first_imgYOU wouldn’t have needed a crystal ball to have predicted that Anna Nicole Smith’s life would end badly. Between lawsuits, paternity claims, mysterious deaths and drug struggles, this stripper-centerfold-heiress-celebrity-mom was a train wreck in the making. And yet we watched, with morbid amusement. Now Smith is dead, leaving a baby girl behind. And suddenly her sad life – once a national joke – doesn’t seem so funny any more. Celebrity dysfunction may be a spectator sport in America, but at moments like this, we realize that it’s not so frivolous after all. These are real people, with real struggles and real suffering. Making Smith’s self-destruction all the more pathetic is that for so long it served as popular entertainment. May she at last rest in peace. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img 11 11 4. Per Mertesacker (centre-back) – Click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Arsenal XI in squad number order (lowest to highest) 11 5. Gabriel Paulista (centre-back) – Click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Arsenal XI in squad number order (lowest to highest) 16. Aaron Ramsey (midfield) – Click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Arsenal XI in squad number order (lowest to highest) 18. Nacho Monreal (left-back) – Click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Arsenal XI in squad number order (lowest to highest) 11 12. Olivier Giroud (forward) – Click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Arsenal XI in squad number order (lowest to highest) 11 14. Theo Walcott (attacking midfield) – Click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Arsenal XI in squad number order (lowest to highest) 11 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (midfield) – Click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Arsenal XI in squad number order (lowest to highest) 11 11 24. Hector Bellerin (right-back) – Click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Arsenal XI in squad number order (lowest to highest) 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) – Click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Arsenal XI in squad number order (lowest to highest) 20. Mathieu Flamini (midfield) – Click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Arsenal XI in squad number order (lowest to highest) 11 11 11 Arsenal will look to extend their stay at the top of the Premier League table on Saturday when Newcastle travel to the Emirates. It will be their first match of 2016 and they currently lead the way on goal difference, ahead of Claudio Ranieri’s high-flying Leicester. They face a Newcastle side that have lost twice in a row since their improvement in form. After impressive wins over Liverpool and Spurs, the Magpies have slipped back into the relegation zone after going three matches without victory. SEE HERE – Arsenal boss tips Steve McClaren to succeed at Newcastle: ‘It’s impossible to transform a club in six months’Fabricio Coloccini’s own goal gave Arsenal a 1-0 win at St James’ Park in August and, with both sides desperate for points for far different reasons, it promises to be an exciting clash.Alexis Sanchez remains out but Mathieu Flamini could be available again. Calum Chambers performed well in the French midfielder’s absence and Wenger has a few selection dilemmas to mull over before submitting his team sheet. Mesut Ozil scored and assisted yet another goal in Monday’s win over Bournemouth. Gabriel Paulista was on the scoresheet and the Arsenal boss must decide whether to restore Laurent Koscielny in defence or to stick with the Brazilian defender. Who will line up for the Gunners? Click the arrow above, right, to see!SEE HERE – Petr Cech set a new Premier League clean sheet record on Monday and old record holder David James told talkSPORT he was ‘well worthy’ 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) – Click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Arsenal XI in squad number order (lowest to highest)last_img read more

first_imgMAVERICKS BARBERS: The male grooming experts at Mavericks Barbershop Letterkenny share tips for slowing down or preventing a common issue for men – a receding hairline.After our last Mavericks column where we address the 5 most common mistakes made by balding men, concerning styling, we found it intrigued quite a few men and prompted the questions “what can I do to stop going bald?” Or “is there any cures for baldness?” Today we will park the fact that a percentage of us are genetically set up to go bald whether we like it or not. If we are set up to go bald, what can we do to slow it down and if we were more fortunate with the genes then what can we do to prevent it??? Manage Your StressMajor stress in your life can actually cause up to 40% hair loss. Your body reacts to stressful events in different ways, however it can actually be a leading cause of thinning hair. Especially if it’s prolonged! Figure out a way to manage your stress levels and get a balance in your life this is arguably the biggest step you can take to combat a receding hairline.Eat Healthy If you eat unhealthily, it’ll show in your hair. Not just your hair, we’re sure everyone has been a victim of overly oily skin after eating junk food. Ensure you get the right mix of vitamins to help with your overall well-being, however it’s good to have some vitamins that directly affect hair health.StylingIf you style your hair daily, you could be causing your hair to thin prematurely. Most of us don’t realise how gentle we have to be, so if you’re pulling your hair into style, or combing it whilst wet can actually pull your hair out. We also know the ‘man bun’ has been a popular trend, however pulling your hair back can cause long term issues. To combat this issue, make sure you towel dry your hair before styling and use a wider toothed comb or brush if you have concerns of thinning hair. We’d also recommend not washing your hair daily, this allows your natural oils to build up and strengthen the hair, however this does not mean never washing your hair. Maybe opt for every third day or every second, depending the work you do or your fitness regime. Likewise, you can trust me when I say, us Mavericks will certainly not complain if you wash it before you visit us…… The SunWhile we are experiencing this wonderful spell of weather in Donegal I’m sure a few boys are asking themselves the question will uv exposure affect my hair loss??? No need to worry gentlemen, the sun does not affect hair loss in any form, just make sure you get the sun cream on and protect that skin of yours!!!Why not call into Mavericks Traditional Barbershop on the Lower Main Street, Letterkenny and treat yourself to the best male grooming experience a man can get. Also, you can follow us on Facebook Barbers: How to avoid a receding hairline was last modified: May 10th, 2017 by Mavericks BarbersShare 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:Baldnesshairmale groomingmavericks traditional barbershopreceding hairlinelast_img read more

first_imgDonegal stars Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher have confirmed they are to open a sports shop in Letterkenny this Friday.It comes just a couple of weeks before the two men from Glenswilly take on Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park.But the pair say that while their venture into the business world is exciting, all their efforts will first be put into overthrowing the Dubs at GAA headquarters. Donegal captain Murphy, 25, said he simply couldn’t allow the opportunity of opening up his own sports shop to pass him by.“Running a sports shop is something that I always had in the back of my mind, so when this opportunity presented itself, I couldn’t let it pass.“I asked Neil Gallagher to come on board as a director of the company, as I’ve known him for many years and he’s the first person I thought of when the opportunity arose.“While it’s good to be up and running, our primary focus for the moment is the All Ireland Semi Final, so we’re concentrating all of our energy and attention on that.’ And Michael’s close friend and club-mate, Neil Gallagher says the pair have already spent so much time in sports-shops buying sportgear that it’s a natural move to have one of their own!“It’s a natural fit for us and we’ve created the kind of sports’ store that we would love to shop in ourselves, focusing on excellent products, quality service and expert advice.“We’ve been planning this project for a while and have a great team in place, which means we’re free to concentrate on our training and preparation for the next game. That’s the most important thing for us at the minute.”The state-of-the-art store offers a wide range of leading brands across almost 7,000 sq feet of retail space. The shop will open its doors for the first time on Friday, 15th August at 10.00am. Customers can also shop online at www.michaelmurphysports.ieDedicated zones within the store ensure an easy to navigate, customer-centric environment. A custom-built golf section includes the northwest’s only golf simulator, giving customers access to cutting-edge technology to help improve their game. This is the perfect setting to book a golf lesson with the in-house professional.The footwear section includes a gait analysis machine to ensure each customer gets a perfectly tailored fit. The team room upstairs is a dedicated space for sporting clubs and associations to select the best gear for their needs.All the leading sports brands will be available in-store including O’Neills, Nike, Adidas, Asics, Puma, Mizuno and Canterbury together with the northwest’s only comprehensive stock of golfing brands. The golf offering includes Callaway, Ping, Taylormade, Titleist, Under Armour, Cobra, Footjoy, Clevland and Srixon.The Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure team offers specialist advice across a complete range of sporting disciplines. The shop caters for everybody, from professionals to amateurs, first timers, students, and those who simply want to be more active by getting outdoors. All sportswear can be personalised in-store while you wait. Along with the specialist advice required to get exactly the right product for their needs, customers can expect quality, convenience and value for money.The shop also features the largest trophy centre in the northwest with an extensive trophy and medal selection and an engraving service for schools, clubs and all sporting organisations. The new store will stock everything required for the upcoming big match, including jerseys, hats, flags and scarves.Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure will open this Friday at Station Roundabout, Letterkenny.DONEGAL DUO SAY DUBS WILL COME BEFORE SELLING JERSEYS! was last modified: August 12th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalletterkennyMichael MurphyNeil Gallaghersports shoplast_img read more

first_img“But, for me, football is about levels and, if you don’t defend properly and you don’t do the basics well enough, high-level players and high-level teams normally punish you and that was the case.“We didn’t do the basics well enough, or clear our lines at the right time. At times, we weren’t in the right positions.“People who have had a lot of praise and have done really, really well to get us to this stage just didn’t do the basics well enough.” 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Most Popular In Football REVEALED BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED 2 MONEY Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars huge blow Rangers took the lead three times in Moscow, but were still beaten 4-3 by Spartak Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED center_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice Rangers boss Steven Gerrard slammed his side’s defensive display in their 4-3 Europa League defeat to Spartak Moscow last night.The result ended Rangers’ 11-game unbeaten run in the competition and the manager singled out his high performing stars. Gerrard’s men were 3-2 up at the break before two quick-fire second-half goals condemned the visitors.“We are bitterly disappointed with how we defended,” Gerrard said.“If the problem was tactically then I would have looked to change formation or personnel.“The goals we conceded were nothing to do with tactics.”Rangers led three times in the first-half thanks to an own goal and strikes from Daniel Candeias and Glenn Middleton.But there were just 66 seconds between Sofiane Hanni’s equaliser and Luis Adriano’s winner, which left Rangers third in Group G with two group games remaining.“I think we attacked very well and I thought we were very dangerous and countered very bravely and got our rewards for that to be in control of the game at half-time,” Gerrard added. Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was not happy with his team’s defending during their Europa League defeat Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade shining Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move last_img read more

first_imgSOME STUDENTS at Loreto Community School in Milford have hit out at protestors at their school today, accusing them of “hijacking a neutral environment.”Several students have emailed this evening.“I was at the school today and I actually disagree totally with this Government but he (Enda Kenny) was here for a school celebration and they (protestors) should not have been here,” said one 4th year pupil. Another, in Transition Year, said: “There were plenty of other places for them to protest and they should have stayed away. I thought it was very annoying and very disrespectful to the pupils and to our teachers.”Another told us: “I’m a 5th year student at Loreto Community School and in my own opinion I think that it was not only rude of these protesters to overshadow our day today but completely wrong.“So what? They have opinions – as does everyone – but what gives them the right to overshadow a joyous occasion for our school. I think it was highly disrespectful and they should be feeling disgusted that they put on such a ‘show’ today in front of young people.“If anything they’re a disgrace and should apologise to the students and staff. I thought it was incredibly kind of enda kenny to visit the school and to take the time to talk to the students, but I was disgusted by the way he was treated.”  PUPILS ANGER AT ANTI-AUSTERITY PROTEST was last modified: May 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:MilfordPUPILS ANGER AT ANTI-AUSTERITY PROTESTlast_img read more

first_imgDonegal North East Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue is calling on the Government to do everything in its power to protect jobs at Highland Bakery.“It is not acceptable that the State, in looking to collect unpaid revenue, would jeopardise the future viability of a business employing 28 full time staff and 15 delivery workers in Killclug,” said Deputy McConalogue.“At a time when unemployment is at an all time high in Donegal, it is incumbent on the authorities to ensure that there are no further job losses.  There has never been more pressure on small businesses and many are finding it difficult to survive. “Highland Bakery has been a successful business and valued local employer for many years. Now that it is experiencing some difficulties, the State should be reaching out to help it stay afloat instead of compounding these difficulties.“I’m calling on the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Unemployment Richard Bruton to liaise the Revenue Commissioners and Highland Bakery to come to arrangement which would protect all jobs at the company.  Every step possible must be taken to ensure that small enterprises, which are the bedrock for future employment, are supported and encouraged to grow. It is unacceptable that the jobs at Highland Bakery would be at risk as a result of actions taken on behalf of the State,” said Deputy McConalogue. JOBS CAN BE SAVED AT HIGHLAND, SAYS McCONALOGUE was last modified: May 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:JOBS CAN BE SAVED AT HIGHLANDSAYS McCONALOGUElast_img read more

first_imgDrake (3-2) did not need long to go on the scoreboard as Wypych’s second goal of the season came at the 15-minute mark (15:55). Wypych beat the UMKC (1-2) defense for the goal. HTML Box Score KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Senior James Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) scored a goal in the first half and junior Mason Leonard (Overland Park, Kan.) added a goal in the second half for the Drake University men’s soccer team to help defeat UMKC, 2-0, Saturday, Sept. 10 night at Durwood Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Full Schedule Roster Story Links Preview Live Stats The Bulldogs and the Phoenix are set for a first kick of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12 at Cownie. Drake then opens Missouri Valley Conference play, Sept. 17, when Loyola visits Cownie. Midfielder @MuengSunday talks about the 2-0 win over UMKC.— Drake Men’s Soccer (@DrakeMensSoccer) September 11, 2016Print Friendly Version Green Bay 9/13/2016 – 6 PMcenter_img Next Game: Leonard scored his goal in the 56th minute (56:41) as Wypych once again beat the Roos defense and this time sent a cross to Leonard who blasted it in the net for his second career goal and first since the 2014 season. PDF Box Score The road win over the Kangaroos closed a six-game road trip to start the season for the Bulldogs. Including its final exhibition match at Northern Illinois (W, 3-1), Drake played six games in five different states since hosting Eastern Illinois for an exhibition on Aug. 17. The Bulldogs finally play a regular season match at the Cownie Soccer Complex this Tuesday when they welcome Green Bay. Drake’s defense was stout Saturday night, led by senior goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod (Waterloo, Ontario) who tallied six saves and earned his 17th career shutout. MacLeod is already the all-time leader in program history in career shutouts. “From a defensive perspective, we were well organized, disciplined, resilient and combative,” Smith said. “A lot of credit goes to James Pendrigh for his leadership of a young and impressive back line. As always we are delighted for Darrin who adds to his impressive clean sheet record.We were equally impressive in attack with a masterful performance from Mueng Sunday in the midfield and our dynamic frontline of Steven Enna, Nic Jaimes, and Wypych who helped create a number of additional scoring opportunities that could have extended the lead.” “We have a busy week ahead with Green Bay and Loyal and we are looking forward to both and to be at home,” said Smith. “We are delighted with tonight’s win as it is without a doubt our most complete performance so far and demonstrated the depth of our squad,” said Drake head coach Gareth Smith. “Six games on the road in a row is a difficult schedule and to win four of those is impressive.”last_img read more

first_imgFinn Harps 5k 28/09/2014Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club1 202 18.47 Dermot McElchar SM Finn Valley A C 2 162 19.46 Donal Haughey M40 Tír Chonaill A C3 183 20.18 Peter McMenamin SM Individual4 163 20.26 Lochlann O’Rourke M40 Individual5 165 20.33 Michael Gallagher SM Individual 6 263 20.52 James Boyle SM Individual7 169 21.02 P.J. Friel M40 Individual8 179 21.13 Anthony Murray M40 Individual9 229 21.16 Mark McCafferty M40 FVLC Begin to Run10 232 21.17 Christopher Gallagher JM Castlefinn Runners 11 164 21.25 Adrian Devine SM Castlefinn Runners12 209 21.31 Sean McMenmin SM Aghyaran Athletics13 230 21.33 Sean O’Leary M40 Finn Valley A C14 208 21.34 Andy Scanlon SM Finn Valley A C 15 31 21.49 Noel Duffy M40 Individual16 240 22.08 John McElwaine M40 Lifford A C17 212 22.13 Seamus Curran M40 Finn Valley A C18 251 22.36 Maurice O’Donnell SM Individual19 253 22.42 Ryan Galvin JM Finn Valley A C20 33 22.49 Joseph Casey SM Individual21 187 23.18 Joanne Campbell W40 Finn Valley A C22 254 23.23 Aine McElchar SW FV Fit4Life23 260 23.28 Declan Carlin M40 Finn Valley A C24 211 23.28 Martin Anderson M40 Finn Valley A C25 213 23.34 Gloria Donaghy W40 Finn Valley A C26 207 23.42 Clara Carroll SW FV Fit4Life27 258 23.45 Pat McCrudden M40 Finn Valley A C28 259 23.48 Michael Floyd SM Individual29 238 23.51 Joel Walsh JM Individual30 184 24.06 Denise McGahern W40 FV Fit4Life31 171 24.29 Paddy Doherty SM Individual32 199 24.32 Melanie Sweeney SW Castlefinn Runners33 188 24.37 Paul Gallen M40 Individual34 200 24.39 Gary Gallen M40 Individual35 168 24.50 Darragh Morrison JM Individual36 167 24.53 Seamus Morrison SM Individual37 225 25.01 Marcella McBride W40 Castlefinn Runners38 248 25.12 Marie McColgan W40 Finn Valley A C39 204 25.19 Joey O’Leary M40 Castlefinn Runners40 161 25.22 Paula Jansen SW Finn Valley A C41 170 25.22 Noreen Bonner W40 Finn Valley A C42 178 25.57 Jim Hynes M40 Finn Valley A C43 239 26.07 Sean Gormley M40 Aghyaran Athletics44 231 26.08 Anthony Gallagher M40 Castlefinn Runners45 185 26.19 Cathy Kelly W40 FV Fit4Life46 172 26.20 Mary Martin W40 Finn Valley A C47 173 26.25 Cora Harvey SW Finn Valley A C48 255 26.57 Rosemary Parkinson SW Convoy Runners49 182 27.12 Evan Long JM Individual50 174 27.44 Ciaran Chaney JM Individual51 34 28.24 John Viray SM Individual52 205 28.35 Trevor Gordon SM Individual53 181 28.37 Evan Campbell JM Individual54 201 28.51 Marie Gallagher SW Finn Valley A C55 210 29.14 Ashleen Temple SW Individual56 197 29.43 Helen Logue M40 Finn Valley A C57 250 29.52 Betty Gallen W40 Finn Valley A C58 233 30.00 Kevin McHugh M40 Aghyaran Athletics59 186 30.01 Hugo Maguire M40 Aghyaran Athletics60 256 30.26 Hannah Parkinson JW Convoy Runners61 249 31.02 Annette Gildea SW Individual62 214 31.22 Pauric McCrory M40 Individual63 226 31.59 Teresa McMenamin SW Aghyaran Athletics64 261 32.17 Christine Lynch W40 FVLC Begin to Run65 177 32.33 Ursula Chaney SW Individual66 223 32.48 Angela McLaughlin SM Individual67 262 33.03 Chantelle Grant SW Individual68 166 33.54 Shane Elliott SM Finn Harps FC69 160 34.36 Amer Quiambao SW Individual70 36 34.37 Felix Robledor SM Individual71 198 40.08 Anouska Mulrine SW Finn Valley A C72 237 40.13 John Walsh M40 Individual73 189 40.17 Kathleen O’Leary W40 Individual74 190 40.17 Marie Houston W40 Individual75 191 40.17 Julie McConnell W40 Individual76 235 43.20 Ronan Roddy M40 FVLC Begin to Run77 234 46.17 Mary Bruton W40 Individual78 195 46.17 Oiin Doherty JM Individual79 194 46.41 Cian Doherty JM Inishowen A C80 192 47.07 Joe Doherty SM Individual81 193 47.28 Caroline Doherty SW Inishowen A C82 257 47.28 Alan Galvin SM Individual83 175 47.28 Brid O’Hagan W40 Individual84 176 47.37 Sonia Campbell SW Individual85 227 47.38 Geraldine Barron W40 Individual86 203 47.47 Claire O’Leary W40 Individual87 228 47.47 Timothy Browne SM Individual88 236 47.57 Denise Harkin W40 Individual89 196 47.58 Brendan Phair SM Individual90 222 48.30 Geraldine Phair W40 Individual91 206 48.30 Mary Dunnion SW Individual92 35 48.30 Ronald Tuliao SM Individual93 252 48.32 Anne Barhan SW Individual94 224 49.42 Brid McClafferty SW Individual95 180 49.42 John Campbell M40 Individual96 32 52.06 Laura Dees SW IndividualTotal Runners; 96WHERE DID YOU COME IN THE FINN HARPS 5K? was last modified: September 28th, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

first_img6 February 2015Durban witnessed what is arguably its most successful tourism year in 2014, with an increase in visitor numbers of 12.8% over 2013, according to the eThekwini municipality.In total, 7.4 million people visited the warm East Coast city, with a total direct spend of R19.2-billion and 95 396 jobs created and sustained over the year, the municipality reported on 4 February. With indirect spend added, the tally was R32.4-billion.Durban proved to be a big draw card for domestic and international visitors over the festive period, which showed an average growth of more than 20% in visitor numbers, with 400 000 more tourists than the previous year. Over the six weeks of December to mid-January 2015, Durban had 1.45 million visitors with a total direct spend of R3.1-billion and 15 492 jobs created; some were sustained.The hospitality industry employs 95 396 people.In terms of market segmentation, Durban recorded a 15% increase in foreign visitors from the United States, 12% from Australia, 13% from Zimbabwe and 10% from Zambia. Gauteng was again a key source market, constituting 49% of all visitor arrivals.Durban mayor James Nxumalo said the city was excited to be presenting these ground-breaking statistics, which had far exceeded all projections and reached a successful peak for the city. “The positive outcome of the research is encouraging and reflects the hard work done by the industry to promote tourism and ensure Durban is a top-of-mind destination.”Durban Tourism head Philip Sithole added: “2014 has proved to be one of our most successful years. This is after we launched a number of campaigns aimed at marketing the Durban destination to both local and international markets. Most notable was our ‘Taking Durban to the World’ strategy, which aimed at boosting both international and domestic tourism.“We have already started seeing return in investment in terms of achieving the objectives of our campaigns and if you look at the number of accolades that we have received in the past year alone, most recently the New York Times listing Durban in the top 10 places to visit for 2015, it is evident that we are on the right track.”The list was released in January. Durban is number seven, and the third city on the list.Durban was named one of the New7Wonder cities of the world in December 2014, out of more than 1 200 nominees from 220 different countries.In addition, in 2012, the municipality entered into a two-year partnership with National Geographic to position Durban as a “must visit” world-class tourist destination. The partnership ended in June 2014.Under it, National Geographic implemented a global campaign that included print, digital and television. The TV campaign included the production of three 60-second vignettes and two documentaries on Durban.Speaking this week, Nxumalo said the National Geographic campaign had reached 497 million viewers in the past two years.In early December, Durban Tourism, the city’s official tourism arm, said it would spend almost R22-million in a second partnership, over three years, with the National Geographic Society to market the city worldwide.As part of it, National Geographic’s Traveller magazine would commission an in-depth feature article on Durban and potentially, KwaZulu-Natal. There would also be an editorial supplement on “The Best of Durban”, and a 12-page feature for the USA Traveller magazine and tablet editions about Durban and KwaZulu-Natal.Themes and topics would include sporting events, culture and heritage, cuisine, lifestyle, architecture and multi-culturalism.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more