first half, the energy was there, the effort was there. I just told the players that when they’re inside the game, what I look is more efficiency than you being tired. Everybody who played today came out strong.”From a 28-all deadlock, Rain or Shine unfurled a 24-4 tear abridging the second and third quarters to erect a 52-32 edge at the 7:31 mark of the third period.However, the trio of Hill, Paul Lee, and Ian Sangalang brought the team back to as close as three, 75-72 with 5:23 remaining before Cruz went on a tear of his own for the Elasto Painters late.ADVERTISEMENT “We’ve been playing a lot better,” noted Garcia. “I told the players since we made the trades that we became the number one defensive team based on the stats. I think it’s about defense, the effort is there. When we play good defense, our offense comes. But we still have lapses during the game.Hill topped Star with 26 points, 20 rebounds, and three assists, while Lee got 17 markers, seven boards, and three dimes.The Hotshots saw their four-game winning run halted as they drop to a 4-1 slate.The Scores:RAIN OR SHINE 92 – Bullock 18, Cruz 18, Norwood 15, Almazan 13, Ahanmisi 10, Matias 5, Borboran 5, Daquioag 5, Tiu 3, Ponferrada 0, Yap 0, Maiquez 0, Trollano 0.STAR 88 – Hill 26, Lee 17, Sangalang 11, Maliksi 10, Jalalon 8, Barroca 4, Ramos 4, Simon 3, Melton 3, Reavis 2, Brondial 0, Pingris 0, Dela Rosa 0.Quarters: 15-15, 41-30, 68-56, 92-88. Martinez bags silver, Perticheto wins bronze in figure skating Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jericho Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJericho Cruz took charge late for Rain or Shine as it dealt Star its first loss with a 92-88 squeaker in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The energetic guard fired 10 of the Elasto Painters’ final 17 points as they doused the Hotshots’ rally in the fourth quarter and stretch their winning run to three.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

Pacquiao gives away cars on 40th birthday

first_imgManny Pacquiao takes a break from training to party.Manny Pacquiao is known for two things: boxing greatness and generosity.The only boxer to win belts in eight weight divisions celebrated his 40th birthday Monday by giving away cars, motorcycles and home appliance to his townmates in General Santos City.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao has also established himself as a political heavy hitter after being named campaign manager for PDP Laban candidates in the 2019 midterm elections.Zonio said 12,000 tickets were distributed for the party while wide screens will beam the party happenings for those unable to get in.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ NLEX sending Desiderio, Tratter to Blackwater for Erram On a break from his training camp, ahead of the Jan. 19 fight against Adrien Broner in Las Vegas, the senator raffled off prizes in a local mall, according to his aide Aquiles Zonio.On the eve of his birthday, he was seen giving away grocery items to thousands of the city’s poor residents, something that has been a tradition even when he is in the United States training.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefBut for family and friends, Pacquiao threw the “the biggest birthday bash ever” on Monday night.His guest list included no less than President Duterte and other personalities in politics and show business. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

Here’s why Brisbane is Australia’s fastest growing destination

first_imgIndian summers are hot. Sweltering. So, when this side of the world is sweating it out, why not make a trip to the place where currently, it is winter? And no, not the shivering in your blanket because it is too cold to go out winter but a cool, balmy weather that is so pleasant, you just wouldn’t want to go home! Brisbane, Australia’s fastest growing tourist destination is calling.Being the capital of the state of Queensland, Brisbane is a bustling city, known for its charming vibe and 280 days of sunshine a year. It is a melting pot that offers a heady mix of a vibrant city life with quirky laneways, riverside dining, great nightlife, incredible food markets, world class hotels, and adventure.Here is what makes Brisbane the next big thing in Australia:1. The sunshine capital of Australia: Story Bridge ClimbIn Brisbane, every day is about vibrant shopping arcades, bustling bars bursting with happy people, beautiful, historical landmarks, and an exciting music and arts scene. If that is not enough, the fact that Brisbane has more sunny days per year than any other Australian city might give you enough ideas about how you can spend your weekends. Chilling at South Bank, enjoying the awe-inspiring view of the rising sun on an early morning climb on Story Bridge, getting the best instagrammable shots of the city from a vantage point at Mt Coo-tha, rock climbing or abseiling at Kangaroo Point depending upon your appetite for adventure or simply enjoying a picnic at the City Botanical Gardens.advertisement2. Brisbane’s swanky new hotels & developments: W HotelIn terms of development, Queensland’s River City is booming. 22 brand new hotels have opened in the past 5 years with hot new accommodation offerings that will make your stay worth its while. From glamping tents and riverside wharf residences to swanky five-star hotels, and a 1920s bank-cum -220-room hotel, you name it, Brisbane has it! The newest addition to the city has been Howard Smith Wharves, an entertainment and lifestyle destination on the riverfront that re-imagines the way you eat and drink. It even has picnic areas and indoor event spaces, apart from a host of restaurants where you can sample multiple cuisines. What would make a trip to the Howard Smith Wharves even more incredible is staying at the $100 million Art Series Hotel – a flagship, a stunning 6-storey structure that is inspired by acclaimed Australian painter Vincent Fantauzzo and is a master class in creativity and contemporary luxury.3. The super chilled out outdoor lifestyle: Brisbane river kayakingLiving in or visiting the river city’ means you get to kayak on Brisbane’s iconic waterways and see the city from a fresh perspective. Paddle under the Story Bridge or past South Bank and experience Brisbane like never before. Hop on a CityCat (the city’s famous ferries) especially during peak hours and take a unique tour. Get down at one of the many restaurants lining the riverfront and enjoy an evening of incredible food and drink, with gorgeous views of the river. (Recommendation: Watt Restaurant & Bar is a favourite among all. Housed inside the iconic Brisbane Powerhouse building, the restaurant is totally gorgeous and a minimalist’s dream.) Check out the many quirky laneways to get your fix of culture. Our favourites are Fish Lane (for a rocking nightlife), Bakery Lane (for some sumptuous desserts), and Burnett Lane (to sample the local wine selection and a slew of expertly crafted cocktails). For those with an appetite for adventure, Kangaroo Point with its rock climbing is THE place. You can thank us later!4. Lip smacking cuisine: Eat Street NorthshoreYou will find street food from around the world in Brisbane if you know just where to look. From an increasing fleet of food trucks to pop-up pavilions, tiny holes-in-the-wall, small markets, and bustling restaurants- all offer a sumptuous array of cuisines. Shanghai dumplings, Mexican tacos, Japanese gyoza, and the all-time fav Indian food- you can take your palate on a tour of the world! Oh, and honorary mention needs to be given to seafood like Moreton Bay bugs, king and tiger prawns, mud crabs, and sea scallops, etc. Check out Eat Street Northshore, the iconic riverfront shipping container eat precincts and markets that are a great place to mingle with the locals, absorb the aromas and sounds of the city as the sun sets on the river. Want to enjoy fresh local farm produce? Head out to Jan Powers Farmers Markets that will offer you an exotic array of bread, meat, fish, fowl, spices, oils and everything that your taste buds desire. Greenglass (George Street), Death Star Canteen (Queen Street), Botero (Creek Street), etc. Offer exceptional coffee and some fantastic breakfast options. And the emerging cafe scene has ensured that the outer suburbs of the city have some of the most incredible and aromatic coffee to de-stress you after a day of playing tourist. Places to not miss – Ill Centro Restaurant, Landmark Restaurant, Govinda’s and Post Office Food Court.advertisement5. Colourful, diverse events and entertainment: Brisbane FestivalBrisbane’s event calendar is over-flowing all year round with everything from home game matches to international sport clashes, community-led art shows to exclusive blockbuster exhibitions, live gigs to sold-out music festivals and everything in between. Brisbane is also a place where music, good food, and good vibes are aplenty. Check out the Brisbane Festival and award-winning productions at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). Brisbane Festival 2019 will explode across the city in September, featuring a thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera, the return of Treasury Brisbane Arcadia and Sunsuper Riverfire. A premier international event, Brisbane Festival is the biggest event of its kind in Queensland with over a million people coming together to join the festivities. From the BriAsia Festival to the Spanish Film Festival, the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival, and the India Day Fair (yes!), Brisbane is big on multiculturalism. So much so, that the city has one whole month that celebrates the diverse communities that the city boasts. So, wherever you might be from, you will always feel included and welcome here.6. Unique wildlife encounters in and around Brisbane: Lone Pine Koala SanctuaryHome to koalas and kangaroos, Brisbane is a paradise for the nature junkie. Feed the rainbow lorikeets and kangaroos, cuddle a Koala, check out beautiful Australian fauna like Tasmanian devils and dingoes, hold slithery, beautiful snakes- all at the world’s largest koala sanctuary in Lone Pine, the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary. Take a ferry from Holt Street Wharf to Moreton Island and visit Tangalooma Island Resort for an adventurous rendezvous with vast sand dunes, shipwrecks, beautiful beaches, and the 600 bottlenose dolphins that have made the bay their home. You can also snorkel in the gorgeous waters. Day cruise packages offer the opportunity to wade into the water and feed these playful creatures. And when we are talking about Dolphins, how can we forget the magnificent whales that can be seen in the season starting June to October on the Tangalooma Whale Watching Cruises. If you want some serious wildlife action, we recommend the one and only Australia Zoo, an hour’s drive north of Brisbane. Go on a journey of discovery and adventure with giant snakes, colourful birds and prehistoric crocs in the world famous Crocoseum! The Crocoseum is the fulfillment of late Steve Irwin’s lifelong dreams to provide visitors to the Australia Zoo with the opportunity to see crocodiles in clear water ponds. This Zoo will, undoubtedly, deliver an animal experience, unlike anything you have ever had before.advertisement7. An expansive art and culture scene: Brisbane South BankBrisbane has a number of cultural institutions that you can immerse yourself in. The Gallery of Modern Art, the Queensland Museum, the Brisbane Powerhouse, and the Maritime Museum are all testimony to the rich history and incredible heritage that Australia is known to have. Brisbane’s own London’s Eye, the Wheel of Brisbane in South Bank offers an awe-inspiring 360-degree panoramic view. The Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts offers the regular theatre, cabaret, and musical events for those interested in the underground arts scene.8. Australia’s most sustainable city: Botanical GardensBrisbane boasts 2,000 green parks and over 2,500 species of plant life. No wonder the city is famous for its immense bio-diversity and is a paradise for those who are in love with Nature and want to stay close to it. The lush City Botanic Gardens right beneath the stunning Mt. Coot-tha is a green haven with its rainforest glades, bamboo groves and scenic lily ponds- ideal for those Saturdays when all you want to do is to sit with a book and relax.And if you get some too-good-to-be-true (and yet true!) flight offers from Malaysia Airlines, there is no reason to not start packing your bags immediately. The land of buzzing nightlife, sub-tropical climate, pub-hopping, hidden lanes, and immersive culture beckons you.Happy vacations!last_img read more