Friday, May 1, 2009

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa Garners Another Award

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa Garners Another Award

The multi-award winning Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town, part of the family-owned Red Carnation Hotel Collection, has been selected in the Best Family Hotels and Cruises list, Africa + the Middle East, in the Travel + Leisure magazine, with an incredible score of 93.85.

(PRWEB) September 23, 2010

The multi-award winning Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town, part of the family-owned Red Carnation Hotel Collection, has been selected in the Best Family Hotels and Cruises list, Africa + the Middle East, in the Travel + Leisure magazine, with an incredible score of 93.85.

This comes hot on the heels of other recent awards such as recognition by readers of the same prestigious magazine's 15th annual reader survey of the absolute best Hotels in the world with a near perfect score of 93.62. The Hotel was rated 34th in the list of the World's Top 100 Hotels, and 8th in the list of the best lodges and resorts in Africa and the Middle East - the highest rating for any Hotel in Cape Town (http://www.12apostleshotel. com/).

This week, the three 5-star properties belonging to the Red Carnation Hotel Collection in South Africa - The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat and The Oyster Box - each received Diamond Awards, the highest of all the categories, at the Diners Club Winelist Awards 2010. This is the third consecutive year that The Twelve Apostles has gained Diamond status.

It has also been voted as one of the Top 10 Hotels for offering the most breathtaking views in the world by Hotels. com®, the world's leading Hotel booking website.

From the 120,000 Hotels offered by Hotels. com®, the Twelve Apostles (http://www.12apostleshotel. com/) was chosen in the top 10 and the only property in Africa. The Hotel has become legendary in Cape Town.

Expedia® travellers have ranked the Hotel among the world’s best Hotels on this year’s Expedia Insiders’ Select™ list. The list formally recognises individual Hotels worldwide that consistently deliver excellent service, a great overall experience and a notable value. The full list represents only a small percentage of the world’s top Hotels from the more than 110,000 Hotel properties offered on Expedia.

The Red Carnation Hotel Collection (http://www. redcarnationhotels. com/) has also become the first worldwide company to achieve the new Gold Standard set by Investors in People, whose standards help organisations in every sector transform their business performance.

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About The Red Carnation Hotel Collection
Red Carnation is an award-winning luxury collection of thirteen five and four star family-run boutique hotels. Each is distinguished by an absolute commitment to attentive service and the comfort of every guest and located in some of the world's most popular destinations. Red Carnation Hotels are regarded as some of the world's finest with accolades including "Best Hotel in the British Isles" in the Condé Nast Traveller magazine's 21st Annual Readers' Choice Awards and "Best Hotel in the World" in the 2009 US Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards.

View a complete list of Awards and Accolades (http://www. redcarnationhotels. com/dynamic/downloads/document/awards_and_accolades_aug. pdf) for the Red Carnation Hotel Collection.

Image Download: A selection of the hotel's images can be downloaded at - www. rchimages. co. uk in high resolution.

RED CARNATION is a luxury award-winning collection of five and four star family-run boutique hotels
LONDON: The Milestone Hotel near Kensington Palace;
The 41 Hotel by Buckingham Palace's Royal Mews;
The Egerton House Hotel in Knightsbridge;
The Rubens at the Palace Hotel opposite Buckingham Palace;
The Montague on the Gardens Hotel adjacent to the British Museum;
The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel in the heart of Mayfair
DORSET:Summer Lodge Country House Hotel Restaurant & Spa, Evershot
GUERNSEY: The Old Government House Hotel & Spa Channel Islands
GENEVA: Hotel d'Angleterre, overlooking Lake Geneva, Switzerland
PALM BEACH: The Chesterfield Palm Beach Hotel Florida
SOUTH AFRICA: The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat, in the heart of the Cederberg Mountains in the Western Cape
The Oyster Box, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu Natal

Www. redcarnation. com | book(at)rchmail(dot)com

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Elderly Drivers - Stop or Go?

Elderly Drivers - Stop or Go?

Elderly drivers are involved in accidents at a rate paralleling those of teenagers. Here are a few tips to help you help your elderly driver or keep him off the road.

(PRWEB) April 1, 2004

Without so much as a tap on the brakes, my 87-year-old aunt whizzed through another stop sign.

"That was a stop sign," I shrieked.

"Oh," she replied rather offhandedly, "they just put those there so you'll look before you go into an intersection."

That was the day I stopped riding with her but not the day she stopped driving. From then on, I had visions of an enormous pink Chevy leading a parade of cascading accidents. I wasn't far from wrong.

She drove with what she knew to be the utmost caution. . .never exceeding 30 miles an hour, even on the interstate. She expected, even demanded, that traffic give way to her like the seas parted for Moses. Sometimes, it did. But mostly, being on the road with her was a harrowing experience with only disaster in sight.

So, when do the elderly become a menace on the roads? And, what can you do if they refuse to give up the keys? Here are a few suggestions.

Causes for Concern

·Poor Vision - Cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration can reduce visual acuity and limit visual fields, so a yearly eye exam is important for elderly drivers. Ask the doctor about driving, and don't take the word of the elderly driver on the results of her exam.

·Poor Hearing - Something as simple as a clogged ear passage can create hearing loss. A doctor can identify the problem and offer solutions.

·Poor Flexibility and Limited Range of Motion - When a driver lacks the ability to turn his head and shoulders to look outside, he may not see oncoming vehicles or obstacles traveling in the car's blind spot.

·Slower Reaction Time - As we age, reaction times drop. Keeping extra space between the driver's and other cars can help reduce the likelihood of accidents, but there comes a time when reactions are too slow for road safety.

Get (and Keep) the Keys

A few states, require road or vision tests for people over 65 on license renewal. Consider yourself fortunate if you live in one of these states because the state may refuse to renew the elder's license. Otherwise, try the following.

·Talk with your elder about the convenience of mass transit - Many mass transit authorities have special services and fares for elderly and disabled. Check with your local transit authority. Remind your elder how nice it is to be able to enjoy the scenery while someone else does the driving.

·Give your elder a refresher course - Not only will a refresher course improve road awareness, your elder might earn a discount on his car insurance. Courses and informative pamphlets are available from the AARP, AAA, and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

·Report unsafe driving to your local Department of Public Safety. They may have more help to offer you.

·"Break" the car - My teenagers unplugged a few vital wires when my father, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, refused to give up the keys. We knew his cognitive ability was far too damaged for him to recognize the problem, but he was comforted when we said we'd have the car repaired "soon."

·“Lose” the keys - Distract your elder from finding "lost" keys by offering an immediate alternative way to go somewhere. Remember you are protecting not only him but all the rest of us as well.

What happened to my aunt? She got a ticket from a traffic officer whom we blessed daily! Fearing the loss of her auto insurance, she voluntarily gave up driving.

Web Resources

Driving Safely While Aging Gracefully is a free booklet you can read online.

AARP offers a refresher course for elderly drivers as well as other helpful resources at http://www. aarp. org/55alive/ (http://www. aarp. org/55alive/).

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, seniordrivers. org


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SecureTRANSIT™ Targets Airline Security, Compliance with EDIFACT-Reporting Software

SecureTRANSIT™ Targets Airline Security, Compliance with EDIFACT-Reporting Software

SecureTRANSIT introduces APIScontrol, new US Customs and Border Protection compliance software for the airline industry. Quick, easy affordable way to file EDIFACT reports on passengers and crew and avoid fines. Works in enterprise and hosted versions from terminals and handheld devices.

Halifax, NS (PRWEB) February 27, 2006

SecureTransit, Inc.™, a leading provider of Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) software products for processing airline EDIFACT documents, today launched APIScontrol™, a new software product that improves the ability of airlines to comply with United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations for flights entering, leaving or over flying US airspace. CBP-certified APIScontrol facilitates capture, validation and submission of EDIFACT documents to US, Canadian and Mexican agencies via an Internet browser. APIScontol’s tracking, reporting and notification features make it the most advanced product for passenger security validation in the airline marketplace.

“Until now, airlines had limited choices for better ways to manage EDIFACT-compliance procedures,” said Ted Myllmaki, SecureTRANSIT’s EVP of Sales and Business Development. “APIScontrol completes required passenger and crew identity vetting processes before flights leave the ground. Quickly and accurately APIScontrol facilitates the matching of passenger and crew manifests against the most current NO FLY and SELECTEE government watch lists. This process creates a high level of flight security, ensures CBP compliance, and avoids potential fines.”

By leveraging low-cost Internet connectivity, SecureTRANSIT makes validation technology available to every corner of an airline’s operation. Highly scalable. NET-based APIScontrol runs in hosted and enterprise configurations from both handhelds and terminals. In addition, APIScontrol integrates with a number of other airline software packages including Sabre® FliteTRAC™ and CrewTRAC®, and SITA applications. APIScontrol also includes a full set of management reports and a report writer.

A number of pricing packages are available, including ones for small and mid-sized airlines and cargo-only operations. For more information, visit http://www. securetransit. com (http://www. securetransit. com).

About SecureTRANSIT

SecureTRANSIT, Inc., formerly known as Sheer Vision Technologies, Inc., has been developing software and delivering consulting services to the Canadian airline industry since 2001. The staff of subject matter experts in reservation and flight planning systems pioneered the development of user-friendly interfaces, which allow airline operations personnel to deal more easily with back office business applications and government compliance issues. In 2005, SecureTRANSIT was formed from the merger of Sheer Vision and Protena, LLC, a Boston, Massachusetts-based Microsoft CRM partner specializing in delivery of integrated online sales and customer service portals. SecureTRANSIT’s mission is to develop and deliver low cost Internet-based solutions, in the software services model, which solve passenger identity and security problems for the travel industry. Clients include Cargojet, Sunwing Vacations, Skyservice Airlines, Harvard University, Digitas, Software Secure, Ounce Labs and Merrill Lynch.

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