Cat given promotion after five years of ‘hard work’

In an unimaginable event that seems to have caught the world’s attention, a five year old cat has been given a promotion for her dedication ‘hard work’.

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Felix, a black-and-white cat, has been named Senior Pest Controller at Huddersfield Railway Station in the UK after five years of catching mice, making friends with commuters and getting paid in cat treats, according to Daily Mail.

Additionally, the cat has been given a new high-vis jacket and a name badge as recognition for her exemplary work at the station since her arrival in 2011.

The cat reportedly arrived at the station while she was just nine weeks old but did well to keep mice off the station.

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The discrepancy in naming the cat came about just after her arrival with the staff thinking she was male. It was later decided that the name would remain even after the staff realised that she was female.

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Interestingly, Felix has a Facebook page with over 8,000 followers and she’s said to have made a lot of friends at the station.

According to Chris Bamford, a Customer Service Assistant at the station, the promotion is a sign of appreciation and recognition of Felix’s work.

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“Felix’s presence here is of great importance as it brings a smile to many morning commuters. She is part of the family though she likes to think that she runs the place,” said Bamford.

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Paradisiacal life awaits you at Hollywood Mansion, Cape Town

Hollywood Mansion is not your ordinary type of accommodation; it is a paradise in every sense of the word.

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From its location in a picturesque suburban setting at Cape Town, to its architectural prowess and meticulously done décor, the mansion speaks of class and opulence.

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This beautiful Villa located in Camps Bay has magnificent uninterrupted views and a mountain stream flowing just next to it.

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There are 5 en suite bedrooms that can sleep up to 10 people and an outdoor area that can be used as an entertaining spot and a venue for barbeque, an infinity heated swimming pool and a parking lot that can accommodate 16 cars.

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The mansion also has 9 balconies, 3 studies and 4 lock up garages, a gym, home theatre and is kept under tight security with 360 CCTV and alarms set in various sections of the house.

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Hollywood mansion is built in two plots and stands as the largest homes in Camps Bay.

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There is also piped music of your choice throughout the home, including the pool area, a plasma TV in the informal lounge with DVD, and Cable TV linked to Master Room and Cinema Hall.

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The Hollywood Mansion is located just 1.2 km from the Beach front and has proximity to shops and trendy restaurants, pharmacy, clothing stores, pubs, surf shops, coffee shops, ice cream parlours, art gallery, night clubs and supermarket.

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Camps Bay is one of the trendiest cosmopolitan suburbs of Cape Town and is nestled between Lion’s Head, the Twelve Apostles and the icy Atlantic Ocean with a small village atmosphere.

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The Bay is centrally situated being only 30 minutes from the International Airport, 10 minutes to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and close to major highways that lead further up the coast or inland to the Cape Winelands.

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Are you visiting Nairobi National Park? Here are places to stay

Established in 1946, Nairobi National Park stands as the only national park in the world to be situated in a city centre. The park was Kenya’s first and is located approximately 7km south of the country’s capital Nairobi.

In addition to having indigenous plant species, Nairobi National Park is home to a variety of wildlife including wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, rhinoceros, and lion among others.

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Several accommodations are also available in or around the park where you can enjoy some peace and quiet away from the bustle of city life.

 

Nairobi Tented Camp

Nairobi Tented Camp is a wild holiday camp neatly set in a quiet forest area of the Kisembe Valley, a few minutes’ drive from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Wilson Airport and Nairobi City Centre.

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The camp is the only one nestled in the heart of Nairobi National Park and consists of en suite tents, as well as elegant dining and living areas tastefully furnished to create a unique wilderness allure.

The rooms are spaced out inside the forest each with their own en suite washroom and safari shower.

 

Masai Lodge

Situated in Silole Sanctuary next to Nairobi National Park, Masai Lodge blends well with the surrounding greenery to create an atmosphere of natural African wilderness.

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The lodge boasts of 31 exclusive self-contained modern cottages built in the traditional Masai Manyatta-style but with comfortable bedrooms, stylish bathrooms, and spacious seating areas to create a homely feel.

The rooms also have a clear view of Mbagathi River and the national park and are all neatly furnished with large, individually designed interiors and private terraces for maximum comfort.

 

Quarry Cottage

Quarry Cottage is a simple but exotic house, built of stone in a mastered architectural layout.

The cottage features an open plan living space, artisan-made furniture, two double and one single bedroom, a bathroom with shower and bath and a rooftop veranda which allows uninterrupted view of the park.

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Its proximity to the lush Karen suburbs offers alternative attraction sites including The Giraffe Centre, The Karen Blixen Museum and MatBronze Art Gallery & Foundry.

 

Rolf’s Place

Rolf’s Place is a leopard cliff mansion, built like a medieval fortress on the edge of a cliff on the South East border of Nairobi National Park, only 25 minutes from the Nairobi centre.

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The house has 7 double bedrooms all individually furnished and en suite, a large terrace overlooking the gorge and a private dining room that can sit up to 20 people.

Access over the gorge is provided by an adventurous suspension bridge which is reminiscent of the Indian Jones movie The Park.

 

Osoita Lodge

Osoita Lodge is located in lush setting adjacent to the Nairobi National Park, with a seasonal river running on its edge.

The lodge has a total of 16 rooms on two levels: Balcony rooms on the upper level overlooking the swimming pool and 8 standard rooms all with thatched roofs, a rough, rustic exterior and a cosy interior.

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All rooms are equipped with digital safes, reading lamps, mosquito nets and wireless Internet.

So whether you live in Nairobi or you’re in town for a few days, take some time off from your busy schedule and escape to the wilderness where you can savour the flourishing serenity at the heart of Kenya’s capital.

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Kenya's Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala sky dives in Watamu

VIDEO: Tourism CS Najib Balala explains reasons for skydiving in Watamu

Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala decided to skydive in Watamu beach early this week, in an event that has been widely celebrated by stakeholders both in and out of the tourism industry.

Balala has revealed that he decided to take part in the exhilarating experience as a way of setting an example to potential tourist and endorsing beach sports activities.

The Cabinet Secretary noted that he will embark on an engagement mission with the county governments of Lamu, Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa to identify viable and sustainable ways on beach management initiatives.

He lauded the efforts undertaken by the non- governmental organizations in conserving the beach product through conservation initiatives in Watamu.

Local Ocean Conservation is one of the organisations that has, together with the community and KWS, rescued over 13,000 sea turtles and returned them to the ocean.

According to the project manager Casper Van De Geer, the project is one of its kind in the world and one of the major break-through in beach product conservation efforts.

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Kenya to improve beach experience, Tourism CS Balala says

The government in partnership with tourism industry players will launch initiatives to improve the beach products in order to increase visitation to the Kenyan Coast.

Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala says his Ministry will work closely with the Environment Ministry, county governments and the private sector to give the beach products a face-lift.

In December, the government rolled out a Ksh 1.2 billion Charter Incentive Program that will see all tourist charters with passengers terminating at Moi International Airport in Mombasa and Malindi Airport enjoy landing fee waiver.

The charters will also benefit from a $30 USD passenger subsidy per seat filled by international passengers who terminate or disembark in Kenya over 30 months, from January 1.

“Beach is the leading tourism attraction in the Kenyan coast. Enhancement of water sport activities to provide beach lovers with option of activities is part of the initiatives to improving the beach product,” he said.

Four years ago, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) initiated a beach rehabilitation program within Mombasa County putting in place frequent patrols, daily beach clean-up exercise and reorganisation of beach vendors making the beach friendly to tourists.

“This programme is aimed at restoring the competitive edge of Kenya’s coastal area as a tourism destination while ensuring that the marine and beach tourism products are sustained,” stated the Cabinet Secretary.

The CS was speaking in Watamu beach in Kilifi County after releasing a rehabilitated turtle to Watamu Marine National Park, a conservation initiative that will have positive impact on the beach product improvement.

Mauritius records increase in tourist arrivals

The number of tourists visiting Mauritius rose 10.8 percent in 2015, driven by more arrivals from Europe and China, official data showed on Friday.

The central bank said last November it expected tourism earnings to be around 49.5 billion rupees ($1.37 billion) this year.

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Tourists in Mauritius. [Photo/dailymail.co.uk]

Statistics Mauritius said arrivals rose to 1,151,723 from 1,038,968 in 2014. Numbers from Europe, which accounts for two third of visitors, climbed 10.7 percent to 631,783.

Tourists from Asia rose by a quarter to 197,765 driven by arrivals from China, which jumped 41.4 percent to 89,585.

Mauritius, like other long-haul destinations in the region, has turned east in search of sun-worshippers wanting a slice of Indian Ocean paradise to compensate for flagging growth in its traditional European markets.

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Low-cost airline fastjet launches operations in Kenya

Low-cost airline fastjet has officially received the green light to launch operations in Nairobi, Kenya after a protracted clearance process.

The airline which currently operates in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi and Uganda has released its schedule for the first flight which is set to take off next month.

In a communication of its website, fastjet announced that the flights from Kenya’s capital Nairobi to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania will cost Ksh8,800 excluding tax and other charges while those from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro will cost Ksh5,500, under similar terms.

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The airline had last year submitted its Air Service License application to the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) for approval in compliance with the country’s aviation regulations.

To comply with local airline ownership rules in Kenya, 51 per cent of the equity of fastjet Kenya has to be owned by a Kenyan international with the remaining 49 per cent ultimately held by fastjet plc.

The new entry is set to help encourage air travel for travellers interested in visiting the two countries with the rates of connecting from Dar es Salaam to Entebbe in Uganda also standing at a low cost of Ksh5,500.

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Kenya records spike in cruise tourism

Kenya’s tourism industry seems to be back on track with the number of tourist arrivals already higher than it was at the beginning of the year.

The most unlikely kind of tourism – cruise tourism – is also picking up in the East African country with the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) announcing that over 2,700 tourists have docked at the port of Mombasa this year, posting a significant increase from past years.

KTB Managing Director Ndegwa Muriithi attributed this development to the inclusion of Kenya to the members of the Indian Ocean Association and the government’s close working relation with Kenya Ports of Authority that has led to the popularisation of Mombasa as an ideal port of call.

Muriithi spoke when he received 284 cruise line tourists who docked at the port of Mombasa on Sunday aboard MS liver Cloud cruise ship.

Some of the tourists who arrived at the port are set to stay in local hotels for the Christmas holiday while others will be heading to their destinations by air.

Last week Seven Seas Voyager cruise ship docked at the port with over 1,000 tourists.

Cruise tourism significantly took a beating in the past years due to rampant cases of hijacking by pirates off the coast of Kismayu along the Somalia shoreline.

The recent visits by US President Barack Obama and Pope Francis and the just concluded World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference seem to have added a spark to the country’s buoyant tourism industry with the number of tourist arrivals tremendously increasing.

KPA Operations Manager Twalib Khamis said that the authority has invested heavily to ensure that the port is secure for tourists arriving from various destinations.

He said KPA will participate in the Miami Convention next year, which is the major cruise tourism convention, so that they can sell the port as a good cruise ship destination.

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Enjoy your holiday at Cowrie Shell in Mombasa

Cowrie Shell comprises of 85 tastefully furnished apartments neatly set on the pristine Bamburi Beach in Mombasa with a clear view of the Indian Ocean.

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The luxury apartments are well-lit with an exquisite interior furnished with wooden furniture that spells of class and elegance.

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Cowrie Shell has three-bedroom apartments measuring 2,200 square feet with clean, spacious rooms, open-plan living, proper lighting and ventilation.

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All executive apartments are designed with large rain showers and glass balconies that provide exotic sea views.

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Its location offers easy access to several facilities including a shopping mall, night clubs, restaurants and the City Centre.

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The apartments have well furnished kitchens with fridge and other equipment, air conditioner, German sanitary ware, glass shower cubicles, and Spanish tiles set in eco-friendly design.

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You can spend some time swimming at the turquoise pool or at the Indian Ocean, relax in the loungers and sip a drink or familiarise yourself with coastal life and the attractions sites in Mombasa.

Enjoy the best of what Cowrie Shell has to offer. Book your stay on SleepOut.com.

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France lifts travel advisories to Mombasa, Mombasa

Kenya’s tourism industry has seen resurgence in the past months that have seen the number of tourist arrivals increase threefold, from what was the case during a similar time last year.

Just months after the United States and United Kingdom lifted travel advisories to the Kenyan coast; France has joined the fray in what is set to increase the number of arrivals from France, one of Kenya’s key tourism markets.

In an announcement made on Friday, French Ambassador to Kenya Remi Marechaux said the decision to lift the travel ban on Kenya was reached following extensive review of the country’s security system at the coast.

This comes after newly appointed Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala held discussions with the French envoy seeking a reversal of the advisory.

The announcement was warmly received by Balala who said he hopes travel advisories to other parts if the country would be lifted as well.

Kenya’s tourism market has faced a tumultuous year following a series of terror attacks and threats in Lamu last year and Garissa early this year.

The incidences led to travel advisories by some western countries which led to a drastic drop in tourist numbers leading to the closure of some hotels.

The situation has turned better now with thousands of visitors docking at the Port of Mombasa in the past few months.

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