Donegal holiday home named amongst best in the country

first_imgA Donegal holiday home has been named amongst the best in the country in a national travel awards scheme by Sykes Holiday Cottages.Mulroy View, a five-bedroom cottage overlooking Mulroy Bay near Kerrykeel in County Donegal, picked up the silver award.The property is ideal for families and friends celebrating special occasions or looking to explore this part of the country. The Donegal property was only bettered by Marino, an impressive rental property in Liscannor, County Clare.It took home gold thanks to its cosy living spaces and spectacular sea views. The property has a nautical theme, with décor inspired by the nearby fishing village and harbour.Bronze was awarded to A Country View Cottage, a rental close to Athenry in County Galway with its own games room including a full-size snooker table and minibar.Now in its third year, Sykes received 2,500 entries from throughout the UK and Ireland across 30 categories – ranging from Best for Romance to Best for Glamping, alongside regional winners. All three properties beat off tough competition from others shortlisted, but the judges were impressed by their style and facilities, as well as occupancy rates and customer feedback on cleanliness, comfort, location and value for money.Harriet Kerr, commercial director at Sykes Holiday Cottages, said: “The Sykes Gem Awards have given us the chance to celebrate unique holiday homes and their owners. More and more travellers are opting for staycations over holidays on the continent, and last year we saw a boost in bookings to Ireland.“Because of this, those with a second home or money to invest are increasingly turning to holiday letting – who knows, we may see them on the Sykes Gems shortlist next year!”Graham Donoghue, Sykes Holiday Cottages’ CEO, added: “We launched the awards to recognise and reward the hard work of the owners who are part of the Sykes family. Back then, we had no idea how popular they would be, but we’ve been overwhelmed by the response and this year received a record number of submissions.“I love being part of the judging panel – you hear about peoples’ passion for holiday letting and everything they do to go above and beyond to deliver unforgettable breaks throughout the UK and Ireland.” Cormac O’Suilleabhain, from Tourism Ireland, said: “Awards like this one serve to shine a spotlight on Ireland and the brilliant breaks available here. I was blown away by the standard of the entries, so it was tough to choose between them, but all three properties are very deserving winners.”Donegal holiday home named amongst best in the country was last modified: October 25th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Sykes Holiday Cottageslast_img read more

Brand South Africa in good shape: Zuma

first_imgThe smooth running of last week’s local government elections once more demonstrated South Africa’s growth as a democracy and how it continues to attract the respect of the international community, President Jacob Zuma said after a meeting with the board of Brand South Africa on Tuesday.“For us, the elections, like many events we have held before, are once again proof of how we can help market this brand called South Africa,” Zuma said after the meeting in Pretoria.“To be a democratic country is very important because now we have people who are able to link their vote to their living conditions, and that markets SA in terms of its democracy.”The elections also helped South Africa to boost its international marketing both politically and economically, Zuma said.The meeting, also attended by businesspeople and Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, discussed at length the need for business and government to work together to market the successes of the country domestically and to the world.Established in 2002, Brand South Africa is tasked with developing and implementing proactive and coordinated marketing and communication strategies for the country.Brand South Africa chairperson Anita Soni said South Africa’s advanced telecommunications and research infrastructure made it one of the most attractive and competent countries in the world.“What we discussed in this meeting is that, considering the things we have, it is very important moving forward that we as South Africans become brand ambassadors for our country, because we have a lot to be proud of,” Soni said. “But it will take all of us to achieve that,” she added.Zuma used the meeting to appoint Geoffrey Rothschild, Moss Leoka, Sindi Mabaso-Koyana and Ramasela Moloto, all from the private sector, as the new members of the Brand South Africa board.New government representatives on the board are Presidency Director-General Cassius Lubisi, Trade and Industry Director-General Lionel October, Arts and Culture Director-General Sibusiso Xaba, and Timothy Scholtz from South African Tourism.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Inspiration! 10 Reimagined TV & Film Opening Titles

first_imgWe’ve rounded up some of the best fan generated tv and film title sequences!  Check out the reimagined opens of these popular programs.Some talented fans have decided to create their own unique take on the opening sequences for the following films and tv shows.  These re-imagined title sequences utilize a variety of production and post techniques to extradorinary effect.  Although they are fan generated show opens, the results are nothing short of professional!The Walking Deadby Daniel KanemotoIllustrations were animated in After Effects to create a unique 3D effect in this reimagined TV open for AMC’s popular zombie series.20,000 Leagues Under the Seaby MaximovBeautiful typography and clean graphic design create a minimalist spec title sequence with a vintage style.X-Men: First Classby Joe D! Retro reimagined title sequence for X-Men.  1960’s Saul Bass style illustration gets a grungy film treatment.  Even the music is fitting!Breaking Badby VirtuosodaThe ‘scientific’ theme of the show gets a clean treatment in this reimagined TV opener.  Utilizes both video and CG elements to impressive effect.Into the Wildby jurjen versteegExcellent pop-up animation creates a unique visual style.  This clever title sequence excellently represents the theme of the film.Back to the Futureby Daniel ZhangQuick re-imagined title sequence with retro illustration style.  Spot completed using Adobe After Effects, Flash, Illustrator and Photoshop.Mary Poppinsby Andrew ConlonExcellent title sequence utilizing a cutout graphic style.  Great textures and layering effects!Dexterby FashionBuddhaIf Dexter were created in the 1960’s the title sequence may look like this.  A Saul Bass inspired retro design!Black Swanby You Jin KimAn anxiety inducing fan generated title sequence for Black Swan.  Utilizes interesting close ups and ink effects, this re-imagined open incorporates the same apprehension and guttural feeling of the film.Mad Menby Paul RogersA lighthearted retro take on the Mad Men opening sequence.  Upbeat music, a playful animation style and dynamic transitions make the project clean and cohesive.last_img read more

Ravena, Teng lead respective teams in mini-tournament at Draft Combine

first_imgRunner wins marathon after competitors ahead take wrong turn Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP PBA IMAGESKiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng captained their respective crews to the top of their groups in the 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine mini-tournament Monday at Gatorade Hoops Center.Ravena, a two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player, anchored Team A-2 as they swept Group A in lopsided fashion.ADVERTISEMENT There will also be a three-point shootout at 2 p.m., before the Finals commence at 2:30 a.m.The Scores:First Game:A-2 71 – Perkins 20, Flores 13, Herndon 13, De Chavez 8, Ravena 7, Cabahug 6, Manuel 4, Geronimo 0.A-1 49 – Casiño 12, Dagangon 12, Moralde 11, Jose 8, Apreku 4, Dela Peña 0.Second Game:B-2 60 – Vigil 17, Gabriel 13, Palma 12, Sumido 7, Baltazar 6, Sargent 3, Torres 2.B-1 58 – Bringas 16, Juico 15, Ortega 11, Onwubere 8, Capacio 6, Grimaldo 2, Sollano 0.Third Game:A-1 72 – Jose 24, Manuel 22, Dagangon 10, Apreku 6, Casiño 5, Moralde 5.A-3 68 – Potts 13, Nalos 12, Bulawan 10, Tallo 10, Gabayni 9, Enguio 9, Arong 5. The former Ateneo stalwart displayed his playmaking skills in his side’s 71-49 rout of  Team A-1 as Jason Perkins (20 points), Lervin Flores (13 points), and Robbie Herndon (13 points) did the damage on offense.Ravena, then, took charge down the stretch to pull off the 69-58 win over Team A-3, firing nine of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter.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 shutoutHerndon continued his stellar showing in the second game, going perfect from the field to wound up with 23 markers, as Flores had 13.Meanwhile, the Teng-led Team B-3 had its victory come in contrasting fashion, squeaking out a 44-41 thriller over Team B-2, and a close 49-48 shave against Team B-1.Teng showcased his full array of talent in the combine, pacing his side with 10 points in a highly physical first game before going for 23 markers in the second game, but not before dishing out the game winning assist to Kyle Neypes for the go-ahead bucket in the waning seconds of the second game. But it’s not all Ravena and Teng as the coaches in attendance also took notice of some stalwarts in day one.Raymar Jose, Louie Vigil, Julian Sargent, Jon Gabriel, Jett Manuel, Gab Dagangon, Davon Potts, and Michael Juico are just some of the prospects who churned out solid performances for their respective teams.The mini-tournament continues on Tuesday as it goes on to the crossover semis.Ravena’s Team A-2 will take on Team B-2 of Vigil and Sargent at 9 a.m., while Teng’s Team B-3 face off against Team A-1 of Jose and Manuel at 10 a.m.Team A-3 of Potts and Mac Tallo and Team B-1 of Juico and Arvie Bringas will also be meeting in a battle for fifth game at 11 a.m., before the losers of the crossover semis face off at 1 p.m. in a battle for third.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion 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 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Fourth Game:B-3 44 – Teng 10, Grospe 9, Neypes 8, Nicholls 8, Abrigo 5, Sara 4, Cahilig 0.B-1 41 – Juico 19, Capacio 8, Sollano 6, Grimaldo 3, Ortega 3, Onwubere 2, Bringas 0.Fifth Game:A-2 69 – Ravena 24, Herndon 23, Flores 14, Perkins 8, Geronimo 0, Cabahug 0, De Chavez 0.A-3 58 – Potts 16, Gabayni 12, Arong 10, Tallo 9, Nalos 5, Bulawan 4, Enguio 2.Sixth Game:B-3 49 – Teng 23, Grospe 10, Neypes 4, Abrigo 7, Sara 5, Nicholls 0.B-2 48 – Vigil 16, Gabriel 9, Sargent 9, Baltazar 6, Palma 6, Torres 2, Sumido 0. MOST READ Read Nextlast_img read more